Thursday, 29 December 2011

After Christmas

 I always feel the week after Christmas is a bit of a limbo, the decorations are still up but Christmas is over, the next year is just around the corner but not quite here. All the new plans feel like they have to be put on hold until new year (though that's probably me being lazy).
We had a lovely, quiet Christmas here. We have a tradition where we open a present an hour because it makes the  "oooo present!" factor last longer. I love Christmas, the food and decorations and even the awful television. I always get this urge to go to a church service at this time of year, I'm not sure why as I am in no way religious ( I think there is "something" I'm just not sure what.)
 I made some of my own decorations this year, the glass Christmas tree on the left is an experiment I had.They turned out a bit wonky and have only a passing resemblance to a Christmas tree shape but I have gone from initially hating them to loving how they look... I'm fickle! I hope that they are hung on the Christmas tree for years to come.
 This fairy is older than me, her wings are half off and her head is hanging by a thread but I love her!
 Along with the usual decorations, someone (my dad I reckon) has hung the shoe horn I won out of a cracker, on the tree.I think this will be the start of a new tradition!
I must admit I go a bit overboard on the decorations, as I see it the more shiny and bright the better.

Christmas shopping was a bit of a last minute rush this year, I managed to catch myself a lovely virus (lucky I was already in hospital when it started to kick in, I haven't felt that bad for a few years and because of the pain I couldn't open my mouth which was a problem for someone like me who likes to gab, saying that I lost my voice a few days after and had to resort to angry hand gestures. I was given codeine which took the edge off and made me a bit smiley. ) just over two weeks before and with no presents bought, it all had to be done during the last few days. Needless to say I wasn't feeling great as I dragged myself around town, and I promised to listen to the doctors warning to take it easy when all my wrapping was done.
Still, I'm feeling much better than I did and am up and about. :D

I've taken alot of photos with my new, Christmas gift, camera which I have fallen totally in love with and will be with me where ever I go.

I hope everyone had a fab Christmas!


Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Well I still have things to wrap but I'm not too stressed out :) Did my last Christmas shopping yesterday and the tree was put up last week.. I think it looks quite sparkly :D

Have a great Christmas everyone!


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Home at last

Well I'm home from hospital.. it was an unexpectedly long stay but I ll go into that my next post. I just wanted to say that curling up in my own bed with a packet of crisps and Father Ted on the telly is bliss.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

On holiday....ha!

Well I'm in hospital again and just at the right time too as I have come down with an awful cold. I was due in anyway for routine treatment (my sort of top up, super drugs) but yesterday I started with a sore throat and headache and today I have a temp and am a bit shivery.I'm posting this while the paracetamol I have been given has kicked in.. I can slowly feel it wearing off tho so think this will be a flying visit and I will catch up on blogs tmw.

I thought I would share some pictures of my home for at least the next week and what I had for tea (the meals here are soooo much better than they used to be now we have our own chef)

My kitcheny bit

My bed.. not too messy yet.

Chips and lemon meringue pie...yum 

Drugs!! One down, 69 to go....


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Spring Signs

Well I though I had better post again as it has been a while. I've been keeping fairly busy, experimenting with my kiln (more failures than success but still loving it) making lots of phone calls (I've heard "the number you are calling is unavailable" way to many times) and reading online tutorials for everything! I've also been adding to the epic bedspread project with a little "help" from my dog.

A first for me was planning ahead and sowing some sweetpea (one of my favourite flowers) seeds for next year. Now normally I'm not the most organised person, my mum said my middle name should have been Later, so this is a first for me. I have loved seeing the new signs of life springing up while everything else is cold and dark and it helps to remind me that Spring isn't too far away. I hope they survive over the winter.

I made some black and white beads the other day and thought I would wrap a piece of silver wire with thinfire paper and place between the layer of glass to make a hole. They looked ok, a bit of cold work is required to get them the shape I want but when I turned them over I found a dirty, yellowy mark in the glass. Nooooo! I *think* it may be because i glued the paper to the silver with prittstick as that was the only thing I did differently...more experimentation needed I think. I'm also thinking about glueing on a bail and forgetting about making a hole until I can get myself a drill... lots to think about.

The beads on the front...

The beads on the back, complete with manky yellow.

still, waste not... I decided to make myself a necklace and bracelet.

Not too bad from an experiment gone wrong. :)

Have a great week!

Ps.. if you get chance watch Love on the Transplant List (it should be on iplayer) It's a documentary about a fellow CF patient and her wait for a lung transplant. I advise watching with tissues as it's very emotional but well worth the watch and highlights the importance of organ donation and what a difference it can make to someone's life.