This weekend ...
:: I delighted in the sun streaming through the windows into the house this morning.
Waking to sunshine after days of drizzle and low light levels did me the world of good.
If I was a cat I'd be lying in a sunbeam, purring. But I'm not so I show my appreciation by taking photos of interesting shadows instead.
:: Bella and I spent the darkening afternoon making birthday party invitations.
We used ribbons, washi tape, card, glue...no crafting box went unransacked. She dictates, I do as I'm told. We make a good team. They're meant to be lollipops. Yes, I know, they look more like ping pong bats.
:: I finished joining my blanket. Just the border to do now...
:: I opened a box of personalised Christmas cards. I ordered them from here and used my own pictures. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out on the whole. Sadly, I still have to write them, a task I loathe. By the third card my hand is cramped and my writing a scrawl. I have a huge fear I'll muddle up someone's card and someone else's envelope at some point. However, I persist every year with this tradition as I think it's an important one. It's a nice way to stay in touch with people and I love to receive Christmas cards. A card-free Christmas would be a bleak one, for me anyway.
:: I spent another slow, cosy afternoon with jam jars, tissue paper and a paint brush making tea light holders. Enormous fun. I'll post more about that soon.
:: I unpacked the advent calendar bunting.*
:: More importantly, I remembered to put some of these in the calendar for tomorrow morning. Tis the season of chocolate before breakfast.
And in amongst that there was a fun night out last night at the 80s fancy dress party. (I dined with Freddie Mercury, Maverick from Top Gun, George Micheal and three Madonnas. I want to go to another one so I've got an excuse to buy a suit with huge shoulder pads from a vintage shop.) We walked in the woods, ate fish and chips, tackled the supermarket, took small people to swimming lessons, paid library fines, watched fantastic old films and just generally went about our weekend in a gentle and relaxed way. It was just what we needed. I want to store up this feeling. It might see me through the coming weeks.
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I promised I would held spread the word about this raffle to raise money for Myeloma UK. Money raised is going towards research into the condition as well as helping support those who have it, and their families and friends. It's an excellent cause and a local one, too.