Thursday, 18 December 2014

Nova Hreod Dickensian Evening 2014

"Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year was preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting and revelry to pass gently and calmly away."  
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

This was my first Dickensian Evening and what a fabulous setting in the amazing centre dome of Nova Hreoad School.  While I was setting up my stall, Mr A, Miss M and Miss E had a guided tour by our friend Scott and they all came back buzzy with tales of what they had seen.

The view from my stall.  We were kind of outside, yet inside!

Music and carols were performed, chestnuts were roasted and eaten and Christmas gifts were bought.

It was a cold night but my chilly penguin friends didn't even ruffle a feather!

Thank you for having me x

Croft School Christmas Fair

Well Croft is a lovely new school, smallish but growing and boy do they know how to put on a Christmas Fair!  The hall is a gorgeous, light and airy venue.

It was such a fabulous event with so many different independent stalls, Father Christmas, lucky dips, Christmas themed quizzes, Chrsitmas skittles, an amazing Children's Craft Zone and such an array of delicious foods; cakes, hot dogs, soup and onion bhajis, chickpea curry....yes I did sample most of would have been rude not to and quite frankly I didn't have the willpower to resist...very yummy!

I was ably assisted for the day by Miss M and what's more, we won a prize on the raffle...yay!

Thank you for inviting me, I had a ball x

Lethbridge School Christmas Bazaar 2014

I had a lovely time at the school Christmas Bazaar on Saturday although I was feeling very under the weather :-(
Thank you to everyone who popped by.

I had an extremely Christmassy spot nestled under the tree.

The Sale Box was as popular as ever with the bargain hunters and there was a really great mix of goodies in there.

Cheery Cup Coasters in grey, blue and yellow 100% British Wool Felt.

 And in tribute to all the things I and Mr M love about the Tour de France....some special Tour de France Jersey coasters.

Pure Denim Corsages above and Bright Denim Corsages some cheeky Christmas robins hopped by to say "hello".

Pick a Penguin, Pick a Pocket, Pop your Penguin in a Pocket!

It's a Penguin Pile Up!!

A stack of pockets waiting for their penguin residents.

Popping with colour, the Pom Pom Flowers looked colourful, soft and woolly.

A vase of roses in pinks, yellows and denim.  Just as nature intended, each one is different.  

Monday, 1 December 2014

Pocket a Penguin

Pick a Penguin...Pick a Pocket...
Pop your Penguin in the Pocket...ta da!

Whenever we go out, I generally grab a few things for the girls, especially if we're going to a restaurant or similar....a book and pen and notepad for Miss M and a book and a little cuddly for Miss E which is how the idea of Pocket a Penguin came about.

I had the idea of creating something that would jump into your pocket and tag along for the adventure when ever you went out.  BUT...there was a flaw in my plan...not many of my daughters clothes have pockets... I started to gather pockets to create portable little homes or sleeping bags for these penguins.  I've used birds many a time before, long legged birds on cushions, Christmas robins, bird mobiles but never penguins...

Peepo Penguin!

So which one is your Penguin of preference?  I just can't make up my mind!

I'm sure these little ones do the can can when I'm not looking and I bet the grey with white spots one is the leader!

Bright Pom Pom Flowers

I love having flowers in the house and especially if they are ones I've picked from our garden which is fine and dandy through out the spring and summer months but it gets a bit more tricky at this time of the year doesn't it?  Unless you are one of those fabulously dedicated and committed gardeners who manage to keep their garden in bloom all year round.  Hats off to you!

Sadly I'm not and therefore have creates these little beauties...pom pom flowers!

They never need their water changing, never need deadheading and never die!  In fact they are the most perfectly well behaved flowers.

You may remember that last year I dabbled in subtle colour pom pom flowers.  Well there is nothing subtle about these brightly coloured pom pom flowers.  The twigs are recycled from cutting back the trees and bushes in our garden and then I've added felt leaves.

One can be attached to a bottle of wine with a lovely ribbon to add a pretty touch to a gift, grab a handful and make a bright woolly bouquet or line up a series of vases, jars and bottles along your mantle piece and pop a pom pom flower in each.  

Bright sun shine flowers in winter.  Job done!
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