We introduced a couple of new products ready for Christmas - the Advent Calendar and tags.
In September we said goodbye to our dearly loved dog Kimba. He was 16 years old and was starting to get "Doggy Dementia" and just not himself anymore so decided it was time to say goodbye and thought this was a kinder option than waiting for him to become in pain and having the option taken from us. Liana and I took the day off work so we could spend the day with him and when Mark got home from work we all went together to the Vets and put him to sleep. It is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do and was heartbreaking but it was for the best. It has taken us along time to get used to him not being here and the house is not the same without him.
October we went on a family holiday to Melbourne and Canberra to catch up with family, do some shopping and we went to Bathurst to see the great race. We did lots of shopping, had to buy another suit case to bring it all home, caught up with family, went to the Finders Keepers Market and just had some lovely family time together. Then we headed to Canberra and visited the War Memorial which was just so humbling.
I think it is one of the best holidays I have had. It was so nice spending the time with Liana now that she has moved out of home and meeting up with other members of the family.
Before we knew it December was here and I had a bit of trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year. It has always been our tradition that Liana and I set up the Christmas tree on the first weekend of December but now Liana has moved out of home I had to do it by myself and it just wasn't the same. I really struggled but I did get it done and must say that I loved looking at it when it was all done. We have a lot of handmade decorations on the tree plus as I work in a school I quite often get little decorations for the tree from my students so it is nice each year putting those decorations back on the tree and remembering those children that had given them to me.
I also received a couple of new ones this year from dear friends.
This one was from my friend Rose's Mum who lives in England and does beautiful lacework. I received this one in the mail and it was such a lovely surprise. It is beautiful.
I also received this one from Mel at One Crafty Mumma who I have been writing to this year. It is so lovely having a pen friend to write to and receiving some lovely snail mail in the letter box instead of bills. We exchanged Christmas presents and Mel included this gorgeous little heart on the front of my package. Now each year I will think of her as I add it to my tree.
We managed to fit in one more market for December and we went to the Mandurah Indoor Markets. It was handy being so close to home and was our last chance to sell our Christmas items for the year.
Christmas morning arrived and it wasn't quite the same without Kimba. He used to be there under the tree looking for his present. He had his own stocking which usually contained smackos which he could smell and he used to love opening up his presents. We did have Liana's furbaby Willow who hopped up to the door and she decided she would help me open my present :)
Well that comes to the end of the year. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and hope all your dreams come true in 2014. I will make more of an effort to blog more regularly. Thanks for popping by :)