Christmas cake, presenters’ lunch and a family bash


Debbie in Santa's QVC grottoWell this is my last blog before the big day! And it's peppered with pictures to help you feel festive. And if you're reading this after Christmas, do make sure you tell me the three highlights of your Christmas this year! And if any QVC products were stars!

Also this week…
– Almost there! So Santa once again comes to the QVC backstage area!
- Miceal and Craig make like a mannequin at the presenters' Christmas lunch!
- Debbie does debuts – my homemade Christmas cake!
– Flash-mobbed at mine – 30 for dinner at Debbie's!
- The true spirit of Christmas – snippets for the feel good factor
– And some final film recommendations for the festive season!

Santa Claus is coming to town
Entrance to Santa's QVC grottoIt's that time of year, and the backstage grotto is back – getting in the mood for Santa the floor crew's way! Each year they do it, and each year they don't let us down!

The ideas get better and better! It's a 'Twelve days of Christmas' theme this year – where the gang, spearheaded by Vanessa and Jilly and co, have hung icons for each 'day' around the backstage prep room – a cut above, that lot!

And when you went 'through the wardrobe' to Narnia, via a row of Dennis Basso coats (!), Santa was awaiting – with a little message and a tiny pressie to take away!

Makes us all feel like kids again – so well done all!

Debbie does cookin'! My best ever Christmas cake!
Debbie's completed Christmas cakeWell, OK, my ONLY ever Christmas cake! Anyway, if you saw last week's blog, you'll know that I was about to attempt something very special – for the first time ever. If you watched last week's video, I was nearly ready to begin. So how did it go?

Well, there's something I realised. That when they say you need an 18cm cake tin it actually means you need a, funnily enough, 18cm cake tin. The thing is, I had a nice silicon one that looked perfect, and because my brain still really only works in 'old money' – ie. inches – I overlooked the now obvious fact that… well, you can guess. Too big – therefore too shallow a cake, therefore not quite how it was supposed to turn out! And I'm supposed to be intelligent… Still I had a little volunteer to be the first to try it out for me!

I'm tempted to go out and buy another pack, to see if I can make it better! BUT having already wrapped up a couple of pieces in goodie bags as little Christmas offerings to go with cards, it's maybe too late. Next time tho', I'd definitely remember to use a smaller tin!

A gaggle of presenters
Natalie, Debbie and PaulIt's not a gaggle? That's geese? Oh ok, then, what do you think it is? What's the collective name for us? Keep it clean! Think of the best one you can and leave a comment below. I'll send a little gift out to the one I think it funniest or cleverest!

Anyway, there was a mini-gaggle last week when half of us gathered for Debbie and Jillyour annual Christmas presenter lunch! Paul Slater – our new manager joined us – good timing Paul! And my lovely pal Jilly, who's been there 18 years on February 1st – she started same day as I did!

It was lovely to see several of our in front of camera team there, in the 'QVC local', The Mason's Arms in Battersea. Craig and Miceal thought it would be a good idea to practise their modelling poses – just in case Miceal and Craigtimes are hard and they need to go find catalogue work! Hehe! Very funny it was too.

The present I brought along was a 'banana shield' which raised a few smiles before THAT one was opened I can tell you! And I did like Julia's pressie – see below! Another fab Christmas get-together with my pals from QVC.Debbie, Jilly and Julia

Fun with the family
My lovely son Brad and I went to our annual Christmas shopping night last week too – including getting a fabulous sitting massage from some experts in the middle of Westfield Shepherds Bush.

Weird jeansI also found these weird looking jeans – what's THAT all about?!! No, seriously, what's it all about?!!

Brad knows me well by now, and he is very patient and has learned to humour me over the years! How many mothers would do what I did in a fairly posh furniture shop? And how many sons would film it?!

I couldn't help it – it's the 'Eddie' in me (as in Absolutely Fabulous!)

Mums and cousins do
Debbie's family gather for ChristmasBut we had a great time on our own, just the two of us. It was a brief respite though, in advance of my annual 'mums and cousins' get together at mine. Thirty – yes thirty – people descended upon my little cottage, and this year it was about six too many!

Mind you, next year, I think it'll have to be in the village hall next door! I'd just aboutDebbie's nieces and Lauren used every fork in the house and every chair, sofa, stool and condiment! This get-together is where we do our swapping of presents, and my kids get to see all of the cousins on my side – 15 of them! There are 11 nieces alone! Here are most of them, minus the little ones!

I'd sorted their pressies out well-early this year – and it was a resounding success! They all loved the Debbie's nieces wearing their Entice braceletsEntice crystal bracelets that I got them in different colours – I had to let the girls open them a bit early just so I could see their reactions!

We had a Christmas jumper competition, swapped Secret Santas (which weren't so secret!) and watched a tiny bit of me and my dad on a game show from the early 80's which someone had found on YouTube! My super Samsung telly and cameras come Debbie's familyinto their own at times like this!

– Am REALLY behind with Facebook requests – massive apologies if you've been waiting long! It's one of the things that doesn't get fitted in quite so often I'm afraid, 'cos I'm so, so busy! Lol. Will try to do some more over Christmas!

Christmas card– Thanks a million to all of you lovely kind people who've been sending us presenters Christmas cards. This little Bichon Frise is called Pipa! I just sent off a load of replies with cards for those that put their addresses in – well done for remembering! And a happy Christmas to those of you who didn't remember!

– The true meaning of Christmas – are you like me and always think of others at Christmas time, usually I do a couple of little donations. Well on Tuesday this week it was our annual QVC Cares day – and I kicked it all off with Richard Ward's new Today's Special Value! It really was special, and included the root booster – one of the best to achieve that famous 'Chelsea Blow Dry'!

Of course, it's usually only about the products, but every so often we get the chance to banter with guests about their background. I loved hearing Richard talk about how this year was one of his most intense to date! Lovely guy, and an excellent hair care range – find out more online! Sold out really early in the day – I do hope he comes back on soon!

– And specially with Richard in mind, here's the latest 'funny' doing the rounds via email – it made me smile!
"I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner.
It's the shampoo we use in the shower.
When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY.
No wonder I've been gaini ng weight.
I'm getting rid of the shampoo and am going to use dishwashing liquid instead.
Problem solved!"
P.S. don't tell Alison Young!! lol

Pub grub at The MasonsEAT: Presenters' Christmas lunch at The Mason's Arms in Battersea, opposite Battersea Park train station, was a tasty affair – we had the choice of traditional turkey dinner or something a bit more exotic. I chose trad (pictured on left) and Craig chose home made burger 'n' salad! But don't worry, we got to share!

WATCH: Such a lovely time of year! By the time this goes out I will have been to see the new Sherlock Holmes film – really enjoyed the first one, which had a buff Robert Downey Jr to keep us ladies amused! More about film next week.

So here we are at Yuletide, nearly, so I have to mention a couple of my all time favourite Christmas movies, don't I?!
'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' is one of the funniest slap-stick-filled, relationship-driven, stress-inducing family Christmasses you could possibly hope to see! If you've been to see that, or new one 'New Year's Eve' – do let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

PLUS: another classic – which do you prefer? Are you a fan of the original 'Holiday Inn' or the later version, 'White Christmas', which also featured the legendary song from Bing? I like them both for different reasons, but it's amazing to see the difference a few short years in ground-breaking film-making can make – if you've seen both, do you agree?

The first film is black and white, features Bing trying to run a hotel that's only open for big holidays, ploughing a field by hand with a horse-drawn plough (pipe in hand – natch!), and is all about the singing and the dancing, starring Fred Astaire.

The classic 'White Christmas' was made just 12 years later in 1954 but seems much fresher and more modern – Danny Kaye playing the funny man also helping Bing along as he sings, rescues their old army pal and of course, gets the girl! If you haven't seen either of them please do! For me, the latter has the edge, mainly due to Danny Kaye and the 'Sister's' song (me and my sister's anthem during our childhood!), Vera Ellen's ridiculously small waist, and fab dancing, plus Rosemary Clooney – George's aunty. 'Holiday Inn' gets 7 out of ten and 'White Christmas' gets 8 from me.


Well that's it from me, I'm back on air with the Great Winter Sale on Tuesday 27th December – do check our TV guide to make sure you don't miss your favourite shows' bargains!

Bazzill Basics 100 Sheets of CardstockSee you midnight Tuesday when the new TSV will be irresistible to crafters – beginner and seasoned alike! Bazzill Basics' special card pack will be on offer as long as the stocks last!

Have a woooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnderful Christmas! And thanks so much to you all for making this blog the third most read, amongst all the presenters – just behind Ali K then Julia R! Am very proud! Happy Christmas and a merry New Year! Lol. Am off to be with sister and family for the big day. You?

And any messages from you to me or the team? Now's the best time of year to leave your wishes!

Here's to a wonderful 2012!

Stoneline Die Cast Aluminium Fry Pan SetP.S. This week I are mostly been using – the stoneline cookware! OMG so good! And so easy to clear up – specially handy after making chilli con carne for 30 this week! Cook so well, keep it hot, and very very durable! Great replacement for cast iron, I can tell you!


  1. Liz Clements December 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debbie, Loved reading your blog as usual. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy those lovely dogs. Our dog is counting down his sleeps until the new soft toys appear!! Aren’t we all softies when it comes to our pets. Look forward to another year of your shows on QVC.
    Love Liz.

  2. Carole cooper December 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas deb and your family, I loved my all my things I have got from qvc this year and won’t return any, I am so pleased so many view your bloggs well done girl . All the best for the new year Carole Wigan xxx

  3. Jill Dowding-Walker December 23, 2011 at 3:50 am -  Reply

    Hows about “A Quandry of QVC presenters”? Merry Christmas Debbie!

  4. carole adcock December 23, 2011 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie. Fab blog and hope you have a fab Christmas! I think it should be a gossip of QVC presenters! I am loving my H2O x5 that I got from Q, its brilliant and I’m trying not really obsessive and get it out more than once a day. Take care. Carole xx

  5. Nigel December 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Debs, Are those robotic bugs(Dec 17) coming back next year – sold out so quickly I missed out. Bet the pogs would love them if not eat them !LOL!
    See the Beach Boys have copied your idea(50 dates in your 50th year) – they are reuniting for their 50th anniversary in 2012 and embarking on a 50-date world tour ! Anyway, don’t worry about that hat, its whats underneath that counts and you never know the ‘right one’ could right under your nose !!
    Assumed the collective term was ‘a host’ but perhaps it should be ‘a party’, ‘a persuasion’ or even ‘a pantheon’ ?
    Received your card today – thanks a bunch – glad you liked mine, Nige 🙂
    P.S. Trippy Beans (Dec 17) on the Moillusions website made me wonder if I’d overdosed on coffee this morning !LOL! Have a look.

  6. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    just to let you know debbie your card arrived in post today.
    merry xmas.

  7. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 24, 2011 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    hi debbie just to let yoyu know your xmas card arrived on friday morning.merry xmas and happy new year .

  8. Christina Tedds December 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Thank you so much for keeping me amused and enlightened through the year. It is so wonderful for you to take the time when life is so busy, know it is much appreciated.

  9. Christina Tedds December 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Debbie to you all your loved ones.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to include us all in your life, know it is appreciated.

  10. Anita Anderson December 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Glad you and the plethora of presenters had a great time.
    My three highlights are: Having Christmas lunch with friends, opening my Hotel Chocolat present from one of them and my first Mally products from myself!
    All the best for the New Year.

  11. debs f December 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    liz = you too hon! Mine have already decimated the soft toy i let them have on xmas eve! lol best wishes for a happy new year to you and yours too! luv debs xx

  12. debs f December 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Carole – so glad you loved everything from QVC! Nice to hear from you! best wishes for a happy new year to you and yours too! luv debs xx

  13. debs f December 30, 2011 at 3:03 am -  Reply

    Jill – good one! Same to you too hon! d x

  14. debs f December 30, 2011 at 3:04 am -  Reply

    CAROLE A – am also a big fan of steamers so know how you feel! A gossip of presenters – funny!
    best wishes for a happy new year to you and yours!

  15. debs f December 30, 2011 at 3:06 am -  Reply

    Nigel – fun comment as usual, thanks hon! And a big ta for such a lot of witty comments all year! You’ve set the bar high for yourself now, to beat in 2012!
    best wishes for a happy new year to you and yours!

  16. debs f December 30, 2011 at 3:07 am -  Reply

    Martin – thank you – you too
    : – )

  17. debs f December 30, 2011 at 3:08 am -  Reply

    Christina – my pleasure! Thanks to all of you guys for leaving me comments too, so I feel like there’s someone out there reading it! hehe!
    best wishes for a happy new year to you and yours!

  18. debs f December 30, 2011 at 3:09 am -  Reply

    Anita – love your highlights! Hope the chocolates lasted longer than ours did!
    best wishes for a happy new year to you and yours!

  19. Brenda Pinkney (Mrs) December 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I had a couple of lovely highlights from Christmas, my daughter bought me a row of Keishei Pearls, HONORA of course, pale blue and white mix with touch of aqua,beautiful. I gave my daughter a pair of the basket held Diamonique studs, for one of her gifts,she was over the moon. Also, my 4 year old grand-daughter gave me a card, whereby she had wrote her name all by herself, a little thing but great pleasure. I liked the holly on top of your Xmas cake. All good wishes for health and peace for 2012 to you and yours Debbie. Love Brenda/Ruislip

  20. debs f January 12, 2012 at 1:15 am -  Reply

    Brenda – thank you! Your xmas pressies sound lovely! Do keep that little one’s card – they’ll be precious in years to come! The holly on my cake was from the local woods so even more special! Thanks for commenting hon! Do come back again to future blogs!

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