Saturday, 9 July 2016

Christmas in July

Hello friends it's Billy here and it's that other time of the year when I take over Jane's blog as she seems to be away with the fairies...yes it's Christmas in July here in Surrey. I can hear her humming carols from her studio and yes she is making her first Christmas card on a hot sunny July day....madness I know!
I thought I would show you just how non Christmassy it looks around here in Jane's garden..come with me...this is the calla lily bulb she planted and it has come into flower.
 I had a sniff, not much smell though but she likes flowers with scent or no scent.
I walked round to say good morning to Old Choc. He sensibly stands in the shade all year until he gets walked into the house near Christmas.

He says he is very well and had some recent splendid new all those new tips. He must have been eating up his greens. Jane will be able to hang even more chocs on him this year.
The foxgloves have gone to seed but will be back next year. I spoke to Brer Fox yesterday evening and he said not to worry as the weather is warm enough to go without gloves now. He looks so good in pink does Brer. 
On the other hand the pots and hanging baskets are blooming splendid in the sunshine.

Hang on a minute...what's this...Mr Frosty hanging about in July?
I had a quick chat and found out from him that Jane is putting away her winter coats and scarves. He had a quick wash and was hanging around to dry in the sunshine and then heading up to be ironed...that sounds a bit too hot for me.

 I think I need to find some shade
 Hmmm perhaps this is a bit too sheltered as I can't keep an eye on Jane from here
Ahhh this is better, I am right near the door of her studio now.

Time for a wash for me, I don't go in the funny machine like Mr Frosty did,  my tongue does just fine thank you very much. 

Ohh I nearly forgot, you are here to see the Christmas card she made aren't it is...I think she was inspired by Mr Frosty. She says it's an accordion that is that is a musical instrument so perhaps you can play this one...I'll have a look for the buttons. It's a card for me I think...those gloves and boots might come in useful...

Jane tells me that the image is an old Meljen one she has had for years and she coloured with Promarkers. Here are some close ups;

She tells me she would like to enter it into the following challenges;

Rubber Dance Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland let us see a tree or make it cute
Christmas at sweet stamping warm Christmas clothing
Dies R Us outdoor fun
Emerald Faeries  1/3 Winter blues
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper challenge anything goes July
The ribbon girls 3/3 any card
Addicted to stamps and more 3/3 anything goes
Creative Moments anything goes with option of ribbon
Happy little stampers anything goes with dies
Allsorts one for the boys

Right then, there's lots more to do out here....

or actually I have a much better idea...I will find somewhere comfy again....

Oh forget all that busy stuff...I'm going to have a snooze in the sunshine.

See you in the first week of December when Jane and her Hb start that malarky of walking trees indoors.

Have a restful weekend, I will .....zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Bye for now.

Billy (and Jane aka Mrs Christmas) xx

PS can you keep a secret....I found out which day Jane has tickets for Wimbledon...for tomorrow no less, yes mens' finals day. No doubt she will be back early next week to share her visit with you.  Bx


  1. Hi Jane, the story of your cat Billy has become very nice;-) and the Christmas card too of course! Greetings Sylvia

  2. Fabulous accordian car, what a great design! Wonderful photos too, thanks Billy I really enjoyed this post :)
    Thanks for sharing at Creative Moments.

  3. Ah Billy, what is that Jane like??? Even old Choc is enjoying the summer and not thinking about C!!
    The garden is looking good Billy and I must say, so are you!! :)
    Christmas in July...I don't know!! Nice card though!
    Have a great weekend Billy, love to Jane,
    V x
    P.S. come on Andy!!!!

  4. Fabulous holiday creation and awesome gardens! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘OUTDOOR FUN’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  5. Hello sweet Billy,

    Looking really fab at yours, and loved your tour around the garden! I know Jand gets a bit bonkers ;) sometimes when talking about Christmas, but she really can't help it, she loves it so much! Her card is really pretty, please send her my greetings! And hello to Mr. Snowman too ;)

    Happy weekend, sweet boy!


  6. Oh Billy, I love your stories on Janes blog, they are so much fun to read and see what you have been up to.
    Lovely festive card Jane. Wimbledon on men's finals day, hope you have an amazing time.
    Hugs, Julie x

  7. You've certainly got the right idea, Billy - enjoying the warm, Summer sunshine whilst you have it (unfortunately it seems to have forgotten about North Wales and spends most of it's time behind rain clouds!) The garden is looking lovely and nice to see that Old Choc is putting on some growth ready for the festive season! I don't know how Jane thinks about Christmas at this time of the year, but saying that, I've just done my first Christmas design of the year, so it must be catching!
    I have to say I love your accordion cards, Jane and this one is in my favourite frosty tones. Hope you enjoy the finals tomorrow and here's hoping it's a win for Murray! Enjoy the strawberries and maybe a glass of something fizzy? Hugs, Lisa x

  8. Great card - a really clever design.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart.

    Helen x

  9. Wonderful post Billy! The garden looks gorgeous - as do you too of course! And what a stunning card from Jane - gave me a big reminder that we have one of those accordion die sets in the Playground toy box, when I get round to using my own one to make an example!

    Lucky Jane, off to Wimbledon Men's Final - here's hoping it's a super day! No doubt you'll be on guard duty at home :)


    Di xx

  10. Fabulous card love your image and your bps. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  11. I always enjoy Billy's wanderings.. and the card is awesome! Have fun at Wimbledon! Be sure and bring home a fun souvenir! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. What a fabulous post and a super card...defo not a quick one. Hope you enjoy Wimbledon tomorrow you lucky lucky thing!! Wet here yet again in the cold North of the country!!

  13. wonderful post billy and Janes card is lovely - wish her a happy day on centre court from me! xx

  14. Your accordian card is so cute! Love the snowman.Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers!

  15. Lovely display for our current challenge, ONE FOR THE BOYS, lovely colours and thanks for sharing...
    [aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

  16. Gorgeous Billy!...I love how he always sits close by as you work Jane...he really is such a darling..and such a cool and handsome young man!
    Beautiful card design as always (I'm sure Xmas will be here in the blink of an eye ;-) )
    Have a fab day at Wimbledon lucky lady!!!
    Susan x

  17. I always love Billy's posts :)

  18. Billy sure has a way with words and a wonderful observational skill set! I love seeing your garden and your beautiful Christmas card! I'm always so impressed with those that make Christmas cards in the middle of the summer! Have a great time at the match! Hugs!

  19. What a fabulous accordion (non-musical) card. I'm so glad you shared it with us at ATSM.

  20. Your card is so great! I am loving the swinging look of the card with something different on each spot. It is really something. Loving your pictures and your pussy cat and so sweet looking and loveable

  21. Hi Jane,

    What a sweet post!
    Lovely pictures and your card truly is a winter's wonderland!

  22. Hi Billy Kittie! You are an awesome blogger! Your selfies are just purrrr-fext and I love that you bothered to share some photos of Jane Your Human's lovely garden as well, in between your gorgeous selfies. Please tell Jane that I think her accordian card is FABulous, with our without buttons to play it. Thank you for helping her join our Christmas in July challenge at Rubber Dance ♥

  23. HAHA, what a fantastic post Jane! I love Billy's thoughts and viewpoints! I'm so jealous of your little backyard garden, what an inspiring view you get to look at every day!! Your card is freaking amazing!! That is really quite the complicated looking design! Love the frosty icy colours, so cool and refreshing! Awesome!! hope you had a great weekend! hugs :)

  24. Fabulous design for a Christmas card - and in my favourite blue and white too. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Alison x

  25. Beautiful card Jane. Love the blue and white with the little pops of red. I've never tried an accordion card. It's very impressive. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  26. Gorgeous card Jane! Love the wintery and icy look! Gorgeous design too! And such cute photos of the kitty! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Dies R Us and I hope to see you in our next challenge too!
    Jo-Dies R Us DT
    ♥ Dies R Us Challenges ♥
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  27. Thanks for entering our challenge at allsorts Tracy X

  28. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us t HLS Anything Goes with Dies!

  29. Fabulous card, thanks for joining our challenge ar Emeral Faeries. Jennifer DT member x

  30. Fantastic Christmas Card you have made there! I love the cold frosty colors. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance x-mas Challenge!
    Hugs, DT Anita

  31. I love your garden home Billy - gosh, you look just like my Tommy!
    Wonderful card Jane!!
    Sandy xx

  32. Love your pusstat and your fab accordion card, a great make.
    Thanks for sharing at HLS. :0)

  33. Firstly, lovely pictures, the cat looks cute and adorable, reminds me of my pet cat. Your project is very festive and lovely, love the way all the die cuts were used, glad to see you at HLS.


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