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 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 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
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