Thursday, 3 December 2015

A month in pictures - November

November ... which means it's almost December ... which means it's almost ... CHRISTMAS!!!
I've had some lovely days out this month and discovered some wonderful artists which I'll be sharing with you soon. The big news this month is that hubby has moved his music studio out of the house into a premises which means one thing friends ... I HAVE A CRAFT ROOM!!! Well I can't tell you how nice it is to have some space to work. It's almost there, and I made sure to take a 'before' piccie for you so as soon as it's ready I'll give you a peekaboo! I hope you're all keeping well and cosy, and I hope all my friends over the pond had a lovely thanksgiving with their nearest and dearest. Here's this month in pictures ...

I had a lovely day out with friends at the Christmas Country Living Fair in London ... there were stalls upon stalls of decorations, gifts, decor, crafts and goodies. I discovered some wonderful artists which I look forward to sharing with you next year.

I found this gorgeous little oil lamp in a charity shop for £1.99. After sharing it with you on facebook I learned it's actually known as a 'Kelly nursery lamp' ... as they're weighted for safety, and with your help she was named 'Olive' and has been warming my mantle with a warm glow ever since.

I came across Norfolk artist Lottie Day this month - a textile designer who produces a range of hand-printed, hand-made textile products for the home, the garden or the beach. I love the natural simplicity of her work and thought you might too. She also had a stall at the Country Living Christmas Fair so it was nice catching up with her there.

Ralphy and I enjoyed some wet-welly walks this month ... though I confess one of my favourite things about wet-welly walks is being greeted by a fire and warm drink on my return.

I was in my element last weekend as I’ve been wanting to make a pressed flower lampshade for so long and I finally got around to it! This tutorial will show you how to make a pressed flower or leaf decoupage lampshade. This would make a wonderful gift and looks absolutely stunning both lit and unlit. Guess what some family members are getting for Christmas? 

Pressed flower decoupage lampshade tutorial.

If you fancy making some lovely treats for Christmas, Laura from the blog 'We made this home' shared her delicious seasonal recipe with us for Winter spiced biscuits on the blog - aside from being a scrumptious nibble they make ideal home-baked gifts too!

Winter Spiced Biscuits Recipe

This weekend I took my nieces to Hatfield House Frost Fair - which I highly recommend. It's a wonderful Christmas market set in the grounds of Hatfield House. The market is full of decorations, gifts, crafts, artisan food and drinks. It's the perfect place to stock up on Christmas pressies ...

So that's all from Ralphy and I. Keep warm friends, try and avoid the stresses that Christmas can sometimes bring, and enjoy this magical month.
JM x

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1 comment:

  1. The shop window is so evocative - very Dickensian. You have a real fire too - one thing I've always wanted is a real fire but impossible in our thirties terraced house. The mantle surround is so different to the 'run of the mill' ones. Hoping you video your new craft room, as well as pics :) (this is really off topic but 'Heads we Go' keeps popping up in my head (appropriate) since I first listened!)