I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are looking forward to a New Year full of hope and happiness!
I had a lovely holiday with Mr D’s family: a lovely relaxed Christmas lunch with the unexpected treat of fresh-smoked trout, followed by an afternoon of playing with the aunt and uncle’s gorgeous kitties, browsing their amazing book collection, and modelling some fabulous ’60s and ’70s frocks that they had found at an op shop, to figure out what size they were. There was one early ’60s dress that looked like it came straight off the set of Mad Men, and had I only been shaped like the redheaded actress from that show, I would have fit it properly!
I received a lovely thoughtful selection of gifts: my family and friends know me well!
Mr D got me The Cut of Women’s Clothes (YAY! Now I can stop borrowing it from the library constantly! I had it out so often he was convinced I owned a copy!) and the drool-worthy Vintage Paris Couture! And he got me Raising Steam: the newest Terry Pratchett novel. Keeping with the book theme, a dear friend got me the DK Fashion book, which is such a fabulous overview.
My in laws visited Honiton in England this year, and bought me a metre of antique handmade Honiton lace from the museum there. So gorgeous!
And finally, small but sweet: my version of perfume. Real vanilla pods. Happiness in a little tube!
In return, I made lots of handmade gifts: two shirts for my mother, a shirt for my MIL, two shirts and some little bags for Mr D, a shirt and a skirt for my sister. I’ve been busy.
So, time to take some time off…
For the next few days I’m going to be off touring the wilderness with my sister the chef, who is back in the New Zealand for a visit. The blog is going to be on autopilot, but there will be posts – cute Felicity-ness, and collection tours, and a Rate the Dress, and the announcement of the HSF Challenge #7, all on schedule.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to respond to comments immediately, but I will get to them when I get back, so please do say hi (and hey, I know perfectly well you guys are capable of having an amazing discussion without me!).
And when I get back I’ll be telling you about lots more sewing that I’ve done, and dressing up and taking pictures, and my road trip, and a round-up of my 2013, and a look back at HSF ’13, and goals for 2014, and wilderness touring pictures, and SO MUCH MORE.
It’s going to be awesome!