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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

'Bibs and bobs' or what's been happening around here...

Firstly some photos of the Advent swap, although not right up to date...Cheryl continues to spoil me with delightful items in the parcels...
The beautiful bird ornament with the Santa hat is now decorating the long bench that the TV sits on. The purple bracelets have already been worn and I love them. The little teal and purple purse is so sweet and the vintage Santa tin has a secret...

 It's actually a candle!


This amazing Christmas bell is also decorating the TV bench
Many thanks Cheryl; I love what you've sent me!

 Now as the month of December continues to rush headlong towards Christmas,  there is a winding up of group meetings. Last Saturday I had breakfast with my high school mates and then I headed off to the last Grovely Knit and Natter for the year. Only 3 of us made it but we certainly had a great time catching up.

And of course we had some Show and tell...Dianne takes T shirts and polo shirts and turns them into a dress by crocheting a skirt and sewing it to the hem of the shirt...They look wonderful!




It's amazing how blogger turns photos around :-/ 
 Sue had made another of her knitted in the round jumpers for the Summer Challenge...

A closeup of the pouch/pocket on the front...

Lastly I'll show some of the decorations that I've put together. Usually I just decorate the tree and maybe throw a bit of tinsel on the shelves of the hutch. Inspired by other bloggers I have gone through every box of decorations stored in the top cupboards in the bathroom and consequently I've 'found' ornaments that haven't seen the light of day for years... So I've decorated more areas than usual.
When the sofa table got ousted from the loungeroom when we bought the modular lounge, it sat in the corner of the dining room. It normally has family photos on top but I put them away for a few weeks and put up the little tree that I used to use in my classroom. It has handmade ornaments plus old ones from my girls' childhood...
 Last year my friend Lee gave me some lovely Aussie animal ornaments....
It has been quite hot here and the gold candles have started to bend because of the heat :-(
Next time I'll post some photos of other decorated areas. The girls will get a surprise when they come over on Christmas Eve...I've really had fun!

8 comments:

Dorothy said...

Your decorations look beautiful Maria. Love the idea of the t-shirt dresses - might have to pinch that idea one day. I reckon they'd be good sellers at our cwa craft stall which we have twice a year. xoxox

Tanya Murray said...

Love the Christmas treatment on the dresser ;)

shez said...

lovely gifts from Cheryl Maria.xx

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

What a lot of thoughtful gifts you've received Maria! Just wonderful.
I love all your decorations too.
Wishing you and yours all the very best for a Merry Christmas.
Till later, cheerio for now, Susan xx :D)

Cheryl said...

Love your xmas decorating Maria. Glad you are enjoying your advent gifts as much as I am enjoying the lovely treasures you've been sending me.

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Maria...I enjoy seeing all your Christmassy corners...and I do recognise a couple of red ones hanging on your little tree!

Maa said...

Just popping in to wish you a wonderful Christmas. I won't tell you to enjoy yourself .... Knowing you, you will. Hugs Sue xox

Anthea said...

Maria you poor thing that it's been so hot that the candles are leaning over, how yuk!
I have a few of those Aussie ornies too, they're cute... and great gifties from Cheryl... x