Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Yes Virginia there really is a Santa Claus

The power of blog and all the little santa's can read blog too - so thank you 2 u , thank you 2 u 2, thank you, and thank you xxxx .... i shall smell plesureable for ever more thank goodness ha ha The tree takes the theme of the Snow Queen - with clear glass, silver and rhinstone ornaments.

Old favorites - Holly from HollyDoodles made this Crown for me a couple of years ago and it stands proud on top of my tree
a new pink fluffy wreath and i have added sadie lou's gorgeous betseys

this one looks so peaceful

and below more betseys have been added to this wreath Wouldn't be Christmas with out Rudolph
back soon with some christmas vignettes.
Merry Christmas
Ginny x

Friday, 18 December 2009

The bets are on for a White Christmas

The bets are on for a white christmas here in the UK. One man has bet £1 million that it does snow on Christmas Day and if he wins he gets £14 million. hmmmm I don't think so ... we may be faking it like the pic above (from Vakre magazine).
..... but its not Christmas yet and so can't count.

I came back from dancing last night in a flurry of snow - and by the morning there was a thick blanket of beautiful white snow. So as the British always say it won't last though .

Anyway thought i would share this gorgeous magazine with you - yes its is a Scandinavian magazine and i cannot understand a thing in it LOL - but the pictures of interior homes and ideas in this magazine are always beautiful and inspiring - they are predominantly white and grey interiors with a splash of colour -
the christmas stockings trimmed in fur are very festive and popular this season

and love the image and the script on this cushion
I love the fur trimmed cones - i must do one like this

slip covered tub chairs make this scene look so cosy
silvered balls all grouped together
I love all these festive images
Vakre is one my favorite magazines i wish they would translate it so i could actually read it too (blush :-0)
Oh well off i must go and creative some of my own
Ginny x

Sunday, 6 December 2009

This Christmas

It'll probably be raining here .... again.
But my daughter and her young family have jetted off to sunny South Africa for 4 weeks -
its summer there, but this autumn and before the rain put a damper on things we were able to spend some days out together and that included trying out the new bike that little un got for her birthday.

This stately home is on my doorstep.

and has lots of lovely walks all around it which you can enjoy for free.

Walled gardens - you can imagine how this garden would have looked in the 19th Century - stocked to the gunnels with vegetables and flowers - the trees beyond are where the fairy rings can be found. However nosey parker thought maybe this was her new home and wanted to explore so off she went its a pity she can't read yet ;-)

Yes that means you too!

be back soon with a visions of lovely ness - well my christmas nest - (what's left of it) :-)

Love Ginny xx

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The Blatent Pleasure of it all


Christmas is in the air and talk of christmas lists has made me thinking about what I would really like for Christmas. There will be no Diamonds or trinkets ... Top of my list would be my close family and friends sharing Christmas with me. Thats all I want ~ The mulled wine, the roaring fire, laughter smiles hugs and kisses, twinkling candles, rooms filled with twinkling lights and the smell of good cooking.
Christmas past - but you get the idea :-)

But if there was one thing that could maybe squeeze in the stocking it would have to be this.

One of life's simple PLEASURES.Fresh as flowers after rain, this sheer,
shimmering floral is a spirited blend of Lilies,Peonies and Jasmine, all tingling with the rare essence of exotic Baie Rose

For the first time ever I have run out !! I've not had a standby bottle of this on hand. I have always had some in my bag or on my dresser. But now I found not a drop was left ~ i was desperate !! Well could I find it anywhere ~ i couldn't believe how difficult this was to find, non of the big supermarkets stocked it, non of the high street chemists did and the only place left was into the big city to the big dept store.

Well having found it eventually I also noticed this WONDERFUL offer too!!!! very reasonable price if you buy an estee lauder product .... ooooh now that would make a great Christmas present wouldn't it. JUST LOOK !!!!!

Well this WAS (as in past tense) last ditch chance of making sure the kiddie winkies see what I am moaning and hinting about, so has been all for nothing as have been told too late they have already got me a Xmas present.

Whats a girl to do!
Yes it is blantently obvious, I would LOVE some Pleasures this Christmas ... but
ooooh I wonder what they got me instead hmmmm ????
Anyway off to pull out all the decorations and see what i need to keep and what i need to part with. May create a few pretties too.
Catch you soon ;-)

Sunday, 8 November 2009

At the going down of the sun and in the morning - We will Remember them

Remembrance Day and a poppy. Recorded for this journal for the education of younger members of my family and anyone else who wondered why we wear a poppy. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Two Minute Silence is observed on Armistice Day, the day which marks the end of the First World War.
When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during both World Wars. But now we also mourn and honour those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts. Today, with troops on duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the world, Remembrance, and this two minute tribute, are as important as it has ever been.

So what was Armistice Day and why do we wear a poppy? Well this is why.

Armistice 1918
On 11 November 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allied and German armies, ending the First World War – a global war that lasted four years with the total human cost to Britain and the Empire of 3,049,972 casualties, including 658,705 dead.

Of all the millions of men who joined up to serve and defend the country, there are now no survivors in the UK left.

The last three stalwarts of the Great War. Harry Patch, Bill Stone and Henry Allingham all died during 2009. With their passing, the Great War has finally moved from living human memory to history.
Henry Allingham said: "These hellish memories of war are ones I'd rather forget.
But never my comrades !
Never the men who gave their everything.

" During a visit to a war cemetery in France, he was quoted as saying,

"All of us must remember them, always " and so we do.

So why do we wear a poppy?
Doctor John McCrae, a Canadian wrote a poem in 1915 called

“In Flanders Fields”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses,

row on row

That mark our place;

and in the sky The larks,

still bravely singing,

fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.

Short days ago We lived, felt dawn,

saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved,

and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

these were the battlefields where many thousands lost their lives and the only thing that continued to grow in the aftermath of the devastation was the Poppy. Moira Michael, an American was so moved by the poem, she sold some poppies to her friends and donated the money she raised to servicemen in need. In 1918 Moira wrote a poem in reply to “In Flanders Fields” entitled “We Shall Keep Faith”. According to her Poem, she promised to wear a Poppy in “memory of our dead” and so the tradition of wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day was born.

The poet Moira Michael wrote this poem in 1918

We Shall Keep the Faith
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the FaithWith All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the deadIn Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

The Poppy is used in memorial of war time loss all over the world.

For example within Australasia, Anzac came to stand not just for the troops in World War I, but for Australian and New Zealand soldiers in time of war more generally. Anzac Day is observed annually in memory of those soldiers who died in war. It is commemorated each year by both countries on 25 April, the date of the first landing at Gallipoli in 1915 on a beach known as Anzac Cove. It is similar to days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day our Remembrance Day

Lest We Forget

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Friday, 23 October 2009

The Haunted Masqeurade - Halloween Ball

Such a lovely event took place over at Cassandra's blog at

A beautiful and glamorous Masquerade party in readiness for Halloween.
I am not really into Halloween so much but this seemed just the sort of thing I could be into.
Well first I have to decide what to wear
- how about this maskthis one from Jean Paul Gautier

or the first pic of the Black one I love love love !! beautiful Silk, Organza, & Ostrich Orchid Hat by Philip Treacy
i'll settle for this one below created by Chantelle designs
i love twinkle ... it suits ;-)
What a Gown !!
Maria Luisa Black Silk Taffeta Gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior yes
this will just have to do :-) and shoes
I fancy velvet slippers
RED devil shoes ... gorgeous .
in fact I have exactly these shoes at home in black but I dooo like the red too, very vampish.
vintage costume jewellery made from all kinds of findings created by Kari Beth (more of her in my next post) - a birthday present for me that just suits this post and is just gob smacking gorgeous and that includes the packaging too - a complete high end artist.
I think I have my outfit together now.
Oooops my hair .... I need help though

c'mon fella's hurry up - bit to the left ... bit to the right ... now lets move it
Think I'm ready now.
So what is everyone else wearing then??
Oooh Marie very Orange - where's your mask?
little help from the in house designer ;-)
Over in the Marie Antoinette Mail art group that I belong to there are a variety of swaps going on and I decided to be involved in The Marie Halloween Banner - with a little Haunting Masquerade feel about it so that it all gels well with the blog event today.

This last one designed and created by my daughter. Love the spider with the bejewelled web.

Happy Haunting Masquarade Halloween to you all !!!