Thursday, 25 December 2014

...let your hearts be light...


Each year Christmas seems to come around faster and faster - as kids we wish for that don't we?

I hope all of you will be enjoying a truly special one spent in love and good company, filling your tummies and hearts with good stuff in equal measure.

Thank you for being readers and friends, and visiting the Idle Needle blog each time, and making it a great place to post to!

Happy Christmas! See you in the New Year!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

parcel beauty


The beauty of parcels, packages and all manner of presents is in giving and receiving them.

And also in the wrapping, no? The polkadot one and the star one were wrapped by nimble fingered shop assistants (and I don't know what's in them yet) the green wrapping was done by me, and the paper was originally on a baby gift sent in October by a dear friend, but it's so lovely I saved it and used it again.

Later on today, all the ribbons will be undone and the gifts revealed - here we open prezzies in the evening on Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

quick fix


These days opportunities for crafting or other non-baby-rumba activities are few and far between. Yet I find myself trying to squeeze in a moment here and there for the shortest ever projects. Earlier today I stole a few minutes to crochet a chain for a little pair of thrifted wool socks that I wanted to hang on the tree. These kinds of mini-projects and quick fixes have a chance to realize and give my crafty soul a little boost.

They also gave me an idea to set a challenge for the new year - a blog challenge, to inspire, channel and get more creativity into the blog again while parenting. I will call it my Make, Thrift & Tell challenge. I'm thinking to run it as a link-up thing, with a logo and everything, so if some of you fancy joining you will be able to. I'll launch it in January and will tell more then - exciting!

By the way, we bought a real tree - a small but sturdy one. Got some dainty silver garlands and a trio of red toadstools in the sales, the rest of the decorations we already owned. I like our tree a lot; it's shiny and a bit quirky with birds and mushrooms and wool socks and mini glass candy canes. Today it snowed in earnest and it's going to stay - as if it was on order for the holidays.

Sharing my post via the Celebrate It! blog party on Teri's blog.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

halfway


Halfway through the last month of the year, actually more than... This year has come and almost gone in a blink of an eye, don't you agree?

Gearing up to Christmas now, we are still thinking whether to get a real tree or buy a good quality fake one that we could pull out each year. Either way, it will be a special tree, although probably a sparse one. Special because of our little one, and sparse because we don't have that many decorations. But now it will make sense to begin collecting baubles for our very own family spruce, be it real or faux. I'm imagining adding something nice each year, thrifted or maybe shop bought if really nice. (The other day I fell for a special porcelain snowflake, to mark baby's first Christmas - I'm amazed how having a child is turning me into more of a consumer... a conscious one I hope.)

Got those wooden trees in the picture above from the thrifts, along with some colourful wooden blocks. They now make lonely little thrifted plastic deer a little forest to frolic in, on top of the sewing machine. It's hard to find a spot in this apartment with good lighting this time of the year...The postcard was sent by a relative, the design is really lovely.

Winter has been really warm so far - there were some days when it felt like springtime. Luckily we sleep in the night and are awake in the daytime now, so enjoyed some nice walks, mitts and sunglasses and all.



How is your December? Have you got your tree yet? Do you have snow?



Friday, 5 December 2014

flea friday: kitschy cubes

circus picture cubes blocks puzzle peoples republic of china vintage 1970s seventies toy kitsch

Hello! Time for a brightly coloured thrifty find on this foggy grey December morning.

It's always nice to find an old toy that is in a near perfect condition. I wish I looked after my toys this well as a kid! These lucky picture cubes are from the 1970s, they were made in the PRC as the box clearly states.

The illustrations show rosy-cheeked circus animals performing their cheerful acts - super kitschy, eh? My favourite has to be the bear with the geeky glasses.

circus picture cubes blocks puzzle peoples republic of china vintage 1970s seventies toy kitsch

circus picture cubes blocks puzzle peoples republic of china vintage 1970s seventies toy kitsch

circus picture cubes blocks puzzle peoples republic of china vintage 1970s seventies toy kitsch

circus picture cubes blocks puzzle peoples republic of china vintage 1970s seventies toy kitsch

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