Yesterday I had two lovely surprises through the post!!! First this brilliant tea cosy from Peggy, isn't it great - I've always wanted one of this type of cosy and it fits my bigger teapots perfectly. Thanks very much Peggy, it will be well used. I prefer tea made with loose tea so always use a tea pot. When I'm making tea just for myself I use a two cup pot and have made myself a cloth cosy for that size of pot, it's looking a bit worse for wear and I must make another one. I like the teapots that have the lift out strainer, my favourites are this type, because the strainer lifts out I can put all the tea leaves in my compost bin and not down the sink. I only use tea bags when we go to our caravan, for the convenience.
These also arrived yesterday, can you guess what they are? They are beautifully knitted by a Norwegian friend. Don't you just love the flowers with the button centre, the buttons have a reindeer motif on them. Whoever guesses what they are will be put on my RAK list for next year and I will tell you the answer in the new year.
This bunch of stuff is a gift for my friend Janice. We were chatting over a cup of tea a week or so ago and both agreed that Christmas gifts for us oldies get harder to buy. We've got all the ornaments we could ever need, bottles of booze accumulate on the shelf and toiletries pile up in the bathroom. So lately I make any gifts for Janice as I know she appreciates home made stuff, she says these gifts are from the heart (she's a very kind person). The things with the loops are for her wardrobe and have lavender in them. The box is a nice, sturdy one, that I recycled by covering the lid with fabric and adding the lavender scented tea-lights. Another bit of recycling is the handbag charm, made from recycled jewellery I'd acquired, that you can just see by the six-sided-box (I couldn't remember the name of this shape, I used to know stuff like that!!!). I also made her some wine glass charms and attached them to a home made gift tag. It all fits into one of the humbug shaped bags I made with Christmas fabric.
This is a picture of the Christmas figures I've got on my stairs. I didn't make them. They were bought a few years ago from a garden centre just up the road from where I live. I bought a couple, then when I went back for a last minute purchase they were all on sale at half price, typical!!!. So of course I had to buy a few more, can't miss a good bargain.