Christmas

Hello 2017

Welcome to the new year and to Cobbie’s Corner. It has been far too long since I worked on my blog so my new years resolution is to blog much more often! I’ll try not to bore you all with my musings. I have to say, I’d left is so long since the last visit to my little corner that I couldn’t get into the site and had to enlist the help of Matt at Visual Mile to get back in.

I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, ours was magical and started early, on the 2nd of December when we went to the Christmas markets in Cologne. We were away for four days and, although everywhere was very crowded, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The Christmas atmosphere in the markets was something we will remember for a long time to come.

On the Saturday before Christmas, we went to Cambridge to visit to our lovely son and daughter-in-law. We went out for nice lunch with them and exchanged presents before returning home. It was great to catch up and also to see the renovations that Colin has completed in their kitchen. He has done a brilliant job! I’m very proud of how he has become such a good homemaker.

Christmas day was spent with Boo and her family and, as always, the day was wonderful. We were thoroughly spoiled from start to finish, a beautiful Christmas lunch, lots of very nice presents, drinks and games in the evening, all with the great company. We played Pictionary in the evening and I have never laughed so much, I was literally crying with laughter, so much so my ribs ached! I really didn’t think a board game could be so much fun. They do say laughter is the best medicine.

On Boxing day OH and I went for a nice walk in Windsor Great park. We started at Saville Gardens and walked up to the polo ground before circling back around the obelisk pond. It was so nice to see lots of children with new bikes and scooters, all very excited to be out.

On new year’s day we went to visit my sister and brother-in-law who were celebrating their sixty second wedding anniversary. There was quite a little gathering of family there so it made for a very pleasant visit. Normally we would also be catching up with Kate as January 1st is her birthday, but we had to make do with ‘What’s App’ greetings as She and Paul are travelling in New Zealand, a belated honeymoon after their wedding in July.

So now we are into 2017………..what new year resolutions have you made?  It’s now January 2nd…….how many have you broken already?

One other resolution/ intention of mine, is to start selling some of my craft products and, to do that, I am going to join Folksy. For those of you who don’t know about Folksy, its an on line store selling individual and unique crafts. Unlike Etsy, Folksy only sells thing made in the UK. I’m hoping that everyone who keeps telling me that I need to sell my bits and pieces will support me in this venture, and share this with their friends (pretty please).

This is my label that Colin has designed for me, I’ve had them printed ready to go!!

I will put a link on here once I have my Folksy account sorted and, in the meantime, I wish you all a healthy, happy and peaceful new year.

Jenny xx

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The postman delivered our first Christmas card this morning and it made me realise just how close Christmas is. I still have so much to do, unfinished projects in my sewing room, cards to write, presents to buy and wrap, will it all get done? Of course it will, it always does, and I will enjoy every minute of it. I am a lover of all things Christmas. I think my love of Christmas stems from a very happy childhood, where I was the ‘baby’ of the family and consequently, very spoiled. Not just at Christmas, I hasten to add. Actually I was a bit of a BRAT, there I’ve admitted it. My long suffering sisters were usually the ones at the sharp end of my tantrums when I didn’t get my own way. Fortunately for me, they are now my two closest and best loved friends. Christmas always started with Mass at the beautiful St Edwards Church in Windsor and then we would spend the rest of the holiday with Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Lots of games and lots of laughter are the two things I remember most about those Christmases, oh, and everyone doing their party piece, especially Dad, who’s rendition of Paddy McGinty’s Goat always had everyone in stitches. I still go over to Windsor for Mass at Christmas, it’s like going home and the only way to start the celebrations.

In the sewing room this week I have made a start of a few Christmas bits and pieces, the first project I completed was an Advent calender. This was made from a pre-printed fabric panel bought from www.ladysewandsew.co.uk . It has all the pockets marked out ready to cut and these are then top stitched and sewn on the corresponding squares on the panel. the whole thing is backed with wadding and a backing fabric, then quilted. I must say it was a lovely thing to do and the pockets are going to be filled with chocolate coins and little gifts for my sister to give to her great grandson at the weekend.

Joshua’s Advent calender

I have also been making some hanging hearts, these are made from woven ribbon (there are some lovely ribbons in the shops at the moment). The hearts are made fom a six inch square of the woven ribbon and are backed with a toning fabric, before being stuffed with polyester. The edge is then trimmed with a complementary chord. The selection of ribbons I used are from my local cake decorating shop, Pipedreams in Eton Wick, www.pipedreams-sugarcraft.co.uk .

Ribbon hearts

Next Saturday I am running a workshop at Pipedreams, ‘ Four from One’ where I will be showing how to cut four small Christmas cakes from one and decorating them in four different styles, looking forward to that, sample cakes almost complete so will post some pictures on here soon. For anyone local, there are still a couple of places available on the workshop. If you are interested, ring Frank on 01753 865682.

Well, it is now 37 days to Christmas so enjoy your preparations and have fun.

Jenny xxx