Now that we are into November I am having to accept that I need to get my finger out and start preparing Christmas stock properly. Part of this is due to the Festive Fair that I am helping organise at Tir-na-nOg holistic centre www.tirnanog.co.uk for Sunday 27th November. As well as my Christmas wreaths and table decorations there will be a wide variety of home and garden accessories, jewellery, art and antiques, speciality food, toys, toiletries alongside a storyteller and card making workshop for the children. The real difference however is that there will be free taster sessions of some of the massages and treatments available at the centre - so this should be a really relaxing way to do the Christmas shopping. In the meantime I am phoning newspaper editors, working out floor plans, trying our recipes for mulled wine and roping in friends to help on the day. I also need to sew enough stockings, pot up enough bulbs and make enough wreaths to sell!
It is Euan's birthday on the 15th December and we used to have a rule that Christmas wasn't mentioned until after that. Poor man, he has been living with a house littered with half finished Christmas stockings since September.
The Chistmas stocking pictured is made of linens, voile and vintage buttons - it is available in a variety of materials. It is 45 cm tall and has enough space for a nice range of fancy soaps, chocolates or even a bottle of champagne. £18.00