Thursday, 13 October 2011


Thing mas, I refuse to say the Christ bit until 1st of December but it doesn't stop my thoughts wandering there and related projects. Apart from some teapots and other small bits and pieces ( I now have loads of UFO's)  I haven't done any mini-ing for months,mainly because my head has been all over the place with work but last week common sense reigned, and a campaign to get me back by the staff,  I am now back in the medical block. So yesterday I decided to get my life back on track and get some serious stuff done. I have a beautiful Fibre Optic Xmas tree that I bought at the Dolls House Emporium at Houghton Hall, near Carlisle a few years ago, which always goes out side my dh at thing-mas but I wanted more of a scene and had a idea floating round about Santa and his sleigh loaded with presents. So last night was the night to start it. After finding the project

This is a printie but I planned to use it as a template and make a more substantial one from card stock and bass wood. Got all my supplies together and then realised I needed a new blade in my Stanley knife, replace it, check, but with what happened next I don't know whether that was a good or bad thing. Somehow I managed to twirl the knife in my grasp resulting in one rather nasty gash to my  index finger. Fast forward 45 mins and it is still bleeding, although abating, and I am beginning to wonder whether it needs stitching. Decisions, Ermm  a long night in AE or a chilled bottle of dry, white in the fridge. The wine won, but I still haven't had the courage to take the plaster/band aid off this morning. Do you know how difficult it is to work without putting pressure on your index finger? Right handed, right index finger, I think that is called Sod's law!! Anyway onwards and upwards, things went rather slowly and gingerly for the rest of the night and I didn't get as much done as I wanted but I did get the sides of the sleigh cut, I hoped to have it all constructed but Alas it wasn't to be.

I now have a dilemma, I want to dress Santa in Green, which was the original colour before coke cola got hold of him, and the question is "Would his sleigh have been green as well?" I've Googled it but am going round in circles so any suggestions or images would be gratefully received.

Going off topic, this unseasonally warm weather has produced a freak of nature in my garden. My lilac tree, which flowers in Spring, is shedding it's leaves for Autumn, but is also flowering. Albeit with small flowers but flowers never the less!!

See you later....


  1. I hope the finger gets better soon - it must have been maddening for you when that happened given you were all set to go.

    I can't help you with the sleigh I'm afraid but I'm looking forward to seeing you creating it.

  2. Ouch! I have a scar on my leg where I stabbed myself with a craft knife. What a nice pattern, I would paint it red. Can't wait to see your Santa and sleigh.