Oh my, this last week has been busy. Yesterday and today were busy. Tomorrow, and the day after that, and every day now until we break up for the Christmas holidays on Friday 20th December, will be the same. I've given in to it. Life is full and rich and I wouldn't have it any other way, but I am starting to get the feeling that I'm living in an anxiety dream and I've gone to the supermarket in my underwear. I've still got lots of Christmas presents to make...seven in fact. I am worrying that they will not be done. I have a birthday party to plan from scratch and carry out, cakes, balloons and party bags and all the other things. Christmas cards to write, presents still to buy. It's time to write a Really Good List.
So today, in a free half hour between coming back from the post office and going to help in school for the afternoon, I made these little gifts. You might think it a silly use of my time but activity like this relaxes me. Other might meditate, but I put the kettle on, turn on the radio and make something. It was a pleasing task in that it required very little time or skill, but looks pretty and festive, and cost very little - about £1 per jar I would guess.
Jam jars - the sort that contain pesto are just the right shape and size.
Small plastic deer, one for each jar. I bought these.
Ribbon - any colours but I opted to match the sweets.
Sweets to fill the jars.
I chose to spray my jar lids white as I had some white spray paint in the garage left over from various crafty things last summer. I then glued the deer to the lids with a glue gun as I didn't think PVA glue would secure them well enough, then filled the jar with sweets, tied a ribbon around it and called it an emergency Christmas present.
I filled three jars with red, white and green jelly beans. I bought a huge box a few weeks ago, ate all the pink, orange and yellow sweets and saved the rest for these jars. I used marshmallows and chocolate coins for the others.
I especially love the look of the shiny wrapped coins.
It was good to spend a moment doing this. A small job done. I haven't even had time to bring the Christmas boxes down from the loft yet - the only Christmas decorating I've done is hang the advent calendar. I'll make a start this week. How about you? Have you started to decorate you home yet? Are you busy too? This time of year - it's crazy but I do love it.