Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Twitter

Good morning and whoop whoop, the sun is out. It feels lovely and fresh outside but you will need a coat as it is very chilly.

I received some very happy post yesterday, thank you Helen.

I received this card and it reminded me of how nice it is for the postman to bring something I wasn't expecting.

Lots and lots of items have been added to the clearance rack on the  SU website.  If you do order something please remember to use hostess code 4BUQM2WF and I will make sure you are sent a little thank you. It can be quite frustrating to get online as it seems that every crafter is aware of the sale but dont give up

Only 1 place left for the next series of Stamperettes.  If you would like to find out more about this please get in touch.

The garden is starting to look very nice, here are just a few of the spring flowers near to my car parking space and by the craft room





I shall try and take more from the garden at the back of the house and the greenhouse for you to have a look tomorrow.

Today I hope to do a little sorting of the craft room so, if you are out and about please, do pop in for a cuppa.

Thanks for having a read and have a smashing day. X



Monday, April 24, 2017

A new week begins

Good morning.  Not the best weather wise today especially as Monday is my wash day but it does mean that this drizzle and rain will water the plants, which is a good job.  The garden is starting to look wonderful.  I do have to try and do a little with the hoe while Paul is away, yikes.

Saturday was a day at George's, she held a whole day of events in aid of MIND a very worthwhile cause.  The morning was taken up with a cake and coffee morning.  Lots and lots of folk nipped in and ate wonderful cake, had a go on the tombola, a raffle as well as purchasing hand made jewellery and hand made cards.  Then in the afternoon there were a group of lovely ladies all there to make a few cards, again for MIND.



It was a great success and so nice to spend time out seeing lots of friends and making new ones too.


This is one of the three cards made, using the Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird stamp set and dies which, I am pleased to say, are still available to purchase and will be available in the new catalogue too.  The colours used are Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler and some of the waves are Marina Mist.  Please get in touch if you would like a little more information about this card.

Yesterday was a bitting and bobbing kind of day. Trying to keep busy and catch up with lots of things before Paul goes away today.  I will be so pleased when our house is all finished and everything has a home so we know where to put things and more importantly, where to find them.

Today Christiana and I are going to try and spend a little time on a pamper session for her, wish us luck as we will need it.

Thanks for having a read and wishing you a lovely day x




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mushrooms, dead trees and brick walls.

Well what a dull day outside but never a dull day at the Anthony's.  Quite a few chores and catching up to do today before pottering in the craft room and greenhouse.

Early this week we had the slabs outside the kitchen dug up as they were all higgeldy piggeldy and a serious trip hazard.  I had stumbled a couple of times and its hard to regain my balance and then I get a bit shaken up.  Anyway, up the slabs came and this is just one of the things we discovered.  A very old tree trunk which has died but lots and lots of mushrooms growing up it.  The mushrooms had pushed the slabs up where the dead tree trunk had begun to rot so the slabs were sinking.


On top of this, we also discovered a brick wall buried just under the slabs, phew, glad it is all sorted out for now.  It is only a temporary fix as we hope to have the garden done towards the end of Summer.

We visited kitchen shop No. 3 and we are very impressed with the designs.  We knew exactly what design we wanted but actually seeing it, printed out is quite amazing.  I adore the kitchens at No. 3 but the indicated price is very expensive, yikes.

Just a reminder for roofers if anyone knows anyone.

I had a play with this jar of love stamp set.

I am in love with these stamps and dies and this is my favourite for this week.  I do hope to get more time to play later on in the day and, hands permitting.

Tomorrow evening is the Christmas Card and Chatter night as well as dropping by for a cuppa and everything else that we do in the craft room. Please feel free to pop in with or without Christmas/projects to do.  Thank you for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day x




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cheep Cheep

Good morning and weatherwise, it really is good.

We had a visit out to Kitchen Shop No. 3 yesterday.  We are going back later to get drawings, plans and ideas.  This is all very exciting.

We are trying so hard to find someone to take down our chimney stack and put tiles on the roof when the chimney is removed.  Not one person we have contacted has come back to us.  Should you know of anyone that does this type of work please, do let me know.

Christiana didnt have a traditional Easter Egg, she got a few packets of different chocolate sweets that she likes but Paul found this and put it on the top of her bag.

It is so so cute.

Healthwise I am not the best but soldiering on as you do.  I am back on 10th May to the hospital and I believe my jab will be increased to help with all the joint pains.  Let's hope they work.

Right, off to make a cuppa for the chappie sorting out the patio at the back of the house.

Thanks for having a read and wishing you a wonderful Tuesday x


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter



Good morning and Happy Easter.  Easter is a rather special event in our household especially when we have one or more of the girls with us.  We were not up for a church visit but we do still celebrate.  I got up this morning to receive the little chick you see above.  Paul had purchased it some time ago and it goes wonderfully on my little tree.  I did get a massive egg too which we shall share in the evenings.

We shall do a little pottering in the garden today.  The weatherman says frost tomorrow night so we will have to cover a few of our plants up ooopss.  Mum did say to wait a while before planting out, I will listen next time.  The gardens are looking a lot better and Paul has plans to get quite a few more flowers which is good.  Not so good in the greenhouse though but I we have tried to rescue a few bits and pieces, some we have done well with but others, no chance.

Here is a card that was part of a kit that was made recently. 


I cant wait for you to see the whole suite of these items, they are so wonderful. 

Stamperettes No. 17 is due to start in less than 2 weeks and there are still a couple of places left.  If you would like more information please do let me know.  Right, off to enjoy the day.

Thanks for having a read and once again, Happy Easter

Friday, April 14, 2017

A very Good Friday

Good morning, a cloudy and damp one but that is okay.  As I type this Christiana is feeding her zoo and farm??  dont ask.

Here are the last of the card samples which are still out in my craft room.



 


I was very lucky to get so many.
Would you like some ribbon at a discounted price.  I have so much ribbon that I am not using so it is being sold and I will purchase more ribbon that I can use.  Just call in to see what is on the shelves. When it is gone, it is gone.

Well yesterday I ended up having emergency blood tests oops.  My swollen ankles, feet, face and body could be a side effect to the RA medication.  I have to wait for results which will come from a duty doctor somewhere at the hospital.  Just what I dont need but in the meantime, I shall continue to potter.

Last night a few of us got together to do some crafting, which was lovely.  I managed to get a few half finished cards finished and, if all goes well, I can get some more done today inbetween doing other bits.

Off to the greenhouse now.  Wishing you a wonderful day.




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Birthday Card night tonight

Good morning, the sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip horray.  I am not sure how long for though, fingers crossed we dont get more rain today.  So who got wet yesterday?

We had a drive to East Midlands Airport last night as Christiana came home.  I cant believe the car parking charges at the airport, really, £2 for 10 minutes and then £1 per minute after that.  Paul is wise to the charges so he dropped me off at the petrol station and I had to take a slow walk up to the arrivals lounge.  As soon as Tana came through the doors I rang him and he parked in the half an hour space (blue badge) and paid £3 for 6 minutes.  At least she is home safe and sound. 

I am cleaning the craft room this morning, did I have burglars? It is so untidy with everything everywhere oops.    It is birthday card get together tonight and I have quite a few cards that need to be finished off, so that is what I will be doing.  If you fancy gathering a few crafty bits, come round and join me.  Bring a friend with you as well if you want.  I still have all the crafting items I received at the weekend on show.   Speaking of which, here are a few more photographs




Right then, cuppa had, time to get pinny on and make room on the chairs in the craft room so that  everyone has somewhere to sit tonight.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Midweek Musing

Good morning, Mr weather man tells me it is going to rain today so I had best stay indoors.  It still feels quite warm outside though.
Lots of hype about the new Stampin' Up! catalogue, which is lovely and lots of sadness about the things that are retiring but, change is good.  If you are trying to place orders on line and find that products have sold out, please remember that I shall be parting with lots of retiring card, stamps and other items so if you are in need of anything please do let me know.

Fingers, hands etc. are still not the best today, it is a good job I am at the docs tomorrow. 

Here are a few more items that I was lucky enough to be given.  These are now all laid out in the craft room mind you, it does look like someone had a party in there, oops.






I will go and have a potter.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Twitter

Yes, this has really sprung upon us.  The retiring list is out, the discounts are there and lots of things are going as quick as I can try to order them.  Why not order yourself using the hostess code to the right hand side of my blog.  For all orders placed on line, I shall send out a little thank you.

It was Pauls Birthday yesterday and we went out for a drive to Lea Gardens (thank you Alison for recommending it).  We had a lovely time and Paul got a 12 year old Rhododendron from me for his birthday.  This is already planted up and the colour is stunning.

I am not the best today, very swollen legs, feet, fingers etc. etc so will just plod along the best I can. 

I was really lucky to be able to go to Amsterdam last weekend, with the help of Alison.  It was wonderful to meet so many other crafters and spend time with them.  I have come back full of inspiration and cant wait for my fingers to allow me to get crafting again.  I received lots of wonderful cards, gifts etc. and here are just a few.




These will be laid out in the craft room if you would like to come for a closer look over the next week.

I have a copy of the new catalogue and wow, it is wonderful.  However, there are still lots and lots in the current catalogues that can be purchased.  If you would like to place an order or have a conversation about items that are in either catalogue, please let me know.


Thanks for having a read and wishing you a wonderful day x




Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sunny Saturday

Good morning

Here are the photographs of the cards that I made for Christiana to give to her sisters.




Still no news of where they are.

Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend?  It is Pauls birthday on Monday so we are looking forward to that.  I do hope to try and persuade him to take the day off so that we could go out somewhere for the day....I shall keep working on it.

Thanks for having a read and wishing you a lovely day

Thanks for having a read and hope you have a lovely day

Friday, April 7, 2017

Missing cards

Good morning.  Lets hope today continues to be lovely, weatherwise.

Although the girls haven't yet received their birthday cards which were posted 4 weeks ago, I did photograph them before they went.


Who knows where they ended up.

Thanks for popping in for a read and wishing you a wonderful day, whatever you are up to.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Another Sunny Monday

Good morning and another sunny one.

The garden had a bit of a dig over yesterday, new plants were put in and its looking lovely.  I tried to hoe but failed.  I tried to rake and managed a bit.  I did do some watering though yeah.

Here are a few cards that Anna has made recently which are lovely.

We sat and had a coffee a couple of weeks ago and I asked if I could share these on my blog.  I love the way that two or three stamp sets have been used to create the images.  Very inspirational.

Not a lot planned for today, pottering, cleaning and hopefully a little play, if the fingers allow.

Thanks for having a read, wishing you a lovely Monday x

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Swirly Sunday

Good morning and what a lovely morning weatherwise it is.  The sky is blue and I hope to spend some of the day in the garden.

Here is a card I made with the start of swirly bird week.


I have been wanting to play with this stamp set and matching die for a while now. 

So Sale a bration is over, the Stamperettes group has finished and no more Pen Club.  So its time to start afresh, a new Stamperettes 10 which will include all the new items in the new catalogue.  A new Pen Club which includes 3  free meet ups and new afternoon get togethers as I have a little help.  I am so excited about all the new happenings. An evening meeting up with everyone that signed up is on the agenda for April so I do hope that you can make it.

Yesterday was the twins 24th birthday.  Their birthday cards which were posted three weeks ago didnt arrive.  There presents from Belgium ended up in Cyprus but not in their hands.  Christianas present to them ended up in the correct town but not available for them to open oh well.


Sophia organised a surprise party for Katerina on Friday night.  Saturday they went out with the family to a wonderful taverna high up in a lovely village and today they are all going to chill with Christiana.  A great weekend.

Off to sort out Sunday Lunch.  Thanks for having a read and have a great day x





Friday, March 31, 2017

Magnolia

Good afternoon and what a lovely afternoon it is.  Temperatures are up to 19 degrees in the back garden but it is rather cloudy.

As usual, life has got a little unsettled and the blog does suffer but I hope to keep up with at least 3 posts a week.  Emails will get answered as soon as I can.  You are always welcome to give me a quick call at any time.

I went for a little stroll this morning and saw this wonderful Magnolia tree which must be of some age.
I couldnt get my hands up any higher to get a better photo but the fence is a 6ft one.  

We have got a magnolia in our garden now but it is a smaller version, still pretty though.

 
After my stroll I came back to find mr. blackbird gathering twigs and grass.  I cant tell you the amount of times he has been coming and going today.  It is going to be some wonderful nest.

Here is a card that I made for Robert for his birthday last week

 I havent been able to do anything else in the craft room this week but maybe I shall tidy and sort over the weekend.

I cant believe that it is the last day of March, the last day to get your Sale a Bration, the last chance to get over £200 worth of SU products that you choose for £99.  If you would like to place an order, sign up or have a chat about crafting, please do get in touch this afternoon.

Right, I am off to do a little more pottering. 

Thanks for having a ready and I hope you have a wonderful Friday afternoon x

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday



Good morning, I do hope you had a good weekend but didn't it go quickly again.

As the weather was good we spent a few hours in the garden on Saturday and on Sunday.  Lots of hoe ing done, a few new plants put in and both lawns cut.  They need doing again but I believe it is a little at a time in case we have more frost.  I must say the garden at the front is starting to look very nice.

I managed a couple of hours in the greenhouse too.  That is the marigolds planted up and some african sun flowers.  Okay so they may not be called african sun flowers but that is what they look like to me.  Guess what everyone is going to be getting for their birthdays this year, especially if they all turn out like my tomatoes.  Paul said we had to put all the seeds in as only a few will grow.......he said that about the tomato plants.

Hello Kitty

This little sweetie was made last week and I think she is very cute.  I am still working on Garfield, I cant get the eyes right but I will not be beaten.

If there are any Stamperettes reading this, can you get in touch with your order please.  They need to be submitted tomorrow.

LAST FEW DAYS to sign up to get the amazing offer from Stampin' Up! of £99 for over £172 worth of products including FREE postage, 2 FREE stamp sets, FREE admin pack and £130 worth of goodies that you choose for yourself.  Please do get in touch if you would like more information especially if you are a crafter, need lots of new inks and cards, fancy having a play with bundles, enjoy sparkly bits etc. etc. 

Thanks for having a read today.  Wishing you a wonderful day.