We kept the seasonal decorations simple and natural this year: leafless branches from the garden hung with antique white and pewter grey glass baubles; sprigs and swags of mistletoe and ivy gathered locally; and a plethora of candles the colour of the mistletoe berries. The bedecking wasn't properly begun until Christmas Eve morning, and the present wrapping wasn't finished until late on Christmas Eve afternoon. It felt right, a simple marking of the end of Advent and the beginning of the twelve days of Christmas. We think we'll make a habit of it.
I'd show you how elegant a combo it is but I'm still sans camera, so this knitso' archive image, of Erddig closed up for the winter, will have to suffice as representative of the colour palette, minus all the green of course, and the myriad points of light. I'm loving how it all looks, and will be leaving everything exactly where it is until the morning after Twelfth Night, but I'm also struggling to stay focussed on the last days of 2012. It's been a year where little has gone to plan*, a year I won't be sorry to move on from. 2013, I've decided, shall be the year of going with the flow!
How about you? Was 2012 kind to you? I do hope so, though I know many of us have had quite a tough time. Here's hoping 2013 will be good to us all, and I'll be popping back on New Year's Eve to shout that!
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On a cheerier note I have two mini giveaways for you.
I think I may have raved about Hand/Eye Magazine before, but you might like to read the publication's mission statement. Issue 10 includes features on Krochet Kids International, Jude Hill's Magic Feather Project, embroiderer Surayia Rahman, and much, much more. Happily, I find myself in possession of a spare copy, which I'd be glad to post to the first person whose name is pulled from the hat on January 5th.
I also have a pre-read copy of the novel The Fine Colour of Rustthat's come to me from Wendz of 15 Coast Road, via Sharon in the USA, as it wends its way (if you'll pardon the pun) from blogger to blogger. It's a simple, feel-good story, not normally my kind of thing, but I read it from cover to cover on Boxing Day afternoon and wasn't sorry to have done so. The only condition of entry here is to agree to similarly pass the book on when you are done with it. Again, I'll post to the person whose name is first out of the hat on January 5th.
If you'd like to receive either item just let me know before next Saturday, and as always I'll post to anywhere in the world.
* See the postscript to my last post for news of the latest knitso' calamity!