It's lovely to have the break, but I always find the period between Christmas and New Year a bit strange, I feel obliged not to do anything much but feel a bit guilty at the same time. And though I wasn't looking forward to going back to work it's good to get back into a routine and regain some focus and more importantly give my digestive system a rest.
One post-Christmas ritual I have is to buy a few Christmas decorations in the sales. Our local garden centre always has a lovely selection, I went a bit OTT this time (above, multiply by 3). I think next year this ritual will have to cease, I now have so many Christmas decorations it took me 3 days to sort and pack them all away!
I did receive some lovely gifts this year, pot stand and religious picture from my sweet vintage-fair-buddy Jayne. If you have been to any of the fairs I sell at you might have met Jayne, she's the happy smiley one. I usually look miserable, not that I am (mostly), just have that kind of a face.
Mr. Bloom surprised me with a red Roberts Revival radio - I hadn't even hinted and had no idea. Also some craft and vintage fashion books - these I did know about as I chose them myself.
From another friend, these candle cups with a mercury glass effect....and....a subscription to Home and Antiques magazine - how lucky was I!
A few items of stock I've picked up this week - some plates, hanky, old tile and a sparkly necklace. The coloured-handle knives are probably my favourite find.
Folded up inside the knife box I found a bonus - knitting patterns for these cute hats. Not having a hat-shaped head I don't think I'll be making these for myself but the pics are great - love those eyebrows!
I'm glad it's nearly the weekend, it's been a bit of a shock to the system getting back to normal. I'm checking out a potential new selling venue, nice and local, about 2 minutes up the road. Fingers crossed!