Sunday, 17 December 2017

Sweet Treats

In Birmingham city centre there are many traditional arcades with traditional shops within.

My husband and brother in law wanted to visit a specialist whisky shop in one, so while they were inside we ventured into a prettily decorated sweet shops.

Walls of jars lined the shelves and a lovely tree in the window display all made the shop look so inviting. I used both Holly Jolly and Brenda Walton papers, and a little Tim Holtz gingerbread man.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

A Pre-Christmas Dinner

On Sunday, we braved the snow to travel up to Leicester and see our in-laws.  They are away for Christmas, so it was our last chance to see them and give them our gifts.

We also shared a lovely Christmas dinner, and Kev's brother, wife and boys were there too.

The papers are by Simple Stories and Brenda Walton, embellished with another of Tim Holtz die cuts (Santa), gems and lots of word strips cut from 3x4 cards.

Friday, 15 December 2017


When was the last time we had snow before Christmas?  A good few years ago I'm sure, and in the Midlands snowy days are very rare.

I did take a few pictures in the garden, but my favourite photo is one my daughter sent to me of her in her garden wearing her fur hooded coat. So his was the one I chose to go in my journal.

Snow queen seemed the perfect title, I mixed the Holly Jolly and Falala papers, along with lots of mini snowflakes.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Ballet

As Christmas approached last year I took my eldest to see The Nutcracker for the first time. 

We had such a wonderful time that when tickets went on sale this winter we bought them not only for ourselves, but for my sister too.

Following afternoon tea in a local hotel (more about that in a later page) we enjoyed our afternoon at The Birmingham Hippodrome, and then had a brief trot about the German market before heading for home.  A lovely day.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Classical Flashmob.

While in Birmingham at the weekend, we were in Grand Central shopping centre when we heard the sound of glorious singing. 

Members of the CBSO choral group were entertaining the shoppers as they wandered past.  I looked online later in the day and it seemed that the singers had visited other venues in the city during the

I thought the Falala papers and embellishments were a good choice for the theme of this page!

Monday, 11 December 2017

A Handmade Card

Every year I have to choose one of the cards I have made to go into my journal. 

This also makes for a really fast page as I simply mount the card onto some papers, add a few embellishments and the job is done.  I chose a card made mainly with stamping and a little bit of die cutting this year.  The stamp set came free with a magazine, I was pleased with how it turned out.

Inside the card is the journalling and a sparkly star.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Plan

The plan for December is always a really quick and easy page. I found a free printable from a blog called Stitch in Time, printed it onto card and just added the events by using my home calendar.

The space at the start of the month left room for a title, the date and a few embellishments...

and I'm sure I will add some more events as the festive season continues.