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Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year! - 2nd January 2015

Good evening Friends!

I hope you all had a super Christmas and New Year...looking around your blogs it seems you did! I'm not making any apologies for not posting since Christmas Eve...I love Christmas, all the preparation, the decorations and opening the door on Christmas Day to welcome family. 

We had a lovely Christmas and as we are both on holiday from work until next week, we have caught up with family and friends, been for long walks(as the weather has been pretty good) and generally had a lovely time. When we are on holiday I make a point of ignoring the craft room as much as possible and to be honest after all the pre-Christmas crafting, I've felt like a break.

I have started the new blog year on a very good note as I have a new follower! Some of you are already familiar with Bibiana and if not, I urge you to visit

Bibiana's blog posts are so beautiful and inspirational and I want to say thank you Bibiana,  for deciding to follow me.

Did any of you make any resolutions?? I didn't make any 'resolutions' as such, but I am going to try and keep my craft room more organised (it really had been getting me down!) and to relax a bit more, get less stressed. I can but try!

How about crafty presents? I was very lucky and had a gorgeous selection, including my main present which was a new blue Grand Calibur. I also had Tim Holz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3, and the Annie Sloan work book for my chalk paint projects...I had some lovely stamps and the Ranger spinner for my ink blending tools.

I want to share a few photos with you...all the hand-made cards we receive are always given pride of place on the mantelpiece and here is this Christmas' selection of gorgeous creations...some of you will recognise your cards there and I want to thank you so much for them Jackie, Claire, Patti, Amy,Anne, Sam, Maureen and Jan! The large one on the clock was made by one of the ladies from craft class (Maureen). The photos are Holiday cards from some of my cousins in California and friends in Boston.

In my Christmas Eve post I mentioned that Tom makes his card to me:he's so busy at work lately that I make him a little 'kit' and he takes it from there, so I gave him a card blank, some snowflake acetate, some sentiments and a sheet of Tilda toppers for him to choose from....he did the rest, including the die cutting and I think he did a fabulous job, don't you?

 Finally I thought I would show you a couple of frosty photos I took a few mornings's so pretty when you see it up close!

Tom and I have been making something for the craft room today- should be finished tomorrow, can't wait to share it!

That's all for now, it's good to be back! Thank you for stopping by and here's to a happy crafting in 2015!

Love and Hugs,
Carole  X 


  1. Hi Carole,
    what a super array of lovely cards you received, and that one from your hubby is fab.
    My hubby just wouldn't know where to start, but he has his talents, such as mending clocks, and he loves his radios, and has a man shed to keep them in.
    He loves to listen to broadcasts from all over the world, and also aircraft.
    Super pics of the cold spell too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  2. You certainly got some beautiful cards Carole and Tom's card - it is fabulous, even with a little help, really it is wonderful! Like Jenny above, I don't have a creative hubby but he did look online to see how to wrap my present......... it was lovely. I have not made any resolutions this year as I never seem to stick to them but I think I might follow Tim Holtz's saying 'Embrace Imperfection' and stop being so picky about getting everything just so.... it might last a day or two...... Happy New Year Carole, hope it is a brilliant one for you. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Good evening Carole, what super cards especially the one from Tom.
    My hubby is hopeless at crafting, he just raids my boxes and chooses.
    Looking forward to what you have to show us
    Wishing you and Tom a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
    Hope it brings everything you wish for.

    Patricia x

  4. Beautiful post friend!! I am wild about the card Tom made for you!! : ) What a sweet tradition.

    No resolutions for me - though I think they are fun to try : ) I always love the new year - it just feels good to start fresh!

    Beautiful pictures. and so glad to hear the weather has not been too bad.

    Happy New Year friend!


  5. Hi Carole, what a lovely post and I am glad to hear you had a beautiful Christmas. I too have been of work and enjoying the fact that I don't have to race off somewhere. I actually thought I would be in my room more than I have been but I was able to do a few things that have been annoying me so that makes me happy. Thankyou for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comments, they are always very much appreciated. Wishing you an amazing 2015. Hugs Vikki

  6. Carole you are so blessed to have received so many gorgeous cards. Loving your display. And wow, your hubby is just amazingly creative, he must have caught the bug from you. Love his creation. And then those frosty photos are just amazing.
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  7. Morning Carole,
    Pleased you had a good Christmas and a rest from your craft room. Great photos.

  8. HI Carole...Happy New Year to you....youn certainly had some super handmade cards....not really made a resolutions except like you to try and keep the craft room tidy....and not to put on the weight I lost last year...


  9. Hi Carole sorry I missed this post. It is lovely to see my card on your mantelshelf yours was on mine all the handmade ones were. I love the card Tom made for you Keith has never tried to do that though he does buy rather special cards. Lastly Happy New Year to you I do hope we get to meet this year.I am hoping to get to lots of craft shows. Hugs Jackie

    1. It would be so good to meet...let's hope we can do it!!! X

  10. Lovely to see all the handmade cards you received, mine among them! & Tom's card is just lovely too!.
    See you soon
    Amy x