Thursday, 6 January 2011

Happy New Year and giveaway winner

I thought it was twelfth night this evening so started taking down the decorations this morning. Then it dawned on me that twelfth night is actually the eve of the 6th of January so I'm actually a day late. So there's another housewifery fail I can notch up! I'm a little late wishing everyone a happy new year, but it seems I'm a little late with everything these days.


Christmas was lovely, our first as a family of five. We had real snow, the most we've ever had living in the Thames valley. It began snowing on the boy's birthday and formed a lovely sledgable covering (time for a little gloating over my husband who had told me it probably wouldn't snow this year when I snapped up the last sledge in Daniels in November). We've had riotous fun, mostly doubled up with laughter as we careered out of control down the slope; I must have laughed for about 45 minutes when the boy and I nearly took out his older sister in one headlong run (bad mummy!). The baby sister flapped her arms and legs around so much watching her siblings sledging that she fell asleep in our arms on the way home each time.



snowpoliceman and black cat

The run up to Christmas was full of festive goings on, including a most exciting trip to see the Nutcracker in the London Coliseum. My sister treated my mother, my girl and me to the tickets as a Christmas gift, and so a few days before Christmas we took the train to London to meet her. We had a fabulous time, the girl was absolutely spellbound. The boy and baby, not being so compatible with the enjoyment of a ballet performance, were taken to the London transport museum by my husband, which to be fair, in the boy's eyes was equally as magical as the girls' outing!

It's been an exciting year for us with the arrival of the baby sister. The weeks seem to have been jam-packed with family outings and lots going on in general, but I have precious little making to show and tell. The list of things I made in 2010 is scarily short compared to my usual sewing/knitting output, so here's a list of things I said I'd make but didn't instead:

1) handmade advent calendar for the children
2) zig zag quilt (I've wanted to do one since seeing Linaloo's lovely yellow zig-zags)
3) scrap vomit quilt (and not just because of the name!)
4) seat liner for the baby's pushchair (bought the greens and pinks in this bundle especially)
5) mini quiltlet for the baby (using the Rosie Quinlan squares I won in Florence's giveaway)
6) aprons for both the children (cut out in April, never finished)
7) tea cosies (lots of them, sketchbook full of ideas, none made)

I achieved a grand total of zero sewalongs, in spite of being signed up to the zig zag quilt group, tentatively saying I'd join in with imagingermonkey's scrap vomit, and having been in the handmade advent calendars group since January 2009! I should have known better than to start my own little make-along last January. The Make a Month group over on flickr has loads of beautiful things that everyone else has been making, but not much of my handiwork. I've actually not done too badly at the making considering the scarcity of free time, it's the photographing, flickring and blogging I've struggled with as that evening slump comes over me. It's going to be start again in 2011 for me, I'll just rollover last year's project list and hope to accomplish more this year.

Meanwhile there's a tax return awaiting my attention - all the more galling as I have totally neglected my shop this year, just quietly ticking over with the odd sale here and there. Again, hopefully I'll dust off the cobwebs and Spring clean the shelves in 2011.

So on to the winner of the calendar giveaway, the random number generator has come up with no. 7, which makes Tess of Driftwood the calendar winner. I hope you get lots of inspiration from the calendar this coming year! Just drop me a line with your address and I'll get it in the post to you.

Back soon, now I've charged the camera's batteries I'll show you some pics of my Christmas presents, and perhaps try and share some of the things I actually did manage to sew and knit this year (though I'm wary of over-reaching myself, so won't promise anything).

Happy New Year!


  1. Congratulations Tess!

    Happy and healthy New Year to you Helen and your Family
    and Happy New Year 2011 to all of you!

  2. Happy New Year to you!

    I skip doing those 'look back at what I've made' in the last year posts - I feel it would be depressing to see how little I have actually achieved...

    It sounds like you've had a wonderful Christmas - although I'm just jealous of anyone that got to go sledging.

  3. What a delightful post!
    And I love the new header :)

  4. happy new year! love your snowy photos, what fun! and hurray to me, thank you so much xxx

  5. Happy New Year - love your sergeant snowman!

  6. Happy New Year! You made a whole person this last year, which I think is pretty impressive...

  7. Happy new year neighbour!
    We were also a day late with the twelfth night taking the decorations down malarkey last night - in fact, we only just managed to do it all before midnight!


  8. Happy New Year to you and your family. Your kids have grown so much. It sounds like you all had a great Christmas. The snowman is funny, love the hat.


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