I thought I'd pop in quickly and say "helloooo".
A week to go!
After a very iffy start to the month, I think I might just go so far as to say that I'm feeling surprisingly organised! Of course, now that I've made such a smug public declaration, something is bound to go wrong!
I just love this bit. You know, when most of the major preparations are done and the pace starts to slow down a little. Other than the food, all that really remains is the wrapping (hate that bit) and delivering (love that bit) of presents.
I've even done most of my pre-Christmas clean. Not just a waft around with a duster while humming to "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" but a PROPER tops-of-cupboards and move-furniture clean. I've also had a ruthless yarn sort-out. I took a large carrier bag full to a local charity shop where an elderly lady customer immediately pounced on it's contents as if it were treasure!
We bought our Christmas tree last weekend from a local farm and it's sitting twinkling in the corner of the lounge. I let my daughter decorate it. Honestly, I didn't intervene at all. Well, perhaps once when she put two baubles of the same colour on neighbouring branches (which I'm sure was just to test me!).
I also couldn't resist buying a large bunch of holly which is now looking so pretty in a festive jug. It's decked in some beautiful handmade decorations which my lovely friend Cuckoo has just sent.
In non-Christmassy news, I've treated myself to a new book. Do you see it in the second-to-last photo? It's the third one I have now from the Japanese Pretty Crochet Color Goods series (bought here) and it's completely and utterly gorgeous. My mind is positively whirring with inspiration and ideas. I'm hoping for lots of relaxing hooky-time over the next week or two. More on that next time.
I hope to be back once more before the 'big day' so, until then, a very happy pre-Christmas to you all.