count down

I know I said I wouldn’t be back for a month but I’ve been designing an advent calendar on and off for a little while and thought it made a whole lot of sense to post this before advent started, incase you want to have a go at making it. I decided to well and truly ditch a typical Christmas colour palette. Perhaps I’m feeling a little jaded by all the reds and greens that saturate the shops. Each box can hold a chocolate, sweet, toy, message or anything you like.
Download the printable A4 versions here. There are 9 pages worth! Print them onto card and cut around each box. Score along the lines marked below and stick the flaps to the sides of the box with double sided tape or strong glue. I would whole heartedly suggest strong glue. Some of my boxes sneakily popped open after a night’s sleep. Leave the edge marked below, to use for keeping the lid closed. You could also buy some sticker dots to hold the lids closed until they need to be opened.

bye bye basingstoke

Today is moving day! We are waving good bye to our cosy, little flat in Basingstoke and transporting all our worldly possessions to Shepherd's Bush in Laaandon town! God has graciously helped us raise money through some very generous people, which will fund Nick's year as a pastoral intern. He'll be working for a newly planted church in Shepherd's Bush, which is really exciting. You can follow his journey on his shiny, new blog. After 4 years I will finally be living in the same place as my work, a surreal notion after becoming a seasoned commuter. Amidst all the fun and excitement of a new start it's sad to be leaving our first home together, as well as both our families and close friends. I'm taking this opportunity to have a break from blogging for a month, in order to settle in to life in a new place, as well as catching up on four other projects I'm working on for friends. See you in a month!

it's in the name

This has been a long time coming! Every year I say I'll make some Christmas cards that are about Jesus and what we're really celebrating, but I've never got around to it. If you're a Christian then you might well struggle to buy Christmas cards, as lets be honest there aren't many decent ones out there. Most of the token 'religious' cards in the shops look like they're stuck in a different decade! As a result many of us younger folk end up gravitating towards the cards with cute reindeer, cozy mittens or jolly little snowmen on the front. They look nice but they don't celebrate Jesus coming into the world to save us from our sins. 
These may not look typically festive, but i thought I'd offer some free printable cards for you to download. Simply download, print onto A4 card and cut and score. Each one has the full bible verse on the back.