So I've been rather neglectful of keeping up with my JYC retrospective, but it has been a bit of a busy period! LOL
Today has been a lovely day.
The Christmas cupcakes I made for our annual work wine and mince pies get together were a huge hit, and I am especially happy at how the cherry cupcakes tasted. I would love to get another batch of those made before the weekend, so only time will tell!
Then I saw that my cards were featuring today on the Crate Paper blog as part of the Very Crate Christmas feature and give-away.
The other projects are simply stunning and I am even more sad now that I have nearly run out of my favourite Peppermint papers! I may just be trawling ebay soon looking for anyone that is still selling them as I think they are all gone in the UK. If anyone spots them somewhere give me a shout please! I will be most grateful. :D
Now, back to some Christmas journal posts. I have been keeping up with Shimelle's prompts and have also been really chuffed to see some of my entries from last year featuring there.
So where was I up to on the retrospective...
December 9th and the very addictive tradition of buying "a" new bauble every year... or three or four... ;)
Before that the 9th was looking at having the best of both worlds and both traditions. Polish Christmas Eve, Wigilia, and a British Christmas day... well after the Polish breakfast that is. ;)
I seemed a bit more organised on the 10th last year, it is now the 20th and I have wrapping to do!
I am still loving the American Crafts gift bows I managed to snag in Florida a few years ago - still have some left and just wish they sold them over here!
The 11th was about my sparkly, sparkly tree.
Yep, I have had that sparkly tree a while - in fact this year I had to change the bulb in it for the first time ever.
The 12th featured my rather mature knitted angel - she must be in her late twenties now!
I loved the quote I found for this entry - my brother and I back in the days when it sometimes did snow in the 80s. Something tells me I wasn't too happy with his snowballing efforts.
The 13th was all about Christmas music. Last year's new addition was the fabulous album by Pink Martini that is getting a lot of playtime in Starbucks this year, it is on every time I go in... which really... hasn't been that often(!).
This year the only new additions are Michael Bubblé's new album and John Rutter's Colours of Christmas - there is something about carols that just instantly switches on the festive spirit for me. It is a fantastic CD and am sure it'll be on most of Christmas Day in our house.
Another favourite CD (along with Sarah Mclachlan's Wintersong which I can never recommend highly enough) was the Starbucks CD of 2008. Excellent choices.
On the 14th I had made better progress with my wrapping. This year I have some lovely nordic wrapping paper from M&S and from IKEA - just love it! And I think it'll be the perfect excuse for some baker's twine and ribbon usage too. ;o)
There were even gifts under the tree in 2008!
The 15th was a rather tongue in cheek reference to the "annual" gingerbread house decorating session enjoyed by Zoe, her girls, and me that was started 4 years ago and cancelled due to snow the two years that followed. This year it was held in mid November when there was definitely no snow!
...merry was a nice element of Christmas.
For the 16th it was time to contemplate and stop and breathe for a moment - and simply enjoy.
Another thing to be thankful for are friends who really know you. :)
Well I'd best go check on my tea and make a start on some Christmas wrapping!