Good Monday morning Ladies,
Well we had a lovely day at Mum's yesterday, my sister made us a lovely roast dinner, it was delicious and well received after that long journey, such a long time to be stuck in the car, unfortunately that's one of the downsides of being Military Wife, as I know some of you already know, I do hate that mum is so far away, particularly since dad died, she really has struggled with being on her own. But on a brighter note my youngest (and most adorable) sister Emily is going to live back home with mum for a while with her boyfriend, they currently live in Tunbridge Wells, so she too has a lot of travelling to and fro!
We spent a lovely afternoon together, my other Sister Claire came with her partner and my niece Charlotte, which was lovely, I sometimes think we take family time for granted, but it is so special all being together! We finished our visit by indulging Mum, she likes us all to go down to the river front on the last Sunday before Christmas and join with the other villagers to sing Carols on the Quay, just watching Mums face as we were all singing and seeing the pride in her eyes as she was telling the vicar and friends that "this is my family, all of them", I felt quite emotional, sometimes it really is the little things we do that leave a bigger impact, that itself makes the pain of the six hours in the car worth every minute! Xx
Sue, I am glad to hear that Hobbycraft switched your machine without any fuss, I can't wait to have a go, as I said last time we crafted together I a. Really considering a different machine ds these Grand Caliburs just seem so unreliable, earlier this year mine started leaking oil, I had a wedding invitation commission to complete, the machine kept putting oil on the card I had bought for the invitations and I gave to say I had a Nightmare getting my machine, it was only resolved in the end because Paul emailed Stacey Caron at Spellbinders who was I have to say most helpful, I was still without a machine for a couple of months though, as apparently there was not a grand Calibur in the uk they could replace mine with, then I did get one, that had half the screws missing, therefore as you turned the handle the machine fell apart! I did eventually get one and a lovely card from Stacey Caron apologising. Pat (Witney) is now waiting for a replacement for hers as hers leaked oil everywhere, she is now going through the long waiting game like I did, I have leant her my machine and Paul put some screws in the other Brand New machine so I have been using that one, guess what.....less than two weeks in and I got 3 dots of oil down the length of the plates, I just can't believe these machines are so unreliable, has anyone else had problems?
Do any of you use different machines? There are plenty out there to choose from, I am just not sure which one to go with for some reason the EBosser just doesn't appeal to me, I am not sure if it's the noise,the waiting, those big chunky plates to keep lifting or what that is putting me off, one issue I could foresee was if Pat , Mrs B and I all had one we would need yards of extension leads! I do remember sizzix having an electric one they manufactured with Tim Holtz called the Vagabond, that was I think an A4 cutting plate! There is also the issue of having to purchase another machine, we are talking of around £100 for a manual machine..ouch that's a lot of dies.
Anyway I would love to hear your comments.
Steph, I was thinking of you today with the miserable weather and you being out and about, how did your market stall go? I have everything crossed that it was a successful day to round up your 2014 market year! Sending you big warming hugs xxxx
Hazel, where abouts in Colchester were you based? The journey is still a nightmare, from here anyway as you have to go M40, M25!!!!!! And then worst of all the terrible A12, this has to be the worst road surface in the country, it's those horrible concrete slabs, it sounds like you are driving of the cats eyes it's so clunky, my son's Ford Ranger truck doesn't have the best suspension either, so I foresee a few more aches and pains than usual ! Hugs to you Hazel xxxPs feel free to use my blog to chat to who ever you please. I am only too happy to help xxxx
Sue (crafty) thanks for stopping by for a chat, that's exactly how I would like my blog to be, open to anything chat wise, being so isolated mobility wise, I find that blogging in general is an amazing lifeline, I just can't tell you how much I love and appreciate you coming by each day thank you xxxxx
Mrs B, I am so glad you got your machine sorted, can't wait to play with it, I am so pleased that you are still on track for your shopping free, leisurely Christmas Eve, you and Chris both deserve a treat, I feel so very fortunate having you in my life, huge hugs xxxxx
Brenda, sorry to hear you are having GC issues too. One thing that really frustrates me is that they boast about the A4 cutting area , but then you are told that the only bit that cuts properly is the strips down either side which is quite true,if you put something in the middle, there is no chance of cutting!
I hope once you have dusted off your Big Shot that you have more success, would love to hear how it cuts Sue's dies! Hugs Brenda xxxxx
Lovely Lynda, it was lovely shopping for for dolls and prams again, it's been far too long, I can't wait for grandchildren, which ever flavour! Lol, I know how much I miss my dad so can sympathise about your mum bless you, it's always harder this time of year ! Did you get to see your gorgeous boy this weekend? What are you doing on Christmas Day? Do you have an EBosser Lynda, if so, what's your verdict, does it cut with one pass as the make out? Hope you had a great weekend!
Maria, maybe it was a mixture of painkillers and Ghluwein, but as long as you enjoyed it that's all that mattered! Are they new painkillers, they can sometimes make you feel a little 'woosey' ! Hugs xx
Sorry there is no card again today, we didn't get back until 23:50 so no time to create I am afraid, please don't abandon me, I promise to resume normal service ASAP. In the meantime please stop by for a chat !