Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Advent

 It's so nice to come home to a cosy house with Christmas decorations - this is my favourite chair in the conservatory - deceptive as it is freezing cold out there - but our oil radiator sorts that out.

We had a sprinkling of snow yesterday.  On the phone lines at work I quickly discovered that some parts of the UK got 5 inches dumped in an hour causing a gridlock of cars and icy conditions.

 Do you have fairy lights outside?  Driving home last night through my estate there were lots of houses lit up and I smiled all the way home. We have some too - will show you another time.



I made these little clay star decorations - every year I enjoy making something new for the house. They were very easy - a child would love doing them with air dry clay and pastry cutters.
What have you been doing?


Today it's my youngest boy's 14th birthday so we have cake and family time,  Thankyou for visiting me, hope you can stop to leave a comment about how you have been decorating your home.

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    1. Thanks Carolyn - I haven't had much time to make things but these were just the job - took 10 minutes!

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  2. Lovely decorations Betty. Happy birthday to your youngest and we hope the day is a good one with lots of fun. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly.

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    1. Thanks Molly - hope your folks will put some decs up for you - I have heard those little gravy bone snacks look great hanging from the tree.

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  3. Happy birthday to your son! What kind of cake did you bake?
    I have great plans for my tree. Soon.

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    1. I bought the cake! been working too much but he's happy with the chocolate one he selected for himself.

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  4. We have snow envy over here in the US. Very dry and warm this season.

    Hope the 14 yr. old son had a wonderful cake...know it was good cause it was from Mom!

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    1. I bought the cake - walk of shame! been working so many extra hours I didn't have time to bake - he chose it himself though - chocolate (obviously!)

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  5. Dear Betty,I LoVe Your pretty decorations,Theres nothing like a cosy chair ,a perfect spot to drink tea and craft. I'm loving My conservatory too at the moment with the dark days,the light is great for crocheting :o) Happy Birthday to your son for tomorrow,its My daughters 14th birthday too tomorrow. Wish they could have a day off from school :o)xxxx

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    1. Funny you should say that! my son was begging for the day off all week! he didn't get it - we would be in trouble! Happy birthday to your daughter for today (7/12) The only thing about my conservatory is - I wish I had put underfloor heating in - it's freezing - but my little oil filled radiator does heat it up quickly - I dread to think what it's costing though!

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  6. That chair looks really comfy. Love your stars! I'm in two minds as to whether to bother with the tree this year, as the two weeks leading up to Christmas I'm on nights and then lates so I won't be home in the evenings to enjoy the lights - so it doesn't seem worth it and there is only me. I might change my mind though.

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    1. I hope you decorate at least one tiny corner for yourself = it really gives a bit of cheer - maybe one of those little trees the supermarkets sell to go on coffee tables, all frosted and wrapped in red? Hope you get some time with family for New Year to make up for the unsociable hours over Christmas.

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  7. Hi Betty, your conservatory looks beautiful!!
    I have put NO decorations up yet.This is partly because we always tend to do it nearer to Christmas here but also 'cos our two 'kids' still like to decorate a bit when they return for Christmas. How long this will go on I don't know
    (they are 25 and 27!) THe tree will be midnight blue and silver, as I just bought about 20 dk blue baubles from a certain superstore beginning with T for 2.60!
    xxx Alex

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    1. Hi Alex, I saw those baubles too. Wished I'd got them for next year.

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    2. I haven't seen the blue baubles, they sound beautiful - something new. Wilko do some lovely stuff this year too.

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    3. I will post a piccy of said blue baubled tree on my photo blog (my-Saori.blogspot.com)when it is done, we'll see if blue 'works!!' x

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  8. Thats a lovely cosy corner. I love decorating although its hard work. I have to have at least one room different each year. Next year its the lounge and hopefully I can get some dark blue baubles that Alex mentioned.

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    1. Once you start it's hard to stop isn't it - the decorations sort of creep through the whole house. We used to put trees in the boys' bedrooms but haven't done that this year. Dark blue baubles are something a bit new and different.

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  9. Happy Birthday to your lad.Glad you're managing to get time to celebrate. It's so cold here, no-one wants to leave the confines of their warm and cosy houses and if I lived at yours, I wouldn't want to leave your pretty conservatory either!!No decs up here yet, except some paper chains which me and a poorly child made yesterday but I have been looking for a recipe for cookie dough because I bought a nice snowflake cookie cutter the other day but the clay seems a better option. Where can I buy?
    Those dark blue baubles are on my list too!!Speak soon. x

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    1. I know Hobbycraft do the clay but also Amazon. Sorry little one's poorly - this would be a lovely way to spend an afternoon - no mess either!

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  10. Hello Betty
    Your Conservatory look so lovely and festive..I love your stars
    Thea x

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    1. Thankyou Thea - it all looks so bare when it gets put away though, I don't look forward to taking all down!

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  11. Happy Birthday to your youngest - always a few days ahead of ours! We're going to put up some fairy lights this year, because we're staying at home. I'm looking forward to it...

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