As you know I often mention time whizzing past, but this week really has flown by. I have got a lot done though. Two shawls finished - one the Lady Iliffe's Shawl that I shared with you earlier in the week, and the other that I will share a peek of in a moment and the actual thing next week. I am also working madly on getting a scarf finished for myself, especially now that the weather has turned.
It has been a great week for socialising, a lunch out last week with girlfriends, another girlfriend lunch this week, a meeting with one of my lovely bloggy friends at Basildon, and at work seeing friends and other exciting things which again, I will share soon.
There is so much going on, no wonder I feel as though I am in a whirl hey. Today I have wrapped all of my gifts apart from the shawl and I realised that I still need to buy something else - I thought I was finished shopping! - but that is easily done. I have also used up all of the bows, so I need to replenish the stocks if I want any bows stuck on to my parcels. It is easier that way!!!
Thank you for your comments on my Christmas Story this week too. I hope that you realised that it was fiction and that I have never - and will never! - steal anything out of anyones shopping trolley, or fill their bins or any of those other things! They were in fact the worst imaginary things that I could come up with!! So if that is the worst I can imagine, I hope that I am fairly nice in real life..... I hope! Glad that you liked it!
Post has been coming thick and fast, of which I will speak more later, I also did something new for me - and this isn't an ad I promise - I ordered something from that shall not be named online book retailer and had it delivered to my local post office for me to collect. Oh gosh that was so good, not worrying about having to stay in to collect if. If you haven't tried it I recommend it!
This weekend we will - WE WILL! - get the decorations and tree out and sort out the house to look more festive, we really need it!
I imagine that you are all just as busy!
Yesterday I put up a giveaway with some goodies for you to say thank you for your support, you can sign up to take part until Christmas Eve, Eve (23rd December) so do go and leave a comment to take part if you wish.
Well, after all of that chat, I better get to my five things, because I have more to say about them! They are, in a random order I should say.
This is a not very good shot of the second Seaglass Shawl that I have made. This is for a Christmas gift, and it is currently blocking. I will take better photos when it is dry and I can hang it up nicely. I am so pleased with it though, it is smaller than the one I made for myself - this is to the actual pattern size. Blocking it was much easier too, far easier the second time around! The colour is a sort of burnt orange, doesn't show up well on this green foam background!
Thank you so much to all of you who have sent me a Christmas Card. I really wasn't expecting anything, but it is so very kind and so very wonderful of you to have done so!!!
I did start off sending cards back, but I have run out of handmade cards and being honest with you, I cannot really afford the postage to send off any more cards. I started to send them, and wasn't expecting to get so many. I feel very badly that I cannot send you all a card, and I do hope that those of you who will not be getting a card from me understand. I am so very sorry if I cannot respond
Thank you though so very very much for you cards.. All of those I have received to date are in the photo above. I will share them in more detail though when we do the big card reveal and share on the 21st December.
There has been one problem though! I ran out of space to keep your cards in my office and they were taking over my desk so I had no space to work! A nice problem to have though. So they are now in the living room with our other cards, you can see yours and others in the photos above and below.
Decorating so far has been non existent. I have poked a few things around and about as I have found them tucked away and also dangled the three new baubles I bought from the fireguard - below. As I already said this weekend is our big decorating weekend. So I will - I really will - share decorations with you next week.
Wrapping all - well nearly! - all done though!!
No more woodpeckers! There is in fact very little happening in the garden right now. Although this looks like a slightly boring scene, I am aware that some of you would give your eyeteeth to have your garden looking like this with all the awful weather that has been happening and the flooding too. If you have been affected by Storm Desmond, then I send my sympathies and all good thoughts to you. I do hope that you will soon be recovered and safe.
A few of you - who were already kind enough to send me lovely cards! - tucked a little something extra into your cards, which was totally against the rules - as Dotty's Daughter pointed out to me!
It was though incredibly nice of you. Thank you for your kindness!!
I have also received a wonderful gift from my friend Wendy. This quilt block - below. Wendy tells me that it is called a Pineapple Block, and she chose this one for me because of my love of pineapples! Isn't that just a true and wonderful friend. I absolutely adore it. The work is exquisite, it is very small, but so very beautiful and even more beautiful because of the size of it. Thank you my dear Wendy!
Well, I have wittered on for nearly 45 minutes of writing now, so I better give up and leave you all in peace - I hope that it hasn't taken you that long to read it! Better go and get sorted out because hubby will soon be home - writing this on Thursday afternoon - and right now the house appears as though I have done nothing all day!
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! Thank you all again for your many blessings, I return them all to you tenfold!
Love and Hugs!
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