Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Shiny Happy People.........and 'Bliadhna Mhathur'

Hello everyone sending my Best Wishes for 2014 to you all :-) and I hope that those of you who celebrated Christmas had  the most wonderful time. I really do apologise for my absence over the last few weeks, work has been so busy and I was crafting every night to make cards/gifts etc. 

To end this year and start the next year I am sharing my journal which was created at a Finnabair Workshop in Wirksworth, Derby at the end of November. It was a wonderful day of creativity.......extreme concentration for 9 hours.....but very worthwhile. Lots of fabulous techniques and amazing textures, which I love !!

Lots and Lots of wonderful layers of embellishments, most of which were provided in the kit and then you chose the layout and colours

The photographs are just random ones left over from when mum and I did the Finnabair Workshop at Damselfly in Glasgow.

I adore this style and hope you like it too. 

Well I am just finished work and off to get ready for 'The Bells' ringing out the Old Year and ringing in the New Year. Here in Scotland we call New Years Eve 'Hogmanay' or Ne'erday and I have posted some of the Traditional Greetings. It was also tradition to bring a piece of coal as a gift, particularly if you are the 'first foot' ( first guest to arrive at someone's house, usually a neighbour, after The Bells)

          Lang may yer lum reek (wi' ither folks' coal!)
Long may your chimney smoke (with other people's coal!) 

A guid New Year and mony may ye see.
Happy New Year, and many more may you see. 

May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see.
May the best you've ever seen be the worst you'll ever see. 

And, if you're feeling really brave, go Gaelic: 

Slàinte mhath! (pronounced SLAN-jay vah)
Good health! 

Note: Slàinte mhath is a traditional Scots phrase you can use all year round when drinking (especially whisky) to say 'Cheers'. You can reply either with the full Slàinte mhath or just Slàinte.

Bliadhna mhathùr! (pronounced BLEEne vah OOHR)
Happy New Year! 

"Thank You" to everyone of my followers and visitors. I truly appreciate your visits and comments and wish all of you very warm wishes in 2014 from the bottom of my heart x

 Take Care and Crafty Hugs. See you in the New Year xxx

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  1. Fab project Annie. Bliadhna Mhath Ur dhut fhein. xx Flora

  2. Wow just amazing hun love the textures, just work beautifully. Happy new year sweetie have a great one love hugs cheryl xx

  3. Beautiful journal. I'm very impressed with your Gaelic. Bliadhna Mhath Ur dhut fhein. Hugs Mum xxx

  4. Wow! Annie that journal cover is such a textural delight and the pages inside are stunning! What a great way to end 2013! I think I will make 2014 the year I start a journal! I hope you have a wonderful New Year and that 2014 brings you much! Hugs!

  5. Hi Annie, your journal is so beautiful, I like it so much better than mine (I should have steered away from the red like Anna said!). Thank you for sharing those traditional greetings. Have a wonderful and peaceful New Year and I hope you get all you wish for and more besides. Big hugs, Anne xx

  6. Annie...your Finnabair journal is gorgeous! I so love her style. I wish I would have been able to take some classes from her when she was in the US this summer but alas, she was on the East Coast and I am in the middle of the US. But, I've made a few attempts at trying to figure out her style and playing. Your art journal cover is gorgeous! Love the colors, the texture and the metallic elements you've piled on the top. Such beautiful dimension!!! The interior of your journal is also lovely. What type of art journal is that? I love the brass bindings on the ends and broken in the middle. Thank YOU for all of your lovely comments you've left on my blog. They are so much appreciated and I count myself lucky to have met your through blogging. Your work is wonderful and I look forward to seeing your future art adventures! May you have a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2014! <3 Candy

  7. A stunning Journal Annie, both the inside pages and the outside!! Great layers and textures!!

    Happy New Year, here's for great creativity, health and happiness! Look forward to when we next meet!!

  8. This is a fabulous Journal Annie, Wishing you All the best for 2014, Happy New Year.
    Kevin xx

  9. fabulous piece Annie - really gorgeous - wonderful to hear that verse - I lived in scotland for 7 years and it brought back very fond memories! Wonderful - a really happy new year to you and yours! Big Hugs rachel xx

  10. Annie your journal is a Finn inspired masterpiece, I adore the cover and pages you have created and I can see how much you loved making them.
    I am looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous creations again this year.
    Happy 2014 to you and your family.
    hugs {brenda} x

  11. Wow - your journal is absolutely brilliant, Annie... the cover looks amazing, and your pages work beautifully! Can certainly see how much fun you had...

    Wishing you a fabulous 2014!
    Alison xx

  12. Wow, that's a breathtaking journal - love every detail. Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative year 2014.

  13. Wonderful journal, i love this style so much!
    May the new year be wonderful to you and yours and also very creative!

  14. Such a lovely book...the cover has such beautiful mixed media on it...gorgeous...and the inside...wow, great result Annie! You can cherish this artwork....

    Many many best wishes for 2014...love to see your artwork in 2014 too!!
    Kind regards, Alie :-)

  15. How I wish I could here your voice aloud as I read these in my mind! LOVE the sayings, and the tradition of coal...makes sense! Thanks for the lessons, and the inspiration this last year! Gorgeous journal too...love the texture and color! Happy new year to you, and may it bring you many blessings of health, wealth, self, and family too!

  16. A very Happy New Year to you and yours Annie. Your journal pages look superb - I just love the cover. I'm smiling seeing your use of Gaelic - very familiar words to me. Nicola x

  17. Anonymous1/05/2014

    Happy New Year Wishes to you dear Annie.
    This is so pretty, the mix of colours and textures, makes this so special.
    May 2014 be a year that is kinder to you and your family. Eager to see what you share with us throughout 2014 on your fabulous blog.
    P.S. You do know I will be singing that in my head all day long and as someone who was at one time a huge fan of R.E.M., didn't find this to be one of their finer moments!

  18. Annie, wishing you a wonderful New Year! Love the journal - what a treat we both had taking class with Ania this year. Ssssssh.... I get to take another one with her in a few days! Hugs from NY.

  19. I adore this, what fabulous texture, glorious colors, the cover is BEAUTIFUL , a little late but wishing you all the best in the new year, thanks so much for visiting, ((( BIG HUGS ))).. I too would love to hear you say it in your wonderful accent :O)...


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