Sunday, 12 December 2010

Hi I'm Back!!!!

Hi everyone, hope you're ok and not too far off being ready for christmas!!!

If I was as organised as my dear buddy Lisa Jane I would have scheduled posts for the last two weeks sadly i'm not.

I've had a break to attend a fabulous winter wedding it was so lovely. 
My cousins daughter was married in a little church in Didcot in Oxfordshire last weekend.
The brass band  that she and her husband are members of played Christmas carols and a spine chilling fanfare as the beautiful bride entered the church, so lovely to sing carols at a wedding.
Sweet little bridesmaids with cute fluffy shawls, brought tears to our eyes it was so magical.
Our only regret was rain, a few snow flakes instead would have been so much better... we could have taken buckets of snow from Yorkshire.

Everyone was amazed when as part of his sermon the vicar... with the help of his very talented teenage son used a puppet boy doll... who armed with wellies and bucket thought he had been invited to help with the weeding.
The vicar then corrected him to say 'it was help with the WEDDING' and used the illustration of weeding as part of the marriage sermon, really well thought out and so different, the children loved it.

Then on Monday the bride, groom, their little girl, my cousin and her husband, my daughters and grandchildren were all enjoying the winter wonderland at Center Parcs in the Lake District, for the week.
The temperatures reached minus 12... the coldest we've ever known but it gave us beautiful winter scenes, some photos to share with you below.

I made two more advent calender chests but sadly didn't get them to my sister and friend Sue for the start of the month, but I thought I would share them any way and maybe enter a few challenges.

The stamps on this one are from the Cute Companions, Wonderful Christmas, Deck the Halls and Christmas Wishes stamp sets and coloured with Copics.

The paper and embellishments are from the absolutely brilliant kit that was my prize in the monthly prize draw on the Docrafts site. It was over £50 in value and included A4 paper pad,  linen stickers, brads, stamp set, rub ons, vellum quote pad, A4 decoupage card, A4 laser board, A4 silver vellums, A4 foiled decoupage, A4 shimmer board and two stencils all from the Henbury Lane, Poinsettia collection.
I just bought extra brads for the draws.



challenges to have fun with:
Tuesday Taggers ~  Deck the halls
ABC Christmas ~   Y for Yuletide
Charisma Cardz ~   A Christmas Gift
Sarah Hurley ~       Christmas decoration... the mice are putting up decorations.
Fussy and Fancy ~   Anything but a card
Winter Wonderland ~  Christmas Baubles
Challenge up your Life ~  Advent or Christmas
Crafters Companion monthly ~ sketch or Christmas or both

Some photos of our back garden before we left.

snow scenes from our trip

The lake on Friday after a thaw.
There was still ice on the water.
Paint a pot workshop Sophie and Adam budding crafters.

I had to have a go, and check out my nose I could be Rhudollf!!

Gracie another crafter in the making!!
They were all lovely after they were fired.

Thanks for stopping buy hope the snow makes you feel cooler Sharon my Teddy Stampers buddy from Cape Town.

Love cherie  //*.*\\


  1. HI Cherie .. me organised .. lol.. think its just cos i dont have much else to do lol!!
    I love the advent chests , they are really effective aren't they and such a novelty for chidren big and small lol
    Love your photo's too - thanks for sharing them..
    Love to you
    ps - thanks for entering our challenge at Sarah Hurley .. the advent boxes are decorations in themselves !

  2. Those boxes are so lovely and the snow pics are great, some for scrapbooking there I think. Thanks for playing at WW this week. Marianne x

  3. Hi Cherie. I just love your advent box it's wonderful. You could always enter this for the Crafters Companion monthly challenge which is either to follow the sketch or a Christmas theme.
    Thanks for joining the TT challenge this week. xx

  4. Fantastic box, thankyou for sharing it at Tuesday Taggers this week

  5. Oh Cherie, it is WONDERFUL having you back in Blogland. I have certainly missed your posts. What delightful Advent Calendar Chests you've made. They are stunning! Thanks for sharing the snowy pics, you can definitely send some my way girl! Love the buddy crafters over there too... send you loads of sunshine hugs, Sharon xoxox

  6. wow fabulous baubles and gorgeous creation thank you for sharing it with us at Winter Wonderland this week
    Hugs Kate xx

  7. Your Advent calendars are gorgeous Cherie ! You are such a talented Lady ! Thank you for sharing your photos ! You seemed to have a great time ! Hugs and love from Catherine

  8. This is gorgeous, what a lovely fantastic project and idea.
    Thanks for joining us at Charisma.
    Good luck.
    Sally. X

  9. Wow!! this is just gorgeous. Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Charisma. Good luck.
    xx Vee

  10. Lovely, such a fab project! Thanks for joining in with us at Sarah Hurley :) x

  11. I love your project - it's gorgeous
    Thanks for joining us at Crafter's Compnaion Monthly Challenge.

  12. Lovely! Thank you for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges :o)

    Sarah x

  13. Beautiful creation, thanks for joining in the Crafters Companion Challenge this month.
    Hugs Lynsey x


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