Hello Everyone how are you all doing? Counting down the sleeps to Christmas - not long now. I must admit that today hasn't been my best as my dear friend's service was held today and it really bought home to me what is really important in life - not money, not possessions but the people we love and care about. I count all of your lovely Bloggers as my dear friends and it is a great comfort when I can share how I feel with you all. My friend wouldn't have wanted anyone to be sad but we are, she would want everyone to carry on and enjoy Christmas but today it does seem hard to do this.
I had walked to work and back today and must admit that tonight it was more of a weary trudge than a walk. But lovely Friends there was a special gift waiting for me - I say gift but when I opened the lovely package there were tons of gifts and I must thank the lovely Jille for the wonderful surprise from the decoration swop which was organised by our lovely Marianne for doing such a fantastic job when organising this. I really drew the prize in the crown with Jille and she did me proud. Even the parcel was wrapped in some lovely red Christmassy ribbon - it was so nice I didn't want to open it and mess up the gift.
Well what to open first? You did me proud Jille thank you.
Just look at this stunning bauble - it is just so lovely and catches the light perfectly. I cannot imagine how to go about making one of these - you must give us all a tutorial Jille as it is perfectly gorgeous. My husband was amazed and said how talented you are.
Now then what about this adorable little fellow - isn't he the cutest thing you have ever seen? I won't let my little peeps have this fellow as they will be wanting to take him home with him. He sits so lovely on the tree - I just adore him.
I love owls and I love pink and red so what a choice Jille. He has a little compartment for lip gloss but I won't be taking him in my bag for fear of breaking him. He is staying home in a little safe place where he can look out of the window. I am wondering what to call him - any ideas or suggestions Lovelies? I am sure you will all come up with some wonderful names for him. He is definitely not going away with the Christmas decoration but staying firmly in our living room with our other little birds.
And there is more. I love this little brooch - again Jille you must be psychic as I wear a brooch every single day and love the simplicity of this one - it is perfect and will be on my cardigan tomorrow for work. It is very versatile as it can be worn with other crochet/knitted flowers to give a different look over and over again - wonderful!
And even more - can you believe it! I love the dinky little Yankee candle which are just gorgeous to smell - I am saving this for our Christmas meal when I will have it on the table and we can all enjoy the wonderful smell.
And finally, a lovely little banner, isn't this the cutest thing you ever saw. Once again this will not be going upstairs with my Christmas things but will be staying downstairs on the wall as it is so pretty. I love it, thank you again Jille you are so clever and talented and thoughtful - what a combination.
Well here they all are Folks - what a lucky girl I am - huge thanks to Jille for all the effort and time you put into my swop, it is really appreciated and I am over the moon with mine. Folks I do feel very mean as my make is very minimal compared with Jille so I am very fortunate to have been given such a wonderful partner to swop with. Happy Christmas Jille, hope you are better soon.
Well Everyone it has been quite a day but my coming home surprise has lifted me more than you can ever know. If you haven't already do pop over to Jille's blog as she is so entertaining and interesting. On another note there are so many wonderful blogs out there but the lovely Momwith5daughters - Alyssa has put on a wonderful little clip on how to make paper lanterns. I looked at it last night and loved it.
Well my dearest Friends I have a ton of things to do as I am sure that you do. I wish you all health, happiness and good fortune and hope to speak to you in a day or two. Wherever you are in our wonderful world keep safe and be happy. Sending you all lots of love and big Christmassy hugs. Dorothy :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx