Sadly, with preparations for Christmas and Saint Lucia’s day progressing with good cheer and peaceful spirits, we are back to eating supper on our laps!

Every table in the house has been commandeered for stitching …










sticking and opening






And when the moment finally comes that we have parcels ready for posting, we jump to it, fill the bags …


… and race off to the post office, desperate to make the 12.30 closing (gee whizz Australia Post!  couldn’t you show a wee bit of Christmas cheer and have extended hours for the holiday season!), and ignore the fact that we haven’t cleaned our teeth, or brushed our hair, and are wearing our garden thongs.  Hopefully we won’t see anyone we know :-0


p.s.  hours later … credit where credit’s due, we drove into the GPO in the city at 12.20pm and, with great Christmas cheer, patience and good humour, the post office staff there just kept on greeting customers and stamping parcels, loooooong after the short hand reached 12 and the long hand hit 6.  Merry Christmas lovely post people – may you be rewarded with friendly customers and short journeys home at the end of a busy day :-)

there are needles, and wool, and pens, and paper …

16 thoughts on “there are needles, and wool, and pens, and paper …

  • December 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I LOVE seeing your little workshop of cheer! And so funny to see it all being done in flipflops and shorts – ah the tilt of the earth! Those knitted gnomes are precious! Happy Holidays to you!

  • December 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    It looks busier than Santa’s workshop in your house! I’m having a bit of that going on here as well, at the moment – Monday is final posting day, so tomorrow will be really busy.

    P.S. I did a double take reading about you going to the post office in your gardening thongs, until I realized it was your footwear you were talking about ;-)

  • December 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    What a wonderful busy workshop you have! I love the knitted dolls too! Every picture here makes me smile. Thank you!

  • December 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Wow, that is an awful lot of goodness in one place. Can’t wait to see everything completed

  • December 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I think this is the image I am going to hold in my mind for Santa’s work shop… Its lovely! And isn’t brown craft paper the best for wrapping? So much decorative possibility in its sweet simplicity… +Chelsea

  • December 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    We don’t even have Sat post here!!! Our post closes at 3 on a weekday and guess what time I’m normally organised – yes 3.30!! Still have a few parcels to wrap and organise today to post tomorrow and then I can start on the cards!

  • December 12, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Gorgeous little hive of activity! I keep meaning to photograph our Christmas fun, but haven’t gotten round to it yet. Postal workers are certainly the heroes of Christmas!

  • December 13, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful santa workshop, love those little knitted gnomes, should try and make a pink one for my little Sophie, I am sure she would adore it.

    Have a safe move and a very happy christmas and a wonderful start to the new year.

    quilting hugs

  • December 14, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I would love to be at your house, it looks so filled with holiday cheer and wonderful gift making.


  • December 14, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I enjoyed your photos of Christmas preparation. The drawings on the gifts are fun. Great idea and are one of a kind. I’m glad your postal worker were in such a good mood. :)

  • December 15, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Everything looks wonderful. I hope your Lucia was beautiful and you had many yummies to eat. I love seeing all that you are doing. It looks like a lot of fun. Enjoy all of the merriment.

  • December 19, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    What a cheerful assortment! You have great artists in your family!

  • December 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Merry christmas Lily, to you and yours.
    Thanks for the giggles mathea.

  • December 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    bullet-proof vest exist because they protect your vital organs, and although it would suck hardcore to get shot in the crotch, you have a much better chance of surviving than if you were shot in the heart. although it is a friggin good idea.

  • January 1, 2010 at 3:57 am

    thank you SO MUCH for the lovely memory game, my girls love it and Em was very excited to get a package “all the way from Australia” : )

    pink and green mama

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