Jul is all but over and I'm sitting in bed with a furry baby on my lap,
tired but content. Although (or perhaps, because) I couldn't quite
muster up much in the way of Jul feeling this year, the post Jul blues
also - luckily - seems to have escaped me.
It could also be that I am looking at some time off work.
In the coming 2 weeks I will only be working 2 days around New Year's.
Besides that, January will be a time of contemplation and analysis for me.
I have some important decisions to make. Life altering, really.
More on that to come.
Just before the holidays I received a lovely package from a blog friend,
in the form of giveaway winnings. I had won a vintage pick of my choice
at the wonderful Etsy shop of Yvonne's at Winter's Moon - Woot!
I was very excited and chose a small silver evening purse.
When the package from Wales arrived however,
generous Yvonne had added a host of other great things;
'Fragile Things' by Neil Gaiman, a crocheted purple doily, postcards,
an old key, little skulls for decoration... The gift was amazing,
and a wonderful pick-me-up at an otherwise rough time for me.
For Lille Julafton (the 23rd) Cinnamon man gifted us both
the new Tomb Raider game (which we've played for two days
straight, and that I'm quite enjoying) - and then of course
there was Julafton at my parents' with my brother's family.
The food was wonderful and I ate way too much. I have three
young nieces and we always have someone dress up as Santa,
knock on the door and bring a bag of gifts for the kids. For a while
the hype was out of control, but that's just how it's supposed to be.
This year I was gifted things like sheep skin booties, a purse, a book,
a cake shape, candle holders, an espresso bean grinder and an assortment
of small bottles of port. Really I got much more than I expected!
And as always, we were sent home with a basket brimming with leftovers.
The jar lanterns above are really simple to make, with fine glitter,
glue, some beads and string. It looks like there's frost on the glass
and they matched my new little snow flake candle holders perfectly.
So - how were your holidays?
Did you get to spend some quality time with family and friends?
Did you get what you wished for?