Friday, December 15, 2017

Poorly fingers

Hello and only a short post today as fingers are really playing up and its quite awkward to type.  Great news is that Hubby is off work today and we are catching up with the 101 little jobs that need doing.

Yesterday he took me into town to get one or two gifts and we were so fortunate to be is M&S when the tree decorations I fell in love with were knocked down to half price.  Well when he said 'do you want a couple' I jumped at the chance.  As they are glass, got to go and get the green hooks to hang them on the tree with and then of course, I will need a box to store them in.  Well worth it though.

Today I hope to catch up with emails, if I can and clean the craft room.  It is still in 'fuddle mode' yikes.

I completed some cards that I started last year and here is one of them

It is already posted out and on its way but it was rather fiddly to do and I loved every minute of it, then putting all the elements together.  Very pleased with this.

Right, I will get a bit of a wiggle on and try to do what I can do.  Wishing you a fantastic Friday and thank you for having a read Tracey x

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happiest of Days


Good  morning and here we are Wednesday already.  The weather in Derby is a bit better today, with the rain we had last night and the warmer temperature today (3.4 degrees), the snow has almost gone.  I can tell you that the boiler has had a bit of a struggle over the last few days so Paul has been in touch with someone to come out and give us an energy check, to see if there is something that we can do to make the house warmer.

The bi fold doors in the kitchen got fixed yesterday whoop whoop.  This has however caused a problem with the locking of the doors, oh they can be locked but it is hard to do....so the company with be back.  Do you find that this is typical today? One job that gets done creates another one to do?

All my ironing managed to get done yesterday whoop whoop.  There was one shirt washed with lots of other bits but the other bits didnt need ironing.  The shirt got put on the ironing board and the iron went  'blurgh'.  Water just poured out of the holes and it didnt get hot.  So we now have to go and buy a new iron but I wont be in a rush to do it.  No iron....no ironing.

Here is another Christmas card that has been made.

I am still loving this Happiest of Days stamp set, for all occasions. The parcels were stamped in Archival Black ink once on the card and once on some scrap pieces.  The scrap pieces were coloured in with the markers and fussy cut then stuck on the card with dimensionals.  The greeting is a new one from Snowflake Sentiments.

I ran out of tags..........I say the same thing every single year and each year I believe that I have made more.  Unless I am just buying more gifts?  Anyway, today the craft room needs a clean up from THE fuddle and whilst I am in there, I shall have to see if there are more tags.

Well I am off to start my day, a little earlier again so I hope to have a nana nap later.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday x



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Another Lovely as a Tree

Good morning but what a bitterly cold one it is.  At the moment it is -3.4 degrees outside and it has gone half past 9am.  I shall be staying in today even though my shoulder is a lot easier.  Too cold to go out.

Lovely as a Tree stamp set never goes out of style

These cards have been created by sponging over the card with Marina Mist and Night of Navy with a softer colour at the bottom, Sarah Sand and Crumb Cake.  Of course the moon effect was masked before any sponging was done.
  I cant tell you how much glitter is on the trees but as usual, I cant capture it too well, this close up shows a little better.  Using this technique means that no two cards are the same and it really is good fun using the sponge.

I did eventually manage to get in the craft room yesterday and how warm and toasty it was.  A few more cards have been put together which I am pleased with.  Today I am expecting the window people to come and replace the bi fold doors but they were due at 9am and nothing yet.  Brrrr it will be cold then.

Thanks for having a read today and I do hope you have a lovely Tuesday.  Tracey x


Monday, December 11, 2017

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Good morning.  A lot colder today than yesterday but not as much fun to look at.  Paul got to work okay this morning which was good.  I think all the main roads in our area are fine but, as usual, the little roads are a bit tricky.  It is still minus degrees out there so I shall stay in the house and potter for another couple of hours.  I am thankful that I dont have to drive today but it would have been tricky anyway, left shoulder playing up this morning.

Here are a couple of photos that I think are really nice that we managed to captured yesterday



 As promised here is the group photo from Friday night.  Thanks to Paul who took this for us.

We really did have a wonderful time and I cant thank everyone enough for their friendship over the last year.  Not everyone could make it for many different reasons and you were missed.  I am looking forward to many more years together ladies and also catching up with those that couldnt make it.

This wonderful creation was made by Yvonne using olives and cheeses, tomatoes and carrots.
Very tasty it was too.

No matter how small and item or how large a package, please take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING from Stampin' Up! until 10.59 tonight.  If you place your own order do remember the hostess code and get the items delivered right to your door.  Just get in touch if you need a hand or would prefer your goodies to be delivered the usual way, but FREE.  Another order will be placed around 7pm tonight.
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Well for some reason I am 40 Christmas cards short AAARRRRGGGGHHH.  Guess where I will be this afternoon and I have a little help coming too, phew.  I dont mind really as I love everything Christmassy, I just need to be brave and go outside to the craft room.

Thank you for having a read today, stay safe out on those roads and have a Magical Monday.  Tracey x

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pretty Bags

Good morning and it is a very brrrrr morning, -1.8 at the moment.  Of course the first thing I did was look outside but no snow, just a lot of ice, everywhere is frozen.  I can cope with that, I shall just stay inside, nice and warm until it all melts away, no problem.

Yesterday I got the bus!  It was an experience, the driver was dressed as Santa, there was no one else on the bus, really, not a soul. I did wonder to start with if it was a bus to take me into town and I had a bit of a banter with the driver, who was so friendly.   It did take a long time to get into town and it did only go to the bus station in town, not stopping off anywhere else,  so I had a bit of walk when I got off but, I did it and was very proud of myself.  If anyone would like to meet up in town for a coffee, just give me a shout lol.

Last night was the annual crafting fuddle and it was FANTASTIC.  Mmmm, fuddle, let me explain.  It is where a group of people meet up, everyone brings a plate of food and puts it on the buffet table for all to enjoy and boy did we enjoy it.  I cant remember the last time I got to sit down and chat to everyone.  Thank you to everyone that came you made the evening just perfect.  We had a couple of games of bingo but this time, we had a chappie in (on the ipad) to shout the number out.  Of course there was a bit of a dress up and photos of the evening will be following shortly.  I was so sorry that a few people couldn't make it due to other commitments, ill health etc.

Here is a photo of my 'pretties' dresser.  I keep my pretty embellishments on here so that if they are always in view, I will use them and it works.  But I just added some lovely packaging that was made for the pen club ladies.  Each bag has their initial on which has been made using the large alphabet dies.  The bags I used are just perfect.

I dont think I shared these wonderful rosettes that sort came to The Craft Room from Birmingham last month.  Someone at the Stampin' Up! head office has loving made these and now they are on display on my wall.  Thank goodness for 3M sticky foam.

Well thank you for having a read today.  Hope you manage to stay warm and have a great day whatever you are doing.  Today we decorate with Christmas ornaments....YEAH x

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Kirsty

Good morning.  Snow was forecast but there is nothing there, phew.  I dont like snow if I have to go out.

There is a fuddle in the craft room tonight.  If you can come along anytime after 5pm it will be lovely to see you, to catch up and to swap news.  Just bring a something to add to the food table and if you want to take part in the secret santa, a wrapped pressie to the value of £5.00.  As well as the usual friendly chatter, catching up, Christmas music and laughter, there will be a make and take (bring some glue) and a game of bingo with prizes.  It really would be nice to see everyone that can make it.

It was Kirstys birthday earlier this week and this is the card that was made for her.

A sweet card for a sweet niece. 

I have lots of crafting goodies all wrapped, ready and awaiting collection.  I know it is a busy time for everyone but if you are in the area, please do call in. 

Thank you for having a read and I look forward to seeing all those that can make it later tonight.  Xmas headgear is a must x

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Colours of Christmas

Good Morning and it is rather good as it is warm outside. Not as warm as yesterday but I would like to do a bit of pottering in the greenhouse, if I am up to it today.

It is time to get the Crimbo cards finalised so with a little help, I shall be doing just that.  It has been wonderful to make a few each month.  I just hope that there are enough made.

Speaking of Christmas, here old meets new on this card.



With Soft Suede, Real Red and Very Vanilla colours I feel that this is traditional.  I am so happy with the new musical background stamp as it is really useful for lots of projects.  The Lovely as a Tree stamp set, which has been going for years is still used on a regular basis and I am pleased that it is still available to purchase.   Now the tree may not be totally straight but hay,  that is fine by me.  I am sorry you cant see all the wonderful glitter on the tree, the photo doesn't capture it.  That could be because I never did get any photography tips.

Thanks for popping in today to have a read and I hope you have a really nice day, whatever you are up to.  Tracey x




Monday, December 4, 2017

A Monday with Sparkle

Good morning.  I expect that life will return to a bit of normality now that my 4 girls have been, had fun and left again.  We have had so many wonderful moments that lots of new memories have been made.  I promised them that I wouldnt do any type of cleaning while they were here and I didnt. Evanthia has been named Miss Primark 2017, I cant tell you how many Primark bags she purchased FULL of clothes.  Their trip to Chester was a great success which is more than can be said for their trip to London.  They got caught up in the suspected terrorist incident, mass hysteria, stampedes and in a 'lock down' for nearly two hours.  They dont want to return to London and I cant explain how afraid I was.  I am pleased that is behind us.
Christiana had a comfy flight to Cyprus, the temperature yesterday was 23 and the evening was 11 so already, she can feel the difference.  Unfortunately her hands are not the best but she is on antibiotics and if we keep our fingers crossed, they will soon heal.  Yesterday she spent the afternoon/evening with her sisters and friends and sisters boyfriends etc.  She is being well looked after.
Stampin; Up! have their year end sales.  Just click HERE and it will take you to the sale page where you can see all the retiring and sale items.  If you would like to place an order just let me know.  If you are going make an order online, please remember to use the hostess code 4VAU4PHE and a little thank you will be on it's way to you just after Santa has been.

Last week was Hollies birthday
 It is a brand new stamp set and there are all kinds of things in the set, knights, dragons, wizzards etc.  It is great for all ages.  Watch this space for more ideas with the set.

Of course, as December arrived, just looked who appeared, I think we may a little fun with this chappie again this year.
 
And as it is December, just look how this plant is flowering, it looks stunning and is getting bigger each day.
 

Well I had best make a move because if I dont, I wont be able to as I will have set.  Thanks for having a read today and I wish you a wonderful Monday.  Tracey  x






Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hold on to your hats

Good morning and it is a warm one, although that wind is rather breezy.  The garden is still looking lovely and the broom plant is still flowering.  Poor things must really be confused.

As Paul has gone on his jollies again today we are home alone and what mischief can we get up to, in between doctors appointments, hospital visits and such like.  We shall see.

Here is the wreath that I created last weekend, with a bit of help.


We had a lovely time out and I would certainly make another one next year.  In a couple of weeks time I shall be going to make a real wreath with foliage and I am looking forward to that too. 

The craft room is having a bit of a overhaul. If you fancy grabbing a bargain or two you are most welcome to pop round to see what there is, bring a friend or two with you, kettle will be on.

Isnt this lovely little jar wonderful.

It is another great little swap and it has little sweets inside.  All the swaps are still on show and will be for another week.


There are still some brilliant offers on from Stampin' Up!  up to 40% on some items.  Please click HERE and it will take you straight there.  If you have any queries, please get in touch.  THIS is a link to take you to my email. 

If you fancy a crafty night this Friday, please let me know as there are still a couple of seats available.

Well thanks for popping in, hold on to your hats today and have a lovely Wednesday.  Tracey x

Monday, November 20, 2017

A new week begins

Good morning and I hope that this finds you all well on a Monday morning.  It was a lot warmer today 9 degrees at 6am compared to 0.01 yesterday. Yes I am getting up at silly o clock again but at least I am in bed by 10p, so getting plenty of rest.

The sales have started with 20% off selected items for 24 hours, which ends at 11.00pm tonight.  There is also an online extravaganza which runs until just before 11pm on 26th and then to top it all off, there will be a FLASH SALE on 27th November.

If you would like to shop online, please do so HERE for all orders under £150.  If you add the hostess code GR42UYQF in the little box when you see it, I shall be very happy to send you a little thank you in the post. All orders placed direct with with me will also receive a thank you.   If you have any queries, please let me know.

Another cutie that I received recently, thank you so much.


This is so pretty in real life and if you would like to pop in and see this as well as all the other lovely items, please do.  We are home all afternoon and evening today.

There is a crafting get together this Friday evening and there are two spaces at the moment.  If you would like to book onto this please get in touch as soon as possible. 

Here is another wreath made by Christiana this weekend.  We went over to the 12 events of Hobbycraft on Saturday and met some lovely ladies and everyone made a wreath of some description.  I think this is lovely and for the price of £10 its amazing.  As Christiana will be with her sisters this Christmas we have to get it wrapped up and put into the case, yikes



Well I had best get a move on with some pottering.  I am getting picked up soon.  Thanks for having a read and wishing you a lovely day.  Dont forget to pop in later if you are in the area and, if you need directions, let me know.  Tracey x

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pretty Candles



Good morning and brrrr it is cold again.  Everywhere was all white this morning.  It looked a picture.  Now that the sun is out of course it has all gone.  I was glad to be up so early to see it.

Here is a smashing swap that I received.



I just love the idea and if anyone would like to join me, after Christmas to make a few of these as birthday gifts, just let me know.

A few chores this morning, as best I can and then Christiana has an appointment.  We are then having lunch at a local Christmas Market.  It should start the weekend off just right.

Thank you for having a read an I hope you have a lovely day.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sweet Treats

Good morning, a quick *wave* to all my wonderful visitors yesterday who certainly brightened up my day, thank you.

So many have asked so I am pleased to say that at the moment I am coping without having my weekly injections.  As I had a steroid injection from the lovely doctor at hospital, it is enabling me to manage.  I havent heard anything yet about the counselling I am to have, prior to starting my new treatment.  Fingers crossed (which I still cant do) that I hear soon and in the meantime, I am waking up each day with a smile.

Just two of the sweet treats that I received












 
These will all be in The Craft Room for you to have a look at so please feel free to pop in for a cuppa.
We are out and about this morning doing a few errands but home all afternoon and evening.  I had best get a wiggle on before my lift arrives.  

Thank you for having a read and wishing you a lovely day.  Tracey x