Category Archives: Christmas

Hanging Washing Umbrian Style!

Orvieto landscape

View from Orvieto

Washing in the Olive Grove

Washing in the Olive Grove

Good Morning from Rocking Dog!

I wish I was out hanging washing Umbrian style! The line straddled two olive trees, less than 24 hours ago we were strolling around this warm garden near Orvieto. Perfecto!
I have bought gorgeous vintage Christmas table linen on my travels. The pieces I can bear to part with will be on sale at my festive house sale and at the Vintage & Handmade Sale on 13th December. I better get busy with my iron and starch!

Christmas Elves Get Busy!

Do Not Disturb!
The time has come to help the little knitted elves out and to get Christmas decoration making! Knitted elf by the knitastic Lucy Blackmore. Why I chose to put Zac Efron in the mix of today’s photos is anyones guess! He’s become part of Ferguson Christmas folklore and is a jolly person to meet all 6ft of him as you head to the bathroom!

Tree Decoration

Tree Decoration

Sugar Mouse

Sugar Mouse

Santa Zac

Santa Zac

Wonderful Weekend!

Pickled Limes

Pickled Limes

Good Morning!

The weekend bought with it a little sale at home (thanks to all who donated in excess of £70 for refreshments for the charity AFRIpads). Met some really lovely people.
Next sale mid December for anyone interested, when the house will be festooned with festive fluff, and Michael Buble will be serenading us all (unfortunately not the man himself!)
Had all our lovely children back and they have now gone. All is very quiet here and I feel sad.

Fireplace Banner

Fireplace Banner

Fish and Heart Display

Fish and Heart Display

Lavender Heart

Lavender Heart

Parcel Tags

Parcel Tags

Mince Pies

Mince Pies

Nigel, Boris, Elvis, Ronny, Kevin and Pete

Three Happy Knitted Boys
As the Beautiful South lyrics go “Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue..Deborah, Annabel too……” Rocking Dog has got “Nigel and Boris, Elvis, Ronny.. Kevin and Pete”
These Knitted Boys were not crafted by the Dog but rescued from a multi-coloured woollen mountain hell. Now well fed, psychoanalysed and named, these boys are seeking caring new homes. Great company, you can cuddle up and watch The Only Way is Essex together.
Your adopted boy can help you dip your Custard Cream into a steaming cuppa!
And yes, my fence could really do with a paint- maybe I’ll get a Knitted Boy or two on the case!

Friendly Knitted Boys

Friendly Knitted Boys

Nigel, Willy + Boris

Nigel, Willy + Boris

Inexpensive Cards and Wrapping

Wallpaper wrap
Inexpensive cards and wrapping.
Someone’s getting a giant bag of squirrel food for their Birthday!
My lovely Cole & Son wallpaper used as stylish gift wrap together with a papier mache Christmas decoration squirrel (TK Maxx), string and stamped luggage label.
Housewarming gift for lovely friend bundled in Chinese newspaper (free paper in a Chinese supermarket) ribbon, Christmas decoration frame used as label.
Birthday card for a gorgeous dancer and performer, card blank (Hobbycraft), label, ribbon, picture cut from charity shop book, sequin stars to embellish. Go on get creative- you know you want to!

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

Chinese Newspaper Wrap

Chinese Paper Wrap

Ballerina Beauties!

Fairy lights
Once Upon a Time……there was a restless ballerina who decided it was high time to leave the bright lights of Jelly Mould City. She very soon joined her friends on the Silver Sugar Spoon Tree. Being a very rebellious ballerina she quickly was encouraging all her fellow ballerina’s to seek new homes on bedecked fir trees up and down the land.
Buy one of these ballerina beauties and you could continue this farcical but oh so real fairytale!!
Off to tramp down the Yellow Brick Road with real live Rocking Dog.

Fairycake Tree

Fairycake Tree

Fairy Cake

Fairy Cake

Mince Pie Mountain

Sugar Plum Fairy

Hambrook WI gave a unanimous thumbs up to Rocking Dog mince pies and hope they liked the kitsch snow globe presentation. How I love little fir trees, red spotted mushrooms, ballerina’s and fairy lights!

Sugar Plum Fairy

Sugar Plum Fairy

Snow Globe

Snow Globe

Edible Gifts for Hambrook WI

Christmas Food Labels
Rocking Dog is readying herself for this evening’s Hambrook WI session. I am leading a session on Edible Gifts- hope the lovely ladies don’t think I am trying to teach them to suck eggs! They have such a reputation for their cooking and baking skills. I will sign on tomorrow with their review of my Secret Mince Pies!

Spicy Gifts

Spicy Gifts

Salt and Spice

Salt and Spice

Pear + Walnut

Pear + Walnut

Advent Calendar Crazy!

Pocket  Advent Calendar
Gone advent calendar crazy here! Yet to be made by the elves are T’was the Night Before Christmas calendars with cute little mice (sorry not made by Rocking Dog). I’m resisting putting Michael Buble on …. but it’s very hard!

Glove and Mittens

Glove and Mittens

...before Christmas

…before Christmas

Advent Calendar Making

Paper bag Advent.