Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Eve

 It's Christmas Eve!

Steve is home for Christmas and it is wonderful to be together and even more special at this time of year.....Shingle Cottage is trimmed in her finest,The glass has been sparkled and everywhere is shiny and bright and ready for our first Christmas Day in our new home...


As i am typing to you it's twenty five to twelve and soon it will be Christmas Day,The fire is glowing with orange embers and we are listening to carols and a church service on tv...


A half empty chocolate box and half empty bottle of brandy are resting on the table and the candles are all but burnt down...  


Presents and candy are piled under the tree waiting for morning...


Beatrix is curled up asleep next to Steve,It's too much for a sweet little pup to stay awake and it won't be long before we are all asleep...


I know i will be up first in the morning,i can not help it i get so excited! I will light the fire and pop on our yule log and light the candles all ready for when Steve and Beatrix open their eyes and the day can begin...


The first noel is being sung on tv and i stopped typing for a moment to listen as it sings the story of Jesus,Carols are so beautiful,so beautiful that they can bring a tear to your eye but in a lovely way..


There is only one more thing to do before we stroll down the hallway and climb into bed and that is to wish you all a peaceful  and very Merry Christmas....



We have a special treat for you,It's our little Christmas present to all our dear readers who have followed our journey and cheered us on we appreciate you all so much!.

We present to you 'Christmas At Shingle Cottage' With love  XxX

Press play below and be sure to have your volume turned up...


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house everything was twinkling yes even the mouse!........

XxX

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

A Christmas Cottage

The Autumn seemed to fly by didn't it?
Our week days have been spent creating lots of little bits and bobs and we have had some lovely times snuggled here on our white cloud with feather duvet and cushions enjoying life by the sea.

Then we were asked if we would like to be a part of something wonderful and it was to involve our  Shingle Cottage and Christmas too!

Two of our favourite things had us saying 'Yes please!' straight away.


Our room like the rest of the cottage was really in a terrible state when we arrived......Shingle Cottage had been neglected for a long time and we have had a lot of work to do which we have done ourselves as my regular readers know...

I grouted that wall in the depths of Winter with no heating as Steve laid the tiles on the hearth and dry lined the walls....Hard work but we had lots of fun building our dream!


Our first fire!
I painted the wall and warmed my hands in between brush strokes..Oh it was heavenly to be warm!


It was a challenge to make this little cottage shine again but we kept on working every weekend and she became a little better and a little better.

Time passed and then Christmas came early to Shingle Cottage and we didn't mind one bit,I have truly been so excited about trimming our little cottage for our first Christmas here and what i would and how she would look.

Everything was dressed in pale pink roses,Frosted whites,Vintage Christmas Cards and sparkle!

Feathers and rhinestone buttons...



Candle light and silver glitter....


A Snow covered Christmas tree with frosted branches,Baubles and roses...


The fire was lit and the scene was set....

A Christmas Cottage!

But why i hear you say?



Because our little tumbled down cottage is honored to be a 'Cover Girl' on the December issue of Creating Vintage Charm Magazine' 



Sonia Cardona Cruose has worked so hard putting the holiday edition together and it is so beautiful,lots of inspiration and greetings from around the world.

The magazine that inspires and shares your excitement in creating and crafting. Featuring your handmade and repurposed creations and ideas, lots of colorful images, featured artists,studios, shops, tutorials, blogs, galleries, how to's and tips and more...



Now you can order a paper copy of Creating Vintage Charm at magcloud but if you can not wait and want to read it now you can have a digital copy  to read on your laptop or computer by going to the same link but instead of clicking on 'buy print' click on 'buy digital' and it will be right there for you to see!

Digital is only available until Sunday so hurry if you want one and in the holiday sale it is only $4.44 so is a really great treat.

Oh and Sonia had so many wonderful things to share in the holiday issue that she had to make an extra magazine and its free for you to read online,A wonderful little early Christmas present!

You can read it here Holiday extra 2013

Now grab a hot chocolate,light the fire,snuggle up and dream a while....

Join me next time for more tales and goings on from  Shingle Cottage XxX