A bit on the side

So are you feeling Christmassy yet?

We're certainly looking it around here.  The place has been decked out in it's finery and those dark evenings don't seem half so bad when you have the glistening bulbs of twinkling tree lights to brighten the house.

I've gone with a slightly more sophisticated tree this year (for me), and mostly only used my golds,silvers, creams and whites on the main tree. I'm kind of pleased with how it turned out.  The other tree is where the colour is at this time and my bright baubles show up beautifully against it's creamy branches.   There's a sneaky peek of some of the Christmas glitz here but I'll show you more soon, once I get my tripod out to take a decent shot.

 I love these weeks in the run up to Christmas and I like to have time to enjoy the preparations too.  So as well as the tree going up we've started writing cards out.  This is one of the jobs me and Little Miss like to do together.  We sit with the merry tunes playing, surrounded with stickers and stamps and glittery pens and have ourselves a fine time writing out our messages and ticking names off our lists.

Now that I have finished LM's cardigan, which I wanted to get done so she would have it to wear while it's coldest, it's time to put all my other 'ordinary' crafty projects aside so I can concentrate on some Christmassy ones.  Which means the blanket squares are still on hold and a new quilt I started a little while ago will have to wait too.

 Instead it's time to embrace the sparkle and see what I can whip up while the Christmas mood is here.  I've got a lovely pile of Twinkler Stars ready for presents and I've got a couple of other things that are getting close to the finish line too.  I've got my eyes on a pair of cute crochet slippers and I hoping to find a moment to join in with Amy and Kristyne's fun Holiday Tag-a-long this year too.

There's plenty of these extra 'bit on the side' projects I could choose to do but there's only so much time.
We'll have to see how I get on...

S x

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  1. Lovely stars and leaves. You are so clever and creative.
    Lots of hugs for you.

  2. All looks great - I am flitting around from one thing to another, and not achieving a great deal! Must try harder!

  3. it's starting to look very festive in your house! I like the new bright edges you have added to the blanket?

  4. Oh, please hurry and find those minutes! LOL! xo k (LOVE that holly!!!!!!!)

  5. Your crocheted holly and little stars are so cute! I'd love to see the whole project you're using the holly on. It looks really pretty! Your tree looks pretty too! Sounds like you're really enjoying the holidays! Sounds cozy and fun! :-)

  6. Such beautiful Christmas goodness in your home! Love the stars and holly! And, you new quilt is going to be so sweet!! Wishing you a cozy and crafty week! xo Heather

  7. Lovely post, I do like your crochet ivy but writing the Christmas cards i don't like doing,don't know why..

  8. What lovely look in on all your Christmas preparations. I LOVE your sophisticated gold, silver, white and cream decorated tree and seeing all your holly leaves and berries! I always find the berries a little tricky to do!
    I can see you've been stamping out some lovely Christmas cards too! You're getting me in the mood! I'll be starting to decorate my home this coming weekend!
    I bet your little miss has twinkling eyes as she takes in all the magic of it all. This is what sweet childhood memories are made of!

  9. so christmassy here!!!!! love it!!!!!
    xxxxxxxx Ale

  10. Your house looks gorgeous, your decorations are stunning! I'm loving the holly doily too, Sam xx

  11. Your tree and mantlepiece look so festive and warm. And those stars......FAB! I popped over to look at the tag-along - how beautiful are they?? All so inspirational, thank you.

  12. Hello Cherry, festive makes are the best, I love the holly and berries you've made and I see you have placed them into a doily (via Ravelry), it looks great. I'm working on a baby coat but I am doing festive makes inbetween.

  13. Ooh, Sandra, this was soooo pretty, with your lovely tree, all the holly and berries, (can't wait to see the doily, finished), twinkles, which I have been making too, thank you for the pattern, little miss's sweater, and your Christmas cards. You're busy, eh? Me too - cards today, and some decorating, crocheting, of course, and I know I will never finish it all, but it is fun trying. Happy days, winter days, Christmas days!! xxoo. JO

  14. Everything looks so lovely and festive! Can't wait to see your reveal with the holly leaves and doily - it looks gorgeous already! Have a wonderful holiday season1
    Jenn @JennsCraftyWorld

  15. Ooh this post has definitely made me feel more christmassy! Such amazingly beautiful photos, love the holly, and oh my I want your tree! Over here my boyfriend surprised me yesterday doing all the Christmas decorations, and it's, uhm, something else. It's NOT kitschy and loud, he claims, it's Spanish style! ;-) xxxx

  16. I love all the photos you shared, very Christmasy indeed! :D Those holy leaves and stars are just too darn adorable... I just don't know how you do it all my friend! :D It is all always so beautiful! Thanks you for all your inspiration...
    Hugs and Happy Holidays


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