I am trying to get myself organized for Christmas, but am fast running out of time. I shall breath a sigh of relief when I have all the cards and letters written and the last present posted . . . I'm nearly there.
I have already had my Christmas present from my husband, as we just happened to be looking round The Works on Saturday (a remaindered mainly-books shop, for those of you not in UK). I had been very good and stayed my hand over various craft magazines earlier - mainly because at £5 a time, they don't represent very good value for money unless there is more than one thing in them that I want to make! So even though I keep them forever and a day, I put them back on the shelf. Imagine my delight when I found a good book on Christmas projects for just £2.99 in The Works, and then when I was rummaging amongst the Kirstie's Homemade books, trying not to get drawn in, I found a different one on Granny Chic which I picked up. I have to say, not all Granny Chic style appeals to me. Some of the projects I've seen just look a mess! However, this particular book had enough appeal and fresh ideas, and it DID have how to make a particular sort of circular cushion cover which I had just seen in the Liberty Vintage book, and at £5.99 was cheap enough, so my OH bought me Granny Chic for Christmas and I have to confess, I am enjoying it NOW and not waiting until Christmas Day!
Now that winter has really arrived (and apparently it is going to REALLY get cold this week), I finally took down the summer curtains and hung the winter ones, which I added wool linings to last year. I have decided that the summer curtains which are Laura Ashley material, but SO faded after nearly 25 years use, need upgrading, and that I am going to use some of my fabric stash to make up patchwork "fronts" for them, so I have been looking out lengths of material to do this with, though I probably won't start until the New Year now. I need to finish my Christmas gift crafting first . . . But at least I have started looking out for suitable material at the Car Boot Sale and came home with a pretty cotton skirt yesterday which I am currently unpicking (takes forever!). No point looking in Charity Shops as they only have expensive clothing on their racks - I want things which are deemed suitable for the rag bag. I may ask in one of them . . .
Little poorly Theo is slowly mending from his nasty cold and chest infection, but had to go back to the Vet's on Friday for a long-lasting anti-biotic jab AND an anti-inflammatory for his tummy as the oral anti- biotics I was having to give him just turned him inside out, poor little chap. The kitchen was not a pleasant place to be if you had any sense of smell and I had to cover everywhere with newspaper. He looks brighter now and his tummy is mending too, but he's still a bit sniffly.
I really MUST try and get some Christmas baking done (and in the freezer) and I realize I have not even made any Mincemeat this year (still have some from last year though) and I really MUST get the onions pickled . . . I am finding it hard to motivate myself though - so fed up with winter already and it's only just started.
I am thoroughly fed up with Blogger and seriously thinking of changing - probably to Wordpress. I know it will take a big chunk of my day to get it sorted out, but bear with me. I shall make sure I have a good link across, and bring all my favourite friends with me in the sidebar. So - watch this space.