Friday, 30 December 2016

Shocked and appalled.

Frankly, my rage is outed. I cannot believe how many blog posts I'm reading lately where the authors are, gasp, taking down their decorations. STOP IT NOW! In my house it is against the actual law to even whisper a suggestion of taking the tree down before Twelfth Night.
*rocks gently back and forth in a corner muttering*

Hahaha I can't bear to take my tree down. It takes me so long to put the flipping thing up! Plus, and my  photos do not do it justice, it really is beautiful this year, not that I'm obsessed or anything.

So...before the sad bleak day when my downstairs returns to its bare, empty, ( dusty -omg tinsel hides a lot of dust )  boring existence, the one thing I will be doing is cutting up my Christmas cards beautifully to add to my stash. This year I managed to match tags with paper easily.
One of my favourite's being this Father Christmas.

I also note down all the senders who will be my list for next year! Except this year I didn't find said list until it was too late. A lot of my cards just said 'to you all' because my crap memory wouldn't bring names of spouses and children to mind in time!

A quick look at some of the obscene amount of presents bestowed upon me by the HG! He does like to collect things! He is a marketing man's dream ( as am I if I'm honest! ) but today I will be using my  new non stick foot to make a bag - photos of course to follow!

I also got so much more! New boots, now walking trainers, more crafty bits n bobs, including this sock loom 

I've already made a start, took it off, and started again! Photos next time. I got loads of other stuff too, perfume, chocolates, slippers, books etc like I said, spoilt rotten! 

My turkey was fabulously cooked to perfection by yours truly! 
Miss 22, her beau and Freddie came for Boxing Day 

Pretending he's camera shy! He's so big now but still as yummy! 
Right am away to my chores* 

Lots of love from 
Rachel *spoilt rotten quite ridiculously this year* Radiostar 

*faffing in my craft room



33 comments:

  1. Do you feel better now that's off your chest? :D

    I'm not even a Christmas person, but there's no way the decorations are coming down yet!

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    1. All is good! It was a faux outrage really!

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  2. I'm going to stoke your outrage further. I barely put any decorations up! xx

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    1. I don't mind how little or much you put up LG! I'm not judgey! Lol sometimes less is definitely more! X

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  3. Sorry we have a horror house, almost everything packed away, I do leave the cards up until the last moment, to be fair we should be on our drive to Somerset, but icy roads and heavy lingering fog, changed our minds. So now a quiet New Year together, hope you enjoy your family time. Plus I have time to change my nail colour today, might go for the shinny red.

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    1. Hope it was peaceful and your nail varnish did not smudge.

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  4. Sorry, sorry, sorry.....as you know I am guilty of shocking and appalling you. They are not all down yet though I still have the tree and some decks on the mantlepiece.
    Lovely crafty gifts (and so you should be spoilt)....I quite fancy one of those sock looms. I think I might be able to cope with that rather than needles. I have been seeing so many gorgeous socks being knitted and I really fancy having some myself.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Hello Sheila, it's ok, we're still friends! I've yet to finish one sock yet. Once you get the rhythm going it's quite relaxing but getting that rhythm going I've found quite tricksy!

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  5. Great bunch of presents, Rachel! My tree is still up but I'm honestly ready to take it down, though I will wait. I'm glad you had time with Miss 22 and fur baby. -Jenn

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    1. It was really lovely to see them both x the tree will be down on Friday. Sigh.

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  6. I think the problem is many people often put their tree up too early so by the time Christmas Day is over they can't wait to take it down!

    Looks like you had a good 'haul' at Christmas. Love all your sewing accessories.

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    1. I always think I'll get my tree up early this year and I never managed it yet!

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  7. I'm sorry, I have to start now, if I don't it will be February before it's all done. Your sock loom looks so interesting.

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    1. I find it takes longer to put away because I'm hugging it and weeping over it as it goes in the box!!

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  8. There's not a change in a snowballs that any of the red, gold and green shiny is coming down before Twelfth Night. Even then, there may possibly be a slight delay - unavoidable, of course.
    I'm glad your Christmas was magical and wonderful and your gifts were so perfect. Is the 'non-stick foot' a 'walking foot'?

    (er - did you mean list? lol)

    Happy New Year to you and yours, if you don't post again before then.

    J x

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    1. My typos are many and I pop them in every now and again!! I find editing on the iPad infuriating because the bloody writing isn't scrollable grrr
      I really do need to get a little laptop I think.

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  9. It really is a thing of beauty Rachel. I don't blame you for wanting to keep it up as long as possible. I'm quite surprised at how many people (especially those who put huge effort into decorating) have removed Christmas already. I think mine will be coming down after this weekend. I always feel I want to have a good clean and tidy after New Year and I can't do either with all the decorations hanging around. I'm so glad you enjoyed your Christmas and you look to have recieved some lovely presents. X

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    1. I'll be itching to get spring cleaning by the weekend. But it's so bare!!

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  10. Thank goodness I am not the only one not taking down decorations!!! They have to stay up past January 1st if nothing else! We will take down the lights - in the daylight for safety - on Monday, and other than that they all wait until the middle of next week before they come down. Glad I am not alone!!

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    1. There's more of us out there than we think!!

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  11. OOH! Lovely prezzies. Tree still up here, but not for long..... :o) XX

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  12. I'm glad you have a great Christmas. (You do know there is a spelling mistake in the title?). Keep your decorations up until Epiphany. Have a great New Year.

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    1. To be honest Philip, the whole thing was riddled with typos! I have now corrected them! Happy New Year x

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  13. Ours are still up - at least until twelfth night. Love them too much to cut them short. My trees have not dropped one needle yet.

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  14. So you have a new non-stick foot to make a bag, right, my mind boggled ...has she had her yearly bath? or is her foot teflon coated? What's going on? Then I zoomed the picture and LOL, thanks for another good laugh, and long may they continue.....

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  15. mine come down on Tuesday. I thin things out a little, but to the untrained eye - i.e Bill and Violet - it isn't noticeable. So I can get away with it.

    I have no problem with people removing some, or getting some rooms back to normal, but it's the total blackout that does my head in. Round here a lot of people had lights up outside. One twit had hers on a week before the end of November and then took down the whole bloody lot on the 27th! (an aside here, she's some snarky old crow who has never spoken to me, but bitched about me on FB one year when I had the 'ridiculousness' to put my lights up on November and try them out. Erm. Notice I wasn't told that she'd then gone back and said 'my mistake, they're just trying them out', because that wouldn't have been so funny to write would it! Anyway, now she puts HERS up in November and switches them on!!!)
    All the rest are like little sheep, and once one person switches theirs off, the others follow. I looked out of the window last night, it was like a blackout. Barely a hint of festiveness. So it seems for some round here, one person dictates how long Christmas lasts. Not in this house mate, not in this house!

    So good for you for keeping your tree up. And good for me. Still got my lights up everywhere, still got the tree on the landing, trees in the living room and den. Ha. Took the one out of the kitchen as I didn't want it to die, and the wreath on the door was put away before any more flowers went mouldy - I leave them in place so I can see how I made it the following year when they've all dried out - but other than that, we are very much in Christmas mode. Itching to get the house tidy, but reluctant to say goodbye to Christmas altogether!

    I've waffled. But as you can tell, the blackout really irritated the crap out of me. Bloody morons!
    xx

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  16. I am with you on this one! I have to keep them up Sr P would be horrified as twelfth night is the Kings night here and everyone receives gifts from the Kings that night too. It means Christmas stretches on longer which is fine by me :-)

    Happy New Year to you and yours xxx

    Amanda

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  17. Mine are half up and half down if the cards fall over then they are staying over I usually take them down the day after New Year but because they are coming to pull down ceilings and take up floors after the flood I had, I'm having to pack stuff safely away in boxes so the rest will come down tomorrow. Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 will be a great one for you. :) xx

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  18. Our decs are still up but only because our American visitor doesn't leave until next Weds. I'd normally have taken them down the day after Boxing Day. I'll be happy to see the back of them (the decs not the visitor) as DS2 put them up at the very beginning of December and I'm sick of the sight of them. Glad you had a lovely Christmas. I'm envious of the sock loom, I'll be putting that on my list for next year if I don't treat myself before then. Enjoy your New Year's Eve, Rachel, and hope 2017 treats you well. Love, Helen xx

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  19. If I admit my decs are already down will you still be friends with me? My tree is still up though - until the 1st and then it goes away. Joan was a stickler for keeping hers up twelfth night. Mind you if I took notice of all her superstitions I'd be rocking in a corner next to you!

    What fab gifts you received you lucky lady - all totally deserved I'm sure. I hope Freddie got to have some turkey too?

    Wishing you and all the family a Very Happy New Year. Hope it's a good one for you all. See you in 2017! xx

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  20. Totally with you on the christmas Decs, mines is up till 12th Night, and what wonderful gifts you had. Happy 2017 to you and yours. x

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  21. We have taken ours down but left the fairy lights up so we've sort of cheated really!
    Arilx

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