Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Happy New Year

I did very little crafting over the Christmas/New Year period as I was just feeling so blah, but I did get one of my new Christmas sets inky to make these New Year cards.

I used Stampin' Up 'Frosted Medallions' and Pool Party ink and cardstock.

The sentiment is from SU 'Good Greetings' set and heat embossed in silver.  The stars were punched from silver glitter cardstock with a EK Success border punch and the silver thread is from my stash.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Memos, Mail, Me: It's Monday

It's Monday (again) and for once I am being a bit organised and not dashing in at the last minute before it becomes Tuesday!!  So as it is Monday you know the drill by now, it is time to say hello to Sian and the other Mondayers over at From High in the Sky.  For this year Sian is focusing on the mail that has dropped on our doormat over the past week.  It has been a good week mail-wise for me, not a single brown envelope, no red cards of doom from postie, just the usual junk and a couple of pieces to make me smile.

Those who know me well, know that I am a Penny Black junkie - I am trying to rein the habit in but I just can't resist so I try to limit myself to just one or maybe two items from each new collection. There is a new Valentines collection just been released, I had done a pre-order a couple of weeks ago and this dropped on my doormat at the weekend.

I can't wait to get these inky and coloured in, I already know which one I will be using for Mr Ps Valentines card.

Sian's post last week reminded me that due to the visitation of the plague to Parkhurst Towers I never did order my Christmas present to myself, so I got straight onto Etsy and sorted that out.  I wish all my mail was delivered wrapped like this -

I almost didn't want to unwrap it and inside was this little gem - Julie Kirk's Snipped Tales

I have only had a little flick through so far, it is hard to put it down and I say just one more tale, oh go on then, just two more.

The weekend was a pretty quiet affair, Saturday evening was spent with my parents, hearing more tales from their Christmas and New Year cruise and we watched The Hunger Games - can you believe I have never seen any of the films??  It was pretty good and Dad has the next two films on DVD for us to watch.  Sunday I threw caution to the wind and started packing all my kits for next weekend's retreat - yes I know a tad early for me but I have decided to be ahead of the game for once.  I hope I have packed enough kits - not always easy to tell how much I will get done in a weekend and I know there will be challenges set over the weekend, so I have put a small box of spare photographs into the tote as well.  I still need to pack all my crafting bits but that should be fairly easy as my tote and bag are crop ready most of the time - the joy of having a regular monthly crop to go to.

I am sure this week is going to go quickly, I have the retreat to prepare for but before that I have the chiropodist, the hairdresser and my ears being syringed to look forward to - I can't wait to hear again and be able to dispense with the subtitles on the TV - the poor spelling and appalling grammar is driving me mad LOL!!

Have a great week everyone and don't forget to say hello to Sian

Monday, 9 January 2017

Me on Monday or Getting back onto the blogging horse!!

Hellooooooooo ............ long time no see ............... I can't believe how long it has been since I was last here!!!!  I have a long list of excuses which include following Marillion's UK tour, getting a lurgy, getting over the lurgy, going away again in December and coming back home with another lurgy - which took hold and became laryngitis, a chest infection and an ear infection.  So Christmas has been a very quiet affair - partly because both DH and I couldn't even speak and I haven't been able to hear anything either - what a pair we have been.

But excuses no more - I am back and hopefully I might be able to keep up some kind of regular blogging schedule - we shall see.  I would like to say that I have been crafting up a storm in my absence but sadly I haven't - I just haven't felt like it - but I do have a lot of stuff from last year that I haven't even photographed yet so I won't be running out of things to blog anytime soon.

So anyway it is Monday and a good a day as any to get back on the blogging saddle and join in with Sian and the other Mondayers.  Our new twist for this year is to look at some of the mail we have received and weave a favourite piece into our blog post.

Well this is what I found on the doormat this morning - not favourite mail at all!!!!!

Since the ear infection I can hardly hear and I keep missing delivery drivers and getting the 'note of doom' - sadly no neighbours were in this morning so my parcel has been whisked away again but hopefully will be reunited with me on Wednesday.

I did have one piece of happy mail in the week that I managed to hear the door for and that is a new phone - I have finally come into the technological age and have a phone that not only sends texts and makes calls but connects to the interweb thingy and takes photographs which meant for our first crop of the year on Saturday it didn't matter that I had forgotten to pack my camera - I was still able to take some photos on my phone!!

A view of my desk -

Yes I have actually done some scrapbooking!!!!!!

And some of our dedicated band of monthly crafters -

I still have to wait another 10 days till I can get my ears syringed - I can't wait to be able to hear again and stop using the subtitles on the TV.

Anyway have a great week everyone, it feels good to be back in blogland once more and if you want to join in and be a Mondayer too then pop over and wave to Sian at From High in the Sky

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Memorandum Monday - the one that is all about the fundraiser

Just a very quick whizz in to say hello and wave to Sian at From High in the Sky for Memorandum Monday.

It was the weekend of my fundraiser at home and the weather was pretty vile, but a few souls braved the weather to come along and support me.  Early indications are that I have made at least £70 for Children with Cancer Fund.

The rest of the weekend has been about catching up on lost sleep - I did burn a bit of midnight oil getting all of my cards finished and putting the house back straight again - I rearranged all the furniture to fit all my tables in!!

This week I can now turn my thoughts to getting ready for Christmas - I need to do a count up of the cards that didn't sell to work out how many more I need to make.  Also Marillion's UK tour kicks off in Aylesbury on Sunday so I need to get packing as we are seeing them for four out of the six nights. We are looking forward to not just the gigs but a chance to catch up with so many of our friends who also support the band.

Have a great week everyone!!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

It is with great joy that I can say that one of my favourite digi-stamp designers is back in business - Pink Petticoat is now The Lovely Studio and to start with she is re-introducing all the previous Christmas collections and designs including these flamingos.

I love love love these digi-stamps and have been busy making Christmas cards for my open house fundraiser next Saturday.

The background papers used are all from Craft Creations own range apart from the very bright pink one which is Basic Grey.

I coloured all the images with Promarkers and added a hint of Stardust Stickles for some sparkle.

The dies used are mainly a Stampin Up/Sizzix thinlet set and the snowflakes are All Occasion dies with various brands of glitter cardstock.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Memorandum Monday - the edition with a coffee cake, crop and new snuggly dressing gown

Well I have just realised that I haven't blogged my Memorandum Monday yet and as I am still up as I can't sleep because I am full of a stinky cold, I will get on and blog now rather than waiting for the morning.

We had a lovely long weekend as Mr P had five days off from work.  Friday we took my parents to visit my Uncle in Rye Hospital - he isn't doing too well at the moment so we keep everything crossed that he will pick up soon and get back to his old self.  It was a dreadful day weather wise and the roads were a nightmare coming home with torrential rain and flooding on the marsh roads and yes there were those loony drivers that had to keep overtaking because they are in a hurry to get to the mortuary!!

Saturday saw the second crop for our new crafting group - we have gone from being the craft group with no name to the Seaside Crafters - the hall we meet in is off of Seaside and most of us at the group are Eastbournians so live by the sea.

I rustled up a coffee and walnut cake for us -

I had a break from scrapbooking and got stuck into Christmas cards as I am replenishing my stocks ready for my next fundraiser which is only two weeks away.  I got fourteen cards made and die cut a load of images ready for more cards -

 Sunday we had a nice quiet day at home, we were both starting to develop our colds.  I got the sewing machine out and made a pile of Christmas themed tissue covers - for my fundraiser and for our WI when we have a stall at our village Christmas Fayre

And Monday found us spending the day in town finishing our Christmas shopping.  I still need to get a few online bits and pieces but otherwise it is all done, I try to get done before the end of November as trying to negotiate the crammed stores in December in a wheelchair is just no fun.  I treated myself to a lovely new snuggly dressing gown - it is damson faux fur and is the softest cuddliest dressing gown I have ever had and it has a hood for extra snuggliness -

I will quite happily spend the rest of the winter living in my new dressing gown LOL!!

Please go and give a wave to Sian over at From High in the Sky who is in charge of Memorandum Monday.  Have a great week and fingers crossed by next Monday I will be a little less snotty!!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Blogtober Day 31 - Memorandum Monday or Hooray I have managed to do four blog posts per week for the last month!!!

Yay today is the last day of Blogtober and I managed to meet my goal of four blog posts per week.  I still have a backlog of stuff to blog but at least the amount is not so daunting now.

Today is also Monday, so it is time to reflect on the weekend and pay a visit to Sian over at From High in the Sky.  It was a very busy, packed crafty weekend at the A Trip Down Memory Lane retreat.  They hold two per year at the beautiful Stoke by Nayland Hotel.

Wendy was my chauffeur and we took a rather loaded car with us (PS the back seat was pretty loaded too!!!!)

The rooms are beautiful but you don't spend much time in there

The crop rooms are large and there are lots of shopping opportunities

 I was very productive, did 6 classes and got 12 layouts done and a thirteenth is almost finished.

And Monday finds me with all my crop unpacking to be done - I think I travelled quite light really!!

I have a busy crafty week ahead, WI craft class, my monthly scrap class and a crop to look forward to.  Hope you all have a great week and if you get a chance go and visit Sian and give her a wave.

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