Sunday, 24 December 2017

The Night Before Christmas!

Hello to You all, I hope you are well and ready for tomorrow. 

I'm all prepared, and too bad if there is something forgotten, not the end of the world.

Christmas time for me and Damian has mixed emotions, as my mum died  on the 17th of December and her funeral was on Christmas Eve, an although that was 13 years ago, it still feels like yesterday. However, I was lucky to have mum as long as I did.  Christmas can be a difficult time for may folks for all sorts of reasons, and it's a time of reflection for all the good things in my life, and a reminder to not take it all for granted. Whilst I was still working I worked with many people who had nothing much, even not good health.  So Yes I have many blessings.

I want to thank everyone of my lovely blog Followers and Visitors for all your words of encouragement throughout the year, I appreciated all your visits and comments.

Here is my last card for the year and it is just so perfect for today;
This charming image is from Crafty Individuals, I love it.

Wishing You All a Very Merry and Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year, I hope 2018 will be a kind year to Everyone.

Love and Hugs 



Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for all your lovely comments. Merry Christmas to you and Alastair. Looking forward to seeing what he gets up to next year, your posts make me smile x

Wendy L said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, xxxx

Christine Harrop said...

Lovely card Kate. I know what you mean about mixed feelings about Christmas. My dad died on Christmas Day 2000 and my mum died two weeks before Christmas 8 years later and her funeral was a few days before Christmas. Plus I have other issues to overcome this year. But I think the important thing is to try and make the best of it and smile over the memories. Have a lovely Christmas. Hugs Christine xx

meg said...

Beautiful card Kate, I hope you all enjoy Christmas and remember happy times with your mum, love Meg xx

Flo Langley said...

Gorgeous card Kate. I always enjoy reading your posts and looking at your wonderful creations. Looking forward to seeing more in the New Year.
Sending more Christmas hugs, Flo xxx

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Kate! I would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and remember happy times you shared with your mum.
Sending lots of hugs
Linda xxx

Viv's Visuals said...

Lovely card! Happy Christmas.

Lorraine said...

A fabulous card Kate.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas
Lorraine x

Mac Mable said...

Yes the perfect card for today and yes it is a time for reflection x

Sandy said...

Hey Sugar! What a perfect image for a Christmas card and as I am viewing your blog on Christmas Eve Day -- it really is perfect!
Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas card you sent me Kate.
It really is stunning. Thank you for thinking of me.
I haven't sent out a single Christmas card this year -- I just have not been up to snuff this year and let time get away from me.
I do not follow many people on line anymore but I keep up with you. As you know, I love to read about your life with Alistair , Damian and the cat and dogs.
Christmas can be a sad time of year -- I think one feels more deeply about the people in need. And I know how you feel about the death of your Mum. My grandmother died some 45 years ago and I feel as if it was yesterday. I still feel the pain and miss her terribly.
Merry Christmas sweet friend - I am so glad our paths crossed.
Sandy xx

Barb said...

Your card is lovely Kate and the image is just perfect for the day - or should that be night. I'm tracking Santa on my laptop!

I understand what you mean. The magic went from Christmas when we lost our son but we do enjoy the day with a bachelor friend who has been spending Christmas Day with us for many years now. He's such a pleasure to feed and will always have seconds and the three of us raise our glasses at the dinner table and remember the loved ones who are no longer with us. I know I have much to be grateful for and give thanks for my warm comfy bed every night.

Wishing you and Alistair, Damien and Moreen and your furry family a very Happy and peaceful Christmas. and I look forward to visiting you again in the new year. Hugs, Barbxx

Anne said...

A perfect card for Christmas Eve Kate, that is such a lovely image.
I miss the excitement and magic of Santa coming, Christmas isn't the same now.
I enjoy visiting your blog and reading your posts, I always know there will be a nice card waiting for me too!
Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2018
Anne x

Jennifer Johnston said...

This is just a perfect card for Christmas Eve Kate, such a sweet image.
Thank you so much my dear friend for visiting and commenting on my blog, you never miss and I do appreciate it. I hope you, Alistair and your lovely family, not forgetting your furry friends lol! have A Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Love and Hugs Jennifer xx.

scrAPpamondo said...

Merry Christmas Kate!
Your card is adorable and love this CI image, it's so sweet!

Sally H said...

Merry Christmas lovely lady. I love your card! It's 17 years since I lost my mum, and I still miss her, but we are also making new memories and making the most of family time. As you say, we can be grateful for what we have got, and within that I know I am rich with friendship. I hope you and Damian have a lovely peaceful Christmas and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations in 2018 xxx

Mia said...

Beautiful card, Kate. Merry Christmas, my friend.

DIMI said...

What a lovely card Kate!
And the image is so sweet!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Happy holidays!

Diane said...

Gorgeous card Kate, wishing you the best of the New Year.

Hugs diane

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Such a lovely card & makes you think back to Christmas with the innocence of youth.
Mr D just asked if I'd had a happy Christmas, despite what's happening health wise & I said, we have a roof over our heads, we are warm and fed which is a lot more than some folk have.
Sometimes you have to count the blessings rather than the stressings.
Wishing you every happiness dear friend.
Ang x

rachel said...

A beautiful card Kate - i love that image - perfect for Christmas eve. Its certainly a time for reflection as you say - I too have much to be thankful for although sometimes its all to easy to forget! Thankyou for all your wise words throughout the year and your friendship. You are a lovely lady! Hugs Rachel x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A beautiful vintage feel to this card Kate and thanks for my card, it too was gorgeous. I hope you both had a lovely festive few days and wish you all the best for 2018.

cotnob said...

A fabulous card Kate, such a wonderful scene.
Thank you for all of your support throughout the year.
I hope you had a lovely Christmas.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Pat said...

What a sweet CI image Kate and love the pretty background. I can understand that losing your Mum so close to Christmas makes it harder to enjoy the festivities, but as you say we all have lots of things to be grateful for. I hope that aside you had a good Christmas and I know in Scotland new year is a much bigger celebration than it is down south, and I look forward to seeing lots more of your beautiful creations throughout 2018. x

Cara said...

A beautiful card, love the addition of lace. I hope that Christmas wasn't too bittersweet for you and that you were able to enjoy some of the festivities x

Dortesjs said...

happy new year to you dear friend, 2018 , thanks for the old year, your sweet comments and many visits I do appriciate them

Darnell said...

Happy New Year, dear Kate! I hope you and Alistair had an enjoyable Christmas in the Highlands! I love your card and your post reminding us of what we miss and what blessings we still enjoy! Take care and see you in the new year!! Hugs, Darnell

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Such a lovely card Kate. Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy, and blessed 2018. Happy New Year!!!!

Hot Guys said...

Hello there, Kate! First time visiting... I love cards, cats and socks as well! :)

Have a joyful New Year and, hope I get to see you around! ;)

Fit Studs

MaryH said...

Perfect card for this night, and I love the little tiny sprig of delicate lace behind the golden bells. I understand the bittersweet feeling of this time for you, but at least time has passed so that you can be thankful for the long years you had a wonderful Mom. It's a good time to reflect on the blessings we all have in our lives. Hope your Christmas and New Year were good days for you & A, and all of your sweet family. TFS & Hugs too. Happy 2018.

Sue said...

Oh my, what a sweet Christmas card. The children, the window with Santa flying away, so darn sweet. The pretty lace and bells. Lovely design, Kate.
I lost my Dad 25 years ago on Dec 22, and the funeral was on the 24th. So Christmas is always bittersweet with memories of happier times when we were all together. But the wee ones in our family remind us that life goes on and they bring the most joy to Christmas. Happy New Year Kate.