Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!


I hope that you all have a wonderful New Year and that 2015 brings only the very best and nicest of things to you all!!


Friday, 26 December 2014

Five on Friday

Today is the fourth week that I am joining with fellow bloggers to share Five on Friday posts.  A different group of bloggers will be sharing posts each week and you can see at the bottom of this post who else is joining in this week.  Please do go and visit their first Five on Friday posts and leave them a comment.  There is a list of who else has been joining in over the previous weeks on the About Five on Friday page, you can find the link to at the top of my sidebar.

I am really excited about this venture, although I never expected that so many bloggers would want to join in.  So if you would like to join in, please drop me an e-mail and I will get back to you.

Thank you everyone for dropping in and joining in these posts and especially to those taking part today as it was only Christmas yesterday after all!

For this week's Five, I thought that I would look back on Five great things from the last year!
Starting at number one we have my visit to Orchard House!  In terms of visits this was definitely my top for the year.

Number two was completing my No Two The Same Blanket.  I still love it and have enjoyed snuggling under it so very much.  I am definitely in love with my blankets!
Number three has to be the changes to the garden that my dear hubby made.  He worked so very hard on this and next year it will be lovely to sit back and enjoy it
For about 30 seconds until we leap up and start doing more!

Number four is all my various garlands and buntings for the mantel.  I loved making them and following the year through with them.

Last, but by no means least, number Five.  Blogging. 
My little space here has grown so much in the last year.  The number of readers and followers, the amount of posts and the joy that I have taken from it.  My growing confidence in my posts and my crafting abilities.  Of course the main joy is you all!  Thank you so very much!!  I hope that we will keep going together again next year as after all there is no point in me doing it without you, so I am very very glad to have you all along and to get your feedback and to read your lovely blogs too of course.
I hope that you will all have a wonderful New Year and that your Christmas Day yesterday was a wonderful one too.  I don't know where 2015 will take us all, but let us hope that it is only to the very best and nicest of places.
I am taking a little break now for the rest of the year so I will see you again in 2015.  Happy New Year one and all!!
I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things.  Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas one and all
I wish you the very best of this season of joy.


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

And then there was cake!

You won't remember way back when I was soaking fruit for Christmas Cake baking I'm sure, but I was.  After all the soaking, the cakes were baked and wrapped up and fed some more brandy before being stored away in their tin.  One cake was kept here with us and the other was given away. 

Due to tricky circumstances in various ways we are having some different kinds of Christmas Day's in our family and then having what my family are now calling ChrisBox on Boxing Day - that is what the day after Christmas Day is called in England.  The other cake went to be part of ChrisBox.  Although none of our Christmas Days in our family are going to be what we had planned for the good thing about ChrisBox is that we can prolong the celebrations.

Anyway, two dinners, two present openings, two different days, but our home cake still needed to be decorated.  So yesterday I set about it.  That is to say I set about the job in hand, not  that I set about hitting the cake with a baseball bat!  I had marzipanned the cake last week and left it to dry a little before the icing was applied.  I had no idea what design I was going to go for with the decorating though.  I also could have done without the doorbell ringing halfway through the several hours it took to finish.  I could see the postman was at the door, not some double glazing saleschild so I had to answer it.  That just added to the trickiness of it.

So, here we have it.  Christmas Cake! 

I used fondant icing which I covered the whole cake with.  Then I applied several snowflakes in different sizes, cut out using cookie cutters and stuck on with dabs of vodka - it acts as a glue and then evaporates. 

After a fruitless search through my cake making boxes for some suitable decorations I remembered the tin with the birthday candles in and thought there might be something in there.  Finding two snowmen and three trees has never been so thrilling!  (I didn't make the snowmen, they were bought some years ago!)  It seemed sensible to go with a snow theme.  White icing, snowflakes, snowmen.  You know how it is!  The snowballs cover up the blemishes, especially the multitude around the base.  I have no idea how, despite my very best efforts, the base of the cake where it meets the board could look so much like something had chewed it, but it did!  The snowballs that took an age to make covered it all up though very nicely!

The expert cake decorators among you will spot the errors a mile off I am sure, but for us it looks pretty good and considering that I had no plans and was inspired by the contents of a box of candles it isn't too shabby is it!!  The cake will taste good - please let it taste good! - and that is the important bit.  If you want to see a wonderful cake, go and take a look at Gina's!

Well, that is me for now.  I have quick Happy Christmas message planned for tomorrow and my Five on Friday post will appear on ChrisBox - remember, the day after Christmas, otherwise known as Boxing Day! - and then that is me done for the year.  I have been and will be reading posts, but probably not commenting again until January, but I will be there!

It has been great blogging along with you all this year and I look forward to more of the same in 2015.  Thank you all so much for your visits, kind messages, support and comments.  I hope that you know that you are so greatly appreciated, but just in case you didn't pick up on that, you are, appreciated that is!!  You know I love blogging and I love Christmas and I love you all too! 

Happy Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful New Year to you all!! 

I hope that whatever Christmas Day brings for you it will be good and that you will have an enjoyable and relaxing day and that 2015 will be a great year for you!


Monday, 22 December 2014

O Christmas Tree

The season is really upon us now and it seems only appropriate to share pictures of the Christmas tree and decorations and so on, after all it is only a few days now until Christmas Day!

I have been trying to get some good pictures of the decorations and Christmas tree, but this year I seem to have failed to get what I wanted.  It has been too dark and grey whenever I have had chance to take some photos, and despite playing around with the lights and the camera flash it didn't really help.

Of course this has meant that I am rather disappointed, but instead of being down, I took the opportunity to play around with some effects both when taking and after taking my pictures instead.  Here is this years (rather blurry!) selection of pictures!

If the sun should come out in the next two days I will have another go, but as I am still sat here with the lights on...

The good news it that I really am not going shopping any more before Christmas!  The food is all bought, presents bought and wrapped - except for the last minute presents that I bought (don't tell hubby, the are for him!).  There are still approximately 100,000,000 things left to be done, but we are all in that boat right now aren't we.

I will sit back and enjoy the decorations - because thankfully they are not this blurry in real life and get on with the rest of the preparations.  I hope that you will be enjoying the last couple of days to Christmas and the big day itself of course.

Happy Christmas!