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Victorian New Year Graphic - Fairy Girls with Cherry Blossoms



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Here are a couple of New Year Fairies to help you ring in the New Year! I thought this was such a charming card with the 2 Fairy Girls, Birds and Pink Cherry Blossoms set against a bright blue sky! The back of the card is just as lovely!



Happy New Years Eve everyone!















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Rudolph's roundup

Well, I think my big list of potential makes was a tad optimistic! An awful lot of my time (far more than I had originally anticipated) was spent knitting the rudolph jumper.

I'm not going to lie. It was a hard make. Perhaps not the best pattern to knit my first jumper from. That may be a little harsh though - the plain red bits were fairly straightforward, it was just knitting the reindeer that slowed me down. It wasn't until half way through I finally figured out how to strand properly, so inside the top half looks all neat and tidy, like this....

Whilst the bottom half looks a fine mess...

I had a few heart stopping moments though. When I reached the top of the antlers, I realised I'd forgotten to shape the armholes. The thought of having to frog 20 rows made me feel more than a little sick, and I didn't touch it for a week - I didn't want to make yet more mistakes by rushing into correcting it. And then when I knitted the neckband to join the front and back together the night before I was due to go back to my mum's, I realised that I couldn't fit it over my head, so there was no way it would fit over my brother in law's head. Rather than have to frog and reknit the neckband, mum had the genius idea of using buttons on the shoulder. This led to a last minute dash to a local knitting store with my mum (about 30 mins before it was due to close on Chistmas eve) to find some suitable buttons...


Still, it was suitably appreciated by the new owner, who modelled it with great aplomb. He even wore it down the pub on Christmas day (although, sadly no photos of that!).


OK, so there's no sleeves, but I think he carries it off! Plus, what else could his present be next year? I still seem to have quite a lot of red yarn left, so I put some of it to good use when wrapping.

I'm still loving the Christmas bunting though, and I might make some more bunting next year in the smaller size for the other shelves. Sadly the ribbon wreath didn't work out. I'm not sure if it was the type of ribbon I bought, or using a wire form rather than foam, but after adding about 20 bows, I realised it looked more like something to be used when dancing round the maypole, rather than a classy Christmas wreath. Next year, I'll attempt the felt flower wreath now that Adele has pointed me in the right direction of foam wreaths!

And while I keep thinking that's all I've made this Christmas, I also made a fair few make up bags and tote bags.


So, that's it for 2011.  See you all next year!

Vintage Clip Art - Printer Ornaments - Birds and Frame



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These are some Antique Printer Ornaments from an 1880's book. I thought these were so sweet with the little Birds and the pretty Frame was on the same page, so I threw it in the mix!

















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The Big Bang Theory:Sheldon Cooper,Jim Parsons

 Sheldon Lee Cooper, real name James Joseph "Jim" Parsons born on 24th March 1973 is an American television actor as well as film actor. Jim was born and raised in Houston, Texas and was the older of the two children. His father president of plumbing supply company died in a 2001 auto-crash. In the year 1996, he got his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in theater and later enrolled for graduate course in the University of San Diego in year 1999. Jim Parson 6'2" made his first stage appearance in a school play at the age of  6. Jim made several appearances in various shows including role in   the series Judging Amy and guest appearance in Ed. He became famous in the year 2007 with the famous and award winning sitcom "The Big Bang Theory", where he plays the role of Sheldon Cooper the great physicist . Sheldon Lee Cooper , B.S, M.A, M.S, Ph.D., Sc.D. is a fictional character portrayed by Jim Parsons.The character played by Jim Parsons is the main reason for success of the Big Bang Theory.




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Vintage Clip Art - New Years Bird - Jewish Option



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I was so pleased to acquire this pretty Jewish New Year card! I have a hard time finding Jewish images, they are not very plentiful, and often pricey, and I never see them locally. So it was a treat for me to get this one and it's so lovely too! I know the timing isn't quite right, but I'm including a copy with out the Hebrew so that it can be used for this week

ROBERTSDALE, AL FIREWORKS WHSE #333

ROBERTSDALE, AL FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE
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CUSSETA, AL FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE #332

CUSSETA, AL FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE

GOING SOUTHWEST OUT OF ATLANTA, YOU WILL COME TO THE GIANT SHELTON FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE AT CUSSETA, AL AT EXIT #70 ON I-85.  THIS AERIAL VIEW SHOWS YOU THE SIZE OF THE WAREHOUSE AND ITS PARKING LOT.  THIS WAREHOUSE IS FULLY STOCKED FOR YOUR NEW YEAR'S SHOW.

FAIR PLAY, SC FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE #331

FAIR PLAY, SC FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE
AT THE SOUTHERN END OF I-85 IN SOUTH CAROLINA, YOU WILL FIND SHELTON'S GIANT WAREHOUSE AT EXIT #2.  FAIR PLAY HAS ALL THE KINDS OF FIREWORKS YOU WILL WANT FOR YOUR NEW YEAR'S SHOW.

BLACKSBURG, SC FIREWORKS WHSE #330

BLACKSBURG, SC FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE
SHOWN IS OUR GIANT FIREWORKS WAREHOUSE AT EXIT 104, I-85 WHICH IS READY FOR ALL OF YOUR NEW YEAR'S SHOW NEEDS.  COME AND LET TOM SUDEK, OUR LONG TERM MANAGER, HELP YOU WITH YOUR SELECTION.

MS GAMBLER YELLOW 12 BOX #329

MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER'S YELLOW BOX

AN ALTERNATE FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOW MIGHT BE THE MS'S YELLOW BOX OF 12 SHELLS WITH DIFFERENT EFFECTS ON EACH ARTILLERY SHELL  $27.95 FOR THE KIT.  WE CARRY APPROXIMATELY 60 DIFFERENT KINDS OF MORTARS AT ANY GIVEN TIME.  YOU CAN FIND JUST WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR PARTY.  GIVE US A TRY.

MAD HORNET YELLOW ARTILLERY KIT #328

MAD HORNET'S YELLOW ARTILLERY KIT
ASSORTED EFFECTS ARE FOUND IN THE YELLOW BOX WITH ITS 6 SHELLS.  PRICE $7.95 PER KIT.

JUMBO CANNON SHELLS #327

JUMBO CANNON 

12 SHELLS IN THIS JUMBO CANNON SHELL KIT.  YOU WILL ENJOY A COLORFUL PRESENTATION AT YOU NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY.  $20.95 PER KIT.

EVIL WARLOCK #326

EVIL WARLOCK
FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE, YOU CAN CHOOSE THE EVIL WARLOCK, BLOG #326 WHICH GIVES YOU 6 SHELLS WITH RISING TAILS ON EACH WITH DIFFERENT BREAKS.  $8.95 FOR THE KIT.

Round up of Christmas presents

Here is a little look at some homemade Christmas presents. Both the ones I made and gave away and the ones I got. For more inspiration check out my Pinterest board "Making Christmas Gifts 2011" and my blog Eddie's room.


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A bag I made for my husband with embroidered (not by me) birds (he is a big bird fan)

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A tray my husband and I decoupaged with maps for my little brother who is studying geography.

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I made a couple of these porcupine pin cushions for my mother and sister using this wonderful tutorial from Prudent Baby

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I made these Christmas stockings for my husband and myself using this free tutorial.

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My sister made this vinyl record bowl for my husband. There is a free tutorial for this here.

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She also made him this fab pencil case for his art pencils.

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For me she made this pretty shawl which I can't wait to use.

A Book of Migrations

Rebecca Solnit's A Book of Migrations (1997) was reissued this year and classified as history/memoir rather than travel, though it is ostensibly about a month spent in Ireland.  The book circles round the themes of landscape and memory, place and identity, journey and exile, as Solnit ranges across the history and culture of Ireland from the flight of the cursed King Sweeney to the bitter experiences of Travellers in contemporary Ireland. The ways in which Ireland has been viewed through the prism of English cultural attitudes are illuminated by the frequent reminders of her own radically different experiences growing up in California, with its arid landscapes and long, straight roads, short historical memory and assumptions about the possibility of an unpeopled wilderness. At the Cliffs of Moher she looks out at the sea, 'a deeper blue than my own churning gray Pacific, blue as though different dreams had been dumped into it, blue as ink.  I imagined filling a fountain pen with it and wondered what one would write with that ocean.'
    
Cover photo by Dave Walsh who reviews the book on his website.

I'll try to convey here just one of the many interesting points she makes on landscape and culture, although I should stress that the elegance of her argument is difficult to convey out of context.  In describing the sixteenth century suppression of Ireland by English colonists and its deforestation for shipbuilding and metal smelting, she also talks about the concurrent campaign to suppress the Gaelic poets, whose rhymes in praise of military successes were seen as a kind of propaganda. But 'what is most peculiar about the war against the poets and trees in Tudor era Ireland is the close involvement of the two greatest English poets of the age, Sir Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser.' Furthermore, these were the two writers who practically created the English tradition of pastoral poetry. You might think, she wryly observes, that 'a country of wandering poets and pastoralists should have enchanted the English rather than appalled them.'

Sir Philip Sidney's father was Lord Deputy of Ireland and urged the English to 'spoil' and take the goods of any 'rhymers' they caught.  Sidney himself would later go on diplomatic missions to Ireland for Queen Elizabeth. Spenser went over in 1580 as secretary to Sir Henry Sidney's successor Lord Grey and wrote a lengthy report A View on the Present State of Ireland, which recommends subduing the Irish by starving them.  He took over an estate in County Cork, formerly the seat of the Desmond family, and 'immediately became unpopular with the neighbours'. It was targeted by rebels in 1598 - Spenser was lucky to escape to England, where he died later that year.  Back in 1589, when Sir Walter Raleigh visited him, Spenser's home 'was surrounded with woods of "matchless height"; a few years later only bare fields surrounded the castle.'

The remains of Spenser's Kicolman Castle, County Cork

For Solnit the shadows of Spenser and Sidney's political lives in Ireland lie across their artistic merit.  'The exquisite poetry of Spenser's masterpiece The Faerie Queene is inextricably linked to his brutal prose A View on the Present State of Ireland ... Should the magical trees he celebrated in the poem be weighed against the trees he uprooted in County Cork?  Can one have the latter without the former, since Ireland's lack of a landscape tradition is rooted in its scarred landscape?  Can one understand the presence of English literature without the absences of Irish literature?  Are the presences in the former, at some level, bites taken out of the latter?  Is England gardenlike because Ireland was prisonlike?  Does the English pastoral, and the security and abundance it represents, depend on the impoverished land and people of other lands?'

Vintage Clip Art - Amazing Silhouette - Bird Vines Lyre





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Swoon! I'm in love with this one!!! This one dates to 1883. Originally I had bought a book that had this image on the cover, but since the cover was leather and the image was in gold, I couldn't really extract it very cleanly. Not long afterwards though, I came across a series of paper magazines (they were companions to the book) that had this same image on

Bloghop winners ;o)



What a great Bloghop we had the past week ... we really enjoyed it and the cards you have made are amazing.  Every DT-girl had so many response on her blog. Thank you all! 
We will certainly do this again in the future.
Of course we all, in the team, choose our own winner by randomly drawing someone. 

 

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Here is a list of all the winners.

 
Carol --> Lizy

Claire --> Paula (PEP)

Janneke --> Detje

Karin --> Aartje
 
Linda --> Aartje

Marion --> Mariken

Monique --> Elise 
 
Nicole --> Wilma

Renata --> Anita

Sandra --> Nicolet

Wilma --> Marijke
 
 Please contact the DT-member in front of your name by going to her blog and emailing her personally.

Our bloghop-sketch

We didn't have so many participants in the bloghop-sketch as we usually do have on our regular sketches. Everyone was probably busy enjoying family, friends, good food and Christmas presents :o)
But fortunatly we can draw a winner. 
And the one with the winning card is...
 


#9 is Judith from Kreatieve

 



Congratulations Judith you won the stamp, sponsored by our own Janneke!
You can email her on the email that you can find on the right side ;o)

Last but not least...
we all wish you a great New Years Eve and a creative 2012.
Thanks for joining us in 2011 and making this Christmas Challenge-blog a success :o)
We hope you'll be participating and keep visiting us in the new year. 
After all, we need new Christmas cards again, don't we?!

And if you want, you still have time, to join us in the current Challenge, which ends on Januari 1st. 
We'll be back with a new Challenge on Wednesday Januari 4th.

Hugs, CCWS Team 
 
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Vintage Printable - Map of England and Wales



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This is another great Vintage Map from an 1880's Book! This one shows England and Wales. You may recall the Map of Ireland that I posted last week. These would look great framed and hung together!












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Instant Art Printable - Lovely French Woman with Bird on Hand



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This one is a wonderful old Print of a "Lady of the Court of Louis XVth"!  Such a Fashionable French Woman! She's holding a tiny Bird (Canary?) and just look at the fancy Tiny Cage she keeps him in. This is a nice one for your Marie Antoinette projects. She would be beautiful colored in too!












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BEST 2 more days in 2011!!!

 2 more days in 2011!
Please finish unfinished things before 2012 comes!

I went to a concert with my sister yesterday.
The singer's name is Masaharu Fukuyama.
He is also an actor, song writer and entertainer.
My sister is a big fan of him and I started to listen to his songs.

During the concert, we saw a video looking back his 2011.
Of course, the video included the scenes of the East Japan Disasters on 311.
And what he did was also shown.
About 17,000 people at concert hall watched and  nodded, sharing the same feeling and emotions.
As one of them, many memories and emotions came up in my mind.

At the end of the year, there are many TV programs and events, looking back the year 2011.
Some scenes and facts are new.
Now we can hear the true voices of people who suffered.

I guess all the Japanese share the same feeling right now.

Japanese will never forget the year 2011.

My life was changed a lot this year.
At some points, I felt nothing moved on.
But when I looked back, my life was changed dramatically.

However, I didn't expect this change.
I was reluctant and not determined.
I was like drifting.

But when I was watching the sufferers doing their best, and people supporting them.
I thought I could do more!
I decided to be willing to give as much love, talents and whatever I can give as possible next year!

And I'll be more proud of myself as Japanese!

Japaneses are known as modest.
We don't boast of ourselves.
Although we get praise, we tend to refuse it.

For example,
If something bad happens, it is my fault.
If something good happens, it thanks to you.

I believe this is good but I guess we'll change in the future.

I like to boast of being a Japanese.
And I like to tell many people all over the world how wonderful Japan and Japanese are!
I believe Japan will change!

I also like to become a person who can move and touch people's feeling because I was moved and touched by many people who did their best during their hardship.

I don't know what I can do now. I just decided!
That's my next year's resolution

At the end, I like to introduce the song of Masaharu Fukuyama.
The theme of this song is `KIZUNA' meaning `bonds or ties'.
KIZUNA is also the them of this year for all Japanese.

The title is `Kazoku ni narouyo' meaning `let's become a family'.
Although the song is Japanese, please enjoy the music!
Please have the BEST 2 more days in 2011!!!






Vintage Graphic - Gorgeous Colorful Eiffel Tower



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Isn't this fabulous?!!! I think this is a somewhat rare piece, as I have not seen this  version before. This is a gorgeous and Colorful Eiffel Tower graphic from an 1890's Advertising card!! I really love the back of this one two, so I've included both sides. Such a special piece and so fun for you Travel themed Craft or Mixed Media Projects!















Oliver + S Explorer Vest and a Knitting Needle Roll

Greetings, Crafty Christmas-ers!  I hope you all were able to finish up your projects before Christmas.  I completed my last Christmas gift on Christmas Eve morning thanks to a cold that decided to show up last week and knock me on my ass for a few days.

I made the Explorer Vest from Oliver + S' Little Things to Sew for my nephew.

Explorer Vest

I'm happy to report that he loves it!  He promptly shoved all of his spy gear into all of the pockets!

The pattern was really easy to follow.  I'm so excited to make more projects from the book.  More information can be found on my blog.

My last Christmas-y project was for my mom's birthday.  It is today and since she's getting back into knitting, I made her a roll to keep her knitting needles in.  I used the Tool Roll pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.  It was pretty easy to follow but I made a few modifications (more info on that can be found here).  Since I've been wanting one too, I made us matching needle rolls!  

Knitting Needle Roll

I don't know about you guys, but I am so happy that Christmas crafting is over!  I've had a great time reading about all of your crafting adventures.  Until next year!

Cheers,

GRAND FINALES #325

VOODOO
TSUNAMI WAVE
RHINO' COOL
SWAMP FOX

 JUST A SAMPLE OF 60 OR MORE GRAND FINALES THAT SHELTON'S CARRIES FOR YOUR SELECTION FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOW.  ALL ARE MULTIPLE SHOTS GENERALLY WITH BANGS OR WHISTLING/CRACKLING EFFECTS BESIDES COLOR COMBINATIONS.


MISSILES #324

EL TORRO GIANT MISSILE AND 2 MOBSTER SMALLER ONES.  THEY WILL ALL GOT 500 FEET AND EXPLODE WITH A BANG.

EL TORRO FIRECRACKERS #323

EL TORRO IS OUR PREMIUM BRAND OF FIRECRACKERS.  JUST THE VERY BEST AND FORGET THE REST.

ROMAN CANDLES

WE OFFER A WIDE SELECTION OF ROMAN CANDLES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOW.  JUMBO, VIKING & WHISTLING JUST TO NAME A FEW.

AERIAL ROCKETS

NIGHT TRASHER, ASTEROID, & TURBO ARE JUST 3 OF OUR VERY BEST ASSORTMENT OF AERIAL ROCKETS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOW.

PARACHUTE FEVER

PARACHUTE FEVER, 37 PARACHUTES WITH PLENTY OF ACTION & COLOR ENHANCEMENT.

CAN DO MORRO MORTAR KIT


CAN DO MORRO
A MORTAR KIT FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOW.  54 SHELLS $77.95

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Vintage New Year Clip Art - Cherubs with Airplane & Book



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These are two charming New Year Graphics from an old Type book! Both images feature Cherubs, the one at the top is flying an Airplane or Aeroplane , and the other one is reading a New Year Book. Perhaps he is writing down his goals for the year! These would make great Digi Stamps, so fun to color in!















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Frank Thomas' Squirrels



Let's stay with "Sword in the Stone" for a moment.
Juan Alfonso asked to see some squirrel sketches from this film, so here they are.
Frank Thomas was very fond of the squirrel sequence, and after he had passed away this section from the film was shown at his memorial.
It is a bitter sweat moment in the movie, when the girl squirrel falls in love with somebody who turns out to be a human. After she flirts with Wart as a squirrel, her disappointment is so devastating when she finds out he is a human. It breaks your heart.
This kind of emotional material is what Frank handled so well, in many films.

By contrast, one day I was surprised to see Frank in his back yard squirting water 
at some squirrels, they apparently were causing a big mess behind his house.
I gave him a hard time about it.

Bill Peet storyboarded this sequence, and with Frank's acting it became another animated masterpiece.