Sunday, December 27, 2015

A little break in the proceedings with a floral tribute.

Good afternoon.  Merry Christmas everyone!  Did you survive?
We had a very quiet one with me working up to Christmas and hubby working the next few days we didn't travel to catch up with family but had a nice relaxing time at home.
I finally sat down at 10 p.m. on Christmas eve with everything done and dusted except for the baking I had planned to do, which I shall do this week instead.  I don't think it matters if we make a gingerbread house before or after Christmas, do you?
This was my final job on Christmas eve....

Throwing together a Christmas table decoration whilst supping a wee glass of mulled wine.

The boys got what they wanted for Christmas and soon disappeared upstairs to play leaving me to get one with the dinner.
The dog was the funniest, she tried to get up around 5 and was straight to her presents starting to open them.  She's worse than the kids, they actually managed to wait till 6.30!
You think they'd get later as they get older but mine don't, they've always been early risers.
I got a few crafty bits and baking bits which I am looking forwards to playing with but my main present was a fitbit or as the male members of the house have named it "a fatbit!"
This is because other than cooking, play board games, watch TV and eat I have done very little over the last couple of days.
Today was a day to catch up with some jobs around the house, do some washing, make Christmas soup with the last of the left overs and then head to the cinema.
We had planned to see the new Star Wars film but when we got there it was full.  Instead I managed a quick visit into work to top up on supplies and bagging myself a few lingering bargains (if you know what I mean?!)

As for the rest of the day I think we are planning a film at home instead, popcorn at the ready.
I really should be taking advantage of this time to get in some crafting, I don't know about you, my enthusiasm to craft always takes a head dive after Christmas.
I'm away to try and remove my boys from the electronics for a little family time instead.
Catch you soon.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Who doesn't love a Gingerbread man?

Good evening and how are you this Tuesday?
Another busy day at work today, phew, glad that's over!
Only one more day for me to work as I am off Christmas Eve.
I'll let you into a secret, I think I quite like it at work when it is crazy busy, I must be mad.

Tonight I really need to get myself into gear and get some more wrapping done and dusted.
Tea first and then time to get busy.

One of my pals at work had asked me could I make this card as a friend was having trouble getting something suitable for a wee boy to give to his parents.  Apparently in the shops you can get for the female equivalent but not the male.  In the present climate I think this is unfair to have for one gender and not the other so I gladly agreed to make the card.

What better die than a Christmas Gingerbread man?
The die is by Sizzix and I have used kraft card, scraps of red gingham and card.  The eyes are brads and then I've used white pen and Distress ink Vintage photo to finish before matte and layering on coordinated cardstock.  Inside reads "Looking forwards to a "sweet" Christmas with you both".

I do love to get feedback and apparently both Daddies loved it.  Bargain.

That's all from me today, I better go and see how tea is getting on.  
Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Monday, December 21, 2015

And now time for a little CAKE!

Good evening, how are you this Monday evening?
I had a crazy Saturday at work and an even crazier day today.  Food glorious food, oh me oh my, how much?
All for a couple of days.
Sunday was supposed to be spent getting my final shopping done, Christmas food and wrapping as my boys were having a day out together.  Unfortunately my little one decided he didn't want go so all my plans went out of the window.  I am even further behind the drag curve now!
I did manage a little wrapping of certain things, if you know what I mean.  I also managed to finally ice my Christmas cakes.  I  may have made them early but it was last minute decorating again.

The first one I decorated with the children in mind, although they don't eat Christmas cake.

A little penguin island with a little pond.  I melted some boiled sweets and blue food colouring to create the pond.  The penguins were made by my crafty friend Elaine, I did use them last year too but they're too cute not to use again.
I was a little disappointed with my icing on the sides because it was dark and late in the day when I did it and I missed a couple of air bubbles.  It's too late in the day to worry about it, I have minimised them as much as I can and it will still taste the same.
My second cake I have gone for more of an adult theme.

This cake iced much better but once finished I wish I'd made the snowflakes thinner.  I know for next time.
This crafting lark is a constant learning curve!
Each time I try something I learn more on what not to do next time and how to improve what I am doing.  Always aiming for perfection and never quite getting there.  At least the curve is going up the way and I am learning and not down.
On the upside I cut into this one this evening and it is good, very moist and boozy, just how I like it.

Another crazy day at work tomorrow and Wednesday then it will be all hands on deck at home to try and get everything sorted for Christmas day.  How are your plans coming on?
I hope you are having more success than I am.
Enjoy your Monday evening and I shall have more again for you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

It's the weekend and you know what that means....time to tickle that creative funny bone with a festive feel.

Good morning and how are you this Saturday?
Are you nearly ready for the big event?
I am having traditional crafting withdrawal symptoms as work increases, and the final Christmas preparations.  Bah Humbug!
Today are wearing Christmas jumpers at work, I couldn't find mine.  Oh no!  
I did the only thing a crafter would do, got out an old long sleeved t-shirt and altered it.  
I must take a photo to show you next week.

As I am rushing about wishing I had extra arms and legs at work, also wishing I was twenty years younger these are the final crafty funnies before Christmas.  Have you made everything you planned to?
I have still got a few things in mine but I probably won't get the chance now.  
I  always seem to say next year!
On the upside I made more gifts and cards this year than I have in a while so that has to be a good thing.  
This first quote is for those of you who are hard core crocheters who have the sheer determination to get all those gifts finished in the next six days.  Good luck. 

This made me giggle.  Us crafters are an easy bunch to please at Christmas, you name it, buttons, ribbon, paper, thread, yarn, material, even glue or sticky tape.  
All or any of the above would easily keep us happy especially if we got the time to create too.

Finally I haven't ever thought of my yarn stash like this but this quote made me smile.  
To me I now have a perfectly good reason to stock up on yarn.  Mind you looking at the weather we have had over the last couple of days I think we'll be needing our woollies for the Spring.

Friday, December 18, 2015

It's Friday, time to share an oldie.

I was sat looking at the computer and the dates, whilst thinking of what to write today, this time next week it will be Christmas morning. 
This therefore will be the last oldie before the "big day," I know both you and I will have plenty to do on Christmas morning, usually in the kitchen.

Are you joining me for the first time?
If so, on a Friday I re-share an old crafty project, re-blogging something I have made in the past.  I also encourage you to join me.  It can be anything that you have made yourself, all I ask is that you comment below.  This is purely to let me know you are joining in, it makes it easy for me to then pop over to your blog and share the love of crafting, I will comment on all.

Today I have my last Christmas oldie to share till next year.  This is what I have picked.

To make this box I have used Spellbinder Grand Hexagon Petal envelope die together with the A4 embossing folder Lattice.  I have also used a roll of acetate with Spellbinder dies Create a flake 3 and 2010 Snowflake pendant. 
The hexagon envelopes create the top and bottom of the box and I have used 8 of the snowflake die inside to create the 3D snowflake, I recommend using paper rather than card as it makes threading the ribbon and a bell easier for hanging inside the box.  The snowflakes on the top are the 2010 pendant and Create a flake 3 layered on top with 3D foam.

It isn't the best of photographs but if you click on it the bigger size gives you a better idea.
I have finished the festive season with a box instead of a card but you can share any crafting project.

That's all from me today, I am working again today and tomorrow, then a busy run up to Christmas eve next week.  It's going to get a little bit crazy in the next 7 days.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to join me today, I look forwards to blog hopping later this evening to see what you have shared too.

I hope you have a super weekend and a lot more fun than I guarantee I will be having at work.
Ho, ho, ho!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Doggonit....don't forget your handmade gifts for pets at Christmas!

I had actually planned this next present over the weekend having printed a dog biscuit recipe from the wonderful site that is Pinterest.
Then imagine my surprise when Kirstie made something similar this week on her show, how did she know?!
There are loads of recipes out there for making your own dog treats, I went for a simple one with only four ingredients and cut them in Christmas stars.  Mine contain oats, banana, coconut oil and peanut butter.  Holly loves peanut butter!
I made enough for two jars, one for Holly and one for my BFF dog.
Here is the finished result.

Photographed at a jaunty wee angle!  Can you see the biscuits, they're the same colour as my unit, I think I should have noticed that earlier.
I have added the ingredients to the back of the labels and instructions to keep them fresh.
On the upside Holly, my chief tester loved them.  Bargain.
I don't think I'll be buying anymore dog treats.

Why not pick a recipe and give it a go?
I have recycled a couple of jam jars, sterilising them, as I would if making jam.
The twine is by Boutique and the stamped image on kraft is by Unity stamps.  Simples!

Another present ticked off the gift list plus they're the perfect job to get the children to help with, unfortunately mine are now of the age where a constant electrical supply is a necessity.

Back to today I shall hopefully have taken my wee man to school enabling me to get to work.
This should be followed by more of the usual house tasks and if I'm lucky a little more wrapping.
Enjoy your Thursday folks, apparently we are going to have lovely weather.  If only the nights were getting lighter then we could enjoy it after work.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Do you have any traditions at Christmas time that you like to follow?

Good morning and how are you today?
It was grotty out earlier with the dog, wet, wet, wet, only made better with my BFF joining me as we both have the day off.
This morning I was supposed to be going to see my youngest boys Christmas play but I was called at work yesterday and asked to collect him, as he was unwell.  I only had a couple of hours left of my shift so my hubby had a longer lunch until I could get home, hence no post from me yesterday.
On the upside the wee man seemed to have bounced back quickly and although looking a little pale, he is feeling a bit better.
I do think sometimes at this time of year, come the end of the term all that is going on can get too much.  The kids are excited to be breaking up for the holidays but tired also.

I don't know about you but crafting seems to have taken a back seat or so I thought till I watched Kirstie Allsopp's show again last night, it got me thinking.
I might not be making anything just now but I am still crafting in my own way.
I have been wrapping presents. (I would have loved to have done that wrapping competition on the show last night!)  I like to wrap in batches rather than leave all till last minute.  I find that way I spend a little more time and effort with each one, especially those going outside the family.
I've also got a table decoration to do but for that I need a wee trip into the woods and a pair of garden secateurs, that might have to wait till Sunday.   Can I find my oasis, I am sure I have some in my craft room, any ideas where I might have put it?

First I thought I would share one of my traditions with you.
Every Christmas I like to either make or buy a new tree decoration.  Over the years I have done both, when I first had a tree and had no decorations I made mostly.  When the boys were small they enjoyed making decorations too.  Then there is always the opportunity whilst Christmas shopping to pick up something new or a little different.
Over the years I have collected lots of different styles of decorations but red seems to be my favourite shade, as for the style I think the American New England style sums me up best.
Today I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite handmade tree decorations and one of my bought ones.
Do you have a favourite too?  I'd love to hear what it is.

First the handmade one, this is a bit sparkling to be a rustic New England style but what I love about it is, being made with foam and sequins once on the tree the light hits it and it sparkles beautifully.
I bought this in a kit over 25 years ago and it still comes out every Christmas, I have never grown tired of my Santa's boots (I have a pair).  I firmly believe it is because of the way the light hits them whilst hanging on the tree.

A very simple idea but just perfect for a Christmas tree.

My bought Christmas decoration is a little more rustic and right up my street, again probably bought at least 16 years ago.  As soon as I saw this wee chap I just had to have him.

I can't decide whether his is supposed to be a reindeer or a moose but either way he is fab.

Finally I have finished feeding my Christmas cakes, they're nice and soggy now and probably a little lethal.  :)

All marzipanned up and ready to be iced.  I can't decide whether to go for a clean and simple white effect or more traditionally decorated.  With two I guess I could do one of each.  Decisions, decisions.

I better go and see how my wee man is and try and get some lunch down him.  I think today is going to be a quiet one.  Maybe a little housework and baking will be the order of the day.  Enjoy your Wednesday, more from me tomorrow.

Monday, December 14, 2015

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Ho, ho, ho!
It's definitely coming now.

Not the best light to take a photograph, but it was dark going to work and then going dark coming home too.  You get the idea.  The tree is over six foot but is doesn't look that big in the photo, we have high ceilings which makes it look a lot smaller.

You will also be pleased to hear that the suite arrived at long last on Friday, this is the chair that everyone wants to sit in.

It's so big you can get two people in it and it rotates around, which as you can imagine the boys think is great fun.  The carpet looks beige in the photo but it is actually a warmer grey.
I have had a quiet weekend, getting jobs done, decorating and chilling with my boys.  On Saturday evening I enjoyed my first glass of mulled wine whilst watching Strictly, together with some homemade mince pies.
To be honest I don't know where the weekend went.  I guess time always flies when having fun!

On to today and after a busy day at work I have some wrapping to do this evening.  I hate leaving it all till Christmas eve.  I have a couple of presents to post too so I need to get them away.
That's all from me today I better go and think about starting the tea.  Enjoy your evening.  
"What no crafting!"  I am having withdrawal symptoms but it is always the same at this time of year, too many other things to be doing.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Time to tickle you funny bone, festive style.

Good morning, a lazy start to the day for me today.  Today I am hoping to get my Christmas head on.  I had been really looking forwards to going to the Victorian market.  My hubby has been away all week again, he had mentioned the market to me.  Only problem is he told me it was this Saturday and it turns out it is next week!  When I am working.  Boo! 
So today I shall be getting the house sorted for Christmas and maybe it is time to get the marzipan on my Christmas cakes.  I did have time off work next week but I had a call yesterday which means come Monday I shall be working most days till the magic day.  Best I get organised then!
I did half expect it as work can be crazy busy at this time of year.  Ho, ho, ho.

Today's funnies have a festive feel so lets get started.

Not everyone appreciates homemade gifts! 
I love the look on this child's face. 
You can just tell he really wanted a bunny suit instead of a boring old iPad! 
Personally come Easter I think this costume would fab for delivering eggs.

Moving to snow, I think I won't look at snowflakes the same again!

Giving credit where it is due, Mr Snowman is very talented.

Finally do you remember the toilet roll I posted recently? 
I've found another one for you.

Is it just me or should the final word not be behind?!
I can think of another word that would fit better, can't you?  :)
You really would have to know the person well to get away with this present.

That's all from me today.  Have a super weekend.
For all that asked my new suite did arrive eventually around 8 with a very apologetic driver.  He'd been on the road since 6 in the morning.  That is a long day, especially with another hours drive to return the lorry before going home.  Phew. 
I took pity on him and his helper and made tea, biscuits and mince pies. 
All was well at the end of the day and my suite is lovely.

Time for me to go and get my Christmas head on.  Enjoy your weekend and the run up to Christmas.  I might not get much crafting time in the coming week as we ramp up for the final onslaught at work.  It can get quite frantic and tiring.
I'm so glad I work part-time.
More from me soon.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Share an's that time again. FRIDAY!

Good morning, it's that time of the week where I encourage you to re-post an old crafting make or as I have named it "sharing an oldie!"
Today's oldie from me is another Christmas card.....not long now.

This Spellbinder die is 2012 Heirloom ornament with papers from MME 12 days of Christmas.  The bauble is created using 8 dies glued together and I have made a gusset at the bottom of the card to hold it together when standing which is concertinaed so it will still fold flat to go into an envelope.  The sentiment is by PI and comes from Kirsty Wiseman's Many Greetings.  The card size is C6 but long ways on (11 x 29.8 cms (A4 length)).

I'd love it if you would join me sharing your oldie, all I ask is that you leave a wee message below, that is the only way I will know you have joined me.  
I'd like the opportunity to visit your blog too and leave you feedback.  I will visit all over the coming weekend.  
Lets share the joy of crafting!

I have this weekend off work.  Yippee.  I can't wait. 
There is a Victorian market in our local town so I am looking forwards to that.  
Have a good one!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I'm still waiting.

Today didn't turn out as planned.  The morning was good.  A long walk with the dog along the beach with the "wake you up" freshness that is a Scottish winter morning.  Back home I had my cleaning head on.  This doesn't happen very often so I took full advantage of it.  The front room and bathroom were bottomed as was one of the boys bedrooms.
I'm now waiting!
My suite was supposed to be delivered between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. which meant I had to make arrangements for my eldest to get home via different means and for the dog to be walked as I waited. It is now after 7 p.m and I am still sat's just like watching paint dry.

Only I have to say without the sofa!
I'm now beginning to wish I'd ordered from work and not DFS at Inverness.
Up to now the after service hasn't been great.
Am I the only one that gets frustrated waiting for a delivery especially if they don't come when they say they will?  Surely I can't be?
I don't really feel I can start something in case I have to stop in mid flow.
Not a happy bunny today but hopefully they might make it before bedtime?!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A little golden number.

Good evening all.  How are you this Wednesday?
Another busy day in this house with lots going on.  Today I thought I'd share with you a little more of the same but this time a golden number.

Anyone else finding photographing work a problem at the moment?
It is dark when I head to work and dark when I get home.
It doesn't make for the best samples sorry.
Again I have used my Imagination crafts products.
I think it is time to now put them away and get something else out!
I do like that tree though, can you tell?

I'm away to pick my youngest up now as he has had his school dance tonight.  He has gone out looking very smart in new jeans, yes I eventually got a pair.  I know to most it wouldn't be smart but jeans and a shirt when you always wear joggers and a t-shirt, is smart!
I hope he has enjoyed his dancing as it is a traditional Scottish dancing night and not a disco.  One thing for sure if he has been dancing all evening he'll be shattered.

Enjoy the rest of your evening, I hope to get to you a little earlier tomorrow as I am off work.  I shall be at the hairdressers at some point for a quick cut and tidy before Christmas and then waiting in for my new furniture to be delivered.
Catch you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Adding a little sparkle to the end of the day.

Good evening and how are you tonight?
I have finally sat down after another busy day.  It will soon be time to chillaxe but first I wanted to share this with you.
A little sparkle for your evening, remember the production line, well this is the purple version of an earlier card.

Again I have used my Imagination stencil and glitter matting onto purple card with the sentiment from Waltzing Mouse stamps.

I had another busy day at work followed by a trip to the dentist with the boys today.  Home in time for tea and a wet dark walk with the dog, before cracking on with my chores.  Not a very exciting day I'm afraid.
Now it is time to go and get my youngest organised for bed.
Enjoy the rest of your evening and more from me tomorrow.

Monday, December 07, 2015

A felting good work out!

Good morning to you and how are you this Monday morning?
The weather is 50/50 here, if I look out the back, bright blue skies, if I look out the front there is a very dark grey cloud approaching.
My walk along the beach today was a tad chilly and wet, the perfect combination to wake you up for the day whether you want to be or not!
Did you have a good weekend?
I had a VERY busy day at work Saturday, it is definitely Christmas and only set to get worse.
Everyone out shopping in festive spirit, NOT!  The joys of retail.  There are advantages to working in the cold room out of sight at this time of year.
We were supposed to have my hubby's night out with work in the evening but having been up since five and on the go all day my energy levels were shouting for a quiet night in, relaxing.
Mrs Sociable!
Plus I had a busy day crafting on Sunday to pack for at our Christmas crop which runs all day rather than just for the afternoon.  We all take food and drink and have a right good craft, chat and feast.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day getting another Christmas present sorted and having a right good felting work out in the process.  I made another version of the bag I made recently.

Before I tried felting I didn't realise how much of a workout it is.  It fairly give those bingo wings a good thrashing.  Then I like the feeling that you've worked on something, I feel the same about work. 
If you don't come home shattered then you're not working hard enough!

Other news from the weekend, can you believe the gorgeous Aljaz and Helen are out of Strictly?  I can't believe that the two couples in the dance off were indeed in the dance off. They should never have been there, but that is just my opinion.  
As for the Jungle I was made up that the "Geordie lass" Vicky won, showing that us Northern lasses are right grand and down to earth, and get stuck into anything and give it a go.  Mind you I think I would have drawn the line at eating a live spider!  Ferne deserved a medal for that.  The poor spider.

I'm working again tomorrow and Wednesday with appointments for the boys after but I do hope to catch you at some point of the day.  Time now for me to crack on with the ironing then I might get some cards finished later in the day.  Enjoy your Monday and I hope you weren't badly affected by the rain this weekend, some areas have had a horrendous time, just before Christmas too, what a nightmare for them.
Stay dry and more from me soon, happy crafting.  

Saturday, December 05, 2015

It's Saturday time to tickle that creative funny bone.

Good morning all and how are you this Saturday?
I have programmed this to post whilst I am beavering away at work, here's the funny crafty quotes that tickled my fancy this week!

How about a Christmas wish list?

Spot on and a great list thanks to the guys at Sizzix.  I think I would be happy with any of the above. 
Or how about this, to be a little subtler?

I think that covers it don't you?

Finally have you got this feeling yet?  Every year I have big plans to make lots of Christmas presents and I don't think I ever have finished in time.  I don't however beat myself up anymore, if it doesn't get done, it doesn't get done.
But this has been me in previous years.

Not any more.  If it gets done great, if it doesn't never mind, there is always next year!

That's all from me today, I must get packed up ready for my Christmas crop tomorrow. 
A day of crafty fun, yippee.
More from me on Monday, I hope you enjoyed the quotes I picked out for you today?

Friday, December 04, 2015

Sharing an oldie this Friday.

It's that time again folks, it's FFFriday.  Time to share an old crafting project with me today.  It can be anything you have made yourself and you can have posted it before.  All I ask is that you leave a comment below, it is the only way that I know you are playing along and it means I can visit your blog and share the love of crafting. 
My project for today is this....

I have used;  
Sugar Nellie stamp Rosie.
Gingham Paper by MM kids collection Sam.  Craft and white from my stash.
Spellbinder Nestabilities dies Classic round and Lacey circles,
plus Shapeabilites Holiday tags.
Cuttlebug embossing die spots.
Sentiment stamp by Walzingmouse stamps from their new Complements of the Season range.
Red lace and white seam binding.
White liquid pearl.
Image is coloured with my Prisma pencils and stitched on my machine.

I'd love it if you would join me sharing an old crafty project today, and thank you in anticipation.

A day off for me today, time to catch up with the housework and I better get some food shopping in too.  Then I have a busy Saturday at work tomorrow followed by my Christmas crop on Sunday.  It's going to be a busy weekend.  I hope you have a good one too.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

A little foodie interlude.

Good evening to you all, how are you this Thursday?

Another busy day in work today, it is definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.  I don't know where the time has gone this evening. 
Well I do, I have been on line shopping for trousers to fit my youngest.  Who would have thought it could be so difficult?  I can't buy from the high street for him and all on line stores were out of stock.  I ended up ringing Sturdy Kids.  What a lovely lady and so very helpful, I rang at five, a bit late in the day but she still rang me back within the hour with a choice.  Order done and dusted!
He usually lives in joggers but has a formal dance at school next week and wanted something smart.
Does anyone else have this problem?
My eldest was the opposite he could never keep a pair of trousers up when he was younger.
I'd love to be able just to take him shopping the normal way.

Back to today and after cooking tea I decided as the cupboards are getting a little bare I'd bake.  I also had some homemade chunky apple sauce that I had taken out of the freezer and it needed using. 
This is what I came up with.....

Apple Strudel muffins with a crispy crumble top.  I did adapt the recipe as it should have had a grated apple in and I used my apple sauce instead.  They were very yummy warm with a little cream.  Nomm, nomm.
The Christmas diet starts now, LOL. 

I hope you have had a good Thursday?
I'm going to put my feet up now and check out what is going on in the jungle. 
More from me tomorrow with a Christmas oldie. 

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Going back in time, crafty style of course.

Good afternoon and how are you this Wednesday afternoon?
I've had a super day today.  My BFF and I had a ride through to Inverness Christmas shopping after dropping the kids at school.
I have managed to get quite a few stocking fillers and had a lovely lunch at Simpsons Garden centre, lots of chatting and great company.  I really don't know why we don't do it more often!

Yesterday time just disappeared after getting home from work for my youngest.  I then had the dog to walk and a couple of parcels to drop off, by the time we got to the beach it was BLACK, oh my, half past four and it was dark.  Boo, hiss, I hate these dark nights.
I then had to pick my eldest boy from rugby and he also had an optical appointment.  By the time we got home, had tea and tidied up it was time for Kirsties new series  Homemade Christmas.  I love her Christmas show.
Oh I also had an early pressie arrive which needed sorting, a new American style fridge freezer!  It nearly didn't get in the house, having to remove a door or two to actually get it into the kitchen.
It is very smart and has a drinks dispenser so it is a hit with the boys.  I like the fact it is lovely and clean!  (Not that my other fridge was bad, honest!  But you know what I mean.)
Plus it has a digital temperature control display.  Since working in M & S I have become rather obsessive about fridge temperatures, it is one of my job requirements to monitor them.
Isn't it funny what makes you happy!

Back to crafting and I was recently asked for a card with cross stitch on it, as the recipient was a keen stitcher.  It is many years since doing any cross stitch and I have to admit I think in that time the holes have shrunk!  My new bifocals were on, then off, then on again.  The joys of getting older.  I used to smile when my mum asked me to thread her needles for her, that time has come!  Still I did enjoy picking up cotton thread again.  This is what I came up with.

I had forgotten how long it takes to stitch.  Some crafts are so much quicker than others, don't you agree?
I went with the flow for this using red and gold thread, then added a little bling to sparkle.

That's all from me today I can hear the calling of a lesser spotted kiddywink "MUM!"  Which can only mean one thing it must be feeding time!
Enjoy the rest of your evening.  Another day in work tomorrow but hopefully I will catch you later.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sparkle and shine in a production line, whatever next?

Good afternoon to you and how are you this Monday?
It is bitter cold here today and a little icy underfoot, actually it is more like an ice rink but as the saying goes "it could have been worse!"  On my walk this morning I looked out over the sea to the North of Scotland and all the hills are white, very pretty, but glad the snow is not here.  Still I did my good deed for the day when I got back from walking and sprinkled salt at the end of the street. If I was slipping other folk would too.

On Saturday I had a quiet morning and started writing my Christmas cards, I am determined this year to be better organised than I am usually.  In the afternoon hubby and I went to see the new Tom Hanks film "Bridge of Spies", a brilliant film, gripping right from the very start.
On Sunday I wrote more cards, finished off all my ironing and then had film fun with the boys.
Hubby had bought the box set of Hunger Games recently as only my eldest boy and I had seen the first two films and he wanted to catch up.  Another great set of films.
I now only have a few local cards left to make and write and most of the housework under my belt ready for me working tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday, with a day out Christmas shopping with my BFF on Wednesday.  I also have the Christmas crop to organise for this coming Sunday, we usually have a longer crop with food and pressies too.
It's going to be a busy week!

I haven't got anything finished to show you today.  I have a couple of bespoke orders that I can't share as yet and a bit of a production line going on my radiator.  See.....

I've also done purple and gold this run.  I will share again when completed.

Is it just me or are you having that time of year feeling?
You know when you are dashing about with little to show for it.
It is only going to get busier.

That's all from me today, I have another bespoke card I must get done today so I better go and get my thinking cap on.
Enjoy the rest of your Monday and don't forget to wrap up warm.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

It's Saturday, yeah, time to tickle that creative funny bone!

Morning and how are you today?
I have a day off today, yippee.  What to do?
Oh I have lots to do but at this time of year it is prioritising what NEEDS doing rather than doing what you'd really like to.
Decisions, decisions.
Did you survive Black Friday?
I did a little shopping, it would be rude not to, plus I had a lovely lunch at work.

Back to today and I know this is a day or two late but I'd just like to wish all my American crafty friends a Happy Thanksgiving.  I saw this and thought of you all, or should I say y'all?

I'd like anything I eat between now and the middle of January to stay off my thighs please!
Can that be top of my wish list for Christmas, do you think Santa could arrange that for me?
I wish.  Stapling my mouth shut is the only way that would work, a little drastic don't you agree?

Next it wouldn't be Christmas without a little of this....and I've been using lots this year.

It's the one thing my none crafty friends always comment on when I see them at this time of year. "Oh Erika you're all sparkly, it must be Christmas crafting!  Either that or you've turned into a Vampire!"
You can guarantee if I have it all over me then my craft room and home is far worse.  
In my eyes worse things happen at sea, as the saying goes, having a sparkly home, it is quite festive!

Finally today this made me giggle.  
Have you got that certain someone who has everything they need and you are really stumped as to what to get them this Christmas?
Well look no more I've found the perfect novelty gift for you.

I can't believe that someone has taken the time to embroider that loo roll.  It did make me giggle.

That's all from me today, enjoy your weekend, whether you are crafting or not.
More from me next week.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Sharing an oldie this Friday.

Gosh it's that time again, where has this year gone?
It's time to join me in resurrecting an old crafty project on your blog, or as I call it "share an oldie this Friday!"
It is for fun and the love of crafting, all I ask is that you leave a wee comment below if you are joining me.  This is purely so I can pop along to your blog too and see your project, I will comment on all.

Today I have another Christmas card for you, a month today and it will be all over and done with.
How scary is that thought?
I have so much to do between now and then.  Gulp.
Back to today's card.

The card is made with 2 x 6" squares with an inner flap of 51/2" square. To create the card I have scored around the outside of the top square 1/2" in all the way around. I have then scored the centre square from the top at 5" and 3" this creates the lifting mechanism in the centre. Then you cut a U shape in the card leaving the top fold uncut. The flap is added centrally to the small 1/2" flap before sealing the back square to the front....make sure you do not glue the flap in the process or it won't work. The card is then ready to decorate remembering the raised part must only be attached between the 5" and 3" score lines.
For mine I have used Spellbinder dies Grand labels 23 and the new 2012 holiday tree with sentiments from Crafty Impressions. 

A little bit different to my recent cards don't you think?

As for today's plans I have the housework and ironing to finish, how much washing did I do yesterday?!  I don't mind the washing, it's the ironing and putting away I don't enjoy.  I'm not alone, am I?
I am popping to work for my Christmas dinner at lunch time which should be yummy.  I know it is early but things just get too busy nearer the end of December.  
My hubby should also get home today, he has been away all week with work, it shall be funny us both having the weekend off.  I have actually been very organised whilst he has been away, more so than normal which is bizarre as I have had less time.   As the saying goes "If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do."
Ain't that the truth.  When I have more time on my hands I tend to take longer coffee breaks if you know what I mean!

That's all from me this Friday, I shall look forwards to blog hopping around and checking out your chosen crafty oldies, it can be anything you have made yourself.  
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this BLACK FRIDAY, stay safe.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A prickly little Christmas.

Good afternoon and how are you this Thursday?
A day off for me today so I have been beavering around getting caught up with washing and housework.  The dog and I had a lovely long walk this morning, it was quite mild although a little windy.
What have I got to share today?
You know when you get an idea in your head and you think I just have to try that?
I'm sure it isn't just me.
The idea doesn't always convert as well into real life, if you get my drift.
Today I wanted to create a couple of Christmas cards to send abroad for the festive season and I thought that I would like to use the thistle stencil from Imagination crafts, as the card is leaving Scotland.
How could I make the thistle look a little more festive?
Here is my attempt.

I have added some white embossed snowflakes using stamps by Sue Dix for PI, together with sparkle medium Sage green and Amethyst.
I wanted CAS and subtle.
So why am I not totally happy?
Put simply the picture it isn't as it was in my head.  It meets the brief I wanted but I don't know why I am not totally happy with it.
Does this ever happen to you?

I think my brain has just switched off with it being my day off .
I'm obviously not in a creative mood today.  It happens sometimes.  Best I go and get on with something a little boring but productive instead, like the ironing.
I hope you are having a good Thursday?
Don't forget to dig out an oldie to share with me tomorrow.  Happy crafting.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Morning and how are you today?
Another grey, wet and windy day here in the North of Scotland, perfect crafting weather, staying in the warm.  I'm at work again today, another short shift then that is me till next week.  Lots of deals starting tomorrow in M and S for the Black Friday weekend, including a dine in which you can bump up to £20 and have a bottle of champagne.  We have half price biscuits and sweeties and discounts on other items too.  I think it's going to be busy!

Back to today and I thought I'd have a little crafty interlude and have a wee baking session instead.  I finally made my Christmas cakes on Monday and as I mentioned I made two smaller cakes rather than one huge one.
Well they smell good and look good but I guess the proof will be in the eating.  At the moment they're wrapped in foil as I spend the next couple of weeks feeding them brandy.
(I wish I was a Christmas cake!)

Nomm, nomm.  It's a shame I've got to wait till I've decorated it!

Now do you have cheese with your Christmas cake?  We were talking about it at work earlier in the week and I get the impression that my colleagues think I'm a little strange.  I am originally from the North of England and we always serve Christmas cake with a chunk of Wensleydale cheese.  When I mentioned this my colleagues screwed up their noses and made funny noises expressing their dislike of the idea.  Is it a Northern English tradition?
What do you serve your Christmas cake with?
I'd love to know I'm not the only strange one out there.

That's all from me today enjoy your "hump" day, I'm away into work to see what this week's dine in will bring.
There's no wonder I can't lose weight, I just love food!
More from me tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A little CAS Christmas making.

Morning and how are you today?
I can't believe I am actually organised today and typing before work.
Today I have a selection of CAS Christmas cards to share with you.  I guess you could say that I loved this Christmas stencil from Imagination Crafts as I have used it loads, I think it goes so well with the Sparkle medium.
Shhh, but I think I might be a glitter and sparkle convert!

I have taken my inspiration from my earlier 6" square card but reduced the card size down to a C6.
Just perfect for bulk making at Christmas time.  We have shades of turquoise, sage green and silver.
I love the simplicity and the added sparkle.

The sentiment stamp is again by Waltzing mouse stamps and the wee metal stars are from my stash.

That's all from me today, short and sweet.  I better go and get to work for my short shift, then I have the dog to walk before picking up the boys and starting round 2 of the day.

It's grey and cloudy here this morning, I guess we're going to get rain, all the better to be inside at work or even crafting, if you are lucky.
Enjoy your Tuesday and more from me tomorrow.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hot, soapy and lots of friction, what was I up to?

Good evening all!  Bends knees and raises hat!
How are you this Monday evening and how was your weekend?

I had a busy day at work Saturday, the day just flew by followed by a lovely chilli and glass of red wine for tea, and relax.
Did you watch Strictly on Saturday, wasn't it good?  I think it is going to be a very close competition this year.  There are at least five of the couples that are left in that could win it.
They're all so good.

On Sunday I made a couple more Christmas cards in the morning and then packed up for my crop later in the day.  I had a productive day this is what I was up to.

Can you tell what it is yet?
I was told I needed hot soapy water, lots of elbow grease and mountains of friction!
Yes, I was having another go at wet felting.
My good friend Helen at Ar Dachaidh Crafts was at the crop and was keeping me right with gift that I decided to make for Christmas.  Do pop over to her Facebook page and take a wee look at her felt items, they're amazing.  I love her little fairy houses.
We both sat next to each other and I tried to keep up with her but experience won out.  I nearly finished the project at the crop, another hour and I would have done it.  I was so keen after feeding my boys their tea I set back to work and made sure I got the project finished.

This is the finished article.  Another Christmas pressie ticked of the list, I've just got to add a clasp inside once it is dried.
This is my second bag like this, I made a similar one a year ago and I have to say I found this one easier to make than the first, most certainly down to Helen for keeping me on track.
Not only did I have a present at the end of the day but the olive soap and the friction made for soft, soft, soft hands, which had been very dry after the day at work Saturday.  Bonus!

Today I have also been productive.  The food shopping done first thing, after getting the boys out and sorted.  Then back to make soup "butternut squash", yum, yum and two Christmas cakes.  Once the cakes were in the oven the dog and I went for a nice long walk to the next beach,  Thankfully the morning rain had gone and it was actually quite mild if not a tad cloudy.  Then it was back in time for a cup of tea and biccie before picking up the boys.
I guess now it is time to feed them and the animals before relaxing!
I'm in work tomorrow and Wednesday but then I have the rest of the week off.  Or you could say the calm before the storm as we ramp up for December.
I am hoping to get some of my Christmas cards written, it would be a first for me to get my foreign ones sent on time.  I usually end up making "Happy New year" cards instead, I guess an advantage of making the cards yourself.
That's all from me today, enjoy the rest of your evening, stay warm, I intend to as I am away to light the fire right now.  Brrr!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday again, already! Time to tickle that creative funny bone.

Good morning and how are you this Saturday?
It's cold here in the North of Scotland, I'm typing this on Friday afternoon and hoping by the time you read this that we don't have snow.  It is forecast, boo, hiss, but I'm ever hopefully it misses us.

Every Saturday I try and find a few funny/crafty quotes to share with you, to lighten the load as it is the weekend.  Here is my choice for this week.

Now I know why I'm tired all the time!
I need to close a few tabs down.
This next funny made me laugh and I can't remember whether I've shared it before.  It doesn't really matter as it is too good not to share again. 
I am definitely five out of the seven know you're a crafter when.....
Can you guess which two really don't apply.
The rest do, most certainly.
Finally just for fun, what's your crafty name?

Mine is Elite Goddess!
It sounds a little pretentious don't you think.  LOL.

That's all from me today, I hope you have a lovely weekend.
A busy day at work for me today but on the upside I have my local crop tomorrow, playtime!
Stay warm and I'll be back again on Monday with some more crafty sharing.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sharing an oldie this Friday.

Are you with me today?
How about sharing an old crafting project with me. 
I started sharing an "oldie" on a Friday as a way of bringing back previous crafty makes to share again.  I would love to see your chosen project too, all I ask is that you leave a comment below, that creates a link for me to be able to visit your blog and share the love of crafting.  I will comment on everyone who joins in providing you comment below, it is the only way I know you are taking part.
Today I have another Christmas card for you and completely different from cards I am making at the moment. 
I can't believe I hand stitched right around the oval. 
I used to have so much more time on my hands!

I have used;
Snow Cosy from Sugar Nellie stamps I love this snowman.
Kraft and red card stock with teal and red whitewash core'dinations.
Embossing folders cuttlebug snowflakes.
EK Success plaid punch and Spellbinder Boarderabilities classic grand lace. 
Sentiment stamp Kirsty Wiseman (PI) Many greetings and Hero arts Dots background.
The snowman was coloured with my Prisma pencils.
Stitched by hand!
Ribbon from Howden's Inverness.
I would like to thank you in anticipation of you joining me today sharing an oldie and wish you all the very best for the coming weekend.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It wouldn't be Christmas without a little sparkle!

Good evening, another dark and cold evening.  Can you tell I love the winter months?  NOT.
A busy day at work, Christmas has definitely arrived, the party food is coming in fast as are the sweeties, biscuits and mulled wine.  All the things we love but shouldn't really be eating.
I did threaten to put on some Christmas tunes today but I think a couple of my colleagues might have lynched me.  You can get away with things like that when you are part time especially if you can run quickly!  Still I better wait until December just in case, a good lynching might just hurt a little.

Back to today and I actually have a couple of clean and simple cards to show you.  I recently showed you this stencil using a 6" card but then thought (always dangerous!) I wonder if I can just use part of the scene on a smaller C6 card.

The answer is yes you can.
The stencil is from Imagination crafts as is the Sparkle medium Diamond, the sentiment is by Waltzingmouse Stamps, mounted on black card.  Simples!
As I said in my title, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a little sparkle.  I normally very rarely use glitter except at this time of year but it would be rude not to.

Dog walked, kids sorted, time for me to head to the kitchen and decide what I am making for tea tonight.  Decisions, decisions, my fruit for the Christmas cake (yesterdays post) has already absorbed all the alcohol so would it be rude to add a wee bit more?  Wink, wink!

A day off for me tomorrow, if I get the housework sorted as quick as I can then I might get time to craft later.  I am in work again early Saturday and I am hoping the snow forecast doesn't appear first thing.  It might make for an interesting morning.  There is plenty of time between now and then for the weather to change, hopefully.
Don't forget to join me tomorrow with another oldie.  I am looking forwards to seeing your past makes.  That's all from me today, enjoy the rest of your evening.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

And now for a little festive interlude!

Good evening, I've made it onto the computer but the daylight has gone again.
I don't like these dark mornings and evenings, the day seems gone once you are home from work, and I finish a lot earlier than most.
I had a good day at work today, I wasn't working in my usual department, a change is as good as a rest.  Or so it is said.

I'm all organised tonight, the tea is on, I have half a dozen card toppers drying.  The dog is walked and fed and the boys are happily on their electronics with friends over.
All is calm!  (That doesn't happen very often.)

As my cards are not finished I've got something a little different for you today.
Can you tell what it is yet?

I am determined to be more organised this year.  This is my fruits for my Christmas cake, soaking in brandy, it smells delish.  All my fruit is measured and shall soak in the brandy until Monday when I plan to make my Christmas cake.  I always follow Mary Berry's recipe but this year I think I might make two smaller cakes rather than one huge one.  That way I won't feel the need to just keep it for Christmas, I do like it soaked in brandy too and like to feed it once baked.  A boozy little number!
"It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas."

Thanks for all your kind comments yesterday, I'm glad I am not the only one at this time of the year.
I always have great plans to do everything myself but never really seem to get there.  I don't know why either as we are not having visitors this year.  I shall probably be working extra over the next few weeks and hubby is going to be elsewhere now and again in the run up to the festive season.
Busy times.

I better go and give tea a stir and check on the boys, they've suddenly gone very quiet, which if you have or have had children, it is never a good sign.  ;)
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.  I do hope to get a crafty post typed up tomorrow after work.
I wonder if I will?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Busy doing nothing, but that is just the way it goes!

Hello, a missed post yesterday and nothing to show you today either?  What is going on?
My husband and the boys went to his parents this weekend as it was his Mum's 80th birthday.  I was unfortunately working Saturday and couldn't make it.  Being home alone I had great plans to get some Christmas organising done and lots of housework.  After a busy day on Saturday my cold got the better of me and I ended up with a very relaxed Sunday apart from walking the dog.
Yesterday I then planned to do some crafting but after I'd sorted all the beds, the food shopping and the dog, the family were back home. 
Where do the days go?
Today I have been getting all the ironing up to date before going into work Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. 
Why am I so tired!
Every time I sit down just now I find myself dropping off!  Scary.  It isn't even Christmas at work yet, I think I need a booster!  Anyone got any spare energy kicking about?  Fancy sharing?

I have to also admit that I have also been glued to the TV after Friday's events in Paris. 
Very shocking indeed.  I haven't really felt like crafting. 
What is the world coming to?

I am hoping to get back to you later in the week meanwhile I am going to listen to my body and relax. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It's Saturday, time to tickle that creative funny bone again.

Good morning, I am in work again today, busy times! 
Whilst I am beavering away I found this funny quotes to share with you whilst blogging yesterday.
What better way to start the weekend than with a smile?

I loved this field guide to scrapbookers, which one are you?
I have to say I think I am a good mix of most of them to be honest, the hoarder stands out the most but I definitely have elements of others too.

Ever wondered why new paper is so yummy, now you know....

I am definitely going to blame the pheromones in the future, how can you resist if you are being hypnotized?  It seems totally logical to me.  More paper required!  ;)
Finally for today, are you suffering from a craftdiction?

I think I might have it!
There are worse things I could suffer from, don't you agree?

That's all from me today, I shall be looking forwards to a quiet evening after a busy day at work.  I shall be relaxing in front of the fire and chilling out watching Strictly. 
Have a super weekend, more from me on Monday. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

It's that time again, dig out your oldie it's FFFriday.

Good morning and how are you today?
It was wet and windy last night up here, it looks like Abigail is definitely on route. 
My youngest had a Christmas fair last night so we braved the weather and went for a wee look.  There was some lovely handmade items and a nice festive feel, I got a couple of gifts.
It was blowing a hoolie on the way home.

Have you noticed the date today.....Friday 13th.....OOOOOO!  Lets hope we get plenty of good luck today and no bad luck.  ;)

Today I have another Christmas card for you.

The products I have used:

Green, and white card stock.
Stamps by Waltzing Mouse.
Spellbinder Nestabilities Heirloom ornament 2011.
Cuttlebug embossing folders.
Fiskars and Martha Stewart edger punches.
Glitter by MS.
Seam binding from stash.
Distress ink Peeled paint.

Why not join me sharing an old crafty project this Friday.  You can share any handmade item on your blog, all I ask is that you leave a wee comment below.  This is purely so that I can then pop along to your blog and see what you have shared too.  I will comment on all.

I have a day off today but lots to do having been busy at work this week.  I might also be working on Saturday dependant on what my boys have planned. 

I'm sure if I get up to anything crafty you will be the first to know. 
Have a lovely Friday and more from me tomorrow.