Sunday, 18 December 2011

O, Christmas twig



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.

32 comments:

Sue said...

What a lovely house you live in. I wish I had a old, thick walls with a little interior window.

Rachel said...

How thrilling to have a little peep-hole in such a thick wall!

Thrifty Household said...

I love your minimal Christmas twig!

zephyr said...

Oh! Those sweet young eyes, peeking through the once mysterious, wonderful teeny tiny window!!

Annie said...

What Sue said! At least I have a couple of Christmas twigs!

Loving the doily bauble :D

driftwood said...

oh so lovely, I LOVE your twig, we have one, but I didn't paint it white. perhaps next year x

Menopausalmusing said...

Muchos twig painting went on here earlier today too...... followed by a reunion with Juan Sheet........... ;o)))))))))

That is a gorgeous picture of a pair of eyes peeping through the window.

Magic Bean said...

Am now even more keen to catch up and see for myself the little window. Merry Christmas Pebbles- Ax

Victoria said...

The doily bauble turned out really well. I must remember to have a go at that next year.

Toffeeapple said...

I would never have thought that I could have wall/window envy, but I do, I do! It all looks lovely.

kristina said...

Oh I adore your Christmas twig. Definitely my kind of Christmas decorating. And I so want a peep hole :) K x

selfsewn@summerfete said...

Beautiful Emma
Love the cubby hole.
Merry Christmas!!

Louise said...

I like to have a christmas twig too, but we call ours a stickmas tree! I've taken photos of it recently and will probably add some to my blog over the next week. I think they're very effective.

by Teresa said...

Your little window is just charming... especially the little face peeking through. A happy Christmas to you and yours -- sent from across the Globe in Oregon. I invite you to visit my blog and see my riot of color over here. :-)
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Madelief said...

Hi Lynn,

Your bauble and branch look lovely! To have a house dating back to 1700....It sounds very special. Whenever we visit England, I always try to find old houses with character, a bit like yours :-)!

Your daughter looks very sweet peeping through the hole.

Happy new week!

Madelief x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love the little crochet bauble. I think the your Christmas twig goes beautifully with your lovely home.
V x

The Coffee Lady said...

We used to have a little window like that in our old house; sadly the house was so small you could always see the ironing board propped up at the other side of it.

What a lovely looking bauble you have there...

Ali said...

We have a twig too! It went up last Christmas, but I loved it so much it has become a seasonal twig and stayed up all year.

Sorry not to have joined in with any Making Winter stuff this time - the only thing i've honestly been making is phlegm (sorry tmi).

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Beautiful old bricks like yours are such a happy thing, love them and the wee window and def nicking the gorgeous decorative branch idea next year - Lotte and Bloom did an amazzzzing autumn one with dangling fresh flowers, swoon!!! Lovely post. Bxx

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Wow -- what an honor to be the caretakers of all that history. That window is so cool! I love your twig and bauble too -- very pretty!

Mrs. Micawber said...

What a lot of wonderfully distracting links in your post today!

The brick wall is beautiful. I've always wanted to live in an adobe house with cubbyholes and little cutouts like that in the walls, so I quite envy you your window.

The branch and the doily ball look beautiful.

dragonfly said...

Love the peeking through photo!

dottycookie said...

Oh, oh, your window! I can barely begin to imagine the fun you're going to have with it!

harmony and rosie said...

i love your little monkey hatch and you seem to be mighty festive in general. Somehow I've missed out on all your creativity this month so at some stage I'll be having a good catch up over a cup of tea. Love the doily bauble!
Kate x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

What a lovely home you have and I love your twig and all the special ornaments. Love the bird and of course the doily. Looks so fun to make. The window opening is so sweet and the sparkling peepers are precious! Enjoy the days ahead. xoRobin❤

Magic Cochin said...

Your very own hagioscope - how marvelous!

Hope things are a little less frantic now and hope you enjoy and lovely Christmas.

Celia
xx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

oh bottoms, I forgot to ask about how your doily sculpture was when I dropped by :-( Love your white triggy creation, very effective. Hope you liked the things I dropped off for you and I hope you get some rest (sorry I interrupted that precious rest time). x

Monica said...

i must make one of those crochet balls!

must must must.

Happy Christmas Emma.

Handmade in Israel said...

Oh, I love your wall and your little window! Your house sounds adorable.

Calico Kate said...

What a glorious wall and a lovely hole and a really super twig too!
Pleased that the bauble worked I will be giving these a go....
CKx

Lynn said...

Congratulations on the confirmation of window! Gazing enviously from my oh-so-new (well, 80-year-old) house.

For a while we had a fallen portion of lilac bush in our living room. I rather miss it. My fave thing was decorating it with nests and (fake) eggs at Easter. xoxo

sarah-jane down the lane said...

hooray for the teeny tiny window! Merry Christmas lovely! The necklace is sooooooo lovely, I can't tell you I had a little lump!

with love, Sarah -x-