The author is Nancy Mitford and this is the first book I've read by her.
The Mitford Family Christmas, 1925
Here is what Amazon has to say about the book:
Published a year after Nancy Mitford’s first novel Highland Fling, Christmas Pudding gives a flavour of life for the Bright Young Things of the twenties and thirties, and a taste of what was to come in her later novels.
Though foot-and-mouth disease has stopped hunting, Lady Bobbin, MFH and formidable chatelaine of Compton Bobbin, has assembled an oddly assorted Yuletide gathering. Her beautiful but silent daughter Philadelphia is torn between two suitors: Lord Lewis, eligible but dull, and Paul Fotheringay, penniless, charming and dismayed that his would-be-serious novel has been hailed as the funniest book of the year. At Eton, Philadelphia’s brother Bobby rejoices in presents from Cartier and writes notes to older boys. Posing as his tutor, Paul arrives to write the life of the eminent Victoria poetess, Lady Maria Bobbin. But in no time at all Philadelphia sweeps all thoughts of her distinguished forebear from his mind.
My favorite part of the book? Amabelle, definitely! Her colorful past makes her such a lovely hostess. I actually felt sorry for Lady Bobbin and wished there had been a suitor for her. I have already purchased the next book by this author, Pigeon Pie. Maybe there will be romance for her there? I found Christmas Puddingto be a charming little book, perfect for reading on a cold, quiet evening and am now a fan of Nancy Mitford!
Have you read any of her books? What do you think? I'd love to hear about what you are reading!
Giving credit where credit is due, here's where I got the idea! Megin at VMG206 made gorgeous dish towels using fabric from a drop cloth! A drop cloth! They are ridiculously inexpensive for the amount of heavy weight fabric you are getting!
What an inspiration! I love LOVE the raw texture as well as how durable and absorbent this fabric is. I pretty much followed Megin's Instructions, just changed up the pattern to suit me.
'Wanna see? ;-)
The drop cloth I purchased had this stamp in one corner. It totally made me smile! So I cut the size I wanted and hemmed around the stamp! One dish cloth complete!
Then I started goofing around with my paint pens, some stencils and a ruler. Here are my achievements!
These were so much fun! ( I actually like the striped one the best.) Wouldn't they make a fun hostess gift?! Just think of all the ways you could customize them!
I have actually completed THREE projects with drop cloths now!
You've probably already heard that I have a new sewing addiction... Drop Cloth Fabric! Did you see my New Curtains? I've also made several Dish Cloths! I love the raw texture of this fabric as well has how sturdy it is.
Here are a couple of pillow covers recently sewn!
I began with this tutorial for an envelope pillow cover and cut my fabric. You can see I ironed where it will flip to cover the pillow form. That way, I am only decorating the front.
The plaid-ish one is just a series of stripes in black, brown and bright orange. Using a ruler and a yard stick, I painted evenly spaced lines in two directions.
Then I wanted something a little more girly!
Polka dot ribbon was ruffled and attached.
New toss pillows!
Are you sewing with drop cloth fabric? What have you made?
When this riveting novel opens, best friends and
(female) cousins Nick and Helena are celebrating the end of World War II and
preparing to reunite with their husbands. But as the pages turn and the years
pass, a sense of foreboding begins to seep through the cracks of their tidy
lives. Children are born, beauty fades, and marriages grow brittle. Through it
all, Nick and Helena always come together again at Tiger House, their family's
vacation home on Martha's Vineyard. But during the summer of 1959, their
children make a gruesome discovery that will shatter the family's increasingly
My favorite thing about the book? The story is told from each of the main characters' perspective. At first you read Nick's version of the events, then Helena's, Hughes', Daisy's and last of all, Ed's. As the same events are told from different viewpoints, more insight is gained.
It all began innocent enough. I wanted to sew a functional Easter Basket. That was all. Here is the one For the Boys. And a Set for Sisters. The Easter projects were completed long ago, but I keep sewing these wonderful baskets!
This one is for my fabulous friend, Elaine, for organizing supplies in her craft room. She currently has it painted Dill Pickle green!
This Divided Basket Pattern from Anna @ Noodlehead is my sewing addiction! You just can't have too many organizing baskets... for gifts... for your friends... and family... and total strangers because you just can't stop sewing them!!
The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
The north side of our front yard is a certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat. Really! We have a certificate! You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young. It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit. I've begun a new series of posts to show you our Garden Guests.
This handsome fellow is a male goldfinch. You can see he is eating black oil sunflowers from a tube feeder, but these tiny birds also love thistle feeders. Their favorite option though is grazing through the flower beds. Fading purple coneflowers (Echinacea) have tons of seeds for the goldfinches to nibble. Remember, the key to habitat gardening is adding native plants to your landscape!
And now for some blogging music. My Handsome Husband has been singing this to me lately.
Crash my Party by Luke Bryan
Bless his heart! In the past 28 years, I've crashed and wrecked all kinds of stuff!
Are you ever looking for a FREE sewing pattern? My first place to look is a blog called Threading My Way! Pam has a wonderful collection of ONGOING link parties for sewing projects! These parties have grown into a lovely library of FREE sewing patterns and ideas!
Freaking Awesome Fridays Link Party is so much fun! There is a link party section for successes as well as failures! That part totally cracks me up! If I were completely honest about my projects, there are whooooole more messes around here!
'Got any freaking awesome projects? Post them! Have had any wrecks lately? Well, link those, too! There's a link party for everyone at Mellywood's Mansion! 'See ya there!