Christmas is coming ….

Yes, today we get to open the first door on our Advent Calendar! When I was very young my parents didn’t have much money (and were in any case of the Make Do and Mend generation, having grown up during the war years), so the same Advent calendar came out each year, with the cardboard doors carefully pushed closed after the last Christmas, all ready for opening once again. Sadly though each year there seemed to be less sparkle as I’m sure a lot of the glitter came away, stuck to my hot and excited little fingers! And there was no chocolate to enjoy, just a small picture behind each door. I don’t put my decorations up just yet, preferring to wait until a little later in the month (after my birthday), though I couldn’t resist taking a picture of some of this year’s additions ….IMG_0150

Including a delightful little Polar bear on skis found at this year’s Christmas Market in Bath – well worth a visit if you’re in the area!  And of course we took our trusty Christmas Market Reindeer Tote, now in its third, or could it even be its fourth year of service and still as good as new!

 If you’d like to make your own then the pattern’s available on the Free Patterns page – it’s a really easy make, and you’re sure to get ltos of admiring comments when you take your own bag out and about – I know we always do!

And finally, I am delighted to be able to announce that last week I booked some time at our local small business centre where they have very whizzy super-duper fast broadband.  I spent several hours uploading the last seven issues of the Bustle & Sew Magazine to Amazon and we are now completely up-to-date again.  Yes, all the missing issues are now available to purchase in paperback form!


I’m not sure what system Amazon uses to list copies of the magazine, I can’t work out what order (if any) they’re in … but they are definitely all there, though you may need to scroll down a bit to find them.

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I always had an advent calendar as a child, I loved opening a door each day. No chocolates when I was a child! My favourite pictures were the angel and the donkey. I am doing an advent calendar over on my blog
Julie xxxx


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