Hello, thank you for calling in. Exactly twelve months ago Shropshire was hit by a "snow bomb", an unprecedented event which delivered 25cm of snow over three days and left us all feeling extremely festive. The Best Beloved and I ventured out to Ironbridge on 9th December and he took some photographs, one of which is my new header. I thought I'd go a bit seasonal.
Speaking of seasonal, I have read that this year's Christmas decorating trends include pink, llamas, pom poms and "handmade". Now, it is decades since being on trend bothered me in the slightest and I like Christmas to be about traditions, so the facts that I don't live very well with pink and don't own any decorative llamas are not causing me any anxiety at all. However, last year I bought a set of pom pom makers and making a festive garland was on my list of things to do this month - yes, I know that I don't need a fancy contraption and that I could have cut a couple of circles out of an old cereal box as we did when I was a child but the fancy contraption speeds up the process and makes it SO much fun. I delved into my yarn stash and found not pink but dark red, cream and a muted green to give a sort of vintage feel which is much more to my liking. Pom pom production happened very gently over several evenings and once I had thirty-four I threaded them together, with a little crochet chain and loop at each end for easy hanging.
These colours are not true, the green is greener and the white is cream.
My garland is now hanging across the window in the front room, announcing to the world that this Christmas, I am trendy. My Advent calendar and candle are on the mantlepiece and that is the sum total of my festive decorating so far. Preparations for Christmas are on schedule and over the last three days I have unhurriedly wrapped thirty-two gifts, twenty-five of which were delivered yesterday. The space I made last week has indeed allowed room for Christmas spirit to start creeping in.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x