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I love books about Christmas! I always have done, the very first picture in this post I adore, it is from Miss Read’s book Over The Gate, a story about rival neighbours which is very humorous! I love how the little girls and their mamas are dressed in this picture :)

Each Christmas I love to look through all the Christmas books in the house ( which includes Julia’s books this year too ), stories, compilations, craft books, cookery and crochet books, I love to leaf through the pages and be seeped in Christmas magic!

Each night, at Julia’s bedtime, I am reading Julia a story from the book My Christmas Treasury ( which is a fabulous book! ) and then singing her a carol from the book, she loves it, as do I!

I have just finished reading Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories ( which has only come out this year ), it is such a lovely book, with short Christmas stories and a long story running right through the book called Family Christmas, which goes through all the traditions of Christmas. I have recently attained quite a few Enid Blyton books ( more about which I will write in my next post ) after a long time of wishing for them, 2 of which you see here, the Christmas book and Julia Saves Up. I had the latter when I was little and loved this book, it has Christmas stories as well as normal stories in it’s pages, and of course with the title story been about a little girl called Julia, I could not resist!

The doll I was crocheting for Julia for Christmas turned out not so good, so I have crocheted the doll you see above instead :) It is a Waldorf inspired doll, done using this pattern, I really enjoyed making this one, and with the pattern been so versatile, I will definitely be using it again! I shall wrap this dolly up for Christmas for Julia, I can not wait to see her face when she opens this! We managed to get a wooden dolls cot to match the highchair and pram ( see previous post ), so she will have the set come Christmas morning, the cot was really hard to obtain, and I thought it would have to be after Christmas when we got it, but thankfully they came back in stock and we got it for our gorgeous girl :)

Julia is cutting new teeth on an almost daily basis now! She loves to show us her tooty pegs bless her, our beautiful baby girl :)

I am loving the build up to Christmas, it is probably my most favourite time of the year, and Christmas with a toddler in the house is magic! I am loving the wrapping of presents, the making and buying of gifts, the writing out and delivering of cards, I loved putting the tree up and seeing Julia’s reaction to it ( wary at first, but now she won’t leave it alone! ), listening too and singing Christmas carols, reading Christmas stories quietly and aloud, planning on what Christmas fare to cook and bake, I am really looking forward to going to the Women’s Institute ( of which I am a member ) Christmas party with a good friend of mine, that will be fun! Yes, I love Christmas :)

Thank you for reading everyone, bye for now :) xx




Hello Everyone :)

How are you all today??? Hows the weather where you are?? It is very sparkly and frosty here, pretty to look at, but freezing!!!!

This post is going to be about all sorts, hence the title :)

The other day, we went shopping, and I bought more cruelty free products, you see, I have got rid of all our cosmetics, and my make up which were not cruelty free, so I had to replace them, so I went into Superdrug, and bought their own brand make up, which is called MUA, and all is BUAV approved, not tested on animals ect… and every single thing in this make up range is only…………. £1.00!!!!  So I bought….

Face powder and blusher


Mascara and eyeliner

And lipstick and nail varnish :) Oh, and I also bought..

Eco friendly powder puffs :)

And while in Superdrug, I also got stocked up on a few more essentials…

Superdrug is just brilliant, I love this shop, it is cheap, they have a wide variety of products, all thier products are excellent quality, and all are BUAV approved, what more can a girl want :)

We then went to the CO OP and bought more cruelty free, BUAV approved household essentials…

In the CO OP, it is really easy to see which are their products, and all carry the BUAV approved symbol on the front of their products, so it is even easier to identify which are cruelty free (all CO OPs products are cruelty free, but obviously they stock products by other brands who are not)

So now we are all stocked up on cruelty free products, and we both feel so much better for taking the time to research what is cruelty free, and then going out and buying them, and using them, it is great to know that none of our products have been tested on animals :)

The other day, I also went wool shopping ( I always call yarn wool, just a habit, :) ) and I got lots of lovely stuff, in a variety of colours…

Sparkly wool and…

Plain wool, in lots of lovely colours :) I love the brands Woolcraft and Stylecraft, their wools are a pleasure to work with, and they all have a gorgeous sheen to them :)

Would you like to see my wool stash????? Okey dokey then :)

(can you see Whiskey trying to climb into my wool chest, lol, little blighter!!!! :) )

I have other skeins of wool stashed hither and thither, but these are my main stashes, I have an absolute load in the chest!!! i love wool!!!!! In the above photo, you can also see my collection of retro Golden Hands magazines, I love these, and in the vase are my knitting needles, tunisian crochet hooks, and wooden roses John bought me :) And in the treacle tin, are my crochet hooks…

So thats my stash :) On top of my wool chest, I keep my sewing basket, a box of threads, and some teacup candles I made…

John bought me the lovely sewing basket, I love it :) He knows what I am like about cats, lol, I love them :) Would you like to see in my sewing box????…..

I love ribbons, and I always keep them when I buy something which has a ribbon tied on it, like pyjamas, a smelly gift set, anything:) The top compartment comes out, and under it is…..

my other sewing things:) I love my sewing box :)

I thought I would show you a few things in our home, so we will start in the kitchen…

Our back door, in our sunshine yellow kitchen…

I got this bag from the W.I, love it :)

Our calender which I got free with Country Homes and Interiors magazine

the tea area (please excuse the tiles, we are either going to re-groute, or rip them off completely and re-tile, the tiles were this awful dirty colour when we moved in, we hate them!!!)

A peg bag I made :) (naughty Jack sneaking on the kitchen bench!!!!)

My favourite tea towels

And now shall we go into the sitting room ( I was just missioning around, taking photos of anything, lol)

My settee pillow, with my retro pillow case on :) I do like to have a nice feather pillow kept downstairs, especially for me to lie back on and get nice and comfy on the settee, while I am reading, watching tv and crocheting :)

My Cath Kidston book and magazines, which I love to look through, for inspiration

And my latest W.I.P bag :) I got this bag last year for my birthday, it is a handbag really, and I used it as a handbag for ages, but it is now a bit past its sell by date, so to speak, so I am now using it as my crochet bag :) And in it, is my latest W.I.P, which is…

A pink and white baby blanket :)

Last night, I got all cosy on the settee, put on the weeks worth of Born and Bred I had taped, and had an enjoyable night watching that, crocheting, and findig inspiration from my inspiration books, and Cath Kidston magazines…

I love my insiration books, any pictures that I love from magazines, I cut out and glue in my books, for future inspiration :)

Okey dokey, I am going to do the house work now, have a nice hot bubble bath, put lovely clean jimjams on, and then spend the afternoon at my sewing machine :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave your lovely comments :)

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)