Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Tower of Treats

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while may remember that I gave my Granny a scrapbook for her birthday and was going to make some extra pages dfor her Christmas present.  Well here they are.........oops I didn't have time (again) so I went for a compromise and have done a shadow box as a gift instead. 

I think its called a shadow box because when you take a picture half the inside is in in shadow!  So here it is without the box.  Papers and embellishments by Cosmo Cricket -  Jitterbug with co-ordinating background from stash.  The picture is of my Granny and Grandad when they first met - she's the one on the left) at a holiday camp on the isle of wight.  The other 2 girls are her friends.

I wanted to give Granny something else too but she is so hard to buy for - she's 85 next year!  So I decided to make her up  hamper of all the things she liked.  I didn't have a basket though and didn't have time to buy one as Mum is taking the presents doewn to Ipswich tomorrow so I hit upon the idea of a "tower of treats"

Golly that ribbon tying was hard but we got through it and I'm very pleased with the result - let's hope she is too.  The boxes were bought from Home Bargains (where else) a few months ago and were £1.99 for 6 (I've got 2 small ones left over) and the ribbon was from my stash.

Easel birthday card for Rainmac

I'm not uquite sure that I've done this right because as usual I couldn't get youtube to work on the instruction dvd but it looks similar to everyone elses so I assume I got something right.

Papers are cosmo cricket jitterbug with a little bit of crate paper behind the stamped image.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Thanks Caroline

Lovely Caroline has given me a blog award.  Yay! and with it came a little one-word answer questionnaire to pass on

1. Where is your cell phone? erm......
2. Your hair? Brown

3. Your mother?  eccentric

4. Your father? asleep
5. Your favorite food? cheese

6. Your dream last night? don't remember

7. Your favorite drink? g&t

8. Your dream/goal? Marrying David Tenant

9. What room are you in? Lounge

10. Your hobby? Crafting

11. Your fear? Birds

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Settled

13. Where were you last night? Manchester

14. Something that you aren't? tidy

15. Muffins? Blueberry

16. Wish list item? early retirement

17. Where did you grow up? Sheffield

18. Last thing you did? Spoke to friend

19. What are you wearing? PJs

20. Your TV? Off

21. Your Pets? none

22. Friends? enough

23. Your life? chaotic

24. Your mood? tired

25. Missing Someone? yep
26. Vehicle? focus

27. Something you’re not wearing? makeup

28. Your favorite store? home bargins

29. Your favorite color? blue

30. When was the last time you laughed? Tonight

31. Last time you cried? Tonight

32. Your best friend? friends

33. One place that I go to over and over? parents

34. Facebook? Yes

35. Favorite place to eat? country pub

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

I'm most proud of making........

this beautiful boy!  Although to be fair I did have some help.

He'll kill me for sharing this photo when he's a bit older but I caught him with my hat on on the sofa on Sunday night.  Snuggled up ready for the x-factor result.

He's such a funny boy - I promised him a treat in home bargains today (I'm trying to distract him in there so he doesn't see the archaeology kit I've bought him for Christmas) and of all the things in there, he chose a little organiser box for 49p which he says he's going to use to keep all his 'crafty bits and bobs' in.  Or a "thinks" box (I promise this will become cleare in the next couple of days!)

Clearing the decks Part 3

And then I completed the Card I made for my tutorial last week - adding the star on a wire.  Here it is

It's advent today and I stopped up last night to wrap little boxes of smarties for "&sons" calendar.  His Great-Granny sent this lovely calendar in the post today which was a lovely surprise.  The little envelopes contain details of planned 'Christmas treats"

Clearing the decks part 2

This was lurking on my desk last Wednesday but I hadn't wuite finished it.  It's for a friend's stepdaughter who is 6 and likes pink and pink and PINK!

This took me very much out of mcomfort zone but I hope it will be ok

I have one more notepad order to do for her older sister and then I think I'll put them away for a while.  Ithink I may have had enough!

Clearing the decks part1

Who's been messing with the calendars? 
It CAN'T be December already! 
How did that happen? 
This was going to be theChristmas that I was really organised. 
Never mind, there's always next year.

After I'd civen myself up to panic for a while I thought I'd better clear the decks of a few things that have been hanging around my desk waiting to be finished so that I can get cracking on Christmas in earnest tomorrow (honest!)

So,  the fist thing I needed to do was get my sisters parcel out of the way - she's home for Christmas in a couple of weeks so this should be the last one I have to send out for a while.  In addition to the 'yellow submarine' scrapbook LO I've already blogged there's this page too.  All papers and embellishments from basic grey (cupcake) I opened my scalloped oval nesties that are for Christmas just to make sure they worked.

Was I right to confess in my letter that the boys' diet may have been up to 25% ice-cream some days on holiday?
 I like to send her something hand-made in her package too so I've made a little coaster calendar.  Thanks paddington for the calendar tabs! and also thanks to rainmac for the inspiration.

I've put a little magnet on the back just in case they don;t have nails in the wall (I'm assuming she has walls - her office is in a portacabin but she sleeps in a tent so I thought I'd give her more options. )

And finally I made a card to send with her package which also includes sherbert fountains, sherbert dip dabs, minstrels and some fake snow .  It's not her Christmas card but I thought I'd do something a bit Christmassy to get her in the mood