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Thursday, 23 November 2017

I'm back

Tony and I have had a lovely few days away to celebrate his birthday. The hotel was decorated beautifully for Christmas and the staff all wore Christmas jumpers. It felt a little strange as I just don't feel ready to celebrate  Christmas in the middle of November but I have thoroughly enjoyed several glasses of mulled wine. Now that I am home I can settle back in and get on with making my little village.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Its not even December

Today we went for tea with Alexander and Hannah...  Oh boy can they cook.   On the way over we saw not one but two houses with the full blown Christmas decs out.  My first thought is that it is way too early.  Then I got to wondering whether there might be a reason why these people have their Christmas decs up.  Do they have a poorly loved one who might not make it to Christmas? Do they perhaps have someone serving in the forces who is home on leave? I will say that for me it is far too early but come December then we will  have the full blown Chrsitmas festivities from the 1st of December. 

The village pond

Tony and I are having a really lazy day today.  Well  I say Tony and I... what I actually mean is Tony is having a lazy day.  I dug him out of bed at 10:45... I was up at 8:15. This is actually a two hour sleep in for me and I couldn't stay in bed a second longer.  I end up with a blinding headache if I stay in bed too long. I was trying not to rattle around the house this morning so that Tony could have a good sleep. He needs so much more sleep than I do. It gave me time to make a second pond for the village as I think the first one was a bit too 'formal'  for a rural little village.... yes, I know that you didn't get to see the first one but  it will appear in a future project. The second pond is currently drying and then I will paint and decorate it later today
We are off to Alexander's for tea. He is cooking Tony a birthday tea and we were really touched when he rang the other day to check that we would be free. The kids are are great cooks so we are looking forward to eating with them.

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Christmas village sneek peep

I cannot wait until December to share my village.  Heaven knows, you might want to make one for your own family... go on, you know you want to.  This is not the finished article and the end result might not even resemble this .  I simply wanted to show you what I made yesterday.  I used the little houses that I had made from carboard cereal boxes and other upcycled card from my stash.... old certificates and envelopes are very very useful items to craft with.

Cardboard box

plenty of glue

A layer of irridescent fleece from the pound shop

et voila... a really simple village

It needs more snow... It will get more snow today

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Christmas village

This afternoon I have spent a lovely hour working on my Christmas village scene. Pretty much all the components are upcycled....   of course.....  Some time in December I will let you all see the end result....... if I can contain myself that long.

The mock vellum results

It embosses really well and the translucency looks gorgeous.

Make the most of every inch of space

Beautifully emboosed

The mock vellum experiment

This morning I used some of my flower dies to cut a little pile of flowers from the mock vellum.  They look really pretty and I now need to make a load more of the mock vellum in other colours. I will take some photos as soon as the light level picks up. It is really dark and dingy at the moment and the photos aren't turning out well. 
I have been asked how much oil I used......  I dripped a couple of drops onto the paper and rubbed it around with my finger. It becomes translucent immediately so you can see exactly where it needs to be spread. You only want enough to be able to spread it all over. Don't leave a film of oil as it probably won't dry.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Mock Vellum

Yesterday while browsing tinternet I learned that you can make a kind of mock vellum by rubbing linseed oil onto paper. Well I don't have any linseed oil but I do have baby oil. I used a decent weight of paper and it has dryed really well. Here is a photo of it drying. I have placed the oiled ones next to dry ones.  The picture of the papers show before and after. The orange isn't actually orange it is red and the pale yellow one is actually white, As you can see in the photo they have all turned beautifully translucent.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Fighting a bug

Tea is in the oven... Pork chops, mmmmmmmm. I layered some sliced potatoes into an oven dish.  Drizzled them with olive oil and gave them a sprinkling of salt and coarsely ground peppercorns. I cooked them for 15 minutes and then tossed some sliced onions over the potatoes. I have layered a couple of lovely chops on top and covered it all with foil.  It is now roasting away in the oven and I will steam a load of veg to go with it. I am trying to empty the freezer in order to defrost it ready for all the lovely Christmas treats.  I need to buy some yogurt so that I can wizz it up with tthe fruit that is in the freezer. It will make a lovely dessert... healthy too.

I'm feeling more than a little rough and could really do with an early night tonight.  Unfortunately it is my carving club committee meeting night. We have a few things on the agenda that need addressing so I don't really feel that I can miss the meeting. Oh well, we soldier on.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Envelopes... hand made of course

I had a quick play with my envelope making board this morning. It is great for making envelopes (and gift boxes) of all sizes.  I used Christmas gift wrapping paper and bought this particular wrapping paper specifically for making the envelopes but it would be a great way to use up all those small pieces of gift wrap that aren't big enough to wrap anything. I will cut some plain paper to make address panels for the cards that I plan to post. I have a 'postage stamp' punch in my stash and will simply put the name of the recipient on the stamp if it is to be hand delivered. Don't choose a paper that is too flimsy if you are planning to post them though as they would easily tear