It’s hard to settle at this time of year, with so much going on during the pre-Christmas rush and all the end of year social activities which come at this time of year. I’ve been busy writing letters to pop into the overseas Christmas Cards, so that’s a job well done. The Christmas Cake is made and maturing nicely – what else do I need to do in the way of kitchen duties? Decide on the Christmas Day dessert, I’m leaning towards making a Chocolate Cheesecake, and there will be a Christmas Pudding, too, of course. It doesn’t matter how hot the day will be down in our part of the world, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas Pud. And I still have my chocolate cherry balls to make.
There’s been no “rolling the dice” as I wasn’t sure that I will get much sewing done with so much happening on the social calendar over these last few weeks. But I’ve been trying to do my minimum “15 minutes a day”, some hand stitching under the shady archgola, and I had a little mending to do. Plus I’ve been busy cutting fabrics to prepare for another “leader and ender” project when I get to sit at the sewing machine.
Cutting and marking for HSTs
Alphabet Noel is now hanging over the sofa, just a little longer than I imagined, as it turned out, but I’m sure that doesn’t matter too much.
I’m sharing several more of my hand made Christmas items I made in various classes over the years. First is a Santa, just hanging about – I think he was a kit. I quite enjoyed making the stitchery on my fabric Christmas Tree. The class called for the tree to be strip pieced, but I thought my green fabric printed with gold branches worked well instead. And lastly, a pedestal Santa. He stands on a weighted base instead of having legs.
Hand made from Christmas past
We can’t complain about the weather, it is still wonderfully warm, so we hope the good weather lasts for Christmas Day. So warm that Gemma seems to snooze the day away. She is fast asleep and just about to fall off the chair!
Sleepy time for Gemma