Thursday, 20 December 2012


crafting like a mad woman to get all my projects finished by Christmas Eve (which is when we celebrate here). Right now, there are 3 aprons finished, I am half way through a batch of felt cookies, and Lucy's rag doll is bald and faceless. I can do this! (It's the imperfection in handmade things that makes it special, right?)

listening to Celtic Woman's A Christmas Celebration and thinking of my sister Katie (love!).

making lots and lots of confectionery to be enjoyed Christmas Eve with the whole family (and just a little bit beforehand, too!)

feeling tired of taking photos and trying to make them into a December album. The day to day business of it is overwhelming. An overview works much better for me than a daily record.

praying for those families who are devastated and grieving after last week's tragedy, feeling it most especially when I look into the face of my 5 year old, who is excitedly counting down the days until Christmas. I can not imagine how they will make it through this Christmas, but I can pray for them.

eating "lebkuchen", a German gingerbread and peppermint chocolate. Bliss!

enjoying playing games with the children after dinner. The current favourite is Vildkatten, an observation game.

surviving another visit from a cheeky Christmas Elf, this time from Alexander's classroom, who jumped so much that the living room furniture got turned upside down and Duplo was spread all over the floor, and who turned our milk GREEN!

yearning for a simpler life, and wondering how I can go about making it happen.

thinking about what I want to focus on in the new year and determined to make some goals to make sure I get there. Reaching those goals is a completely different matter!

disappointed by the terrible photos I keep taking. The light here hates me. And I don't know what I'm doing. It doesn't help that the sun hides all day long and that I need to keep the lights on to see what I'm doing.

excited about spending lots of time with family over the weekend and into next week. My sister in law is coming home from Australia with her (Australian!) boyfriend, who I've yet to meet. Christmas will bring fun, food, laughter, food, games, food, hygge and more food! It's going to be great.

wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate at this time of year), and a peaceful and relaxing break.

Hugs, Fiona


  1. Yes, must keep praying for those families. Probably for a very long time...
    I hope you have the most wonderful time with your sister - how lovely to be able to meet her boyfriend! Wishing you a lovely Christmas, dear Fi!
    Ronnie xo

  2. I love that you seem to enjoy crafting as much as I do. I hope you are able to get it all done in time! I've never heard of lebkuchen before, do you have a good recipe to share?

    I hear you on the lack of lighting situation, at least the days are getting longer again so we have that to look forward to.

    Have a great Christmas Fiona!

    1. I just managed to finish all my craftiness in time! I don't have a recipe for lebkuchen, we bought ours in Germany, but I could probably find one. If I do, I'll pass it on (for next year!).

      I'm glad we are now over the shortest days, and the light is already better. Improving my photography is on my (growing) list of goals for next year!!

      Hugs xoxo

  3. I've been doing the same thing - listening to Celtc Women - and thinking of you. Missing you, Christian and the little ones this Christmas. Love you all, Auntie Katie (and Uncle Mark).

  4. Hi Fiona! I am in your Project Life class. Thank you so much for sharing your work. I am really inspired by your PL pages. I'm hoping to do a digital PL album in 2013. I love the way you journaled here, beginning each thought with a verb. I am going to try that! I love your photos. You do a fabulous job of capturing the moment. Don't be so hard on yourself! Thank you again...I look forward to following your blog. Tiffany (southern CA, United States)

    1. Hi Tiffany! Thank you for your sweet and encouraging comment! I hope you get started with a digital PL album next year, it's such a great way to record the every day memories. I look forward to seeing your pages, so please do share! Hugs, Fiona

  5. Hi Fiona- Happy New Year! I forgot to ask in my recent comment, what template do you use for your PL album? Thank you- Tiffany

  6. I just stumbled upon your very organized list of blogs with your PL pages and saw some that you use. So instead of answering my previous question, will you be so kind as to tell me which is your favorite template? Thank you- Tiffany

    1. Ha ha! I use the Becky Higgins templates, which are now available from and Design A is my favorite. I have quite a few of the different templates, but I always come back to that one, and using the same one helps me keep it simple and not too overwhelming.


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