December Daily

Day 6
“I have many fond memories of our fire at home during my childhood. Getting up in the mornings and racing Stewart for a prime spot next to the fire, in front of the TV, one sat behind the other.
But the most fondest of all was when dad used to push the sofa closer to the fire, so that to come in the front room you had to walk behind the sofa. Mum, Dad, Stewart & myself all used to sit on it together, watching TV.
While I remember the occasional Saturday night television in the winter, being cuddled up with my family, it also reminds me of Christmas.
I absolutely adored that time, all 4 of us together. I can recall that I’d often request the sofa being pushed forward because it was my favourite. A rare treat, and quality family time.
Cozy. Pure comfort”

Ok so I found a great new app (PicFrame) and had to use it to show you that I am indeed doing December Daily 😉 In fact there are days that I look at my page and I don’t like it, but the one above about fond memories of moving the sofa during the winter and the page I did yesterday I do like 🙂 Yesterdays is a random letter to santa:

My silhouette/robo has been doing me proud, though I need a new mat (and to temporarily put a new blade on so I can get my gift boxes done!)

December daily

I shall be enjoying a long weekend (Monday off work, a-woo-hoo!) and basking in my “up-togetherness” as I have just one or two presents left to make and then I’m done. Well apart from getting presents for Gareth which he just decided the other day that he wants otherwise I would have got it before now 😉

Really trying to be festive and in that Christmas mood. And to be in the moment and savour this time of year!

More gifts in the making

I love it when I’m working on nice smelling crafts (bath stuff or baking!) because it makes the flat smell lovely 🙂

 Soaps

Silver embedded stars soap

If I am covered in glue, glitter, paint or ink… I’m happy 🙂

Covered in blue dye

In actual fact, I have been planning in my head a reworking on my Hanson crafts site over the christmas break, so I look forward to that too 🙂

Now I have been working on my December Daily, I will share that when I can. At the moment only day 1 is truly completed, I am not falling behind in the slightest but my paper scrapping time is limited and I want it to be an awesome album to look back on so bear with me 🙂

Getting my (Christmas) craft on

My dec daily #decdaily album base pages complete!  Next to do: journalling blocks :)

My December Daily has all the base pages completed.

and I have added a ribbon to keep it closed as it is quite chunky now and won’t close 🙂  I will take some better photos on a day where it’s not overcast and with a camera that’s not my iPhone

I started on my Christmas gifts too, I have done some candles, some lip balm (though I need to remelt them and add some more flavour to it),

I tried making some “bubble bars” which I tried one tonight, and it worked but didn’t last long :\ I may need to use my soap bar moulds to make them slightly larger to see if that makes a difference, but I love this mould! I plan on using it for my bath bombs and for the soaps that I will be gifting 🙂

and one of my magazines “Making Gifts” had a recipe for indulgent bath melts, which I also tried out…

and then last night we went to see Lee Evans in Cardiff, it was a good show and interesting to see a show Live as I’ve only ever seen Comedians on a DVD!

in 5 days it’s Hanson!

December daily > Coming together

Dec daily

I thought long & hard about which album to choose and what other things I had to hand. I bought some shapes from Silhouette Store and Kerri Bradford, and jumped for joy when I remembered my Glitz and Glitter border stickers – one in particular saying “believe” which I knew just HAD to be on the front cover.

Dec daily

I have done my opener page and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I am a bit stumped on just what I want to do.

Snowflake lace cut on Robo

I was so excited to see this lace cardstock shape and I just had to have it, I unfortunately have run out of acetate to stick it on to have it as a pretty filler page, so I need to keep my eyes peeled for some more.

Making embellies for my dec daily

I sat and cut some shapes on my Craft Robo including my numbers for my days (though I may not use them all – still undecided! Eeek!)

I’ve still got another 2 weeks to have a play and see how things will work out.

Craft overload!

Christmas mags

I have been devouring my magazines, had my first Red Cup yesterday (peppermint hot choc), and I have watched The Holiday and Four Christmases. My Hollyday papers are ordered for my December Daily, and Gareth has his Starbucks Christmas Blend. We are already in the swing of things!

I have been trying to come up with some frugal ideas, and seeing as my Sister in Law doesn’t know about my blog, I felt like sharing an idea I had for her gift…  I save random stuff, I have a bunch of Christmas gift bags ready to regift and I also have some cool boxes I got some presents in. One of which was from a friend from MANY years ago, who gave me a cute toiletry set in this gorgeous wooden box. Kept it ever since thinking I would use it one day. For my sister in law who likes to bake with her son, I shall be getting some cute cupcake liners (with a pretty design) some “emergency” packet mix (because she’s having a baby very close to Christmas!) and some sprinkles and hopefully some toppers if they fit in my budget.

And for my nephew oliver, it’s a tough one, but thankfully Disney has a Craft site in which I have been collecting colouring pages to make him his own personalised colouring book which I shall print and bind here at home.

I’m doing a lot of searching for printable style gifts. One of my favourite books/mags I have that I normally whip out at Xmas is 101 Hip Handmade Gifts. I have poured over that so much my copy is falling apart 🙂 They have free printables over at the Creating Keepsakes website.
And how freaking adorable is this! I want to make one for myself, I used to have a big bookcase in my room at home and ran my own little library (I would later become a librarian at my school, and I still have a big love for libraries!)

 

Ok, so I shall continue my search and post soon on my progress 🙂

Time to think of Christmas

lightening mcqueen pumpkin
I can’t get over the fact it’s November already. This time last year I was in Florida, at the Animal Kingdom if I remember right and we were attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that night (actual halloween had a premium cost to attend & we were worried about adjusting to the time zone as it’s 5 hours behind our time here in the UK, so we figured the final Halloween party was just as good though a day after halloween!)

Last night we had a nice peaceful one, I watched Simpsons Halloween specials marathon as I do every year, though I was missing my brother on the sofa with me. That was our tradition. We had no trick or treaters but then we never do, and we had our shopping delivered in which the delivery guy just had to tell us he didn’t want any sweets! (Speaking of which, we STILL have a bag of sweets from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party from last year!!)  I carved a Lightning McQueen pumpkin for Oliver as he loves Cars, and I was planning on one for myself but never got to it. Instead I made pumpkin cakes which I didn’t like myself but a few people were more than keen to gobble them up!

So now, though we technically have Bonfire/Guy Fawkes night on the 5th, I’m already planning Christmas because for us Brits it’s just a straight run to Christmas now (but I know the Americans are lucky enough to have Thanksgiving in just a matter of weeks)

Source: houzz.com via Kirsty on Pinterest

 

I have been busy pinning away most evenings when I have the time, and it’s one of my favourite things to do, so much inspiration! Apart from the usual trip to Boots that isn’t entirely unselfish, it’s 3 for 2 on gifts and any points I collect goes on to little treats for myself 😉 I do plan on making quite a few handmade gifts this year.

My work colleagues will get some foodie based gift (choc peppermint creams, cupcakes or something along those lines) and I have plenty of crafty bits to make bath bombs, candles, soaps, bubble bath, shower gel, etc to make for family… So I have plenty of ideas! In fact I may be a little overwhelmed on ideas & am just trying to think of the best gifts for individual family members.

Another thing I’ve been excited thinking of is a different sort of Christmas album. I’ve done shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas on a few occasions, starting in 2006, but this year I want to try something a little different, & I hope to do Ali Edwards December Daily. I have my sights set on some American Crafts goodies… So that’s on my to buy/to do list this month 😉

I have to admit I already have the xmas DVDs ready to watch, Snowed In is ready to play come 17th November, and I have been Oooo-ing over the adverts for Michael Buble’s new xmas album thinking that has to be added to my playlist!

You can check out my Pinterest boards as well for lots of inspiration & Christmas images to get you in the spirit 😉

http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/winter-christmas/
http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/homemade-gifts/
http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/things-to-make/
http://pinterest.com/mmmbisto/december-daily/

And just as exciting, coming up I have a Hanson concert this month! Wooo! Can’t wait to meet up with my mates 🙂

Christmas presents

While I am awaiting the delivery of our shopping, I thought I would catch up on the gifts I made for Christmas…

Bath bombs

For the daughters of one of our MD’s who I get on really well with I made bath bombs. They are a lot of fun to make, if not a little like doing a science lesson at school!

Making candles

For the ladies at work the first part of their present: a candle.

Sugar Scrub
Sugar Scrub

The second part: Peppermint sugar scrub. I HEART this!

Gift boxes

Then using my super fab second hand Craft Robo, I made these great boxes using a free template over at UKScrappers. I had so much fun making all these. There’s just something about homemade gifts!

New Year

New years day

We’ve been without internet for about a week, it’s been insane. Turns out it was the modem, but just mere hours ago our provider finally came out and sorted the problem out and we’re back online.  This was the scene at my parents house on New year’s day. Happens once a year, and as we never really spend Xmas together we have our Christmas dinner on New Year’s day.

I’ve not had the best of breaks either. I got NOTHING that I wanted to get done, I’ve been very sick and averaging just a few hours sleep a night. I’m now on sleeping tablets, I’m on cold & flu capsules, strepsils and cough syrup. I was meaning to get the Christmas Decorations down today but I’m lacking the energy and I’m too tired to want to do it. Best of all, it’s back to work tomorrow.

2011 is not going to be my year, that is clear.

I’m rooting for 2o12 myself, so please forgive my lack of enthusiasm for the New Year.  I got the book “Baking Magic” from gareth for christmas and I have the urge to bake up some goodness, and there are still lots of festive food around that needs to be eaten up, so to cure my New Year, “I’ve got to go back to work after a week off” blues, I will start my goals come end of January.

2010 Christmas Prep

2010 Ornament

Now, normally I make the Christmas ornaments but this year I decided on a special ornament instead. The requirement was that it HAD to have the year on it. So whilst on our honeymoon in Disney, we picked up this cute ornament!

I have been a busy bee making Christmas presents, so photos to follow on that, but the whole point of this post is something I read, firstly on Craftster, yesterday. Then again today on the Silhouette blog lol.

Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read

How cute is that idea? Sometimes people can get a bit carried away (I must admit, I’m generally one of those people!) and the idea of 4 presents under those categories is something I’d like to try… Of course I’m sure my wonderful husband might have something to say on that matter! He’s just like a big kid!  There’s also something about HANDMADE gifts that I adore as well. Knowing that someone took the time & effort to make it, just fills me with warm fuzzies 🙂 Something as simple as a bottle of bubble bath, or some handmade chocolates. Sadly not everyone GETS that. My family do, they don’t even expect a present & sometimes that whole appreciation & the concept are completely lost on some people. For my parents I made them a simple ornament, (well it was a clear premade ornament) and I had a photo of Oliver (My nephew) & on the other side with the help of some digital scrabooking kits, I had “OLIVER’S FIRST CHRISTMAS 2009” on the back. They adored it, and it has pride of place on their tree this year too.

I’m not religious in the slightest, and some might argue “Why do you celebrate Christmas then?” For me, it’s about being with family. Spending time together doing things like playing board games and such that you wouldn’t normally do, and fully appreciating each other. That’s what it’s about.

Hanson Streaming

Saturday night… What a HOOT! I got into my clean jammies, into bed with my clean sheets just before 10pm, chatting with my Hanson friends ready for a Live streaming on the Hanson website. We were all so excited (Hanson became a trending topic world wide on Twitter!)  I was thankful Gareth had the new Expansion on World of Warcraft to play on, as though it was supposed to start at 10pm we were on Hanson time after all! Just before 11pm GMT the guys came on and me and all my friends were messaging each other and in complete hysterics. They played songs from Snowed In, they baked cookies, opened presents… and just generally had a laugh. I’m not getting a Christmas party this year, so for me that more than made up for it, and best of all I got to spend it in my PJs nice and cosy at home, with some of the best people you could be with, and with my favourite band in the world, singing along with them & having such a laugh my stomach hurt the next day 🙂 you just can’t beat it! It all finished about 1am which was just LUSH. Though I was thoroughly tired Sunday, but oh so worth it 😉