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Dogs love Christmas too

Dogs love Christmas too

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. It is a time for us all to enjoy spending quality time with friends and family whilst enjoying some much-needed downtime.

Do you have pets? If so, do you spoil your pets at Christmas?

We have two dogs, Coco our two-year-old Siberian Husky. We also have Hunter, our 1.5-year-old German Shepherd. Both dogs get spoilt every birthday and every Christmas…. also, in-between if I am honest!

I have had a few comments saying I am bonkers, but why shouldn’t they be spoilt too? After all they are part of our family. If you are a pet owner or have owned a pet in the past, I am sure you will understand the bond you get with your pet. It is a strong bond that is also special. So why not show our pets just how much we love them too.

Getting creative

Last year I attended a sewing machine class with my Mother-In-Law. At this day class we were both shown the basics of how to use a sewing machine, something I had been wanting to learn for years. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and have been putting my new found skills into practice ever since.

Of course, Coco and Hunter were both made something on my very own sewing machine. I made them both a stocking each. Do you hang a stocking up for your pets? It is only fair that our fur-babies have their very own stocking.

Hunter loved having his very own stocking, he would go and check it every now and then.

Coco’s stocking was a different shape to hunters.

I thought I would do Coco’s stocking a little different to Hunters. I found Coco’s stocking much easier to make than Hunters.

What I used to make the stockings:

  • Paper to draw my templates out on.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • Pencil.
  • Sewing machine.
  • Tape measure.
  • Adhesive diamante craft letters.
  • Sewing pins.
  • Variety of fat quarters.
  • Ribbon.
  • Fusible wadding.
  • Fabric glue.
  • Calico cotton fabric.
  • Handmade with love button.
  • Pom poms.
  • An old snow drape which I cut to size to create the snow effect.
  • Glitter stars.
  • Printed photo of Hunter.
  • Hollow fibre stuffing.

How I made the stockings: the same instructions are for both stockings

  • I started off by drawing myself a template to work with for both stockings.
  • This was then used to have two pieces of Calico cotton fabric cut to roughly the same size.
  • The template was then pinned onto the Calico fabric and then the Calico was then cut to size and shape.
  • One piece of Fusible wadding was then cut to size. Which was just a little smaller than the Calico.
  • The three was then layered and ready for sewing together (Fusible wadding in the middle).
  • Once layered the fabrics were then pinned together, to help hold the shape needed and make life much easier when sewing.
  • When I had finished sewing the three fabrics together I then stuffed the paw sections with Hollow fibre stuffing. I then run a stitch across the top to help keep the stuffing in position.
  • For the bone label on Coco’s stocking I cut a template out and used it to cut a fat quarter to shape. I cut two bone shapes out of a fat quarter and cut one piece of Fusible wadding. I then layered them with the Fusible wadding in the middle, pinned and sewed them together.
  • I then started to decorate the stockings as per photos below. Using fat quarters, pom poms, Hunters photo, buttons and glitter stars.
  • In order to hang the stockings I cut some ribbon to size and sewed it in position.

Ta da

They were both hung nicely in place at Christmas waiting for Santa Paws.

Our dogs are, and always will be apart of our family. NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!

(dog in the middle is our loving Buddy – forever loved and missed dearly)

Do you have any pets?

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Christmas Leftovers

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Stuck With Christmas Leftovers?

Ian is always in charge of picking our Christmas meats for over the Festive period. I like to know we have enough for Boxing Day too as this is a day off from cooking in our house so we just have cold meat and pickles – we like something light as we always over-indulge on Christmas Day on all of our Christmas treats. We still end up with loads of Christmas leftovers as Ian always buys huge lumps of meats – I’m sure he wants our Christmas dinner to see the new year in with us.

What do you do with your Christmas leftovers? This year we have made:

Spaghetti Carbonara

Christmas Leftovers

Christmas pizza

Christmas Leftovers

Christmas Leftovers

Christmas Leftovers

Curry

Christmas leftovers

As you can see we always end up with loads of leftovers. In a way I am pleased this happens as I can then meal plan our meals and make the cooking that week so much easier. This releases some of the stress over the festive period leaving room for more family fun time.

I am a carer that works out in the community and was needed back into work but I have been looking forward to coming home and having a nice dinner that has slowly cooked away whilst I’ve been at work. I love coming home to a meal that has been planned and is all ready and waiting to just be served. The last thing I want to be doing as soon as I get home is spending time in the kitchen, especially over the festive week.

Have you ended up with loads of Christmas leftovers?

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

We would like to say “merry Christmas to you all”.

With Christmas Day finally here.

Today we are getting loved ones and holding them near.

Smiling faces, the room filled with laughter, lots of memories being made to cherish dearly after.

The smell of Christmas dinner is in the air, gift wrap everywhere, but just for today no one will care.

We will all be singing, the kids will be giggling and yes there will be lots of bums wiggling.

The kids will be found underneath the Christmas tree getting excited by what they have found, whilst we will be stood back cherishing who we have around.

Sadly not everyone will be here with us today, we may be apart but you’re forever in our heart.

May your day be filled with lots of joy and laughter and lots of happy memories are being made to cherish after.

Wishing you all a very happy and fun-filled day ahead.

Merry Christmas everybody

x

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Magical Moments

Magical moments

Magical Moments

I was challenged by Vicky from Being Tilly’s Mummy to write about a random act of kindness for the Wayfair #blogitforward campaign. This is a campaign for bloggers, every blog post written about goodwill gestures in December they will donate £50 to Habitat for Humanity. We think this campaign is brilliant, the donated money will go towards helping people out of poverty in the UK so this was a challenge we are more than happy to accept. My act of kindness is about making a Christmas wish come true for an elderly lady that I know (good job I went armed with tissues).

It is that time of year again where the Christmas parties are busy taking place and the hustle and bustles in the shops are driving us mad. It’s also a time of year where lots of magical moments and memories take place.

For some of us we are all busy planning and organising our family meet-ups and meals, sadly for some this is just a wish, sadly not everyone has family close by, there is no family to spend Christmas with, this could be for many reasons. For this dear elderly lady that I know this is because her family emigrated to Australia, she has her son still but sadly he doesn’t live local and only see’s him on a weekend when he is not busy working.

I pop by throughout the week to take her shopping and to see she has everything, I also help out where I can with housework. One thing she does enjoy and that is when we go out for coffee and cake at a cafe, we really put the world to rights and have a laugh, but this isn’t the same for her as having family to do this with. She is a lovely lady who loves and misses her family dearly, she hasn’t seen them now for a long time, she chats with them on the phone once a month which she absolutely loves, looks forward to and speaks about for a long time after which I love listening to.

I have just been to visit her and whilst there I dug out her decorations and Christmas tree, I turned on Christmas music we had a good dance and sing-a-long whilst making her home look Christmassy. She loved decorating the tree and I loved seeing her smile. I then made her a nice cup of tea and got her a mince-pie, we spoke about our Christmas wishes, she wished she could see her family, this is when I handed her my iPad and said you’d better not keep them waiting – I’d arranged with her daughter a time we could video chat so she could see them all for Christmas. it filled my heart with joy seeing her face as she was chatting a way to her daughter and grandchildren, good job I went armed with tissues.

Today was a day I made a lovely lady very happy with memories she will treasure deeply, she got to see her daughter and grandchildren’s faces whilst sat by her tree we’d put up earlier that day.

This just proved that the saying is so true – it’s not whats under the Christmas tree that counts, it’s who is around it that does.

Merry Christmas everybody

May all your wishes come true in 2016

  X

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Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

One thing we all enjoy in our house over Christmas is all the Christmas goodies, well what can we say Christmas treats are just the best ever!

Christmas is a day that the diet goes out the window, we have a day off and enjoy ourselves without checking and weighing everything before we eat it. We love to sit and watch Christmas movies in our pjs with lots of sweets crisps and chocolates….well it is Christmas after all. We all take turns to pick a movie, this mainly happens the day after Boxing Day when the excitement of it all has just got too much and we want time to chill-out and have a day off from it all whilst looking back and chatting about our Christmas gifts.

Christmas Treats

One treat the boys do like is their Cadbury’s treats, they enjoy all of them, the biscuits, advent calendars, chocolate Santa and most of all the selection boxes. All of these get enjoyed over the festive period.

Myself and Ian like to sit back and over indulge ourselves on the Lindt selection. We think the Lindt reindeer’s are so cute and we could happily sit and eat a whole box of truffles easily.

Christmas Treats

Last year I found myself making eggnog which not only I enjoyed but other family members did too so this is something I will be making again this year. I started to make this after hearing it mentioned quite a lot in the Christmas movies I had watched last year, I thought to myself I have never tried eggnog and wanted to try it so I made some homemade eggnog and really enjoyed it!

Christmas treats

We also enjoyed making chocolate truffles – these make fab homemade gifts, perfect for the neighbours, colleagues, teachers and friends.

Christmas Treats

Of course Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Christmas cake would it. Do you make your own Christmas cakes? We do. We start making our Christmas cake about August time. Here is our cake from last year.

christmas cake

As you can see we have a very sweet tooth in our house over the festive period and I’m sure our house isn’t the only house to over indulge……Are we?

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

May all your dreams come true in 2016.

X

 

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Missing Someone This Christmas

missing someone this christmas

Missing Someone This Christmas

Today we have a guest post from the lovely Vicky from Being Tilly’s Mummy.

I have come to learn over the past few months that it is possible to die from a broken heart because as Christmas gets ever closer I feel like I am dying inside a little bit more.

It’s a British thing having a stiff upper lip and we are all taught to be strong, we are all told that we can’t admit we have failed but sometimes we just have to sit back and admit that actually stuff that great British reserve! I am hurting like hell and I am not scared to admit it.
I feel like the flower on beauty and the beast, where it loses a petal everyday. And every time my little girl cries for her sister, I seem to lose another petal. This year I lost my daughter but she hasn’t died – She is just lost meaning we are all lost too. A man came into our life and ripped it apart. He took my daughter and did a load of despicable things causing a chain reaction and affecting a load more people than just himself and his victims.
My daughter was groomed and brainwashed by a paedophile, he caused their newborn baby to be put in care and that means there is another victim in this situation. An innocent child, who would never of stood a chance if she hadn’t been removed.
My little girl who is only 5 years old, cries for her sister on a daily basis. She doesn’t know what’s happened, I mean how can you bring something into a child’s life that will take away some of her innocence. This week she was devastated as she wasn’t sure what was going to happen at the Xmas dinner table, there would be nobody to sit on the end of the table and that was always where her sister sits. She shouldn’t have to get upset over what an evil man did to my family.
A lot of people have said how it has made me stronger and in some respects it has, but this Christmas is the first Christmas that my family hasn’t been complete and I really don’t think I can even fake it being a good time. Every morning I wake up knowing it’s another day closer to Christmas and spending the day knowing some people are missing.
Do we deserve to be happy at Christmas or in fact ever again? After all we let my daughter go off and start an ‘adventure’ on her own. Shouldn’t a mother protect her children? What kind of mother am I to have not noticed the signs? Isn’t it my fault that this has all happened? I should have gone with my gut instinct and demanded she not move away with this monster. I should have demanded I visit when she told me not to, and I should have been more aware of what she was getting up to on social media.
At the moment nothing anyone can say will take away the guilt, the failure and the grief I feel. My daughter may not of died this year, but when a person dies – you move on and you learn to deal with grief. You have support groups. My daughter is still alive and living under an evil mans spell, we are living in limbo and it’s awful for my whole little family. I don’t think I will ever find the strength to let anyone else close to my family. Nobody will ever infiltrate it and harm another member of my family. From now on I am going to be the Mother from hell, the mother who is over protective. It all seems a bit like Bolting  the stable door after the horse has bolted but I will protect my other children. And until my daughter comes home, there will be a part of me that carries on dying everyday.