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Friday, 18 December 2015

CAS Christmas card

A while ago I made some cards and tried out for the Stamplorations CAS Design Team, sadly I didn't make the team but I had fun coming up with three different cards for my submission.  My first one was a Christmas card using the Stamplorations Artsy Border Maker set.  I created a tree stencil and used the scallop border to create the tree and a different border for the trunk.  The sentiment is a Clearly Besotted stamp.
























I am afraid I have fallen behind with my tags, although I do have four more almost completed, a few finishing touches are required before they can go on my star decoration.  It's been a busy, busy week and is obviously not going to get any less so for a while but fingers crossed I can get them completed soon.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Like buses, tags 9, 10 and 11

Just popping on quickly to show you tags 9, 10 and 11.  Tag 9 was made using scraps of paper for the candles and the SU Bird Builder punch for the candle flame.  I even got out some Sheena dies for the first time and added some foliage.

Tag 10 again just using scraps of mountboard and paper to create some presents and grouped together.  I also used SU’s Tiny Tag punch for some labels – sorry about the glare on this one.
For tag 11 scraps of card stamped with SU’s Reason for the Season with matching punch to make up my Poinsettia tag.  Stickles added to two of the tags for some Christmas sparkle.



I will be back tomorrow with tags 12 and 13 but here are 9, 10 and 11 on my star decoration.

Right, off now to stuff my face at another Christmas meal LOL!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

This week certainly seems to have flown by way too quickly for me.  Tags are still being made but I’ve not had time to take photos and post about them this week so over the next few days I will hopefully bring those following along with them up to date.

Day 8 and I used an SU stamp set which had this Nutcracker design and there is also a matching die to cut out his moustache.  A quick and simple tag which was just coloured in using Promarkers and Copics.  I did add some clear Wink of Stella to the moustache but it doesn’t really show up in this photo.


Here he is on the star decoration which is filling up nicely.

One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging this week is that I have been spending time working on our Christmas jigsaw.  We managed to get it completed this evening.  Lesley you guessed the correct puzzle we were working on so if you could e-mail me with your address I will pop a prize in the post to you.















We have also spent time doing some Christmas shopping.  On Wednesday I met up with my friend Jenny and we managed to get some of the gifts we wanted and had lots of laughter too.  Yesterday we met up with our daughter and started the day off with a nice cooked breakfast in a cafe in town to set us up for the day of serious shopping.  I was also able to fit in a nail appointment and so my nails are now a nice glittery yellow colour ready for the works Christmas meal on Sunday.  Lots of presents bought, just a few more to get now.

While we were shopping we came across a man creating sand art – when we first saw him he had only just started the adult dog but when we passed him again later in the day the dog had produced two puppies.  I’ve always thought this is a very clever art form.
















Yesterday evening it was the model railway Christmas meal – a very pleasant evening, good company and very tasty food of which we ate far too much.  We managed to work some of it off by walking a fair way to catch our bus home.

Today our youngest son and the gorgeous Harlee-Jay came round to visit us – he’s growing so quickly and has such a charming smile. 

Lots planned for tomorrow including lunch at my brother-in-laws to celebrate Christmas early with him and his partner as they are going to be flying out to Australia for Christmas and then in the evening my works Christmas meal.  I hope you have all been having a fun weekend too.





Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Frosty the snowman


I made a snowman round and fat,
And on his head I put a hat,
He sat out in the sun all day,
And slowly melted all away,
But I can tell just where he sat,
Because he didn't take his hat.

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My punch art snowman tag for day seven.  By the time I got home yesterday evening it was too late to post this tag.  Lots of different punches used to make this snowman – still not sure if he is complete, DH says he needs some hands but I’m worried they might be a little fragile.

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Snowflakes

It’s been a lovely chilled and relaxing day today.  This morning we had our usual trips to see our parents.  In the afternoon we snuggled down to watch Elf the Movie – my choice this year, neither of us had seen it before and we loved it.  After the movie we managed to get some of our Christmas puzzle done – still lots and lots to do yet.  If you read my post here you will see that I am having a little giveaway for anyone who guess which puzzle we chose to do this year.

This evening we watched Strictly the results show – was surprised to see Georgia in the bottom too, but was a little annoyed that Craig blamed the public for putting Helen into the dance off.  At the end of Saturday evening the judges had placed them second from bottom on the judges leader board so from that result they are just as much to blame.  Rant over.

Today's tag needed to be quick and simple as I didn’t make a start on it until after watching Strictly.  I stamped three of the snowflakes from SU’s Flurry of Wishes onto blue cardstock in Island Indigo ink and then again on white cardstock and then added some iridescent embossing powder for some sparkle.  To the centre of the snowflake I added a snowflake brad and a tiny number 6.
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Once again a picture of how they are all looking on my advent star.  My thinking cap is already trying to come up with another tag for tomorrows post.  I hope you are enjoying seeing my little creations each day as much as I am making them.
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Catch up post

Back in October when we were on holiday you may remember I went to a class at Scrapbook Magic where I started to decorate a frame to turn into a Christmas countdown.  I did actually get it completed in time to and put up on the wall but forgot to take a photo of it.  Most of the snowflakes, poinsettias, vines, etc where cut out while I was at Scrapbook Magic, but I added the cinnamon sticks, cream berries and stars which were in the potpourri I had changed out a while ago so some recycling done there.  I also collected some pine cones that came from a tree that is by the Dr’s surgery on the green opposite our house.
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Below is a photo of all the tags that had been made up until Friday – DH had taken the photo but had forgotten to e-mail it to me so there was no need for explaining myself after all!
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I had to go into work yesterday as part of a shift swap but the time went by very quickly.  DH met me after work and we did some food shopping and then called round to see friends on the way home.  By the time we had eaten and watched Strictly I only had a small amount of time to put together yesterday’s tag.  I was too tired to blog yesterday so this is why this is a catch up blog post.
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I’ve used a retired SU stamp and die set to create the tag.  The tag shape again I die cut from some scrap board from packaging and covered in a neutral coloured cardstock and then inked it with TH Distress Inks.  The houses were also coloured using Distress Inks.  I was amazed at how quickly it came together and how little brain power it took up, which was just as well as there wasn’t much brain power left by the end of the day LOL!
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And here they are altogether on my star which is starting to fill up nicely now – I wonder if I will be able to get all 24 tags on there?
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Following on from making my Christmas tree tag on Friday I used the same principal and managed to make ten cards with more torn scraps from the same papers I’d used for the tag.  That has boosted my cards for this year and might now just have enough for the ones that need to be posted soon.  Fingers crossed I will be able to get a few more quick cards made this week which will be hand delivered.

I will be back later with tag 6.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

Tag No 4 started off very differently than the finished result – not least of all the actual shape of the tag which went from a star to a tree.  I cut out a Christmas tree shape from some recycled board that came with a package.  The tiny piece of brown cardstock for the tree trunk I ran through a woodgrain embossing folder and then inked to give some texture, not sure how well this shows up in the photo but looks better for it.  It was then time to delve into my scraps box for various papers in shades of green which were torn, inked and then glued to the tree shape.  The red star and sentiment came with a Christmas kit I purchased from Shimelle Laine – this was a fantastic kit, so many lovely products in there to work with my Christmas projects this year and no doubt many years to come.  The number 4 came from Creative Memories sticker sheet that have been in my stash way too long, but they are now in my craft room so should get used up on lots of LO’s over the coming months.  Finally some Stickles glitter was added to give the appearance of tinsel on the tree.
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I appear to have broken my camera so at the moment I am relying on DH to take photos on his mobile and e-mail them to me (until we can figure out why my phone won’t send them via e-mail).  Unfortunately while he took a photo of the tag on the star he didn’t take one of all the tags so you can see how the star is being filled up.  Hopefully I will explain myself clearer tomorrow LOL.
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Today’s photo prompt is CARDS.  I am having a bit of a play on words with this prompt as on the CARDS today for me was to decide which of the two Christmas jigsaws, which my mum has loaned me, I would make a start on for this month.  Last year I decided to challenge myself to complete a Christmas themed jigsaw puzzle during the month of December.  Last year I managed to complete the puzzle I think within a week.  My biggest dilemma was deciding which one to do this year and which to leave until next December.

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Which one would you have chosen?  I have made a start on one of them this evening and have almost managed to complete the outside of the puzzle – I obviously need to go through the box again to find the missing edge pieces – I thought I’d picked them all out but obviously didn’t.
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When I have finished the chosen jigsaw I will post it up on my blog – but for a little bit of fun anyone who guesses right I will enter you into a prize giveaway which I will post out in the new year.  Have a great weekend and thank you for visiting today.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Third day of tagging

Today I used a stamp set and matching dies to create this wreath tag.  I cut multiple layers of the wreath from scrap card to get the thickness for the tag.  After layering up the die cuts I stamped the wreath image which is a three step stamp set from SU and added this as the top layer.  I’ve added some gems for the berries for some sparkle.  The bow was run through an embossing folder to give some texture and I went over the top of it with my clear Wink of Stella pen.  The sentiment was another die from the same set which I cut out in gold and red to give a shadow effect.
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Here is the tag in situ on my star decoration.  While I’ve been at work today I have been thinking of what shape to do next for tomorrows tag.
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Todays photo prompt is Dear Santa.  I’ve cheated a little with this one and found a Dear Santa letter, printed it out and photographed it but I intend to use this on a scrapbook layout this year and also add it to my December journal.
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Red tag

A quick and simple tag today as it has been a very busy day.  The photo prompt for today is RED and so to make my life a little simpler I have made a red tag in the shape of a Christmas ornament.  I’ve used a border stamp to add some gold embossing powder and wrapped some gold thread around it too.  The sentiment is from a stickers sheet as is the number.
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Here it is in place on my Christmas stars.
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This morning it was Logan and Savannah’s nativity which I, along with their two great grandmothers and DD went along to watch.  Logan was a star and Savannah was a cow and the title of the nativity was Bethlehem’s Got Talent.  It was really sweet to watch and they all seemed to enjoy themselves.


After the nativity it was time to take mum food shopping before heading back home and making up some thank you treats for my group of crafting friends who place orders with me for SU goodies.  I made them these but decorated them with snowflakes and embossed them with iridescent embossing powder.  I will take a photo of them later and try to remember to post them on my blog tomorrow.  Inside they have some chocolate treats.

Outside The supermarket they had a couple of donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary and they were wearing their red Santa coats – they looked so cute.  I did manage to get a couple of photos of them so they would have also done for the red photo prompt.  I will be using those photos for my December journal

We are now looking after Harlee-Jay for a couple of hours while mummy is seeing to the horses and daddy is at work.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Advent

How did it get so late so soon?” 
― Dr. Seuss

Anna of Mrs Brimble’s blog has put another photo prompt up for December.  I really enjoyed taking part in the October prompts so thought I’d give it another go as I can also include it with my December daily journal which I attempt every year – some more successfully than others – well actually if I complete it this year it would be the first time of succeeding!  To me though it’s all about trying to have fun through the month of December which can at times be stressful.

Now although I have made lots of advent treats for others this year I don’t ever make any or buy any for myself.  So I thought I would create a tag for each day and instead of counting down I would work my way up to advent.

Many years ago I bought two wire stars to be put up in the house but we could never decide where we wanted them so they lay on the top of our wardrobes for quite a while.  This year though I decided it would be nice to put them up in what has now become my craft room (thank you youngest son for moving out LOL).   While I was at work yesterday DH put them up for me – not exactly where I had intended or in the positions I had in mind but I am grateful that they are now on the walls rather than gathering dust on the top of the wardrobes.
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I thought I would hang my tags up on the stars and use them as my advent calendar for this year.  The lighting is terrible today so I haven’t been able to get very good photographs to show you.  As per usual I am trying to use up scraps of paper and embellishments that have been in my stash for quite some time.
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Creative Christmas Art

We were invited out to our eldest son’s for Sunday roast today and what an amazing job he did – it tasted delicious.  During the afternoon I did some colouring with Connor and Elisha and we played Pay Day which was great fun.  But the highlight of the day was when my daughter in law presented me with this picture – I love it.  Connor and Elisha had previously had fun painting their feet and with mum’s help they turned their footprints into this amazing picture.  It’s an addition to my Christmas decorations that I will treasure for many years to come.
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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Nutcracker Trail

The sun decided to come out today but there was a cold wind in the air but it didn't stop us from catching a bus into town and going on the Nutcracker Trail which has been organised for the festive period. They are huge and scattered all around the city centre.  In total there are twenty to find
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Each Nutcracker has been named and they all have different moustaches.  There is a Nutcracker trail booklet which has a map showing you the rough location of each of them. 
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When you have found the Nutcrackers you have to write their names down in the booklet and post in one of the three special Christmas post boxes and you have a chance of winning an ipad mini.
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Most of the Nutcrackers are behind shop windows so taking a good photo of them all was not always possible but it was great fun trying to find them.
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We found them all, now all we have got to do is put their names in the booklet once we have figured out which moustache goes with which name.  It was nice to see that there were quite a few families going round and taking part – so much better than being stuck indoors and playing on games machines.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Shabby chic Christmas?

I spent quite a lot of time yesterday working on the Christmas treats but after lots of punching out of various shapes I decided to give myself a break and make a card instead.  Initially I looked around some of the challenge blogs and picked out a couple of sketches that I thought I would work with and then delved into my scraps box.  As I was going through the scraps I came across the Joeux Noel cut apart from Graphic 45’s 12 Days of Christmas paper range.  It’s not until now that I’ve taken a photo of the card that I’m wondering is there a Y missing from the Joeux?  My French isn't brilliant so to those who know I’m asking what is the correct spelling?  I'm sure when I was at school is was Joyeux.
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Anyway I’ve tried to go with the shabby chic and vintage look with this one – apologies for the poor picture quality but the weather outside is frightful yet again. I also didn't go with any sketch in the end and just let the card evolve.  I’ve added some extra holly leaves to give more dimension to the card, added some sparkly red gems for the holly berries and added Wink of Stella to the bow and holly leaves but sadly this isn’t really showing up.  The pearls I bought from Paperchase but they were more white than cream so I just coloured them with a Promarker to go with the scrap of lace ribbon.

Back to the Christmas treats this evening when I get home from work – lots of stamping and punching to do tonight to get them a step nearer to completion.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

WOYWW #337

This morning on my work desk for WOYWW are lots of jars waiting to be decorated as Christmas countdown jars for work colleagues and the start of other Christmas treats.  I also have the clear baubles and stickers that I would like to try and get round to decorating this year and on the right hand side is my planner/journal which I try to work on each day.  I still haven’t got round to using those blue baskets which were on my shelving a couple of weeks ago, but I have put my Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz papers in one of the left hand shelves so they are nearby to look at and stroke LOL. 
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I am feeling so much better this week compared to last Wednesday and I’ve managed to do a bit of Christmas present shopping with mum today – Savannah is all sorted now.  I picked up Harlee-Jay’s a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve got part of Connor and Elisha’s and will hopefully get the rest of it next week when I go shopping with Colette to buy Logan’s Christmas present and also his birthday present as his birthday is just before Christmas on the 19th.  I feel I am pretty organised on the present front but I am still way behind on my card making so I really need to try and knuckle down to making them this weekend.

Monday, 16 November 2015

At last–basket complete

It was another dreary day weather wise yesterday so it was nice to be able to sit down and work on the Country Cottage Sampler and forget about outside.  I’ve finally managed to put all of the stitches into the basket, I really didn’t think it would be quite so time consuming, especially as it was only filling in the spaces.  Anyhow that is now done and I can get back to working on the flowers coming out of the basket which will give a bit more variety to my stitching over the next few weeks.
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I had optimistically thought I would get this completed by the end of the year but somehow I don’t think that is going to happen.  Can I get it completed within a year of starting?  Hmm not sure on that one either as it was started in the middle of January so it only gives me about 9-10 weeks.  What I should really be concentrating on is enjoying the stitching process rather than a deadline otherwise it’s going to feel more like a chore.  Having said that it would be nice to get the left hand side of this piece completed by the end of the year which would just leave the bottom third to do next year.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Mojo recovered

I am relieved to report that the mojo seems to have returned.  After working with the sketch for yesterdays card. which I made another three of the same design, I was able to come up with some simple designs of my own using up the scraps.  Even the ribbons around the parcels were the cut offs from yesterdays initial cards.

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I am loving the beautiful die that came with the Create a Smile kit.  It’s one die but you get three different elements, the large snowflake, the tiny snowflake and the circle with the snowflake negative – very versatile indeed.

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The final card really is using up the tiniest of scraps.  I’ve used my SU tiny banner punch and some of the twine from the kit for the top left corner and then cut strips of paper to make the Christmas tree.  The alphabet stickers came from an old scrapbooking kit.  I think I need to add some bling to the snowflake on top of the Christmas tree to finish this one now.
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Tomorrow we are going to a Christmas Fayre at Buckland Abbey which I am really looking forward to.  It will be the furthest I have ventured all week.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Try Stampin’ On Tuesday

I am way behind on my Christmas card making this year and still have a tonne of scraps I want to use up.  Time to pull my finger out and get Christmas crafting but Mr Mojo seems to have disappeared.  So I went searching for some challenges I could take part in hoping that I could get some inspiration.  I came across a sweet sketch on the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday blog and finally came up with this card.
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The papers came from a kit I got from Create a Smile recently so technically not entirely scraps – although one of the pieces was left over from another card I had attempted earlier.  The backing cardstock is from SU but I can’t remember what colour it is and the sentiment and ribbon are also from SU – those I can remember the colour is Real Red.  Nothing fancy but I should be able to make a few more of the same design ready to send off at the beginning of next month.

I’ve not been feeling very well this week, just an irritating cough and cold but I thought I’d get my chest checked out just for reassurance.  I also needed to check up on the outcome of a couple of recent hospital appointments so thought I’d kill two birds with one stone so to speak.  Unfortunately the Dr I had been seeing has now left our surgery (quite a few of the good ones have) and I was allocated a new doctor.  On the plus side I don’t have a chest infection which is good, but on the downside with regards to the outcome of the hospital appointments I came out being made to feel I had wasted everybody’s time.   Your tests are negative, there is nothing wrong with you, you don’t need any tablets, just get on with it regardless is what I was told by this Dr.   Now I feel as if I’m a hypochondriac and yet I’ve hardly ever been to a Dr in my life.  Oh well as my blog says SUch is Life.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Stamplorations November Challenge

I’ve been a member of the Stamplorations stamp club for a few months now but I have to confess this is the first time I have taken part in one of their challenges.  This card was made for their November Challenge – Theme and Sketch.  I decided to create a one layer card using the Mixed Media Grunge stamp set with just two ink colours.  The theme for this month is Newsprint and Stamps.


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 I masked off areas of the card with post it notes and used the newsprint stamp and the bar code stamp from the set in SU’s Baked Brown Sugar (now retired).  I then used one of the many other images in this stamp set to add a contrasting colour in SU’s Rose Red and added a sentiment from a Clearly Besotted stamp set.  A very clean and simple card which would be suitable for either a male or a female.

The postman has just delivered my stamp club kit and stencils for my October/November subscription which I am sure will give me lots more options to take part in more challenges.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Craft show at Birmingham NEC

On Friday I travelled up to Birmingham with four friends so that we could go to the craft show at the NEC.  We decided to make a weekend of it and had booked some rooms at one of the Premier Inns in Birmingham and we had a fabulous time.  Lots of laughter, good food, a few drinks and lots of craft shopping.  The only downside for me was an irritating cough that I still haven’t managed to shift.  Anyway onto my crafty purchases.

I saw this trio of cross stitch kits at the very beginning of my tour around the show.  I know I don’t need anymore kits but I’d said to myself when I first saw them that if they were still there at the end of the day then I was meant to purchase them.  So here they are – goodness knows when I will make a start on them but they don’t take up much room do they?
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The Spellbound Bead Co always has the most amazing stand with all it’s decorations and jewellery items and I couldn’t resist buying this small kit.  Not sure if I will get them done for this Christmas but they will sure look pretty on my Christmas tree one day.
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I only really had one thing that I knew I did want to get at the show and that was a few of the Tim Holtz mini distress ink pads to complete my set.  There will be another set to buy at the end of the year when all of this years colours have been released.  These will get plenty of use and I store them in one of the storage caddies that I have made at Scrapbook Magic.
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I love images of old fashioned Father Christmas’s and picked up this stencil.  It’s my intention to use it to decorate scrapbook pages, art journal pages and even canvases in the future.
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Mum and Dad had given me some money in case I saw anything that I would like for Christmas so when I came across an offer on the whole set of Aqua Tints I couldn’t resist.  The show offer was great value and they also came with a pack of Sheena’s Stamping card – just too good an offer to miss.  I will have lots of fun experimenting with these in the New Year.
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There was so much temptation there but I thought I did pretty well resisting spending more.  I do know that all of my purchases will get used.  Did you go to the show?  If so what did you buy?

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

WOYWW #335

I’m finally getting back into regular crafting mode after our holiday break a couple of weeks ago.  This week on my work desk are the remnants from my Halloween treat makes which also includes some leftover chocolate treats – I guess I’ll just have to finish them off myself LOL.  I have also been working on some cards which I am unable to show at the moment.  Today I picked up some beautiful teal blue baskets which I will be putting on top of my shelf unit so that I can bring out some more stash from my overflow cupboard in the spare bedroom.  The craft room is still a work in progress and despite the messy desk it’s being kept tidy and I’m gradually getting it to work effectively for me.  I’m off now to see what other crafters are doing over at The Stamping Ground blog
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Monday, 2 November 2015

Slow progress better than no progress

Yesterday was the first time I have been able to work on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler Sunday SAL.  I didn’t have a great deal of time though to work on it this week but some progress is definitely better than no progress at all.   I managed to complete the bottom half of the basket and add a little bit of greenery.  I won’t get time to work on it next Sunday as I am away for a weekend with some crafting friends.  We are going to Birmingham for a couple of nights and on the Saturday we will be going to the NEC for the craft show.  We are all looking forward to this immensely – it’s been a long time in the planning.
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I'm not sure how Barbi and Kati are getting on with their samplers as it's been a bit quiet for them on the blogging front.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Final photo prompt and my trick or treaters

It is probably no surprise that yesterday’s photo prompt was Halloween.  My dear friend Karen gave me this sweet pumpkin candle burner several years ago and we light it up each year and put it in the window by the front door to welcome our trick or treaters.
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A couple of our favourite trick or treaters came to visit with their friends yesterday.
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No more photo prompts but a big thank you to all those people that have commented on my efforts this month and of course to Anna of Mrs Brimbles for the prompts.  For November I am hoping to get lots of Christmas crafting done – wish me luck.