Tuesday, 22 November 2011


I love knitting these but the best part is adding the decorations to them.

Monday, 21 November 2011


Grey and gloomy outdoors - peaceful creativity indoors.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


An image from sunny days past and one from those yet to come. The S.A.D has kicked in and although I really love winter it doesn't love me. I do enjoy all the preparations for Christmas though and never throw anything away that might come in useful for creativity. I hang on to lovely bits of wrapping paper, gift tags, ribbon and even sweet wrappers. I am a squirrel, a magpie, a self -confessed hoarder.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

I made a few of these last year. Some I put on the Christmas tree, others I used as gift tags.

Friday, 18 November 2011


Some new to me additions to the collection. Charity shop finds from last Saturday. I do love a bargain:)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011



Just two of the dolls I bought on Saturday from my most favourite charity shop. I love the Christmassy outfit of the one in the white dress. The little Welsh lovely has the most beautiful quality clothes and a huge felt hat which doesn't show up too well against her black hair.
I made the elf slippers a couple of years ago and the cute vintage toadstools also came from the charity shop together with loads more vintage Christmas decorations.
The pine cones were a gift from my husband which he picked up whilst walking Mr Dante. I think they will get a dusting of glitter:)

Monday, 14 November 2011










It hasn't been light here today so it seemed the perfect time to make a start on our Christmas pudding. All that weighing, chopping and mixing was a pleasure to the senses as well as the perfect antidote to the dismal weather.
Those plump, juicy currants, raisins and sultanas, bright and sticky candied fruits, locally grown walnuts, free range eggs and dark brown sugar all add to the layers of flavour and texture that make up a traditional 'plum' pudding. The very essence of Christmas is contained in that bowl of goodness. It needs to stand overnight to allow all those flavours to develop before steaming tomorrow for several hours.
I rewarded myself with a glass of sherry afterwards, as I believe it's never too early to get into the festive spirit:))

Sunday, 13 November 2011


Comfort - candlelight, the company of loved one's and a lovely rice pudding topped with thick fresh Jersey cream and chopped stem ginger in syrup.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


1. The sloe berries have been washed and pricked all over and are now soaking in sugar ready for the gin.
2. Homemade Leek and Stilton soup. Deliciously hearty on a dark and dreary day.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Friday, 4 November 2011



1. Fence surrounding the ruins of Hulton Abbey. My secondary school used to stand in the grounds but was demolished many years ago. Another piece of my childhood history vanished.
2. Orchid in my parents kitchen window.
3. Latest creation - brooch I made last week whilst staying with my parents.

Thursday, 3 November 2011






























 My parents garden - I love it. Full of quirky touches, wind chimes, lots of wood carvings (one of my Dads many hobbies) and masses of pretty shrubs and flowers.

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