I'm still infected (I need a bell to ring as I walk and to chant "unclean, unclean" perhaps) but as we approach Christmas time I'm so conscious of the love and support I've had not just from my family and close friends, but from all those wonderful friends who I've only met through LFCC - and some of those I've never met in the "real" world whom offer more support than I've possibly ever had before are pretty special. I want to give something back as I know many of these lovely people like to give floaty creations as Christmas pressies, but if I'm brutally honest as well, it would be great to make up some of the short fall of having run out of paid sick leave at my much-loved day job. So, if this market night I have scheduled for Thursday 31st October via my Facebook page goes well, it will be fab for both me and everyone else!
Other than that, my only news is the ongoing work on my "new" Classic VW Beetle (Bartleby) and my own plans to make mine and my families Christmas a completely handmade/local/vintage one. I'm really enjoying hunting out cool and unusual goodies via places like Etsy and antique fairs, and will be making some gifts too of course. I think once upon a time, giving handmade was really looked down upon but in this age of Kirstie's Homemad Home and the Great British Bake Off, and the recent times of financial hardship throughout not just the UK but many parts of the world, homespun and carefully thought out and created gifts have become pretty cool. You still need to carefully weigh up your recipient, but most people can be found to suit handmade in some shape or form - my besties husband, for example, would like a suet crust steak and kidney pie. That's his second! lol! My almost-sister-in-law has knitted me the most amazing snood (I wore it today!) and considering it's the first thing she ever knitted, it has amazing. Even if she'd been knitting for years it would still be wonderful though. It's beautifully made, the colours are so "me" and the fact that she put so much time and effort in to it means it will be treasured for many, many years.
So perhaps have a think about this idea? Would your family go for it? Can you opt for a local farm shop's meat or poultry for your Christmas dinner? Would you make your own mincepies for your neighbours? (Those are fab made as teeny mini ones with no lids, with a little star of brandy butter piped on top btw!) Would love to see photos of what you come up with!