I am officially ill!!!
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Hit the streets of Manchester today with my lil Girlie Ella, she had birthday money burning a hole in the pocket of her funky new jeans and wanted to put it into the tills at Primark and fill her wardrobe. We visited the Christmas Markets first, and even though it was freezing cold it was such a great Christmassy atmosphere, with continental delights from all over the world, we sampled olives...well I did Ella wrinkled her nose in disgust, cheeses mmm the lime green pesto cheese was delicious, chocolates, fudge and mini dutch pancakes...oooh taste bud sensation...so many yummy tastes from around the world.
Oooh and I am so happy too, I have wanted a cream fur jacket since I saw one in Debenhams for £60, and I got one out of the kids section of Primark for £10...aged 13, some woman gave me a filthy look while I was trying it on so I just said that I loved buying kids clothes for myself because you don`t pay any VAT...she stomped off in disgust!!! I hate animosity and its not my fault I am a skinny little shit...its in my genes...(size 8 jeans lol)
So took loads of Pictures today, when my hand hadn`t frozen solid to my camera!!!
Girlies waiting in the freezing cold for the train
Ella and her Chocolate and Marshmallow Kebab
Yummy gingerbread treats
Mini Scrummy Dutch Pancakes...mmmmmmmm
Santa's Grotto in the Arndale...have you seen the size of those Balls!!!
Took this photograph of Ella this morning in the freezing fog at the train station on the way to Manchester to spend her birthday money...still can`t believe she is 11...I love the look on her face excited at the thought of hitting Primark!!!
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
When they got home Mia insisted on having a Disco in the Dining room and made up dances for me and her to perform to "Cherry Chapstick" and "So What"...I don`t need a personal trainer when I have my own little Angel...I was exhausted and she was so full of energy saying come on Mummy as Mummy was collapsed on the sofa!!! Guess who has not been on the Wii tonight!!!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
...ago my little baby girl was born, weighing a little tiny 6 pounds and 9 ounces...so small and cute with loads of black curly hair...now she is nearly as tall as me has a mouth almost as big as mine and an attitude that I am sure I never had...honest!!! Little did I imagine when cuddling her or ironing her beautiful little frilly dresses that she would give me half as much trouble as she does...hmm if this is what she is like as a pre-teen I think I will be leaving home when she becomes a fully fledged teenager.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Completed this layout as design team member for the Beary Box Challenge Blog over the weekend and it has just gone live, check out the blog for the layout sketch and the other designers fabulous work, prizes are up for grabs too!!!
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Where has the day gone today!!!
And I braved the Arctic conditions in my new coat to fetch supplies.....How cold has it been this weekend I really think winter has hit us full force this weekend, although we have been spared the snow in Warrington!!!
Managed to complete another challenge card this afternoon, found this Magnolia Vs Stampavie challenge site...I love magnolia stamps and would love the full set of Tilda's...hey when I win the lottery I will fly to Sweden and collect the lot!!!
The challenge was called Get the feeling and had to feature texture on your card, I have used core-dinations card which already has a lovely texture and embossed fluffy bits and "snow" with liquid applique.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
The weekend is finally here...after five days of wishing its here....Yipeeeeeeeeee!!!
Got a layout and a couple of cards to share, worked on these last night and its lovely and bright, ideal for taking photos!!!
Beautiful bloom layout of Mia using gorgeous papers that I got at the NEC last week, yep I did stroke them before I cut into them:!!!
Friday, 21 November 2008
Really Bring it on, I am so ready for a weekend...I have had the busiest couple of weeks and it seems like I haven`t had a moment to myself to just sit and chill out!!!
As a family we have so much going on at the moment, I have just started a new job that has involved so much planning and paperwork, the girls are gearing up at school for their Christmas fayre and have a "themed day" almost every day, where they have to dress up or take something into school, Ella`s 11th birthday is next Tuesday, Mia is going away the week after next with school, the washing, ironing and housework still have to be done and I am running round like a headless chicken every day so it seems!!! So I bought one of those big dry wipe boards yesterday....the ones with the calender on, managed to hang it straight too on the kitchen wall and every day for the rest of November is filled with one thing or another...apart from tomorrow and Sunday...bliss!!! Two whole days with absolutely nothing to do...well apart from the washing etc etc!!!
I am so going to try and catch up with some crafting, I have lots of ideas that are just that at the moment...swimming around my head, I have lots of new stash I bought from the NEC that I have not even looked at yet, papers that need stroking, I also have Photo challenges to catch up on, so I am planning a whole weekend of just that crafting and taking photos.
I had to attend parents evening for Harry last night and was pleasantly surprised, Harry is a typical teenage boy at home...but at school apparently Harry is a highly intelligent boy who works to the best of his abilities and applies knowledge in a constructive and creative manner...the only negatives I heard all night, after seeing fourteen different teachers, was that he talked too much in lessons and will chat with anyone...hmmm wonder where he gets that from!!! Treat for Harry for doing so well....drum lessons...OMG I am so going to regret that!!!
So I promise some crafty posts over the next few days, I have Christmas cards to make, a certain special little girls birthday card to make, a couple of crafty Christmas ideas floating around and plenty of scrapbook layouts to create!!!
Off now to eat my family size bar of Galaxy...mmmm...and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine!!!
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Bit of a cheat here...shock...Here is My Mia!!!
Italian because the name Mia originates from Italy and means My...honest...look here
I love this Picture of Mia...and yep they are my glassses she had stolen!!!
I had an Indian Head Massage last night, I have never had one before but a friend of mine is doing the course at college and needed someone to do a case study on...of course I bravely stepped up and volunteered!!!
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
I have the best picture for this, Diane is a very good friend of mine and she is shall we say a little on the loud side so I had to take this photograph of her earlier in the year at the GMEX to finally say "I got Diane to Button it"
...My Candle making Class started today and it was so good to be teaching in a formal capacity again I loved every minute of it, my ladies are lovely, I know them all in one capacity or another and we had such a laugh too, waxing our wicks until they were stiff!!! Unfortunately a gentleman walked in just as I was trying to explain this to the ladies and we just fell about laughing at his poor face...needless to say he left very quickly!!!
Sunday, 16 November 2008
...Isn`t that a fabulous word, certainly my word of the day "Cornucopia" heard it on the Telly last night and thought I must use that word more!!!
Also made this card using the card wraps that I bought on Thursday at the NEC, well I used one of the wraps as a template and created the patterned paper wrap instead. I am not sure about them yet but it is always good to try something different, and it is nice to use those little mini embossing folders that I bought two years ago and have never used!!!
Have also designed Wednesdays Mini Bags and Boxes workshop, this picture makes the card look orange but it is a really nice glittery red, we will be making the mini handbag and pillow box, ideal for small gifts and the mini Christmas cracker, ideal for gift vouchers.
Off now to de-glitter and pluck myself!!!
Saturday, 15 November 2008
...and they all got wet!!!
Do you have family sayings that only your family understand or use, this is one of ours that we use when its quiet another one is "There`s not Mushroom in here" obviously whenever we have mushrooms...sad really isn`t it!!!
I think I may be going a little stir crazy!!!
I have been alone all afternoon and it has been heaven pure heaven...total silence, apart from The Script pleasantly singing away in the background, but the total peace meant I could actually spend the whole afternoon uninterrupted by "Mum can I have a drink" or "Mum can we go to the shop" and I have completely planned my candle making course which starts on Monday...made a couple of candles and managed not to set fire to the kitchen, although I will be picking bits of wax from the worktops and cooker for the rest of the evening...good excuse for a take away tonight though!!!
Have a layout and a card to share with you that I completed this week.
Layout is of Jack and I, the first photograph I have of Jack where he is actually taller than me and the first photo I edited woo hoo!!!
Close up to show the 3D details:
And this card is a variation of the bronze card I taught in one of my workshops this week:
And another close up to show the 3D
Feeling slightly smug too as I have done over half of my Christmas shopping and bought 75,000 rolls of wrapping paper today too...slight exaggeration but Asda are selling 2m rolls of wrapping paper for 16p...ideal for the kids pressies which I do not wrap and dress as nicely as the adults ones, and at the end of the day it gets ripped off and thrown in the bloody bin!!!
Off to complete the next item on my Wall of China sized to do list!!!
Friday, 14 November 2008
Packed myself a little packed lunch yesterday...well I stopped in Marks and Spencer's on the way to the train station anyway, those of you who know me know that I don`t do packed lunches, and set off to the NEC at Birmingham for the day with my good friend Diane, for those of you that have read my blog for a while you will now that we went to the craft show at the GMEX earlier in the year and we are now craft fair buddies...or basically just crafty buggers, how we did not get thrown out of that show in Brummie land yesterday is beyond me, even though I felt like death becomes her and had to sit down several times we just spent the whole day laughing, from the minute we got on the train in the morning until the minute we left it last night, where we were desperately trying to set up Darren, a squaddie from Surrey on his way to Edinburgh, with Claire who was getting off at Preston, we found out about another lady who had left her boyfriend that morning and was missing him that much she was going back and another lady who was on her way to Blackpool to see her Mum!!! we are so nosey and I bet that carriage was glad to see the back of us when we got off the train.
As for the show at the NEC we were not that impressed with the exhibitors, although I got a bit giddy when I met Julie Hickey and she recognised me...how cool, and I did come home minus about £50 with two bags full of goodies, still got to sort through all that as we didn`t get home until eight last night, had loads to do when I got in then had a Date with Primark in Manchester today...oh and the Arndale too, have been Christmas shopping...finally got a dent of it done, so another obscene amount of money spent on High School Musical Merchandise...why do I get the feeling I am being ripped off every time I buy something with Troys face on it!!!
Flower Power...the poor guy demonstrating how to make these flowers was glad to see the back of us, and shouted down to warn all the other stall holders too...Oh the shame!!!