Sunday, 17 August 2008

Christmas ramblings ......

As Lola would say 'Christmas is my absolute favourite and my best' So I was so excited to receive these 2 new craft books. I already have the other Tilda books 'Crafting Springtime Gifts', 'Crafting Christmas Gifts' and 'Sew Pretty Homestyle' and I adore these books. So I pre ordered 'Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle' and waited and waited, well it's here and it is fantastic and I want to make everything in there! Creating Your Perfect Christmas' also has some lovely things to make, the trouble is there are only 129 days 17 hours and 56 minutes left, not that I'm counting of course!!

Added to this my favourite catalogue dropped through the letterbox yesterday, I then spent an hour oohing and arrhing and wanting to spend a fortune. I do love the Tomtes and already have a shelf full of them out at christmas!

I found a very easy soap recipe on Monday and thought I'd give it a try, maybe make some soaps for Christmas presents. Do not laugh! this was a trial run, I wanted them to be small so we could use them and I could only find a shallow container as half my kitchen is still packed away due to renovations. Anyway this recipe uses lux flakes, milk and milk powder and I added lavender essential oil and some oats, then just studded them with lavender flowers. They are now drying for a week but it seems okay so I'll have to get some moulds (just seen some in the Panduro catalogue) and do some more.

I think it has rained nearly all week so Lily is getting very board! Yesterday she played buttons, she loves this game it involves getting one of my tins of buttons emptying them into a basket and just picking them up saying 'ooh, look mummy a pretty one' obviously she has my genes!

She has also learnt how to make a sandwich, this occured because she doesn't particularly like sandwiches but life would be so much easier for me if she would eat them. So I thought I'd get her to make her own, with a little help from me as she is only 2!

First she buttered the bread, quite difficult as it was homemade and rather crumbling!

Then she added some grated cheese and ham.

Then she ate it, and probably wondered why mummy was taking all these photos!


dancingonabladeofgrass said...

What is it about buttons that is so fascinating? I remember going through my grandmother's button tin and being totally absorbed by them!

That looks a great sandwich by the way!

Indigo Blue said...

Thank you for visiting my blog today. My daughter loves my button box and will head straight for the buttons in any shop as well. She has managed to aquire a sewing box as well.

Raspberry Grace said...

I love the books, been meaning to get the Sew Pretty one for ages now!

The soap looks fab, was it very easy to make? I'm looking to make homemade presents this year too.... I need to get a move on!

Your little one is adorable :)

God bless, Rasp xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

The books look fabulous...I want to look inside! Button boxes provide endless entertainment for children - apparently it was one of my favourite games as a child too!
I'd love to have a go at making soap - I think I've seen the same recipe. It looks like it turned out well - I'll have to have a go as well now.

sharie said...

Those soaps look lovely, very professional. Any chance of a tutorial?

angel said...

Was it dried Ass's milk, co's thats all i use nowerdays, lol.

That Sarnie looked good, bless littlie [she can make her own lunch now, lol].

I love the Panduro cat its full of great stuff [dont understand the language but its great].

Love and huggles Honey. Mwah X x X x X

Ragged Roses said...

It was a big day in our house when my eldest daughter started to eat sandwiches! I remember rummaging in my aunt's jewellery box just like your daughter and the buttons, it was the colours that did it for me. Love your soaps they look so impressive,well done

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Oh, I`m so glad that I have stumble across your blog!
Would you consider exchanging links with me, please?!

By, the way... I so L.O.V.E. Cornwall.

Have a lovely weekend, followed by a Bank Holiday Monday!

Kisses & Hugs
Debbie Moss

angel said...

Oi Blissy, I'm giving you the *Creative Blogger award* so go to my blo and git it.

Mwah. X x X x X

Vintage to Victorian said...

Thanks for 'finding' my blog today. I realise I've lurked on yours in the past!! I wonder if you'd be prepared to let me have a copy of the soap recipe. I've never made any, but I have a number of vintage boxes of Lux flakes (I've sold a few and am using the rest for hand-washing!). They came from a house clearance - a box of 18!! I'll gladly send you one if you like! They were special offer ones - 1½d off so early 1970s.

I see you got to Totnes. I obviously need to get there, don't I!!!!