It is snowy on this St. Lucia Day, but with a brightness to the sky that is bringing us lots of light.
And bringing lots of happiness to us on these December is a wonderful vintage Tasha Tudor book called Take Joy. So much goodness is this beautiful book! Holiday stories, poems, songs, recipes and delightful traditions!
I have so many favorite pictures from this book, I will post again one day soon and share some of them with you.
This year our handmade holiday seems to be all about knitted gifts. Mittens for the girls, the first ones I have ever knit. They are fun to make! I think I am going to add a bit of embroidery to these so I haven't sewn the seams yet...
Knitting i-cord ties for the winter bonnets. Chessa's green one is done too...
Finished knitting both sets of nesting bowls, but only half of them are felted yet.
The other day the girls made some holiday cards to send to relatives.
Chessa's of course all say "Love" on them.
And some made by Chloe...
I love all the angels!
Our St. Lucia crown has been serving as our table centerpiece, except for this morning when Chloe was wearing it.
And our Advent Angel continues her journey. Now wandering through the trees and joined by some animals.
(Some of you have asked if I made our Advent calendar and angel... Yes, I did. You can see how I made the wool starry path here. I actually meant to share the link last month in case anyone wanted to make one, but time of course got away from me...)
Now I will tell you, most of the above pictures where taken while I was in bed. A really yucky sickness has decided to visit our house. Jason was in bed for 8 days! All the symptoms are very mild, except for extreme horrible horrible dizziness. And just before Jason came down with it we had taken apart half our house, decided to move the girls bedroom, need to paint and redo the floor. We though it would be done in just a few days (or maybe a week) and now we are way way behind! The girls are sleeping on the couch bed and there isn't even space for a Christmas tree yet.
Fortunately now Jason is much better and probably by the weekend the project will be completed. Fortunately I am nowhere near as sick as Jason was but still need to really take it easy. (Thank you homeopathic remedies! Jason has been very over-worked lately, and we didn't even realize he was getting so sick, so we weren't taken care of him well enough...) Fortunately the girls are healthy.
Fortunately knitting is a very restful activity.
And when we are finally able to get our tree and do some more decorating things will feel all the more special and festive!