Deck the Halls!


It’s that time of year again when we dig around in our lofts or spare bedrooms or wherever it is we stashed the Christmas stuff after last year.   Mine were in a box cunningly labeled “Xmas Stuff.”  It came as a bit of a surprise to be honest, because most years I spend days hunting for boxes that are never where I thought they were and are usually in a box labeled something stupid like “dog toys,” or “duvet covers,” or even less helpful, in a box that isn’t labeled at all, at the back of the shed.  I’m not sure what’s happened.  Maybe I was hit on the head and got organised for the nano second it took me to chuck everything in the box?  Who knows.  Anyhow.  As you can see, I’ve decorated our tree, and very nice it looks too.

I am without a craft project at the moment and since it’s orange season here, I’m going to have a go at drying some oranges and lemons to add to the wreath I usually make.  I’ve googled it.  How hard can it be?  Right?  That’s what I thought.  Since we don’t have the usual holly and other British evergreens within easy reach, I’m also going to have to substitute most of what I usually use for something with a more Spanish flavour.  Olive and Almond maybe?  We’ll have to see.  Failing all, I’ll end up with some vases full of oranges and lemons to make the house smell nice.  One things for sure, since we have a bigger home now, my little tree looks a bit lost, so I need some more festive inspiration.  I’ll let you know how I get on.

In the meantime, whilst digging around in said “Xmas Stuff,” box I came across a Christmas Stocking I made for my Mum a few years ago.  It stays with us since she always spends Christmas with us and I get to play Santa and fill it up for her every year.  It really was a labour of love, and to make sure she didn’t feel left out, I made my mother-in-law one too.  I’ll leave it with you whilst I go on the hunt for some greenery.

Christmas Stocking in Cross-Stitch


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