Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Snowman Gift Bag!

Hello to you All, Blogging Friends and Visitors alike,

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last card, everyone is so busy just now, so I really do appreciate your visit.

I hope you are all well and coping with the manic run up to Christmas, it's just so frightening to think we are almost there.

I'm fortunate that I'm on holiday, again, this is the first time I've ever had so many holidays at the one time, and it will never happen again, so I'm making the most of it.  This has come about because I was on sick leave for so long and now my holidays have to be taken before January. There is too another piece of news,  as I was going through my phased return, I knew I could never go back to full-time within this particular job, so I requested reduced hours, little thinking it could be managed, we really do need all our full-time staff, but the organisation thought about it and offered me 18hrs, just a little over half of what I do at present. So after great deliberations and looking at finances, I've accepted.   My hope is that I will be less tired, and less involved, so I begin on 1st. January.  This is really quite a big step as I've never worked anything less than full-time in all my years of employment, not even when Damian was small, however, I'm looking as it as a winding down until I can properly retire in 2017.

So to my offering of today;
Something a little different for me,  my Chior buddy Fiona, adores the Snowman, well who doesn't, so I decided to make this to put her gift into.
MB dies
Snowman topper from Crafters Companion Magazine
Papers from CD
Core'dination Navy Card
Lace and dew drops from Hobby Craft
Sentiment, one from my stash

That's all for now, have a fab day whatever your doing,


Marie-Louise said...

Kate - sorry I have missed your last few beautiful cards. I love this gift bag - really nice.

rachel said...

Hi Kate - what a gorgeous gift bag - this is so pretty - I just love the snowman - you know its Christmas when thats on the telly! Big Hugs rachel x

Sue said...

This is gift bag is adorable Kate I love the Snowman such a beautiful image lots of huggles Sue xx

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Kate, the Snowman image is making sing along, funnly hoe that happens. Gorgeous bag so well executed, love it. Great news that you can go part time, hope this resolves your health probs.

Wilma x x x

Doreen said...

Just gorgeous,love the design and fab

hotpotato said...

great news you got your hours reduced at work as of New Year. Moneys not everything, though I agree it does help but your health is more important and you can fill your spare time crafting! Every cloud has a silver lining.

Rita said...

Fantastic gift bag Kate. I'm sure your friend will love it. Great News on the work front. Your health is more important. Hugs Rita xxx

Patricia said...

Great bag Kate love the Snowman image and all your lovely embellishments.
Your news on the Job Front is brilliant. Enjoy the free time now and after January.

Patricia xxx

Sue said...

Your friend is sure to love this Kate. The image adorable and I love the detailing.
That is great news about your job.
hugs Sue xx

Hazel said...

Kate love your gift bag, it's true who doesn't love the snowman. Make the most of your free time, and just enjoy your reduced hours, money isn't as important as your health. Hazel xxx

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous bag Kate. I love the snowman image - he's brilliant.
Enjoy your new hours, and take some time for yourself
Lorraine x

Christine Harrop said...

Love you gift bag Kate. Good for you on the job front. I cut back to 32 hours in the last couple of years before I retired, and it made actual retirement much easier. Even one extra day made such a difference. Enjoy it! Hugs Christine xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Firstly, its wonderful news about the reduction in hours. Hopefully this will give you the breathing space you want and need. You're a lovely lady and I'm very happy for you.
As for the bag, another bit of wonderful. How to make a gift that bit more special.
Best wishes Hen ! ( I believe that's Scottish for chuck)
Ang x

Norma said...

Hi Kate:) Beautiful gift bag and OMG! I loved your cards below with the kittens and the stocking so so cute:) Enjoy your Holidays and the extra time you will have due to your decided hour reductions:) Happy Holidays!!
Big Hugs,

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Kate this is a gorgeous gift bag, I love the Snowman! Great news about your part time hours it should make a great difference for you! Susan x

Sandy said...

What a lovely snowman bag Kate. I bought that video for my grand kids one year and I never tire of hearing the beautiful music. Glad you have new hours and hope you are doing okay and feeling up to snuff. Merry Christmas to you and Alistair!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Great news on reducing your hours, sounds very sensible. Fab bag, love The Snowman too x

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie this is gorgeous I so love your creation, huggles Pops x x x

Diane said...

Darling gift bag Kate the gorgeous snowman will be a big hit. Have a wonderful holiday and New Year. Looking forward to all your fabulous new creations for 2014.

Hugs Kate

Marlene Atkinson said...

A gorgeous gift bag Kate, the snowman is beautiful. Marlene

Erika said...

I don't know how I missed this Kate, a super gift bag. The snowman always makes me smile as it reminds me of the Iron bru Christmas it!
Hope you had a super Christmas and all the best for a crafty 2014!

Hugs Erika.

Amber Holder said...

What a gorgeous gift bag! I hope your new job arrangement suites you well and allows you plenty of rest and free time.

Best crafty wishes!
Staying Crafty