SATURDAY • DECEMBER 31ST, 2011 - BY KIA & ZENO
Out With The Old, In With The New!
It's the last day of this year, and we still marvel at how fast the time has flown! Being online while having guests at home proved to be quite challenging, but we wanted to add at least a quick post to thank all of you for your support, friendship, and sweet comments during the year. Much appreciated and treasured.



"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast
you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."
.:: Eddie Cantor ::.

In this wintery art work we have combined four photos from our personal archive. The Red Deer shots have been taken in Perthshire (Scotland) in 2009, the snowy background on the hills near Trieste (Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy) in 2005. A big thank-you for the textures goes to the generous and talented Kim Klassen (Providence), Skeletal Mess, Lenabem-Anna and Mat. Cardinal with thanks to Skeletal Mess.

A bright and beautiful New Year is just around the corner. May it bring you peace, health and joy! See you in 2012!
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FRIDAY • DECEMBER 23RD, 2011 - BY KIA & ZENO
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
We may not be able to get round to everyone in the lead up to Christmas, but we hope this beautiful season brings you the joy, love and happiness you all desire.



When the winter winds
Are blawin'
An' it's cauld enough for snaw
You micht see a wee robin
Sittin' oan yer wa'
He's come a' the way
Fae oor hoose
Wi' a message jist tae say
Hae a Very Merry Christmas
An' a Happy New Year tae.

We have a wee Christmas present for you all. We have made it available in PDF format for your convenience. Click HERE (link has expired) to download it as a zip file (free for personal use only). Just like any other Christmas present that you don't know what it is until you unwrap it, you'll find out what it is only after you unzip it. Thank you for stoppin' by!

Calendar Template courtesy of Shutter Sisters.
Scrapbook-elements courtesy of Cajoline-Scrap and Shabby Princess.
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TUESDAY • DECEMBER 20TH, 2011 - BY KIA & ZENO
So Long, Farwell Sweet Autumn!
We still can't believe there is less than two weeks to go until 2012! The winter solstice is approaching and will officially begin on the 22nd at 5:30 AM, our time. We should be engaged otherwise, but we decided to play a bit and revamp an old photo.



"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it."
.:: Confucius ::.

Place your mouse over the photo for before/after view. Textures courtesy of Kim Klassen (Edward and Old World), that is sharing so much gorgeousness with her 12 Days of Textures.
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SUNDAY • DECEMBER 18TH, 2011 - BY KIA
Every End Has A New Beginning
The time has come to say goodbye and seek new ventures. My heartfelt thanks go to Jaana, for sharing with me two wonderful and colourful years. Happy Snappy has been a delightful and enriching adventure for me.



"When one door closes, another opens;
but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door
that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
.:: Alexander Graham Bell ::.

I'd also like to thank every single one of you that had a peek at Happy Snappy every now and then, for the kind and encouraging comments. Have a Happy (snappy) Holiday Season, and enjoy our very last pair of photos!

Place your mouse over the photo for before/after view. Textures courtesy of Kim Klassen (Zuzu and Wonderful Magic).

Click HERE to download Leigh Hunt's quote as a PNG image file (free for personal use only). TTFN!
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THURSDAY • DECEMBER 15TH, 2011 - BY KIA
Spreading Joy & Cheer
Is it only me, or has Christmas sneaked up on us this year? I feel like I just woke up to the first Sunday of Advent and poof... there are only 10 more sleeps till Christmas! Yikes! My head is buzzing with all of the projects hubby and I have to complete before my parents' arrival on the 22nd. They should add a warning: dates in calendar are closer that they appear! LOL!



"Each happiness of yesterday is a memory for tomorrow."
.:: George W. Douglas ::.

Place your mouse over the photo for before/after view. Kim's texture for Day 1 of the 12 Days of Textures was the beautiful Lilly, and I used it for this little angel that was bought by my Mom as a gift for me when I was very little. Even if a little worn (some hair lost, the candle distained), it remains the decoration I care more about.



"The present never ages. Each moment is like a snowflake,
unique, unspoiled, unrepeatable, and can be appreciated in its surprisingness."
.:: Gail Sheehy ::.

Place your mouse over the photo for before/after view. I used Kim's textures for Day 2 and 3 (Annabelle and Cosmo) for our newest decoration. Thank you once again, Kim! I am truly grateful for your talent and endless generosity. And a big thank-you to each of you who dropped by and left a comment behind. We hope you're squeezing every bit of joy out of the festivities.
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TUESDAY • DECEMBER 13TH, 2011 - BY KIA & ZENO
A Symbol Of Christmas
The sweet and talented Kim Klassen is having a lovely countdown to Christmas at her site: 12 Days of Textures. Each day she will be generously sharing one of her gorgeous textures. If you have never tried them before, here is your chance to give textures a try on your photographs. Head on over Kim's blog, and get yourself some inspiration.

Kim's texture for Day 2 is called Annabelle, and we used it for this edit together with Sheet Music Play by Renee (Playing With Brushes).



"He rocks in the tree tops all day long
Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song
All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet"
.:: Rockin' Robin by The Jackson 5 ::.

Here in the UK, the red-breasted robin is a symbol of Christmas. The story is told that Joseph built a fire in the manger to keep Mary and Jesus warm, but the flames kept dying. A robin fanned them with its wings so that the fire wouldn't die, and his proximity to the fire turned his breast red. It's also said that a robin landed on the shoulder of Jesus as He carried the Cross on Good Friday. When the bird plucked thorns from His brow, the bird's breast was stained forever with His Blood.
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SUNDAY • DECEMBER 11TH, 2011 - BY ZENO
Christmas Lights
As you may have already guessed, two posts from me in a row it means that my poor Kia is sick... again!



On Friday afternoon, my sweet Kia and I went to Glasgow city center to finish our Christmas shopping and to walk around through the festively lit streets. We also went to the post office to mail the last set of cards and packages. The lady at the post office counter expected us to fill a custom form also for the package addressed to Finland just like those that were meant for the American Countries because, she claimed, Finland is not in Europe. Aren't the clerks at the post office supposed to know a little geography? Maybe Father Christmas should bring them a world map, LOL!



We went to George Square to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Besides the usual ice skating ring and merry-go-round and other attractions for kids, this year they've set up a big observation wheel with rotating pods.



A must-have that could not be missing was the traditional Christmas tree, with Father Christmas' sleigh and the Nativity Scene.



Around 4:30 PM it was already pretty dark (the sun sets at 3:40 PM now) as if it was late at night. We went for a stroll across the German Christmas Market set up in St. Enoch square. This year there were more stands than in the previous years. We ate a German bratwurst which was not as tasty as usual, and certainly not as tasty as the German sausages I tried a couple of weeks ago when I went out for dinner with my colleagues.



My sweet Kia wanted to come as well, but it was too cold and she was still in pain with her sore throat. With my colleagues I went to a place called West, near the Glasgow Green, which is both a restaurant and a beer brewery. We had a group discount for a tour of the brewery followed by a dinner.



During the tour they showed us the fermentation tanks and the different types of malted barley they use. Malt is often divided into two categories by brewers: base malts (light color) and specialty malts (darker color). Base malts have enough enzyme content to convert their own starch and usually that of some amount of starch from unmalted grain, called adjuncts. Specialty malts have little enzyme content and they are used to provide flavor, color, or "body" (viscosity) to the finished beer. Specialty caramel or crystal malts have been subjected to heat treatment to convert their starches to sugars nonenzymatically.



After the tour they let us try four different beers obtained by combining different types of malts. The sausages served for dinner were prepared in a traditional German way, that is with roast potatoes and red cabbage shreds cooked with sage and cinnamon. I found it an unusual combination of spices, but not too bad.


All these photos have been taken by a hand-held camera, no tripod, with our little Point&Shoot (Canon PowerShot S95) which has a really good performance in situations with scarce light.

I hope you all had a nice third Advent Sunday and I wish you a great week ahead. Kia is coughing you good-night, LOL!

Scrapbook-elements courtesy of Cajoline-Scrap, Shutterfly and Zibi Vintage Scrap.
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THURSDAY • DECEMBER 8TH, 2011 - BY ZENO
Scotland Battered By Winter Storm
Some of you may have heard in the news that today Scotland has been hit by a powerful winter storm. There has been a severe weather warning since yesterday night, warning of gale force winds potentially reaching 90 mph. We have in fact experienced very strong winds, heavy rain, and also hail and sleet at some point.

I went to work as usual this morning and the rain and the wind were already pretty strong, although the peak of the storm was expected in the afternoon. A few hours later, my manager let me and my colleagues go home with our laptops so that we could work from home, but at least we would avoid being around during the worst part of the storm.

Transport and power supply disruptions were expected, so, as a precaution, schools and universities in many parts of Scotland have been shut, and several bridges have been completely closed. Police advised people not to travel, as severe winds hit the country, leaving more than 50,000 people without power.



In our area the wind has reached the forecast speed of 90 mph (145km/h), but in other parts of the country it was much stronger. The strongest gust recorded today has hit Cairngorms, in Aberdeenshire, at 165 mph (264km/h), very close to the UK record of 173 mph (278km/h).

On the west coast, in Ardrossan, one of the turbines at the Wind farm was seen bursting into flames during the severe weather. Also the trains running along the coast were severely impacted. Furthermore, several lorries have been blown over across the country.

Glasgow was one of the worst-hit areas, but we really hope that tomorrow is going to be much better as forecast. The strong winds should die out during the night and tomorrow is expected to be freezing cold but clear. Our original plan for tomorrow afternoon was finishing our Christmas shopping in Glasgow and it would be nice if we could stick to the plan.

Scrapbook-elements courtesy of Raspberry Road Design and Shabby Princess.
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TUESDAY • DECEMBER 6TH, 2011 - BY KIA
Texture Tuesday - So Much To Celebrate At This Time Of The Year
Are you getting excited for the holidays? Have you started your Christmas prep yet? The soft snow flurries swirling in the air were setting the right mood, but we are back to torrential rain now, and the bit of snow covering the ground will soon be gone.

Growing up as a child, my favorite part of Christmas was not trimming the tree but being able to arrange the figurines in our family's Presepe (Nativity Scene). When I am in Italy, I just love wondering around, from church to church, looking at all the gorgeous Nativity Scenes, and I am always in awe by the creativity of the craftsmen.

Last year, when hubby and I went to my parents' for the holidays, I was glad to spot this scene on the rooftop of an old building.



"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!"
.:: Hamilton Wright Mabie ::.

Place your mouse over the photo for before/after view. Created for Texture Tuesday at Kim Klassen Café, using her lovely textures Bent Edges and Music Art. Frame courtesy of Shabby Princess.

I've applied two layers of Music Art (Soft Light @ 50%, and Multiply @ 90%), made a Black and White conversion of the image (Soft Light @ 50%), added a layer of Bent Edges (Multiply @ 90%), and did a wee Levels Adjustment and desaturation of the image, then added a final Photo Filter Sepia (Density 65%).



"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful."
.:: Norman Vincent Peale ::.

I think it was even more charming at night! So simple, yet so beautiful.

Do you have a Nativity Scene? If so, please share, I'd love to see it.
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MONDAY • DECEMBER 5TH, 2011 - BY KIA & ZENO
The First Snow Of The Season
Yikes! Where did the days go? The year is winding down so fast. How has December been so far for you? We hope you're finding time to relax between the many holiday chores.



It's once again that time of the year when the weather gets chilly, the decorations start to appear and there is just a general air of happiness and excitement all around!



Given the cold temperatures and the icy winds that are currently blasting our neck of the wood, and the tad of snow covering the ground, there can be no doubt that autumn has passed and winter is here.



Let's just hope that Scotland (and the UK in general) will be better prepared for the snow and ice this year. Last winter's havoc for just a few centimeters of snow was really disgraceful, and the first mishaps have already occurred.

Frame courtesy of Zibi Vintage Scrap.
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