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Sunday, 23 December 2012

merry christmas


Wishing you much Love, Peace & Joy in this festive season and a very happy 2013. 
Have a relaxing few days and surround yourself with your loved ones. 

Carolyn x


Oh and the winner of the giveaway is... Ruthi, well done! Please could you send your email address to carolyn[at]carolyncarter.co.uk and I'll contact you regarding postage details. Thank you

And thanks to you lovely people that took the time to enter, I wish I could give you all a prize!

Friday, 21 December 2012

3 more days to go...


I have been feeling in the festive mood for about 2 weeks now... I'm loving it. But when David said he didn't feel Christmassy AT ALL yesterday... we had to do something! So we all wrapped up warm and braved the rain, heading into the city to see the Christmas lights in town and browse the German market.




To top it off we treated ourselves to a hot chocolate in a cosy, candlelit cafe.



Nice memories for them I hope...

Anyway, I am about to head off to do a food shop... not looking forward to it, delaying the inevitable I suppose. Fingers crossed it won't be too bonkers out there. :)


P.s... My giveaway ends this weekend... so enter soon!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

*Giveaway*


As a little Christmas gesture for the lovely support and kind comments I've been receiving on my blog lately, I thought I would do a giveaway. 

So for a chance to win one of my 2013 calendars & a pack of postcards... please leave a comment on this post or on my facebook page.


I'll announce the winner at the end of the week. :)

We had a lovely weekend doing some Christmassy things with the girls. We saw a fun, local production of the Elves & the Shoemaker on Saturday & then threw a little party at our new place on Sunday afternoon.


We made a batch of this delicious mulled wine from Jamie Oliver's website - possibly the best I've tasted. So may yummy spices & flavours in 1 cup, so highly recommended by me if you're thinking to make some...

Anyway, I hope you are all having a wonderful lead up to Christmas and you're not getting too caught up with the manic spending side of it all. 

xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12.12.12

Hello! Happy 12.12.12 day! (?)

So I thought I'd post a little update from this last week..

First up, the Christmas craft fair last weekend went really well. In fact it couldn't have gone better considering it was my first proper one (let's ignore the one the week before). I sold a fair bit and got a lot of interest in my work... including my portrait stuff too. So a pat on the back and big smiles there.

I was honoured to be a part of such a good fair - with some great talent (i managed to do a bit of shopping myself!). The event was organised by the wonderful 'crafty muthas', they do one in the spring as well... so hopefully I'll get a stall for that one too!

(Me at my stall sampling the homemade celeriac soup.)



A lot of energy went into getting ready for this and it well and truly paid off :) ....but i was completely wiped out afterwards! Nothing that a hot bath and good night sleep didn't sort out though.

We spent Sunday getting into the Christmas spirit with the girls... I'm really looking forward to a little holiday time now.


 

Apologies... all these photos were taken on my phone, except this one...

... can you tell?

I'll admit to having been a bit lazy with my camera recently. But it'll be dusted off in the next day or two as I have 2 commissions this weekend.

So now we are well into the swing of Christmas here... how about you?

xx

Monday, 3 December 2012




So Sunday's craft fair turned out to be a little disappointing... admittedly it was a risk as I signed up to it with out even knowing what it would be like or who else would be there (I've learnt my lesson!). Either it hadn't been advertised properly or the location was a bit pants (probably both!), the long and the short of it was... no one came! 

So we sat there, we drank tea and got cold, we bought a few bits from one anothers stalls and had a little chinwag. Some friends of mine turned up for morale support and probably generated the most sales for everyone there *high five!*


(Prepping the night before...and staying warm.)


So I'm viewing it as more of a dress rehearsal for this coming Saturday's Winter Fair with the 'crafty muthas' in Bearwood. After Sunday, I have reorganised my table display, decided what looked good and what didn't, what needs to be more eye catching...etc, plus I will remember to take a packed lunch too!


Here's the info... 



If you're local please do come along and support all the talented crafters & artists. I went to the first one a couple of weeks back and all the stalls have really lovely stuff and in most cases far better than what you'd find on the high street. 

If you're not local to me, then do find your nearest handmade fair and go and support them. When so much these days is mass produced family & friends will appreciate something that is unique & made with a bit of love and care this Christmas...



p.s. I'm doing a giveaway on here in the next day or two, so pop back soon. x

Friday, 30 November 2012


After months of half finished pieces and balls of wool dotted over the house, nights of sitting with my crochet hook, half concentrating, half nattering or watching some telly .. I've gathered together the final products... the sellable ones... in preparation for my first craft fair this Sunday. 

Alongside my calendars and postcards I plan on having a little basket of these woolly creations. Prices are starting cheap as they are kind of the beginning of something.. an experiment perhaps - that I hope will develop. 

Knitting and crochet was an unexpected hobby that I've really gotten into. One of the ways I've have been able to be expressive and creative, alongside being Mummy at home with my girlies.



Stock includes wrist warmers and cowls in various colours and wools.

The first fair is this Sunday (1st Dec), at... 
The Hub, Vicarage Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham. 

If your local be sure to drop in and say hi! 

I'll post some photos of the event next week. Have a great weekend. x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

I read this quote on a blog recently....

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” 

I like her thinking.


I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Sunday nights do have a certain charm about them, particularly at this time of year. I'm not one for putting the decor up too early, but I've started thinking about where we might put the tree. 

Anyway, just wanted to stop by here and say 'hi' ... Have a good week. x


(These photos were taken last weekend when we visited my sister down in Hove.)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Meet Asher...

... the newest member of our family. He's 1 month old and we had the pleasure of meeting him for the first time last weekend.

I got some snaps of him and thought I'd share some on here...







Cousins getting cosy! (Anouk has such a soft spot for him!)

His beautiful crib and handmade mobile... birds on a twig, made by his clever Mummy.




I enjoyed my cuddles too.


You can see more of my portrait work on my website if you fancy. 

Hope everyone's having a lovely week... despite the horrid weather. I am keeping dry & hibernating indoors, doing some finishing touches to the new house and when I get the chance curling up with either my knitting or my girls. :)

Don't forget about my new 2013 calendars which you can order from my online shop, it's been a slow start so hopefully I'll get some eager buyers this week. ;)

xx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Decorating for girls...

For me, one of the most fun parts about moving into our own home was decorating the girls rooms... 

At the moment they have a room of their own. With our youngest being an earlier riser we are keeping them apart a little longer.

I may post some pictures of the final outcome in a couple of weeks if you like and if I'm brave enough to share... but I just thought I'd put up some of my inspiration for the decor, for me as much as anyone that might read this...
I'm no expert, I have simply tried to incorporate things I have liked from design blogs, magazines and (more importantly) my own girls tastes & characters!

...


First up, vintage fabrics, toys or furniture are a favourite look - they look really cool and create an authentic feel to the room. The combination of vintage and modern is very appealing to me and I've managed to bag some great finds in the local charity shops round here. 

Source: babyspace.net.au 






Fun artwork, photographs, posters or postcards dotted about... give a more personal touch.



Colour on white is fun and helps things stand out.


Organisation is helpful... for tidying away at the end of the day and can look good too.





Creative areas, i.e. book corners, area for arts & crafts, little desk.


Soft lighting, for bedtime reading and winding down at the end of the day.


Display special nicnacs and treasured ornaments creatively...

Source: decor8blog.com 

Toys put away, out of sight - kids forget all about them, so when you bring them out for them to play with, they appreciate them more and it's like Christmas!

Source: krickelin.net 

And most importantly, as you can see ... 'girly' doesn't have to be naff and sugary with pink fluffy bunnies everywhere. ;)


The End. 

:)