Friday, October 21, 2016

Thank Yous

Good morning, it is cold out there but at least it is dry.

This week hasnt been the best health wise but fingers crossed it gets easier for the next couple of days.  I had another trip to the hospital and I have to take some additional tablets to see if they will help with the side effects.  I can but try.

Not a lot of crafting going on but I have received this lovely shaker card from Jane using the Jar stamps from Stampin' Up!

It is such a cutie, thank you Jane.

We were taken out last Friday to a wander around a craft shop and a lovely cuppa and cake at Borrowash Garden Center.  It was so nice to change the four walls, thank you to another Jayne.

The front garden is looking wonderful and it has had its first mowing.

As the seasons are now changing, we have taken lots of cuttings from the bizzy lizzys and fingers crossed, I can grow my own for next year.  The bulbs are in and we have raided so many 'poorly corners' in lots of garden centers to top up our borders.  It is looking a picture.

Thanks for having a read and I hope to post again tomorrow.  Have a great Friday, Tracey x

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Midweek Musing

Good morning.  No posts for a while but life has been a little busy and I haven't been feeling the best. 

I did a little crafting last Saturday morning with some people I haven't seen in quite a while and it was so nice to catch up.  Hope to see them again in a few weeks.  I also met some lovely folk too. I had quite a few visitors over the weekend and that is ALWAYS a pleasure. 

I am afraid that I wont be running any classes at the end of this month as I had hoped.  I am just not up to it yet so I thought a day of crafting instead would be nice.  Instead of me preparing for a class and cutting card, you just gather up your crafting goodies and come along to craft with company. This will take place at the end of October.

Here are just some of the cards Sam, Wendy, Kirsty and Alison made recently. I didnt manage to catch those that Anna created.

They were made either by the Thumping Technique or using the salt technique.  It was a lovely evening, thank you ladies.

It is Christmas card and chatter night on Friday.  If you do fancy this, please let me know in advance so that I can keep an eye on the numbers.  I wouldnt want to run out of space.

Thanks for having a read and have a lovely Wednesday.  Tracey x

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Good morning, just.  I didnt wake up today until 10am and only then because Paul rang to see how I was.  Not the best is the answer but better than last week.  Improvements each week so that is good.

It is going to be warm again today, 16 degrees with some sunshine so today I hope to spend it sweeping and cleaning outside.  I find that the fresh air really does make a difference to me.  I hope that Christiana will dress warmly and give me a hand.

It is the last day today to get these discounted items.....let me know before 5pm if you would like me to order any items for you.

With the fast fuse adhesive, you get a free refill as well.
Obviously, I am happy to order anything out of the Annual Catalogue as well as the Winter one too.

At our recent crafty get together, we all had a go at Thumping.  If you have not tried this yet, I can certainly recommend it

It is very addictive and we all enjoyed doing it. It will work on any solid stamp and the Blooming with Kindness stamp set turned out nice.  I used a mixture of Hello Honey ink pad with the read red and old olive pens.  Then I used the Blushing Bride ink pad with the same two coloured markers.

That's it from me today.  Short but sweet, have a fantastic day and thank you so much for having a read. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning on this dry day in Derby.

The weekend soon went in a flash, a lovely day Saturday with friends calling in and out all day, so nice to catch up.
Sunday was a nice day too, I managed to get to Wilkos to buy a battery for the tourch.  I always think that once the battery has gone you need to use it.  I also saw the folks for an hour,  which is always nice and then it was bed at 8pm as Christiana arrived at 1am.  Monday was pretty much a write off day due to taking 'the meds' and today I just feel totally out of sorts but I know, that in a few days I will be fine again.

We had a lovely evening on Friday night as a group of friends came to visit and play with Stamp n Write markers.

Here is one of the ideas we came up, different types of salt on coloured wet card. 

When the salt has dried it leaves very different images, which we stamped over with Wetlands Stamp Set and some words.  These are what I came up with and turned them into bookmarks.  I shall share the other ladies makes later in the week.

As promised last week, here is the cake that Christiana had for her birthday which, with her phototgraphs of sunsets and sunrises, was just perfect.

How wonderful that she just opens up the patio doors and you can sit admiring the view. Just to the right of the house you can see in the photo, is a clear view of the sea.

I am hoping to go outside shortly to do some watering.  It is all I am fit for today and I really do need the fresh air to help me feel a little more human.  Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful day x

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hello October

Good morning October..... the forecast today in Derby is 14 degrees with showers in the afternoon.  The showers we had yesterday werent much and I had to water the edges of the lawn as they are becoming dry.  Never mind.

It is world card making day today.  If you would like to make a card you are most welcome to bring your supplies and join me in the craft room.  I will be in and out of there all day long from around 10ish.  If you fancing just calling in for a cuppa and a chat, please do.

To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin Up have the following offers

I have been humming and arrrrreeeeing over the tin of cards for a while but at this price, I cant say no. 

If there is anything that you would like to order either from the sale items, the Christmas Book or the Annual Catalogue please get in touch and I will arrange it for you.  If you are unsure about any items or would just like to pop in for a chat, please do call in today.  I am happy to let you know where abouts in Derby I am crafting if you dont know, give me a call on 01332 721877.

There is another offer from Stampin' Up! for the whole of October for the 12 x 12 papers

If you would like more information, please let me know.  A few friends came over last night and we had a thumping time.  If you havent tried thumping yet I can certainly recommend it.  Thank you ladies for a lovely evening and for your company.  In fact, yesterday was filled with lots of visitors, which was lovely.  This is what I made last night.

Right, I am off to start finding a bit of space in the craft room.  Hope to see you later x

Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Christiana

Good morning and here comes another weekend.  Today in Derby it is going to be around 16 degrees with showers in the afternoon.

Today is a very special day, it is Christiana's birthday, she will be 32, wow, those years have flown by.  She has organised herself a birthday party with all her friends and her family and the cake well, I cant show you until tomorrow but it is a stunner.

The postman took the card that I made for her  a couple of weeks ago and here it is

Lots of sparkle on it which doesn't really show up on here, I do hope she likes it.  Just a couple of days and she will be here and I hope to take her for a tea in one of the tea shops that have been recommended. 

As it is the end of the month, there is a SU order going in this evening.  If there is anything that you would like please do get in touch before 5pm. 

Tomorrow is World Card Making Day and to celebrate Stampin' Up! have some offers. 

As tomorrow is world card making day, if you want to make a card, you are welcome to bring your bits and pieces and make it in my craft room at anytime between 10.00 - 4.00 I will be in there trying to make a few crafty bits....I can but try.    Here are the offers from SU starting tomorrow. You may need to click on the image to see all the details.

Should you wish to place an order to celebrate the day, you can pop in and do it over a cuppa or let me know by e-mail.  I shall submit the order on Sunday and, if the order meets a minimum total, each person who places an order will get a little something.

Off to start my day with a little potter.  Thanks for having a read and wishing you a great Friday

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Midweek Musing

Good afternoon, quite warm outside so I will be out there in a bit, getting some fresh air.

One of the Christmas boxes I made recently.  Stampin' Up! had some boxes with a thick acetate cover.  All I have done is made a lid for my box, added a couple of Christmas stamps and some ribbon and there we go, no need to wrap.

I have been pottering in the green house and taken the last of the cucumbers off the plant, here is a photo of the the last two

Just as I was about to cut the last leaves off, I discovered yet another tiny cucumber.  I am not sure if it will do anything, I will let you know.

The tomatoes are about finished.  I have a bowl full ready to make into soup for when the girls arrive in a few weeks time. 
I keep joking to Paul that we need another freezer, just for all the meals I am freezing, oops.

I havent made it into the craft room yet, although I have tried a few times.  Maybe tomorrow when I feel a little more up to it.

Thanks for having a read and have a wonderful day.  Tracey x

Monday, September 26, 2016

Lawn at last

Good morning and it is going to be a wet day today I am told.  That is good as it means that the new lawn wont need so much watering.

Yes the lawn, path and garden are finished WHOOP WHOOP.  I am really pleased with it and cant believe the difference it has made.  The workmen finished Friday night and someone is coming later in the week to sort out the drive and pavement so viola.

I have spent the whole weekend outside, really.  We (the royal we) have planted some lovely poorly corner plants that have to be taken care of , I have swept paths, we have watered and it has been wonderful.  The fresh air has really made me sleep well at night and to be honest, only a few aches and pains.

I havent been in the craft room since Thursday so today I will spend as much time as I am able to in there, once it is warm.  Here is another card from a kit I have finished off.  This kit was purchased at least 5, maybe 6 or even 7 years ago. 
It is tablet day today and I am hoping that the nasties wont hit until a bit later on in the day meaning, I am getting used to taking them...we shall see.

I shall try to catch up with emails as soon as I can but there are just not enough hours in the day, opps.

Hope your weekend has been as good as mine.  Thanks for having a read and wishing you a lovely day.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Card Kit

Good morning, just. The sun is out and its going to be around 20 degrees today, which will be nice.

No workmen today, they are coming back tomorrow to lay the lawn, clean up and do all the finishing touches.  They still have to come to repair the drive and the pavement as they have damaged both.

I am feeling a little better today compared to yesterday, which is a bonus. 

Here is a card from a kit I made up. 

I must say that the kit wasn't too well put together.  I had to trim it down quite a bit to make it fit but it is just fine for my box of cards.  I have lots of little sentiments to add to the card when I know who it is for.  I do have quite a lot of kits that need putting together so when I am fit and able, that is what I shall be doing.  The craft room still needs a good tidy but I am doing that bit by bit.  It will be finished one day.

Right, off to make a bit of lunch before pottering again.  Thanks for having a read and wishing you a wonderful Thursday x

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Good morning. Another cooler day, autumn is on its way.

We had the chappies here ALL day yesterday and here is the progress

We hope to have it done by the weekend.

I am feeling a little better today, headache and upset tum still there but not so light headed and feeling like I have a hangover.  I do keep going extremely hot though and my face is very red oops.  Only a bit of a potter for me for the day.

Here is another card that I made recently, using up more papers.

Today is the last day of the Special Offers and the clearance rack still has some wonderful prices on goodies. If you would like anything, please do let me know.

I hope to be in my craft room tomorrow, having a little tidy up and play, if I can.  Kettle will be on all day if you fancy a cuppa and a crafty chat. 

That's it from me for today, have a wonderful Thursday.