A very wet and blustery waterlogged start to 2014 down on the Lugg Flats . . . . . . . . what's the adage about learning to dance in the rain?
A few missed photos, chosen at random,to round off the year. x
Happy New Year!
Lucy's gorgeous Christmas Cake arrived yesterday from Cumbria via Birmingham in a pretty seasonal box. Beautifully decorated with delicate pale blue icing and snowflakes, with red and white iced ribbon on the base. There is some edible glitter on the Ho Ho Ho lettering. . . . . . It fits perfectly on my antique glass cake stand.. .Below it is pride of place along side a few baubles in the green glass dish and home made boozy mini mince pies topped with shreds of almonds and the robin card on the right was designed by my great nephew Joseph.
And a few tiny peg doll Christmas angels
only one pictured as they are all wrapped
up before the photo shoot, to watch over
little babes this Christmas eve night.
Visited Sean and Lucy last weekend, along with my sister Brenda, and nephew Stephen who kindly drove us, up to see them in Cumbria.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of their pretty lit tree, and in the foreground . . .
one of Lucy's super jars filled with a delicious Christmas cookie mix, decorated with a red and white ribbon, small wooden spoon and cookie cutter. Another fabulous Lucifer Bakes special! Lucy has also baked us a scrumptious Xmas cake which I will show you in a future post.
We sat chatting around their warm and cosy woodburner that had been newly installed last month. The welcome heat and glow very much appreciated - it was blowing a gale outside.
There's some magical sentimental bits about Christmas that I still like to treasure ... Cicely Mary Barkers Christmas tree fairy is one.
" A dolly-fairy stands on top,
Till children sleep; then she
(A live one now!) from bough to bough
Goes gliding silently,
O magic sight, this joyous night!
O laden, sparkling tree!"
Let me introduce Huckleberry hare and Rosa rabbit. These are creatures of the meadow inspired by my summer walks down to the Lugg flats. I snapped them a while back before I went on holiday and always meant to share ... but as they are in no hurry I thought I would let them say 'Hi!' to you now. They are made of linen and pretty cotton fabric for the ears. Huckleberry's dungarees are made out of an old napkin which is edged with brown velvet ribbon that was on the inside collar of an old blouse and his T-shirt has been made out of that same blouse. As the weather was getting cooler when Rosa was finished, I knitted her a lovely pink jumper. Huckleberry still lives with me but Rosa now belongs to a dear little girl called Erin, along with the pink suitcase that Huckleberry is sitting on to shut tight. You will see from the next picture that Rosa has gone to a good home and is very much loved......
My sister moved into her new house and wanted two runners to put on her two granddaughters beds when they came to stop. The only instruction I was given ..... they must be pink! I could have sewn a couple of plain ones but hey why be boring, especially when they were for the wee ones.
I had been particularly struck with a quilt with a house applique design by my favourite sewing crafter Helen Phillips' book ... " Pretty Patchwork Gifts "
which I adapted for this project. I also thought that a house design was apt as a house warming present. The photos of the finished runners on beds were sent to me by my sister.
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