Hello!! Thought I'd pop in whilst all is quiet and peaceful to give you a peek at our Decorative Endeavours this Christmas, sorry it's a little late. Do you like my new little tree decorations? Aren't they aDORable?? Last weekend I hopped on the train and went off shopping in The City, and rather miraculously I managed a whole seven hour day all-to-myself. It was absolute bliss after such a long time being confined to home whilst Little Man was poorly, oh I did have fun! I was primarily shopping for gifts, but a few sweet goodies did become mine including these lovely decorations.
Awwwwwwwww, how impossibly cute, I was powerless to resist his charms and good looks.
I was looking back through my archives earlier today for a reminder of how our decorations looked last year. As is often the case, I was struck by how little really changes year after year. I find this repetitiveness very reassuring somehow.
I hung real peppermint candy canes for the first time this year, they've been a huge hit with the Little People. And of course my new Christmas birds are there in the branches, but everything else is the same as last year. The Little People did a wonderful job with the decorating, I set the tree up with the lights and the sequin garland, then stepped back and left everything else to them. Amazingly, Little B showed very little interest. He's been carrying out a little bit of rearranging on the lower branches, but on the whole his approach has been very cool.
I love having the tree lit at night time, the glow of the coloured fairy lights is so nostalgic and heart warming.
My fireplace is also very similar to last year. I bought some new red tin candle lanterns this year to replace the jam jars of previous years, but essentially it's the same set up.
I do have a new handmade Angel look, isn't she gorgeous? I felt that it was essential to buy her to accompany the first Angel which I bought from my talented friend last year. Actually, the truth of the matter is that the a-symmetry of having just one angel hanging on one side has bothered me more than I care to admit. It really, really niggled at me last year. All balanced out this year, and I'm happy.
Over to the other fire place at the dining room end of the room, and I've gone to town here for the first time. I really pulled out all the stops. Feel like I should be shouting out a Ta-dah here you know! Oh what the heck, I'm going to do it....................
Christmas Mantel 2011, Ta-dah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you like it?? I LOVE love LoVE it.
Some new purchases here....a half price wooden nativity set and an impossibly cute and adorable hand made mouse (the Talented Friend doesn't just make Angels). The other bits and pieces are from previous years and are usually on the table, but for obvious Little-B reasons they needed to be up out of reach this year.
My twigs+baubles are a resounding, heart-skipping success, I just love it all soooooo much. Almost all of the 100 weeny glass baubles made it onto the twigs, and with the mirror behind, the effect is stunning I think. I'm going to be hard pushed to take these down in January. Might leave them up until Valentines day in February when I can ceremoniously pack them away and put the hearts back up.
I've got some stunning red Festive Tulips on the table, more same-same as previous years.
You know I mentioned earlier about my trip to the city? The Sweet Goodies? That's them above, very lovely Lucy-treats. I took inspiration from Jane and treated our bed oh ok, I treated Myself to new pillowcases for Christmas. I put them on the bed this afternoon and I'm ridiculously excited about going to bed tonight cos I know they're there. And the spotty candles, oh I've wanted them forever.
New cosy brush cotton jammies for Christmas too, I am so looking forward to wearing them tomorrow! I'm planning on wearing them All Day Long.
Little Lady and I ran some errands in town this morning. We went to collect our birds from the butcher (chicken and pheasant), have coffee/juice in the cafe together, purchase a sprig of misteltoe from the market, and choose/purchase this year's festive Nail Polish. Last year we did silver. Year before we went for scarlet. This year it's hot pink with a bit of sparkle. I really enjoy this little Christmas Eve ritual, it's always a very lovely part of my late afternoon.
Ahhhhhhhh I really do love Christmas Eve, love the peace and calm once all is done. No more shopping, no more rushing, no more wrapping.
Twinkle, twinkle, all is calm, all is bright. Sigh. Sooooo happy.
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas time full of love, peace and joy.
And lots of twinkle too.