Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Huge thanks to Kirstie Allsopp! And other Christmas preparations!!!!
We all loved Kirstie Allsop's Christmas programmes. I've heard criticism - yes, some of the things were expensive, but lots were dirt cheap, and it was packed with ideas. And it was very Christmas-y. I just don't get why those who criticised it continued to watch it. I just love her enthusiasm.
Anyway, every year since the children were small and like lots of mums, I've made salt dough with the children. We've lots of salt dough decorations, but I'd never thought to make letters (strange, given how much I like making fabric letters!).
So on Sunday we cleared the kitchen table and the children made a Happy Christmas garland, helped by me and Him. But very largely their own work and design ideas went in.
We had sooooo much fun with this.
and when it came to the painting, they were all so imaginative.
It really is my most favourite home made decoration ever, and I'm so glad I watched the three programmes.
My creative 11 year old then decided she wanted to make the stocking that Kirstie had made.
So another thank you to Kirstie! She commandeered the sewing machine and disappeared for an hour...refusing to let me help. And this is the result.
She's good with sewing, but I have to say it was a very proud mummy moment when she unveiled it and I realized she's old enough to do things like this. (She knows about the mis-spelling of Christmas by the way... it adds to the charm, we think!)
I also had the children making decorations for the Christmas cake. Every year, hubs makes a cake. Good for him. He likes Christmas cake. I hate it. He and eldest are the only ones to eat it and it lasts 62 years. Oh, and my mum can usually manage a mouse-sized portion. Well, every year he then spoils it by going out and buying decorations for the top. This year I put my foot down and said the children could do it better. So we gave them the icing and colouring and left them to it.
They loved this task.
And this is the result. Even hubs had to agree it wins hands down over the finish in previous years. Aren't children useful!
Last night hubs brought this in:
This was destined for his boss, but she couldn't get in because of the snow. So she said he could bring them home to me. It was a lovely surprise for Christmas. I love getting flowers.
I've been very spoilt, because lovely hubs had already bought me some Christmas flowers and they are all looking so gorgeous.
I've also taken time to decorate my dresser for Christmas, which I don't normally do. But I'm pleased I did. It just looks very fresh and fun for the season.
We have two nativity scenes in the house... one is now on the dresser as the centre piece:
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.