First, thanks for all the kind words about Buster. He was such a good boy, and so very loved. I think it's poor Bella who is having the hardest time because her lifelong pal is no longer here. But she's getting loved on and I'm happy to be at home with her over the holidays to love up on her and spoil her lots.
Now onto craftiness... This year I was able to make a few things for Christmas:
There's the advent calendar that I made at the beginning of the month - a cute addition to our Christmas decorations this year. It was a great little kit from Stampin Up.
Then there's the handstamped Christmas cards featuring the santa suit picture of Naomi. I figured since most of my friends and family back in the UK rarely get to see her that they'd enjoy a picture card. And these were super simple to put together with a bit of patterned paper and ribbon.
And I really got some mileage out of the pic because I also used it as a gift tag on decorated boxes of chocs that I gave to all the lovely people who take such very good care of Naomi at daycare.
I also handknit a couple of cream scarves for a couple of ladies at daycare who've been looking after Naomi since she got there. I chose cream because I figured a neutral like that works with most people's taste. However, aside from being late, I've managed to stain them a grungy grey because my brain wasn't in gear when I decided to handwash them with a dark sweater of Joes. (Yay, well done Sam!) ...So, I'll see what I can do to fix them... first they are sat in some water with bleach (and who knows what that will do to the lovely cashmere blend yarn I chose!) And if that doesn't work I may try my hand at dyeing them a darker colour.
But lets not dwell on that :) The good news is that in the process of knitting the scarves Naomi got involved - she enjoyed playing with the yarn:
and grasping at the project when I wasn't knitting on it:
Although the full on lesson seemed to bore her to sleep ;o)
One of the highlights this Christmas is that Jessica, Naomi's older sister, came to visit. It was great to spend good quality time with her. She's such a talented soul too - seems to excel at everything she puts her hand to. We made some pretty cookies and packaged them up for the neighbours. That was a fun project, and the end result was soo very Martha Stewart! (Or so we thought :o)))
More to come as I get pictures uploaded. Hope you are having a lovely Christmas and I wish you the very best for 2011.