Monday, 20 February 2017

Memos, Mail, Me on a Monday - the edition with the green hearts

It has been Monday all day today so that means it is time to drop by and say hello to Sian over at From High in the Sky.

It was one of those over before you know it weekends, one of those weekends where at the end of it you wonder if you actually managed to achieve anything.  It was pretty quiet as Mr P was working lates, so on Saturday I headed over to my parents, where we watched the final Hunger Games film - I still think the first two films were the best and had the better story lines - it might have been better to have made a longer film for the final book rather than splitting it into two films, but that does seem to be the trend these days with film franchises.

I had some lovely mail this week - I had some vouchers for Ernest Jones and some Christmas money so I treated myself to some Chamilia beads for my bracelet.  I had looked in our local store and having set my heart on some red beads they had already sent back all their Christmas beads.  Luckily online they still had lots of Christmas stock and a very handy three for the price of two offer so I was able to get two nice red beads plus a lovely heart that is part of the new range.

A little bit of crafty stuff came my way too - I don't know why but when I first started buying the spellbinder nestability dies I never got the ovals - they are not so easy to get now, I am waiting for the large plain ovals to come from the US but in the meantime the scalloped ovals and some fancy floral ones have arrived.  Also some lovely music themed fabric - I have a project in mind for it and you will just have to wait to see what it will become.  I now need to track down the small plain and scalloped ovals.

Monday has found me doing the usual mixture of laundry and housework, also I am getting ready for tomorrow's WI meeting.  In the WI we celebrate February by joining in with the Show the Love campaign - green hearts will be in abundance at tomorrow's meeting with lots of different crafts to join in with - I will be doing some simple cardmaking with green hearts on my table.  So my final job of today is to get packed up ready for tomorrow.

Have a great week everyone and if you share about your Monday and mail then don't forget to go over and visit Sian and give her a wave!!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentines cards

I had a new stamp to get inky for my Valentines card for Mr P.  It is from new Penny Black T for transparent set 'Hearts Aplenty'

The papers used are Basic Grey 'Two Scoops' and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.  The image was coloured with Promarkers.

The second card used a digi-stamp from the Flirty Flamingo set (The Lovely Studio formerly Pink Petticoat).  Again the image was coloured with Promarkers, die cut with a Stampin' Up labels framelit and mounted onto pink glitter cardstock

And as always I had to make a jokey cash cow card using Penny Black 'From the Folks'

The sentiment was made with Stampin' Up alphabet stamps and the crystal heart is from Majorcrafts.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Memos, Mail, Me on a Monday - the edition with yet another band t shirt

Yay if I get on with this post it looks like it might appear on my blog whilst it is still Monday - lets keep everything crossed that my photographs play ball when I try to upload them!!

It was a cold but quiet weekend - Mr P was mainly on lates so I was left to potter about quietly on my own.  It was a weekend of recovering from round one of root canal work and hypothermia.  The root canal work wasn't as bad as people suggested it might be but on my return home I got locked out of the house for 45 minutes and I had no gloves.  It was all Mr Ps fault - he went for a shower leaving his keys in the door.  This meant that the front door can't be opened and with the bathroom being at the back of the house and the fan heater going it meant that he didn't hear my frantic banging on the front door and the continual ringing of the phone till he finally came out of the bathroom (and it was shave day so he was an extra 20 minutes in there!!).  My poor hands were the same navy blue as my coat by the time he let me in, but don't worry he is doing penance and as luck would have it the details came through that afternoon of the 2018 Arundel retreat and he agreed there and then that I should go on it LOL!!!!!

Apart from spending Saturday evening with my parents, we watched the third Hunger Games film on DVD (we will watch the final one next week), I spent the weekend at home, mainly crafting and working on some Valentines cards - here's a sneaky peek of what you might see on the blog tomorrow -

This week was a quiet week for crafty mail but I did receive my monthly Birchbox -

Some more lovely pamper treats to try and the small sizes make them handy for packing for holidays and weekends away.

I also got another Marillion t shirt - you would think that I had enough by now, with over 20 hanging in my wardrobe but I just had to have this raspberry pink one.  The ladies tour shirt at the end of last year was a beautiful teal coloured one but it sold out really quickly so they had to quickly get some more but couldn't get that colour so got pink and purple instead.  I had emailed the band's website to find out if they had any left in the alternative colours and as luck would have it they did have a pink one left in my size.  So this little beauty dropped through the letterbox at the end of the week, it will definitely be worn at this year's conventions!!

I had better wrap this post up before it becomes Tuesday with a reminder for you to drop by Sian's blog From High in the Sky to give a wave to Sian and see what she is up to this Monday.

Have a great week everyone!!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Memos, Mail, Me on a Monday - errrr except it is now Tuesday

Whoops I didn't get here yesterday to join in with Sian's Me on Monday.  I do have a note from my Mum though LOL - I spent yesterday in hospital waiting rooms with her whilst she had more intra-ocular injections done and they found that she has another problem in her good eye.  It was also Dad's birthday yesterday but as we knew we were going to be at the hospital we went out with them on Friday to celebrate early.

It was a good weekend but one of those weekends when I just forgot to take any photographs.  We spent the day in town on Friday and had a birthday lunch with Dad.  Then on Saturday I had my monthly crop - a productive day with another two layouts finished from the 'to be finished' pile and another two layouts done from scratch plus a third one started.  Sunday was a lovely lazy day filled with bacon sandwiches, roast dinner, Prosecco and card making.

It has been a pretty quiet week mail wise apart from this lovely package -

This is the problem when you join the WI craft group and start learning new crafts - at our meeting last month we did some silk ribbon embroidery - I will shortly be making this into a card and of course I need more supplies and a book to help me do more!!

It was Dad's birthday yesterday and this is the card that I made for him -

The image is a new stamp from Stamping Bella called Calvin Loves His Computer and the papers are leftovers from a class kit, I think they are Echo Park 'Happy Days'.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

I also gave him this card with his birthday money in - we made it last weekend as one of the Stampin' Up make and takes at the retreat.

Right I had better pop over and see Sian at From High in the Sky and make my apologies for being late LOL!!  Hope you have a great week everyone!!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Memos, Mail, Me on Monday - the decorated bags edition

It was Monday when I started this blog post and then I got distracted by some emails and alas it is now Tuesday but never mind I will still sneak this in as a Monday post LOL!!  As you know the drill - on Mondays we check in with Sian at From High in the Sky to share about our weekends, look ahead for the week and share our mail.

It was a fairly quiet week as I try to shake off yet another cold and recover from last weekend's retreat.  I pushed on with getting all the charity newsletters ready for the post - I should have photographed them all when I was finished but I forgot so these are all that are left to go in the postbox (I had about treble this amount but they can't go to the postbox all at once as it is just a small one in the wall of the old railway station)

 In an effort to try and boost my immune system I am adding in some other supplements to give myself a boost.  I eat lots of fresh veg and fruit but it doesn't seem to be doing me much good at the moment.  I also take vitamin C, B and echinacea and was reading that vitamin D plays a big role in immunity and many of us are deficient - so am going to try adding in some vit D to see if that helps.

As a little pick me up I have treated myself to a new nail polish from the new OPI Fiji collection.  I love blue and grey nail polishes and 'I Can Never Hut Up' ticks all the boxes for me, it is a lovely grey with a blue shimmer through it.

I spent the weekend catching up with my parents and making a start on some decorated bags.

Right I will make this all for now and go and give Sian a wave.  I have the first WI meeting of the year and a trip into town to look forward to this week.  Hope you all have a great week with lots of lovely things in the mail!!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Memos, Mail, Me on Monday - the Arundel retreat edition

It has been a lovely but tiring weekend - Wendy and I spent it with a load of other crafters at a beautiful hotel on the outskirts of Arundel.  There was plenty of lovely food, prosecco, wine, chocolates and lots of crafting going on.  I completed another three layouts from the to be finished pile and did another 6 layouts from scratch plus made four cards and decorated a bag for a challenge. It was just so lovely to chill out and not be distracted by home stuff and be able to totally focus on craft stuff.

We didn't travel very light - this was just my stuff -

The hotel -

The crop room -

Our table and my lovely tidy working space -

And as we didn't get any car shots before we left, we did them on the way home -

Hopefully soon I will get some decent light to photograph my layouts.  But in the meantime some of the week's mail.  Some of the happiest mail is managing to find two pairs of slippers online - big deal you may say - but Mum and I both have the same foot condition and have to wear orthotics, which are impossible to wear in slippers.  We both love Rohde shoes and their mules have a built in arch support, but since the factory shop closed  in the UK it is very hard to find a retailer in the UK, especially as I am a size 3.  I periodically do a little search online and was thrilled to find a stockist that not only had Mum's size but mine too - so that is a present sorted for Mother's Day (and don't worry Mum is not online so she won't see this!!)

And the mail that I will be sending out this week is sending out the annual newsletter to the Friends of Children with Cancer Fund, so I had better get back to stuffing envelopes.

Hope you have a great week, if you get a chance go and say hello to Sian over at From High in the Sky and see what the other Mondayers have been up to.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Uplifting Occasion

One of my all time favourite Penny Black stamps is Uplifting Occasion and it was one of my earliest Penny Black purchases and helped put me on my slippery slope of Penny Black addiction!!

I made this card for a cat-mad friend's birthday.  The image was coloured with Promarkers and glittered with Black Stickles.

The sentiment is by Stampin' Up and the sentiment mats are SU punches.

I am entering this card into the Penny Black and More and the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - both challenges for January are 'Anything Goes'

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