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The Little Christmas Advent Alphabet Book…is back!!

Great news!!!….ZNO have finally agreed to reprint all my beloved books…The Little Christmas Advent Alphabet Books…

So if you have one and are using it right now and the glue has failed or is starting to fail on it, please, please send it back to me urgently and I will send you a brand new one (with a lifetime guarantee apparently). I also

have a small number of the reprinted book available to purchase if anyone is interested…a limited edition and very lovely unique, distinctly NZ and original Christmas gift!

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ZNO is Z’no good….!!

Important! Product recall “A little Christmas Advent Alphabet Book”.

There has been a problem with the publisher’s glue supplier/manufacture and some of my precious Christmas books have fallen apart before the second Christmas. (Not ideal for an heirloom item!)….

If your book appears to not be stuck together any-more, please contact me urgently and I will arrange a replacement.

Sadly the supplier ZNO have only given me 5 new replacement copies despite acknowledging it was their glue and manufacture that has failed so I am still fighting them for a full replacement of all copies ordered!!!…but I will get you a new copy if you contact me…(ZNO will replace each book on a case by case situation apparently which is expensive and relies on you telling me that your book has failed and then me having to send it to them rather than them just accepting that they stuffed up!).

I am so sorry and deeply frustrated by the whole ZNO book publishing experience and even though I am a small tiny order…the right thing was for them to republish my entire order. I want you to love and treasure your Little Christmas Advent Alphabet Book as much as I did making them and so please tell me if they are failing…I will make it right!


A Little Christmas Advent Alphabet Book by Black Box Art Studio

book cover

Very exciting news!!!!

I have just ordered the first copies of my first Black Box Art Studio book. It is a little black 6 inch x 6 inch square book called “A Little Christmas Advent Alphabet Book”. This is completely designed and produced by myself and using my own writing and my own art and photographic images to count down to Christmas. It is a 100% original Black Box Art Studio product.

It is printed on gorgeous thick exceptional quality photographic paper built to last for generations and is a professional quality lay-flat photographic book – so it can lie flat on a table or stand upright with the image clearly spread across the two pages…absolutely beautiful.

Please have a look at the preview…its a wonderful gift and Christmas heirloom item – can be used every year as an inspirational way to count down the days until Christmas.

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Pre-order to secure your copy by leaving us a message or purchase now via our website. Copies are extremely limited.


A heart to heart…

heart

A week has gone by…so much for my daily advent calendar! Life has taken over – children’s school ending celebrations and events, Christmas functions, preparations and festivities, family gathering’s and children’s parties have caused me to push my blogging aside this last week.

My intention to do a daily blog was most honourable…but it dawned on me that I live a full life – full of family, friends and festivities. So, no apologies…just acceptance. I accept that my daily post for my alphabet advent calendar has not quite managed to work in reality. I quietly smile though, as the reason for my “failure” is my wonderful, crazy-busy, full life and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So…today is 17 December, and today’s advent alphabet letter is the letter Q. A glass heart on the Christmas Tree…Quite spectacular. A gift from a friend. Quite special.


Joy at Christmas

Joy

A tiny glass bottle and a small dark red rose picked from my garden…this gives me Joy.

I guess J could be for jelly or jandals (here in New Zealand) but this little moment of Joy was when I noticed how pretty they looked in the sunlight and how lovely it smelled and chose to take a photo and share it. J for having little moments of Joy in life.


Icing and Christmas Icons

Icons and icing

The christmas cookies need Icing. These are, in fact, the first run, and will be well eaten by Christmas. But they need Icing first.

The cookie cutter shapes – a star, a heart and an angel – the very symbols (Icon’s) of Christmas.

I for Icing the cookies at Christmas.


Home…

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H is for being Home for Christmas.

I saw them putting up the lights today for the start of this year’s festival of lights, and it reminded me how Happy I was the night I took this image, wandering around the park with excited children.

This is my Home..a small sea-side city with a pretty park decked out in twinkling lights and full of music and people every Christmas.

Home really is where your Heart is.


Give

Christmas and summer hol's dec 2011 165

To Give.

The act of giving is a way we show gratitude, a way we give thanks, give recognition to others and show appreciation. A gift given with love, thought and consideration will always win hearts and hugs. A gift is different from a present, (which I tend to think of as wrapped and more of an object). A gift can be an act of kindness, a token of love, a little note, a poem, a bag of home-made cookies or shelter when the inn is full..

Be a Giver. It enriches your life in ways you cannot begin to understand.


F for Family and Friends

f for family and friends

Family and friends…what could be more important at Christmas?

Christmas is a time to really recognise and appreciate those people close to you, those people you hold in your heart, those near and far who you think of often, those who make your heart smile and those who make you know you belong.

Family and Friends for the letter F of this year’s Advent Alphabet.


The End…

end

The End of the year.

December already….for me that also means time to reflect on the year past, its good and bad experiences, the moments and highlights, the joys and yes, the painful and sad parts, even the regrets. The things I hoped to do but didn’t, the lessons learnt. It is also a time to look forward, toward the next year, and onto the next journey. Who knows what the next year will hold – What dreams may come true, or what opportunities may arise?

The End of the year. Today’s letter E. But with an end comes a new year. A new road to travel. Some lead to a beach, like this one.


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