Tuesday, 26 January 2010

No card - just buns

Sainsburys really need to stop their bogof on hot cross buns, otherwise I will end up looking like one! Just polished off two (no, not packets) and now I need a hot chocolate.

Hmmm - I wonder why I never loose any weight?

Saturday, 23 January 2010

I won :-)

This probably isn't such exciting news that I need to blog about it - but I never win anything - and I have won something!

Jayne from Stamposaurus had a little draw to win some tickets to go to Craft4Crafters being held at Westpoint, Exeter - which is in my neck of the woods.  I just had to email in my name and address and she would do a draw.  So I did.  Then on Tuesday morning the tickets popped through the letter box - yay!

So next week, it's on from Thurs 28 to Sat 30 January, Faye and I will have to go and have a mooch around the show. We need to check it out thoroughly as we went the year before last, and quite frankly it was pants!  Last year I was working there, demonstrating for Debbi Moore, and it was loads better.  So this year we are keeping everything crossed that it is still improving.

Free tickets means a little bit more cash to spend on crafty stuff - result!

Sunday, 17 January 2010


I have just been having a bit of a hopping session (blog hopping that is!) and have come to the conclusion that me and challenges just don't mix.  Now, the ones that have sketches are the trickiest for me - I look at the sketch and think yeah, know where to start with that, then I look at all the lovey things that the Design Teams have made - and then I have absolutely no idea how I can make anything different to those!  Ah - I know - maybe I shouldn't look at the examples before I have made my card.

Right, gotta go - hubby just said that he has a button that may be coming off his shirt.  I asked him what he wants me to do about it, 'Call the Tailor' was his reply!

She's gorjuss

This stamp is just so cute - I love it.  This is the first gorjuss girl that I have bought - having previously borrowed one from Faye - but I think I am going to need more :-)

Faye and I had a lovely gossip and catch-up when she and Daniel came to visit on Thursday.  I was very lucky to have lots of snuggles and tickles with Daniel too. I was also spoilt, as she had a pressie for me, some Prima celebration flowers (yay!), which you will see I just had to use on this card! I have admired these flowers on Faye's projects for a little while now and I am just so chuffed to have some of my very own. I think she may have realised how much a liked them eh!

My dear hubby gave me a quick lesson today with the camera.  He explained that I need to use the macro mode as I am taking the shots close up (that is the little flower button on top of camera mode to me!).  So hopefully now, no more fuzzy pics.  

Friday, 15 January 2010

Happy 101 Award

I'm so excited, I have been given the Happy 101 Award by my buddy Faye - that is just so sweet.

I now have to list 10 things that make me happy, so here goes:

  1. My little girl, Eloise.  She is growing up into a gorgeous little lady.
  2. My hubby, Tim.  We have been together for 16 years, married for 11 at the end of this month, and he makes me smile every single day.
  3. Family, some are near and some are far - but the love is felt just the same.
  4. My buddy Faye, she never fails to amaze me in her fluffy little world!
  5. Our dear little pussy cat, Dex.
  6. Craft goodies.  I was going to put card making, but I think I enjoy getting new goodies more!
  7. Now it's card making. 
  8. Chocolate digestive biscuits and a cuppa.
  9. Laughing - I don't think we remember to laugh enough.  Maybe that should be a New Years Resolution :-)
  10. Blog hopping.  I love the inspiration that I get all the great blogs out there.  And really appreciate that time spent by all the people to share their creations.  
I have to think of 3 people to pass this award onto now but can't do Faye as she gave it to me!  So I will pass this to Kath, Debby and Lorraine.

A little Tilda

Instead of photos of the snow, just for a change here is one of a card - yay!.

I am still having problems with the camera - I just cannot get it to focus!  I am not that great with cameras at the best of times and rely on the point and shoot setting - but I think it is time to have some lessons from hubby with this camera, as I am just fed up with looking at fuzzy cards!

I used copics to colour in Tilda, chocolate chip card, and some very pretty paper and lace that I had for my christmas pressie from Faye (I'm so lucky to have a bessie mate who is also crafty!).

Monday, 11 January 2010

Let's Have Some Fun - From Kath's Blog

My Fiskars buddy, Kath, lives up in Scotland.  Poor thing has been getting the worst of the snow and has posted Let's Have Some Fun on her blog, to try and stop her from going stir crazy.  She wants us all to put photos of our snow on our blogs.  So here is mine of Eloise making snow castles:

and also the little tiny snowman she made:

Down in my part of Devon we have only had maybe 4 or 5 inches, so no where near Kath 12inch cutting mat covering amount!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Candy on Mindy's Blog

Mindy has just found out that she passed her exam and has put up some Blog Candy to celebrate.

Visit Stampin Mindy to check out her work, it is just beautiful - I just love her projects.

I just want to play

First week back at work after Christmas and what a week it was.  There is just so much to be done, that I ended up doing 12 hours extra.  So now my house needs a darn good clean, and the washing basket was full to the top.  I had some new stamps arrive on Tuesday and I just haven't had the time to ink even one of them :-(  That is just not on.

Eloise and I had a trip to a little Bead Shop today.  We oooeeed and aaahhhddd over all the lovely little shiny things, and picked up a few - 'cause you have to, don't you?  Now I am sat here, ooeeing and aahhing all over again - trying to think just what I should do with them.

Eloise was looking through her beads earlier and said "I just don't understand these beads" which baffled me totally - I am really not sure what there is to understand about beads?!  

I was chatting to Faye at the time and asked if she had been tutoring my daughter in the ways of "Fluff" - if you are a little confused with that, then go and check out Faye's blog and all will become clear.

I am off to catch up on some blogs and really hoping to ink up those stamps later - they are just calling to me!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

The snow has arrived in Exeter

I know that a lot of people out there in blogland have had snow for a while now but this is the first proper snow fall to happen in Exeter. There wasn't a flake in sight when I went off the bed last night, but when I looked out the window this morning...

So, because we have had a couple of inches of snow the city is coming to a stand-still.  The schools are closed, the coach companies aren't running, the park and ride sites are closed - and this is just the first day of snow for us!

Eloise couldn't wait to get outside, so after getting her to put on 15 layers of clothes (OK slight exaggeration there!), she went out to play...

but as for Dex - she knows the best place to be...

Fortunately for me (or unfortunately depending on what way you look at it!) I am able to work from home - so no playing for me yet - that will have to wait till later :-)

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Just for a change - a card :-)

and no - it's not with my new stamp set, but it is a fairly new stamp that I got at the NEC, by Lili of the Valley.

I gave up with the Trendy Trees as I really can't line them up properly, so they will have to wait until I have seen my friendly Stampin Up supplier to order my positioner thingy!

I need a stamp positioner

Just playing with my new set of Stampin Up 'Trendy Trees' stamps and realised that I really do need a stamp positioner right now!  :-)

She slept till 9!

I just had to mark this occasion on my blog - my dear daughter actually slept until 9am!

Eloise really does take after her mum on this occasion.  When she is being cheeky and misbehaving, then she takes after her dad!  She likes to get out of bed the minute that her eyes are open, none of this laying and waking up gently for her - oh no.  Sometime it is like a runner off the starting blocks!  Usual wake up time is between 6 and 7, with 7 being a lie in.  So that is why I had to make a note of this occasion - sleeping till 9am!  She appeared downstairs looking very bleary eyed and she snuggled up next to me on the sofa for a lovely cuddle - bliss.

Anyway, I am sat in the chilly conservatory this morning looking at the beautiful blue sky and the frost gradually melting on the decking - and thinking that I really need to go and get a cardie on xxx

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone :-)  I wish all my family and friends happiness, love and laughter.

I was snuggled up on the sofa with my dear hubby when 2010 arrived, watching the fireworks over the city - it was beautiful.  We live pretty high up and have a great view of the city from the front of our house - so we open up the curtains and enjoy the light show.  Eloise slept through all the noise and now that she is getting older I am not so worried about the noise waking her up, so no dashing up the stairs to check on her every few minutes.

We are off to Tim's mums for lunch later, which I am really looking forward to.  She makes a yummy roast and also that means no cooking for me today ;-)  Home made desserts too - squidgy chocolate log and lemon meringue pie.  There has to be two as no one gets a look in with the squidgy chocolate log - that belongs to Tim and his mummy makes it specially for him.  He will share a little bit of it, but whatever is left comes home with him for safe keeping!

I hope everyone has a lovely day whatever you are doingc xx