|Christmas cake, baked and decorated by Amber and Bryony|
We enjoy decorating the house and the tree, preparing the food, buying and wrapping all of the presents with cryptic clues for the recipients.
In recent years adjustments have had to be made as grandparents and inlaws have gradually passed on and our move to New Zealand has meant that our numbers have reduced from hosting Christmas Day for 20 plus to just Brian, the three children and I.
|Christmas lights on Franklin St, Auckland|
Some of that is compensated for by the children being old enough to join in with buying gifts for each other and adding to the fun of choosing fun and relevant gifts and having intercontinental present opening times via skype, and having a picnic on a beach for Christmas lunch is a very pleasant experience.
|Beach picnic on Christmas Day. Baked and prepared by Bryony.|
With the passing of the New Year thoughts return to stitch etc. The first task has been to move my studio space. Just from one room to another, but, I hadn't felt settled or comfortable in the set up I had so decided to move things around. I am hopeful that this will be a good start to the year, if I can only stop the family from using my tables and electrical sockets for their computers etc. (It is not as if they don't have other space, but everything seems to gravitate to my area, rather like the kitchen at parties!)
In doing this I discovered the mending pile. Buttons have been found for the missing ones, broken zips replaced (a job I hate!), converting trousers into shorts, mending seams and taking up hems has all been done, hopefully for the year.
|Old jeans, new winter throw!|
I know that it is not new or clever, and I have seen some fabulous creations from jeans.
Has anybody got any other pictures and ideas to share with me for next time the scrap denim collection builds up?
The main excitement this week was the arrival of the advance copy of my book from Search Press. What a great start to the year!
|Stitch, Fibre, Metal and Mixed Media by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden|
Happy New Year, may 2014 be kind to you.