Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Christmas Cottage

Todays card is one I get asked for year after year. It is an image from a Joanna Sheen cdrom. There are many Joanna Sheen cdroms that are now retired but it is always worth while having a look on ebay or a similar site to see what is available. I have been lucky enough to collect the whole range that has been produced by Joanna and use them all over the year. I have mounted the image onto some mirror board and of course have glittered the image. This is an A5 card so you will able to judge that this is a large image. On the sheet that you print out, you also get 2 smaller images, which are ideal for 5x7 or A6 cards. So printing is very economical. There is something quite magical about these cottage images..the snow on the hedges and the trees all glittering.
Talking of glittering snow..we had glittering hail and snow here in the mountains today. The hail came down fast and furiously...senting cats back into the house at great speed. It was huge and within minutes the whole place was white. Since then we have had more hail, snow and rain. At the moment it is very slushy..but goodness knows what will happen if it freezes. Son has walked round the village today and delivered all the christmas cards and presents. When he returned he did look as if he had been dipped into a lake by a giant I have to say that he took it all with good grace...the festive season has crept in.
Well the coffee is calling and some presents that I ordered have finally the next hour will be taken up fighting with the wrapping It is a total joy wrapping presents in this house...there is always a cat who thinks that you only have got that roll of paper out to play with them. So begins a tug of war that I always lose to teeth and claws. So until tomorrow..take care and happy crafting.

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