Friday, December 18, 2015

Five on Friday

It's Friday so I'm joining in with  Amy at Love Made my Home for this week's Five on Friday.  Click on the link at the bottom of this post to find others who are joining in too.

 Well, of course it is all about Christmas now and I think I'm finally getting to grips with things.  Cards are posted and present wrapped and some of them distributed, others will go next week.  I didn't feel like having the large tree and mantle piece swag this year so we have kept it very minimal and I'm quite happy with that.

So Christmas 'things' have appeared gradually over the last week and there are still one or two bits to make an appearance.

1.  The glass holly decoration - I think this came out of wrapping first.  I seem to have photographed it on a misty day or perhaps the windows wanted cleaning or perhaps they were steamed up from cooking.  Well, I'm opting for a misty morning on this one because we've had a few recently.
2.  The Christmas shopping bag was the second item to make an appearance and is in use now.  It was bought from Tesco a few years ago when Cath Kidson designed a few bags made from recycled plastic bottles. I use it every year through December and I love its bright cheerfulness.


3.  Cards began to arrive in the post and they went straight onto the mantle piece and lamp table to start with there are more now so I'll have to find a way of hanging them or perhaps put them along the bookshelves and tuck them into the books to stop them wafting away every time we walk by.


4. Candles - and spicy seasonal pot pourri are the next thing out of the cupboard and I also added a clove studded orange too.

5.  The Tree - we've put out the small one this year and just put on a few balls and baubles.  I think it wants just a string of lights to make it complete.  


As this is the last Five on Friday until next year I hope you all
have a lovely weekend, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.




44 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, like the spiced orange idea a lot.

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    1. I try to make at least one each year. Sometimes with ribbons sometimes with just the cloves:)

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  2. I love the seasonal smells at this time of year and a clove studded really does fit the bill, such a great idea. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, yes the smell of cinnamon, cloves and oranges is lovely:)

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  3. I love the photo of the glass holly decoration. Your home looks lovely for the holidays. I wish you a very merry Christmas, too. It's been a pleasure to meet you via your blog. Pat xx

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    1. A pleasure to meet you too Pat, Merry Christmas:)

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  4. I love all your Christmas bits and bobs Rosie but my eye is drawn to the lovely cat ornament's face to the right of the photo! I bet your house smells most festive with the clove studded orange and seasonal potpourri. I also wish you a great weekend, a Happy Christmas and a Happy New and shiny 2016. x

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    1. Ah, the cat is one of a pair of Staffordshire cats that spend their time on the mantle piece. The festive smells are lovely at the moment:)

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  5. Ahh lovely Rosie! I do like your glass holly, perfect for this time of year. Have a great Christmas and thanks for all the fun you've given me with your entertaining posts. x

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    1. Thanks, Karen and thank you for your visits and comments and for your entertaining posts too:)

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  6. You have some beautiful Christmassy things, your wreath is perfect, and of course I love your little red reindeer! The holly stained glass is beautiful too isn't it! Thank you for joining Five On Friday and making it a great thing this year. I so appreciate it! Happy Christmas! See you again in 2016! xx

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    1. Thanks, Amy and thank you for organising Five on Friday, see you in the New Year:)

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  7. Hi - Love the holly decoration. I am glad I read your post as I have a nice Christmas bag that I made last year that I get many compliments on and forgot about it. I will have to dig it out tomorrow. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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    1. Oh, yes you must use your Christmas bag at this time of year, thanks for visiting:)

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  8. It looks VERY festive at your house! Merry merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Pom Pom and Merry Christmas to you too:)

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  9. Lovely! That's a beautiful wreath and I like your candle / orange arrangement. I can't be bothered with it all this year, but I did find my 'stickmas' tree last weekend (it's currently just standing there as a bare branch - I might decorate it on Sunday evening if I can be bothered after a busy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Louise I wanted to keep it simple this year. I remember you have some phesant ornaments for your 'stickmas' tree, I hope you managed to decorate it:)

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  10. Merry Christmas Rosie, health and happiness for the New Year.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too Jessica and best wishes for 2016:)

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  11. I like your simple arrangements Rosie - I haven't gone overboard this year either. Have yourself a merry little Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Elaine, hope you have a lovely Christmas too:)

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  12. Like the way it is photographed - the glass holly.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like the photo. Thanks for visiting:)

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  13. Very pretty photos, makes me feel all christmasy! Merry Christmas to you.

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    1. Thanks, Suzie and Merry Christmas to you too:)

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  14. Your home looks very festive Rosie. I'm going to use that idea of candles surrounded by seasonal pot pourri. I love your Christmas tree baubles and the glass holly decoration. I have kept my decorating simple this year. It's a good feeling to have most things prepared now! I hope you feel a lot better and wish you rest and refreshment in the coming days. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Linda - I've heard a lot of people say they wanted a simpler more natural Christmas this year. I think we are more or less prepared now. Have a wonderful Christmas:)

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  15. What a lovely festive five. Have a very happy Christmas . Barbara x

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    1. Thank you, Barbara, Happy Christmas to you too:)

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  16. Gorgeous decorations and I'm very jealous of the glass holly. Have a great Christmas and new year.

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    1. I love the glass holly. Have a wonderful christmas and a Happy New Year:)

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  17. Love the stained glass holly! The wreath and the candles with their arrangements around them are also beautiful. It likes like minimal is working wonderfully!

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    1. Thank you Marie, the holly is one of my favourite christmas things as well as the candles and pot pourri:)

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  18. I like all your decorations, Rosie. Your home looks so lovely and very welcoming.
    Happy holidays,
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia - happy holidays to your too:)

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  19. Lovely pictures Rosie, I love the holly, I think it's a misty day too. I tried everywhere to get one of those Cath Kidston bags a couple of years ago but they were sold out, they are so festive, I love that you use yours every year. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2016!! xxx

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    1. I was lucky to get one of the xmas bags, I've got a spotty one and a stripey one too. Used all three today! Hope you too have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year:)

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  20. Hi Rosie, so sorry for getting back to you so late. My internet was not behaving.
    I really love that wreath in the last photo! Merry Christmas and thank you so much for visiting!

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    1. Glad you like the wreath, it's a nuisance when the internet isn't working, hope all is well now. Merry Christmas to you too:)

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  21. Lovely Christmas touches Rosie. Have a very Happy Christmas. Marie x

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  22. Hi Rosie, you sere so fast at replying to my message that I didn't have time to finish my Christmas post. Thank you for your friendship. Have a lovely Christmas. Marie x

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    1. Ha Ha - I've found it now and left you another message. Hope you too have a lovely Christmas:)

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