Thursday, 31 December 2020
Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
I think today is Tuesday, I will be honest and say that I had to check before I made that statement! Christmas Day always feels like a Sunday to me!
Lovely to hear from you Cheryl, we have the Ninja Foodi and like you have used it loads, it roasts a whole 5llb chicken in about half hour, you pressure cook it and then use the 'Aircrisp' lid to give a lovely roasted finish. We bought one for Matt for Christmas, he has limited work top space so having a machine that can Slowcook, pressure cook, grill, saute. roast and bake is perfect, he has used it a couple of times and loves it. We do have the big one though. The promise of a new craft room is so exciting Cheryl, having something purpose built would be amazing!
How's the jigsaw puzzle coming along Lilian ? Ours is one of the 'Wasjig' puzzles, you don't actually get a picture of the puzzle on the box, you have to imagine what the people on the box are looking 'at'. They are great fun and always a great quality puzzle. What kind do you have Lilian?
Today's card is on of Our Karen's designs, she was asked at the last minute to make a Birthday card, I have to say that this card in no way looks like a 'last minute' card! I love the design and the style of that topper.
I made this super quick card for a friend’s birthday (I was asked at very short notice and can’t craft at night) The topper is from a 6x6 pad - I think The Works I trimmed it slightly and edged it with a Sharpie pen and Walnut Stain DO I shaded the edges of the card blank with Hickory Smoke DO I cut the Sue W sentiment in both black and a piece of card coloured with Hickory Smoke DO
Thanks so much for sharing your amazing 'Man card' with us, the sentiment really stands out with the drop shadow behind it. XXX
I hope that you all have a 'Terrific Tuesday',
Love and hugs to all of you,
PS: Do you all want a challenge setting for this Friday? I don't mind either way! x
Monday, 28 December 2020
Good Monday Morning Ladies,
I hope that this Monday morning finds you well, am I the only one that keeps losing track of what day of the week it is? I have to keep physically working it out.
I think that it will be easier as things return to 'normal' routines, although we aren't sure yet what 'normal' will be. None of my girls will be working for the foreseeable future, frustratingly Lucy had just been offered a full time, permanent position at the Wildlife park. Becca wasn't so worried as they were planning on closing the pubs in January anyway for refurbishment, January being a quiet month anyway. Paul isn't sure what's going to happen as his work is in Tier 4 and we are in 3, so it would be better for him to work from home, not that I am complaining.
We didn't need to leave the house after all, Lucy's coffee machine 'issue' was just 'user error'! Thankfully. only to be expected, I thought it had given up with over use! I was so relieved that we didn't have to go into town, apart from the fact that nowhere had another in stock.
Today's card is Michele's most recent make, she made this amazing Get Well card for her friend Andreene. I love the colour you have used and the all of those elements make the card a little bit light hearted. I really love the font of the 'Get Well' you have used Michele.
Sunday, 27 December 2020
Good Sunday Morning Ladies,
I have to admit it feels really strange not sharing all of your Challenge cards on a Sunday.
I thought I would spend the next few days sharing some of your Christmas cards, the all deserve a day of their own on the blog. Also if any of you any of your recent makes that you'd like to share just send me a photo and brief description.
Today's card is Lilian's gorgeous Christmas card, it really catches the light and I love the combination of dies that you have used. Thank you so much my lovely XXX
We had a lovely relaxing Boxing day, we will have to break our tradition of not leaving the house to return Lucy's new Coffee Maker, one day in and its stopped working, much to Lucy's disappointment, she was thoroughly enjoying honing her 'Barista' skills. So frustrating, it had a 10amp fuse too, so no other appliance had a fuse that we could try to see if it was fuse that was an issue, hopefully we will get either a fuse or the machine replaced.
The flood waters continue to rise, we are the right side of the Thames luckily, some of the areas nearby are really suffering though, flooding is bad enough but to get flooded this time of year and have the added worry of Covid on top must be terrifying, our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone in that situation x
I hope that you all stay warm and dry and have a relaxing Sunday,
Love and hugs to all of you,
Saturday, 26 December 2020
Good Boxing Day Morning Ladies,
I hope that you all had the best Christmas 🎄 day possible, ours was unusually quiet and that includes Christmas Dinner, it seemed strange but we were in touch with Matt and Becca all day, Becca and Adam were exhausted after cooking for and entertaining 30+ guests for Christmas Dinner, she had a real sense of pride too, I think she totally enjoyed every minute.
Today is a real relaxed day for us, under our new Tier, we have nobody coming and the girls aren't going to work either. (For the foreseeable future, who knows how long this thing will last)
Ooh Santa bought me a standard Ottlite lamp with magnifier, so thats me sorted.
I hope that you all have a relaxing day,
Love and hugs to all of you,
Friday, 25 December 2020
I hope that you are all well on this very special day, it is going to be a strange one for all of us that is a certainty, I am sorry for those of you that are spending it alone for the first time in years. I hope that you all get to catch up with your families over Zoon or Skype or Facetime, the wonders of technology, I heard Matt telling the girls how he was organising our family call and games night and I have to say that he could have been speaking dutch for all I knew! I am hoping the girls can 'hook us up'!!
It's on days like these that I get to thinking how much you all mean to me, you are 100% my family, not blood related but in every other possible way you are family, I know that I can turn to any of you for support. This year has been one of the hardest years of my life and I seriously mean it when I say that I could not have gotten through those tough months without all of you, I think that blogging has helped me to keep going when I felt like just giving up, there are so many days when I just didn't feel up to writing a post but as the saying goes 'A problem shared is a problem halved' I have found this to be very true. Our Messenger Group is the best thing we ever decided to start, it doesn't matter what time of day I go in there there is always someone to chat to, I have chatted with Maria in the small hours and Lilian and I had a great conversation at around 5am one morning, neither one of us had slept!
So that just leaves me to thanking you all, for supporting me throughout this horrendous year. I wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas, fingers crossed and Vaccine permitting next years will be an even better one to look forward to together,
I hope that you all have a the best possible day,
Love and huge hugs to all of you,
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Good Morning Ladies,
Are you all feeling 'Festive' ?!!
We managed to get all of our shopping finished yesterday, all food shopping done too, which was a huge relief, I tried for weeks to get a Delivery 🚚 slot or even Click & Collect but it was impossible it must be booked up for months, I am just so conscious every time we go out, the numbers in Swindon and our whole area are soaring at the moment, the Cotswolds have gone up to 2 1/2 times the cases in 7 days. but there were still people out in Supermarkets today that weren't wearing masks, I so wish the stores could refuse them entry.
Do any of you start your Christmas food preparation on Christmas eve? we have always cooked our Turkey and Ham joint on Christmas Eve, last year we decided to cook the Turkey on Christmas day, which turned out to be a nightmare as the large turkey seemed to overwhelm the Aga Oven and it took a lot longer to cook than it should. So dinner was delayed about an hour and a half, not that anyone cared on the day. This year we have only bought a Turkey crown, the girls and I only eat the breast meat anyway, Matt and Paul usually have a leg but Matt isn't coming and there won't be nearly as many to eat the leftovers either! I am hoping that it isn't dry. I made the Jamie Oliver 'Get ahead Gravy' last year and it was absolutely incredible, you could have eaten it as a soup, it was super simple too, just roasted off some Chicken wings, smoked bacon, carrots, onion, celery, thyme, bay leaves and roast it in oven for around 45 mins to an hour, you add water and season and smoosh everything through a sieve, you are left with the most delicious gravy starter, once you have roasted your turkey you add the gravy base to the roasting juices in the tin and combine for the most delicious gravy. I remember having it poured over mashed potatoes on the day after boxing day last year with cold turkey! it was so good. Are some of you cooking Christmas dinner for the 1st time in a while? Do you all have any 'family tradition' accompaniments??
Today's card is one of Michele's last 'Commissioned' cards, Michele's good friend said that she needed a birthday card for her great niece-she’s going to be 6. The details I was given = likes pink, sparkly, dresses & unicorns. That's a heck of a brief!! But I have to say that you 100% got the card spot on!
Michele used some 'Whizz Kids' toppers that she won in a competition years ago, which shows that hoarding does have it uses!😉 I am amazed that you remembered you had them and I am in awe that you knew exactly where they would be!!
Michele you created a gorgeous card that fits the bill perfectly. I bet Emily absolutely loved it, thank you so much for sharing it with is XXX
Wrapping is on the agenda today, while the girls are at work, otherwise it will be a couple of late nights.
I hope that you all have a good day,
Love and hugs to all of you,
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Good Morning Ladies,
I wish the rain would ease a little, it makes shopping such a nightmare, my wheelchair is still really muddy from going to the farm on Sunday.
As most of you probably remember we usually go to Mum's the weekend before Christmas, we had a yearly tradition taking Mum to Carols on the Quay in Rowhedge, the had a Brass band and choir and all of our family would make the effort to come as it meant so much to mum, you could see her beam with pride as her whole family stood around her all singing along to the carols. I felt really sad that we weren't going to be doing it this year, we then discovered that the local church and villagers had organised a Crib Service and Carol Concert in one of the Barns on the Farm, there were Goats, sheep, Chickens and even a huge Bull, everything was strictly socially distanced of course, they had even managed to get a Piano into the barn, the children all performed their roles well and the Choir led the whole village in a lovely selection of Christmas carols, I had a lump in my throat and had to fight the tears back but it was so lovely and I just imagined Mum looking down and smiling. I was thankful that they didn't sing 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing as that was her favourite and always had us in fits of laughter when in came to the 'Glor-or-or-ria' part, as the Men tried to reach those high notes! I felt 'Christmassy' for the first time this year I think.
Today's card is another of Our Pat's Stunning Groovi Christmas cards, it has been designed using three different plates, one for that beautiful ribbon border, the adorable Robin is on another plate and those lovely tags are another plate, I am not sure if this is one of Pat's Workshop projects, the amount of work that Pat has put into this card is incredible, from the embossing to the colouring and then the Picot Cutting, giving all that lacy detail. Another absolute work of art Pat, thank you so much for sharing your Groovi projects with us, they are so inspiring XXX
Paul is working from home for the rest of this week which pleases me greatly, the less time the family spends out of the house the better right now, the cases are rising steeply in our area once again. Mind you like a lot of places the Cotswolds are having even more strain put on them as people decided to leave their tier for homes and head for the holiday properties that are in tier 2, I'm sure some of you are seeing the same thing, lets hope that they aren't all bringing the new strain of the virus with them!. It makes me even more cross that so many of you are making huge sacrifices to keep yourselves and others safe. Rant over, Soap Box returned to the cupboard.!!!
I hope that you all manage to have a decent day under the circumstances,
Love and hugs winging their way to all of you,
Monday, 21 December 2020
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Thank you so much Brenda for a lovely Challenge card X❤X
Wow Maria, you really have made the most of the 'Bit Box ' Challenge, you have created 3 amazing Challenge cards, each one completely different to the next. Your first card is just amazing, so bright & vibrant and would really brighten someone's day. I love the geometric design of your second card too, again the colours you have used are bright and cheerful. Your third card is beautiful, every part of your card is beautiful, I love those papers. 😍
Cards 1 & 2 '' Had enough making x-mas cards now so found bits of papers in sunnier colours. One is with diamond shaped die cuts and the second one
Maria I love all three of your amazing challenge cards, 3 gorgeous designs, thanks so much for taking part X❤X
Oh Lilian, I just love 😍 everything about your Challenge card, are those flowers from your new Poppy dies? They are beautiful so much detail down to the detailed centres, that colour is gorgeous too.
Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks Challenge X❤X
Ladies, what can I say?, thank you so very much for taking part in my challenges throughout 2020, there have been some tricky challenges along the way and you have conquered them all!!
I look forward to challenging you a lot more in 2021
I hope you can enjoy the rest of the weekend,
Love and extra hugs,
Saturday, 19 December 2020
Good Saturday Morning Ladies,
I hope the weather is being kind to you all this weekend, we have had a very wild couple of days, the wind has been blowing a gale! Rain too, the Thames is flowing freely through the fields, it must be so disheartening for the farmer. The tree is up at last, I was going to say that I am probably the last one but I know Sue has been known to leave it later than us!!
Thanks so much for inspiring us with your beautiful Calendar Maria XXX
Janet has shared her beautiful handmade Christmas Gift Envelope with us, what a beautiful way to gift wrap a voucher or cash for someone for Christmas, a lot of Children these days ask for a voucher or money towards something bigger. I am not a fan of giving money, but we do do it for Paul's Nieces and Nephew as we have no idea what to get them and when we asked the answer is generally money. We had bought those All4one vouchers from post office but this year with so many companies closing down, its too risky.
The first picture is of MONEY WALLETS for this year. The dies are TONIC which were released two years ago and the card used is also their Mirror Card/White Glitter Card.
Thanks so much for sharing Janet, I might look out for that die. XXX
Michele's Magazine Review
Diecutting Essentials has a really pretty die this month as the free gift.
Here’s some ideas of what’s inside the magazine .
Here’s the first of a few features using the free gift. This just shows you how versatile this die is.
Non card ideas using the free gift.
More inspiration & ideas.
An article from Christina Griffiths who designed the free gift.
I was featured again! My Clean + Simple cards.
Lovely inked shaker cards here-definitely different from Christmas colours.
Die cutting off the edge-this technique will make your card stand out.
Floating panel cards-these look stunning.
How amazing is this? Hard to believe it’s made from card!
Sneak peek at what’s on offer next month.
That’s all for this week so
Thanks so much Michele for another amazing magazine review, so many features that draw my eye in the edition, I might just have to buy buy one! Enjoy couple of weekends off now my lovely XXX
Have a lovely weekend my lovelies,
Love and hugs to all,
Friday, 18 December 2020
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Good Morning Ladies,
Did you all get through the strong winds and rain unscathed? We have a messy garden from twigs etc and the river had broken it's banks once again. One of the worst issues is the water that lays on the roads, it covers the huge pot holes which is really dangerous, luckily the girls have memorised most of the ones around here.
Today's card is Paul's Dad's 80th Birthday card, I have been trying to decide on a theme or idea for a couple of weeks now but it was getting a little bit to near the date, so after a lot of deliberating I ordered a big bag of 'Scrabble' style tiles from Amazon and I sat and had a play with them yesterday, I decided on the layout of the tiles but had a large space that looked to bare to leave, so I had a quick look at some photos and picked one of him with his Parachute Regiment Beret on as this is a really important part of his life and he is quite rightly very proud of his Service. So I thought a photo that symbolises that in some way was very apt! I chose the card colour to represent there parachute regiment too. I hope he likes it. I was wondering about adding a happy birthday somewhere but thought it would look to cluttered so the greeting is on the inside, it reads
Happy 80th Birthday Dad,
Don't Panic 80 is only 13 in Scrabble
We hope you have a Great Birthday.
Today I am waiting for a die to arrive so that I can make a Wedding card for Becca's friend who is getting married tomorrow, she had no idea of what colour or style to go for so I asked her to show me the invitation. The wedding is a last minute reorganised wedding as their original date was cancelled in first lock down, the girl is 9 months pregnant but wants to be married before the baby arrives. The wedding invitation features his and her wellies with flowers coming out of them, so I ordered a Pair of Wellies die by Sizzix, fingers crossed that amazon delivers.
I hope that you all have a good day, are any of you going to be crafting?
Sending love and hugs to all of you,