Friday, 12 December 2014

3rd weekend of advent.......


'Twas the night before Christmas,
 when all thro' the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads,












Already the 3rd weekend of advent....time flies !
I've been busy making sleepy santa's and felted gingerbread men....
Tomorrow we will go and choose a tree...it's always exciting....I love the smell of a real tree...it's so nostalgic....
the weather has only just changed from the mellow warmth we have been having since the end of summer....
now we have a sprinkling of snow and cold,cold temperatures.....

Wishing you all a nice 3rd advent weekend...stay warm and cosy !
Gail x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Waiting for Advent....




Advent....
a time of anticipation...
preparation...
reflection...
joy...
hope...
and peace.....

Gail x


Friday, 14 November 2014

World kindness day.....

 I've been a bit spoilt....
my sister made me this lovely bag to keep my knitting and crochet needles in.....
she even put little pockets inside....
I just love the fabric !








I picked these when we were on a walk on Sunday...
 I think they are arbutus...
they remind me of those little marzipan balls used for decorating cakes....
and what fantastic colours !








drying some beans and some fir cones....


spoilt again....
I came home to find these lovely little crates on my doorstep...
my friend had made them for me as a surprise...
he's planted one up with winter lettuce...






well this photo is determined to be sideways !
another gift ....4 packs of fritillaria bulbs...
it's not even my birthday !


home-made banana cake with white chocolate icing and crème fraiche filling.....


November 13th was world kindness day...
it's a good idea... but I feel lucky to have people in my life who are very kind every day...!
yes of course there are "the other type" in my life but I promise never to let them over shadow the goodness that the kind ones bring !

I made banana cake as a thank you for all my gifts
...of course I had to be kind to myself...
 and sample a piece.....mmm ! 

Wishing you a lovely and cosy, November weekend !
Gail x





Friday, 7 November 2014

Wishes......











I've just finished this little needle felted angel...
she's made from Norwegian wool tops and seems to be quite a happy guardian of 
The Book of Wishes....
...quite an important job I imagine !
And the flowers...well these are chrysanthemums that I have grown this year...I am so proud...I know there aren't many but I've never grown them before so it's a bit of a challenge for me...hopefully
I will be able to keep them over winter and increase them next year....you see I am already thinking about the garden come springtime !

My wish is for a happy,
 cosy weekend for everyone !
Gail x



Thursday, 30 October 2014

All Hallows' Eve.....




This weekend it's a time for lighting candles....
in remembrance of All Saints and All Souls....
on Halloween when I was a child my dad used to carve out large swedes for me and my little sister....
 and put little candles inside..... ready to walk around the streets swinging our "lanterns"...
it felt very exciting...
now we have widespread access to pumpkins in the shops ...and also grow them more ourselves ....

have a lovely cosy weekend everyone !
Gail x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Daisies all year round...

I've made a crochet daisy garland to add cheer to the house during the dark days of winter...








 We spent last week walking in the local lake district, the autumn colours were wonderful .....like a rich tapestry.....





spotted some deer, buzzards, owls and a wonderful fox....(stag photo courtesy of woodland trust!)









today we are in the middle of a storm ...blown across the Atlantic I think....so it's batten down the hatches and catch up on indoor things....like housework ?? well perhaps a little but I have just got my sewing machine out.....

have a lovely Tuesday everyone...
keep cosy....
Gail x 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Easy peasy pumpkins.....


I haven't found any pumpkins in the shops yet ...so have made a few from fabric and scraps .....






















Happy autumn days everyone !
Gail x


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