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Please open the door and step inside our Cosy Christmas Wonderland, (also know as our sitting room :) )

We decorated our sitting room last week :) I like to really go to town on our sitting room, making it look extra cosy and Christmassy :) We put a few more decorations around the house, but the sitting room is where most of them go, and I love it :)

 

We actually have more decorations than this in our sitting room, streamers on ceiling, snowmen on the window sill, my crochet gingerbread house on the tv, tinsel and decorations on the photos, they are all over, and I absolutely adore been in this room, with the fire on, lamp lit, and the tree lights sparkling, it is so cosy, so Christmassy and so lovely, I feel completely happy when in this room, I wish we could leave the decorations up all year round :) Absolute cosy, Christmassy bliss :)

Have you put yours up yet? I am really looking forward to looking through my favourite blogs and seeing all your lovely Christmas tree’s and decorations :)

We are nearly all done and prepared now for Christmas, the house is decorated, most of the presents have been bought and are put away ready to wrap, I am nearly done on my Christmas crochet gifts, I am going to make a start soon on some trial runs for my Christmas baking, so all that is left to do really is to send out the cards (most of them are wrote out ready to send), get the rest of the pressies in and wrap them all, do my Christmas baking and cleaning (which I will start on about a week before Christmas) and get our Christmas grocery shopping in (again, about a week before Christmas) and we are all done :)

As you can probably tell, I like to be organised, and I have a To Do notebook :) I feel very happy as I am ticking off all the things I have wrote in my To Do book :) I adore Christmas, and I like to make the most of it, so I like to be very organised at this time of year, and keeping a  To Do books helps me to to that :) I have already wrote out crochet gift idea’s to make for next Christmas, lol, I plan on making an early start on them next year, so I can make more, and so that the things I make are better than what I have made this year, as this year, I started on my crochet Christmas gifts quite late, so am only making simple things, as I do not have the time now to be making fancy things, but next year I will :) And on that note, let me show you the recent Christmas crochet gifts I have made and am making :)

I have crocheted for my dad and Pam, matching slippers :)

They love anything like this, so I thought it would be a great idea to do them matching pairs, I can just see them sitting together on Christmas night with their matching slippers on, very snug under the blanket I crocheted for them (shown in the previous post ) :)

I made Pams slippers quite girly, with a pretty flower on the front

And I have kept my dads quite manly looking, with them been brown and trimmed in grey

I do hope they like them :) I am currently crocheting a big, double size blanket for my mother and father in law, to go on their bed, to give them extra warmth on these cold winter nights :) I am crocheting it in mainly green to match their bedroom, but with some pastel colours thrown in too, I have been working on this for 8 days now, and am half way done :)

I have done this blanket in simple stripes, for quickness really, as with it been so close to Christmas, I did not want to risk doing anything more fancy and time consuming just in-case I did not have the time to get it finished, wrapped and give to my in laws on Christmas day, but next year I will make them (and my dad and Pam ) a fancier blanket :)

So, thats it for my Christmassy part of this post :) What else have I been doing, well now, let me see :) I have cleaned my in laws huge sitting room rug for them, and cleaned their windows to save them doing it, I have been watching Christmas films at every spare moment I get, and I have been loving watching I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Does anyone else watch this? I love it, and I have also been enjoying watching the X Factor and can not wait for the final (I want Marcus or Amelia to win :) ), and I have been browsing the BBC website to see what they are showing this Christmas, and there is plenty to keep me happy, Dickensian things, cookery shows, comedy shows, here is the link so you can see what the BBC has to offer us this Christmas, I have been shopping and cleaning, going for fresh winters walks, and baking too :)

 

I made this cake the other day and adore the pink glitter on it :)

It is a lemon sponge cake, filled and topped with lemon butter icing, and decorated with little sweeties and edible pink glitter :)

I am in love with edible glitter now, lol :)

And thats it for this post :) I am going to do some cleaning and ironing today, then get myself all snug and cosy, wrapped up in my granny square blanket on the settee, in our Cosy Christmas Wonderland, and carry on crocheting my in laws blanket while watching lovely Christmas films, then tonight, hubby and I, and all 4 of our lovely animals, will get nicely settled in the most festive room on our house, and have a lovely and cosy night together, I LOVE this time of year, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year :)

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

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

Hello Everyone :)

Sorry it has been so long since I last posted! I have been quite busy of late, and then my blog went down so that needed fixing, but it seems as though everything is now working, so I can do a catch up post at last :)

Are you all getting ready for Christmas? I am, I have been crocheting like crazy, making ornaments for the house, and am now crocheting gifts for family to wrap up and give them come Christmas day :) But more of that later :)

We have been quite busy in the house of late, getting a new stair carpet put down ect… We were going to paint the floor boards, but noticed our little doggies slipping on the bare wood, so we opted for a carpet instead, so they can walk easily on it without slipping :) And now, I am starting on my Christmas cleaning, so the house is all nice come the big day, and in December some time I will start on my Christmas cooking :)

We have been Christmas shopping and have bought the bulk of the pressies, so we have those in now, all ready to be wrapped up, but we do still need to buy a few more bits and pieces, before all the Christmas shopping is done :)

On Thursday coming we are going to put the tree and decorations up and I can not wait!!! I love this yearly ritual, of listening to Christmas songs and Carols, while John and I decorate our home, to make it look truly festive and Christmassy, it is wonderful and I love it :)

So, anyway, before I go on any more about Christmas, did you all have a happy Halloween and Bonfire Night? We enjoyed Halloween, I put out all my crocheted Halloween ornaments, and John and I carved 2 pumpkins, which we lit and put in the sitting room, and it looked quite cosy in a spooky kind of way on Halloween night in our home :)

We enjoyed watching spooky things on telly and had a lovely night :) Bonfire night was ok, though the poor animals were terrified of all the fireworks going off, I was pleased when it was over and done with!

And now that Halloween and Bonfire Night are over and done with, the next big thing to look forward too is Christmas, and I am definitely looking forward to it, I adore the build up to Christmas, planning everything, putting the tree up, going Christmas shopping, sending out cards and wrapping the pressies, doing my Christmas cleaning and cooking, making things for Christmas, I love every single moment of it and make the most of it every single year, that is why I like to have the tree up quite early so we can make the most of it, as after all, Christmas only comes once a year :)

I have already been watching all my Christmas cookery and craft shows that I have taped in years past, and I am going to start watching Christmas films too, I love Christmas films :) I am really looking forward to watching all the Christmassy things that will be coming on telly soon, I love to watch the different shows the different channels put on telly each year, makes me feel so Christmassy :)

Anyway, I think you can probably tell I am really looking forward to Christmas, and am in a festive mood already :) So, let me show you my Christmas crochet :) My first Christmas make this year was the crochet ginger bread house…

For the house itself I followed a pattern, but the idea of putting the house on a board covered in white paper to resemble snow, and then adding a pond, little duckie and tree’s was my own idea, as I wanted to make a proper wintery, Christmassy, Fairy Tale scene, and I am very pleased with how it has turned out :)

 

I have also crocheted a Nativity scene

This is my own pattern, and I wanted to make a Nativity scene myself instead of buying one, so I could put part of myself into it. Mary is in blue, Joseph in green, the shepherds in brown, the 3 wise men in rich colours holding a ‘gold box’ each, and in those boxes are their gifts to the Baby Jesus, and the Baby Jesus is lying in his crib, wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Other Christmas decorations I have crocheted are Frosty The Snowman

and Christmas tree decorations, including 2 Christmas puddings, a Christmas cupcake and a Christmas stocking :)

And for Christmas gifts that I am crocheting, I have a huge list of idea’s to do, but whatever is left unfinished this year from my list, I will make for next Christmas, I plan on making a very early start on my crochet Christmas gifts next year :) So far, I have crocheted Pam (my dads lovely partner) a fancy red beret

For Pam and my Mother In Law, I have crocheted them each a pink bamboo face cloth

and to go with these I am going to buy a fancy soap to wrap up with them, so that should make a nice gift :)

And I have crocheted a nap blanket for my dad and Pam, to keep on their settee for when they want to take a nice afternoon nap :) I have crocheted it in colours to match their sitting room decor, as that is where the blanket will live, on their settee in their sitting room :)

And right now I am crocheting Pam a pair of bedsocks in self patterning sock wool, and then I will crochet my dad a pair of socks, then make a start on a rather large crochet project, a blanket to fit my mother and father in law’s bed, so I will have to work like crazy on this blanket to get it finished it time for Christmas!!

And just before I go, I will show you a hat and scarf set I have crocheted for myself for these cold winter months :) I used the gorgeous, chunky, multi coloured wool that my dad and Pam kindly gave me, and which I just love!

I have worn these recently, and they are so warm and keep me so snug :)

Okey dokey, I am off now to do some cleaning, have a nice bath and then carry on crocheting Pams bedsocks :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave your lovely comments, I will try not to leave it so long before I do another post :)

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