I must apologize, it's been very quiet here lately. You'll probably have guessed it: Christmas is coming fast and I am - again - behind in my preparations. Every year I promise myself to get going early. Every year I think it must be possible, to do it all, before it starts to get stressful.
And I made a good start too, I had most of my cards ready in November.
But as usual, Christmas has crept up quietly and now it's stabbing me in the back.
I had a booth at a local craft fair for two evenings last week-end, which kept me busy with preparations for quite a while. It was the first time ever for me. Unfortunately I can't say I sold all that much. But it
sure was way more fun than I had expected. The other crafters and
artists were really, really nice and welcoming, and I am considering to join their Easter fair this year, even though it really didn't
My daughters have been ill, one after the other which has ruined my plans entirely. I couldn't do any Christmas shopping for 4 weeks, because I always had a sick child at home, and they were really weak and feverish. I've changed and washed piles of bed sheets, because if no kid was sick on them, then surely the cat would step in.
And if that hadn't been enough, my mother-in-law had to be brought to hospital in an ambulance this week. We're not yet sure what and how bad it is, we just have to hope that she'll be better soon.
But despite all difficulties, I'll get there in the end. The school holidays are close, tomorrow is the last day of school, and I only have 3 more workdays to go. Also I did a lot of shopping yesterday, with my sick child in tow (poor thing), and completed the rest of it today, when their Dad was looking after them for me.
Now I only have to buy the tree, wrap all the presents (which includes creating my own wrapping paper this year - stupid me), write and send the cards and those gifts that need to go in the mail. And plan (and shop) the Christmas dinner, which has fallen to me now. Poor family, I'm no good in the kitchen.
Boy, I better don't think of it, the longer I think, the longer the list gets...
Anyhow, I managed to craft something today. As teacher's gifts are due tomorrow I created 7 little tags to go with them. I didn't use the tags I had, because I wanted them to go with the candles, but my girls wanted to use the cat stamps. So I compromised on the cat tangled in Christmas lights. On the back they say "Merry Christmas and a happy new year" and the names of my girls.
Here's a picture of the tags. I colored all different cats, but kept the light bulbs all in red and green, because that's what I used on the candles.
And here one of the whole gift with the wrapping and Phoebe.
I absolutely love those Newton's Nook cats, they are so cute, without being too cutesy.
I wish you all a relaxed and healthy Christmas time. I'll try to post some more the next days, but I simply can't promise.