An extra post today just to remind you that you need to take some time for yourself ~ even if it's just for a few minutes. Here's a reminder of some previous posts with some examples of simple self care exercises.
Do you have an office tradition of Secret Santa gifts? It doesn't really work for the self-employed, one-woman workplace but I have participated many, many times over the years and I think I've seen more than my fair share of pooping reindeer!
It's actually quite difficult to choose SS gifts - often there's a low budget and, if you don't know who you're buying for, you may have to play a little safe - you don't really want to offend your boss just before your Christmas bonus is due.
Well, search no more! Here's a lovely selection of fun and festive items that will make you this years best gift giver - and they are all handmade. Just click on the photographs for more details.
For many years I thought I didn't like Christmas pudding - turns out I just don't want it after a huge Christmas dinner. Although we still have it on the 25th (with the full drama of flaming brandy for that festive sense of danger!) I tend to opt for trifle and save my portion for a post Boxing Day Walk treat - it's delicious when you have the appetite for it.
No matter when you enjoy yours, the pudding is such an icon of Christmas and its pleasing shape lends itself to decorating all kinds of things. Have a browse at this lovely selection from UK crafters and designers.
If you want to make your own there are many, many recipes out there - from the traditional fruit version to the fabulous Sticky Toffee one. Just click on the photographs to get the recipes.
And when you just can't eat another spoonful - here's a fun game for all the family to play!
I live in "The North" as the motorway signs label us (maybe they should add "there be dragons"!). I spend a fair amount of time outdoors, I garden late into the season and the dogs need walking whatever the weather. Therefore I spend a lot of time thinking about keeping warm and have quite a collection of hats, gloves and scarves.
Accessories are great gifts, usually one size fits all and because they are small items you can choose luxurious materials. You may not be able to afford a cashmere sweater for your best friend - but a pair of mitts may well be within your budget.
Here's a lovely selection of winter warmers, all handmade by independent crafters and designers here in the UK.
And if you fancy having a go at making something yourself please have a look at my own Etsy shop Garden Knits for some simple knitting patterns for very wearable accessories.