Monday, 31 December 2012

A new year beckons

To all you wonderful bloggers, those who just drop in for a quick read, and friends.  

2012 has been a good year.  As always it is a time to reflect on what has passed and to anticipate the blossoming future.

I am healthy.
I am blessed to have a family who love me.
I am content.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Friday, 28 December 2012


Welcome you lovely new followers!!!
and thank you for your comments,
which from now on I'll be replying to on the post itself.

Did you all have a wonderful Christmas?
  We had a lovely day spent with our children but now they've all gone back to work and are enjoying spending time with their friends.

I received a few lovely gifts, including a few books and I'll be doing book reviews on these soon!

I'm enjoying an empty house, hubby and I.  
We sip tea while the rain continues to drip outside.  It's been a wet Christmas.  I love this in between time, Christmas is over, but the new year beckons and there is a quiet lull as we lead up to 2013.

My mind is on decluttering for the new year.  I'm determined not to collect brochures and fliers of every place I visit! Watch this space for a post on storage and decluttering in the coming months.

I'll also be doing a post on giving your table the WOW factor.  

I have a few new years resolutions which include getting more exercise, being more creative, taking up dance classes and getting to grips with taking the perfect photograph!

Do you have any new year resolutions?

Do you ever keep them?

Enjoy the weekend and the New Year Celebrations.  I for one, shall be having a quiet one, by choice.

Until next time!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Christmas Table

What a joyous occasion it is when family can get together over this special festive time.  As each year passes I realise what a privilege it is and how wonderful it is to be able to share Christmas with my children.  It's a time to celebrate and spoil our loved ones, to enjoy good food, laughter and the magic of Christmas and to remember the reason we celebrate at all.

In our family we have three days of celebration, starting with the Christmas Eve feast of seafood where we gather and enjoy an intimate family celebration before the BIG day.  Christmas day we reflect on all the good things that has happened in the year and enjoy each other's company.  

Today, Boxing day, I've relaxed and sipped tea, made phyllo mince pies and paged through my lovely new books!

Tonight we gather once more for an intimate casual buffet supper.  It's all good.  Despite the work involved, I wouldn't have it any other way.

My pink Christmas table - which raised a few eyebrows when I mentioned it would be pink, but I adore it! 

To all you lovely bloggers out there, enjoy this time of festive cheer, may you feel loved, cherished, spoiled and ready for the next year's festivities!

Happy Holidays!

Until next time...

Monday, 24 December 2012

One day to go...

It's been a busy few days.  This morning, very early I said goodbye to my sister, who I last saw six years ago.   We took a trip down memory lane as we visited homes we had lived in as young children, walked down familiar highstreets and took in the sights of London, seeing a show and tea at Laduree, Harrods, sharing  wonderful memories to carry us through 2013.

May you enjoy the season of goodwill with friends and family and may the spirit of LOVE surround you over the next few days.

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Winter White

Okay, so we're probably not going to get snow down south, but that's okay...maybe next year.

I'm finished baking, decorating, primping and about you?


photos of last year's Christmas decorations

Jamie Oliver's quick mince pies...baked yesterday and hardly any left...

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Friday, 14 December 2012

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Thanks to all of you for joining me on my new blog! 

I'm a little envious of the snow falling in various parts of England and the rest of Europe.  I love Christmas time snow...but I have to be content with reading blogs where the snow is laying thick and silent.  It's been raining on and off all day, it's grey, dark and in this kind of weather I try and brighten up my space. I'm in love with colourful interiors at the moment, it's the perfect antidote to the grey outdoors!

Michel van Devender's home in North Carolina featured in this month's Lonnymag is my kind of room...dark walls, great colourful artwork and a fabulous Christmas tree

I'm off Christmas shopping with my eldest daughter tomorrow.  Not quite last minute.
Hope you enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, 6 December 2012

The count down

How are you all doing with your Christmas preparations?  Have you started yet...or like me have you nearly finished.  I decided that this year I wasn't going to run around at the last minute on Christmas Eve buying that last gift!  So I started early...casually and gradually.  Slow and unhurried. 

Every year I like to do a different colour theme at the Christmas table.  This year I'm doing shades of pink...yes I know, very untraditional but I like stretching the imagination...I made my table napkins which have green leaves and pink hydrangeas, my candles for the candlelabra are various shades of pink....I'll show you the table when I take pics on Christmas day.

I've used so many tealights already I need to get shares in the company that make them!  I love the glow they give, and the shadows that dance on the walls.  These pretty vintage looking tealight holders come from that lovely Swedish store we all love...

I'm decorating the tree, and guess hundreds of people, my tree lights didn't work.  So new lights are on the cards if hubby can't fix these!  Pics of the tree so far...I'll be adding more baubles as I decorate the rest of the house.

This is a very traditional German Christmas decoration, depicting baby Jesus in the crib at the top with the shepherds and three kings...the heat from the candles allow the propellors to turn around and the figures inside also turn around...I bought this in Namibia, Africa.  It comes out every year and used to fascinate my children when they were little.

I baked these chocolate chip cookies this morning, dusted with a little edible glitter as always.  I'm taking these to the girls in the office this morning!  After all, it's a little indulgence won't go amiss!

I know...this isn't an interior post...
next time...

Have a good weekend!