Sorry in advance, time seems to have runaway from me and two weeks have flown by since I blogged! I have been a busy wee bee and not just at work. You would think that the hospitals would calm down now and surgery lists would decrease, but no thats not how it works, it seems to go the opposite, with trying to get as much through as they can by running extra theatre lists - well thats what they're doing on our ward anyway. I just worked a stretch of four days on, one day off, two days on, one day off and four days on! Phew! glad thats over :)
In between working I have actually found some mojo, and have been busy creating. This time of year is'nt just Christmas presents for me, its a lot of birthdays too and a wedding present I wanted to get finished. Theres lots to show you so sit back and relax!
My niece turned 22 this month - funny because it seems not that long ago I was feeding her a bottle! She had a pretty low key celebration at home, and my gift to her was her favourite bottle of plonk, and a pair of earrings. I had an old wine container at home from a previous Christmas, so I turned that into a gift container using some old MME papers that have been burning a hole in my stash for some time now - quite a satisfying achievement to get rid, sorry :) to use up some of those papers. Ive also used a Tim Holtz ornate knob by drilling a hole through the lid of the box and popping some BoBunny flowers underneath it.
The other item I made was a mini album. Another product I had in my stash for quite sometime - Maya Road heart shaped album. The papers I chose were from Kaisercraft Chanteuse Collection - I used this because it matched the bridesmaids fabric (even though you don't see them in the album) and the dresses of Kims adorable little nieces. I decided to keep it simple since theres not much room in them once you add papers and photos, and as it was I took a 'heart' out of the book, to give it more room. I also wanted to focus on their family, so kept the photos and theme around that.
Ok, so after this I had some other gifts to make. This wooden letter was an order from a friend of mine. Again I used the last of my paper stash, this time BG Bittersweet - this one was one of my all time favourites.
For my lovely friend Karen I try to do something a little different. Shes a scrapper as well, and has a shop in Invercargill called Inkspiration. This year her whole family went for a holiday to Rarotonga, and put some of their photos on Facebook. So rather than buy something I made her a Kaiser flipflop album. She has been a very naughty elf and unwrapped it already lol. And yes she loves it.
Over at Artistic Document I signed up for Secret Santa again this year. My recipient who shall remain nameless at this stage, has been another very naughty elf and with some egging on by her fellow elf friends unwrapped her present early shock horror! Im afraid Ive had to snitch and tell Santa on both of them lol!
My SS does the most amazing tree every year - this year she has hung it upside down. So I decided my pressie had to be a bit different and considering she has enough scrapping stuff to open her own shop lol, I thought a Christmas decoration was in order. I found this metal present in the chemist of all places and thought I could re-invent it. The ribbon and metal tag I already had, and the wee Merry Christmas embellishment on the bow was an old piece in my Christmas stash from Making Memories. The berry bunch on top and the glass bell inside the metal present I found at Crabtree and Evelyn. I love it! Was actually tempted to keep it, but don't tell :)
One of the last gifts Ive made is for a friend of ours who is as obsessed with Dr Who as Forbes and I are. David lives in England so lucky him gets all the new releases way before we do, so he very kindly records them for us and sends them over. We're very spoilt! His wife Emma and I nursed together and I have always sent her something at Christmas, but this year I included David for keeping us updated with our much loved Dr. He has posted a lot of heritage photos on his facebook page so I nicked one of them and made this frame for his office at home. Its pretty safe on here - he doesnt know about my blog :) The frame is Kaiser, the papers are Pink Paislee left over scraps, some Prima packaging, bling and flower, Dusty Attic chipboard, Melissa Frances resin heart, and seam binding ribbon. Ive sanded the frame to make it look a bit more rustic.
Phew! All done, a few other things to share before Christmas - 6 sleeps to go!!