Thursday, 15 December 2011

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

Good morning

Are you feeling festive yet?? I think today I am. 

We tried hard at the weekend to bring some festive feeling into the VV household - we decided to put our tree up on Sunday. Things were gathered from the attic and cupboards and left in the front room till spare time was found. Once little son had been delivered to play carols in a little church in town, the remainder of us gathered in the front room. Big son has the attention of a gnat when it comes to low-tech stuff and soon wandered off to the safety of his gadget haven bedroom! This left just the 2 of us. The tree is easy - 3 parts and a stand. 

MrVV then turns to me and asks 'Where are the lights?' 
'In the box taped to the tree box' was my reply. 
'Oh no they're not' he says in his best panto voice.
'Blast, well where are they?'
Off he trots to the attic - actually he grumps and huffs about this ;)
The attic is searched and no lights are found. Perhaps they didn't survive last christmas? Who knows - I can't remember what I did last week let alone 11 months ago!!

So we down decorating and head off to the nearest place that might sell Christmas lights - the Factory Shop in the next town. Hurrah they had lights - only coloured ones but at just £5 they'll do - hopefully they'll last longer than one year!

Anyhow - the tree is finally up and the decorations have exploded on there in their usual random chaotic muddle :) I've even managed to put some other bits and pieces up too - that meant housework had to be done as well - trouble is once you tidy one bit it makes the rest look bad!!

I've tried to take pics of the tree lit up in the dark - not sure I've got the settings quite right - however I did like this weird effect I got when I move the camera - Christmas light candy canes;

Now there's a tree, it means that presents can go under it - but they've to be wrapped first - the first few have made it under there;

Nice and simple - brown paper, recycled card tags and crocheted ribbon.

Some presents can't go under yet as they are still unfinished. Two fairies came off the production line yesterday afternoon and as it was dry decided to pose outside in the ivy for you;

 Almost twins - there's a 3rd one that might get finished today.

Here's the rear view with the felt wings;

I don't think I'll be taking photos outside today - the weather is yuck - very wet, cold and windy. I'm happily staying indoors - plenty to do - both boring (housework) and fun (baking & sewing).

Right - I'd best be off - the pastry has chilled for long enough and I need to make mince pies for visitors later.

See you at the weekend for a final Pause in Advent - just how quickly is time flying by?

xxx Vicki xxx


Kashi said...

I love the Candy Cane effect on your photo of your tree. Those fairies are really neat. Have a Merry Christmas!

topchelseagirl said...

Indoor photos in the dark are tricky - I have a 'candle' setting on my camera, which I find the best.
I made recycled card gift tags this year too.

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

In answer to your question, Vicki, I never feel festive but then that's just Little Old Bah Humbug Me! Love those fairies, though. Oh and those prezzies with the crocheted string - genius.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Your tree looks lovely. A nightmare though when lights go walk abouts! glad you got some new ones that didnt cost loast.

Love your fairies and wrapping paper. So pretty.

Well the decorations are up and we are nearly there with the presents. Phew roll on the end of tomorrow, and some time with my girls.


Jackie said...

Your tree is wonderful Vicki - very pretty. xx

MelMel said...

Hi all looks lovely and festive!xx

Catherine said...

So Christmassey! Lovely! Cx

Dina said...

Love the way you wrap your presents up hehe x

delia hornbook said...

Your home is looking lovely and festive ;-)) Lovely decs on the tree. And those dolls are gorgeous. Hope you had a lovely afternoon with your vistors. dee xx

Floss said...

The tree looks great - and the weird effect is, well, very effective! My dad is organising our tree, and has apparantly been out for a new string of lights too - we'll decorate it together when we get to Edinburgh on Christmas Eve!

My second round (or is it third?) of mince pies has disappeared, so I'd better make some more. Son 1 has just learned how to make his dad's amazing fudge, so I think we're going to do very well for sweets this Christmas! See you for the final Pause on Sunday!

SarahB said...

Ooooh, your house is looking lovely!!

We had to do the search for the tree lights thing too, and hubby did a good deal of moaning, we still have a couple of sets without their plug adapter thingies - why do they make them with plugs that come off? They always get lost!!

Love the fairies!!

S x

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

The candy cane effect is cool! I've been trying and failing to photo the tree too - we've got one picture where a gingerbread man appears to be whirling around into some kind of vortex!

Claire said...

i seem to be over run by lights this year, i must have bought a load in the sales!

Vintage Squirrel said...

I like the odd photo of the tree as it's almost like fireworks! Actually, the fun fairies almost have firework hair - brilliant!
Katie x

Vix said...

That's a great effect, it looks like an arty Xmas card! I love your punky fairies, too. x

whatshappeningatmyhouse said...

LOVE your fairies, Vicki - they're fab! x

Tea at Weasel's said...

Your tree looks fab! My tree looks pretty chaotic as usual...I think it adds to the charm though!! ;) I was secretly hoping that our lights would have snuffed it when we dragged them out the box this year (I think they're too bright) but noooo... they're still going strong...Grrr! lol

Your fairies look gorgeous, whoever they are for will be pleased as punch at Christmas I'm sure (I would be!)

Merry Christmas to you & your family,
Louise xxx