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Well is it me or have the last few weeks gone nowhere?! I always find the build up to Christmas a little stressful but I have tried to chill a bit more this year and really enjoy the festivities. Here we are on Christmas Eve and I have forced myself to sit down with a festive drink and a couple of homemade biscuits that the lovely son has made today. Bless him he is such a love, his attention to detail when baking is commendable (not so with the cleaning up after but I’ll excuse him because the fruits of his labours are indeed delicious!)

I have been trying to blog for ages but somehow it always gets pushed down the list. I knew that when I took on the advent swap it would be a challenge to blog about but I am hanging my head in shame that I haven’t done a bit better.

Note to self :: Must try harder!

Anyway despite the lack of evidence I have truly LOVED the swap, I find that as “mum” “wife” “daughter” it’s too easy to become a martyr at this time of year. I have been ferrying people around, taking mum for her shopping, cleaning, cooking etc etc etc and the advent swap has been a time for me to feel that I am getting something out of the season, not just giving! It’s been brilliant to have a little treat each day to cheer the spirit. My swap partner Becky and I were both anxious and nervous that we wouldn’t live up to expectations but  can honestly say Becky has excelled by sending a lovely variety of thoughtful gifts.

Completing my advent swap took a fair bit of time and anxious moments and I can remember that as I took it to the Post Office I said it was fun but I would never do another swap. I am pleased to say my opinion is completely reversed and I would definitely do another one. Sometimes in life you have to take the plunge and come what may don’t you.

All that remains to say is have a wonderful Christmas an a fantastic new year. Hope that your days are merry and bright and Santa remembers you all.

~Christmas Blessings~

Louise xx

 


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Brrrrr it’s been cold in Blackpool today. We have completely avoided the snow up to now but it came today and because the temperatures have been so cold it has stayed and frozen. The garden this morning looked so atmospheric with snow covered trees and freezing fog.

I need to update you all on my advent swap gifts from Becky. Oh my, I have had so much fun opening the gifts she sent. I have to say that we were both a little anxious about swapping, being newbies and all that, but I have really enjoyed the surprises I have received each day and now feel inspired to partake in swaps again, I can really see the attraction!

On Thursday 2nd I opened a lovely fabric heart which now has pride of place over my fireplace. It is hanging from a mirror that belonged to my Grandma and is very special to me. it really fits the bill! I will take a picture of the mirror (complete with heart) when the light here is better. The days have been terribly gloomy of late, not much daylight around just now is there? For now though here’s a shot from work where I seem to spend most of the daylight hours.

3rd December bought me some tissues in cheery polka dot packets. There is something about dotty things isn’t there? They lift the spirits as soon as you see them and make you smile. Had to prise them out of sneaky daughters mitts 🙂

On the 4th day of December, Becky sent to me (I can see a song developing here) an angel bookmark so the angels can be with me too. I’m in need of one or two angels at the moment to be honest. Although Christmas is lovely it can sometimes bring a sense of loss as well. I put the bookmark straight to use on Sunday when I got a super book of patterns for knitted flowers. I love the way it was a Sunday gift because it meant I found a few minutes to get some yarn and have a go at some of the patterns. With coffee and mince pie of course 😉

Todays gift was a book of quotes and messages “Love can change the world”. I love books like this that you can just dip into whenever you need to feel positive and inspired. I am going to keep it in “my corner” and I think that the next few weeks may see me reaching for it quite a lot! Also in the parcel was a beautiful angel poem that I am going to leave you with. I think we all need an angel of peace.

Advent blessings

Louise xxx

It’s day one of the advent swap that Lynda from hookinwithlaalaa has brilliantly organised for all us excitable Christmassy types.

My swap partner Becky from Angels are here sent a lovely big box of beautifully wrapped pressies and I am now ridiculously excited about Christmas. Both my daughters were completely jealous and now have high hopes and plans for next year.

My day 1 gift included a beautiful advent card (which I think looks great under my light cause the windows light up) a lovely angel pin brooch and some chocolate snow bites for my sweet tooth! I am so thrilled, can’t wait for tomorrow

I was going to photograph and blog tomorrow but I decided it was going to have to be tonight as the chocolate won’t make it till morning 😉

 

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