Oh my goodness - it's only 3 weeks tomorrow until Christmas Eve!!!!!
There is so much to do and I seem to have left it all to the last minute again (no surprises there!) so I'm feeling a bit panicked.
The one thing that is making this a better year than normal is that I made the decision not to do any craft fairs - in fact I haven't done one since about May I think. Unfortunately I still have a fair few commissions to do but I've decided to prioritise those that HAVE to be done for Christmas and the rest can wait because I really want to make as many of the Little Lockets' Christmas presents as I can (along with a few others for friends and family too)
I'm quite happy today because I have finally finished this lovely Melly and Me ladybird
I say "finally" because I started it ages ago but then had that long period where my wrist was hurting too much to craft so it didn't get finished in time for the recipient's birthday so it has become a Christmas present instead.
The other thing I managed to finish and post was my Christmas swap present for Vanessa - this is the main thing I sent (along with a bag and some buttons)
I used the free Wee Wonderfuls Elf Stitchette - I just love that design!
I'm also pleased because I seem to be more organised about doing crafty Christmas things with the children. At the weekend Dot had the chance to go and spend the night at Granny and Grandpa Dog's house so Daisy, Fred and I made some of Michaela's mincemeat:
here they are displaying Fred's "ingredient sculpture"
and then we have the stirring photos
and then Fred decided we needed to have a "cute" picture too
And so I don't leave Dot out all together here is a photo of the Christmas card she designed and made for a school competition. She was getting stressy about her drawing "not being good enough" so I suggested that she use her talent for collage instead.
I love the way she has used all the different greens (lots of them from the Boden catalogue) and lots of Christmassy text for the snow.
In other Christmas-Crafty news, we have a little matchbox advent calendar that I made last year and in each day there is a chocolate coin and a little activity. The first one was to make mincepies and I left the task in the capable hands of Mr Locket and the Littles, but I don't think I will publish photos of how they turned out!!!!!!
Tonight we will be doing "fingerprint robins" so come back next time to see how they turned out!
P.S Do you think 9 Advent Calendars is a bit excessive????