Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Moments of Christmas


What would you do if you had more time?


I would spend any extra minutes writing stuff down, those precious memories that I fear will get lost in my over-crowded mind. My craft / life balance is slightly out of kilter and I have a headache . Both indications that I am doing too much for my head to process and I need to sit back and allow my thoughts to catch up without being compelled to craft every spare second or constantly adding more items to my to do list.

It is after all almost Christmas and there is so much joy to document. What if I didn't get a chance to note down how entertaining I found it to watch Charlie spend the majority of the performance trying to remove the tinsel from his wrists as an angel in his school nativity? Or his description of Widow Twanky as "like this mum who was actually a man and wore these like really weird costumes and kept changing her costumes and telling all the jokes?"

Josie is far more grown up in her approach to Christmas this year. Her preparations would no doubt have involved hanging out in town with her friends, Christmas shopping and spending a fortunate on over priced seasonally flavoured coffee if she hadn't have been ill. No nativity for Josie this year, just an opportunity for her to spend more of my money on an outfit for the school disco.

Thanks to our advent candle, Charlie has learnt the dangers of playing with fire and how angry it's likely to make your mother. Fortunately this was a lesson that didn't involve burning the house down, however there was a fair amount of smoke, ash and water scattered around the candle. I particularly liked his response to my questioning of what had occurred; according to Charlie "nothing."

Best of all so far though has been Charlie hassling me to finish the peg doll Jesus set because he wanted to make a stop motion movie.


And a bonus Christmas moment for all those friends and family who will be able to picture Charlie saying, "if you don't believe me, text Santa and ask him" when I foolishly thought that he was lying about taking more Bombay mix without asking.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

2nd December

I will endeavour to remain optimistic but I have my doubts. It could quite easily be a picture postcard white Christmas but just incase, Charlie and I have made our own pompom snowballs.


There's the old fashioned method of using card but pompom makers really do make life so much easier.

We took it in turns to wrap the yarn around each half, once we'd wrangled it off the dog, because Charlie found the edges a bit tricky. As a sheep dog, Sherlock certainly takes his role seriously and is a serial yarn stealer.

Charlie now has two fluffy pompom snowballs as part of his Christmas display.

And I have a small pile growing on my bedroom mantlepiece, ready for some very important decorating business in a couple of weeks time.


Monday, 1 December 2014

December 1st

I'm going a bit old skool on the whole Christmas Advent thing this year. Yes the children still have their trashy commercial chocolate a day at breakfast calendars but we also have a simple advent candle. It has caused much excitement as to who will be blowing it out on which day up until the 24th. Much as I'd like to fly off to see the Northern Lights in Lapland, we are keeping it simple and the Jesus set at the Cathedral will do us quite nicely, thank you very much.

And in the true spirit of a handmade homemade Christmas, Charlie, his little friend and I made popcorn string decorations after school today because it was far too gloomy and dark to play in the park.


It's super simple. You make some popcorn, you thread it onto some crochet thread or thin yarn and your done. Some of the popcorn might break in process but you can just eat, in fact the boys ate quite a lot broken or not. My favourite part though was when they both asked me if I was going to make popcorn strings with them and they were pleased when I did. It's nice to be wanted.

We did get a tiny bit fancy though and painted the finished strings with glitter glue. It is after all the season to sparkle and shine.