Monday, 9 December 2013
Alice Barber - Christmas On New York City Fifth Avenue 1896
After posting yesterday's painting 'Preparing for Christmas 1896', I looked around for some more images from that time.
Those dresses would have kept the ladies warm, trapping the warm air around their legs. Who else has noticed that trousers do not keep you as warm as long skirts? I certainly have. Amid all the hustle and bustle, the ladies have an air of quiet dignity. Nowadays, women could not even keep hats on their heads because they are rushing around at an impossible pace. One of these days I will wear a simple version hat, and start a trend
Isn't it nice to see men and women enjoying an activity together, with no one trying to grab the attention and show off, or create discord and tension by dressing immodestly?
I think this is a woman of influence and power. Six children safe and secure, a result of her calm, gentle nature. Contrast that today with the stress and anxiety of over-excited, spoilt children, after too many school parties, school 'discos' and sweets, and who go to bed when they feel like it.
Many of us are now busy in the kitchen and with the family. Blogging must take a back seat until the New Year. Let's enjoy our Christmas home-making
Wishing all my dear home-making friends, a peaceful and joyful Christmas
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Sunday, 8 December 2013
Yesterday we visited my mother-in-law. She is 86, and as spritely and bright as ever, still enjoying her car, and is an excellent driver. I do not like to drive at all, so I'm rather in awe of her. After a delicious meal, she brought out her sewing and knitting supplies. It was wonderful to look through the vintage needle-cases and pieces of lace, all neatly stored in a beautifully crafted, hinged sewing box which she had bought in Germany in 1956
I was thrilled when she gave me this box of silks that had been her mother's. They are around 80 years old, and the colours appear as vibrant as if they were new.
I have promised to embroider with them and send her a picture. She will be happy to know they have been used and loved
I was also given some old knitting needles, some in Imperial sizing, which I love, and crochet hooks and good pinking shears - . They remind me of when I was a little girl.
To add to my delight, My husband made me a Christmas Wreath to hang outside the house. He used Holly, evergreen leaves, willow, and all sorts, collected from the fields and hedgerows.
Friday, 22 November 2013
This nice blog is having some crafty Advent fun, if anyone would like to join in.
I have copied and pasted the information from the blog below if you would like more information
Hello Everyone,no your not seeing things yes it's me (Mandy) I'm back with all the fabulous Girls at Crafty Ribbons but only for a little while and for a very special reason it's time to share some news with you all.....
We are going to be having another one of our fabulous events,yes it's time for our Christmas Advent Event which will run from 1st December through to the 24th December....
Each day we will be highlighting a different Craft Company or Shop,the Design Team will be posting cards/projects on the Inspiration blog and on their blogs each day there will also be a prize from the highlighted Company up for grabs that's 24 prizes in total and you can enter each day,only one entry per person per day to make it fair,so make sure to become a follower and remember the Christmas Advent will start at 8.30am (GMT) on the 1st December the Design Team hope you will all join in the fun and countdown to Christmas with us.......
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
I just found these wonderful Christmas Craft tutorials on this blog.
Here are just some of the individual tutorials.
Click Here Love this one!
Click Here - sweet
Click Here Polymer Clay tree
Click Here All you need are ribbons
Click here for sweet little reindeer
click here if you like a challenge
I hope you have some fun with these, and maybe follow some of the blogs if they appeal to you. If you click on the 'Blog' link at the top of the page, it will take you to more of the christmas craft tutorials.
Alison, from Country Baskets.co.uk
contacted me today, and told me about their site's very excellent 'Ideas Library'. These projects are labelled according to degree of difficulty, occasion and rough cost of materials used. I like the site very much and am feeling inspired to try out several of the different craft projects and posting them here.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Yesterday I crocheted up some Jam-jar jackets. They are not really jam-jars, but glass jars for tea-light candles. When I get time, I will be knitting or crocheting flower arrangements for them, using chenille pipe-cleaners wrapped in yarn for stems.
Have you seen the knitted/crocheted plant patterns available too?
This is a free pattern available at www.lionbrand.com. You will have to register on the site first.
There are lots of tempting patterns like the five pictured above
Here. I think they are reasonably priced and look fun to make
My husband is planning to make us a nativity scene. My contribution will be the figures. I have just finshed Baby Jesus using those scraps I keep reminding you all to use up!
If you can bear one more picture of the Welsh dresser - it now wears its sparkly winter snowflakes.
Finally, while I was making gift tags from old Christmas cards, I came across a lovely picture, which reminded me a little of the paintings of Susan Rios
Last year, I had been sent a tiny Susan Rios print that my friend had attached to a pink ribbon. I thought I would do the same, and sandwiched the ribbon between the picture and some backing card ( for which I used another old Christmas card)
Friday, 15 November 2013
The Winter Jasmine has flowered and looks so pretty
When all begins to look bare and wintry, it bursts forth with bright cheerful, miniature yellow blooms.
I have been busy knitting my first Christmas Poinsettia and, for the moment it graces the hall mirror, until I decide on a more suitable spot. If I make another, I will try making it sparkle somehow. The hall is always so dark.
My new thrifty project was to use some lace edging that has been languishing in my sewing box. I don't even remember where it came from.
The Welsh dresser was made by my husband, and I love it, but it needed... something.
Here is the 'before' picture
We just pinned it on...
It has given the room a very cottage'y feel and was so simple to do. Now I have to just tidy the shelves.
Friday, 8 November 2013
Here is a very quick idea for pretty Christmas gifts. Today while we were shopping in the supermarket, I saw some candles in jars. The fragrance and colours were cheering on this dark, rainy Friday. I bought a few, but will probably get some more if they are still there next week. They cost £2 each, which is about $3.
I had an idea for making them look a bit more special and Christmassy.
These candle jars are made of glass and have lids. Each one had a large supermarket label on the front. I saw that the label would peel off easily - and that's the first thing I did.
I have some old ribbons saved from various things in my sewing box, and also a 'bargain pack' of 10 metres assorted Christmas themed ribbons from Ebay. That certainly was a bargain at 99p ($1.59) I began wrapping the ribbons around the jars and tying them in a big bow. A dab of solid glue (like Pritt Stick) on the back of the jar, stops the ribbon from slipping down the jar. I found also, that when the bow is tied, a couple of discreet stitches to the bow will keep it in the right position. Then a final bit of solid glue behind the knot of the bow before snipping the ends to the length required.
They looked good just with the large ribbon bows, but I decided to stick a 'snowflake' on the top of each for extra sparkle. These snowflakes were a gift from a friend, and I have kept enough to use to myself. If I buy some more candles, I will probably keep the tops plain
If you use ribbons on your own candle jars, make sure that the bows do not come above the jar for safety, or remove the ribbon before lighting the candle
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