The past week and a bit has been hectic. Oh my! So much to do, so little time to stop. breathe. reflect. blog. It has just been go, go, go.
There has been special Secret Santa making for a very lovely purple loving colleague at work.
I knitted a purple scarf, in simple wonky garter stitch, in three days!!! I was a knitting maniac! I crocheted some purple flowers and hooked a purple snowflake too. In my making frenzy it must be said that I was cursing the organisers for not providing very much time for those people who wish to make their gifts!!! It was all worth it though, because I just loving giving things that I know people are really going to love. And she did. The recipient was overwhelmed and it made my heart (in secret) swell with pride and joy.
After the secret Santa making it was time to finish off (and start) some birthday making for my darling and very precious Ms. M.
Ms. M. loves Spot. Knowing that she was a tad envious of her older brother who has a library bag for school it was a real thrill to make this bag for her. I was also stoked when I found the title “Spot Goes To School” at a local book shop because after these coming holidays Ms. M will be starting kindy. She is so very focussed at the moment on making sure she will be ready, practising her independent behaviours as best she can.
In the past week there has been cup cake making for family day care, birthday cake making for her special day, and mini-cup cake making for long day care.
Throw into the mix a little bit of (last minute) pink stitching to make my beautiful girl a softie for her special day. (Note to self: do start earlier next year – say September!)
More recent making has included gingerbread man baking and then early morning decorating and afternoon Christmas tree pizza creating. There was the wise decision en route to collect E. from school this afternoon, after a very unproductive day with a very clingy O., not to hand make the teachers gifts tonight, instead driving through a passing bottle-o and buying bottles of wine.
Oh yeah and there has been making for a special new baby too.
I’m not so sure what my life-long friend and childhood neighbour will think of the handmade gifts for her baby daughter. I explained in the card that whilst they were wonky and imperfect I had put love in every stitch and as I made dreamt of her most wonderful future. I do so hope she likes them, but I also worry that perhaps she’ll think I’m being “cheap” by making gifts rather than buying them.
So there you have it. Busy busy busy. The last week has also included the school Carols by Candelight event, end of year night time cricket event and a twenty four hour bug for E. which left me three couch covers, two doonas, and lots and lots of towels and sheets to wash.
I almost forgot to tell you that on the 15.12.12 the tooth fairy made his/her very first visit to our home. “Best day of [E’s] life”. His tooth fell out as we were driving down Hepburn Avenue and he, Ms. M and I were all screaming for joy in the car. It was a magical and thrilling moment indeed. …and then I burst into tears. My baby boy is starting to lose the last remnants of his baby-hood.
In the coming week I’m hoping to make two more baby outfits, as there is an apparent baby boom at my work and then I’ll be starting the Christmas making. Yep. Starting the Christmas making for my little tribe… but if I don’t finish it I’m not going to be hard on myself. Nope. If I don’t make the deadline then they can help me finish off on Boxing Day while we watch the cricket on the tele and generally relax. I’d rather they remembered a Mama who was late than a Mama who was stressed out tired and grumpy!!!
So how you doing at this silly time of year? Keeping your head above water?