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Putting Up The Tree

After some wasted trips and just a little bit of panicking, I found our Christmas tree which means that the festivities can begin.  We always put on the ‘Best Christmas Songs Ever’  CD while we decorate it which drives Mr. Tialys mad but, it must be done.  It’s that time of year when good taste and any attempts at minimalism go completely out of the window – in our house anyway – and, after a preliminary dust and vacuum, I can use the excuse that ‘I can’t get to things’ , to forget about anything too rigorous in the housework department for a week.

Time for light up santas..

and handmade baubles

Time to be helped up to the highest heights by your boyfriend….

……or your dad.

Time to dress up the animals again.    The real ones…..

………and the not so real.

Now I’ve really got to find a turkey in the next few days.  Not so easy here in France and, when you do find them, they are only the size of a large chicken.  This is because the French don’t seem to understand that, being British, we need to buy a huge turkey and then eat it in various manifestations for a week afterward…….and then make stock.  That’s not weird is it?

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Festive Mini Hoops

I love the little embroidery hoops that you can display as miniature wall art or prop up in a little niche somewhere.  The trouble is I don’t embroider and cross stitch makes me go cross eyed so I improvise.  I’ve been using the 4″ size hoops, which are small enough, but when I saw some 3″ ones, I knew I had to have them for Christmas tree ornaments.  For the most part, I’ve kept with my French theme but I couldn’t resist slipping a ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ in there too.


When I make the 4″ ones now, they seem enormous!


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A Red and White Christmas


Fat and Fabulous Christmas Tree Ornaments

I used to be a bit sniffy about people who said they were having a colour theme at Christmas.   I couldn’t understand why you would want to be all silver, or all white, or plaid when there are so many lovely colors around and, let’s face it, Christmas is about the only time when people forgive you if you have a complete lapse of taste and buy really tacky things like candles in the shape of angels or lamps in the shape of Father Christmas (yes, yes, I have both).  

Some of  my Christmas decorations have been around for almost as long as I have (definitely vintage).  I have some very old glass tree decorations which I remember buying in Amsterdam about 25 years ago and, every year, out they come and go on the tree.  Some were given to me as gifts and some were made by my children at school (I must admit that, 10 years on, these do go a little further to the back of the tree each year – there’s a limit to how long painted dough will last).   They are all shapes, colours and sizes and I couldn’t possibly not put them on the tree just because they didn’t fit in with my colour scheme of the year.

HOWEVER!  Having said all that, I usually have a sort of theme going on in the rest of the house and can usually manage to arrange the tree ornaments so the ones that are nearest in colour to the prevailing theme are more prominent. 

This year, because of what I have been making, my theme is going to have to be slightly Scandinavian, and mostly red and white which is lovely.  Push the gold, green and yellow baubles to the back of the tree somebody – maybe  next year.

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