Friday, 10 December 2010

Getting ready for Christmas

Here is my Husband Julio checking the first tree he saw, " that looks good", so we purchased the first tree we came upon, I think Julio was too cold to look around, now if the boy's were with us it would have been a full investigation for the right tree, we opted for a smaller tree this year we like to get the Norwegian spruce as it has long needles that don't stick you when you decorate. We usually go for a 6ft but we was not sure if a 6ft would fit in the car. Maybe next year boy's.

Here is our tree going through the netting funnel, we like to buy our tree from Elveden, nice and fresh, there are little shops for gifts and a food hall for local produce, I got me some chutney for the cold meats.
So here is our tree resting before decorating, Julio trimmed the trunk like you do for flowers, we let it rest for 2 days that way the branches could settle down. We had to put the tree on a platform as it was a bit short.
Here is this years new decoration, I like the little Nativity on the C, at the top of each letter sits a tea light candle. We also bought some new candle holders and the Yankee Candle Home Jar.
There ya go all done up and lighted with my Thomas Kinkade village underneath, still looking for a train to go around the tree, but not TK one. We did not put all our ornaments on just some of the nicer ones.
I think I should have took a close up of some of the ornaments. Maybe on the next post. See you all later.

CD Calender

This is for my friend Debbie, you will have to google to find a supplier in the States, or ask local craft store, they are clear cases but not the ones you use for your music, some business use them for advertisements on tables. You have to work out the measurements as different suppliers have different sizes. These can be used for all occasions when you want a mini book.

Thursday, 9 December 2010


Dawn does not care for the traditional cake so it cupcakes with one small tradition cake.
This is Dawn and Richmond with their four dogs, one of the dogs is white.

After the meal was really good, we made the trip back home it only took us 2 hours and ten minutes. The wedding was held at a hotel in nice surroundings, some of the guest stayed there over night or nearby hotels.

My Little Sister got Married

So after going to the Christmas market on Friday we then had to head out early on saturday towards Nottingham for my sister wedding, here she is with her husband Richmond, Best Man and my oldest niece Katy.
All three sister together as you can see we had a very cold winter wedding but it looked fantastic.

Here is Julio and I before the wedding started.
Julio and Reuben
Myself and Reuben

Christmas Market in Bury St Edmunds

The day after Thanksgiving we spent the day with Alex ( Bible student) and the Vigori's, we all headed into town for the annual Christmas market that has been running for 7 yrs now. We bought a few present and sampled some of the food on offer, for the first time I had mulled wine and roast chestnuts, not to be repeated, the best was funnel cake that you can get in the USA. In the evening it was back to my place for hot soup, hot chocolate and leftover turkey.
In this picture is me, and Reese.
Reese buying a silver bracelet for herself.
All the traders had to dress up in Victorian costume, which really added to the atmosphere.
Alex, bible student from Uganda, this was Alex last weekend with us before flying back home as he had been here for a year, so he got to celebrate last Christmas with us, and the rest of the yearly celebrations through the year, he is very much missed by all.
Another trader, this year we had wooden huts set up in the new shopping centre.


Thanksgiving 2010, here we are at the Vigori's house, the house was packed, and the feast was huge, we all had a good time, the bible students joined us also.

We formed a long line to the kitchen, and there was enough for leftovers the next day. yum

I Said there was some more post, well this is a little something we made in class at Crafty Women club, our guest teacher was Annie Hafferman. Annie showed us how to make these cute little scrapbooks, they were very simple to make.
The blue one I did in class and the stripy one I did at home. Thinking of making a few more for Christmas as gifts.
Below is another one we learned from Annie on another date, using blank calender CD cases, these are for Christmas gifts
The girls at the Brandon craft group got to make these as I found an on-line site to order the cases from. I have a few more cases left so I will try to some more.

Home made Christmas Cards

Well its been a long time since I last posted something on my blog, so I have alot of things to show you. At the bottom we have some Victorian looking easel cards which my friend and crafting buddy Tracie showed my. The images are 3D and I have used stickles for a bit of bling effect.
Below are some cards made from free paper in Creative Cardmaking magazine I think I made a dozen in total. Again I have used stickles for some bling and 3D on some of the images as well as the greeting.

Still making more cards, I am using some other free papers from last years magazine, will post later. More posting to come.