Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Bushy Park

Ah Christmas. This one was a quiet one but was full of good food and fires. I've returned home with an embarrassment of riches and am looking forward to spending the next few days knitting, watching films and eating my way through all the delicacies that have somehow found their way into my larder. I'll be back as soon as I've ruminated on the year just passed and the year ahead and what my resolutions are going to be this time.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

4 Sleeps

Last week my preparations for Christmas reached critical mass - you know when you go from having some nice outings planned, looking forward to Christmas shopping,  planning some baking and imagining yourself spending a jolly hour wrapping everything up and putting it under the tree - to realising that you're out every single night and then waking up hungover on the one day you have free to do shopping, everything taking hours and hours longer than you thought it would and having every project started but nothing finished?

Yesterday things finally started falling into place, the baking got finished and most of the gifts are now bought and wrapped up. Still though, 4 days to go? Where has December gone? I've taken Thursday and Friday off this week with the aim of having everything wrapped up and ready to go and a clean house to come back to after Christmas.

I've bought the wool to make these Nordic mittens over the Christmas break - The pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry. Search under 'Winter Cottage Mittens' by Dee Bamford.

Good luck to everyone racing round trying to finish their preparations!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Home made decorations and mulled wine

Here are a few photos from Thursday night - I headed up to North London for an evening of mulled wine, good food and Christmas decoration making with Kate and Lauren.

Kate found these beautiful 1950's glass baubles on ebay - they're hand painted and are really fragile.

This mulled wine was delicious - we added sliced oranges and apples, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cardamon pods and sugar.

Kate making pomanders.

Lauren's origami spirals - you can see better photos and get a how-to here.

I made these paper chains using origami paper cut into strips - the whole strand only used 4 sheets...I'm not quite sure how because it came out really long. I love the look of them against the fireplace.

That melted mess you see in the grate is the remains of some church candles we put inside the fireplace to create a cosy glow. If you've got a fireplace I really recommend this - the flickering candles feel really cosy even though they're not throwing out any heat.

Here are some close ups of the tiles in the fireplace. We've also got fireplaces in the kitchen and bedrooms and in the floor outside the front door, the entrance to the 'coal chute' can still be seen. I love old houses with original features like this.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We named it Bert

Just a quick update today to post a picture of our Christmas tree which we put up at the weekend. It felt really good to give the flat a clean from top to bottom in preparation for the festive decorating. Our tree is a Norwegian Spruce from Pines and Needles in Battersea Park and is 6ft. The photo is a bit dark but you can see the salt dough stars I made, along with some hearts and some little wooden figurines. We've put the tree on top of the window seat in the living room so it can be seen from the street. The only problem is that now the living room looks so cosy I think maybe we need some decorations around the rest of the house?