Monday, December 13, 2010

Oh no, books, books, books. I have visions of books dancing through my head - The heck with sugarplums. They of course want to sell books to you but their little newsletters are a good little read.

"Our last Medieval Herald for this year – Issue V/December 2010 is online. As December is Holiday time this newsletter holds a very special treat for all our readers: A Special Holiday Offer of 35% on all books featured.*This time we spoke to Peter Hoskins, who told us about his project In the Steps of the Black Prince for which he followed the Black Prince’s trail through France on foot. If you have done something similar, why not share your experiences on our Medieval Herald Blog? We also introduce our new series Medieval and Renaissance Clothing and Textiles. Tina Kane, author of the first volume, The Troyes Memoire, tells about the wonderful art and craft of tapestries. Nick Higham, Manchester University, introduces two publications which are a must have for everyone interested in the latest research on Anglo-Saxon Landscape Archaeology.Discover more new & forthcoming books, learn about our POD programme, win books, and last but not least, visit our very own facebook page to keep up to date with our latest news and publications across all our imprints.As usual, please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or if you would like to contribute to our newsletter or blog; simply write an e-mail to us via medievalherald@boydell.co.uk.We hope you will enjoy reading our new issue, good luck for the competition, & Happy Holidays!"


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Sunday, December 05, 2010

What happened to Christmas 

Can we still find it amidst all the shopping, the electric displays and the bettering the Jones folks?

I used to like going to my grandmother's at Christmas time because she had lights on her tree whereas my Dad was dead set "agin" them. We strung a lot of cranberries and popcorn and made more than one paper chain at our house. I'm lucky in having a collection of ornaments gifted me by friends and family and many of them are handcrafted (a plus). I tend to favor ornaments resembling birds (real or fantasy) and am always delighted to find one not before seen.

I am fortunate however that I can celebrate the holiday year round as several years ago my sis, Earlene made a miniature tree for me. It sits in glass domed splendor with heaps of packages underneath, wee ornaments and ropes of beads as well as tiny candles. It perches on a revolving base and never has to be dusted - just clean the glass once in a while and you're done. I leave it out in a place of honor always and when I move it is always hand carried by me. Don't want it to encounter a tragic mishap.

And yes, if I have a "normal" sized tree it is decorated with lights.

A very happy holiday season to all stitchers, their families and friends.


Christmas is where we left it... All we have to do is remember what's important - and handmade decorations do help there!
Merry Christmas to you, Linn. I'm going to try to make some Battenburg ornaments this year.

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