Monday, 17 December 2012

It is feeling a lot like Christmas...

It is feeling a lot like Christmas in our home. The tree eventually went up and was decorated yesterday. I did have a little help from my younger son ( & cat). The normal 'the lights won't work' was heard and after a lot of faffing around and sucking of teeth, hubby and son got them working. Why is it they work one year, spend the rest of the year in a box, then don't work the following year? It is always the same in our home. Anyway that was a big tick on my 'to do' list!
The tree is up!
This year I excelled myself by also decorating the mantelpiece with some Christmas bunting and some porcelain decorations. The latter were bought at a craft fair and they are exquisite in real life. The dark days just don't let me take a good enough photo of them.
Porcelain reindeer

Porcelain star
Christmas fireplace
Now, for people who don't know me I am not that keen on Christmas decorations. I am very happy to see them in other people's houses, but I don't really want them in my own. This is the height of the decorations in my home…well almost!

One thing that I have completed sewing that makes me feel as if Christmas is coming is my table runner. I finally got it completed this weekend and I am really pleased with it.
Christmas table runner

Christmas table runner - detail

Christmas table runner - detail


Christmas table runner 
The runner went together really well. I loved doing the hand stitching detail around the edge and I also machine quilted around each individual spinning wheel. I am so pleased that it has turned out just as I had imagined it would look before I started making it. It is just under 5ft long and fits perfectly on the table. It is looking a lot like Christmas at Willowbeck House
Di x

15 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a stunner runner! Beautiful! Jxo

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  2. Love your runner - the hand stitching is the perfect touch :) I need to learn how to hide the knots...

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  3. The runner is gorgeous, as are those porcelain ornaments!

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  4. You have the same ethos as me on Christmas decs, it's the tree, some lights around our fireplace mirror, and some cute bunting on the fireplace- job done! Love the table runner, it looks fantastic.
    : )

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  5. That runner is stunning! Well done you.

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  6. Loving your runner - so perfect for a festive table. Your mantlepiece looks a bit like mine - nativity in the centre, candles either side, bunting below and stars and hearts hanging! Could we be twins?!

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  7. Oh, I love your table runner!!! I have one on my to-do list but doubt I'll get it done this year.

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  8. I love your table runner. Great fabric choices. The pattern is perfect.

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  9. It's all looking very tasteful and lovely - just enough and just right for Christmas. The table runner is stunning x

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  10. Your house is looking lovely, the runner is especially nice. I also had to look at that green grass outside your door a few times. We have snow.

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  11. oh that table runner is stunning!! love it so much and the tree is just how I would love mine to be but the kids have to decorate it at the moment :( I don't like too much Christmas decor either just the basics however the kids have other ideas........

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  12. Great runner - won't take you long to pack up Christmas then!

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