Sunday, 7 December 2008

Catching Up

Well, I managed to do 2 days of JYC on time but then my internet was off so I am a little bit behind! I finally got back onto the internet today and have read all my JYC emails and have an idea what I'm going to do for them so hopefully I'll be able to catch up quickly :)

Today I have been Christmas shopping and have almost done all my shopping but I have had a row with my sister about presents. I much prefer to have a surprise to open on Christmas day but my sister says "you either tell me exactly what you want or I'm not getting you anything", which I think misses the point of giving gifts! I'd rather she gave me something she has really thought about, even if it didn't cost very much. On Friday she made me write a list of exactly what I wanted for Christmas (she's getting me books) but said there was "nothing in particular" she wanted. So today I have been shopping and bought her a lovely (expensive) present which I spent a long time choosing. She then rang me up and said she had decided she wanted a very specific perfume and when I told her I'd already bought her present she told me to take it back. I'm so angry with her. She doesn't know what I got her and I spent ages choosing it. Next time I'm not going to bother. She will get money in a (shop-bought) card. I'm tired of being the only person in our family who actually bothers thinking about what people want so I have decided that from now on I will do the same as my sister and my mam and just give people money in a card. Grrrrrrr. She makes me so mad!

Ok, rant over. JYC Day 3 coming up....

Every year I always make my all my own Christmas cards. I think the last time I bought cards from a shop was about 7 years ago and (for me) part of the fun in Christmas preparations is making all my cards, knowing that each one will be individual and the people I send them to won't get another one exactly the same!

I normally start making my cards pretty early (one year I started them in July!) so that it isn't all a mad panic before Christmas. This year I got a Cricut for my birthday and so I have been using this to help me a lot this year :)

Here is a selection of some of this year's cards:

Hope you like them :) See you all tomorrow


MelMel said...

Hey we both live in Manchester!
Just noticed!

Thank you for the lovely comment!xx

MelMel said...

I have to say...your bit of "sunny" Manchester(ha) looks very pretty!
My bit not so much!LOL!!XX

Rosesposes said...

Hi Gem
Thanks for dropping in and saying hi!. You are good making all your cards for christmas, I do make cards and a few at christmas but I am a bit lazy at christmas !

take care x Dom

Pixiedust said...

Lovely cards, you are clever. I bet you were really cross with your sister. You should give her a lump of coal instead. :o) My brothers just moved in with his girlfriend so needs lots, so I'm gonna wrap up a loo brush for him, I'm so wicked. xxx

MelMel said...


I had a busy 40 mins b4 9.30...then fun.....then a film....Fred Claus....then a busy make...heart and garland....then sssooooooooooo lazy!!!!!!


Shabby Chick said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by to say hello! Glad you like the cushion, it did take forever but I do love it :)

Your cards are great, I think I like the Snowman one the most... and your cats look like little sweeties. Wish we could have one but my other half is allergic.

Mel x

Shabby Chick said...

Ah, I have similar problems with my youngest daughter ;)

Will look out for your next post! Mel x

sharie said...

Just come over for a visit.
Glad to have found your blog and can't wait until I can sit and read it all the way through. Your cards are beautiful - you're so talented.

MelMel said...

Hi there!
I don't mind at all if you want to make a garland...mines not very good!

I should have got more canes, but i only popped to post cards and took a few quid with me!

The thing is there any left!?
Did he get to them all?xxx

Shabby Chick said...

Good luck managing on the £90, I think the whole country is in the same situation at the moment unfortunately :-S

At least I can look on blogs like yours and others for a nice way to cheer me up and see lovely things without being a shop where I want to splash the cash lol!

Mel x

Tea with Willow said...

Hi Gem, thanks so much for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment. I love your Christmas cards - fantastic that you make your own every year!! Your photos look so pretty (and quite familiar - I used to live in Marple Bridge, nr Stockport & Romiley, so similar scenery!!).
Willow xx

Laura said...

Sorry to hear about your trials and tribulations with your sister, I hope she does get you a lovely gift.

How is JYC going?