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Friday, 30 December 2011

Christmas 2011

The week between Christmas and New Year always has me flumoxed as to what day it is. Lazy starts to the day with a cuppa and a book in bed before the day begins. Late breakfasts of bacon and eggs and other such lovelies to compliment the leftover festive fayre that we are trying to use up at mealtimes at other times of the day.

Plenty of time planted firmly on the sofa in the sitting room with the tree lights twinkling and the garland above the fireplace in full sparkle.

We've been watching all sorts of things on the TV which is very rare in the daytime here during the weekdays for both DH and myself. The choccie tin is looking very depleted too, but there are plenty more of them to last us into the new year.

Christmas for us was wonderful. A busy day on the actual day, spending a lot of time with my beautiful granddaughter on her first Christmas. A delight to watch her ripping at the brightly coloured wrapping paper and spending an extraordinary amount of time chatting to the little chap that was on the box of one of her gifts, that did make us giggle. She was more impressed with him than the actual gift! Her daddy named him Derek (he thought he looked like a Derek - not sure why? do Dereks have distinct characteristics?) Unfortunately Derek has taken a turn for the worst, he was literally drooled on too much and has been squished into the recycling box now forever to be known as Isabelle's first pin-up pic and stored in our minds to wickedly torment her with later in life at the most embarrassing times.

Boxing Day was quiet, a time for grandpa and i to recover from the excitement of the previous day. In the evening we ventured into the town to have a wander round the Christmas lights again just the two of us. They get taken down before the New Year revellers damage them. It was a lovely evening and the breath of evening air was very welcome.

I was spoiled by my family and friends and received lots of stunning gifts. DS gets the gold star this year for the present i never expected. L@@kie at this beautiful polymer clay purple crochet hook he found on the internet together with a full set of colourful hooks in a plastic case, what a good boy he is to his mum.

Clare gifted me with a tin pencil case and also stitched a beautiful ornament for me and made exactly the same one for Isabelle. That was very special Clare and we will treasure them and remember you each year when they are put onto our trees.

Christine was kind enough to gift me with some beautiful fabric from Crafty Kitten, i have never used Dawn's fabric before so will enjoy trying this together with the lovely Carries thread that accompanied it. Thank you Christine.

Barb's parcel contained a little boofle keyring with my name on it. I love this little knitted character and the 'hugs' hanger is now at the side of my stitching chair. Thank you Barb {hugs} to you too.

Angi (no blog) made me some notelets and a beautiful notebook for my bag using her crafting skills, these will be so useful and you are very clever Angi, a big thank you to you too.

A stitched top covered tin was inside Karan's parcel. So beautiful and i love the colour purple. Inside was the most fabulous stitch markers for my knitting together with a post-it pad that matched Clare's tin perfectly. You know me so well Karan.

A little parcel from Kathy (no blog) contained a kit for a needlebook together with the smallest little frame ever, so cute and useful for my little scrap pieces that i can never fit onto a frame. A piece of backing fabric to add to my growing collection too.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart ladies for your friendship and kindness.

The week before Christmas i was crocheting like a mad woman. I had started a blanket for a very dear friend of mine and it was not progressing speedily enough, always your mind tells you things wont take as long as they actually do. I thought i would have to send an IOU in a card as her gift as it wasn't going to be finished in time, but luckily i had it all wrapped and ready to give her on the Friday evening when i saw her.

The lovely Stylecraft special DK wool in the colours, khaki, camel, plum and grape are the chosen ones for this blanket. I am lucky to have a shop locally that now sells this. I love the colour combo of this one. Looks like my new crochet hook might have to be tested on something similar for DH, he's been real patient waiting for me to get gifts finished so now might be the time to start on a blanket for him.

My final post before we bid farewell to 2011 and the new year begins. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the gift of your friendship and support during the past year. I hope that you are all blessed with a very happy, healthy and enjoyably craft filled 2012.

Love and best wishes to you all from our home to yours.


  1. I wondered if you would remember the socks rofl. Thank you for your friendship in turn. I wish you and your family and peaceful, healthy and happy New Year xxxxxxx

  2. So many wonderful gifts Julie, and a pat on the back to your DS :-)

    Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year - i look forward to seeing all your needle creations in 2012 :-)

  3. What a lovely Christmas and so special with the gorgeous girl. Look forward to more stitchy knits in the New Year!

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with your gorgeous granddaughter. Beautiful gifts received. Happy New Year to you and your family xx

  5. OHHH Julie love the pics of Izzy ,the story of Derek and that blanket WOW!!!LOVE THE COLOUR.
    Look forward to what you will produce in the new Year and big well done for the son and his present.
    Hugs .

  6. very wonderful end of year post...I love the 'blank notepad' at the top...oh, the things we will fill pages with in the new year..
    love the granddaughter story! Too cute....
    Happy New Year!

  7. Poor girl, she will be tormented forever, by the name Derek!LOL
    Love that blanket, I just love the colours!!
    Your son has done his Mum proud again!!

    Have a wonderful new year Julie!!

  8. It sounds and looks as though you had a wonderful christmas! The blanket is gorgeous...great color scheme! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  9. Gorgeous pictures and wonderful memories for your Granddaughter's 1st Christmas. Love the Derek story - my brother definitely has specific Derek qualities!
    Beautiful gifts received.
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  10. What lovely things you had for Christmas.
    I love the story of your gand-daughters first pin-up! Something to remember!
    Happy New Year
    Julie xxxxxxxx

  11. Great gifts Julie, I love the funky polymer clay crochet hook. I did giggle at the thought of Isabelle, smitten by the "hot" model on the baby walker box.
    Hope you have a Very Happy New Year

  12. Julie, it looks like your family and friends made the holidays xvery special for you!

    Happy New Year!!!!

  13. Your Christmas seems to have been a wonderful time for you and your family, and your little granddaughter, Isabella is adorable. Isn't Christmas so special with these little ones?

    You must be a very special friend, to have so many friends send you so many very special gifts:)

    Blessings to you, Julie, for a very happy and wonderful New Year in 2012!

  14. what a lovely blog. I have become your newest follower. happy new year
    x catherine

  15. Some fabulous pictures of your family christmas Julie, your little grandaughter is beautiful.......and didn't you do well in the gift department, best wishes for 2012 to you and your lovely family.

    lily x

  16. Wonderful Gifts and what a beautiful blanket, your house looks very festive.

    Happy New Year!!!

  17. It looks like you had such a wonderful Christmas, Julie! Your grandaughter is adorable!!

    Happy New Year!!

  18. What awesome goodies you received, your son did a fab job getting you that gift.
    Oh! the joy of having a baby at christmas time.
    Happy, healthy and stitchyness 2012

  19. Enjoy the wonderful memories from Christmas and enjoy all the great goodies you received from family and friends.
    Have a great new crafting year.

  20. Happy New Year, Julie! Love the crochet blanket, but I'm especially jealous of the polymer clay hook!

  21. Your tree and mantle look so festive! So glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas and by looking at all the pictures, you have some thoughtful friends :o)

    That afghan you made is just amazing!!!! LOVE the color combination and I'm not normally a purple person ;o)

    I know this is late but I hope you have a happy New Year full of fun and exciting things!


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