Good News!


There’s still twenty-seven days to Christmas! And we didn’t have snow!

Bad news –  there are only twenty-seven days to Christmas! And we didn’t have snow! Ha ha.

Are you ready?! I’m not – and I’d been congratulating myself on being so organised this year … well, I got my cakes baked back in August which was a brilliant bit of time management … trouble was, it was just that one bit..  amazing how you think you have it all in hand because you got one thing done…

But I’m painting a bleaker picture than necessary… I have got lots of bits and bobs done. And, I got MOST of my shopping done on Friday. That was a major achievement considering that by the time I’d found Paper Chase in Arnotts I’d lost my bearings and couldn’t find my way out! Of course I did eventually – a bunch of priests hiding in the lingerie department helped my orienteering there.

Had to stand all the way home on the train – forty minutes – as it was so packed (caught one of the rush hour trains). And walk from the station home (I knew the  car park would be full so left the car at the house). Great feeling to get in, kick off my shoes and have a lovely cup of tea. My feet were hot and throb-throb-throbbing.

Recognise it? Yes, it’s the same image as the one above. Basically, it’s a bunch of graphic elements that I’ve created in Illustrator for one reason or another. Most are welded together as I had intended to cut them with the Pro for scrapping but until ‘m ready to do that, thought they’d make a nice graphic. I took the graphic into Photoshop and played with the Layer Props and filters. This one is bevelled and embossed with a gold gradient.

And again, bevelled and embossed with nothing more than a large white inner glow. It has its own charm.


The sugar snow cottages are coming along very nicely. The roofy is scalloped now.  I was in a certain craft shop on Friday and saw that they charge €4.00 MORE than the place I get my sugary glitter from in Blanchardstown.

Here’s my latest one made up in funky colours  (I think ‘funky’ in the US means ugly – we use it to mean … hmmmm… pretty in a groovy (haaaar) sort of way. A chunky scalloped roof and gingerbread house windows (shutters with a heart cut out each side).  Notice the big fat chimney? I like to finish them off with some curly wurly smoke – just a bit of curling with some pliers and fine gauge wire.

And – having bought a pack of Christmassy papers as well on Friday, a very merry Christmas cottage:

The base is made from robin and holly paper and the roof is green with a white dotty pattern. There’s a little snowman in the porch (a wine glass tag) and a metal Santa coming round the corner. He’s not 3D so on a hunt for small figures for the village. A Santa for the roof would be a brilliant find so my fingers are crossed.

I want to redesign my church and get a couple of them built and have one more house design to complete. I will be selling the templates on here soon – I just need to convert them from ai’s to other file formats and …groan… write the instructions…

But will probably be posting some digi stamps before then – my eye has been taken with the wonderful packaging around decorated with Scandanavian folk art and it has inspired me to have a go at creating such loveliness myself…

Now to get some tea ready. I intended to marzipan the cakes tonight but realised I’d picked up orange marmalade and not apricot jam instead. Yuk. No hurry, there’s still twenty-seven days to Christmas. I’ll do it tomorrow night instead.

Thanks for visiting and hope you’re looking forward to Christmas.

Hel x


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  • Denise
    January 28, 2014 3:14 am

    Hello! I would love to purchase your Little Sugar Houses SVGs but cannot find the click to purchase button. I hope they are still available! Thank you!

  • Denise
    January 28, 2014 3:12 am

    Hello! I would love to purchase your Little Sugar Houses but cannot find the click to purchase button. I hope they are still available! Thank you!

  • Christine
    November 11, 2013 9:00 pm

    Hello, do you still sell the svgs to your sugar snow village set?
    Thank you

    • webmaster
      November 11, 2013 11:16 pm

      Hi Christine
      Yes I do and am getting some re-organisation done so should have them all together and easy to find by the weekend. If there’s one in particular you want, let me know and I’ll dig that one out first.

      Best regards


  • Efemera
    November 27, 2011 7:56 pm

    Love your little houses….

    • webmaster
      November 30, 2011 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much!

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