If you’ve been reading my blog over the past few months, you will know that we have been hard at work trying to get our house (almost) finished in time for Christmas. I say ‘almost’ because the small extension to give a kitchen/ dining/ family room will have to wait until the spring when the weather warms up, as will the downstairs shower room.
The race was most definitely on to get the painting finished last weekend before the carpet arrived on Monday and, as fate would have it, Chris had not one, but two gigs on the Saturday which meant the majority of the painting was down to me! I posted this picture on Facebook and lots of people told me off for climbing up and down a step ladder while holding a paint-loaded roller, in my flip-flops! You’re probably thinking the same thing, not the smartest choice of footwear, but I survived.
While I was painting, I had one eye on the television watching my team, Crystal Palace, take on Leicester City in the early kick-off. It certainly lifted my spirits when we won 3-0, pushing us up to 14th in the table. It’s an amazing feat, as we have languished at the foot for most of the season so far.
The good news is that we finished all of the painting and I arrived home from my shift at QVC on Monday to a beautiful new carpet and a bottle of champagne, and some gorgeous flowers to celebrate publication day for Christmas at Carol’s.
Speaking of which, I will be doing a little give-away of a gorgeous star necklace on my Twitter over the Christmas week so check @JuliaRobertsTV for details.
Finally, on Tuesday morning, we went out to buy our Christmas tree. I think it’s one of the nicest we’ve ever had – are you a star or fairy on the top person?
We also put up a small tree in our newly finished lounge and the Bethlehem Lights wreath on our new front door. Apologies for forgetting to post a picture of it on last week’s blog, but here is a photo of it from the inside. I was still in my dressing gown when I took it, so the exterior shot will have to wait for another time… don’t want to upset the neighbours!
I’m really looking forward to showing all the changes to Chris’s and my mum when they arrive to spend Christmas with us on Saturday.
Yesterday was the second presenter Christmas lunch and, to tie in with the current ‘beard trend’ , Catherine, Kathy and myself sported the moustaches from our crackers for the group photo.
It was a lovely lunch and I really like my ‘secret santa’ gift of thick socks, which will keep my feet nice and warm when I sit writing for hours.
When I got back to QVC, I snapped these cards on my dressing room’s wardrobe – apologies if yours is not there, I added some more between my shows last night.
Thanks to everyone who has sent cards in, it really does brighten the dressing room particularly as I will be in on Boxing Day and several other days next week.
Speaking of Boxing Day, if you love our fashion and are looking for a bargain, do join us for the Boxing Day fashion sale. I’ve pre-recorded the launch of the Skechers Today’s Special Value (very comfy and smart looking too) and will be with you for a couple of hours from 7pm until 9pm.
I’ll see you tonight for my last shift before the big day with Fashion on Friday at 5pm, and I have Antthony Designs at 6pm – I wonder if he will be dressed as a Christmas elf?
Wishing you a lovely Christmas with family and/or friends, and, if you are spending it alone, flick on QVC for some friendly, familiar faces and no pressure to buy.
Much love to you all,