Week 50

Like everyone I’ve had a busy week but I completely forgot to post this for Helena’s meme which comes out on Wednesday!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here, just the same as you I imagine.
I really love seeing old friends as they arrive down from their sojourn in the loft since last January.

This snowman will live on the table taking care of a bottle of wine for us. I think he is so cheery! a bit like me when I’ve had a glass or two (hic)


We bought the reindeer for my mother oh! so many years ago. He is gold in colour and has white lights in his body. My mother really loved him. He makes a terrible mess, spilling his glitter everywhere but he makes me smile and think about her every year. He lives on a windowsill and each year I try to take the perfect picture of him but I always return to a black and white version.


I really love to make things for Christmas, for the tree, for gifts and for my friends. This year one of my makes is this bottle top tree. It’s made with bottle tops from bottles of water, padded with wadding and covered with fabric. Each top is sewn to it’s neighbough and the whole thing held together with a fabric back. The little gold star and some green ribbon finishes it nicely I think. My friend made hers with slightly larger milk bottle tops and she also used two colours of fabric, (red and white and a couple of cinnamon sticks for the trunk).


The lime! I don’t know what possesses me sometimes. I bought some of these limes and some oranges a few years ago. I loved the look of them and they smelled gorgeous. During their year in the loft they have faded so that I can’t tell the orange from the lime. They were right by the back door, ‘this close’ to the bin when it occurred to me that I might be able to rescue them! I mean, “they were expensive” and “I really like them”. I have some Faber-Castell Gelato pens and as luck would have it the green and the orange are nice and bright. I drew up and down the skin of the lime and then worked the colour in with a sponge. I think they look great!


“But what are you going to get rid of?” my husband wanted to know.

Do you replace Christmas things? I mean in the sense of “I’ll buy this and get rid of this” or do you just buy a new thing or things each year and put them away with the rest of the things come 12th night? Then in November or early December groan at the amount of stuff that has to come down… Tell me I’m not alone.

Thank you Helena.

Stories in Six

Week 49

This weeks word from the list is Time

Sometimes I see a picture to go with a word a week or so before its due. I get it ready to use and then promptly forget that I’ve done it. That’s what’s happened this week. I saw the Santa a few weeks ago and thought he would be good for TIME. Last week I saw the saying about time and was so pleased with myself! Then I came to write the post and here’s the result! Hey, its nearly the end of the year, it won’t matter for once will it?



Thank you for lovely FRESH stories last week 🙂

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5 in 5 in December

With Sandie at Itchifingers Sandie asks us to take as many pictures as possible in just 5 minutes and post 5 of them and link with her.

For December I am sharing 6 pictures of a sunrise I saw early in December.
I can see the sun rise from our spare bedroom window, the window is small and there is not a huge amount of sky but I can’t resist taking pictures of the ever changing colours.
This morning as I was looking through my lens I noticed a tiny bit of the sun peeking out behind a chimney. I just kept watching and clicking. In the last picture (6) I have removed a distracting television aerial, in photoshop, not in reality! Although… one dark night I might…







Thank you for hosting this lovely monthly meme Sandie. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.