Thursday, 27 December 2007

Wish I may wish I might ~ wish you all the best for 2008

This angelic fairy in all her antique finery arrived this Christmas from my friend
Niki in a private swap. Niki asked if I would make her one of my ballet boot lavender sachets in exchange for one of her special fairies.

WELL I was absolutely thrilled and anyone who has followed my blog over the last year can see that Niki's fairies and dolls are a big favourite in our home and I was over the moon that she would make me one of these special Christmas fairies in a swap for me.
She also sent me a lovely little rosy pot filled with trims, laces, the most beautiful buttons and the most adorable blue bird card that a girl could ever wish for. Thank you Niki!

Well just before it all gets put away until next year here are the last things I have created in 2007, these 3 wreaths.

I don't know where I found the time but anyway I managed to make some things just for me this Christmas. I love wreaths and made 2 large white wreaths and a smaller one. This first one is my winter ice wreath and has lots of pale blue and white baubles and some magnificent 3D snowflakes.
The next one was for my eldest daughter, she wanted white and silver (sorry not the greatest of photo's - will try again and put the pic on flickr)

This next one is very quick and easy to do. This is my ice queen wreath, and holds all my fav rhinestone pins.

All you do is buy a polystyrene wreath cover it in your fav ribbon (I have silky snowflake ribbon), wrapping it around evenly, gluing at the bottom. Make yourself some cute bows and a streamer and then put your fav rhinestone pins in.

Hey presto - one opulent wreath. I might keep this one up long after Christmas.

Well all that's left to say now is:-


Tuesday, 11 December 2007

A Very English Christmas

What do you love about your Home at Christmas?
Karla is asking the question - she is hosting a virtual Christmas house party on her blog today (see the side bar).
Well first off we love our lounge and the fireplace with the roaring fire is the hub of the home, so cosy in winter and made extra special at Christmas.
December is the month of year when the house is filled with light, sweet treats and lots of cheer.
We start with a real Christmas tree which comes from Norway, this particular one does not loose it's needles and smells lovely.
I have collected lots of decorations over the years but my taste does change and for the last few I have preferred delicate whites snowflakes, hearts, rhinestones and glass baubles. I like to see the green on my tree and so leave the tinsel off, instead I add sheer ribbon .
I have lots of new ornaments this year- the rhinestone ones are from The Hope Jar - a lovely website. I have more hearts which are similar to the one below and baubles from Green Gate (sourced from Sophie Perks -Ward - ).
Just lately I have bought quite a collection of handmade ornaments from our very own Carol of Boxwood Cottage. This one below is Marie Antoinette and was wrapped soooo beautifully.
You can just catch a peak of the Marie Antoinette one in the tree - as I will be working hard on my round robin over the Christmas holiday it will serve to inspire me:)
- I just think they are so elegant.This one below is hanging from the chandelier in the dining room -bestowing German greetings on us and appropriately the little girl is sounding the horn - (calling us for dinner I think:)) Enchanting. Thank you Carol x.Well to add to the festivities I bought these gorgeous cones above from my sweet round robin friend Holly at Holly Doodle Designs. These are called 'Let it snow' cones and I love them. I have never had cones before although going by many blogs especially the Scandinavian blogs and of course Germany, these have been used for special treats for many, many, years. I love the idea of them and Holly really does come up with the most original and beautiful idea's, not to mention all the eye candy actually inside. I might even keep these out all winter. They hang with pride on my mirror in the lounge and you can just see the glass chandelier drops hanging below that came in the lovely cones.
I bought this wreath a few years ago from a very talented lady on ebay called Renee- I can't find her anymore on ebay but she knew how to create:) - she went to so much effort to make it right for me using vintage baubles of the particular colour that I wanted and shipped it in the most magnificent box that could probably withstand a crane landing on it. It arrived in excellent condition with no breaks. I really love it and could keep this out all year too. I recently received a gorgeous wreath with some lovely ballerina's and snowflakes in a swap from Tamy at Simply Mein.
I adore it and look at all the gorgeous pink!! It fits in very well with my decorations in the dining room.
I've put it on the dresser with other glorious eye candy, including little houses from Cody Foster and Miss Duffy and even Christmas goodies from the local garden centre.

And if you look closer
The pink wreath looks quite comfortable alongside my beautiful Christmas bunny box from Jenn at Sweet Eye Candy Creations. Jenn can come up with the most gorgeous and utterly whimsical original one of a kind bunny boxes. I love everything she makes!
But no Christmas would be complete without a beautiful crown and this snow queen crown from Holly is one of the most magnificent crowns I have ever seen - bring on the snow! I hear your iced in at the moment Holly with ice storms no less - what happened to the snow:(

Scanning around the dining room you may have caught site of some little bottle brush tree's and a wish sign - well these are all thanks to Heather who caught herself a bargain after thanksgiving. I wish our sales started before Christmas - it makes much more sense. Anyway she offered to find me a bargain or 2. Well I was so pleased that she did and they really are gorgeous in flesh. We don't have these here .... but we should - the signs are chunky and can sit quite comfortably anywhere.
Well we are not quite ready for decorating our table yet - but this is how it looked last year.

We are still painting and decorating at the moment and believe it or not the kitchen will be turned upside down on Monday - we are having new tiled flooring in the kitchen - talk about he 11th hour! Anyway this is all that is fit to be seen just yet.
Come back soon and see if it all got finished in time.
But in the meantime ~ HAPPY CHRISTMAS ~
bottoms up - cheer - chink chink ............ oops

Oooooh dear!
Well actually that's quite arty ... I like it!
Well for those that don't
Arrrh that's better:))

Friday, 23 November 2007

Garlands and stockings Swaps ~ all finished.

I have taken part in a few swaps this year and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Though to some it may seem quite daft to spend so much time making and sending out swaps to complete strangers. I've found it to be a great pleasure to be giving and then receiving and it has given me a chance to push my creativeness into area's I may not have wandered before. I am predominantly a textile artist but seem to have found myself working quite comfortably in the paper and altered art collage arena....... I love it!

I have just completed a garland for the Ga Ga Garlands Swap at Simply mein. Tamy the host is my partner and the brief was HO HO HO ...... so :)))

I found some of my most favoured vintage Christmas cards , took images and made a collage for each banner , I decided the theme was ~ The Night before Christmas ~

Of course it was a complete glitter fest! Not one bit of sewing

Then from paper back to sewing again I created this Christmas stocking.

for the Vintage Christmas stocking swap and we had what you might call a tag swap, one person sends to me I send to the next person and so on. Lucky for me the lady sending to me was no other than the host herself - Mary Ann at Follow your Bliss

I sent off a stocking to a lady in the USA on flickr - this is it. She loves art deco so staying well clear of all the lace and frou frou I might have used I decided to use some antique crazy patchwork for a cone pocket instead.
I ironed some image transfer of vintage cards on to heavy old french linen and highlighted the pictures with glitter then added an art deco rhinestone twinkle to decorate (I've got to have the bling).
Hope Jennifer likes it.

Well Mary Ann the host sent me a wonderful stocking packed to bursting!
This is what came in from her. Look at that doodle below delivered on my swap package. It's adorable!

She filled that stocking to the rim and I couldn't wait to get stuck in. Look at the gorgeous blue colours and the wrapping, gauzy bags, beautiful glitzy net!

and what she gave me left me on cloud nine. Bling, bling treasures and millinery!
Look at this pin cushion soooo cute!
A beautifully decorated matchbox decorated inside and out, filled to the brim with lots of great stuff that I can use in my creations.

Chocolate - I've eaten it:) and some Christmas coffee to try as well, sweet smelling candle, cute figurine and these lovely vintage cards!

Thank you Mary Ann for going to the trouble of organising the swap and for sending me such a gorgeous parcel of goodies. I thoroughly enjoyed opening it all, even though I should have been saving it for Christmas:)