Just in case you’ve been asleep and hadn’t noticed that Christmas is practically here, I though I’d share some photos of our Christmas house, past and present to get you in the Festive mood. As I trawled through photos, I couldn’t help but notice 1. what a really bad camera we used to have hence the grainy photos and 2. how my taste hasn’t changed much over the years and I tend to stick with the same formulas.
The only photos of our last cottage is this one of the stairs (is it worrying that I photograph my Christmas decorations??!….probably!).
We were in the ‘new’ house for Christmas for the first time last year, despite owning it for 3 years. In between there was a Christmas in Yorkshire and an extended stay at my sisters up the road whilst our house was stripped back to just the walls which went from from 6 weeks to 6 months….whilst very pregnant and with a then 18 month old Felix…less said about that the better I think.
Note the Jan Constantine union jack cushion gracing our chair. The bits and bobs on a stretched wire on the window (I use the kind people hang net curtains from, stretched into hooks either side so it can easily be removed and stored for next year) has been a standard Christmas decoration for me for a few years, the boys like choosing which ‘things’ from the Christmas box get to hang there. The cross stitch cards above come out every year as my Gran made them, she stitched nearly 90 every year for all her friends and family, starting in January with the next batch, I kid you not.
This year the kitchen has it’s usual white, bright look
(I emptied and cleaned all the jars as they were getting a bit dusty), even the cake had a bit of a silver and white thing going on due to a lack of coloured icing
and I sprayed the seed heads from Allium Purple Sensation that I have been storing in the greenhouse silver
you just throw them at the tree, after removing the stalks and get wonderful silver pompoms that stick all on their own. The bright touch in the kitchen (there is always a bright touch against the whiteness) comes from the famous Mouse Advent Calender.
The tree looks remarkably like last years, being in the same place but this time with the addition of the new Fairy and a mixture of the Red Robins and Gold and Purple birds.
They work really well, I think and go very nicely with the wonderful red pompom’s that I bought some years ago from Pedlars, one of my best Christmas buys.
You may also notice some biscuits on the tree, I make these with the boys (to a Nigella recipe) and it’s always funny to see that there are little bites out of many of them after a few days! I don’t even attempt chocolate decorations as they wouldn’t last a second. The floor still hasn’t been laid so it’s our third year of cheap lino and no skirting…this is a half done house but we are getting there. The picture behind is a signed Jamie Hewlett Gorillaz print, bought for me by husband as he knows I’m a Jamie Hewlett fan. As you can see I have very eclectic taste, old watercolours and etchings sit happily along side modern work in our house, as does antique furniture next to modern design.
The last shot is of Doris/Glenda/Tammy sitting atop the tree, at the end of the day my Gran’s original paper version really is getting very fragile so from now on this is our new tree topper.
For anyone who hasn’t decorated yet (yeah, right!) I hope that gets you in the mood.