Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Tuesday craft morning...and a giveaway!

Oh, how I love Tuesdays!
This morning, it was the turn of my sister
to organise something for us to 'get stuck into'!

We arrived to find a number of lovely things, all laid out and ready for us to create.
'Advent calendars!' she said, excitedly ;-)
She'd found the idea in this lovely book...and she'd had a head start on us she was so keen!

So I pondered about colours! Like I do!

And soon got going....

The time consuming bit was making the small boxes.

But the best bit was... that in our places were boxes of goodies to fill our calendars.
(And a few extras!)

I'm sure that the 'men of the house' will squeal with delight when they return home from a hard day's work and see what I've been up to !
LOL ;-)

Yesterday, I washed all of my Christmas Village china.

This is my fave part of getting ready for Christmas .

My collection started with one mug, many years ago, when Masons produced it.

And now for a bit of audience participation...and a giveaway!
Do you own (or have you seen) any particular favourite piece/pieces of Christmas themed china/pottery?
Even if it is just a mug or a plate..it does not have to be a whole set.
Simply comment on this post and you'll be entered into the giveaway draw!


Floss said...

What a lovely Advent Calendar, Sal! My husband is the one with the Christmas china collection in our house - his mum gave him and each of his siblings a Christmas mug each year throughout the 1970s and 80s. Even though the designs changed over the years (I like the 70s ones best), they make a great collection.

LissyLou said...

the advent calender is great - erm christmasy dinnerware!!!! some of my fave pieces that come out everyyear are homemade bits, also TkMaxx always do lovely individual pieces. Also i do love the CK christmas print mug in a tin. xx

sue15cat said...

My favopurite piece of Christmas china is a tiny little victorian mug, no bigger than an egg cup, that has a picture of Santa on it. I picked it up as part of mixed lot at an auction when I had my antique shop, but somehow could never bring myself to part with it. It's packed safely away to be brought out soon.......oooh it's nearly Christmas!!

Sue xx

twiggypeasticks said...

oooo lovely. I have a Spode Christmas tree dinner plate that I always use for my mince pies. It is very special to me as it used to be my Grandmas. My Grandma died when I was 7 and I loved her dearly so it's so nice to have something that belonged to her and something I associate our happy times together at Christmas.
twiggy x

Dolly said...

i am just back from a CS where i got a little vintage vase with santa claus on it :)

Torie Jayne said...

Hi, What a lovely idea, looks fab! Have a sweet day!

sally said...

I would love some Christmas china, you have a fab collection! I particularly like robins and reindeers. I only have one christmassy item which is my robin bowl that I posted recently that I acquired at the CL Fair, but it is a start to my collection!
Love your advent calendar!
Sally x

gill said...

i love your christmas china - mine is mainly cs finds!

KC'sCourt! said...

My husband and I have a christmas mug each. They come out of the cupboard when the tree and decorations go up and go back into the cupboard when the tree and decorations are put away

galant said...

Lovely Christmas china. I don't have an actual piece of china but I do have a decoration, a gold bauble, which I bought for our first Christmas as a married couple in 1964 and which has graced every tree since then! Oh, and I love John Goodall's book An Edwardian Christmas which always comes out at Christmas. I also always read the Winter section of Sir Roy Strong's book A country Life (there is a lovely section on Christmas.)
Margaret P

MelMel said...

ooohhh....lovely china and a fantastic tree....you are so clever!x

Josie-Mary said...

Love the advent calendar Sal, how fun your crafty morning must be! Bet Terry is over the moon :)
I don't have any Christmas china....sob, sob..... think I may have to change that as yours looks lovely. I would like an EB robin mug but will have to save my pennies. :) x

Kelly said...

brilliant advent calendar, I love it!!!
My Favourite piece of Christmas china is my santa cookie jar! Although I will be off to TK MAXX soon to see if I can find some new faves!!! I want a big bowl like my Halloween one for my sweeties xxx

Menopausal musing said...

Mine is a little white china Santa which has decorated the Christmas cake for the last few years. This year, however, it will be topped with a white reindeer bought at the Vintage And Handmade Fair......... :O)

Guenievre said...

Hello Sal !
This Advent calendar is a very good idea !
I have a white mug with a "Père-Noël rouge" ( Father Xmas) on it.
Your Xmas China is beautiful !

landcuckoo said...

Love your advent calender Sal, hope all at home were pleased with the goodies!
I have a mug with a picture from the Snowman on it, I do use it all year round because I like it so much!
Take care
Sarah x

Pomona said...

I love your advent calendar - it looks wonderful. My favourite Christmassy china is a robin Emma Bridgwater mug given to me by my husband. But I do use it all year round because robins are very special to me, and it is such a lovely mug to use.

Pomona x

Cally's Cottage said...

What a wonderful sister you have!And your china collection is just beautiful!
Keep Well,
Cally x

Linda Gilbert said...

Hi Sal
Thanks for lovely chatty email. Isn't it wonderful just to plan and make 1 thing and not have the logistical nightmare of then multiplying it all by 30 +. Pat sends lots of love

Serenata said...

I love your Christmas Advent calender, it is fabulous. I want to make one, but time seems to be fast running out!

We don't have any Christmas china unfortunately, although hubby did buy each of us a Christmas mug last year.

our shabby cottage said...

The advent calander is great! And, I love your Christmas china.

Florence and Mary said...

I'm not sure what I'm squealing with delight over more... your cute advent calendars of the fantastic china!!!

Victoria xxx

louise said...

Your Christmas china makes a great display. I have a few pieces of Spode, which has to be packed away in the loft throughout the year. I rather covet a Portmeirion hellebore cake plate I bought for my MIL a few years back.

Thanks so much Sal for the comforting words you left on my recent Mum post. x