Friday, December 27, 2013

A Special Gift.

I'm delighted with my Christmas gift from my very dear husband. It is a lovely side table, in the French style, which opens to a card table. I' know I'm very spoilt and love being  so. Thank you, my very dear  husband.




A Few More Gifts.



 Stitching efforts of late have been limited to a gift or two for Christmas. I managed to make another ten covered coat hangers, all in all, a dozen in four days. I'm looking forward to different stitching over the next few days Patchwork & cross stitching are calling, it seems such a long time since any of that kind of pastime.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Celebrations.

This year we celebrated with a very late lunch - early dinner. It was a warm day, in spite of the predictions for a miserable Christmas Day, with rain along with low temperatures. We managed to get to 28C.

We started with a first course of Champagne Jellies & berry fruits. They were delicious and just the right starter on a warm  evening. We followed with sliced baked ham with a garnish of greens topped with glazed, sliced almonds, also a turkey, pomegranate, toasted Israeli couscous, & broccoli salad, along with a warm choritzo, pecan, feta, fig and mesculen salad.

 

Our sweet course of Creme Brule, was made by our competent, 11 year old chef. What a scrumptious way to end a Christmas dinner Nicholas, well done.

A New Ornament Tree.


 
A small ornament tree, which has served me well for over a decade or so, has been upgraded for a larger model. My very DH, constructed a new pine dowel tree for this year. There are several spare hooks for new exchange additions along with any new ornaments I choose to stitch.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas is Approaching

 

Christmas gifts are being sorted & wrapped for loved ones, friends & helpers. I made these coat hangers recently for a very dear friend, along with a jar of shortbread. Shortbread, although usually a New Year's  gift, for us it has been a traditional family gift for decades, from our home to others at this time of the year.

The tree is up & decorated & our home is dressed ready for this wonderful time of the year. I found this year my small ornament tree could not handle one more personally made & hand stitched ornament. My very Dear Husband made me a lovely new wooden dowel tree, especially for these much loved treasures. It is  looking resplendent with all the wonderful pieces I've collected over many Christmases. He wants to "tweek" it for next year, however I'm enjoying it for now. Some gifts are still to be sorted along with a little more baking to complete. Five and a half days to go, so I'm sure all will be ready before the big day.