Saturday, 1 December 2012

Giveaway winner and my little Christmas gift to you all.

Ho Ho Ho, here we are at 1st December, my countdown to Christmas really has begun now.
My advent calendar is up and I have opened window number 1.







I just love these retro beauties, they take me straight back to my early childhood in the late 60s.

I will have fun opening a window every morning until Christmas Eve.










Even the weather has turned more festive and we have woken up to heavy frosts for the last 2 days. I just love the patterns that Jack Frost leaves on the plants in the garden.











 My Mum had her birthday yesterday and on Thursday she came over for a meal so I asked her to pull out the winner in my recent giveaway. Thank you to all the ladies who entered and also to everyone who left such sweet comments on my 200th post. Without any further delay the name which came out of my teapot was..............................



Well done to Caz who would like an afternoon tea bag charm with a pink theme. Please email your postal addy Caz and I will get this in the post to you next week. You can also choose the 2 charms you would like added.

I also decided to offer a little Christmas gift to everyone who did not win.  I am giving a 15% discount in my Etsy shop for the next week. Just enter the coupon code CHRISTMASISCOMING at the checkout and the discount will be applied. You can stock up on any last minute Christmas cards or bag charms or even get ahead for birthdays and celebrations next year. I strongly advise any of my American friends not to leave it any later than this coming week for buying anything from my shop that you need for Christmas. The last Royal Mail date for posting to the USA, Australia and New Zealand is officially Monday 10th December but I really think that this week should be the last. For my EU buyers the last date for posting  is 12th December and for the UK is 20th December.

We hope to go to look for our tree on Sunday and will get it delivered in the week to be set up next week. I can't wait. I so enjoy getting out all my ornaments. I have my new gingerbread man who will join my other ornaments. I also have the sweetest Kathe Wohlfahrt wooden smoky standing decoration which my darling daughter picked up for me on a recent trip to Bruges. It is a sweet limited edition piece.




These wooden smokey's open up at the base and an incense cone is put inside and lit. The smoke come out the top like a little chimney filling the room with even more festive fragrance.

Would you like a peep inside?















 Well hello, who have we got here?





















Isn't he sweet.



This particular piece is called O Christmas Tree (in German) It is limited to 10,000 pieces world wide and even has a Swarovski crystal in the star at the top. I am delighted with him especially that he came all the way back from Bruges.







I also have adopted a totally gorgeous bunny from my dear friend Vivienne who has this lovely Etsy shop and who also write a charming blog.
She is called Holly, just look at this cutie.





She even came with her own little Birthday certificate. Although Vivienne's bunnies are only "born" one at a time, rather than made to order, she has some other lovely items in her shop. Do pop over there and take a peep.












My card challenge card today is also for sale in my Etsy shop and yes there is even 15% off this one if you use the coupon code.

I have used my Milly Winter Window, one of my beloved LOTV stamps. I have coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighter with Prismacolor Pencils. I have added some glittery bling to her cuffs with Glamour Dust. My papers are a free Sizzix download and I have also used a snowy Marianne corner die cut . The sentiment is also LOTV. Now I hope that sentiment does not come true at the moment. I think we have had enough snow here over the last few years not to need any this year, unless it falls on a Friday night and is clear by the Sunday ..yes that would be perfect snow ;0)

I would like to enter my card into the following card challenges;
Simon Says Stamp anything goes
The Paper Shelter Christmas is coming #92
Visible Image Christmas
Party Time Tuesdays Anything goes #96
Paper take weekly free time for all - use a sketch I have used Sketch #51 which I have rotated.
I love Promarkers anything goes #145
The Crafty Pad add some glitter #198
Jelly Park Stars are shining brightly
4 Crafty Chicks Ornaments #118
Sparkles Christmas Challenge Button or bow



I am off to our local Frost Fair at Honeywood  this afternoon for an afternoon of carols, mulled wine and cakes...I cannot think of anything better. Enjoy the weekend everyone.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

36 comments:

  1. Congrats to the lucky winner!
    I love your advent calender with the cute little buns! :)
    What a beautiful gift from Milly, such a great idea too.
    Gorgeous backing paper on your card today. :)
    Thank you so much for the little mention, lovely to see Holly again!
    Hope your Mum had a lovely birthday and I hope you have a lovely festive afternoon.
    V xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  2. Holly is very happy today Vivienne as it is 1st December ;0) Mum had a wonderful birthday and loved Polly so much. Enjoy the weekend, keep warm it's freezing here,
    Jane x

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  3. Jane, once again you have made me smile :D and I am going to head over to your friends shop and have a look at her bunnies :) We have a beautiful frost this morning, the ice was quite thick and crunchy, so was a lovely dog walk, crunching along with the sun shining, just the pick me up I needed after these dark weeks, and then a cup of tea and a read of your blog on a Saturday...what a treat :D I LOVE the German ornament, I so miss the markets we used to go to when I was little and living over there, I have my beautiful wooden ornaments for my tree that remind me of forgotten days. Lx

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  4. Happy Joyful December 1st to you Jane!!!
    Congratulations to the lucky winner. So kind of you to make a holiday discount in your Etsy shop! Love your Advent calendar, I will have all my decorations out and about by the end of today. Can't wait, but first I had to read up on blogs with my morning coffee ; )
    The frost looks so pretty, we have snow falling as I type so it is becoming a winter wonderland. Love your smoker, I love them too.
    Your card is great and I hope you win your challenge. You're a winner to all of us. (blogger buddies)

    xoRobin❤

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  5. I'm delighted to make you smile Laney. I'm just heading out to the frost fair now..it's lovely here cold and frosty, just right for this time of year. Here's to all the festivities!
    Jane x

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  6. Hello dear Robin and happy 1st December too. Enjoy your winter wonderland my friend and keep snug. Thanks for your sweet comments about my card ;0)
    Jane x

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  7. We have opened our calendar too, can u believe we nearly forgot till I seen your post on the inky chicks, lol.
    Shame on me!! Lol
    Your card is beautiful xxx

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  8. Gorgeous Christmas card, lovely papers and image.
    Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter this week.
    Hugs Debs

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  9. Lisa I was awake at 7am to open my first window..Lol!
    Jane x

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  10. all sorts of goodies to look at here - a very interesting post!!! Love your card too - thanks for sharing with us at the crafty pad and good luck xx

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  11. Welcome to my blog Rachel, thanks for visiting me here,
    Jane x

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  12. Hello Jane! What a fun advent calendar.. I've never had one of those. Fun frost photos, too. I haven't seen any frost here yet.. congrats to the winner of your lovely bag charms. I went over to see if I could buy a bunny and there weren't any. I got 2 hand knit bunnies for my granddaughters last year, can't remember where .. but on Etsy.
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. The advent calendar is also German Teresa, they were always sold here in the 60s but hard to find here now. Happy December, it is really chilly here at the moment,
    Jane x

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  14. There are always so many pretty things to see on your blog. Your incense burner is too cute, and your frost pics are gorgeous. Ho, ho, ho, enjoy your advent count down! And once you get to the 25th, I'm pretty sure you're going to start counting for next year's Christmas :D

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  15. You know me too well Linda ;0)
    Jane x

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  16. Happy December 1st!!!
    We love the Advent Calendar.
    Sampson and Lorrie
    puddlesprice.com

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  17. Jane, your Christmas things are adorable! I love calenders and to open the box every morning and the Christmas mas is very cute!
    Vivienne has made the sweetest bunny with knitted outfit and everything! I can't believe that it's already so close - I should make my cards today, but they will be quite simple, not so special like yours! Have a lovely Sunday and a great week! x Teje

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  18. stunning creations jane ...love the all but the bunny is just a joy
    happy december 1st to you and you and yours
    thanks for joining us at the I ♥ ProMarkers challenge. and good luck
    tracey x

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  19. What a lovely, Christmas-filled post, Jane! That calendar is adorable, just similar I used to have as child... Lovely! And little by little your Christmas-home be getting together, that pretty bunny most certainly fits in wonderfully! I just love Vivienne's work!

    Have a wonderful day, dear friend, and good luck for the tree-hunt!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  20. Hi Teje, time is racing on now,hope your Sunday was great.
    Jane x

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  21. Thanks Tracy, Holly the bunny is such fun,
    Jane x

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  22. Hi Mia, we have chosen our big tree, it's being delivered tomorrow. Our chocolate tree is already inside and glowing with it's lights ;0)
    Jane x

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  23. Lovely post, dear Jane.
    Happy birthday to your mother and congrats to the lucky winner!!
    I love your German mannchen. What a thoughtful present from Milly. I've been to Bruges, many years ago.
    Pretty card---it's one of my favorites!

    (I hope England and Scotland are much drier this weekend.)

    Happy December,
    Anne
    PC22

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  24. Thanks Anne...my little Smokey is looking lovely in the hearth. Bruges is indeed very beautiful. It's finally turned dry here and is now very chilly indeed. Happy December too.
    Jane x

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  25. Hi Jane, I love your wonderful vintage calendar, it reminds me of the ones we had when we were younger. How nice that you bought Holly, I saw her on Vivienne's blog and she is perfect for this time of year. Good luck with the cards! Bethx (thelinencat - but you know that!)

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  26. A really stunning card, thanks for joining us at The Paper shelter this week.
    Hugs, Bente

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  27. Oh WOW, I won!!! Can't believe it. I'm so totally thrilled. Will email my address.

    Fabulous card Jane, love the sweet image and pretty paper.
    Hugs
    Caz x

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  28. They are the same calendars Beth, I bought them in Germany a few years ago..sooo nostalgic ;o)
    Jane x

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  29. Yes Caz...you are my winner, well done. I will try to get this in the mail to you tomorrow,
    Jane x

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  30. Thanks for playing our Ornament Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

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  31. A brilliant creation!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

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  32. Great post, lots of lovely things to look at......thanks for entering your card at Sparkles Christmas this time & good luck!
    Hugs Jo x

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  33. Fab card - sorry for the late comment it's a super busy time but we are so pleased you shared your beautiful creation with us over at Jellypark x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

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  34. What a lovely project! Thanks for playing with us
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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x