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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Midweek Musing

Good morning, 10 degrees today whoop whoop.  Hopefully that will mean a little potter in the garden and get rid of a few dead twigs etc. 

Yesterday was a bit of a mixture.  We spent the morning out doing errands which was really nice and then the afternoon doing paperwork, again that was nice and I feel so much better for it.  I am back to my NO PILES policy again and the 'JUST 2 MINUTES'.  That is where I spend just 2 minutes tidying a room before I walk out of it.  It keeps me sane so it is a good thing.

Lovely visitors Monday after noon, it is so nice just to sit, chat, eat cake and catch up on all that has been happening in each other lives.  I know that social media is such a wonderful thing but so is sitting opposite someone chatting (thank you for the cakes too).

Have you been on the Stampin' Up! site today?  If not you may want to go and have a look as it has been refreshed, whoop whoop.  Click HERE  for a quick link .

Have you heard about the brand new Stamparatus from Stampin' Up!


Here is a quick link for you to find out more HERE

You can reserve your Stamparatus as from tomorrow.  To get more details about this, please get in touch.  I am sure that you will be seeing lots more about this all over the world wide web. As soon as mine arrives, I shall let you know.

Here is another wonderful swap I received from a wonderful lady who welcomed me into her group.  Thank you so much and if you dont mind, I will be making a few of these myself for family presents, so cute

And how about this special swap, definately the WOW factor. 

 



Thank you Sammie, this is wonderful and something else I will be making.  I just need lots of extra hours and more days when my hands are fine.

For those that read my blog on a computer I think you will see that the wallpaper has changed.  I didnt realise that you dont see the same thing when you look on a mobile.  A change is as good as a rest.  I hope to spend some time over the next few days updating other areas of the blog too.  Just a little bit at a time, as and when the fingers will let me.

Today we are having a bit of a girly morning at home, catching up on a few bits and pieces and getting to look nice.  I will be in the craft room this evening after 6ish if anyone fancies popping in to collect goodies, see some swaps or just have a catch up. 

Off to start our day, thank you for having a read.






Monday, November 13, 2017

Wallpaper

Good morning and brrr it really is a cold one  today.  Well I am wrapped up warm and I have put the heating on FULL in the craft room.

What a wonderful time I had in Birmingham this last weekend and a really big thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this possible.  The train journey there and back was perfect, it was all made so easy. A long lunch and a one shop shopping made it even better to travel to our destimation.
 
Well they had some sale items so how could we refuse.

It gets sad when you take photos of the ladies toilets wallpaper but this is just amazing and it was in John Lewis

 
 I met up with some wonderful friends, made new friends and put faces to names that I have only messaged on facebook, the wonder of social media.  We all got spoilt by 'Little Things' because it really is the little things that matter.  This was waiting for me at my dinner table
 
And on Saturday, every one of us was given one of these delightful cup cakes

 

I did lots of swaps and if you would like to see them all,  they will be displayed in The Craft Room very soon.  Here is one that I think is smashing.
A great way to use the stamp set and there was a lovely packet of beverage and chocolate inside.  A great idea for handmade Christmas gifts.

I also got lots and lots of free gifts.  Here are just a few that are here whilst I am having my coffee break


We have been given a few larger plants for our garden from my sister and whilst two have been put in the greenhouse over Winter, the largest, a Flamingo Plant, was put in the ground yesterday.


Well, I had best go and get a bit of a wiggle on, as much as I can wiggle.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a great day.  Tracey x











Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Musical Backgroud

Good morning and it is a bit warmer this morning.  I have already been outside and we have had the boiler man here who has serviced the boiler.  That is the heating sorted for another year.  The forecast for today is for rain but I can cope with that.  It means that the flowering plants will get a good watering.

Paul has emptied another 12 boxes from the loft into his Shed.  

 The house is really breathing a sigh of relief and I am so pleased that things are finally getting sorted out.  He still has quite a bit of work to do in the Shed to get it all in order but it is looking good.  The next part of the jigsaw puzzle is to get the garage cleared so that he can cut down some free standing book cases for them to fit in the Shed. 

Here is a card that was made last month by lots of lovely crafting friends.

The new Painted Harvest stamp set was teamed up with the Musical background stamp.  I just love this and have a few half finished ones to play with.  Colours used are Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Soft Suede and Always Artichoke.  If you would like to pop in to make one or two cards using these stamps please let me know and I shall arrange a get together for an afternoon.

It was good having a Monday feeling quite well yesterday and it was wonderful seeing everyone that visited, thank you.  I love getting visitors especially as I cant get out and about as much as I like, it means that I can keep up with the outside world. 

Thank you for having a read and I hope you have a smashing Tuesday.  Tracey x



Monday, November 6, 2017

SU Marker backgrounds

Good morning and brrrr it really is a cold morning.  I was the last one up today, I didnt want to leave my warm bed.  Only 2 degrees when I finally made it for a cuppa but the sun is out now and it looks lovely and crisp out there.

Friday evening was Christmas Card and chatter evening and we put the world to rights.  It is now time to start sticking the cards together and getting that pen out.  It wont be too long before we have to post our cards overseas.

Saturday was another crafty one once we had a trip to Costco and visited my friend from Ireland.  Just put a few bits away and tidied up.  Sunday was a full on craft room day tut tut.  We started off with a group of lovely pen club ladies, now called pennys.  We had a play making backgrounds and here is one that was finished.



This was made using Shimmery White Card stock as it has a wonderful finish to it.  Scribbling two coloured Stampin' Up! makers onto an acrylic block and spritzing with water creates a lovely wash.  You then stamp this wash onto your card, making it very wet and sprinkle with salt.  Depending on which salt you use, as it absorbs the water it leaves marks in different shapes and sizes.  You can speed up the process by using a heat gun.  When it is dry you wipe the salt off and you have a background.  Everytime you do it, it will be very different. If you fancy having a go at this please let me know and I will arrange a little get together in The Craft Room.

Once The Craft Room got cleaned up and the salt was all hoovered away,  it was out with big bertha to make some special swaps for my adopted Stampin' Up! family.  When I went to Telford last year a lovely lady Jayne, took me under her wing as I was on my own for dinner.  I was introduced to lots of other lovely ladies that evening and the following day I spent it with Jayne and her friends.  We have kept in touch and met up again in Amsterdam, which was lovely.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone once more this weekend when we shall meet up again and we are doing a special swap.

Today I shall do a bit of pottering, a bit of washing and then it is off to pick up a few bits as I think I can drive today, which is a blessing.  No injection today as the hospital dont have such a small dose one and we are waiting for it to come in.  It could take a couple of weeks I am told.  In the meantime, I shall enjoy the extra 'good' days.

Thanks for having a read today and I hope you stay warm.  Tracey x




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Keep the Curvy continues

Good morning.  Up early whilst it is dark, how I do love the dark starts to the day.  It is so nice to take a little walk outside when it is all quite.

Well yesterday my trip to the hospital was enlightening.  The medication I am currently taking is not having the desired effect because my body can not tolerate it and therefore the medical staff can not increase the dose, to give me a better chance at fighting the illness.  So it is all change.  I have to reduce my current medication by  50% for the next few weeks.  I will be going into hospital once a week to have treatment in about 6 weeks.  Fingers crossed that this will help.  In the meantime I have been given a steroid injection to help me through the weeks ahead as it could start to get a little worse.  One of the biggest factors of the change in the illness is stress.  Stress can make the Rhumertoid Arthritis a lot worse so a lot of calm days ahead for me.

This was the little witch which was made by everyone that came for an evening of crafting during October.  She did have a few sisters but they vanished filled with sweets for little niece and nephew.  Speaking of which (excuse the pun), we were over run by little children all dressed up out to 'trick or treat' on Tuesday evening and here was me, no sweets in the house, oops.  They all left satisfied with chocolate mini rolls and kit kats...poor Paul, that was his pack up gone.

Doctors today for Christiana and then a whole afternoon and evening in the craft room.  If you fancy a cuppa, a crafty chat and see what we are working on, please pop in.  It will be lovely to see you.  If you havent been before but fancy a get together, please get in touch and I can let you have directions.

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




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The first of the month

Good morning and Hello November.  I have an exciting month planned and lets just hope that I can get do all that is planned.

Starting the month off are Stampin' Up! Blendabilities.  I shall be placing a little order tomorrow evening to try out a couple so if you would like to come and have a go, pop in next week and see what you think. 

Please click HERE to see a short video.

Friday is Christmas Card and Chatter night so if you would like to make a few cards, tags or anything else Christmas related you are most welcome to join us.  If you would like venue details and directions just get in touch.

I am really pleased to say that my leg is improving today which is a good job as we are off to the hospital, again.  It will be an afternoon and evening of pottering so, if you fancy a cuppa and wish to collect any goodies, please do.

Here is a card I made using a whole new petal garden card pack along with the petal garden papers.

I have quite a few of these cards to show you and if you have been toying with getting the card pack, I can certainly recommend it.  For the price of £9 the pack includes 52 double-sided 3" x 4" (7.6 x 10.2) cm cards, 2 each of 26 designs; 20 double-sided 4" x 6" (10.2 x 15.2 cm) cards, 2 each of 10 designs; 2 cardstock sticker sheets; 5 gold foil die cuts. 

I must get a wiggle on now as best I can before hubby comes to pick me up.  Thanks for having a read and I hope you have an amazing start to November x



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cat Punch


Good morning.  Is it as cold as yesterday? Probably so I shall wrap up warm today.  As it is Tuesday I am not the best so I will potter as and when I can and catch up on some TV shows.  I also have a major problem with my left knee, it is twice the size it should be, I cant walk on it and it is giving me pain all the time.  Lets hope that it vanishes tomorrow, just as quick as it came.

The last day of October and trick n treaters should be out later.  For the last 3 years I have had buckets full of sweets and no one has been to visit really so this year I decided not to.  You watch, I bet I will get lots of the tinkers tonight.




Here are some treats that I made for my lovely friends using the cat punch from Stampin' Up! and the retired curvy keepsake.  The acetates and vellums that I used are nearly 13 years old so I just had to use them up.

Well I have best get moving as I cant sit. If I sit for too long I cant get up.  Have a wonderful day and thank you for having a read x


Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Birthdy Bro in Law

Good afternoon.  Did you remember to put your clocks back?  We did but we also had extra lie ins on Saturday, Sunday and today. 

It was brother in laws birthday last week and this was the card that I sent.  We had a lovely time catching up with everyone.

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY for getting your hands on some free papers.  If you would like a little more information please, do get in touch.

Sending *waves* to those of you I havent seen for quite some time.  I do think of you lots each and every day and look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

Our first of 4 hospital visits has been done and dusted today.  It was for Christiana and her recent bout of pneumonia. The consultant we saw wasn't too enthusiastic  and asked questions that we couldnt answer.  He just looked through her notes, found the answers and just wanted to her to have another x-ray to be sure all is okay.  We shall do this on Wednesday.  

The Shed (formally known as the music studio) has been finished whoop whoop.  An alarm will go up very soon and then everything will be taken in and put in place, phew.  What an achievement though.  I am so proud of him.

Off to have a look at a little die cutting set that I would like to play with.  Lets see how I get on.  Thanks for having a read and wishing you a lovely day.  Tracey x




Thursday, October 26, 2017

A day in the Craft Room

Good morning.

I think I have recovered from yesterday goodness.  We went out for an hour at 11 and it was gone 3pm by the time we got home.  Then once tea was cooked it was off to say Happy Birthday to Brother in Law.  A lovely day though.

Today we are in the craft room all day, now I am not saying we will be crafting but we will be in there.  Here is another card that was made with the lovely Garden Designer papers and some Old Olive Ink.



I am really loving these colours Calypso Coral teamed up with Old Olive and Pool Party.  These papers are part of the buy 3 get 1 FREE.  If you would like some FREE papers please get in touch as 2 ladies are looking for a 3rd lady to order some of the papers and take a share in the FREE pack.


Christiana has just about finished her snowman wreath


It does need a little more sticky stuff here and there but this should be finished by tonight and then she is trying to make a Christmas Pudding wreath.

If you fancy a card get together this evening, please get in touch or if you fancy a cuppa, you know where we will be today.

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sending Wishes Your Way

Good morning and it really is a good morning outside in Derby.  The weather is very mild so I may get chance to deadhead a few more plants and gather more seeds.  What I am going to do with the thousands I have collected goodness knows but it will all be fun I am sure.

So Pippa came and pippa went.  She arrived last Friday and we had a wonderful weekend with her and she left last night, until next time.

I havent been able to update the blog as my hands have been playing up and time just hasnt allowed so apologies.  I did manage to make this.
Old Olive Card with a Rich Razzleberry Matt followed by a piece of Petal Garden Designer paper   which I have stamped on a sentiment in Old Olive.

I have lots of wonderful patterned paper to use up so that is what I am doing.  If you need this paper stack (which I think you might do) it is part of the offer of buy 3 and get 1 free.  I have more samples of the paper if you would like to pop in and have a look at it tomorrow or Friday evening.  Just let me know and I shall pop the kettle on.

Thanks for having a read, hope you have a lovely day.  Tracey x





Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thanks yous and pansies

Good afternoon and what a damp and dark day it is.  I cant believe that the temperatures have dropped so much brrrr.
 

So the triangle of plants we sorted at the weekend left a couple of buckets of pansies so we set to and sorted them out, just to see what we could get to grow, ready for next season.


We found a lot of young plants that we didnt know what they were so again, they have been planted up and we shall wait to see.

Of course, once that was done, the green house needed a good hoover and dust down, so that is exactly what it got.  Daft or what.

 Here is another wonderful Thank You card that I received recently.  I just love this.
I have received a nice large box of goodies which will get sorted out today.  If you are out and about tomorrow morning or tomorrow afternoon, please feel free to call in.  If you are here for a crafting night tomorrow, you could collect at that time.  If you would like to come crafting Friday night please let me know as there is a spare place.

Thanks for having a read.  Stay dry  Tracey x

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesdays Twitter

Good morning.  Second attempt today to write this as Mr. Blogger has just deleted everything I previously wrote grrrr.

So what did I say, urmmm.....  Something about the strange weather we had yesterday and how pleased I was to chat to my friend in Belfast last night.  She and her family are safe.

A lovely Thank You card from Ian a fellow SU Demonstrator,

I loved the layout of this and may borrow the idea for a few of my own cards when I can do a bit more cutting.
Remember blendabilities?  Well the new and improved Blendabilites will be back on 1st November.  Stampin' Up! UK are giving away some so if you would like a chance to own some of your own, please nip HERE to their face book page.

Paul is about to put down the skirting board in his new building, he is well pleased with himself.  So it will be skirting down, carpet down and then the spare tables that I have had in the kitchen for the last 3 years will be moved out.  Wow, I am so looking forward to that.  If all goes according to plan, that could be this weekend but then you all know about me and plans....ooops.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day.  Tracey x




Monday, October 16, 2017

Magical Monday

Good morning, I do hope you have had a lovely weekend. I did, it started with a get together on Friday evening with some wonderful friends sorting out a few more Christmas cards and tags. It wont be long for the big mans visit.

We got the washer fixed on Friday, just like the engineer said we would. I would certainly recommend Hotpoint here in the UK so my weekend was spent washing.  Now there is just the ironing left yaks.

Saturday saw us in the garden as we were told that it could be the last nice weekend weatherwise of the year.  We dug up the triangle of plants that we put in a year ago,




 sorted out the soil, which had quite a bit of sand in it and took nearly everything out and started again. 
 We put over 300 spring bulbs in and then planted cyclamen, topped off with bark. 
 We shall see how it all goes. It certainly looks cleaner.

Yesterday was a pottering kind of day and today we have to do a bit of catching up, before we go into The Craft Room.

Here are just a few tags, recently made all matted on to SU coloured card.


Dont forget the Buy 3 get 1 FREE paper offer is still on for another 14 days.  Lots to choose from and if you need a hand please, pop in for a cuppa.

Thanks for having a read and wishing you a Magical Monday.  Tracey x


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tags on Thursday

Good morning from a rather warm Derby.  I managed to get in the craft room last night and made a few tags, all Stampin' Up! card, punch and colours and a Snowman Stamp from my stash.

I have already purchased a few presents to sent to Santa in readiness for the twins coming home soon so I had to wrap them up and get them tagged too.  Now I just need somewhere to put them all.

It is Christmas card and chatter evening tomorrow night.  If you are local to Derby and fancy an evening in the company of like minded crafters, you are more than welcome to come along.  If you need venue details please get in touch.

Christianas trip to the hospital was very informative yesterday.  The doc was lovely and explained why she was there.  This Scleroderma could affect her internal organs, gut, stomach, bowels etc. and we need to know that this doc will help if this is the case.  A great visit.

 

Dont forget that you can still get some FREE papers in the SU offer of buy 3 and get 1 FREE.

Thanks for having a read today.  I hope you have a great Thursday and if you are passing this afternoon, please feel free to pop in for a cuppa.   Tracey x