"This is just one, there are 34 on the way
No clues shall we give, but look every day
For a piece of the puzzle to make you think
Who do you know that loves paper and ink?"
Of course, there was no return address and the writing was disguised! Every day through November I received more and more of these gorgeous creations, all the same size but with different letters.
And then, as if my brain wasn't being stretched enough, I started receiving more, with an extra clue:
"A few latecomers have joined in the fun
There was 34, there is now 41
Pieces of the Puzzle to make you think
Who do you know that loves paper and ink"
Much as I love crosswords and puzzles, it really was very tricky to solve. By the night of our Team Christmas Dinner on the 3rd December, I was pretty sure I had the "Merry Christmas" bit right, and I left the other letters spread out on the table and told everyone that if the letters "just happened" to get themselves in the right order, that would be great! And, what do you know, they did!
So, this is what I had hanging up in my lounge room throughout December (and most of January too, because I couldn't bear to take it down!)"
"Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho"
Here are some close-ups, so you can see the amazing detail:
And the rest of the message hung in our Big Room: "Thanks for a Great Year xo"
Aren't my team amazing?! I feel so lucky to know all of these lovely ladies. This banner will be gracing my home at Christmas time for many years to come.
The whole banner was organised by Robyn P of Posh Nosh fame (if you haven't tried any of her jams and relishes, you're definitely missing out!) and Robyn also took these photos for me (my camera was doing a lousy job!) Thanks Robyn!