In line with the launch of the new Edge'ables Christmas Dies and some new Christmas Goodies from my Signature Collection just around the corner..It's prompted me to start thinking about getting organised for Christmas...I've even booked the office Christmas party venue already! Look at me!
With Baby Boy no.2 on his way in November...I'd love to have everything sorted for then! When I had Oliver in December 2013...I still made all my cards so I don't have any excuse this Year!
Every Year...around September I start with my Christmas cakes and experimenting with making different types of sloe gin and yummy tasting spirits (obviously I won't be able to taste them this year...that'll be Simon's job!). Last year I made a lush blueberry vodka and sour cherry vodka for our Christmas parties and for gift ideas! They always go down a treat....literally! Our Helen well and truely trumped me last year though with her gift set of homemade liquors! She'd been buying (and drinking!) the mini bottles of wine you get...for about 3 months before Christmas! She saves them and use them to bottle up her homemade apricot brandy, sloe gin and toffee vodka! She made the cutest little cocktail cards to go with them and gave them as gifts! I'll have to beat her this year...(and use my maternity leave wisely! haha).
Here's a few pics of me and Helen making Christmas choccies and cakes!
Like I said before, I love making all my cards way way in advance..and will be doing the same this year! That's why we're launching all the fab new Christmas ranges in July so I can get my hands on the product and get crafting! I make cards for both sides of the family, all my friends and my lovely staff...(it'll take me even longer this year with all the newbies joining..I love it though!) Getting crafting with Oliver is one of my favourite things to do as a Mam. He's so creative and loves to get messy! He really makes Christmas even more magical!
I love going to local Christmas craft fairs to get my hands on handmade decorations and gifts! The one at Wynyard Hall is to die for...I'll be a frequent visitor this year! There's nothing better than walking around a craft market..munching on all the yummy food they're selling and sipping on some mulled wine....(again...just a cuppa for me this year thanks!)
We're lucky to have 2 Christmas trees! The one in the hall way...is MY project each year! I get to decorate it to go with my theme that year...it's always matching and looks like one of those in the magazines! We have another one, in the living room (the one where Santa puts the presents)...which is a free for all! This tree boasts many decorations collected over the years, handmade baubles, ones we've got as gifts for Oliver's birthday etc. It's so colourful and fun...everywhere you look, you see a dec that brings back a fab memory! I love decorations...I even have santa stockings that I bring out for the knives and forks at dinner parties at xmas!
One dilemma I face EVERY year is...do I put the decs up before Oliver's birthday on the 7th of December or after? Do I plan a Christmas themed birthday party for him and his friends...or do O keep it separate?.....what would you do?
I'm now feeling really festive after writing this! Can't wait for the shows to start on Sunday where I'll be launching my new Sara Signature Traditional Christmas range! The new Die'sire Edge'ables are so fantastic! Here's a little sneak peek for you!
Lots of love,