Friday, 22 June 2012

Winter Wonderland

Winter wonderland: music by a 1960's group The Burgandies; the film is of a snow storm in New York in the 1940's.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Christmas Doll

I'm so tempted by this:

Vintage Christmas Crochet Note pad Doll

Doesn't she have the cutest ever little face? It would fit in perfectly with my planned Kitsch Christmas theme. It is available at Ismoyo's shop on Etsy and there's also lots of other wonderfully sweet Christmas ornaments at affordable prices. And Ismoyo ships internationally...

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Christmas Dinner Tips

This piece from The Guardian dates back to 2006 but there's some great tips on cooking the perfect Christmas dinner, including how to make great vegetarian gravy and includes an interesting alternative approach on cooking brussel sprouts (I love them but I understand not everyone is that keen on the little green blighters). Top Chef's Tips for Christmas Dinner.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Aspen & Brown at Christmas

Aspen & Brown is a lovely place to shop for celebratory gifts and they have some particularly gorgeous Christmas items. I especially lovely their little Christmas robin decorations and their wooden advent calender is full of old world charm.

Robin -- large (£3.95) from Aspen & Brown. Also available in a smaller size for £2.95

Advent Calender -- Wooden (£29.95) from Aspen & Brown.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

MoMA at Christmas

Another lovely Christmas card -- this time from the Museum of Modern Art. MoMA insists on calling them ' Holiday cards', though. I'm not sure if they're just being annoyingly politically correct, or if they're called that because they cover a wider time scale than purely Christmas. This pop-up village is my favourite:

Pop-up Village cards (by Robert Sabuda) $20.95 for 8 at MoMA

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Red Cross Christmas Cards

Vintage Christmas Cards from the Red Cross shop. Pack of 10 cards (£2.99). All illustrated with vintage and traditional illustrations -- and the proceeds go to support the Red Cross charity. There's also a nice selection of Welsh/English bilingual cards.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Historic Christmas Dinners

Food Timeline has lists of historic Christmas menus. Judging from the examples in Timeline, the 17th century English nobleman went in for a good deal of excess when it came to what graced his Christmas table -- the spread included a swan roast, a young lamb of kid, a dish of larks...

Menus from Colonial America seem to offer more appetising fare and it looks like they were a bit more sweet-toothed -- though I'm not sure what a *Flummery is.

*Bill Bryson to the rescue: Flummery = something like a blancmange.