Well, I've had a good long think about the stuff I want to post here, and the order to post it in, and I'm none the wiser nor more prepared! You'll just have to take things as they're posted! All very exciting... (I have no life - shush!)
FIRSTLY - I had a LOVELY Christmas staying with my mum. It's the first time I've had Christmas eve night there since I left home and I felt like a little kid again! Not LEAST of all because 'Santa' brought me the very same Christmas stocking that I've had since I was a teeny weeny little girl ! It was filled with all the lovely, silly traditional gifts that make me remember earlier Christmases with a happy smile -
Groovy li'l wooden toys - including a bendable zombie?! And a duckie-shaped compass - like I'm TOTALLY sure Bear Grylls has (*ahem*). Note the awesome reindeer socks. Oh yeah. They go perfectly with the knitted Santa leggings! Yes....knitted Santa leggings. I thank you. Yes. I also got VERY warm woolly fluffy socks which are perfect for chilly evenings - see?
A new spiral bound sketch book and some fabulous ephemera packs from mum - including those sweet little fabric patches...
Not sure what I'll use them for, but it'll be fun hoarding them 'til I figure it out! My friend also sent me THE most GORGEOUS paper - a DCWV Garden Tea Party 12"x12" stack, and a Bo Bunny 'The Avenues' 12"x12" paper pack which.....are......SO pretty! I'm itchin' to get my scissors to them, but I'll be good and have a plan in mind before I begin! He also sent me the most wonderful craft tape. It's from Paperchase and is more like a proper smooth paper than washi paper. The vintage designs are VERY me and there's a LOT of it on the rolls so I'll be able to add it to a helluva lot of projects - I am crazy excited about that!
See? Isn't this just THE most awesome tape collection? The box it comes in even has a tube that keeps them all in place AND a metal cutting edge - so cool!
I'm still in the process of clearing up my house after the decimation caused by all the pre-Christmas/Yule crafting projects (art stuff EVERYWHERE!) so my presents are mostly still boxed up but here's a pretty, PRETTY Little Mermaid statue my friend sent me (MERMAID!!!!! OOOO!!!) and a wonderful treasure box my mum gave me (more on that in the next post) , out on display with my big massive 2013 journal, a 'Fables' book from my friend and a lovely teacup my mum gave me for my birthday this year -
We had a lovely Christmas dinner surrounded by Christmas lights -
That was my Christmas day - warm and snug at home with mum and my little kitty cat all snuggled up in front of the fire with the wind HOWLING outside (I returned home to fallen garden fences!). A really lovely day which I wanted to share with you.
I'll be back tomorrow with some lovely pictures of the treasure box that my mum painted for me. You've seen her artwork so you KNOW it'll be lovely! I'm ridiculously excited to be able to share this with you - honestly!
Sending love and hugs to you - hope you're warm and happy! See you soon - Shroo :) xxx