Saturday 24 December 2011


Wishing you all a very
Happy Christmas!

Thank you for your visits
and for your sweet comments.

I've made some wonderful
friendships during the year
and I've enjoyed visiting
your amazing blogs.

Christmas Blessings


(images of my Nativity set
taken this evening)

Friday 16 December 2011

Advent, preparation, expectation

I love tradition
and the Advent Wreath
has always been symbolic of
our Christmas preparations.

When our children were small
we made a big event
of choosing the
greenery, pine cones
and candles to make our wreath.

Our advent wreath sat
in the middle of our dining table
and each evening
we lit the appropriate
number of candles,

 We re-told the story of the
first Christmas.

Our children were aware
that Christmas
was not only about Santa Clause.

The first week in December
we bought our Christmas tree.

Then we all decorated
the tree together -
it was such a precious time!

I hope you're all enjoying
the lead up to Christmas day.

Please give a thought

for families with young children
and especially those who are
struggling to meet
their children's expectations
of what Santa
will bring them this year.

Thank you my dear friends for visiting my blog.
I will enjoy catching up with you all
and visiting your blogs very soon.
Be kind to one another

Shane x

Tuesday 13 December 2011


Hello dear friends!

I've been such a
 neglectful blogger....
please forgive me!

All of a sudden
Christmas is almost here again
and I had promised
myself last year
that things would be different
for Christmas 2011!!!

I even had a reminder in
my diary...
October - make the Christmas cakes!

One for my daughter and family
in France,
and of course one for us
in New Zealand!

I was going to be so

* make Christmas stockings for
my grand daughters
(not finished)

* also make pretty Christmas dolls
for the girls
(not even started, but I do
have the pattern - doesn't really count!)

* make cards for my dear blogging friends
who have been so kind to me,
sending me beautiful gifts,
doing blog posts,
leaving sweet messages here,
when I broke my hand....

(this is a small piece from some exquisite
french lace given to me by Barbara -
do pop in and say hello)

With all my good intentions
I've failed miserably....

 and I don't know why,
but I can't seem to get going
(no excuse I know)

..... until this week..

when all of a sudden,
I've been all of a flurry,
making and creating little cards,
baking Christmas goodies,
decorating the house
finally getting that
Christmas spirit!

I'm hoping some of you
might feel just like me....

but I'm guessing you've all
been very disciplined
and are completely
and can now
sit back
and enjoy some Christmas cheer!!!!

The photos are of a
bag and goodies
I made for my lovely
blogging friend Carole.

We finally met earlier
in the year, when she
came to Auckland for
the Vintage Textile Fair!

Thank you my dear friends for visiting my blog.
I will enjoy catching up with you all
and visiting your blogs very soon.
Be kind to one another


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