• Christmas,  Grandma's Corner

    Xmas or Christmas

    The other day Gemma asked whether people liked the abbreviation “Xmas” my natural reaction was that I didn’t, but I have no idea why – so I thought I better find out the back story of Xmas. As a child I don’t remember anyone talking about the abbreviation as good or bad but I do remember seeing it on Christmas cards. So I decided I had better find out a bit more about the history of Xmas. According to Wikipedia the prefix “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is written as 𝛸 (that looks like a normal X).…

  • Christmas,  Inspiration

    Seasonal Home Decor

    Do you redecorate/rearrange your house to match each season? I don’t and didn’t really know that it was a thing until recently. But it seems that seasonal home decor is a thing and that maybe I should be making more…

  • Grandma's Corner,  Wedding

    MR & MRS

    I love Gemma’s concrete letters. I think the “MR & MRS” combo would be great for a wedding table or as a wedding gift. But I was thinking there are other combinations some couples would like. I submitted my PhD…

  • Grandma's Corner

    @: At Sign or Ampersat?

    The other day I was talking to a friend about Gemma’s development of a concrete “&” and “@”. I pronounced these as “ampersand” and “at sign”. My friend said that “@” should be called “ampersat”. This was a new word…

  • Concrete Making,  Grandma's Corner

    Concrete Steps

    A couple of weeks ago we were in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and we walked the Ingleton Waterfall Trail. Visiting a series of waterfalls (including Snow Falls in the picture) involves a lot of up and down. In some places…

  • new beginnings

    Hello world!

    I’ve heard that you can’t truly build a successful business on Etsy alone, and I believe it may well be true. Etsy is great, it has lots of traffic, great support and a very user friendly platform. I know their…