So I was just sitting down for film 2 of our movie marathon and thought I'd flick through some blogs quickly while the kids weren't looking and I spotted me and my advent designs in the Holiday round up 2012 on Print & Pattern... just a little bit excited to say the least, threw my popcorn up in the air and everything! I love Print & Pattern and look at it every morning to get inspired, see all the fabulous designers and keep up with trends. So to be featured on there is fantastic. After a recent disaster with the design studio I worked for closing and leaving us designers penniless and stranded, I now have my spirit restored and am available for all sorts of work and keen to start new things and projects in the new year.....so if anyone is interested, drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you!
It's here, my favourite day of Christmas.... I hope everyone has themselves a Merry Little Christmas wherever you are. Hang your stockings up and fill them with love if nothing else. See you all in the New Year!
One more day to go until my favourite day, Christmas Eve. Matching Christmas jumpers in the bag, well sort of. Do fleecy reindeer nightdresses from Primark count? Who wants glamour on Christmas Day... not me!
Last day of school today....no more having to remember 70,000 things to take in each day, no more looking for shoes at 5 to 9, no more running past the really organised mums as they come out and we go in! Bring on the cheesy Christmas movies and pyjamas, some nice walks and just not having to be somewhere.....well, for 2 weeks anyway!
So yesterday I went to see my two in their school play. I don't know who writes it but this year they excelled themselves in story line. From what I gathered, although I'm still not really sure, is Postman Pat had a sack of cards to deliver. He started off in a field of snowmen, travelled through time to the nativity, and ended up in Jack and the Beanstalk. There were lots of beans running about, 4 different Jacks and a giant 'Come Dine with Me'. One of my little ones was a mouse who got us all to sing the ever so Christmassy 'Old Macdonald had a farm'. My other little one was a snowman. My friend thought he was a chicken. Honestly my costume was not that bad! Anyway, it didn't matter because they loved it, we loved it and at the end of the day that's what it all about...who cares about the story!
I'm putting these on my Facebook page for my friends and my sister said she'd quite like to see a carol singing hedgehog. I threw in a squirrel as well for good measure. So there you go sis, just for you! x
This weekend we went to the Royal Albert Hall for a Christmas Sing-a-long. It was soooo magical, I've never been there before and I was awestruck by how beautiful it was. It took my breath away, and I found myself blubbing through loads of songs....especially when all the children in the audience sang Silent Night. That warm Christmassy feeling you get but can't describe was right there in the music. It was perfect. Course, the kids dropped all their sweets on the floor, banged their seats too much and needed the loo during the best songs but apart from that.. we're going again and taking my mum, she'll love it!
Sorry advent calender followers....you might have noticed there wasn't a 15 for yesterday. I had done one and thought I could upload it away from my mac somehow but turned I couldn't....mainly because I'm pretty daft when it comes to techy stuff! I'll put it tomorrow with 17, but for now, enjoy 16 cos I'm off to have tea with the queen and sing at the Royal Albert Hall!
Why oh why is bed so darn comfy in the dark winter mornings.... it's just not fair having to get up sometimes. I actually think I might be half hedgehog and really I am meant to hibernate in a big bed and wake up in Spring feeling all refreshed.
My wedding anniversary today....happy day hubbie! Shame we're not on a sandy beach again but I shall get a lot of joy out of my new de-icer...thank you, you know the way to my heart! Also, I'm the lucky winner over on Ilonadrewthis. Can't wait to get my ever-so gorgeous cards in the post. Thanks Ilona!!
Mouse outfit, snowman outfit, empty jam jar, plastic toy, find a Christmas poem, swimming kit, netball kit, pack lunches, defrost car, walk friend's dog, phone dentist, tidy whole house, friend for tea, clean out rabbits, return curtains to argos when I didn't even order any curtains! christmas shopping, start my accounts, whip up some designs.... this is just a glimpse of what's inside my head today!
Off to see my mum in a panto today. She's playing an old hag....aw, bless her.....she was so, er, pleased! She's not an old hag, she's gorgeous... I keep trying to discover her secret, i think she fell in a fountain of youth once. Break a leg, mum. x
It's the kid's Christmas Fayre tonight... sort of nice, sort of an endurance... kids and cakes flying everywhere, no room to swing a cat, my littlest one freaking out that he hasn't won the raffle, husband strangely still at work! I'll be on the tombola between 5 and 6pm with my friend drinking all the mulled cider....come and join us! Also...... even bigger news....my design is on the Tigerprint Home page today.....sooooo excited! Have a look here. Dawn Machell's is on first, then mine.....aren't we lucky ladies!
Dearest printer, just because I have many, many designs to print out today does not mean you can get all cranky and start chewing up my paper, do you hear me!!! Arrooooooooo....that's me howling like a snow fox!
Ok, so everyone I talk to (apart from my friend Emma) seems to have all their Christmas shopping done and dusted. The kids are even bringing home Christmas cards from school. I haven't even started....I have no idea why... what am I thinking, it's time for me to get a wriggle on!
I love a bit of John Lewis... it's become part of my annual Christmas outings. We all go up and down, down and up the escalators, look at all the decorations and fairy lights and feel all soft and cosy and fuzzy. It's just one big bundle of shoppy Christmassy-ness.
A snapshot of my husband who's a happy man with a tin of Quality Street by his side. And my uber-talented friend Dawn Machell is joining in the advent action too (not that it's going to be hard for her as she posts every day anyway, so no ducking out at day 5 Dawn! ) Open hers here