This poetic description of a child's Christmas is best read in a Welsh accent which he can muster very well after a few seasonal sherries. To the evocative descriptions of front parlours, snowy landscapes and presents, useful and useless he would add fond memories of the smell of his mam's festive cooking, she really knew how to punish a brussel sprout. Dear Marian, we will all miss you this Christmas.
I am now off to drink sherry, decide which end of the turkey to stuff and wish a Happy Christmas and thank-you to every one of my blog readers x
And inside too as our boiler has broken down, so hats and mittens are essential wear inside and out. We have finally had it fixed today so life is getting back to our toes. I have just about posted all our Christmas orders, hoping that the snow doesn't hold things up too much; but I am afraid there may be some delays. These snowy images are from my collection of 1960's illustrated books - Momoko's Birthday with lovely watery illustrations by Chihiro Iwasaki and a poem from Robert Lewis Stevensons A Child's Garden of Verses which just captures a winters day and is beautifully illustrated by Brian Wildsmith.
sally nencini, and the coolest dressing up clothes from i wish i was a... (mainly for kids but these super-hero cuffs would make a boring Christmas party outfit look just a bit more super) But, last of the big spenders I spent my profits on these delicate vintage paper fans from winter's moon. They took me right back to finding one in my Christmas stocking along with a cellophane fortune telling fish and a shell that grew paper flowers when you put it in a glass of water. We were easily pleased in those days!
This weekend I will be venturing north of the river to take part in Cubbyhole Kids, a brand new two day designers Christmas sale where I will be in very good company - with over 25 stall holders including Bellieboo, Helen Gordon, Sally Nencini, Molly-meg, Helen Rawlinson, Heart Zeena, I wish I was a..., Noodoll, Ella & Otto and many more. Christmas shopping, cakes, mince pies, mulled wine, children's snacks and entertainment, what more could you want .. free entry of course!
It's on 11-12 December at
Abney Hall, Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0AS
Opening times Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Hope to see you there!
etsy and online shop.
Don't forget to use my christmas shopping codes:
CHRISTMAS10 for 10% off in my etsy shop
BABYSTYLE for 10% off in my online shop
Don't forget to use these christmas shopping codes in my shops:
10% off purchases in my online shop quote BABYSTYLE
10% off purchases in my Etsy shop quote CHRISTMAS10
And the last posting dates for christmas from the UK are
6th December Australia/New Zealand/Everywhere else
10th December USA/Canada/Eastern Europe
13th December Western Europe
21st December UK
Meanwhile, winter has arrived and we are almost snowed-in here in leafy southeast london, this is the view from my studio. However, I am still making it to the post office even if I have to sledge! So orders will still be posted. I have discovered how to do discount codes, so to help my blogfriends with their Christmas shopping I have introduced special discounts in my shops till Christmas. In my online shop until 24th December I am offering a 10% discount in conjunction with BabyStyleFile which is a very useful shopping guide for design loving parents, just add the code BABYSTYLE when you purchase. And for a 10% discount in my Etsy shop until 21st December just add CHRISTMAS10 in the coupon code box when you checkout. Hope it works!