We liked: That Festive Feeling

21.12.14

This year, we decided to get a little creative with some presents and opted for homemade onion chutney and orange shortbread. We finished them off with some hessain tops tied with string, and popped in a Christmas bag with red tissue paper and candy canes. We're really chuffed with how they've turned (and tasted!) out.
It was a pleasant surprise when this little tree decoration and a cute Christmas card arrived in the post from Olivia Burton last week (thanks guys!). We decided to keep our tree simple this year and chose only lights to complete it (those kitty's!), but we made an exception for this beautiful wooden one which now dangles with utter pride.
I've never been a wreath fan, however Harrods have completely swayed me on this one when this absolutely stunning (and such sweet smelling) seasonal wreath* turned up on our doorstep. Within minutes Little B had hung it for all to see... Although we're slightly regretting that we hadn't painted our manky coloured door sooner...
Christmas is complete in our household (apart from the food shop, which we keep off putting!) and all the presents are wrapped and each one individually tied with gingham ribbon and string. We're itching to put them under the tree, but I guess having two very excited kitty's means that they're hidden away until Christmas Eve. Cat life!
I love this little lady on top of our tree.. and as you know by now we're not very traditional (although, weirdly, I'm a traditional kinda girl about some things!) and instead of opting for a star or fairy, this tree decoration from Tiger was the only thing I liked. Plus her scarf and bobble hat are cute, and the kitty's can't reach her. So she's safe!
This year must definitely be a sign for all things new.. With my original dislike for wreaths and now being converted, the same has happened in the way of tinsel. Tinsel used to scream tacky to me years ago, but this year I really really fancied some for the bedroom. And with some rice lights tucked up in it, I absolutely love it! 
Christmas, we are ready for you!

We liked: The cat Life Part 1

19.12.14

There is not a day that goes by when these two don't do something which has me shouting to Little B "AHHH, but just come and LOOK at them (again)". Runkle and Ralph are comical together, even if Runkle sometimes wishes that Ralph would just disappear.. Just for five minutes peace. Seriously, that kitten, does NOT stop. Like ever!
When Runkle is laying down, he's pretty likely to be wanting a nap, y'know, that's what cats do.. But Ralph instead thinks that maybe he's just an easier target to pounce on and his only chance to almost be 'bigger' than Runkle. Within minutes though, Ralph is squished by Runkle and his big tum. Bur swings and roundabouts...
 One day out of seven (it's becoming towards 2/3), when they've spent all day play fighting (with sometimes the occasional time out session - no names, just little little paws....), they'll end up curling up on the sofa with Runkle feeling the need to wash Ralph before he nuzzles in. Ralph doesn't mind - it saves him a job!
 Trying to get things done lately is proving a little more difficult.. Whereas before, Runkle would sniff about and then head off to do whatever, Ralph wants to be about and THERE, constantly. LIke always about. And trying to take photos? 70 out of 80 photos have a cat tail or nose in. I don't mind though... It's my new favourite excuse.
 If Runkle could talk, I can guarantee that somedays he'd question "is he dead yet?". A few mornings when we've all been struggling to get up and want an extra few minutes in bed, Ralph bounces on to the duvet and heads straight for either the eyelashes, nose, phone cables or Runkle - mostly Runkle! Runkle gets up when he wants, and his only answer for peace and quiet? To slightly tap Ralph off the bed. Just one more push, he thinks.
And although they aren't the best of friends (hey, they're only normal) for under a month, Runkle has been amazing at letting this tiny-and-constantly-full-of-energy-fluffball into his home, and Ralph? He's just having the best time ever.. Because, THINGS, things just keep on moving, and he needs them all, at the same time.

We did: Cosy Organising

17.12.14

With Christmas only two hand countdowns away (eight days SAYWHAT?) we're feeling pleasantly chuffed that everything is sorted (all except for Christmas Day food - I'm totally leaving it to Little B on Monday!) and most presents were purchased months before. Admittedly, next on the list is wrapping - which if you ask me, the first few are always fun and have attention to detail... Then the rest? It becomes a chore. So at the weekend, I carted all the presents upstairs along with boxes of wrapping and sellotape and a big mug of tea and headed to the spare bedroom to get fully festive. And feel like an elf for the afternoon.
In trying to be ridiculously organised, Little B has been tidying the house bit by bit daily, "so not to leave it to the last minute" (honestly, I'm such a messy person.. I can't help but leave things about the place..) and so Sunday morning I set about freshening up the spare bedroom with this new bedding set from the Secret Linen Store, which may I add is so incredibly soft, that it's almost difficult to stop stroking it (weird huh?). Little B's parents are staying in the spare room over Christmas and because we love playing host, new bedding is always a win (and even more of a win when it's packaged so beautifully that you debate leaving it like that in the airing cupboard...!) and by slowly replacing those floral bedsheets we used for guests, it makes for a very happy Little B's papa.
And because we all know how much I enjoy my own bed, and any form of cosy and snug bedding, I felt it was only right to jump into that freshly made bed whilst wrapping my presents.. I guess we could call it testing it out? To make sure the guests have a good night sleep.... Right?
And although I mentioned how much of a chore wrapping presents normally are, maybe this time wasn't so bad. Having a short break after every present wrap, before finishing it up with a pretty gingham bow and a tasty Lindt treat, and sipping on hot tea whilst staring out the window (or stopping those pesky kitties from fighting the wrapping paper...) made that afternoon a pretty chilled one. And one that has me counting down the days till those gingham bows will be no more. Next year I'll be opting for tin foil...!