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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

October 28, 2005

ms*robyn's vintage style Christmas

that fruit mix must be really lovely and moist
after soaking for so many weeks
- but no harm done at all !!
give it another stir and hopefully I will get to make it later today.
I want to make at least 3 cakes
so I really do need to get my act together
as I like the cakes to be able to sit and mature for a few weeks.
when I have the cakes baked & all wrapped up in plastic wrap
and a vintage tea towel all tied up with string
- sitting in my pantry, I am happy
& the pantry smells de-lish
but if i don't get baking soon, that won't happen.
two weeks before Christmas
I cut each cake into quarters, wrap it first in two layers of plastic wrap
then I put a sprig of holly
*you know, those vintage holly sprigs from the '50's*
on the top and wrap the whole thing in clear cellophane
*put the cakes in a basket in my foyer with vintage Christmas cake decorations tucked amongst them - old santas and reindeer*
ready to give to those that visit during the last week before Christmas.
I have done this for the past 5 years and it is now an expected tradition.

I succumed last night and I actually bought my first gift
- a collection of teeny marmalades for a family friend.
as to gift tags- I am going to make my own this year from luggage tags & collage them.

And somewhere last night, I found this wonderful Christmas site:

organized Christmas
oh and I will be posting the Christmas cake recipe on *florence's cookbook* so watch for it!


Blogger Maggie Ann said...

I can almost hear a Christmas carol playing as I read your post..I'll be home for Christmas...hmm..la la. That's the only way to make special things happen isn't it. Starting early and following through. I'll keep reading your posts and see if I get motivated. I'm afraid my music practise and blogging life takes up most of my time. I like the luggage tag idea. Thats great. Won't they be pretty!

7:38 am  
Blogger Shell said...

Ahhh, christmas! I LOVE christmas. I am a total christmas nutbag - one of those annoying ones who totally goes off at people who complain about it. I'm having a tree putter-upper night with our friends on the 2nd of December, and I have already bought some christmas lights to go outside. I'm so excited, because this will be the first christmas in our own home.

I don't think I'll be making christmas cake though. Unfortunately baking is not my 'thing', but good golly I'm impressed with anyone who does. I used to watch my grandma making christmas pudding - what a labour of love that is!

Makes me want to visit you the week before christmas for a slice of that cake!

8:36 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

Thats a good ideal for tags. Each year I wrap my gifts in a different way. Last year I used brown shipping paper and tied them with raffati. This year since we are having homemade, second hand Christmas I wanted my gifts to have a country vintage look to them. I hit the $1 material table at WalMart and found old fshion looking material to wrap my gifts in and I am going to use butcher twine to tie with. Don't you just love getting ready for the holidays!!

8:38 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Can I come to your house for Christmas?! Now I want to start baking,my big thing is gingerbread men and homemade fudge!

12:11 pm  
Blogger Kali said...

I love this post ~ getting me totally in the mood for Christmas & like Shell I can't wait as it will be our first in our new house...My fruit is happily soaking away, and I can't wait until you post the recipe...my first ever home-made Christmas cake ~ I hope it is the start to a new lifelong family tradition xxx

7:46 pm  
Blogger berryhead said...

Is this THE Christmas cake robyn??? :)Sounds delicious!LOL! & darn it...reading this as pushed me into Christmas mode a bit...still feels a bit early but I guess it's really not...xoxo

9:43 pm  
Blogger VintagePretty said...

Well done! You are well ahead of the game. My xmas cake has been made for around a month now - I should know as I've been 'feeding' it every week (I should go and do that now, actually!)!

The xmas non-perishables are all stowed away now, just waiting for December so that I can try some of the spiced Xmas tea that I indulged in ;-)

12:31 am  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hey, get a move on with your Cake, Ms Robyn! Remember our pact to swap a piece with each other? Mine has been cooked for a few weeks, and is maturing nicely. We always unwrap it and cut ourselves a slice 'to try' on December 1st, then it is ready for anyone who drops in thereafter. I had planned to cut your piece then, wrap it up in foil and Gladwrap, and pop it in the post!

3:50 am  
Blogger dolly said...

oh dear I certainly won't be makin a Christmas cake this year, if any in fact, baking is not my thing, I may just have to scrounge some from ya Ms*R

5:57 am  

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