Firstly, I'd just like to say a massive, hugemungous big sloppy thank you for all those lovely comments that were posted on the Junkaholique Facebook page. I got all choked up reading them, it was a real xmas surprise! I have also received some really wonderful emails from Rust jewellery customers too, it's so good to receive them at this busiest time of the year for us.
Thank you sincerely, for all those who read this funny old blog of mine, that I started just writing about weaving all those years ago!
Anyways, as the title suggests, this post is about my xmas wrapping paper mess-athon!

 lots of big sheets of recycled packing paper, poster paint, glue and glitter, created thus...

I made eight big sheets of paper, our littlun helped with the flicking paint one! (although she was a bit desperate to add some colour!) I fancied a rather monotone xmas this year. (I'm sure Santa's elves will be using some colourful paper though!). I rather like the way they came out, sort of naive look about them, totally intentional of course ; )

I made everyones pressies this year with my own fair hands (except some extra bought ones for my Mister and Tot) so it was even more exciting to wrap them up and say goodbye to my creations! I guess my next blog post I can show you's all what I made, after they've all been opened.

I was up till 12.30 last night wrapping pressies, I actually ache this morning. Wrappers thighs? something like that.

We'll be at my mum's house during the Solstice so hope to be up to see the sunrise over the sea! (luckily we can see it from the window, ; ) x

Junkaholique's Winter Solstice message ; )

Sorry, this is a real ramble, but here is my opinion about a subject I feel strongly about...

Tomorrow (sunday 21/12) at 23.03 hours, will be the 2014 winter solstice, traditionally celebrated at first sunrise (so sunrise on the 22nd December).  Celebrating the Solstice is a huge part of our history which is sadly much forgotten by the masses these days. The difference between light and dark, heat and cold, food or no-food, reproduction or hibernation, means everything to us and all other animals on the planet. I feel strongly that this is something that we shouldn't forget in our age of central heating, lamps, fridge freezers and tinned food.

The solstice is and always has been celebrated by all humans around the world. It is the only thing that all cultures have a deep connection with since ancient times. Even before humans wrote books about gods.
This year especially, I have been so absolutely gutted at what some humans have done to each other in the name of their beliefs. Beliefs do help many people, but they are also powerful enough to divide and cause hatred, and result in some people killing each other in the name of it. 

I am not a hippy! But to be honest, I feel so proud to be free of religion whatever form it takes, and I see and feel the wonder of the natural world in all it's greatness and that is enough magic right there. Animals give birth, massive trees grow and make homes for them, and tiny seeds grow into  plants that makes more tiny seeds and feeds us ...and so on. When we die, we simply re-join the cycle again, our atoms will make up something different...for ever! It's just amazing, it is spiritual and I don't need to understand why it happens, because I am just a human, just like all the other animals, we are just a small part of all of this. In my scaled down way, I have evolved, my child has evolved, ...over billions of years so too has the earth evolved. This is the miracle of nature.

Some people (namely the UK government) believe that children should be taught good Christian values at school and should have daily worship to a god. I really don't know why. We can have values and good morals by just understanding our place in the greater picture. To have respect for others around us (human, animal, environment) and to be gentle to the more vulnerable and appreciate all that we have, that others don't. You don't need to believe in a book to understand this, just go outside and look around, it's all happening right now!

Peace and happiness to all! (yeah man) x


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