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:: Celebrating sweet small person moving from not feeding, needing to be constantly carried and very obviously utterly miserable to small sweet person with a headcold. I think she may have had a dreadful sore throat yesterday, today she's just snotty but peaceful. And feeding. (Important in a Walmsley.)

:: Writing lists of handmade Christmas gift ideas, inspired by this post over at Soulemama. I've got a few ideas: dresses or skirts for small girls, stencilled T-shirts or pyjama pants  for boys, maybe a beanie or two if I can get the damn gauge right. (I've blogged too many beanie stuff ups here already.) Pickles or jam? Caramel, chocolate hazelnut truffles or Peppermint bark? SO MUCH FUN. 

People have so much stuff they don't want, already. The whole idea of the big commercial Christmas, exchanging more stuff that no one needs makes me very uncomfortable. Short of giving everyone a goat, which is earnest but not so much fun, I'm going to put my head down and make some things. Any ideas?

:: Nibbling on honey jumbles. Recipe from here. The kids like them with the crazy egg white and sugar pink and white icing – but it's sugar that's not necessary for these soft and delicious bikkies. Love them. 

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:: Bubala is celebrating her first giveaway! Go join in!

:: Celebrating fish! Squirming about the fact that fishfood is made out of fish. But celebrating anyway. 

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(That's Matilda introducing her beloved billy goats to the fish. Billy goats, from Gran, a set of three to tell the story with, are travelling with her everywhere presently. Today they were in her 'precious jewels' box, and are now in bed. Dedicated billy goats.)

Are you feeling at all festive yet? (Er, October's not too early is it?!)

xxx

9 Comments on “festive

Sue
October 21, 2010 at 12:07 am

So glad little Ivy’s on the mend, my dear.

I’m loving Christmas again, after bah-humbugging about clutter and money for too long. My favourite gift last year was a pad of post it notes for Dave, on which I’d written the date of each Monday this year, one per page. He chooses an interesting recipe each Monday, and writes down the cookbook and page number, and I try it out that week. Doesn’t always work- we’ve scrapped some weeks for holidays and stuff, and I was about 2 months late with the Shepherd’s Pie he wanted mid-Summer! Keeps it interesting, though.

I read somewhere an idea I really liked, of having 52 fancy index cards with special family treats on them, and letting the kids take turns on Sunday night, choosing the one for that week- could be a movie, baking a cake, bowling, anything. Then you do it by the following Sunday night, and at the end of the year, wrap them up again for next Christmas! I definitely want to do that, but maybe not quite yet.

A dear friend, with 2-year-old twins and on a tight budget, just announced that she wants to make gifts for all the extended family this year, with the kids, and would I please come shopping at Hobbycraft with her, one night after the daddies get home, and help her decide what to do. And then we’ll do it together. What a treat! That alone has made my Christmas already!

I’m off to follow your links, Fi. Thanks, and love you!

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Inger
October 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

Fiona Red you are an inspiration. Every year for the past I don’t remember how many, I have been making a present for my 3 sisters rather than buying. Mostly it has been with a huge amount of help from my Ma (appliquéd tea towels, knitted tea cosies, elaborate Christmas wreaths etc). Like you I detest the endless round of swapping mindless and needless presents for the sake of ticking a box. I would love to extend the custom to my nieces and nephews also. But I am running out of time this year and I don’t really have any craft skills (I cannot sew or knit). But I am inspired so I will go to Spotlight today and search for some ideas. Edible pressies (my one make- it- yourself area of some skill) are out as they mostly have to go west.
Another note, after your recent FB mention I am holding the first Morningside Mamabake session on Monday.
Love to you and the fam.

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innerpickle
October 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

I LOVE that index cards idea!! Have fun at Hobbycraft!

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innerpickle
October 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

hmmm… edibles to be posted in summer… let me give that some thought. And yay for you doing a mambake! I haven’t done one here yet. Let me know how it goes!

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kim at allconsuming
October 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Forget the honey jumbles, I’m coming over to chow down on those cheeks. Nomnomnom.

thanks so much for the peppermint bark link too – I had been wracking my brain as to where I saw it!

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Fran
October 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm

WAY too early! I resist until at least the first day of December.

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Sarah
October 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

No, it’s never to early to be getting festive. And honey jumbles – yummo!

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Inger
October 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Well, I am sorted for my sisters. At a sewing shop I became obsessed about some very frou frou aprons in owl print and decided that I had to make them so I bought all the required materials even though I don’t sew. And don’t own a machine. When I told my mum (who lives in Perth) she offered to come over and help me sew them. What a mum!

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Sharon
October 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

Your blog is so inspiring, thank you. I’m committed to changing my “festive” ways this year. Lots of homebaked gifts from our family. I’m staying away from the sewing side of things… baby steps. One thing I am interested in is making orange and clove pomanders as part of a foliage and candle centrepiece. Wish me luck, and thanks again for a lovely blog. 🙂 x

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