My first focus is going to be health; better eating (with the help of the hairy bikers recipe book so hopefully a few recipe posts) more exercise classes and better sleeping habits.
Christmas this year was lovely although I admit I tried to cram a lot in with the acute awareness that since I'm now working full time, I have less time with the children so I had to make this year extra special. I'll post pictures soon of our 2 weeks including shots of the decorated but I wasn't as focused on the house decor this year with work in the run up and tragic family news 10 days before the big day. All that aside, it has been a time of good memories.
As usual, post Christmas I hit the sales :D
Christmas cards, glass baubles, garlands and other decorations were purchased and will be a feature next year.
The cards were from Hanbury Hall which is a National Trust site about 40minutes away from us. 1.5 miles up the road from Hanbury Hall is Jinney Ring Craft centre which houses the workshops of 12 crafters and their small shops of beautiful makes. I bought the baubles in the gift shop there and already have thoughts on doing my dining room and dresser differently next year with these as a central theme.
The weather was awful when we went to Hanbury Hall and Jinney Ring and so we didn't stay long. On the way home my hsband suggested we go to a Garden centre and it was here that I picked up these Gisela Graham decorations. They were all quite folky and up my street but I went for a modest 7 (but may have to look online for more!) Again these have given me some inspiration for next year as I will focus on larger decorations and maybe even no baubles- we shall see.
I saw this paper garland with gold ric rac and loved it immediately. Unlike the other items I bought, I have no idea where it will go but I have all year to decide.
My husband chose the wooden sign but I like it too and is a bit different from the bunting and fabric hangings so a welcome addition. The book and stationary are from paperchase and to be honest, I just liked them.
Today we went to another very large garden centre because they had a skating rink and we have been promising the girls we would take them since October. There was a hobby craft there so I had a happy hour wandering the isles and could have bought lots but settled on these card letters and bird with the intention of decoupaging them. I also bought some wooden items a few months back with the hope of doing a little decopatch but hadn't seen the paper or glue at a reasonable price.
The paper still wasn't cheap but it was oh so beautiful and I have read a few blogs that say I can water down PVA and use it although it has a longer drying time. I will keep you updated of my progress.
The final purchase I want to share is some scrapbook paper I got at TK Max last week and then some free paper that came with a magazine my hubby bought as a stocking filler. I am hoping to make lots of bird houses with these to create a unique display in the hall. If my husband is totally against it being in the hall, then I may do it in my office but do it I shall and soooon :)
Did I mention that another aim for this year is that it will be more craftilicious!