It was time to change the seasonal frame and put in Wee Winter by Heart in Hand. It's been a lovely SAL to do and i'm looking forward to doing it again next year choosing a different designer.
We are all ready for the festive season, the tree is up ...
The much loved hand knitted nativity by my MIL is on show together with the flatfold that I was gifted by Mylene many years ago.
Mince pies have been baked....
and the Christmas fruit cake iced and duly decorated .....
All gifts delivered (or sent to Father Christmas for the little ones) and a couple of envelopes have been received here too, a couple I have saved and one or two were opened.
Remember the skill swap Lindsay and I did. I knitted a little penguin for her (he's in the previous post) and she was going to make me a beaded ornament in exchange. Here's what came, isn't is wonderful. Thank you Lindsay, it looks fabulous on my tree.
A parcel from Barb with a little gift from her and a lovely stitched ornament that now adorns my tree.
Barb's lovely DH (who i have had the pleasure of meeting) has made me the most delightful stained glass bird in a birdcage, he is so clever and I have a few of his lovely creations now.
Sally celebrated her birthday last weekend so I can now show you the little pin keep I sent to her. (I've had to borrow the pic from Sally's blog as I seem to have lost the one I took)
DH's socks are completed and fit perfectly.
A knitted collar was made and given to my SIL to keep her warm around the neck under her coat when the cold weather finally arrives - if it does this year!
The quilted Christmas tree panel didn't get made into a hanging, instead it has been made into a large cushion and has gone home with my brother after his Christmas visit here on Saturday. It finished as the perfect size to stuff with a ready made bed pillow and turned out quite well.
I made a start on Day 7 of the PSS SAL but that's as far as that's got, so way behind on this. No problem, it will get completed and made up ready for next year.
This year has been busy with Christmas celebrations.
It was lovely to be invited to visit the local primary school and watch the nativity. My granddaughter had been poorly and we were not sure she would be well enough to be at school. Luckily the meds were doing the trick and she was able to enjoy the last few days of school and be part of this special time of year celebrations. The school nativity always brings a tear to my eye, remembering the days when my own children were small and filled with wonderment about the magic of the season. All those little ones were in awe of their first performance on stage and the delight of learning about the Christmas story. We were all singing along with the carols.
Parties with plenty to eat and drink at the community centre with friends, one every day last week!
I made time to have a visit to the cathedral for their advent lunchtime service on Monday this week. That was really lovely and peaceful and a candle was lit for those family members that are no longer with us to celebrate this festive season. In our family we have a few anniversaries that fall at Christmastime, one actually on Christmas Day, now it's a time for remembering the good times we shared.
Wishing you all a very happy, peaceful and relaxed Christmas, with fun times with those you hold dear. I hope you have all been good and Santa delivers you some lovely gifts.
My thoughts are with those families who have been flooded yet again with the recent wet weather this week in the north of the UK. For some of them this is the third time they have had to bale out their homes recently. It's hard to imagine how they will be spending a happy Christmas, but hopefully the communities will rally round and they will be able to have some kind of celebration especially for the children. It does make you realise just how lucky you are and thankful for the things you have yourself.
Christmas Blessings from my home to yours