December flew by in a whirlwind of packing, unpacking, making up orders, standing in the Post Office queue and lugging my possessions around in boxes!
Moving house three days before Christmas was perhaps not my brightest idea and Christmas was more an inconvenience than a time to celebrate. I had less Christmas spirit than Ebenezer Scrooge and was very upset at the fact that I couldn't put my Christmas tree up. But I did manage to put one little Christmas decoration on the dresser. I love this reindeer lantern – you put tea light candles inside and it gives off a lovely Christmassy glow.
So I’m really happy to say that that the big move to Somerset has now taken place and we are officially residents of Frome! The house move wouldn't have gone so well if it wasn't for the help of both sets of our parents who were amazing and spent the Saturday before Christmas carrying boxes and lugging furniture in the pouring rain.
We managed to get the last box unpacked on Christmas Eve. It was hectic to say the least. We just had enough time for some last minute Christmas preparations. We put together some festive hampers for the parents...
And baked mini mince Christmas pudding cupcakes...Well actually, I can’t take all of the credit for these. Ian baked and I helped to decorate them.
One Christmas Day we traveled back to Dorset to have dinner at my parent’s house. I was very grateful to not have to do much on Christmas Day as I was knackered!
Naughty Kitten caught in the act.
So we had a nice quiet day dressing up the dog in festive outfits. She was not impressed.
I was pleased to get Christmas over and done with as I just couldn't enjoy it this year. However, next year I’m going to make up for this and create a Christmas grotto in the front room. Or something like that.
Anyway, going back in time slightly, I completed my last day of employment at the beginning of December. And what an emotional wreck I was! My lovely friends at work spoiled me all day and I was really really sad to leave. I literally cried from the time I arrived at work to the time I went home. So now I’m going it alone. I’m self employed and terrified!
I’m lucky to now have more time to develop new products for Literary Emporium and I have a few new items for 2013. As a cat lover, I had to make some sort of cat themed item so I made this necklace inspired by Hemingway’s quote.
I've always loved EE Cummings’ poem ‘I carry your heart with me’ and Ian actually has it tattooed on his chest so I made this little heart locket necklace. I haven’t got many of these, and it's only available on notonthehighstreet.com, so if you would like one get in there quick!
If you would like to have a look at my other new items click here – I’m always adding new literary inspired things.
In other exciting news, I have finally sorted an office/work space in my spare room but I’ll save that for another post...