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It’s looking a lot like Christmas

December 10, 2015

It’s that time again when I get my Christmas decorations from the loft and put them out in exactly the same place, in the same way I do every year.  Many of them have happy memories attached.

Grandma Annie's knitted snowman

Grandma Annie’s knitted snowman

The wooden Father Christmas with the pipe that smokes was bought from the German Christkindel market in Leeds. My daughters and I had a wonderful time there. The knitted snowman with a slightly crooked face was made by my late grandma and I always think of him as a little part of granny Annie sharing our Christmas with us. The  felt tree decorations were made by my daughters when they were little. Now they are grown-up and away at university, it’s a lovely reminder of those afternoons together spent cutting, stitching, sticking and baking.

My daughters' handmade felt tree

My daughters’ handmade felt tree

I miss making things with them but that doesn’t stop me flying solo and Christmas is the perfect excuse to get creative. I made this little scene last year after seeing something similar in John Lewis. It’s an old jam jar with cotton wool in the bottom. The reindeer and tree are cake decorations and I stuck them down with super glue.

A bit bonkers but I love my snowy scene in a jam jar

A bit bonkers but I love my snowy scene in a jam jar

Another jar project below. This one is the base for my twig tree. It is decorated with 1940s glass baubles and my treasured etched glass optician’s lens made by Yorkshire’s Andy Poplar, aka Vinegar and Brown Paper

Another jam jar project - or was it a pickled onions jar?

Another jam jar project – or was it a pickled onions jar?

I’m also planning to have a go at making these little pinecone trees, which I found on the Hobbycraft blog. There are lots of festive projects listed on there.

Pinecone trees

Pinecone trees

Finally, I always offload some of my old decorations that have no real significance so I can make room for a few new ones. This year I bought ten of these wooden ones, 95p each, from The Home  store at Salts Mill, Saltaire. I love, love, love this place. Everything is so beautiful and carefully chosen and their Christmas displays are inspirational.

My new tree decorations from The Home at Salts Mill

My new tree decorations from The Home at Salts Mill

 

 

 

 

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