last day of the year

I’ve had a lovely Christmas and holiday period and especially enjoyed having my children all back home again, although only for a little while! We had a good time catching up with each other, all helping out with Christmas preparations, doing lots of cooking and eating too much food. I can’t believe it’s all over already for another year.
In December I continued with the photo-a-day challenge as mentioned in previous posts. (The photos are originally shared via Instagram and Facebook.) For the last day of the month, and the year, I have a round-up of a selection of this month’s photos and their themes:

December 4: black and white { some New York Beauty blocks I’ve been playing with}

December 10: under {rain droplets under the leaves after a sudden storm}

December 22: decoration {a special little bird gifted from a friend}

December 30: something that made me smile this year { I have been so fortunate to have been able to spend as much time as I like in my sewing room this year and that has made me smile every time I walk in the room!}

Happy New Year to you all!!!

12 days of christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the last before Christmas Day, there are 12 gifts under the tree.

There may, no- most probably end up being a lot more than that, even if temporarily! before the day is out.

Thankyou for following along with my special Christmas blog. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas, spent with your loved ones, full of laughter and good cheer.

On this twelfth day of Christmas, Little Birdie has 12 gifts under the tree, 11 beautiful roses on the table, 10 yummy cherries, 9 christmas cards, 8 pieces of biscotti, 7 christmas stars, 6 little angels, 5 homemade goodies, 4 christmas cakes, 3 christmas stockings, 2 happy doggies and one little green felt pear!

eleventh day of christmas

It’s getting close now- today is the eleventh day of Christmas :)
Today I have eleven beautiful roses from our garden- courtesy of my husband who looks after them!

We have fresh roses for the Christmas table- I never tire of them.

Their perfume fills the house.
This is one of my favourites

On the eleventh day of Christmas we have 11 roses, on the tenth day we had 10 cherries, on the ninth day we had 9 Christmas cards, on the eighth day- you get the drift…..

tenth day of christmas

On this tenth day of Christmas, my attention switches to the fruits of the season. Christmas and cherries go hand in hand, so here we have a bowl of 10 cherries!

The only trouble being of course that they can be a tad expensive, so this is like 10 little pieces of gold!

And, what about a few ice-cold grapes as well?

ninth day of christmas

On the ninth day of christmas, we have nine handmade christmas cards.

These cards are made by my youngest two children, but mainly my daughter who started the tradition after first making one at primary school.
Each year she has made us a card

and I have kept all of them

to bring out each year.

Nine christmas cards to bring us some joy!

eighth day of christmas

At Christmastime, there are always lots of yummy eats around. I tried out a new recipe to create these biscotti. We have 8 pieces of Christmas biscotti on this little Christmas plate:

The recipe was easy to follow, and it did indeed taste yummy!

Here’s the recipe (from the Better Homes & Gardens (Aus) December edition):

Christmas Biscotti
Prep time: 30 mins plus overnight freezing Cooking: 45 mins

3 eggs 2 tspn vanilla extract 1 cup castor sugar
2 2/3 cups plain flour 1 tspn baking powder 1 tspn cinnamon
Finely grated zest of 1 orange 170g dried cranberries ¾ cup pistachios
Extra flour for kneading

1. Preheat oven to 180*. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Put eggs, vanilla and sugar in bowl of electric mixer and beat until thick and creamy. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon over egg mixture. Stir to combine. Add zest, cranberries and nuts. Stir to combine.
2. Turn out mixture onto lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Divide into half and form each half into a log. Put logs onto prepared trays. Bake for 20 minutes., then swap trays and bake for a further 15 minutes or until light-golden and firm to touch. Cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
3. Preheat oven to 150* and line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Use a sharp knife to cut logs into 5mm-thick slices. (I used a meat cleaver here to get through it!) Return to prepared trays. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn biscuits and bake for a further 10 minutes or until firm to touch. Cool on trays. Don’t cook any longer- they turn out really hard as it is.

seventh day of christmas

We have stars on this, the seventh day of Christmas, to add to our six angels, five handmade goodies, four christmas cakes, three stockings, two happy doggies and one little green pear.
This first star was made at school during that fun time of the last school term of the year- the Christmas craft week.

This star glistens and shines on the wooden shelf….

I made this star last year, out of white felt and silver thread, simple but cute to hang from the tree:

The star at the top of the tree:

A gift from a friend:

Greetings at the front door:

and last but not least, the {quiet and shy} sporting star :

sixth day of christmas

On the sixth day of christmas we have six angels…. although I thought I might have some trouble finding angels in my house. But it didn’t take much looking before they were just popping out of the woodwork.
These two were just hanging around, made by children in years gone past….

This little cutey was beaming away on the shelf…

Seen nestled amongst the tree branches….

And these two graceful angels take pride of place in the middle of the table:

fifth day of christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas, I have five handmade christmas goodies made over a number of years. I like to get these out each Christmas and add to the Christmas decorations around the house. The first one is a wall hanging that was a joint effort with my daughter about 7 or 8 years ago. She was only around 12 or 13 at the time and did a lot of the hand sewing on this country-styled postcards hanger.

Number 2 is a little bird that I stitched about 2 years ago from a kit I bought at a craft show (can’t remember the name now).

Number 3 is a flower I did just last year from an article in Quilting Arts Gifts. It’s made with scraps of paper, lace and fabric tacked onto a wire frame made by bending wire around to form the petals and leaves. It gets to hang out in the christmas tree,

Number 4 is a stitchery that I also did many years ago, the pattern- I think- was in a Homespun magazine. Check out the French knots for Santa’s fur-lined coat! So cute, and it also is titled ” ’twas the night before Christmas…” my most favourite christmas story.

And number 5 for this fifth day is an angel. My daughter and I made a few of these about 4 or 5 years ago and I just love them because they are made out of almost nothing- scraps of fabric, wool, ribbon, feathers, lace, wings and little embellishments stuck on with glue. They are all completely different.

So, there you have it- five little homemade christmas goodies for the fifth day of Christmas.

fourth day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas, we don’t have four colly birds, but instead four Christmas cakes:

one large cake for us and three little ones for gifts!

We now have four christmas cakes, three christmas stockings, two happy doggies and one pear made out of green felt…..