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December Favourites

It’s been a while since I sketched my monthly favourites! In fact, the last ones were in September! It was much more time consuming, because I decided to try painting them instead of using the Promarkers this time. What do you think? Do you like the sketches or the paintings better?

Illustration of favourite things in December

Here are the descriptions:

1. Launching Hux loves Honey at the Etsy Made Local event in Glasgow! I know you guys are probably sick of hearing about it, but it really was amazing to me. The little illustration is of the outside of The Briggait – it used to be a fish mongers during the Victorian era when it was built ( hence being so, so cold inside! ) through to the 1970s I believe, before briefly being turned into a shopping centre and then more recently, a home to artist’s studios and the host to markets such as EML.

2. Mairi and Dave’s beautiful wedding! It was held at another historic site in Glasgow, Cottier’s Theatre – one of many churches here that have been converted into a pub/venue. Their service and reception were both held in what used to be the church hall. It’s still undergoing restoration, but it’s really a beautiful space and suited Mairi’s mass amounts of heather very well! She even had a crown made out of it for her hair and by the end of the night there were little buds all through it like confetti, which made the effect that much prettier. (And then apparently clogging up the hotel room bathtub afterwards too!) It was my first Scottish wedding, and they really know what they’re doing! The food was excellent – including a cake made out of different kinds of cheese! We all had a bit of a food coma to get over before the ceilidh started, which was also very fun, but very tiring. The Scottish guests were all really amazing and patient though, teaching everyone the dances since the majority of us were from overseas and had never done it before! Anyways, I could probably write many more paragraphs about the wedding, but I’ll stop here and just say thank you so much for inviting Chris and I to share the day with you Mairi and Dave, we had the best time and hope your days are filled with love!

3. All the holiday food! Chris and I had our first real Christmas together, so we got a little Christmas tree, which we waited until the week before Christmas to buy, so it was difficult to find something small enough to fit in our tiny flat. We succeeded though and made cinnamon-salt dough ornaments to decorate it with. We also made moose-shaped gingerbread cookies for ourselves and to give away as gifts. A lot of them broke (my fault, I stacked them while they were probably too warm) but we decorated the broken bits anyways – there really was a little moosey leg that said “leg” on it. On Christmas Eve I made my Great Grandma’s carrot pudding. She usually made it in jars, but I used a pudding basin and was super pleased with myself when I didn’t ruin it! We took it to Chris’ family’s place on Boxing Day and it was a hit all around. We also made a traditional dinner for Christmas day. It was the first turkey I’d dressed for quite a few years since you mostly do seafood for dinner in Australia. It was a success too! Chris said it was the better even than the one they do at a local restaurant called The Butterfly and The Pig, which is apparently the highest compliment.

4. Watching the entire first season of Dirk Gently on Netflix. It’s been a long time since I read the books, and I don’t think the show is the same as them at all from what I remember. They’ve essentially made a new story for Dirk but it’s in the same spirit as the books by Douglas Adams. I very much recommend it if you need something new to watch though. I’m hoping they make a second season soon!

What were your favourite things over the holidays? Are there any traditional foods you or your family make?

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