Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Christmas & New Year catch-up!

Well Christmas and the New Year holidays are now over and how glad am I as our festive season was awful. My DH became very ill on Christmas Eve and by late evening on Christmas Day my son Craig and myself both joined him. All three of us had the flu and spent the next ten days in bed. Apart from us all still having an annoying chesty cough we are thankfully getting better.
The week leading up to Christmas little Leon had some fun doing these crafts. He got so excited decorating the Gingerbread people. He was in floods of tears as the icing on them wouldn;t dry quick enough so he could eat one.




This is our table all set for Christmas dinner and the centre-piece our Christmas cake which is a very rich fruit cake that my Mum makes each year and my DH decorates.







On a quick visit to the local Supermarket I couldn;t resist purchasing Chilly to add to my every growing Snowman collection.



A very close friend always includes a Snowman for my collection in her gift each year but oh my I was just gobsmacked when I opened my parcels this year. Aren;t they all just darling.....







I also got treated to all these wonderful stitchy bits and pieces from Santa (Mrs Claus actually chose them all herself though..lol) As regular readers of my blog know I don;t quilt but I couldn;t resist this book for some inspiration to finish off my stitchy pieces. There are some beautiful projects in it.




















I have been doing some stitching the past few days but I can;t show as it;s a Birthday gift for someone who reads my blog. Once I can find the threads in my stash this is going to be my first SAL piece for 2011. My stitching Sis Elaine and I have decided that our SAL won;t consist of us doing the same chart but a SAL where we encourge each other to work and finish our project. Our charts that we choose will be ones that we have had in our stash that for years , you know the ones that you always says you will get around to stitching one day. Well here goes my first piece is I will Always Be a Wildflower by SamSarah designs. I am also hoping to do some other stitching in between so will only post my progress at the end of each month on this one.
Once again I am playing catch up with blogging, emails etc. Looking forward to seeing what you have all been up too the past few weeks. Be back soon. Hugs!

29 comments:

Lesleyanne said...

Stunning snowman and gingerbred men, they look too good to eat. Love your christmas table. Happy new year. Hope you are feeling better now.

Shari said...

wow, you have quite a lot of gorgeous pictures in this post....I love all of your snowmen.......too adorable!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Happy New Year to you all. What stunning photos. Oh my I love the wooden tray with all the lovely stitching bits and pieces in. Mrs Claus - you did a good job shopping for yourself! Lovely new stash. Sorry to hear you were all unwell. A lot of people I know have been struck down by it. Take care xx

Rachel S said...

Love the pictures. Happy New Year.

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

Happy new year Elaine, lovely photos. I am sorry to hear you were ill with the flu. I was getting over a cold over Christmas and it's summer here! Looks like Mrs Claus spoilt you. :-)

Pauline said...

I am glad that you,re feeling well again, what a disaster -christmas you had this year!
thankfully everyone is back to normal i believe?

Greetings and all the best in this year!

Pauline

Annette said...

Dear Elaine,

Happy new Year!!, To bad you where all sick.. Hopefully you are totally healthy again soon..
Lovely pictures of your dinertable and snowman... and o what where you spoiled by Mrs Claus...
Good luck with al the pieces you whatto stitch can't wait to see the first progress of them...
have a nice week..

Christina said...

Oh no, poor you being ill, even worse that it was over Christmas. I'm glad to hear you're feeling a bit better.
Loving your snowman collection - without realising it I seem to have developed a fetish for santas!
Your new stitchy bits look wonderful, I particularly like the spools of ribbon - almost too good to cut up and use!!

♥ Nia said...

Sorry to hear about the flu =/ I hope you are feeling 100% well again!
Beautiful decoration :) Can you tell me more about what you have above the plates? Does it have candy inside? :)
Great new stuff that you have there! I have one new book from Cath Kidston too!! :D
Have a great year!! :)

Patty C. said...

Beautiful Gifts - Congrats
Blessings to you in the New Year :)

Blu said...

What adorable snowmen!
Your wooden basket-thing is lovely.

Tracey said...

I'm so sorry you all were sick on Christmas! But glad you are better now. :) So envious of your snowmen! I did get some Christmas gifts in some little snowman boxes and some collectible snowmen though, so I shouldn't complain. :)

Meadows08 said...

Sorry to hear about your illness over Christmas! The photos of your table, crafts, cake, gifts, etc. are great. Take care.

Wendy said...

so sorry to hear you and your family have been sick !
we´ve head nice, snowfilled christmas holiday´s over here, now it´s time to take down all the decorations.
I´ll mis them !

love your snowman !

Anne Marieke said...

So sorry to hear you've all been poorly!

Your new snowmen are just too cute.

Any excuse will do for buying quilting books ;o)

Brigitte said...

Such a great collection of snowmen. And this year you even have enough snow outside so that you could build a real one, lol.
Your Christmas treats are wonderful. I love this kind of trays, particularly when they are filled with cute ribbons and book.

Sally said...

Sorry to hear you've all been ill Elaine. I hope you're all feeling much better now.

Love your snowmen! Think I might have to visit! lol!

Your Christmas treats are fantastic! Those ribbons are gorgeous.

Erna said...

Dear Lainey, love your new snowmen and the Cath Kidston books, and the ribbons are gorgeous....
Hugs
Er

Lois said...

Sorry to hear you were feeling so miserable over Christmas. What cute snowmen and I love what Santa brought - Mrs Claus made excellent choices!!!

Catherine said...

Sorry to hear you all were feeling so poorly - hopefully you are all recovered now! Thanks for sharing all the lovely pics!

Giovanna said...

Oh dear, I'm sorry to read about you all falling ill... hope you're all better now. Great presents: I just love that snowman mug, and the wooden tray!

Anonymous said...

great stuff
esp your christmas cake
holiday table
and the gingerfolks

glad you are feeling better
have fun with the delightful stash

smiles corinna

Dani - tkdchick said...

I'm sorry to hear your whole family got very ill at Christmas time...how awful!

What beautiful gifts you received.

Edit said...

Sorry to hear you all got sick during the holidays and I hope you are all right by now.

Your new snowmen look so great and the new stash... :) I wish you a year full of nice stitchings!

Pumpkin said...

I'm sorry to hear that you were all sick during the holidays :o( That's no fun!

LOVE your snowman collection!!!! Good thing you don't live close by ;o)

Lizzy said...

I glad I found your blog, Elaine and I loved visiting... You have a lovely collection of snowmen! And such beautiful stitching and finishing... and Lovely gifts... both received and given! Loved your photos of Dundee and the east coast area... Thanks for sharing... And I'm so sorry to read you and your family were ill with the flu over the Holidays... seems it's been going around... I've been sick with it for over a week now... I'm looking forward to seeing all your lovely stitchy projects!

Wishing you much love and joy, glad tidings and good cheer, a cosy warm hearth and blessings abounding... and many a heartfelt hour of peaceful stitching thyme in the New Year!

Heartfelt blessings always in stitches...
xox

Siobhan said...

I'm sorry to hear that you were so sick, Elaine. Hopefully you're all recovered now. We are still coughing away here--and my DH just said that his tonsils are swollen. Agh!

I'm glad you had such a good Christmas! All the gifts are lovely.

Kathy A. said...

Oh not the way you want to spend a Christmas. Hope you are better now.
What lovely gifts from Mrs. Claus. I think I will have a chat with her next year.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Tanya~ said...

So sorry to hear you've all been so sick ~ NO fun!!

Your snowmen are adorable!

Have a great New Yr!

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