Usually at this point in December, our home would be festively adorned, bedecked with wintery tableaux and with the fir lady preparing to make her annual seasonal entrance. Instead, suitcases are down from the loft and checklists being drawn up and steadily ticked off as we prepare
…to go to Australia!
This year, for the first time ever we will be away for Christmas, going down under to Sydney to stay with my brother and his family, and taking the opportunity for a grand adventure and extended roadtrip whilst we’re there. We are beside ourselves with excitement and anticipation.
We are also slightly despairing about the growing size of our luggage, which includes; a) a portrait of my bother, painted by my father (beautiful, fragile, large); b) a huge papier mache giraffe ordered by my brother (‘you can’t find them anywhere in Australia, sis’), and c) a football, bought for my nephews by another well-meaning relative. We do not lean towards practicality in my family. I am hoping that Customs officials will look kindly on us; I suspect we will make their day.
Given all this, our usual creativity and crafting has tapered a little in the frenzied rush and my presence here will be a little less until January. In the meantime please do have a rummage through some of our favourite projects from the last few years, like…
- Wintery pinecone firelighters, for everyone you know with an open fire or wood-burning stove
- A homemade leather travel journal, for those with wanderlust…
- Together with a concertina mini photobook to store all their photos and memories afterwards
- If you’re choosing gifts for a book-lover, why not add in some of these whale-tail bookmarks to keep their place each night
- DIY bird-feeders, for the animal-lover in your life
- A secret book jewellery box
- Or a personalised bowl for cereal-lovers
- A cafe apron for the man in your life, which will encourage him into the kitchen this Christmas
- The gift of breakfast, for all those hosting this holiday season, to relax with the morning after
- Three christmas cookies to box up and share
- Or Bake-at-home cookies for the students in your life who eat you out of house and home but wouldn’t dream of making their own
- Mitten-shaped ginger cookies, perfect to go with hot chocolate
- Or monogram cupcakes (I’d use a snowflake monogram for Christmas)
- These fun ways to use kraft paper to wrap presents with a twist
- Handmade origami stars and folded stars
- Nutcracker peg dolls to hang from the tree
- You could make these personalised sacks for the most special people in your life
- The longest journey; a winter animal parade to meander along your table top or mantel
- And three years of our holiday decor here, here and here
And finally don’t forget to clear the playroom in advance by sending outgrown toys off to the North Pole Repair Shop for re-gifting, arrange a North Pole telegram for Christmas Eve, and magic reindeer food to sprinkle outdoors before bedtime.
After that, may I boldly suggest a glass of mulled wine and a deep, comfy armchair?