Thursday, 11 December 2008

stretched... (and a little giveaway)

Christmas Destination...

The calender days seem to be flicking quickly over. With it comes that urgent need to get things done before the end of the year. I am not sure why this becomes such a battle, such a rush and at times, such a stressful time. I know we put this pressure on ourselves but does it really matter if some tasks flow over to the New Year?

So I am feeling a little stretched. Trying to get a million things done before Saturday 19th December - that's the cut off you see. My sweet, sweet biggest brother is arriving from London (where he lives) with his new wife, whom I have not yet met! We are all spending a few days here and then travelling to Tasmania to spend a family Christmas in the country. Sadly my sister who lives in Hong Kong has chosen warm sunny Thailand over the possibly freezing cold Midlands...


So I am trying to get some sewing finished for presents for new babies, friends and family, send out Christmas cards, swap the contents of 2 full rooms while painting them, get the garden under control and get ready for our holiday. I am sure there are more things on this list...


What are you trying to get done? And more importantly, how are you keeping sane?


And as a reward for your efforts, someone will get a little pack with some plastic sewing needles featured in the previous post and some hessian squares for your minnie sewers. Just leave a comment before now and Wednesday 17th December.

14 comments:

Jessica said...

I need to get some bags sewed up, bibs made, and a quilt binded. Oh, and other gifts from the store, too. I'm staying sane by drinking too much tea during the day and reading a good book for 20 minutes at night.

Shellbells said...

what doesnt need to be done??? at least two bags, a couple of dolls, dresses for chicken, a sofite rocket...do I need to say anymore?? hope we both get all our stuff done before xmas!!! Have a great time in tassie..

Kathryn said...

Oh, it'a all crazy here! Finally organised my store sale, newsletter etc, have a couple of orders which need to go out, need to buy more fabric, house is a TIP, cat is shedding everywhere...plus the cotton and the crumbs, am vacuuming twice a day...finally had a sunny day when I was home, so have done about 2 weeks worth of washing with more to go...and apparently it is almost Christmas! Oh no! Maybe I should think about some presents?

Erna said...

lots of things to be done here too. My little one is turning 4 next week so I'm now focusing on a birhtday celebration. After that xmas...I just take one thing at a time and am making my long lists every day a little smaller just by skipping some things that aren't really really neccessary...

Jelly Wares said...

Sounds like a great Xmas planned for your family down at Tassie... Good luck getting all of those jobs done before you go!!!! I have no advice for you as I'm in the same boat as you... LOL!!! I have a million things to do on my list before the 22nd and just as I think I'm getting on top of something something else pops up so I'm definitely not keeping SANE at all... LOL!!

Take CAre
Jodie :)

Poppy and Mei said...

Mmmmmmmmmm...nice reward at the end of the hard slog!
You so don't want to know what's happening over here, oh ok, I'll tell you anyway.
The whole moving thing has gone pear shaped. A total palarva! Our almost old landlord is trying to suck us dry & our almost new landlord is the sweetest ever! (Thank Gawd!)
I can't wait to get out of here, our moving date should be the 19th so we have the same date to get things done by.
Whether it happens the way we want is another story.
Wishing you ease with your deadline & no, it doesn't matter if things flow over into the new year.
Now I'm off to convince myself of that...XXxx

tiff said...

I am trying to cram all of my Christmas shopping into just one week, which seems almost impossible to me right now.
I need your snail mail addy, Rach, so I can send you and your lovely family a genzy Christmas card.

I hope you have a wonderful time away. Tasmania is lovely.

Sarah said...

I know the feeling, I have to finish a big work project, make and send xmas cards, finish off some Xmas presents for the kids, craft boxes & a music bag, contents included. We just need to take it easy on ourselves and remember the message of Christmas and if some things don't get finished it doesn't matter.

Jenny said...

Thank goodness I love to shop early, but I did decide to knit a pair of socks for a family member and I had to post them overseas!
They are only just finished and put in the post. I hope they get there.
They will be opened in Tasmania too, with my mum and her family in Burnie. I love Christmas in Tassie. You never know if you will be boiling or it will be snowing. We have had both!

E and T said...

Hi Rach

What fun it has been to have some time to stop by and catch up on your blog.

Happy belated birthday to you my friend. May you find many reasons for happiness in the upcoming year.

Minnie is quite the little crafter - sewing and printing and what a beautiful job she does. Minnie is so very clever and it looks as though she got your creative gene.

Like you, I am also placing deadlines on myself - trying to finish off so many little projects I have started (hence the lack of comments recently, slack I know) and I feel as though I could really do with a couple of extra hours every day! For me personally, when I am overwhelmed it always helps when I do something for someone else. Often by doing so, it puts a whole new perspective on my life and reminds me that sometimes I have placed too much value on things that aren't really that important in the scheme of things.

All the best with achieving eveything you need to by December 19.

Lots of love
Elise

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

I'm busy trying to finish pencil/drawing-pad rolls, from a tute at Red Robin, for the mobile little artists in my life. Also hoping to applique some T. Shirts.

Meanwhile I've just sliced my finger on a knife doing the washing up! Hazardous work housework - should be paid 'danger money'!!

potty mouth mama said...

Here's me, still struggling with embroidering the pillowcases. SQUEAK!

I love the look of Tasmania. I bet it will be magic!

Michelle said...

Jeepers that quite a to do list you have there. Mine's pretty similar with an overgrown garden to tame and a hallway to finish painting, along with a 6 year old birthday party, a gingerbread house to build and oh, I won't go on.

I find a large gin & tonic at around 6ish keeps mummy utterly and happily sane...

Veronica said...

I'm curious now, where did you end up spending Xmas? I'll bet you drove past my property at some point too. Goodness knows it wasn't exactly warm down here, although Christmas day wasn't too bad at all.