Well, Bonfire Night has come and gone although no doubt we will still hear fireworks going off for a few more days yet. Once 5th November is gone that symbolises a real start to Christmas preparation for me. I have already done quite a bit but I want most of it done by 1st December so I can have the main Christmas month to do all the nice bits.
A real leap of faith for me on Saturday Night. Abi asked if she could go out with friends to see a firework display in town. Obviously at night so this meant her wondering around with her girly friends in the dark and in the centre of town where people go drinking. The only stipulation I put on her evening was to phone me every 45 minutes. I know she is 15 but I can remember being 15 and can also remember going out with mates also meant eyeing up the boys. Which is fine, but you know what I mean. Its a worry.
She was as good as gold. Phoned me on the dot every 45 minutes. So I won't worry so much the next time she wants to do it. Who am I kidding? Course I will worry. But at least she is considerate and I can't ask much more than that.
Anyway, the weekend saw me crafting away. Now the kids are that little bit older I can have some time to myself and because Darren works most weekends I have designated every Saturday as a 'look after yourself' day. Which means the kids have to sort out their own food at lunchtime and then we usually have chips from the chippie for tea. This means I can craft the day away without seeing to the kids as well. Works fine. They are getting some cooking, or at least food preparing, skills and I am getting a virtually uninterrupted day. Abi, especially, is getting a good cook in the kitchen. She does a mean omlette. The boys can manage sandwiches or opening a tin of soup for lunch, but its all good....... :)
I finished an entry in the Retailers CJ I am in on UKS and this one was chocolate. So I did lots of chocolatey quotes - in a tree. Don't ask me why, I just fancied doing a tree.......hehe
I've had to resize and rejig this one to fit it all together instead of two separate pics, so please excuse the quality, best I could do quickly.
I did some layered flowers too, and added a bit of bling.
Used some gold acrylic paint under the oval plaque, which I then stamped a swirly design - Fancy Pants stamps I think it was - and then scuffed it a bit to take away the 'newness' of it. Chipboard plaque which says about the choccie I like.
Boo! I desperately need a decent white pen. I have several but none of them are good enough for writing with. I do quite like this one though, a Uni Paint Marker, that I used to frame the ATC. Gives a paint effect and you could get high of the fumes I'm sure. A very smelly pen!
Isn't the spider stamp cute too. Part of the October Kit on Bubbly Funk - I had to have me one of those!
I also managed to get another CJ layout done. Very pleased that I managed to get three projects finished in a weekend.......
This is one for the Bubbly Funk CJ. This was Linda's theme and called 'A Night at the Movies'. I had to do Meet Joe Black, only one of the bestest films EVA!!
We had to use the star template as part of the layout with a piccie of ourselves on it.
There is a tag that pulls out of the top of the film pic which gives a bit of info avout the film.
All put together with plenty of stitching and bling........
So, I am up to date - well, almost - just have my recipe cards to do........