03 December 2008

Getting Ready For Christmas. And Some Of My Wares!

My next post will be my 100th, so I will having a Christmas Giveaway...I must get on and make something for it now......
It has been a good week so far. A little bit of everything has been achieved. Prep's for Christmas and a little Christmas shopping. The decorating of the family room has started too.
Sorry to mention that word again The Fair! but I wanted to show you these lovely little tin's which I brought from Lynn @ Sea Angles.....
If you have the same problem I have, you may sympathise with me, numbering the kitchen cupboards may be a good idea, we shall see. The reason being that when Mr N. wants to find something in the kitchen I have to give very precise directions, almost down to the last Inch in order that he can spot whatever it is that he wants.

Monday I had a lovely day visiting one of my most favorite shop's. Cabbages & Roses in Chelsea
I was not going to lug my camera about on a shopping trip, which I always regret¬ but I did manage to find this image on the Internet to show you. I would have preferred to have taken my own as the shop looked wonderful all decorated ready for Christmas.
We spent most of the day in the Kings Road. It was cold, but refreshing to be out, rather than shopping inside Bluewater. The day was finished off in a very old little pub in Villiers Street by Charing Cross Station. The pub was dark inside lit mostly by candles and twinkling lights. When I return to the City I always feel quite at home. This is where I was born and my parents and their parents were born, lived and worked.
We sat and enjoyed watching the world rush by, some running to catch trains and others laden with bag's of Christmas shopping. Mostly everyone, was wrapped up in a big coat and woolly hat. There was a good feeling in the atmosphere, like Christmas this year was going to be a less materialistic, one but a Special One.
I wanted an advent calender of some sort....I wish I had waited now, I saw this extremely long Advent Bunting at our local Farm Shop and bought it. I wish I had waited as in Cabbages & Roses I saw the lovely little Rusty Bucket one that I have on my sidebar!
The problem I have is where to put it for now.
We are decorating the family room, which is where I would normally hang it.
I have it draped, a bit messily! in my kitchen, not the best place for it to be.Too cute to resist really!

I have been meaning to add some of the items I made for the Fair onto my Blog Shop.....as usual for me, just not enough time. I am writing this post in between painting the walls. So I will show you them on this blog and may get round to listing them at some other time, along with quite a few other bits we made.
This is one of my loose lampshade covers, made in one of my favourite designer materials.

And a matching Heart to go with it.

Off White Linen Doves.

Embellished Heart and a With Love Heart.

I have made so many of these little Hearts some with Lavender and some without!

Little tiny Doves for the Christmas Tree.

Embroidered with Love.

One of a pair of White Linen loose lampshade covers with embroidery.

Closer look!

I hope to get some things listed on my Blog Shop, before Christmas!
The paintbrush is getting dry, so must get on.....have a lovely weekend all.


Simone said...

I love the idea of numbering the kitchen cupboards! The things that you made are very pretty and feminine looking. No such room for prettiness in my house at the moment. It is so full of clutter and in need of a good sort out and tidy up. I like shopping outside too. I get so claustrophobic in shopping centres and would much rather be out in the elements!

Sal said...

These men do need us women to guide them through life eh?!! I love the numbered tins! ;-)
I would love to have visited Cabbages and Roses.
You've been incredibly busy!!

Flossie and Tom said...

Would love to number my kitchen cupboards !!! But as I only have three and the man in the house still cant find anything - I'm not sure what to do !!

Love the hearts & doves - your tree must look wonderful


Country Cottage Chic said...

Numbering the cupboards is a brilliant idea - perhaps a grid reference as well, then they just might find what they are looking for.

Hmmm...maybe a cupboard sat-nav might be a good idea!

Carol said...

Just in case some of think I am really going to number all my cupboards....I am most definately not..just showing off the lovely new tins really. Carol xx

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh Carol it is most comforting to know that our men are so similar. Mr C will not find things unless they have a red flashing light attached to them so I am forever coming to the rescue!
Your room looks beautifully serene.. are those the colours you were telling me about?
I am going to make sure I get to London next year.. it seems like a million miles away and yet is only 2 hours on the train.. Maybe we could meet in that little pub you mentioned!?
With love and hugs
Michele xx

periwinkle said...

I think your advent calender is just gorgeous - I like the bucket one too but it probably wouldn't last 2 minutes here. Looking forward to seeing your finished room
Lisa x

willywagtail said...

What a clever idea. for your cupboards. You should get the copyright - you would become a millionaire - the need worldwide is so great! Cherrie

Miss sew n sew said...

I visited th Cabbages and Roses shop afew weeks back when it was the CL fair then did the Kings road looks like we did the same . shopping trip I had a great time. Love all those things you've made you have been busy!

Pondside said...

I enjoyed reading about your shopping trip, and especially the picture you painted of sitting in the pub watching the passers-by.
What pretty things you've made and shown us! I'm sure your house will be beautiful when it's dressed for Christmas.

MelMel said...

Hi there!

Don't worry about doing the tag.....thats more than fine......:>))

We did have such a fun time !


Pipany said...

You clever lady Carol - your things are just beautiful as is your pretty home. Quite like the idea of numbered cupboards actually.perhaps you'll star a trend! xx

Andrea said...

I think that with most men, if it is not in front of their noses they just do not see it do they?!! Sounds like you had a lovely day, I really must get on with getting some Christmas trimmings out, I feel like I am getting a bit behind with the Festivities!!

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

My husband could do with the cupboards being numbered - great idea with the little baking tins..!
The bits and pieces you've made are beautiful too - thanks for sharing..:)

Gingham and Flowers said...

Gosh it's so long since I last visited your blog. I've enjoyed spending some time just now going back over a lot of your old posts. I love the kitchen cupboard numbers. Wish our kitchen was big enough to warrant such an idea! The items you made for the fair are really lovely. I so wish I could have got to the fair. Really hope to manage the next one.

This Vintage Life... said...

I think it's a great idea to number your cupboards...especially in such a pretty way.
I find men open a cupboard or in this house, the fridge and if it isn't staring them in the face right at the front, "it isn't there!" I call it a 'man-look'. What are we going to do with them?
I love your little doves btw
Deb x

thriftymrs said...

Loving just about everything in the post.

MelMel said...

Just read over at thrifty that your not well....poor you...hope you get better soon!


LiLi M. said...

That banner of Christmassocks is so cute! In fact everything is!

Sandi McBride said...

You are so talented, Carol. I love the lamp shade, it is so old fashioned looking...and all your wares, lol...hope that leg is healing up and you are wearing heels again!!!

Greedy Nan said...

Such good ideas! Especially the lampshades - I wish now I'd bought the lamps I saw in the charity shop yesterday now - they were only £2.50 each, in blue which put me off a bit, but I suppose I could have painted them. Wonder if they're still there?
There was also a terrific coat in size 18 for only £8. I'm not size 18 but £8 is such a bargain. My lovely man didn't like it though - said it was too big ... hence came home with nothing.
I used to have some of those little tins you've got on the cupboards. They went rusty as I lived in such a damp house then - that would be a bonus now with the vintage look though.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Yes, my husband could do with cupboards being numbered too, and probably only about 6 inches deep as anything that isn't in full view doesn't get found!
Ooohhh Cabbages & Roses lovely, I'm so jealous!

mollycupcakes said...

Dear Carol,
I'm so sorry it's been ages now and i just can't beleive it that Daisy and i bought something from your fabulous stall at the Vintage fair in Rangeworthy and didn't even get to meet you.
The little bird is now hanging on our Christmas tree and Daisy wants it in her room once Christmas is done with.
I just loved your stall and love the pink heart with the word love on it in thsi post, how much sweetie?
Sorry to have missed you there would of loved to meet you. I stayed for a while and chatted to Julia from Vintage heaven, she's fab.
Well drop me an email honey and we'll catch up and i can let you know our new address.
Love ,
Catherine x

Donna said...

I too love to spend time in London, especially at Christmas but I didn't get up this year. I am hoping for a few days in town in the New Year. Hope your decorating is going well, are we crazy Carol?

OhSoVintage said...

I would love to visit the Cabbages & Roses shop, lucky you. I really like the boots garland too.

MelMel said...

Hi there, was on last night.....maybe you could find it on Iplayer or something?

Hope you get to se it!xxxxx

It might have been him.....he sounds so like him!

MelMel said...

Its John Lewis in Cheadle...there is also one in the trafford Centre too......I've had no luck finding a CK mushroom/toadstool pincushion for my sister in law.....left it too late!xx

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Hiya, thanks for liking my tree's, they always look better in real life than a piccie though!! LOL at your numbers, what a great idea and they look great in your gorgeous kitchen. How's the decorating coming along? Claire x

Ragged Roses said...

Hello Carol!!! How strange I was just going to visit your blog when you left such a lovely comment on mine!!! Wouldn;t it be lovely if you could pop over for a cup of tea, that would be fun. Your house is looking beautiful in these photos, I think I might have to number our cupboards too, Mr Roses is hopeless at finding anything.
I shall return again soon for that giveways .... Take care, enjoy your lovely home and thanks for your kind words