I had plans for lots more designs for the shop, but reality has struck and the knowledge (from previous years’ experience) that the next two weeks will be a whirl of kids Nativity plays, secret santa gifts to organise and trying to get the boys to sit down and write the many cards they want to send, means I’ve given up. I decided that getting the house into shape, ordering any remaining gifts (oh yes, I got in there early and spent a couple of days ordering everything from the good old internet – I don’t really do shopping in the traditional sense, I’m afraid, I can’t be doing with the crowds and I ease my conscience with buying lots of handmade gifts from small sellers) and generally feeling Christmassy takes priority.
I had promised the boys we’d start decorating last weekend, on Sunday. I was quite pleased with the mantel, usually I have to fight the boys for some sense of design over their enthusiasm. They normally win. I was especially pleased with the little dog collar made from one of my Gran’s decorations, found randomly in the bottom of an old suitcase that came from the attic. M dreams that I’ll drop this dog by accident, he HATES it, but I’m refusing to remove it at the moment.
Most of our decorations have been collected over the years and are quite traditional. The cute snowman cards were given by Mum to the boys a couple of years ago, I’m glad I kept them now as there is always pressure to recycle all cards, come the New Year, but these somehow ended up in the Christmas box. I’m struggling, generally, to get rid of anything with her writing on now, as happens when you lose a loved one.
In some places the boys took over, they tend to want to put out every decoration they can find, in this case all the bristle animals in one spot.
I bought the trees today, one large one for the living room and a smaller one for my studio (to cover with my collection of vintage baubles). I was going to wait until the weekend, but I know it’ll be crazy busy then and in terms of tree wilt and needle drop, I can’t see a few days will make any difference. The boys get to be in charge of decorating the tree, they will be very excited to see it tonight, on their return from school (I’ll take photos when it’s done).
For the first time in ages, I bought a few new baubles, all Gisela Graham ones, bought on-line from Perrywood Garden Center which proved to be lots cheaper than many other on-line sellers. I especially like the clip-on glass toadstools.
This afternoon I plan to make a start on writing cards, which is partly why I’m blogging, so I could show you these fabulous ones bought from Dee Beale, aren’t they lovely?
I realise for many this post is a little early, but with young boys it’s hard to ask them to wait to get in the Christmas mood and I tend to set the beginning of December as the start date for making merry. Right, I’m off to bake a batch of mince pies whilst wearing one of the new aprons 🙂