Thursday, 9 November 2006
Habitat Christmas things
Now that Halloween has passed I think it's acceptable for me to start getting into the Christmas vibe so I can be ready for the friends that are coming to stay. Technically, they'll be staying with Mr.P. but as I have the stove I reckon they want top come to mine for cosy flickering flames. Shown above is a bit of wrapping paper on one of my fabrics last Christmas. I've been trying to create some sort of small area of order and access so I can make cards and presents, not quite there yet but I can see the light at the end of hte mobile home tunnel.
While in town yesterday* I very briefly pop into Habitat to check out their Christmas decorations. This is a real Chritsmas treat for me and really reminds of my childhood. My Mum was a Habitat devotee (as I am now) and I still remember going in there as a wee girl with my brother in a buggy, or maybe the buggies belonged to other mothers? I just remember stacks of them parked up at the cafe. Yes, I am old enough to remember when the 2nd floor of Habitat had a cafe! Ah, those were the days.
I LOVED trips to Habitat. I think that's when I began to realise that there was such a thing as different tastes. It amazed me that other kids didn't go to Habitat, and wouldn't want to go there, and I found this inconceivable since to me it was like going to heaven. And at Christmas time, triple the heavenly pleasure.
But yesterday, no heavenly pleasure for me... they were gutting the place! It appears to be getting a complete revamp, lighting upstairs, candles where the lights were and nothing at all from the door to the stairs. They had a few christmassy food things upstairs, and a few candles, but no baubles. I could never (still can't) afford lots of nice baubles so I pledged years ago that I would buy one bauble that I really liked each year so that when I was the age I am now I'd have a good collection. Well, too many years have been too poor for even one bauble, including the last 2 years, so I am determined to buy one this year, if they bloomin' get them in that is.
I had a look on their website (which is never as good as the catalogue) but I do really need to hold a thing in my hands to see if I like it. Here are the deco's that I'll be giving a second look in person, the crochet stars are £1 (I know, I know, I could make my own, but I simply don't have that kind of time free) and the others are about £3 each. You'll notice my love of the white red and aqua/blues extends to everything. Not sure if the beaded ones (top row) will be nice or not. The sequined ones look better and the etched bluey glass one could be gorgeous, hard to tell from the photo...
*Went to the Green Party pub quiz night last night, and I have to say, it was tough going. Not the quiz itself, but the fact that the pub had just had a fresh lick of gloss paint all over and the fumes were horrendous. And to top it all, there was an appalling smell coming from the gents toilets all night! It was so bad that our team name was 'The smell is not us, it's the toilets'.