Wednesday, 18 November 2009

What a whopper


Here at Wednesday already - time is flying isn't it?....

With the 1st of December approaching, the boys get quite excited about their advent calenders, especially as they are chocolate ones - the only time of year they can have chocolate in the morning......I do try and get them to understand the true meaning of advent and Christmas, and I think they do appreciate it - both go to a C of E school who have good traditional values around Christmas and Easter. However, children will be children and like many (me included), get sucked into all the marketing hype - and why not, as long as there is a balance I guess.

Anyway back to advent calenders. Hubby came home last night with a huge bag and inside was a lovely advent calender for moi. Shaped like a snow globe it measures a massive 18" by 19". It's so pretty, I don't want to open it. There are so many gorgeous advent calenders around and I used to buy them for the boys, but in the end succumbed to the chocolate variety.
A little while ago Alex from Pink Feather Paradise and I did a little swap - I really liked her crochet doggies and she fancied something for her Christmas tree - unfortunately I didn't take any photo's of my goodies I sent her, but here's what she sent me. Thanks so much Alex - love the colours as they are right up my street!



Back to the CL fair - there was a glorious scented stall when you first walked in, selling fragrant wreaths, orange slice swags etc etc. I managed to spy some vintage spools threaded with pretty ribbon. They had also been scented with a spicy orange scent. I thought it was such a good idea, I bought 2. Now, the question is - do I dare do that with some of my own vintage spools???? Might have to think some more on that one.



When we were in Sussex I pounched on a lovely black velvet wooden handled bag, with some great patchwork on the front and back. I paid less than £5 for it. Whilst at the CL fair last week I saw something quite similar for £20.......so am quite glad I got my black one. I'm hoping, during the Christmas break, I'll be able to get on with some patchwork. I've recycled some blouses and tops which will be perfect for a little project or two!!





TTFN.


















9 comments:

Michela said...

What a kind hubby do you have!!! Love the calendar!

marigold jam said...

Love your calendar. It is so hard not to join in the chocolate and marketing hype isn't it? I am with you though in thinking that a little of that is OK as long as it is balanced with the true meaning of the season too. Not wasy but possible I think. Love your bag and that little crochet doggie is fabulous. I want one!!

Jane x

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I think I might seek out an advent calendar for myself...the snowglobe is beautiful and I had better get the childrens ones sorted out, they have fabric calendars that I fill with gifts and chocolates... I am glad the dog arrived safely and I have now found the safe place that I stashed my pinking shears in... mind you I had to pull the lounge apart to find them! lol

I am frantically tidying ready for a visitor this evening... I promise to photograph your lovely gifts tomorrow before I go to the village cafe...

big hugs
Alex

Floss said...

Oh, lovely, lovely, lovely!

Would you be prepared to share some pics from your fantastic calendar for my Advent blogging event? It's just to do a post every Sunday/Monday in Advent, on anything of your choice...

I have a less cool vintage patchwork sewing bag like that, but I also have some unfinished vintage patchwork - it would be fun to use it on a bag, wouldn't it?

Florence and Mary said...

I keep admiring the chocolate free advent calendars, yours is lovely

Victoria xx

Pomona said...

The bag is a great find! You will probably be able to reuse your advent calendar - we have had one or two that we have liked so much that I press them between books after Christmas, and leave them until the next year. The doors sort of shut up again, and it is much better than having to throw a lovely one away after one use.

Pomona x

Tabiboo said...

'Oh my word' you have just reminded me - advert calenders!!!!!!

I love the way the ribbon is tied onto the wooded spools and that bag - gorgeous!

Have a lovely day,

Nina x

lemonade kitty said...

I have a lovely advent callender that I got from Pheonix trading about three years ago and its a house in the snow and I havn't seen one I like better so out it will come again this year!!!! Yours is realy nice was it from Past Times? Thanks for your lovely comments Lucey xx

Felicity said...

your hubby is so sweet i love the advent calendar! fliss xx