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23 December, 2008

Twas The Night Before Christmas….

Filed under: Christmas — Tags: — maggie mathern @ 11:10 pm

thought I would share this new version of the poem that a friend sent to me recently.  It is just so apt for a few people I know out there…and just to clarify…this has no reflection on me whatsoever…nup…not I LOL

Twas the night before Christmas, I’m glued to the tree

I’m wondering what Santa brought just for me

Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace? 

Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face

And that’s when I heard him, 
 “Hi Santa, ” I said

“You know…. good little girls should be in their beds.”

“I know I should Santa
 and now I’ve been caught,

But I was just so excited
 to see what you brought.”

“Well, let’s take a look
 in this room where you work. 

He shook his head quickly, 
 and left with a jerk. 

I heard him exclaim 
as he put it in gear. 

“You’ve got enough crap, 
 I’ll see you next year!”


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.  I will be back in a few days time.  Til then, take care and enjoy whatever festivities you are involved in.


Rushing Around

Filed under: Christmas — Tags: , — maggie mathern @ 10:21 am

Yes, I am still doing the mad Pre-Christmas Dash!!!  The whole world seems to have an urgency about it right now.  Have I done this, don’t forget that and lists, lists and more lists of things to do.  It’s nice to get things crossed off, but I seem to find twice as many more things still to do…sigh.

Ok, off to do the last minute Christmas shopping.  I was hoping to put up some pics of my doggy.  Yesterday I spent hours, trimming her coat, bathing her and then finished using the clippers on her coat (she has VERY long hair) and clipping her nails.  She is beeeeautiful today 🙂  I have to still install the software on my camera…argh!  Will be working tonight so I am not sure when I will get those pics up.  Note to self…find reindeer antlers and take pic of dog.

Keep Smiling and Stamp if you can,


19 December, 2008

The Mad Rush

Filed under: Christmas — Tags: , , — maggie mathern @ 10:59 pm

Yes, today I braved the crowds to go Christmas Shopping.  What a madhouse central Geelong was.  Even getting a carpark at Westfield proved to be no mean feat.  Not daunted though I pressed on.  First on my list of purchases was to find a kris kringle gift for work.  I don’t know how many places I went to before I finally found what I was looking for.  Of course this task would have been made much easier had I known what it was I after in the first place LOL.

I love the fact that there are so many gift packages around at this time of the year.  I actually do enjoy the atmosphere as shoppers rush around trying to get everything done.

Next on my list was to finish some family gift purchases.  Thank goodness for gift cards eh?  It really does take a lot of pressure off and the recipient can buy something to their taste or needs.

I was planning on sharing some projects I made yesterday with you, alas I cannot.  Hmmm guess who forgot to take pictures..yep yours truly.  I won’t be able to share these items now as they were Christmas gifts that have left the premises.

Guess what Maggie bought herself for Christmas today?  A new camera.  Now to learn to use it properly and I will be one very happy lady.  A huge thanks goes to Brendan at Camera House here in Geelong for his expert advice.  I am now the proud owner of a DSLR camera.  I bought an Olympus e-520.  As soon as I got home from shopping I put the strap on it and put the battery on to charge.

Tonight was my work Christmas Celebration.  We went to the Sphinx for meal.  The food was scrumptious.  I had Chicken Camembere….simply divine!  I will have to go back again when I am familiar with my camera and take some shots of the Egyptian decor.  I can pretend I actually went to Egypt *giggle* 

Ok, I am bushed and heading off to bed.  I have to get up and make some more Chrissy cards tomorrow and get them postal before going to work.  Hope your Christmas Shopping expeditions have been fruitful and you are not feeling too frazzled.  I am happy to report my shopping is all done.  Yay!

Keep Smiling & Stamping,


13 December, 2008

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Filed under: Christmas — Tags: , — maggie mathern @ 11:18 pm

Don’t you just love decorating for the holidays?  I know I do.  You don’t have to have the best tree or decorations, just put something up and suddenly the whole atmosphere in your home is transformed.  After all these years it’s still a magical time to me.  

The rain has been so welcome in our part of the world where we have been in drought and have had water restrictions for years.  I love to hear the sound of rain on the roof at night as I go to sleep.  Likewise, I enjoyed the sound of the rain on my studio window this morning as I cleaned up after creating the 12 days of Christmas projects.  I also managed to create a few more cards to send out this week to family and friends.  We may not see some of these loved ones all year, but at this time our thoughts drift back to them all.

I sit in the lounge room as I create this post.  I am by the fire and have the lights of the Christmas Tree sending a lovely glow around the room.  So strange to think we need a heater on at this time of the year.  I must say I love it though.  A white Christmas would be lovely 🙂  I would like to share with you a couple of photo’s of my tree and it’s decorations.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree


















Shoe Decoration

Shoe Decoration



















Christmas Bauble

Christmas Bauble

















I hope you get to enjoy the festive season with your loved ones however you choose to celebrate.  I’m off to make a nice hot choccy before I go off to have a sleep.


Keep Smiling & Stamping,



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