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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Frantic Festivities..


All of the stress. 

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I'm really beginning to feel as though I'm drowning in a sea of cards to write, presents to wrap and parcels to send. I've been toting my current knitting project around with me just about everywhere, as I need to get it finished off and packaged up to send out, but it's end seems constantly out of reach.

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With plans to have some shelving built for the shoe room, I've been continuing to clear out things from my wardrobes and I'm trying to be ruthless. Anything which doesn't fit anymore *needs* to go. These are some of the shoes I've listed for sale so far (size 6, 7 and 8) and more is being listed by the day on my insta-sale page. Plus, every little helps when it comes to paying Christmas bills!

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Receiving my first handmade Christmas card the other day reminded me that I really need to finish off, write and send my cards. I'm sure that with only two weeks until Christmas Eve, the last posting dates must be looming. 

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Robot Wool - Ditto Fabrics
 I have so many sewing projects I'd love to get around to - this super wool arrived the other day and is waiting to be cut out and become this pattern. I think this is always the way when you have lots to make for others. I still have a couple of Christmas dresses to make for others, and a couple of other garments as presents. I unpacked my box of Christmas dresses last weekend for the guides Xmas weekend and remembered that I do have a handful of different ones, so that was nice. Although I'd still love to make myself one in this fabric. I also have the postage stamp quilt to finish, as well as a pile of dress fabrics ready to be made up and some lovely cord which I want to make this pattern with. I think that might be a task for next year, though.


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Last night, to finish off one of my swap parcel, I made a veritable heap of gingerbread, inspired by Paige's blog post. I've been baking a fair amount lately, with a few Christmas cakes to make (I've been using the same recipe for a few years now, as it's so easy and seems to be well-received) as well as plenty of mince pies. I need to think of a fruit-free option for my sisters for Xmas Dinner though. I'm leaning towards this, but will need to leave it until nearer the time.

What's stressing you out at the moment or are you all set with your festive prep?



11 comments:

  1. I feel stressed on your behalf after reading that. There's so much on your to do list! I've been knitting like a demon as well making christmas decorations for presents, so my turia dungarees are still sitting on the back burner. I also haven't started my christmas cards... or my festive baking. Really need to start that this weekend.

    That robot wool is seriously fantastic. I can't wait to see it as a coat!

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    1. I'm pleased because all of the actual knitting is now done, all I need to do with it now is sew it up.

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  2. You're doing well Char!! Good luck with it all.x

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  3. The only thing I've managed to get done is my gift buying, but I'm a long way off being finished with baking, wrapping and card writing. I can't believe there's only 2 weeks till Christmas... where does time go?!

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    1. I can't believe how quickly it seems to have gone from "oh, it's months away" to suddenly "eep, two weeks!"

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  4. Oh gosh, yes. I feel the stress and I'm getting to the point of not caring! (And I don't have half the issues going on that you do!).
    But other than all the above, I hope you are doing OK?
    Zxx

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    1. Not too bad, and I feel as though I've managed to get a lot more ticked off in the past couple of days, so that's helped.

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  5. That robot wool is amazing! Hope things are calming down a bit for you now, I just try not to make everything the be all and end all (although that is often easier said than done!)

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    1. I can't wait to get around to making the coat up. In fact, even if the weather is rotten around Xmas, I'll be happy to have some time with the sewing machine.

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  6. Robots! Knitting! Biscuits! This all looks amazing :) I'm sort of trying to dial back the stress - I figure if things don't get done then they don't get done, but I'm still trying my hardest to pull everything together in time for Christmas! :)

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