Thursday, 5 December 2013


I was in the book store with my little girl. Around Christmas, bookstores are the most cheerful - all the decoration, candle aroma, Christmas cards, reminding you to speed up your choices, make up your mind, choose, write and send, if you want these cards to be received on time. 

I read to my angel  "How many sleeps till Christmas".

She was charged - not that she is not impatient and calmly awaits Christmas, but because the book described it right, somebody else can not wait for Christmas to come. Since that afternoon, I am asked this question every morning: "How many sleeps till Christmas?"

Today's answer is : 20 more sleeps till Christmas.

Before I fell asleep tonight, I have work to do. The countdown is ON. Finally, I decided - my Christmas this year will be in Ivory and WineRed. All the presents I will prepare for my family, all the table decoration will be in Ivory and WineRed. 

Here is my collection: I have been thinking about the colours of this year's Christmas for a whole week.  I moved a lot between green and violet: I even purchased a cookie boxes for this occasion; than it was blue and silver - this was my last year passion, so I did not want to repeat myself; than it was green and red - the real classic that I was trying to fulfill the year before last.

I started cross stitching this Christmas tree for a tag or a place mat. It is unfortunate that my cloth is not in WineRed, but in bright red, but I think the all nuances of red could be appreciated in Christmas time.

These are my personal choices for the embroidery floss. I am doing some little tags for Ginger cookie project, where I am using #321 and #350, but they are only exclusively for the stockings that I fill and tag with ginger cookies. Follow this project later.

I also chose a few crochet ribbons, a velvet ribbon and a silk one.  

I am so happy with my choice of these vintage looking Ivory & WineRed fabrics. It took me two days and two warehouses to dig into, until I found the right, satisfying my needs fabrics. I am planning to sew and stitch all the presents to my family. I have been doing that for six years now and I found that I sank deeper and deeper every year.

I believe in few very important things:

1. Christmas is not about buying presents - it is all about the good in us.
2. All the presents should be hand made - there is nothing more precious than thinking of the person, while you are making the present for them. 
3. Involve and encourage everyone from the family to participate in the Santa workshop.
4. Keep the Santa legend alive in the kids' mind as much as possible, keep faith in your mind that magical things exist only if we believe in good. (My almost grown up daughter still blames me for telling her, when she was 8, that Santa is imaginary and Mom and Dad do his job. She was such a strong believer, she so passionately protected the idea of Santa existence, that she became an object of mocking. Now I feel as I robbed her believes.)
5. Be always home for Christmas, where your heart feels home is.

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