A new blue bonnet for Christmas! (on a vintage style handmade Christmas Card)

I still have the Christmas Crafting Box out next to me on the floor where I’m sitting at my desk…  and since I was still in the ‘Christmas’ frame of mind from the last card I made, I began this card (above) on Friday afternoon, . . . but then Little Cobs (Grandson) came on Saturday, and, just like any fabulous grandchild does, he shares with me all the germs he’s caught during the week at school (he’s 5), and this week he shared the germs which gave him an ear infection – however they changed somewhere in the passing and gave me a temperature and made me feel like a wilted weed!  I woke up at 3am gasping for breath and absolutely drenched.  I have no idea what my temperature was but I’m pretty sure someone could have fried an egg on me had they tried!

Thankfully things are getting back to normal again, but I really think we should build a sheep dip at the front door so that we can dip him in antiseptic before he crosses the threshold in an attempt to remove all the germs he’s bringing with him!

Anyhoo  I’m supposed to be talking about this card so I’ll get on with it.

Made on a 7″x7″ white card, using some Red Corrugated card as a layer to bring the Christmas colour into the card.

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I bought a pack of decorative papers last year, with Christmas images on them and hadn’t used them.  There were 2 of each design in the pack.  And it was this little girl, in her new blue bonnet which was so sweet that I chose her to theme this card around.  I used both sheets of this design, layering one sheet onto the Christmas Red corrugated card, and then cutting into the second sheet in order to pick out some details and over-lay them using foam tabs, so giving depth to the card.

The large snowflakes are wooden ones, which I painted white, and while the paint was dry I gently sprinkled a little fine glitter over them so that they would have that more ‘frosty’ look.  The Red/pink four petal flowers around the left side of the card, I actually picked up in a charity shop about a year ago.  It looked as if someone was clearing some of their stash from their craft room and I found these flowers.  Didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but at 75p for a large cellophane bag full of them, I decided to buy them because I knew I’d use them at some point.  And … look!   I am!

I added the blue ‘crystal’ centres to the flowers, in a nod to the colour of the bonnet which the little girl is wearing.  I wanted a ‘conversation’ to be going on between the colours.

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The little wooden frame is one from a selection by Docrafts, and the sequins are from my stash.  To finish the card off,  I added the little silver metal Christmas Stocking Charm (right top corner) with a Christmas Red Ribbon tied to it and … that, as they say, is all there was to it.

If I’ve missed anything or you want to know about something, please just ask away in a comment.  I promise I’ll reply.

Well Halloween came and went, and I was rather happy when the day had drawn to a close, because we had out busiest Halloween night, EVER, and I only had three bags of sweets left, and had begun to panic.

I went through my whole supply of cellophane C5 size bags and had none left!  I’d begun by making  about 12 cellophane bags, each filled with either a sucking lolly or a (drumstick) chewy lolly,  plus a pack of parma violets; a Roses chocolate;  a humbug; a chocolate eclair;  2 chocolate Ghost;  2 chocolate eyeballs;  and two chocolate coins.  We thought, judging on previous years, that those 12 bags filled with assorted sweets would very likely be enough.  Oh how wrong were we!

After just ten minutes I had to throw more bags together as fast as I could,  but before I’d managed to finish the doorbell wrang again and I had to leave Mr. Cobs to seal the bags up, while I kept the little ones and their mummies and daddies talking at the door (admiring their costumes and having a conversation about how wonderful the Princess’s were, and how scary the ghosts and ghouls were), while Mr.Cobs quickly sealed the bags and scrambled out to the door to bring me more supplies.  And that happened again, and again.

Sometimes there was just one little darling with a daddy or mummy, and sometimes there were five.  On one visit, there were five little ones, three girls and two boys, and as I was talking to the little ghostly bride she was doing a familiar jiggle.  I bent over and whispered in a stage whisper (so that mummy could hear what I was saying) …  “Oh Beautiful Ghostly Bride … do you by any chance need a wee?” “No,  no I don’t.”   ….  “You don’t?  Are you sure poppet?”  …  “Yes I’m sure…..  Uhm . . .   Actually …. I do!   The jiggle had got ever-so more jiggly.  Mummy stepped forward and said … “Oh dear,  I think she does, yes”. So … not only did I have ghosts and ghouls at the front door on Halloween …. I even had a spook in my bathroom!  And I noticed that the jiggle had gone by the time she collected her bag of sweets from me on the way out of the front door.  lol.  Bless her heart.

They were all so, so lovely and so very sweet.  I couldn’t pick a favourite out of them all if I tried to.  I just wanted to scoop them all up and squidge them  …  which I think was because I was missing Little Cobs – who was still suffering with his virus so sadly couldn’t go out Trick or Treating.  Ah well … there’s always next year.

Aww anyhoo …  HAPPY WEDNESDAY all!  May your day bring with it some smiles, and a sense of peace with it.  May any mail you receive from the postman/lady be of the happy type, and may you find a parking space, sat waiting just for you, if you happen to go out in your car today.

Be good to yourself,  and each other.

Sending you a squidge ~

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35 thoughts on “A new blue bonnet for Christmas! (on a vintage style handmade Christmas Card)

  1. The card is beautiful!!! Love the blue flower centers.
    That was so nice of your grandson to share with you…..someone taught him well.
    I envy you, your little trick or treaters. We live in the country and do not get any out here. It is always a very quiet night here on Halloween.

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    • Hello Chicken!
      Thrilled you lik the card.
      Yerrrrs.. Little Cobs loves to share his germs with me. Bless his heart lol.

      Our little Trick or Treaters were such little darlings. Even the eldest one we had, a neighbours child and who’s mum and dad (and dog, who I could have run off with!) accompanyied her – was such a total delight. So engaging and chatty. I had a ball of a time with them all.

      I would love to be able to wave a magic wand and give you a couple of hours of little trick or treaters knocking on your door. It’s such genuinely, beautiful innocent fun, and the chance to just do a bit of giggling with fabulously festooned, excited little ones.
      Sending big squidges your way ~ love, Cobs. x

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  2. Beautiful card, i can see why you were inspired by the girl in the blue bonnet. I am so sorry about your grandson getting sick but have to say your sheep dip idea is inspired. If for nothing else but a fantstic laugh that brightened my evening. Wonderful post!

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  3. Sorry to hear that you caught something from Little Cobs – I hope you are past the worst of it. Your card is lovely – another mantle decoration for someone to reuse year after year!

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    • Twas a bit of a bug which just gave me a temperature high enough to get the wok out and cook a stir fry, and it gave me a bit of a fuzzy feeling. But feeling back to normal now.

      Thank you Kathy, for the lovely comment. I’m chuffed to pieces that you like the card.
      Sending you a squidge from me here to you there ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Lovely Christmas Card! Reminds me of a Victorian Vintage card 🙂 Oh, those germs 😦 I am thrilled to hear you are both better! I enjoyed the Halloween evening you had there! They must of heard of the lovely lady that lives there by word of mouth, and delicious goody bags too! 🙂 sending well wishes and hugs blogging friend 🙂
    xxxxx

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    • Hello dearest Ruthie.
      You have, as always, brought Sunshine with you. You are the sunshine, my lovely blogging friend.

      I’m absolutely delighted that you like the card, and yes, Victorian vintage in style. I really enjoyed making it.

      With regard to Halloween … I think it was more the outside decorations which brought little ones and their mummies and daddies to our home, than anything else Ruthie. They were entranced by the ‘floating’ multi-coloured witches hats, and the floating in mid-air stripey witchy stocking inside witchy boots. Oh .. and all the white, wispy cobwebs which some ‘spiders’ had apparently covered our cottage in. Huge great spiders webs, some just hanging in mid air or hanging down over the porch gently swaying in the breeze, giving them a ‘real web’ look.

      We’d purposely left the window to the side of the porch very slightly open so that we could hear the little ones as they came towards out porch. We stood giggling together in our hallway, as we heard them calling to mums and dads:- … “MOM! Come and look at this!”
      and ..
      Dad!! There are witches hats …. OH!! THERE’S AN OWL!!! AND A CROW …. AND A BIG MOUSE!!! AND BOOTS!

      I’m not sure who had the most fun … them or us! LOL 🙂

      Great to see you Ruthie. Sending you hugs ~Cobs. x

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  5. Dearest Wilting Weed,
    Hope you are feeling oh so much better after Little Cobs so very kindly shared his bugs with you …he’s only 5 and already has learnt the important social art of sharing I’m impressed
    The tale of Halloween visitors was so adorable thank you for passing it on
    Now more importantly the card !! WOWZER another triumph, you put all the elements together with such panache 🙂
    Your Faithfully
    Mrs Hard at Work x

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    • Dear Mrs Hard at Work,
      Yeah … we’re impressed with his germs as well. He comes with a whole set of new ones, every. single. week! :/ …. and I seem to catch them all. (Mr.Cobs says it’s because my immune system is low. I reckon it’s because my one brain cell is of the ‘idiot’ variety).

      Re the Halloween Visitors … if you could have seen Cobs the Bogeyman and I stood in our hallway giggling like great big children as we listened to these little ones walking up to our porch and then stood outside the door Ooooohing and Ahhhing and squealing about the witches hats floating above them, along with the witchy legs and boots and the Owl, big black crow, rat etc we’d placed in particular places within our porch, for little ones to spot … and there we were, listening to them from inside the house, in the hallway, with me with my hands clapped across my mouth, bent double and giggling, and Mr.C saying “Shhhhhh! They’ll hear you” … but him guffawing so loudly that he was drowning me out anyway .. you’d have thought we were more adorable. LOLOLOL.

      So happy that you like the card P.
      Now go back to work and be a good girl. 😉
      Ooodles of squidges ~ Cobs.x

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  6. Sounds like you had a humdinger of a bug! Glad you are feeling a bit better now. I’d definitely consider the sheep dip for all visitors in future! Your card is awesome. Even more so if you made it with a fuzzy head!

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  7. Lovely card and a gorgeous colour scheme. I’m with you on the germ front – I actually think they should be hosed down with disinfectant before leaving school ha ha – I say this as I am currently sat full of cold caught of my delightful little people only with them they shake it off whereas I’m on day 4 and still feeling no better, in fact possibly worse (memories of their lovely virus this time last year which left me with a sinus infection that took almost a month to shift are not helping!)

    We had no trick or treaters on Halloween and I can’t say I’m sorry either. We were all full of cold and husband was going out so I was left with an enormous bag of chocolate 🙂 Hannah x

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    • Hannah .. I’m sat here smiling. I’m tickled about the enormous bag of chocolate and your happiness at having no Trick or Treaters.

      Aw I’m so sorry to hear that you’re being attacked by horrible little bug(ger)s … but secretly thrilled that even in all that bug laden air which is following you around, you haven’t lost your sense of humour and fun. Because one of the reasons Iove you is your sense of humour and fun.

      Hope you feel better soon my fabulous friend.
      Glad you like the card!
      Sending gentle hugs, and a whopping bottle of antiseptic for Mr. Hannah to build a sheep dip at the front door, in order to dip those babies of yours into it and get rid of all those school acquired bugs!!. That should sort at least 97% of ’em! lol
      ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Flo.
      Aw, I’m tickled pink that you like the card. Thank you, my fabulous blogging friend.

      Yes, a lot better now thanks. Just in time for Little Cobs to visit for the day again and bring a new batch of germs which he’s acquired in school this week. LOL.
      Sending oodles of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  8. Mrs. Cobs,
    A beautiful period card and the little girl’s picture- adorable. They probably don’t make rolly polly little girls like that any more or have you seen any ?:)
    I love your trick and treating story. I wish I could have come and booed down your chimney.
    You really have fun and enjoy every little moment of your life, which is as it should be.
    Love your posts.
    Susie

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    • Aw no, I don’t see her as rolly polly. I think she’s a beautiful little girl with amazing eyes. Little girls do have cheeks which are a little more fleshy, so no, I don’t see that little girl and think rolly polly. I just see a beautiful little girl.

      Thank you for your comment, Susieshy.

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  9. Please call me Susie. I gave myself that name on blogosphere as I was rather shy about putting things about my life online.
    I love little girls too but I think the girls like you see in the picture are very rarely seen nowadays.
    Susie

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