Friday, October 24, 2014

The Apple Tree

Great news, as well as being a Friday, my internet shop is back up, running and open for business.  That means that when you are awake at silly o'clock, you can browse the virtual SU shop, pick an item or two to purchase, pop it in your basket and done.  Shop till you drop.  Sometimes it means that I dont know who has ordered what though.  I am  *waving* at the person who has just purchased the brilliant stamp set Wetlands from my online shop.  If you let me know who you are, I will pop a thank you card in to the post and, if you are local, let me know when you are free as I have this adorable card I would like to make using the Wetlands stamp set and perhaps we could do this together?  In fact, if a few of us would like to make a couple of cards, let me know, I shall pick a date, give you a list of what you need and we can have a crafting morning, or afternoon or couple of hours or....well you get the picture

Yesterday Christiana and I went to Ikea, pronounced eeekayer I have been told. We didnt get much, a birthday pressie for bro in law, a few ornaments and some Chrsitmas wrapping paper. Boring really but hay, it was lovely to be with tana (Christiana) and it did me a world of good to occupy my mind.  We stopped off for a lovely cuppa and a bite to eat here, Got a couple of bits too, as you do.

More news and not so good news.  After a visit to the dentist (those that know me know about my phobia), I sat with him and went through all the xrays and photos.  My last root canal treatment of 18 months ago did not work.  Not only that, I have an infection at the base of this root canal treatment that has spread to my other teeth and I have been devastatingly told, I have to have the top set of my teeth removed. OMG.  No more to say on this matter at the moment but I am still shocked and upset by what I have been told.

Here is another card that I made some time ago, that tana has decided to take home with her, she is cheeky.

Have a wonderful Friday and, if you are free, grab some crafty bits and bobs tomorrow in the SALE.  For venue details, please get in touch

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Post it note holder

It feels quite a lot warmer this morning compared to the last couple of days.  I think that Christiana and I may venture out a bit today, to blow the cobwebs off, so to speak. 

Unfortunately Christiana lost a filling over the weekend and yesterday we had to visit a dentist.  Now its not the nicest of things under normal circumstances but with Christianas illness, she can not open her mouth too wide as the skin around her mouth has lost its elasticity.  Fortunately the dentist she saw could not have been more understanding, gentle and considerate.  Christiana felt totally at ease, so much so, she is going back next week for a little more work.  The dentist has not been able to fill the tooth as it has root canal treatment a few years ago so she has ground it down to be smooth, no longer cutting into the side of her cheek.  Phew

Isnt this pretty? I was lucky enough to get this given to me last week and inside there is post it note, very handy.  I am told that this is a die and it has all the elements with it too, so I shall keep a look out for one.

I havent been doing a lot of crafting this week so far, lots of pottering, sorting and walking.  I dont seem to be able to concentrate but that is just the state of mind at the moment.  Who knows, I may get into my wonderful crafty space later today.  Paul was due home today but that has been delayed.  Everything crossed that he is home tomorrow as he makes the most wonderful cappuchinos and hopefully, I will have a few friends visiting at the weekend who also love cappuchinos.

Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cards, Bags, Weekly Deals and Broken Mirror

I hope you stayed safe from the wind and rain yesterday.  It wasnt a very nice day out there and I stayed nice and warm for most of the day.  Late afternoon I went for a walk around Dunelm with Tana and mum which was nice.

Here is one of the cards that I have made that Tana has put into her bag to take back to Cyprus

A simple card and it has crystal effects on it, unfortunately, it doesnt really show on this photo.

When we had our wardrobes installed a few weeks ago, the chappie went straight through the wall, straight into the hall mirror with his drill, here are the photos.

You can actually see the end of the raw plug in the second photo.  Today they are coming to repair the mirror hopefully.  My wardrobes and drawers and dresser are just perfect.  I am slowly but surely putting everything away and sorting out at the same time.

I have a few handbags that I will no longer use and its such a shame to throw them away so, if you or anyone you know may be interested in using these bags, just let me know.

As it's Wednesday, we have the new weekly deals which are

My next order will be going in on Sunday so, if there is anything that you would like, do let me know.  If you need any help with anything crafty please get in touch and I will try my best to help you.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you enjoy your day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning from a rather wet Derby.  It looks like we have had some rain in the night although I didnt hear a thing.  The forecast says even more rain all day today as well as windy, oh well.

WHOOP WHOOP look what has just come out.  A whole brand new Stampin' Up! Christmas supplement with pages and pages of projects.

Click HERE and it will take you to a link for a look through.  Any orders can be placed by getting in touch with me and if you wish, you can have them delivered direct to your door.  My on-line shop should be back up and running over the next day or two if you would prefer to do that..

Just look at this cutie

It was a present for Christiana from her Aunt Gail and she loves it.  I cant tell you how soft and warm it is, lovely present if anyone is struggling for ideas this Christmas.

Right, I had best go and get all the pot plants up as they have been blown over, before the rain returns.  Thanks for having a read and have a lovely day.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shabby - well it will be

Another start to another week and it has been a very early one today.  I was up at 5 as I just couldnt sleep, even though I am so tired.

I am going to be having a potter around the house today and catch up with a few chores with Christiana, when she gets up.  There is no reason for her to be up before 10 and who knows, she may decide to have a pj day.

Here is the start of the dresser that I have begun to shabby up.  I find that doing this is very relaxing and  I get a lot of pleasure out of the end result, even if it does take a week or two.
This is what I have started with, sorry that the photo is a bit dark, as you know I am no photographer.

I have used sugar soap to wash the top 6 times and yaks, this is the colour of the water.
This wonderful piece of furniture has got years and years of wax and polish on it so it has to be cleaned first.  I expect it to be going a creamy vintagy colour once I start.  

Here is a Christmas card that I sat and  made on Friday evening with a wonderful bunch of ladies.

It has crystal effects all over it to make it shiney.  I loved doing this and will be making quite a few more.

Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful day, whatever you are up to.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Picture perfect

Saturday and the weather is supposed to be lovely, fingers crossed.

We finally found my picture. 

I received this for my birthday earlier in the year.  Paul found this down south in a little craft shop and knew it would look good in my crafty space.  It has been stuck in a box until earlier in the week but now it up and on show.

If you are free this time next Saturday (25th October) come and grab yourself a bargain or two.  Please get in touch for venue details.

Have a lovely day today and thank you for having a read.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Santa Box

I havent been out yet so dont know what the weather is like.  I do know that tomorrow is supposed to be a very nice day out there and Paul has lots of plans.

We managed to get the ribbon rack up in the craft room and its an ideal solution to something that has been bugging me for a few years.  I am very happy with it.  It is actually a photo ledge from Ikea and it comes in 1 meter lengths.  Now that I have everything out and to hand, I will definately use it a lot more, which is what I have done for all my crafty bits.  I do have 2 boxes full of other ribbons and these will get used up on our scrapbook days.  I have having scrapbook days in my craft room.  It is a bit like a crop where we all get together and make a page or two, either following a theme or not.  Just a maximum of 6 so we can spread out a bit.  If you fancy having a go at this, just let me know.

Look what Christiana and I did yesterday.

I think that it is so cute.  I shall be purchasing a couple more of these dies and if you would like one, please let me know by Tuesday at 7pm

Here's how we did it.

I took 6 x 12 piece of red card to cut out the actual box

We then cut out the belt buckle from silver glimmer paper, the belt and buttons from black card

Stuck the black belt onto one of the sides of the box

Stuck the buckle pieces together

Added the buckle onto the belt

Added the buttons

Trimmed the belt

Stuck the two pieces of the box together.

Which completed the little treat box for Christmas

If you fancy making a few of these, let me know and next time I go into my crafty space to make some, I shall let you know.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful day

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Curvy Keepsakes

After another lovely couple of days with Christiana, who is such a help, here we are again, nearing the end of yet another, wonderful week.

The weather is damp and miserable today and we have had a lot of rain overnight but at least it isnt too cold, although Christiana thinks it is.

Yesterday we went for a wander around the Range and Morrisons.  I find that its a lot easier to go out and about for a wander around places but boy, it does cause havoc with my knee.  The diet really does have to be stepped up a notch or two and on Monday, that is exactly what will be happening.


Christiana and I sat and made these last night, which were very quick and easy to put together once we cut them all out.  They all have a little something in them too.  We are going to have another play with this die tonight so more to show you tomorrow.

We used this to make the little boxes

This weeks Weekly Deals are

You may have to click on it to enlarge it.

Hope you have a wonderful day, whatever  you are up to and thanks for having a read.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesdays Twitter

We had a lovely weekend with Christiana and I am just really sorry that I havent any photos of the time we spent together.  Camera is out now and ready to take photos this afternoon, when we bake.  Oh yes, we are going to give this oven a go at baking a couple of cakes.  Well we will be needing cakes on 25th October (I am having a bit of a sale of crafty items if you fancy coming along).

It was a bit of food shopping on Sunday morning (which included fluffy warm boots?) not for us to eat but to keep Christiana warm, I was rather surprised at all the lovely stuff that Sainsbury have.  Then Paul and Chrisitana took me to Ikea for a bit of a walk and a breath of fresh air as well as an extremely late lunch.    We came home with a new storage idea for my ribbons (well you just have to dont you), as well as another narrow case for the craft room for my punches.  If they are out where I can see them, I will use them.  Here is the narrow case which houses all my SU punches plus others.  I have had to use a shelf for some of the old style punches that I just cant bear to part with.

And here is the blind that I found at Dunelm, which does a perfect job.  Thanks to a wonderful understanding hubby who put this up for me.

I shall be putting an order in this evening with stampin' up! and if you would like anything, especially from the weekly deals, please let me know as soon as you can.  Here is a reminder of the weekly deals

A few more household items need to be passed on/sold because as I am putting this new house into some kind of order, I find that I just cant keep everything. I am told that a change is as good as a rest.
If you could use a box full of coat hangers or a wooden framed mirror, please tell me as you are most welcome to them.

It is certainly very windy and damp in Derby today so I shall make sure that I stay warm and wrapped up.  Hopefully I will have a card or two to share with you next time.

Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful day.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Going, going, gone

I cant believe how much fog is out there this morning.  I do hope that if anyone is driving, it isnt too difficult, not that you will be reading and this and driving, well at least I hope you wont.

I had a go at the Euro millions last night, well you can guess the result as I sit here typing this but, you do have to be in it to win it.

Christiana in the UK with me for a while and its lovely.  We are spending lots and lots of time together and of course, I get to spoil her a bit too.

This is a photo of her when we were on the Happy Train in Athens, another selfie that I didnt seem to get right.

Yesterday we went to the hairdressers together, nothing unusual with that you may think but it has been more than 3 years since we did this.  Then we nipped into Dunelm as she wants some flanellete sheets.  They didnt have them so we need to order to collect.  I did get a blind for my crafting space, which I am hoping hubby may have time to put up today and she got a few little bits for her apartment in Larnaca for Christmas.

It has been a bit manic here over the last few days, Thursday morning we had the bedroom wardrobes built in, this took all day Thursday and Friday and as you can imagine, the whole home is upside down again.  We had to empty the bedroom and put it in the living room, kitchen and conservatory.  The front door was wide open for two days so the dust is at least 2 inches thick, (well it looks like that) but boy was it worth it.  Bedroom looks tidy for the first time since we arrived.  Today I shall get great pleasure cleaning it all down and start to put my clothes etc. away.....again.  So its goodbye to the walk in wardrobes of the last 10 weeks.

Also on Thursday, the tree fellers came (there really were three fellas) to cut down the large tree on the front and the extremely large one on the back.  I cant tell you how much space this has opened up.
This is the front, first thing in the morning


 This is the back, showing you the amount of space it took up

 Another one from the back, showing you the height of it all.

 The tree feller actually cut this down from the bottom, going up

and up

 Until there was nothing left, now we have to try and get rid of the telegraph pole, which is in next doors garden, there is always something isnt there.
I sat and coloured in a few Christmas cards last night, it was very theraputic.  They are stamped, coloured with watercolour pencils and/or cosmic shimmers.  I used the stamp a ma jig to get the sentiment as straight as I could, well sometimes you just have to.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful Saturday, whatever you are up to.