Thursday, 27 November 2008

Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving in America, so Happy Thanksgiving to all those across the pond! Although we are not American, we love America and have had some amazing holidays there, to be honest if it weren't for our families and friends here we would probably emigrate but we would miss them too much! So the next best thing is to holiday there as often as possible! Don't get me wrong there are things I love about our home country too, it's just different there. I have been to New York in November several time but have never actually been there at Thanksgiving! Next time I would love to see Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree! I like the idea and meaning of Thanksgiving. The harvest festival and to count our blessings and give Thanks for these.

So here is what I am most Thankful for:
My Family (that includes my Fiance Adrian and his family)
My Friends (you know who you are!)
My Health
To express my creativity and to be able to share this with others
The roof over our heads and the food on the table (also the impending completion of our fist home tomorrow, our very own nest!)
My memories
Laughter (we all need this - best medicine!)
To love and be loved, to live this life, to find joy in the journey and the everyday and to reach for our goals and dreams together.

Life is hectic at the moment, so just nice to stop, take stock, and appreciate things for a moment. I've been busy stamping and watercolouring away today for card orders, have finally done recipe card for pumpkin pie recipe I mentioned a while back but battery on camera gone now (not the only thing needing recharging!) so I'll post that in next few days (I don't forget these things I mention posting, just takes me a while to get round to them at moment!). Haven't got any good pictures of the pies really as they didn't last long! lol! I'm off to bed now as got a long shift tomorrow. Brought the Twilight novel today that everyone in America is raving about (just been made into a film), hopefully will get time to curl up and relax with a good book soon as I love reading and haven't had chance for a while.

Night night and remember, if at night you can't sleep count your blessings instead of sheep!

Sweet dreams,

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

I know, it's been a while, what can I say, life has been non-stop! Last two weeks have been filled with work, working on card, keepsake box orders, sorting things for completion with house, Christmas shopping etc. I've hardly seen Adrian even! Last Friday we finally signed for our first home at the solicitors. Four months after we put our offer in and 18 months after we first started looking, a property fell through for us this time last year, stressful at the time but a blessing in disguise given the fall in house prices etc, also we now are buying somewhere in a better location, in better condition and for a better price. Shows things really do happen for a reason even if you can't see that at the time and good things come to those who wait! It is a great feeling to sign the paperwork and to be completing this Friday all being well. It has not gone smoothly, we have had all sorts of issues to sort out so really is good to be at this point now. Fingers crossed we will have the keys at the weekend! Can't wait! As life has been so hectic I have been feeling a need for some organisation and order amongst the chaos! It's always a busy time of year anyway. Hence the project that I am sharing with you is that of a Christmas planner binder to help me get organised for the festive season!




Recipe - Chipboard binder has been in my stash for ages, can't remember the manufacturer - Sorry. It's been painted with Decoart Americana paint in cranberry wine, DP is Making Memories St Nick Collection vintage collage (love this paper, got it last year), cardstock is Stampin' Up, handle is 7 gypsies, dew drops robins nest, buttons, ribbon and fibres from stash, also used Stampin' up scallop edge border punch and tab punch, white rub on's, circle and scallop circle nestabilities and corner rounder punch.


All I need to do now is add the pages with my Christmas card and present lists etc. Sections in this binder are Christmas card list, Christmas gift list, Festive fests and a section for Christmas decorating, craft project ideas etc. Made this so I can use it year after year, just need to add fresh list pages. Nice to have it all together in one place, can scribble down ideas, recipes etc too. I'm a real list maker and this will help to keep me organised!

I'll hopefully have more to share with you soon, need to get back on track with blogging more often! Thanks for looking at my blog!

Hugs,

Friday, 14 November 2008

Keepsake box and Forever Friends card

Had a great day at the NEC yesterday, I went with my friend Debbie, who owns Stampeezee. There was lots to see and inspiration in abundance. Time just flew, it was so busy there, we even forgot to eat or get a coffee! Was also great to finally meet Michelle, who I signed up to Stampin' Up through, she was on the Stampin' Up stand at the Hobby crafts show yesterday. If you go have a look at their stand, lots of ideas and a make and take etc. Got some new stash and some fresh ideas. Anyway just wanted to share this keepsake box I made for a work colleagues little girl, the brief was girly and think the pretty pink works for girly. Love doing these!



Also made a quick card, using the cute, forever friends stamps. I used to buy these cards, stationary etc when I was in my teens and loved them, so I was pleased when they started doing them as stamps, now I can make my own and feel nostalgic!

Supplies used - Keepsake box - box from Stampeezee, DP is Making Memories, Cricut used for lettering, heart and crown shapes, Carstock is from Stampin' Up! ribbon is east of India, crochet flower from ebay (need to do my own or ask my mum nicely, she can crochet!) other flowers are Prima, gems, button and glitter from stash. For the card - Forever Friends Christmas set coloured with distress inks and glitter pens, cardstock is Stampin' Up! Ribbon and gems from stash. The little things that look like brads are in fact made from cardstock, I got them from Craftwork Cards at the NEC yesterday, great value and come in all different colour combinations, little pieces of card candy!

Added some bling to the card as not feeling so bright today, got a headache I can't shift! In work tomorrow, so I'll try to post some more Sunday or Monday. Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Snow Cozy!

Again, a serious lack of blogging from me! What can I say, life is so busy, working full time, house buying, fitting in time with family and friends, the list goes on. Well last Thursday I held a craft party at a family friends house, it was to show people the cards, keepsake boxes and tins that I make and to see if anyone was interested in them. Well I had a great response ( a boost to my crafting confidence!) and now have lots of orders to fulfil! Great as this gives me some much needed pocket money to fund this wonderful but expensive hobby! It's addictive! It was such an enjoyable night and nice to get feedback on my handcrafted items, but means I'll be extra busy. Oh well, that's the best way to be, lol! I've also been trying to get a head start on my Christmas shopping and had a lovely day Christmas shopping in Chester Saturday with my mum and Wendy (family friend, who held the craft party for me - thanks Wendy!). One of my favourite shops - Liberty Bell is there and I spent quite a while browsing and brought some lovely items. The shop sells lots of hand crafted items from America and quilting materials, ribbons etc. If you go to Chester you have to visit this shop. It's lovely inside and a friendly welcome awaits. A link to their wedsite can be found on the sidebar. I'm in work tomorrow and my little sis has got to have three of her wisdom teeth out at the hospital under general anaesthetic, so wishing her lots of love and her smile a speedy recovery. Thursday will be another busy day, my sis will need some TLC, I'm off to the NEC for the hobby crafts show, then trying to fulfil orders in the evening, Phew! I'll try and post though!

Stamp - Snow Cozy by Home Grown from Sugar Nellie (I love snowmen!), coloured with distress inks, touched up with glitter pens and white opaque pen by inkessentials. Image was stamped on to whisper white cardstock by Stampin' Up!
DP - DCWV 6x6 pad.
Other - snowflake punches (glitter card), gems and fibre from stash

Thanks for stopping by,


P.s I haven't forgotten about the blog candy I mentioned, waiting until I have been to the NEC to see if I can find some goodies to add to it! So come back soon to check! xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Birthday wishes

I just want to wish my fiance Adrian and my little sister (well she is 22!) a very Happy Birthday today. Hope they both enjoy their special day. When I met Adrian seven years ago I thought it was funny that he shared the same birthday as my sister with it being Bonfire night and all. So it's usually a busy day trying to see them both, sort two lots of cards, presents etc, but I love them both very much so it's not a problem! Last year they both shared special birthdays on the same day, it was Adrian 30th and Natalie's 21st! Now that was hectic, we were also going to New York to celebrate and there was planning the trip, packing etc. But we all had a great time, I went out there with Adrian and his family for a few days it was their first time (Adrian and I had been before) so we had great fun seeing all the sights, Adrian, his dad and his sister's boyfriend Paul went to a Knicks game, while I was shopping with his mum and sister , Sarah. We also went to see a Broadway show as part of his birthday treat. Then as they were due to come home my mum and sister came out, we then spent the rest of the holiday shopping till we were dropping (with lots of Starbucks to keep us going!) We also went to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular which was fantastic! If you are ever in New York in the run up to Christmas go and see this show, great entertainment with the Rockettes! Sorry for going on but like you can probably tell, I love my family and I love NY! It's great this time of year, Christmas shopping is so much fun there as the atmosphere is amazing and so are the sights. Can't believe that was a year ago now, was even more special as it was for milestone birthdays and time spent with family, which is priceless. I've still got to scrapbook the picture (head hung in shame - LOL!). This is on my to do list, I'll post pictures of the pages or a slide show in the not too distant future. Wish we could be there this year, i miss it but you can't have it all, house take priority this year and we are very lucky to have been a few times.
Anyway, here is a card I made for my sister, using a stamp from Whiff of Joy. When I saw this I had to get it as I knew it would be great for Nat as she love baking and is good at it.


Supplies - Stamp (willow with cookies - Whiff of Joy, coloured with distress inks and sentiment stamp is Stampin' Up) DP (My Minds eye - new laundry line, you can't see on photo vey well but these papers are glittered and are yummy!) crochet flowers (from ebay) Dew drops (Robins Nest) Crochet trim from stash. Also used Stampin' UP scallop border punch (fabulous tool!)
Sorry for poor picture quality but the lighting is terrible today, had to use light box. If you click on pictures you get a close up (not sure if I should tell you that, as then you will see the imperfections!). Anyway sorry for the long post, and yes I have made the pumpkin pie, it turned out quite well, I'll post recipe and pics in next few days.
Hugs,

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Stampin' Up an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Well the last two days I have been quite productive crafting wise. So now I attempt to catch up with the blogging, I did want to post everyday this week, I'm a bit behind but I could try to post twice somedays in an effort to make up for it! You know what they say about the best laid plans... well they usually go out the window! The card I am sharing now is made using the Old Fashioned Chistmas stamp set from Stampin' up, I love cute and Whimsy but I also have a soft spot for anything old fashioned and vintage, so had to have this set in my starter kit as it's coming up to Christmas. I have tried to keep the card quite elegant and simple.

Supplies used:
Stamps - Stampin' UP! Old-Fashioned Christmas, coloured with distress inks, then backgound has been coloured with chalks to give an aged feel to it.
Cardstock - image stamped on to whisper white, always artichoke used for card base and matting. Have inked edges of card and paper with distress inks.
DP - Basic Grey Wassail collection (lovin' this!).
Ribbon and 3d holly sticker - Anna Griffin.
Other - rhinestone star from stash.

Still have not got around to making the pumpkin pie yet!! Hopefully will give it a whirl this evening. Been so busy, it's Adrian's and my sister's birthdays tomorrow (they were both Bonfire night babies!) so have been present shopping and making their cards over last few days.
Hope you are having a good day, thanks for looking!