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Fishink Christmas 2014

December 22, 2014

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Hello everyone, and welcome. You’ve found us at the final Fishink post for the year : ( but don’t be glum, because there’s plenty to see : )

Firstly I wanted to reiterate the recent good news that a) this blog has now been shortlisted for the Blog Awards UK, and that b) there are now over 700 fans following on Facebook alone !! Thank you to everyone who clicked ‘like’ : )

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I have enjoyed us travelling together throughout the year and thank you for keeping me company with your thoughts and comments.

I’d like to also say a big H E L L O  to all the people who have ‘schnook-in the Fishink Blog backdoor’ and are now fully signed up, (albeit silent), members of the online community. Yes, that means YOU and that lady at the back with the big hair and fifties spectacles ! lol.  Welcome one and all, and did you know this blog now has nearly 500 email followers who receive my posts every time they are unleashed into the creative ether ! Keep spreading the word to your friends and followers and together we can turn Fishink Blog into a worldwide creative community.

I thought that I’d bring you an illustrative retro treat as the final post this year. I hope you’ll excuse me if this post looks a little bit familiar, because I created it for last year’s final word. Feeling that the imagery would be hard to beat, I decided that a second browse-through, wouldn’t go amiss : )

Have a fab, safe and restful holiday and I look forward to catching up with you all again in early 2015.

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We start off with a few illustrations with Santa Claus.  Did you know that he used to be depicted in green clothing and viewed more as a pagan figure ? and it’s influences like Coca Cola from the 1920’s and 30’s that helped turn his clothes red as we know them today.

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I’m loving the Beatle Bauble ! Yeah yeah yeah !

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Santa on a moped and in a flying bus, I wonder if J.K Rowling had seen these books before Harry Potter ?

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A lovely vintage Radio Times cover here.

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A few snowy themed book covers too.

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Then thinking about christmas stamps.

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This year’s Royal Mail stamps are designed by USA artist Andrew Bannecker. I think they have a cool and slightly retro feel about them.

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Baubles and decorations.

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Swish and stylish reindeers.

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Christmas trees and wrapping papers.

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A few gifts I’m sure you ladies wouldn’t ‘die for’.

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The same for you guys.

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Christmas advertising.

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Some rather dodgy looking christmas treats for your table from Jello, Bakeo and Dexo… Oh No !

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And to bring us to a final more restful place. Martin and Alice Provensen and their beautiful version of the Twelve Days Of Christmas.

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Happy times to one and all and I’ll look forward to catching up in a few weeks. Thanks for all your regular comments and additions, they are REALLY appreciated and help to make Fishink Blog into more of a community too. Please do let me know your thoughts on the posts, the blog and if you have any ideas for featured artists, or work you’d like to share with us (that you feel would fit the Fishink criteria) then do drop me a line … craig at

If you’re missing Fishink Blog over the holidays do let me know and take a look through the back posts, I’m sure you’ll have missed one or two.

Which ones were you favourites of the year ?  Have a lovely restful break, be kind to your family and neighbours, and of course a ‘Merry Fishmas’ to everyone, see you in 2015. So it’s goodbye from me and it’s goodbye from Boo too : )

Christmas Boo

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine permalink
    December 22, 2014 10:40 am

    Craig, thank you for brightening up my year with all the wonderful illustrations, photos and not forgetting Boo! Always an absolute pleasure. Hope you and Boo have a fantastic Christmas and all the best for 2015. Give that darling Boo an extra treat from me!

    • December 22, 2014 11:28 am

      Thanks Elaine, I will do. Woofs (or rather non woofs as she’s such a quiet soul) from Boo : )

  2. janelittlefieldglass permalink
    December 22, 2014 10:43 am

    Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring blog. It has brightened up my year too!
    Have a wonderful Christmas, lets meet up in early 2015 xx

    • December 22, 2014 11:30 am

      Hi Jane. So glad to hear the blog brightens your year too, how fab is that ! Yes to meeting up early next year, hello’s to the family and have a great break in between. How’s the knee doing ? C x

  3. December 22, 2014 3:11 pm

    Lovely post, Merry Christmas from us in Sussex. Anna and the Hounds x

    • December 22, 2014 3:26 pm

      Thank you Anna. The best to you (and the hounds) too : )

  4. Val permalink
    December 22, 2014 3:40 pm

    Sending wishes for a very merry Christmas ~ I voted for your blog in best British blog awards. Thank you as well for all the constant inspiration ,beauty and joy you give via your posts! Hope the New Year will be a good one for you. All the best.

    • December 22, 2014 4:26 pm

      Hi Val, thanks for your vote and lovely comments, all very much appreciated. Have a great break and catch up again in 2015

  5. Claire permalink
    December 22, 2014 7:13 pm

    “Merry Fishmas” – I see what you did there! Good one 🙂
    It should be 701 likes now (although i noticed 4 other people thought the same thing).
    Have fantastic Christmas break, walk Boo a lot and eat your own body weight in food. Wishing you all the best for 2015, love Claire x

    • December 23, 2014 12:00 am

      Great ideas there Claire, not sure I’d be able to eat my own body weight and still walk Boo tho, one or the other…hmmm now let me see ! Have a recharging break too, all the best C x

  6. December 22, 2014 8:46 pm

    Have yourselves a merry little Christmas!! See you between chrimble and new year I hope!! Keep up the great work and flippers crossed for the awards!!! xxx

    • December 23, 2014 12:01 am

      Thanks Lizzie, looking forward to seeing you in a week or so. Have fun with the youngsters. Hope they don’t tire you out too much lol

  7. December 23, 2014 3:59 am

    Gosh, I’m gonna miss you. I’m almost feeling sad. I shall look at this post and all the festive colors to cheer myself. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Craig. And Happy Birthday at some point! See you in 2015!

    • December 23, 2014 9:25 am

      Aww thank you Joy. Don’t be sad, you get the chance to have some time away from the screen world and I’ll be back before you know it : ) Have a wonderful time and do something inspiring (like painting, drawing or photography) and you can show us the results afterwards ! (Do you like challenges by the way ? lol) Most of all…. have fun Craig x

  8. Pat Walsh permalink
    December 23, 2014 10:49 am

    A very Happy Christmas to you, Craig. Thank you for all the wonderful Fishink post this year – I really look forward to each one, and this Christmas post has been amongst the best. Looking forward to seeing you back next year. Have a peaceful, happy break. Pat x

    • December 23, 2014 1:29 pm

      The same to you Pat. So pleased you’ve had fun reading the blog over the year. Let’s hope we can get even more contributors and readers to join up in 2015. Enjoy yourself and ‘see’ you again in the New Year.

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