Friday, 19 December 2014

Oxford Christmas Market

I went to the Oxford Christmas Market yesterday, and had
a great day. There were some lovely stalls, with a wide
range of foods, drinks and original items, many hand-crafted
and some were small businesses, which I always like to 
support. It was pleasant to wander round with a glass of
mulled wine , browsing, tasting and shopping.

Seasonal small cakes from Merangz
Who could resist these?
A rainbow of colours
Traditional decorations
Delicious cheeses
Pretty stalls


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 This morning I have been making cranberry jelly, 
whilst listening to Christmas songs on the
radio. What could be more Christmassy?!
Looking at the ingredients, the gorgeous contrast
of reds and oranges, seemed a perfect combination
for a photo. Then I wandered round taking more
seasonal photos.

Cranberries and orange
Add cinnamon
Bubbling in the pan
Ready to eat!
Wreath bought in the market, made of orange, cinnamon, chilli and apple 
Little chilli wreath from the market
Drying chillies in the kitchen
They cast a beautiful shadow
Our Christmas tree, complete with pine cones!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Tag Tuesday-Christmas Greenery and Let's Dance

Here are my tags for Tag Tuesday.
Just in time with this week's tag, plus the previous one!
It is such a busy time of year, that I have been falling behind.
I have enjoyed looking at all the wonderful tags.

Here is my Christmas Greenery Tag.
I had a lot of fun playing with  my Christmas
stencils and stamps!
I used a stencil for the three images in the foreground,
pine cones, poinsettia and holly, on card. The background was 
stamped with holly onto textured card, and then
I added washi tape -my favourite! A red ribbon adds the final

Here is my Let's Dance tag.
I used an image of dancers from a greetings card,
 added sparkly nail polish to the dancer's dress, and
highlighted her make up. The background is glittery card.
This is a timely tag, when it is nearly time for the final
of Strictly Come Dancing, which I have been following avidly!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Wreath

At the weekend I went on a wreath-making course, at Harcourt
 Arboretum. There was a demonstration on how to make 
wreaths, then we were able to 
make our own, using  natural materials gathered from 
the Arboretum and Oxford
Botanic Gardens. It was great fun, and I am 
so pleased with my wreath!

My wreath
Plenty of greenery to choose from
Dried seed heads and berries

Ready to start work

 In place on the front door

Monday, 1 December 2014

Peacock butterfly

I had an unexpected visitor in my kitchen- a peacock
butterfly! I couldn't believe it came so late in the year,
and wonder where it came from. I don't expect it to
last long, but put some sugar water on a saucer for it,
which I realised  when I took the photo
 is the  Boleslawa peacock pattern!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tag Tuesday-America

The subject for this week's Tag Tuesday
is America
 I made a quick tag this week.
This image from the Graphics Fairy seems perfect 
for my America tag on Thanksgiving Day.
I mounted it on this lovely stars and stripes
fabric which I bought in Joanne's last time
I was in the States.
Happy Thanksgiving to all you American readers!

Saturday, 22 November 2014


I had a very enjoyable holiday in Cyprus. Richard and I
were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. It was
the obvious holiday destination for us, as it is where we
went for our honeymoon, and later lived there for three
We had a lovely time revisiting old haunts and seeing old
 friends. We managed to pack a lot into a week!
Here are some photos.

Pissouri Bay-View from our balcony
Curium Beach
 Limassol's New Marina
Smart yachts in Limassol's New Marina
Cafe area in Limassol's New Marina
Nicosia-traditional cafe
Nicosia-modern cafe