So I have been staying inside and putting away the autumn decorations so that we have a rest before the Christmas things come out to play. It all looks a bit bare now though, so once I have dusted I will rearrange a few things to make it a bit more cheery again.
As the first Sunday of Advent is this weekend, I have been thinking what I want to do for my Advent candles and having a bit of a play around. So far I am very dissatisfied! This arrangement is not going to cut it by any means. I will keep playing around, I am sure to come up with something that will work.
Hubby chose this poster from the Museum of Fine Art when we went to Boston earlier in the year. We had been to see the David Hockney exhibition, A Bigger Picture, when it was in London a couple of years ago, but there were no large pictures or posters for sale. It was a lovely exhibition so this is a great memento of that and our holiday. It has been for a very expensive visit to the picture framers and it is waiting to be hung on the wall - the cloth is a table runner just there to protect picture and wall for now!
A bit of crafting fiddling around has been done, but with mixed results. These trees are wonky, even wonkier under the dome and the photo is terrible too! This definitely needs more work!!
You may remember if you are a crocheting blogger that Nordic Shawls were all the rage earlier in the year. I think that I started mine in about February, but I am only just on the border now. It is OK, but I am not totally happy with some of my stitching. I will like it when it is done though I am sure and I am looking forward to wearing it. Nearly there now! Hopefully the ta dah moment will include pictures that are actually in focus too...
I have also been watching television Christmas movies in the afternoons while I haven't been feeling myself. I haven't started on the Christmas DVD's yet, although you can see they have gathered ready and waiting to be watched.
You might remember that I posted a little bit ago that things were not going so well and that is why I took a little bloggy break. I wanted to update you as I have had some kind e-mails making enquiries as to how things are now. There isn't any real change, but things are no worse which given the situation is good news and there are some minor improvements. I guess that the real change has been in coming to terms with things and being better able to cope with what is going on.
My default when stressed is to get crafting, so I have been doing that in the meantime and I will be able to share the results with you in December as it is mostly Christmas related - apart from my shawl.
Thank you so much for your kindness and continued support. I really do appreciate it and thank you so much as I know that many of you have your own challenges to face too. My hope is that people can support each other though, all around the world.
I also wanted to say that I have been totally overwhelmed - emotionally and with e-mails! - by all of you wanting to join in the Five on Friday and I have still got people getting in touch asking if they can join in. The first 20 that replied and I have already agreed how we are going to do the posts in December, but given the level of interest, I really think that come January I will have to change up the plans to include more of you. Please can you bear with me, this doesn't mean that I don't want you - because I do! - it is just that I wasn't expecting such an amazing response. Your level of interest really has far exceeded even my wildest dreams and I need to get to grips with it.
We are set up right now for December to post in groups on Fridays - and I will do my last solo Five on Friday post this week. After that I think that I need either set up some sort of button that we can all add to our sidebars/posts or a link party. If I haven't replied to you about this and you want to join in, please can you send me another e-mail as I am worried in case I have lost any. I will make a list and come back to you either in December or in early January with details of how we are going to go forward. My e-mail address is (no spaces) love made my home at gmail dot com.
For those already taking part - you know who you are - there is no change for now! I will send you an e-mail in the next few days.
Thank you all so very much for your interest in this, I really do appreciate it, I just need chance to catch up!
Also, I posted the details of who is swapping with who in the Christmas Card Swap yesterday. Please make sure that you check the post to see who you are swapping with and get in touch with your fellow blogger(s). It is going to be a lot of fun to see all the different cards that are sent and received!! I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.
Well, that was a lot of this and that wasn't it! Not much to catch up on, but in other ways lots. Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you are all well.