Happy new Year Everyone
And may 2010 bring you all good health, plenty of laughs and barrowloads of money and loads of friends to share your happiness.
This is the card she sent us.
As I said she is a very talented artist and we received this Christmas Card. She sent her own artwork to Snapfish and they printed it into Christmas cards. A briiliant idea and we love receiving her cards.
Richard bought me some beautiful roses. These are just half of them. He did say that he looked for a sapphire but couldn't find anything. Mmmmmm. lol.
And a very dear friend sent these wonderful flowers. She has had so much tragedy in her life and also a fair bit of late but she still found time to think of us. I really value her friendship. A truly lovely woman.
In the evening two other friends took us out to dinner. We went to the Star at Normans Bay and had a very nice meal. So all in all a wonderful day. But I am in rush to get to the Golden Wedding.
Two of the Sunday croppers, Carol and Lynne, who also came to Anitas class, kindly gave me this beautiful Poinsietta as a Christmas present. But I am under strict instructions to make sure it still has its leaves at the next crop in January. I don't think that they know that my house is a graveyard for pot plants.
Liz also showed us how to make the acetate card and I will finish this at todays crop and post a picture tomorrow.
Now its official
The toilet (as if you didn't know lol)
She is holding 2 classes here at our purpose built studio on 21 November. Refreshments will be included in the price, together with all of your materials and tools will be provided, but if you prefer to bring your own then please do so. Spaces are limited so if you would like to take either class please email me firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
The first class will be from 10-12 and will be a glittery Gatefold Christmas card. Liz will also show you how to make a Never ending card which you can take home to decorate at your leisure. The price of this class is £7.00
The scond class will be from 1-3 and will be an acetate card. Liz will also show you how to make a Never ending card which you can take home to decorate at your leisure. The price of this class will be £7.00
Sorry this is not a good image. Liz may be a fantastic card maker but she is not much of a photographer lol.
The card has layers of acetate with houses on each layer and the houses are decorated with snow glitter.
As a teetotaller I only ever drink lemonade when I am out and make a point of asking for 'no ice and lemon' Invariably the drink comes with both. Tonight I pointed out that she had asked if I wanted ice and lemon and I had said 'no'. Well couldn't I just fish it out then?
Why is it so difficult to get an order correct?
At Catering College we were told never under any circumstances to have ice in our drinks. Ice had been tested and found to have all sorts of nasties in it, some to revolting to mention.
And while we are on the subject my Tutor Chef also said never, ever, ever send your meal back. The Chef would take it as a personal insult and after he had kicked it around the floor and wrapped it round his **** he would cremate it and send it back to you. I have always hoped that he was exaggerating, but never put it to the test lol.
Whilst on the subject of college we had to pop the eyes out of trout before cooking them. One of the tutors would substitute , unknown to his pupils, the eyes for currants. He would dip the 'eyes' in batter and then eat them. One girl fainted clean away.
Enjoy your evening meal lol
This Ostrich had his beady eye on us. They really are mean looking birds close up.
The keepers were throwing peanuts off the roof to the gorillas for an afternoon snack. This little fellow gave us a good half hours entertainment watching his antics.
This big silverback was too grand to go outside with the others and scavenge for peanuts. He stayed inside and studiously ignored us through the glass, whilst scratching about in the straw for peanuts.
We decided to call our team The Dimwits , and as it turned out we were very aptly named. We sat open mouthed as the questions were called out. Among them were questions like 'When is London Dog Week' and 'What is the aim of London Dog Week' and When is National Dog Worming Week?'
At the end she said she would call out the results in reverse order. We collectively slid under the table as she read out the name of the team who came last - and it wasn't us. We breathed a sigh of relief. We weren't last. We could at least hold our heads up a little bit.
And as she got further and further up the list our mouths began to drop open. She got to number 3 and we still weren't named. She must have lost our paper. Then she called out 'Second - The Dimwits' We could have danced for joy. But how we managed that we will never know. But we weren't going to argue. A very enjoyable evening.
For some reason this photo puts me in mind of a Beryl Cook print.
Last weekend was crop weekend. 2 different groups on Saturday and Sunday. Its always a pleasure to crop with these girls and I like to see what they achieve. On Saturday I was a bit under the weather and did nothing all day but sit and chat and watch the others work. But on Sunday I thought I had best knuckle down and get something done. I only managed one layout and finished another that I had started at Debden. Because of my bad back, the car still hasn't been unloaded from a month ago and I still have the 28 kits that I made up with the good intention of doing them at Debden.
Spooky, is a photo of my granddaughter, Natalie, and her (ex) boyfriend Ross. The cardstock is from the October Monthly Bazzill Kit, some paper from the Basic Grey Erie Collection and the bats were cut from a Bazzill Just the Edge Halloween pack. Title, rub ons and buttons from Basic Grey Erie again and pearls and crystals from the Prima e-line range. I put the imitation purple nail heads around the edge of the festive eyelet cardstock. Heidi Swapp green flowers with some of the new Prima centres. I love these centres.
Next door have moved all of the cockerels, thank goodness, and the silence is heaven. Just a few quacks from the dozen ducks still left there. Their pond is a couple of bakers trays filled with muddy water. There is only enough room for one duck at a time and this causes a few squabbles.
Bazzill cardstock with Basic Grey Mellow paper. The title was cut on the Cricut using the Storybook cartridge and I dotted crystals along the letters. Jewel brads in the centre of the flowers and some small pearls along the sides.
It is by Imaginisce and you can make your own brads in 3 sizes. The tool is like a pair of pliers with swivel heads at both ends. It can make brads in either 16mm or 22mm. You can make larger brads in 28mm but you have to buy a seperate rubber head for this. The brads are called, for some reason, Brad Daddies and come in packets of 8.
Basically you punch out your paper with one of three punches, or you can use a template and cut round it, the pop the head of the brad in the rubber base, place your paper over it and squeeze the pliers together. This pushes the brad head and paper into the rubber and you then push the edges down. Then pop the pronged base on, squeeze and hey presto, a brad to your own design.
This little die cutting machine cuts from 1" to 4" and you can position it anywhere in the page. It is rechargeable and lightweight. It has everything you need to get started including 2 design cards.
I can get the design cards to order and they take about a week.
You can find out more about it on this website http://whyslice.com/
They sell at £23.49 which seems a lot just to cut a corner by=ut they are very hard wearing and if you make chipboard books you will soon get your value from them. they would make a nice change from just the rounded corners on a book.
Such beautiful colour combinations and we have a choice of 16 different packs. I can't wait to use them.
Here are just two of the colour combinations
As well as the economy line of flowers Prima has brought out the Crystals and Pearls.
The auction was in London so off we set on Thursday and this lot was the 4th being sold so not long to wait. Well there were so many bids the auctioneer didn't know if he was on foot or horseback. It eventually sold for 126k. It defied belief.
Anyway what I really wanted to say is how shocked we were at the manners of the people on the underground and in London. The word 'politeness' was a stranger to them. Richard was acting as a sort of bodyguard for me as I had trouble getting up and down the stairs and also a bit slow getting on the trains because of my back. People pushed in front as they scrambled to get on the trains and grab a seat. They pushed you out of the way as they got off the trains. They pushed you to one side as they went down the stairs. All in all it was mind boggling. They were just so totally rude. When did this country become like this. Has it always been the same in London. As a country mouse I have been used to politeness, smiles and general thoughtfulness on the part of other people. Am I now totally out of tune with modern day living?
Things have not been going so well. I have injured my back and so it has rather slowed things up a bit. My movement is severely restricted and the ostepopath is making a fortune out of me at present. I am wearing one of those back support and Richard says I have my hourglass figure back after all of these years.
The toilet has just arrived for the shop so Richard will be cracking on with that now. He hasn't been able to do much until it arrived because of puting the pipework etc under the floor. Now it should be all systems go. I shall of course supervise.
This last weekend I went to Debden on a scrapbooking weekend with the girls from the Sunday crop. I really enjoyed it although I wasn't able to do a lot and having previously made up 20 kits so that I would have plenty to do, I never managed to complete one layout. I have to thank both Liz and Gilly for being my official picker-upperers. I did devise a patent picker-upperer by putting a large glue dot on the end of a ruler and that picked up the lighter things. But when I dropped ny Craftmate bag with all the boxes of brads and eyelets Gilly had to come to my rescue. One of lifes mysteries is why, when you have a bad back, does everything end up on the floor.
I really enjoy my weekends at Debden. Its nice to have your craft stuff to hand and know that you don't have to pack it away all the time. Meals are served and you just get up from the table and walk away - and someone else does the washing up. As we have been before, several times, the staff pretty well leave us to our own devices, so we have the run of the place. We generally have a small group which makes it more personal.
Jousting Knight with his favour for a Lady
Owl from the Falconry display
I think this is a Peregrine Falcon