Can you believe on Christmas Eve my friend Starr, gifted me a working drawing of
'Girl in Paris'...aka..'Flora in Paris'?
Neither could I!
Appropriately I managed to sculpt my hair into a stylish side-bun, fitting for such a soiree.
I felt pretty proud of it, because frankly, you never know which way a self-made hairstyle is going to go.
Starr also gave one of the attendees a spectacular painting of Brisbane's Story Bridge.
Which she obsessively loves to paint.
He had to unwrap it on the wall.
Mr Fascinata received one of lovely Haidee's
decorated festive fruit cakes, starred with black royal icing.
Too nice to cut. I adore the polka dot and star range.
At first he thought Starr had re-gifted, 'til I explained that
Haidee had done a gorgeous range of the baked and iced goodies.
Starr does a very good tree.
She's a highly organised Liberian, not to be confused
She knocked herself out with the beverages and canapes.
One of the guests gave her this Mme Coco cremant from the Burgundy region in France
I wanted to steal it.
Isn't it nice when peops give a hostess a gift?
Here's her 70s style prawn cocktails in unbreakable glasses.
Here's more of Haidee's dotty and starred cakes!
Fu was also on the guest list.
And unwrapped a couple of thoughtful gifts.
Christmas day was equally as fabulous.
I frocked up in a $20 pure cotton Indian caftan.
To be honest, I love it.
I tricked it up further with a $5 Tom Binns look-a-like necklace.
Here's the third tree, my friend J's.
And for the third year in a row I crafted a Yuletide log.
I made J that flora wreath a million years ago. I was chuffed to see she still
trots it out. Good on her.
There was a bit of this going on.
I love that pewter pineapple, pretty apt for us Queenslanders.
Symbolising friendliness and warmth.
Don't be shocked, but I repeating the caftan for the last Christmas 'do, tomorrow.
Not sure if I told you how one of the workers gifted me with her Palestinian style embroidery,
created from unravelled woollen items.
She designed it from her mind's eye.
To be honest, I was astonished.
I can't wait to make it into a clutch purse with some sort of embellished trim.
Sometimes during the crafting sessions we used to talk about the civil war in Syria.
I can thank the Palestinian embroidery for giving me this awareness.
I can't stop thinking about the government air-strike on the busy the bakery in central Syria, Christmas Eve.
And that loss of life.
Stay lucky and grateful.