Saturday, December 27, 2008

The December wrap up ...



Happy Christmas all - hope you got festive. Christmas day turned out to be a very cruisy end to what has been a rather crazy December. After markets and visits from friends and family it was lovely to kick back on the actual big day and down a glass or two of sparkling burgandy with the man, the girl and the Loz. But December was a goody ... we had our first craft night - a meeting of the dark arts of craft - talk about the full body craft massage ...so so relaxing - Eve hosted the evening and has us hooked for life - she made marbled cake and orange flavoured biscuits and poured us cups of tea whilst we beavered. Mrs Smith worked on her quilt; Marree sewed beautiful tree decs and Eve origamied a little corner of paradise ... so much so that Mrs Smith crossed the floor and got a little instruction in the dark paper arts.and I did a new lino cut for gift tags ... no photo ... It was hard handling a camera and cake and tea, and not cut myself with my sharp tools ...you know what I'm saying?? I walked out of there so relaxed ... maybe a craft option should be supplied in the day spa package. Needless to say we've booked in another session.
and then I have been part of a chutney swap. I got this awesome chilli jam from Bianca over here. thank you x. I could get used to this kin of carry on.
The rest of December saw me hunched over Helga the Husqvana madly sewing stock for markets and getting those xmas orders sorted. These guys (below) were special orders destined for flight across Bass Strait. Felt good to make something new


I hand delivered the final two dresses on the 23rd here. We got a tour - it was amazing... I want to stay there. I would be happy just to eat in their beautiful barn.
Job done and thoughts turned to xmas - our xmas. Edie's second and our first in Tassie and our new home. So special. Watching Edie with her presents was just so lovely. She's book mad, so everytime a book appeared we had to read it there and then.


She was curious about everything...

and lunch under the hollyhock (which flowered especially for Xmas) in a makeshift bedouin-esque tent went down a treat.
I wish you all so much for the festive season and beyond. May we all continue to follow the paths that make us most happy so that that joy may be in turn passed on one hundred fold to those we love and those we meet.

8 comments:

Nirvana Rose Watkins said...

Hi there, I've been reading your blog for a few weeks and this is the first time I've commented; I follow a few craft blogs, including Bianca's (Sadie and Lance), and I have been seeking out craft bloggers based in Tasmania as I have just moved to Launceston. It looks like you had a great festive celebration and I love your sewing. I'm a craft wannabe but keep a blog related to my work as a teacher here: http://soulcradler.edublogs.org. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Any other blogs that you can point me to would be great!

tam said...

Great Post my friend! Looks like you had quite the good crafting time! What fun! Is there anything more fun then to get a bunch of crafty grils together I ask you? I have been getting my fabric stash built up and making all sorts of sewing plans to sell-2009 is going to be a good year! And I am with ya on folowing our paths to happiness-thats where this girl is going! Happy New Year!~Smiles~Tam!

2paw said...

I love that photo of you and Edie. She is so excited and then eating with such concentration. Merry Christmas Gemma. Happy Crafting!!!

mrs smith said...

Beautiful post and very merry christmas and happy new year to you and your beautiful family. Those dresses were much loved and I am looking forward to concentrating that hard at the next full body craft massage.

Youa re doing an amazing job at settling into ol lonny town.
Great work my crafty girlfriend.

G

Georgia said...

Beautiful post, Gem. Love to you all from me xx

red bamboo said...

Hey hon, your blog was a great read (as usual) and it was sweet to see Edie enjoying her 2nd christmas (sorry we didn't see the 'bedoin tent'). Not surprised about the book fetish though. Looks like you are gathering a wonderful troupe of craftee's around you. Looking forward to tagging along.

Ellie said...

Was that your highchair from when you were a wee lass or an excellent op shop find?

I have photos of me in a very similar highchair with the laminex topped tray very very retro.

Lulu said...

The highchair is wonderful. Takes me back.