Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas is over, bring on the New Year!

We decided to keep Christmas just for our family this year.  Most years we invite those who would otherwise be alone to come and share Christmas Dinner with us, but this year we needed some peace and quiet.  Well as much peace and quiet as you can have with 3 active children to entertain!

The girls opened their presents and we had a really relaxing and fun day.  It was the best Christmas Day we've had in a long time. We all needed this holiday time together, my 3 daughters were especially tired the last couple of weeks of school.

Photo courtesy of Amazon website
We bought our 3 girls a 12 stitch sewing machine to share. My machine, that was bought for my Mum by my Nan and is almost as old as me, is too powerful, bulky and heavy for them to use easily.  They were all really excited about getting their own sewing machine and I shall of course be blogging their creations once they're finished.

My girls also got some presents that were sent over by overseas relatives.  There was much discussion and debate about being grateful for what they received as my FIL sent them books on loaders, trucks & cranes along with 4 hankies each.  LOL  We'll make lavender sachets from the hankies, using their new sewing machine, and donate the books to the school library.  My MIL sent them some fab knitted gillets to keep them warm as well as matching turtle neck tops.

My Mum sent us some money to buy the girls something so I of course bought some craft kits. 11yo got a friendship bracelet kit, 8yo received a fairy making kit, and my 5yo is enjoying her paper flower making kit.

All the kits have thorough templates and instructions so we can carry on making the craft using other materials once they've run out of the ones in their kits.  The kits have kept them amused for hours!

As is our tradition I made my girls a present each and this year my creation for each of them was a lined bag made from loads of crocheted hexagons:

I really enjoyed making the bags as I could work on the hexagons whenever I had some spare time and my girls had no idea what they were being used for. It's a great way to use up scraps of yarn too.  They did suggest they would make a fab blanket when I was making them. LOL

It's been fab just chilling out and pottering about at home, with the occasional outing to the park to let off steam so that cabin fever doesn't set in.

We're all looking forward to the New Year and hope it will be much less stressful than this past year has been.  We also pray that those in Christchurch, including our relatives, will be spared anymore huge aftershocks like they ones that they experienced over the Christmas period.

I don't make New Year's resolutions as I feel that you can decide to change things or work on stuff at any time of the year not just at New Year.  Although New Year's does give us a chance to reflect and plan, the compulsion to suddenly react to those things we are unhappy with usually wears off by February.

I shall not be staying up to see in the New Year either. I know my 3 girls will be up early on New Year's Day as they are almost every day and don't want to be tired and grumpy on the first day of the year. 

How did your Christmas Day go? What are your plans, if any, for New Year?


  1. Oh Michelle - the bag you made is absolutely beautiful!
    We don't stay up late for New Year either - we prefer to meet the new year feeling refreshed and raring to go.

  2. Great present for them. My son got a sewing machine a couple of years ago (when he was 20!) not sure how much he uses it, but it does come out sometimes. Your crochet bag looks very cool, I'm sure they appreciated them.

  3. Thanks Hannah! xx I made 3 bags, one each. 11yo was the only one who would part with hers for a photo LOL I hope you are enjoying the festive season and recharging ready for the New Year.