Good Morning Ladies,
Well that weekend just flew by, we didn't really get much in the way of Christmas shopping done, we did get a few bits in Tesco (Gift sets etc) for stocking fillers, I was amazed at the till when it said that we had saved £30 using our Clubcard, don't you just love that feeling when you have bagged a bargain. The shops we visited were really busy, although we didn't venture into town centre, Swindon town centre is so depressing ...
The main street is mostly empty shops, there used to be a BHS, Woolworths etc but they all closed and the shops that they occupied are either charity shops or Pound stores, Debenhams had a huge department store and it's own multi story car park but that all closed last year, it's just so depressing to look at, even worse to shop in, we have a medium size M&S, but that is one of the few decent quality stores. The is a shopping centre called the Brunel....
But like the High Street a lot of shops inside have closed down, the Big Argos stores have all closed too, a big HMV and Virgin store but all now gone because I guess most people shop online, I prefer to see the things I buy though and for me things like Bra's I have to try on as I have found that the same make of Bra in different colours can fit differently, which is why I miss Debenhams so much, they had a great range of Christmas gifts too. There is a big Outlet centre that has all the Designer Brands but to be honest even at the 'Outlet prices' they are still ridiculously expensive and that doesn't necessarily reflect the quality either. Paul and I had a browse around a couple of weeks back when we bought our coats, at the moment it is super busy and as it's all enclosed I would prefer not to go even though we do wear our masks. Even the retail parks are looking like Ghost towns, we have a big one called Greenbridge, has a cinema, restaurants, Argos, Mothercare is now closed, there was a big shoe shop that closed, a DIY store that closed and Carpet/Bed shop that also closed, round the other side Maplin electronic, Staples are gone, Gala bingo is now called something else (not that we have ever been).
But you get the picture, I'm not sure whether your Town centres or retail parks are the same, Janet you are lucky as you have Meadowhall which is a lovely shopping centre, although I imagine it's too busy to bother with this time of year. I always wonder what would happen to people's lives if anything happened to the Worldwide Web, I know we would be in a pickle, but had I had said that to my Mum she would have said different, not once did she browse or even look online for anything, she thought that Facebook was the Devil, the cause of nothing but problems in her eyes, I think both my Mum and Dad thought that the internet was like the government controlling you, you were always spied on etc. Sometimes I think they may have had a point!
Well that was a bit of rant, in a nutshell, don't bother trying to shop in your local Town Centre, lord only knows where I will get Paul some nice work shirts and a good range of Bra's ??!!!
I would love to know your thoughts.....
Today's card is one that I actually made on Thursday (because I thought that it was Wednesday and I needed my last challenge card for the Thursday), as I was writing the post I realised that I needed to be writing the Next Challenge post !!!
It is a very simple card, I used a beautiful piece of Decorative Paper that features gorgeous foiling, the Collection is called 'Brightly Gleaming', which is the perfect description as it really does gleam, so pretty when the light catches it. I cut a piece of the paper to fit that standard 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 card base that I created with Mossy Meadow card that matches the paper, I picked out the copper foiling and used some matching mirror/foiled card which I cut with my Detail Bands dies, the Greeting doesn't really show in the photo as the paper is stealing the show, I stamped and heat embossed in Copper to match the rest of the card, I fitted the stamped piece into the die cut Band and then finished the card with some Red Rhinestone Jewels, only a few though, as less is definitely more (unless we are talking about chocolate)😜
TicTacToe Categories : Sparkle or Shine/Die cut/Patterned/Paper
I hope that you all have a good day, fingers crossed that you all see some 🌞 sunshine,
Love and hugs to all of you,