I slipped away for an amazing week at my parents’ house in Pennsylvania with all five of the McIntosh-Burke siblings, our parents and a quick visit from an aunt and uncle and cousin. We ate our body weight in Christmas cake and gingerbread and I pinched my nieces and nephews' cheeks until they told me to bugger off and all around it was amazing. It always is and I'm always a little surprised by how delightful and magical and different the week at home with family is from regular life. We are back in the city for New Year's and spent yesterday with my brother visiting the Botanic Gardens and its amazing models of Washington landmarks made of branches and pinecones and acorns and leaves. We rung in 2014 binging on Stilton my mother sent back with us and the entire third season of Homeland while I stitched tiny jackets and pants and attached tiny rabbit ears. The shop will be updated with lots of new animals (in TUTUS!) on Monday along with the first sale of 2014.
Happy New Year and may 2014 be everything you wish and more.