What happened to Christmas? I've finally emerged from the throes of a nasty winter bug to find it's been and gone without me taking much notice. And there was me confidently thinking I would spend less time asleep this year! Stunned to find I've entered the new year half a stone lighter without the usual Christmas indulgence. Oh well, I guess I'd better get started on that toblerone in the kitchen cupboard then, purely medicinal of course ... There's also that Christmas cake waiting to be iced, which I'm sure I'll make short work of.
It was lovely to spend the best part of the holidays with family, who did a stirling job of providing festive fun and entertainment for the children while I languished on the sofa. We managed a trip out to the sea while in Dorset with my husband's mum, then a trip into the Brecon Beacons whilst staying with my family in Wales. All good for the soul given that Berkshire, where we currently live, is sadly lacking in mountains and coastline! The scene you see in the photo at the beginning of the post was a real highlight - it was one of those beautiful crisp sunny winter days when we set out in the car, driving up the mountain roads bathed in sunlight, then suddenly descending into this ethereal frosty landscape suspended in mist in the valley. Just stunning!
I had a vaguely handmade Christmas this year, managing to pull off 4 gifts, though I had several more planned.
Liesl cardigan for my mother in law, some socks for my brother, fingerless mitts for his girlfriend, and an Amy Butler weekender for my mother.
Next year I've realised I'll need to start work a little earlier if I'm going to pull off the full list of handmade gifts. Still, the family members who missed out this time have January and February birthdays, so I can still make some of the things I had planned.
It's been a fairly productive year, crafting-wise. I'm now a seasoned veteran of 2 craft fairs, and have had my 100th etsy sale, but have also enjoyed making things for friends, family and even sometimes for myself! Here's a quick snapshot of some of my favourite makes from 2008 (I do love a mosaic)
I've really enjoyed this, my first full year of blogging. Its been such a pleasure to read everyone's comments, to be inspired by everyone's work and to make some new and very good friends.
Here's wishing you all a very happy new year for 2009!