Friday, 31 December 2010

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY

Good Morning Rockers and Rockettes how are you all this morning?

Well the question is did he arrive at your house?  Did he?  Did he bring lots of presents?  Did you get woken at a ridiculous time or wasn't it too bad?  Have you survived the food gorging - from turkey to Christmas pud?

Rocking my World this week in no particular order is my ten year old - he stayed in bed until 7am before waking us on Christmas morning and took a record 33 minutes to open all his presents LOL!  He was so giddy on Christmas Eve he had us in stitches honestly such a little star!  And he seemed happy with his lot on Christmas day which is always a bonus!
Then there was the time on Christmas morning when everything was prepared and there was nothing to do (I kid you not) we'd opened presents, showered and were waiting to commence the cooking - it was such a precious time for us as a family and me and hubby had an hour of peace and quiet just absorbing the day simply magical!

Then there was my family on Christmas day - we were a few short this year and it felt mighty different as a result but we all had a lovely day nonetheless - we managed yet another gingerbread challenge this year - here they all are being very quiet whilst preparing their houses
They all seemed to enjoy themselves - look at my Mum concentrating - she did a miniature clock tower with jelly baby gargoyles - I kid you not!
Then John looking a little the worse for wear following his night out on Christmas Eve - made this beautiful heart house!
A close up of the heart!

Then there was my gorgeous sister - how amazing does she look!  Last year I took hundreds of photos trying to get one that she actually liked - this year I took about half a dozen and she looked amazing on all of them! 
 
So Christmas day went without a hitch - amazing stuff so I'm grateful for that.

I'm also grateful for the gingerbread tower not falling over just yet - I mean it has a serious tilt on - think we must have had rogue builders in this year LOL!  This is what it looked like with it's town around it on Christmas day!
And it had already got a lean on but now it's really tilted - not sure how much longer it will hold on!  Think it will be the last gingerbread challenge we do - it has been awesome over the last three years but the baking challenge when everything else is so fraught before Christmas is simply crazy so this may be the end of an era!  We'll see!

So there you go another Rocking your World and the final one of the year!  I can't leave you without a bit of crafting but this time with a twist - this is some of the cups my little lad did before Christmas for family how amazing are they! 
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year - hope it's a good one and I'll see you in 2011!  If you are joining in put your link below I'm a bit late putting mine on this morning I know Susie has already posted so here's her link

Friday, 24 December 2010

ROCKING MY WORLD ON FRIDAY !!!!!

Morning one and all and a very Happy Christmas Eve to you all - where has December gone, I'm sure I had loads of time to get everything ready and prepared from presents to the big day itself - and then I woke up it was Christmas Eve - I kid you not!!!!  I'm kind of blaming the snow at the beginning of the month that removed a week of my life grrrrrr - anyway today's post as always should be about positives so 

This week's list in no particular order - my sister for rescuing me and my washing - yes my dearest washing machine has gone to the great washing machine heaven in the sky just before Christmas which has meant frequent flier miles to dearest sister - thank you hun you are a star!

A week off work - but if I'm honest I didn't notice that i wasn't at work as the week went that quickly plus I've had a few phone calls from work so keep having to flip into work mode!
Royal Mail for finally getting all the parcels I was waiting for to me - I had almost given up hope but they came good - almost gave the Post Man a heart attack on Tuesday as he arrived at the bottom of our drive to find me at the door with arms waiting for parcels!  He seriously jumped LOL - then produced two parcels from said bag thinking I'd be happy but then I said I was waiting for another one - he said he'd keep his eye open for it - do you think he might just have been having a laugh with me?  anyway said other item arrived the next day woooooo hooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An evening out with girlies from the neighbourhood - we all work and are so busy most of the time that I've never really got to know them, then a little note through the door would I fancy a venture out into the village and off we went, had a good laugh with them all so a big positive there!

No snow - thankfully, occasionally it threatened it but none became visible hurray and for me it can stay that way!
Visitors from Stafford battling through their snow for a visit which was lovely - little man so enjoys catching up with Ellis and I get to sit and chat for hours catching up on latest news and gossip - bliss!

My local scrapbook shop being open the other day when I was almost out of double sided tape - thank you Lynn - you are a star!

Nobody realising how quiet Asda is at 7am when you are food shopping hurray!

Finally hubby arriving home from his works Christmas do yesterday sober enough to allow us to get on with the gingerbread challenges for Christmas day and for helping us make the clock tower - one less thing to do!  And if you haven't got a clue what I'm going on about (which you probably haven't) we make a gingerbread challenge for family to decorate on Christmas day, this year's houses are crosses between barns and tardises - I kid you not this is what happens when you leave me in charge of gingerbread LOL!  Anyway once they were done we put them together and put our Christmas challenge together, a family affair decorating this year's challenge of a gingerbread clock tower - what do you think?





So there you go this week's posting!  If you join in then put your link in the comments so we can come and visit!  If you just pop by for a read don't forget to say hi!  And can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very festive season - may your day be filled with laughter and family and friends.

Monday, 20 December 2010

ROCKING MY WORLD - MONDAY????????

Did I lose a day or two?  Did I forget it was Friday?  Did I not realise I should have been Rocking my world!

I could make up lots of excuses but in all honest truth Friday was my first day 'off' and I worked from 6.15am to very late that evening (so late I can't remember) trying to get as much done as possible!  
So I'm going to be late on this posting - but that doesn't matter does it?  the intention was there?


So I'm going to do my posting late - here's what's been Rocking my World this last week!
A day off from work - Friday was that day, I didn't want to waste it - not a single moment even though the house was bombed and presents were still not made!  I was cleaning at 6.30am and in Asda buying gifts at 9am - by 11am I'd managed a quick jaunt to my sisters and had a coffee with her and my brother, then home to wrap things, make things, tidy things, do things - Friday was lovely - can I have Friday again pretty please I still have so much to do!

A break from work - technically shouldn't be back until Thursday 6 January 2010 (although did get a phone call on Friday - it was hard swapping hats and mentally going back into work mode)
Hubby - he's just amazing doesn't mind that I'm still making gifts and wreaking havoc throughout the house - he just goes with the flo!

Meeting visitors - this technically happened on Saturday but I'm including it because it's happened now!
Having such a laugh with my Mum on Saturday night - she makes me howl sometimes - particularly when she's been on the red wine!  My brother was talking about a video he'd seen online of an alligator eating a tortoise and how it was the noisiest thing he'd ever seen and my Mum came into the room declaring we were talking about her toast eating!  In all honesty laughed til we cried - she was still adamant that John was talking about her toast eating!  John was rather bewildered and sad at this thought he couldn't believe that she was accusing him of something like this - but what makes it funnier is that if John were to describe Mum's toast eating he probably would describe it like an alligator eating a tortoise - I mean he said that my sister's snoring sounded like a cement mixer in a tornado recently!  

Oooh dear I'm laughing again - maybe you had to be there to appreciate how fantastically funny it was - but it so made me laugh!
So there you go another one for the list - laughter!  Always good medicine!

The to do list is starting to disappear (well sort of nearly almost) I ended up with Clare (whose been stalking me about American cups recently LOL - see earlier posts to understand where I'm coming from on this one) sending me links to other things and before I new it on Saturday I'm buying leather necklace stuff and metal washers!  I haven't finished the other gifts yet!
Anyway I'm going to leave you now with a couple of links


and 
who kept going with Rocking your World Friday even when I wasn't around - so go and say hi and see what's been Rocking their World this week!

If you pop buy say hello - if you join in definitely leave your blog address so we can come and say hello!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

CLARE JUST FOR YOU!

Hi All

This is a very quick post and is particularly for Clare who asked about converting the American cups into british grams and ounces.  You can actually get a set of the cups from most decent supermarkets baking aisle - we got ours from Asda for less than a pound.  Alternatively just use a cup (not a mug obviously, just a normal cup) and guess - the cookies can cope with slight variations to them, the originator practised with different combinations so don't stress too much!  
If all else fails and you really want to be very very precise - try this 


the original recipe can be found here

which uses a 1 quart jar to make the cookies, last year I used a shop bought storage jar (which was way bigger and took almost double the recipe LOL), this year I've used the larger coffee jar from Douwe Egberts which takes 3/4 of the recipe.  

Hope this helps!   

Friday, 10 December 2010

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY

Well here we are - Friday again - this my dear Rockers and Rockettes is going to be as they say "short and sweet" 

Rocking my World this week in no particular order 
My little car for not giving up despite the horrendous access road into our estate that has still to be gritted!

My hubby and my little lad - they are both amazing - love you guys!
Potted beef on toast - a great breakfast in a morning when you buy the proper stuff not supermarket rubbish!

Victorian markets that weren't very Victorian but that did provide a couple of very cold hours perusing of stalls - the poor stall holders had been there all day so the least we could do was have a good look at what they were selling -hence the potted beef, a random pate, some assorted pick and mix fudge and some chicken and lemon sausages!
Christmas "do's" - we don't normally have a Christmas do but a lovely work colleague volunteered this year and we went along last night and had a lovely evening - so a big thank you to Liz!  

Crafting - loving my crafting even if it's a few snatched minutes here and a few snatched minutes there - hoping to catch up on this this weekend!
The sight of green grass - yes I know this is a weird one but for me it's bliss I'm so very very tired of the white stuff now I just want it to melt and go away, so to wake this morning and see some green grass on the front garden is sheer bliss! 

Well peeps I think that's me done for the week!  If you fancy joining in then add a comment below with your blog address - having issues with Mr Linky at the moment and don't want to miss anyone so let's go back to the old fashioned way!  LOL
If my normal Rockettes are now going into stress mode ie - haven't time to blog Rocking my World ... too busy - don't stress it - head back when you've time for your posting, this isn't supposed to be an onerous task, it's supposed to be enjoyable and it's a great way to reflect on the week you've just had! 

Saturday, 4 December 2010

JOURNAL YOUR CHRISTMAS DAYS THREE AND FOUR!!!


Right eyes down starter for ten no conferring - this is me trying to catch up and meet one of my pledges to blog more this festive season!

Yesterday found us trapped yet again in the house, hubby managed public transport to his various places of work but me and little man were stuck, I put one foot outside of the front door, felt the glassy ice under foot and said no way!  So I promptly sat down and looked through the Journal Your Christmas prompt which was Christmas Cards, now how to play, mine were all done and enveloped, stamped and sat on the table - mmmmm then I thought well I haven't done any cards for immediate family, then brain kicked into the 8" x 8" cards I'd bought recently without realising that Post Office are none too keen on you using this size without a large size stamp!  So I set too, now any of you who follow my blog know that I don't do cards, I make them because I have excessive amounts of scraps left over in my supplies from scrapbooking, so to sit and make cards was quite alien! 

So I sat and spent a few hours card making, first of all I used up the paper pack that came with the last Scrapbook Magazine, used the free Time to Celebrate stamp from the Craft Stamper magazine and made quite a large number of cards, now I can share this one as it's going to my other half and he doesn't read my blog, but can't show the rest because they are for family some of which wander along here for a nosey! 
Whilst this was going on said 10 year old had Home Alone 2 on which was great fun, after the film I downed tools and we headed for the kitchen and a little baking!  First we made banana and chocolate chip muffins together and then we got a knock knock at the door and the enticement of making igloos with the little lad next door proved too much, so he abandoned me and the baking for making ice bricks and left me the film Elf on to boot!  Now I didn't mind him abandoning ship what I did mind was him leaving that film on which is complete and utter drivel, as a result I changed the film for the Hogfather (love Terry Pratchett) and decided to make a bunch of cookies.  

Last year I made a bunch of cookie jars as additional gifts for family members using a recipe from the Bakerella website, they looked great, were easy to put together and I got a great response from them.  However, I never actually made the cookies so decided I should to see if they were any good 
they were gorgeous (actually as it turns out they were nicer hot but hey) I offered them to little man and the lad next door whilst they were igloo building and then set too on some random berry and chocolate muffins which turned out OK!  

As a result of the cookies I've made some more jars of cookie mix for teaching assistant gifts, I've used a famous coffee brands large coffee jar that I've been saving, I've boiled the plastic cap piece up and sterilised the jars by putting them in a hot over before letting them cool and then adding the ingredients.

They started out like this 
then I added papers, tags, labels, ribbon and the instructions to turn them into tasty cookies
I'm really pleased with the finished results, if you fancy trying them check out the Bakerella website they are awesome! 

I also made a homemade mulligatawny soup, it has to be said that being trapped inside I've had to make do with what I've got in the cupboard and I had all the ingredients for a batch of home made beef mulligatawny soup with naan bread, it was gorgeous and incredibly filling!  

On with today's challenge of a perfect day, well I thought I'd failed miserably on this, we headed for the shops as did everyone else, everywhere was busy, no one was interested in being courteous when driving and everything felt a little fraught, the word 'perfect' didn't come to mind. 

Thankfully when we returned home dear hubby had other ideas and he dragged all of us on foot round to the local church who were open for a Christmas Tree festival.  Well to say it calmed the mind and soul is an understatement.  Is it the church lit with Christmas tree lights at night that did it, or the beautiful welcome we received or the hot coffee and home made mince pie I'm really not sure but it was a great 'time out' from the craziness we'd witnessed to simply relax and stop! 
So the pages completed in the blink of an eye

Documenting the cookie jars and the baking session on the 3rd
Some of the cards I made 
 Then the Christmas tree festival today!  Bliss and all caught up on my journal!  Right off to the sofa for red wine, snuggles with hubby and the remainder of Constantine on the TV 
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Friday, 3 December 2010

ROCKING YOUR WORLD FRIDAY AND ANOTHER LAYOUT!

Well here we on Friday again, it's minus 11 degrees outside (I kid you not) a fellow neighbour was busy trying to get his car to work and it fed him the temperature although it wouldn't let the handbrake off his car!  Dear hubby has walked to the main road in an attempt to get a bus.  Said 10 year old is wrapped up in a blanket in his pyjamas watching re-runs of Tracy Beaker!  But it is 
 So here is this week's gratefuls in no particular order.
Central heating because without any other source of heating (ie fire) this has been a blessing this week (although not necessarily looking forward to the bill at the end of the winter LOL)
Journal Your Christmas - a time to step back and take part in a beautiful part of Christmas, it's so motivating and focusing - and this is my third year of Journal Your Christmas and I adore my other two books! 
Blankets, I have a stack of fleece blankets on the sofa, to snuggle up in when it gets cold, our TV room needs some work on and so it's quite a cool room even with the heating on so an extra layer or two on the sofa usually does the trick!
Community spirit - last year when we cleared the road of snow (we live on a cul de sac so grit vans are mystical beings LOL) it was just us and occasionally a neighbour would show part willing, but yesterday there were four households involved in the snow clearing in our road so there is a way out albeit this morning it's just black ice mmmm - maybe we need a little bit of warmth out there to start to defrost this white stuff now, in fact said ten year old declared that he felt "Trapped!!!" yesterday in the house because he's been stuck in all week!!  
Night-time crafting, as always I seem to be behind on Christmas crafting but a little bit of work here and there is just starting to pay off!
Microsoft publisher as it made light work of the yearly newsletter I send out with the card run - yes I know it's not apparently not the done thing but I don't care it's become a yearly tradition and it's our very own newspaper to boot!
Probably the final one has to be the ability to cook (not great but not bad either) which has meant that despite the decreasing stock in the cupboards and freezer finding interesting food to eat at night (plus running the freezer down ready for Christmas - genius!) 
Can't leave you without a little bit of crafting, here is a double page layout that I did earlier this week from my cousin's wedding, decided to choose different colours and still ended up with green and blue LOL!
Still stitching on layouts, finding it immensely therapeutic in the evenings and making some headway into my photos - which continue to grow!!

Finally I found a photo of the last time I remember snow like this, yes that is John and Melanie in the photo in a Winter back in the mid-eighties!  Feeling very nostalgic!
If you pop by say hello and leave a message, I've put up Mr Linky 

Thursday, 2 December 2010

JOURNAL YOUR CHRISTMAS DAY TWO!

So here we on 2nd December and the snow - well it's still here, it's a little messier than yesterday, it's definitely thicker than yesterday, it's as cold as yesterday and I'm still at home like yesterday - little crazy this world at the moment! 

Anyway, time to share layout for day two, the benefits of a pre-prepared album for me are huge, I know some people like to go from scratch each day but I really like the pulled together album that's been prepared, dear hubby bought me some scrapbook papers last year by DCWV and I love them as they have rich red tones and opulent greens mixed with creams and beiges to give quite an oldy world affect! 

So the double layout - sorry it's not exactly in focus grrr - it looked OK at first! 
Close ups which seem to be a bit clearer if I'm honest!  I've included the photo of our local church which was all lit up last night as we ventured out!  And demonstrates the lovely weather we're having!
 The other side using quite a lot of 'white' space, which I'm never really good at but taking the second prompt from yesterday as my main source of inspiration on the grid lines and well it does kind of work!  Dug the letters out which are on an old sheet of Basic Grey - Dasher I think they're called, then hit them with some ink and mask and a black pen!  Well couldn't leave them plain now could I! 
 So I'm on course up to now, wondering how to use the great digital downloads from the class this year!  Still having a ponder! 

If you pop by say hello!  

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

1 DECEMBER AND JOURNAL YOUR CHRISTMAS

Well December has finally arrived in a flurry of snow - or should I say in about 10 inches of the damn stuff - yes that is a metal ruler in the snow outside our back door this morning!
 So what to do on the first of December, well as it meant a non-school day and a hubby unable to get to work and a me at home day - we decided to have some time together putting up decorations. 
 
I know I know, not everybody wants to put up their decorations so early - but we've only managed three out of the four trees up to now so you can't shout, plus the stair garland and the new garland around the mirror.  I don't think it's the decorations that I like the most it's the lights - I'm obsessed I tell you!  So a few glimpses of said decorations I love the Noel's and the crown decorations  that I've got, why don't the do more like this!

 Then I'd love to say look at this arty photoshopped photo of the stair garland - but actually it was snow on the lens from being outside LMAO!
 To be honest I think it looks better than the clearer one I took after I cleaned the lens what do you think?
 Then the new garland around the mirror - they make the Celtic knots stand out don't you think!
Onto the weather - ooh anybody fancy a giant ice cream?  No?  Well it is a little cold for ice cream but you have to admit the hanging baskets in the back garden look very ice cream like!
We ventured out this afternoon, I've not been out since my scary journey on Monday so I was going a little fruit loopy and struggling with four wall syndrome, we walked to the Post Office and to the shop close by, no bread, (no milk and no eggs either but we didn't actually need them), me thinks there is panic buying afoot!  So Jacobs cream crackers and naan bread were our lot, together with a bottle of their finest vino and some popcorn for little man!  

This was the main road out of our village today at rush hour!
 Apart from the snow and the decorations I've finally managed to kick start my Journal Your Christmas, bearing in mind last night it was still just plain cream card, today I've got all the pages prepared (bit of ink here, bit of paper there) and the front and back covers started. 
 And wait for it - the first page with my manifesto, I took Shimelle's idea and designed my own on publisher, using similar design principles, it's taken me all day to think of what I wanted to put but now it's done!  I also intend on doing a quick write up on today because it has to be said that it's been one of the surrealist starts to my Journal Your Christmas - not that I'm complaining, if you pop by then I thank you for taking the time to listen to my ramblings - don't forget to say hi!