My article for Craft Stamper magazine - read about it here
It's officially the First Week of Christmas in our household - both Peter (my long-suffering husband) and I adore Christmas! I intend having the tree up and decorated on the 1st December, and will be shopping for tinsel and lights even as we speak...

Vintage Robins - copyright Susie Jefferson
So my first gift to you is this brand new Christmassy background, header and email button set, so get you in the mood. 

This background will fit any 3-col blog and also a wider 2-col one, plus the new Designer Templates (see my post as to which will fit the best). Just copy all the code below exactly as you see it, and pop it into an html widget right on your blog. 
<style type="text/css">
body {background-image: url(""); background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-attachment: fixed; }
<div id="tag" style="position:absolute; left:0px; top:50px; z-index:50; width:150px; height:30px;">
<a href="" target="_blank">
<img border="0" src=""/>
WordPress user? Yes, you can use this one as well! Go to Appearance, Background, then Upload Image. For Position, click 'center', for Repeat just click 'no repeat' and for Attachment click 'fixed' and it'll fit most freebie WordPress blogs. Ditto the header and email button - jut add the code as normal.

Vintage Robins header - copyright Susie Jefferson
Copy the code below and enter into your Header box, either behind the title if you want to use Blogger's default header and descriptions, or copy to your computer and add your own customised header using your favourite graphics programme.

The email button is also a png image (so it will show with a clear background).

Email button - copyright Susie Jefferson
Just copy the code and paste into an html widget box in your sidebar. Put your own email address where the code says email me and make sure there aren't any spaces between the : and the " or it won't work.
<a href="mailto:emailme"><img border="0" src=""/></a>

We're now winging our way to Christmas! Only a couple more weeks! Where did the time go? Last time I turned round, I swear it was only July... mind you, I've been polaxed by flu (in spite of having an injection against it 3 weeks ago - obviously what's going around isn't what they were inoculating against) and still feeling very weak and wimpish.

However, I'm getting somewhat into the holiday spirit, having finally finished a marathon scrapbooking commission - so am having a massive tidy-up, clearing the decks ready for Christmas proper. Tree, lights, camera, action!

This year, I'm determined to take some decent photos of the decorations - I'm tired of looking at everyone else's wonderful photographs and then seeing my pitiful attempts. I have a great new camera (12 mg or whatever) and still can't work out how to use it - I just leave it on automatic yet closeups still end up totally blurry. Ah well...

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!


  1. I hope you're doing much better, sweetpea. Darling template!

  2. Country Wings in Phoenix27 November 2010 at 01:37

    Happy Pink Saturday Susie Sweetie...
    What a gorgeous share, and such a wonderful holiday gift to all. Love the photos you chose and the header and scrollbar are so pretty. I really enjoy seeing the birds.

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving sweet friend, and you are off to a great Christmas start.

    Happy Pink Saturday. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  3. Happy Pink saturday and the blog is lovely. Have a wonderful time preparing for Christmas! hugs, Marilou Don't forget to stop to enter in my giveaway!

  4. These are adorable honey! It's been a long time! Hope you are well. Don't forget to check out my Christmas giveaway before it ends tomorrow, if you haven't already!

    Kori xoxo

  5. What a fabulous background Suzie, you are clever. Hope you are feeling better and enjoy putting your Christmas deco's up

  6. Anne Huskey-Lockard27 November 2010 at 13:41

    LOL!!! I always want the exquisite holiday photos, the close ups of the ornaments and lights and what I end up with are blurs and blobs that look like some of the lame UFO pix you see in the scandal sheets! And yes, my camera WILL shoot that.....but it requires me reading the manual.....*sigh*
    Not gonna happen! ;) Just love the birdie BG installed!!! Beautiful!
    Feel better....


  7. Happy Pink Saturday, Susie. Be sure to link your post using the linking tool at the bottom of my post.

    We love Christmas, too. I've been busy decorating - and having fun.

  8. I SO want to put up the tree, too. Good for you and take lots of pics.

    Miss you, I'm SO far away now. Y'all MUST come to San Francisco when the weather is nicer. It is SO cold. (I believe I'm known as the drama queen in my family...doesn't surprise you, does it?)

    Have a wonderful week!

  9. What a cute, cute blog.
    Thank you so much for the email button. I am going to try it.

    Also, I am a new blog follower.

  10. Wow Susie - how could you have know that this is just made for me. Reason - my surname is ROBINS. Thanks you so much.

    I have had this dratted flu as well and this is probably the first day since I had my flu jab nearly five weeks ago now that I have been feeling somewhat human.


  11. I'm absolutely positive they got it wrong this year - the variety of flu they're innoculating against is definitely not the strain that's going around! I'm still coughing...

    Wonder if they're using up the Tamiflu they stockpiled (which is almost out of date)?


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