Thursday, 17 December 2015

Advent 17 3D decoupage cards

The 17th picture in Advent
Some  3D decoupage Christmas cards.



 I made these for our children and partners. I would like to make all the Christmas cards I send but on the other hand I like to support a charity by buying charity cards from a charity shop in their January sales. I've got a draw full of Christmas bits and bobs for card making right ready for the time when I can't afford to buy ready made! Not sure if that makes me frugal or foolish? related to this.............
 A question I've been pondering for many years when queueing up for jumble sales. - Are the people who do NOT go to Jumble sales rich so they don't need to OR are they rich because they don't!

I'm not keen on this mild weather we are having, it doesn't seem at all right for December.  I biked down to Friston to post a card and came back sweltering as if it were June. The temperature on the thermometer on the outside of the kitchen window as we were doing the dishes yesterday lunchtime was 15.5C, more like May. I was listening to Radio 4 early yesterday morning and, because it was Jim Naughtie's last day on the Today programme they were speaking to someone living in the highest village in Scotland ( presumably Jim N has some connection with the place) anyway, it is  cut off by snow more often than anywhere else, but even though they had had snow already it had now gone and very mild with no chance of skiing - disappointing for the man who owns the ski centre there!


Welcome to Lisa, follower number 334. Hello hope you enjoy reading. Thank you for all the comments yesterday.

Just 7 pictures to go to finish my advent photos posts, which is a good thing as I'm running out of ideas.

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Sue


34 comments:

  1. Hi Sue
    I think I may be registered as one of your followers, I'm not sure. I'm Karen from Yorkshire and have been enjoying following your blog for a few months now. I used to live in north Suffolk near Eye when I was first married and know the area where you live very well. My husband used to work for Suffolk Coastal council and did work in Leiston at one time. We love to come back and visit the area, especially Woodbridge where he was based and where, at the time, newly married, we couldn't afford to live. As we were both brought up in cities, we liked Ipswich very much and still have friends there, so interested to know you are moving there.
    Congratulations on your family news and wishing you a Happy Christmas. Look forward to reading more of your hints and tips, and about your move, in 2016.
    Karen

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    1. Hello Karen.Lovely to hear from you. Col's first job with Suffolk County Council was a road man based at Eye Depot in the middle of the town. We lived at Bacton at the time. Then he got the job of SCC Bridge Inspector based in Ipswich, which meant we didn't have to live within shouting distance of Eye and we moved here, near the coast. Our roots are in Stowmarket and mid Suffolk. We would have been happy moving to Woodbridge now but houses are still much more expensive there. Thank you for your kind wishes, we hope once Col's health is sorted we will be able to do a bit of travelling

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  2. Beautiful cards Sue. I love traditional Christmas scenes and especially robins.
    We started of dark and quite warm this morning and now it is thrashing it down with rain and has gone a bit chilly. I'm desperate for a bit of snow :)

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    1. Very strange weather here, I had to throw the duvet off during the night as it was so mild!

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  3. Pretty cards. I love robins on cards - to me that is Christmas
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. I've got some lovely decoupage papers to make some snowy scenes for next Christmas - looking forward to making them in the new year

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  4. I love your cards. Very pretty.
    Good Q about the jumble sale. Haven't been to one since junior school, when we would often have them. I can remember buying some Givenchy perfume for pennies, clearly the person who donated it had no idea what it was! And I got some silver dancing shoes. Too big, but I just had to have them!

    Oh, your comment made me roar with laughter. A bun tin! Bun tin! Men!

    This warm weather is getting right on my chimes. I want snow. I am going to start sulking about it soon. Stupid weather!
    ;o) x

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    1. I should really explain about that bun tin ( before I get into trouble) - it was way before internet, the year we had snow before Christmas and he was working early and late organising the gritting lorries and just popped into the hardware shop place in Finningham ( have you been there? fascinating place now all sorts of things on both sides of the road just by the railway line between Cotton and Finningham) and came out with a bun tin!

      I hope there are plenty of Jumble sales in Ipswich, I know they have them at Bramford rd scout hall and I shall be a regular at the car boot in Portman road too

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    2. I remember being terrified as a child, going with my mum, who was helping at the ladies' circle jumble sale. We were stood in the middle of some tables and stuff was piled high. I remember it being like those to scenes last year from Black Friday of people trampling and fighting over stuff!!

      I'm with you and Sadie, I'm TOO HOT!!!

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  5. Love your lovely cards.
    I make my cards every year. But I print them.
    This year it is the seven day of Christmas, but with an Arizona twist.
    Plus a little bit of info on what the subject od the cards was.

    cheers, parsnip

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  6. Those cards are really beautiful , I think there is a stigma attached to buying from jumble sales or charity shops i tried profusely for years to convert people in to buying second-hand , The best example was when i was a charity shop manager for 12 years and always did appealing window displays especially for christmas , they were that good that people walked in from the street shocked when they entered that it was a charity shop and walking out when they found out , OHH i dont buy second hand they said , I have family members that are on very low incomes who buy new things that they cannot afford , If i did not buy second hand from mainly jumble sales now i would not have such a nice home or presents would not be as generous as i do not have much disposable income , so i think its pride that stops them , Roll on the new yaer when the jumble sales start in abundance again , Merry christmas xxx

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    1. I wish there were as many jumble sales as there were years ago, now people use ebay and car boot sales and charity shops more I think

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  7. Lovely cards :-)

    It is ridiculously warm isn't it. We really do need a good hard frost to kill off a lot of the bugs and weeds that are lingering. I have snowdrops, other bulbs and some plants appearing that shouldn't be here at all yet, which is a shame because the energy they expend now will mean a much poorer show early next year. One thing that is really pretty is the rose bush in the front flower bed, it should of course be dormant now but it is giving us a lovely display. I've not been able to bring myself to prune it yet because it just hasn't stopped flowering.

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    1. I've not noticed any bulbs coming through yet, I shall have to go and search under the Horse chestnut

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  8. I love your cards. I've just been reading Robin poetry over on the poetry blog I follow, so very seasonal.

    Yup, it's warm. I've been working in my t-shirt indoors here and when I walked out to deliver cards, it was summer jacket off and sleeves rolled up after the first mile!

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    1. Crazy weather and what happened to "The coldest winter since 1963?" that the papers were talking about.

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  9. I'm always torn between recycling/making cards and buying them to support charities. Often my solution is to make my own and donate to a charity because I enjoy making them. This year, when I opened my card box in November to see if I had any left over from last year I had a lovely surprise. There were 70 waiting to be used that I'd made from old cards in January and forgotten all about!
    I smiled when I read about your stash for when you could no longer afford to buy cards. I hoard all sorts of things from food (OK, yes I was a war baby) to soaps etc. It's slowly dawning on me that I should start using them up as my children won't want to inherit them!
    Sue ( my middle name is Jane too).

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    1. I would love to know if all us Sues are really named after the Queens corgis!

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    2. That's an interesting thought!

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  10. Dont go to jumble sales and rarely visit charity shops, not because I am rich (I am not) not because of any stigma, just because there is nothing I need, I have so much clothes there is no point in going to buy more, I much prefer to make my own, I dont need any dishes, ornaments I dont need jewellery cosmetics or fancy toilerties, I prefer to make gifts rather than buy, if I do send a card I prefer to make them, books I can get from the books for free place along with dvd's and cd's I dont frequent shops much at all, gosh this makes me sound really drab :-)

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  11. I din't realise it was J last day yesterday, I hope they gave him a good send off.
    Love cards with robins on.
    Lisa x

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  12. Lovely cards! I know what you mean about the jumble sales, charity shop etc thing. I don't know the answer either, richer for not needing to be there I guess? xx

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  13. They're really pretty. I am a mad keen card maker too, so much scope for the imagination.

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  14. I love your cards, they are beautiful. I shall miss James in the mornings as he was one of my favourite presenters.
    xx

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  15. I think you could be surprised that people who go to jumble sales / boot sales / charity shops may be a lot richer than any of us realise. I recently overheard a conversation on the bus about someone's mother going to a meal at a well-off couple's house and being shocked that none of their crockery matched. Apparently the hostess - who had lots of money - said she bought most things, including her clothes, from charity shops. I also once heard an interview with Paul McCartney where he said can never pass a skip without seeing if there is something worth having from it. And I don't suppose there are many people who have more money than him.

    Lovely cards you made. I do like to see a robin on Christmas cards - they seem to epitomise Christmas for me.

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  16. I've got greetings cards to review soon, my first review gig on my blog.

    Snowdrops were in flower today!

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  17. I'm in the middle of writing my cards tonight. This year I just ran out of time and ended up buying to support our local hospice where Mum goes.
    Jumble Sales! Gosh, they don't have them still do they? Haven't seen one advertised for years now.

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  18. Love your cards, robins are Christmas aren't they. I too am stashing away bits and bobs for when my husband retires and there won't be so many spare pennies, cardmaking, wool,material etc.( hoping to retire 6 years early ) currently saving like mad! I so miss jumble sales, there used to be one every week in the village but they stopped about the time that car boot sales started. Luckily we have a few of those nearby and they have saved us quite a bit of money over the years - Tam

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  19. Your cards are lovely. Robins are a firm favourite of mine for Christmas cards along with snow covered post boxes.

    I'm not keen on the warm weather either. I like a season to be a season. These days I don't know where I'm up to from one day to the next.

    I've not seen a traditional jumble sale advertised anywhere for years. Church Fairs, School Fairs and Car Boots yes but jumble sales, no. Unless fairs and car boots are the jumble sales of today? xx

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  20. I love your cards!
    I also used to really enjoy Jumble Sales when I lived in the UK. I recall the anticipation and excitement waiting inline, wondering what might be on offer inside.
    I started to go to them when I was about fifteen, over the years I got some really nice quality clothes, shoes and all manner of items. Sometimes it needed a bit of juggling as there were more then one sale on a Saturday. A lot of my son's clothing and Christmas gifts were bought from sales when he was young.
    I think being thrifty and shopping JS's was good practice for life and enabled me to pay off my mortgage early.
    Sadly here in the US we see a "Rummage Sale" just occasionally and in my area at least, no car boots.
    I agree with Beachcomber Sue, that my generation has hoarding tendencies, due to the make do and mend mindset. That I why I sell on eBay now, to get rid of my stuff!!
    Pam in Texas.xx

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  21. Wishing you both a very happy christmas and llots to celebrate in 2016. Hope you make it to Devon in 2016 , you will both be very welcome. X

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