Thursday, 20 December 2012

Final Preparations

Well, I think I'm as ready for Crimble as I'll ever be! 99% of cards and presents have been given out, a few threadbare decorations are up and all pre-Christmas papercraft orders are completed! (Will show pics after the festive period) 

I have unfortunately, like a lot of other people, been suffering with a yucky lurgy this last week or so. It's left  me with a smaller-than-usual appetite so I hope it recovers sufficiently for me to enjoy a couple of nights out that are coming up, and of course, the big day itself!!

I have been nibbling bits here and there, including a few bites of this giant pretzel that we just had to have when we visited Edinburgh's festive German Market last weekend:

I didn't manage any pics of the market itself as it's always popular and there were about 3005 people packed into every square inch of space so there wasn't room to move let alone start taking snaps!

I did, however, grab a quick sneaky pic of the festive lights and tree in Jenner's department store:

It was nice to be able to appreciate them without needing to be one of the frantic Christmas shoppers that were milling all around us!!

Today I have been doing my final bits and pieces, dropping pressies off and meeting with a friend for a bit of this:

I'm not sure how much crafting I'll be doing or if I'll manage another blog post before Christmas, so, just in case, I'd like to wish you all a lovely Christmas and thank you for all your support this year, hope you'll stick with me into the next!

Byeee! xxx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Shrinking and Worrying!

Hello, I hope you're all ready for Christmas! I'm getting there. My shopping is pretty much done, my cards are at the posting stage...but I've not put my tree or decorations up yet! Shame on me! I'm never in a rush to do this but this is the latest I've ever left it! My tree is only three feet tall as well! There's really no excuse....

Craftwise I've been experimenting with that childhood favourite, shrink plastic. I'm hoping to use my designs to make keyrings and bag charms and the like. This was my first attempt:

There's a bit of fine-tuning required, I need to find the best way of colouring them and the marker I used for the outline has bled slightly onto the colour.  But I shall keep trying!

And for the new year I'm thinking of resurrecting my "Worry Book" idea. I used my little characters on an address book I decorated for my dad, but I'm thinking that the worry books might catch on! The ancient Mayans believed if you wrote your anxieties down in a tome adorned with little dolls they would do the worrying for you and take your troubles away!

Do you think these chaps look nervous enough to do the job??

Sunday, 9 December 2012

My Cat Is Possessed!

I just had to show this photo that Himself took this morning; it's an impromptu shot of my cat but look at his freaky Death Ray eyes! We all think our cats are cute and cuddly but this is not the case! They are actually trying to kill us!!! Eeeeeek!

Meanwhile, I have put on about 200006789 stone after attending a pre-Christmas meal with Himself's family. As usual his mum surpassed herself in making me a special veggie version - this year it was Mushroom and Cranberry Nut Roast - yummmm!

I'm now going to head to bed and hope that my cat doesn't murder me in the night!!!!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Need a Wee Snooze

It's been all go around here as is typical for the time of year. I'm rather tired this evening and am looking forward to settling down on the couch with a wee glass of mulled wine and the cat, but I thought I'd better check in as it's nearly been a week since I was last here! I apologise for not keeping up-to-date with all your blogs either, I plan to sit down for a really good catch-up very soon! Hope you'll bear with me!

Last week was my busiest month ever for sales what with the various events I attended and quite a few online buyers popped up. So far this month is shaping up quite well too as I have several custom orders to complete before Christmas. 

And I've already begun work on some items for next year, which has meant various components being put-together in little piles (my fave thing to do!!):

No, don't worry, I'm not going to mention the V-Day word just yet! :)

OK, the sofa is calling me, hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Festive Feelings...

So it's December and I'm officially feeling Christmassy! I've marked the occasion with a festive gingerbread latte and mince tart!

And although I recently told myself I'd made my last Christmas item, these little birds were fluttering around my craft desk with nowhere to go so I just had to add them to something:

So THIS is definitely my last Christmassy creation....I think!!

Elsewhere, it was my Dad's birthday and so a little sketch was in order for his card:

I had quite a busy week at the day job which didn't leave much time for crafting, but, as I've mentioned, I'm kind of winding down my Christmas productivity and am already thinking of next year! I've got a few new product ideas to play with so watch this space!!