Sunday, 1 January 2012

Christmas Catch Up and Happy New Year!!

Oh gosh, I've been away from blogging for far too long! It seems I started working full time and everything else went to pot. It was pretty hard working day after day for the first time ever, it's manual work and lots of lifting. It was beginning to take its toll, so I've cut down my hours for the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, I can return properly to the land of blogging that I have missed for too long :)
Thank you to the Birthday Stitch Surprise winners for sending me some truly lovely emails. I love that you've all got different likes and dislikes, it will give me lots of different stitching to do. After this post, I'm going to catch up on all the blogs I've missed. I've bet you've all been busy enjoying the festive season.
I had a lovely Christmas and got some truly gorgeous presents. My parents treated me with gifts of sweeties and chocolate and cake tins and recipe books - all my favourite things! One of my best was the latest edition of The World of Cross Stitching, that has some truly lovely patterns in it. Plus, it came with a diary featuring 12 Margaret Sherry charts, bonus or what?

Lawrence spoiled me as well. He gave me a t-shirt featuring one of our favourite singers (Bruce Springsteen!) and then possibly my favourite gift this year. He found me a bounded copy of the Wind in the Willows, with the water colour painting inside. It is so beautiful and no picture I could take would ever do it justice. He was very much in the good books! LOL
His mum got me some lovely gifts too - aren't I a lucky one? She got me the latest Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, featuring lots of yummy cupcake designs which I can't wait to try out. I also got this gorgeous pin cushion, isn't it the cutest?

And on top of all that, my sister got me a gift card which I can't wait to spend :)
Just before Christmas I got sent some wonderful items from my stitching friends. I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to thank you, where are my manners? Firstly, thank you to Sarah from Kiwi Gets Crafty for sending me a beautiful handmade card and a skein of gorgeous autumnal thread. I'll be sure to send a reply soon Sarah!
Next thank you to Karen for sending me a beautiful Christmas ornament. I was lucky enough to be picked for Karen's "Ornament Exchange" and it arrived in time to be displayed this Christmas. I'm going to be keeping it all year round though, it's too pretty to be boxed away, don't you agree?

Thank you so much ladies! I love being a part of this community.
Our Christmas Day was a lovely family affair. Just my parents and me and my sister, perfect. My mum made a huge meal and we didn't move for awhile afterwards. Then Boxing Day, my extended family came for a visit and my nan came to stay. This time of year is certainly very busy :)
I spent New Year's Eve with Lawrence and a few of his friends. We had Indian takeaway and lots of wine and toasted the New Year. It was really fun and a memory I will treasure for a long time.

I'll be back very soon with a list of my New Year's resolutions and possibly a stitchy update. I had a day off today and I've got another one tomorrow, which I'm spending at the January Sales with my best friend. My life might be a bit hectic at the moment, but I wouldn't swap it for the world. I'm a very lucky girl :)
Best wishes and Happy New Year to everyone!


Mouse said...

gosh you have been busy :) love your pin cushion and your gift from karen ... sounds like you had a lovely time over Christmas etc... can't wait to see your goodies ?from the sales and also what you've been stitching on :) love mouse xxxxx

Peggy Lee said...

Yes you have been busy but you sound like a very contented, happy girl!
Very nice gifties you received.
So glad you made wonderful memories over the holidays.
Happy New Year dear friend!

Sarah said...

You have been a busy girl! Glad to hear the card arrived safely! I picked out exactly the same magazine for myself as a New Years treat, I love the December mouse in the Margaret Sherry diary, sooo cute!

Happy New Years!

lesli said...

Bekca - Sorry to hear your work has been taking a toll on you...glad to hear though, that you're cutting some hours out...that should get you rested!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and wishing you the best this new year!

Carol said...

What great gifts you received for Christmas, Bekca! There is nothing quite so nice as a beautifully illustrated book...

Wishing you a year of love and laughter :)

Catherine said...

What wonderful goodies you received! Sounds like you have been having a good time and are starting the new year off on the right foot!

Beth Pearce said...

It is so wonderful "hearing" your happiness. It sure made me smile. Sounds like you had a perfect holiday, and have lots of great plans. Terrific!!

Lesleyanne said...

Happy New Year. Sounds like you are very busy but had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Great gifts received.

Lynn said...

You received some fabulous gifts! I love Margaret Sherry charts and have several in my stsh.
Have fun spending that GC.
Happy New Year wishes for you and your family!