Saturday, 20 December 2008

Pretty things and a decision for next year

Two of our children had their school carol concert this week. They are lucky enough to have it in a beautiful chapel, and I got the best shot I could. It was a fabulous service.

Today we went shopping, and then broke off for a coffee... couldn't resist taking a peek at one thing I bought at Cath Kidston, which I want to use as a feature on the odd wall here and there.

I've also decided to do a craft fair next year... a big decision for me, because I don't have a lot of confidence in my sewing skills. I've therefore got to get creating. I've been playing with pinboards this afternoon and can't decide whether or not they work... I'd be really grateful to know what you think. I wanted to make them a bit differently from those I've seen, but haven't fixed the ribbons and buttons in place yet. So please be honest.

And the other one...

I also wanted to post a picture of my advent calendar. My lovely mum bought me this when I lived in Bath, and she visited in early December. This was in the early 1990s. I loved it. I loved the fact she'd brought it on the train, and brought lights, really pretty ones, and an advent booklet which was filled with 24 mini books to hang on the tree. The booklets each have a lovely story or song and feature beautifully drawn mice.
We open one a day up to Christmas, and I've always had it in my bedroom ever since, putting it up on the first December. The children love it as well, but I've never seen the set of books since. So it's become a very precious part of Christmas. What special thing do you do every year?


TattingChic said...

I don't have a lot of Christmas decorating going on because I haven't felt well...but I do have lovely scents out, LOL! That's about it this year. Your advent calendar is really sweet. Thank you for sharing the story behind it. Have fun with your craft fair!

MelMel said...

Hi hun, Olly has dragged the laptop ove tot the boks, thank you so much for the Xmas pud, i love t!

I feel v.poorly...
and it cheered me up...xxxx

bekimarie said...

I have these advent books, picked them up in a charity shop a few weeks ago, thought they were lovely, so much better than the chocolate calenders.
Love the pin boards, asked Jess what she thought and she said funky!! she liked them a lot so that's two of us who like them.
Take care
Beki xxx

Josie said...

what a lovely unusual advent calender. the pin-board, I prefer the first one and use all narrow ribbon not a mixture. Perhaps one design all narrow ribbon and anothe all broad ribbon and for the second one, perhaps criss cross from corner to corner?
Josie x

Shabby Chick said...


I think I prefer the star shaped pinboard, looks nice as it's a bit different :)

That wallpaper is going to look beautiful.

We don't have many stories behind our Christmas decs but I get the same ones out year after year and usually buy two or three new ones each year too.

Mel x

Lace hearts said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by. And for your lovely comments. I love scents Tattingchic. We burn scented candles all the time! Hiya Melmel - you should be resting! Beki - they are lovely. It's good to hear somebody else has a set Thanks for your comments about the pinboards.
Josie - that makes a lot of sense. Will give that a go.
Hiya Mel - thank you for your comment. We keep a lot of our decorations too. I just arrange them different each year.

angel said...


Hello my ickle "Santa's ickle helper" i love the advent calendar its lovely.
Not sure about the pinboard, as im not a hangy sort of person.

I have Christmas tree dec's for all my Children and Grands, also for the babies i have lost..... am i a saddo i dont fink sooooo, just nostalgic.
I have one black bauble that goes on the back of the tree and that is a rememberence bauble for Dad, Mum sister.[eww i do sound a eeny bit morbid]......... lol

Thank you for my swap honey, you made my day. Mwah X x X x X x X x X
X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x
And one for Christmas X

Lace hearts said...

Hello Angel! So glad you liked it. xxx

claire said...

Glad you are getting a stall next year. Me and mum have talked about it for the last 3 years but I keep having babies lol so sets us back!!! I love the fabric on the pinboards, I'd prob go for ribbon all same width too tbh. But I do like the way it looks with the mix too.
xxx said...

I have the same advent calender book that we bought in a charity shop. The pics are so cute. Unfortunately one is missing but I am going to get the kids to make a replacement book. I am sure your pin boards will do very well. You just have to think about the placement of the ribbons so that cards, letters, notes etc can be tucked in to maximum display ability or that it will hold a lot depending on its use. You could add a pocket on at the bottom right corner which would make it different to keep tacks in or bits and pieces?

Love Emma xxxxxx

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

I think a fair is a fab idea as I love what you make (being the proud owner of one of your creations :-) )
re the pin boards - i like both but have to agree about using the same ribbon on each board rather than mixing - maybe look a bit more symmetrical if you know what i mean? they look great though I love the fabric choice!!
Lesley x

Things Hand Made said...

Thats a lovely advent tradition. We have some christmas stories that we haul out each year that the kids love.

Country Bliss said...

Love the pin boards, great idea to do a craft fair.
Yvonne x

Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

Hello! Great decision with the craft fair. I agree with what people have been saying regarding the same width ribbon. I love the coloured buttons too. Good luck and have fun with your creating. Wishing you a merry Christmas, Lucyxx

angel said...

Oh I forgotted to mention the ROCK!!!!!!
How could i have forgotted the ROCK! i know because i ated it while i was unwrappin all my GORGEOUS pressies.
Thank you sooooo much ickle lady......Mwah X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X x X
And the Christmas specials MWAH X x X

MelMel said...

It was gone in one mouthful!
Was nice with brandy cream.....yummyy!!!!!

I really love it Caroline.....tis perfect, so kind to think of me, when your so busy.....:>))