The boys were back in school/pre-school today and I’ll admit I was ready for it. Normally after a break I feel sad about them returning and it has to be said, I loath school mornings with a passion but much as I have enjoyed the Christmas break, I am ready for some peace and quiet and for things to return to a normal routine.
After finishing a book on my new Kindle (thanks husband :)) and laying on the spare bed in the studio listening to the birds and general quiet I got to work stuffing the above lavender bags for the Saint Patrick’s Trian Visitor Complex in Armagh, I’m so pleased they have placed another order, I’m still thrilled to have my work in a real bricks and mortar shop.
Christmas was lovely, spent with family and friends, although in reality we were all slightly suffering from the dreaded ‘forever cold’ along with half of the country so it was quite tiring. I avoided blogging presents where the recipients might be reading, now they have all been given out, here are a few.
The above is a print bought for my sister from the fabulous Dee Beale which I had framed along with a couple of others I bought in the past year for myself, also from Dee. (The frames were bought here)
There was a new style monster purse for my Godson, as dictated by the boys who insisted it had ‘spikes’, one eye and chose the colours. These will be made for the shop at some point.
There has also been some Sale shopping, on-line as always, we did drive to Bluewater one day but diverted to Wear ‘M Out after seeing the queues to park.
After the success of crackers bought last year (they were great and contained proper things that you actually want to use), I dropped into the Jme Sale and bought some loose tea, I’m a bit partial to mint and herbal and also rather fancied the jars. The Ingrid Beaker is by Donna Wilson (non-sale) and the teapot is the Stump Teapot by ForLife which I bought here, you can buy it all over and in many colours but this was the cheapest place I found for white.
Of course, for me no sale season would be complete without attempting a purchase from Orla K. I was quick off the mark this year and managed the buy the above dress
and a laptop bag for my beloved MacBook Air. I should show you some of the lovely gifts I received but I’ll save that for another post as this is turning into a bit of a ramble.
I really am a very lucky girl, we’ve had a great year and I’m rather looking forward to 2011 so may I wish you all a Happy New Year, hope it’s a good one 🙂