It’s that time of year when everyone is busy rushing around trying to catch at work before the down time of the holidays.  It seems like there are more meetings in December than we ever have in January.  I suppose its trying to squeeze in a months worth of work time into just under three weeks.  It’s not just work which is busy.  I find I impose deadlines on myself which just add to the seasonal stress. This year (and to be honest most years) I try to plan the gifts I will create and make for people.  Now I know I am married to a Scotsman but things are not that tight with both of is still in work.  I could just go out and buy gifts, but I actually hate the thought of having to look around the shops for things. Unless something really jumps out at me and I impulse buy, I can’t plan gifts.

For once this year the tree is up and the twinkle lights are all over the house.  We are planning a family get together this Christmas and as we will get all the grandchildren together it was planned to try to make the time a bit special.

But as ever, I was a little over ambitious with my plans for a crafty Christmas.  I have made some gifts for my friends, but for most of the family and grandchildren the main gifts have been bought.

I have however had great fun in practicing some craft techniques which I have not done for ages.  I suppose it has been quite a change for me and its has really been therapeutic to relieve the stresses of the working life.  I have also scaled by my own expectations of what I can achieve.  I only have two unfinished work in progress gifts to complete before Christmas but if they don’t get done then that is also fine I am not going to worry.

So for my crafting this year I have enjoyed making little quilted items, I have knitted garments, done some needle felting, made a rag wreath from scraps and baked and decorated Christmas cakes and cookies.  I have learned new skills and had fun.  But I am not going to push myself any more.  Life  and crafting still has to be fun, but next year I might try to start a bit earlier!

Here is a photo of my newly decorated Christmas cakes complete with sparkle icing and my attempt at a Poinsettia. Christmas cakes