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Friday, 5 December 2014

Handmade Christmas gifts

Day four of my December journal will contain pictures of handmade Christmas gifts both those that I have received so far and of those that I have made for others.  These are the two lovely presents I received on Wednesday.  Fi had made this lovely felt cone which was filled with chocolates and the cutest felt snowman and Linda had made this beautiful box created with gorgeous Tattered Lace dies – the contents are unknown to me as I will keep the opening of the box until Christmas.
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I haven’t included any photos today of the gifts that I have made as they have not been given to the recipients yet and I don’t want to spoil the surprise but they will be included in my page.

Day five is going to be about Christmas songs.  As I have still not managed to get some more ink for my printer I’m not able to finish off my pages but the simple layouts of the past couple of days mean that it shouldn’t take me too long to catch up.  Fingers crossed I can get my hands on some ink tomorrow.

I am a follower of Helen’s Bustle & Sew website and I also subscribe to her wonderful e-magazine.  Helen recently had an auction for a couple of her Movember Moustache hooped pictures she had made recently in aid of Men’s Health month and I was lucky enough to be the highest bidder.  I picked them up from the sorting office today and they are fabulous and are now on display in our living room.
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Helen is currently have a VERY limited time offer on her blog for a 12 months subscription to her magazine and it also includes a gorgeous Pin Cushion Mouse kit.  I can highly recommend subscribing, the magazine includes wonderful patterns with full and very clear instructions for a variety of stitching projects, recipes, interviews with other designers and so much more –  and such fantastic value for money.   Why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas crafting with friends

Todays December journal page is going to be all about Christmas crafting with friends – I’ve not been able to complete a page for my journal as I ran out of yellow ink while I was trying to print the photos – doh!  I am going to share some photos though of the lovely friends that I have made since I started going down to Scrapbook Magic each month – they really are a lovely bunch of ladies and such fun to be with.  Laughter is guaranteed every time I visit.
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Everyone was being very productive.  Margaret (owner of Scrapbook Magic) was making a lovely Christmas scene – top left photo,  Chris was decorating a Tim Holtz Assemblage clock – top right photo.
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Kathy was busy making Christmas cards – left photo, Linda was decorating the pyramid box we had started at a workshop run by Helen of The Craft Project back in October.
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Fi was making Christmas tags and Janet who I’m missing a photo of was making Christmas cards.

Fi and Linda had also brought along some lovely Christmas gifts which I will share with you tomorrow when hopefully I can get some photos of them in daylight hours - thank you very much for your kindness.

I had taken along some clean cans and was covering them firstly with some gesso and then with torn strips of Graphic 45 paper from the 12 Days of Christmas pad.  The ladies at Sccrapbook Magic know what my intended project is and I am very much hoping that it will be near to completion by the time I go down there to visit again in two weeks time.  Any guesses as to what I am trying to create?

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Thank you to everyone who has been leaving me comments on my December journal project they are always very much appreciated x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A new tradition

A couple of years ago I bought this jigsaw puzzle at a local garden centre and up until today it had been tucked away gathering dust.  At the weekend I was doing some sorting out and came across the puzzle and thought it would be a nice idea if we (DH. DS2 and myself) challenge ourselves to get it completed by Christmas.  This idea then led to me thinking it could become a new tradition for our household to complete a Christmas themed puzzle each year.  This one is called Santa’s Workshop and is No 5 in the collection so if all goes well and we complete the challenge I will be looking for further puzzles in the series.
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I made a start on it this morning trying to find the outside pieces and managed to put about two thirds of the outside edges together before it was time to leave for work.  When I got home from work this evening DH and DS2 had found the rest of the outside edges and the border was complete - it was lovely to have them join in without being prompted.  I’m hoping that we can put some of it together each evening and enjoy watching it progress every day.  The papers are from stash that I have had for a few years and it’s my intention while doing the December journal to only use what I have already got – no new acquisitions for this project!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Let the countdown begin

For many years I have wanted to take part in a December journal such as Shimelle Laine’s Journal Your Christmas or Ali Edwards December Daily but I have either never been organized enough or dedicated enough to do them.  This year I am determined to create my own December journal in my own way using simple pages and my own prompts – I hope to take a photo each day throughout December with something that I want to journal about each day and is relevant to me during the run up to Christmas and the days after.  So todays photo is of two cubes I made which were to be displayed on a stand.  As is often the case I have lots of ideas in my head but never see them through to completion – the stand will be on my list of to do’s for next year!  The cubes are approximately     2 1/2inches square and they open up so that you can put chocolates inside so that the completed project can be used as an advent calendar as well.
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For my December journal I’m using a binder from Stampin’ Up! which I will decorate throughout the month.  It’s roughly 8 x 6 and the pages are similar to those used for Project Life but obviously on a smaller scale.  I’m hoping the simplicity of these types of pages will help me finally complete a journal this year.  Is anyone else doing a December journal this year?
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Going crackers

A while ago I bought a Tonic cracker die with the intention of making them up for my work colleagues Christmas treat.  The cracker die actually gives a four sided cracker but I have taken one of the sides off and then attached six of them together to make a larger cracker as illustrated on the Create & Craft programme which tempted me to buy the die in the first place.  I still have a fair amount of decorating of the crackers to do which will keep me occupied for quite a few evenings yet.  The leftover side of the cracker I’m hoping to make a matching Christmas card out of but I’m not yet sure about all the little squares that come out after cutting each cracker.  I think by the time I’ve made all of the treats up I will have 864 of them!
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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fabulous Tags

Today I have been down to Scrapbook Magic for Margaret’s monthly tag workshop.  We have made a total of 26 wonderful tags throughout the year, using different products and learning new techniques – it’s been a fabulous experience as with any of the workshops Margaret runs.  If you are ever down in Cornwall on holiday or live within daily travelling then I highly recommend checking out Margaret’s class schedule and booking yourself in – it can only enhance your holiday/day.
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Todays tags look so much better in real life as the camera hasn’t really picked out all the lovely sparkle that is on them. 
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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Finished–just making up to go.

I have finally finished the cross stitching element of Elisha’s Christmas stocking.  It took a little longer than I had hoped as I ran out of one of the red threads and wasn’t able to go anywhere to buy some more until Friday.  The gold backstitching seemed to take forever but it was certainly worth the effort.  Next week I will search for some backing fabrics for both stockings and hopefully I can make a start on assembling them as proper stockings next weekend.
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I’ll now give myself a break from Christmas stocking stitching now and who knows I might even get back to working on some of my long outstanding WIP’s.  I have lots of Christmas paper crafting projects I need to work on over the coming weeks which will be fun – it’s great to have hobbies to while away the cold winter evenings.