Presents – check, shoes – check, applique – check

I think I may have finished all my Christmas shopping — I am quite impressed that I didn’t do my usual last minute panicked dash out to Chadstone to join the jostling hordes to find totally inappropriate presents for unsuspecting family members. I managed to avoid altogether the tire-kicking crowds that bring out unexpected and quite scary misanthropic feelings. There is still a bunch of baking to be done (any one have a good shortbread recipe?) but otherwise I am all set to go – mostly thanks to the awesome powers of Lotta Jansdotter – whose stationary will suit young and old and is very cool and classy and not too expensive.
Now it’s time to kick back and cut out some paper snowflakes – and enjoy yet another incongruous decoration for a Southern Hemisphere Christmas.

I also went out today and bought shoes. Carrie Bradshaw I am not – I hate buying shoes. I have troublesome feet so the selection of shoes to choose from is pretty limited and mostly designed for old ladies who also have troublesome feet. Luckily there is always something decent from Kumfs but I will have to plod around feeling none-to-glamorous.

I have finished working on the hard stuff (which is the applique) for my contribution to December’s Month of Softies, now it’s just a case of sewing it all up and lining it. It is indeed Amelia’s christmas stocking. I am being extremely sentimental by using bits and pieces of fabric and thread and buttons that mostly mean something. A button from a cardigan from when I was small… some of the previously mentioned thread from great great grandmother’s stash… some gingham from one of Amelia’s old baby wraps and so on.

Meanwhile Eleanor is going bananas on ebay – which is great as it is all going to UNICEF.

Speaking of UNICEF, Amelia, Big-P and I are enjoying UNICEF’s Advent Calendar this year with illustrations by one of my favourites Elisa Kleven. Amelia springs about each morning until we get it down for her so she can open the next window. I used to love Advent calendars when I was little – such a simple delight.

Speaking of delight — Christina has posted photos of the amazing “Dicken’s World” that she and Paul put up every Christmas. I am in awe. Big-P just stopped by my computer to check it out and we have decided we will have to make one next year! Ha! We’ll see. 😀