Friday, 27 November 2015

At The Beach

The third and final Christmas gathering of gifts for the week is the one I'm going to be giving to my sister T.
 Inspiration for this present hit back in September when I spotted a candle named Beach Party.
This is why T will be receiving a bundle of summer beach/nautical goodies in the depths of winter.
Take one extremely pretty beach towel

and add a stripy beach bag, an anchor patterned scarf, a pad of ice cream and beach hut decorated sticky notes and a can of 'On The Beach' cocktail.
The clotted cream toffees were chosen for the beach hut design on the packaging. Also shown is the candle which sparked it all.

There are also a pair of gold shell earrings and seagull necklace.

I have a friend whose birthday is in January and I'm always a little stumped as to what to buy her. Once I had started to come up with the bits and bobs for this idea I made sure I bought duplicates of some of them so I could use the beach theme for her too. One birthday present for 2016 also sorted. Go me!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Thank you for the kind comments on my previous Christmas gift idea post.

I've got another to share today.
I don't know about you but, in general, I find male friends and relatives slightly more difficult to buy for than the female ones.
Two of the men we buy for like the occasional tipple, good food and cooking.
I'm hoping they also like festive socks.

My theme for them is Eat, Drink and Be Merry.
There will be three gifts which will be labelled with these glittery gift tags I've been making today.
Taking into account their individual tastes the eat and drink components were relatively easy to sort.

And what could Be more Merry than these Ho!Ho!Ho! socks.
And after all, I ask you, what is Christmas without a new pair of socks?!

Monday, 23 November 2015

White Christmas Gift

Two things are certain.
1. Christmas is coming.
2. I like a theme when it comes to giving Christmas presents.
Last Christmas I compiled a gift for a friend of ours after seeing this picture on Pinterest.
The gift can be seen here.
Lots of 'white items' popped inside a vintage style tin.

I've gone for the same idea for two other friends this Christmas .
A couple of the gifts are the same - a Christmas spice candle, Galaxy white chocolate and a copy of Mystery In White- A Christmas Crime Story - but I've given each one things I know they'll like and use. 

For my friend T there is a bottle of shower gel and tube of body lotion, a pair of cute socks and a pad of sticky notes.

My friend G has a different shower gel and a floral scarf

and a bottle of Winter hand sanitiser. This gift is for the friend who had the very cherry Christmas gift last year. She was thrilled with that and so I hope she likes this one as much.

Instead of a vintage tin I'm going to pop the items, apart from the book, inside the white Christmas tree shaped bowl. Once wrapped I'll attach a gift tag along the lines of 'may all your Christmases be white'.

The second part of the gift will be a pack of these Christmas patterned straws with an individual bottle of red wine. As per last year when this present is unwrapped they will find a tag attached to the bottle reading 'and when the white runs out enjoy the red!'

Friday, 20 November 2015

Holyrood Part 5

Guess what.
I found some more mosaics on the Holyrood Estate.
Part 4 can be seen here and Part 3 can be seen here if you missed some of the others.
Three of the lastest finds are all wildlife to be found in the area.
 Daisies and daffodils, beans and blackberries and a huge sunflower are just a few things they have depicted.

The fourth features a family sat in an air raid shelter. The photos to the right of this work show parts of our bomb damaged City. I plan to do a post sometime in the future showing each photo and how that area looks now and hopefully I will be able to find some photos online of how it looked before the bombs fell.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Swaythling to Salisbury

We like the train to take the strain when it's time to go to Salisbury and visit G's family.
We can't travel directly from our local one so we usually drive down the road to Swaythling station. I like this Victorian station complete with it's little patch of garden at the front.

Last time we were there I noticed something new but didn't have my camera, I made sure I had it with me at the weekend though.
Swaythling was the site of the largest Remount Depot in World War I and this horse head and a plaque have been donated in remembrance of the 400,00 horses and mules which passed through the depot.

These horses attached to the perimeter fence are from an art project undertaken by a local secondary school.

Just to the left of the station is a plot of land which has been developed in recent years and named after a local artist - Eric Meadus Close. His drawing of the station is featured on this plaque and you can read more about him here if you wish, it's very informative. Apparently L.S Lowry was a fan of and I'm pleased to say our local art gallery owns some of his works.

Our reason for visiting Salisbury was to take G'S mum and her friend J out to lunch as it was her birthday this week. Very nice it was too and we spent a couple of cosy hours sat in the pub whilst the wind and rain lashed down outside. We had an hour or so to spare before the train and so made a quick dash to a couple of charity shops, passing this old house on the way.
G swears he'd never noticed it before. The plaque by the front door names it as 'The Old Forge.' 

G found a couple of Prog Rock CD's, S found a couple of books and I came home with this holly saucer. It was only 50p and I bought it with the intention of adding it to my sister's bundle of gifts but once home I decided I didn't actually want to part from it and so it's now sat on my mantelpiece.

p.s I may have been playing my Brian Setzer Christmas CD whilst typing this.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Button Day

I know there are plenty of bloggers out there who will want to celebrate today.
Who doesn't love sorting through a box full of buttons.
My button box is actually a tin and decorated with, well what else - buttons!

One of the most fab presents G has ever bought me is this multi coloured button necklace.
People always comment whenever I wear it.
I've attempted my own button jewellery too and made these three brooches.

I have a set of buttons which I bought last year and haven't used yet, I think these cute reindeer need to find a home on a cardi in time for the festive season

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Leaf Shaped Tree

T suggested the two of us went out together at the weekend. The plan was to go somewhere we could capture the colours of autumn.
We decided on Sunday and chose the park we had spent so many happy hours in when T and S were younger.
We didn't end up taking very many photos. Unfortunately the weather did co-operate with our plans. The air was heavy with drizzle and the light was dreadful.
Of the small selection I took this tree is by far my favourite and a pretty reminder of the time when my 15 year old son chose to spend some time with me.