Friday, 14 December 2007

Christmas Decorations

ooohhhhhh I do LOVE Christmas Decorations, I have so many pretty little things I have collected over the years & I get very over excited when it's time to retrieve them from the cellar.
This year I have a few new arrivals, this funny little Danish doll that Russ bought me.

and this googly eyed bunny

made by kwoozey sent to me in one of the best packages I have EVER received from Pip at Meet Me at Mikes (resason to be revealed later!)
Also in the package was this rag doll

made by One Red Robin, she is looking particularly comfortable sat on my sofa, whilst waiting to be wrapped up and put under the tree.
At last I can photograph the 'Little madam Angels' in their natural environment!

I must remember to keep one for myself.

The studio is coming along nicely. Originally we did think we would be in before Christmas, but I have watched far too many house programs, to be acutely aware that you have to have expect delays & additional expenses. At the moment it looks like this, looking in & looking out.

We now realistically think we will be in the end of January, I am SO looking forward to having our flat back just as a home. Before we went travelling Russ and I both rented studios. Mine was in this old architects premises in Belsize Park (It was beautiful, Norman Foster designed the stairs!)

To get there and back I had an hours walk across Hampstead Heath it was perfect, no standing on a stuffy, over crowded tube. I really miss that walk, living in a city & working in doors all day it is easy to become oblivious to the changing seasons. I often think I should just go for a big walk in the morning before settling down at my desk, but I am always too impatient to read my Etsy mail! Russ, bless him, has been working in the mess of our kitchen for the last 7 months. Which consequently means he has been doing most of the cooking & washing up. Also lately moving his huge computer on & off the kitchen table so we can repay friends for lots & lots of over due dinner parties, we couldn't leave it any longer it was getting embarrassing!

I am looking forward to getting my hands back on this rustic shelf that I have half heartidly hung things on, I want to beautify it!

Today we have been sharing the lounge, whilst the builders pull up floor boards & lay cables........oh did I mention, I am REALLY looking forward to the studio!!!


  1. How exciting to see this process happen outside your back door. It will be so much fun to decorate your studio, I bet you can't wait!

  2. inspire me to not be ashamed of my small space. I know you are MORE than ready for a real studio,but you have done so much with the small space you have had to work with. It's nice to know that you DON"T need a grand room to be HELPS...that is for sure:) I think I will post pics of my little space next. Thanks!

  3. I just dropped in to say congratulations on being featured in the latest Frankie magazine ( I enjoyed reading your interview.

    Also a nice surprise to see one of my dolls making itself at home on your couch :-)

    Kind regards,

    One Red Robin

  4. Ohhhh... what a wonderful works!! I love especially the girls and rabbit illustration... it's really lovely!

  5. lovely christmas decorations! i hope you have a lovely peaceful christmas time (and that your studio is finished asap!!)

  6. Oooh.. i like seeing little bits of Melbourne in your house! Thankyou for your kindness, generosity and inspiration this year, Miss Mandy. I love what you do.. and you do it really really well. xxxx xxxxx xxxxx


  7. I love your angel tree decorations and you studio will be wonderful too, something to look forward to after Christmas.

  8. I'm just as excited for you to get your studio built and flowing with your wonderful creativity.
    That walk across "The Heath" sounds so tranquil.
    Here is to health and happiness to you and yours Mandy!

  9. I just love the Little Girl ornaments with their makeshift halos. Have a very Merry Christmas! And you get a studio?? LUCKY!!

  10. I love your decorations! That Danish elf is so cute. And of course the Madams...mine has her own special spot here! I am in the process of setting up my studio too, but not the huge construction process you're going through! I feel your will be wonderful!

  11. Hello!!
    I just opened up my copy of Frankie ( and was SOOOOOO excited to see a poster and other works from you!!! It was funny because I am wearing my "Cowboys and Indians" hairclips today and ran around to show everyone in the office your work - so they would understand why I love them so much!
    Congrads on the spread - it looks great in the mag!
    Michelle. (

  12. Was it really 5.28AM when you posted M, gosh!loving the doll from one red robin!you have some lucky recipients of your gifts this christmas, which you source so well. And cannot wait to see the finished work on your lovely home, photos to be expected on your blog in January then,fingers crossed. It'll be worth all the upheaval when its complete Sarah (; i mean Mandy! love Kat

  13. Hi Mandy, was so excited to see your illustrations in Frankie yesterday, the feature/article and poster look fantastic. Congratulations!

  14. I just added you to my favorite links. I fell in love with that goofy little Danish doll and it had my mind going in circles spinning ideas off it. Your blog is one of those gifts I give myself.
    Holiday hugs,

  15. Hi Mandy,
    I am Lauren and i live in Australia. My boyfirends sister in law stumbled across your blog one time and told me about it. I like readign it and looking at your work. it's wodnerful. and then blow me down i bought the latest frankie magazine and there was a poster of one of your peices. a little boy and girl in forest with a toy duck! beautiful!
    have a wonderful Christmas! x

  16. I wish you a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

  17. I do so love that raggy doll, good luck with the studio getting finished, it will be just fantastic I'm sure :) Merry Christmas, Catherine x

  18. Hi - I've just found you on Cupcakes favourites list and am so pleased I have! Isn't the Danish doll on your tree lovely! My daughter gave me one a few years ago, which now hangs from the key on our armoire.

    Your studio sounds exciting. I've recently had a shed built in the garden for all my vintage stock and I'm hoping it will also become a haven for sewing and creating, too.

    I'll come back and see how everything is progressing. Happy New Year.


  19. I love the angels on your tree. Very cute.
    I saw you in Frankie as well - congratulations!

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