Friday, 30 December 2011

Christmas Past

We thought we might live here in this gorgeous Border Oak cottage for three years - and then build another house. But we have been here for 7 years now! So this was our 7th Christmas and I thought you might like to see my amateur photos of our decorations this year. The kiddie winks made lots of them this year so its all a bit higgledy - but I love what they did!

Min drew Father Christmas, with a silver beard!

I made some rosettes from my Toast catalogues to stick onto presents.

We nabbed some mistletoe and put it wherever we could

And I found a small gilt 'A' from my new favourite shop in Hay called 'The End' (its an acquired taste and Ben doesn't like the shop so I have to shop alone - dangerous!)

We cut some branches of silver birch from the garden and added some tiny paper doves

Min made this wreath from Vibernum in the garden - I was amazed and very impressed with her handiwork

More mistletoe hanging from the porch - Mr Postman was quite pleased/terrified?!

A paper garland made from an old book and magazine butterflies strung across the mantle with lots of candles

My favourite decorations - a felt polar bear.........

...........And some white fleece wrapped around a wire heart

 Gabriel chose this new wooden teddy - it was 75p from a local craft fair. I should have bought more!

a simple felt ginger bread man - so easy to make, and best of all it can't be broken (gabriel has tried!)

The whole tree, as decorated by M and G just about squeezed into the corner - it was lovely and bushy and hardly dropped a needle

 Min made this when she was three ish - a loo roll wrapped in cotton wool of course

The reception table was my choice - but Gabriel stuck the birds on the branches.

I am obsessed with natural beeswax candles at the moment - I love the colours, the smell and the texture. Some high end catalogues sell these for £10 plus - but these cost between £1 - 4 a pair in local shops. They do burn very quickly but I can put up with that.

And finally paper garlands made of strips of handprinted paper and my left over Cole and Son wallpaper They were easy and fun to make and look almost pretty in a 'homemade' sort of way?

So that was Christmas 2011 - I hope you all had a lovely time and that you enjoy NYE wherever you are and whomever you are with. I will see you in 2012!

With my warmest wishes


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

new stuff on the website

I have been a bit quiet on the blog because I have been a bit busy on the website. I really need to clone myself to complete all the tasks at the moment - but then I would need to destroy my spare 'selves', as I am the first to admit that two of me is two too many. I must be the only person who was upset to discover that I had bought some christmas presents on Monday - the most universal popular internet shopping day EVER - simply because I couldn't bear the thought that I did  the same as millions of others......... to have someone exactly the same as me would be very unoriginal wouldn't it?

Any way I digress.......

so what exactly have I been doing? Well if you pop over to the border oak website you will see that we know have some very nifty 'magazine' type book things. There is only one on there at the moment, with another 'self build journal' coming soon. I have also uploaded all of our brochures, so you have costs, plans, photos etc at your fingers day or night! you can still purchase the pack and the dvd if you'd rather as some people (ie me) prefer to have a lovely brochure to touch and absorb.

There is also a new case study with more coming.

The only thing really missing on the website now is the outbuilding section - which is VERY nearly ready.
If there is anything else you would like me to look into you just have to ask - once the website is set up my clones will have a bit of spare time on their hands................

p.s this is one of the options I have been playing around with for the new outbuildings brochure......Ben says it is too abstract and scary - I was thinking eye catching and distinctive - but nonetheless it has been consigned to the mental bin and I will try design something not quite so 'odd'.