She Loves You Yeah, Year, Year!!

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas 2014

We had a lovely Christmas lead up and Christmas Day. I made a dozen bags and gave them as gifts to many and various people. The bag is my Go To pattern right now.

  Bags in december

Peri and Gilly received so many presents but I think they will like, best of all, their Sound of Music present. Or I will!! Yes, they are goats' horns.

The hills are alive with the sound of horns

I baked Christmas treats for lots of people: Mincemeat cupcakes, gingerbread biscuits, coconut ice, peppermint fondants, white chocolate lemon truffles, Christmas tree biscuits, Christmas spice shortbread stars and mint truffles.

Christmas treats

I sewed an impossibly cute mug rug for WeeJack and Bessie's mum.

For wee jock and bessie

For The WeeSingapore Boy a Harry Potter inspired quillow.

The Harry Potter Quillow

On one side I appliqu├ęd some Harry Potter items: HP initials, lightning bolt scar, glasses, and a golden snitch. On the other side the House colours. It folds from a quilt to a pillow, hence the quillow name. Folding it up is a bit like being Captain Parmenter on F Troop though. He could never refold the map as it was originally.

Quillow pillow

And suddenly it is the new year. How did that happen??? We spent New Year's Eve in our traditional way: filling in the new diary with dates and birthdays and holidays. We were not on the verandah because it was very windy. I have not one, or two, but three new Labrador mugs!!

New Year's Eve

Peri has been inordinately cute and grubby as usual. She is starting to feel her age, but still keeps Gilly in line and runs as fast as she can on our walks.

Peri is a grub

And Miss Lorelai Gilmore is so compact, she sits so beautifully and is quite petite!!! She has been keeping an eagle eye on all the happenings in the street, especially the two fireworks displays last night.

Gilly is so compact

And here's a gift from The HouseOfs that puts absolutely No Pressure on me.

At all.

No presssure gift

On seeing it they, (like most people I know) thought what excellent blogging material it could provide. How right they are. The first week is Snowflake week, and here I am wearing the Snowflake barrette, right next to their version.

Cad1

And so a new year begins. We don't make resolutions. There are some things we might like to do this year, but other than just living, being happy and enjoying time with The Labradors, family and friends there's not much more I could ever wish for.

It has been a happy and sad end to the year. Happy because of all the wonderful Christmas gatherings, my mum and aunt came to visit and I saw all my friends. Sad because there was a death in my friend's immediate family. I do feel very helpless and can't do my usual thing of cooking up a storm because everyone's fridges are full of Christmas food and drink. There is nothing to do but live life and grieve. Eventually time passes and one day you realise are not as sad as you were the day before.

Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, the god of doorways, has two faces: one looking to the past and one to the future. The month of January takes its name from Janus. And that's what we do in the New Year- consider the past and the future.

So here's to 2015 and all it will bring.

'Clink' (That's clinking cups of tea........)