Sunday, 31 October 2010

Morning and welcome to Halloween!

Don't know whether you celebrate Halloween or not . . . we don't really so we plan to avoid the whole situation by heading off to the beach this afternoon and then stopping off for dinner on the way home. Though we MAY drive round the neighbourhood and take a few piccies of homes which have been decorated for the holiday!!

Back to crafting . . . over on craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group a themed challenge is set each Sunday and today's has been set by Guest Design Team Member, Debs. She has chosen "COMMUNICATION" as her theme and I happened to have the perfect stamp for this - what a change from yesterday challenging twist!!!

As my regular readers know, I try to make quite a few ATC's whilst away as I just KNOW there will be a fair few on the metaphorical mat (as my lovely neighbour, Debbie, regularly removes our post for us) when I get home.

I therefore covered this ATC blank with an offcut of DCWV gingham paper which I then distressed using Tea Dye and Barn Door inks. I stamped this fab Hero Arts cling stamp set in black Versafine ink before coloring the image using pro markers and copics and highlighting with Sakura gel glitter pens and then, finally, adding four pink faux gemstones. I think this cellphone using image is just fine for the theme, don't you?

I also made this little ATC yesterday . . .
I coloured my ATC blank using distress inks in Barn Door and Fired Brick before stamping up my clear Penny Black stamps (from the set: ALLEGRO) in black Versafine ink, which I then highlighted using holographic stickles.
A simple ATC but quite sweet nonetheless and another to add to my growing collection in readiness for my return home.
Last evening we were going out to dinner with our neighbours, Sally and Roger, but were heading out considerably later than usual because they were driving to Mount Dora to indulge the grandkids in the Mount Dora Corn Maze! Well! They did . . . they said it was hot and dusty in the maze and not QUITE as much fun as they anticipated and the grandchildren got bored! Well it IS only a bunch of cornstalks after all, but at least they've been AND they were able to spend time with the grandkids. Anyway, we headed off around 7pm and selected Applebees as our restaurant and when we arrived people were driving around the parking lot searching for spaces - this didn't bode well! Further enquiry elicited "it'll be 20 minutes for a table" - this didn't sound half bad so, rather sceptical of this timescale, we sat down . . . . and were called just short of twenty minutes - IMPRESSED? Us too! Chris was our waiter and persuaded us all to have the two for one beer special (like THAT took a lot of doing!) and we made our selection. The food was quick, hot, tasty and we all said we would order our selections again and the bill wasn't bad either! Back to ours for a bit of a chat before Sally and Roger made the long trip home . . . next door!!!
Whatever you are up to this Halloween, enjoy it! Have a good day peeps

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Well, been busy this morning

Busy doing next to nothing that is.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, it's sketchie over on craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group and I posted the sketch earlier too so - if you haven't seen it then please scroll down so you don't miss it. The Guest Design Team Member who presented the sketch this week is our very own DEBS and she set the added twist of "Going Postal" . . . well this had me stumped for quite a while I can tell you and, if I'm honest, I wasn't 100% happy with the resulting first card . . .

I used patterned papers from my DCWV Christmas stack and gorgeous green glitter card from another DCWV card stack. I cut a 10cm x 7cm panel of white card and stamped my "Special Delivery", a "Dec 25th", a "Santa Claus Lane" and a North Pole" stamp - all by Inkadinkado - to mimic an envelope, choosing to hand write the To. Santa, in gold pen. For my stamp, I traced round the scallop border punched on another piece of card and cut it out, distressed it using Antique Linen, wrote the word FIRST across the top of the stamp and then stamped my holly image. Once I'd stuck my stamp on the "envelope" I drew wavy lines from the Dec 25th to mimic a "postmark", rounded the corners and stuck it down.

As I said, I wasn't 100% happy with this cobbled together sketchie so, given that all the DCWV stacks come with several sheets of each design, I thought I would have another go . . .
I cut another similar sized panel of white card and rounded the corners using my Fiskars double sized corner punch before setting to work with my distress inks in Wild Honey, Barn Door and Fired Brick to colour the panel before stamping my sentiment and reindeer (both by Inkadinkado) in black versafine ink. I then stamped the reindeer once more using the Hampton Art Glue Pad (which is fab btw but the pad doesn't stay moist very long so top up "little and often" would be my tip if you have one!) before sprinkling crystal glamour dust over him to make him twinkly. I then finished my card off by adding two crystal and two red faux gemstones.
I hope you like them both but I certainly prefer the second one. Sorry, Debs, it's not because I didn't care for your sketch or twist, honestly.

Morning and welcome to the weekend dear readers

Yesterday was a lazy old day with nothing much to do except veg by the pool and go grocery shopping at some point........ but we DID go out for the afternoon and goodness only knows how we did it but we found ourselves on the street that runs round the back of Universal Studios and I took THIS ................... a photo of the dragons challenge roller coaster, which Wynneth and I rode whilst in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! SCARY huh? Wynneth reckoned she kept her eyes closed for most of the ride!!! Open 'em now Wynneth!

We carried on down Hiawassee until we hit Turkey Lake and then, by a strange turn of events, found ourselves outside of the Michaels!! (go figure). Steve asked if I wanted to head in - does the pope have a balcony? OF COURSE I wanted in . . . . and found this little stash (like I needed more stash but hey, what's a girl to do?)

It was then onwards and homewards via Publix - for those pesky groceries and then home for a glass (or two) of dry white and a pork chop dinner.

It's obviously a clear day here today as we've woken up to see no fewer than EIGHT hot air balloons over the house - I don't think they were looking for our house specifically but . . .

Over on craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group it is the turn of the lovely Debs to present the sketch this week and her chosen twist is "Going Postal" - and this I MIGHT struggle with but I haven't given up yet. Here is her sketch and if you fancy
having a go then head over to here.

There are some mighty fine cards to check out, from the design team too, so why not pop over and have a look.

As it's Saturday, this means we shall be out to dinner with our neighbours, Sally and Roger, this evening and we're going out a little later than normal because they are taking their grandchildren to the Mount Dora corn maze, so we're thinking that we'll just head on over to a local restaurant like Bob Evans or Applebees or Chilis.

However, you are planning to spend your Saturday then I hope you will have a great one.

Friday, 29 October 2010

A day spent just vegging by the pool ..............

Hi folks,
Here's my 2nd post of Friday and, if you haven't seen my earlier post then perhaps you would like to scroll down and check it out.
Today has been a bit of a day of domesticity, I've been washing and ironing and Steve has been pottering and painting. Whilst we're here we always touch up the the marks and dings on the paintwork to make it look nice for the future guests. We hope they appreciate it and we also hope that they treat the house better because it looks like its loved when they arrive - well, that's the plan anyway.

Have however, managed a little light crafting with a little ATC with stamps by The Cats Pyjamas - I'm really not sure how these can have slipped under my radar as they are so cute. I used some offcuts from the DCWV Rock Star card stack and then stamped my image and sentiment on to white card before cutting out and adding colour with copics and sakura glitter pens and I edged the sentiment with a copic marker too. I also added the finishing touch of three pink faux gemstones - like him?

Next it was on to a Christmas card using offcuts from the DCWV Christmas paper stack and also the DCWV shimmer card stack, along with some red/gold ribbon (Michaels or Joann's) and then stamped my image and sentiment on white card in versafine black ink before over stamping again with the wondrous Hampton Art Glue Pad and then sprinkling Crystal Glamour Dust liberally over both! I used my Martha Stewart edge punch on the chocolate brown shimmer card and then added a couple of crystal faux gemstones and there . . . another Christmas card for my collection - can't have many left to make I think . . . lucky really as it will be almost time to start writing them when we get back!
I'm much happier this year that I got a head start on my Christmas cards and will try to do the same again in 2011. I shall have a few to make in a batch once I get home and start compiling my Christmas list but other than that I can concentrate on my Christmas shopping - YAY!

Friday again, greetings from Florida

Morning everyone and I hope that your Friday is proceeding nicely towards the weekend!

Yesterday, we had an early dinner with our neighbours Len and Koreen and our chosen restaurant was the Santa Fe steakhouse and you've already seen photos of that place so I didn't take my (BROKEN) camera. Here's a photo of Len and Koreen though, taken on a different trip when my camera wasn't broken (bitter? Me!?!?!).
Our dinner selection was made from the "two meals for $12.99" menu and mine was steak tips and very nice they were too but, horror of horrors . . . . . there were mushrooms in the rather yummy sauce but (fortunately) I spotted them before any damage was done!! I know this is going to sound weird but I'm allergic to mushrooms in the U.S. and you DON'T want to know what happens if I eat them in error . . . I'll just ask "who remembers Linda Blair in the Exorcist"?????? 'Nuff said
Anyway, after dinner (and a couple of their finest DOLLAR beers) it was back to ours for chat and a pleasant evening. Len and Koreen left around 11 and we more or less went straight to bed only to wake up this morning to another murky one. We are warned that a COLD FRONT is approaching and that the temperatures could plummet to the upper 70's/low 80's!! COLD???? I DON'T think so - it'll be lovely and I'm pretty sure a few of my readers would swap ...... in a nanosecond! Bring it on!
Have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend, peeps, would love to hear what you all have planned . . . . . . . so go on, share!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Fog's gone! Second post of the day - please scroll down or this post won't make sense!

though it was uncharacteristically slow to burn off this morning. We can now see the cows and they can see us too!! Even the little gecko's have come out in force with one guarding our hose reel! Bless!
Hubby's painting the garage ceiling now that the leak appears to be really (really) fixed - we've been trying to fix it for years. So I have found myself reading a book found in the house "New York" by Edward Rutherfurd and doing a little light crafting!!!
I brought some die cut shapes out with me this trip and this uses one of them, edged with distress inks in dusty concord. The ADORABLE image is by Whippersnapper designs and both of the funky patterned backing cards are from DCWV's Rock Star stack. Given my love of Disney's "Figment" he just had to be coloured in purple and highlighted with holographic and platinum stickles. I used my crop-a-dile to set the eyelets down the right had side and a Fiskars corner punch on the backing cards too. Hope you like him and no, he's not a figment of your imagination!!! which reminds me it's been a full ten years since we visited Disney here in Florida - must be about time to re-visit?
We're dining with our neighbours later today and heading to the Santa Fe steakhouse about five miles north of us on the U.S. 27. I spotted a 10% discount voucher which has been burning a hole in my pocket since making the "find"! To my regular followers you will already have seen piccies of the Santa Fe as it's the steakhouse we took Wynneth and Tom to, with our other neighbours (Sally and Roger) recently and where the chicken declared we should all "Eat more Beef"! Mmmmm - looking forward to that!
Hope your Thursday's are all proceeding according to plan too.

Morning and welcome to a rather FOGGY (!) Thursday

Look what we woke up to this morning!! Oh My - not what we expect here in sunny Florida - it normally burns off before 10:00 but it's nearly 9:30 now and no sign of it shifting yet!

There ARE cows out there (we can hear them!) but we sure can't see them - hope they can see one another.

Last night we didn't feel like dinner, having enjoyed the endless soup, salad and bread sticks at the Olive Garden at lunchtime and just chowed down on a cheese roll mid evening. Nothing on TV so we found ourselves watching BBC America where the new show was found to be "I'd do anything"! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webbers search to find a Nancy and Oliver for his "new" stage production! How weird was that?

Since I already knew who won that one I did find I was only watching with half an eye and the other one was crafting!
I came up with this, my fourth sketchie of the week and yes, it's another Christmas card for my collection but then . . . the twist did say BERRY BRIGHTS! The spotty and striped papers are from the DCWV Christmas stack of patterned papers and the plain green panel was part of a half pound of card I bought ages ago when I was just building my stash (Walmart I think). The patterned triangle and the holly images were a magazine freebie and I even decoupaged one layer (yes, I had THAT much as a freebie!) and the ribbon was some dark green organza acquired on a previous foray in to Michaels. I rounded the corners (my Fiskars double size corner rounder) on the two backing panels and used my Martha Stewart "round the page" set (gonna get lots of use out of this set) of punches. I had one odd red gem left so teamed it with two crystal faux gemstones and there you have my fourth sketchie of the week - hope you like it.
Again, thinking of my poorly pals, Rosie and Sue and thinking of my friend Naomi too today.
Hope you are still enjoying your virtual vacation - not like you'll see much today my fellow virtual tourists! Have a TOTALLY great Thursday

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Hot Chocolate! 2nd post, please scroll down for my earlier post

I was working away on my hot chocolate themed challenge and decided to use the sketch as set on Saturday by Lauren, as it was such a nice sketch. Of course, I couldn't really wangle the twist of berries in it too so you will simply have to imagine that it's a blueberry cupcake!!! All of the backing papers (in those delicious chocolate-y colours) are by DCWV, including the little bit of chocolate coloured glittery paper piecing for the cupcake frosting! The sentiment stamp is by The Cats Pyjamas and the image by My Favourite Things. Additionally, I used my Martha Stewart corner punches from the round the page set and three crystal faux gemstones.
I was interrupted from posting my crafting, by a meeting with Jaime from our management company at 11:00 and when she left we found we simply HAD to dash out to lunch as we had been meaning to hit the Olive Garden to sample their endless soup, salad and breadsticks lunchtime special! As it happened we hadn't needed to rush as the lunchtime special is good till 4 p.m.!!! Yes, you're right dear reader - no way will we want dinner now!
Now all I need is for my camera to miraculously start working OK again and all will be right once more in my world. HOWEVER, as hubby reckons the ON/OFF button is well broken then I think the answer to that is Noooooooooooooooooo. He will, of course, try taking it apart once we get home and try to mend it ....... otherwise, guess who's having a new camera for Christmas? Oh SANTA, I've been awfully good this year!!
Hi Rosie, how are you feeling? Not too bored I hope - off work poorly due to breaking her thumb. Feel better soon hun. Of course, you don't need to use your thumb to enjoy the sunshine so come and join us!

Morning - it's WOYWDW!

That's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday over on craftbubble's Craft Mad and Loving It group here and everyone has started posting photos of their workspace. Me? I had a problem with my camera - it would NOT switch on!!! - so I had to use hubby's instead but it is the identical camera so no biggie there. It's only two and a half years old and I've only taken 7000 pix with it!! Must've worn it out! anyhoo, here's my workspace today . . .

I'm currently working on a themed project of "Hot Chocolate" for a challenge so I have layers of "browns" laid out ready and a stamped image and sentiment - so I'm already to rock and roll! Do check back later to see how it worked out!

In the meantime . . . When we got back from dinner here . . . .

at Chili's, where we enjoyed their two meals for $20 menu. we shared Texas cheese fries as an appetiser, followed by Cajun pasta for me and chicken crispers for Steve. It was a big meal and I had to leave much of my pasta . . . the waitress plainly had a BIG sense of humour as she came back with a big grin on her face and asked if we had saved room for dessert!!!!!!!!!! That'll be a NOOOOOO then - shame as they're usually delicious but hey . . . .

Home at last and we rolled out of the car like weebles (who, as we all know, wobble but they don't fall down!) and decided it was a beautiful evening so we sat out on the pool deck for an hour or so and read and watched the sunset till it got too dark to read any more. So now I've almost finished my fifth book (since leaving home) and played with this little chap, who was originally spotted on our neighbours palm tree and giving us some grief - one can only assume he was vexed that we were watching him!!

Also, a lovely sunset so I'd like to share this with you too.

Whatever you happen to be doing on this particular Wednesday I hope you are having fun. I'd also like to send get well wishes to my pal's Sue and Rosie who've been in the wars lately.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Hi there readers

Sorry about the satellite delay between posts but I've had a busy day or so.....

Yesterday we headed off early after lunch for a ride round with the intention of heading to Tony Romas for dinner. We stopped off at all sorts of places on the way including Michaels (go figure!) and Home Depot (like B&Q). Monday is endless ribs day at Tony Romas but, having studied the menu we opted for the fillet steak medallions with a half rack of ribs - the perfect solution!!

On the way back home we decided to play tourists and I took a few photos, from the car, as we passed SeaWorld. One is of the entrance to SeaWorld and the other is of two rides within SeaWorld, one being the journey to Atlantis (the building you can see) and is a water ride and the other is Kraken which is a roller coaster. I have done both rides in the past but Steve has only done the water ride - he doesn't care much for roller coasters!
Today, I left early for a shopping day out with my neighbour, Sally, and we headed for the Premium Outlet mall at Little Lake Bryan. Now I would NOT call this THE most successful shopping trip Sally and I have ever had but we had a nice time and a good chance to chat whilst walking around. Of course, wouldn't you know it, today has been one of the hottest days so far and seems set to almost hit record temperatures!!! Perhaps not our best day to hit an outdoor mall and we might have preferred to go to the Florida mall because its indoors but hey . . . hindsight's a wonderful thing! We lunched in their food court and Sally opted for the Chinese special for $6.79 whereas I had a burrito which came in (with a drink) at less than $5.

When I got home Steve was just finishing off his painting (on the hottest day!!!!) and about to hit the shower so I guess I'll head to the post office shortly with a modest package to a couple of friends - look out in a week's time people! - you KNOW who you are!

I do hope you are all enjoying your virtual vacation and don't mind me sharing my photos with you - hope I'm not boring you all.

Monday, 25 October 2010

And then ........

Just after my earlier post declaring that all was well in my world . . . . . (if you haven't seen my earlier post then please do scroll down and check it out . . .)

I heard from a good friend who had been in hospital for an operation on October 6th. I sent her e-mails and texts saying that I hoped it had gone well. She hadn't been scheduled to stay in hospital long but had to go stay with family immediately following the op, hence my not ringing to see how she was. Anyway, my poor friend e-mailed me today to let me know that her silence had been due to her suffering a stroke - OMG!!! She went on to say that it had been relatively mild (is there any such thing?) and treated in a speedy manner which meant she was recovering reasonably well - thank goodness. So, I figured a "wishing you well" card was in order. I chose to use Lauren's recent BERRY BRIGHTS sketch for this though obviously no berries on this one choosing instead to use berry colours. The crown backing card was from DCWV RockStar stack, the glitter card from DCWV Indian Summer stack and the red round the page punched square from the DCWV shimmer stack - they are just sooooo fabulous aren't they? My image was by the cool cats at The Cats Pyjamas and the sentiment by Hero Arts. I used three faux pearls to complete my project and will be heading off to the Post Office before closing time to speed it on its way to my pal - get well soon, Sue, hoping for a 100% recovery.
On a lighter note, we reckon we're off to Tony Romas tonight for dinner, as Monday is All You Can Eat Ribs night!!! and I do love ribs!
Enjoy your evenings and, Lauren, don't forget to wear your PJ's and socks to bed tonight!, as recommended by a recent returnee from sunnier climes - Karen! Hope your electrician turns up nice and early in the morning.

Hi there, Monday morning and all's well!

with my world anyway, though my poor friend, Lauren, was struggling with her electrics yesterday and has, apparently, woken to no electrics at all today!! Her electrician will be with her . . . . tomorrow!! BLIMEY - I hope she cooks with gas (offhand I can't remember).

And this explains why Lauren has been unable to post the regular Sunday themed challenge over on Craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It Group.

Still, I've been keeping myself amused by making ATC's. I have quite a number of crafting pen pals with whom I swap ATC's and I usually return home to find quite a selection waiting for me to reply to and send swaps. I've made quite a few this trip, having a buddy to craft with certainly helped too (thanks Wynneth).
This particular ATC was made using newly acquired stash and a donated punched butterfly (again with the Thanks Wynneth!). I took my ATC blank and a piece of DCWV patterned card which had previously been distressed and torn and was ALMOST the perfect size - so using my Brilliance ink pad in gold I coloured the exposed section of my blank before edging the torn piece with memento ink in Lilac Posies (?!). I stamped my My Favourite Things image on white card using memento grape jelly and coloured in using my limited range of pro markers and copics. I also stamped the sentiment in grape jelly and then cut round both the image and sentiment. My butterfly was part of a punched border so I separated that and then, using my zig two way glue pen applied gold glamour dust to the butterfly. I also highlighted the cup cake and tiara using holographic stickles before finishing my ATC with three faux gemstones. Hope you like it.
Whatever you find yourself doing today, have a good one and, Lauren, I hope you get your electrics sorted soon!
Till next post peeps!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Welcome to Sunday peeps

Hope your Saturday went well.

Saturday's here mean only one thing, dinner with neighbours and a chance for a good natter with Sally and Roger shouldn't be passed up. This week we opted for Mexican and went to Garibaldi's (live mariachi from 7pm Friday's and Saturdays, so we went early!) where I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken fajita quesadilla (or should that be miscellaneous white meat, Lauren?). The beers were two for one too. Back home to Sally and Rogers for more chat and Sally and I have arranged to go shopping at Little Lake Bryan on Tuesday - hubby will be painting!!!

Back to this morning . . . . Steve's on the roof as we speak - don't ask! and I've been crafting a little. I decided to use the splendid little Art Impressions Witch that I bought at Lakeland Art & Glass recently. Unfortunately, it took much longer than anticipated as the first impression was on to paper which wasn't good with copics . . . DOH! The paper I ended up using is a little better but not perfect but hey . . . you just gotta make the most of the materials to hand! I coloured my ATC blank with distress inks in Wild Honey, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Black Soot. I then stuck my little witch on to the ATC and finished off by stamping a Hero Arts star in faded jeans, overstamping with the glue pad and dusting with Glamour Dust. Not a big project but I'm not totally "in the zone" today and think it's probably time to "hit the pool" instead - BBL!!!
In the meantime, I hope all my dear readers in the U.K. aren't feeling too cold. And to my fellow craftapalooza-ites who have just reached home - zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Sleep tight!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

2nd post of the day, please scroll down to read my earlier post

Hello again,

As you probably all know, Saturday is sketchie day over on craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group and we have another sketch set today, by Lauren (aka BlueBertie). She's opted for (in her words) a simple sketch with the twist of "BERRY BRIGHTS". Hmmmmmmmmmmm, so here's the sketch .............

It's a nice sketch and one I SHOULD be able to achieve with my stash here in Florida, but I'm struggling with berries . . . .

However, I had reckoned without some fab red holly paper from my DCWV Christmas papers stack AND the holly image in my recent Inkadinkado stamp set - YAY!!! I had the spotty paper (acquired for a previous sketchie challenge) and the silver "Dots" were from Joann's and cost a dollar for about 20. I stamped my image in black then water coloured the holly leaf and berries before over stamping with my glue pad and then flittering with Crystal glamour dust. I also stamped the holly image on my envelope and will highlight that with stickles.
This five hour time lag is really confusing me as it's not even 09:00 and I've done my sketchie but I'm not first to post . . . the lovely Andy (Wynneth's dad) posted his ages ago, and very nice it is too.
Hope you like it, looking forward to hearing from you all.

Happy Saturday

Welcome to the weekend, hope you all have a splendid weekend lined up. Me? Me 'n hubby are dining out with our fabby U.S. neighbours (Sally and Roger) and we're thinking Mexican . . . venue to be decided.

In the interim, my other Craftapalooza buddy (Karen) is heading home from Orlando today, with her flight leaving around 4:00p.m. - safe journey to you Karen, Dave, Becky and Kris - it was LOVELY to meet you all and I hope you enjoyed it even half as much as I did.

As for crafting, what have I been up to? Well, you all know me - a day without crafting - blah blah, so I've been making ATC's because they take up less space in my case AND I just KNOW I'm going to have loads to send out once I get home.

I made this ATC with the spotty paper I bought recently to make a sketchie card over on craft bubble, I also used a piece of DCWV metallic card stack (in blue) AND a piece of red card (kindly donated by Wynneth - thanks Wynneth), all three pieces were edged with my new Martha Stewart punch. I then stamped my Inkadinkado image in black first and then again my my Hampton Arts glue pad before applying Crystal Glamour Dust and cutting closely round before adhering to my ATC and finishing with the adhesion of four red faux gemstones and the Merry Christmas sentiment (cut out and applied using Xyron adhesive).

Next ATC was made using an ATC blank and still more of the spotty paper. I then stamped my Penny Black image using Brilliance Crimson and then overstamping with my glue pad and adhering Crystal Glamour Dust. I then cut closely roudn the image and adhered to the spotty ATC. I then stamped the Penny Black sentiment in versafine black, directly on to the ATC and then added the four red faux gemstones in order to finish the ATC.
Hope you like them both.
BTW I WAS right about the breakfast this morning as we had no lunch at all and only a cheese roll for dinner - THIS is why we don't eat breakfast out much whilst we're here!!!!
Anyway, Saturday is SKETCHIE day over on craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group so standy by to see a second post with the sketch (this week set by the lovely Lauren) and my take on the sketch.
Have a FABULOUS weekend and, if it turns out to be as cold as the last few days - STAY WARM!

Friday, 22 October 2010

T.G.I. Friday

Friday again already and this morning my dear hubby decided that he fancied going out to breakfast!! OMG! Well, many of you may already know that American portions are far from stingy and, most evenings, we've had a good sized dinner and not really been up for a cooked brekkie too but we just had an Arby's last night (roast beef sandwich) so had left a little room. This was our best hope this vacation AND I found an offer for the buffet at the Golden Corral so off we went . . . I had the pork chop, spinach quiche, corned beef hash and hash browns followed by two small (BUT SUPER YUMMY) pancakes one with blueberries and the other with . . . chocolate chips - mmmmmmmmmm and now think it might be tomorrow before I eat again!

Anyway, that's my excuse for the lateness of this post!, sorry

Other than that, what have I been doing? Well, lazing by the pool, finishing my Andy McNab book (Exit Wound is the title btw) and a little crafting. Having done a little Christmas shopping for my neighbour yesterday and today we had to buy a little box to make up, in order to camouflage said gift for Sally and Roger - can't have them guessing what's inside in November and then having to wait until December 25th to look so not surprised!, so I've made a gift tag for said present, which I am hoping they will love. I used the DCWV Christmas stack and the image is from a clear set by Reflections. I also used distress inks round the edges of the tag and image and also my Martha Stewart punch.

I have also made another Christmas card - I'm trying to keep up with Wynneth's dad, Andy, who seems to be on a mission to make Christmas cards! The image is by Inkadinkado, I got to use the last of the free Christmas papers, some metallix DCWV card stack and some silver grey organza ribbon tied in to a bow, my Martha Stewart round the page punch and some faux gemstones.

And then I decided to make another . . . being on a bit of a roll!! Still trying to complete my Christmas cards BEFORE Christmas this year, I was still making them up till Christmas eve last year and I don't want to be doing that again. This one sort of grew organically as I didn't intend to use the green DCWV Christmas paper stack and I didn't intend to use the Penny Black clear stamp sentiment OR image - I had quite another card in mind - didn't I? Still, I quite like the way it turned out even if I did take the top off the Crystal glamour Dust and then change my mind to the gold - I prefer the gold on this one, though you can see colour through the GD you would probably never guess I initially stamped it in Brilliance Crimson and green before overstamping in the Hampton Art Glue pad and then glittering. Now come on, own up, you wouldn't - would you?

Sorry there isn't much more to show you but we've had a real lazy day (except for cleaning round the pool tiles) and nothing of interest to photograph! Even the cows haven't been seen today!

Now, Halloween is fast approaching and I have a little Halloween e-card (which some of you may have seen already as I may have e-mailed you this link) but please click here and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Have a super weekend everyone.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

2nd post of the day, please scroll down to read my earlier post

Welcome to Thursday and the first of the Craftapalooza-ites leaves for home today, safe journey to you Wynneth and Tom - hope you've warm clothes to hand as you arrive back in the U.K. as we hear it's really cold there.

This morning we slept in till a very decadent 08:50 . . . but hey, we're on vacation!! Not done much since either . . . except a little crafting.

I used a snowflake sheet of my DCWV Christmas stack of papers and then two Inkadinkado clear images, stamped in black and then the image highlighted with holographic stickles and finally, the ATC's corners were rounded.

For this ATC I used distress inks in Antique Linen, Wild Honey and Barn Door for the background and then stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and the Cats Pyjamas image in black versafine before using a ZIG two way glue pen to highlight and glitter areas and then added some peach coloured faux gemstones.

For this card I used some papers that had been free with a magazine - I liked them because they were more like the papers you would buy yourself (as opposed to the more usual "copier paper" weight freebies!). I used a second piece of this paper selection and my Martha Stewart round the page punch set to create my centre panel, I then used one of Wynneth's stamped Penny Black images which I cut round. I highlighted the image using Holographic, platinum and green stickles. I tied an off centre bow using some very narrow satin ribbon (a gift) at the top and to the right of my sentiment panel (stamped on white, cut out then mounted on to a rounded panel of the snowflake paper). I then finished the card with two faux crystal gemstones.
And that, dear readers, is what I've been up to this morning. It's now lunchtime so I think (after last night's blow out at Mannie's) a light lunch is in order and then possibly a swim or a shower . . . before a trip out in the sunshine.
I hope it has warmed up for you all, a little, in the U.K. and that everyone's heating is working well.
Take care all and do check back later to see if I've got any more holiday snaps for you . . . I hope you are enjoying your virtual vacation here in Florida.


Morning readers,

Last night was Wynneth and Tom's last night and they wanted MEAT!!!! They had planned to go to the Longhorn steakhouse and asked us if we would like to join them . . . we had no plans so said that yes, we would be happy to join them. Having dined at the Longhorn several times we suggested perhaps they might like to try one of our favourite haunts - Mannies in Haines City. Now this is not a tourist attraction but, boy do they get busy!! We called ahead and still had to wait 25 minutes when we got there but we sat at the bar and enjoyed two 4 one beers and spirits. Once seated we ordered more drinkies (Wynneth was driving so was on iced tea) and Tom firmly embraced the two for one rum and coke . . . . sorry about that, so early in the morning, but it does show how much fun we were having!!!

Once we left Mannies, Wynneth and I had hatched a plot which involved a side trip to Michaels for a feigned comfort break!! And a little shopping!

IMAGINE our surprise when I rounded a corner and bumped in to Karen and Becky, our fellow craftapalooza-ites!!! Wonder what they were doing in there? Apparently they'd been dining locally and just felt the urge for a little retail therapy too. Karen and family still have a few days left so I wonder how many more opportunities they will find . . .

As we headed towards home we saw a fabulous sunset and, sadly, my photo probably doesn't truly do it justice. Back to our place for a chat, to ensure Wynneth had ALL of her craft purchases . . . . she even had time for a little last minute crafting! That's my girl!!! Safe journey home both and now I have no more "WYNNETH MADE ME DO IT" opportunities.

Thanks for looking and, as always, love to read your comments. Have a great Thursday

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

2nd post of the day, please scroll down to read my earlier post

Wotcher peeps,

What a wonderful Wednesday it is too, well it is here and I'm hoping it's brightened up for you crafters back in the U.K.
It's WOYWDW today over on craftbubble and so here is my workdesk for this week . . .

It has to be said that there's a lot going on there! Normally, when I'm here in Florida, I have the second bedroom and "move in to the dressing table" with all my craft stuff but I was anticipating a bit of a craft fest with Wynneth and Karen this trip (as part of Craftapalooza) so borrowed this table and two chairs from my neighbours, Sally and Roger - thanks you guys!

We were expecting the Bright House engineer this morning, between 08:00 and 10:00 so had to be up early again - not something we normally do whilst on vacation, unless heading to the beach or (like yesterday) a theme park. If you've not seen the pictures then please don't miss them and scroll down to my previous post. He (the engineer) turned up at 09:10 and supplied us with a working handset (unlike the four previous ones!) before heading off for the rest of his day. All this meant we were up and about and managed to see the balloonatics taking their memorable flights this morning - sorry about the nightshirt peeps if you saw me!!! All I can say in my defence is that the cows didn't seem overly scared of my appearing like that though!!!
I don't know what you all have planned for the remainder of today. We plan a lazy day after yesterday's activity but will be meeting up with Wynneth and Tom to go to Mannie's steak house this evening as it's their last night (boo hoo, will miss you guys - and Karen too). They get so blooming busy that we will be heading out early for our dinner, so there MAY be a last window of crafting opportunity for Wynneth!


And blimey it's been nine years since we last did a theme park which, considering we've been here two and three times a year ever since, must seem like some kind of a record. Our U.S. neighbours reckon we're the least tourist-y tourists they've ever come across!!!

We've had a pair of tickets for Universal in our drawer ever since 2001 and one of us thought we had a day left and the other didn't so we just ignored them. Anyway, Wynneth and Tom wanted to go to Universal to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - and so did I, so we went today(Tuesday).

We picked up Wynneth and Tom and saved $15 on parking by only taking one car and then went to the ticket booth - imagine how chuffed we were to discover that both tickets still had one days validity, thus saving us $186! Woo Hoo indeed (as my blue crafting buddy might say). Once inside we simply had to head straight for the WWoHP stopping at the Hogwarts Express where the boys admired the train and Wynneth and I departed to take the Dragons Challenge (used to be the duelling dragon roller coaster) . . . it SAID a 15 minute wait but almost an hour later we emerged and headed off for Hogwarts . . . . where the line was now over an hour long - so we passed and went to Jurassic park instead. We stopped for liquid refreshment on the way as it was warming up a treat (sorry, fellow Brits freezing away at home) by now. Jurassic's water ride was pleasantly refreshing and we stepped out of the boat only very slightly moist. Then buoyed by the fact that the water rides didn't seem that wet Wynneth and Tom chose to go on the river cruise ....... WRONG (with a capital WWWWWW) - they exited this particular ride absolutely soaked and dripped their way round for a while till they dried!! (OOPS). We circled around until we found our way (strangely enough) back at Hogwarts where the line was 45 minutes so we thought we would risk it. The mandrake display was ready for re-potting, the sorting hat sang to us and the portraits kept us well entertained till we hit the great hall where Harry, Ron and Hermione entreated us to join them at the Quidditch match and we duly stepped aboard the ride that would take us there . . . via dragons, the wood, the whomping willow nearly got us but we made it unscathed to fight another day - fabulous. Done with the theme park we headed out of the park and in to Bubba Gumps - for shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp (except Tom, who had a burger). After our early dinner we dropped Wynneth and Tom back at their place and came home to take a dip in the pool to cool off, a fab day. So . . . . . here are some piccies
It certainly LOOKS like a harmless river cruise . . . doesn't it?
so how did they get so wet?
A nice snowy Hogsmeade - and Hogwarts school for Witches and Wizards!
Here's the guard to Dumbledores office - Sherbert Lemons! and the sorting hat too!
Here you see me, Steve and Wynneth, at Bubba Gumps - mmm!
Hope you all managed to stay drier than Wynneth and Tom, have a super Wednesday too, I'll be back later with piccies of WOYWDW, so please check back later.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Morning and we're off to Universal Studios!!!

I cannot believe we're playing tourist - the first time we've been to a theme park since 2001 (I thought it was 2000 but we've written on the ticket we were last there in 2001).

Fab evening with Karen and Wynneth last evening, we sat the girls at one end and the boys at the other - allowing us to plot a trip to Michael's after leaving the restaurant - well, it WAS only straight across the road!! Too good an opportunity to miss and they DID have more luscious Christmas stamps . . . like we need more but hey . . . it seemed sinful to leave them there!

This was us at Perkins, Left to right (from the front) Wynneth, Me, Karen and Becky.

And, as previously mentioned we then adjourned to here..... Neither of us seemed to spend much but ti didn't deter us from heading to the dollar store (two doors away) afterwards for Becky to top up on some fabby Halloween stuff, well it won't be long about will it!!

A busy day planned for us as we're off to Universal Studios to (finally) visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which opened just days after we left for home last trip! Looking forward to this hugely and have charged the camera in readiness.

Safe journeys home to Wynneth and Tom and to Karen, Dave, Becky and Kris - it's been a load of fun and great meeting you all.

To the rest of you, dear readers, have a perfectly fab Tuesday and I hope you haven't woken up to find it's as cold as predicted. If it is, stay warm.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Morning and welcome to another week readers

Hi folks,

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and that you didn't get too cold/wet/all of the above.

Naturally, here in sunny Florida it was warm (and sunny) most of the weekend - sorry! Last night we had a pretty nice sunset too.

It was a lovely day yesterday, spent reading, crafting, spending time by the pool and then a little light retail therapy down at Posner Park. Steve's been eyeing up plasma TV's but we just can't justify one so we just went window shopping. I sneaked in to Michaels and bought another of those fab Hampton Art glue Pads so that I can take one home with me . . .

Back home for dinner, chicken salad with french bread followed by (a little bit early I know but . . . ) stohllen!! Love it, but probably shouldn't eat it.
Also managed just a little crafting with this little ATC. I bought some stamps from Violettes by a manufacturer I wasn't previously familiar with . . . The Cats Pyjamas and both stamps used on this ATC are from the same set. I chose to use the brilliant post it note (sticky note) method and distress inks in Wild Honey, Barn Door and Fired Brick within the masked off area. I then stamped the image and sentiment in black versafine ink before applying the Hampton Art Glue to the Happy New Year Cat and overstamping the black image. I then sprinkled, liberally, crstal glamour dust over the image - fabulously twinkly! I then rounded three of the corners and used my Martha Stewart corner punch from the scallop 3 dot punch around the page set. I hope you like it as much as I do - in fact, I'm really not sure I shall want to part with it!

How did you spend your weekend then? What's on the agenda for this week too?

We're meeting up with Karen, Dave, Becky and Kris and also Wynneth and Tom for dinner. We're heading to Perkins - we've never eaten dinner at Perkins before, so that will be a new one for us. There may be photos!, so you might want to check back and see how we got on. Hard to imagine it's already October 18th and that Wynneth and Tom have been here over two weeks and Karen and her family a little over a week.