Friday, 30 November 2012

a promise of Christmas cheer



Hello lovelies
OOoh it's a very cold and frosty morning here
Brrrrr
but I don't mind at all
I am warm and cosy at my kitchen table
with a fresh, steaming hot coffee
peace and quiet all around
just how I like it


Do you remember a while back when I was kindly asked
by Sarah Raven to review some of their indoor bulbs
here is the post if you'd like a look





Well my bulbs arrived a couple of weeks ago






I promptly potted them up
following the little instruction book that came with my order
The bulbs were fat and plump
it always amazes me that something so beautiful
and, in this case, gorgeously fragrant
can emerge from one of these
little brown pointy things




Isn't nature just blooming brilliant?


They are so easy to plant ~

I used some 'bulb' compost, which I found at the garden centre
with LOTS of grit mixed in
large, deep pots are best as narcissi are big bulbs and grow quite tall
plant the bulbs just below the soil surface
pointy end up with 2 -3 inches between each bulb
(I think mine are a bit snug)






 






I added a layer of grit on top too
just cos I like it
:o)


      The bulbs need a spell in cold to ensure they flower well
although they don't need it to be dark, like most other indoor bulbs
     mine have been in the greenhouse for a couple of weeks now
I think I will bring them inside this weekend
it's all very exciting
 the compost needs to be kept moist but not wet
job done.
 easy peasy.

I do need to collect some twiggy sticks as they grow fairly tall
the sticks make sure they behave
they should will flower 4 to 6 weeks from planting
so there’s no time to loose if you fancy having a go yourself
even if it’s a bit tight to get them flowering for Christmas now
they would be so cheerful in January
I am tempted to plant some more

I will keep you updated on their progress
fingers crossed for Christmas day flowers
just like these .....


sooooooo pretty .....


 By the way ..... have you seen the Sarah raven Christmas range???


I have a serious case of the wanties
 I am hoping father Christmas may read this

* * * * *

I have been a very good girl this year
promise











christmas at sarahraven.com



 Wishing you all a super-dooper weekend
mine is a busy-but-nice one .....
a crafty get-together with friends tonight
a take-away evening with my brother and sister-in-law tomorrow
and on Sunday we are off to see Sweet B
two weeks and she will be home for the holidays ..... HOORAH

Thank you for popping by
it's always lovely to see you
can you believe that t's December tomorrow?!?!?
YIKES!


BIG love 
x jooles x




Monday, 26 November 2012

a winner, a thank you, a new day & a new friend




 Hello lovelies
I'm back
feeling a little battered and bruised by recent events
but also heartened and thankful
your kind words really and truly mean so much to me
I feel like I have been scooped up and given a huge hug
I feel so lucky
Thank you
x


x these are for you x



"Hello and welcome" to my new followers
it's so lovely to make new friends

Today is a fresh new day, the beginning of a fresh new week
and it is GIVEAWAY WINNER DAY
so let's get on with it shall we?

 * * * * * * *

The winner is .................... comment number 46
The lovely Daisy from Lazy Daisy Jones






I have only just met daisy
and am looking forward to getting to know her better
her blog is beautiful .... go take a peek
I will be in touch shortly Daisy
the Mollie makes Christmas book 
and 
Master Wally Winterbird are yours!




I have a new friend
 a Bernina 330




sooooooooo excited
I gathered together my earnings
and splashed out!
we haven't had much time together just yet 
but on first impressions
we will get on like a house on fire
(now I've typed that it sounds a very odd saying, doesn't it?)
I will let you know how things go if you like



Well I hope you are managing to stay dry
the weather here in the UK is mostly VERY wet

Thanks again for your kind words
 ♥

BIG love 
j x







Friday, 23 November 2012

a bit of good ..... a bit of bad


Hello
If you have come in search of my giveaway
you can find it here
it's not too late to enter!
A BIG thank you to everyone who has already entered
and to all the lovely peeps who have added links to their sites

GOOD LUCK





 It has been a mixed week here
mostly really nice
 with a couple of 'not-so-nice' moments

Let's chat about the good bits first .....

 I am off to a Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow
at my lovely friend's house
I'm excited, it's a new thing for me

While I'm on the subject I'd like to wish
 a happy (belated ~ sorry about that) Thanksgiving to all my American friends


I made my Christmas cake this week
it has been 'fed' with brandy and wrapped up all cosy
ready for its next 'feed' in a couple of weeks
what a life hey?





This morning I have finally finished stitching the binding 
to my very last advent calendar of 2012
(I will start taking orders again in January)



just an excuse to show off my new ironing board cover

!


 
This advent is a Christmas gift for my cute little nieces













I have collected lots of little treats to fill the pockets
stickers, chocolates, hair clips, bracelets .....
I hope they like it



The first 'not-so-nice' moment was this comment I received
on my giveaway post .....



"How mercenary! Readers don't have to be followers but if you don't welcome readers and only care about your stats then maybe readers are not important? Two many 'geveaways' are not that giving really, more I'll pat your back if you pat mine" 

It was Anonymous.

How can I reply if you leave no contact details?

I really don't consider that asking you to be a follower of my blog
in return for entering my giveaway is "mercenary"

I just want to assure you that my readers ~ YOU
mean the world to me
I hope you feel that I give a little in return
x


The other 'not-so-nice' moment was when I was browsing on Esty
only to find that my advent bunting design had been copied




 well, almost copied
and not just once
I'm cross.
It takes a lot of time, brain power and practice runs to come up with 
a product that I am happy and excited to sell
and I know that we ALL get inspired
there is constant inspiration around us all the time, everyday
 but to copy and sell
that is just plain old wrong in my book

 By the way
I am very happy for people to make something similar for their children
I think that is lovely
I have had some sweet messages from people
doing just that 

I've been debating whether to mention either of these issues
maybe I'm being over-sensitive
I just needed to get them off my chest
they have been niggling away at me

Here is my last grumble ..... if you are still with me ... it's nearly over!

Miss Singer has broken
(AGAIN)
I was sad and a little VERY cross
I have a spare, but we really don't see eye to eye
we have been grumbling away at each other
So tomorrow Mr Sweet is taking me out
to buy a new one!
happy
I think I am going for a Bernina 330
anyone have one?
I've been researching for days now
feeling so confused

 So as they say
"Every cloud has a silver lining"

Anyway
Wishing you a fabulous weekend
and I will be back on Monday to announce the winner
see you then!

BIG love 
j x



Monday, 19 November 2012

giveaway ..... better late than never



Hello there
I hope you had a wonderful weekend

Well, I have ever-so-nearly caught up with all of my shop orders
just one last advent which I am making today
ahhhhh ....... I feel much less frantic now
It really took me by surprise
a nice surprise


Anyway
WELCOME ..... to my celebration giveaway post
:o)

Waaaay back in the summer (at least I think it was summer)
the lovely Mollie makes peeps
 asked me if they could feature a couple of my makings 
in a Christmas publication




these ones in fact



Well .... to say I was excited was an understatement
yes yes yes yes yes
I thought they were destined to be in their fabulous magazine
but it turned out that they would be in their
gorgeous
and VERY exciting indeed


I went to Kew gardens last weekend




and there, in the shop, was guess which book?
I showed my sister-in-law
she was impressed
and I felt just a teeny bit famous!


I was very kindly sent a copy of the book by the publisher
 (there are so many beautiful Christmas projects in there)
but, because I am an impatient girl, I had already bought one
so, I happen to have a spare
which is what I am offering in my giveaway
along with my very last Christmas birdie of 2012
Master Wally Winterbird






So if you would like to win both the book and Master Winterbird
here's what you need to do .....



  For one entry   

It would be wonderful if you could become a follower
 of my blog, unless of course, you are already
 (you can do this by clicking on the 'join this site' button on my sidebar)
 then just leave me a comment on this post


  For a second entry

kindly mention this giveaway on your blog or facebook page with a link 
and then just leave me a separate comment on this post 
telling me you have done so


The giveaway will be open for one week
until the evening of the 26th November to be precise
I will post anywhere in the whole wide world
 so don't be shy

GOOD LUCK!
 

I shall be coming to visit later this week
I have missed you all
I am keen to know what's been happening in blogland
I feel somewhat disconnected

have a great week
BIG love 
j x



P.S
I have been lucky enough to have been featured in a few publications now
so I have decided to make a new tab (along the top bar ↑)
I'm not good at talking about such things
 they make me blush and go all silly
 so all the info will just appear one day soon


Thank you to everyone who entered
the giveaway is now closed