Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Inspiring Designs - Christmas Decorations

Here we have it, the next instalment of my Christmas Countdown!
Come and take a peek, the scope for making your own decorations is vast, here are a few ideas from the web to get the creative juices knitting,stitching and generally making!








Source: www.lupinhandmade




Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Christmas Stocking Inspiration

Hello there my little Christmas-countdown followers, I have put together a few ideas found whilst browsing the web for inspiration for home made Christmas stockings.
I have also tried to note the source of each photo/idea many lovely ideas, hope you see something to inspire you to create....







Saturday, 20 October 2012

Blue sky and kicking leaves

65 days to go in the countdown !

Blue sky with a slight crispness to the air today, a rather lovely autumnal day for strolling through the piles of dry leaves and making the most of the fresh air and freedom....just myself and Fp at home as my other two are away with Mr H for the weekend. A quiet day of baking and blogging, a nice calm and peaceful house!

A snap shot of lunch : a lovely warming bowl of soup, followed by delicious home made fruit bread, who could ask for more!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Christmas countdown continues...

66 Days to go ...

Wow, the autumn days are whizzing by now...where does the time go ? Almost time for Halloween discos and half term holidays and Mr H's birthday....not to mention bonfire night, or 'very noisy and bloody annoying firework night' as it seems to have become.....always an excuse for a little homemade treacle toffee and Grandma's Parkin though isn't it ? Can't wait!

So, as the time time draws ever nearer to December I thought it may be a good time to take a peek at a few Christmas cake recipes...I ususally begin mine in October, so here we go :

Virtually Organic Christmas Cake - I found this on

To see the recipe and more info click here:  Virtually Organic Christmas Cake

 Nigel Slaters Spiced Christmas Cake:

A much lighter cake than traditional Christmas cakes and spicer also but a lovely alternative!
Try here for more info:  Spiced Christmas Cake

Jamie Oliver Traditional Christmas Cake:

Click on this link for more info and recipe:  Traditional Christmas Cake

Christmas Winter Wonderland Traybake by Lorraine Pascal : 

For more info and recipe details try here: Christmas Winter Wonderland Traybake

Hope you enjoy browsing these mouth watering recipes and find some inspiration for your own Christmas baking, traditional is good but sometimes it's rather lovely to try something new!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Completed owl mitts

Here are my snuggly Owl Wrist Warmers all stitched and complete :

And now it is back to the needles, actually might try a bit of felting today as my lovely mum bought me a Needle Felting Kit yesterday, an early Christmas present really, she encouraged me to open it and have a go so perhaps I will to follow...

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Crafty loviness

75 Days to go in the Christmas Countdown

My, how the time is flying by at the moment, thought I'd just post a few pics of my recent youngest has been at home sick for a few days, preparations for fairs and the Christmas Countadown have been on hold ...but now he is feeling better I am hoping to catch up a little and get down to some serious work!
My eldest daughter has set me up on Tumblr - it will take me a while to get familiar but I'll be posting photo's on there as well as on my Facebook-'Lilyshaw' page as well and here on the blog...

The most yummy flapjack - made with dark brown sugar

Just off the needles - winter woolies - wrist warmers

My lovely owl mitts ready for stitching!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Crafty update

Another day, another we have had sunshine and for a short while, blue sky - how lovely!

Just thought I'd share a bit of knitting I'm working on at the mo' :

Few more winter mittens

Baby mitts

Little rabbit - created by Fairy-pants

Tuesday, 2 October 2012


Niamh, my daughter, has made me a tumblr! It's going to take some time for me to understand but heres the address, please follow me I have no followers yet :(