The winner is Claire of ‘my norfolk life‘ who left comment number 18 (Claire, I’ve emailed you to get your address). I hope to have more give aways coming up, I just need to be more organised.
I have pretty much stopped sewing here. It wasn’t my intention, I had hopped to get a lot more done this season, including some re-stocks of old favourites such as ballerina mice (as so many people asked after them this year) and a new batch of christmas tree fairies but once I stopped, I felt very relaxed and I realised the only person putting pressure on me to get these things done is myself. There is so much on at the moment that I feel happy with my decision to just leave the shop ticking over for now and to concentrate on other things, I do have quite a few half-finished projects but I’m happy to view them as a bonus get ahead for next year.
I’ve been trying to get the house in order, finishing up some very long-standing jobs and general tidying. The boys were over the top excited about advent calendars starting yesterday, after a sort pause, I agreed to start putting decorations up. I don’t normally do this until further into December, although I am very much a Christmas person, I like to wait a bit before dolling the house up. We haven’t gone too far, just the odd ornament at the moment.
Charlie was desperate to do a ‘woodland scene’ that he could include ‘Foxy’ his favourite soft toy in so I left him too it. At the time of taking the photo, Foxy is building train tracks with Charlie. Marcus hates these bristle animals but me and the boys like them so we win 🙂
The boys are spoilt for choice this year with advent, they have their very favourite sock/mouse calendar from Germany and completely homemade.
Not only do they get chocolates, but on some days there is also a ‘parcel’ in the mouse bag. It’s a lovely way to spread out the present giving and one we all really appreciate. I am always amazed how good the boys are at not ‘sneak peeking’ in the bag, they love hunting down the correct number when they need to but otherwise the presents sit happily in the sack, untouched by inquisitive little fingers 😉
They also have German ‘Kinder’ calendars and we bought them each a ‘Playmobil’ one after the success of last year’s. I love how the scene builds over the 25 days, last time they had dinosaur and castle versions, as above.
For me, I bought a Betty’s, Poppy Treffry one with little chocolates inside, to hang in my studio. I know I could make one for myself, but sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else do the work. M doesn’t have or want a calender….Bah Humbug 😉
Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend and it hasn’t been too wet, I wouldn’t mind a bit of snow to be honest.