I thought I'd take five minutes to do a quick update. I have loads to chat about, as always, but just wanted to say a huge thank you to Angie for the blog swap parcels I received last week. I took part in the Handmade Christmas Decoration swap organised by the lovely Laa Laa. I am so glad I did - what a treat to receive surprises in the post!
The parcels from Angie were all prettily wrapped and it was fun opening them all. Angie had made loads! A gorgeous white fabric wreath (my favourite gift and it looks beautiful strung with fairy lights), home-made chutney, a lovely home-made card, cosy socks, pretty stars for the tree and lots of other little bits and bobs. Angie even knitted four small stockings and filled them with chocolates (the actual stockings are exactly the right size and shape for my dog's paws and I've had to restrain myself from dressing her in them. I know that would be cruel. She'd slip, right?)
It is the first time I have taken part in a swap. I admit to feeling a bit overwhelmed to begin with; I got too caught up in trying to second-guess what Angie would like and what would fit in with her Christmas decorating scheme at home. Also, I have limited sewing and crochet ability - I am very much a beginner and many projects are beyond me. In the end, I chose to make a few (safe) felt decorations. Of course, it would have been rude not to include a gingerbread man...
We are off tomorrow after work to pick our Christmas trees. I'm excited. I intend to buy three; one for outside, one for the living room and one for the conservatory. I also plan to buy a few more lanterns in various sizes to put outside the front door - they look so welcoming with huge white candles. I will, of course, share pictures when I have finished faffing.
I love reading the blogposts with pictures of Christmas trees and twinkling lights and driving past houses seeing Christmas trees twinkling in bay windows is one of my favourite things about the season... Ahh! Christmas is coming!!