The lead up to Christmas gives me so much joy. Though here it’s nothing like the Christmas season in the Northern hemisphere (there are no chestnuts roasting on an open fire or sleigh bells in the snow). Even though I can’t enjoy all the romantic storybook ideals of Christmas, I still love it. I can only imagine how wonderful it is to choose your own real Christmas tree, in the snow. Here I have a magnificent artificial tree, and it is usually 35 degrees plus outside while I am assembling it. I’m already counting the days until it is socially acceptable to put up the tree and adorn the house with all my decorations. And of course, this time of year lends itself to so many craft projects, like making gifts and cards and an advent calendar.
Until a few years ago my idea of a Christmas advent calendar was those cheap cardboard ones that you open up the little window and have a choccie each day. Then I discovered home made advent calendars, I’ve seen them done with paper bags or boxes or fabric. I love the idea of creating your own personalised calendar to heighten the anticipation in the lead up to Christmas.
I was a little hesitant to start this project because I thought it would be way too much work, especially sewing on all the numbers. I thought I would have to cut out the number shapes and sew them all on, then I found this brilliant fabric in my stash which has numbers already printed on it. Perfect!
I was struggling to think of twenty five little toys or presents to put into the pockets, and then I saw someone else had ditched the present idea and had little cards with Christmas related activities. Things like, bake some cookies to leave for Santa, or put on a CD and sing Christmas songs, or make a Christmas card for Nan. That’s a much better option, it’s free and fun and we can get creative. Now to think of the twenty five activities.
When I do, I will let you know!
Breathing can transform your life.
If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.
If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.
Breathe. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. – Roald Dahl
Cleaning out my antique bottles I found these teeny tiny eggs inside. They never hatched, I wonder what they were going to be? I made a little nest for them and i’ll keep them, I think they look so delicate and precious. Is that weird?
While most people were still in bed asleep at 6.30am on Sunday, I was rummaging around at the local Flea Markets. I would have chosen the at home asleep in bed option but Baby D had other ideas, so I figured, since i’m up anyway…
My favorite sellers are the ones that are there doing a one-off weekend clear-out, they don’t want to take anything home and will practically give their things away. The regular sellers are little harder to bargain with, because they know they can always try for a better price next week. That makes me sound awfully stingy doesn’t it!
I found a lovely lady who told me she was selling up and moving interstate so was keen to offload her market goods. I spotted a cardboard box of these beautiful antique glass bottles with the most fabulous labels etched into them, she wanted 50 cents for each one. I crouched down to sort through them and started to pick out a couple of my favourites. They were all so intrinsically beautiful, I asked if she would take $8 for the lot. Now I am the proud owner of a little slice of history in the form of a selection of bottles. The owner told me her husband had dug them out of the ground at a mine site in Northern NSW.
Here is what a couple of the labels say;
TRICHOPHEROUS FOR THE SKIN AND HAIR
BONNINGTON’S IRISH MOSS COUGHS AND COLDS
CHAMBERLAIN’S COUGH REMEDY
ENO’S FRUIT SALT
I think I will try to clean them a little, just to get the dirt off and then use them to hold flowers.
I’ve fallen in love with these little birdies on Etsy…
1. felt and linen bird cushion by Sukan
2. bird and branch necklace by melody
3. wooden mobile by snug.songbirds
4. bird and bird track rubber stamp set by Nora Jane
5. bird and branch vinyl wall decal by yitingsticker
My littlest boy has grown so big he doesn’t fit in his baby hammock anymore, yesterday he moved into his own bed. I took this photo because it was one of the last times he was sleeping in the hammock. It was a tiny moment of peacefulness and quiet, which is not actually how my house has been feeling of late.
As well as the usual busyness of children and homemaking, I have been working on a new blog design, it’s the first time I have ventured into creating my own wordpress theme. I’m very excited to share the new look with you, I’m going to be testing it out in the next few weeks and no doubt there will be some transition issues, so please bare with me! My apologies in advance if everything suddenly looks a bit skew-wiff.