This year I finished my gift shopping early. I wrapped everything too; made sure each child has the e*x*a*c*t same number of gifts and put them away where I will find them. I can't tell you how liberating this has been. Truly like a gift to myself. Since then I have been able to do fun stuff - purely indulgent stuff that has no deadline and is just for me. Things like: crocheting lacy things for my neck and a completely frivolous candle sleeve.
I made myself an earring holder from a thrifted frame and wall paper, plus a little chicken wire and stash trim.
I helped My Favourite Girl make a pillow for her Girl Guide gift exchange in a completely non-stressful way: ie. not between me putting something in oven for dinner and setting the table, all the while watching the clock and kicking myself for not picking up something at the dollar store. It was a hit, I hear.
The feather pattern is from magazine called (I think) Make It . She did all the hand stitching herself and even the machine sewing. I must really be relaxed if I let her use my sewing machine!
I have a few gifts to make, but there is no pressure: I am thoroughly enjoying the process and putting lots of good wishes into every stitch. I should be done by the end of this week.
Now I'm drinking eggnog flavoured coffee ( one of the lovely hostess I received from our Christmas party last weekend); listening to my Dixieland Christmas CD and contemplating doing a little bit of card making. Oh, life is good when your holiday shopping is done!
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