Thursday, 18 December 2014

Vienna...a waltz around the market.....

Home again - and as usual I carried my camera around with me snapping away at whatever took my fancy - which often involved food, so if you are hungry, look away now......

I seem to have a fascination for imposing doors......


 and door handles! I know, a bit odd....


but I do love fairy tale churches that look as though they have been spun from sugar....





in the markets, I adored the stalls that had ornaments of just one colour, this dazzling display of silvery white looked stunning.....


then there was all the patisserie's - delectable....







I loved the bold lanterns hanging from the bare trees...





in one store they had an area set up where children, wearing little bakers aprons and hats, were busy making their own Christmas cookies.....


but the master baker was on hand to show them how it was done....


The Danube river was a bit of a letdown. It is very prone to flooding so it has been shored up on all sides with concrete, taking away a bit of the romance - 


Here I am standing by what we thought was the Blue Danube, but turned out to be a man-made storm drain! 


Seeing inside the world famous opera house was impossible if you didn't have tickets for a performance. We briefly flirted with the idea of maybe selling our grandchildren or taking out a mortgage to pay for a ticket, but that wasn't going to work, so we just walked all around the building, gazing at the very splendid chandeliers glittering inside



If any of you make gingerbread at Christmas, just look at this display - all freshly baked.....


and the icing decoration was an art form.....



and if you ever wondered where pretzels originated......


and finally, each of these ornaments was handmade- or so he said!


So I hope you've enjoyed a little jaunt around the streets of Vienna with me this morning.

See you tomorrow x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Up up and away

Just popping by to say I'm flying off to the Christmas markets in Vienna for a couple of days, I'll be home on Wednesday with photos and, no doubt, a tale or two!

See you then x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Revisiting Dunkin Donuts.....

 Now new readers of this blog probably don't know that for ten years we owned a house in Florida, and spent six months out of each year there. During this time I became addicted to Dunkin Donuts coffee - in particular iced caramel lattes - and it was a daily routine for me to go for my coffee and sit in the sun drinking it. Now I seemed to see the oddest people on these excursions, they are all chronicled on this blog if ever you are bored silly and haven't got anything better to do.......

But in the meantime, I trawled back a little way and found these snippets so that those of you who weren't around for the Dunkin Donut years understand a little of what I am burbling on about. Look HERE and HERE and HERE (this one is the one that still makes me chuckle every time I think of it) and HERE

So all this prefaces the fact that I got into the habit of buying a Dunkin Donuts Christmas tree ornament every year - of course now that we have sold the house in America to look at them makes me very nostalgic......




So this week a little parcel arrived, and when I opened it here's what I found...........


One of the daily readers of my blog (I am not going to name her, she knows who she is!), sent a lovely handmade card and the ornament saying 'I stopped at Dunkin Donuts and when I saw this ornament it said "send me to Enfys!"

I can't tell you how moved I was, that someone I have never met but has become a friend simply through this blog should remember me and take the trouble to buy this and send it across the Atlantic - an act of kindness that really and truly made my day, and one I appreciated so much. Thank you x

See you tomorrow x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Letraset Giveaway...

A quick post from me over on the Letraset blog, I have been working with them on something that I think you will love, and it's FREE

Here's a little look at what I mean....




Go to my post on the Letraset blog HERE for a link to the download

One of you can win this set of markers - that would be a nice start to the new year for someone....


You will get Henna, Ruby, Bright Orange, Canary, Lime Green, Forest Green, Sky Blue, Indigo Blue, Amethyst, Rose Pink, Cool Grey 4, Black and a blender
 pen

*note that I will be taking the pens out of the original packaging to keep mailing costs down*

Just leave your name under this post, and let Letraset know over on their blog if you like the idea of the practice sheets, I will pick a winner next Thursday and let you know who won on Friday. Good luck

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Positively the last Christmas cards....


Now these are definitely, positively, absolutely the last Christmas cards I will be showing you this year. This first one was done with last year's Hero arts tree stamp, Lawn fawn stitched hills dies and a smattering of texture paste


and this one is a Penny Black stamp, the greeting is a really old dollar bin find.....


So the tree is down from the loft and is sitting naked in the hall while I pluck up enough energy to tackle the Christmas tree lights - I know from many many years experience that when they go on the tree they will suddenly develop a mind of their own and refuse to light up/develop great tangles/fall in unruly loops off the tree. I must admit the festive spirit abandoned me a bit yesterday, as I was crawling on hands and knees in the loft sorting through abandoned suitcases and my daughters childhood teddy bears looking for the baubles, I found myself thinking 'crikey, in next to no time, I am going to be doing all this again in reverse. Bah humbug'

But then, I switched on the radio and it was playing a children's choir singing Joy to the World - and all of a sudden, there it was again, that warm fuzzy Christmas glow, so I think I will go and have a mince pie and a coffee before I battle with those lights....

See you tomorrow x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Stitched Hills....

 Only a couple of days of Christmas cards to show you - honest......


For these two I used the stitched hills and trees dies by Lawn fawn, a bit of silver embossing, a stamped silver star and a few clear sequins.......



If anyone sends an unexpected card now, I'm done, they will get a bought card. Those I did remember were mailed yesterday, the postage came to the equivalent of the national debt of a small nation, and I had to wait for an hour to get served. The post office has a Christmas advert on TV which is full of jolly happy people singing little jolly songs and dancing around. Let me tell you that my experience bore no resemblance to this happy scene at all. It was difficult to see who looked the most un-jolly and grumpy, the customers or the staff. I was quite tempted to start a singsong by breaking into a chorus or two of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, but sanity prevailed - I had a lot to do and didn't fancy being carted off by men in white coats

See you tomorrow x

Monday, 8 December 2014

Spruce trees - and a winner



I was playing around with the tree stencil I bought from the Hobbycraft show at the NEC, 


and this is what I came up with. the trees were sponged with iced spruce distress ink, with a bit of tumbled glass sponged on for the sky, I cut some snow banks and covered the whole thing with some texture paste and the falling snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp....



this is one of those cards that is a lot prettier in real life, but hey, I'm showing you anyway.......

On to the winner of the Promarkers. thanks to all of you who took the time to make a comment, the lucky winner is

Bev18105

Congrats Bev, email me with your address and they will be in the mail to you

We are home again after a rather hectic week looking after the boys - they were very good boys, but, boy, you forget how hectic it is doing school runs and after school activities. We chilled out big time when we got home on Saturday! So this week is going to be all about wrapping presents, decorating the house and a bit of a spring clean....the cards have been written and are all ready for the post office tomorrow, but apart from a fair bit of internet shopping, that's as far as I've got - how about you?

See you tomorrow x

Thursday, 4 December 2014

From our house to yours....

 I recently made some christmas party invitations for a magazine commission, and one of them had a Memory Box snowy scene on it, when I was tidying my chaotic desk the other day I came across my 'prototype' snowy scene, all made up and ready to go, so perfect for a quick card.....


the snowy sky was done with frantage shabby white embossing powder...


and I am loving using silver sewing thread to tie delicate bows without adding bulk....


All is well here on the babysitting marathon. Max decided to make a Christmas movie last night, which involved a lot of moving a toy snowman and santa around the place and telling me what to do. We had to spend ages making a tripod for the camera out of empty loo rolls and lots of tape, apparently I don't know enough about the art of filming to hold the camera....




Milo goes on a 'play date' today - where did that phrase come from? When my kids were small we called it 'having the Jones boy round for tea after school'. I was telling him to be a good boy, and remember to say 'please' and 'thank you' to his friends mummy. 'But she won't tell you if I've been naughty' he replied. Hmmm, how does he know that? It has a ring of authenticity about it....

Colouring of images completed - zero. Number of Christmas cards written - none. What did I tell you? See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Mass Producing...

Does three cards count as mass producing? I was in a bit of a panic when I was piling my Christmas cards into a bag ready to write them this week whilst we are in London, and pile looked a bit pitiful, so I pulled out this Penny Black tree stamp and some Tim Holtz die cut sentiments and did a quick bit of heat embossing - well it felt like mass producing to me, I never make more than one card of any design before I want to move onto the next thing. Anyway, here they are......






Random conversation tonight with five year old Milo when I was putting him to bed.

'are you going to do your knitting now Ma?'

me..........(startled) 'I don't do knitting Milo'

'But you are old, and old people sit in a chair all day and do knitting'

'well maybe I am not quite old enough to sit in a chair all day yet'

'No, you are just medium old, when you are really old you will wear glasses and have a walking stick'

Okay, now I know what I have to look forward to....can't wait! Better look for some wool and a pattern or two to be ready when 'really old' arrives...

See you tomorrow x


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Snowy Circles....

So I found a little stamp I have had for ages from Art Impressions showing the back of a little child, then a tiny stamp for the face, so the obvious way to use it was to cut an aperture  and have the child peeping through. But I cut the window waaaay too big, I could have kicked myself. I didn't want to waste the card, so I stamped this cute little snowbird on the inside of the card and added some textured snow effects with the falling snow stencil (Simon Says Stamp) and some texture paste.....I wish I could remember who made the bird stamp, but I've had it for years and it's become anonymous...The colouring for these cards was done very quickly while I had bandages over one eye, so it's not my best effort, but hey, it will end up in someone's trash sometime in January. it's the thought that counts......



Then I was able to move on to my original plan and coloured in the cute little boy image, apart from the size of the aperture, the two cards are the same....


and when you open the card, on the inside is this sweet little face looking at the falling snow.....


I have bought all my pens and loads of images to colour down to London with me. Any bets on how much I will get done? My guess would be around the zero mark!