Monthly Archives: December 2011

As we say goodbye to 2011

I have a proper roundup post coming, but there’s no way I’ll finish it tonight so I thought I’d better do a quick post instead! I’m up in Nottingham and we’re going to head out for drinks at a friend’s house to see in the new year, which will be lovely :)

On a quick sprint through The List, I can now cross off:

319 Replace light bulb in hallway (I tried, I was too short, Dad did it for me)

318 Replace air filter in MR2 (on Boxing Day)

311 Participate in internet swaps (the curiosity project in September and at Christmas)

281a Incorporate my alter-ego’s behaviour and style into my life (heehee, Lotta is good for me)

252 Keep a stock of cards for birthdays, anniversaries etc (now I just need to remember to send the bloody things at the right times!)

204 Keep website and blogs updated (duckingfabulous.co.uk is now this site and I’m doing ok with the blog. Project Pin Up could be better but I have Plans for it in 2012)

168 Get a subscription to a magazine – I’ve subscribed to Cloth to keep me entertained and busy when the new sewing machine arrives in my life

101 and 102 organise and decorate new flat beautifully, unusually and craftily

Not bad! I hope your 2011 has been as mostly fabulous as mine has been, thank you for being part of it and I hope that your 2012 is even better!

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Christmas time, Lego, food and wine…

Towards the end of a perfect Christmas day… presents, food, family and music. We ate and laughed and talked, I napped with the dog and then napped with the cat, I helped Eden build a Lego ship and we all ate lots and lots of chocolate – just the way Christmas should be :)

I hope all your Christmases were equally perfect if you celebrate Christmas, and that your Sundays were perfect if you don’t.

Happy Holidays!

xx

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A perfect Christmas Eve

being very silly with my lovely cousins :)

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Good grief, December, where have you vanished to?!

Here is me, trying to be festive (I was more than a little bit tipsy at this point)…

I am powering through all the leftover bits and pieces at the day job, in the hope I can leave early – we went for a lovely team pub lunch, but no one else has come back yet so I’m all on my lonesome. On the plus side, I intend to leave the moment I’ve wrapped up all the loose ends!

Then home to finish this handsome chap for my Gran, pack, and curl up with wine and a DVD, and my laptop.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!

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Things that make me happy Thursday – bumper edition

Missed last week again, so here’s a bumper list of some of the things that have made me smile in the last couple of weeks :)

Buying a box of tissues that looks like it’s been cable knitted. Impressed, Kleenex, it’s an improvement on pastel colours.

Christmas cards, tags and wrapping paper – so festive!

Sunshine unexpectedly in the middle of a spectacularly dreary day

Parcels!

My gorgeous swap from Ann, and how pleased she was with what I sent too

A parcel from Chloewoo

the Curious Christmas Curiosity Box – sending, receiving and my recipient getting in touch with me – I completely adore the project and will be continuing to do it for as long as it runs! Here’s the one I sent and here’s the one I received

Seeing a man carrying an antique globe on the train

Going to see my friend Caroline’s choir singing in a carol service in London

Sparkly eyeshadows and wearing glitter in the day

Christmas earrings – Mum and I love them!

Finding out my friend Wendy is moving home from Germany for good in September – so excited!

Excitement about Mum & Dad’s new flat, they’ve been choosing colours and things for it

Lovely Cat passed all her accountancy exams

Dinner with uni girlies where we all swapped business cards – it’s like we’re real adults or something!

Seeing a man walking around Selfridges in just his boxers – was hilarious!

A gorgeous weekend with Julia

Buying and putting up Christmas decorations

Fresh bursts of inspiration for Teasets to Typewriters – 2012 is going to be my year

Making lists and being able to cross stuff off them

Making New Year’s resolutions

Wearing glittery shoes

Randomly meeting Caitlin on Tuesday

Having dinner with Lou tonight :)

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Things that make me happy – home edition

I’m heading home to Mum & Dad’s for Christmas on Saturday morning, and I was thinking how happy going home makes me. I love my flat and my independence, but there really is no place like home at Christmas time.

Some of the things in their flat that make me happy (and all of which I hope will move to their new place in the new year, so it feels like home still!)

 

Dad playing his guitar… one day I’ll learn too :)

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It’s five o’ clock somewhere… an Alan Jackson song and unarguably the truth! Mmm… cocktails.

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Continuing with signs (see where I get it from? I’ll have to do a post about mine one day) – Tabasco ‘hot stuff’. I don’t actually like the stuff, but Mum and Dad are almost addicts :P They put it with everything, including breakfast.DSCF4980

Some of Mum’s camel collection and the cross stitch I made for her 60th birthday. To date this is the only cross stitch I’ve finished!!

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My graduation photo. Like a million others across the country I’m sure, but I’m chuffed they keep it in their living room :)

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And last but by no means least, the very awesome knitted Aleksandr, made for Mum by one of her (talented) friends – isn’t he fabulous?! Simples!

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Why I shouldn’t be left alone on a quiet evening (or, transforming shoes with Mod Podge)

I made these back in March, but realised when I was trying to show a friend that they don’t feature on this blog – I think I posted them on my old Blogspot version.

They just sort of happened, on a coldish evening with nothing much to do, I decided I’d have a shot at making one of my favourite pairs of shoes wearable again (the heels were so scratched and dented I couldn’t wear them to work any more).

Two of the great loves of my life - shoes and books :)

Because they just happened, rather than being planned, I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture. But in the months I’ve been wearing them I’ve had such a good response that I’ve started prepping two more pairs for customising, and will be adding a shoe-customising workshop to my plans for 2012 :D

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This weekend I have mostly been…

Buying: Christmas decorations, presents, food

Reading: The Wheel of Time

Listening to: Christmas songs!

Visiting: friends, Selfridges, John Lewis, Primark

It’s been a lovely weekend, although I’ve missed my laptop – we went to a carol service my friend Caroline was singing in on Thursday evening, and I’ve stayed in London ever since… Friday night spent shopping and eating in the new Westfield shopping centre at Stratford, Saturday at Spitalfields and Selfriges (complete with the random guy in boxers ambling around the menswear department), Santalash (600 Santas on a pub crawl, started 5 years ago in aid of the hospital where Julia’s brother was being treated for cancer) on Saturday night and a lazy Sunday with brunch (at 2pm!) and shopping and a massive roast dinner in the evening.

The evening’s films of choice have rapidly deteriorated now… we’re watching (well, I’m not really) Bruno, lol – I’m finding it more weird than funny but apparently this is because I’m not watching it properly!

Lovely though it’s been, four days of being with people all the time has definitely made me appreciate just how much I love living on my own!

Hope you’ve all had fabulous weekends – despite my grumpy stint today resembling the Grinch, I’m looking forward to next week, then Christmas, then New Year… eeee :)

Happy Sunday night!

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Dreams…

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.

-Marsha Norman

(I found this quote on my WordPress ‘just published’ page – I liked it so much I had to re-post!)

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Hey… it’s nearly Christmas!

Quite how it’s got to be 13 December without my noticing and making a massive song and dance about Christmas, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s the weather. Yep, we’ll blame the unseasonal lack of snow, ice and general cold misery that usually characterises December in England.

However, it does mean it’s almost Christmas. Now I am usually a Christmas fanatic – I love it! I love the build up, the songs, the decorations, the food, the preparation, the licence to wear glitter during the day, the ridiculous novelty earrings – the lot!

This year, a lot of this seems to have passed me by – I’ve been so busy with all the things I do that I’d barely noticed it was December! I have managed to put up my wreath, thought I’ve not yet had time to make another one and post a tutorial; I have decorated my little Christmas tree but haven’t put many of the rest of my decorations up yet; and I’ve been to two Christmas dinners and one Christmas party. So I’m not doing too badly, but I need to up my dose of the Christmas spirit!

So, some things (not all Christmas related!) to do before the 25th:

Put up the rest of my decorations ~ Decide what to wear ~ Buy token gifts ~ Send out email greetings ~ Make donation to Macmillan (in lieu of presents and cards this year, as we lost my godfather to cancer in July) ~ Go to a carol service ~ Go on the charity SantaLash pub crawl round London ~ organise Julia’s hen weekend ~ research sewing machines ~ research tablets and contracts ~ make some more Christmas jewellery/jewellery to wear at Christmas ~ go skating on one of London’s many outdoor rinks.

Then a few days of peace, and then it’s New Year!

I’m heading up to Nottingham for New Year, which I’m really excited about, especially as I haven’t celebrated it for about three years now. While the rest of the world (or so it seems) parties, I usually curl up with a blanket, wine, a really good book and a large tub of Haagen Dazs. Not bad, but I can’t wait for this one! I  will be taking a notebook on the train (I’d prefer to drive but it depends on the weather) to make resolutions and plans for 2012. I’m hoping we’ll get a chance to see some fireworks – I ADORE fireworks even when it’s freezing cold outside!

What are your plans for Christmas? New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Day? I hope that whatever you’re doing, whoever you’re with and however you celebrate, you have a glorious few days :)

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