Christmas and 14th Birthday Catchup

Fantastic Christmas, with lots of craft-y stuff done throughout December. We’d missed out on doing much craft over the last couple of years, as Emily had gone off doing it, but she was keen this year and it was fun to get back to making decorations and the like. After Christmas, Emily was 14 on the 2nd January – my goodness, seems hard to believe! Every year since she was five, we’ve always decorated the dining room with a surprise theme for her birthday. At five it was princesses, six was ballet, seven was snow queen, eight was Harry Potter, nine was ancient Egypt, ten was jungle/butterflies/parrots (we got Lulu the day after her 10th birthday), eleven was disco, twelve was London, thirteen was vintage…. this year was books.

Anyone who knows Emily’s passion for books and reading will not be surprised to find that she was over the moon with this surprise. We decorated in secret with all manner of things made from book pages (from charity shop 10p books), inspired by lots of book page art I found on Pinterest – we had book page vines, book page wreaths, book page mobiles, book page letters, book page pom-pom ish bunting, a book page tablecloth and a huge “tree” (cut from the garden) covered in book page leaves πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It took hours of effort, but it looked amazing when we were done – the photos don’t do it justice. Emily also had tiny miniature books on her birthday cake, each with readable pages. Naturally, she had a ton of books among her birthday presents……and has barely surfaced from the since.

In general oh-look-haven’t-blogged-for-months catchup terms: Home ed is going fantastically well, and Emily’s added linguistics to psychology as a new potential career choice. Lincolnshire County Council appear to have finally got the message and given up on their demands for “evidence” from us – a report was “due” in September 2012, but they’ve gone awfully quiet apart from the occasional email attaching revised policy documents for my information (not much of an improvement on the old documents, mind you, but still). Emily’s happy, healthy and glowing, and her hand eczema pretty much cleared up over the Autumn. Jon and I are full of positivity about a wide range of new projects/career interests. The writing market is really starting to pick up, and lots of new work is being commissioned from us. Emily still has Blue, of course – he’s been stabled at night throughout the autumn/winter, so the mucking out has added an extra hour to our horsey time each day, but he’s settled really well into it despite not enjoying being stabled as a general rule. Spring is on its way and he’ll be back to 24 hour turnout soon, I daresay. Among Emily’s Christmas presents was a bitless bridle which he’s really taken too; he seems a lot more relaxed without a bit and also a lot more energetic (if he can be both at the same time, which trust me, he can be). Looking forward to 2013 as it gets underway πŸ™‚

And so for the obligatory massive photo catchup, with some from Christmas and some from birthday. Ta-da! [Hmm. WordPress has decided to insert all these photos, full size, into a huge long list. Not what I had intended, but I’ve run outΒ  of time to fix it now. If your page takes forever to load this lot, you’ll just have to take my word for it that they’re all lovely ……. πŸ˜‰ ]

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Gift baskets for home made sweets.

Gift baskets for home made sweets.

Emily and Blue ready for a Christmas ride - Blue's plumes in the plume holder invented by my Dad for his bridle.

Emily and Blue ready for a Christmas ride – Blue’s plumes in the plume holder invented by my Dad for his bridle.

Plaiting tinsel into the ever-patient Blue's mane.

Plaiting tinsel into the ever-patient Blue’s mane.

bokeh feltedornaments ginger1 gingerbread hanginghearts

Juliet.

Juliet.

Lulu.

Lulu.

Vintage Christmas tree - over 35 years old, this one.

Vintage Christmas tree – over 35 years old, this one.

Romeo.

Romeo.

Romeo.

Romeo.

santas

Severus.

Severus.

Lilith.

Lilith.

Severus.

Severus.

Lucifer.

Lucifer.

Lucifer.

Lucifer.

Lucifer.

Lucifer.

Lilith.

Lilith.

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Book page flowers...well, sort of...

Book page flowers…well, sort of…

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Book page vines.

Book page vines.

Book page vines.

Book page vines.

Book page mobiles.

Book page mobiles.

Presents underneath the book tree.

Presents underneath the book tree.

Book page vines.

Book page vines.

Book tree and book page tablecloth.

Book tree and book page tablecloth.

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Severus helps with opening presents.

Severus helps with opening presents.

Lucifer and the book tree.

Lucifer and the book tree.

Lucifer and the book tree.

Lucifer and the book tree.

Playing Olympos.

Playing Olympos.

Miniature books on the birthday cake.

Miniature books on the birthday cake.

Emily's 14th birthday cake

Emily’s 14th birthday cake

About nikkielysian

Writer, astrologer, home educating Mum.
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4 Responses to Christmas and 14th Birthday Catchup

  1. Thank you for sharing a piece of your lives here. What a lovely young lady you’ve got living with you! My daughter also reads voraciously, and at 9.5, has read anything interesting in the house. I don’t know if there would be any books left to give to her by the age of 14! πŸ˜€

  2. Bev says:

    So glad you’re back – I’ve missed you! Emily really is a young lady now isn’t she. Blue looks as gorgeous as ever. Keep the posts coming – I suffer withdrawl! xxx

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