Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Is Open

I had the beginnings of a post forming in my head. It was to be about living with teenagers as they anticipate Christmas. It would probably have tried to make you smile, or possibly nod, in some kind of sympathetic recognition: ask a teenager to write a letter to Santa and she'll roll her eyes and say "Are you for real?" (and not for the first time that day). I've got plenty more where that came from. Maybe it would all have made me sound a little jaded..

..and that would have been completely wrong. Because actually, the shopping is going well this year; that teenager is begging for a first baking of mincepies and looking forward to icing a cake.

So it's lucky, then, that I checked my messages before starting to write and I found that Little E - that ruffian nephew of mine - had sent me some pictures. 

If you've been coming here a while, you might remember how he likes to declare Christmas open every year. And now's the time. Today he made a Winter Wonderland for Teddy Pippin. Oh. Yes. Christmas in this family is most definitely on track. It's open. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Cards. With Houses On.

True confession: I had thought I wasn't going to make anything this week. No cutting, no sticking, no time. Plus, in my sitting down moments, the lure of the Granny Square is strong. I have 156 done now. I know this because I laid them all out and played with them, loose ends and all, last night; and 156 is, I think, slightly less than half, but probably more than a third, of what I need. I'm going to keep Granny-ing.

But that's a side project. It was cutting and sticking, and my failure to attend to these two favourite activities: that's what I was supposed to be considering...and just in time

....a parcel arrived from Fiona, my friendly (though sadly not so local) Stampin' Up supplier. My little house stamps! For my Christmas cards!

I'd spotted these on Fiona's blog a while back, before I'd even dared to think about Christmas cards; but when even The (Not So) Small One said - Mum, you should buy some of those houses. You'd get your money's worth, I reckoned a set probably had my name on it.

And yes, yes, it did. And now I've made a start on my cards. Which is ten times more than I thought I was going to get done this week.

Each one is a little bit different from the last. Though, of course, right now I'm not ready for the last. I have more to make..

Monday, 17 November 2014

Me On Monday

It was a thinking about the ballet, spotting Nutcracker related things everywhere we looked kind of weekend. 

A coffee morning planning, poster designing, trip to Ikea for decorations and napkins weekend. A long conversation with my sister about Christmas presents weekend (hurray!). A wallpaper choosing, paint mixing, tool gathering weekend. A rugby watching, chicken and noodles eating, watching for the postman, revising for exams weekend.

And this week? I'm still looking at wallpapers: taking photos of possibles, gathering samples, changing my mind...

Anything nice come your way this weekend? Any plans for the week? Last Monday Ladkyis, Helena, KarmaCraftBlog, Jane, Karen, Ruth, Deb, Doris, Mel and Liz all let us have a look at what they'd been up to. Go on, give them a wave!

..and have a good week.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

I Flipped...

I'd just about reached the end of a packet of Teresa Collins diecuts (from a kit by Gossamer Blue) and I was seriously thinking about trying to find some more, when I flipped the packaging over and discovered that each of the shapes was printed in miniature on the back..

so I grabbed my scissors and cut them all out...

...and decided to make some cards..

From High In The Sky
The big arrow is from the original pack: with one small and one large shape I was able to play with scale. The doodled circle is a rub on from Crate Paper

....with one diecut on its own...

From High In The Sky

...and with a handful gathered up into a cluster. Definitely two for the price of one, whatever way you look at it.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Scrapbooking What November Means To Me

Still in a Project Life frame of mind here. Still thinking about individual passing days, and weeks, and the months, and making a renewed effort to get something down on paper. I'll start with the months, I thought; so I sat quietly, just for a few minutes, and considered what November means to me

Sian Fair scrapbooking November

♥ pulling out the little free-on-the-front-of-a-magazine notebook which has in it all my Christmas present lists from the past ten years. For family I fold over a flap and write underneath so they won't notice it they flip through. But sshh..don't tell..

♥ looking at whatever craft projects I have on the go and wondering if they'll be finished before it's time to tidy up for Christmas tree decorating

♥ gathering wet leaves with cold fingers, but enjoying the air and the exercise. The neighbours might think I'm obsessed with our (tiny) lawn, but actually I just like the outdoor, methodical task which gives me time to think

♥ that I-have-plenty-of-time-to-choose-cards-and-wrapping paper feeling. Some years I buy anyway, in good time. Other years I don't. And we all know how that ends

♥ repeat the above for posting to America

♥ the simple pleasure of being able to look everyone in the eye as I serve up their slow cooker dinner. Dark night? Stew is right! If I dish up casserole in July, they ask why. Because it gives me time to do things I actually enjoy.

♥ remembering the Remembering. Thinking of shivering at the Cenotaph, standing still, silent, sad, wondering about the photos at home in the shoebox, up high on the shelf where it wouldn't attract attention

♥ Grannie Fair's Christmas pudding recipe. Her mother taught Home Economics, so it's a good one. And thinking about a new story I only learned last year: Great Grannie had two good friends at Catering College and one turned out to be Delia Smith's aunt. Or so the story goes.

♥ Clothes in colours I like. Pulling on thick socks and boots and feeling right. Funny, I like the sun But I don't like summer clothes.

Sian Fair scrapbooking November

Now I'm thinking it would be an interesting experiment to ask everyone else here what November means to them too. Teenaged November, I suspect, still looks forward to Christmas parties and new clothes, same as it ever was. Now? November brings on a search for more light: daylight bulbs so I can keep on making things. So I can get ready for December...

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