Sunday, 21 December 2008


I was helping my sister yesterday at one of the farmers markets that I do for her and got back to the farm to off load the produce, I rattled the barn door which they promply opened. My son stuck his head out and said 'Hi mum' I said Hi back and noticed my sister standing by the door, or who I thought was my sister when the door completely opened the lady standing there was my other sister Dawn who now lives in the back of beyond in France, between Beverly(farm sister) and Dawn(France sister) they had planned for her to come over to bring her son to see his dad(very complicated family and a long story).
What a wonderful surprise I couldn't say anything for nearly 10 minutes I just cried and hugged her as I haven't seen her for nearly 18mths. My mum didn't know either so the scenario was repeated later.
We are going to have a lovely Christmas this year particularly as it has been 10 years since my niece and older sister(aunt and niece) died.
I will hopefully get photos and upload them at a later date - probably put them on Facebook.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Spiral Whisper Competition

I have just entered the competition on the Spiral Whisper blog spot, it is for some new stamps, and all you have to do is list 3 of your favourite crafting items. Mine are ribbons, cds, and my Big Shot.
scroll down to find the link in my blog lists.
Good Luck!!

Friday, 28 November 2008

FFP Challenge #42

I have used the sketch and made a xmas card using a doodle from the doodlementals set, a xmas paper from Pink Petticoat, an image from the freebie blue set although I did emboss the tree, and a christmas round embossed as well and used ribbon from my stash.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

a bit under the weather today

I have a head cold, so I am feeling qiute poorly. Haven't got dressed either. Have got some Pixie costumes to make for the school christmas fayre - skirts and waistcoats- but don't have the energy to do anything. Have dosed myself up with Lemsips, and I am just doing nothing today.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Ria's Blog Candy

forgot to add an image

and where to find it

This is the blog candy on offer at Pink Gem Designs go over and have a look

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Ria's Blog Candy

Ria from FFP is giving out some blog candy as she has reached a milestone in her blogging. Well done to her.

Friday, 14 November 2008


Yesterday(Friday) I went to the NEC along with my friend Jan. I drove using her car as she has RA. It took us just on 2 hours to get there and we had a really smooth journey to Birmingham. The show hadn't even opened when we got there! The doors eventually opened and we went in I had places I wanted to go and so did Jan so we split up and said we would meet at 11. I bought an embroidery kit I wanted and and a number of other things I had listed. Then stopped at Joanna Sheen and watched one of her girls demoing. Whilst there she said she would put our names in a hat and draw out one to win one of her cards and guess what my name came out. I now have a very lovely card.
Anyway the day went on with Jan and I meeting up and then going to do more shopping in the Crafts for Christmas hall Jan could have bought everything but she was very good and resisted.
I did a lot of the carry for Jan as she was beginning to wane so by 3pm we decided to go. This is where the problem was we got onto the M42 and needed to get to the M6 but there was no signs for the M6 but there was a sign for London which meant going on the M40 so we did!!! we ended up taking 3 hours to get home instead of about 2 what wallies we were but anyway we had a good day. I crossed 6 counties with the journey home.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Monday, 10 November 2008

Funky Fairys Challenge Blog: Challenge #41

Here is my entry for Challenge 41. I have used 2 papers from the freebie xmas blue set, edged the round bits with navy ric-rac braid, used the same braid across the middle, used a christmas 'round' from'Let's get Traditional', a silver poinsettia flower from a xmas decoration with a blue pull ribbon bow, 3 die-cut buttons.
Just didn't have time to do last weeks challenge.

Monday, 3 November 2008

I'm a winner!!!

I've had to put this on again, it was the winner in the Funky Fairy Blog Challenge 39. I am quite elated as it is only the 2nd time I have entered the Blog Challenge. Thank you for choosing my card. My daughter thought it was lovely as well.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Funky Fairys Challenge Blog: Challenge #39

Here is my entry for Challenge #39. I have used Funky Fairy pink circle for the background and keeping in with the circular theme used the circle paper from the Pink Xmas set, adding a lace border to the paper across the bottom is lilac grograin ribbon again with cirles on and a greeting with Happy birthday peel-off. The small flowers are attached to a circle punchie with brads and the middle circle has the same lace border around the edge with a larger silk flower attached in the middle.
As it is my daughter's birthday on the 3rd I thought this would be an appropriate card to give to her.

Friday, 31 October 2008

I've been busy

I am doing a Xmas Craft Fayre on the 15th November, the day after I have been to the NEC, and today I have made 19 A5 cards in preparation. I have never made that many cards in one day, some are repeated. I am now exhausted so I am off to bed!!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Funky Fairy Blog Candy giveaway

I have entered the Funky Fairy Blog Candy giveaway this is my first so I hope I am sucessful

Friday, 24 October 2008

HSM3 and Netball

Have taken my daughter to see HSM3 tonight, thought the cinema would be packed but it wasn't.The film was good though, will probably have to get it when it comes on dvd as she has the others. Then we went to Hatfield to watch the Hertfordshire Netball team play (Mavericks) they won by a very narrow margin 30-24. Always a good game and completely different to how my school team play.
My eldest son has been to see 'Carmen' at Glyndebourne this evening, with his GCSE music, he enjoyed it although it was very long. A good experience for him as well.
Have a busy weekend taking my son to the farm so he can do his bit and then it is my turn on Sunday as I supervise the tearoom last Sunday of the month.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Just having 5 mins

Just got back from helping my sister, Beverly. She has a small farm on the A1 (Hertfordshire) which has a tea room, she has been very busy there today and I have been at a farmers market for her didn't do to badly she was happy with the takings anyway. She unfortunately is having to house our mother who is recovering from a hernia operation, which is very tiring for my sister. On top of that her mother-in-law(Nanny Sue) has returned home after being in hospital for 6 months, she has polio and has basically come home to die, there is nothing more they can do for her. It is really sad as Nanny Sue is a lovely lady, very talented despite her disabilities - writes poetry and paints. But to top all this my sister's marriage broke down at the end of the summer, her 'estranged' husband went off with another woman leaving Beverly to run the farm and look after her 2 children single-handed. But Beverly is a grafter and has the help of an Au Pair, my dad and a lovely couple - Julie & Trevor - who help her during the week.
She annouced that I was to 'do' Christmas this year so we are all up the farm to muck in with the turkey deliveries and 'do' dinner.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Challenge 37 Funky Fairy

Backing paper from the freebie Valentine set, ric-rac braid across the top, black mirri card punchies, black strip cuttlebug embossed 'swirl', strip of 'bling' across strip, and decoupage image from Fee J Designs.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Book Character Day

This is me dressed as 'The Snowman' We had a Book Character Day at school recently. I made the costume from white bath towels and added felt buttons to the front. I had white Dr Marten boots and white gloves to complete my outfit.

Diamond Wedding Anniversary
Used a JS Victorian Romance image decoupaged, matte and layered onto pearlised paper and PP paisley in gold.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Challenge 36 I have used 3 of the freebie papers from Funky Fairy and randomly cut them stuck a black feather between the papers then used a KerryJo stamped image and a greeting from the same set.

I have emailed it to Funky Fairy so I hope I am sucessful.

Image stamp and background from PP matched the boots to the background. glittered the sheeps body

stamped image from KerryJo designs, love these stamps so good for teenage cards. Background PP freebie and wrapping paper from Ikea.

This card was for my nephew to give to my sister. I used PP image stamp and background paper from Big Bloomers.

This another of my cards I made on Saturday, this one was for my niece I used Creative Fusion cd this time and decoupaged the girl once.

I had a card day on Saturday, it did happen to be my sister and nieces birthdays on Sunday. This card was for my sister from me, it is a pyramage from 'Oriental Beauties' cd from Hinny Bop Designs

Saturday, 13 September 2008

This is a large card (A3) made for my daughter's Guide Leader. Her 40th falls on a Guide night, unfortunately Lillian wont be there. I have used an image stamp from Pink Petticoat, expanded it, and printed it onto an inked card then matt'd and layered onto pearlised silver paper and purple mirri card. The background is 2 sheets of PP Christmas 'Shooting stars' paper, then I covered the join using satin ribbon, the Happy Birthday across the middle came from a Haberdashers. I then used gems to form the necklace. I used a handbag and shoes image to complement the dress and of course the Guide Badge adorns the corner.