Monday, 3 October 2016

WOW I Got Busy !!!

Just as the school summer break finished the card requests came flooding in.

This card was a cousin of mine

And this one for my darling hubby

Another from me, this time for my Sister-in-law in NZ

This card was for my bestest friend ever.  We have been friends for the best part of 40yrs now.

A cheeky card for my Brother-in-law LOL

And this card was also for a very dear friend of mine, we met on the first day at Secondary school way back in 1975.

The next few cards are all for the same lady who bakes & decorates the most amazing cakes and loves nothing more than running - personally I'd rather bake a cake LOL

This final batch are all for the same lovely couple celebrating their Ruby (40th) Wedding Anniversary

That's all the cards for now but I have a long list of cards that I need to make for Birthdays before Christmas and of course I have the most important card of all to make - an Anniversary card for my darling hubby.  It's our Silver Wedding Anniversary on 26th October.  I can't believe it is 25 years already.  I am also making a celebration cake for the occasion, which I am also decorating myself, so watch this space.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Still Summer

Its still summer so I am hoping that is the only reason my card requests are so sparse.  Here are only ones finished since my last post.

There is one more but it's still on my camera, so I will save that for next time.

No what else has happened since my last blog - oh yes we made sure the dogs had their annual booster and also Robbie had his summer trim - first pic is of Rosie waiting patiently in the car for him to come back.

I got a quote recently for a new kitchen and OMG it was €8,100 + appliances !!! However, a neighbour recently got her units painted to cream from Pine and WOW it looks fantastic, so we have asked her painter to come and give us a quote too.  So I have had another sort out and got rid of everything I didn't need anymore or have never used and donated it all to charity.  Now everything is much more accessible.  So watch this space for future updates on the Kitchen front.

My other half has been doing so well with his weight loss lately.  He was told he had to lose 3 stone before they would give him a knee replacement.  Well in the last 3 months he has lost 1 & 1/2 stone just by giving up chocolate and walking at least once a day.  But now that Rosie has discovered the delights of "walkies" she loves going with him too.  Poor Robbie has been afraid of the lead since he was a puppy and hides whenever he sees George getting ready to go or sees a glimpse of Rosie's lead.

Still baking occasionally though, most recently it has been scones - George loves them (I do too LOL)

BTW we don't have any bunnies under the shed anymore - I think Rosie scared them all off LOL

I have started to sort out my stash again, so will be having a little sale very soon, no papers this time but plenty of stamps, punches and flowers I think.

A part from being hooked on the American "Flipping" and "Dream Home" programs I have recently discovered another - "Say Yes to the Dress" - I love it LOL and as for the Olympics, I didn't realise I liked watching athletics so much.  Saying all that though, I am missed Casualty at the moment and can't wait for TGBBO to start this year and of course Strictly.  Was a shame about the Musketeers ending though, it was lovely eye candy for a Saturday evening.

Enjoy the recent sunshine everyone.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Slow down for Summer

Last year the requests for my cards went through the roof, this year is a different story though,, since my last post almost a month ago I have only been asked to make 3 cards.  They are shown below.

I stopped baking for a couple of months as we both needed to lose weight but especially my hubby as he needs 2 knee replacements and they won't do it until he loses 3 stone.  Well he is half way there now and he has done so well.  He mainly lost it by giving up Chocolate - he is a self confessed chocoholic and I think it was has for him to give up that as it was for him to stop smoking !!!

Anyway I had to give into my urge for baking, especially as I didn't have any cards to keep me busy.  I made my usual Fruit Scones but also found a lovely recipe by Odlums for Bran & Raisin Muffins - OMG they are to die for !!!

We had to get Rosie trimmed again cos her fur grew and grew and she looked so shaggy LOL but look at her after pic, she looks like a completely different dog. But she is still as cute and lovable as she has been for the whole year we have had her.  She had just had her second season, and the best I can say about that is that she took a huge fancy to Robbie and for a while it looked like he had 6 legs instead of his 4 because she was continually hanging off of him LOL  We will get her operated on soon but I dread the thought of it, she's my baby after all.

We or should I say Rosie, have discovered a family of rabbits are living under our shed - now Rosie, as it turns out, is a hunting dog and likes nothing better than chasing the poor bunnies around the garden.  She also dislikes cats with a passion, so I guess I won't be getting another cat then.

Finally this is a picture of just one of the wonderful sunsets we have had recently.  It looked like the sky was on fire.

Now I need you all pray that I win the lotto or something because I am sick of looking at my kitchen.  Plus I need to change my cupboards for drawers as I can't see what is in them anymore.  If it isn't on the front of the top shelf, I don't know its there and I can't get to it.  I went to Clonmel Kitchens the other week and OMG their kitchens are to die for.  I could just get the units painted but that wouldn't solve the problem of the cupboards.  Either way I need new worktops as I have to get a new hob & sink and my oven is also on its way out.

OK time for lunch now, so I hope to be back soon - remember those kitchen prayers now LOL

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

No Sun but a Strawberry Moon for the Longest Day ???

Last night the, second only in a life time, Strawberry Moon was supposed to visible but as usual there was too much cloud. So I have missed it twice, the first time I was too young to even know what the Moon was let alone why it was called a Strawberry Moon.

For those that still don't know (cos I didn't until yesterday either LOL), courtesy of Wikapedia :-

"A full moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth. This occurs when the moon is in opposition to the Sun (when it is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun; more precisely, when the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees).[1] This means that the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the Earth (the near side) is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round (while the far side is almost completely unilluminated)."

Anyway enough of my waffling, here are a few cards I made recently, hope you like them.

This first card is for my best friends whom I have known for the best part of 40yrs. I miss them every day since I left London 18yrs ago.

Next card is for a cousins wife who has to be the youngest 60yr old I have every known, honestly she never looks any older.

And the next two are to celebrate the birth of a good friend's 2nd Grand Daughter.

My kitchen needs a bit of updating, so I am slowly moving things around to make it look different and a bit less cluttered. 

I have a small collection of cows - not real ones you understand - and they were all on my windowsill making it look too crowded.  So last weekend I bought 3 corner shelves and my hubby put them up for me yesterday.  Had to knock off two rows of my tiling first though.  So now my cattle are all together in their new home.  The wall will be repaired when we get around to decorating.

Also recently painted the bedhead wall in our bedroom and I absolutely love the colour, it's a teal colour by Dulux called Hepburn Blue.  Here's a pic but sorry about the state of the bed LOL

And this is a lovely Orchid picture on a teal background that I have on the next wall, which is painted cream like the other 2.

One last picture for today and that is of me with my new hair do, yes I finally got to have it coloured and cut.  Honestly it was so grey and bushy this morning but now, I just love it !!!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Phew it's been hot !!!

Thank god the summer started at long last and OMG it's been hot.  It's not often that the temperature, here in Ireland, gets to the mid 20's but that's were it's been lately with almost everyday hitting 25 degrees C  But saying that it has been raining for the last 2 days LOL

Under the following pictures of my recent cards are some pics taken from my garden during this lovely weather.

As usual all my images are coloured with Copics and all my supplies are from Cardz n Scrapz

 (and yes before you comment I know about the typo)

As promised some pics from garden.