After a long weekend with much lazing around and very short on productivity, I can only show you these little holiday projects - the top two immediately got turned into gift tags and have already been given away (on chocolate advent calendars) and the lower two are most likely going to end up on holiday cards rather than tags. There's a little glitter on each one, stickles did the job nicely.
This dear fellow is a friend of my Dad's, 'Toppy'. He lives in a beautiful valley in Western Australia and for many years now has been a beekeeper, bottling and selling the honey from his bees. The honey is stored in huge drums, the little pots on top of the drums are tasters - you visit Toppy and select the honey you like best, he packages it in his 'Top Geer' jars and away you go, another happy customer. The ribbons on the wall are prizes the honey has won at The Royal Show through the years.
Toppy is getting on in years now, his wife has passed away and he's living alone on his property. He had 'a funny turn' (most likely a stroke of some sort) and his doctors have told him he can no longer drive. If he can't drive, he can't get out to the bee hives, so Toppy has said goodbye to the bees and these drums represent the last of the Top Geer honey, the end of an era. I don't know when I've met a more sweet and down to earth person than Toppy, he's a dinky-di battler and represents that generation of older Australians who loved and respected the land, lived simply and well, and got the job done. Not just a bee keeper, he's a keeper of great stories and local history - Toppy's a national treasure :)