Friday, December 6, 2013
Clearly he thought she must have been crazy, but said perhaps I was right, there were obviously a few people who liked old drawers as much as me. And when would I be paying him back?
Amanda xx Pin It
Monday, December 2, 2013
There was a message.
"Where are you? I need you to call me. Yes, look, uh, just call quickly. As soon as you get this message. Call me back - please."
Maybe I was mishearing the tone, but it sounded urgent, grim even. At 8 in the morning. The worst went through my mind. I rang home, and got the answer phone. Hung up, dialed again. Still the same.
I gave it a couple of minutes and rang again. Still the answer phone. And again and again and again.
Time to ring my brother. He answered with his professional 'mr busy' voice, as if he didn't know who was calling despite the caller id. Without any preamble he announced he'd have to call me back and hung up. Now I really was thinking the worst. I dialed Mum & Dad's number yet again, and it still went straight to answer phone. I left another message. I was heading to a client appointment. I didn't know what was so urgent, but why was no-one answering the phone, and could they call me asap on my mobile.
I broke all my own rules and left the phone volume up so I could hear it ringing during my client appointment. Still nothing from either parent or my brother.
After the appointment I got to the car and rang again. Finally Mum answered. She sounded quite calm. "Oh, you got through your appointment quickly" she said. Well yes, I had something grim/urgent/desperate/life or death-type scenario on my mind the whole time. What was wrong? Why the panicky message?
"Oh well, it's just that I'm going shopping this morning, and I've seen an old imperial pint milk bottle and I wondered if you wanted it for your collection".
Perhaps not life or death, but urgent all the same!! And yes, I took the opportunity to add to my collection.
P.S Incidentally, my brother finally called me back 12 hours later. He was just 'mr busy'.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
There is something about a Christmas advent calendar that is one part exciting and one part terrifying. The anticipation and excitement as you open another little parcel or look behind a window or in a pocket is something that has always been a part of the Christmas traditions in my family - from when I was small, and the one doing the opening, to now, when it's my girls who are the ones excitedly counting down the days. The terrifying part, aside from coming up with 24 sweet little treasures to wrap up, is the fact that Christmas really is upon us! And yet, I still love an advent calendar, and Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without one. Our advent is a stunning child-sized Maileg pixie with pockets and tabs who has been with us for some years now. We all look forward to pulling her out each Christmas season. But there is still time to make your own, and here are some wonderful, creative DIY advents that I've found (or made) to inspire you...
If you've been into Small Acorns recently, then you will have seen our store advent. Taking up almost an entire wall, it's larger than life. But you could easily make something similar yourself and scale it to fit your space at home. We used a wonderful old perpetual calendar, with a fantastic old font, that I've had at home for an age, and we simply photocopied all the dates onto a nice textured card, and blu-tacked them to the wall. Age spots and blemishes are all copied too, and part of the vintage charm. The star on the top is fluoro pink washi tape.
I love the simplicity of this advent from A Merry Mishap. Brown paper packages tied up with string, and a handmade number tag. Something like this could hang anywhere and look great.
They look like little Christmas puddings! A really cute, no sew, fabric advent from Design Mom. Little pouches filled with goodies hanging on some fallen branches.
Have access to an old pallet? Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess made their wooden advent tree from an old pallet which they cut up and then hammered into shape. The little packages and activity cards are simply pinned on with drawing pins. Looks fantastic don't you agree?
A stylish black and white advent - all the cute little treats hang from a simple wire coat hanger.
Milly and I made this envelope style advent as part of her maths homework one year. I said at the time that this was my kind of maths! At least I can count to 24. You can see the original tutorial here. We made it using nice paper envelopes from a Japanese supply store, and typed all our numbers on the computer using a mix of fonts and text. Then we printed them, cut them up with pinking shears, and glued one on to each envelope. Pegs & string completed the project. Last year I made lots for our school gala using craft wage envelopes.
A bunting of linen stockings, each cross-stitched with the date in red, and strung on cotton rope. Beautifully made by a friend, this is another advent from the Small Acorns archive!
A peg board in every sense. Pegs painted red and white, decorated with a little washi tape, and attached to a white board. Sweet little brown paper packages tied up with string again. Found via Norske Interiors.
More deliciously enticing little treats. Looks amazing because the colour palette is limited to red, white and craft paper bown, with washi tape numbers, bakers twine and a tiny hint of sparkle. And I love the tree branch used to hang everything on. Oooh, Christmas really is exciting! From la petite cuisine.
Sweetly decorated matchboxes hang from a Christmas tree branch. The real branch would smell like Christmas (don't you love the smell), but a faux Christmas garland would also look amazing, and would last the 24 days distance happily. Such a lovely idea from The Merrythought, she has the name of a friend in each matchbox, and each day she will write to the person whose name is revealed. Seasonal sentiments.
An advent village, complete with Christmas trees. Each little house is filled with a sweet treat. So simple, so cute and so creative, from my new favourite blog Mokkasin.
So, there's my little round up. There's at least a trillion more ideas on my Pinterest board, where I'm madly pinning some lovely Christmas ideas. I can hardly keep up with myself! Now I just need to fill that little pixie's pockets. How many sweet treats, rubbers and pencils this year do you think?