Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas Crafts ~ Origami Decorations

I have been having fun making these origami decrations from a beautiful selection of double sided Christmas papers.

I'll have these with me at the next farmers market (South Cave)

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Christmas Shop

I have been jiggling my online store about a bit and I now have a page set aside for all my Christmas items.
Why not come and have a look

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Christmas Giveaway ~ Christmas Spider

I'm really enjoying featuring the craft skills of others and some wonderful inspiration and of course my favourite music etc.  I have decided to have the first of several giveaways in the run up to Christmas.
For this giveaway the prize will be a jewelled Christmas spider and story card.  To be in with a chance of entering, simply do one or more of the items below and leave a comment to tell me what you have done.

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The winner will be randomly selected on Saturday 30th at noon GMT

Christmas Music ~ Cantique de Noel ~ Kenny G

The beautiful tones of Kenny G's saxaphone playing one of my favourite carols

Christmas Crafts ~ Comic Bauble

This comic inspired bauble is certainly a modern twist on the traditional bauble.  It is encrusted with sparkly sequins.  It's been created by Aeden Seppe

Christmas Crafts ~ Santa Sack

This beautiful santa sack is just waiting to be filled with gifts.  It's been made by Jennie Pethick and what is even better is that you can have a name embroidered onto it. 

Christmas Poem ~ Twas the Night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Christmas Crafts ~ Time for tea

Isn't this such a sweet little tea cosy for that warming cup of tea on a frosty Christmas day.  It's been created by The Crafty Bride

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas Crafts ~ Snowman card

Ruth from Tip Top Toppers has created this cute snowman card as part of an online challenge.  You can see more of her fab work HERE.

Christmas Craft Tutorial ~ Star christmas Cards

Christmas Trivia ~ Xmas?

As a child, I remember being shocked to see the word Xmas representing Christmas.  I don't ever remember being told, but always felt like the use of the X was crossing out Jesus.  It is only in later years that I have been informed as to the reason for this:
The X is representative of the Greek first letter of the name Christ.
 The first letter of the Greek word Christos is transliterated into our alphabet as an X.  That X has come through church history to be a shorthand symbol for the name of Christ.

Christmas Music ~ Christmastime ~ Backstreet boys

Christmas Crafts ~ Angel

Just look at the amount of work that must have gone into this amzing lace angel created by Satin Stitchery

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Christmas Plants ~ Christmas Cactus

I always associate these stunning plants with an elderly neighbour who had a wonderful gift to grow these wonderful christmas plants.
Although during the summer, the plants can be cared for outside, they should be brough inside during early October, so now is the ideal time.  The plant will flower more prolifically at Christmas if it is kept in a cool inside environment and subjected to legnthy times in the dark.  It should be watered reguallly, but the soil should be allowed to dry before you water it again.
The Christmas Cactus comes in a variety of pinks and reds which makes it perfect for yur Christmas display.

Christmas Craft Tutorial ~ Victorian Christmas Decoration

This beautiful Victorian decoration adds a beautiful aroma as well as being a stunning decoration.  You can find the tutorial on Mook

Christmas Crafts ~ Angel Christmas Cards

This set of traditional style angel cards are beautiful.  They are created by Kokokelli.

Christmas Music ~ Song of the evergreen

Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas crafts ~ Embroidered Gift Tags

I found these wonderful gift tags whilst browsing the net.  They are created by Janet Krudson from a design by Shelly Tribbey Designs and can be seen with more beautiful creations here

Christmas Craft Tutorial ~ Beaded Baubles

This beautiful beaded bauble can be created using this wonderful tutorial by Julia of Julia's Place

Christmas on film ~ 1958 Cartoon ~ The Candlemaker

Christmas Music ~ The Darkness ~ Christmas Time

Christmas Crafts ~ Beaded Holly

These beautiful beaded holly leaves have been made by Fleurs Des Pearles and would look great anywhere in your home or as a gift embelishment this Christmas.

Christmas Crafts ~ Christmas Bunting

These fab festive fabrics have been combined to make this legnth of bunting by Top Floor T
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