Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Decking the halls...and kitchen...and..

These last few weeks have been rather busy & I really haven't done much in the way of "Christmas" but now that Tamzin is back home it is full steam ahead as she wanted to be able to join in with the traditional decorating rituals in our country cottage!

Last Saturday was the beginning of me feeling festive when Michele & I attended a workshop to learn how to make felted rose pomanders & this is the result - they were great fun to make & we were both surprised & pleased to find that the teachers & most of the people taking part knew & loved the Vintage & Handmade Fairs!

Another thing I haven't told you about is that my baubles were featured in a decorating piece in the latest issue of Homes & Antiques....I really love this photo! Glass baubles can be found in my
Christmas Shop.

So...back to our decorating...last night Tamzin made this lovely wreath using snippets of greenery, holly & rosehips, all from the garden & lane....I think she did a really good job!

The kitchen has had a makeover too including baubles, a forest of vintage trees & a herd of reindeer (of course!). We also had fun making & hanging up Union Jack paper chains (again I have a few of these in my shop)

Even my little Spaniel plaque has been trimmed up!

A close up of a few bits & pieces on my mantlepiece.

Last, but not least, the tree. Most of the decorations are vintage & every year we delight in unpacking & rediscovering these as we place them on the tree. The tree also has little red berry lights but it's always difficult to get a good photo in the dark so here is one I took today.

So, finally, I am truly getting into the festive spirit....now where are those mince pies??


  1. Wow your decorations are magnificant!
    Julie xxxxxxx

  2. I saw those lovely baubles of yours featured in the H and A mag and I copied the idea and hung some from our lights in the sitting room.Mine aren't vintage though... but 75p for six from Tesco's!
    I think my Mum has some of those little birds featured in your last pic.Your decorations and tree are really lovely. :o)

  3. Beautiful pomander and I just love the baubles suspended from your lights........

  4. Your cottage is looking lovely Jayne, and very festive. I am really getting into the Christmas mood seeing everyones decorations, very inspirational. I've got the same AGA pads as you with the reindeer on!! Tamzin did do a great job on the wreath and I adore the felted rose pomander.
    Jo xx

  5. It all looks gorgeous (and very tasteful), Jayne. Tamzin did a really fabulous job on that wreath!
    Hen x

  6. The pomanders are great - what a lovely idea. The wreath is really nice too - very tasteful and natural.

  7. It all looks smashing. I love your idea of hanging the decorations from the light fitting thats great. Love all your vintage decorations on the tree it really is like meeting long lost friends every year when you open up the box's. And i adore your felt pomander that is just so pretty and i love the choice of colour for it.Enjoy the rest of your week. Dee ;-)x

  8. It all looks so wonderful. Love the idea with the baubles .....must have a go with that at the weekend. Thanks for showing us such lovely photos

  9. Such a talented pair....the pomander and wreath are beautiful and what a fabulous collection of baubles you have on your tree.....
    Julie x

  10. Where is the course for the felted rose pomanders? They are SO adorable I want to know how to make them!

  11. The wreath is beautiful - and all from the garden and the lane! Those flower baubly things hanging from the doorknob are just wonderful.

  12. Most impressed with the pomander Jayne - it's so, so pretty and your Christmassy pics are a welcome sight - very festive. Lesley x

  13. Lovely decorations, I do like your rose pomanders very nice. best wishes Julie.C

  14. can Tamzin please make me a wreath...please!!!! It all looks stunning, I really must get to it tomorrow now that the latest push with the redecoration is over.... Lizzie x

  15. Dear Jayne,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower! I'm honoured. I love the Christmas wreath and those feathered birdies on your tree!

  16. Congrats with the mention in H+A.
    Love the baubles hanging from the light. I love vintage baubles but have only recently found a handful to add to my tree.
    Thanks for stopping by. xx

  17. that is one beautiful decorated place. Lovely. Helen x