Friday, 19 December 2014

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

'Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. 
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.'
 Dr. Seuss

Busy busy busy ...

The tree is up!
...a tiny tree for I will be interstate with my sister and children while the Grinch enjoys a peaceful time at home.

           Gifts are in the finishing stages 
 (others tucked away, finished and wrapped!

Op shops have been visited for perfect vintage stocking fillers (and a few goodies to keep!)

Stockings are washed ready to be filled for the trip South

and the Creche has come out of the freezer.

I found this beautiful set on Etsy a couple of years ago, hand carved in Bethlehem from local olive wood and Quarantine may have let a bug slip through with it... unless the little people were hungry in their first year in storage, for the following Christmas one of the sheep had been nearly devoured.

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone. 


Friday, 12 December 2014

Dear friends bearing gifts...

'Fill all thy bones with aches'

My old school friend recently spent a week here while we worked on her house getting it ready for tenants. It turned out to be a bigger job than expected and while I wasn't enslaved or cursed, my bones were certainly aching and rather than the usual fervent prayer that work wouldn't want me, there was a hope that maybe they would...

However when I look at the wonderful thing she squeezed into her rather small car to bring a thousand kilometres to me, knowing that I had been longing without hope of fulfilment, I am touched and humbled and thrilled and all suffering is forgotten.

How beautiful is this!

and there's more...

she came with this beautiful chair...

with storage!

She is a lovely Bebarfald Bluebird from the late 20s or early 30s, made in NSW according to the embossing on the treadle. She needs a belt and I need some practice but she does a beautiful straight stitch with her vibrating shuttle bobbin and a few spins of her hand wheel. 

Her name is Bonnie (because she is pretty, charming and beautiful) and I am in love with her.

Thank you Angela, the angel you are.

(Oh and 2 finishes for December if you can count spool doilies!)