Belated Happy Christmas...

and a Peaceful New year to all my blog readers!

I trust you've had a good time, and been blessed with some happy days this Christmas.

I've not felt like blogging, it's been nice to laze around with the children and potter around the house. Managed to do the odd bit of crafting and being very restrained not to buy craft stuff in the oodles of online sales!

We seem to be buying up most of our local Woolworths though! Again, been very restrained and getting useful stuff like pants for when my boys are 7-8, 8-9 and 12-13! and rechargeable batteries. Actually I have to confess to buying and hiding Wispa bars!

Anyway, thought I'd share this card, been trying to use up the scraps that have accumilated on my craft table!

I've been thinking of some New Years resolutions... have you?

CBC Challenge 14

Made this to put some pressies in.

It was such good fun, all I used was an old catalogue and a stapler.

I have a good mind to film myself doing it so you can have a go too!

It's quite a sturdy little bag, obviously wouldn't be great outdoors in the rain, but useful at home for bits and bobs.

It also fitted in with the CBC challenge no 14


- You can make it from scratch
- Just make a header and use a cello
- or decorate an existing one

The boy's had been given a gingerbread house kit from their grandparents, they had great fun sticking the sweets on. How they resisted eating the sweets I'll never know!

SALT - O Holy Night, and a good old catch up!

Ok, I know, so my last post was the Salt challenge which was TWO weeks ago!

Time has flown and lots has happened!

Lythan set the theme for this week...

it is almost here. the most wonderful time of the year. not just because of the presents and the food and the family time - fun though they are. but because, on this most holy of nights, God comes to us as one of us. Amazing love.
As always there are some fantastic contributions, and we love seeing what other people create, so please check it out here.

I was a little late for the entry, here it is.

I designed the black cut out on the Craft Robo software. Then stuck with 3D pads.

We have had a hectic few weeks.
PTA duties and fundraisers have been taking up a lot of my time.

Also the sad and tragic death of the husband of a friend of mine. He was killed as a result of a car accident and leaves his wife and two small children. His funeral was on Tuesday, it was a fitting service, with the choir that he sang with singing a beautiful piece, and his father and mother playing a duet.

Christmas preparations and othe fun events have occured! Tom won us a dinner party! Basically a company called Reveller's organised an intimate dinner party in our home for 6 quests. They had florists decorate our dining room with a metal frame over our dinner table from which hung stars and snowflakes. A beautiful table decoration of roses, tulips, silver leaves, butterflies, white painted fircones and pears took up most of the table! And around the room were candles and rose petals. A chef and assistant turned up at 3pm, most embarassingly I had been intending to clean my oven all day and came home to see them cleaning up my messy oven! At around 5pm two ladies from the Revellers turned up to check that everything was fine. I forgot to tell you that everyone had come from Manchester, a two hour journey away. Then I was told that a lovely lady called Jenny was coming to sing to us and our guests! At about 6.30 the local journalist/photographer came and took pictures of us. Then we had canape's of sesame toast, prawns, fried wonton etc with a choice of two dips whilst listening to Christmas Carols sung accapella by Jenny who had the most amazing voice. Our main course was Quail breasts stuffed with rice on a bed of okra and spinach, all on top of a potato rosti with a masala sauce. The pudding was Creme Brulee set on a plate with 3 little biscuits and garnished with finely cubed strawberry and kiwi. DELICIOUS!!! We were very stuffed afterwards!
We were excited to hear that our chef had also cooked for Wayne Rooney and Kylie! I guess he won't be name dropping that he cooked for us. Anyway, here are some pics...

This was my dining room a few days before...

Then after they worked their magic!

SALT - God is good

I was tidying (been doing a lot of that lately!) and found some pictures people had sent me when I was compiling a `This is your life' book for my mum's 60th birthday.

This week's theme on Salt is God is Good, this photo taken just before my family came back from Nigeria reminds me of God's goodness to my Parents, my sisters and I over the years. We have been so blessed with love, providence and relationships. PRAISE you GOD!

There are some wonderful contributions on Salt, please check them out, and if you are inspired to create something please leave a comment and we'll come and visit your blog!

Paper by Basic Grey, TLC and Anna Griffin, Prima flowers, Fiskars and The Punch Bunch punches, letters and tag by BG, ribbon and button from stash.

CBC Christmas Challenge - Day 1

I'm a bit behind on the Christmas challenges on CBC, I've had a busy week!

Ok, so it's not Chistmassy, I needed a thank you card!

Stamps by Stampin up! and Anitas, Prima Flowers, Fern Punch by The Punch Bunch.
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