Monday, 14 November 2011

Starting to get organised

I don't know about you, but as soon as November gets under way I feel the need to start getting organised for Christmas. Although, at the same time, I hate to be forced to think about Christmas until late in December. I feel as if I want to go around the shops with my eyes cast down for several weeks, trying to avoid the over commercialism of it all, whilst at the same time I'm busy starting to make presents and decorations at home.

Well, I'm truly organised this year. I've made several small Christmas presents for family and friends, the yearly addition to my sons' Christmas decorations and am now ready to get started on making the Christmas cards. The embroidery machine has come into its own this year and I've made these candle mats and coasters.





The last few weeks have been quite difficult as Christopher's father died suddenly, so there was that to deal with and the funeral. I've been quite unwell with a bad cold that turned into a throat and chest infection, and I've had to deal with Ruby on my own for a lot of the time whilst Christopher travelled backwards and forwards to help sort out the funeral and everything that needs to be organised when you lose your last parent. Luckily he has a brother and sister to help share the load.

But things are settling down now, as is Ruby, and we're beginning to really enjoy her. House training is well under way; she's beginning to learn to bite less and more gently and is starting to respond to simple commands. And she's such fun to watch too. I'm convinced her father wasn't a cocker spaniel at all, but an elephant, as she's grown so much and has such enormous feet!





8 comments:

Lynn said...

Ruby is getting bigger, what a pretty dog, those big sweet eyes! Sorry to hear about your loss, it is especially difficulty when it is your last parent. I love your embroderies. The red ornaments are cute, are they machine or hand stitched?

Karen said...

I like the red ornaments. I was going to make ornaments this year but here it is with Christmas coming up and I haven't done one thing about it.

Simone de Klerk said...

I'm so glad, all is settling down a bit again, after such a difficult time.
You did some great Christmas preparations. Love the little stitcheries.
Enjoy your week (o:

scraphappy said...

What a great way to use your embroidery machine, looks like you have quite a head start on Christmas already. Sorry to hear about Christopher's father, dealing with all of that is never fun.

Kay said...

I'm so sorry about Christopher's dad. Please send him our condolences. I don't think Ruby's feet are so big. She's 100% adorable. Hmmm... she does have those big beautiful ears though.

Diane-crewe said...

looks as if Ruby has been "letting" you do some sewing! Lovely work xx

Stina said...

How cute isnt Ruby..:O)) So sweet....
I hope you dont mind.. but I often seem to miss your posts because your settings are just to show a few lines of the blogpost.. and when today there are so many blogs to visit.. are blogs with this setting not to prefer.. I just wanted you to know.. and I hope you aint offended.. ..please not..:O)

Candace said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your father-in-law and for your illness. I know it has to happen to most of us to lose our parents, but it is hard never the less. Hope you are feeling a bit better. I love Christmas blues. Red and green are more traditional, but blues and blacks are among my favorites.