Beady eyed

Hello Dare! I’m back.

I’ve been busy, you know. Shopping. All that surfing around Amazon takes time and effort …and money. So the piggy bank is empty and looking on the lean side now. BUT, I think I’ve pretty much nailed it. I’ve got nearly everything – just food and drink.

If me and Smithy are on our own this Crimble, Christmas dinner will be one big curry (home made and fresh) with naans (garlic and coriander), rice, poppodoms, samosas and  refreshingly chilled pear cider. This knocks Christmas Pudding off the top spot for me. The traditional turkey with roast everythings, yorkshire puds, sauces, gravies, stuffings and everything else – the ‘trimmings’ isn’t my thing. The Christmas adverts showing the table heaving with oozing puddings and dripping cranberries looks like an autopsy to me. They say ‘if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen’ I can’t, so I am!

This December is full of happy clappies for us. Christmas do’s, plays at the theatre, an evening of film and fun at the local cinema (ticket money going to charity), family over for weekend visits. Gorgeous things darling! I’ve printed off my December calendar page again just to make sure I’ve got everything in an at-a-glance format.

Oh Christmas Tree

The tree goes up on the first of December. We never get a real one  as Smithy has a severe allergy to pine needles – found that one out the hard way. The tree we have is a beauty though. Six foot tall with really thick, stiff, strong ‘bottle brush’ branches. Last year Gracie climbed up the bloody thing and sat in the branches so this year it’s going in the back room and I’ll try to keep the girls out of there.

Every year I make a few crafty decorations to hang up (Vicky in Cinncinnati inspired me to make my own). She had three large trees. One was decked with Star Trek bits – with LEDs and audio – ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ and ‘It’s lfe, Jim, but not as we know it’ etc. Geekily fab-u-lous!

Her second tree was covered with shop-bought poinsiettas with big pink satin bows.

The third, and my favourite, was the tree with her hand-crafted decorations. I fell in love with it. Gingham stars, tweed hearts, little cotton stockings… So here I am, a few years on, making lots of my own. The Christmas Samsara birds are a joy to make, scented with cinnamon and stitched with all manner of twinkly, glittery threads and beads. I’ve tried to get a good close-up to show you more detail:

Calender

Talking of my December calender page, here it is. I designed it in Illustrator and printed it out as a cutting file then made a giclee print of it along with the running rabbits. I shall be making my 2016 calender in the next few weeks and hoping for some mojo to come my way and inspire some new graphics.

Here is the owl, hand-cut missing its beak.

Like the journals? The covers are leather and embossed with gold foil. They were bought like that, I don’t have the equipment or the skills. Aren’t they beautiful? I don’t do them justice and scribble and jot randomly. They should have pages of beautiful sketches and gorgeous brush script words of inspiration. But they don’t. Just my scruffy scrawlings 😉

Roughly an A4 and an A5.

Brilliant find in Lidl – boxed set of Christmas washi tape. They have a dull gold lustre which is just perfect.

And, rushing to get these done in the next few days – advent jubbies. Six more to make – a set for Smithy and another for a friend. I have the numbers cut out ready to pop on to a dimentional so that won’t take too long. Just need to make a little hole to tie some glittery twine through so they can be hung up and they’re all done. They’re filled with foiled santas, snowmen, coins, balls and crinkly cellophane/foil wrapped pralines.

So all I have to do now, is twitch the curtains and wait for the Amazon deliveries to arrive, figuratively speaking, anyway.

Well, that lunch won’t make itself and if I don’t eat soon I might die of the hunger! Bye for now x x x

Free 2012 Photoshop / PSE Calendar Brushes

It’s pouring down here. I know this is Ireland but real paddy fields belong in the far east.  Roads are flooded. Visibility is very poor and it sounds like a team of carpenters are hammering on the roof.  A very unpleasant day. Damp, dark and dismally chilly.

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby”.
Langston Hughes

Huh.

I noticed the words ‘With extracts of 100% natural origin’ on the hand soap I keep in the bathroom. It made me think. WTH does that mean? Does it mean that the best part of the soap is man-made, ie, synthetically manufactured in a lab somewhere with chemical compounds?  Is there a range of ‘natural’? And why is something designated as natural somehow perceived as being beneficial or better for you than something manufactured from synthesised ingredients and chemicals? For example, there is cyanide in apple pips. Deadly nightshade – belladonna – grows wild, is natural but isn’t safe to eat. Fly agaric and other fungi….. you get the picture. Natural does not automatically confer a ‘goodness’ to a product. I think they’re using honest-to goodness manure in their marketing.  The phrase is totally meaningless and dreamed up by some ‘clever’ marketing person who thinks we’re a bit hard of thinking and can fool us all.

Well, the Presidential election takes place this Thursday – at long last. It seems to have gone on forever. Poor Dana is bottom of the polls but is soldiering on though I think she let all the air out of her campaign with that mysterious tyre blow-out story. She’s had her tyres forensically examined for any evidence of  sabotage, but there was nothing to give the media anything to write home about. Certainly nothing to blow out of proportion and overshadow the Danagate sex scandal.

And talking of bad-mouthing… There’s an ad on the tele – a supermarket chain in the UK is offering life cover to the over 50s… a woman (done up (down?)  to look like Wendolene from Wallace and Gromit)  is pushing her trolley around the said supermarket (clue: anagram of SADA)  and chatting happily about the benefits…la la la… don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the inside of her mouth looks black! Like she’s been stuffing liquorice allsorts. Very strange.

Anyhow, have posted three different font sets of 2012 calendar brushes for you. All high res and can be used with PS, PSE and possibly other packages.  They’ll give you a chance to make little Christmas giveaways of calendars quickly and easily. You can dress them up with pretty swirly brushes and stamps to make your gifts extra special.

Download here – they’re free – just register to download:

2012 Calendar Brushes

I hope they’re useful to you.

Bye for now, Hel x

 

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