Our Christmas tree is little - it has to be or it might be a struggle to get in through the front door. I kept a few decorations back to make a painted Christmas twig, inspired by a few I've seen in recent weeks. I have to admit, I really like minimal, natural Christmas decorations, especially on our newly exposed very old brickwork.
The surface of this wall was sad, sagging ancient plaster board and crumbling plaster until a month or two ago. The replastering hadn't worked in this bit of the room so we had to rethink. The crumbly bits were removed to expose this beautiful wall and, very excitingly, the fact that the mysterious cubby hole I blogged about last year did used to be a teeny tiny window. It has now been reinstated.
We can peep through from the living room to the dining room. You might imagine that a certain toy pig and monkey enjoy speedy transit through the window at regular intervals, sometimes narrowly avoiding landing in cups of tea.
We're not exactly sure how old the brickwork and window are but a glazed window from the far side of this wall has been dated to the early to mid 1700s. Our neighbours claim to have Tudor brickwork in their garden!
As for the doily bauble, it was quite tricky - there was a spot of reconstruction required after the balloon was popped but it was serious, gooey fun to do and I recommend it.
Officially, Making Winter week draws to a close tomorrow, but I suspect we'll be extending it for a few days as there's so much lovely festive creativity going on. There are some truly beautiful projects and images over in the Flickr pool, I'm especially keen on Amy's exquisite origami, Lola Nova's paper house diorama and Julie's stunningly beautiful mittens. Mrs TH and I will be working on mosaics over the next few days.