30.12.12

moments to treasure

Dear Annie,







As I write this, you are on a plane flying back to the States, but I am so glad that we managed to catch up whilst you were home for Christmas.

Here are a few snaps from our day together in London. A mooch around the vintage shops of Camden Passage and a trip to the Aladdin's cave of gorgeous yarns which is Loop. To follow there was a superlative Thai lunch at Isarn with our oldest and dearest friends.

Moments to treasure.

Love from,

Laura

PS: All the pictures in this post were taken with Instagram, where I am @steadyeyebrows and Annie is @nimblefingered. If you are also an Instagram user, come and say hello!

28.12.12

The Floods Can't Put A Damper On Us

Dear Laura,

North Devon made the national news, the national news! There has been a lot of rain here you see, a lot, so much that the ground has finally given up and said no more. This unfortunately has meant a lot of flooding near here. However, as you know my sister is not one to stay inside regardless of the weather or danger of cliff subsidence. So persuaded to leave the house after three days sitting by the fire knitting happily, I set off with my sister and her man for a walk. 

This is serious stuff, so serious that I took my knitting with me in case I decided to stay in the car whilst they jogged over the cliffs in the rain. Luckily for all of us, the rain stopped and I decided I would brave the mud and puddles. I was extremely glad I did because it was utterly beautiful, there really is nothing like the North Devon hills rolling into the green cliffs which fall so dramatically into the sea. 











Lots of Love

Annie

26.12.12

Emergency Dominos Case

Dear Laura,

On occasions, I find there are crafting emergencies! Well emergency might be a bit of an exaggeration, however, one of my nephews got a lovely pack of dominos in his stocking. This was immediately ripped open strewn on the floor with the packaging torn to shreds. Luckily I had my sewing kit on me and my mum has a sewing machine and so an emergency case was wiped up in no time.





I hope you have had a lovely Christmas, it has been a whirl wind of nephews and nieces, food and drink and rain, rain, rain and rain.

Lots of Love

Annie

24.12.12

the most wonderful time of the year

Dear Annie,




Wishing you and all of our readers a very happy festive season.

love from,

Laura

17.12.12

'imaginary' friends

Dear Annie,








Making friends on the internet is a curious thing. I have met so many lovely and like-minded people through blogging and Twitter, and I often spend a good part of my day chatting to them. These friendships can sometimes feel quite ethereal- as if I have a rather well-developed set of imaginary friends! On Sunday, I had the pleasure of spending a day in Bath with some of these fabulous women, meeting them in the flesh for the very first time. Emma, Kat, Lou, Lottie, Catherine and a 'real life' friend who has recently entered the blogging world, Natalie. Warm, funny and inspiring, they were brilliant company. As you might expect when bloggers meet, there was chatting, there was cake and there were lots and lots of photographs...

love from, 

Laura

16.12.12

preparations

Dear Annie,

On this side of the Atlantic, we are also busy with preparations for Christmas:


{making mince pies}


{secret stitching}


{peppermint-scented candycane playdough}


{irresistible piles of peppermint bark}

There is so much to love about this time of year!

Love from,

Laura

14.12.12

An Assortment of Christmas

Dear Laura,

It is nearly Christmas, I know I keep saying that but with so much excitement it is hard to get everything ready in time. I have been doing lots of odds and ends of jobs and I thought I would show you a little assortment of my run up to Christmas.


Some mince pie production, yum yum yum


Finishing some PJs and knitting some Thumb warmers (to stop my friend picking at her cuticles, gross)


and of course enjoying the Christmassy feel all around.

Lots of love

Annie

9.12.12

elving and foraging

Dear Annie,






The term 'elving' (meaning preparing for Christmas) wasn't one that I had heard before I entered the world of blogs, but I have to admit that it is a word that I rather like.

We have certainly been elving this weekend. Saturday's advent calendar activity was 'Let's make clothes peg elves" and S and I had a lovely time creating these little chaps for the Christmas tree. It took me a little bit of puzzling as to how to make a cloak with a pointy hood, but we got there in the end.






Sunday's advent activity being "Let's go and pick some holly", we wrapped up warm, packed the obligatory flask of hot chocolate and set off for the hill and the woods, to forage for pinecones and holly. The sun came out for us and the gliders were up. 

My kitchen is now full of the scent of pinecones, gently opening in a warm oven. I have a tray of orange slices also ready for a slow bake. Next week's elving tasks will begin with the making of a festive wreath for the front door and a batch of pinecone firelighters.

Love from,

Laura

7.12.12

Endless Skies

Dear Laura,

Although Christmas is descending on us alarmingly quickly, I would like to take you back to Thanksgiving just for a few minutes. Every year Me and R head west to cowboy country (well New Mexico) and spend a good few days eating, relaxing, eating, sitting by the fire, eating and enjoying this amazing country. I feel like I am in a movie set, the landscapes flow endlessly to the horizon, often flat plains for miles and miles and miles. Mountain ranges spring up in the distance and suddenly the earth separates in front of you. All the while the desert sun blazes through the crystal blue skies warming the winter earth beneath.










Every time I go out west I think about the original pioneers, heading into the unknown, the obstacles seemly insurmountable the scenery astonishingly beautiful, bravely heading into those endless skies.

Lots of Love

Annie
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