Wednesday, 21 November 2012

VELCRO®, Birthday Thanks and Pet Gallery Day!

Hello friends
Well today is a mixture but firstly I want to say a huge thank you for 
all the lovely birthday wishes yesterday - so very kind of you to take the time to wish me a happy day.
I must admit I got caught up with craft deadlines so my birthday only really started
around teatime but nonetheless it was lovely, I received some special treats including....
a microwave for the kitchen in the new shop!  
I thought it would be nice for those attending a class to have the option to heat up food etc.
My sister made me a wonderful cake (with lots of marzipan which I adore).
Here is my little family and Bella, of course!  She didn't forget my birthday - quite amazingly she
went out and bought me a poinsettia plant!
 Back to today.....
I'm featuring a pretty gift bag created from an envelope, a use of VELCRO®
and pets - bit of a long blog post so best pop that kettle on!
This is a little Christmas bag created from an envelope.
(I have a You Tube vidoe showing how these gift bags are made - link on my sidebar).
For this one I used a combination of dies including Layered Poinsettia cut from felt, 
Labels Twenty TwoHolly Motifs, Banner Basics Two. 
  Normally I use a mini peg to close my bags but then I hit upon the idea of using these slim
stick on VELCRO® pads.
They really are slim and stick beautifully. 
So another use for VELCO®.

Also today....Pet Gallery and this time something a little different - hens!
These beauties belong to Carole.
Firstly this is Penny - a Buff Orpington.
Carole says "this is Penny aged 14 weeks, she's was a big chick then…now she is massive!"
And this cheeky looking character is Bella!
She is a  Bluebelle hen aged 9 months and loves climbing, especially to the top of the grapevine for grapes!
Hens that can climb - incredible! 
Thank you Carole, a little gift is on its way to you. I wasn't sure what hens would like so I'm hoping they don't mind if you receive something crafty instead!
Some Christmas plaque sneak peeks tomorrow and yes, the plaques will be available to
purchase undecorated, details to follow very soon.
Take care friends - I'm back tomorrow.


Hellma said...

Hope you had a great day, love your gift bag, and the chickens, must go now OH is coming and he always wants chickens for the garden so he must not see this.

scottish crafter said...

Hi Christine, ah well another birthday over, but glad you enjoyed it. That cake is amazing, your sister is another talented person in your family. Great idea using Velcro to close the bags, I have used this on a few bags in the past. Boy did not know hens could climb usually see the on the ground, love the pics of them.

Wilma x x

scottish crafter said...

Oo oops forgot to say really looking forward to seeing the plaques tomorrow.

Wilma x x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. What a lovely family photo. I'm sure Bella has her eye on that beautiful cake.

Love the use of the velcro. Must see if I can get some out here.

Penny the hen is so cute and so big.

Looking forward to the plaques tomorrow.

Off Christmas present shopping today. I have a list and I'm going to try and stick to it.

Val in Spain xxx

melanie said...

glad you had a great day ,the cake looks stunning ,I use the loop it for my envelope boxes for the special cards .I know chickens can climb as we have to escape artist`s .Melaniex

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
sorry I missed your Birthday yesterday. So a belated Happy Birthday from me today.
Your cake does look very yummy. Wonderful family picture another scrapbook treasure.
Love your project today as always.
Carole's hens are sure live wires.
Saw the one of Bella on her blog.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Elizabeth said...

Morning Christine, so pleased you had a lovely day yesterday. Beautiful family picture of you all and the cake does indeed look yummy.
Love the chickens too they look really cute.
I did wonder how your "velcro" challenge was coming on...
Have a lovely day.
Elizabeth x

hazel said...

Morning Christine, lovely photo and cake looks stunning. love the bag xx hazel

nattyboots said...

A beautiful family photo to scrapbook Christine and that cake WOW ,

Your envelope is great,may just have a go later

I had a pet chicken as a child only because it was meant to be for the Christmas dinner table , then Mum and Dad just could not do it because i loved him so much ...... happy days .

Have a nice day
Elaine H X

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Glad you managed to get some 'birthday joy' yesterday, your cake looks gorgeous, your sister is such a clever lady, you all look having fun.
Gorgeous piccies of Carole's hens, I don't know how Bella got up that vine, I didn't know that hens could climb !!
Your bag is beautifully done, I love it, those Velcro pieces are a brilliant idea, where are they sold ?
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Janice said...

Morning Christine
So pleased you had a lovely birthday, your cake looks fabulous, what a clever sister you have! What a great photo of you, your boys and Bella for your scrapbook too.

I really like the bag you've made, it's really pretty.
Have a nice day.
Janice x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Glad that you had a lovely birthday and what a great pressie. It will be nice for you to have hot food too....

The chickens look really cheeky. I am petrified of birds, can look at the pics but couldnt go near them lol


Sue Yorkshire said...

Forgot to say that I love your gift bag. I use the velcro sticky tabs to fasten bags

Sue xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
What a lovely photo of you the boys and of course Bella.
The roses on your cake look real just gorgeous.
Pleased you had a good day.
Great use of Velcro how many do you have left to go in the challenge
Carol's chickens look fun never seen a chicken up a tree before, cute.

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
The family photo is lovely,really pleased you enjoyed your birthday.
The Chrismas bag looks so pretty,another use for Velcro.
Have a lovely day. Take care x.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, WOW thats some cake, its beautiful, i also love marzipan. Great idea for the velco to make little bag. My brother breeds chickens and they are such funny characters, chickens can both climb and fly if not clipped. Emma

Janice said...

Lovely idea for closing the gift bag. I've got a template for a man's shirt and tie, using velcro would be a great way to seal it. xx Janice

Craftychris said...

I am glad you had a nice day, the photo is fab and the cake looks amazing! The Christmas bag is so pretty, I love the felt poinsettia. Those hens are super cute too - I bet Bella would like some of those to play with!!! xx

Elaine said...

Hi christine glad you enjoyed your birthday. The cake looks amazing. A very talented family indeed. Gift bag is lovely will definately try making one out of an envelope.

Redanne said...

Hi Christine, thanks to your video I have made loads of Christmas bags now but will have a look for that velcro, it is a better closure I think.

I have seen Carole's hens before on her blog and aren't they fabulous? I love that Bella eats grapes, she is so cute (and so is your Bella). Your sister's cake looks amazing! Hugs, Anne x

Ita said...

Hi Christine glad you had a good birthday ,love the idea using the envelope

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine, Wow, what a lovely photo of you, the boys, Bella and THE CAKE!!
Super decorated bag, the velcro is a great idea.
Hen's are real characters, my son has seven plus a Cockeral called Kevin!
Crafty best wishes, Carolyn x.

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine...I am so late today...!! Thank you for adding Bella and Penny to your pet gallery..Cara and Lacey will be jealous now :) Bella has been climbing again today.glad you had a super birthday! Hugs, Carole Z X

Carole Z said...

Oh and I hit send too early, thank you!!!! Carole Z X

Planetsusie said...

Hi Christine I'm catching up as usual and I think the gift bag is great - you are inspiring.

As for Carole's chucks - they are talented and they even supervised the building of their new home!!

Hugs Sue Pxxx

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