Monday, 31 December 2012

A few bits I got for Christmas!

I was oh so excited to see the lovely gifts I was given! People just know me so well! I can't wait to watch my new DVDs as I LOVE Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin. The stationery kit is adorable and the sewing box is so cute! 

I got some chocolate too including a chocolate Santa but ..... well they didn't last long enough to make it into the photograph! 

Even more exciting was hearing from the people that I gave gifts to and finding out that they really liked what I had picked out for them! I try to get gifts that are a bit special and that suit the receiver. Something personal not just a generic gift for everyone on my list. 

I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas! 



Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I just wanted to wish a very Merry Christmas to you and your families. I hope you all have a wonderful day! 



Sunday, 23 December 2012

My Christmas Ornaments 2012.

I thought I would share pictures of a few of the decorations on my Christmas tree this year. Nothing fancy at all! I like cute decorations more than the all matching look! 

I love this little angel! She looks like she is wrapped up warm for a snowy walk and has little golden wings. 

I have four of the Tatty Teddy decorations. Adorable! This one is dressed as an elf and the others are dressed as Father Christmas, a gingerbread man, and the little drummer boy. 

I love sparkle! I know that some people think that tinsel is tacky but I love how it shimmers when the fairy lights are on. It gives a magical look! 

My little robin just perched on an upper branch! 

This silver heart decoration is new this year but I really like it! It was a gift from the hospice that I am involved with so is special to me. 

Finally this is my angel! She must be at least 20 years old but is so pretty. I am always sure to wrap her up carefully after Christmas. 

Do you have any decorations that are special to you? 



Saturday, 15 December 2012

Christmas Blog Love.

There are so many wonderful blog posts about at the moment all about Christmas! I love to see posts on Christmas traditions, decorations, crafts and gifts. I find them so inspiring! 

Here are just a few that I have read recently and I encourage you to pop over for a visit! 

The City Mouse's County House. 

At there is a lovely and very relevant post on how less is more at Christmas time. Such a good post with tips on reducing stress and gift buying! I love Gretchen's writing style as it is so engaging and friendly! 

His Way Serves.

How sweet is this decoration! I love decorations that have a story behind them. The ones that are picked out specially and used each year rather than the multi-packs where there are 12 decorations all the same. At there are more photographs of the tree as well as a cute nativity! 

Miss Abigail's Hope Chest. 

If you want craft tutorials and a peek into a hope chest you really should visit as there are some inspiring idea for hope chests but also for gifts and decorations too! 

Have you read any interesting blog posts about Christmas? Feel free to share those on your own blog! 



Thursday, 13 December 2012

A 1950s Housewife.

This book was recommended to me on Amazon before it had even been published so it was on my wishlist for a while. Finally it was released and I ordered it! It sounded so perfect for me as I love the 1950s and homemaking. Such fun to find a book that combined both interests! 

I love the cute cover art. It looks so retro and the housewife looks happy! Such a nice change to see a positive image relating to homemaking. 

The back shows an old advertisement and receipt. I have a collection of magazines from the 1950s and far prefer them to the modern equivalent! Much easier to relate to. The advertisements always fascinate me! 

The book covers many topics relating to women and their lives in the 1950s including wedding traditions, making a house a home, the daily routine, leisure time, shopping and health and beauty. Plus there are interesting appendices covering popular books, films, television shows, and musicals from the 1950s. I have seen quite a few of the films mentioned but have read very few of the books. Something I want to work on! 

Overall it is a very interesting book and one that I would recommend to people interesting in the 1950s and how women lived then. There is a chapter on marital relations which focussed mainly on how it wasn't a topic to be discussed in that era so I would suggest that younger readers check with their parents first. Other than that one chapter I found the book really engaging and enjoyed the writing style.