New revolutions/ resolutions/ resurrections…..

It has been so long since I last posted that I had to resent my password. The Christmas fever has left the building, the new year is upon us and even the sales may be calming down. Even without a TV this past season has been relentless in the pursuit of sales. It has taken every bit of me to stop myself becoming a spending junkie, and I have slipped on the odd occasion.

What I am proud of though is our Christmas tree. Only three days to go until we take it down but this year’s attempt will hopefully survive until the next Christmas without much effort – it depends really whether or not the builder needs the bits of wood we pinched from his haul in the shed!


It has been one of the first times we have had a lot of useable wood lying around. Long thin pieces that could be easily nailed and painted. I was convinced the bag of Farrow & Ball tester pots I had moved with us would be useless (they are about 5 years old) but with a little shake of their rust lined tins the paint was perfect. I used a variety of oh-so-2014 grey shades and  washi tape interspersed to create interest. As I write this is all sounds a bit contrite but in fact I loved doing it and it looks nice and didn’t cost me or the planet a penny (in gold or carbon).

I tried to make a tree out of loo roll inners last year which was ok but not brilliant. Before that I’ve attempted basic to others but complicated to me things with wire and yet I have gone back to the tree, just an already dead, two dimensional version. Happy is me!

So my new year resolutions? Well I am bored of giving things up so instead I am going to do more stuff I like doing. Like writing (and yes I know I said that last year and before that….revolutions and resurrections…) and I am going to relish my version of creativity. We live so far away from anyone now it’s highly likely no-one else will ever get to see anything I do anyway!

PS Suggestion that occurred to me this year when writing thank yous – turn your received Christmas cards into postcards and use them!

Christmas passed

And so we are over the Christmas splurge. Phew. In fact it’s been rather pleasant this year. Just the three of us, cocooned in our house. We spent time making our tree. I got bored I have to admit so stopped perhaps prematurely. However lovely neighbour just suggested I could make it an annual project and add further loo roll tubes every year. I quite like that thought! Not just recycling but also reuse! It’s really light so didn’t need a huge amount to hold it, just three picture hooks at strategic places. You will see some of them are painted – this is with the left over tester pots we had in the house, but again I stopped early when my husband pointed out there wasn’t much point painting the outside as they would be stuck together 😦 Did I feel a fool or what! Image


Our other bit of new decoration came courtesy of my son and mum. He was smashing the mince pie foils and my mum had a genius idea. Hang them up! Because they are so light it makes no difference to what you hang it from and they are lovely at reflecting off the light from the neighbouring light bulbs.

Kitchen Christmas decor

I used to be a Christmas Scrooge – some may think I still am. But slowly I have begin to enjoy it as a time to bring light into the darkness and to be grateful for what we have – love, peace, our health, our friends, our family. It’s a great way to bring to a close the year that has passed. Who knows where we will be next Christmas, carrying a plethora of loo inner tubes!