I have added these little boxes to my website www.daisyleyboxes.co.uk. The boxes and chocolate wrapper can be any colour and can be personalised to act as seating place names or to say "Thank You" or "Celebrating the wedding of" or "21st Birthday of" in fact anything you like.
We are off to the panto tonight and The Essex Young Farmers "Puss in Boots" production will, no doubt, be full of corny jokes, loads of appalling (and brilliant) acting and plenty of giggles and groans (from the cast and audience). We can't wait, my boys wouldn't dream of going to any other panto, and we are all very excited.
We have two different advent calendars this year. Our usual chocolate one strung up in the kitchen with TWO chocolates this year … yes I do learn from my mistakes and remember the trauma and arguments last year!
We also have this fantastic Lego one, sent from lovely Auntie in Australia, which the boys are really enjoying.
Why Daisyley Boxes ... ? We live near to Golands Bridge that goes over the Daisyley Brook and I've always loved the name. I wish our road was called Daisyley Road but sadly its not, we don't really have a road name, so this is a way of me making use of the name Daisyley. I don't know why it is called Golands Bridge or Daisyley Brook but I really should try and find out - there is talk of a village history group so perhaps I should go along to that.
Today is our Christmas Fayre at school. I will be on the gift basket stall whilst the boys will be on their own stalls selling gift bags and candle holders (at least I THINK that is what they have made). Should be a fun afternoon.
Both of my boys played in football matches for their school yesterday. It was youngest son's first school football match and he took it very seriously and tried very hard. It reminded me of one of my favourite poems, Walking Away by C Day-Lewis, and although they are a long way off eighteen I sometimes feel like this already.
It is eighteen years ago, almost to the day –
A sunny day with leaves just turning,
The touch-lines new-ruled – since I watched you play
Your first game of football, then, like a satellite
Wrenched from its orbit, go drifting away
Behind a scatter of boys. I can see
You walking away from me towards the school
With the pathos of a half-fledged thing set free
Into a wilderness, the gait of one
Who finds no path where the path should be.
That hesitant figure, eddying away
Like a winged seed loosened from its parent stem,
Has something I never quite grasp to convey
About nature’s give-and-take – the small, the scorching
Ordeals which fire one’s irresolute clay.
I have had worse partings, but none that so
Gnaws at my mind still. Perhaps it is roughly
Saying what God alone could perfectly show –
How selfhood begins with a walking away,
And love is proved in the letting go.
I love origami and my boxes all have some sort of paper flower in them. The one I love the most is a Kusadama flower which originates from ancient Japanese culture, where they were used for incense and potpourri. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words kusuri, Medicine, and tama, Ball. They are fiddly to make but, I think, worth it.
My mum recently organised for a group of her friends and me to try our hand at mosaic.
I decided to use all the little bits of blue and white china that we have dug up, and kept, from our garden. I wonder why it is ALWAYS blue and white? For once I knew exactly what I wanted to do and so the old garden table I bought years ago from Woolworths became transformed! I love it … although I'm not sure if I will do any more mosaic as this was maybe a one day craft wonder for me!
Knowing how long my table took to make I am in awe of this “dress” and would love to have the skill and patience to make a 'scarecrow' like this for the garden. One day perhaps ….
Daisyley Boxes includes a range of beautiful, handmade boxes that you can send instead of a card for any occasion. The birthday boxes include a Happy Birthday Banner, chocolate and other handmade items.
The boxes are unique and individually handmade to create something that is really special and distinctive as well as a thoughtful gift.