Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Wishes

It went well. Harry's Business Enterprise Fayre , that I spoke about here. He made his own Christmas cards to sell and 20 minutes into the sale he telephoned me to ask me if I could bring some more cards with me when I came to the Fayre. More cards meant the Christmas cards I'd made for family and friends......if you don't receive a Christmas card from us this year, you now know Harry sold it :). He was so pleased (mainly because he could keep his profits), he sold cards to some of the teachers including the head mistress and had some lovely compliments.

School and work has finished *yay* for Christmas and I have finished the last of my Christmas pressie shopping. I've had to make some more present tags and I did manage to squeeze in a butterfly frame present for a friend. I hope she likes it.
 I've made a few of these in the past (here and here, with the original post and link here) and still love them.

 Can you tell how high it stands, I was worried after I'd glued it all down that it may have been too tall from the frame, thankfully it fitted perfectly into a box frame. If  you are wondering the flower center was a necklace from Primark. I took the necklace apart and used all the charms.

The weekend will be busy, so....warmest wishes to you all for a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thank you for continually reading and commenting and making me smile......have a lovely time xxx

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wrap it up

For me ribbon plays a huge part at Christmas time. There are cakes to edge, decorations to make and presents to tie. Thank you to Fantastic Ribbons who sent me some gorgeous wired ribbon to play with. I have to confess that I've never purchased wired ribbon before and I was a tad worried!

After having a play I'm now a convert and shall be using wired ribbon much more in the future. This stuff is so so easy to manipulate, you can bend it, twist it and just about get the ribbon into any position you fancy.

These few Christmas presents that look much prettier with wired ribbon bows to dress them up.
 
Now I've made a start on the wrapping I best carry on.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hello Hello Hello,

It's been a whirlwind of activity since arriving home from our holiday last month. Starting with a hospital appointment where I had more tests carried out on my hip which has caused me an awful amount of grief since June. I think after an active holiday, where at times the pain had me in tears, the appointment was a long time coming. I am hopeful that the results will give them a firm answer as to what is wrong. It would be so nice to be able to walk and sit again without pain and not to have to rely on pain killers or to have my eight year old say "is your leg hurting mum, lean on me mum." bless. 

Anyway that's enough moaning. School and work finishes this Wednesday so it will be good to finish up with the Christmas shopping (oh yes I still have a little to do) get my Christmas cards written and posted (is anyone else as behind as me?) and relax and enjoy. 

I have done a little making....

 I've made a couple of picture frames. This time of year makes getting a decent photo so hard - this was the best of a bad bunch. I'm not sure if you can tell that the star is 3D.
These papers came from the 6x6 books that SJ Crafts has in her shop - there's a sale on there at the moment too.
  Some of these Ribbon Trees, you may well have seen these on Pinterest.
Christmas Red Gingham at Fantastic Ribbons
 Then last week my darling number one son tells me he has another Business Fayre at school. It's where the year group are split into small groups. Within these groups they have to plan and market a stall. The stalls can be anything from second hand goods, homemade goods to games or challenges. Each group gets to keep any profits they make and its a huge competition.

On Friday I meet some friends for coffee when one of then mentions Mondays Business Fayre. What this Monday I hear myself say. Oh my.....he'd better come up with something easy as we had plans for the whole weekend. Is that a typical boy or what!!? 

He announces on Friday evening that he's making Christmas cards....phew.....at least we have supplies for this one. And to give him credit he got down to making them. I was pleasantly surprised too with his choice of papers for Christmas trees.
 The dining room did look like a bomb had gone off. The other two decided to write out their Christmas cards (more than their mum has done!) at the same time.
 This is what the finished cards looked like and the one below was a firm favourite with me.























How are your Christmas plans coming along - are you all finished and ready for your day?

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

All Flaked out.

This month over on Fantastic Ribbons the DT are sharing their Christmas Decor projects with you.
For me ribbon plays a huge part at Christmas time. There are cakes to edge, presents to tie and decorations to make. Today I'd like to share my Christmas wreaths. A couple of weeks ago I made a white wreath and liked it so much that I wanted to make another....in colour.
(apologies for flash light on the door in this pic!)
I used a flat based wreath made from chipboard and covered it with Christmas red gingham ribbon.
The snowflakes were made from foam and cut with a build it up sizzix snowflake die. One layer of snowflakes were placed flat onto the wreath while the in-between snowflakes were lifted higher with foam pads. All of the snowflakes were stuck down using a heat gun.





















While I was cutting out all those snowflakes I was thinking about the Styrofoam wreath sitting on the side - ummm should I make another.......or put the Styrofoam wreath to the back of the cupboard until next year.
 
I did make another one and I love it's simplicity. I used the same Christmas red gingham (my most favourite ribbon at Christmas time) and again wrapped it round the wreath. I added some string and a solitary snowflake for decoration.
  and a close up.
 
This is the first year I've made a wreath, or three, and I really liked it.

I notice that Fantastic Ribbons sell a wonderful wreath kit too.
Isn't it gorgeous? 
I might just have to make one of these now!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

This story is brought to you as part of Sian's Storytelling Sunday. If you'd like to join in or read more stories then you'll need to pop across to From High in the Sky. 

I missed last months STS as we were on holiday, so I'm glad to be joining in again this month.

December 1993
We'd moved into our first home together six months previous and this was to be our first Christmas together in our own home.

I was excited, I wanted a real Christmas tree. I wanted to come down in the morning and be able to smell Christmas. One evening after work in Early December we took a trip to a local garden centre where we could pick our own. We stood amongst hundreds of trees all in bays according to height. He pulled a tree out and I said "too small". We walked to the next bay. He pulled out another tree "too small" and the next bay "still too small"

There was a family there also picking out their Christmas tree. They were in the large (much much larger tree section). "Those are far too big he said following my gaze." "maybe they are" I said pulling out another tree, a blue spruce which didn't drop its needles. "That one's too big as well Lou, we need a smaller one". "No no, this one will be fine" I said, "Lou, it's too big......."

Needless to say we ended up going home with the tree I chose. At this point I should mention that all the trees were netted. 

We arrived home and hauled the tree into the living room. Carefully he cut the net....

*ping*    *ping*   *ping*
"Oh my goodness" 
  The tree fell free of it's netting and pinned me to the wall the other side of the living room!
He took great pride in saying "told you so" *laugh*

The tree was massive...really really widely massive. The back had to be chopped flat against the trunk so it would fit and the bottom had to be lopped so we could get it in the stand.
This week we will go as a family to choose our tree and yes you guessed, we buy a non-netted tree, I let him choose the size while I look to ensure that it has the right proportions!

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your Christmas preparations x

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Inspired by Winter....

.......is a series of posts over at SJ Crafts. Sarah the lovely owner would like you  to know a little more about her design team. 

Today it's my turn, so if you fancy finding out a smidgin more about me then you'll need to visit SJ Crafts design team blog. While you're over there you'll be able to see what i've been up to this week.

papers from the Carte Bella Merry & Bright range.
























It was lovely to be invited to take part in Jennifer Jumbles blog hop last weekend. It was even lovelier that so many of you took the time to stop by and leave wonderful comments. They are all very much appreciated. Thank you.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Frosty Festivities Blog Hop


   Jennifer is hosting a fun filled weekend of creativeness.
Her weekend started two hours ago and now it's time for the Frosty Festivities blog hop.
You may well have arrived here from the lovely Lizzie, if not and you stopped by on the off chance you may wish to pop across to Jennifer's and start the hop from the beginning.

However you got here, a very warm welcome to you all.
It's good to see you. Enjoy the hop.

 If you comment on all the blogs along the hop Jennifer is offering this super giveaway. Be sure to let Jennifer know you've been all the way around though.
Giveaway Prize - All entries must be received by Monday the 19th of November at 10.59pm GMT.


I especially love this time of year, the cosiness of the nights drawn in, the build up to Christmas. Somehow I don't feel guilty about staying in.....cutting and sticking..... when the weather is dark and dreary outside.

For my contribution towards the blog hop I'd like to share with you some, no.... no,  lots and lots of snowflakes. After making this wreath I feel in love with these snowflakes and made some more Christmas cards.
Here they are all misted and sprayed for a beautiful Christmas shimmer and sparkle.
After making these cards I didn't think I'd make many more this year. You just never know do you!



 Layered up these snowflakes look pretty cool eh?
A different center can change the look a little.



A whole batch with a dab of stickles glitter glue here and there to add more sparkle.
A change of background sets the snowflake off lovely too.

If you managed to scroll all the way down here I do hope you haven't completely flaked out
 (pardon the pun! :)).
There are a few more blogs you need to visit before you arrive back at Jennifer's. Your next stop is the lovely Mel at I Speak Melsh, who really made me smile yesterday with her hampster antics.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop.

P.S. In case you manage to get lost along the way (always happens to me!) here's the full blog hop list.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

SJ Crafts Challenge....

...and this month its Christmas.
Isn't Christmas a special time of year. A time for giving and sharing and for creating. If you're making something Christmassey this month make sure you enter SJ Crafts Challenge.

For the challenge I was inspired by this wreath on Pinterest.  Only as us crafters do....I thought... 
...I could make those snowflakes instead of buying them!

I took photos of my creative process in case you fancy having a go. I started off with a sheet of cardboard packaging and two sheets of white bazzill

Using a large circle cutter (or a large and smaller plate) cut three circles,
then sandwiched the cardboard between the white bazzill to make the wreath circle. 

 The cardboard helps to make it a little more sturdy for hanging.
Alternatively you could buy a foam wreath....
 While the wreath was drying I used a bigshot and a large snowflake sizzix die to cut out loads of 3D snowflakes. A little glimmer and mist was added for some sheen and sparkle.
Wrap some string (or ribbon) around the top for hanging.
and then all that's left is to stick on all those snowflakes. After building them all up that is. 
Ensure you have plenty of 3D foam tape. There's nothing more frustrating than running out of something half way through a project is there?
When the snowflakes were built I placed a few around the edge of the wreath and stuck them down flat.
 Using 3D foam pads I built the base up high on the remaining snowflakes so that when they were placed on the wreath they stood proud of the others.
excuse the paint splattered and glued fingers
 Voila.....
.....the finished wreath. 
It looks great hung up on my glass door.
It wasn't good though trying to photograph it on the glass so instead I took these photos on a dark background.
 Thank you for stopping by, tomorrow  I take part in Jennifers Frosty Festivities
 blog hop if you'd like to pop by again. Enjoy your Thursday evening.

Now don't forget, anything Christmas for SJ Crafts Challenge

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Florida

Finally, there is order in the house.
 I'm not sure if its jet lag and/or holiday blues which has made me feel out of sorts this week, everything has taken much longer to do than usual.

With another week approaching far too fast I am back to work tomorrow *sad smile* and will have to start thinking and looking forward to Christmas. Christmas lists have been written this week, the boys didn't waste any time compiling them did they!!

As I have nothing crafty to share, I've popped back to show you some photos of our holiday. 
 It was lovely to see permanent smiles on faces.
 Magic Kingdom.
Island of Adventure
 A kind person offered to take a family photo for us. Then I took some for them.
 Harry Potter world was fantastic.
 yum yum Butter Beer
 We got lots of photos of the boys with Super Hero's. Even H played along!
 Buzz and Woody.
 Oh my! Tower of Terror!
 I screamed and...... screamed even louder when my bum lifted of the seat! The boys have told everyone we've spoken too that I screamed on pretty much every ride......
......and unfortunately I can't deny it either!
 another family photograph. 
Taken by one of the park photographers using my camera. She changed my camera setting....why?....so this photo turned out very dark.  I had to try to lighten it.
then there's a few photos like this one. 
I managed to stand and shoot many strangers before finding H and dad, this side front row! 

Have you been to Florida and did you scrap it?
 This was our first trip there and already i'm looking forward to going back. 
First though I want to scrap the whole holiday (might need to consider this an ongoing project :)
 I kept a book and collected all-sorts. At the end of each day or the next morning we all wrote something down about what we'd done.
 If you have scrapped your trip I would love to see. Maybe you could leave me a link.

Wishing you all a lovely week.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Studio Calico Yearbook

Hello Blogging Land

It's not good to be home, back to piles of washing, ironing and freezing cold weather.

We've been away for a couple of weeks having family fun time in an amazing place....they'll be more about that once i've straightened myself and the house out.

I wanted to stop by briefly to let you know that SJ Crafts has posted two of my layouts using the super Studio Calico Yearbook paper kits 
 
Please pop across and have a look - thank you.

 Products used  Studio Calico Yearbook

Products used  Studio Calico Yearbook

I'm looking forward to catching up with you all and seeing what you have all been up to.
 It may take me a while!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

SJ Crafts Challenge

Whatever your age, you have to have a birthday cake.
Don't you agree?

Sometimes there are birthdays that require more than one birthday cake.
Or does this just happen in our house?

This year number two son had a cake.  A small shop brought one that he picked and just big enough for his friends to have a slice each.

Then all the family arrive. I love that my family make a big thing of birthdays and although we are scattered about we always always make a point of turning up for each family members birthday. That is a lot of gatherings during the year. This year number two son's birthday was celebrated with family, two days before his actual birthday, on my niece's birthday. The joint gathering this year meant two more cakes. 
 Then there's the actual birthday, which wouldn't be the same without ten more cakes......
 ......cupcakes - his request, bless... he even had to count them to make sure I'd got it right!!
If you have some birthday photos to scrap why not enter SJ Crafts Challenge this month.
You can find all the details here.

Before I go I'd like to wish my darling nephew Charlie a very happy 11th Birthday today. We love you lots xxxxxx

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Christmas and Gingham

I posted some cute little ribbon bows last week. I liked them so much that I made a batch of  Christmas cards using the same style bow.


The tags look real good too.

You may remember that the bows I made here were for the Fantastic Ribbons blog where the DT share their stitching and ribbon creations this month. If you are tempted to try out these bows or indeed use ribbon and stitching on any of your projects this month then you may be interested in the challenge that Kirsty has set over at Fantastic Ribbons.

All you need to do is leave a comment on any Fantastic Ribbons posts between today and the end of October with a link to a ribbon project incorporating sewing, the DT will pick a winner and they will receive a ribbony prize from the guys at Fantastic Ribbons. What are you waiting for :)

I am all ginghamed out now, red, blue, green and black, every colour works.
What are your thoughts on Christmas Cards - are you planning on making your own?
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