Friday, 16 December 2016

Five On Friday

Five On Friday today is taking five for a look around at our Christmas decorations!  I hope you enjoy seeing them.  The shots of the mantel specially for one dear blogging friend - Mamas Mercantile.  We share a love of sideways photos of our decorated mantel!


Happy snowmen and little softie friends!



The most important decoration of all for me.



I take any opportunity to decorate any sort of shelf!



The tree, which I have just realised is without its lights!  I will share a with lights picture on Instagram, it looks cheerier with lights!


Another shelf decorated, this time with the village of the wooden folk!






Ta Dah!  The mantel in all its glory.  Crochet tree bunting by me a couple of years ago.


The special sideways shot!






More bunting.  Again made by me a couple of years ago.





This is the advent calendar that I have been opening on IG with you each day.


That is all!  Hope you enjoyed having a look around with me.

A quick catch up with other news....  Things with Man are still occupying all of my time right now (mentally if not physically) and as I am sure those who I have overshared and overburdened with it told all about it will attest you really don't want to hear about it!  Man is on a steady decline, nothing dramatic, but no great improvement either.  It is family all of the other stuff that is taking my time and energy.

A very minor amount of Christmas shopping - very minor.  I have one more thing to get.  Hubby wants a warning triangle for his car.  That has to qualify as the most unusual Christmas present I have ever bought!  He may or may not get it.

A very small amount of Christmas card sending, I just haven't had the wherewithal for more.  I have been lucky enough to receive some lovely cards though so have enjoyed putting them up and looking at them.  Thank you if you have sent me a card, you are so very kind - and I really mean that even if it is a collective statement.  I think I have e-mailed you too to say thank you.  On Wednesday I shared a collective Christmas Card to you all, I do hope you have seen it!!

I did also order the Turkey from M&S - a la Audrey from The Good Life if you are of the vintage to understand that reference - but I didn't order the rest of Christmas to go with it, so this still has to be obtained.  I plan to get all of the non perishables today and will then probably go on Thursday next week to get the rest, close enough to Christmas, but not too close to be too crazy - I hope!

Decorations are as up as they are going to be.  As you will have already seen!

Parcels are - amazingly - wrapped as I took a day off this week because of my darned teeth playing up again so I used the time to wrap presents.  That was a big job, but well done so I just have the labels to do now.

That is it really, nothing is happening in a fun or interesting way.  I have continued to share my advent calendar opening on Instagram if you are interested and a few other random pictures here and there.  No time for much else, but I expect that many of you feel the same this time of year.

My thoughts for blogging are to enjoy your posts today and then look forward to Monday when we have the sharing of the cards post from the Christmas Card Swap - there will be a link up post appearing for you to link your posts - and I am looking forward to that.  I am sorry that I wasn't the best swap host this year, I have plans to do better next year!  Actual plans by the way!

Then I will be doing a last post of the year probably next Friday for the last Five On Friday of the year and I will then return in January, for Five On Friday on the 6th if not before.  I expect that I will be in good company with many of you in that plan.  Over Christmas and New Year I am hoping for family time with my family, reading time on my own, crochet time with some films on the TV and some relaxing and lovely time with Hubby.

One thing that has crossed my mind is to consider some New Years Resolutions.  I am not generally a fan, but I think that 2017 might be the year.  If I do get round to doing some more thought on this I will share it in January.  I could do with some new beginnings.

In case you are overrun like me, and may not get chance to stop by again this year, I wanted to sign off by wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas, hopes for all of the best things for the New Year.  I hope that Christmas and 2017 bring only wonderful happy and lovely things your way.  I also want to offer you my thanks for the caring, love and support and your staying power and the kindness that that portrays more than anything this year.  I hope you know you mean a lot to me, but in case you didn't know, here I am saying it.  Thank you.  You are great and I am grateful!

For the rest of you I will see you on Monday and next Friday!

Have a great weekend and a great week ahead.

Amy

Oops, I nearly forgot to say, you can find all of the other Five On Friday posts on the link post here.

40 comments:

  1. Beautiful decorations Amy. Wishing you calmness and peace as well as good health (esp the teeth) happiness for next year. X

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  2. I too love your mantelpiece. You've really inspired me to do more with mine than let it be a resting place for invitations and clutter.

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  3. As I was on holidays I will only start my decoration today. I also have a lot of these cute little houses. We are alone over Christmas so it will only be for the two of us and nothing special. No turkey either, Mr. G. doesn't like it anyway.I send virtual Christmas cards, no paper anymore, it's so expensive and people throw them away anyway.

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  4. So wonderfully Christmassy everywhere you look. You have reminded me that I have a cuddly snowman still in the cupboard! I'll be back again before Christmas. Have a good weekend. x

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  5. What a lovely bundle of photos, putting me to shame with my poor lonely door wreath & nothing else. Can't get motivated this year. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the New Year. Have a good weekend & take care.

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  6. Wow Amy you are looking very festive in your corner of the world, and well organised too. Hope you have a relaxing Christmas. B X

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  7. Amy I loved the mantel it really made both me and my husband smile. I shouted him through to share it. I love the crochet bunting I may give that one a go for another year. Beautiful décor. Hope you feel better.

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  8. Where do I start? Ilove your crocheted tree bunting, and the pictures of the Oxo building and Battersea powerstation, and the little buildings and all your glitter. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Oh wow, stunning photos Amy - they are all lovely x

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  10. Your decorations are lovely. I would love to have wide windowsills to decorate! And your crocheted tree bunting is cleverly done and looks great adorning the mantle! Thanks for hosting and have a good Christmas!

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  11. It's looking so Christmassy in your house! I love your little wooden village. I'll show the photos to my girls later, they'll love the little people and their tiny houses.
    I hope the rest of your festive preparations go to plan. Wishing you and your family a wonderful time this Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year! x

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  12. Lovely decorations, I especially like those happy snowmen. You sound very organised, I've still got gifts to buy, never mind wrap. I'm sure it will all get done in the end though.

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  13. I love seeing the Christmas decorations and your buntings are terrific. Fun post. Happy Happy Happy and a Merry Merry ... thanks for hosting, too!

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  14. Lovely post! I love your crochet bunting. Those Christmas trees are wonderful. Admittedly I do like the snowman even though we have enough snow around here to make our own (many times over). I think I prefer the cute cuddly ones lol. Have a great weekend! I'll probably be around next week but Jan 6th is the week we're moving daughter 900 miles so not sure lol

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  15. Amy, that is the most darling Christmas tree bunting! I like all of your buntings, but that one just sings. As for the pressing concerns, yes, they do weigh on the heart and mind, these are among the reasons why He came. Hand them all over to Him. (My dad is failing from week to week and it is not easy to see so I get that part.) Your husband has such a simple request...surely Santa will come through. 😊

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  16. How wonderfully festive your decorations look Amy. I love the villages and the deer, you have so many things to admire. Have a lovely weekend:)

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  17. I've followed your blog for a long time and often thought of joining and finally got my act into gear!

    Lovely to see all your Christmas decorations, they look wonderful.

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  18. I'm seeing so many adorable buntings in blogland and your tree line is one of them, love this idea. I might add that there are many window sills to hold decorations being shared which is something I don't have. My husband built me one over the kitchen sink but that's it, they disappeared in the evolution of fast house building I guess.
    Merry Christmas Amy.

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  19. Amy, so enjoyed all the decorated top shelfs you shared. I am obsessed with doing the tops of everything and always enjoy a new idea or two from you. Hang in there with the Man and hoping things get easier for you. xo, sharon

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  20. I love your snowmen. As there's just me and hubby nowadays we don't bother much with decorations. This started when all the children left home, moved away, and had families of their own. We then decided that we would have a special Christmas just for ourselves and we started spending Christmas and New Year in a wonderful old hunting lodge in the Lake District. It was wonderful, log fires in all the rooms, four posters, etc, in fact the full works, including a stocking with tangerines, and all the old fashioned stuff like chocolate coins and silly games etc hanging on the bedroom door. Then downstairs Father Christmas handed out presents. (Really expensive ones) The staff was like family and the food, fantastic. We had a quiz night, a wild boar hunt (A soft toy) a murder mystery, bell ringers, whisky and champagne tastings (not really tastings, but big booze ups) We had casino nights, indoor bowls, domino championships, clay pigeon shooting, lake cruises. It was just wonderful especially as the same people were there every year. It was expensive, but we saved up all year, and it was worth every penny. We went for 7 or 8 years, but then my MS got worse, and I couldn't cope with it any more. Now, we have our Christmas meal at our local village pub. It's not quite the same, but we love it and enjoy ourselves with all our friends. Best of all, it gives my darling DH a day off from cooking (I'm not allowed near hot or sharp things lol) He does get other days off cooking, 'cos our pub does on Monday and Tuesday 2 main meals for £10, and I always bring a doggy bag home with me. because I'm not used to eating too much at lunch time, and their meals are enormous. Sorry, I've been running on for too long. Blame it on the Baileys lol Blessings of the season

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  21. It all looks so splendidly festive. Christmas here is still in boxes in the loft! Must shove someone up there to bring them downstairs.

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  22. What wonderful decorations, can't decide where to begin, loved the gingerbread man bunting, the Nativity is indeed very special. Loved the wooden houses and all the cups. Try not to let things drag you down, this is the season of hope and love. Take care Amy.

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  23. You have so many lovely decorations, Amy! I especially love the wooden village. But it is all very lovely, and very Christmassy. :-)

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  24. Relax and enjoy Christmas with your husband Amy - you deserve it.

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  25. Your decorations are so nice. I love the fun things you have put out. The wooden village and people is my favourite! I really enjoy peeking into other people's homes to see how they decorate for Christmas ;) I have to agree with Judith above that you have some nice deep windowsills in your house. I have just one in my front bay window, but can't put anything on it because that's where Cody pup lies down to guard the fort. I'll have to nip back and catch up on your posts ... I've been a negligent friend in that respect, but have been busy like you and always one step behind everyone else these days. Take care Amy. Big hugs to you my friend and I hope 2017 is less frantic and more relaxing for you and DH!! Merry Christmas!
    Wendy xox

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  26. Oh it is looking lovely and Christmassy at your house Amy. I'm helping 'green' the church tomorrow but I'm waiting until next week to bring our tree in and open my box of decorations. Meanwhile I'm struggling to find enough light to sew a Christmassy 28 count linen cross stitch design although I'm racing ahead with a snowflake colourwork hat - life is full of swings and roundabouts isn't it!

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  27. Dear Amy, wonderful decorations creating such a festive feel. Sending you a holiday hug my friend.
    Meredith

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  28. Everything's looking festive at your place! I agree that shelves are just begging to be decorated. The wooden village is so pretty.
    I hope things settle with family - it's hard to be at odds with people. I do hope the issues will be resolved. Take a little time for yourself, sit by the fire, drink some tea, and just relax. Merry Christmas, Amy, thank you for hosting Five on Friday.

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  29. I enjoyed seeing all your decor on shelves and other places. Wishing you peace in all your situations! :)

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  30. So sorry your teeth have been fussy lately, and that some of your relationships are still especially stressful, Amy. Thanks for taking the time to share about those things as well as the happy festive decorating you have been doing. I admire the many decorations you showed us that you have stitched over the years! The Nativity shelter you have is especially unusual and lovely to me. Your creativity and caring inspire me. May the Lord bless you and yours . xx

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  31. Everything looks so cute! You are very creative!

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  32. Impressive decorations, very sweet! It is a good policy to give a loved one what they asked for. You can't go wrong.

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  33. It all looks so beautiful Amy!! I LOVE your mantle!! And I've been enjoying your advent calendar on insta so much! Thanks for continuing to host 5 on Fri! Blessings on your weekend Sweetie. xoxo

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  34. So much fun to see your decorated house, Amy, and I'm with you - any shelf is fair game for decorating at Christmas. I have been enjoying your Advent calendar on Instagram, it is one of the nicest ones I have seen. And look at that cute little red bird cross-stick - awwww!
    Despite all the difficulties you have had this year, you have once again created a beautiful festive home for the season. Merry Christmas dear Amy.

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  35. Despite everything else going on Amy your decorations are beautiful and I hope they bring you much cheer and happiness. I love your wooden village. It has been fun sharing your advent calendar in IG each day. Have a relaxing, restful Christmas and some special time with your husband.

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  36. I've never seen so many decorations in a private house, Amy, and they all look charming, especially that little village! But, oh, aren't men funny! Fancy wanting a warning triangle for the car for a present! A bit like mine ... we don't usually exchange presents, we have what we need throughout the year but this time he said he'd very much like a computer manual ... he does Autodesk Inventor (that won't make any sense to 99% of readers because it's to do with 3D designing on a computer) ... I can't imagine anything worse for a present myself, but that's chaps for you!
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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  37. Very festive Amy...
    Merry Christmas to you...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  38. Your Christmas decorations are so pretty and festive. And I love the mugs and bowls. I think my favorite is the crocheted Christmas tree bunting. I made some one year but I couldn't get the trees to stay forward. They wanted to twist sideways (sad face) It's so sad what you are going through with Man, and so sad for him also. In spite of all of that, enjoy your down time through the holidays and in case I don't come back...Merry Christmas!
    I'm off to visit other Five on Friday bloggers!

    Cindy

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  39. ((((((HUGS))))) Amy and I do hope you can slow down and take some time for you. I love the bunting you made...it is beautiful! Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

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  40. How lovely and festive your home looks. I love those pudding bowls. I think they are from Sainsburys? They do such pretty homeware.
    Lisa x

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