Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy 2012 to Us All

No snow here - a rather grey first day of the year.  But there was a sunset so I have hopes for tomorrow.  

And thank you all for the lovely comments on yesterday's post.  I should have added a couple of links - the slipper pattern is from Francine Toukou altered a bit to fit the bigger feet of my nieces.  The cherry stones I got loose from Aura Essential - the stones have an advantage over other hot pad fillings as they stay warm longer and unlike any other filling, can be washed. 

I found this paragraph about their therapeutic origins somewhere on the net:  

"Cherry stones are a natural by-product in the manufacture of Kirsch liqueur and the Swiss have been experiencing the benefit of warm cherry stones for years! Tradition has it that the distillery workers would tie cherry stones in small bags, place them on top of stoves to warm and, after a hard day's toil, use the soothing heat pads to treat their aches and pains."

And yes Mrs A, those tree baubles are more than 50 years old. I  remember them all, especially the plastic snowflakes and stars, decorating the Christmas trees of my 1950s childhood.  You can see a snowflake catching the light above my head in this photo taken around 1956.  Like many other baby boomers of similar  age, I seem to be drawn to anything that brings back happy memories of my mid 20th century childhood - blimey don't I sound old!!


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely e-card you sent me, I appreciate it!

  2. A very happy and peaceful new year for you and thank you so much for that lovely card ......

  3. Happy New Year, Ann.

    I love you handwarmers. i wanted to make some myself, but just couldn't find the time.

    We have little cherry stone pillow and Miss G loves to put it on her ear when it hurts. I belive she outgrown the ear problems now, but the little pillow is still in her bed :o)

  4. Happy New Year Ann, and I'm glad to hear you had such a productive Christmas. All your gifts and cards were beautiful but the hand warmers and slippers made me wishing I were on your gift list! I intend to be more organised this year too - I wonder if it will happen.
    Carol x

  5. Happy New Year Ann! Wishing you all the best for 2012 :) Thank you so much for my New Year 'card' - I was delighted when it arrived! Really enjoyed your Xmas post below, can't believe you were hanging up decorations on Christmas Eve (it all looked amazing though), I find it's best to start preparation about now lol The little slippers are delightful & too cute for words :) Enjoy your weekend & thanks for sticking with me & my blog, I really appreciate it :) xxx

  6. The little heart warmers look very sweet. I know what you mean about bringing back the memories from your mid 20th century childhood. I do that too. I find myself drawn to the things that remind me of my parents and grandparents homes.

  7. Happy Happy New Year, Ann. Can't wait to see the pretties you share with us this year!


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment - its hugely appreciated. Ann :o)


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