Friday, 18 December 2015

A Festive Flurry 

Hello readers and thank you for receiving my last post so enthusiastically.  I'm here again already!

So the boxes are down from the loft and the decorations are finding their way around the house.  There's a smattering here in the Den, in appropriate colours, of course.

I've still found the odd hour here and there to spend in my Den.  A little peg doll fairy has appeared (though I don't think I'm going to get many/any more done now!)

It's a busy time of year for us all, isn't it?  The problem, is I don't seem to have many helpers.  Just ones who sleep on the job.

There seems to be a lot planned between now and the big day, just one week to go!  We already have had a few events going on.  The Master finished school a week ago and we enjoyed a lovely carol concert in Sherborne Abbey and a more intimate and cute Christingle service in the village where the youngest visitor was just nine weeks old and the oldest...well I wouldn't say.

There's something lovely about being out and about at dusk at this time of year.  The best bit is coming home, of course.

I am still waiting on my dream kitchen which I thought would have been here by now but never mind, that gives us something to look forward to in the New Year and for now, we're good and cosy indoors.

In the evenings in front of the fire, there's been a little hand stitching going on.

As promised, a final stocking has squeezed out of the Den just in time.

If you have been a good girl or boy and need a stocking to hang by the fireside for Father Christmas to fill on Christmas night, you've still got time and shall find this one magically waiting in my Etsy shop!

I hope to be back and see you all again before the big day and show you the festive HenHouse.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Oh my, where has the time flown?  It's really December already?  Yes, it is!  We've begun to get into the swing of things round here.  Last year, having moved house a couple of months before Christmas, everything seemed a bit last minute so this year, we have got into the festive spirit a bit early.  Furry Frank has joined in with his marabou stole, ooh la la!

We went out for the tree at the first available opportunity and found a new Christmas tree "farm" nearby where we were spoiled for choice.  I always go for the biggest I can find!

With the change of the seasons, Mr HenHouse and I have managed more days out as in the Summer, we seem to be busy outdoors in the garden all the time.  Everywhere is awash with fallen leaves, that's life in the country for you (along with copious spiders) but it has still been very mild and looking quite pretty.  We've finished our decorating work indoors for this year (we'll be back at it in January), so we've taken the chance to catch up and have a few days out.  

We always enjoy a trip to the fairs at Shepton Mallet and in the Winter, it can be less busy which is always a bonus for us (not so for the stall holders, I expect).  We've picked up some lovely items, I never come away empty handed!

Finally, I have found more time to spend in my Den and a lot more craftiness has been going on which always makes me happy (if tired!)  First up was a project I'd been meaning to get round to for a few years.  Out came the vintage quilt pieces and bundles of the prettiest vintage fabrics.  It was time for some soothing hand paper piecing on a small scale.

I think I have been inspired by all things sparkly in the run up to the festive season and I have been hoarding gorgeous vintage and antique lace, trimmings and all sorts of pretty bits and pieces.  I decided I had to sort out my collection of vintage lace and that took a fair few hours, I can tell you.

More sorting out came along when I found some dinky little printer's trays on Bridport market, just perfect for what I term my "fripperies".  I am quite the magpie, it seems.

I have a furry helper who had taken a shine to a certain vintage quilt on top of my rack of wools in the Den.  There you are, Mr Peach, hiding behind the marabou trims!

After hiding away in my Den for the best part of a week, I began to see the fruits of my labours.  A fairy doll head adorned with feathers and a vintage frippery (there's that word again), protecting her modesty under layers of gorgeous vintage lace...

Can you guess what this little number is?  A pretty confection of old rose paisley quilt, vintage lace and that EPP I was enjoying each evening in front of the fire...

Talking of fires, we had a little move round in the sitting room to get the tree in and we're quite happy with the result.  Just in case you were wondering where he is, Charlie Boy is never far from the warmth of the roaring logs.

Upstairs, some finished goodies had emerged from the Den.  Pretty patchwork stockings waiting for Santa to fill on Christmas eve...

Cute-as-a-button fairy dolls all entirely handmade and handpainted by yours truly and making use of that hoarded collection of vintage pretties.

Meet Lily, named after the sprig of vintage lily of the valley flowers at the waist of her stunning lace skirt.

Silver is a bit of a favourite of mine, if that is allowed...

I didn't get a chance to name this little lady before she flew off to fill a lucky lady's stocking on Christmas Day this year...

I'm pleased to say that I've finally been able to put some new items into my little Etsy shop, so should you have been a very good girl or boy this year and fancy nipping over, you will as always, be most welcome there.  (The stockings have already sold but I am working on a couple more at the moment which will be in my shop as soon as my little hands can get them there!)

P.S.  A big thank you to those of you who sent me a little prompt to write another post.  It's obviously just what I needed! X