Tuesday, 29 December 2009

What day is it ...

... seriously, what day is it today? I love, love, love Christmas as much as the next person, but at the same time, there's a small part of me that can't wait for things to return to normal! Not being at work means that each day blends almost seamlessly into the next, with nothing to differentiate today from any other day of the week. Weekends mean nothing ... Saturday and Sunday are just two days like every other.

Oh boy, how negative do I sound? I don't mean to, so lets change the subject shall we?

2010 is just round the corner and that got me thinking a little. How will you be pronouncing 2010? Will it be "two thousand and ten"? Or will you say "twenty ten"? I haven't decided yet, I'm gonna wait a little while and see what other people are saying, but I think I'm favouring "two thousand and ten" at the moment. How about you? I'm curious to know, so please feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts!

Friday, 25 December 2009

'Nuff Said ...

... Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

New Tradition ...

... well maybe not! I'm guessing that you probably have your own traditions at this time of year, right? When it comes to Christmas Eve, I usually work. This year, things are different and not necessarily in a good way either.

DH & I went food shopping yesterday and as expected, the supermarket was HEAVING with people buying enough food (& drink) to last for months!!! Anybody would think the shops were closed for the entire week, when in fact my local supermarket is open again on Boxing Day!!!

Anyhoo, one of the food traditions for my family at this time of year is sausage rolls ... you know the little bite-size ones? DH can quite happily munch his way through far too many of them in one sitting. LOL! So imagine his despair when we found out that the supermarket had SOLD OUT ... argghhhhh. "But fear not" said DH, "we can just make our own!".

Now, baking cakes is something I'm quite good at (even if I do say so myself), but making pastry??? That's a whole different ball game. So the gauntlet was thrown down and DH took it upon himself to have a go at making his own sausage rolls this year.

Gotta love that tongue sticking out ... I swear that pretty much every photo I took, he was sticking his tongue out whilst "concentrating".

And here are the pre-baked results ... not bad for a 1st attempt! I think we may have found our new Christmas Eve tradition.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Where have you been ...

... I've been here all along, what about you? Sorry for not posting recently ... I honestly have no excuse. Since coming back from Cologne, nothing much has happened. I know that doesn't usually stop me from posting here, but you know, sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder(!).

Anyhoo, this really is just a flying visit to say I'm off to the wilds of Scotland today and won't have access to the world-wide-web again until Wednesday ... arrrgggghhhhh!!!!! What am I gonna do?!?!?!?

I'll leave you with a couple of LO's created recently using Sue Cummings' yummy Merry & Bright Daily Download kits (if you haven't already purchased this kit then get yourself over to Sue's shop at oscraps.com - you really don't want to miss this amazing deal!), my very own QP template (see post before this one!) and TaylorMade Designs, Shine On & Christmas Collections.

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So have a great weekend wherever you are. Wrap up warm and stay safe if you have snow. I'll post again next week!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Shameless self promotion ...

... OMGosh! Never in a million years did I expect to have something I'd created available for people to buy!!!

Sue Cummings is an amazing designer and I'm so proud to be a part of her creative team (and what a team it is!); she's also a wonderful supporter / mentor and is always encouraging us to share thoughts / ideas. Better still, she's happy to work together with us to see ideas turned into reality. I've said it before, and I'll say it again ... thank you Sue!

So without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to present to you ... Simply Creative No.7

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Friday, 4 December 2009

The excitement is growing ...

... and tasks are being checked-off of my "to-do" list! €'s have been purchased, taxi booked to take us to the train station, only the packing of suitcases to go!!!

The only negative thing about going on this trip is that I don't get to take my laptop with me ... so no blogging (boo!) or forum lurking (boo!) until I get back.

But I'm delighted to say that Sue Cummings has aleady released Merry & Bright Daily Download #8 and better yet ... it's currently FREE!!!

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Sue's providing sooooooo many gorgeous elements in these daily kits, her wordart (WA) designs are just stunning! I couldn't decide which to use in the LO below, so I figured "what the heck, I'll just use as many as I can!!!"

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Thursday, 3 December 2009

What do you think ...

... of my new blog header? I'm getting into the festive spirit good and early this year, though my Christmas tree and decorations won't be going up until I'm back from Germany next week.

Have I mentioned that DH and I are off to the Christmas markets in Cologne on Saturday? I'm starting to get super excited about the trip ... I've written a list of things I need to organise, including getting some €'s from the bank and bringing the suitcases down from the attic. We're travelling by Eurostar train to Brussels, then picking up another train to take us to Cologne, where we're staying until Tuesday!!! How fun is that? I really can't wait. I've been doing some on-line "research" and checking out our hotel (Im Wasserturm) and what to expect of the markets and it looks FABULOUS!!!

Talking of fabulous, Sue Cummings has released downloads #6 & #7 of her Merry & Bright Daily Download kit. With luck and in between packing, I'll get a LO done tomorrow!!!

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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Advent day 2 ...

... so have you opened your Advent calendar yet? I must admit I haven't! I bought a chocolate filled calendar about 3 weeks ago and put it in a cupboard out of temptations way, then I totally forgot about it ... but that just meant I had 2 doors (+ 2 chocolates) to open this morning. Fa-la-la-la-lah, la-la-la-lah!!!

Whilst on the subject of fa-la-la ... Sue Cummings has released her Merry & Bright Daily Download #5 and get this, it's a really cute hand-drawn alpha ... I love it!

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