Friday, 5 December 2014

Handmade Christmas gifts

Day four of my December journal will contain pictures of handmade Christmas gifts both those that I have received so far and of those that I have made for others.  These are the two lovely presents I received on Wednesday.  Fi had made this lovely felt cone which was filled with chocolates and the cutest felt snowman and Linda had made this beautiful box created with gorgeous Tattered Lace dies – the contents are unknown to me as I will keep the opening of the box until Christmas.
I haven’t included any photos today of the gifts that I have made as they have not been given to the recipients yet and I don’t want to spoil the surprise but they will be included in my page.

Day five is going to be about Christmas songs.  As I have still not managed to get some more ink for my printer I’m not able to finish off my pages but the simple layouts of the past couple of days mean that it shouldn’t take me too long to catch up.  Fingers crossed I can get my hands on some ink tomorrow.

I am a follower of Helen’s Bustle & Sew website and I also subscribe to her wonderful e-magazine.  Helen recently had an auction for a couple of her Movember Moustache hooped pictures she had made recently in aid of Men’s Health month and I was lucky enough to be the highest bidder.  I picked them up from the sorting office today and they are fabulous and are now on display in our living room.
Helen is currently have a VERY limited time offer on her blog for a 12 months subscription to her magazine and it also includes a gorgeous Pin Cushion Mouse kit.  I can highly recommend subscribing, the magazine includes wonderful patterns with full and very clear instructions for a variety of stitching projects, recipes, interviews with other designers and so much more –  and such fantastic value for money.   Why not treat yourself to an early Christmas present.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas crafting with friends

Todays December journal page is going to be all about Christmas crafting with friends – I’ve not been able to complete a page for my journal as I ran out of yellow ink while I was trying to print the photos – doh!  I am going to share some photos though of the lovely friends that I have made since I started going down to Scrapbook Magic each month – they really are a lovely bunch of ladies and such fun to be with.  Laughter is guaranteed every time I visit.
Everyone was being very productive.  Margaret (owner of Scrapbook Magic) was making a lovely Christmas scene – top left photo,  Chris was decorating a Tim Holtz Assemblage clock – top right photo.
Kathy was busy making Christmas cards – left photo, Linda was decorating the pyramid box we had started at a workshop run by Helen of The Craft Project back in October.
Fi was making Christmas tags and Janet who I’m missing a photo of was making Christmas cards.

Fi and Linda had also brought along some lovely Christmas gifts which I will share with you tomorrow when hopefully I can get some photos of them in daylight hours - thank you very much for your kindness.

I had taken along some clean cans and was covering them firstly with some gesso and then with torn strips of Graphic 45 paper from the 12 Days of Christmas pad.  The ladies at Sccrapbook Magic know what my intended project is and I am very much hoping that it will be near to completion by the time I go down there to visit again in two weeks time.  Any guesses as to what I am trying to create?


Thank you to everyone who has been leaving me comments on my December journal project they are always very much appreciated x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A new tradition

A couple of years ago I bought this jigsaw puzzle at a local garden centre and up until today it had been tucked away gathering dust.  At the weekend I was doing some sorting out and came across the puzzle and thought it would be a nice idea if we (DH. DS2 and myself) challenge ourselves to get it completed by Christmas.  This idea then led to me thinking it could become a new tradition for our household to complete a Christmas themed puzzle each year.  This one is called Santa’s Workshop and is No 5 in the collection so if all goes well and we complete the challenge I will be looking for further puzzles in the series.
I made a start on it this morning trying to find the outside pieces and managed to put about two thirds of the outside edges together before it was time to leave for work.  When I got home from work this evening DH and DS2 had found the rest of the outside edges and the border was complete - it was lovely to have them join in without being prompted.  I’m hoping that we can put some of it together each evening and enjoy watching it progress every day.  The papers are from stash that I have had for a few years and it’s my intention while doing the December journal to only use what I have already got – no new acquisitions for this project!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Let the countdown begin

For many years I have wanted to take part in a December journal such as Shimelle Laine’s Journal Your Christmas or Ali Edwards December Daily but I have either never been organized enough or dedicated enough to do them.  This year I am determined to create my own December journal in my own way using simple pages and my own prompts – I hope to take a photo each day throughout December with something that I want to journal about each day and is relevant to me during the run up to Christmas and the days after.  So todays photo is of two cubes I made which were to be displayed on a stand.  As is often the case I have lots of ideas in my head but never see them through to completion – the stand will be on my list of to do’s for next year!  The cubes are approximately     2 1/2inches square and they open up so that you can put chocolates inside so that the completed project can be used as an advent calendar as well.
For my December journal I’m using a binder from Stampin’ Up! which I will decorate throughout the month.  It’s roughly 8 x 6 and the pages are similar to those used for Project Life but obviously on a smaller scale.  I’m hoping the simplicity of these types of pages will help me finally complete a journal this year.  Is anyone else doing a December journal this year?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Going crackers

A while ago I bought a Tonic cracker die with the intention of making them up for my work colleagues Christmas treat.  The cracker die actually gives a four sided cracker but I have taken one of the sides off and then attached six of them together to make a larger cracker as illustrated on the Create & Craft programme which tempted me to buy the die in the first place.  I still have a fair amount of decorating of the crackers to do which will keep me occupied for quite a few evenings yet.  The leftover side of the cracker I’m hoping to make a matching Christmas card out of but I’m not yet sure about all the little squares that come out after cutting each cracker.  I think by the time I’ve made all of the treats up I will have 864 of them!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fabulous Tags

Today I have been down to Scrapbook Magic for Margaret’s monthly tag workshop.  We have made a total of 26 wonderful tags throughout the year, using different products and learning new techniques – it’s been a fabulous experience as with any of the workshops Margaret runs.  If you are ever down in Cornwall on holiday or live within daily travelling then I highly recommend checking out Margaret’s class schedule and booking yourself in – it can only enhance your holiday/day.
Todays tags look so much better in real life as the camera hasn’t really picked out all the lovely sparkle that is on them. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Finished–just making up to go.

I have finally finished the cross stitching element of Elisha’s Christmas stocking.  It took a little longer than I had hoped as I ran out of one of the red threads and wasn’t able to go anywhere to buy some more until Friday.  The gold backstitching seemed to take forever but it was certainly worth the effort.  Next week I will search for some backing fabrics for both stockings and hopefully I can make a start on assembling them as proper stockings next weekend.
I’ll now give myself a break from Christmas stocking stitching now and who knows I might even get back to working on some of my long outstanding WIP’s.  I have lots of Christmas paper crafting projects I need to work on over the coming weeks which will be fun – it’s great to have hobbies to while away the cold winter evenings.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Trick or Treat

No stitching done yesterday as I was busy making witches hats for my work colleagues and grandchildren. There are lots of tutorials on You Tube for these and they are very quick and simple to make.  I have just normal treats for our neighbourhood trick or treaters.
Today I have spent in the company of my daughter and granddaughter , Logan was feeling poorly so stayed behind with his dad.  We also popped round to see our two other grandchildren with their treats.  Max has been greeting the trick or treaters this evening which he enjoys, but unfortunately every now and then there are fireworks going off which he most certainly does not like.  Sadly the fireworks no doubt will be upsetting him for a few more weeks yet.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Monday, Tuesday progress

I was working late on Monday evening but did make a start on the top border.
Tuesday evening I had to take mum shopping so limited time again on the stitching front but I did work out where the name had to go and made a start on adding that as well as doing some more of the border.  Slowly but surely it’s getting done.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Just the top border to go

The last bauble was finished today along with the final little star which now leaves me just the border and name.  There is also some decorative back stitching to be added to completely finish it off but I am so pleased with the weekends progress and just hope I can continue the momentum throughout the coming week.
I had a good excuse to just stitch this afternoon as Andy Murray was playing in the Valencia final – what a fantastic match to watch.  How they maintain the standard of tennis they do is quite amazing.  Those that know me know that I am very much an avid fan of Andy Murray and was so pleased he won which has given him the chance to qualify for the end of year tournament – something I don’t think many people would have thought possible just a few short weeks ago.  It will be interesting to see where he ends up in the ATP ranking come the end of the year.  C’mon Andy!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

A productive day

This morning I traded my old Dyson vacuum cleaner in for a more up to date model.  Tesco’s are giving up to £100 trade in regardless of the condition of yours.  I managed to get £80 for my vacuum cleaner which must be at least 15 years old if not older in exchange for one of their newer models.  What a difference the new one has made.

DS2 and I have also been busy picking up plants to add some colour through the winter months and Spring bulbs too.  DH cut back the mass of Michaelmas daisies that we had in one corner of the front garden last week and DS2 had previously chopped down the fir tree that had taken over the space and was making it difficult to park in the drive.  So today DS2 managed to dig up the roots, take out masses of the daisies which we are transferring to the other side of the garden and split up the Agapanthus.  It then just left me to put in the plants we had bought – while it looks a lot tidier than before I still think some more plants are required to fill in some of that open space – any useful suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve also manage to put in some more stitches to the stocking.  Today has seen the addition of the the final parcel – the little red one and the start of the final bauble.  I hope to get that bauble finished and put in one more star tomorrow which will only leave the top border and the name.
I forget to say we also called in Hobbycraft today to pick up some threads I needed to complete the stocking and I am pleased to say I resisted all temptation to add to my other crafting stash.

Now I think its’ time to sit down and catch up on some of the TV programmes I have recorded while enjoying a glass of chilled rose wine.  Enjoy your evening where ever and whatever you are doing.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Yesterday and Today

Just a short time spent on the stocking yesterday evening but I did make a start on another bauble.
Another late night at work this week – I don’t normally work on a Friday but I was asked to do a swap.  I have managed some more stitching this evening and have finished the bauble I started last night.  I’m still hoping that I might just get this finished by the end of October.  Fingers crossed I can get some decent stitching time in over the weekend.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pom Pom complete

It was too late to post this last night but I was able to fill in the pom pom on the penguins hat.  I had to work until 8.15 in the evening yesterday so only got to spend a little time stitching with my friends so didn’t get chance to start the bauble above his head.  Another late night at work today but it’s my intention to get the first few stitches into the bauble this evening.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

This evenings progress

I have completed another bauble – well apart from some gold backstitching which I will do when all the main stitching is complete.  Fingers crossed tomorrow I will try and get the pom pom on the penguins hat finished as it is only one colour to be filled in so no counting.  This is just as well as I will be crafting with my friends tomorrow and my concentration skills are not always that great when I’m stitching with others!  I’m also hoping that by trying to post an updated picture every day might just help with the final push to get this completed asap.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Quick stitching update

I was able to get a fair amount of stitching done in the evenings while we had our little break away (which already seems a distant memory) and I have finally got round to picking it up again this evening.  Just two small baubles, a small parcel, a star and the name border to go.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

CAS(E) this sketch #94

Another Christmas card made, this time using the sketch from the CAS(E) this sketch challenge.  I’ve used one of the Sheena Douglas embossing folders to create the patterned background.  One of my favourite SU stamp sets Mosaic Madness which I have stamped out nine times and used gold embossing powder.  These were then punched out using the co-coordinating  punch.  The sentiment came from SU and is a freebie at the moment with a qualifying order.  Is my cardmaking Mojo finally coming back  - I certainly hope so as I still have lots of Christmas cards to make so i am hoping to keep on finding inspiring blog challenges to keep the momentum going.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #4–Sketch challenge

The sun is shining brightly in my garden so it felt a bit strange taking a photo of my Christmas card.  The card was made for this weeks Paperbabes sketch challenge.  I’m very pleased as I have made this card using scraps from my stash – I am trying very hard not to buy anymore papers as I have more than enough to make Christmas cards with for quite a few years.  Unfortunately I don’t have the same resolve as far as stamps are concerned and I have used the Bottle Brush Tree stamp set from Paperbabes to make the card with.  I love how you can stamp the tree and then add all the other elements in whatever colours you wish.  I have decided to go with traditional reds. greens and golds for my card.
September went by in a whirl, hopefully October will be a little more sedate for me.  Having said that I have a scrapbooking retreat to look forward to this weekend and no surprises when I say I haven’t even printed out any photos yet.  When I get back from the retreat we are having a few days away in a holiday cottage in Dorset – hopefully the weather will remain dry and we can get out and about for nice walks with Max.  I have couple of workshops to go to at Scrapbook Magic to see what mischief I can get up to there. 

Dad has a hospital appointment this month when his health situation will be reviewed – I’m not holding out much hope that we will be any further forward as he is still being cared for twice a week by the district nurses for an ongoing problem and we were told they wouldn’t be able to operate until that had cleared up.  Hey ho!

Friday, 19 September 2014

A wonderful surprise after the grocery shopping

Today I had to go grocery shopping – not one of my favourite tasks.  I hate having to think of what to eat for the coming weeks so it was wonderful to find the postman had delivered a surprise package to me. 
This lovely package came from Lynda Ruth of Purple Pixie Dust blog – all the way from Cananda.  Inside the lovely green soft padded bag (which will be very useful for carrying around my stitching threads, scissors and glasses) was a beautiful stitched pillow with the words ‘give love’.  The stitching and finish are gorgeous and it also has the additions of some tiny, pretty shells and pebbles/rocks/glass.  Also included was a selection of shells and stones and a beautiful pin with a picture of Green Gables.  I had once mentioned on Lynda’s blog after she had visited Prince Edward Island that Anne of Green Gables was one of my favourite books.  This will be added to my small collection of wildlife pins on my everyday handbag.  Some fruit tea, a Canada pencil and body lotion was also included along with the sweet butterfly card.

I am truly thankful Lynda and it has certainly brightened up my day – you are so very kind and thoughtful.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Penguin update

It’s been a little while since I have worked on the stocking but the penguin has now almost got his hat finished to keep him warm this winter – just the pom pom and some of the trim left to do.  A few presents and baubles remain and the name band – I am feeling optimistic that I will get it completed in time for this Christmas after all.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bell Witch–Part 2 completed

I have finally managed to complete Part 2 of the Halloween SAL from Primitive Hare.  This is Bell Witch and I am loving the primitive look.  Part 3 arrived in my inbox earlier in the month and I am hoping to make a start on it later this week but I don’t think I will get it completed before the end of September.  I will certainly try my best to do as much as possible before Part 4 arrives.
My new stamps from Paperbabe stamps arrived today – always such quick service and they look fabulous.  Fingers crossed I will get to play with them later in the week as well.  Always so much to do on my list and never enough time!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Together for Paperbabes Challenge #3

The Paberbabes Challenge is in it’s early stages and I was lucky enough to win challenge #2.  I had a 50/50 chance as there were just the two entries so I am hoping that for this challenge more people will begin to hear  of the challenge and take part.  There is a lovely range of stamps available to buy from Paperbabes Etsy shop and I have been tempted again this weekend into yet another purchase.

Onto the challenge this week which is to use flowers on your entry which can be a card, LO, ATC, altered art or anything else you’d like to create.  Kim the owner of the shop and blog does ask that at least one stamped imaged from the Paperbabes stamp range is used.

I have opted to use the Happy word set that I purchased last time.  I’ve stamped out the word Together eight times with clear embossing ink and covered with black embossing powder.  These were punched out using an SU word window punch along with another eight pieces of paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea collection.  These were layered onto a punched out circle to create my flower and finished off with a button.  Further scraps were used to create the stem and the petals.  The large Happy was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock and  embossed with my large spotty embossing folder and  matted onto some green cardstock.  Clean and simple but another card made using up some of my scraps.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Quick birthday card

It was my brother in laws birthday yesterday and I had tried over the weekend to think of what to make him but to no avail.  However yesterday morning with only an hour to make it before going into work I managed to put this card together using scraps of Graphic 45 papers.  I’m very happy with how it turned out and even happier that I used up some of my pile of scraps which has been growing rapidly after making all the brag books and 3D projects recently.  It’s surprising what you can come up with when you have limited time and use minimal materials – sometimes I think I have just to much to choose from.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Trying new things

I found a new range of stamps called Paperbabe stamps which can be bought from Kim’s Etsy shop.  There is also a challenge on the Paperbabes blog and this weeks challenge is a picture/colour inspiration challenge.  The main image on my card I bought as a digital image but can also be bought as a photopolymer stamp and coloured it in with Copics but Kim also sells photopolymer stamps and has also just released some of her digi images onto red rubber – so there really is something for everyone.

The sentiment I have used is one of her photopolymer stamps which has the fancy word Happy, which has more detail on than on my card but I needed to cut it slightly to fit onto my card.  To go with this lovely fancy word there are a variety of other words to make your own sentiment with.

I tried the stamps out with a variety of different inks to see how well they inked up and was very pleased that they came out perfectly each time.  I tried SU inks, Distress Inks, Momento and Archival ink pads and each came out with a nice crisp outline.  The stamps are very reasonably priced and the service was very quick.  I ordered the stamps on Sunday evening and they had arrived by Tuesday morning.  I would highly recommend them and can see some more sets appearing in my home very soon - as if I need anymore stamps!

It’s been a while since I have been inspired to take part in a challenge but these stamps really inspired me – it also means I now have one less Christmas card to make.

Last week I tried out a new cake recipe.  It’s from a book by Harry Eastwood called Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache.  The recipes use vegetables instead of some of the traditional ingredients you’d associate with cake making.  The one I made was Coconut Cake with Coconut Icing and it used courgette and it tasted delicious – very sweet and you would never know that courgettes were put into it.  This is fabulous as it now means I can get our youngest son to eat courgettes and he doesn’t even know – I just need to make sure I bake it when he’s not at home.  I took half of the cake into work and my work colleagues also thoroughly enjoyed it too.  I intend to make more cakes from this book in the coming months and said I would take them into work for them to guess which vegetable was used each time.


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Brag book library

I’ve finally got round to taking a photo of the brag bookcase library I have created.  I made my first brag book some weeks ago at Scrapbook Magic and have been making many more so I needed somewhere to store them safely.  So one evening I sat down and took some measurements and made my own bookcase for them to go in using chipboard, cardstock and beautiful Graphic 45 papers.  I thought I’d label each of the brag books with the paper range they came from but I didn’t realise just how many paper pads I had collected so another bookcase was required LOL.  You could squeeze ten books into the bookcase but it doesn’t really allow enough space once the books have been filled with photos and any other embellishments so I have decided to just put eight in each bookcase.  I still have a few more paper pads to use and with the new releases coming out soon I don’t think it will be long before the second bookcase is filled up too.

Yesterday it was Elisha’s 5th birthday and it was celebrated with a party in their local parish hall.  Two bouncy castles were hired which kept all of the children occupied for the whole duration so a very easy event to go to – if just a little noisy.  We took Logan and Savannah out to join in the fun with their cousins Elisha and Connor.  Elisha is mad on everything about Frozen at the moment and one of the bouncy castles was a Frozen castle (not literally).  As you can see Elisha had her Frozen outfit on with her face painted accordingly.  There was also a beautiful cake with the same theme.  I wasn’t able to take that many photos as they were all moving so fast it was difficult to get anything other than a blur.  On of Elisha’s aunties dressed up as Olaf and made a couple of appearances throughout the party which all of the children loved.  A fun afternoon for everyone – I even got to go on the bouncy castle too – well Savannah wouldn’t go on it at first on her own – any excuse really!
I somehow have managed to delete lots of comments from previous posts so my apologies to everyone who has been kind enough to leave me comments which are very much appreciated.  I think this is the second time I have hit the wrong button and done this but thank you for visiting me and taking the time to leave comments  I will try very hard not to do it again.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Halloween mystery SAL

Part two is progressing slowly, I’ve probably completed about half of it.  Part three arrived in my inbox last week.  With shift swaps time on this piece has been limited this month, after this week I will be back to my normal working pattern so hopefully I will get caught up with this soon.  I really would like to get it completed for Halloween this year.
The Christmas stocking has received more attention this week and it won’t be long before I can start working on the top half of the stocking.  Just a few more stitches on the present which I hope to get done tonight.  I’m leaving the gold thread back stitching until the very end as I don’t want to crush the stitches in the hoop. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The present is on it’s way

A little stitching update on the Christmas stocking.  I have been making steady progress on the second Christmas present and this is now almost halfway to completion along with the stitching below the present.  As always I am doing the backstitching as I go and I am also starting to put in some of the gold thread stitching.  I’ve been in to work this morning and it was chaotic – you’d think people would have something better to do over a bank holiday rather than spending it shopping and leaving their prescriptions until the last minute.  However I have been able to enjoy a peaceful few hours in the conservatory stitching this afternoon – DH and DS2 have gone out for the day so it’s been blissful.
Update on dad – we went up to see the consultant in Bath at the beginning of the week and they have said they can perform the operation on his aneurysm.  Before they can do that though the sore he had in one of his nether regions needs to be completely healed before they can do the operation as they cannot risk cross infection.  So it is very much a waiting game and keeping our fingers crossed that the operation happens before the aneurysm decides to burst.

I enjoyed some crafting time down at Scrapbook Magic again this week, working on some more brag books to go in a bookcase that I have made for them to go in.  I also did the scrapbooking class that Margaret holds each month.  I will hopefully be able to share my bookcase later in the week once I have made just a couple more brag books to fill it up completely – they are really great fun and so easy to make but I wanted them to have somewhere safe to store them.

I hope you enjoy the bank holiday weekend – I’m lucky enough to have the next four days off – yippee!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Silver wedding anniversary

It’s our dear friends Phillip and Karens silver wedding anniversary today and this is the card I made and sent to them.  It has been received safely and I hope they have had a wonderful day celebrating this milestone in their marriage.  Wishing you both much happiness and many more years together.
It’s also the first card I have made in ages.  I used some new embossing folders from Crafters Companion, new stamps from Heartfelt Creations and new dies from Tattered Lace, along with one of my favourite butterfly stamps and matching punch.  Lots of embossing both dry and heat embossing with silver embossing powder.  I really must try getting back into my card making as there is so much NUBS waiting to be used LOL!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Slow progress

Finally an update of my stitching projects which I know at least one person has been waiting to see.  I’ve made a little progress on the stocking but I am still working on the large present at the bottom right of the stocking.  I ran out of one of the green threads and one of the red threads so had to order them – unfortunately while I was purchasing them the Just Cross Stitch magazine Halloween edition dropped into my basket along with another chart – tut, tut.  There is always temptation when shopping at the Patchwork Rabbit.

I made a start on Part 2 of the mystery Halloween stitch from The Primitive Hare, but the frog decided to pay me a visit this week and the three letters that I have added were stitched and unpicked twice before I got them in the right place – had that blasted frog not made an appearance the word would have been completed.  Fingers crossed I have now sent him off to his pond where he will hopefully spend many a happy hour.

I have also been busy paper crafting.  I made this picnic basket from chipboard and the lovely Mother Goose range of papers from Graphic 45.  The original idea came from this tutorial for a jewellery box by Sweet Bio designs but because I was using chipboard and not recycled packaging the lid seem very unstable on the top of the box.  I decided to make the box lid fit on top of the box more snugly and then added the handle to make it look like a picnic basket.

I have spent some enjoyable hours down at Scrapbook Magic this week.  On Wednesday morning we had the tag workshop one which I have been doing every month and in the afternoon I did the Brag Book workshop which I couldn’t get to last week but Margaret kindly let me do it this week.

Lots of shift swaps at work recently to either take Dad to hospital appointments or for colleagues at work who wanted days off.  I’ve managed to get a shift swap for Monday 18th August as dad now has a hospital appointment in Bath with the consultant up there who is hopefully going to be doing the operation on his aneurysm.  Fingers crossed after this visit we may finally get a date for the operation.

I’ve also been able to spend some time with our eldest son and his family, including lots of bouncing on their trampoline and making loom band bracelets – we even had Sunday dinner with them last weekend – very tasty.

We had two tonne of gravel delivered just over a week ago which we spent an hour and a half shovelling into the wheelbarrow and taking it from the front drive to the back garden.  It was then another week before we got the time to then shovel the same gravel into it’s final resting place.  We have now almost completed half of the garden but there is still so much to do before it starts to look anything like the picture I have in my head.  When we’ve got the time we haven’t got the money and and when we got the money we haven’t always got the time but we’ll get there one day!