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Thursday, January 11, 2018

My Christmas ...

Hello my dear friends,

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas this year, and a wonderful time.

I know Christmas has come and gone but I didn't want to miss the chance to share a little of what mine was like this year. The day of Christmas Eve here started out with an awesome weather forecast report, maybe the neatest I have ever read so far. Here is a part of it that I would like to share with you and it went like this ...

"T'is the night before Christmas, when all through the Ontario Storm Precidiction Center
Not a creature was stirring except the meteorologists
As all eyes were transformed on jolly Old St. Nick, his herd of furry friends, and an approaching
snow storm just in for Christmas.
So for those who are dreaming of a white Christmas will get their wish. A Texan low is gathering strength this morning and will race towards us approaching the speed of  Rudolf  later on today.

The forecasters at  the Ontario Storm Prediction Center wish you all warm holiday greetings and a happy, healthy and safe 2018!"

And it did snow!

Christmas morning turned out to be a "White Christmas", the first one in the past few years, and such a pretty one too.

Again I have been spoilt by my family...

For the first time in over 20 years I didn't have to cook Christmas dinner! My daughter Ashleigh and my son-in-law Ryan invited us to their home on Christmas Eve for dinner and it was so lovely but that wasn't all. I received some beautiful gifts again! ... A night out with my older daughter for dinner and to see the musical "The Sound Of  Music", an amazing book about the City of London, Ontario filled with many unseen photos from the old days and a trip to Vancouver to visit my family! I am so beyond grateful for all the kindness I have received. We all had such a lovely time together with much laughter and enjoying each other's company so very much.

Not only was Christmas so nice but I actually got to be a little creative over these past few weeks. Today I am sharing one or two of my creations with all of you.

I love making gifts and this year I made my daughter Caylagh a cozy blanket and I made it in a  particular way ... the Mrs. Weasley way. Mrs. Weasley is a character from Harry Potter for those of you that don't know and my daughter loves Harry Potter. I crochet the blanket from a very different type of  yarn that I had found at Michaels. It is made up from 5 or 6 different types of yarn, each one is a different material, color and texture. It looks very neat and comes in all sort of color variations too. The colors I chose were again in reference to Harry Potter. My daughter's Harry Potter "house" is Hufflepuff  and their "house colors" are black, grey and yellow. The yarn I chose was a mixture of  grey, white and yellow so perfect in every way. It took me a few weeks but I got it done in time. I added my little touch to it by giving it a fringe all the way around which made it perfect.

Christmas Day came and my daughter loved her handmade gift very much as you can see. Here she is all wrapped up in it, wearing her new Harry Potter pajamas and fuzzy unicorn slippers.

And here you can see it a little better.

My two beautiful baby girls (in matching pajamas)

I also made a little gift for my older daughter.
 It was a hostess gift. You know like in the old days when you would take a little something for the lady of the house where you were invited to for dinner. I think is such a lovely thing to do. It doesn't have to be anything big or costly because it's the thought that counts, in my book at least. My daughter loves to eat pizza and she said that she would one day have a slice of pizza as a ornament for her tree. What better to do then to make her one, so that is what I did. I made a vegetarian pizza slice ornament from felt to gift her. It didn't take me too long and it was also quite easy to make.

She was so happy when she unwrapped her pizza slice! It was hung her lovely tree that was all decked out with handmade felt and wood ornaments she made and bought and looked so neat and just perfect in every way.

And that was my Christmas this year in a nutshell. 

 I do so love to give gifts especially at Christmas because I love putting a little smile in people's hearts. In my next post I will share a little something I made for a sweet lady who needed a little smile placed into her heart.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and visit me here today. I will try and keep up with sharing what has been going on here at Todolwen over the past weeks so do come back and visit sometime soon again.

I hope you are well my dear friends and that life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Wonderful memories.....thank you for sharing.

  2. I loved your holiday photos and story...to me...the best gifts are ones made from the heart..so your afghan, and ornament touched my heart..and I'm sure will be treasured for years to come...have a happy and healthy new year..
    big ladybug hugs

  3. Oh Karen... thank you for sharing these photos with us. Your pizza is unbelievable!

    Hugs Ines♥

  4. You have a heart of gold. No other words will suffice.

    Happy New Year!