It’s beginning to look at lot like

…Christmas.

I’ve been talking about Christmas all year, and specifically started working on it in May. I actually put a Christmas tree up in May and engaged people in conversation about their plans for it.

That is my job.

So now I’m getting to the point where I can really, REALLY start to enjoy Christmas, plan my own celebrations, fall in love with decorations and cards depicting snow and wild animals.

Dave and I are going to escape the usual madness by travelling halfway around the world to Papua New Guinea (yes! really!) so I’m equally excited about finding foldable, travel-friendly gifts and decorations. I’ve been assured we’re still having turkey. Phew.

So I also wanted to share some of the awesome stuff over at notonthehighstreet.com – I know, I know, it’s slightly cliché and predictable seeing as I work there. But fortunately I truly believe that there’s some unique and awesome stuff going on over there.

In particular, I recommend checking out the Christmas cards, stockings, advent calendars and decorations. I particularly love these cards by Betsy Benn, these mini frames by Nkuku, and this gorgeous star by Clara and Macy. Laura of Clara and Macy recently used me as a guinea pig for these stars, which I used to celebrate new nephew Teddy. (I met him yesterday and I LOVE him!)

So that’s a little insight into Christmas and some of my Christmas plans! I promise more exciting blog news soon 🙂

October 29, 2013. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

I thought I had no expectations

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It’s funny how I imagine that I have no expectations and then life turns around and shows me that I did. I expected today to be dramatic and painful, but for it to be over after that. Instead, the process is dragged out, my patience is tested and I’m forced to reconsider and look more closely at how I spend my time taking the next steps. What do I feel today?

August 7, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

The Jenny Project: Birthdays are big

For those who don’t know me, know this: I love birthdays. One day out of all the year that specifically celebrates you, your existence, your life so far. A day when you call the shots, when you’re allowed to be frivolous and bossy and demanding, not only of your friends and family, but also of life itself.

I know a lot of people don’t feel this way, and that’s fine. Birthdays mark another year older, initiate sometimes painful feelings about where you are in life, and these things aren’t always pleasant. I get it. But for me, they symbolise being a kid again, having fun.

I explained this to some friends recently: When I was growing up, I was pushed around – I lived with my mum, but went to a childminder every day, visited my dad and/or grandparents at the weekend and generally just did what everyone else told me to. But when it was my birthday, something amazing happened. People asked me what I wanted to do!  It was special. I was special.

So I’ve got a soft spot for birthdays and this year (a birthday which could have been weird and sad) I got invited to go to Spain with some new (and lovely) friends. That, along with all the brilliant things from my family and friends, was joyous.

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who wished me happy birthday. It means loads. And even more thanks to those who contributed to celebrations with drinks, cards and presents. I especially LOVE my cards from @LollyGee @Pic_Nick @HarryGillian @chellepug @birdatron, my Totoro book and, of course, my ceramic tea straw:

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May 28, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.