Happy New Year, everyone!

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Here's wishing everyone health, wealth and happiness in the coming New Year.

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Let's hope 2014 will be wonderful!

Inkypinkycraft blog makeover for Trace Metcalfe

Inkypinkcraft - my 2nd makeover for Trace

I've just about finished Trace's latest makeover for inkypinkycraft (this is the second one I've done for her) and it's my favourite yet! Very gentle, very graceful...and all done apart from a few tweaks.

My first makeover for Trace

This is my first makeover, much busier - but that was the fashion at the time. Things have now swung to a much cleaner, clearer feel - very much Shabby Chic rather than the Grunge of a year or so ago.

I find it fascinating how our tastes and styles change over time - yes, there's a fashion to blogs just as there is to interior decoration and clothes!

Hope you like - have to say I LOVE it!

Happy Christmas - downloadable digital card & Christmas Log decoration

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Here's a digital Christmas card I've made from one of my photos of my Christmas Log decoration. Do go ahead and to download and print off, if you feel inclined. Right click to bring up to full size, left click to copy to your computer. Enjoy!

Christmas Log and a couple of prezzies on top of the DVD player.

Closeup of the cute robin in his little hat
Back view of the log
When making a table decoration, the back view of the piece is as important as the front, as it's going to be seen from all angles.

Closeup of the prezzies - fiendishly wrapped, so my husband can't tamper with them before the Big Day. Don't you just love wire-edged ribbon? And it really is worth buying the more expensive quality of wrapping paper: it doesn't rip, and it takes folds beautifully. Having said that, I've noticed an unwanted crease! Rats...

Christmas wreath

Reds, deep bronzes, golds, a little greenery and some snow spray.
Detail - lovely glossy apples and deep red berries, artificial Christmas tree pieces with snow spray.

I've really gotten into making wreaths, and this year's is themed red and gold (above). Last year was silver and blue (below).

This bow is some kind of transparent PVC, wired - very strange stuff I'd never seen before!
I found a wonderful floristry wholesalers, and just adore these glittered pears etc. If you're making a fake wreath, just go for it!
I've mixed in Christmas ornaments, glittered leaves, pieces of artificial Christmas tree - thank goodness for hot glue guns!

I've also been looking online, and found some wonderful Christmas quotes at Quotegarden, and one that refers (a bit) to wreaths in a general way.

We ring the bells and we raise the strain
We hang up garlands everywhere
And bid the tapers twinkle fair,
And feast and frolic - and then we go
Back to the same old lives again.
~Susan Coolidge

And Pinterest has some wonderful wreaths, so do go and look and find one that inspires you - they aren't hard to make, and they look wonderful! Happy Dot Mom does a great coffee wreath tutorial which looks easy and also great fun...

Deck the halls with boughs of holly ... fake or real, it all looks great!

Chirstmas Angel dress form

Feather wings, to which I've added gilding leaf - plus a feather butterfly, gilded snowflakes etc

I thought you might like to see my Christmas Angel dress form, where I've used a Kraft form by Indigo Blu.

Here's a lovely quote I found, which I rather like: 

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

And another view of the dress form:

Lots of flat back 'crystal' stones all round the top of the bodice
and the back of the form:
I've stamped and embossed onto moldable plastic, and bent the shape before it cooled
Closeup of the quote (by Indigo Blu)

Hope you like it!

 The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~G.K. Chesterton