Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hope your day is Magical

Good morning.  It is supposed to be hot today so I am up early and spending yet another hour or two with kitchen bits and pieces.  It is the cleaning materials, dusters and what not that are getting sorted today.

I had a lovely time yesterday afternoon and evening as lots of time was spent in the craft room with lots of wonderful visitors, we certainly put the world to rights.

Today I have a few errands to run as soon as my hands are able, I am struggling with them unfortunately.  The steroid injection didnt work its magic??? waiting to hear from the hospital to see what I can take now that I am on all the latent TB medication....one day at a time.

Here is a magical birthday card that was made a few weeks ago.  I just love this, very vanilla and greens, it looks lovely together.

I know the stamp set will be retiring but it will be staying on my shelves for a while longer.  If you would like to make a card similar please let me know and we can arrange a get together.

Lots of talk on internet sites about all the new colours that Stampin' Up! will be bringing in, those that will be leaving etc. etc. so I hope the following will help you understand what is happening




If you would like more information, see the new colours for yourself or fancy a crafty chat and a cuppa let me know.  I will be happy to meet up with you.

Right, lets get started with the day.  Thanks for having a read and I do hope you have a wonderful day.  Tracey x



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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning, its a bit dull here but Mr. Weatherman has said that once we get the tail end of the rain, we should have sunshine and lovely temperatures for a few days so my fingers are crossed.

I am still putting my kitchen back together and whilst it is taking longer than I thought it is so lovely to see all the things that I have.  This does mean that I have too many bits and pieces but what do I do with them all?  If you need anything kitchen wise from a rolling pin to a vase or measuring jugs etc. etc. please do let me know.  You can come for a rummage or if you know of anyone just setting up home, these items are here for the taking.

The craft room got visited for a couple of hours and I am making room in there too, arent I being good.  The sales table is getting busier and busier, I will start to advertise items soon. 

Here is one of the items I got from On Stage in Telford made by a lovely friend that I only get together with at Stampin' Up! events.

It is sat on my desk so I see it all the time and I have filled it with my important bits.  Thank you.

Right, off for more sorting of the kitchen and in the craft room this afternoon.  Thanks for having a read.  Tracey x




Monday, April 16, 2018

Make Room Monday

Hi, thanks for popping in today, did you have a good weekend?  We did, putting more of the kitchen away etc. but we did manage to escape for a couple of hours yesterday.  We went to Denby Village Spring Fair and although the weather wasnt the best we did have a nice time.  Here is Christiana with her lunch

The weather has certainly picked up today, so much so that I have washing blowing on the line.  The only problem there is that it will need ironing later, yaks.

Here are this months Thank You cards which I loved making with the new slim card and envelopes.  If you havent seen them yet, they are worth checking out. 

I stamped the tree on the card once I had used the markers as as ink pad and coloured the stamp in.  A little play with the aqua painter, a sentiment and I am really happy with the result.  If you would like to have a go and make some cards like this, please get in touch.

Time to sort out a few crafty bits to put on the sale dresser on my make room Monday.  Have a great day x

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Piano Card

Good morning and whilst I may not be working, I still get that Friday feeling. I cant believe that it is still raining.  On the positive side, the plants are all in bud and the garden will soon be in full bloom, cant wait.

Yesterday was a bit and bob day but I did manage to get my bedroom straight.  I had so many 'extras' in it from the kitchen that it didnt feel like a bedroom but now it does.  The kitchen is looking good, we dont have a floor yet nor the tiles on the wall but I can use it as a kitchen and we are cooking, phew.

Tonight is Christmas card and chatter night and for £1 (for the tea and biscuit tin) it is a great chance to have some crafting fun and meet up with like minded people.  If you are local to Derby why not pop in, it would be lovely to see you.  If you need venue directions, just get in touch, all details are on the right hand side of the blog.

Here is a card I have to share with you. The keys were made with a retired punch which I just cant part with.

Paul loved it and I loved making it.  I shall give it another go with a grand piano design.

Thanks for having a read, have a wonderful weekend and I will be back on Monday x

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Eclipse card

Good afternoon, what dismal weather we still have.  I still think that Spring is just around the corner especially after the Camelia is starting to look the very best ever.
 It really hasnt ever looked so fine.  The new magnolia plant has lots of buds and I am just waiting for it to open.  Unfortunately we have yet had any time to get into the garden but maybe this weekend will give us an hour or two.

Here is a wonderful gift that Jane M made for me.  It is on one of the shelves in the craft room for all to see.

Thank you so much, it is wonderful.

The kitchen is just about there, we are off deciding on floor and wall tiles this weekend and then over the next couple of weeks we can get them installed and by that time I am hoping that I will have the rest of the house back to normal phew......that has been a task.

Tonight Christiana and I are off out to the harvester for an early tea and then I will be in the craft room, trying to find all those tables I have underneath lots and lots of crafting bits.  Hopefully I can finish it tomorrow and then it gives me time to play.

Thanks for popping in for a read, I hope you have a lovely afternoon and evening.  Until tomorrow......tracey x


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mum birthday cards

Good morning and I hope you have had a good few days.  I had an amazing time in Telford at the weekend and met up with so many friends that I only see once every 6 months.  The company was smashing and we had what is now becoming a regular treat, lunch in John Lewis at Central Station Birmingham.

Of course when I got home Saturday night the kitchen work has really come on so Sunday, Monday and Tuesday was clean, clean, clean and I am happy to say that things are really working out in there.  Now we just have to put the rest of the house together.

I have so many things, so much news and photos to share that I dont know where to begin.  Do you remember this, The Craft Room all set up for my neices little ones to come to make cards.







Here are the cards that Ollie and Charleigh made for their mum and we had a lovely half hour.



We are off to the docs this morning as Christiana is not the best, that is as soon as my shoulders get working.

It is Christmas Cards and Chatter night on Friday night so if you fancy an evening of crafting with like minded folk, please do join us.  It is from 6ish - 9.30ish in Alvaston, Derby and if you would like directions to the venue, just get in touch.

Well thank you for having a read, lots more news to share tomorrow.  Wishing you a lovely day.  Tracey x

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Unicorn or two

Good afternoon.  I am really pleased to say that the kitchen builders have left the building, the electrician and plumber have left the building and the kitchen fitters never turned up.  I am told that they will be here tomorrow so only time will tell.

It has been a busy couple of days but isnt it always.  Here are another couple of cards that I made for the twins birthday, from Christiana.


I really enjoyed making these and have already taken orders to make more, as and when I can.

Tonight we are off to sis for tea, she is cooking us yummy chicken which I am looking forward to.

Thanks for popping in for a read and I will not be around for a couple of days.  See you again on Monday, have a wonderful weekend.  Tracey x

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Good morning and it is a lot warmer today.  The forecast for Derby is showers with thunder but certainly higher temperatures which will suit Christiana.

It is only a quick post today as I have all and saundry coming to the kitchen today and a snag list as long as your arm.  It wouldnt be too bad but Paul has had to go into work so I have to deal with it alone, yikes.  I will have to have a coffee or two before folk arrive.

Yesterday was a day painting and looking at some swaps to take to Telford.  We did go out to eat and I think that may be the last time but I am not counting my chickens before they hatch.

Here are the cards that I made for Sophia and Katerinas birthday.  These are my daughters and they were 25 years old on Sunday.




These were created using the large alphabet dies, stamping with floral stamps and colouring them in with just 3 colours.  Yes only 3, I was so tempted to add more but I am learning that less is more.
The cards were posted out and received in just 4 days, that is the fastest post to Cyprus yet and they loved them.  I cant wait to see the girls as it feels such a long time since we were together.  I am planning to go out in a few weeks because....I can.

Today I am finishing off a few cards and generally keeping out of the way of the kitchen fitters.  Thanks for having a read and have a terrific Tuesday x




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Monday, April 2, 2018

Bank Holiday Monday

Good morning and welcome not only a new week but a new month already.  Dont they just fly by?
I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours was spent painting the kitchen and having meals out, it wont be long before I start to compile a book - Eating out in Derby.

Lots of lovely folk had birthdays over the weekend.  I shall start the week by sharing the card that I made for Brother in Law.

And a bit of a close up
I think it was a bit dusty by the time he got it but he didnt mind.  I had a set of stamps in my stash and used Stampin' Up! card and colours to finish it all off.  He was very pleased with it, despite his team not doing so well on Friday night (Derby County).  I am very happy to show folks how to make this card, just get in touch and we can arrange a date.

I have to go and get some train tickets this morning for my weekend away and grab a few bits from the shop.  Then it is back to painting the kitchen before the builders, plumbers, electrician and kitchen fitters turn up tomorrow.  Thank you for having a read and I wish you a very happy Bank Holiday Monday xx




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Friday, March 30, 2018

Day one of the rest of my life

Good morning today is the very first day of my retirement and what a day it is going to be.  Despite the weather we are going to Victoria Tea Room for lunch with Mum and Dad, it is Easter after all.  The first time Christiana has been in England during Easter.  It isnt as elaborate as Cyprus but we shall try and do something special each day.

Just look at this lovely egg that Sheila made for us.  Thank you so much. She has used the wonderful Tag Top Punch which is just so useful for many different things.


I cant tell you what amazing friends I have, I do feel truly blessed.

The kitchen is coming along nicely and despite a few hiccups which need to be addressed, I am sure it will be fantastic when it is finished.  One good piece of news is that we now have a sink whoop whoop.  No more using the bathroom sink nor the bath to rinse pots through.  That is a great advantage.  Washing is still being done at mums but on Tuesday, we should have all the electrics up and running.

Stamperettes has started.  If you havent yet passed on your order can you let me have it as soon as possible please.  I think this is so exciting.  The hostesses have been drawn and I shall be sending out an email to everyone who is in this series.  If you would like to find out more about the Stamperettes, do get in touch.

Here is a recent card made for the Anniversary of Rob and Nat.

I do like this stamp, it is a very old one and used quite often.  All the card and ink used were from Stampin' Up!

Right then, off to start my day and it is my bedroom that is getting the once over as well as to start the painting of the ceiling and the walls.....must go and buy the paint.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a great day.  Tracey x

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