Monday, 29 December 2008

Christmas Morning and Gifts...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas....

Before we bring in the new year I thought I would share some of the lovely presents I received this year... The tree in the photo above is at my parents house where I spent christmas day. Christmas Pudding was enjoyed, memories shared and......lots of fun was had by all!
Yankee candles - These candles are enjoyed by all in our family, my mum loves them, knows I love them and we even buy my Grandma and my Dad them!! So naturally this year we all got a collection! The candles above are my collection... containing White Chocolate Mint, Silver bells, Egg Nog,Mulled Wine,Red Apple Wreath and Vanilla Cupcake! I also got a large Christmas cookie Jar candle!! Yum, Yum scents.... Do you love Yankee Candles, what are your favourites?
I also received some Yankee Candle - Cranberry Peppermint Potpourri !! It smells so sweet yet fresh, I havnt used it yet, but I will! I have never had the potpourri before...

Moving away from Scents to....Chocolates!! Thorntons chocolates at that....Grandma bought my parents and myself a box of these (double layer) gorgeous christmas edition chocolates, we are still enjoying these!
Now just how cute are these two?! I love squirrels, I can see them playing from the windows where I live, isn't this the cutest t-light holder? From my loving parents...

*** Birthday Gifts... ** I promised I would share the gifts I received for my birthday on the 10th...***

Gingerbread!! I love to bake, and cake decorate and how appropriate is this candle screen, its from a company called Hanna's Candles, which I have never had before, also a gingerbread candle, isn't the detail amazing?! too,too cute! from my parents also........

Snowman Pendant..... I love this and have been wearing it all christmas! It was my 30th Birthday on the 10th and I will remember it fondly, this was my special gift from my parents, isn't he just the cutest??

And finally I would also like to share my favourite bath scent, Philosophy Pure Grace, Have you tried it? Such a clean scent, not an annoying fragrance....just clean, beautiful

I am so lucky and thankful for the gifts i received, I know this was getting a long post, I just could not miss anything out!!

What did you all get for christmas?

Have a happy New Year Everyone, See you all in 2009 !!

Priscilla x

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas to all...

Christmas Eve

'The stockings were by hung the chimney with care'.....

Christmas Eve 2008!..... The veg is in the kitchen all ready, the chicken is cooking, Last minute gifts are been wrapped and christmas songs are playing!

Do you like the gift wrapping above? It is my way of adding a bit of 'olde world' to christmas morning! I do like the vintage look of the brown paper and berry sprigs, the tags were made on the computer using a christmas font! Just shows how something simple can be effective. I did the same last year, and thought I'd do the same this year.....
I hope you are all enjoying your Christmas Eve , I always spend this evening with family, we watch old movies and and relax, whilst finishing the odd things left to be done. On Christmas day my grandma comes round and we all open the presents and eat the christmas dinner. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas however you spend your time....
Priscilla x

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Childhood Christmas Books...

Christmas books of times past...

Do you remember the books you read as a child? The ones you couldn't wait to read aloud or maybe ones your parents read to you? Beautiful illustrations that you sat for hours looking at....The ones you never forget, that to this day still have the same affect they did all those years ago.......

I also have those such books, which I have been enjoying recently.For many a year I have had these books put away in storage, in bed drawers, in boxes....... then last year they moved to my new home . This year they sit amongst my Christmas decor, where they belong, to be enjoyed once more!

Merry Christmas Ernest and Celestine.

A sweet story about a little girl mouse and her best friend. Ernest helps Celestine prepare for a Christmas party, that she would love so much, Ernest becomes Santa to please is little friend, and together they make the most wonderful Christmas story book...

I love the illustrations in all these books...So much detail. My mum used to read aloud Ernest and Celestine, and it brings back many good memories! Enlarge the images for a better look, I hope you enjoy them!

Notice Ernest making the Santa costume in secret ... Here they are getting ready for the party,

Another book I love is called
Tilly's Rescue.

The illustrations in this book are my favourite.

Tilly is a wooden doll and her friend is a teddy bear named Edward, Tilly cant find her friend and looks all over for him, the images portray just how small she is in our big world. I always used to think how realistic our world is depicted in the images! So, so much detail!

Tilly carefully escaping human feet!
Looking or Edward. Just look at the Green Grocer's shop, it looks like one in my local village ha,ha
First page of the book, Tilly decorating her home for Christmas with bits and bobs she has found,all she needs is a Christmas tree which Edward says he will help her find....

I have some other books I would love to share with you, I will talk about them in another post as this one is getting long! Can you tell how much I adore these books... I hope you have enjoyed them also, I wish I could copy each page and every image to share with you!

I leave you know with best wishes for Christmas, I hope you are all ready for the big day! Thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday! I had a great time and received some lovely pressies (which I hope to Blog soon!)See you all again soon

Priscilla x

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

My 30th Birthday Today!

Today the 10th December is my 30th Birthday! My, My how time flys by! I will be spending today seeing friends and family....and my mum is doing some baking instead of me, ha,ha and making a trifle.... as we have always enjoyed over the years,

Thank you dear friends for the Birthday wishes in the post below...... See you all soon

Priscilla xx

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Christmas Fair...'Guess the weight of the cake'

It's that time of year again....The Christmas fair at my local church. Two year ago I joined the church drama/theatre group, and last year was my first visit to the fair and helping them raise funds. Since I decorate cakes I made a cake for the 'Guess The Weight Of The Cake' , I enjoyed it so much I offered to help this year too. A friend always likes to bake the fruitcake, and I choose to do the decorating, she couldn't make it to the fair this year, but still made the cake....

The fair was on the 30 Nov and I spent the previous week doing the decorations.... I thought I would share with you how it turned out.

I also helped set up the day before, and what a day! Lots of goodies there to buy, I did treat myself to a book and bought my mum a cross stitch frame! And my dad got some D.I.Y books! ha,ha
Cookies for Santa..

A visit from Santa.. was my idea behind the cake. When as a child, you leave cookies or mince with pies a glass of milk and maybe a carrot for Rudolph. Santa hop's down the chimney reads your letter takes a bite and back up the chimney into the night.....

Straight away I had cookies in mind, and thought about using regular size cookie cutters.The thing is when I think of cake I always imagine the cake to be huge like 12inch! But of course the cake was a lot smaller 8 inch so my cookie cutters had to shrink!!

I managed to find tiny cutters and that is what I used. The decorations were cut out, iced with royal icing jut like regular cookies.(With a sprinkle of edible glitter on the snowflake) I decided to put them on a sugar plate and make a letter to reads

Dear Santa..

Enjoy the cookies!

Happy Christmas xxx

I added some sugar holly, and painted holly on the plate, I took the idea from last years Christmas cake and the porcelain is last years cake post ..

The Weight... I was so pleased with how well the cake did for the fair, there was just two of us and we were not pushy! ha,ha I asked a £1 a guess, and there was a choice of weights starting from 1 lb 1 oz to 9 lb 3 oz.

and we made....drum roll.... £ 43.00 !!! This is a good amount and we were so happy!! Last year at 50 p a guess we made around £25!!

The cake went to a lady who guessed just above the actual weight... 6 lb 4 oz

So that's it for this year, I look forward to making a cake again next year, but I am thinking we need to change the cake size or shape, as I am sure friends remember the weight of an 8 inch!

I hope you are all having a good week,

See you again soon
Priscilla x

Books I have read and enjoyed

I am counting down..