I lived on a small island in the South China Sea with a husband, two sons and a scruffy dog and now I live in London which is in a slightly larger small island with a scruffy husband two large boys and a very fluffy dog.
I have finally started to get to grips with my own Christmas list of things to make. I had started all the cooking and preserving but not the makes.And now I have. But have I left it too late? I have made my limited edition Christmas cards. Lino cuts this year.
However Not sure I will have time to make all the boxes and bits and pieces and the swags of ivy I wanted to try.
Still here is a few I made earlier. I took my first trip down Marylebourne High Street the other day. It was so lovely and Christmassy with all the lights. I was particularly inspired by The Conran shop and I saw a few things that I thought I could make myself.
I thought the little glass decorations in jam jars inspired and aided by my trip to HK and a quick run down to Wanchai market here are my version. Next little Japanese wooden boxes for string. I had some saved cheese boxes for just such a creative project and with the last of my Sham Shui Po string made two. The green glass food storage jars were on sale and I have one for my cotton wool balls and have made one into a vanilla candle.
It was an interesting time to go to The USA, just before Halloween and with the election 3 weeks away. I don't know what I expected but I certainly didn't expect the very political adverts everywhere. They make the English elections look positively staid.
It really was a trip of extremes with the full on city and then the laid back of fall in the Catskills with farmers markets the amazing fall colours and small town America.
It was the most fantastic trip and for what it's worth I would like Obama to win apparently along with the rest of Europe, but hey what do I know. Still some more photos but we'll save them for another time.
Well its been a while hasn't it ? So lets see if I can update you a
bit. I went to a great talk at the RA by Michael Wood on The Bronzes of
the Tamil people in South India. Very good and the talk wasn't bad
either! As my companion noted " He is seducing us with his voice". Well
yes, he was!
I highly recommend the RA exhibition Bronze which is on for a while longer until the 2nd of December. Meanwhile off we went to New York. Mine and the small boys first trip not the Husbands.
Real Brooklyn tin ceiling
Woodstock farmers market
A highlight The Highline
And how was Halloween I hear you ask? Well the natives were friendly, the streets full and the kids happy. All in all most enjoyable.
Halloween! Where has the time gone? Well a large chunk went on a trip to New York New York ( more of that later) from which this photo comes. Chelsea Market no less and opposite to where we were staying.
And so to my small efforts. Scary eyeball meatball the creation don't cha know of smallest child, a spooky wreath inspired by this bargain DIY instruction and of course the ubiquitous pumpkin though not as beautifully carved as the ones in Chelsea Market.
We have planned the annual walk around the neighbourhood trick or treating and who knows how that will go this year.
So stay spooky and I shall post a large long detailed entry about New York and all the other stuff going on soon.
Finally I have finished painting the kitchen shelves that were taken out for the damp proofing . I have painted them a slightly darker cream and boy was that a pain . Anyway here are the before and after shots. It really doesn't look much different except that I have used my own printed wallpaper.!!!!That was the fun part, sanding, filling and painting not so much. What do you think? You may recognise the print as one I used earlier on fabric. My appetite is wetted, what next I wonder?
It's been a full weekend of Birthday parties visitors and a chance to celebrate Jewish New Year which was a real treat and an honour.
I'm afraid I can't celebrate a birthday without having a bit of fun myself and so a request to go to the cinema for a Birthday treat turned into a movie party complete with invites, popcorn muffins, cake and party bags. I may have gone a bit over the top but boy did I have fun. I think the kids enjoyed themselves too.
One lovely parent even awarded me the Oscar for best Movie Party. Thanks Frankie and if I could just take a moment of the academy's time I would like to thank ..............