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Monday, 3 December 2012

Baby, it's cold outside ....



Brrrr!! Even though it's not officially Winter until round about the 21st, it certainly feels like it!

I hope that the issues with my blog have been resolved, mentioned in my last brief post.  Thanks for all your advice, and I'll try to put some pics on now.  Here goes ...

Sorry ... it won't let me so instead I'll share some of my Instagram pics with you and I'll show you the Country Living Fair and my Vintage Fair later ...


Tickets to the Big Event!


My Advent Swap parcel which I sent last week ... I won't show you the contents because they haven't been opened yet!  This lovely swap was organised by laalaa, and I was linked to gill.  Gill's parcel arrived on Friday morning, so that was a lovely surprise when I got home from Harrogate.  A big, beautifully wrapped box all covered with stars and full to bursting with hand-made bags, each with the number on the front.



This was No 2 ... a lovely little stocking for the tree, containing a lolly and some Climpies.  No 1 was a lovely piece of vintage Christmas fabric, but unfortunately I didn't Instagram it.


No 3 ... opened already, this morning!


A really lovely, handmade needlecase ... I hope Gill isn't too disappointed with mine ... not much handmade in there I'm afraid ... it would have needed to be a very big box to hold lampshades and bedside tables!


Speaking of which, here is one of my 'Granny Chic' lampshades ... I loved making these, very messy, but really rewarding! (That's me, aged 4 in the photo). Oooh, and I can't help telling you before I show you the pictures ... I met Rachelle ... only one of the actual authors of Granny Chic, at the CL Fair! I must admit I was a bit starstruck ...


Ruby's getting in the Christmas mood ...


and in her new Christmas bandana!

Sorry this isn't the post you were expecting, my lovelies ... hopefully all will be resolved soon on the photo front ... but I missed you all so much, I just had to share something with you!

See you soon ...

Love, Claire xxx





38 comments:

  1. Lots of lovely Christmas glimpses - will keep us going to your next post I'm sure! x

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  2. This post is Lovely! Your doggie looks adorable in her scarf & suit!
    Happy December,
    Sarah xx

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      She certainly has a lot to put up with! xx

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  3. Sorry to hear your having pic probs! Hope that gets resolved soon - but in the meantime, your Instagram pics are fab. The CL fair sounds like such fun and I do so love Ruby's Christmas outfits. Hmmm.. wonder if I could get Ben & Jerry into Christmas bandanas.. :-)
    Have a happy Monday,
    xx

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    1. Thanks Gilly, oh, you must buy Christmas outfits for Ben & Jerry ... it;s compulsory!

      xx

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  4. Love your Instagram snaps Claire, I know a lot of people have been having the same problem as you, I think it's something to do with picture size, the smaller the less space they take up. Hope you manage to resolve things soon,
    Victoria xx

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    1. I haven't had the time to sort it out Victoria ... I may just use Instagram for now ... don;t mean am stopping blogging, just for the photos! xx

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  5. Bless Ruby!! I reckon she's plotting her revenge! What a gorgeous advent swap. I do this with some friends and its such a lovely tradition. Hope you picture posting resolves very soon x

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    1. Hi Kim, Ruby has a lot to be revengeful for,poor thing! I never know what she's going to appear in next xx

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  6. I love your lampshade Claire... am hoping Santa brings me Granny Chic! I can't wait to get crafting :) Hazel x

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    1. Ooh,can;t wait to see what you make Hazel. How's that gorgeous baby doing? xx

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  7. Lovely photos, and what a fab lampshade! Ruby looks gorgeous in her bandanna - Beatrix's own collection is swiftly growing!

    Anna x

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    1. Hi Anna ... every dog needs a bandana!

      xx

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  8. Lovely little swaps there! Hope your blogger issues get sorted soon! Yes my bauble is a granny chic one! :)

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    1. Hi Ada! Thank you, and love the bauble ... I didn't have time to make one :(

      xxx

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  9. Hello Claire
    I love your lampshade..And Ruby looks very proud of herself....bless
    Sounds like you have lots to share..hope it all gets sorted out for you
    Speak soon
    Thea x

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    1. Hello Thea,lovely to see you, always nice to have you drop in!

      xxx

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  10. Hope you had a wonderful time in Harrogate. The advent swap looks wonderful. I bet your swap partner would have loved a lampshade, it's beautiful. Hope Ruby doesn't get too excited before the big day.
    Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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    1. Hello Ali, Harrogate was fab! Ruby doesn;t really like Christmas I'm afraid ... the big day itself puzzles her ... everyone is up early and milling around, it all overwhelms her a bit and she takes to her bed! xxx

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  11. I keep seeing mention of this advent blog swap thing and I really want to get in on it next year - it's such a lovely idea. And yours looks fantastic. x

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    1. can strongly recommend it Gillian! It's lovely opening a little present every morning xx

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  12. How lovely to have a little present to open each day and I am sure your gift is as equally delightful.
    To get round the photo thing I have been re-sizing mine in Microsoft Photo manager - under 50% seems to work though some of the photos have gone a bit fuzzy. Not the end of the world but irritato!
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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    1. Hi Jenny, I'm definitely going to try this when I get the time ... thanks for your help!

      xxx

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  13. It´s very cold here in Norway too. -17C at the moment. Makes for a nice change from all the rain we got earlier this autumn, though.

    I love that little stocking. So very pretty.

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    1. Brrr ... that is cold Mia!

      Have a lovely weekend


      xxx

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  14. Hellooo Mrs!
    You know me Claire, absolutely no help with the techno stuff! Lots to catch up with with you me friend...
    Am just catching my breath with all that is going on at the moment!
    LOVE Ruby, but you know this!! hehe.
    Love Maria x

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  15. The advent swap is a super idea, how exciting! Love the Ruby pics too.

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  16. What a lovely idea. Ruby looks soo cute! M x

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    1. Hello Jane ... don't be deceived by her! xxx

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  17. I love the pictures of your dogs!! So cute.....

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    1. Hello Tammy ... it's just the one dog but in various disguises!

      xxx

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  18. Your Advent swap sounds lovely. I signed up for a Snowflake Swap and just sent off my package yesterday. Great fun! I have been blogging for just a little over a year and have not run into the problem you are having with your pictures yet, but am trying to learn from what you and your commenters are sharing. Thanks for posting, Claire :) xx from Gracie

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    1. Hello Gracie,always nice to have you popping in! xxx

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  19. Ruby looks so cute!
    I have been hearing lovely things about the advent swap, it looks so much fun.
    stay warm
    love jooles x

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  20. Hello Jooles, you mst do it next year, it's lovely opening a little gift every morning xxx

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I love to hear what you think of my ramblings and value all your comments ... I will try and get back to you, but am sorry if I don't always manage this ... sometimes real life just gets in the way! Claire xxx