A Handmade Christmas

Did you have a good Christmas? My aim was to have a relaxing, stress-free time, but it never quite happens that way does it? The last few days before Christmas were a flurry of making & baking.

We decided to make each other presents this year - here are a few pics of the things I made. I wanted to make things I don't normally do & I used vintage graphics instead of my own artwork - I wanted to give everyone something they wouldn't be expecting from me. Despite the last minute rush, I really had a lot of fun making fudge, shortbreads, soy candles, compact mirrors, lip balms & potpourri sachets. It wasn't so much fun making chocolate truffles...they turned out a little lumpy & I somehow managed to get chocolate everywhere. I received some beautiful gifts in return. My sister Cass & her boyfriend Dave planted me a herb garden & made delicious walnut shortbreads, & my best friend Mark & his fiancé Stevie made gift boxes of bath & beauty products with the most gorgeous packaging.

I hope you had a chance to catch up with the people you love & had a wonderful time! I'm looking forward to doing nothing for the rest of today...maybe some reading & DVD watching, & a sandwich made from leftover glazed seitan roast with cashew lemon & thyme stuffing. Yum!