Saturday, February 6, 2016

a ME day

YIPEE its the weekend, can you tell I am excited? Sat here having my first cuppa at half 5 in the morning

Yesterday after work I went and had a stroll around the supermarket and did the weekly shop.  Well there is only me at home so it was quite easy, ice cream, strawberries, chocolate, eggs and flour, some meat and veg, done.  Then I came home to no internet connection.  How would I manage without the internet?  It really was a problem for me, I had to order something for Katerina, update the blog, talk to Christiana via Viber and catch up with everyone on Facebook.  It's no wonder I dont have time to do the housework is it, I am always on the computer.  Anyway, it was good being without it as it meant I did get a few chores done and then Paul helped me it and get re connected.

The afternoon whizzed by and before I knew it, time for Shetland.  I must say that I am hooked on all the dramas, Monday and Tuesday Silent Witness, Wednesday it is Midsommer Murder, Thursday is a bit easy as it is Death in Paradise, Friday Shetland and Saturday, after the voice, I watch Mr. Selfridge from Friday night.  In the Summer, I dont watch tv from one week to the next but in the Winter, 9pm and that is it, me in my pjs in front of the box.

Speaking of boxes

We made this last week and I already have planned the one we are making at next months Crafty Week.  But today, I shall be making a frog as we have been wondering if the little make above is a frog or a turtle.

Here are my thank you cards for the month of February.

 I have had great fun creating these from the Number of Years Stamp Set which has a matching dies This is the first of many cards I have in mind for this set.  
 I am lucky enough to have a day in the craft room, moving things around slightly and have a general tidy up and play. I was toying with the idea of going to the craft show at the motorcycle museum in Birmingham but I really dont need anything at the moment and I have so many lovely things that I want to use up so I am staying in the Crafty Space instead.   In between, if the weather is fine I hope to give everywhere a good sweep outside as the moss has been falling off our roof.  And then I shall start with a little gardening, the first time this year. 

I am having a Tuesday at Traceys next week, on Tuesday the 9th from 2 - 4.00 and again from 6.30 - 8.00pm.  It would be lovely if you could come along for a catch up over a cuppa and some home made cakes.   Lots of SU bits and pieces about as well as the latest catalogues, if you fancy a browse through them.  If you are not sure where the Crafty Space is, let me know and I can send you the directions.

Right then, off for breakfast and to start my ME day. Thanks for having a read and wishing you a wonderful day x  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Midweek Musing

Good morning and brrrr, I am so cold.  I just hope the 'flu' doesnt return.

Yesterday was hectic, but then again all my days are.  After the morning at work it was a quick trip into town as I  picked up the wrong sized top for a birthday present so had to change it.  Then it was home to sort out a few bits before going to visit doc.

It seems that I have Seborrheic Kertosis which is a growth on my face that has to be removed.  Doc says it doesnt look like a nasty one but it has to be sent off for tests.  They dont know when I can have this removed and I have been added to a list and have to wait but, in the meantime, this growth may just drop off and if it does, I have to take it to the docs so they can send it away for tests...yikes.  Then it was off to the bank, the local shop and home for tea, followed by a visit to drop off cards and presents. What a busy day, lets hope today is a little quieter.

It is my brother and sister in laws birthday today and here is the card that I made for them.

I love this stamp and have used it and used it and used it.  I received it as a present and it has really been used such a lot for all different occasions, a great present.

Well today is the day that we get a new weekly deal and tonight, I am putting in yet another little order.  Goodness me, we are all a forgetful bunch.  I have a couple of things to get for someone who is only here for a few days so the order will be placed at 5pm.  If you would like anything adding to this order please, do let me know before 5pm.
Some great offers this week, dont miss out.  I am in the process of getting everything organised for the one off 'Lovely as a Tree' class which is great fun....more details to follow.

I had best get my coat on to get to work.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for having a read x

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesdays Twitter

Yesterday Paul left for a few days to work away so now I am home alone.

I spent a couple of hours sorting out the kitchen, cleaning, throwing things out, putting on my nice table cloth and that made me feel quite a lot better.  Today I will do the everything room and by the time Paul comes back, the house will have had a spring clean.

Some friends recently had a new grandson and here is the card that I made for them, using a retired Stampin' Up! Stamp set

I loved making this and will be making a few more to add to my box.

Did you want to order anything from Stampin' Up? I have a little order to place tonight for someone who forgot to ask for it at the weekend oopss.  If there is anything that you would like please, do let me know and we can get it sorted for you. If you have any queries or questions about SU products, please get in touch to see if I can help.

Have you ever thought about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?  if you have now is the ideal time as you get £160 worth of Stampin' Up! products, that you choose, for the price of £99.  You can then be a hobby demonstrator where you order for yourself, family and friends or you can demonstrate at parties and make extra money for purchasing even more crafting supplies.  If you would like a little more information please, do give me a ring and I can give you more details.

Well I had best get to work as I am a bit late.  The alarm went off and Paul rang at 6am but I turned over and went back to sleep  never mind. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Merry Monday No. 5

Good morning on this Merry Monday and white rabbbits too.  It is 12.2 degrees outside and it isnt 5.30am yet, lovely.

Onto the handmade Christmas card that we received from Jane M which is lovely. 
Thank you Jane.  This has been made with Lovely as a Tree stamp set from Stampin' Up! which has to be my all time favourite stamp set as well as the most popular one.  I am in the process of getting a Lovely as a Tree crafting evening organised where we shall make 10 cards using this stamp set.  As soon as its all ready, I will put details of where and when, here on the blog.

Today Katerina starts her Exams for 'The Bar' over in Cyprus.  She has been revising since the end of October, for at least 8 hours every day.  She has to take 10 exams (today there are 2) over the next 2 weeks.  If she passes 7 of them, she can retake the remaining 3 in June.  If she passes 6 or less, she has to retake all 10 again in September, yikes.

Yesterday Christiana flew to Cyprus for a few weeks for a bit of warmth and sunshine (fingers crossed).  It was very strange not to have her to talk to last night and I know that I am going to miss her company.

Last week was Crafty Week and what a smashing week it was.  It was so lovely to catch up with everyone and we made some wonderful Stampin' Up! projects.

Here is one of the cards we made, for the men in our lives

This was made by inking up, with a brayer, the World Traveller Embossing Folder in Sahara Sand and then running it with the card inside, through the big shot.  Papers from Going Places Designer Set were cut up and placed under a stamped image from the Going Global stamp set.  The sentiments we used were from various different stamp sets. 

The next Crafty Week in in February, there is one place available on Tuesday 23rd however, if you fancy a crafting afternoon on Thursday 18th February please let me know.  If there are at least 4 people we can have an afternoon of making a couple of cards, a couple of tags and a lovely little box for Easter.

Did you know that the Stampin' Up! Sale a Bration continues throughout February?   This is where you get FREE products for every £45 you spend and there are some wonderful new crafting items available in the new catalogue.  If you would like to find out more, see some of the products or come along to have a look at some of the cards we have made with Stampin' Up! goodies, I am having a Tuesday at Traceys next week on 9th February.  Kettle will be on from 2-4 and again from 6.30 - 8.30 so please, feel free to call in.  If you would like directions please give me a ring on 01332 721877.

Well I had best get a wiggle on and jump in the shower, got to do a few hours in the proper job today.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful day  x

Monday, January 25, 2016

Merry Monday again

A very Merry Monday to everyone reading this today.  I really do not like Mondays but always feel better on a Monday afternoon.

Here is a lovely Christmas card I received from Diane.
Thank you.

Today we are off to Primarks to get some bits and pieces for Christiana.  We shall only nip there and then come back as I am baking later as well.  Well, its the first 2016 Crafty Week this week and we have to start it off correctly.  The cards are all cut out and ready, the samples are all done so now its just the instructions, the raffle prizes and of course, the sweeties.  I am so excited about it especially as it is Sale A Bration too.  If you come along to crafty week, place an order for £45, you not only get a FREE sale a bration item, you get the night FREE as well.    There are two places available on Tuesday evening.

Paul has been around the craft room with his hammer and put me some more nails in the walls YIPEE.  That means that all the lovely hanging presents I got from Santa are hanging up now, thank you so much ladies, I really was spoilt.

I had best get a wiggle on and get into work.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful Merry Monday.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Lottie

What a difference a week makes to the weather.  11 degrees at 5.30am today, it was wonderful.  I know because I was outside in it, nipping in and out of the craft room.

Yes crafting before 6am as its crafty week this week as I am way behind.  Well its to be expected isnt it as Christiana is with me and we go out most days but that isnt a complaint.  Having bronchitis hasnt helped and do you know, it still hasn't gone away.  I am getting tired quicker, I am coughing at night and still have the painful ear and throat.  If this is getting old, I dont want to lol.

It was neice's daughters birthday yesterday and here is the card I made her.

I loved making this so I made a couple more the same (no name though).

As I mentioned, its Crafty week and I have 2 places on Tuesday evening if you fancy coming along.  It's for beginners as well as experienced crafters.  We all have a good old giggle and you will leave with 2 cards and a little box.  Just get in touch on 01332 721877 to book you place and I can give you more details.  The evening is held in Alvaston, Derby.

Thanks for having a read, I hope you have a lovely evening x

Sunday, January 17, 2016

It snowed

I woke up this morning to snow, as did lots of others in the midlands today.  The difference for me was that Christiana was awake and she had been trying to get me up since 11.30pm last night.  She hasnt slept as she is so excited, not having seen snow for about 8 years.  She has taken so many photos and just cant get to sleep.

I am hoping she manages to get a few hours sleep this morning whilst I cook a roast chicken.

Here is a card I have made with some new masculine bits from Stampin' Up! 

This is just the start of playing with the new products, an embossing folder and the brayer.  I have quite a few birthdays next month so I thought I would get organised.

If there is anything that you would like from Stampin Up today, please do let me know.  I have a little order going in later this evening and I am happy to add your bits and pieces to this order. 

Got a busy crafty day today so I may as well go start my chores and get in the craft room a lot earlier than I thought.  Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful day x

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happy Birthday Gail

Brr it has turned cold.  Christiana and I braved Dunelm today and she still didnt buy anything bless her.  She is now after a little sugar bowel with two handles and a nice cushion for her bed.  I think a trip to the Range will be in order early next week.

We have had a couple of birthdays this week, Gail, my sister law received this card that I made

I have another one very similar all ready to put together.  I had great fun making this.

Stampin' Up! have some new weekly deals for you. 

If there is anything that you would like, please let me know as I have a little order going to be submitted on Sunday evening.  There are a few new papers and ribbons that need to be ordered so I am happy to add to this order at 50p p+p collected from myself.

Off to put feet up for an hour and watch the TV with Paul and Christiana before getting ready for another day at the office.

Have a wonderful evening x

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Thank You's on Tuesday

Good morning and it's only a quicky as I have to get myself into work today.

Here are the thank you cards that I made for January orders.  I have used one of the new stamp sets from the Sale a Bration and this one I thought was a big stamp with 5 flowers, silly me, it is 5 separate stamps tut tut.

Here I teamed it up with Blackberry Bliss and Wild Wasabi pens, a bit of colouring and some strips of Bohemiem designer papers and viola.  These will be given to everyone who has ordered from me and thank you so much for your patience during last week when I was too poorly.  I am really pleased to say that all parcels are ready phew.

I managed to do a little ironing yesterday but I cant believe how tired it made me.  I guess I am not quite 100% yet and will do a little more of the ironing today.  I hate it being in the basket but I shall aim to have it all done for the weekend.  Paul will be here for a couple of weeks so we shall be starting another little project, as well as continuing with the bathroom.

Speaking of bathroom, I had best get in that shower.  Thanks for having a read, I hope you like the cards, have a great day x

Monday, January 11, 2016

Merry Monday No. 3

Good morning and I do feel good today.   I think I am just about back to normal (well as normal as it is for me), only a little cough, sleeping well and its the last of my tablets so lets hope that this is all I have to put up with in 2016.  I will be back at work tomorrow.

The weather is getting cooler so Christiana is staying wrapped up and warm, as she should.  Her list of places to go, things to see, purchases to get is growing by the day.  At this rate she will still be here in June when we go over to Cyprus for Sophia's  graduation but thats great for me.

Here is week 3 of Merry Monday and this stunning card was made by Sally.
Thanks Sally, I hope you had a great Christmas with your young man.

So what do you do with all your hand made cards?  I keep mine as I know the time and love most people have put into  making the cards.  Some I use for inspiration next year when my mojo has slipped.  So they are all in a box which comes out each Christmas Card and Chatter evening speaking of which, we had a lovely evening last Friday.  I managed to make 16 tags, George did some stamping and colouring and Pam did lots of backgrounds.  It was a very theraputic evening, just what I needed.

We didnt do much yesterday but there is a stack of ironing ready to be steamed, yaks I hate that job.  But because it is there and needs doing I will do a little bit at a time until its all gone.  Paul returned and came back with more washing.....does it ever end?

Thanks for nipping in for a read and I hope you have a wonderful Monday x

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Birthday card and Blog Challenge

Yesterday was Millies birthday, she was 12 years old and I really dont know where the years have gone.  Here is the card that I made for her.
 and a bit of a close up

I loved sitting down to make this and it reminded me of why I like to make cards, especially cards like this using Penny Black Stamps, a bit of colouring, a bit of decoupage and then making it all personal with a pretty insert.  I thought I would enter this into the Penny Black Blog January Challenge, so here goes.

Yesterday I also caught up with lots of emails, some blog posts and generally a bit of an internet tidy up.  It does make me feel better when I am on top of things.

Today Paul is coming home so Christiana and I are going to cook Sunday lunch for tea time which means that I may get back into the craft room for an hourand that will lift my spirits no end.

Thanks for having a read and wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy New Year to me!!

Good morning and today I feel as though it could be good.  Another sleep 'all through the night' and starting to feel very human.  I have had this bug for so long that I had forgotten what it was like to wake up feeling positive but I did.  I think I will start my New Year from today.

A later start than normal but it is allowed.  I will be home pottering all day today with Christiana lending a hand and keeping me company.  We havent been able to do too much this last week but that's fine too.  We have spent quality time together and with lots of family visiting us too, it has been a good week.

I have another naughty little order going in this afternoon, that is one thing about being off work, you get to see lots of wonderful crafty creations that you want to have a go at so I must have a couple of bits.  If there is anything that you need (or want) from Stampin' Up! please let me know before tonight.

I would like to share this wonderful present I received at Christmas

Just look at all the attention that has been given to the little details, stunning.

It has been handmade, just for me by my talented friend Yvonne.  The photographs dont do it justice but it is now sitting in a very proud and prominent spot in my craft room.  Thank you so much.

Thanks for having a read today and I do hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Tracey x