Finally the waiting for christmas is at an end and the hectic preparation time is over: at the job the end of year workoad, the end of term exams of my dauther, the christmas parties everywhere, decorating, baking and of course the final gift production. But now we are celebrating the holidays – with good food, a festive tree, long sleeping in the morning, playing and watching christmas films.
Sunday is fairy tale day, and the „happily ever after“ makes me feel happy. But in real life I have learned that nowadays happily ever after is rarely the case. In former days wars or illnesses often ended marriage prematurely. Of course this also may happen today but rarely. More often partners, that once swore eternally love to each other, divorce, perhaps because the daily routien is not so glorious as it sounds in the fairy tales. Marc and Philipp Dittberner sing about this in „Wolke 4“ (cloud 4).
After the christmas ballerinas last week I have done the winter flower ballerinas (all designs by EmbroiderLibrary) now. They are hanging besides the advent calendar, and my daughter loves these lovely creatures so much that each time she looks at them it makes her smile and dance.
Since my embroidery machine moved into the house we all love to give embroidered gifts. But with selfmade presents you never know how the recipient will receive it. I have learned that some people do not see any value in selfmade things. I guess it is those people who do not have a making hobby and do not know how much time and work is needed for such presents. Lost labour of love.
When the star singers go singing at the beginning of January it is often very cold and sometimes humid, too. Therefore the children of course wear warm jackets in order to not freeze to death. In my childhood jackets and coats were only availabe in dark colours – black, grey, blue and brown which was perfectly neutral to wear under a star singer cape. But nowadays jackets are more colourful which is much nicer for the children in everyday wear. But with the star singer capes this is not nice as the colours blur the impression of the capes.
During our summer holiday in denmark this year Marianne Blomgren took me to a craft fair. What inspiration that was! All the colours, ideas, supplies: different types of thread for knitting, crocheting and embroidering, buttons, fabrics, woven baskets from Africa, sewing supplies, inspirations for hand embroidery.
Furthermore there was the danish supplier Kauni with wonderful knitted products: cardigans, ponchos, beanies, stockings, scarfs. We liked especially the cardigans so that we tried several though it was so warm in the fair hall. But either the size did fit and not the colour or vice cerso. So we each ordered a cardigan as they were really a bargain. Probably because they werde made in Belarus.
Since the summer holiday so much has happened – the daily frenzy with school, job, sports and also our short autumn holiday on Malta. Therefore I had almost forgotten about the cardigan until it was delivered a week ago. And I am still very happy with it. The cardigan fits well and looks even better than I remembered it. And it gives so much warmth in these cold winter days! I would love to wear it every day.
Thank you, Marianne, that you took me to this craft fair!
Always I have loved to do lists. ToDo-lists, lists for wishes and vacation locations, catalogues of my books, my embroidery designs and my patterns. Writing such lists is a little work (and sometimes frustration when the todo lists gets longer than shorter), but they are so helpful. Without my todo lists I would forget to many important things. And with my embroidery catalog I can find the right design for a project quickly as I can remember the picture and the designer but not the mostly cryptical names.
But what does this list writing have to do with my happiness, you might ask? Isn`t today the day to think about happiness?
After having had so much trouble stitching the Trim the Tree Ballerina it took longer to do the new christmas ballerinas (by EmbroiderLibrary) than I had thought. But now they are finally finsihed and can substitute the Halloween ballerinas. Which is absolutely necessary as tomorrow is already the second advent sunday!