10 December 2011

i'm grateful for . . . 'the goodies of wrapping up the year'

Greetings all,
Maxabella Loves last I'm Grateful For the year . . . so it's a Christmas cracker of a finale!!
Lovely goodies sent to me this week (my postmistress Anna calls it 'fan mail').  A little house of love Christmas ornament from Leonie at Kiwi At Heart blog & this delightful red bird ornament from Ally at Everyday Miracles blog.  Thanks ladies, big smile on my face & warmth in my heart.
 Canberra locals know & LOVE Erica Soy Candles.  Erica offers half price refills & lives arond the corner (home delivery) yay!!  My latest refills will make our home smell fresh (lime & sandalwood, lemon grass, Victorian rose, pink grapefruit, 'relaxation') & festive this Summer . . .10 tins of Christmassy smelling candles for teacher's gifts: gingerbread, spiced orange, mistletoe, frankincense & myrrh + more.  Wish this was a scratch'n'sniff blog!!
 I read on Tania McCartney's blog a neat review of Lotta magazine, produced in Australia & aimed at school holiday craft projects, delightful.  Better yet, $10 & ad free!!  I've been hanging out for the Christmas edition of Mollie Makes magazine.  Found myself with time to kill in the car the other day, so grabbed New Idea, i don't think i've ever bought a copy but i'd like to know how Rebecca Gibney lost the weight too!! 
 Thursday's Brindabella market was delightful . . . Mel from Canberra Airport organises the marquee, trestles, linen tablecloths & we just display our goods & sell, awesome deal right??  Thanks Mel!!  This time, after nagging Tania for 2 years, planets aligned & she was available to have a stall.  She had baked each of my children personalised GingerBreadMen.  They were exactly the kind of gingerbread we like (soft & chewy) & so cute!!  Thanks Tania!!
 My children's Christmas bikes have been the gift that keeps on giving - especially when they return with a bounty of flowers from the neighbourhood.  I expect their 'wanted' descriptions up on posters shortly, they promise they only pick flowers from the nature strips & paths!!
 Stacey from Cheeky Textiles blog had a 'shopping event' at her place on Friday, it was really great & we're all keen to do it again.  Inbetween the morning & evening sessions, i had a delicious P&C Thank You lunch & collected the children from school.  Jam packed day.  Rachelle from Orange Whisk was selling her incredible gingerbread & vanilla biscuits (you can find them at the Essential Ingredient in Manuka too).  She bought SO many things from my stall, the 3rd time she came around i insisted "take what you want & pay me in food".  Mmmm, so glad she did.  Thanks for having us Stacey!!
 My high schooler has wrapped up year 7 with a bang: parties, discos, gifts, sports ribbons, dancing with their teachers & she lost her last baby tooth (parceled up by a teacher with quite the demand to the tooth fairy).  Her much adored maths & science teacher "Mr B" is returning to Canada with his wife & 4 daughters, after a year long exchange.  He gave her a Canadian twoney ($2 coin) & i promised we'll go to Alberta one day & hunt him down.  My husband went to Canada on an adventure training exercise with the Army 12 years ago & i'm still jealous!!   
 I'll admit, Saturday started off with nibbling gingerbread on the way to athletics, then the Farmer's Market.  Picked up double of my regular purchases of fruit, foccacia, chocolates, sausages, dips & breads.  My fruit bowl is overflowing with apples & pears.  Should survive the first week of high school holidays, my little ones are stuck at school until Wednesday week.  They have 2 days off before the Christmas weekend??!!
 Yay, can you believe this bounty from Donna Hay??  She's offering very generous specials in the lead up to Christmas on line & at her General Store in Sydney.  Next week i'll have 4 prizes in a Donna Hay giveaway, stay tuned, i just have to bake first & we're spending the rest of the weekend in Bowral.
Sending you great festive vibes people.  Love to you all, lots of gratefulness for following me & supporting me this year, love you all & thanks Bronwyn from Maxabella Loves blog for hosting mucho appreciation this year!!  Love Posie

18 comments:

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Hmm, goodies in the mail, candles, gingerbread, farmer's markets, craft markets, so much to enjoy and be thankful for - lucky you and lucky kids. Enjoy!

Leonie said...

Wow, so much to be grateful for! that new mag looks good. i just collected my Christmas Mollie Makes, looking forward to sitting down and enjoying it!!!
And I do wish your blog was scratch and sniff, those scent sound sooooo perfect for Christmas!

Jen R said...

What a busy,fun, smelly and tasty week!!

The Moerks said...

HI Jennie, I have been lying on the couch reading that Donna Hay issue. The biscuits are so tempting.
I am in the process of making some stained glass ones but the butter is not cooperating in the humid weather we are having down here.

Christina said...

I remember loosing my last baby tooth! It made me feel so grown up! Sounds like lots of money and a bit of a celebration is in order. :)

Felicity said...

A scrumalicious bounty of goodness and much to be grateful for indeedy.

Genius concept - the scratch and sniff computer.
Today was my first experience with 3D TV [I know, the rock I live under is quite large] and thought, what next? Well maybe you've answered my question.

Happy weekend,
xx

Mum on the Run said...

So much beauty there - in every form - to be grateful for.
Enjoy your weekend.
:-)

Tania McCartney said...

Yum yum, all so yummy! xx

cheeky textiles said...

I had such a fun day and such wonderful company. thanks for all your postive energy. Your girls are a delight happy birthday ** love Staceyxx

tinajo said...

Lots of good energy in this post - enjoy! :-)

polkadotpeticoat said...

Oh my for wonderful presents.....

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1000 Homes of Happiness said...

love this post! Look at all that Chrsitmas treasure. Sooo much to be grateful for Posie xoxox

supermac said...

Oh, such lovely stuff. This is what I love about the holidays.

Maxabella said...

I see it's all quiet at your place as usual?! Hee, hee. I swear I don't know how you do it all by yourself. Do you ever just collapse in a big grumpy heap?!? x

Melissah from Coastal Style said...

It looks like you have been having fun with Donna Hay - I'm a huge fan of hers!
x
Melissah

Amanda said...

I have the Christmas Mollie Makes too and I have been trying desperately not to read it as I fly to Melbourne on Thursday and want to read it on the plane but it keeps looking at me saying READ ME.

Paperklip said...

Hi Posie,
So nice to catch up on your blog! Where are you getting those Mollie Makes from? My local newsagents are not coming to the party and I wondered if I had to go to the big city or something?
Merry Christmas lovely.
Mel xx