Thursday, 30 December 2010

A Crafting Christmas

This Christmas I noticed a pattern with the gifts I received from my loved ones.  A lot of them were craft related :) and each of them will be treasured and well used.

Firstly a new pin cushion

A new tape measure (which I cannot get a picture of but i'm sure I will be able to get it into another post soon)

And lastly a selection of crafting books

Kirstie's Homemade Home

Home-made Vintage

Ultimate Knitting Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-step Techniques

It is looking as though I shall be having a very busy 2011, let's just hope it is a productive year, and at least it will give me plenty to blog about.

Take care

Gem xx

Monday, 27 December 2010

Merry Christmas

I hope you all had a lovely and fun filled Christmas, shared with those you love.  It all seems to have gone so quick, all that planning and preparation, and it is all over.  I will be honest I have already started to think of next year :-s frightening I know.  However I am planning big things, well they are to me anyway.  I am wanting to hand make as many of my presents as possible (just call me Kirstie Allsopp).
Anyway let's get back to this Christmas.  I spent the day with my family, and no Christmas is complete without the Christmas family photo.

Me and Mum took the opportunity to dress up.

And of course Molly couldn't be left out.

So that's it for another year.

Take care

Gem xx

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Time In Glasgow

As I'm sure you all know by now, I LOVE Christmas, it is one of my favourite time's of year.  I was fortunate this year to be able to visit Glasgow and in particular George's Square.  All I can say is that it looked beautiful amongst all the snow, Christmas Lights and decorations.  Of course I had my camera to hand, I can share with you some of the sights, although the pictures don't really do it any justice.

Santa's sleigh beneath the tree.

A snow covered Lion

It's almost Christmas.  I'm going to get to sleep now, otherwise Santa will never visit me with lots of lovely prezzies :-)

Take care

Gem xx

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Winter Wonderland

I love the sound just after it has snowed.........silence.  Everything is so peaceful and calm it's lovely, and it all looks so pretty, until it all gets disturbed by us humans anyway.

I haven't ever seen as much snow as we have been having recently, well not that I can remember that is.

 I love this one, as it is starting to thaw, a drop of water falling from the tip.

I am also pleased to say that I can now cross off something else from my bucket list or list of wishes which ever way you like to look at it.  I have officially made my first ever snow angel.

And it was still visible the following day after yet more snow :)

Take care
Gem xx

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Festive Flower Arranging : Week Four

 I have really enjoyed this course and I have actually learnt quite a lot which is even better.  I think of the four sessions the first and last were my favourites.  This week was really basic and quite easy, it is suprising how simple some of the displays are, however to look at it I would never have said I would be capable of anything like this.  Anyway enough of the talk from me, let's look at the photo's.

It is basically the same all the way round with a candle in the centre.  Anyone could do it, trust me, if I can, anyone can :-).

Take care
Gem xx

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Baby It's Cold Out There

I think the title says it all, it's absolutely freezing out there today, and to add to the title I am listening to the song while writing this ha ha, I'm a sucker for Christmas songs. 

We took a visit today to the Battlesbridge Antique and Craft Centre, it was cold, oh so cold, but oh so very pretty indeed.

It still wasn't too cold for the swans though.  Beautiful and so elegant.

How gorgeous do those fields look in a frosty blanket.

The centre was quiet, I think most people had decided to stay at home in the warm, they obviously had more sense than we did.  However it meant that it was nice and easy for us to have a mooch around all the buildings looking at the antiques and crafts, without loads of crowds to contend with. 

After walking around for a couple of hours I was feeling as though I had frozen down to the bone and so we went to warm ourselves back up in the local pub.

We were even blessed with some snow, albeit only for 10 minutes.

It was a lovely day, although I'm glad to be at home now all snuggled up in the warm, on the sofa with the laptop and X-Factor on the box.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take care
Gem xx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Festive Flower Arranging : Week Three

I'm over halfway through the course now, only one more workshop to go.  I was really pleased with this weeks arrangement, and unlike the previous weeks, we have given it a slight festive feel.

Christmas is fast approaching, only 30 more days to go until the big day.  I have so much planned in the run up to Christmas, at the moment I feel like I am getting nothing done.  I'm starting to feel a little un-organised, which isn't like me at all.  It is time for me to pull my finger out and get a move on ready for the festivities to begin. 

And of course I will be busy blogging, to keep you all in the loop with news of all my exciting outings and activities.

Until then have a lovely evening.

Take care

Gem xx

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Festive Flower Arranging : Week Two

What can I say other then the fact that I have not stopped since my last post.  This does not make for good blogging I know.  I trundled off to the New Forest for a wedding at the end of last week, I was amazed by the horses roaming the roads free as birds, I have never witnessed anything quite like it before.

After the wedding we visited the shopping outlet in Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays, as you can imagine I parted with a fair bit of money but made a good start on the Christmas shopping.

Last night was another hectic evening, albeit a good one.  I started off with my book club and was pleased to welcome a lovely new member to the group, it is always nice to see new faces.  Following from the meeting was week 2 of the flower arranging.

I think I preferred the first week but still learnt a lot last night.

I'm already looking forward to next week's challenge :)  It's nice to have something to look forward to on a Monday for a change. 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Take care

Gem xx

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Festive Flower Arranging : Week One

I started my festive flower arranging course last night, with my mum.  It is a 4 week course, a total of 8 hours held at Hylands House in Chelmsford.

It was a slow start but well worth it.  I really enjoyed it and learnt so much, which is always a good thing.  To top it off, I think this could well be something I am good at.  I'm so proud of the end result, especially for a first attempt.

As you can see it is quite a simple design but one that can be amended to any occasion or time of year.  We opted for a subtlee approach this week as we felt it is just a little too early to be getting too festive around the house, but that time will come, just wait :-) 

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Gem xx

Monday, 8 November 2010

Spirit Of Christmas

It seems like so long ago now that I visited the fair, but oh what a time I had.  As I'm sure you will work out for yourselves over the next couple of months I absolutely LOVE Christmas, and I cannot express my excitement to you that there are only 47 days until Christmas, yes only 47.  Sorry, back to the fair.

The smell as you entered was absolutely gorgeous, a mix of spices, and Cinnamon mmmmmm.  As soon as I stepped through the main doors my eyes lit up like those of a small child on Christmas morning when they see all their presents for the first time.  I didn't know where to look or where to go first, there just seemed to be so much there.  Rather than me explaining every detail to you I just thought I would leave you with some photos I took on the day, well those I managed to take in between my shopping :-)

Some Pretty Fairy Lights

A Selection Of Decorations

A Birdseye View Taken From The Restaurant

Afternoon Tea

So as you can see, a very festive day.


Gem xx