Saturday, 30 April 2011

My gorgeous girl and her husband ...

... on their special day.  What a proud Mum!

May The Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
With all our love, Mum & Kelvin xx

Friday, 29 April 2011

... I forgot to show you the card

for their anniversary.  I love this BP and these colours together.  Just a simple easel. 

It was my birthday today, too, and was given vouchers for Bee Crafty and money - some crafty retail therapy called for, methinks!  I would love to get some embossing folders for Harry (my Cuttlebug) and some more nestie-type dies.  I'll hopefully have a haul to show you, on WOYWW, if not before!

Love for now xx

It might not be a royal wedding cake ...

... but I'm very happy with the way it turned out, all the same - and very relieved it's finished and whole!

At first, I made the lace into loops (like the ribbon) but they looked too lumpy so I stitched round and gathered them up - much better gap-fillers, that way.  Jenny (my daughter) wanted an old-fashioned garden party with a Cath Kidston feel, rather than a formal 'do', so there's a marquee with a cream tea - lots of little sandwiches, trifles, scones, cupcakes - and tea in dainty china cups!

Today is Jenny and Andy's 5th wedding anniversary and they wanted to renew their wedding vows tomorrow in church, having first got married in a registry office.  I'll post pic's of the day, later.

Love to all for now - with special wishes and blessings to William and Kate - didn't she look wonderful?!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Flowers - edible and otherwise

Life is all flowers at the mo, but unfortunately not a card in sight!  Every available surface in the spare room has been overtaken by trays of cottage garden flower seeds (hope no-one wants to stay over for the next few weeks!)

Half my work table is covered with the new plans for the garden.  Hope to do the hard landscaping in a couple of weeks' time - in the meantime, I keep adding/altering things!

Meet Geraldine - six of her friends from the hen rescue society will hopefully soon take up residence at the far end of the garden.  I can't wait!

Back indoors, the other half of the work table contains the W.I.P. icing roses for the cake after my daughter Jenny's service this Saturday, when she and Andy renew their wedding vows.  I'll post pics of the finished cake, and the 'do', after the weekend.

Really enjoying my 2 week break from work - a little too much!  Suddenly woke at 1.30am to realise I'd missed a meeting last night with three friends - my days blur at the edges when I'm on hols - must text to apologise!  I'm a bit too early to join in on WOYWW yet this week, but enjoy your trip round the other WOYWW contributions, courtesy of the hilarious Mrs Dunnit - once everyone is awake! 

Love for now xx

Saturday, 23 April 2011

What a difference a day makes

... Just come in from today's garden adventure.  I'm just starting to re-landscape the garden, to include new raised beds for veg, and a chicken pen.  So, I've started with the side of the house - an area too long neglected.  I spent most of the day washing flower pots and moving them to their new home inside the lean-to shed. 

This is the view from the lean-to, showing what's left of the table the pots were stored on.  It was originally in an old shed when I first moved here, but was starting to fall apart.  The ivy had gone berserk and swamped everything in sight.  I'll take another pic when it's all cleared - not to show off but to make sure I finish the job!  It's surprising how long it took to do.  The piled-up bricks came from the front garden when we took it up to put in a paved drive, and will be used to make paths around the veg beds - I'm a great believer in 'waste not, want not'! 

Here are the pots in their new home, next to the freezer.  I'll put a metal shelving unit from the greenhouse (like the one the pots are on) outside against the fence, to use for potting up.  It's handy to have an area near the house but out of sight, for jobs like that.

The weather has been glorious here today.  After dinner (cooked by my DH) I want to tackle pruning the chaenomeles (type of crab apple) outside the conservatory - pics when I've finished (too ashamed to take any 'before' ones!)

See you later xx

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

I empathise with Mrs Dunnit!

I know just what you mean, Julia!  There are just not enough hours in the day and as fast as I get a lid on one area of life, another seems to get out of hand!  However, I'm going to focus on the good things, and not feel bad at not entering challenges or having lots of new work to share here.  I need to remember that seasons and priorities change all the time, and it's important to just make the most of whatever the day brings, relax and ENJOY! 

So, the bottom line is that there might not be many new cards here for a while but I hope you'll all stick around in the meantime, to follow my progress.  I'm very excited about re-designing the garden just now (complete with chooks!) and am busy making icing roses to decorate a two-tier cake for my daughter, Jenny.  She and Andy celebrate their 5th anniversary at the end of the month, and are renewing their wedding vows in church (first made in a registry office).  I'll post pics of all these things as they come about.

Another dampener has been lack of an outlet for cards.  I sell some at church but have built up quite a collection that just haven't shifted.  But I recently came across St Luke's Hospice and am sending a pile there where they can be sold for another great cause.  They also have a regular card challenge - why not pop over?  I've just given two boxes of cards to Jenny, too, to sell at her church for their aid projects.

One thing I find hard is adjusting my pace to suit my advancing years - although I'm amazed at the benefits of having lost nearly two stone - able to wear my wedding ring again, to talk when I get to the top of the stairs - and wear the jeans and stuff that Jen passes on due to her weight loss!

The last thing I need to do is knuckle down to the last three months of my pastoral training course, and not leave assignments until the week before they're due - I put myself under stupid, unnecessary pressure by procrastinating.  After July, the theory is that I'll have plenty of time for crafting!

So, apologies for waffling and I do hope you's stick around to follow my flutterby developments!

Love for now xx

Saturday, 9 April 2011


Hi All - just wanted to welcome Nancy to our happy band.  Feel honoured that someone who writes such a great blog ( wants to see what I get up to.  Anyway - welcome Nancy!  Isn't it great how the internet can join so many people together in the fun way, across the globe?!  There are a lot of cons to technology - but this is definitely one of the pros.

I've come back reeling from a day full of study in Oxford on my pastoral training course.  It's always a very long, full day - a friend picks me up at 7.30am, we sit through talks from 9am to 5pm, then arrive home around 6.45pm - having talked almost non-stop, there and back! 

We are working our way through Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd) during the year.  This morning was spent listening to a wonderful exposition of the verse "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me".  I had always assumed this meant physical danger/death but apparently, in the original Hebrew it means deep gloom, which threw a completely new light on it for me.  I'm definitely no academic scholar but I could listen all day to the man teaching us - fascinating, with loads of anecdotes and interesting facts, and not at all heavy.

Then after a session on demolishing strongholds, this afternoon we were looking at stress management with a  doctor and his wife, a counsellor - fantastic stuff but my head is buzzing!  They manage to pack such a lot into one day.

I was hoping to get down to the Easter cards tonight, ready to sell tomorrow after church, but I'm bushed.  I hope that next Sunday won't be too late for them.

Night night, All xx

Wedding Dress Memories

Hi All - just popped over to Valery Ann at where she was talking about her wedding dress, and it started me thinking about other people's.

I made the dress for my second wedding and had enough fabric left to make this -

It means that every time I make a cuppa in the pot, I remember that day 15 years ago -

What stories are attached to your wedding dress?  Do tell!! xx

PS Just had to smile - who else would be mad enough to be photographing her tea cosy at 5.30am!?!?!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

More a case of ...

WHO is On Your Workstation Wednesday!

Hi - back for a THIRD visit to WOYWW today!  Meet Poppy - she's sister to Rosie whom you might have met in earlier posts, who all rule the roost with Theo, our old, deaf Tom.  You can tell I've not been at the desk yet, today!  I've now got to persuade her she'd like to sit with her Dad and watch football on TV in the other room - the words fat and chance spring to mind!!  Oh well, I might just squeeze in beside her.  I've finished the assignments and am now itching to start on some Easter cards to sell, and to play with the new circle cutter in the process.  Had a great hour or two cruising round Blogland looking at all the fascinating WOYWW posts.

Love for now xx

WOYWW Pt 2 - Oops! I forgot ...

... to show you an album I made last night, for an 8 year old friend.  She and her mum had their home trashed a few days ago - wicked, eh?  Anyway, her photos were destroyed so I thought it would be good to give her an album to put new ones in - thankfully, she can get copies from her Gran and the rest of the family.  Anyway - this one's for Chloe. 

It cost 2.79!!! I just had to buy the alphabet stickers as I'd already been given a 12x12 basic album to alter, as well as the BPs and angels!  Just as well - I couldn't believe the cost of 12x12 pads in Hobbycraft - £22?!?!? I know they have loads of sheets in, but really - even single patterned sheets were £1.25 or something.  Sorry - that probably makes me sound a real skinflint - I'm not really, honest!

Back to the assignments - two done so far today, thank goodness.  BTW, hope the weather's as glorious in your part of the world as it is here - all this week's washing (4 loads) done now, with 3 dry - result!


Good morning!  Not a lot of play today unless I really get motoring.  I must tackle the assignments for my course on Saturday - I've got 4 to do, and they usually take a couple of hours each.  Anyway, enough of the boring stuff - I can't wait to try out the circle cutter I invested in yesterday.  It cost £27 but I'm hoping it will pay for itself in the long run, with not having to buy lots of different size circle punches.  All I need to do now is to find out how to detatch the shuttle from the side!  Have a great day, All!

PS - If there can possibly be anyone out there reading this who doesn't know what WOYWW means, pop over to Julia's blog at Stamping Ground and see what everyone else has on their work table today.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

A quick word ...

Hi Everyone - just popping by to let you know of a great giveaway over on the Ribbon Girl Blog

Hope you're having a great Mother's Day! xx

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Never thought I'd say it

... but I'm all crafted out!  Just having a day relaxing after a mammoth few weeks of mother's day cards to sell for charity and, this week, the MD keepsake for my mum (see last couple of pasts).  Now need to catch my breath - but just couldn't resist picking up a copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft while out girlie shopping with my lovely daughter Jenny.  Why? Well, there was a free gift of the clear stamp set (see on my work mat) with lovely birdies, bugs and a cute toadstool house - don't think I'll be able to resist playing with them for long!

So, the desk is project-free at the mo, but still full of 'junk'.  I read a post this week where someone said she had a table behind her, when sitting at her worktable, where she put bits she intended using shortly.  If I can squeeze one in, I must try this - otherwise my working area ends up no bigger than the work mat - all very frustrating!  I seem to spend half my life muttering 'where did I put that blank blank stamp/pen/tag etc etc I was using two minutes ago?' !!  The green basket on the right contains all my glues and other sticky things, and the cardboard box and filing tray are where I keep my paper & card scraps.  All of these could be moved off to make more elbow room - but where to, is the problem.  The pile of bits on the right of the mat are element waiting to be used, or discarded from all the MD stuff.

Anyway, enough rambling - enjoy the rest of the weekend, peeps, and for all of you this side of the pond - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY tomorrow xxxxxxxxxxx