When Benjamin was born I decided it was time to become one of the arty-crafty mums. I joyfully went out and spend a ridiculous amount of money on knitting paraphernalia and books only to realise that knitting was quite hard and I couldn’t even cast on properly. My next attempt was to make Benjamin his own advent calendar. I found one at the local sewing shop- it was material which you cut out and sew on with to make 24 little pockets to put sweets in. I was told very positively that this would be a ‘very easy first project’. I was told this in October 2014. I came home and for a few days I spent the evening cutting out material and pinning them to this advent calendar. On day three I broke the sewing machine. On day 4, the advent calendar was folded up and put in ‘a box’. There it remained until two weeks ago, where I decided I couldn’t admit to having yet another unfinished project. It is now the 27th of November and I am 60% of the way through. I am hand sewing it all so my stitching looks like I have stopped off for a pint of wine at every box and there are holes so big that if I get round to placing chocolates in the pockets they will just fall out. Cue one very happy Labrador. Typically the box for the 1st and 2nd of December is on the line I haven’t finished so I will be very surprised if this advent calendar doesn’t find its way back to the ‘box’ again, but for now I try and remain positive in the hope that I will at some point become this happy, crafty, talented homemaker that us new mums esteem to be.