I hope you have had a wonderful festive season and a great start to the new year.
All the Christmas prep was completed just in time.
I applogise these photos were taken really late on Christmas Eve. The gingerbread house was being held until the icing set with some cooking twine – which was removed just before serving on Christmas day. I had a small disaster with the first batch of gingerbread I made was to soft and I had a rather large wall cave in. I couldn’t save it (which my kiddos were very happy about!) so after some googling I found a new recipe here and made a new one Christmas Eve. Miss 11 and I decorated 2 cakes, one for Christmas day and one for later. The little santas you see were inspired by Judy May here. A few weeks before Christmas a couple of friends came over and we made about 100 of these. 50 of these went with my friend just before Christmas to an orphanage in Cambodia she established a charity for. The children really loved them from the pics she has sent me.
I did finish the engagement card I needed for my hubby’s nephew. Images are from Flourishes wedded bliss stamped in tip top taupe and finished with ribbon and lace from my stash.
So what have I been doing since the fat man arrived?
After the post Christmas sales – yes more shopping, Mr almost 18 needed a birthday present for 15th January and the girls had birthday money & vouchers which “needed” to be spent i.e. were burning a hole in their pockets!
I have started the quilt I mentioned in the last post. Top all done ready for backing, basting and machine quilting. Should have time to complete before the birthday next week. Will share when finished.
In the last week we have spent some time away in Yarrawonga with a couple of hubby’s brothers and some of their children.
I couldn’t go past the quilt shop without stopping and making a small purchase. I’m hoping I have some fabrics in my stash that will go with this.
A great opportunity while away to read a book (the Nightingale – Kristin Hannah) and start another one (Written in my own hearts blood – Diana Gabaldon). I also got a little knitting done, nothing finished though.