Monday, December 24, 2012

Well that's all folks...

It's the night before Christmas.  I'm trying to quell the growing panic by attending to unnecessary tasks and leaving the important stuff for 1 am or thereabouts.  Actually, that's not true.  I'm feeling kind of organised.  Except for the fact I haven't managed to complete the sewing I've been trying to do for my girls and I.  

Today is about Christmas baking, something the MOTH has been attending to for the last few years  (I'm reclaiming the kitchen).  Actually, he's much better at shortbread than I am.  Marv and I have been making fruit mince pies.  Earlier I made another batch of these hazelnut snowballs I posted to Instagram the other week -

I've made the sugar syrup for tomorrow's pre-lunch cocktails, roasted the pumpkin for one of the lunch dishes and the esky is full of ice & drinks.  Even the Christmas presents are wrapped and under the tree (unusual for this household!).

I'm off to tidy the garden before we crank up the BBQ, bath the kids and wait for the sun to go down.  Christmas Eve sees us trawling the neighbourhood for pretty lights.

We're excited about tomorrow.  This is the busiest year the MOTH and I have ever experienced.  We're feeling stretched and weary.  But tomorrow we are reminded of the magic of childhood and the mystery that is Christmas.  We will be without our girls (here and here) for the first time.  But we will be surrounded by family and celebrating this new life -

Merry Christmas all.  Safe journeying.

I'm off for a few weeks of R&R - I'll be back in late January.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Triple header weekend

I've had stern words with myself.  There will be no more last minute market bookings (although last Tuesday night at Wales Street went off with a bang!).  So, folks, the countdown clock is ticking loudly.  This weekend I'll be at the Sister's Market at Northcote Town Hall as follows - 

On Sunday 9th December I will be at the Shirt and Skirt Markets at Abbotsford Convent, close by to the Convent Bakery. From 10-4.

I'm still sewing new fabrics and designs.  This week there are new basic drawstring shorts for boys and by tomorrow there will be some new dresses for the baby girls.  I've been busy restocking singlets, onesies and reversible hairbands.  There's a full-time job just there!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Squeezing another one in

I have not organised an advent calendar.  I have not decorated the house with Christmas ornaments.  The Christmas shopping is yet to be done.  I have, however, at the last minute, found time to squeeze another market in.  I have my priorities worked out!

On Tuesday night I'll be heading off to the Wales Street Primary School "Christmas Shopping Market".  

Wales Street Primary School
Wales Street Thornbury
Tuesday 4th December
6:30 - 9:00pm

Enter via Clyde Street

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Baby love

My Mum has a new puppy.  They came visiting today, because my children only saw her yesterday.  The kiddos are besotted.  Little Kora reminds me of our own Kali when she was a pup 15 long years ago.  

I didn't think I was ready for another pup.  But I am.  Now.