Merry Christmas

First of all I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas. I hope you can enjoy these days with your family and friends.

We had a very nice evening yesterday with “Christkind” delivering lots of presents and today I managed to cook a three course meal (first course was kind of left overs put on a plate nicely – not planned but my daughter was really keen on several courses πŸ™‚ I had thought that Beef Wellington would be challenging enough)

I guess Christmas time has started with the first advent and continued nicely with our advent calendars. IMG_2787

This year I had filled the children’s one with craft stuff and we had a few nice mornings decorating stars, building snowmen….

And i was really pleased with mine, if you remember.


I had been a little unsure when I ordered it as it was a rather pricey adventure from a shop that I didn’t know and where I hadn’t ordered from yet.

I ordered the “advent calendar for mum with daughter and son” and I could give details about age of children, favourite materials and colours and dislikes and I think i got a really carefully selected choice of goodies ranging from a post card with a sewing related quote over useful tools and pieces of haberdashery to fabrics. And I think it was really worth the money. I do not want to give you a detailed list as this would spoil it for anybody who would ever consider to order the same but just admire this picture of the pile of fabric I have got:


Some pieces were really short but over the whole width of 150cm, others were longer but only probably 70cm wide, on some occasions i even got two matching pieces.

I guess the shop owner always had a certain project in mind (for a baby boy or a 6 year old girl,…). I would have most likely not chosen any of the fabrics myself (as you might have noticed πŸ˜‰ the pile is unusually blue for me) but they are really all lovely and this is what makes this advent calendar so great. Not only was I back to the childhood excitement of opening a surprise every morning but I also got really nice things that complement the stuff that I already have rather than being a copy of it. It will be very exciting to use up these fabrics (which technically have left over sizes πŸ™‚ so something to look forward on Sundays ) – The question will be if I ever manage to use them up before the next advent calendar needs to be ordered.

Anyway, Christmas is not quite over yet. We will stay in London for a few more days where we will actually be able to chill and meet friends for relaxed play dates before we fly over to Austria to stare at green mountains and dreaming of skiing whilst enjoying the company of my family and eating lots of Christmas biscuits and all the other good things that my mum is going to prepare for her always hungry breastfeeding daughter.

I hope you are experiencing equally enjoyable moments. Merry Christmas! (No happy new year yet, you see I am planning to post again before 2016 πŸ™‚ )




24 little doors of magical surprises – door 1

IMG_1340Reading throughΒ  the latest posts on some of the great blogs that I am following (Knitting to stay sane and Stitch and Purl) I suddenly felt the need to include blogging to my advent routine. If I had planned it better I could have created a blog advent calendar but I guess that is a bit ambitious…. especially as I am already a day late πŸ™‚

Anyway, we have started preparation for christmas, our advent calendar is made of 48 (2 children) red and green bags which I have actually sewn last year already. They are filled with small things like ballons, fancy straws, a sheet of stickers or some slightly more interesting things like small animal figurines. I wanted to include something handmade, like cloths for the dolls but obviously I ran out of time. I might still swap some of the more boring contents if I ever manage to make something.

And 10 min after opening the first bag, my daughter wanted to go to bed again as she couldn’t wait to open the next one πŸ™‚

We have also sort of made our own advent wreath, well I bought a simple one and put candles and bows on it. And we sing songs every morning and have already started the traditional biscuit baking…. so not that much time for knitting one would think. And I really want to use up some left over yarns instead of buying new yarn (apart from some gorgeous merino/silk from DyeForYarn) But that I will need for some christmas presents, honestly.