This was my table all set for Christmas day.
My handmade crackers went with a bang, literally and the presents I enclosed were so well received. I can now reveal what was inside my Darling Daughter's and Daisy's. This was a secret surprise I had been working on at my silversmithing class.....I made 2 silver daisies using the lost wax casting technique. First I had to make a pair of daisies in wax. I was able to texture the wax,using of all things the string bag from satsumas. I used cutters from my cake decorating stash (I love the way my crafting stash overlaps with my different hobbies) and then manipulated the petals and made a small centre piece which I gave texture to using a cocktail stick. Once I was happy with the wax models they went off to Hatton Garden in London to be cast in silver. When they came back they had a sprue attached which I had to saw off. I then filed and polished the pieces and finally put them into the tumble polisher. I bought chains for them, a short one for Daisy and a longer one for her Mummy. Here they are all finished
and a close up
My challenge card today will be the last Christmas card I will share with you this year. I have really enjoyed making them since late summer. I am glad I started so early as I managed to make nearly 30. However I still had to buy a few shop bought ones to make up the numbers I needed.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Visible Image Christmas
Oh La La winter wonderland
Pan Pastel UK anything goes
Rhedd and Rosie let it snow
A creative Romance sparkle
Country View Crafts Bah Humbug
Papertake Weekly pick of the year my challenge is November's Snow and Ice
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Vintage stamping cold and frosty christmas colours
The Artistic Stamper anything goes
Card Crafter's Circle Home for the holidays
Simon Says stamp Bling it on
I know you will want to see my darling granddaughter Daisy Jane at Christmas so here are a couple of snaps. She will be 7 weeks old on Monday.
I hope you are enjoying your time off and are looking forward to celebrating the end of this wonderful year and welcoming in 2014. Thank you for all the kind Christmas wishes you have left me here in your comments, they are so appreciated. Take care,
Bye for now,