Thanks to everyone who left comments about my VERY NAUGHTY DOGS. I am pleased to report that the decorations are now up, though Ben has already proved that he can remove not one ….. not two …. but three ornaments from the tree with only a single swish of his tail! And I have a special tip for other dog owners – never leave your canine companion unattended in the same room as a bag of imitation snow! (Yes, that would have been Miss Daisy). So when I had finished hoovering (!) I thought a suitable punishment would be …..
… making her wear her Santa hat. Look at that face – she is totally unrepentent and feeling very cross with me for spoiling her fun! But the decorations are looking rather nice, it’s fun finding places for old favourites in our new home. The little Carol Singing mouse looks rather nice surrounded by fairy lights ….
And I have hung all my garlands too.
Along with all of this I have of course been working on patterns for the January Bustle & Sew Magazine. I have always found this one of the more difficult issues to put together. I think it’s because in “real time” I am immersed in Christmas preparations, whilst by the time the magazine is published then Christmas will be over and the New Year nearly upon us.
I brought another January project downstairs today to photograph and was surprised to realise how much my colour choices had been influenced by my Christmas decorations, though the design itself isn’t Christmassy at all …
I thought I was looking forward to signs of spring and Valentine’s Day! I used a scrap of Tilda fabric for the teacup and just a few pinks, blues and greens for the embroidery. The pattern will be in the January issue along with the Naughty Pup Trophy Heads.
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