I have however made sure to make time for the little things that make Christmas a little bit more special . A bit of baking...a bit of making and....... a bit of festive cheer :) I thought this year that I would have a woodland animal theme for when the grandchildren visit . For something a little different I made a cake stand for the Yule log, it has 2 doors that hide a secret surprise .....
|Tree stump cake stand|
Now as you know I'm rather partial to a good ale and thought it was only right that I should enter into the spirit of my theme .....well...it would be rude not to ;)
Christmas is an odd season, you find yourself doing things that you wouldn't normally do . I dislike cooking but it wouldn't seem right if I didn't make a few mince pies, with added cherry liqueur and chopped marzipan. A rather sticky result but tasted pretty darn good.
Another thing I enjoyed was a visit to our village church, I'm not religious but couldn't resist going to see the Christmas Tree festival. I have to say it was delightful and
|Newick church Christmas Tree Festival|
|Newick bonfire society's Christmas tree|
Well, as I don't cope very well with the dark gloomy days of Winter I specifically planned to paint something colourful and lighthearted to help keep me sane. The best subject of course is the Summertime seaside. I decided to create a composition that would capture a typical day at the beach..
So I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and some wonderful Summertime memories x
"Joan and Nancy's trip to the seaside"
Acrylic on canvas 24"x 18"
|Acrylic seaside painting|
So....did you guess what was inside the cake stand ?
Squirrel, Hedgehog, Fox and Owl !