Christmas Sign Off

December 24, 2014 — 35 Comments

Well, I’ve just wrapped up on my last live TV show before Christmas, the tree is finally complete and I’m just about ready for the big day so I thought that it would be an opportune moment to pop a quick post on here before heading away from the internet for a few days.

First up, as you know, I have been popping quick snippets of handmade Christmas tree decorations on the blog over the last month or so but as yet haven’t shown you the fully decorated tree.

This is because I literally only got it finished yesterday! Lol.

Well, here she is!

Balsam Hill Christmas Tree - 1

There was a bit of a fight between the “kids” for the top spot …

Balsam Hill Christmas Tree - 2 Balsam Hill Christmas Tree - 3

… but all worked out happily in the end …

Balsam Hill Christmas Tree - 4


Anyway, it’s definitely got an eclectic (randomly happy) feel to it with some of this and a bit of that.

I decided to go without additional tinsel etc this time so that the handmade pieces could take centre stage and so that I could see the loveliness of my first ever Christmas tree. I did however add a few shop bought bits and bobs, but it’s mostly handmade – which was my goal for this year.

Each time I look at it I feel quite proud of what I have achieved here (especially given the time that I gave myself to do it in – fool!) and I hope that you have enjoyed following the journey in the previous posts.

Next year I think that I might pick a colour theme, or style, and try and make things a bit more in advance, that way I will have the time to truly enjoy making them and have more time to enjoy looking at them on the tree.

If you’ve missed any of the Christmas make posts, I thought it might be nice to collate them all into one place so I have made a little gallery section here with all of the things that I have worked on over the last month. Feel free to browse as you do your Brussels sprout fuelled trumps (thank heavens this internet thing doesn’t have smell-o-vision!) or mulled wine blurred vision ;)

No wonder I’m pooped!!!

Anyway, that’s where I am up to. I’m going to head off now and finish off a few little bits – and resist eating the chocolates that I bought for someone else – before sitting down with a nice hot cup of tea and a quiet book.

How did your Christmas plans work out? Did you get everything done that you wanted to? Are you ready – or ready to drop!? lol.

Either way, I hope that you enjoy doing whatever it is that you do on Christmas Day and would like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

Thank you for visiting me here over the least year and I hope to see you back here on the first of January 2015 !!! (Assuming that you’re not too hungover that is).

Love and virtual hugs!

J :)

35 responses to Christmas Sign Off


    Inspiring! 😃 Wishing you happy holidays!

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    Saw Jackie T’s comment. Sorry to hear you not feeling too well. Hope you are better soon.


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    Hi John your tree is gorgeous you have done a fantastic job. I hope you had a great Christmas. I noticed on Facebook that you aren’t feeling too well I do hope you feel better soon. Hugs Jackie

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    Fantastic tree with all the beautiful handmade decorations – well done John! A very Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you … many thanks for all the wonderful inspiration this year … we really do appreciate all your hard work! x

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    Your tree is lovely and I so enjoyed seeing what and how you made your decorations! May your Christmas be Merry and your New Year be Bright!
    Paper Hugs,

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    What a great family tree and each ornament with it’s own little story, don’t see this so often these days, maybe people will see the beauty of yours and be tempted to go for the homemade style themselves. Have a great Christmas and an even better New Year.

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    Your tree looks beautiful. The decs you have made really stand out. Sadly I have had this flu thing so lots of stuff didn’t get done. I look forward to your posts, and like you, I’ll make an early start next year. Lots of love on Christmas, have a fab time.
    Love and Light
    Sioux x x x x

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    Merry Christmas & well done, the tree is a masterpiece. Look forward to all your new creations in 2015. Hugs Kim x

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    wow amazing john wonderful as always. Thank you for your inspiration over this year. Loads to look forward to trying out next year. Thank you again and God Bless have an amazing day, put your feet up you deserve it. Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Maria. xxx

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    Hi John. I have sooo enjoyed reading your posts throughout the year, as they are both entertaining and informative. Many thanks for all your hard work. I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year. B :-) x

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    Merry Christmas John, your tree looks just fabulous, love following your blog and seeing the lovely things you make, I especially like the patchwork, I bought your bag pattern, and plan to make it after Christmas when I get my new Renaissance machine from Santa. Have a wonderful time and will def. be logging on to your blog in 2015 .🎅🎅xx

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    Thank you. Merry Christmas to you john and your family

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    Well done with your first ever tree. It is lovely. Thank you so very much for sharing all the stages of it’s decoration. Next year I hope to copy your ideas as I didn’t have time this year as I’d left all my Christmas cards to the last minute and I look forward to your projects for next year too. Thanks also for all your work with the scan n cut – without you and Mel I would never have taken the plunge and bought one. After that I was so happy with it I bought another to take away with me as I couldn’t bear to be without it. I truly hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year.

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    Happy Christmas John. I’m a newbie to your blog but have enjoyed seeing your makes. Wish I had your energy x

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    WOW! Your Christmas tree looks wondeful – well done. Many thanks for all your inspiration over the year. I am now ready for the big day! Spending it with family (at their house!) So nice & relaxing (they are doing the catering!!) also grandson No 4’s first Christmas! He will is 11 months! It will be fun! There are so many presents you can hardly see the christmas tree!!

    Happy Christmas & all the best for a happy crafty 2015! Look forward to your blogs in the new year to inspire us all once again.

    Christmas hugs

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    Hi John, Very Merry Christmas to you and yours, your posts have been appreciated over the months and I look forward to next years offerings. Peace and good Health for 2015 – one of course happy crafting one and all x

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    hi John
    thanks for all the posts this year and all the good avice just got the rhinestone kit so hopefully will be playing have a great christmas and new year Janet xx

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    Your tree looks lush just like I knew it would. I decided to make a garland to dress my window from the cute gingerbread chaps and candy canes. Can’t imagine doing something like that by hand now, my ‘Brian’ scan n cut is earning its keep!
    Now all that’s left to say is MERRY CHRISTMAS! And Happy and Creative New Year to you and all your followers.

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    Well done, I am ready to drop !!! hubby decided to take charge and everything was regimental, crockery, glassware and cutlery all gleaming, deccies and lights up, and every where gleaming, it seems as though we were having royalty instead of son, missus and his mother in law plus my sister and her fella, they have been for Christmas many times and I coped, but at least he is taking part instead of being a misery. Hope you have a delightful and peaceful Christmas, looking forward to the new year goodies you will delight us with xx

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    Have a lovely time John……Thank you for all your inspiration and research (esp for the scan’n’cut!!!) xx

    Sharon from Belfast xx

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    Merry Christmas John and Thankyou for sharing your Tree! Also, thankyou for all your inspiration, help and advice. Dee xx

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    Hi John
    Love your tree. Just finished and delivered by cards, thank you ScanNCut. Happy Christmas and read you in the New Year. Carol, Lincolnshire.

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    Happy Christmas John, thank you for all your inspiration. xx

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    Lovely tree, time to put your feet up & enjoy a rest.
    Merry Christmas.
    Regards Joy x

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    Hi John I think your tree looks fabulous! At least you have completed what you wanted to do. Not like me, I am still making cgristmas cards! I have four more to make and deliver before the weekend, but at least those people will receive them before the New Year gets here! Shame on me!!

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    Looking fab. Merry Christmas

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    Love your tree John well done ,Merry Christmas & Happy Newyear ,🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

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    Love your tree John. Thanks for all the ideas and How To’s you have posted. Happy Christmas and a peaceful and inspirational 2015.

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    Hi John your tree is glorious, have enjoyed your posts as usual enjoy the holidays all Best Wishes for a happy Christmas and peacefull New Year see you in 2015. xxx Sheena

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    Hi John

    Have enjoyed you blog very much. Have a merry Christmas, enjoy the tree with all its lovely decorations you made. Wishing you a happy, healthy, CRAFTY 2015!

    Christmas hugs

    ‘WheelyBad’ xxx

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    Hello John
    this is a nice tree! Well done for your first one.
    Your blog is ever so entertaining and creative, so I look forward to what you are up to in the next year.
    Our Christmas is today and we already got our presents… hahaha… don’t be jealous…
    Have a wonderful Christmas with all the people you love and enjoy the time together.
    Merry Christmas from Germany

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    Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year – 2015! Thanks for sharing with us all year – look forward to your adventures next year.

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    Thank you very much for all you have done and shown us and helped us with this last year and I hope you get every thing your little heart desires for Christmas and 2015 xx

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    Hi John thank you for your posts this year,i have enjoyed your company. Shirley and i both wish you a peacefull Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. Regards Allan

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