Friday, 16 December 2011

feeling festive

Today is the last day of school for the year for my children, they embark on their annual 6 week Summer Holidays. As much as I'm pleased to have a break from the morning routine of getting them ready for school & prepping school lunches I must admit I'm starting to wonder how I'm going to fill the days so we make the most of our time together.
Last Saturday afternoon we drove two hours to Sydney city for the birthday party of a 9 year old friend of ours. It was great to catch up with the parents who are good long time friends. We arrived in the city a couple of hours early so we could take in the Christmas decorations & buzz of this time of year.
The photo above is of my two children enjoying the animated puppets & Christmas stories in the windows of one of the major department stores. Iremember being taken to see these same windows when I was a child.
This is my daughter spellbound with the new Christmas train that my mother/her grandmother dropped around in a surprise visit just the other night.
Yesterday I whipped up this sweet little Forest dress. Its size 3-4yrs & is so light & summery made from a nice soft cotton lawn with a delicate sketchy forest print. I hope it makes some little girl's Christmas a special one.
In Australia at Christmas Time it is custom to pick the native red Christmas Bush & place it around the home. As a child my mother used to take me along with her cruising the suburbs with a step ladder in the back of the car searching out Christmas Bush. The High School where she used to work was one of our best sources, we would try to pick a time when nobody was around, scale the tree & proudly venture home with our prized bounty of red foliage.

Wishing you all the happiest & most peaceful of Christmases yet.
Treasure your loved ones & get a little silly with it.


Zara said...

I love seeing the Christmas bush in blossom at this time of the year, I haven't been game enough to pinch any myself though.
Love the dress you made too. x

polkadotpeticoat said...

Your red bushes are beautiful!!! that dress is so sweet also!

deux chiens et un garcon said...

Your little ones are growing Up!
Have a beautiful christmas Leah.
much love

emma said...

hmm, I think I might have to go and search for some christmas bush too. Merry christmas leah!

Elkhorn said...

Wonderful post! Looks like you are getting into the festive season. The xmas bush is beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful time over christmas with the fam. Look forward to seeing you at a local market 2012.. hopefully with your own stall!! x

Kaylovesvintage said...

Merry Christmas , wishing you a wonderful time with your family

katiecrackernuts said...

Your Christmas bush just pops. I missed having it in the house this year. I kept meaning to go and get some - my two attempts at growing it failed - but it was a whirlwind lead up to Christmas and it never happened. Lovely to see it was in your house.