Sunday, 16 December 2012

More of the white stuff

Now I bet that made you think that I meant snow....well I didn't..this is a bit of a random Countdown to Christmas post with just 9 days to go now.  Today I want to talk about the other white stuff aka milk.....yes...milk. Now I know that most people buy their's in the supermarket but I am one of only a few houses in my road who still have a regular milk delivery from a real milkman driving a real milk float. I really feel that in this age of "greenness and recycling" you cannot compete with having milk delivered. The milk float is battery powered and the bottles get returned after use and I help keep someone in employment. How efficient is that? I know it is more expensive but I can totally rely on my delivery.

Whether we are having a heat wave, snowed in or pouring with rain our milkman, Mo, has never let us down. He comes on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, leaving us 2 pints and I knew it was nearly Christmas when these appeared on my doorstep this week.

Now to the untrained eye I know this just looks like 2 very ordinary pints of milk. Well I will let you into a secret they are not. No, these are special Christmas pints of milk. Yes seriously....just take a look at this..

yes the holly berry special foils caps are back! Yay, we're nearly there! I have seen these special foils over the years and they still make me smile. Last year though we did not have them and I thought that perhaps due to cost etc they were stopped. I was so pleased to see them back this week. They will decorate my bottles of milk right up until Christmas Day. When I open my fridge they smile at me. (Yes I do know I am a big kid but little things are the best).

Now Mo our Milkman also leaves us a Christmas card and this year's one arrived yesterday together with our 2 pints. For the first time the milk company have actually printed their own cards for the milkmen to leave. I just love this sweet card.

How cute is that image ;0)

and this is the inside. I know everyone must think I'm mad but little things like this just add to all the festive cheer at this time of the year.

I spent most of yesterday wrapping all my Christmas parcels. I just have tags to write. Something else exciting has also occurred this morning......

Yes my pressies from my Hb have appeared under the tree.
I just adore The Snowman. It is one of my favourite Christmas cartoons  and has very fond memories for my Hb and me and our first Christmas in first home (many, many years ago ;0) I am now humming "I'm walking in the air" whenever I catch sight of them.

Edit; my blogging friend Helen mentioned in her comment that there is a new Snowman out this year. Now I had to check this out and actually I am delighted as it looks really super. It is called The Snowman and the Snowdog. Check out the link here. It appears that a new little snowdog is featured with mis matched sock ears and a satsuma for a nose. It is debuting on Channel 4 on Christmas day. I shall set up my Humax ;0)

There may be some for presents for Billy coming soon but he has decided that he should not peep and spoil any surprises...

 So my challenge card today is going to be a Snowman one.

This is one jolly snowman in very non traditional colours.

I  think this could be a Snowlady as she is wearing pink ;0) I have made a couple of cards in this colourway as I have 2 very pink friends!
I used the great Scrabble pieces I have used before.
I added plenty of Christmas bling to make a very happy card. I do love the Christmas tree die cuts and pink snowflake.

 I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
ABC Card Challenges D for Deck the halls
Raise the Bar Let it snow #124
Lexi's Creations Snow #80
Winter Wonderland Oh Christmas tree the trees are my die cuts.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Christmas birthdays or AGs Christmas #103
Pan Pastel Christmas time #49
Joanna Sheen With Love at Christmas
Stamping Sensations  Treemendous
Emmas card challenge Christmas
Visible Image Christmas

Today is such a gorgeous sunny day and much warmer. I have even put my washing out in the garden. I have also made a Christmas clove orange today...I have not made one of these since I was a kid. I will be back soon with a little tut for it as it smells delicious and it is so simple to make.
Tomorrow I am meeting my darling daughter in Guildford as she has a day off between her shifts. We will be having a long lunch and girlie catch up, I can't wait.

Have a lovely Sunday everyone. Take time, despite the rush at this time of the year, to enjoy some simple things that make you smile.  There are plenty out of mine was on the door step!

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


Caroline said...

Hi Jane I have my milk delivered to you can't beat fresh milk. Love the card the scrabble tiles are fabulous and I love the image. Caroline xxx

Jane said...

Great to hear that Caroline, does your's have holly seals??!!
Jane x

moonstruckcreations said...

I know just what you mean, I remember those christmassy milk bottle tops when I was little - just made everything seem just a little bit more exciting and special!

I love the Snowman as well, Im not sure if I will watch the new version though - I love the original, still get a lump in my throat at the end. I have a copy of the soundtrack too, so lovely and evocative of the season.


Jane said...

Oh Helen I did not know there is a new version, I doubt anything can compare to the original. As you say it still brings a lump to my throat when I watch it. Merry Christmas,
Jane x

Caz said...

Loved reading this Jane, it put a smile on my face. We also still have our milk delivered and I also enjoyed seeing the special Christmas tops. Love your card too. I am also now humming "walking in the air"!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Caz x

Jane said...

If I can put a smile on anyone's face that makes me so very happy Caz . Glad you enjoyed the post. Keep humming,
Jane x

Beth said...

My your husband is organised!.....must show this post to mine ;) Lovely snowman card and also love the one from your milkman, very retro/cool. Bethx

Jane said...

Beth he has beat me to it this year, I am still waiting for one more of his pressies and then I can put his under the tree too. I love the card from my Milkman, it's so cool isn't it!
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I'm afraid we don't have our milk delivered anymore but I do remember as a child the little Christmas foil tops! The milkman card is fun.
I just noticed in a TV ad last week that there was a new snowman out this year!!
Love your card today but yes with all that pink it definitely is a snow lady maybe even called Mia! ;)
V xxx

Jane said...

The new one looks fun Vivienne. This is not actually Mia's card. ..her's has a big bow but it was made in her style and very similar. I have 2 very pink friends and they both loved their snowladies ;0)
Jane x

Glenda Atkins said...

Great reading your post and love the decorated milk bottle! Your card is marvellous and love the snow women, she is super adorable. Fabulous decorating! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations for our 'snow' challenge!

by Teresa said...

You are SO lucky that you still get milk delivery! We had that when I was a child. I'd love it but there isn't any such thing where I am now. I love your card, I also have a love of snowmen and women.
❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
*M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jane said...

Glad you enjoyed your visit Glenda, thanks for your comments,
Jane x

Jane said...

There used to be 3 different milk rounds to our road Teresa when we first moved here. There is just Mo left and we are so lucky to have him,
Jane x

pinky said...

Love your cards. I remember getting my milk like that many years ago and makes me smile even now thinking about them. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

Jane said...

More smiles....I'm so pleased Pinky,
Jane x

Hazel said...

We got a card like that from our milkman. Love your card - cute snowman - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 103 - hope to see you again soon. x

Mia said...

Hello dear Jane,

That card is so me :) (aorry I had to start with know?), and that wrapping -paper is awesome, and perfect for your parcels! Milkman's card (something never seen here unfdortunately as we go and get ours in a local shop, not as fun) is the cutest too!

Have a lovely last days...not that many to go, really!


brenda said...

Hi Jane,

It's nice to know the traditional milkman is not quite extinct yet. It's many years since we had one and even then it was only three times a week because we live so far out in the sticks.

Another fabulous post packed with interest and of course a great Christmas card.

It's great to see you at Penny Black and More challenge this month, thanks for joining in.

B x

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous creation just love the interpretation of the tree, thank you for playing along at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs and Xmas Wishes
Kate xx

Jane said...

Hi Mia, I know how "you"that colour scheme is ;0) Only 8 days now my friend,
Jane x

Jane said...

Thanks Hazel,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Brenda, I do feel lucky that we can still get ours deilvered but sadly I think it is a dying service. Long may it last..I shall continue to support it. Great to see you here, hope you are feeling a bit better?
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Kate, I really love those tree die cuts, thanks for visiting,
Jane x

Louise said...

Very pretty card, thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge

Eileen said...

Well.... what a super post! .. Love everything about it from the bottles of milk to a very pretty card.. super stuff. Thank you for joining us at this weeks PanPastels Challenge .
Eileen xx

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Jane and thanks for telling about your milk man. I don't even use milk, but I love the English tradition to get the milk on your door in a beautiful glass bottle! How wonderful they make Christmas covers and cards! Your snowman card is beautiful! Give kisses to sweet Billy! x Teje

Ellie said...

Hi Jane, loving your creations, that is such a fun milk bottle image! How fun to still get your milk delivered by a milk man, I love the holiday caps they used!
Gorgeous snowman cards and such pretty colors! And I love your cute kitty!!
So glad you shared with us at ABC challenges and Penny Black and More! Good luck!

Jane said...

Thanks Louise,
Jane x

Jane said...

I'm so pleased you enjoyed my post Eileen, Merry Christmas,
Jane x

Jane said...

It is so English isn't it Teje and very environmentally friendly too ! Billy sends a purr,
Jane x

Jane said...

Hi Ellie I love the kitties in your profile photo, Billy sends them a purr. Thanks for your kind comments,
Jane x

Sally H said...

How sweet! Thanks so much for joining in our Treemendous Challenge at Stamping Sensations and Good luck!

Avril Ann said...

Oh Jane, I am so jealous, I loved Milk in bottles, was a fight for the cream at the top...and with the birds who helped themselves, pecking at the lid, LOL...lovely projects again hun, thank you for playing along with us again at Emma's Crafty Challenge this month, good luck xxxx

Lorraine said...

What a fabulous snowman!
Thanks for joining us over at the Joanna Sheen Challenge.
Lorraine x