so that was christmas

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Chrissy hellos to you! Did you have a good one? Do you celebrate it even? Some of you don’t I know. Our family does, in a big traditional way. It was decadent and included many sweet treats, like these homemade marshmallows made by my clever Sis.

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And there was this! My lovely Sis made sure there was a delicious sweet after lunch for me seeing I can’t eat all the traditional sweet fare on Chrissy day. Thanks Sis, you’re the best! This little beauty is gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free (I think) and vegan… and it’s a cheesecake for goodness sake!!! How utterly amazing hey? Best Boxing Day Breakfast ever!

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I had originally thought this would be the first Christmas that I wouldn’t see one of my kids. But my backpacking boy made it home in time… just… long story! Our family had a lovely day, pressies were exchanged, hugs were had, laughs were laughed, Turkey was eaten, Mojitos were drunk, but the biggest gift of all was the time shared after lunch. Tummies were full, hearts were content, and the chatting drifted into the late afternoon. The lead up to christmas can be fraught with stress and pressure, that time after lunch feels like the time when we all exhale and truly relax.

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I even did a bit of Christmas table crochet! You see I didn’t manage to finish Mum’s bag so had to wrap it and give it to her without the handle! Sorry mum, I finished it Boxing Day and will get to you soon!

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The build up to Christmas can be a bit tetchy can’t it? There is just so much to do, and time always gets away. But stressy times for me equals more craft, as it’s the best way I know how to chill and slow myself down. I learned (and it took me a while!) that if I don’t make the time to craft, even when it’s crazy busy, my mental and physical health suffer. So after knitting my Turquoise Baby Alpaca Cardy (and even managing to wear it – thanks Melbourne Summer!), I couldn’t wait to crochet some of the gorgeous baby alpaca yarn. This stitch looks like weaving to me, which I thought was rather appropriate for my Peruvian yarn.

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And then on Boxing Day I decided to cast on a Beanie in the same grey yarn as the scarf. It being summer and all! I don’t know why I do these things, I just like to make what I feel like and I don’t know why I feel like knitting an Alpaca Beanie in the middle of Summer, but I do, so I am!

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So that was Christmas, and now the New Year is just around the corner. If you celebrate Christmas I do hope it was a lovely day for you. If you have family members missing from the Chrissy table I hope there was a moment of sweet remembering amongst the emptiness. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoyed a couple of days off and managed to do something you love.

May the sun shine on your apple trees and may the New Year hold bright sparkly goodness in store for you.

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crochet & christmas

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Crochet Jar Cover
Aqua & Peach 100% cotton, White & Blues 100% wool.

I whipped this little number up last night whilst watching a video (the video was not much chop!). It didn’t take that long and I just used up my scrappy ends of yarn balls.

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I actually have 3 jars full of hooks and needles (you can never have too many can you?) but this one sits on the coffee table in the lounge room as it contains my favourites that are used often. It also includes a little christmas gift, some sweet scented lilac blossom hand cream. Handy to have hand cream on hand don’t you think?
Speaking of Christmas, I do hope yours was lovely? Was it full of delicious food? And family? And friends? And possibly an indulgent drink or two? Mine was… I feel very lucky to have such a gorgeous family to share special occasions like Christmas with. This year was the Dove Cottage Christmas turn. We rotate houses each year amongst my mum, my sister and myself. I thought I’d share a little glimpse of our table with you… well it does include some crochet after all!

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The centre piece of the table included some silver birch branches from our garden, sprinkled with little white crochet hearts. Some cotton. Some wool. Some big. Some small. I’ve made a lot of hearts lately. There’s also a little heart garland in the background hanging up.

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We don’t have a curved table, this is a panoramic picture from my iPhone and it’s actually 2 tables joined together to fit the whole family. I started with the intentions of a clean silver and white theme but got stumped by the table cloth at the start! Nothing white big enough. Turns out I had just the right size of teal fabric lying around in my fabric stash though… and I can’t help but include a healthy dose of colour in most things I do. There were hydrangea, lollies, paper doilies, reindeer with tea candles in their antlers, and later there were laughs, chats, lame giggles at the lame bon-bon cracker jokes, a generally feeling of love and peace, eating, drinking and merriment. Just like you’d want a christmas to be really.

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I made these very simple, quick, easy and cheap name card placements to continue my little reindeer & silver birch theme.

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There was also a very christmassy looking vintage punch bowl filled with Mojito.

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There was even a Christmas kitten up the Christmas tree (whenever she was quick enough before someone spotted her!).

I hope your christmas was full of peace, love, good cheer and merriment! I hope Santa stuffed something down the chimney that was on your wish list. And I hope you get to see the New Year in just how you’d like to… at home… at a party… watching fireworks… Cheers to you, see you in 2013!