Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas 2013

Hello everyone and I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas?  Ours was fabulous and spent with the family over 4 days. We ate lots of good food, shared lots of laughter and exchanged gifts. Boxing day was our Christmas day number two and our darling Daisy Jane delighted everyone. Such precious family time. Everyone has now gone home and my Hb and I are enjoying a few more days off work.

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
and this is where Daisy found hers;
I received some lovely gifts including an amazing Butler and Wilson broach from my Hb. We dance so this was very appropriate

We are having a quiet night in this evening and then will start some more celebrating tomorrow right through to the New Year. What fun!

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 have used one of the oldest rubber stamps I own made by the delightful Helen and Mark over at Visible Image. I bought it years ago and it still is one of my Christmas favourites. I just used clear embossing to give it a gorgeous sheen. I added a vellum sheet over black card stock to give a wintery night time feel. The Santa and Sleigh and the white holly leaf die cuts are Cheery Lynn. The candle is Marianne and the snowy corners Memory Box.

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.
Yes of course I had to make sure my girlie had a little dress...she looked so cute in it. My Hb and I had the honour of bathing her in her little bath tub 2 days in a row, just look at her holding tight to her granddad's loving arms..
Now I love Christmas and chocolate but when it comes to my little Daisy....I think she wins hands down ;0)
I took this photo this afternoon. She was giggling on my lap whilst her Mummy and Daddy loaded up the car to travel home. I miss her already, this little girl just brings so much joy into our lives.

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,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Awe looks like you had a very Daisy Christmas! :) I love the silver daisies, so beautiful and will be a treasure forever. Such a cutie holding on to her grandad! :)
    Gorgeous brooch, wow! You received some great pressies!
    Enjoying the rest of the holidays and a Happy New Year to you and your family, my friend,
    V xxx

  2. Hi, Jane!! Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, spending time with loved ones, especially your little cutie, Daisy! Your daisy chains are just beautiful and I'm sure will be treasured for years to come! Have a fabulous new year and enjoy all the festivities! Hugs, Lisa x

  3. What a fun Christmas and even better when a granddaughter is involved! We love be grandparents to son's two children. We weren't with them on Christmas but enjoyed our time together seeing the Christmas lights on Peacock Lane, in Portland, Oregon. (posted on my blog). The brooch your husband gave u is beautiful. Happy New Year. God bless!

  4. OMG Jane,,,,,,what a beautiful table,,,with these stunning crackers,,,,,,,weoww,woww,,,I am wishing you and your family all the bet on this New friend,,,

  5. Hi Jane,
    What beautiful Daisy's, and your grandaughter is gorgous, brought tears to my eyes, as my youngest is 23 months and brings back memories...
    Happy new year
    Louise x

  6. Hi Jane, what a wonderful Christmas you had! Lovely meaningful presents, time with Daisy Jane.. perfection!!

      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. Hi Jane! Your Christmas looks and sounds to have been the best! Little Daily surely made it Extra ordinary! Your 'Daisy' jewelries are amazing - that was so perfect idea! Happy NEW Year my friend! x Teje

  8. Beautiful Christmas-post, Jane,

    And little Daisy is just precious (AND she looks so much like her mom&granma!!) - and those silver daisies are so so beautiful too! It's wonderful you had a change to celebrate the holidays together with that little princess also... Priceless!

    Have a wonderful day, dear friend, and Happy New Year 2014 soon too! And please remember, only 361 days until C-Eve again!


  9. Your silver daises are such a thoughtful and beautiful gift - definitely one to treasure!

    Lovely to see all your Christmas photos. Here's to a healthy and happy 2014!


  10. So glad you had such a wonderful festive few days with the family. Daisy looks so adorable and is growing fast and your necklaces are beautifully made and an inspired gift, love them. Love your pretty card too,
    Wishing you and your family a new year filled with joy and happiness.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  11. A lovely seasonal post Jane, thank you so much for sharing your festivities with us all.

    And a stunning card, thanks so much for sharing and joining in at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges challenge this month.

    B x

  12. aw jane those daisies are stunning. i just love them. silversmithing too jane - do your hobbies have no end! so glad you had a great family christmas. all the best for the new year x

  13. What a lovely blog post! Thank you for sharing your beautiful winter scene card with us at Rhedd and Rosie's, I love the different effects you achieved with the vellum and the clear EP. Good luck! Wendy DT xx

  14. What a beautiful blog post Jane, I love the necklaces you made I'm sure they will be treasured forever. Daisy is absolutely adorable too!

    Your last Christmas card is beautiful too, I love the monochromatic scheme and the addition of the vellum is fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts.
    Sue C

  15. Looks like you have had a wonderful Christmas Jane, what a lovely blog post. Love your winter snowy card too.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us on our 22nd Challenge 'Let it Snow' at Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Blog.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx (DT Member)

  16. Hello dear Jane,
    I'm delighted to hear you had a wonderful Christmas!
    Your card is gorgeous and the daisy neckless are so beautifully done! How precious! Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures!

  17. Oh that's lovely, thank you for sharing with us at Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck Hun and a Happy New Year, Zoe DT xxx
    Ps fab photos by the way, looks like you had a wonderful time xx

  18. That necklace is something Daisy will treasure forever. Lucky girl and lucky grandma! Your posts make me smile and your card is beautiful too. Thanks for sharing your joy and wishing you the happiest of new years too!

  19. What a delightful post, Jane! Your Christmas was blessed with that sweet little girl! LOVE your card today - I have seen that image also as a digital one from Hero Arts! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  20. Thanks for sharing your lovely monochrome Christmas card with us at Country View Crafts for this month's challenge. So many different elements and they all work so well together.

  21. Gorgeous card, Thanks for sharing with us at PTT......And I just love your granddaughter, she is so cute...

  22. What a lovely table setting and how delightful to make their own presents. I can understand why you love that scene.

    The baby is soooo cute. Happy New Year to you!

  23. You are so darn clever! I love the wonderful crackers with the fabulous presents inside! The daisy pendants are beautiful as well as your card of the week!

    Thanks for sharing the baby pictures--she's a little doll!

    Best wishes for a happy New year!

    Jane T


  24. How precious are these moments Jane , thank you for sharing them
    Stunning card from you .Thanks for joining in at Card Crafters Circle

  25. What a Christmas you've had!! the table is delightful and well there are no words to describe how beautiful your granddaughter is! your card is quite nice too ;-)Loved reading your blog. Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  26. Lovely card. The monochrome look works really well. Thank you for playing along at Rhedd and Rosie’s. Sammy-x

  27. Lovely card and the winter scene is a Christmas favourite of mine too :)
    Good luck in the Visible Image challenge and thanks for entering xx

  28. lovely card, thanks for joining us in the visible image challenge x

  29. What a Christmas you've all had!! Amazing keepsake card AND necklaces. lovely silver daisies for your girls.

    It's been a fun and relaxing week here.
    Happy almost New Year, Jane,

    Anne and all,
    PlumCreek Studio

  30. Gorgeous Christmas Card I love black and white winter scenes. Thank you for joining us at Ooh La La Creations
    Alli D x

  31. Fabulous monochrome card. Thanks for joining our Sparkle at Christmas challenge at A Creative Romance :) xx


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