23 December 2006

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

This is our Advent Wreath, it should come with four candles to mark the four Sundays of Advent, but I admit to hating, hating, hating having four candles of different heights with one being gone before the last one is lit or having to start all of them at different times to maintain similar levels, thus not having a pristine candle per Advent Sunday ... so we just have one.

21 December 2006

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

This is from a bit earlier in the Christmassing Process ... Vanille Kipferl that I baked.

15 December 2006

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6 ...

... keeping the Postal Service in business ... and receiving little Christmas Urchins in return!

The current count being 26 hand-written personal cards as well as seven parcels.

14 December 2006

10 December 2006

12 Days of Christmas - Day 3

The Tree is Up - which is utterly un-German and a new custom in our house. Since 2005, we put up our tree on the second weekend of Advent:

It's fairly traditionally decorated in red and gold, with limited edition porcellain bells that my best friend gives me one per year as well as a few very select wooden ornaments from my childhood. We don't use candles because I'm dead-scared of torching my house. Instead we have fairy lights plugged into a switchable socket, so that I can switch the tree on and off. Very German in its practicability.

(In case you're wondering now ... the garland from Day 2 is on a timer. Very electricity efficient ... and I can override it with a switch too!)

And then there was baking, lots of baking. I even participated in a Cookie Swap. The evening was fun but I won't do it again because I liked my wares best ;-)

8 December 2006

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2

I'm not sure if I'll make it to 12 before the End of Christmas ... but at the moment, the Christmas Mail Room takes precedent. And then the Christmas Cookie Factory ... where are all them Christmas Elves when you need them?

6 December 2006

12 Days of Christmas: Day 1

Well, we're not going to make it to Christmas in just twelve days which - believe you me - is a massive relief! But here you go: Christmas Decorations at my house

And our first tree of the Season:

4 December 2006

Ironing - German Style

In Germany, if you are a good housekeeper, you send your sheets and table linens away to be ironed. Usually, dry cleaners will accept your linens and steam press them on large contraptions. Much cheaper than having them ironed by hand and much less stressful that ironing them yourself.

This is what they use:

Per sheet, I pay approx $1,20 and get smooth crisp linen, lovely! It's difficult to find these places these days because it's staff intensive work. But sooo worth it.

1 December 2006

Long Lost Fabric Finds Way Home ...

Huh? you may wonder ... remember all that lovely fabric I bought in August? Approx 6.5 yards of lovely cotton that seemed really summery because one was a floral? And I spent so much money on it ... well, I washed it and then sent it off to be ironed. And they lost it!!! $115 worth of fabric ... Oh no!

But: today, I went in to pick up some different ironing that needed doing and guess what we found: my long lost treasure. What a good day I'm having and the sun's shining too.

Edited to add: There it is, all washed and wrinkle-free ...