I lied… last minute bits

Due to a friend sending a card to us in our new changed surnane to our cut off in-laws address, I’ve had to change who can see my blog. I hope no one is offended by the change. I mucked up a bit on the permissions and ended up inviting authors instead of readers. Sorry about that- all new to me.

The situation is a very long sad story of 15 years of my hubby and I being bullied and me in particular having a lot of PA behaviour from my MIL and feeling like a mistress in my marriage which led to us cutting them out of our lives nearly 2 years ago. They aren’t sorry for how they have behaved, and would continue to behave badly so we had to do what was right for us. We’ve been so much happier for it and it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Now on to much nicer things:

Matching cup mats for the placemats. Again I used a layer of “warm and natural” between the layers and backed in beige satin cotton.
A Christmas Pudding and Mistletoe Heart from Jean Greenhowe’s book. Very quick and easy to follow instructions.
Side and rear views.
Hallway shelf is filled with fircones which have been sprayed with fake snow and have berries wired in. This only took about 15 mins to do. I added some 50p wooden figures and a wooden sledge.
Quick and easy idea to do with little ones- you do the harder orange “body” and they do the face in a softer satsuma. Use a cocktail stick to join the 2. Smells wonderful and makes a change from the usual Elizabethan styled oranges.
I then had an idea, so these 2 trays of frankincense scented lightly filled shapes were created. I glued berries on a few, sewed lace on some others.

I cleared my main dresser and hung the 8 smaller shapes. (Parrot paintings are an odd note!- acrylics done a while ago).
Then I hung the larger ones and added plain white crockery. The smell is gorgeous- like church incense.
I like the expression “stairway to the stars” to here are the stars sellotaped to the picture rail going up the stairs. I wish I had spray glittered them before putting them up.
The remaining lace trimmed ones went on the new little dresser.

Now a special for Meredith:

1 gallon apple cider
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
12 small appled cored and peeled
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups of whipping cream (can use squirty cream as it is to float on top of drink)

Pour 1/4 of cider in pot with apples and spices boil until apples have bubbled out of shape.

In a 2nd pan pour 3/4 of cider and simmer until warm.

Add the 2 together.

Whip cream with sugar and salt until it forms peaks. (Ignore if using squirty cream).

Pour cider into mugs, spoon cream on top. (Looks like lambswool hence name). You can omit the cream and just drink it as a mulled cider too.

My Nana gave a pint of this mixture to the King of the Orchard (best fruit producing tree) on New Years Eve.

I doubt I’ll post again before Christmas, so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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