Please Titivate My Wreath!

When we visited, nan asked me what I was up to craft-wise at the moment and I told her I had an idea for making wreaths for next Christmas and showed her some pictures of them on my iPad. “Oooooh” she said and off she disappears into her amazing “cupboard of all things” and comes back with her Christmas wreath. “Can you do anything with this?” she said, “A bit of titivating or brightening up?” (thank goodness it was titvating and not pimping or I’d have been really worried!).


To be honest it didn’t really need a lot doing to it,did it? It was a bit bent out of shape but, before you could say “holly berries”, it was in the back of the car and coming down to Devon with us.

Knowing mum and dad were going back up to check on nan mid-January I didn’t have a lot of time to do much but decided, after a bit of bending and tweaking, that a bit of glittery Stick2015-01-21les every now and then would add sparkle when the sun (hopefully!) catches them.

After that I added a red ribbon to the top (as a means to hanging the wreath) which had been taken from a panatone we’d been given at work (waste not, want not!) and our lovely green sparkly “Merry Christmas” sign, which is one of my favourite ornaments each year – but then this is for nan isn’t it?!  A couple of robins nestling amongst the pine needles and it was all ready for the trip back up to the Midlands. I managed to buy a wreath protector case from Betterware online so, hopefully, it will get there in one piece!


My Sunday Photo – Like it or not, it’s coming! #MySundayPhoto


Sorry!!!! Is it too early for this?!

This week the Christmas lights were turned on in Exeter, as I suspect was the case in many parts of the country. Whilst we didn’t get to go in for the grand unveiling, we did have a trip into town last night, primarily to go and see the Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green. I was hoping to get some photos of that to share, but when we walked through the Guildhall and I saw this, I just couldn’t resist!

I am still a way away from feeling Christmassy and it does feel a little too early for me but with a display this breathtaking and “wow”-worthy, why just keep it to a short few weeks in December, why not make it now and make the most of it? I’ll definitely be going back for another look! Even Scrooge would smile – honest!!



Our Perfect Christmas Day….


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
Silently, slickly the oven turns itself on
ensuring perfect turkey will be ready by one

Just as the dawn breaks through in the sky
With a slight jingle jangle Father Christmas comes by
Tucked up in their beds with just noses showing
our family are stirring and it’s just started snowing


 Quietly we all creep down the darkened stairway
delighted to see Santa stopped round by our way
The lights from the tree reflect on cheeks brightly glowing
Second by second the excitement is growing!

Gifts from the stockings are opened and shown
Not even satsumas and nuts bring forth a groan!
Laughter and delight echo all round
Dad with pants on his head, acting the clown!


Next to the kitchen “We’ll help with breakfast mummy!”
They know there’s no prezzies til they have food in their tummy!
Thanks to Argos the presents aren’t pricey, but given from the heart
and we’re over the moon with the kids homemade art

During the morning the neighbours pop in
For a nice warming sherry (for Mrs. S. a gin)
The kids fill them up with sausage rolls and a gerkin
and entertain them with dancing (tho thank goodness no twerking!)

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 Back into the kitchen to get Christmas lunch ready
(We all love that stuffing that’s stodgy and bready)
The kids do the veggies, they love to take part
They even do sprouts which will guarantee a……healthy heart!

The table’s a triumph and looks so very pretty
You’d find nothing like this in the best restaurant in the city
The food looks fantastic, so we all help themselves
And the washing up will be done by the fantasy kitchen cleaning elves!


In the afternoon we make a call to gran, who lives quite afar
I thank her profusely for my new Madonna style bra
Gran’s over the moon with the Home’s brand new Wii
She’s been on the tightrope and is now learning to ski

Then it’s on with the mittens, gloves and a coat
“He who makes the best snowman can show off and gloat!”
The building is frantic, the snow piled so high
We’re having such fun as sun starts to set in the sky


As it gets colder we all troop back in
To play some fun boardgames; who’s going to win?
We spend a lovely evening cuddled up by telly
Daughter in her fairy outfit with one bright pink welly

Christmas doesn’t have to be too high tech, expensive or stressy
Who cares if the tree sheds or the floor gets too messy?
Rain, wind, snow or any other Christmas day weather
The only thing that matters is that we spend it together

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas! This post is my entry into the Tots100/Argos 12 Days of Christmas competition.

Winter Window Competition

In association with home store Peddlars, Shutterly Fabulous have launched a competition for bloggers to share their festive windows for a chance to win some lovely prizes!

The idea is to decorate a window at home or work with a Christmas theme and then post an image on your blog and share it with Shutterly Fabulous. Sounded VERY tempting to me!

This will be our first Christmas in our new house and, apart from the fact we haven’t actually located the decorations since moving, we’re really looking forward to finding homes for our Christmas bits and pieces. Our daughter, however, decided she couldn’t wait for us to get our act in gear (probably very wise given the amount of boxes still left packed up in storage!), so we went out and got her a new tree, with decorations to match her new room, which she put together last night.

This was her room this morning….

Room with a view...of a shed!

Room with a view…of a shed!

….and here it is this afternoon!


I’ve got a bit of an addiction to drawing on windows since the crafty project at our local Gallery back in the summer, so have been in my daughter’s room today jolly-fying her window!

The gorgeous and delicate snowflakes were made with the help of my boss at work. They really are beautiful but it was more than a little tricky to find anywhere to Glue-Dot them!


We have cheated and cut our favourite reindeer card up from last year and put him in the forest overlooking the fun.

The figures are us! Well, hopefully no-one will be offended by their looky-likey otherwise we might be in for a bit of a quiet festive period!

Us! (kinda!)

Us! (kinda!)

The very, very, very sad thing is that I misjudged where I was drawing Father Christmas and his sleigh, so unfortunately there was no room to complete my spectacularly good picture of a reindeer….honest…. It is very sad but, well, you do get the general jist of what I was trying to do, don’t you?!


Slow down Rudolph, I can’t draw that fast!



Please let me know if you have a go at the competition too. It closes on 8th December so there’s plenty of time to take photos and blog before then…



Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!