Sunday, 15 December 2013

Playing catch up....

I have been so busy with all manner of things that my usual preparations for Christmas have been put on the back burner.  As a person who puts decorations up on the last Sunday in November, I have finally completed the task this afternoon.  We have a lot of sorting out to do in the New Year.  We have a lot of excess things with Mr T returning from living and working in the Highlands.

View from the cottage window Kyle of Sutherland
I love decorating our home for Christmas. The tree has had to reside in the kitchen just for this year as there is just nowhere to put it in our back sitting room.  We have a wood burning stove in the front room so it is impossible to put a tree in there. 
 pixies, reindeer and robins
I am so lucky to have such creative friends who are kind enough to give me gorgeous gifts which now live in our kitchen normally, but adorn the tree at Christmastime.

cheeky robin with rusty dingly dangly legs
grey dove with hand decorated metal heart
ruby red dotty 'love' star all by Gill Ellis Wilds
fairisle woolly Santa
Needle felted redheaded Angel
needle felted Santa Claus all by Gill Pinkney Felt

 I do love a bauble!
simple berry twig on the railway sleeper mantelpiece
Mr T and I are looking forward to our first Christmas as grandparents, little Thomas is nearly eight months old.  Time passes so quickly, I had a little weep to myself this afternoon when I was sorting the boxes to go back up into the loft.  I found all of Emily's Christmas cards to, and from us.  Some she had made herself at nursery and school.  The one that tipped me over the edge was the one that said "mummy I love you too much"!  Happy memories, don't know why it upset me. 
If you look very closely in the last picture behind the lantern, a tiny wax corsage is peeping out.  It is my mother's wedding day flowers - edelweiss I believe.  Whilst clearing my mother's house I came across it.
Before I go, I wish all of my lovely blogging friends a very Happy Christmastime.  Thank you to each and every one of you who make my day by leaving a comment.  I enjoy reading your blogs so much too.  Until next time......  Jayne x



  1. Dear Jayne,
    You also already made the tree !!!,- so wonderful in is country style-- with the lovely birds and stars from your friends, as well as the felted pieces .
    And Jayne the corsage flower from your mother, is such a beautiful memory for you to have . I wish you and your husbond, happy hours with your first grandchild this christmas,- I look forward seing my two big ones- ( 6 and 13 years !) With kids it is alwayes much more happy and fun to celebrate christmas.
    Hugs from Dorthe

    1. Hi Dorthe, thanks for your lovely comments as always. I hope you enjoy Christmas with your family, especially the big ones! Jayne x

  2. Happy Christmas to you and yours, Jayne!
    And I think a few sentimental tears do you a lot of good! (Mind you, the older you get, the more it happens...)

    1. Hi nilly, I am glad it isn't only me prone to bouts of sentimentality! I do put it down to age, and like you, I find it happens more frequently as I get older. Happy Christmas to you and yours too. Maybe we will meet in 2014! Jayne

  3. Happy Christmas Jayne, your tree looks gorgeous

    1. Thanks you Helen, I am sure your home will be beautifully decorated. One of my New Year resolutions is to get out and about more - you are definitely on my list!!!! Jayne x

  4. Hello Jayne
    You've made a beautiful home Christmas home welcoming for Mr. T. Everything looks so cosy there and your decorated tree looks simply beautiful including gifts from your friends, like the stars, angels and the felted items look beautiful.
    It will be a very special Christmas for you all this year with your new little grand son, Thomas!
    Amazing that you still have your mothers wedding day flowers!
    Have a most wonderful Christmas Jayne and wish you a very Happy New Year in every way and hope to be back to see many more beautiful creations from you then.
    Love and hugs,


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