Wednesday, 21 December 2011

WOYWW 133 - A cold space

Despite my best intentions, I have not managed to blog at all since the last WOYWW.  With bugs and busyness abounding, I have merely shuffled a few papers on my desk and made mess all over the house.  I haven't felt festive or felt like I could concentrate for long so really haven't felt like tackling my Christmas Journal (JYC) asit has become a bit out of hand.  It needs a good concentrated session to get it in some sort of order.  I did want to put something on the inside front cover though and it was bare so I decided to paint it.  4 coats later and it is still streaky but most of it will be covered by the journalling anyway.

It would have been finished earlier but I do my painting in my children's art room which despite having a radiator in it, is always really cold.  I need to spend some time there today to have a good sort out and get some Christmas crafting ready for them - I feel a need to let them loose with glitter and glue.  We have so much stuff available for them but it never feels like the right time or a good enough reason to use it all.  Well hang it all I say, what better reason is there than enjoying art and experimenting?  I must stop needing a "good" reason to use these special stickers or that special paper, much like I do with my own stuff.  I don't want the children to be put off art because of some externally suggested rules, like I was at school.  Of course by this time next week, I may have gone slightly insane with the overuse of foam shapes, an excess of PVA, and glitter in my knickers.

Of course there is no better time to glitter than right now, the final Wednesday before Christmas.  I am oh so ready for it, aside from a certain coca-cola situation which I will reveal next week.  And on that note, I must share this fabulous bunting that was very kindly sent to me by the lovely Lunch Lady Jan a few weeks ago.  I have put it up in the hallway where it can be seen by everyone who visits, even if I don't let them in ;-)  Thank you Jan for your kindness and for your most excellent advice.

The gorgeous heart shaped wreath is scented with cinnamon and orange and was an early present from my MIL - she knows me so well!

I'm off to Julia's for a mince pie and a tot of something festive.  Why don't you join us?

In the meantime, have a very Merry Christmas!

Bye for now


  1. Hey there! Love what you've done with the bunting. It looks great with all the baubles hanging as well. Hooray for Christmas!!
    And I am totally with you on letting the kids having the chance to use the best of the sparkle, glitter, stickers, whatever. Honestly, life is too short to always keep the best stuff hidden away and never used.
    I'm looking forward to meeting up for a New Year hot choc. Winchester has better look out.... :)
    Love to you and yours for a great Christmas,
    Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

  2. I love that bunting, but glitter in my knickers!? Thanks so much for planting that thought in my head!

  3. I love that bunting, but glitter in my knickers!? Thanks so much for planting that thought in my head!

  4. Yay, bunting! I have some that I made but didn't sell. I think I might just make some more for every season/event!
    I shall take a picture of my table later when it has something other than toast crumbs on it!
    New Year scrapbooking date maybe with all our OA stash?

  5. glitter in my there's a thought, love the bunting that Jan made and so nice to see it hanging up, and that wreath is gorgeous and I bet smells wonderful! Merry Christmas from North Carolina!

  6. Oh you look very festive! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  7. Bunting looks perfect with all your other decorations. Have a wonderful christmas.

  8. Love the bunting and the hanging baubles...have a great Christmas- and just go with the glitter, I say!
    Alison xx

  9. The bunting with the ornaments hanging from the ceiling looks so festive. I'd be tempted to leave it up year round! The heart is also very lovely - just the type of thing I would like too. I added cinnamon creamer to my coffee this morning - don't you just love the smell of cinnamon.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    WOYWW #82

  10. Oh dear! I have those self imposed rules of saving the good stuff for the proper time. Really, it is best to ditch them. I like the bunting and the ornaments hung from the ceiling--very festive.

  11. Let the kids at it! Memories in the making. Love the bunting, I was lucky enough to win some too, and I bet that wreath smells divine. But I can't quite get the idea of glitter in your knickers out of my head... and I really, really don't want to ask how you got it there in the first place!!! Have a wonderful Christmas, see you on the other side.

    Brenda 71

  12. great bunting - i've been to caught up in the Christmas preps to so not much crafting going on. Enjoy your glittering! :)

  13. Not much JYC going on here either ... awaiting photos & plan to get stuck in after the weekend!! Love that bunting and the heart wreath is gorgeous. hope you & the little ones all enjoy your crafting session! x

  14. Fabulous bunting and I love the Christmas baubles hanging on ribbon from the ceiling. What a great idea! :) (I also have a confession to make, being a newbie at this blogging thing I accidentally deleted one of your comments on my blog - I wanted to remove my name from it and thought that the 'remove content' button would let me, but alas, it just makes the whole post disappear! Lesson learned). Wishing you a very merry Christmas and inspirational New Year! xx

  15. Love the banner, have fun with the glitter, Merry Christmas Hugs May x x x x x

  16. blogging or not - loving your bunting and looking good! Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

  17. Hello, Lisa-Jane! I'm dropping by to greet you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed Christmas season! Indeed there is no better time for glitter! Those buntings and the wreath are marvelous decorations! Thanks for sharing your life and projects with us in your blog!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  18. Love your heart garland and your bunting - very festive. Hope you are feeling a bit better, i have had this lurgy too and every job has been a drag. Don't know how I would have coped without my Thursday scheduled posting.
    Take care and Merry Christmas - Hugs Neet #4 xx

  19. I really wish we had managed a mince pie in person! your hall looks lovely, ain't we lucky to have bunting, it's so lovely. By now you may well have had a crafty session with your children, hope the glittery knickers aren't chafing'!!!!!!! have a lovely family Christmas, may your health be restored for then!

  20. Hello, just popping in late to say I've really enjoyed visiting your blog, and admiring your handiwork throughout the year. It's been fun getting to know you, virtually that is :) Great idea to have the children crafting - they'll have fun and so will you, even if you do end up with glitter-filled knickers :)) I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Elizabeth x #46


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