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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Silence is Golden...

Hubby and I have had our usual November colds - we seem to get the same colds at the same time each year (possibly linked to a couple of cold and damp fair venues in close succession??) and, as usual, this means that hubby has had a little peace and quiet over the last couple of days when my voice took a brief sabbatical!

Not too much of a problem when I am on my own creating (apart from not being able to shout at the cats...) but yesterday was a market day.   It definitely makes selling a problem when no-one can hear you! Cue Superhubby who came along to help and in the end we had a great day - a little windy and cold with some fun and merriment for all caused by my attempts to make myself heard but all-in-all not too drastic and my voice actually came back by time we were heading home (hurrah!)

Snow, snow and more snow
our little car is buried!
Now is the start of the countdown to Christmas and I have five more visits to Bromley Market - weather depending, to fit in before preparing our own home for the season.  I love this time of year - seeing the Christmas lights go up to brighten the early dark nights definitely takes the edge off of the chill in the air, although it is fortunately still very mild for the time of year (not that it felt that mild freezing our whatsits off yesterday!
Icicles over the studio

I am seriously hoping and praying that the snow holds off this year - it can snow on Christmas Eve night for a couple of days if it really, really wants to (see, I think I am being more than generous!)

Last year was more than enough to last us for a while and I will be very happy not to have a repeat of the snowy scenes in 2010, thank you very much!

Anyway, today is Handmade Monday and whilst I haven't been creating any brand new designs to show off this week, there have been plenty of orders to complete and restocking to do to cover the rest of the season

Christmas is such a great excuse to let out your inner child and have fun recreating Santa's Grotto in your own home - perfect for big kids like me!   I love the fun animals and snowmen, santas, bells, candles, wreaths, trees and lights and secretly wish they could be around all year!  It is also one of the best excuses I know to bling out and cover everything with glitter!


and Angels
I am pleased that the large tree has proved to be popular and I will certainly be looking at creating more large designs for 2012.  Watch this space!

All my Christmas designs can be reused year after year if stored properly and are available at the Ali's Craft Studio shop - go on... treat yourself this year to some extra festiveness!

Head on over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone has been up to...


  1. Oh Ali, I remember all that snow and hopefully we won't have too much, if any, of it this year.
    I love your little Angel, she looks so sweet.
    Hope you're feeling lots better, it's not good to be feeling unwell on the run up to all the festivities.

    Jan x

  2. I like your Angel too. Hope this year we don't get much snow. I hate cold weather. Hope your voice get better soon.

  3. I remember the past snow experiences all too well. 2010 - buses got delayed for over an hour on teh same day I decided to go Christmas shopping. My feet were freezing by the time a bus arrived. 2011 - my boiler broke down on the first day the heavy snow came. Some of my pipes got frozen. Got a new boiler fitted on the final day of the snow, so really strange timing there. I'm hoping there won't be a repeat too.

  4. Oh don't that snow last year was just too much, don;t mind a sprinkling on Christmas day but not as deep. Love the angel she is lovely.

  5. Yup, also hoping for no repeat of the snow - we've all got a collection of photos similar to yours (what else could we do but get out the camera and play?) and don't need any more ;-)

    Hope you're feeling better soon, love the Christmassy designs x

  6. Ah you old romantic. Snow just for two days? If only. Got to get my act together and start a bit of 'bling' or I will run out of time but I do agree about the glitter, nothing like it for the festive season its just that you spend the rest of the year getting it out of all the nooks and crannies.

  7. Oh, i must be the only person wanting it to snow. Hubby sells wood burning stoves so snow is good for business! And then there's always the chance to get snowed in whilst in Scotland over Xmas and not able to get back for work ;)

  8. The poinsettias are gorgeous - they look sparkly in your picture. No thank you, no snow please; over Christmas is OK, but not if anyone is travelling.

  9. Has it been that long since the snow already?

    Glad to hear you had fun at the market though. And at least there wasn't near that amount of snow right?

    Love the Christmas bells. Makes me feel all festive like :)

  10. Last year, when the weather was at its snowiest, we had to drive all the way up to Scotland! I'm hoping there isn't a repeat this year, though it would be lovely if it snowed on Christmas day :)

  11. I love your designs, I want one of the large Christmas trees for the glass panel next to the front door of my dream house(I love planning my dream house for when I win the lottery). I'm another one hoping the snow stays away this year. It's not nice having to walk to work at stupid o'clock in the morning cos you can't get the car out! x

  12. I love the snow but living in the west country and by the sea it doesn't happen very often!

  13. I'm hoping the snow and bad weather is going to hold off until I've finished all my fairs. I love all things glitter:)

    Hope you and your hubby feel better soon,

  14. I'm sorry you got your winter cold, I dread getting them at my age (it seems like after 40 they just hang on once they get going!). But I do wish we had snow. Here in FL that never happens, and I do miss seeing it. I wouldn't want it to stay, but a little snow around the holidays would be so nice. Not the cold, but the snow. Everything looks lovely, I would love to come look at your stuff at a fair, but I think by the time I jetted off across the pond I wouldn't be able to afford anything! :)

  15. With you on the snow Ali. Your makes are stunning as usual and even more so this time of year - love the little angel. Hope you're over the cold

  16. hope you're feeling better, wrap up warm for the rest of the markets - the angel is well ... angelic!
    Jo x

  17. wasn't last year awful. we've been lucky this year .... thanks for coming over to bath bomb creations ....!


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