Friday, 8 December 2017


Morning all before I drag myself off for a shower, I thought I'd better do my rocking post because I was sooooooooooooo late last week.  So without further ado.

First up this beautiful morning shot I got, reminded me to enjoy the season when we get blue skies! 

Next up my first advent gift 

Which turned out to be 

Bacon butties on a weekend morning when we have loads to do, we normally grab breakfast and then don't eat until tea time

Finally finding the time to finish off all the parcels and cards that needed to be sent, I'm sure Royal Mail's profit margin will have gone up as a result!

We battled for much of the 1 December resolving the tree situation, I'd forgotten how difficult the lights were on these two main trees

As a result of this we ordered in on Friday night (and they kept us going through Saturday too). 

My second advent gift came in my favourite 12 x 12 size meaning scrapbook papers!

Look what I got

I popped to the local retail park at the weekend and as I was the passenger tried to get a shot of the tree in the middle - white with green baubles made me giggle!   the rest of the shot is appalling which also made me laugh!

On Saturday afternoon we walked around to the local church, they always have the outdoor nativity set up.

And we enjoyed the Christmas tree festival in the church, decorated by local groups both children and adult groups.  We get to vote for our favourite in each of the categories and enjoyed a wander around looking at all the decorations but also sitting and enjoying the peace and tranquility of this beautiful little church. 

A little nativity set up at the end of one of the pews

I liked the Baboushka tree telling us the story of Baboushka 

I also giggled at the angels, which all appeared to be lacking hair

the nativity set up in the centre of the altar table

And the silhouettes either side of the display showing the kings

and the shepherds

the trees really do look fantastic when you see them all together

And the beautiful stained glass window

We headed home then and enjoyed a couple of hours watching Wales versus South Africa Rugby match before collecting said 17 year old from work and then we wandered around to the Christmas craft fayre and Victorian market at the Community centre, it took an age as hubby is still really struggling with his back, we've found he can stand or lay but sitting is a no go at the moment which is rather worrying, plus his leg is still numb, which is another worry!

Day 3 

Brought some wooden elements and the saying made a perfect start to my journal for Christmas!

I played with some battery lights that we had left over and covered the window stars in them, they look OK if I'm honest. 

Mid week we had the trials and tribulations of finishing his college work (hand in day was yesterday).  Lots of my craft items got used, my double sided tape (including my red tape) are now somewhat depleted, my washi tape and my glue sticks! 

He worked his little socks off bless him

He sent us his 2D work in progress piece and asked us to guess the building - I guessed right at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield

Which became more apparent when he turned the picture

His 3-D piece proved entertaining as he kept adding to it (which involved paint flicking which meant I had to be aware when it came to the soft furnishings). 

Here is said piece complete, after extending the box.  The actual house has been made from card all by his fair hand, hours and hours and hours of hand cutting with a craft blade, initially it folded up, but once he'd sorted the box, he stuck everything in place to give it the rigidity it needed!

The very back layer was the inner elements of the house, predominantly floors and stair cases but I loved it.  

My niece also managed to finish her final piece, a wedding dress, I think she has done fabulously particularly considering she hasn't made any garments before she started the course in September. 

All made by her using her own pattern, I love the different fabrics she has used.

so that was my week there was also lots of work (as usual) including a couple of late nights and a couple of issues, but dwelling on the negative isn't what this post is about.  I hope you've had a great week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back and link up so we can come and visit. 


  1. what a very creative family you are! hope your hubby's back gets better soon, not a good time of year to be laid up when there is so much to be done. Great pics of the trees in the church, how beautiful they all look.

  2. WOW those kids are so talented!!!...and I laughed out loud at the bacon butties with a side order of extra bacon :D Hope hubby starts to feel better soon, I totally get how frustrating it is when your movement is restricted XXX

  3. Super shots in the church Virginia.
    Hope hubby recovers before the festivities really kick in.
    Toni xx