Friday, 11 December 2015

Five On Friday

I know that it is - as I write this on Thursday afternoon - two weeks till Christmas Eve, and as you will be reading this it will be two weeks to Christmas Day, but really, I feel as though I am running like a mad thing and about to go into such a spin that I will become a tornado or something.

As you know I often mention time whizzing past, but this week really has flown by.  I have got a lot done though.  Two shawls finished - one the Lady Iliffe's Shawl that I shared with you earlier in the week, and the other that I will share a peek of in a moment and the actual thing next week.  I am also working madly on getting a scarf finished for myself, especially now that the weather has turned.

It has been a great week for socialising, a lunch out last week with girlfriends, another girlfriend lunch this week, a meeting with one of my lovely bloggy friends at Basildon, and at work seeing friends and other exciting things which again, I will share soon.

There is so much going on, no wonder I feel as though I am in a whirl hey.  Today I have wrapped all of my gifts apart from the shawl and I realised that I still need to buy something else - I thought I was finished shopping! - but that is easily done.  I have also used up all of the bows, so I need to replenish the stocks if I want any bows stuck on to my parcels.  It is easier that way!!!

Thank you for your comments on my Christmas Story this week too.  I hope that you realised that it was fiction and that I have never - and will never! - steal anything out of anyones shopping trolley, or fill their bins or any of those other things!  They were in fact the worst imaginary things that I could come up with!!  So if that is the worst I can imagine, I hope that I am fairly nice in real life.....  I hope!  Glad that you liked it!

Post has been coming thick and fast, of which I will speak more later, I also did something new for me - and this isn't an ad I promise - I ordered something from that shall not be named online book retailer and had it delivered to my local post office for me to collect.  Oh gosh that was so good, not worrying about having to stay in to collect if.  If you haven't tried it I recommend it!

This weekend we will - WE WILL! - get the decorations and tree out and sort out the house to look more festive, we really need it!

I imagine that you are all just as busy!

Yesterday I put up a giveaway with some goodies for you to say thank you for your support, you can sign up to take part until Christmas Eve, Eve (23rd December) so do go and leave a comment to take part if you wish.

Well, after all of that chat, I better get to my five things, because I have more to say about them!  They are, in a random order I should say.

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This is a not very good shot of the second Seaglass Shawl that I have made.  This is for a Christmas gift, and it is currently blocking.  I will take better photos when it is dry and I can hang it up nicely.  I am so pleased with it though, it is smaller than the one I made for myself - this is to the actual pattern size.  Blocking it was much easier too, far easier the second time around!  The colour is a sort of burnt orange, doesn't show up well on this green foam background!

Two


Thank you so much to all of you who have sent me a Christmas Card. I really wasn't expecting anything, but it is so very kind and so very wonderful of you to have done so!!! 

I did start off sending cards back, but I have run out of handmade cards and being honest with you, I cannot really afford the postage to send off any more cards.  I started to send them, and wasn't expecting to get so many.  I feel very badly that I cannot send you all a card, and  I do hope that those of you who will not be getting a card from me understand.  I am so very sorry if I cannot respond 

Thank you though so very very much for you cards..  All of those I have received to date are in the photo above.  I will share them in more detail though when we do the big card reveal and share on the 21st December.


There has been one problem though!  I ran out of space to keep your cards in my office and they were taking over my desk so I had no space to work!  A nice problem to have though.  So they are now in the living room with our other cards, you can see yours and others in the photos above and below.

Thank you!!!!!


Three


Decorating so far has been non existent.  I have poked a few things around and about as I have found them tucked away and also dangled the three new baubles I bought from the fireguard - below.  As I already said this weekend is our big decorating weekend.  So I will - I really will - share decorations with you next week.


Wrapping all - well nearly! - all done though!!


Four


No more woodpeckers!  There is in fact very little happening in the garden right now.  Although this looks like a slightly boring scene, I am aware that some of you would give your eyeteeth to have your garden looking like this with all the awful weather that has been happening and the flooding too.  If you have been affected by Storm Desmond, then I send my sympathies and all good thoughts to you.  I do hope that you will soon be recovered and safe.

Five


A few of you - who were already kind enough to send me lovely cards! - tucked a little something extra into your cards, which was totally against the rules - as Dotty's Daughter pointed out to me! 

It was though incredibly nice of you.  Thank you for your kindness!! 

I have also received a wonderful gift from my friend Wendy.  This quilt block - below.  Wendy tells me that it is called a Pineapple Block, and she chose this one for me because of my love of pineapples!  Isn't that just a true and wonderful friend.  I absolutely adore it.  The work is exquisite, it is very small, but so very beautiful and even more beautiful because of the size of it.  Thank you my dear Wendy!


Well, I have wittered on for nearly 45 minutes of writing now, so I better give up and leave you all in peace - I hope that it hasn't taken you that long to read it!  Better go and get sorted out because hubby will soon be home - writing this on Thursday afternoon - and right now the house appears as though I have done nothing all day!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you all again for your many blessings, I return them all to you tenfold!

Love and Hugs!

Amy xx

p.s. a couple of reminders, enter the giveway and no Five On Friday on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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47 comments:

  1. What a beautiful seaglass shawl! I very like this pattern...
    And all the other wonderful things for Christmas mood -
    Have a nice and little quiet weekend

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  2. A wonderful post and five lovely topics, Amy! You are such a skilful crocheter!
    It's always lovely to see Christmas cards and decorations.
    Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend!

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  3. You have been busy Amy, the second seaglass shawl is lovely, as usual you've made a beautiful job of it. Your garden is looking immaculate, your hard work through the growing season has paid off I think. Good luck with the festive decorations, I think ours will be coming out of the box this weekend as well. CJ xx

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  4. Life is whizzing by way too fast, I could really do with more hours in the day and my goodness putting a blog post out every day in December does take it's time!!! But Amy oh my your shawl is EXQUISITE, you clever thing. So many cards, a really neat and tidy garden for this time of year, you should see mine!! Great 5 on Friday post. x

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  5. Your shawl is really beautiful, I'm sure I could never make such a lovely delicate thing. So many cards, goodness you'll have to move into the shed soon! Have a great weekend x

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  6. I am loving your sea glass shawl...it looks so delicate. I will be doing the same as you this weekend, the big tree decorate. I love to leave putting up the tree til a little later so that I can enjoy it for the full 12 days of Christmas ! Now where's that Christmas music! Have a fun weekend. B X

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  7. Such a beautiful shawl and delicate, a truly wonderful gift. I am in awe of your garden ours is a real mess. Have a great weekend decorating your home and a big thank you for hosting.

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  8. I'm the same as you ... "oh no worries, there's plenty time until Christmas" and then it's "OMG it's only a few weeks away. Don't panic Mr Mainwaring!!" LOL

    Wendy's pineapple is beautiful. I especially like the teeny tiny owl in the centre!

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  9. I absolutely love that shawl, the person it is intended for will be delighted, I'm sure! Wowsers that is a lot of cards, I'm also sure nobody expects you to send one back. Good luck with the decorations, have a lovely weekend and thank you for hosting xx

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  10. Oh gosh! Your Five on Friday is so much fun, I have to give it go someday, it's a great way to appreciate life little precious (yet most of the time taken for granted) moments. Beautiful decoration for Xmas, not sure why but your post made me think of mince pies too :)

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  11. I absolutely love the seaglass shawl, not just the design but the colour you've chosen too. The recipient is going to be thrilled. It's trimming up weekend here too, we haven't got the tree out of the loft yet but I'm hoping that by the end of the weekend it will all be looking very Christmassy.

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  12. We are so very much on the same page Amy. I haven't got decorations out yet, tree's not up, baking not started. ugh I'm so glad that you received so many cards from blogging friends because you deserve a big thank you from all of us for being such a good friend and entertaining us with your lovely fun blog. Your new shawl reminds me of those special antique lace pieces you can sometimes find. You did beautiful work on this, and you must be so happy to see it each time you walk past it as it is blocking. It will be well loved I'm sure. I'm glad you like the pineapple block ;) Enjoy your weekend, and hopefully we'll both be able to share Christmas bits in our homes next Friday!
    Wendy x

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  13. Hi Amy, your shawl is gorgeous, the recipient will be over the moon. Our garden looks green like yours, most unusual for my part of Canada in December, but I will take this weather as long as it lasts. How lucky you were getting all those Christmas cards and little gifts too. Have a good weekend. I am actually on time with my Five on Friday post this week - wonders will never cease.

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  14. What a wonderful shawl !!! and what impressive cards from your bloggy friends ... that's really great !! Have a lovely and pieceful weekend ...

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  15. Hello Amy - What lovely cards you got. I spotted mine on the table. Postage is really expensive when you send a lot of cards. Don't worry I am sure no one is expecting you to send one in return. It is just a thank-you for your friendship throughout the year. Jealous of that lovely shawl - it is beautiful. Maybe one day I will be able to crochet like that. I can dream. Have a great weekend. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  16. Somethings never change and no matter how organised I promise to be, I still end up in a spin these last few days until Christmas so I'm there with you, Amy!
    What an amazing array of gifts and cards! So many generous thoughtful people out there!
    The shawl is so lovely, congratulations on that work of art!
    Thanks for hosting again!
    Happy weekend!

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  17. Time has a way of speeding up several notches at this time of the year! You say you haven't decorated yet, but it sure looks like you have with all those beautiful Christmas cards spread around your house. :-)

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  18. I love the shawl pattern, I'm not very good with delicate crocheting, but I do admire it.

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  19. you are loved :) the cards and the presents are all so thoughtful!! You might not be decorated but you are wrapped. I'm decorated but not wrapped at all, but I should be by next weekend.

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  20. Love your 5 on Friday Amy!! All look stunning!!!
    I love the shawl pattern : stunning!!

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  21. Oh my, your Pineapple Block from Wendy is stunning! I just love the ittle owl in the middle :)

    'Tis always such a busy time of the year, isn't it...I must get some baking done and gifts wrapped - maybe that will happen this weekend.

    Hugs to you, dear Amy!

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  22. Hey Amy,
    Oh my goodness but that shawl is pretty. I have quite a few socials next week, but it's a quiet weekend here. We are picking up the tree, trimming up and eating nice food on our laps. Hope you have a great weekend!
    Leanne xx

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  23. The shawl is beautiful Amy what a lovely gift. I am still so busy trying to finish my handmade gifts I haven't done a thing yet, not one present bought never mind wrapped. How lovely to receive the Pineapple Block from Wendy it's beautiful. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  24. Wow,you've got so many Christmas cards! That's so lovely. And the shawl is just gorgeous. I'll have to come back and see more photos. Have a great weekend and hope your festive decorating goes well! X

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  25. Wow!!! That is a lot of Christmas cards. You must feel very loved. I have received 2. Not that I feel unloved, most people I know no longer or never have sent out cards. I love getting them though, and I send out quite a few.

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  26. Oh Amy, I am loving your shawl! It's beautiful!! I am not a crocheter sadly, it looks so nice and lacy!! Your garden looks great, maybe you need to decorate it with some straw bales next year... I'm just kidding you!! I love all your beautiful cards, you are a treasured friend to many all over the world, that's very special. I'm way behind on Christmas too, so don't feel bad, get out and have fun with your friends , that's what it's all about!

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  27. It sure looks Christmasy at your house! I don't know how you fit so much into one short week, though!

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  28. What a lot of cards, you certainly are a popular lady - justifiably so.

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  29. Your shawl is gorgeous, as you do beautiful work! Enjoy the cards! How nice to be almost done with wrapping presents. I still have not started to wrap presents year and will be busy with that next week! Enjoy the weekend! Julie

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  30. SHHHH don't tell but Wendy was my swap partner and put one of those beautiful pieces of pineapple work in mine too!! Aren't they fabulous. Can't wait for the big reveal. Jo x

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  31. The shawl is absolutley stunning!!! Your Xmas card display looks lovely and some cute gifts too. You are a lot further along than me, so next week maybe you can sit back and breathe slowly. Take care.

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  32. Lovely to have so many cards, Amy! I always love getting Christmas cards, but it seems like something that is left by the wayside these days. Beautiful shawl - someone is going to be very pleased! I hope you get a chance to relax and enjoy all your beautiful efforts. Thank you for hosting! Hugs xo Karen

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  33. What a beautiful shawl - so delicate! and such a wonderful selection of festive photos - thank you for sharing :)

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  34. Hi Amy! Oh, the shawl is so delicate and beautiful looking! What an array of Christmas cards you have received. We just don't get too many any more. Thank you for your visit and words about our sweet Carter.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Hello. Your shawl is a true work of art. So beautiful and intricate. These are busy days for you. Enjoy your decorating this weekend. All the best to you.

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  36. Loved the beautiful little gifts tucked in with cards or just given with love! Your shawl is stunning! LOVE the design! You are doing better than I am....haven't started decorating yet. But, well, I do have a few excuses. :-) (But I can't believe it's only two weeks away!!!) Love that the card exchange went so well. Thanks for posting this wonderful meme! Hope you have a lovely Christmas, Amy!

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  37. It makes me smile to see your wonderful 2015 collection of cards! I would imagine that they make you smile, too...until they topple off the shelf or something. Yes, it is getting crazy busy. My posts are going to get brief and far between. Enjoy the decorating. It's time to be festive, merry and bright, falalalalalalalala...

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  38. The shawl is lovely and I cannot believe you have all your presents wrapped.
    It made me smile when I read that there will be no 'five on Friday' on Christmas Day or New Year's Day...... That would be dedication indeed.
    I'm shopping today to get some more gifts and need to make a list of what I've got stashed before I go. One day I hope to be organised.....

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  39. The shawl is lovely, such beautiful intricate work. The colour almost reminds me of living starfish which are a gorgeous orange colour. (The colours I see when snorkelling around our rocky coastline on a sunny and still day are some of the most beautiful in our natural world.) Have fun decorating, I can't wait to see what you do.

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  40. What a lovely post, full of Christmas cheer. Things are much the same over here in the Antipodes - lots of Christmas lunches and little gatherings (and a little extra weight going on around my middle)! Cards are being received and sent, but unlike you, I am still working on my family Christmas gift purchases. But all will be ready on the night :)) xx

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  41. You sure have been busy! Your garden is so tidy.. ours is full of windblown debris from our storms of late. Have fun on the run up to the big day!
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  42. Im so happy you have been inundated with beautiful cards!

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  43. The shawl is stunning Amy. And thank you for your beautiful card... I have been lucky enough to receive some beautiful handmade cards this year. I'm hoping to get my tree and decorations up today but all my boys are here for dinner tonight so perhaps I should get out of bed and get cracking!

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  44. Such wonderful presents for you my friend, you deserve each and every one of them.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  45. The shawl looks just stunning, if it make you feel better, we have no decorations up yet, I've only just written the cards eek
    Clare xx

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  46. Sorry I was too busy to link this week - but I'll be back for the next edition! Lol I love seeing what you're up to and can't wait to see all of your decorations! I love your crochet work and your newest gift is looking lovely! I'm so happy you've been getting so many lovely cards...you deserve them after all the work you did organizing our wonderful swap! I didn't want you to feel you had to reciprocate, so that is why I restrained myself from sending one to you. Lol But I'm sending you such thoughts of Christmas joy and warmth and blessings of a baby born all those years ago in Bethlehem. God bless dear Friend. xoxo

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  47. That shawl is stunning Amy, really gorgeous. Sorry it's taken me so long to comment this week - it's been a week when time has been against me, but I'm getting there and getting back on track xx

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