It takes a special ornament, outside of the colour scheme of ‘no colour at all’ to earn a place on my tree. Yes I hands up to being a total control freak. Especially where my tree is concerned! They know the rules: No toilet roll decorations, no horrid coloured ornaments, and abolutely no tinsel! They respond by ceremoniously gaffa-taping Teddy Crap-Crap to the top of the tree. Teddy Crap-Crap is a rubbish, moth-eaten, hand-knitted teddy in all the rubbish colours of a wrong rainbow. He is as far removed from a fashionista fairy that you can get. They put him at the top where I can’t reach and for all my neighbours to see and point and laugh. I am mostly not amused!
But. Despite my rules of white and glass and glitter and feathers only, this year my Secret Santa gifted me the most thoughtful decoration ever.
On first inspection a lovingly hand made red pompom. On a closer second look, a lovely red pompom adorned with buttons and on asking all the right questions I get to find out that all the buttons have been lovingly hand-picked from Taylors, a 100 year old button shop in the heart of the West End of London. They are mostly vintage, 1940’s and 50s glass buttons with a couple of gilt filagree ones thrown in for good measure.
Secret Santa was amazed that I’d never heard of Taylors. I have to say, I actually, really don’t get out much. But now I know about them, They will be hearing from me, I can tell you!
If you can’t make it to the shop, you can order online, but if you just want some virtual shop therapy check out this slide show of photos from the shop. I don’t know how but it takes me there in a real floaty wannabe way!
Now I’d like to ask Secret Santa if she perhaps wove some catnip into this pompom, because Pants the cat is seriously in love with it too!
He even did that funny face that boy cats (big cats included) do when they pick up on scent! What’s all that about?!
Well, I have to say, its hugely unlikely that I will get a mo to post between now and the big day, so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the most wonderful of Christmas wishes and of course the biggest thanks for being part of my ever growing family of fellow sewers and supporters. I love you all xxxxx
14 Replies to “My lovely secret Santa”
The ornament is a special one, I’d be honored to have something like that on my tree 🙂
Pants is a handsome boy, and obviously has a sense for vintage flair!
Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing holiday,
Merry Christmas to you!
Merry Christmas to you gorgeous lady! So pleased to have met you IRL. I hope our paths cross again one day xox
That’s perfectly precious! Tho I admit to secretly wanting to meet Teddy Crap-Crap now……
Cats have scent receptors inside their mouth. That is why they open their mouths when they smell something really good. http://www.floppycats.com/how-come-cats-leave-their-mouths-open-after-the-smell-something.html
Yep. It’s called the vomeronasal organ, and it induces the flehmen response (Dogs, cats, and some other mammals have this organ.) Merry Christmas!
Thank you LinB. Learn something new every day!
Best Christmas wishes to you, too! I love reading your blog . . .
My cat makes that face too! We call it her yuck face, but maybe it doesn’t mean they’ve smelt something yuck! I am also really keen to see Teddy Crap-Crap!
Merry Christmas Janene and thank-you for all of your wonderful and informative as well as entertaining posts this year. I really look forward to each and every one. I hope you and your family have a very special Christmas along with Pants and enjoy looking at your new and very special Chrissy decoration. The slide show from Taylor’s was lovely too. xxxxx Thanks!!!
Bless you. Thank you Marj for this and all your lovely comments x
Thank you Tialys. Hope 2014 is a good one for you 🙂
Merry Christmas!!!! Much love to you and your family, and all the best for the New Year ahead 🙂
Thank you sweets. All the very best to you too x