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Monday, 14 November 2011

Mid November - Already?!

Can you believe it, it is mid-November already!   It only seems five minutes since we were all talking about the summer and outdoor events.   The weather is still being kind and I am seriously praying that the Snow Gods have booked their holidays somewhere else this year as hubby and I are still trying to catch up after all the snow-related disruption at the end of 2010/beginning of 2011!

Christmas events are now in full swing and after another great weekend, it seems that the Christmas shoppers are out already and planning ahead (which is something I have never been good at when it comes to Christmas presents!)

I am pleased to say that the extra large Christmas Trees are proving very popular and I already have a number of orders finished and on the way to their new homes with more still to complete.   One happy customer also ordered an extra large Santa to go with the tree so expect to see that in the shop sometime soon too (although if I am being 100% honest, it will be likely to be more for the 2012 Christmas season than for the 2011 one!)

Extra Large Decorated Christmas Tree
I love Christmas and the fact that people just seem to be generally more friendly and family-orientated at this time of year (sad that it doesn't last for 12 months!) and with one of the movie channels now dedicating itself to 24-hour Christmas films and the odd one thrown into the mix on the other channels too, I am in corny-snow-covered-movie heaven!!   It certainly beats making snowflakes and Santas in blazing summer heat which quite frankly, just feels wrong.   Hubby is very happy that he is out at work all day and doesn't have to suffer the sugar-shock of all these (if I am honest - really rubbish) films.  But I love 'em!  There are absolute classics like 'Its a Wonderful Life' and, of course, 'The Muppets Christmas Carol' (not so much a classic but one of my faves!) which have to be seen at least once every year but most are pretty bad (in a good way).

So, the first film of the day is already half way through whilst I am writing this and a quick trip to get my errands done in the high street when it has finished will set me up just right for the next one and some copious decoration making!

Christmas Corner Decoration
If you are in the Maidstone area next weekend, we are at the wonderful festive fair at Leeds Castle on Saturday and Sunday - please make sure to come and say hello!

Anyway, time is moving quickly and there are trees and Christmas decorations a-plenty to be made...  

Do head on over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone else has been up to - and maybe find some gifts along the way!


  1. Your trees are lovely Ali no wonder they are selling well. Good luck with your Christmas Fairs.

  2. I know the channel you mean Ali and no matter how rubbish the films are, I still sit there watching them Thank you for my tree, I unpacked it when I arrived home yesterday. It is beautiful and as soon as 1 December arrives, it goes up on my conservatory door. The real thign is even better than the pic.

  3. Glad to hear business is booming! I think there's nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a festive film so I will be evisiting that channel at some stage. Love the corner bells.

  4. Ali - have had a few people repinning your Christmas tree from Pinterest... I think it is truly gorgeous :)

  5. I love the Christmas films along with some of the equally stupid songs but all part of getting in the spirit. The tree film is lovely

  6. I love the Christmas tree and the bells look great with the glittery bits. I think ELF is my Christmas classic, although I've still got the Muppets Christmas Carol on video! x

  7. I do love a nice schmaltzy Christmas film! Good luck with the fair, hope you make lots of sales!

  8. The tree is lovely, I think the garland of gingerbread men is great. Good luck with your Christmas Fairs.

    Jan x

  9. Lovely tree, good to see that people are getting into christmas and placing those orders. My sister tells me that the Channels to watch for Christmas Movies are 327, 328 and 188 - so much choice.

  10. Lovely tree. I have some friends in Maidstone so I'll let them know about the event at the weekend.

  11. I know what you mean - I can't believe it's just a six weeks away! I did wonder why they were showing Christmas adverts all the time ... then it dawned on me! Yikes. Better get shopping!

  12. Glad things are selling! And Christmas is coming so fast! AKK! I'm behind again!

  13. Love your trees and I know what you mean - how did it get to November??? I'm sure we are due a snow-free winter ;-)

  14. Hi Ali,
    Haven't been able to blog or comment much lately due to family health issues. I loved both of those films. In fact the children were brought up the muppet show.It was the hightlight of the week for them. Can't seem to get christmas orientated though I have managed to make my Daughter a Christmas Elf from very vague instructions!
    Hugs Mrs A.


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