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Random | Friday December 24 2010 | 5:28 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , |

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I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and safe time.  Stay warm!

And if you must dress the cat up, make sure the cat’s happy about it!!

Fiona xx

Christmas Q&A

Random | Friday December 17 2010 | 8:15 pm | Comments (5) | Tags: , |

Hello and pre-Christmas greetings to you!  Hope the shopping, cooking, cleaning, travelling and wrapping is going well.

The picture above is my sister and I at Christmas time, I’m on the left.  I think that was Christmas 1975!!

I’ve not been around here much lately because I’ve been feeling a little out of the normal routine of things, for various reasons.  I have been enjoying some crochet but just not been writing about it.  This evening, however, Heather at Little Tin Bird shared lots of lovely details of her Christmas and invited others to do the same.  I thought it might be a nice post to get me into the festive mood and to get a blog  post out there after a bit of a sparse time.

So here is how a frou-frou Christmas shapes up:

20 Christmas Questions

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper, mainly.  I am quite a fan of gift wrapping and love beautifully wrapped gifts.  I love ribbons, bows, pleats etc and everything has got to match!  In fact, the Christmas after I left university many years ago I worked in a shop which sold many pre-wrapped gifts.  I was so good at it that it became my main task in the shop! 

2. Real tree or Artificial?

Always artificial.  I have never, ever had another type and wouldn’t know how to look after a real tree.  Don’t real ones have lots of beasties in them?

3. When do you put up the tree?

Nowadays, my tree goes up whenever I am organised enough to tidy up, make space for it and get it done.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen at a set time.

However, as a child we always has a very strict routine, every single year for the tree.  You see, its my birthday on 18th December and the tree always got put up on my birthday.  Part of that was probably because my parents didn’t want it up too early, but I loved it linked to my birthday.  If that was a school day my mum would have got everything out ready for us coming home from school to do it.

As well as that there were other linked birthday / Christmas traditions.  Firstly, boxes of Christmas crackers were always in boxes of 12 in those days and as there were 6 of us in my family (I have 3 siblings) we used to pull a set of crackers on my birthday.  It seems such a funny thing now but I always love my birthday dinner as a child.  Also my mum used to chose my birthday cards really early in December while the shops still had  their normal stock, before it was taken over by Christmas stock.  The cards were always put on a particular place when they were bought and it always made me smile when I saw them there.  My birthday cards stayed up in the house all over Christmas too.

4. When do you take the tree down?

I usually take it down and pack it away before I need to go back to work after new year.  By then the whole festive period seems to be over.

5. Favorite gift received as a child?

There are two gifts I particularly remember but to be honest I don’t know if they were birthday, Christmas or joint presents.  They were a sewing box, which my mum still uses now.  And when I turned 13 I got a camera.  There are some very funny pictures of me taken on that camera (normally by my sister) such as this one below.  In case you are wondering, that’s a paper bird on my head – I have no idea why but it probably made sense or seemed very funny at the time!

6. Hardest person to buy for?

In my family we don’t buy for everyone any more, but we buy for my mum and dad and the kids in the family.  I think my dad is the hardest person to buy for because if there are things he wants, needs or likes he tends to buy them for himself.  He has lots of hobbies and interests so it isn’t hard in itself, but finding something he doesn’t have already is tough.

7. Easiest person to buy for?

Caveman is very easy to buy for, particularly because he loves lots of fun things, which I like to get along with a main present.  I also really like to treat my mum.  I try to give her things she won’t buy myself as she is rather frugal and sensible!

8. Mail or email Christmas cards?

Mail! Simples!

9. Favorite Christmas Movie?

I don’t think I particularly love any actual Christmas movies, but I love many that are associated with Christmas: It’s a Wonderful Life, Meet me in St Louis, Wizard of Oz!

10. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

This year I feel like I was organised a lot earlier than normal but its normally during the month of December.

11. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Haha probably! Although I can’t remember details (or am I just being discreet in case people realise what I’ve done!!)

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

I am very naughty and eat a lot of rubbish at Christmas, normally.  However, I don’t drink alcohol so feel a little redeemed! I normally have quite a sweet tooth but since I was a little poorly a few weeks ago I haven’t got my appetite for sweet things back the same.  I like roast beef for Christmas dinner, and also love lots of cheese over the festive period.

13. Lights on the tree (colored or clear)?

Clear lights on tree.  I don’t like colour overload and have a bit of a thing about matching colours, so clear lights allow me to decorate the tree with the colours I love.

14. Favourite Christmas song?

One of my faves, although I can’t explain why, is ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’.  It seems to be in my head at this time of year.

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

I love to stay at home during holidays, it’s where I live after all!  However, my family, and caveman’s, are all in Scotland so we will be visiting over the festive period: weather permitting!!!

16. Angel, star or ribbon on top of tree?

I always have a star on top of my tree, just because I love stars!

17. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

If I could get away with it I would argue to open on Christmas eve, but that’s purely because I am very impatient and hate waiting for treats or surprises.  I have to admit though that I never understood any time other than Christmas morning.

18. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

I get really annoyed at how busy everything becomes!  Shops, parking, post office, supermarket! Goodness me it is crazy!!  There is also an associated rudeness which people develop too.  Chill people, it’s meant to be fun!

19. What do you want for Christmas this year?

Without sounding ever so virtuous, which I’m really not, there’s nothing I really ‘want’ but  I have seen some lovely things in the shops this year.  I am very lucky to have family and friends who know me very well and are very good at choosing well!

20. Traditional colors (red and green) or other colors?

My favourite Christmas colours are turquoise, silver and purple.  Not traditional I know.  Those are the colours of all my tree decorations.

So that’s my Christmas.  Tell me about yours!

Knittin’ Kitten

Random | Friday December 17 2010 | 7:17 am | 1 Comment | Tags: |

I never cease to be amazed at how much love there is for cats in the craft community!  But here’s a lesson for us all:

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A little sorry…

Blogging | Thursday December 9 2010 | 10:58 am | 1 Comment | Tags: |

Oh dear!  It seems that something has gone wrong somewhere!  I like to reply or comment on all the comments I get on here by you lovely folks but I have just discovered about 2 weeks worth of comments that had not appeared anywhere in the site or in my comments area behind the scenes!

Please don’t think I’m being rude!  I shall put things right forthwith!!! XX

Crochet and Cookies

Random | Wednesday December 1 2010 | 7:25 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , |

So the snow continues!!!  I’m resigned now to just sitting this out at my sisters and enjoying the break.  Nothing’s going to happen fast and when the snow does stop falling it will probably take a while to get the local roads clear enough to get out.


In the meantime I am starting to put my time to good use.  As I showed briefly last time, I have started crocheting here.  I never travel far without some sort of crochet and a few days away from home usually involves lots of options so I’m not forced to work on something I don’t feel like.  So I have rustled up a pair of wristwarmer mittens!  Just the thing for this weather obviously!  Pity they are not thermal, but hey, who needs thermal when there’s pretty!!!

The snowball is an optional extra!

I used Austerman Step sock yarn (shade 133) that I bought a month or two ago for just this job!  I did start with a 3.5mm hook but just didn’t like it so frogged it and used a 4mm which I’m much happier with.  Isn’t it funny how 0.5mm makes all the difference!  There’s no pattern, just a rectangle of crochet to fit the length and width of your hand / wrist, slip stitch up the sides leaving a gap for your thumb, then add a picot edge!

This morning the kids wanted to bake so my sister rooted around in the storecupboard and improvised a little and we made choc chip cookies.  The main improvisation was that the chocolate chips came from a left over Halloween lollipop and come Christmas chocolate coins.  They went down a treat with a cuppa when the job was done.  Happy kids, happy grown ups: and well fed too!!

From this:

… to this!  All in the space of 30 minutes!

The White Stuff

Random | Tuesday November 30 2010 | 12:12 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , |


If you are in the UK it won’t have escaped you’re notice that Scotland and North East England are experiencing some very severe snowy weather are at the moment.  Guess where I am?  In Scotland right in the middle of it!!!  I have been here for a few days visiting family and on Saturday I left my Mum and Dads in Strathavento come to my sisters in Cumbernauld, planning to leave on Sunday to travel back to Manchester!  Well, that plan did not come to fruition.

On Saturday it started snowing and by Sunday morning there was about 12 inches of the white stuff.  Not always a problem in itself, as most of the main roads and motorways were clear.  However, my sister lives at the bottom of a very steep hill and it is the only way in or out!  I prepared the car and packed up my luggage and tried, with the help of my brother-in-law, to get it out.  It was pretty clear that wasn’t going to happen!  So back we came to the delight of the kids, who are now off school as there has been about another 10 inches of snow overnight.  Looks like I might be here for a day or two to come yet.

There are worse places to be stranded than with your family who have heating, provisions and plenty to do!

Yesterday we played outside in the snow and had a lot of fun.  I can’t remember when I last played in snow! 




We then got cosy indoors, watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I got some crochet done.  Has there ever been a better excuse!!

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