Thursday 29 December 2011

Decorations, skirts and chocolate (again!)

December has flown past, I started with good intentions to be organised this year, I'm not sure how successful we have been though.  It started well with the cards and decorations to make with R, but the last week has been a little trickier.  R caught chicken pox and the spots started appearing on Saturday, so no Christmas parties this week (thankfully she didn't know they were on so didn't miss them).  Instead cabin fever has been setting in - we have watched so many DVD's!  She has also been busy drawing pictures which seem to have gone from scribbles to recognisable figures so quickly.

I have been wearing my skirt/dress everyday for dressember and have to confess to quite enjoying it!  I'm ususally a bit of a scruff and always have my jeans on.  I did get an early present from my DH of a lovely pair of boots so that has helped.  My feet have been nice and cosy and dry despite the snow.

My favourite wooly dress, very Christmassy!

very sensible!

We finally managed to get the tree up and some decorations popped round the room.  Most of my favourites were bought in Sweden where we went on our honeymoon.

These came as a little kit from Panduro, there are 12 of them scattered over my tree (although some are looking a little tattered courtesy of R when she was wee)

Our advent calendar, the elves visited each night and left a sweet.

 I made these stars a few years ago, I think the pattern came from a Martha Stewart programme.  They are a little fiddly to start with but look great and are amazingly robust!

 I made this stocking with the intention of doing one for each child I had.  Stocking number 2 is started, although not finished.  Maybe KP will have it by the time she's 2!

I'll sign off now even though I have more to post, this post has taken about a week to write, the joys of Christmas! ;-)


Saturday 3 December 2011


December already, where has the time gone?  It does mean that we can start all the Christmas preparations - yay!
It's not snow, I made some peppermint creams

Saturday 26 November 2011

crafty wee things

This month seems to have flown by but R and I have been busy being crafty!  Her granny was over and had the great idea of doing some leaf rubbing.

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Nearly a month!

I can't believe it is nearly a month since I last blogged!  I have been having lots of visitors and the house has been demanding lots of attention.  (more about that soon)  We had a lovely holiday at the end of September.  We spent the week of the heatwave in Kelso, visiting loads of places and having a bit of R&R.

Monday 3 October 2011


On Sunday after a very soggy Saturday, the clouds parted and I took the opportunity to take the kids for a walk before we all went daft!
 I intended on looking for nice Autumny things for R to collect, conkers, acorns and pine cones but the path I chose was a bit sparse.  Instead we walked along an old wall and found loads to keep her happy.

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Fabric Shopping! ;-)

 While R was at nursery today, KP and I set off to town.  I'm not sure how much she enjoyed it but I had a great time.  It's ages since I bought anything for myself so went to town today with a jacket, jumpers and tops.  I also paid a trip to the Cotton Print Factory Shop - I could have spent a fortune there!  I'm in the process of making curtains for the whole house (we have none at the moment) so was just in for a browse, but you can never just browse can you? 

Saturday 17 September 2011

Chocolate and a walk by the loch

Hmmm, I think I may have a chocolate problem!  I bought a great wee book that shows you how to make your own chocolates.  So far we have made fudge, nut clusters and some truffles not bad for someone who usually buys a new book and then takes months to make anything!  Just had the last of the fudge, I had been eating it from the fridge, but just ate some at room temperature - much nicer.  Must make more....

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Hi there, well, time to start my new blog, where to start and what to say!

I'm a stay at home mum to 2 wee girls.  I like crafting, cooking (baking, jams, drinks and sweets - none of your nutritious nonsense) and plan to have a great garden next year bursting with tasty treats.   This year we have mostly been growing weeds and large rocks.  My girls both love being outside and I love showing them the natural world about them and thought it might be nice to share this love with others and try to put some photos up of various things to look out for.

We stay fairly near Glasgow so have a nice mix of city and countryside to explore.  You sometimes see more wildlife in the city than here in the sticks.

So lets hope this blogging thing works out, someone takes an interest and I'm not just sitting here talking to myself ;-)

Bye for now