Friday, 30 November 2007

'Tis The Season

As the nights draw in and the cold wind blows, so my thoughts turn to Christmas. Actually, they should have turned towards it weeks ago ~ I have never been so disorganized!

Paul and I went to a Christmas Craft Fair last Saturday ~ as visitors for a change. It was held at Broadway Gardens, which is a garden centre in St Catharine's, Ontario. We had never visited this place before, but I must admit that a lot of the crafts were of poor quality in comparison to the beautiful crafts I see on so many blogs.

I did buy two beautiful poinsettias ~ red, of course. I see the white ones and admire them, but I always want that touch of festive cheer.

On these cold evenings, it is nice to be able to snuggle up under something warm whilst reading or whiling away the hours with some other occupation. I thought that as the season is upon us; it was time to dig out my Christmas blanket.

I made this blanket a few years ago now, but it is still a favourite. I spent weeks knitting the squares and I think that I finished it within a month; so determined was I to have it done for Christmas Eve. The ends are fringed, but it is too large for you to see this in the photo.

The trouble with these darker days and evenings is that I have been unable to take any half decent photographs. I need the lights on even during the day, so I have been putting off taking pictures of my Christmas pieces in the hope of a bright day ~ I have reached the stage now, where I am going to take them regardless! Have a great weekend.

Jessica's Gifts

Many months ago, I asked Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits if she would make my little niece Jessica a birthday present. Before you all get excited and think that Julie is taking commissions; I must stress that this was at a time when she was still doing custom orders. I told her that there was no rush, as Jessica's birthday is in November.

Some time later, Julie contacted me and told me that she was working on two projects and asked which one I thought Jessica would like. I chose a ballerina polar bear and here is the result of her efforts ~ isn't she delightful! Julie kindly made a pretty bag for my gift and sent her to Jessica. Thank you Julie ~ I so appreciate your kindness.

Jessica was three last month and I can hardly believe where the time has gone. I last saw her when she was five months' of age and it broke my heart when she looked at me through the car window and gave me her enormous smile. Here is a photo taken at the hospital shortly after she was born. What a proud Auntie! I love you Jessica.

The second gift is a bag that I first saw on Julie's blog when she bought one for her daughter Amy. It was made by the talented Alice at Raspberry. I thought that Jessica would love it and it was perfect for her holiday, so I quickly ordered one before it sold.

The attention to detail is incredible and though I have yet to see the bag (other than on a photo), I do appreciate the time involved in Alice's work ~ view other examples on her blog.