What did you do on Boxing Day?

I first counted my blessings.....miniature and otherwise.........

This blessing is a gift every Christmas, it belonged to my Pop who passed away in 1970, was cared for by Nanna till 1995 when it came into my care.  It must be well over 50 years old, I recall it being around when I was young.  I love the rich colour of the abundant blooms and treasure the memories they bring.

Then some miniature christmas goodies.

Meet Imogen Iris.
A special gift from my other 'arf, dressed in cream and old christmas red. 
She joins her older sister Isabelle Ivy, 
(sitting down)
in the Christmas Shop with Ambrose,
(the dog with the face only a mother could love but he is a precious memento of a dear departed friend) - where both girls dream of
Christmas Presents. 
Please don't look at the naked christmas tree, I promise I'm trying to make decorations..........

From a very dear friend who has a very new blog. 
I collect Depression Glass, now I have some in miniature!   How cool is that? 
The phone is a symbol of our legendary chat-a-thons ;)

That tatted doiley, handmade, gossamer fine.  Isn't it gorgeous?
It deserves a photo on its own to show off the awesome detail.

The bridle kit is again from 'imself and the totally grogeous silver trophy is from another lovely friend.  It looks like I'd better build my own stable soon!

After counting blessings I thought, since Grumpy is off his oats and on paddock rest, it would be appropriate to make hay while the sun shines............
OK, end of horsey puns, and the sun hasn't shone here for a week. 
Nevertheless, a large part of the day was spent making up that bridle kit.
I rarely have that much time to play all in one day, it was like christmas mk.2!

Shadow looks pleased with his new 'clothes' :)  Here he is visiting my grandsons horse who is as yet unnamed.  If I was a trifle younger, and a trifle smaller, I'd hop right on that saddle and take a wonderful ride but since I'm neither of those things I'll have to do the grandmotherly thing instead and spend some time with grandson making up his christmas bridle kit for his horse very soon.


  1. How silly of me, I thought I was already following you.
    Best wishes and congrats for your lovely presents, Rosanna

  2. Hi Sus, I love your beautiful Gloxinia - I haven't seen any of those for years! I remember that the petals were like rich soft velvet. They are considered annuals in our colder climate. Imogen Iris is such a sweet little girl - wasn't Santa good to you this year? I'm so pleased you liked my little gifts. The bridle looks wonderful - very realistic!

  3. Welcome Rosanna, lovely to see you here. Wishing you a Happy New Year and happiness all year.

    Yes Bev, Miniature Santa was lovely this year :) I surely do love your gifts, not least to have some of your precious tatting.

    The Gloxinia flowers are like rich velvet, the leaves are large and rather hairy. This plant has been an annual for 10 years since I put it outside to live and it began to thrive on what I thought was neglect. The leaves fall as autumn cools leaving the bulb (?) slightly showing above the soil. If kept indoors and coddled it doesn't lose the leaves but it never seems to flower abundantly either. Given the age I know this bulb to be I began to worry it could die so I started another plant from a leaf a couple of years ago, the new small plant has a few flowers this year too.

  4. What a lovely story about your Gloxinia - and words fail me when I look at your mini crochet. Fantastic!

  5. Forgot to sign my comment! Sorry looks rather unfriendly. Best wishes from Ireland, Carol :0

  6. Hi Carol and welcome. No need to worry about signing posts, blogger does it for us :)

  7. Gracias por seguir mi blog. He estado viendo el suyo y me encanta, los trabajos que hace son magníficos. Seguiré sus publicaciones. Felices fiestas, Eva

  8. Welcome Eva and thankyou for following. Thankyou for your sweet comments.

  9. many wishes for a happy new year!

  10. El tapete de frivolite está magnifico.
    Un abrazo y FELIZ AÑO NUEVO