Saturday, December 21, 2013

Decorated Tili Jar

Whew - the very timely Holiday break has arrived but today has been a case of 1 step forward - 3 back as I do not know where to start with all the things going on in my mind.  I have a lot of half finished jobs which will have to be completed before bed and here I am on the computer.

We had our End of Year lunch yesterday and are allocated a person to be Secret Santa for so I thought I would share my creation and enter it in the Wild Orchid Challenge # 93 - Anything Goes.

I had fun decorating one of these very popular items this Christmas - The 'Tili Jar' is a very versatile retro item and can be used for anything from storing items to desserts, drinking wine or cocktails and could even be used as a vase for a summer posy.   The recipient likes gardening and reading books and relaxes with a wine so I suggested that "after some time in the garden she could relax with a book and kisses (chocolates included) and enjoy a relaxing drink."  The jar also contains a pair of gardening gloves.

 All flowers, spirals and leaves used are Wild Orchid

 Above - a personal touch of initials.  ...and below the flower arrangement lifts up to reveal a message.
Thanks so much for visiting today.  Please let me know you have been by leaving a little comment.  They are much appreciated.

This may be my last post before Christmas so wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas.  Thank you for your support during 2013.

Until next time...

Dianne                   PS - I have just realised this is post #300 - a milestone  lol.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

How Sweet is this little 'Santa's Helper"?

Half way though December already and welcome to Post #299 - hard to believe both.  I started blogging in 2010 just after Autumn Escape as a new challenge at the time.  I am booked for AE2014 so looking forward to that too. .  
I had a play with Nic Howard's pressed metal pieces to make the tree.      Papers are Kaisercraft 'Turtle Dove' collection from last year.  I used the stickersheet to layer behind the tree and added a few more bits. 
 ... a few closeups.
 The little parcels were made using book paper.  A little bit of gauze was added for softness and texture.
How cute is this little 'Santa's helper'?

We have had a lovely surprise this weekend - a visit from our daughter and 2 DGS's - just what I needed as I hadn't seen them for 5 weeks and thought I would have to wait until Christmas. 

I have entered this layout into the Southern Girls Christmas Challenge.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Until next time....