Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Handmade Christmas Crackers for 2010

Have just posted details of the Christmas crackers or bon bons that I have created for my Christmas table and to give as gifts, over at my Christmas blog. Couldn't resist sharing a couple of pictures here at my main blog.

Shimmery, glittery gold and butterfly trims will delight my twin daughters but my personal favourites are the white floral vintage inspired design - love using the old lace from my collection and the perfect finishing touch is a grandmother's brooch!

An old atlas was the inspiration for another set of vintage style crackers. Quite unusual don't you think? I made the one on the right this morning as a gift for a friend I hope to visit this week. She comes from Samoa - a place very close to her heart - the perfect shape for the map embellishment which of course is cut out from the page of the atlas that shows the Pacific islands!
Hope she is not visiting my blog today! It was such a joy to make this for her!

I'm not sure if I will have time to post again this week so will take the opportunity in this Christmas themed post to wish all my readers a beautiful, blessed and joyous Christmas.

Take the time to enjoy your preparations this week. Find some time to bless someone that you know - take a plate of cookies to your neighbour or put together a baking mix in a jar for a friend. I'm planning on making a batch of my home made muesli to give as gifts. I wish you well if you must head out to the stores - I am planning on just one more trip to the Farmer's markets for fresh produce later this week and will need to pick up parcels at the local post office after doing most of my Christmas shopping online this year - hope everything arrives on time! Can't resist showing just one more picture. This is the gift I have bought for my cake decorating daughter, thought I would share it as it might give someone reading this an idea for a last minute gift. I also sent this to my sister in the UK taking advantage of free worldwide shipping via an online bookstore. This book is nothing less than eye candy!

I just know she is going to love it!

With Love and Joy,


( who has just deleted her signature and doesn't have time to go and retrieve the code! Don't you just hate it when that happens!)


A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Oh That book is calling my name! I can just flick through the pictures in such books....In fact My kids too love nothing more than to pull down the Womens weekly kids cakes book and just look at the pictures!
Your Bon Bons really are very special! Such a wonderful tradition!

Suzanne said...

Oh the crackers are lovely Ann! Why did you share that book--now I want one...LOL!

Renata said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family!
That book looks like fun & of course I love your bonbons! The map idea is great!
Have a lovely time celebrating!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

OK, after the Christmas stove picture (which should be in a magazine!!!) I can't keep my opinions to myself.... I insist you make your photographs bigger! I am loving everything you are doing here, need to see it bigger... :)

and sadly, coveting your bay tree!!!

Pamela said...

I love your crackers. So elegant and sparkly. Your table is beautiful. The post below of the Christmas stove just makes me smile--and wish I had one. ha!

This is a beautuful blog and I'll be back to visit.


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