Friday, 31 December 2010

Morning - my first New Years Eve since I started blogging!

And I wanted to wish you all the Happiest of New Years and the hope that 2011 will be good for you all. No Friday Fun today as it's New Years Eve and I'm sure you all have plans for your day . . . .

We have no plans to go out in order to celebrate the New Year and, if the telly's its normal rubbishy self we'll probably find ourselves tucked up in bed and fast asleep as the hand ticks past midnight!!!

Have a good day and a good (if not great) evening all - catch you next year!





And, no, those are not my flip flopped feet sticking out of the bottom of that box!!! As if!


Thursday, 30 December 2010

MY SCRAPBOOK'S FINISHED - Hurrah! 2nd post - please scroll down to read my earlier post

I decided that I really wanted to start my new year in the big girls (12" x 12") album so set about finding a photo to use this morning. When I spent an afternoon out in the hoare frost on December 7th I took a number of photos and this is one of the ones I didn't use yet - it's just a photo of a playing field/dog walking field but the frost makes it special and looks almost black and white!

For the journalling I produced it on the PC and cut it to fit my Martha Stewart PATP deep scallop down either side. I used three stamps from the delicious HP1009EZ - I hope you approve, along with D.I. in Faded Jeans, the grey one who's name escapes me, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire and the wondrous Black Soot! I also used pearl plum embossing powder for the resist. I love the resist flower and the birds in the hedge but think I should perhaps have saved the single flower across the top for another project - but hey, the benefit of hindsight's a wonderful thing!!! I also thought about adding gems but thought this would detract from the resist flowers, don't know what you all think????.

My scrap album is NOW COMPLETE! Hurrah - and I can now move in to my new album with the start of 2011.

Hope your day is going to plan and that you have brighter/better weather than we do - I'm sat here with the light on!, still, the nights are getting shorter!!!!!






WOO HOO - January SALES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Morning folks,

How are you all today? It's a dull old, soggy, grey day here and only 6° in to the bargain - hope its warmer and/or brighter where you are today.

Is this what you imagined, PAM?
As my regular readers will know, I usually exchange materials with a trading card buddy on the Isle of Skye, she makes a trading card with them and sends it to me and then I send her my original . . . . well her most recent letter says she's had an eye operation (just before Christmas) so wasn't able to send materials this time as her sight is still not quite up to snuff ..... but she improves daily so I'm hoping that she will be up for the challenge materials I have sent to her, which are: a stamped image and sentiment from Crafty Individuals (CI-277), a white base ATC and a piece of double sided patterned card (grey on one side and red on the other) approximately ATC size, a piece of purple DCWV SHIMMER card (v small - for mounting sentiment), some glitter dewdrop gems, some purple fibres. I'm curious to see how differently her project will look from my own. I don't believe she looks at my blog so I feel safe posting my original on here . . . . in the meantime, GET WELL SOON PAM.

I did a couple of scrap layouts yesterday and THOUGHT they were the last in my American sized album but, when I went to insert them I realised I had one more left so I shall be trying to fill that today or tomorrow - New Year, new album!!!

Friends popping in later, the ones we had been scheduled to meet for dinner but who had to cancel because of the snow storm in their area - the worst day in the south for snow, I believe! It will be nice to see them though my tree will miss their presents!

Have a good day however you spend it - I've already been on-line and spent some pennies in the Craft Obsessions sale here, but hurry, things are selling fast!!! ENJOY



Wednesday, 29 December 2010

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

Hi there, me again,

Been getting on with the scrap booking projects as I had the photos already printed. Besides, once I've done those I can crack on with the new toys I got for Christmas - some lovely Paper Artsy Stamps and some fab little Mer-Mice too ...... can hardly wait to get them INKY!

Anyway, today's layouts record our Boxing Day Secret Santa evening. I used a white sheet of card (the standard insert which came with the album. I took an imagination crafts template and distress ink in Faded Jeans and my Tim Holtz blending tool and set to work roughly colouring the sheet before attaching my journalling and photographs. For page two I did the same but, because the photos didn't take up so much room and there was no journalling I ended up with more space to see the template/mask. I added a central snowflake (actually from a previous years Christmas cracker - we crafters waste NOTHING!) and some self adhesive chipboard Christmas images. Again, nothing complicated, one of my New Years Resolutions (possibly the ONLY one!) is to pay more attention to my layouts! These are also the last two sheets in my 8½" x 11" album so now I move on (graduate) to 12" x 12"!!! Yee Haa - I wonder if I'm ready!



Morning - here it is hump day Wednesday . . . again!

Morning all,

It's beginning to feel like Christmas is over now, with the snow all melted and so much warmer - we woke up to FOG this morning and the weather forecasters tell us it's the warmest day since November 20th - feels like it too!

Sales are in full flow, not that I've physically visited the sales - I've been doing mine "virtually" and bought some nice leather goods at 50% off from John Lewis and even tried the Sizzix sale this morning - up to 75% off their dies and embossing folders, including Tim Holtz - check it out here. I bought a couple of dies and some embossing folders and even with the incredible £6.94 P&P still managed to save £21 on my £36 purchase! (I know, I'm such a sale lightweight!!!). I shall be happy if its all in stock to send to me.

It's WOYWDW again over on Craft Mad & Loving It and I appear to have been first on-line to post my piccie. My work desk looks like a war zone and is in need of a serious TIDY before crafting can commence BUT (in my defence) most of the goodies strewn on my desk are actually lovely Christmas gifties I have yet to find a home for - so no complaints from me on that front.


How lucky was I with my crafting Christmas presents?

Have a great Wednesday whatever you plan to do - catch you later, once everything's put away and I've managed some crafting! (wish me luck on that score!)

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

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

Hi there,

Been crafting this afternoon with some friends on-line - not the easiest way to craft admittedly but hey . . . . never one to admit defeat!

We all got the same Crafty Individuals stamp set for Christmas (see it here ) and I produced a sketch for us to work from - purely optional though.


We met up (virtually, of course) at 2:00 and agreed to give ourselves two hours to complete one or more projects using only the Crafty Individuals stamps and to e-mail one another with the results of our labours.

I decided to use the sketch for both of my projects and I chose to make cards but opted for cards of different sizes (C5 and C6). I made one more vintage and distressed and the other in shades of my fave colour (purple).

My distressed C6 card involved two pieces of card from the wonderful Costco double sided offer I availed myself of some time ago and which appears to be still going strong. I used the plain side and cut cut a panel only slightly smaller than my card and then, using my Tim Holtz distressing tool distressed the edges. I then cut three panels from another sheet using the striped side. I die cut a scalloped border from gold paper and adhered to two of my stripey borders and then rounded the exposed striped corners. I stamped my sentiment, cut it out and distressed it a smidge using D.I. in tea dye before adhering to gold paper and cutting out with a narrow border. To the third striped panel I rounded the corners and tied narrow brown organza ribbon in to a knot at one edge and then added my sentiment panel over the top. My scalloped panels were adhered top and bottom. My image was stamped using memento ink in tuxedo black and then coloured using distress inks and a waterbrush. Once dried I then used a blending tool and distress inks in antique linen and tea dye to colour the die cut scalloped oval which I then adhered to my panel to complete the card.

For my second card I used a C5 card and cut a panel from a purple star patterned piece of Colossal paper slightly smaller than my base card. I used DCWV shimmer purple card for the three panels and then slightly smaller panels of tonal Coredinations which had been run through my Big Shot inside an embossing folder and which was then lightly sanded to expose the white core. I adhered the two top and bottom panels to my card first and then tied some narrow white organza ribbon to the side panel before adhering the embossed panel over the top. On top of this again I adhered my scallop oval sentiment panel which had been coloured using distress ink in spun sugar. My main scalloped oval had the image stamped in memento tuxedo black and this time coloured using Pro Markers (for a stronger colour) and I highlighted areas using Atyou Spica clear glitter pen before using the DI in spun sugar to colour the otherwise white card.

And there you have my two cards made using only the stamps included in the set from Crafty Individuals. I hope you like them

And here is Lauren's project, not using the sketch but definitely using the stamps - a fab magnetic fridge pad ..... what a cool idea? You can see more of her work here


And here is Wynneth's project - you can see more of her work here too














Isn't it ASTONISHING how differently our projects came out despite using the same stamp sets? I loved this challenge for that reason, if no other and would love to have another go some time soon. Thanks ladies for joining me this afternoon and thanks to you all for reading - do pop across the links above and have a look at other work by Lauren and Wynneth and the wonderful stamps from Crafty Individuals

Tuesday again and I wonder what the weather has in store today

Morning all - even if it is only JUST morning. I think all the partying and eating has caught up with Hubby and me as we woke up at 10:00 this morning!!! Of course, this has meant that we are off to a fairly sluggish start . . . not even showered and dressed yet! BUT, I've still managed a spot of light crafting . . . well, more particularly scrap booking. After yesterdays rather unimaginative layout I thought I'd better do something a tad more dressy with the layout for Christmas Day . . . .  Having selected my Brenda Pinnick green paper and cut to size (it being 12" x 12" and my album currently being 8½" X 11"), I THEN used the corner punch from my Martha Stewart Poinsettia PATP set on the journalling (top corners only as the bottom ones were going to be obscured). I took my holly flourish stamp and inked up with Distress Ink - Forest Moss - and stamped around the edges and up the centre - where there might be gaps between photos. I had laid out my photos on a blank piece and transferred them one at a time, gluing in to place. Once they were all adhered I added red pearl "berries" to my holly before highlighting the flourishes with crystal stickles. I hope you think it an improvement on yesterdays!

Talking of yesterday . . . we headed off to my brother and S-I-L's, arriving around 4:30 to a house FULL and I mean full. You know how people end up in the kitchen at parties? Well, that's where we had to start as the lounge was full to the brim. My S-I-L has two married brothers who have about four children each - they kept moving so how was I going to keep count? My brother and S-I-L have two boys but one was holidaying in France with his fiancee and there were various parents and friends too. Of course, the advantage of being in the kitchen is that you get first round at the buffet, and second round and even third!!! Ooops, a mistake, I think! as there seemed to be enough to feed an army and my brother and family are off to Thailand to attend a wedding in only four days so most people were sent home with a "doggy bag" too. It was great to catch up with Ann's folks as we mostly only get the chance to meet up at Christmas now the boys are grown up and there are no kid's birthday parties!!! Happy Holidays Steve and Ann and Happy New Year.

I'm crafting with pals this afternoon so do check back later and see what we came up with . . .  we're all planning to use the same stamp set as we all had them for Christmas, it will be so interesting to see how differently the projects turn out.

Have a great day, however you are spending it.


Monday, 27 December 2010

Started the scrap booking marathon ..... 2nd post of the day - feel free to scroll down for the earlier post

Hi there,

Nothing much on the TV today and we're going out in an hour or so and I thought I should crack on with some scrap booking as I had loads of snowy pix, some Christmas Day pix and some Boxing Day and its possible there may be even more today! I sat and worked out which photos I wanted to use this morning. I inserted them in to a word document and re-sized them before "prettying" up their shape, outline etc and I generated some journalling too. Here's the first layout with some snowy pix - not an elaborate page but there you go - I'm not a very elaborate scrap booker! I promise I WILL try harder with the other layouts.



It's Monday and it's FINALLY warming up!

And the snow is melting here - no - I'm NOT SORRY, not sorry at all. We all talk fondly about a white Christmas but this years appears to have been virtually a white December! - and we're done with it! Lovely to look at but so inconvenient for younger people and so treacherous for older folks.

Hope you've all managed to stay safe in this cold spell.

Eat Sleep Harley - perfect for a Harley owner!
Santa gets his own gift!












Yesterday our overnight guests headed off around lunchtime and we headed off to the surrogates for 5:30 - it was bitterly cold as we set out and parts of our journey were pretty slippy as the compacted snow had turned to ice - we made our way down the road for much of it as the roads were VERY quiet, thankfully. The surrogates had prepared a bit of a feast - just in case we were all starving!, with all sorts of lovely little nibbly bits to pick at all evening. Young Harry was playing Santa to dispense our Secret Santa gifties and everyone seemed to have done very well with some smashing gifts - I got a fab sparkly purple scarf, some biccies and travel size toiletries (always handy for our jaunts) and Steve got a cheese selection, some chocs and some beer. After the gift ceremony was over and we'd eaten our fill (though grazing continued for some while!) it was time to break out the games . . . . we played Blast from the past (a S.S. gift) and Who wants to be a millionaire - though we never got past £16,000! When it got to nearly midnight we thought we'd best head off for home and got dressed up again and ventured forth . . . . in to what felt like an even colder night - though that was probably the wind chill (and the wreath on my front door being found on the lawn this morning would seem to agree with that!) - it was even more slippery on the way home and one of us lost his balance - what a good job he didn't risk bringing the beer home with him last night!! Nothing damaged except his pride and we made the rest of the journey unscathed - YAY!

The surrogates!

Steve was delighted with his S.S.












This morning seems to have dawned quite a number of degrees warmer and seems set to continue for a few days - we're hopeful that all traces of snow will have gone by this evening. Not so on the east coast of the U.S. where about 18" of snow fell on New York yesterday - they'll be ski-ing down Fifth Avenue at this rate!!!

Have a good day whatever you have planned - we're off to my brother's to spend the afternoon with him, my S-i-L and their family ...... that'll be more food then!

Take care all




Sunday, 26 December 2010

Only 364 days to Christmas!!! (or 363 days 13 hours!!!!)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day yesterday and will be enjoying your Boxing Day too.

Our friends arrived around 3 pm yesterday and we had a bottle of something chilled and fizzy on the go when they arrived . . . . but what Sandra really wanted was a cuppa! THEN a glass of something chilled and fizzy! That's my girl. After catching up on the gossip over our cups and glasses we got down to pressie opening - they were delighted with their presents, as we were with ours. I got a fab Radley purse and the joint presents of Ale Vinegar and a bottle of bubbly with a jar of wild hibiscus in syrup and Steve got a lovely soft leather wallet too - we're well happy and I've already moved in to my Radley purse - bet none of you can think what colour it might be? Well, not ACTUALLY purple but definitely a sort of lilac-y colour - smashing, thanks guys.

Hubby was beavering away in the kitchen on the turkey (for three of us) and gammon (for the 4th) and dinner was a triumph and his chestnut log and Brian's Christmas pudding delicious too - mm, how spoiled did Sandra and I feel?!?!?

After dinner (and more glasses!) we hit the Trivial Pursuit where there was a serious battle of the sexes and at one point it looked like the boys might trounce the girls but we ended up both completing the game and it was just the luck of the final question that gave the game to the boys - we'll get them back next year!!!

After a hearty breakfast (for the boys, we girls had cereal) they headed off in to the sunset (!) after a brief delay to defrost the car as it was minus 10° overnight!

So, now the dishwasher's on its third run and the linen from the guest room is in the wash so I'm just on-line to catch up with you all.

Here's hoping that you all had a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy a perfectly splendid Boxing Day too and that Santa was very kind to you - as he certainly was to me, I had some LOVELY presents - some crafting and some not but all deeply appreciated.

Have a great day folks, catch you tomorrow.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS

This is a really quick post just to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years - Cheers!

Friday, 24 December 2010

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

Hi there,

Me again, another quickie - a last couple of cards in recently and missed sending out Christmas cards in time so thought it best to send out New Year cards instead.

I used a C6 card, two pieces of patterned DCWV paper from the Winter Stack and some blue textured card. I used my Martha Stewart PATP "Poinsettia" set. I inked up my Cats Pyjamas image and sentiment and coloured using Atyou Spica glitter pens, highlighting the champagne swirl and shirt buttons with small glitter water drop gems. Hope you like it as it's likely to be my last crafting before at least Boxing Day!

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2011 to all my readers - enjoy the holiday

Friday Funny

Short post today - though there may be another along before the end of the day, just depends how my Christmas plans are going!!!

For anyone with little kids - you might want them to check out this site here where they can track Santa, visit the north pole and other littley stuff

The following was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University ... Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake.



The average person over 50 years of age cannot do it!

1. This is this cat.

2. This is is cat.

3. This is how cat.

4. This is to cat.

5. This is keep cat.

6. This is an cat.

7. This is old cat.

8. This is fart cat.

9. This is busy cat.

10. This is for cat.

11. This is forty cat.

12. This is seconds cat.


Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down, and .... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


This week's Friday Funny came once more from my friend Pat, thanks Pat and

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR
to all my followers and readers
and thanks for looking in 2010

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Welcome to WOYWDW!!

Morning,

What a night last night? And you simply would NOT believe all the washing up either!! Hubby cooked a delicious Thai meal last night . . .  for SEVEN of us - not without it's logistical problems since our dining room table only seats six but hey ..... the surrogates are like family! Steve even made his own bread - which was exceptionally well received and the poor birdies got NONE this morning!

We kicked off fairly as it was a "school night" but it turned out that only one of us had to get up and go to work this morning - sorry Chris! Becky has finished for Christmas and Nick and Alan are working from home - so everyone had the luxury of a lie-in except Chris ...... and my own dear hubby because his hair appointment in Gloucester necessitated being on the 09:52 train from Bristol!!! Not so the rest of us and I'm sure we've enjoyed our lazier start to the morning - I know I have!

So, I've washed the table cloths (Thai green curry - so messy!) and now have another load in and the dishwasher is on its third run (where DO all these blessed dishes come from?) and the birds are busy working on the leftover rice so I'm feeling smugly self righteous and thinking that a little crafting may be in order. Now, I've had a couple of cards from people I had not sent to (you might feel that my head is hanging in shame - which it is) so its far too late for a Christmas card but a New Years card should be do-able! PLUS the challenge over on I Love Pro Markers is "Anything Goes" so I might be able to combine the two . . . . AND it's WOYWDW so  ........... here's how things are looking right now and please feel free to check back later and see how it all ended up!

And welcome to my 40th follower, Annie, who's Subscriber of the month in the January issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft - YAY ANNIE!

Thanks for stopping by and, in case you don't get the chance again with Saturday looming large on the calendar ...

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR to all my followers and readers.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Lunar Eclipse!

Morning,

Anyone see it this morning? Me either! I heard about it on the TV yesterday and a reminder again this morning. First time in 400 years apparently . . . got up - looked out of all my windows but, frankly, it just looked grey with the low level cloud - which, incidentally, makes it look there is LOADS more snow up there to come down. Anyway, at least by being up to look at the moon I was able to enjoy my neighbours light show - it's normally gone off by the time we draw our curtains! So, do take a look at the view from my bedroom windows - these neighbours are no spring chickens and I hope that I am able to get so festive when I'm in my 70's.

No plans to go out today for me though my hubby intends to take a trip to Sainsburys to get some Christmas veg, just in case it doesn't get any better through the week - and the forecast indicates more snow!

I think it might be an idea to keep the curtains drawn, fire lit and maybe watch a nice Christmas movie - I watched "Call me Claus" last night whilst hubby was out at a mince pie model meeting (no, it wasn't model mince pies!!!).

This afternoon we shall be moving furniture in preparation for the surrogates coming to dinner this evening. I havenapkin rings and place cards to keep them all in order and CRACKERS!!! Thai is the theme for the evening and hubby does do a mean Green (or Red) curry! Mmmmmm making me feel hungry.

Have a good day, if you have to travel then do be careful otherwise - stay safe and warm everyone.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week

Morning,

I've scheduled this post as I'm off to the dentist first thing this morning. As I type this on Sunday evening it is -7°! YIKES - it might  be a slippy trip - if you don't hear from me again then you will know I broke something! Wish me luck!

Anyway, yesterday over on Craftbubbles Craft Mad & Loving It group it was Karen's turn to set the sketch (on Saturday) and the themed challenge (on Sunday). You've seen the sketch (if you've missed it then do scroll down to check it out) and the theme this week is ANYTHING BUT A CHRISTMAS CARD! I can relate to that as I'm all Christmas card-ed out! Anyway, I thought I would have a go at something a little different for me . . . . a pop up card, I have had the pop up bag template in my collection for AGES and not used it. A handbag? (very Importance of being Ernest!) so what better than the La Pashe stamp set I bought on a recent foray to Newcastle. I used burgundy Bazzill card stock cut to 15cm x 15cm and black card stock and then some fab spotty card stock from Papermania, the pearly brad fastening on the bag was part of the fab Costco scrap booking kit acquired recently and the pearl embellishments came from the Craftsforall show in Bristol in October. I coloured my image using pro markers and Atyou Spica glitter pens. I think it qualifies as a Christmas card it ain't!!!

Thanks for stopping by, do please leave a comment and have a safe Monday in all this ghastly weather.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning

Still cold here, no m ore snow but what we have has frozen solid - well it IS -6° here this morning - brrrrr!

Think staying in and staying warm might be the order of the day! My ever intrepid hubby, for whom model plane flying is as much an obsession as my crafting is to me, has conceded defeat and has no plans to sally forth to stand for hours in a deeply frozen field!!! I think he IS about to head north - well, as far as the end of the garden anyway, to put some bird seed and nuts out and a fresh bowl of water. Me? I need to do laundry, vacuuming and seriously DULL (DULL DULL) stuff like that. We have guests arriving for Christmas, weather permitting, later in the week and I also need to make my spare room habitable - no mean feat if you'd seen it recently! It looked like a war zone.

Anyhoo, last nights dinner plans were, very sensibly, cancelled by the weather and our friends in Thatcham remained home and safe - we'll catch up with them once the weather improves. So we stayed home and watched the final of "Strictly" instead, with a glass (or two) of wine and I also did a little light crafting.

A second sketchie resulted. The theme was to KEEP IT SIMPLE and I chose to complicate this theme by using my fave post it technique. SO, I die cut a scalloped oval and set aside, using the offcut as a mask I coloured in the scalloped oval using distress inks in wild honey, spiced marmalade and barn door. After removing the negative I then placed the actual scalloped oval over my just coloured oval and added post its to create a "panel" before colouring this panel using just the barn door ink. I then took a second chipboard butterfly (sent to me by ScrappyJacky - so THANKS, Jacky) and applied some quickie glue to the edges, feelers and body - once dried to tacky I applied JonesTones foil and then applied glossy accents to the whole butterfly before liberally sprinkling with ultrafine crystal glitter and setting aside to dry. Back to my card . . . . taking my inkadinkado clear stamp from their autumnal set I inked it up with memento tuxedo black and stamped around the scalloped oval. I re-inked and stamped till I was happy with the layout and then, once dry, I attached the butterfly to the top left corner and added my S.U. image and there you have my second sketchie - not QUITE so simple and not QUITE so sketchie but I LIKE IT and hope you do too!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will leave me a comment. Do stop by again later as we've not seen the Sunday themed challenge yet so there may be more crafting to come!!!!

Stay warm and safe whatever you have in mind for today everyone.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Third and final instalment for today - please scroll down to catch the other two!

I have made my sketchie card for today, the lovely sketch was set by Karen and her cunning little twist was to KEEP IT SIMPLE . . . . .

I selected a white C6 card and, following a couple of cards made recently with quite a lot of white space this one has come out similarly. I had some lilac paper and had used a Quickutz die cut (a three parter - a scalloped outer frame, an inner square with a circle cut out and the circle) square and the inner circle. I had a nellie snellen die cut zig zag circle in silver which was very slightly larger than my embossed circle and seemed to be perfect for this project too. I mounted my square on black card and also the matching strip of lilac. I used a goosebumps flourish embossing die on the circle. ScrappyJacky had sent me a couple of chip board butterflies and this is the largest one to which I applied glossy accents to the wings and sprinkled purple glitter and shook off the excess before adding glossy accents to the body and using the fabulous black/pinky purple/green Sparkle'n'sprinkle glitter. Finally, I assembled the elements on to my card and finished it by adding four lilac faux gemstones. Rather unusually, for me, there is no stamping on this card which (in my mind) kept it cunningly simple!! Hope you like it.

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

Sketchie day and this week's sketch has been set by Karen from the chilly north! Her twist this week is to KEEP IT SIMPLE and here is her fab sketch - if you want to see more of her work then check out her blog here or pop along to craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group and join in! Do check back later to see whether I've A) thawed out and B) got my sketchie challenge done!! Thanks for stopping by

Morning - got snow??

Morning readers,

Some of you may know that hubby and I were heading in to the centre of Bristol last evening, to try a new restaurant. Our mode of transport was . . . .  TRAIN!!! Well, for six whole pounds the two of us were able to do this without having to drive round looking for a parking space, pay for fuel and parking!! BARGAIN. It's a seven minute walk to our local rail station and it turned out to be a little less than 15 minutes at the other end, it would have been quicker but it was snowing heavily as we walked!!! The new restaurant was fab and we enjoyed our evening with our friends, Liz and Graeme, and a great meal was enjoyed by us all - in fact I still feel stuffed!!! If you find yourself in Bristol and in need of a meal then you might like to consider eating here. When we left our friends for the return walk to Temple Meads the snow had stopped and it was positively crunchy underfoot, even the walk uphill back to our place wasn't too bad at all (I'm no mountain goat in slippy conditions!!!) so, imagine our surprise, when we woke to this little lot!!! 

Anyway, Saturday's are sketchie day but I'm a bit early for that so do check back later and see what this week's sketch looks like and what I've done with it!!

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment as I do love to read them.


Friday, 17 December 2010

TGI Friday peeps - and FRIDAY FUN TIME!!!

Got snow? Woke up around 06:00 for some reason and dashed to the window as we were supposed to have snow overnight. We had, but it could best be described as "a dusting". Went back to sleep - the only sensible option!

When I awoke a second time (with the shrill sound of the alarm in my ear) at a much more reasonable time of 08:15 we still had snow but had no more than at 06:00 (thank heavens). I went out to clear my car before heading off to meet a friend for coffee, and to give her a Christmas present. We met in Downend and there we found we were spoiled for choice of three coffee shops and even the pub does morning coffee! We selected a starbuck-esque store with a Christmas tree and lights and empty tables - quite important! A lovely latte and a good old natter later we spotted a mini blizzard going on outside so opted for another drink! By the time we went our separate ways the snow had stopped and it had started to warm up and thaw - not that I'm sorry but . . . . WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR WEATHER???

When I got home I had a nice pile of about ten Christmas cards to greet me and I have a lovely collection of hand made cards now, along with many which are not hand made but, if you've sent me a card then be assured it IS appreciated.

Hubby has gone off on a manic hunt for his favourite confection - Paynes Plain chocolate Brazil nuts! They are getting pretty hard to find and I'm sure if he does track some down then there will probably be half a dozen boxes heading home with him!!! Me? I can take or leave them - so at least he will have them all to himself!

No crafting for me for several days now so I think I feel the urge to hit the craft table . . . .

Hope your Friday is going well peeps and, if you have snow once more (or still!) then do take care.

This week's Friday Funny came to me from Sandra - so thanks for this. It's actually only part of her e-mail but I particularly liked this one that came with the caption "Take the occasional risk"!!!!!! This is probably one you would only ever get to try ONCE!!!


Thursday, 16 December 2010

Afternoon and welcome to a pretty chilly and soggy old day!

Not entirely sure what happened to this morning - I got up with the best of (crafting) intentions then my neighbour rang and invited up to hers for coffee and . . . . . . . . .  a Cadburys Cream mini egg!!!! Blimey - I thought I'd skipped a couple of months! She'd MADE our Christmas card - see I convert everyone I come in to contact with !!!

Home in time for lunch and then hubby had the "super" idea (I use the term advisedly) to go to Costco - along with pretty much everyone else that appears to have a card for them! However, the Christmas booze looks like being sorted as we came back with a bottle of scotch, a ½ case of Freixenet, two cases of beer, some cheese and some peppers!!! I'm NOT GOING AGAIN BEFORE CHRISTMAS! and that's that.

Got home and there's nowhere to put half of it either, so we're just going to have to crack open a bottle - CHEERS!!

Who knows? Maybe crafting goes better with a fizz ...................... hic!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

THAT'S IT! I'M DONE WITH CHRISTMAS CARDS!!!

I'm not making any more until 2011 and that's final! I am, however, going to order 100 card blanks in the New Year and will keep them separate and purely for my Christmas cards and then I'll be able to see my own progress towards Christmas 2011! Do you think it will work? No, I'm not sure either but it's worth a try!

Well it's the season of Christmas parties and I'm sure everyone has lots to attend this year. No new frock for me though, since we've both stopped working there are no "works" do's to go to and this also leaves a couple more evenings to meet up with friends for meals etc. too, which will be lovely - we are meeting up soon with our friends from Thatcham - for an Italian meal and Bristol friends for an Indian meal - wonder how many types of cuisine we could fit in between now and Christmas! We have guests joining us for a Thai evening in the near future - that'll be the surrogates and hubby will be cooking - I'll be the "hostess"!! I've already made the place cards and napkin holders and posted photos of them on recent posts so I think I have finished all my Christmas stuff and should be able to file all my Christmas stamps, embellishments, papers etc - till the New Year. WELL THAT'S THE PLAN ANYWAY. And, to that end, we've even put a tree in the dining room in readiness . . . . . . it's a black fibre optic - please ignore the plastic bag in the foreground, it's the one the decorations were in!!!! Ooops - guess I need to tidy there next!

I've also put away my Christmas supplies of wrapping paper, tags, boxes (for concealment of "odd" shaped gifts - fiend that I am!!!) and my spare bedroom looks tidier than its been in weeks (make that months!) - just as well since some of the friends we'll be catching up with over the holiday season will be staying overnight!

Right, so - now I've no Christmas projects to fill my time - exactly what AM I going to be doing? I've no idea at the moment but am determined to find un-Christmas-y crafting to do. Wish me luck!

That's all for today folks - I think the sun is WELL over the yard arm and I plan to take a leaf from the book my good friend, Lauren, and have a little drinkie! Have a pleasant evening peeps - catch you all tomorrow

Hubby put some solar lights in our shed this afternoon!!!! (go figure! but all my blog followers will know about my hubby and his shed!). Well, I thought to myself - solar Christmas lights? What's that all about? I mean, just HOW MUCH LIGHT is there during the day around Christmas? I realise this is going to look a bit like Tony Blairs election campaign (who remembers the DEMON EYES thing?) but here are the shed lights!!!




Welcome to hump day Wednesday - sure comes round fast

Wednesday dawned late for us today as I've had a couple of disturbed nights so appear to have caught up on my "beauty" (?!) sleep by not surfacing till just before 9!!! YAY!

Postman and parcel delivery brought lots of cards and my LONG AWAITED parcel (ordered November 15th and beginning to despair of its arrival) containing the last of my Christmas shopping. I was ahead of the game until then and had visions of having to hit the shops this weekend (far from ideal) had it not arrived this week. Anyway, the long and the short of it has been that I have been able to complete my Christmas wrapping and will, this afternoon, be able to return my spare bedroom to a state where someone might be able to sleep in it!! I was surprised at how long it took to wrap this mornings incoming and when I tried to shoe horn these gifties in to the non space under my tree it is beginning to be apparent that my tree is taking on a life of its own! Take a look and judge for yourself - the odd coloured presents are incoming and all the rest are currently still to go out!! BLIMEY, I never set out to buy BIG presents but that's just the way it turned out this year.

It's also WOYWDW over on Craft Mad & Loving It and so here is my workdesk. I MUST do something about storage and space there too as I simply don't have enough of it - as you can see, I am trying to use my stash of pro markers which severely restricts the space available - oh dear!

And finally, the card I was making on my WOYWDW desk . . . . I used a piece of 6" x 4" DCWV Christmas glitter stack of card and used the corner punch of the Poinsettia Martha Stewart PATP. I die cut a circle from a piece of green (from my DCWV Shimmer stack) and mounted my Lakeland Art & Glass snowman (isn't he just the cutest?) on to this circle before coloring him using pro markers, Atyou Spica glitter pens and Crystal stickles. I stamped the Papermania sentiment on a strip of white card and rounded the corners before adhering it slightly behind the green circle. A simple card but quite sweet. I stamped the holly image on the envelope and coloured using pro markers and stickles and will post it out as soon as its dry!!!

Hope you are having a good Wednesday - what's on your workdesk?????