Saturday, 20 December 2014

Advent Calendar door 20



Couldn't resist posting this after yesterday's advent picture ;) 

Helenxx

Friday, 19 December 2014

Advent Calendar door 19

 
 
The design in nature never ceases to amaze me...
 
image from Google
Helenxx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Surprise Visitor and Advent Calendar door 18

 A couple of nights ago, I was pootling about in the kitchen making a pot of soup for dinner when one of my lads shouted to me "Mum, Santa Claus is outside!!"  Two thoughts sprung to mind - 1: what on earth was in his cornflakes this morning, and 2: it isn't Christmas Eve yet!!
 
On opening the door though, this is what met my eyes:
 
 
Yes, the big fella was visiting our street in his sleigh!!

 
As Rudolph and co. are being rested for the Big Night the sleigh was pulled by a Landrover...
 

And his helpers on this occasion was the Rotary Club of our town, raising money for local charities, including the local children's hospice.  Everyone in the street (kids from 1 to 92!!) came out, joined in the fun, and gave generously to the collectors with their buckets.  It was lovely to actually catch up with the neighbours who we don't see much of at this time of year. 
 
It was quite nippy out though, so I thought the picture below would be a very apt one for today's Advent Door...
 
image from Google

Helenxx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Cosy Candles and Advent Calendar door 17

 Cosy candles are just the thing for this time of year...
 



I love the wintry scene on this little candle holder..

 
And for today's advent calendar picture - love this idea, simple but so pretty, would make a quick Christmas decoration...
 

image from Google

 
 
Helenxx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Advent Calendar door 16

 
A jolly snowman we made a couple of years ago - he is very stylish don't you think ;)
 

Helenxx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Spiced Chocolate Bundt Cake - and Advent Calendar door 15

At the weekend DD decided to flick through the pages of the Christmas Bake-off book and decided to try the recipe for Spiced Chocolate Bundt Cake - and wow, did it turn out well...
 

totally yummy, didn't hang around for long!
 
And for today's advent calendar picture - a very simple but striking image of the full moon against trees and snow - something almost Tim Burton - like about it I think...
 


Helenxx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Advent calendar door 14 and Christmas Cracker Swap

Hello everyone.

A few weeks ago Tracey organised her annual Christmas Cracker Swap, and I was partnered with Joy. 

A couple of days ago a very exciting box arrived with a lovely little illustration on the label...

 
Ooooh look what is in the box...
 
 
Who knew so much could fit into a kitchen roll middle?



A pretty card with a sweet message inside...


So many thoughtful treats were unwrapped - Christmas tissues...


cracker themed bookmark...


crafting materials...



Chocolate...yum...


lip balm...


and the fabric used for the outer wrap of the cracker is so sweet, I love that it says Joy on it!! 


Thanks so much Joy for being such a fab swap partner, I love everything you sent to me. 

Onto todays Advent Calendar picture - I think my head is still dreaming away of Nordic Winter, I love this picture of a Christmas tree against a backdrop of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)...


Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? 

Helenxx