Friday 7 December 2012

Early December on the Mantlepiece

Sometimes instagram doesn't do me any favours... has everyone out there got their trees up and decorated and bought or made their kids super-duper advent calendars?

Of course, I will be doing everything last minute, I promised I wouldn't, but some-how it's the 7th December and I've done NOTHING (actually I tell a lie, see point 9. below).
We'll get there, at least we don't have major home improvements going on like last year... although I do a few things happening... (see point 1. below)

This weekend I'm going to try to convince Hugh to get our tree, and do our Christmas photo so I can start this years card design. Plus I'm planning on getting my blurb order finished to hit their 10th December delivery deadline. Ok, lets see if I can do it...

In the meantime, here is the lowdown on our mantlepiece...

1.  When Liberty had their 20% off event last week I went, and money was spent, but in the lighting department on this Lee Broom crystal bulb, and I ain't giving anyone lights for Christmas (although that does give me an idea for Hugh's present).

2. I'm making some Fairy-cake kits - like the ones I did for Coco's party bags - for the school Christmas bazaar.

3. Compeed plasters, the new shoes that I mentioned here are giving me grief.

4. Our first Christmas card (typed thought semi-gritted teeth)!

5. Another nod to Christmas, Coco's advent calendar, no crafting, no chocolate, just a trad calendar. Just the way I like it... (see here for further info on my advent calendar obsession - and also a pre-mantlepiece kitchen - or check out last years advent calendar here - it was a good one).

6. Some slime Coco made at school in science week.

7. A little monster that came flat packed in the form of a birthday card for Coco.

8. It's that time of year when the thermometer is permenantly out, no point putting it away as someone esle is bound to get ill...

9. Tickets to see the Snowman ballet - very excited about this and the only real Christmassy thing I've organised so far.

10. A beautiful card made for Coco by Hugh's sister for her birthday, featuring her very own well loved teddy I've taken some close up pictures of it which I'll have to post in the next few days.

11. Parking ticket, SO SO SO annoying as I got it for parking right outside my house! Am up for a fight on this one.

12. One of Coco's thank you cards... as mentioned yesterday.

13. Need to re-arrange delivery for this parcel... and commit to spending a whole day indoors, and doing the fastest as I possibly can school runs, during which the parcel is bound to be delivered...

**I'm getting quite into my lines and dots - don't worry, I'm sure I'll be over it soon!


  1. Oh I really want one of those lights but definitely need a discount! Love this feature!

  2. Can't wait to see your Lee Broom bulb hanging somewhere, they look so beautiful. I quite fancy one for our hallway, but I'm not 100% sure it's right for our space.

    P.S. I haven't done anything either (apart from bake the cake - but that still needs icing and decorating).

  3. I like your Mantlepiece posts and your scientific approach with arrows !
    I have never heard about these bulbs, I'll go and look how it looks like.Enjoy your christmas's the best time in December !

  4. I love these posts (I died at the toy cupboard one too). Big fan of your lines & dots too misses ;)

  5. Wow I love the organised chaos here! Coco's card is gorgeous!