Not around here it’s not. Here it’s more like ‘Smug Saturday’, as all my jobs are finished and I’ve just sat down with a nice glass of wine, ready to watch ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, as I feel like a bit of snowy, period drama. The tree has been up and twinkling for over a week now, I’m really pleased with the new mice and they fit in well with my existing decorations – bonus!
I received a really wonderful gift in the post (thanks J!), some of my Gran’s cross stitch cards. I’m sure I’ve mentioned these before, she used to stitch them constantly throughout the year in order to have enough to send to everyone. It’s lovely to know that people have kept them all these years.
I finished, and wrapped, my last gifts earlier today. I’ve shown you the above felted goodness by Miss Bumbles/Ruth Rivers some years ago, Ruth makes the most amazing little animals that always make me think of the illustrations by Racey Helps or Molly Brett, I noticed a while back that she had some felting kits in her shop and was unable to resist. I’d hoped to take lots of making photos for you, but the light wasn’t always great, plus I got rather carried away with the actual process and forgot to grab the camera. The only thing not included in the kit is a felting block, I was too impatient to order one and used some polystyrene that I had hanging around instead – worked a treat!I really enjoyed my first foray into needle felting. One of my early jobs in life was as a visual merchandiser for a company I hated, there was a total split between management and the floor staff, lots of people with big egos trying to lord it over the minions below them, something that I can’t stand, and when I got annoyed, I used to sneak into the back area where a friend of mine worked in the stockroom and stab his empty piles of collapsed cardboard boxes with a screwdriver (in a jokey manner, clearly, this does make me sound a bit psycho), the process of needle felting felt similarly therapeutic, I could happily get rid of all my frustrations stabbing away repeatedly at felt.
F keep coming to watch and asked if he could have the finished deer for Christmas, as I don’t like to disappoint and I can’t give to one without the other, I bought a second kit to make another little critter for C. I gave them extra scarves and a little pile of gifts to hold.Sorry about the crap photos, I was in a hurry to be done. They are now wrapped and packed away ready for the big day.
So that’s me ready. The house is clean(ish) I just polished my nails and tweezed my eyebrows. I’ve planned a nice outfit for the big day itself (I’m morphing into my Mother, who would always put on something nice) and I’m about to get back to Poirot and a large slab of Christmas cake with a slice of Wensleydale cheese. I hope you’re all set and if not that it goes smoothly next week.
Merry Christmas and see you in 2015!!