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!

Happy (Belated) Holidays

I really really wanted to make an extra special Christmas post on my blog, but alas, last minute wholesale orders & Etsy craziness meant I didn't have a minute to spare. Sadly, I missed out on doing a December giveaway!

Never fear, I have a special New Year's giveaway planned with two prizes to make up for the non-existent Christmas one.

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Stay tuned for the giveaway announcement in the first week of 2008!

Do you like my little wooden cowboy puppet? One of my grandmas died when I was three, & years later, my mum gave me a Christmas stocking my gran had bought for me, & this little guy was one of the toys in it. He's one of my favourite possessions & hangs near my desk so I see him everyday!

Not specifically Christmassy is this fabulous Little Audrey cartoon...but it reminds me of Christmas.

Just show me the hard-hearted curmudgeon who can resist dancing cupcakes!

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