I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you all escaped the dreaded flu that seems to be everywhere at the moment?  My poor Mum has managed to get the Flu and break her toe and is understandably feeling very sorry for herself.  Other than that we’ve had a great Christmas, which has mostly involved eating, drinking and visiting family. On Christmas Day, my lovely girl said that I should open the first Christmas present as ‘Mummy you’ve worked so hard’ – she really knows how to melt my heart!

But I’m at the point of the holidays now where I’m restless and want to get back to real life, we still have boxes everywhere in the house so they are all going to the tip tomorrow and today I actually bought some real food, rather than Christmas food!  It also explains why I’m here when I didn’t think I’d be blogging until after the New Year.

I’ve been thinking about 2010 and what an odd year it’s been and how I’ll be quite pleased to see the back of it. Work wise it’s been brilliant, my little design company is going really well and I’ve worked for some really fabulous clients. On the flipside of that, in the last 12 months we’ve lost 6 family members to old age and one of our friends is currently very, very poorly. However Miss L managed to survive both a fall at school which nearly broke her cheekbone and the mystery virus which put her in hospital for 4 days – I’m very thankful to the NHS for the care she received both times. I was also lucky as the lump in my mouth which was removed, turned out to be ok and nothing more sinister.  So it does focused my mind as to what’s important in life and what’s not.

So for the first time in my life I’m actually drawing up a short resolution list for 2011:

1. Get fitter/lose weight –  actually walking the 2 mile round trip to school twice a day and taking some time out isn’t going to kill me.

2. Turn off the computer more often

3. Read actual books rather than a computer screen

4. Love more – tell everyone more often what they mean to me, I’ve learnt that sometimes you don’t get a second chance.

5. Cultivate friendships, I’ve made the startings of some lovely friendships this year and I hope to build on them more this coming year and to try keep up better with older friends.

6. Try and tame Miss L’s bedroom – you have to have one un-doable on a resolutions list! 🙂

Our 2010

Happy New Year to you all and thank you so much for reading my ramblings all year, it really means a lot x

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Present Wrapping

Present wrapping is the one thing I dread at Christmas, it takes forever and frankly I suck at it – despite the festive music!. When I was younger one of my friends used to take pity on me, and do it for me I was so bad! 🙂  But as he’s long gone, I’ve learnt to stand on my own two feet and do with a few simple rules.

  • Choose only a couple of colours, I’ve gone red and gold.
  • Pre-bought boxes for fragile things and tissue paper are very useful (like the glass sugar bowl above)
  • Buy a few Christmas tree sparkles to pop on them (Pound shops and Wilkinsons always have a great selection). I’m using small sprayed cones and some jewel like sparkles this year.
  • Ribbon of any sort looks great on a present

This year I’m also using some sparkly stick on letters in a discounted crafting kit and they are great for putting on the kids presents – big names so they can see them instantly under the tree – I’m going to try and get some every year now, they look fabulous!

This is my last post of the year as my girl finishes school tomorrow, so the computer is going off until New Year.  So I wish you all a wonderful peaceful Christmas and a Happy 2011! xx

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{The Gallery} Sparkle

Tara’s Gallery theme this week is ‘Sparkle’ and this is my favourite sparkle – the Cathedral Christmas tree. It’s 40ft high and just stunning, it makes me smile every year.

Pop over to Tara’s and check out everyone else’s favourite sparkle 🙂

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Getting in the Mood

I’m just about to start my Christmas wrapping, and to get into the mood I’ve just sorted out my Christmas iTunes playlist.  This is at the top – I can’t wrap without playing this!.  When I was hunting for a video on itunes, the original is not shareable but this version made me smile.   I spent a lot of Christmases at Disney World as a kid, so to me this just perfect.  Right better get on!

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Winter Wonderland

We’ve been really lucky and escaped most of the snow that’s engulfed the UK in the last couple of weeks, we’ve only had about half a centimeter and that’s long gone . This morning though we woke up to a beautiful if very severe frost.   The car was -9 when I went to de-ice it,  I had to take a shot of it the dashboard as I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so cold!

I also took some photos on my dog walk this morning as the park was so pretty. What’s it like where you are?

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Our Christmas Decorations are up

Last night we put the tree up, well more accurately I put the tree up and Miss L decorated it beautifully.  She’s done a lovely job, so I’ve snapped a few pictures of the tree and the other decorations round the house for the Christmas Tour. I hope you’ll join in – I’d love to see all yours too, you can add them to the linky here

Also pop over and have a look at

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Stocking Fillers – under £10

We ran out of time last night for putting decorations up, so we’re doing it tonight instead and I can’t wait! Miss L has already done the stairs and we’ve put up the cards that have arrived from early bird friends and family.  Work is almost over – I’m just doing bits and bobs now so I thought I’d indulge myself this morning with a spot of online window shopping.

So if you are running out of time to make presents with Thrifty Christmas or aren’t craftily inclined here are my pick of online presents under £10.

Tescos Knitted Slippers - £5
Cath Kidston Tea Towels - £10
(Amazon) Violet Posy Book Store - The Creative Family £7.07
Cath Kidston Bed Socks £8
Tesco Cable Knit Hot Water Bottle - £7
Cath Kidston Kids Bunch Floral Hand Bag - £10
Monsoon Perfume Bottle - £10
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