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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 :) :) :) :)

 

 


17 Responses

  1. #1
    bellaboo 

    Goodness me you HAVE been busy! You are so well prepared for Xmas..I was just looking at the calender tonight and thinking,
    it’s not really that long,so I better get started.I’m sure everyone is going to be delighted with all your beautiful crochet gifts.So lovely to receive something made with love.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend. X

  2. #2
    admin 

    Hi Bellaboo :) Yip, been busy, busy, busy :) Not long to Christmas now, yay!!!! I can not wait :) I do hope everyone likes their gifts I have made :) I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend too :) xxx

  3. #3
    Pom Pom 

    Look at you go! The gingerbread house is so very cute!
    We have our Thanksgiving first. After that, we’ll start all the Christmas doings!
    Nice to see you! :)

  4. #4
    admin 

    Hiya Pom Pom :) Thank you, I did enjoy making the gingerbread house :) I hope you have a really wonderful Thanksgiving :)
    Nice to see you too :) xxx

  5. #5
    julie 

    Hi Melanie,So glad all’s well,lovely to read your new post.I LOVE all your Christmas makes,especially the gingerbread house and frosty,You are so clever.I’m the same here ,I love Christmas and have been watching things I taped last Christmas ,Jamie Oliver,Kirsties Homemade Christmas and I even watched Elf and its a wonderful life! I cant wait for this years Christmas programmes to start. All of your Christmas makes put me to shame ,but next year I’m going to start early ;O) Take care,love julie.xxxxx

  6. #6
    admin 

    Hi Julie :) Thank you for your lovely compliments :) I have been re-watching Kirsties Homemade Christmas too :) And Delia’s Christmas Cookery, and I am loving the new film channel, Christmas 24 which is all Christmas films 24/7, so whenever I sit down and get a few moments to myself, I watch this channel, I am really looking forward to Christmas :) xxx

  7. #7
    Barb 

    Hi Melanie, I had a feeling you were busy, and involved with Christmas, but had no idea how much so. Cute gingerbread cottage love the trees and all the other things.
    I bet it is wonderful to enjoy the cosy in your home. I could use it now.
    Barb

  8. #8
    admin 

    Hi Barb :) Yip, very busy with our Christmas preparations :) Thank you for liking my crochet :) It is so lovely and cosy in our home right now, we have put the tree and decorations up, and it is looking so cosy!!! If you lived closer you could of called in and enjoyed the cosiness with us, I hope your soon able to enjoy some cosy in your own home :) xxx

  9. #9
    Barb 

    Thanks Mel

    I would have called if I lived closer and I would have brought cookies and cakes and my comfortable footies to wear and accepted a nice cup of whatever you had to offer. We would have chatted for awhile while sipping our tea or cocoa and munched noisily on biscuits and such and then we would have sat back and enjoyed the movie of choice. I would have said things like, ” This is wonderful and thanks for your hospitality, but I have to go.” And you would have replied, “We’ll do this again, thanks so much for the cakes and please come back. ”
    LOL
    Imagining isn’t so bad since we are across the pond.

    Barb

  10. #10
    admin 

    You never know, it may happen one day :) John really wants to move to the US and I wouldn’t mind moving there either, so it may happen, sounds lovely though :)

  11. #11
    mary anne 

    I just came across your blog through ravelry and I am enjoying reading your posts. I love Christmas too and all the buildup to it, so much fun. Your cloths are lovely and the hat & scarf are gorgeous…and that gingerbread house is incredible! I will spend more time looking through your lovely blog posts.

  12. #12
    admin 

    Hiya Mary Anne :) Thank you for liking my blog :) The build up to Christmas is what I love the most :) Thank you so much for your lovely compliments on my crochet :) I will have to look out for you on Ravelry, what is your username? Perhaps you could email me on Ravelry? I hope you enjoyed looking through my blog, I know I enjoy doing it :) xxx

  13. Your Christmas crochet is gorgeous Melanie! And I’ve seen the knitted version of the Nativity scene too. Both are so pretty.

    We’re all decorated here but for the front door wreath. I always buy a real pine wreath for that and they aren’t available yet. Hubby has all his shopping done, but I’ve yet to start mine. I have my list finalized, if that counts, lol!

    It’s cold and very blustery here today. What’s it like up your way?

    Ali x

  14. #14
    Carol 

    You have been very busy! Love all your crochet for Christmas, especially the gingerbread house, the snowman, the nativity……….. well all them really!
    I’ve just done my ‘practice’ mincepies (using a different filling) and they are scrummy so won’t last very long.
    I like the Christmas films too, my sister recommends ‘Christmas Box’ but recommends a hankie at the ready.
    Carol xx

  15. #15
    admin 

    Hiya Ali :) Thank you so much on your lovely compliments on my crochet :) I have seen the knitted Nativity too and love it :)
    Yip, all done here too, decorating wise that is :) Still got a few more pressies to make and buy, cards to send, baking to do ect….. I love all the preparations for Christmas :)
    Having your list finalized does count indeed :) You have made a start by thinking what to get people, which I think is always fun :)
    Today it is canny cold, but the wind has died down for now.
    Hope you have a lovely day :) xxx

    Hiya Carol :) Thank you so much for all your lovely compliments on my crochet, I really enjoyed crocheting all my Christmas makes :)
    I am also going to start doing some practice runs on Christmas baking, I am thinking Christmas cookies, decorated in icing ect…. to make them look very Christmassy :) I bet your mince pies are scrumptious :)
    I have not seen the Christmas Box, I will have to look out for this one, I have been watching Christmas films at every spare moment I get, I love them :)
    Hope you have a lovely day :) xxx

  16. #16
    lorraine(qiviut-queen) 

    Loved this post, i adore christmas eve in England & i really miss all the christmas food. In quebec (where i am) they don’t do christmas dinner, i am the only person in our road who makes a christmas dinner. Isn’t that awful, ”no christmas dinner”. In the English part of Canada they make christmas dinner . I told my lot, this christmas i will not be around to make their dinner i’m off for a relaxing break anyplace they do christmas !

    Barnes park. I went there once or twice when my daughter was only a few weeks old….its a beautiful park. My parents had a shop close to chester rd ….i loved going to Kemps.
    have fun !

  17. #17
    admin 

    Hi Lorraine :)

    Thank you, I am pleased you like this post, I enjoyed crocheting all the Christmassy stuff :)
    Christmas in England is something special, I love it :)
    Oh no!!! No Christmas dinner, that is awful!
    I hope you get to do Christmas this year, the way you love it :)

    So, are you from Sunderland? Barnes Park is a lovely park, I love going there :) What was your parents shop called? I may remember it :)
    I love Kemps too, I go there often for my wool :)

    I hope you’re having a lovely day :) xxx

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