Friday, 9 December 2016


Good morning/evening/afternoon lovely people

it is Friday and that means it's time to find out what is 

So said 16 year old was off out with his friends on Saturday morning (helping celebrate a birthday) so we were at a loose end as it were - fear not - a spot of Harry Potter - or should I say Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them - we booked, we went we enjoyed a coffee/hot chocolate at Starbucks and then we thoroughly enjoyed watching the film - twas fab! 

All I can say is that I would really love to own a Niffler - if you've seen the film you will know why! 

So Saturday afternoon me and hubby headed around the corner to the Christmas tree festival at the local church, it is only a 5 minutes walk from where we live and is always so lovely to visit.  We decided to pop and enjoy it before the Christmas Fayre in the evening as we never get to enjoy the Church when the Fayre is on as it is far too busy! 

Fabulous decorations 

I loved the Scouts' tree, with the tents

and the mini fires 

For the trees decorated by adults - I adored the Choirs' tree!

My niece came along for the first time she didn't 'get' the Christmas Tree festival, feeling let down by the homemade decorations - I think she thought it would be a mini Chatsworth!

The fayre wasn't as fun either as previous years, but I managed to get a great shot of said 16 year old and niece so I was happy!

I've been enjoying opening my craft advent calendar that I have as a result of a swap through UK Scrappers - this was one of the gorgeous gifts this week - a home made decoration!

I've been sharing our Harry Potter baubles on instagram

Sunday we went to Kelham Island for their Victorian Christmas Fayre, here is hubby and son as we were enjoying a drink by the river. 

There was no beer stall this year - well not a real ale one anyway much to hubbies disgust (as I had volunteered to drive).  We did however have a fab time catching up with his cousin and his cousin's missus, we enjoyed grabbing shots of the place as we went around.  We had a fabulous discussion with a lady who offers courses in silversmithing when we were there - the statement watch this space comes to mind! 

Monday me and hubby had a very rare day off together, we decided to head to Chatsworth (putting the member cards through their paces again). 

This year's theme is the Nutcracker, it wasn't as elaborate as we've seen in previous years, however, in its own right we really enjoyed it - just tried not to compare it to previous ones. 

The chapel was beautiful, a gorgeous tree and the statue of Saint Bartholomew

The dining room was very different to normal, but I loved the contrast to the chandelier. 

There were literally hundreds of nutcracker statues 

We loved the ballet shoe tree, made with used shoes.

We also loved the fairies over the bath (despite the extensive bottle neck of people in the area). 

And the tutu tree

After our walk around the house, we set about enjoying some of the gorgeous gardens, as it was a cold crisp day we were treated to a very wintery scene despite it being mid-afternoon when we ventured out. 

We managed a selfie

And I loved the frost on top of the maze!

Tuesday night we went to the Breast Cancer Care Carols by Candlelight at Sheffield Cathedral, we went with my Mum and her hubby, a charity close to our hearts, it was a lovely evening, listening to 3 different school choirs and then being treated to a military wives choir, they were amazing and it was lovely to spend time enjoying the beautiful church at this time of year. 

Mind you mischief one and mischief two had found that they were obviously rather warm that evening and before you ask no they weren't like that when we arrived at the church and were given them!

Wednesday was a busy day at work (very busy and very late) and then food shopping (boo hiss) and today has been much the same with some cleaning this evening thrown in for good measure - so why the grateful - well firstly hubby and said 16 year were happy to get on and get it done and secondly - the house is clean! 

So there you are my lovely people, our week with its positive moments, fun days out and silver linings.

I hope you've had a great week too. 

If you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back link up and we shall come and visit. 

Friday, 2 December 2016


Morning lovely people tis Friday 

So first up - for those guessing the Christmas tree theme this year - well done on those that guessed Harry Potter. 

Here is the said sorting hat decoration made by hubby complete and on top of the tree

We've also made floo powder baubles using ash from the wood burning stove. 

It has to be said that hubby has had such a fun time making the baubles and whilst I've done a few - he has most definitely done the majority! 

Sunday we snook out to Chatsworth's Christmas Fayre, we got there for opening time and it was already heaving, thankfully we weren't mad enough to go in the house this time as it really was exceptionally busy! 

Hubby took this photo - before the crowds arrived, by 11am - you simply couldn't get into most of the stalls! 

We did however manage a cuppa and a butty in the Carriage Restaurant, which was all decorated

This is the aforementioned butty - twas nom!

Sunday afternoon I finally got around to making the Christmas pudding - here is hubby and said 16 year old doing the stir it up - Christmas wish - I am technically a week later than I should have been but we will ignore that for now! 

Next happy is the addition of this stove fan on the woodburning fire, it turns once the stove is hot and moves the warm air around the room - genius invention! 

Together with the thermometer for the stove pipe!

Next up hubby brought me some flowers - isn't he a sweetie, I'm still not 100% and have a scan happening Thursday (yesterday) and then the waiting game to see if they can see what is going on.  So the flowers were a lovely surprise!

Then the trees - said 16 year old has been more than happy to put them up (he's the only one out of the 3 of us that can reach the top) 

And here it is lit

I must admit I'm rather pleased with the trees this year, last year we were a little 'it'll do' mode but this year, we've thought them through in advance! 

And then the week started to roll and before we knew it the 1 December had arrived and time to drag out the advent calendar, made as part of my very first journal your Christmas back in 2008 - 8 years later it is still going strong! 

The colder nights meant we've enjoyed the beast a bit more and I'm loving the Christmas lights reflecting off the glass

We had an evening of reading the other night which I thoroughly enjoyed this was my view

The cold clear nights have also meant some pretty epic night skies

The 1st also signalled my first ever advent calendar with gifts, I remember vaguely having a little cardboard one when I was little but since then I've never had an advent calendar, so when my favourite crafting forum UK Scrappers, had an advent calendar swap I just had to join in!

Here is my advent calendar!

And this is gift number 1 

And this was the contents of the gift (note past tense)!

I had a great catch up on the phone with my cousin again on Thursday, it is always so good to chat, I really need a proper face to face catch up with her if I'm honest. 

I've managed to send out the deluge of Christmas cards that I send, together with the Herald newsletter, unfortunately there was a printer malfunction which means this year there is a blend of black and white and colour pages for most people, although a full colour version was reserved for a few special people that I knew would appreciate it! 

Thursday also saw me undergoing further tests for these health issues I'm having and they have finally detected the issue, so fingers and toes crossed they will have a way to sort it out, thankfully it isn't something too serious as it were which I was most relieved.  I've been struggling for a while now so lets hope I get something to help soon - thanks for all your lovely comments over the last few weeks on this front, it really is very much appreciated! 

Right lovely people that is my lot, my silver linings and positive moments for this week.  I hope you've had a good week too, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up (leave a comment to prompt me that you've joined - brain like a sieve at the moment). 

Friday, 25 November 2016


Good morning lovely people, tis Friday and time for 

So its been a bit of mixed week, I'm still not 100% and undergoing tests which seem to be taking forever at the moment, probably because I don't feel 'right' as it were.  Anyway I digress, hopefully the appointments will be quick and then I can get sorted.  However, this post is about the positives so let us look at those. 

First up - hubby, once again we've decided on one of the trees being themed this year - answers on a postcard for which theme - here is a significant hint! 

Last weekend, me and my Mum went for another full day of crafting at our local craft shop, we had a fabulous day making cards with Karen, here is what I made 

First up a snowman card

Then this fabulous card

Which opens up to this - how cool is it! 

Then we did a stepped card

And another one but a different style

And this gorgeous one that lights up behind the vellum tree. 

And a wall hanging

As most of you will know none of these cards are my usual style but it was great fun having a crafty play day and hopefully gave my Mum some new inspiration! 
We had a parents evening as well this week, overall things are heading in the right direction, a couple of tweaks for said 16 year old should see him making great progress! 
Chatting to my cousin on the phone the other morning, putting the world to rights as we do and formulating a plan for going forward. 
Finishing off my Christmas shopping, yes I did say finishing, I like to be organised and this year it would appear that I've managed that which leaves the fun task of handmade gifts to sort!
This beastie - really is a blessing, last night we headed through, curled up on the sofa and enjoyed a roaring fire!  It's the little things wouldn't you agree! 

I hope you've had a fabulous week too, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together, pop back and link up leave a comment so I know to come and visit!