Thursday, 24 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Snow in the East of England has turned the garden into a winter wonderland and scared the living daylights out of the hens! Oh dear me, they do not like snow. Well out of their comfort zone, probably not so much the cold (although I don't think Fanny's very keen), but just because it's white.
"Who put that there?!"
"Who put that there?!"
Last night I felt so sorry for them that I tried to warm up their Eglu with two old stone hot-water bottles, but as usual, something new was a bit too much for this reactionary trio. Fanny wouldn't go in at all, Madge went in, gingerly, and Hilda got stuck in the entrance as Madge had turned round to come straight back out again. So I opened the egg door and removed the bottles, which probably let even more cold air in. I must learn not to interfere, I must learn not to interfere, I must learn not to interfere. Nope, it's no good ..... one New Year's resolution I know I just can't keep.
Posted by Chrissie at 12:30
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
No surprises being given away here - these were last year's efforts for my neices. I transfer printed some old Christmas cards, zhoozhed them up with some glitter glue (thank you Anne!) and appliqued them to the goody-bags made from my stash of fabric. The baubles were old glass ones which I got for 5p each at my favourite op-shop and gathered up with a vintage ribbon bow to complete the festive feel. I've got some ideas up my sleeve for this year, something a bit more minimalist and modern ...... and pinkpinkpink. Maybe. Don't want to spoil the surprise....
Posted by Chrissie at 08:00
Sunday, 6 December 2009
1. Détail broderie, 2. Poudre de riz, 3. Old bowls , 4. Montre à Gousset Famille, 5. red and white tree (finished), 6. ..., 7. December bouquet~, 8. Christmas stocking, 9. antonia
I love Flickr. The rain is lashing against the windows like a scene from Moby Dick, but I'm snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug with my new efficient central-heating system, a nice warm laptop and access to the most fantastic photographs from all over the world. Hope you like them too.
Today seems like a good day to stay indoors and continue reinstating my workroom, now that the floorboards are back down. I'm being completely and utterly ruthless about what is welcomed back from exile. There's a limit to how many hairless paintbrushes I shall need for poking things, for example. Four should be enough. Don't you think?
Have a lovely day, whatever you're doing!
Posted by Chrissie at 08:37
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Sorry folks if you think your eyes have gone funny, I'm messing about with different effects on Picasa (which I've just discovered is installed on my laptop)! The heating engineer is still huffing and puffing installing our new boiler and flushing out all the radiators, so my workroom remains out-of-bounds and I'm trying to amuse myself ... I'm afraid there's probably more of this to follow in future blogs, so be warned!
Yesterday I went with a couple of friends to Fleetville Vintage Emporium, in St. Albans, which I had read about on VintageRockChick's blog. Lots of gorgeous vintage clothes which, if I was a slip of a girl, I would have loved to have owned. We did wrestle our petite mate Anne out of her liberty bodice (it was a cavernous place with NO HEATING - AAAARGH!) to make her try on a couple of things, but even she wasn't little enough to fit them. But I did buy a basket, the last thing on earth I'm short of, and Charlotte bought a sweet pressed-glass cake stand. When we got back I was in serious trouble with the plumbers, who, left to brew their own cuppas, had only been able to find Earl Grey teabags in my cupboard. When I'm feeling stronger, I'll share with you their views on perfumed tea .....
Posted by Chrissie at 15:06