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Saturday, July 24, 2010

It's Christmas In July!!!


'Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before...

What if Christmas, he thought,

doesn't come from a store?

What if Christmas, perhaps,

means a little more?'


Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss)

~1904-1991. How the Grinch stole Christmas~


It's Christmas in July here in our part of the world!!!


Browsing through the latest issue of Homespun magazine (No 86 Vol 11 No 7) I came across these delightful little felt ornaments amongst others...

Designed by Lenna Green of Little Green Cottage...

and a first for me...I received the magazine on a Thursday...

Had made Santa by Thursday and finished the other 2 off by Saturday...

all in time for our very own little Christmas In July dinner...

JoJo just loves to celebrate all occasions...she was so excited about it all...

How could I refuse...




I started off just intending to do Santa for JoJo...


but these were such fun to make I added a Snowman for Mr Armchair...


Santa...


and of course I had to have one too after all that!!!

We made a quick fruit cake...added cherries to the top...a sprinkling of slivered almonds...some brandy...


and made a classic dessert of the custard world...

Floating Islands...In Latvian...Peldosas Salas

In French...Ile Flottante

Floating pieces of meringue in a custard sauce...
for the recipe for Floating Islands check out my other blog My Dolce Vita!!!

Here's to Happy Christmas in July...and Happy Stitching...Dzintra

18 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

I love your sweet little Christmas creatures! How fun they must have been to make.
Have a lovely weekend!

Terry said...

It is a nice reason to fill the house with yummy smells and some festivity at this time of year.
The decorations are great and I'm sure Jojo enjoyed the floating islands. Who wouldn't.
Happy weekend

Margaret said...

I have never had the floating island dessert so I will check out your other blog.Christmas decorations just divine and the cake looks awfully good too.

Stina said...

Cute cute little ornaments... especially love the snowman...:o)) And I just have to ask... Floating Islands... you have to tell me more.. have never ever seen or tasted somethign like that.. so curious!!! :o)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Merry Christmas, Dzintra! What fun, these little ornaments are so sweet and that cake....cherries and almonds are my favorite combination! Are you having fun? Oh, I am loving my Peter and Friends fabric...I still do not know what to do with it, but you know, I have it folded nicely in a special drawer, and when I open it up, the feel of this fine fabric just gives me joy, knowing especially, that it came from so far away! Peter travels quite the distance to meet his fans!!!

Have a happy weekend sweet one, Anita

Micki said...

Sounds like great fun and the food looked delicious!
Happy Christmas in July! I know JoJo loved it!
Micki

Fer said...

Very sweet!

Notjustnat said...

Cute Christmas creatures Dzintra. The yummy looking cake to enjoy - I expect more on Christmas in December from you. Enjoy your Sunday - Hugs Nat

catita said...

Dearest Dzintra!
if i promise to be good...would you teach me to make the xmas decorations...pleaseeeeeeee
lots of love
marianela
xoxoxoxoxox
ps; I am so jealous of that xmas dinner!

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,boy were you quick with those beautiful ornaments. Happy Christmas in July.
Bev.xoxo

Stephanie said...

Oh you're very talented. I looked around your blog and love it. I am glad you found me from Micki's interview and I am glad I found you. I will see you again soon. Steph

Lenna Green said...

Glad you enjoyed making up my Christmas decorations, thanks for spreading some festive cheer and for linking to my blog, much appreciated.

Astrid said...

Oh Dzintra, they are sooo cute!!! The cake looks so yummy too!
Happy Christmas in July! You still have a few more days to celebrate! :)

Pooch Morning Glory said...

those are totally cute! and how i wish i had a slice of that fruitcake with my tea....
happy christmas
~laura x

a good yarn said...

These Santas were a huge hit at the Sydney Quilt Show! Yours look terrific Dzintra and that fruitcake is great too. Ann :-)

Nezzy said...

Ahhhh, Christmas...my favorite holiday any time of year! Thanks girl, I could use a little Christmas cheer today!

Ya'll have a terrifically blessed Thursday sweetie!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest....oh dear, it is morning for me, but I see on my iphone clock that it is 2:15am for you!!! Sleep well dearest, and thank you for coming to just say BONJOUR! Anita

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I've always wanted to celebrate Christmas in July. Sadly, I'm always too lazy - I can barely make it happen once a year!

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