Wednesday 24 December 2014

All is calm

We have finally arrived at Christmas Eve, one of the most magical times of the year for me. I have finished work and I am home with a cup of tea and one of my handmade mince pices
The list is ticked off...

Fridge stacked with food...
Parcels wrapped............................
Mince pies less now ;0)

I am also thrilled to see that my hyacinth has decided to bloom in time for Christmas day
 My Nan used to bring me a planted bulb over every Christmas day and I smile and think of her when I see my first hyacinth in flower. My Mum bought me this one when we recently visited a garden centre. I also adore the scent, it reminds me of Christmas past.

My last Christmas creation of the year is something very special I made at a workshop taught by my talented friend Brenda of Bumblebees and butterflies. I did not have time to finish it in November but I finally had a chance. It is a Christmas shadow box and it has pride of place in my fireplace. 
We altered the frame using tissue tape, paints and stamping to give it a shabby chic distressed appearance. The backing was made with lots of layers, gesso and paints which made a gorgeous snowy sky
We added stamping and snow to some Tim Holtz die cuts and stood them in glittery snow which we made and spread on. I added some vellum to the lamppost to look as though it is lit.

 This happy snowman stands in the centre
and there are even snow dusted trees we decorated.
I just love my shadow box and I am not sure that I will be putting it away after Christmas. 
Here it is again
Let's hope Father Christmas doesn't knock it over on is way down the chimney tonight.

I would like to enter my shadow box into the following challenges.

A vintage journey let's celebrate
Winter Wonderland fussy and fancy
Tando Creative Festive fun
Mixed Media tic tac toe my line is the top; tape, glitter stamp. I used tissue tape on the frame, glitter on the snowflakes and snow and the snowman and pine trees are Tim Holtz stamps to make my tic, tac toe
Country view a nostalgic Christmas this little scene is I think the perfect finale of my Christmas crafting for this year.
Noor!UK merry christmas

So there we are, this is my grande finale of all my Christmas crafting. I have so enjoyed sharing  my creations with you this year and I want to thank you so much for all the encouraging comments you have taken to leave here. I loved reading every single one of them.

Our sweet Daisy and her Mummy and Daddy will be en route soon. Our darling son will be here this evening and we will start our celebrations. We have our children and my Mum and Dad here Christmas day. We will enjoy our roast turkey with all the trimmings (it's the only roast I cook all year now). We will pull the crackers and laugh at the silly jokes, play cards and enjoy being together, precious family time.

All is calm here and I would like to leave you with one my favourite Christmas sentiments;

Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.  It may weave a spell of nostalgia.  Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.  ~Augusta E. Rundel

May you all find peace and joy at this magical time of the year. 

Merry Christmas,

With Love,

Jane x


  1. Your shadow box is so beautiful Jane! :)
    Wishing you and that gorgeous family of yours a very Happy Christmas, have fun my friend, see you the other side!
    V xxx

  2. I love your shadow box, it is lovely.

    I hope you and yours have a very Happy Christmas.


  3. Thank you Jane for sharing your Christmas photos and thoughtful words. Bless you and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Anne and all xx

  4. Your shadow box is wonderful and sure to be a treasured family heirloom for many years to come. I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and little Miss Daisy Jane. I'm so glad we're blog friends. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Wow Jane this shadow box is beautiful! Fabulous background, love the Carolers too. Very Tim Holtz. Karen.x

  6. Dear Jane,

    Merry Christmas to you and yours - and a special greetings to little princess Daisy!

    Enjoy this special time... Love to you and yours!


  7. You are amazing Jane!
    I don't know how you do it all!
    Love your shadow box!!
    Thank You!

  8. Great shadow box Jane. Such nice thoughts of the holiday season. Cute snow man and carolers and the dimension on the snowflakes is great. Thanks for joining us here at A Vintage Journey.

  9. Gorgeous shadow box! I love all the little details. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  10. This is absolutely stunning Jane! Thank you for joining in the last challenge of the year at Allsorts. Hope you had a lovely Christmas x

  11. Gorgeous shadow box! Love all the details and elements you used!! So pretty for the holidays. Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

  12. What a beautiful shadow box. Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  13. What a delightful scene you created in your pretty box Jane! love all the die cuts and textures - and it looks just lovely in front of your fireplace - sounds like you had a joyous Christmas with family - thank you for joining us in the AVJ Celebrate challenge!

  14. Your shadow box is amazing. I love your blog. It is very inspiring. Your Tim tag project is wonderful.

  15. Jane, I love your shadow box and the trees are so effective. Thanks for joining us at Noor!DesignUK.



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  16. Your shadow box is stunning Jane, and I'm sure you had a fab time at the workshop. I hope you all enjoyed Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Country View Crafts, and a very Happy New Year. Sue xx

  17. this is beautiful! the details are stunning and it is such a nice winter scene. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! And Happy New year!

  18. Your shadow box is really something to be proud of - I'm not surprised you don't want to put it away! Sounds like you had a house brimming with family for the big day, I can't think of anything nicer :) Bethx


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