Aye, aye, ayeeeeeeeeeee.
Im two years closer to the big 4-0.
I don't want to be forty, I will try to remain forever in my 30's (with the help of lots of moisturiser, of course and few fibs on my CV).
So - Saturday:
Twas spent at Craftwork cards. The women there make me howl with laughter - I often don't feel like I am working when there is so much fun conversation going on. I used Sue's shimmery collection to make these pretty mini pizza boxes, the sliding widget card (Thanks to Monica's inspirational tutorial HERE) and a surprise wobbly flowers gift box.
You can watch this quick demo of the card in action here but I do not talk because I was shy for about 4 minutes - which is a first...mwahahahahhaha!
This box concealed a little wobbling flower which made everybody giggle - maybe they were thinking rude things like me!
This is the pizza box and card combo:
There is not much scrapping going on at these workshops but I think the girls are open to mini photo projects which might ease them into the big old bad world of the scrapper. I'm there again on the 7th March if you are at a loose end (its in south Leeds, near Stourton).
I woke up to a cup of tea from Dy, which was lovely but I can't drink tea that early (much to her disgust) but the thought was appreciated all the same.
We got to the studio for 9.20 to round up some odds and sods before my class started at 10.
As if my PC issues on Thurs/Fri were not enough, they were actually enough to prevent me from printing out the class papers in full until Dy had gone to get me a new cartridge. My Mac had died from lack of energy (plus I didn't bring my charger) which meant I had to load my printer on to Dy's laptop also feeding the images I had desperately salvaged to go with it which meant I didn't have a second to stop and think about it being my birthday for some time.
As I taught the workshop, each project had to be done in "bit" form and not until the last minute did they all come together. It was such a palaver, to a certain extent and fortch I had very understanding and very good fun students with the patience of angels. We used all my printables which the girls ooh'ed and ahhhh'ed over; I was grateful for that response as you do worry about other peoples expectations. Again we made the spinny card and mini pizza boxes with a layout and some more cards and a suprise box gift (you get 5 hours of goodies at Dy's workshop!) See how the flower shifts from side to side?
I couldn't even sell any CD's as they are 2 weeks away from coming off production however I will be demonstrating them at the Harrogate show on 28/29th March so look out for more on that laters. But I actually might have them on sale next week.
**I cant believe the 3 months its taken to make all those images and brand the packaging with all my love and devotion whilst trying to fit Christmas and CHA in amongst other commitments along the way (which, as you know - I almost lost all tha data last Friday which just about saw me dead).**
The girls were so much fun to be around and then at about 2pm Dy comes out with little cuppy cakeys with candles on them and everyone sang Happy Birthday - yummy...thank you :) Also Dy had bought me a beautiful bunch of roses and lilies which are currently residing on my sideboard and looking very springful :) Im at Dy's again on the 7th March and its a class you won' want to miss. Im doing a textured canvas (held up by a huge, funky peg) which will look elegant in any room as we are using mono chromatics. I think a sneak of that will be ready by Thursday :) Im even creating a beautiful paper which can be printed to compliment it.
I had to leave as soon as the classes dispersed as I had one excited little lady at home wanting to make a fuss of my birthday celebrations plus my bro and sis in law had stopped by to enjoy a yum lasagna that Mark had prepared.
Belle bought me the best present ever; these lovely funky heart earrings with the most subtle wee diamonds set in the erm, septum?! LOL My in laws had bought me a cooks blow torch which I have been hankering after for moons and moons. Perfecto for creme brulees and singeing hairs on arms, hands and faces. Plus I gots some beautiful tulips from them too. I was thoroughly spoiled :)
Marks gift to me was giving me £100 to spend when I went to CHA which was spent in Target and the duty free ;) I even came home with spare dollars which will come in handy as we **might** have to go out to the USA again with Belle. I also got these babies too........ I do love my shoes. Shoes fit no matter if you are porky or slinky........ shoes rule.
Mark bought me a cake but we didn't have the fanfare of candles in this house (bah humbug) but everyone sang Happy Birthday and we tucked in.
I love this pic of belle with lasagna all around her chops!
I ate so much sugar that it was no wonder I was buzzing! Then when I checked my emails I had gazillions of well wishes from facebook buddies and blog readers alike. Honest to blog, it was overwhelming - Thank you xx
All in all it was a super duper weekend even if I did turn a year older. Not counting down the days until the next one - I'll just let that bugger creep up on me!
Monday was spent catching up and coming down. Belle was off sick from school (and believe me, I know when that kid is faking it because there was no way she would miss food tech classes on a monday) Little love vegged on the sofa watching all sorts of kiddy brain mushing crap. I had some digi work to continue with which meant i could sit in the lounge with the dog on my half dead mac. He is such a good companion with very little needs except for a good old walk once a day and lots of love. He spent minutes with me and minutes with Ellie all throughout the day.... he was spoiled for choice on the loves and he couldn't make his mind up on who he wanted attention from the most. I secretly hoped he would pick me for the whole day but also loved that he shared his gaseous backside with Ellie too.
Today I went into domestic overdrive. I feel really guilty about slacking in the house recently because of the tight schedule of making up the CD. Ive neglected the cooking and some cleaning which Mark remarked upon the other day. So yes, it was totally a guilty conscience that set the domesticity on. So I went shopping for ingredients to make a roast chicken dinner tonight (check out Ellies cabbage face made with a savoy leaf and carrot peelings). She did this to cheer me up as I try to manage 4 gas rings, an oven and a steamer without spontaneously combusting!and a Chocolate velvet torte (TO DIE FOR!). The recipe is here and you will be pleased to know I didn't burn it (like I did the Yorkshire puddings) because there is no baking involved. You have to try this recipe and when you do, buy Tesco or Sainsburys own BASIC dark chocolate at 25p a bar because you would never know that you didn't use proper cooking chocolate. I, ahem, may have slipped with the brandy too ;) Plus the chill time for mine was only two hours and it was perfect.
If you are tee total, switch the brandy for 2 tbs of liquid coffee. Im feeling so wifey that I did the 50's thing and tonight I shall go to bed guilt free because there is enough pud left for 2 more nights; that is, of course if Mark doesn't troff the lot tomorrow for his lunch pack up.
Whilst eating our dinner we watched Doctors and Nurses at War. Why did I do that? It was all blood and gore and it made me feel sick. Not because of the blood and gore but because of what the poor bloody soldiers are going through in Afghanistan. Its still driving me mad that it all goes on without anyone giving a hoot and instead, complaining about the credit crunch. We are all going through money worries (including marks work again and who all have had to take a pay decrease :() but when you see the state of what those men and women are going through, it beggars belief. I commented last week that if you are game and if you are that way inclined, perhaps some of you may know someone who may consider joining up to serve shoulder to shoulder with those guys; as now is a good time to join up. It got misinterpreted on the way by one person claiming that I was basically condoning people to join up and become cannon fodder. It riled me because that goes to show that these people have no respect for the guys already out there doing their job - and doing it well.
My friend Steph has her husband out there in one of the worst parts of Afghanistan and I admire her patience and fear whilst he is away. Whilst I complain about being publicly slated for anything I say or do - its nothing compared to what she gets on the US version of "that blog". Women on there treat her pretty bad and even wish her husband dead. All i can say is that I am grateful that communication isn't like that over here, yet. Can you imagine that, though? It makes me want to vomit.
In light of that and in light of what she has arranged for her husbands company I would like to extend to some of you readers an invitation to make blank greetings cards to send to our own soldiers so that they can send them on to their loved ones. The soldiers out there have no access to shops to buy such things and if you get a moment or two - would you be able to send me some blank birthday and "love you" cards plus any suitable greetings so that they can be dispersed amongst those lonely hearted soldiers to forward on to there loved ones? My sister and brother have great connections to get your cards posted out in bulk (as they are both serving right now) so your donation will get to some deserving squaddy who would love to send something pretty to his miss/mrs/even mr!!!! When my husband served in the first gulf war, he would have LOVED this kind of thing - so lets make it happen. I know lots of other groups who collect cards for certain Batallions/Squadrons so with that in mind Ill check with my sister to see if there are any corps that are lacking from donations. Email me for my address and before you post it to me, you might want to take a picture (and mail me that too) which I promise to share on my blog to help with the effort **ETA - thanks to Max for reminding me about a cut off time - perhaps End of April to get them to me, please?** Everyone who donates a card will go into a prize draw to win something scrappy/carfty lishus :)
**Tomorrow I have more sneakers of my new CD and the link to my new PP blog :) ...... I can't believe it's all finally happening :)**