Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Mucky pups and Christmas tree.

Not long now and the C day will be here and gone.  Today is the shortest day of the year and the sun is out and shinning, doesn't even feel like winter, there is even greeny still in the hedgerows, birds still singing and the squirrels still evading capture from De-Fi dog.  The only downside to this time of the year is the muddy dog walks.  I love to watch my dogs jumping in massive puddles and rolling in the mud, but coming home and cleaning up is a monster task.  This week I wrapped towels around the pair of them and attempted to take a picture...

Our Iz in the utility room, waiting for the rub down.  Thats Claude in the background waiting for food!
De-Fi dog and Iz.  De-Fi just cant keep still!!  Thats our Megan taking a drink.  Can you see how black Iz's tum is?
So the washing pile just grows and for once its not just the kids making the most washing.  The Christmas tree finally went up yesterday

Merry Christmas

I love my tree.  Its not real but its a huge 7ft tree, that no longer fits in the living room, but thankfully we have a back to front house and a huge hall, so every year it gets tied to the front door - we always use the back door which is at the front of the house, both front and back doors being on the side...confused yet?  My ornaments are hand painted wooden ones that my hubby brought for me for our first ever Christmas together, nearly 20 yrs ago, a collection of sparkly baubles and some 'books' that represent each day from the 1st to the 25th.  My daughter always likes to hang the number 22 as thats her birthday.  She will be 16 tomorrow!!  Thankfully my son is going to be 18 this year, as it was always an arguement about him not having his birthday book to put on the tree, as his birthday is 31st December, at least this year he wasn't bothered!!  Some of my ornaments have little puppy teeth marks from when Iz was a puppy and used to steal them and run off with them.  They are my favourite ones, and some  have bits missing where long gone cats used to belt them off the tree and chase them around the room.   This is our first Christmas with De-Fi dog and we are all looking forward to a big walk Christmas morning with everyone and all the family dogs...must remember my camera!

Thank you to all my customers that have brought my beads and jewellery over the last year and I hope to see you next year at the fairs I will be doing.  Hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Laney x

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Its nearly the weekend...

...and me and the hubby with both Izabel and De-Fi dogs, are going on a narrowboat cruise.  Looking forward to that, I have started to get a few things ready, the bin bag full of dog towels for the inevitable moment when Iz decides the water is just too good too not swim in, and De-Fi finds that fabulous muddy puddle to wallow in, so of course the dogs now know that something is up so are following me around, just incase they miss out and that extra pack of dog treats that is in the bin bag will go missing without them.

De's paw is much better, he still is being careful when he goes to sit down, but the unnaturally quiet dog we had on Tuesday, is gone, thank goodness.  Who would have thought I would miss the constant jumping on Iz to play and charging about knocking everything flying and stealing anything from dirty socks to paper coming out of the printer, just waiting for that Golden Retriever mouth to find and run with.

I did manage to put in the last of the spring bulbs this morning.  Its still so mild and warm, just hoping that the weather holds for the weekend.  De did run off with a bag of bulbs, but he was bribed with a dog toy to give them back, I am now just waiting to see if he remembers where the hole was dug for them, so he can go and 'retrieve' them!!

I have been busy listing more items in my Ebay shop and a few in Etsy too.  I have a table for two weeks at Hart Barns  Craft Centre in Gloucester, which I will be dropping off my wares on the way to collecting the narrowboat tomorrow, I am taking some of my painted recycyled bottle spoon rests and jewellery, bookmarks and anything beady I have been doing over the last few months.  Looks like its going to be a nice venue with lots of crafts being displayed for the two weeks between 3-18 December.

I will go and finish organizing bits and pieces for the weekend, but here is a couple of pics, that I have of some beads and some piggy earrings that have already just have to love the piggies!!

Pig Sick

Froggy Christmas Bauble

Piggy Earrings