The rest of my afternoon was more or less taken up making little gift cards (which Karen had shown on her blog) using the Christmas supplies I already had. However, I can't really show you them or it will spoil the surprise for those who are getting them.
Instead, I took a few photos of some of my favourite Christmas ornaments. I recently started reading Karen's blog (yes, another Karen!) and she was talking about having got a 50mm lens and had been taking some photos with it. I got my 50mm lens some time ago but haven't really tried it out properly so today I decided to put it on my camera and take a few photos to see how I got on. I think the reason I haven't played much with it before is because I've been quite lazy ;o), it's so easy to put on a zoom lens and zoom in and out as you please without having to move much. However, I do like the results I got with the 50mm and think I'll be playing a lot more with it in the near future. (I'd like to thank all the ladies I've mentioned, for the inspiration I get from their blogs and for the ideas they are happy to share with everyone who reads their blogs. Isn't the internet a wonderful thing! Thank you!) My glass Santa (above) and Snowman (below) came from a little shop in East Grinstead. They used to have the most beautiful ornaments but, unfortunately, they closed down a little while ago and although the new owners kept the shop name, it's not as nice as it used to be.I bought the ornament below when I was in Denmark in 1984! I stayed with my Dad's cousin and her family for a couple of weeks and had a fantastic time. I was there at the end of November (I think) and got to see the Christmas market - which I loved! I bought a few ornaments but this is one of only a couple that have survived our moves backwards and forwards between South Africa and England. One day I'd love to go back to a Christmas market in Denmark to stock up again. And finally, a photo of Emily. She is getting so grown up and is so pretty (I know I'm biased but I do think she's pretty!). It's not often she'll let me take her photo and although I only took this one tonight, I love the way it turned out. I hope you've all had a good weekend and are ready for the final countdown to Christmas! I hope to post my layout for today, tomorrow.