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If you ask me what my very favourite thing is I would not hesitate to say my family. I came into motherhood quite late on, and was immediately overwhelmed with how amazing it is. Now I would like nothing more than to be a Domestic Goddess, and surround my family in love, good food, beautiful things and lots of happy memories. And like the majority of families these days, we need to do it on a budget!

I firmly believe we all have a little bit of the Domestic Goddess inside us, just waiting to break out. Whether that is knowing how to make a roast chicken feed a family of 4 for a week, being able to make, repair or recycle clothes, hunting down a bargain, or simply turning everyday, simple things into pretty or useful items, with a little bit of imagination we can all dip in to the Goddess inside and make our lives that little bit more interesting.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy sharing my (challenging) journey into Domestic Goddessness!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas cards

Much to my disappointment, I still have a fair few cards to make. I had hoped to have finished them by now, as well as the wrapping of gifts and all the other preparations needed for the Big Day next weekend (eeeeeekkk!) Of course I have not wrapped a single thing, and there are still a few little bits to get. On the card front, I am getting there slowly but really must get my act together next year! I would rather like to sell some of my cards next year so leaving it until the week before Christmas really won't work!

I managed to get two cards done yesterday morning, whilst Teaghan was snoozing (a very rare occurrence as those of you who know her will attest!) and Caoimhe was amusing herself with the pretty Kaleidoscope that Violet left her.

I'm entering this card into the Less is More challenge, which has it's theme as music this week.

Yes, there's that snowflake stamp again! I also used a piece of the vintage music I bought for some cards I was asked to make a few weeks ago (scroll down here to see them) and a left over die cut tree.
I made an ATC to go with it but the photo I took was really rubbish, so I'll have to nick it back off my mum to photograph again! I think at some point I need to actually invest in a camera rather than using my phone all the time but I digress!

And here's the stamp one more time:

I'm entering this one into the Craft Room Challenge Blog challenge with a theme of die cuts and punches. I really like these tree die cuts and may have to invest in a die myself next year.Especially since I am now running out of them!

I'm also linking up again with Wendy over on her blog for Handmade Monday, the last one before Christmas! When I get some time later, I shall be having a good old look at everyone's busy week and seeing what they've been up to!

We have a week left in the company of our little elf, Violet, and she will be returning to the North Pole on Saturday morning. Will she be telling Father Christmas that Caoimhe has been a good girl? It remains to be seen, but the forecast so far is good. When she departs she will leave behind a magic door (thanks to Jan at Handcrafted by Picto) so she can pop back periodically throughout the year to keep a check on Caoimhe's behaviour, (and maybe leave little treats or tricks...who knows!) I will miss her presence in the house a lot but I am looking forward to her leaving little notes to remind Caoimhe to be good!
She even got Caoimhe's bear, Theo, in the Christmas spirit!

Well that's all from me this week, I doubt I will have time to update before Christmas now so I would like to wish you all a lovely Christmas. I hope that you all have a fab and happy time with your families and friends, which is certainly what I will be aiming for!
Lots of love and best wishes from the Gallery clan to you all xxx



Your cards are lovely Helen and I know what you mean about still having some to do. I had such big plans to be organised this year and clearly my plans don't equal what I do! Oh well, perhaps next year. Hope you and your family have a great Christmas

Chrissie said...

Your snowflake stamp is a beauty, but I think that the LIM card would have looked fab with just the tree and the manuscript. Your other card is super too!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Anonymous said...

I love your cards, I like their slightly muted tones, I think the word I am looking for is .classy' and I know I have said it before but one day I am going to have a go at an ATC. Watch this space. I will prob. show it to you first to get your OP.

Zoechaos said...

Sounds like you have a way to go yet Helen hope you get it all done. This is a lovely card and atc set thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

Kathyk said...

Lovely cards.

FYI - If you are in the UK then today is the last posting date for first class ..... if you still have any to mail out

Seasons Greetings


Sarah - Dragonfly-Jersey said...

Good luck with the rest of your cardmaking....have a great Xmas xx

Caroline Nash said...

Just when you think you are finished something else comes up, you will get there. Like the idea of the vintage music score

Ali said...

Beautiful cards - I don't blame you for using the snowflake stamp a lot, it is so pretty.

I haven't done any Christmas cards this year yet so pressure is really on (I am thinking people won't get them until after Christmas but I suppose it is the thought that counts - isn't it??!)

Have a wonderful Christmas

Ali x

Mrs A. said...

I'm very impressed with the pictures taken wth a phone. Mine using a camera don't look half as good. Feel a little smug this year as all our presents were wrapped and delivered during November but only because we knew hubby was having an operation at the end of that month and then wouldn't be able to drive again till the New Year. Also to confound matters I broke my right wrist so we are well and truly housebound. Hope you have a great time over the festivities and wishing youj a happy New Year. Hugs Mrs A.

Jam Dalory said...

The cards are great, I don't know how you cardmakers come up with so many unique ideas! Merry Christmas. x

fatmonica said...

Lovely cards-you're not the only one cramming to get them done!

mcrafts said...

The cards are lovely - I really like that snowflake stamp, so handy and really versatile. Have a great Christmas and New Year Mich x

Wendy said...

Love the card, and console yourself with the fact you have a lot more done than me. Will be starting shopping on Wednesday (with luck!) :-)

Picto said...

The 'less is more' card is lovely, I love the vintage music score and snowflakes always look so pretty.
Thank you for the mention, I hope your door works it's magic. Best wishes to you and your family.

Jan x

Mandi said...

FAB cards, music seems to work so well for Christmas designs

Thank you

Pretty Shabby UK said...

Hope you get all your christmas cards done.

Hope you have a fabulous Christmas, look forward to reading your blog in the new year. xx

Maria said...

Lovely Xmas cards, I love the tree! I'm nowhere near ready either :-( - still got presents to buy, cards to make, and presents to make! Good luck, and thanks for joining in at the Craft-Room Challenge. Maria x

Pickle Lily said...

Super cards! We too have a Christmas elf in our house, it's brilliant fun for everyone! Have a lovely Christmas!
Jo x

hazel said...

Lovely cards. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge. Happy Christmas.
xxx Hazel.

Esther said...

Glad I'm not the only one still trying to get ready...lovely cards, Thanks so much for joining our Craft room challenge and wishing you a Happy Christmas..Esther xx

Debi said...

great cards, thanks for joining us at craft room challenge, debi x