Happy Year of the Snake!

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Yep, it's that time of year again everyone, time to ring in Chinese New Year!

2013 marks the Year of the Snake - specifically the Water Snake. People born in the Year of the Snake are said to be intelligent, financially stable and determined, but also jealous.

Regular readers will know that J and I like to head down to our local China Town to watch the festivities, which is exactly what we did this very afternoon!

We began with a hearty helping of traditional dumplings (the spicy pork came out as the definite favourite!), hastily eaten whilst we watched traditional dancers...

After perusing the stalls and markets - filled with toys and trinkets - we were lucky enough to bump into the Lion and Dragon who were doing their rounds, blessing the local Asian businesses and chasing away bad luck!

As usual - a fantastic time was had by all!

Chinese New Year has left me pretty inspired craft-wise this year also. Over the past couple of weeks I've been busily beavering away at some brand new cross stitch patterns for you all! Regular readers may remember that I received some rather beautiful Chinese papercuts for Christmas last year - and it's these papercuts that I have turned into cross stitch patterns. If you fancy getting your stitch on this Chinese New Year - check out my Etsy store, where you can find all 12 zodiac signs ready and waiting for you!

How are you celebrating the Year of the Snake?