yule 2016

28 December 2016

My Mac has decided it doesn't want to be a computer anymore and my work PC is also on a strike for reasons unknown. This has meant that it took me 7 hours to do this blog post, oh joy. I think they are on xmas holidays also. Anyhows, I did manage a sort of post in the end because I wanted to show you what we have been up to for our yule festivities this year.

Little P and I did some painting to make some wrapping paper, this is sort of becoming a bit of a tradition now!

My mister's presents looked so much smarter as usual ; )

My friend Jess, from art college, sent me a beautiful crocheted snowflake that she made and I absolutely love it!, we put it on our tree. She's planning to make some to sell next xmas!

P decorated Mr. Leafy's tree with clay stars that I made a few years ago and a tiny candle too! Cedar candle was made by me 😊

I mentioned before how exciting it is for me to have four chairs at the table this year, so I tried my best to make the table look a bit special for our Yule dinner and welcome our newest member.
I customised some cheap crackers with sprigs of pine and linen sticky tape and wrote our names
on them.

My mister bought these little paper origami crowns for the littluns...

I rummaged through my cupboards and found some little old star baking tines and stuck candles in them. I used an old linen bed sheet as a table cloth, and cut up some linen fabric that I had in my shed to use as napkins!

With some cuttings from the xmas tree and bits from the garden, it sort of began to feel quite festive!

The kiddies had their juice in sherry glasses ; )

and can you believe it, I actually cooked! (btw, that tiny flower was P's table decorations she collected them from her walk).

We had a veggie dinner of stilton and shallot pies and roasted veg and mash and sprouts of course.

 I love this photo of me and P, I'm wondering whether to approve my cooking, and P is wondering how to avoid the sprouts ; )

...But Mr. Leafy loved it all, banging his palms on the table, squeaking and eating up all his dinner!

So that's it folks! The end of the year is nigh, and although it has been mega s*** in so many ways, let us not forget the many lovely little babes that came into the world this year. They are the future, and they will sort the world out!


  1. Merry Christmas! And many blessings on your family in the coming year.

  2. Everything looks lovely. All the best for 2017.

  3. Amazing effort! Your blog posts are always so inspiring! All the best in 2017!

  4. Amen. What a beautiful setting, wishing you all the happiest of New Years!

  5. Thank you for persevering through the 7 hours (!). Your images almost make me weep with the beauty of your work. Family life is tough at times but your blog will help you remember the good bits. All the very best to you all in 2017.

  6. and Yorkshire pudding too

  7. I love your photos, your home, your family! Such a big inspiration for me! Have a special and successful 2017!

  8. 2016 has been a strange year...let's hope 2017 will be better! And yes, children are our future, and you have contributed to our future with two very cute kids!

  9. Simply lovely! So creative you are. I love the star banner with the little lights - will copy that next year, and I want my granddaughter to copy the lovely crocheted snowflake. Thanks for all the inspiration. Your little family is precious- have a wonderful 2017 together.

  10. Happy New Year. I am one of your quiet readers from Oregon, USA. I also follow you on IG. I have been enjoying your IG stories and your accent. Your combination of nature, craft, and art is inspiring to me. That photo of you and your daughter at dinner is a keeper...frame it! :)

  11. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. :) I love the Honesty on the mantlepiece in the first pic. I remember loving the job of picking off the top covering, when my mum grew it in her garden and would take a big bunch into the house. Looking forward to all your fab posts in 2017! Ruth in Dublin.

  12. Dear Artemis please can you tell me where you got the skip hop high chair as can''t find it online in uk, and also your lovely wooden high seat. Many thanks Philippa


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