Sunday, 13 December 2009


Is there a hint of sarcasm in my title you may wonder. Well if I'd written it last week probably. However now I've done the cards, most of the shopping and decorated the tree with various baubles, novelties and edibles which should keep my grandchildren amused, I am beginning to get into the spirit of the festive season.
The tree is looking good, whether it will in a fortnights time remains to be seen. The man who sold it to me yesterday, Fred Smith, said it had been freshly dug up that very morning from his own Christmas tree farm, I was very impressed with that. We hadn't intended being out most of the morning, I mean how long does it take to buy a tree, but Michael had found this place on the internet, just the other side of Colchester and off we trundled. Hopefully the 40 mile round trip will prove to have been worth it.
All I've got to do now before the 25th December is wrap the presents, marzipan and ice the cake, help my daughter move house and FINISH ONE MORE BRACELET!
Do you think I'm stressed?

Saturday, 5 December 2009

2 DOWN, 3 TO GO!

If you recall, I mentioned that I purchased some bracelets, five infact, to make as Christmas presents, well, I have finished two. I had to get Michael this morning to help put the clasps on. It was like the blind leading the blind, neither of us could see properly, we had to wait an hour before our eyes could focus. No, before you even think it, we hadn't been drinking last night.
I am pleased with my efforts, even though I will need to consider carefully who to give them too. I need to think of someone who has a man sized wrist and is happy to wear sparkly jewellery. Ok, so I made them rather on the large size, I won't get too carried away with the knitting for the next three.
Have to say the advice on threading the beads on the wire by my cousin, a textile artist, was very helpful. Thanks Miriam! I was able to thread the beads for bracelet no. 3 in the time it took to watch "The One Show" last night, the other two took three days each. It goes to show you can't thread beads, drink a glass of wine and juggle the tv remote control at the same time.