Had to take my Christmas decorations down yesterday afternoon so feeling sad that Christmas is over for another year and everything now looking a little drab and rather bare without the previous gold sparkle and glitter that was scattered about the place.
Have taken several views (sorry about that) of the tree on different days to make sure that I at least got a couple of good photos for here and for future reference.
This year I have added twelve new baubles and some more fine tinsel that I bought from my visit to Bridgemere Garden World to make up for the three that had got broken over the last two years and to compensate for any more future breakages.
Close up of the baubles, fine tinsel etc in the afternoon’s sunshine.
Tree with the lights on!
Again, the same but taken a little later in the day.
Close up of the middle of the tree with the lights lit.
The mantlepiece photographed in the morning without the sunshine. Added the two very fine wood decorations from Austria (that had decorated two of my presents in previous years) to the mirror. (You might have to look closely though to see them.) Liked the effect so will do so again next year.
The decorated mantlepiece in the afternoon’s sunshine. You can see the two very finely carved wooden mirror decorations more clearly here.
I used to hang this weath up in the hall but have swapped it to here over the last two years as I think that this is a perfect place for it, linking the lounge and dinning areas and tones in well with the two sets of deep cream brocade curtains on either side.
Close up of the wreath.
The decorated candle display in the corner of the dinning room. (Not sure why that Gotz Sasha has decided to have a little lie down.)
I like this candle stand especially when it is decorated. Fills up this corner of the dinning area nicely, giving it more of a focal point for those sitting on the end and left side of the dinning table.
The Victorian Kissing Bunch outside the Front Door.
Close up of the Victorian Kissing Bunch that I made using the holly and mistletoe bought from Bridgemere Garden World and tied with a large red ribbon.
These were my other two Christmas cards for my non-Sasha friends. The Holly Berries was sold in aid of Arthritis Research and the Brussel Sprout tree for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Save the Children.
I gave three of these attractively presented sweets as gifts to those who I know love these chocolates. (Wouldn’t have minded one myself!)
These little first name initial boxes were filled with gifts for my nieces (and my daughter of course!) who came to share the Christmas Luncheon at Slater’s with us.
I thought that there were rather a fun idea and different….and as some of you know, I like ‘different!’
Thought that I’d include the next photo of what my nieces did with the presents at the table!
Two photos of my daughter’s present containing MAC make-up, Lancome cosmetics, a stainless steel container for keeping drinks hot when travelling or out and about and a bottle of Baileys original cream. (Can’t add these to the previous present’s post as I used to as I have since realised that she takes a sneaky preview of them on the blog before travelling up here.)
View from above.
The purple and gold Polo Hoodie that I gave to Chon. Still a bit creased as it had only just been taken out of it’s original wrapping.
The Ted Baker shopper bag that I also gave her. The Polo Hoodie was inside.
I always fill this bowl with Hyacinths for her to take back with her so that when she takes her decorations down they provide a centre point with their beauty and perfume.
I gave her two dogs a chocolate bone each as well as named black with beige paw-prints on towels and squeeky toys in the shape of bottles.
Hope that you have enjoyed this little insight into Christmas here in Alsager.
Guessing it’s now all over for another year.