Busy, busy hands these last few weeks!
My hand-made resolve has been propelling me along, and while I have made good progress on lots of fronts for Christmas giving, I have slipped on and off too. There is just too much to provide, and not enough hours in the day – plus, some of these things take an awful lot of time, and while I don’t want to sound to callous – I think it’s important to weigh the effort versus appreciation ratio. No point labouring over something that won’t be cherished eh. My son, for example, would love to have a hand-made costume, but a transformer would kick it’s arse any day. So – even though its origins are unlovely to me – I’ll bite down and get it for him.
Zara’s Lola doll is finished. For those of you unfamiliar – it’s Lola from Charlie and Lola – a solid perennial favourite around here for over a year. It’s worth the effort, and I’m pretty sure it will be cherished.
For a couple of kids who get everything – I mean EVERYTHING (quite insane in my opinion, but bless them anyway), I have made a Navy Blue crushed velvet cloak with elaborate gold frogged closure, and a pink ballerina fairy skirt. Neither of these took a lot of time, and they looked like fun to me. I hope they like them.
Still plenty to do in the next week, but this preparation is nice and has its own meditative pace which brings gentle rewards to giver in the process and the giving. Not long to go!
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