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23 December, 2012

Season's Greetings Dear Bloggers & Att: LLJ.

Dear All, Followers, my WOYWW folk, and blog friends. I do hope that you have a festive Christmas and a New Year filled with promise, creativity and contentment.

I have missed joining in WOYWW for a couple of weeks or more. I had dramas with a burst hot water pipe under the concrete slab and the excavation is not a pretty sight. It's been full of anxious moments and wouldn't you know, the 'comprehensive' insurance won't pay for any of it. On top of that, I've picked up some kind of staph infection through a cut on my elbow. (I seem to recall my Mother telling me not to lean on my elbows at the table!)  Well... both the infection and the antibiotics have me a tad laid low. BUT I will bounce back, mark my words.

It's two days before Christmas and it's hot, as it should be. Not much over 35C I'd say. Went to the Farmers Market this morning, reasonably early and picked up vegies, eggs laid yesterday, and dried fruit without sulphur in it. I love these 'Heritage' radishes in different colours.

We stopped off at the local supermarket to get a few things and there was a young busker outside blowing her heart and soul into some Christmas carols with grunt!!  She was ably supported by her twin brother who gave me permission to take her photo. Isn't she great? 

LLJ, I thought of you and this photo is for you!

Purchased some spices and sourdough bread for tonight. The spices are for a fresh batch of dukkah to take with extra virgin olive oil and the bread to our Street Christmas Party tonight. That will be great fun as some people whose properties are beach houses we don't see through the year very much.

BTW, I posted the dukkah recipe not long ago - you can find it here.  And the EVOO is grown and pressed locally.

Here are the ingredients for the dukkah. The kitchen smells gorgeous after all the spices are toasted.

If it isn't still too hot, we'll walk down the hill to Carols by Candlelight, but I'm reserving judgement on that.

You might recall I mentioned that my Christmas cards would probably mutate as I got to around the forty or fifty mark. Well they did just a bit and here's a snap to show the little changes.

They've been fun to make in batches.
 Here's an Irish blessing that I rather like:

May your roof never fall in
And your friends never fall out.  

Happy days to all,

05 December, 2012

WOYWW No. 183 - Getting All Together

Hello dear Followers, Friends and Visitors.

Here we are again sharing views of our desks, starting at The Stamping Ground. As well we share snippets of life in one hemisphere or another - northern, southern, eastern, western - and ideas about our shared creative enthusiasms.

Thanks to all who left comments which I emjoy unreservedly. I hope I returned them; forgive me if not. The days get busier as the year runs out of puff and me too.

Christmas Card Components
I have a photo of my Assembly Box which I use for any big run of cards. I like to give myself a break from one part of the process to stack up another part. When I have stock-piled the components, there's a wild flurry putting it all together. Notice another use for cat food tins. Hope this isn't too boring because it is related to the last WOYWW post which was about the watercoloured panel, and then a post of the finished card.  It is however, what's On My Workdesk this Wednesday.

 Quick Cutz embossing folder, 'circles' and Memory Box die 'rings'.
I've also included these little items I bought earlier this week. I prefer to regard them as bubbles to which I have some attachment - could it be the season for bubbles???

Enjoy the week. See you round the traps, as they say.

04 December, 2012

The Christmas Card

Well here is the first cab off the rank for the Christmas cards. Last Wednesday I had the panel on my desk for colouring using Lyra watercolour crayons and Twinkling H2O's. I had the best day on Sunday painting, stamping, die-cutting and all the while "reading" a book, a talking book. I was completely engrossed with hands, heart and head.

I heat embossed the message inside fifty cards and it occured to me that when one can do that without any spatters or over-cooked EP, one has become quite good at it. I felt pleased.

The Michael Powell stamp is sufficiently detailed to allow simple matting and a couple of die-cuts.
You can probably pick up the spritz with Perfect Pearls as a finishing touch. As with all these things, the cards will evolve so I don't expect the first ten will be quite the same as the next, or the last ten. I'll be back again on Wednesday for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday with some more of the same since I'm really pressing to get these done and in the mail.

Miles of smiles,