I am enjoying re-organising my sewing room right now - not least because I am finding fabrics which I had long since forgotten about::
Overseen by the sewing rooms newest member - Poppy, a la Molly Chicken who has taken pride of place on the cutting table::
and I have also managed to squeeze in a little crafting, hand sewing in the evening whilst the kiddies are asleep::
...and enjoying the laziness of the transition from Christmas to New Year...
A few days ago, I called Mum back home in England to get a recipe from her - a recipe that I have never attempted before and one that I can vividly remember being a part of my Christmas memories from my childhood.
The recipe - A Christmas Cake, would often be started by Mum back in November long before the excitement of Christmas has begun - a prelude to Christmas and a sign for us that it was on its way.
I have no idea as to the amount of cakes Mum actually used to produce (I dare say we are talking double figures!) I just remember the smell use to fill the house for days and the *big* oven that we used very rarely would be lit for hours baking various batches - many of which were beautifully decorated and given as Christmas gifts in December.
And whilst I remembered all of this, it was only after our cake had been mixed and was baking in the oven, that the smell just brought all those memories (and more) back. Funnily enough, it also had the same effect on Jay who then told me about the fruit cakes his Mum use to bake.
So now, with our first Christmas Cake made and the smell of Christmas still in the air, I think we have just started a tradition for our little family..
Some moments from today that have made me grin:
The little man is getting braver and venturing down the stairs of his own accord:
He is also getting a very cute little rounded tummy on him now...
Maddy and Josh are both enjoying how cuddly and laid back Jasper is...
I can't believe how quickly he has settled with us - and also how we ever managed without him for so long!
The last of the hand-made Christmas gifts were finished today and popped in the mail, just leaving me with one big gift still to finish.
I was also inspired to create a snuggle quilt for the sofa, based on my new muse - Jasper.
Each square either has little cats on it, or a cat-inspired fabric - like tiny birds, flowers and little paws
I added the applique Jasper after quilting it -
And backed it in a super soft and plush brown fleece.
For the past two days, our new addition - Jasper has been settling into his new home. Jasper is proving to be a very playful Birman with an energetic purr that begins as soon as he see's your face.
The kids are in love - in love with the fact that he likes to play, in love with the fact that he is docile and lovable and even more in love with the fact that he is sooo soft and fluffly...we are all smitten!