Sunday, 3 December 2017
I finally got round to baking our Christmas cake yesterday. The recipe is from a book I bought a couple of years ago called Ultimate Christmas by Parragon publishing. Not sure if I bought it from Tesco or a garden centre but it's not just a cook book it also contains crafting.
While the cake was baking we had the pleasure of Harlee-Jays company for a few hours - he loves playing with the Thomas train track which we first bought years ago for Connor so that set was definitely worth the investment.
In the evening I finished prepping the cards for next week's beginners card class at Scrapbook Magic. Fingers crossed they will enjoy making them as much as last month - I will share those ones with you next week.
Friday, 1 December 2017
I made hubby his own advent calendar this year with a die I bought from Joanna Sheen. Simple decoration of the boxes was in the form of stickers which I had left over from last year and I had purchased from Lidl. Inside is a chocolate coin (Paw Patrol - the only ones I could find at the time to fit)
My own calendar is from Kelloggs and has 24 bowls of cereal until Christmas.
Normally we don't have advent calendars but I thought they were both a little different and would add a fun element to the run up to the big day.
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Yesterday I caught the train up to Totnes and met up with my friend Lisa at China Blue. Anytime is a good time to go there but especially at this time of year when they have all their gorgeous Christmas decorations displayed. We both picked up a few decorations for our trees, although I could have bought far more decorations for all over the house as there was such a great choice. We also enjoyed lunch there before going to Dartington and looked around the shops there. I picked up a new item to display my tags, cards, photos or whatever else I choose to hang from the clips.
I also bought a calender for next year to go in my craft room. It's called Celestial Journeys and features beautiful artwork by Josephine Wall. As I looked at it I was also thinking what wonderful cross stitch designs they would make too. On doing a little more research into the artist I discovered that Heaven and Earth do cross stitch charts by this artist - oh dear my cross stitch want list is now even longer lol.
Saturday, 25 November 2017
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
It's been absolutely ages since I took part on WOYWW but I found something today and so thought I'd include my find with my desk as it is at the moment. Remember me looking for a pyramid kit for a workshop I was doing down at Scrapbook Magic? Well I found it as I knew I would after buying another one lol!
As you can see my desk is a bit of a mess at the moment as I am working on cards for December's beginners card class. I've completed one and the paper for the next one is on the table ready to work with. Beside the card is that elusive pyramid card which I found in one of the kitchen craft cupboards which I hadn't looked in before. Why hadn't I looked there? Well, the wood flooring for the hallway had been stored out of the way in front of the cupboard and as it was rather heavy I hadn't wanted to move it - serves me right for being lazy.
Sunday, 19 November 2017
As promised last week here is a photo of the cards I made for the beginners workshop I taught at Scrapbook Magic last Monday.
I introduced them to working with Distress Inks, stamping and embossing. Three of the four ladies had never made any cards before but they managed to replicate with them with a little guidance. The lady who had done card making before paid me a wonderful compliment saying she had learnt more in my one workshop than she ever had in all the classes she had done before elsewhere. It certainly boosted my confidence.