Monday, September 2, 2013

Gingerbread Christmas Wishes and a Trip to Trim

Today is the last day for submitting items into Holiday Home Decor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World so I thought I'd make a little decoration to hang somewhere around the house at Christmas.

I embossed the little gingerbread men and did a bit of paper piecing. Then I added some diamond stickles to the white parts of their Santa hats for a little bit of shimmer.

Stamp (Hero Arts) - Gingerbread Fun

The letters were die cut and I stuck them and the little gingerbread men to a piece of baker's twine.

A couple of weekends ago we had a fun day out at Trim Castle during the celebration of National Heritage Week. If you've seen the film Braveheart you will have seen Trim Castle and other historical buildings in the area that were used for the shoot.

There were fun activities outside the castle walls that day including this poor knight who had to battle off soggy sponges being catapulted at him by the kids!

One of my knights enjoyed trying on a typical helmets and battle armour. Seemingly the armour a knight had to wear in those days could weigh up to 35kg - I don't know how they managed to walk around not to mind go into battle!

A birds of prey exhibition was also there - these owls were gorgeous and super soft to the touch.

We had a great tour of the keep and grounds within the castle walls.

I'm never the best at heights but the views from the top of the castle were well worth the jitters I had at the top!

These walkways within the castle were a great way of seeing various sections of the castle

including the small chapel with this holy water font.

I fell in love with this pretty row of colourful houses in the town of Trim

and thought these were a couple of interesting buildings near where we parked, with the windows in this one decorated with old Guinness advertisements

and the great mural and old messenger bike atop this one.


Lin said...

Oh Heather, what wonderful pictures! I am homesick for your country, if that's possible after only 1 visit! I hope you'll keep sharing more like this as you can.

And I came here to see your Christmas garland - it is SO cute, my friend!! A winner in my book!

CinnamonSally said...

Gorgeous garland Heather, those gingerbread men are so cute. I love seeing all your photographs too, such a beautiful place to visit!

Barb said...

Wow! It sure looks like you enjoyed your day out at Trim Castle - what an amazing place, Heather! Your photos are fantastic! LOVE the owls! And that row of colorful houses looks so pretty!

Lovin' your adorable garland too! So fun how you attached them in between the letters!

Lindsey said...

What a darling garland! Such a great idea. And I'm completely jealous of your trip. :) Looks amazing!

Dawn Turley said...

Your garland is lovely Heather, and what a great visit to the castle. Love the owls. They look so regal.

Carol McCready said...

Fantastic garland. Love your

Chark said...

Love, love the garland! And your pics are fabulous!

Cath said...

Hey Heather! Thanks for linking this up to the Holiday Home Decor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

...and those owls are AMAZING! (The other pics are, too! :)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling gingerbread/Merry banner, Heather - so perfect for Christmas!! I assume you took it down so you can decorate for Halloween :)

Oh, and thanks for sharing the pics from Trim Castle. Even though you told me about it, it was great to see the photos. What a gorgeous castle and the events sound so fun too!

Trinh said...

The garland is adorable! Your house is going to be all ready for Christmas with the projects you have been creating.

Thanks for sharing the pictures! I hope that I can see the castle in person one day but until then, I love the photos.

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