Watch the birdie

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Happy Advent everyone. Hope you have, like me, been digging out your Advent calendars? We (I’m using the royal we in this instance) have been putting up the outdoor lights which we always switch on on the 1st December.  I also have an Advent candle which is something that I have always had ever since I was little. You remember me telling you about the tradition of reading Enid Blyton’s Christmas Book? Well, that was always by the light of the Advent candle. It always took ages to burn down to number one and then there would be evenings when you would you would burn down too much.

My day started off with a lovely Advent surprise from my friend and work colleague, Rae, who is just as nuts about Christmas as me. Look what she got me:

How fab is that? I’ve been panicking because I hadn’t yet started my famed Christmas lists – well today I have. Thank you Rae.

In between all the Advent preparations I did manage to squeeze in a little crafting and made a little Christmas card to enter for Crafty Ann’s challenge which is to use a bird or animal.

I made a little pink birdhouse from some pink card and added a red roof. I trimmed the roof with some white mini pom-pom. I hadn’t intentionally made the roof look like a santa hat, but it just came out that way so I topped it off with an extra white bobble.  The entrance to the house is a little white brad.

I stamped a robin next to the birdhouse and then stamped the same image on to plain card and coloured it in. I cut out the main part of the body and used 3D foam to mount it on top of the stamped image. I also made a little green tree and placed it next to the house.

I’ve added a cluster of holly and “pine” branches with a glittery red pom pom, red buttons, a white seam binding bow topped with one made out of cherry baker’s twine. To finish, I gave everything a good frosting of clear glitter.

Isn’t that little robin adorable? Once again it is a stamp I’ve had for ages. It reminds me of another book I’ve had for ages and which I can’t believe has disappeared. It was called The Tale of the Jolly Robin and had beautiful vintage images. I’m sure we wouldn’t have thrown it away and really hope that when I have my grand clear out in 2013 that it turns up. There are some pictures from the book here.


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