My sincere apologies for the distinct lack of blogging over 2017…I’ll try to do better over this next year with the few Sasha Dolls that are still here.
First up were the Sasha cards for my Sasha friends. Time was getting on and still I didn’t feel up to thinking of a new design and then the setting up of the scene to photograph so trawelled through my millions of past photos and selected this ‘Walking in Winterland’ photo.
Added this photo to the back.
Next came the personal stamps that I had been wanting to do for the last few years but never seemed to have got around to it. I choose the photo above to match the card for the second class ones for the UK (and one of Toddler Bea for the first class that would be needed to go with the second class envelopes for the EU countries and US (although the latter would also have to have an extra 17p stamp to make up the higher rate postage required.)
These came beautifully presented in special packs that I was almost tempted not to use them!
Next up were my daughter and her partner’s and their dogs Christmas stockings. This year instead of going for my usual ‘sophisticated’ I decided to do FUN stockings for a change (especially after such a rough year health-wise.) So. as they usually open their stockings late on Christmas Eve after returning from seeing the latest Star Wars film I bought these four Star Wars designed ones.
For Chon’s partner. Darth Vader.
For Chon herself. R2d2.
For Chon’s Weimaraner dog, Bella. BB-8.
And finally for her partner’s French Bulldog, Bernie! Chewbacca.
I added the ribbons. bells and trimmings on the tops and even managed to buy some Star Wars Christmas wrapping paper!
Some of the stocking fillers. On deciding to ‘do my bit’ for the environment’s huge plastic waste I bought these ‘his and hers’ Chilli bottles… plus some MAC make-up that Chon uses, thank you cards and a selection of chocs. to fill any small gaps.
Their dogs gave them these personalised Mummy and Daddy cards and mugs. (Please note the deightful wooden carved and named dog shapes here.)
The above wrapped!
Special technical riding socks for his stocking plus some Dark 85% bars of Cocoa chocolate, Flapjacks and other energy giving nibbles/snacks plus a 2017 just released Star Wars stamp book with the new stamps included and explaining how they came into production etc.
Lancome beauty products, a couple of miniature bottles and a few more thank you cards for Chon’s.
These were the squeaky toys in Bella’s stocking. I personally loved the rolled Daily Growl newspaper and the Ruldoph from these.
…And these below in Bernies! My favourites here were his iBone and squeaky sprout.
I was literally ‘over the moon’ with this Star Wars door mat. (Unfortunately this photo doesn’t fully portray the rust background colour.)
I wrapped Chon’s other gifts from me (bottle of Baileys Irish Cream, a bottle of Port, Lancome’s Genifique serum, a larger replica of a Ferro Rocher individual chocolate, a pair of Oasis grey woolen sparkling gloves and an ‘ontrend’ leopard print scarf…and ALL of which I stupidly forgot to take photos of!) and placed them inside this attractive maroon box and then be-ribboned and decorated it.
Just a few of the many of my three/four days table favours that I took with me for the family meal gatherings.
Some more table favours. (These are coverings for the Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.
My present for my sister’s daughter.
Inside was this, I thought rather appropiate mug, Oh, Chemist-tree/Oh, Chemistry! (which I filled with Home made Fudge) that I had bought her, as she is just completing her three year Phd in Atmospheric Sciences at Cambridge University.
A little under the tree gift for one of my sister-in-laws. (Went back to get another few but unfortunately they had sold out!)
Was really thrilled to see and then buy this fab. felt free standing sledge to put all the children’s presents in.
Have positioned a Sasha Doll to show it’s huge size!
Spotted this dear red and green little Santa Helper apron with bells on it for a four year old great niece who wore it for handing out the sleigh gifts to everyone.
Three little ‘must have’ gifts. I popped two little Christmas Lindt chocolate bears into the Reindeer purse, the Christmas Tree is another Terry’s chocolate Orange cover and the wooden red mini car has ‘a pull back and go’ action.
I saw… and couldn’t resist buying this beautifully ‘soft to the touch’ John Lewis Father Christmass.
I always plant Chon some Hyacinths bulbs to see the New Year in.
Chon’s presents to me, beautifully wrapped as always.
Then in the last week before Christmas I started on the house decorations. A hopefully welcoming front door area.
The Hall decorations.
This year I added some extra trailing ribbons to this delightful Mistletoe wreath.
Last years but one Twig tree that I added some lime green sparkling ivy and little fairy lights to…unlit during the daytime,
When lit during the late afternoon/early evening…
…and at nightime.
The mantlepiece in the living room. This year I bought three new wooden Angels to add to the decor.
The Twig tree (since I can no longer cope with a large freshly cut Nordic Spruce tree) taking pride of place for yet another year.
….and when lit up in the evenings.
Decided to add a few baubles and dangling ribbons to this gold wreath this year.
Couldn’t find my usual Bamboo twig curls for the candleabra so used these various gold floral sprays instead…(and actually preferred them.)
Although we go out as a family for the Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the two following days main meals I serve fresh Lobster/prawn salads with hot bread rolls and my home made Sherry trifle or mince pies and cream in the evenings to finish the days off.
Finally a New Year gift for a friend’s little girl who loves Unicorns. You can colour in the T shirt’s picture and which will disappear on washing for you to recolour.
I hope that you have enjoyed a glimpse of my Christmas 2017 as I like to take and keep a few photos to look back upon.