With the cicada's in full swing , temperatures rising, the surrounding hills taking on a paler hue and doors closing to keep out the heat, the shift in seasons is certainly upon us. This morning our postman delivered some eagerly awaited crafting materials and books, so Zahra and I declared our Summer Solstice crafting season officially open. We have a tradition of waiting until December before cracking open the decoration box, Christmas books and music but crafting which is usually left to the last minute has begun early this year. Zahra hid herself away in her room this morning issuing strict instructions not to come in. She emerged a few hours later declaring all of her Solstice gifting complete and wrapped apart from a trip to the store for some chocolate ( Green and Blacks Dark, with a hint of Madagascar vanilla please).
The snow day embroidery sampler I ordered from Rosy Little Things, back when I was lying on the couch in that first trimester haze, is taking shape quite nicely. They're fiddly things, but oh so beautiful when finished and great for slowing things down. I think I'm living vicariously through that adorable red coat with mittens. Ever since a little girl I've always dreamed of a wearing a red coat through the winter months, there's something kind of fairy tale about them.
Making this time of year meaningful for us in a southern hemisphere context is always a challenge. Everything apart from the old, cliched Santa Claus driving a ute and wearing thongs, which doesn't really fit for us, takes on a northern seasonal bent of snow and holly, which I must admit I do love, (another dream of mine... to have a white Christmas). This year I'm going to try a little harder to weave some of our own seasonal magic into Solstice.
happy seasonal crafting to you dear friends