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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Little Christmas Reading

December is finally here and heralds all things "Christmas". My favourite kind of designing and stitching as you all know. I love a festive gingie, frosty or a very cute reindeer and all things handmade and homespun. I of course believe that  Peace & Love and time spent with loved ones are the underpinnings of our Festive Season and are for me the "headliners" so to speak. These things sometimes get lost amongst the craziness of shopping and all manner of actitvities that bring our year to a close. I hope you can all take a calming breath amongst it all for yourselves. I am taking my own advice and have been having a little down time with a bit of reading (bought about I might add by a little bug that made me feel quite ordinary) Feeling a lot better now!!!
Ages ago my friend Ann gave me a book The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder. Every year I say I will read it and it hasn't happened until now. Each chapter is set out as a date on an advent calendar opened by a little boy who discovers an old faded advent calendar in a book shop which unfolds a mystery. I am reading a chapter each day (they are quite small) on the matching day.
The other book is The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini which I sped read a while go. So I have decided to read it again and this time savour it the way a book is meant to be read. Do you have some Christmas reading in mind as well?
I don't have any stitching to show you at the moment as it is all "secret squirrel" stuff for next year. I think you will however like what I have been up to. I have also been doing a lot of drawing which is my "place" that I go to when I need peace and of new ideas down on paper.
That's it from me today....some domestic goddess duties await.
A little saying I think rings true.....
"If you can't find Christmas in your Heart, you won't find it wrapped under a Christmas Tree"
Blessings Michelle xxx


  1. I hope you are feeling better and enjoy the reading! Nothing better than laying on the couch with a cuppa and a good book. Enjoy!

  2. I did enjoy reading The Christmas Quilt....nice decos..

  3. Sounds like just the perfect book to read especially at Christmas time. Love the decorations and bring on the Gingies I say! Hope your bug doesn't hang around too long! Cheers xxx

  4. Hope you feel better real soon Michelle!love those hanging hearts,sending big hugs.xx

  5. Gorgeous header Michelle... and fingers crossed that the bug gets on the next sleigh and leaves! :)

  6. Glad the bug has gone and you are on the mend.
    I have just collected my holiday reading from the library. It is the last 5 of the Elm Creek series. i have read the rest and plan to take these away with me for our Christmas week.
    I will look out for The Christmas Mystery, too.

  7. All very true. Hope you're feeling better soon.

  8. I'm reading a murder mystery at the moment and its not at all Christmassy. I have a stack of books waiting to be read but sadly I think thats going to have to wait until I take some time off work in mid January!

    Totally kicking back for Christmas this year . I only have to buy a few gifts since we've decided not to do family presents for adults ...

  9. What a lovely saying and your decorating looks fabulous. Do hope you feel better soon.

  10. Very true words Michelle, enjoy your downtime and I know there will be lots of fun new things coming up...

  11. That Santa with a Sewing Machine looks very familiar, Michelle :)
    I hope the bug is gone, and you are enjoying your Christmas reading, as well as stitchings.

  12. What lovely sentiments Michelle and how true. Sounds like a lovely book - enjoy your down time

  13. Ooh goody some Christmassy books to look out for :) I am currently zooming through a series (from the start) in an effort to get to one particular volume I have a yen to immerse myself in (again) s l o w l y after Christmas, a little gift to myself, lol.


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