Friday, 30 December 2011

2011 in Color

Can't believe it, only two more days to go......!!!!
You know I think the years are just flying by, so i'm gonna treasure every single moment of the ones ahead.
My three eldest daughters are young women now, seems like yesterday when they were little, playing with Barbies & looking to go to the beach in the summer. 
Now I have three very special friends to spend sweet time with, so i'll treasure it.
Ella's eight, wow where did my lil baby go, still here & just as sweet as ever.

My blog has been such a joy this year, i've loved been part of the whole blogging community,
meeting new & special friend, being sooo inspired & blessed by you all.
Here's a year of crafts i've done this it really adds up
Just think we have a whole new year to create & love & live & be happy in what we do!!!!!

Have a wonderful new year, be blessed
Lots of love Karen x

Thursday, 29 December 2011

A quick pop by

Hi there all my sweet blogging friends, its been weeks since my last post & i've really been missing you guys.
We had a great Christmas , full of love, friendship, fellowship & of course wayyyyy
too much nice food. Mind you I did behave & not gluttonize myself, can't say the same for all the family though.
I spent the 23rd & 24th baking, fully expecting the goodies to last allllllllllllllllllllll Christmas.....pah!!!!
No such luck, it was all gone by Christmas night........
Here's a wee taste of some sweet goodies we downed....much to my horror, but in our defence we did have one or two visitors pop by & indulge as well (throw some boxes of chocies in too)

Christmas day was lovely, turkey turned out yum & the ham was to die for , lots of sweet gifts, friends & family, what more could you ask for.
We had the most amazing Christmas morning service at church, could have stayed all day, such a blessing.
St Stevens day was spent at Laurens apartment & that was just so lovely, we decided to make it a yearly tradition

I love family, so by far the best thing in my life as well as the Lord, I am blessed :D

Before i go i wanted to share this hilarious video my girls showed me from you tube....tune in & have a giggle

Have a great evening
Lots of love Karen Xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Cross Stitch Tah Dahhhhhhhh!!!!!

My very first proper stitched picture......scene.......whatever its called......I am so chuffed
that i actually finished something that requires  stickability....!!!!!!!
What do you think

I bought the frame in Tesco for eight euro & its just right for it. I proudly positioned the pic on 
my hallway table, in the hopes every visitor will see it & say "oh myyyyyy Karen, did you actually make!!!" 
Don't mind me, what a noodle eh!!!!!
I do like it though & will def stitch again, found it so easy & relaxing

Wanted to share a few lil christmas hearts also.......

Will make lots more of these as simple gifts for friends, just sweet & simple!!!
Well do have a great evening, thank you so much for all the nice comments,will def reply v soon

Lots of love & millions of hugs & kisses Karen x

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Loving the run up

I am soooooooo loving the run up & preparation to Christmas this year!!!
I think its because i'm not working round the clock with sewing blinds & curtains for the first time in 
about ten years. Of course it means less money, but that seems very unimportant as i'm just loving having the time to MAKE pressies for loved ones, so i guess it all evens out in that way.
Put up the tree & decorations at the weekend, oh boy did Ella enjoy that....she's become quite 
the expert at it over the last few Christmas's

Its a special day, decorating the house for Christmas, we had a lovely family time, listening to carols & later watching movies & stuffing our faces with chocolate treats & cookies & cream icecream.....

I've had these ornaments for years & never tire of them, each was a pressie from different friends!!

We put candles & wreaths around the house, it looks a treat.... photographs never truly seem 
to capture the atmosphere but its sooooo sweet!!

Love my seasonal cushions, so simple but just right for now!!!
You know I'm sure i haven't finished yet, needs some more twinkly lights & candy canes :D
Will share as i add......oh i am in happy form with all this christmasy cuteness.

Also over the last week I've finished a stitching project that i began maybe eight or 
nine years ago. I did a little bit then & forgot all about it, but then rooted it out two weeks ago & just had this mad urge to finish it
Here's a peek, i finished it today, so need to frame it

Sorry bout the blurry pics.............this is the first cross stitch picture I've done & loved it.
As I've said so many times i have zero patience, so was reluctant to stitch as it is a craft i think requires a not so impatient crafter such as me............but hey i got there & lo & behold enjoyed it quite a fact I'm desperate to do another.
Will post a proper image when its framed, just in time for to hang for the festivities!!!

Oh before i go i have to show you my Christmas tea cups & saucers

They're just well cute, got them on sale after Christmas two years ago...BARGAIN
I hate paying full price, can't afford to anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 And my first mince pies this years....way too yum.........

served with whipped cream flavoured with a touch of Tia Maria......SWEET!!!!
Did I say "I LOVE CHRISTMAS"......oh i did.... ah well I'll say it again anyway
Toodles for now :D
Lots of love Karen Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Christmas Decoration Swap!!!!!

Hi there, can't believe its been almost two weeks since my last post, I guess time kinda runs away
from you at this time of year!!!!!
I received my lovely Christmas decoration swap pressies last week, i was trying 
to hold off until mine had reached its destination but i was a bit slow on having it ready, so here goes mine!!
My swap partner is a sweet lady from Wales called Julie, if you're not familiar with her blog, do go check it out, i promise you'll absolutely love it.........A Tale From a Toadstool House.
Sooo here's what i received, goosebumps while opening up the parcel.........

Beautiful Christmassy wrapping, just the way i love it, thank you Julie for the extra effort in the pretty packaging, its real special :D

Such an array of beautiful gifts, every new unwrapping was just way too nice......
I received a sweet lavender heart in festive colors, its now in a place of prominance in my living you in a sec........
Really pretty bracelet in one of my fav colors... lavender :D
A cupcake diary that Ella has been begging for since she saw it (no way, i draw the line), the cutest Cath Kidson needle book & a seasonal cross stitch which i'm si thrilled with as i've been stitching a wee bit of late.
Also two Yankee candles in my all time fav scents (thank you, thank you, thank you xxxx)
Cute crochet tree decoration, beautiful, & the main attraction the sweetest patchwork tree ever....its got lil bells on it, so every time i open my hall door they tinkle tee hee, i love it!!!

Julie also include this lil merry christmas sign, ain't it adorable & an advent card which by the way Julie i look forward to opening each day, every wee flap has a scripture behind it, a true blessing Xxxx
By the way before i forget there was a bar of chocolate also, but i ate that while opening
the other gifts.....I know no self control heh heh!!!

The heart on my living room table, its just my kinda thing, looks real nice with the stitched picture.
Julie i'm so happy with my lovely gifts, you're the best Xx

This week i've started my decorating, at last......

This is as far as it goes so far.....what do you think of my sugar bowl & milk jug... cute eh!!!
Bargain at three euro, had to have them!!!!

A bargain Christmas plate & one of a few cushions that are coming from my sewing machine on the run up to the big day....lots more to come this week...when i'm finished painting my doors!!
Tree will go up within the next few days in between cookie baking....

She's a great cookie baker, specially in her new apron... which by the way i have to reproduce for her fav doll...matching mommy makes!!!
Now i'm absolutely dying for another cookie with some hot choc, so i'll bid you Adieau!!! (is that the correct spelling?)
Hope you all have a sweet evening, do leave a comment if you drop by, i love reading each one
Lots of love Karen Xxxxxxxx