Friday, 14 December 2007

Getting ready for Christmas

Well long time since I have gotten round to blogging. Where does time go? How I ever managed to get to work amazes me now! We have started to decorate for the coming season. Started in the dining room with some bits and pieces but always have a real tree which we havent been to get yet. So a few bits around the mirror. And a bit of tinsel in the kitchen.
The damson gin decanted and ready. ( had to be sampled for quality control first!)

A fibre optic tree for dining room.

A festive dresser with some of the smaller Christmas bunting made by Sarah.

Some lovely felt hearts bought by Sarah from a fellow blogger that are very cute.

Some musical Christmas crackers! We have played this with some friends and they are great fun. Each cracker has a whistle which plays a different note. The idea is that someone calls the numbers out and 8 people can play a tune. Better after a few glasses of wine!

The main bunting again made by Sarah.

So the real preparations start this weekend. Lots of house cleaning, tree buying and decorating and present wrapping.Its very cold and frosty here. I'm hoping we get some snow as that would be fantastic. I plan to read all my favourite blogs this weekend and leave some comments. Hope everyone is keeping well and looking forward to the big day. I havent finished the major sewing project yet but making good progress so should be ready for Santa to deliver!


Sandi McBride said...

Everything is looking very nice...can't wait to see your boys loved Christmas Crackers and didn't matter that the little toys weren't all that much, it was the candy they were after, anyway!!! Ah, Christmas Crackers, lol, now I really am "homesick"

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Lovely pictures, Mary, I'm enjoying seeing how everyone's decorated their homes for Christmas.
The musical crackers are brilliant, we had them last year at a get together and after a few drinks it's hilarious trying to get everyone to blow their note at the correct friend who is a school teacher tried to keep order but failed miserably, she said we were harder work than her class of 30!!
Gill x

sally's chateau said...

That sloe gin looks tempting to me !!

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Hi Mary, Everything's looking good and those crackers sound like great fun. Take care,
Sandi x

The Fairy Godmother said...

Would love to help with the quality control! Merry Christmas

Sandi McBride said...

Hi Mary, stopped in to see if you posted more pictures. I never thought about it, but you con't have calico cats in England? I have a Tortoiseshell, too...Batgirl's sister, Peanutbutter...she is black with silken threads of gold through the coat, and white feet. She's the crazy one, lol! Calico's are clowns...and terribly sweet

Mary said...

Mary, you really go all out for decorating! Your house looks so lively and festive. I hope the weather allowed you to get out and get the tree and light it up!

Liz said...

mmmmmm am very impressed with the Damson Gin!!! May I come to sample?
You home looks lovely.
Hugs from N.Z.

thehomelyyear said...

Hi Mary, looks like you're really getting on well with your preparations. I haven't decanted my sloe gin your bottles. The crackers sound good fun too.
Margaret and Noreen

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I'd love to play that Christmas cracker game - okay, so maybe I just want a few glasses of wine, but still...I'd play the game while I drank!

Your Christmas decorations look WONDERFUL!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday -
Merry Christmas!

jules said...

hi mary, it all looks fantastic, we havent started decorating yet as the foor in the lounge is still being laid, nothing like last minute eh, it is ffreezing here -10 so I don't feel like venturing out to the barn to help with the renovations still I must make the effort.
another layer of clothes and I'll be fine.

take care

jules xx

Anonymous said...

The damson gin is looking good, You've done a great job with the labels too. The bunting is great. Can't wait to see your main Christmas project.
I've never seen those Crackers. I must try and get some next time I'm over there.

Papoosue said...

hi Mary. Your place is looking lovely alread and the bunting is gorgeous! xx

Annie's Abode said...

Your house is looking lovely Mary -
I have ordered the musical crackers too but they haven't arrived as yet!

Hope you have a lovely time and best wishes for the New Year.

Mia said...

Your home is looking very festive and Christmassy! I really like the dresser with all the pretty enamelware and china. Do enjoy this lovely time that Christmas really is, and do stay warm (it is ever so cold here too)!

Country Cottage Chic said...

Everything is looking very festive!

Heidi said...

Hello from Finland =)

You have so nice blog!!!

It was great to visit here...

Merry Christmas/Hyvää joulua

Heidi <3

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Your home is looking wonderful Mary - love the bunting on your gorgeous dresser.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and happiness and health in 2008!

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

It looks so pretty! Still lovin that colour on your walls too.
Have a wonderful Christmas Mary :)


Angie D said...

Your house looks lovely Mary.

Have a lovely Christmas

Angie x


your house is so gorgeous!!! and the decorations are really very lovely indeed!!!! the sloe gin looks very good! we bottled our italian version the other day. can try it in 30 days ...mmm!

happy christmas and all the best for the new year! nà x

thehomelyyear said...

Hi Mary, hope you have a very happy and peaceful Christmas. All best wishes, Margaret and Noreen at THY

kathyann said...

Hi Mary ,like everyone else I love the pictures ,your dresser looks wonderful! Thank you for your kind comments you left on my blog.
We would just like to wish you and your family
love from
Kathyann,Ceri,Meghan and Bethany at meg's mum's muffins

Garden girl said...

Your house looks fabulous! I am going to borrow your idea for homemade labels for my sloe gin next Christmas, if that's ok?!I may branch out into damson gin as well, actually!