Monday, 16 December 2013

It's That Time Of Year

When the sunrises are so spectacular that you run and get the camera, even though it's a school morning and you're in a rush and there really isn't time.


When the sun hits the mini glitter balls on the Christmas tree and sends tiny sparkles of light dancing all over the ceiling and walls.


When the mantle piece gets Christmasified (yep, I'm pretty sure that's a word).


When the Christmas edition of the Radio Times goes on sale and the highlighters come out. When you buy pink poinsettias in Aldi for £1.50 and wonder why you've never noticed them before and vow to buy them every year from now on, so pretty are they.


When the sewing machine is smokin'.


When you discover the wonder that is a hemostat, and realise that yes, it actually makes a thirty minute job of turning the arm of a doll the right way out take thirty seconds. Seriously, it's the best £5.91 I've spent in months, just brilliant. 


When you find yourself making ten crochet flower hair grips for ten little girls because, you know, you've got nothing else to do really.*


When you waste time messing about with alphabet beads.


When a production line of party bags appears on the kitchen window sill.


When birthday cakes are baked and iced (buttercream and smarties - my speciality).



When candles are lit and blown out and a little girl is almost seven.


When it all gets a bit crazy and stressy, but you go along with it, because it's fun and it's that time of year. Then, after the birthday party, if you're me, you can go out for the evening with some other mums from school who you don't know that well but it turns out they're really nice, and drink much too much, and sing Material Girl very badly on a karaoke machine, then stumble home at 1 am. That too.

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*Flower pattern from here.

52 comments:

  1. Ha! I read through this, cooing over the beautiful photos (that sunset, those mirrorball spots, the poinsettia, that cake - so lovely!) and then read the last paragraph and laughed out loud! Those surprising nights out are the best aren't they?! x

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  2. Loving that cake, you can't beat a bit of buttercream! It's all so exciting, your poinsettia is so pretty :) xx

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  3. wow, so much going on! Hope Bella had a lovely party, the cake looks great. I love Christmasified mantle piece
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Oh what a wonderful post. Your living room is looking lovely, so festive and pretty. The things for Bella's party are fantastic, she is a lucky girl having such an amazing mum. And that cake, it's splendid!

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  5. Hi Gillian! I like how you've captured the beautiful sunrise--the colours are just spectacular. And your mantlepiece is just perfectly Christmassified! Yes, the poinsettia is lovely--I might get one now too. And it looks like Bella had a great party--those hairclips and letter beads are pretty. By the way I used to use hemostats at work but never thought it's useful for crafting too. Thanks for the tip!
    Marion

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  6. A lady out on the town! I'm really glad you had fun. The party must have been wonderful, and I love all the other things about this time of year too.

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  7. Happy birthday Bella! What a lovely mummy you are, such attention to detail fir your special girl's party. Love the smartie cake and the glitter bauble effect xxx Penny

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  8. The mantle looks so festive, I bet you smile every time you see it :) I love the colour of your living room wall as well, looks very fresh this time of year against the tree!
    Katie

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  9. Careful on nights out with school mums!! After a few glasses of wine we decided to undertake 3 peaks challenge. It was completed a year later!! :) x

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  10. Happy Birthday to Bella!! What a lovely party, and I love your smartie decorated cake, it looks so pretty and just right for a girly party. Your mantle is indeed looking very christmassy and I like your nativity set which I spied on your drawers! xx

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  11. Happy Birthday to Bella. Love your sunrise photo and all your makes. Smiling at the haemostats....I read some of the Amazon reviews and it seems people also use the for getting hair out of dogs ears and feeding fish?
    Jacquie x

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  12. What a beautiful post full of business, gorgeous makes and beautiful colour which just pop out joyfully. Thank you so much for your comment on last week's pause, it meant a lot that my rambling had held something for you too. The party looks like it is going to be brill and even as a non-cake person I am drooling a the thought of the buttercream and smarties cake, Bella is one lucky girlie. Have a wonderful time.

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  13. I love all the different sorts of light you "highlighted" in this post, Gillian! I am happy for your children that they have such a creatively gifted mama, and happy for you that in the midst the challenges of tight budgets and child focused days you are able to bloom where you are planted and be "lighthearted" as well :)

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  14. Hi Gillian, When you write a post like this, when you stop and take a moment to notice the beautiful sunrise, when you bake, when you entertain, when you stop and buy a poinsettia, when you make pretty little flowers for lucky little girls just because you can, that is when you know you're enjoying your life!!! Have a fab day!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  15. Lovely post Gillian and those gift bags and hairgrips are so thoughtful. The little ones must have been delighted. Oh and we've just got the ashes back this minute. I didn't think we'd do it after our poor performances of late. Anyway, take care.

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  16. Love the bags, the hair pins and especially the time you spent to make your daughter's birthday as special to her as it was for you the day she was born... Such special moments. Happy birthday to Bella.

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  17. Happy Birthday Bella!!! Gillian you made her birthday so special. Love your ideas for the party bags!!! I had one of those Saturday nights with school mum's just over a year ago, we ended up with making snow angels on the way home......it's now a regular event (minus the snow angels!!). Enjoy your week. Sarah xo

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  18. Goodness ..... sounds like you're having so much fun!
    What a cake! and such pretty bracelets too.
    wishing you and your lovely family a magical Christmas~time
    love jooles xxx

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  19. What lucky girls! Lovely photos I hope she had a lovely birthday! I had a night out with some mums from our new school, 'such fun' a la Miranda xx

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  20. It's looking very festive in your house x

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  21. I like the last part especially!

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  22. Beautiful pictures :). Hope the lovely party bags you made for your daughters party were appreciated. Sun? Really? That would be nice, it is grey and gloomy here day after day after day.......

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  23. Oh Gillian if we lived closer we would be great mates! Great post, and it all looks totally delightful. Happy Birthday to Bella. Those sort of impromptu nights are the best. Jo x

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  24. Lovely Post ... and love your gift bags too.

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  25. All sounds just lovely and Christmasified is definitely a word !!
    Kate x

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  26. Beautiful post. I don't know where you get your energy to do all that though! And I love those party bags and bracelets - so perfect for girls.

    Love that you sang Material Girl - I'd have chosen that too! x

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  27. Looks like the perfect time of year to me :)

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  28. Happy Birthday to Bella...what a delicious looking cake! Love the hair clips and party bags too. Enjoy your Christmassy week :)
    Love Caroline xx

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  29. Dear Gillian
    I love the sunrise and the glittery ceiling too. However, I am seriously excited (rather too excited, really)about the hemostat and must order one immediately. Handles for bags, toy arms and legs - I have struggled with turning these out the right way for many a long time, with much annoyance and sore fingers and using inappropriate tools like chopsticks and wooden spoon handles, but finding nothing works that well. Hoorah! I am off to order one. Looks like the party was a huge success!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  30. Beautiful post today. Happy Birthday to you little one. Happy memories being made all around.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  31. It;s just that time of the year when there's so much to do and not enough hours to do it in!

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  32. Yes this time of the year is rather busy... And I don't have any birthday to plan! What you have done looks so beautiful, you are creative... Wishing your daughter a wonderful Birthday.

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  33. I love reading your blog. You've a nice combination of wit and cynicism! Your party bags are gorgeous. And that Orla Kiely lampshade ...love xx

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  34. Beautiful post with stunning photos, what beautiful party bags

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  35. It looks as though your little girl had a lovely birthday party. I do love the glitter ball decs giving your living room a bit of bling. And I did chuckle at the desciption of your evening out. I could do with one of those!

    Leanne xx

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  36. Those party bag name labels are perfect, the cake looks pretty delicious too!

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  37. omg! that cake looks amazing. Stunning pics. love the colour of the walls in the lounge, what is the colour please..

    Saw the haemostats and thought someone had been to hospital!

    Love glitter balls I put those on the presents with ribbon. As we are only able to use brown paper because of the recycling boxes. it make them pretty.

    I am allergic to poinesettias, but they are pretty in the pink colour

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  38. Lots of lovely going on Gillian ... that sky is simply stunning ... and yay for new friends ... Bee xx

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  39. Love the dancing light in your living room… so lovely! And your mantle looks especially nice and Christmassy. The crochet flower hair clips are darling! Happy Birthday to Bella!!! The cake looks so pretty and delicious! I hope you are having a great week!

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  40. Hi Gillian! You just cracked me up with that last bit. Wasn't expecting that LOL!
    Might I say that your home is quirky in all the right ways? Does that sound right? Well, anyway I just like it - so fun.

    Always,
    Kimberly

    www.jandkalways.blogspot.com

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  41. What a beautiful post, Gillian! Enjoy!!

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  42. Happy birthday to Bella.
    Just love it when the RT comes out, I get very excited!
    Hope you are enjoying all the little festive moments along the way.
    Lisa x

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  43. Hehe! You night out sounds funny. The birthday cake is fab love it.
    The little hair clips are very cute and I'm sure the girls will love them. The house is looking great xx

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  44. It all looks and sounds perfect from the gorgeous light that the sun throws on the walls and ceiling to the beautiful birthday cake and of the lovely party bags. You have done such a lovely job in making your home looks Christmassy and I love the party details too. I do own one of those contraptions, but after damaging the fabric when I tried to pull it threw I am now reluctant to use it as it was very expensive mohair and needless to say I was not too happy. The pink poinsettia is gorgeous and the night out sounds just like something we could all do with at this time of year, unwind and belt out a little without caring what anyone around us thinks. xoxo

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  45. Oh Gillian, once again I love this post!! Full of gorgeous photos and beautiful makes, and I just love the way you write. What lovely party bags for Bella's friends, I love the handmade touch, so much nicer than a rubbish plastic bag full of plastic junk!! Well done you, you never cease to amaze me!

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  46. I do love this Happy House of yours......those grasping things look like a god send! :) x

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  47. Especially love the first two photos and that cake looks yummy. I like all the crafting you have done for the birthday party. Those hair clips are so cute. Hope your daughter had a good birthday.

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  48. oh your good sport! and a birthday too! well done. It all looks lovely, great cake! Heather x

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  49. Have only discovered your blog this year, but beautiful, just beautiful - wish I had half of your creative talent but utterly share your perspective of life. Happy Christmas to you and yours x

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  50. Beautiful photos showing what a busy, thoughtful and talented Mum you are. What lucky girls getting a bag with a name necklace. Brilliant. and those hair clips, lovely.
    Have a great weekend now the birthday is done, I know just what a December birthday does to the Christmas build up!
    katie x

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  51. Ad what a great time of year! Loved this post. Have bought my radio times, and as usual stuck on the crossword, it has memories of being little! My birthday soon and I wold like a smartie cake. Your birthday bags are real class! Have the greatest Christmas ever. Xxx

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