Sunday, 21 December 2008

Stitched Christmas Card Exchange.... and More

Reveal Day for the JA/S&S Forum Stitched Christmas Card Exchange has been and gone so I can now show you all the beautiful card I received from Rebecca (no blog, as far as I know).

I love it and, after the festive season is over, I plan on taking the card apart and turning the stitching into an ornie, so I can bring it out and see it every year. :0)

My partner was Dusty and this is the card I made for her:

  • Design taken from a chart in Cross Stitch Collection magazine, Issue 162;
  • Fabric:16ct white aida;
  • Threads: recommended DMC.

Dusty was my partner last year and I stitched one of the Lavender & Lace angel freebies for her, finding out afterwards that she actually collects angel ornaments. This year I decided to stitch something typically British - hope she likes it. The stitched area is only stuck down with glue dots, so it can be removed and turned into an ornie.

I do enjoy this Exchange and have my fingers crossed it will be run again next year. :0)

During that busy Friday I had I managed to get my cardmaking stash out to make a couple of cards. I seem to have been very disorganised this year (more so than usual) so hadn't managed to make more festive cards earlier in the year, as is usual. Thank goodness for ready-made embellishments is all I can say! Here's the one I made for my friend Alex and her family:

This one I made for my Pen Pal Maggie:

Very simple and easy to make - am quite pleased with the outcome. The cardmaking stash has been out again since, this time to make a birthday card for Alex but I won't post a pic just yet as it will spoil the surprise, as she occasionally reads my blog. ;0)

Sea Stars still hasn't had any attention so far this week and isn't looking likely to, I'm afraid, due to too many other things to do on the lead up to the festive season. As next Thursday is Christmas Day I won't be SAL'ing then and on Boxing Day we are spending the day with my DSis, so won't be stitching then either. Currently I'm trying to get another little ornie done: the little DMC Baubles kit I bought from Ribbons & Bows on Monday kept shouting too loudly. LOL Am hoping finishing inspiration kicks in when it's done so I can finish both this and the internet freebie one I stitched the other week. Watch this space......... LOL

Saturday I had my second Reiki session with Aureen. I started out with plenty of time beforehand but it seemed to disappear very quickly and it ended up a bit of a rush to get there - I don't think that helped, as I struggled to relax as fully as I did the first time. It was still a positive experience though and I shall go back again, when I feel the need. DH met me in Il Sorriso afterwards, where we had some dinner, before venturing further down the street so we could buy a present for my niece, Erin - result, so that's a biggie crossed off my list. When we got home DH went off to join DS at a local school hall to set up for the Rising Stars Christmas panto (children's version of the LTC)........ that was the last I saw of the pair of them until just after midnight. As everything went so well, and because the meal provided wasn't a big one, they decided to go off for a late dinner in one of the Chinese restaurants in town after they'd finished.

Sunday DH had to work again, so disappeared first thing, and DS went off to the LTC Guild Room mid-morning, to do some jobs. I pottered around doing various jobs, filled all the bird feeders in the garden (taking my time, as it was surprisingly mild out there), made the birthday card for Alex, read a little of my latest book, spent time on the computer and with DH and DS when they came home. Perhaps it may seem boring to some but as it was Yule everything I undertook on that day has an extra meaning for me, as I count each thing I do as a Blessing and thank the Universe for them. Though I don't practice the full-on rituals many Pagans and Wiccans undertake I do feel each thing I do on the Festival days has an element of ritual about it when it is consciously done, to the best of my ability and with gratitude. :0)

Today is my usual jobs day and Alex will be coming round for a coffee and natter this afternoon, a little earlier than ususal as it's now the school holidays. So far I've had my breakfast, prepared all the veggies and meat for a beef stew that's now going in the slow cooker, tidied up after that, have washed out the bathroom, tidied round here and there and cleaned the kitchen sink and am now having a chill out with a ginger and apple herbal tea whilst blogging. Rick and another chap turned up around 9am and set to with the carport roof - it's gone quiet while they have the hot drink I made them, so it's currently nice and quiet...... though that won't last for long, you can be sure. LOL

Many thanks for all the help with the fennel. Great website link, thanks Karen - lots on there I fancy trying. Am much happier now I know what to do with it. :0)

Well, I've got a downstairs loo that needs the attention of some Harpic and a loo brush so I'd best be off.

Hope you all had a great weekend and a pleasant start to the week. Many thanks for visiting. :0)

Yuletide Blessings To All

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Surprise Post Week

It has been a really good post week with some very nice festive surprises arriving. First to arrive was a package from Julie. She said it was OK to open it early so I was quite happy to oblige. ;0) Inside was a cute Christmas card and this gorgeous ornie:

My photography skills leave alot to be desired but I hope this close up pic will do it a bit better justice:

This is the back, which has a cute Santa and sleigh fabric:

It's so beautifully stitched and finished. Thank you again Julie for such a lovely keepsake - every time I look at it I remember the friendship it was sent with and am grateful for that Blessing. :0)

There were two more surprise packages later in the week. Here's what was in them:

The very cute snowman card and gold gift was from Karen and the lovely Wise Men and silver gift was from Helen. Thank you so much for your kindness. :0) I love both cards and the gifts have gone into hiding, to keep temptation away. LOL

I also received my card for the Stitched Christmas Card Exchange on JA/S&S Forum but I shall leave that and the card I sent for another time - stitching has been somewhat sparse lately, so I need to keep something back to post on. ;0)

I also had another surprise when Barb (no blog), a fellow JA/S&S Forum member and friend who very kindly RAK'd me with the Sea Stars chart, phoned me yesterday. A total surprise but a very welcome one - it was so good to put a voice to the name. I'm not sure how long we chatted but it must have been a while...... we certainly laughed a lot. If you're reading this Barb: did the christening go OK? Hope you were wearing thermals...... and so hope the babies didn't get dunked in the duck pond! Oh, and I did finally make myself eat that unnamed fish and salad. LOL

The Tesco delivery came last night. DH had forgotten it was coming and only beat it home by about ten minutes, so hadn't had time to eat his tea. So DH and DS helped unload everything into the house then DS shot off to his friends house (arranged before he knew this was coming), which left DH and I to put all of the frozen and fridge goodies away. DH then went to have his tea (as a diabetic he was pushing it eating that late as it was) so that left just me to carry on putting things away. It took a while - there was a lot of it. Then there was some laundry to sort and put in the tumble dryer after that. Outcome: one very tired short person because my stamina is shot to pieces at the minute. So no stitching done, even though it was Sea Stars SAL night. Bummer!

Today has seen waaay more happening than what usually does in this one horse neighbourhood. First up was a delivery of wood for the carport, followed a little while later by a delivery of guttering and UPVc panelling - former for the workshop and latter for the bit up the side of the sun lounge that still needs to be clad. Just as I'd taken my third mouthful of dinner a chap knocked, asking if I knew where the two Pete's lived, so I sent him next door - not easy when you're trying not to spit food all over and swallow without choking. LOL. Some time in the afternoon a delivery of our first organic vegetable box from Woodlands Farm was delivered - we'd been threatening to sign up for a while but the change to healthier eating prompted us to extract our digits........ anyone know what on earth you do with bulbs of fennel? Then Rick called round to check everything had been delivered OK and hefted the timber down the side of the house for me (delivery chap hadn't knocked, had just left it on the front drive where it could easily have been stolen!), so it's now safe behind the locked sidegates - Rick's fetching the roof panels and starting the jobs on Monday. In between I fielded several phone calls, made a few cards and scanned them, sorted laundry out of the tumble dryer and put it away, washed the pots, answered emails, checked the Forum and am now sat blogging. I so hope that little lot has burnt off a few excess calories! LMAO. I still need to write a letter to my PenPal, make a birthday card, sort out a package for posting tomorrow and cook/eat tea, so it's not looking very hopeful for a stitching session tonight. Oh well, DH is working again this Sunday so I guess I can have a catch up on Sea Stars then. :0)

Thank you for visiting and for all the lovely comments and if you're a newbie please say Hi - I don't bite. LOL :0)

I'm Still Here.

After a few days of not feeling all that great (sore throat problems and fighting off a cold plus start of a new food regime and taking herbal medicine) combined with a bit of a low I'm now feeling a bit more like being sociable and more in the mood for blogging again. A big thank you for all the well wishes and hugs for my Mum's recent anniversary - they really do mean a great deal, especially when I know several of you are also going through your loved ones anniversaries too. Big (((((((((HUGS))))))))) to those that need them - you know who you are. :0)

Now for a bit of a catch up. First up is last weeks progress on Sea Stars:

Things more or less went to plan: I got the larger motif finished, as I wanted to, then also added a tiny and a small motif and another fish. The plan went slightly awry when the frog came for a quick visit on the small motif: I stitched the outer edge first and didn't realise I was one stitch out until about three quarters of the way round. Bit annoying as I'd hoped to add another small motif. Oh well, that'll teach me not to double check these things earlier in the proceedings *sigh*.

Last weekend was a very quiet one by our standards. Saturday was foul, with the rain stair rodding down for much of the day, as well as being bitterly cold....... nope, we just weren't going to venture out into that except in an absolute emergency. Luckily one didn't happen so we stayed in watching cheesey old films on TV, pottering doing jobs and generally chilling. DH was so chilled he was almost comatose in his armchair. LOL He needed the recuperation after the week he'd had and with having to work on the Sunday. Whilst he was working I did a few house jobs, pottered doing a few other things and also finally made that new start I'd been threatening to have. Yay - about time too! I completed the stitching for that earlier this week and it's now waiting for me to add the charms and buttons, then find some inspiration for the finishing. Pic will come when it's done. :0)

Monday was my rescheduled Herbalist consult appointment. I made it down there on my own and had a two hour session with Jan and came away with a bottle of herbal medicine, a better idea of what to do with my food regime, a recipe sheet and another appointment with her in two weeks time. I'll post a bit more in depth about that on my other blog in the next day or so. I also made an appointment for a second Reiki session with Aureen, for this Saturday, so am looking forward to that.

Afterwards I went in to Il Sorriso for some dinner, as it was after 1pm by this time - the beef stew just gets tastier. When I'd done in there I walked further down the street to retrieve DS's waistcoat from the Dry Cleaners (furthest I've been down there on my on, so the comfort zone was stretched a little further), then called in at Ribbons and Bows for a look-see at the craft area. I had a lovely natter with the owner (used to be a regular in there, pre-agoraphobia days) and came away with these goodies:

Thought I'd try out the DMC dissolving canvas stuff that's being heavily plugged at the moment, so bought the Cinderella kit. Normally I don't do Disney but my niece Erin has a bit of a Princess thing going and I thought this would be nice to stitch on a piece of clothing for her. The little bauble kit looked a quick stitch and I fancy turning it into an ornie for my tree..... though I'll change the wording to suit. The ribbon is a lovely deep purple and was so cheap I had to get a couple of metres, as it'll come in useful for something at some point. LOL I also called in at Tesco Express for a few bits on my way back home.

I did some of my jobs before going out and did more when I got back in, ready for Alex coming for a coffee and natter. It was a shorter visit though, as she had to be back at school later for the concert. It's so frantic at the moment she's hardly got time to turn round but she has made the most fabulous fabric origami card that is finished with beads:

My picture is the best one of three I took and it doesn't do it justice at all. The card on the right is another handmade one that I received from Lynn - many thanks again Lynn. :0)
I love receiving handmade cards of all kinds. :0)

Rick, the fascia chap, came on Wednesday to measure and price up for the carport roof and for replacing the guttering on the side of the workshop with some decent stuff. Currently that has no down pipe and every time it rains it gushes off the end onto one of the paths - not very good when we have a frost soon after because when I need to go up there to get something out of the freezer and don't realise what's happened I end up slipping all over the place and almost falling. I've told my two they aren't getting their hands on the insurance money that easily, so it's getting sorted. LOL It's having guttering along the full length, with a section of downpipe that will have a barrel under it to catch the water, for watering the garden with........ should we actually have any hot weather next summer. He'll be here Monday or Tuesday to do the jobs as he wants to get it done before Christmas. After a week off sick and two lots of anti-biotics the poor lad has finally got his voice back and is feeling OK again and wants to make up for lost time.No stitching that night as we did an online Tesco shop and that seemed to take ages, as it was a combined cupboard restock and festive order.

Today I was at the GP's for the second fasting blood test...... only they didn't have a record of my appointment. Luckily I didn't have to tell the receptionist that if it didn't get done today I wasn't going back - she fit me in. So I should think, as it was their cock up and I've got the appointment slip to prove it! A different nurse this time and not a bruise in sight, despite filling three test tube thingies with blood. LOL I have to phone back next week for my results - any problems/shonky readings and they'll tell me the Doc wants to see me. Fingers crossed I don't need to go back, then! Tesco are delivering tonight so I doubt much else will get done - although it's Sea Stars SAL night. Will have to see what time they turn up and how shattered I am after putting everything away.

I've been really spoilt with some nice post days this week too but I shall do another blog post about that in the next few days - this one is already another epic! LMAO

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to visit, especially as it's such a busy time of the year. Hope you're all having a good day. :0)

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Ups and Downs

The new start still hasn't happened! By the time we'd prepared, cooked and eaten tea and I'd had a chat on the phone with my DSis (she's currently having her bathroom revamped and was totally unprepared for the mess that sort of job entails) and did a couple of other things I was shattered on Monday night. Bedtime came early for me - I went up around 10.30pm after realising my head was nodding whilst I was trying to answer emails!

Tuesday I pottered around but my head was a shed, so it was a case of starting something, then wandering off to do something else, then coming back to finish the first job. To be honest getting anything done at all was an achievement, with the anniversary of my Mum's passing on Wednesday and I was struggling to focus on much else beforehand - it's par for the course, judging by previous years experiences. I've learnt to just go with the flow.

With that in mind I got my cardmaking stash out on Tuesday and made the tag to go by Mum's name plaque:

I'm not totally happy with how it turned out (I didn't have a cream coloured tag and probably should have inked the lacy border with brown ink, not green) but inspiration was slow in coming. Still, it was made with love. :0)

Whilst I'd got the cardmaking stash out I remembered to make a card for Eleisha, DH's youngest niece.

Sorry about all the extra background - still trying to tame the scanner....... and failing miserably. DH posted it that night, so it will arrive in plenty of time - it's got to go all the way up to Glasgow, in with all the Christmas post.

The Christmas card writing didn't get far initially: I got the air mail ones and all those that had to go in packages written and sorted and then it all sort of stalled after that. DH thought he had done his bit........ he got me several books of second class stamps, for posting them. LOL I finally bit the bullet on Tuesday night, when I got fed up of the guilt trip every time I saw the box of cards, and got them all done. That was one marathon session and it meant I didn't do any stitching for UFO Night. Oops! Am hoping the extra I stitched on him earlier in the week will count towards it so Julie won't send Mr Stick round for a visit. ;0) LOL

Wednesday we were up bright and early to go over to Doncaster, posting all those cards on the way. We went to my DSis's first. The new flooring in the living room is lovely. The bathroom is a re-boarded and plastered shell with just a loo in it at the moment but the chaps are getting on with things fairly quickly, so it should be all done in time for Christmas. We went to the Servery for dinner (saved her cooking when the house is upside down) then went on to Rosehill to lay some flowers and clean the plaques. I also took a small windchime with me and hung it from the big blue spruce tree that's close to where Dad's ashes are. It's lovely to hear all the windchimes playing in the wind. It was bitterly cold, with frost still on the grass, so we didn't spend as long as usual there. When we'd had a coffee and a defrost back at DSis's we did a couple of runs to the amenities site, loading up The Tank with all the old living room flooring and rubble - as the workmen get charged if they take it, it seems they now leave it for the householder to dispose of. That's OK if you're a big strapping bloke with a large car or van, or someone with deep pockets who can afford to hire a skip....... not so great when you're a lone female with a small hatchback and a tight budget! DH then broke up the pieces of old cast iron bath into more manageable bits and left them down the side of the house for the local gypsies to take - they're always trawling round for metal so it won't be there for long. We didn't get back until late, so no stitching done at all.

Today I'm more my usual self again......... not sure if that's a good or a bad thing though. LMAO The fascia chaps mate has been to collect his ladders so I can now put things back to where they should be down the side of the house. We'll also be having an amenities site run of our own at the weekend, to get rid of all the old guttering etc and the off-cut waste from the new stuff that went up - no metal among it so our local gypsies aren't interested, unfortunately. LOL It's my neighbours eldest girls birthday tomorrow so I shall be making a card for her shortly and it's also Sea Stars SAL today - still no new start but at least I'll be stitching. :0)

Many thanks for the kind comments on SS and Night Watchman, they're very much appreciated. I've caught up on some blog reading/commenting but still have a ways to go - please bear with me, I'll catch up eventually. LOL

Thank you for taking the time to visit. Hope you're all having a good day and managing to get lots of stitching done. :0)

Monday, 8 December 2008

Updates and Wafflings

Not sure where the back end of last week disappeared off to. I had all good intentions of blogging again before the weeks end but it just sort of didn't happen. Oh well, I'm here now. LOL

Thursday night came and went, with Sea Stars growing a little more....... though not as much as I'd have liked as I just don't seem able to get a good flow going with this particular motif. Am hoping I can get it completed this Thursday, then I can start on some smaller motifs and add a few more fish to give the whole thing a quick growth spurt. LOL

Rosanne is doing really well and has got quite a bit done but poor Barb has had a dreaded frog visit again - though she's still also doing really well........ I'm an "also ran", trailing behind them both. LOL

Friday's new start didn't materialise. It didn't help that I kept dithering between which piece I wanted to start: I originally picked out a cute San Man piece but when it came to sorting out what I needed I just didn't fancy it. Off back to the NAY basket and Option 2, a Val's Stuff design, came out. OK, that had me wanting to pick up a needle, so I grabbed my DMC threads to sort out what I needed, with a view to having a floss toss and making a start........ and soon realised that I didn't have three of the colours needed for it. Why does that always happen, no matter how many flippin' threads you've got? Disgusted, I gave up the whole idea and went back to reading my book instead.

Saturday we had an early start: the Fascia guy and his mate turned up at 8am to make a start. Mid-morning DH and I left them to it whilst we popped down the local High Street to do a little shopping, call at the Building Society and post some parcels. I also took the book Chocolat with me so I could do a wild release - it was left in the sitting area in the Duke of Boot, while we were in there buying sausages and some gammon steaks for Sunday dinner. We got everything done but the parcel posting: when we saw the length of the queue in the PO we abandoned the idea and headed home. Once we dropped the shopping off we jumped in the car and headed off to a PO a little further afield which is always less busy. Packages all got sorted in time to go in the 12.30 collection, so perfect timing - Santa should be making an early visit to a few folks this week. :0) We had dinner at home then spent the rest of the day pottering round the house doing jobs. The guys had done the bulk of the fascias etc by the time the light was going - the young chap was coming back on Sunday to finish off the remaining bits.

Sunday the chap didn't turn up but I got a phone call from his Mum mid-morning: he had had to go to casualty to get checked out as his throat, which had been playing him up last week, was now so swollen he couldn't even swallow water. No worries - we'd half expected it, as he'd mentioned to DH the day before that he was struggling a bit (though it never once affected his work). DH and I spent a quiet day at home getting a few things done. The festive decorations didn't make it out of the loft but I did have three small stitched ornies to hand, so hung those from the door handles of three of the doors into the hall. When DH asked about them I said those were the decs for this year - job done! Bah, Humbug! LOL

Sunday night I really wanted to stitch and, as that new start was out of the question, I picked up Night Watchman. Here's the latest update pic:

It's all shaping up nicely, though I doubt he'll be a HD this side of the New Year.

Today has been my usual jobs day, though Alex won't be coming round for a coffee and natter as she's currently down with a bug and off sick - it's definitely that time of the year again. I got a surprise mid-morning when the fascia chap turned up to finish off the work - I really hadn't expected to see him. Poor lad could barely get a word out and definitely didn't look great but he's kept a steady pace through the day, just breaking off for his dinner, and now it's all finished, despite the rain starting around 1.30pm. He was off home to have a warm bath and planned on dosing himself up and going to bed - I reckon it'll be a few days before he'll be up and about again, bless him. We wouldn't have minded if he'd waited to finish the job until after he'd recovered but he's self-employed, so needed to get it done and get paid so he can pay some bills, then go on to buy the bits for his next job. I'll find out how he's doing some time next week though, as he's going to pop back when he's feeling better, to give us a price for re-doing the carport roof - the main roof pieces have got rot in them and the plastic sheets are damaged in a couple of places, so we thought it best to get it done before it falls down.

The next dry day we get I shall pop out and take some pics of the house with all it's nice, new posh bits and post them so you can have a nosey........ although the bits that still need painting will let it down a little.

I also spent some time this afternoon sorting threads for an internet freebie. I'd printed out the chart a while ago and came across it again today - it only uses five colours and whaddya know..... I've got them all. Yay! If I feel inspired tonight (and not too tired) I plan on starting it - it's a fairly straightforward festive design, so it shouldn't take long to stitch. Depending on how I decide to finish it, it should be just right to hang from the fourth door handle on the hall side. :0)

Hope you all had a good weekend and are managing to stay warm and dry on this very wet start to the week. Many thanks for visiting. :0)

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Best Laid Plans?

Up until today it seemed to be one of those slightly frustrating weeks where not much was going to plan....... although it seems too much hassle to get bothered about it - methinks the Reiki has helped me stay chilled (or is that down to the bitter weather we're currently having? LOL).

The Fascia guy didn't turn up on Tuesday to review what was needed for the job and revise his costing (we'd asked him to add an extra job to what needs doing). OK, no sweat, he seemed to want the work so I figured he'd contact us eventually and left it there.

Wednesday morning I'd got my head round having the walk down the High Street to see the Herbalist for our two hour session..... only to get a phone call first thing, from the receptionist, to cancel the appointment. Poor Jan seems to have come down with one of the bugs that's doing the rounds here at the moment and is off sick - she'll be phoning me when she's back at work to reschedule. OK, I didn't mind too much: people can't help getting sick and the weather was blooming freezing, so it wasn't exactly filling me with enthusiasm about venturing out in it, but I really would like to know what I'm doing with my diet, so I can make those needed changes and get used to them a little before the festive season starts properly. I want to know what I am OK to eat and drink and what I have to avoid. Oh well, I'll just stick to doing the little things I'm currently doing, as they seem to be working for now.

With not having to go out Wednesday I got some extra time for reading and managed to finish Picture Maker by Penina Spinka - more about that in the side bar and on The Reading Corner. Another enjoyable read and again I've registered it with Book Crossing and also added it to my list of swaps - it's open to anyone that wants it, so give me a shout if you'd like to read it next. :0)

In the afternoon I got a phone call from the fascia guy to apologise and explain he'd been ill, losing his voice for a few days. I could tell that was genuine, as I had to ask him to repeat some of what he'd said - he was so hoarse I struggled to make out what he was saying. He arranged to come round Thursday morning instead.

I didn't pick out another book straightaway in the interests of my stitching mojo which, up until Tuesday UFO Night, seemed to have gone awol in protest. Subsequently Night Watchman came out of the bag on Wednesday night as well this week and here's where I got up to:

I got some more of the background done on the right hand side and also stitched a little more of the Watchman himself. I love the way this is turning out...... although I am biased, as I do love owls. :0) At bedtime I finally chose my next book: Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine, and made a start on it before settling......... am hoping I can better balance the reading and stitching this time round, so I can have a new small start on Friday (Sea Stars SAL today).

This morning started off well, with the arrival of a chart from my last Thread Bear order. The first one went missing enroute, unfortunately, and Kate had to wait for new stock coming in before she could send out a replacement for it.

Couldn't resist this, as I thought it would make a nice Spring/Oestre picture. :0)
He may not be a white rabbit but he seems to have brought a little Luck with him: not only did the fascia guy turn up today but he's having everything delivered tomorrow dinnertime and is hoping to make a start on the job in the afternoon, if not then definitely on Saturday. Yay! Come Summertime we'll only have the windowsills, back door header and bay tiles to repaint to make it look all fresh and tidy again. :0) I must say, though: I do not envy the guy his job at all at the minute - working out in this weather would finish me off for sure. I'll keep him well supplied with warm drinks while he's here - he's a young lad about my DS's age so the instinct to mother him is strong, especially as he's been poorly, bless him. LOL

I've also dug my box of Christmas cards out from the bottom of the wardrobe, ready to start the marathon writing session it always involves. At the moment I'm hovering between prevarication and total avoidance - there are other things I'd much rather be doing than working towards a bad case of writers cramp. Yes, folks, I'm in a full on "Bah, Humbug!" frame of mind and that despite the messages from Dad. I can't help it: I love the quiet celebration of the Yule Festival, which is far more in keeping with my beliefs and outlook on life, and just can't abide all the hype and hysterical frenzy that seems to be mandatory at this end of the year. Right, I'll stop there and climb down off me soap box before I thoroughly depress anyone who has managed to get into the Spirit of the Season. LOL

Whatever you are doing, I hope you are all managing to stay warm and cosy now Winter seems to have got underway. Thank you for visiting. :0)

Monday, 1 December 2008

My Other Blog

Just a quick message: apologies to those folks who were having difficulties reading my other blog because of the background/colours and thanks for letting me know, just hope you didn't end up as goggle eyed as the little cutie in the pic (snagged from the www).
I've now given the blog a new look for the festive season which should makethings much easier - please have a wander over to read my latest post and let me know if it has helped.

I'll also be looking for a new, easier on the eye, background for 2009. :0)