Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm on the move

my new blog can be found here.

Please bear with my whilst I move things across.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Yawn, yawn, rowing stats

boring, but I need to write them down, and this is the easiest method:

16th November - AM - rest period

16th November - PM - 518 reps/32.11 cals/13:55 time/(1) 2626 TTR

17th November - AM - 550 reps/34.10 cals/15:09 time/(1) 3176 TTR

17th November - PM - 383 reps/23.74 cals/10:08 time/(1) 3539 TTR **what a pussy, I could't do any better for some reason.

18th November - AM - 505 reps/31.31 cals/13:06 time/(1) 4064 TTR

18th November - PM - 551 reps/34.16 cals/ 14:04 time/(1) 4615 TTR

Hello Card

this seem to be a bit of a favourite colour combo at the moment, orange, blue, gred and limeish green - I think it might be the time of the year.

Quick card one of my friends ordered. She's having a baby any day, and this is a card to accompany the present that the new baby is sending to her big sister. Inside the card it just says in lime green rub-ons "big sister".

Supplies: Orange Bazzill, SEI frame & tab, WR Memory Keepers flower paper, Stamp: Magnolia, COPICS, gold perlidoodles, orange check ribbon (SG-me! spring release) and green stickles.

I love this Magnolia image, I ordered it last week with my Sugar Nellies. Talking of which, I can't mount them as we're out of stock on EZ Mount, so can't play with them until later in the week when it comes back in stock (shame really as I can't wait to have a go).

I've also ordered a few more Magnolia new release stamps today - had to check with Guy that they weren't ones he'd ordered, which thankfully they weren't - so more lovely Magnolia should be on their way to me soon. I'm also working on my SU order for Caz.

Guy was questioning me today about how long Mangolia take to deliver, so I guess that he has put in his order for the rest of my birthday and Christmas gifts. This is very good news, as I will have a craft embargo after Xmas in readiness, 'cos we need to pay for Tobago. He did mention today (when he caught me Magnolia shopping) that the idea is NOT to simply have a huge spend now in the hopes that I can get through it..........seems like a plan to me though.

Whoops, put the wrong card in the envelope

stupid mare that I am! I got so carried away listening to Jon & Russell, that before I knew what I was about I'd written the one with Tilda and flowers - sorry Burn, I know that you're not keen.

Just going to have to put the real one in the post as well.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Very uninspring photo, but this is my new bike

it's a lovely ice blue colour.

Guy took me off this morning to choose one, and after much debate - this'll be coming home later on this afternoon. Finger crossed it will fit in the car, or that we can get they cycle rack sorted, otherwise I will have a long ride home.

Apparentely though, I am not even allowed near it until my birthday in early December.

I've dropped a dress size

it would seem in the last month since I started rowing. It dawned on me yesterday lunchtime for the first time.

I went to the local sports shop (somewhere I do not feel comfortable going generally), to get a sports shirt to row in when I venture outside (which won't be long), and had a tiny panic attack, all the labels only went to 16. Still, I ventured to actually try something on, and the 16 swamped me..........I put it down very much to the fact that probably sporty type sizes are different to real life...........and bought the lovely white with pale pink detail long sleeved top, which is breathable no less, and made a run for it.

After the success of the lunchtime foray, and with Toodles going away last night to the outlaws, I decided I would pop to M&S and try to compound on my retail therapy and buy a sports bra. So Parental Control and I rushed off through Friday evening traffic to Tunbridge Wells.

No only did I come away with 2 sports bras, but several white vest tops, a lovely pale pink cloche hat, but also.....................tahhhhhdaaah size 16, and very tight fitting I might add, tracksuit bottoms and roll neck jumper in black with white detail down the sides. It's looks really quite nice on, and I can't see any huge rolls of flab either. That with the fact that our cleaner at work said I looked very pretty yesterday morning, and one of the girls commented on how toned and full of energy I am recently, made it a very nice Friday. Clearly the cleaner is blind or desperate, but it's very nice to get a compliment anyway!

So you see, I might bore you to death with my rowing stats, but it's working - and I'm seriously considering venturing out on open water (hence all the sports clothes buying). There is a rowing club at Ardingly Resevoir in Sussex which has club days on every second Sunday, and they welcome newbies to go along for a trial row to see if they like it. I've also sourced a rowing club in Maidstone (which is not too far away from here), and once I know that I can actually be in a real boat and not panic, I will join. Apparently, you have to have changes of clothes with you before they even let you in the water (I'm assuming they fall in a lot), and also wear layers to peel off whilst you row. I also need to swim 100m in light clothing, so now I need to hit the swimming pool with Toodles on a Wednesday again to practice. I also need to do this for me Scuba trail dive next year, so two birds with one pool!

Anyway, back to craft, this is the card that I made for Angel, who's just had an op. I particularly love this Bella stamp. Paper is by WR Memory Keepers.

Blog Candy Bags stuffed and ready to go

finally, I hear you all cry.

Supplies: Chloe's Closet & Basic Grey Paper; Pink Pearlidoodles, Stamp: Teddy by Magnolia and Circle Sentiment by Aud; COPIC markers (there's a surprise); Prima Crazy Daisy "Aylssa" & "Jasmine" packs.

They are 2-5-7-10 bags, which are super easy to make, with the image coloured and cut out, and then added to the front.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I want this T-shirt - brace yourself more stats

14th November - AM - 445 reps/27.39 cals/12:26 time ** / (1) 713 TTR (** take off at least 30 seconds to un-strap myself, run across the other side of the room, turn off my alarm, run back and strap myself in again)

14th November - PM - 460 reps/28.52 cals/12:34 time/(1) 1173 TTR

15th November - AM - 467 reps/28.95 cals/12:53 time/(1) 1640 TTR

15th November - PM - 466 reps/28.29 cals/12:19 time/(1) 2107 TTR

I was enlivened on this morning's row by my recorded version of the Jon Richardson and Russell Howard Sunday show - especially hearing about purple boxers and rowing machines and organising drawers - did me no good at all I can tell you!

Hint to my Darling Hubby or random family and friend, I would love this T-shirt in white (unfortunately no purple option) ........pretty please!

By the way, you can't believe what a challenge a rowing session can be, especially when you are trying to direct the oldest child to his lunch and out the door, help the youngest do her homework, and send off your darling hubby with a nice warming snog - all of this without breaking your stroke on the machine, and trying to knock half a minute off your personal best - it's achievable, but only with supreme timing.

SU day arrived

I spoke to Caz today, and she is a Demonstrator for them. So anyone in need of an Enabler tell her I sent you. I'm currently working on a rather large list for her myself.

It's going to be a non-crafty post again, sorry 'bout that - I have been crafting, but it's currently drying. This time a quick card for poor Bernie who had an operation yesterday. Spoke to her snuggled up in her sick bed this morning, and she's bearing up well considering what a nasty op it was.

As she can't really struggle to the computer yet, I can post a picture of the card tomorrow, before it goes in the post, and she won't see it. Anyhow, sending her loads and loads of cyber hugs and get well wishes (even though she can't see them).

I need to row my little boat now, and then have a snuggle with Toodles - she's still poorly, but on the mend, and may go to School tomorrow, we'll make the decision in the morning.

Night, night all, sleep tight.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


my Sugar Nellies have arrived..........and another Magnolia - why, oh why, oh why does new rubber make me feel so dang good?

Can't wait to have a play, I've just got to pop to the Post Office to send off some orders, and then on to Toodles parent/teacher meeting - and I'm then free to have a bit of a play. Can't wait.

Just by way of a moan, what is it with blogger and it's loathing of paragraphs - bloomin' thing just like to squish it all up together, and I hate that. I need to try and work on a tiny image that I can upload to separate the paras - damn the OCD yet again.

Sorry if you don't love Magnolia, another one

this is the card I made with yesterday's uploaded image. I won't go into a huge long supplies list, as I don't know what colour the case cardstock is - just generic kraft'ish, and the matting is Razzleberry Dark Prism and a bottle green cardstock. Pattern Paper by by AMM.

Image, as usual, coloured with COPICs, and a sprinkle of Sakura on the flowers and the hearts on the small stamp image.

I've also discovered Karen Foster's Loopy Brads - had them forever....but never got them out the packet........they are fabbie things, and great for threading with thread or ribbon, and then hanging images from - a la this card.

Little stamp image is from Aud's Circle Sentiment Sheet (I need to get some more of them in stock).

Actually, I think that I'll just add some of the jade self-adhesvie pearls to the other three corners of this.

I'm just about to start working on a project with my Bind it All - had it for ages, and not even used it in anger - so watch this space.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

SU is coming - 1 day to go - whoooohoooo and

from a brief conversation I had with Guy on the phone today, when he was enquiring what I'd done with my Magnolia Wish List (it's a big 'un too), I do believe that he may have ordered me some more of the precious things.

I coloured this last night, just need to pop it on a card. As usual life's thrown a spanner in the works and my Toodles is really poorly, so I doubt it will be tonight. I have bag stuffing to do though (that must be done).

It's been another hellish day at the Kingdom of Blahhhh, but I just about meandered through the whole ghastly experience. Now, stifle a yawn, here are my rowing stats for the last couple of sessions (just remember I have borderline OCD!):

11th November - PM - 418 reps/25.91 cals/11:48 time/8983 TTR
12th November - AM - 425 reps/26.35 cals/12:25 time/9388 TTR
12th November - PM - rest
13th November - AM - 440 reps/27.28 cals/12:40 time/9828 TTR
and I am particularly proud of the next one, as the total trip went right to 10,000 and re-set.
13th November - PM - 440 reps/27.28 cals/12:22 time/10,000 (1) + 268 on the re-set = 10,268 TTR

see.........getting, quicker and fitter all the time.........the whole thing really is not a task at all (I secretly love the rhythm and mindless nature of it) and just look at all the lovely calories I'm burning. BIG PLUS, not putting them in the top end too much either - not bad for a fat lass.

I am now also harbouring a secret longing to have a go in a real boat - you know, skull down the Thames on a misty summer morning...........mmmmmmmmm, one day perhaps.

Monday, November 12, 2007

So, my blog candy bags are finished

just waiting for the last one to dry, then I can stuff and photograph them, fingers crossed that I can get them off to their homes on Wednesday.

Think it might then be time to start thing about more blog candy as I around the 15k mark now. This time though I've learnt my lesson, and I will get it ready before I offer it up, that way I won't have to make somebody wait (the schedule just is not easing off at the moment).

Got some rowing stats to put on, but as they are upstairs, and I'm not, they can wait. It's a rest period tonight, which is good as I don't feel so great - just stress and tirdness I think, but I need an early night.

All I have to do is making No. 1 son's lunch, and I can seek out my bed.

By the way, have you noticed the cool tumbs up/down widget that I found - cute ain't it!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Been a bit crafty today

but, unfortunately, I haven't quite no picture as yet.

I've been working on my blog candy winners little bag of goodies, and now have 2 of the 3 if you were wondering girls where your candy was, truly it is on its way.

It's been another productive day, on the decorating front, and we now have a lot of the preparation done for No. 1 Son's room.

Right, I off to row my little static boat, shower and prepare for the Prince of Ruffledom.............ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yes David Tenant is back in "Learners" tonight. On a scale of 1 to 10.........guess just how exicted I am!



  • 97% Complete "Celebration" tag (7g's)
  • Black Prism Cardstock
  • White Prism Cardstock
  • Dark Green Prism Cardstock
  • Red Bazzill Cardstock
  • Chloe's Closet Xmas paper
  • Stamp: "Fa la la" (Hero Arts)
  • Crazy Daisy "Alyssa"
  • Rudolph's Nose Zoomz (SG-me!)
  • Chiaro Zoomz (SG-me!)
  • Green Metallic Marker (Marvy)
  • Square silver frame brad

Using black cardstock, make the usual Z-card with the Score-it board, then stamp "fa-la-la" onto small piece of white cardstock. Edge with metallic marker, then matt onto red, and then green cardstock.

Cover the lefthand side with the Chloe's Closet Xmas paper, and run the green metallic marker aroundt the edge.

Add Zoomz to the fold back section of the righthand side, also add a green daisy with a Zoomz in the middle.

On the farleft portion, matt the Celebration tag onto red cardstock and stick slightly towards the top. Add three Chiaro Zoomz to the bottom. Add a silver frame square brad over the 25.

2-6-7-10 Thank you Box

A quick 2-5-7-10 box I did the other day for a work colleage in our Admin Centre, who'd put in a lot of effort to resolve some crusty problems with some of our stuff at work. So I sent up the card (posted earlier) and the box - it was going to be filled with old fashioned sweeties, but the shop was closed, so I had to make do with a bag of mixed bits.

Close up of the box, which is made from WR Memory Keeps papers. The tag was made by cutting out one of the stitched squares from the paper and then stamping the "thanks a bunch" stamp from Aud's Circles and Sentiments Sheet. The tiny flower in the middle was just coloured in with my Art Quest watercolour Iridescent Wheel mixed with a tiny bit of green Sugarloaf marker.
The flower is from SG-me! spring release flowers (coming soon). Button in the centre of it is from the BG Obscure button pack, which has just arrived at the Galaxy.
Very quiet on the crafting front yesterday, as we had decorating to do, plus loads of personal running organising stuff, and then School fireworks and a takeaway last night.
Just found out Toodles made it into the local paper this week (as well as being on TV - little media star). Her School won Gold and Silver trophies for a sports initiative.
Now for my latest rowing stats:
10th November - AM - 420 reps/25.21 cals/11:44 time/7716 TTR
10th November - PM - 416 reps/25.79 cals/12:02 time/8132 TTR
11th November - AM - 412 reps/25.54 cals/12:33 time/8544 TTR

Friday, November 09, 2007

Quick Colouring Exercise

it's for another Christmas tag, not sure if I'm completely happy with the gold Sakura pen I used to give some definition to the snowmen....but it might grow on me when it's made into a tag.

Coloured with COPICS (Chinese Orange (YR09); Deep Magenta (RV17); Lime Green (G21); Yellow Green (YG03) & Olive (G99). As I mentioned, I coloured just down the edges of their bodies with a Gold Sakura Mettalic pen, and washed inwards.

Stamp is by Magenta.

I really do love the Deep Magenta and Lime Green together though - fabulous combo.

Row, row, row my boat

8th November - AM - no rowing for me, Darling Husband was poorly, and I didn't want to distrub him.

8th November - PM - 426 reps/26.61 cals/12:36 time/7296 TTR

I've done a little bit of crafting tonight, but it's for Papertake!, so can't share it till the end of the month.

Currently feeling just a little guilty about my splurge on Sugar Nellies yesterday, especially as Guy reminded me that I'd promised to cut down (bearing in mind that we are hoping to be off to Togego next year for Lydia to dive) .....bad, bad, bad me!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Walk...DON'T RUN.........Sugar Nellies are available

actually, you can run now, I've just ordered all of them from here, and a Magnolia too.

Honestly, I have no willpower whatsoever, where luverly new rubber is concerned.

It is a ridiculous feeling (that only dear crafting friends can relate to), just what a warm and happy, happy feeling it gives a girl.

Pretty much the same with COPIC's too - my Mother has just tried to suggest that perhaps I would not just like Magnolias' and COPICs for my birthday and Christmas ...............I put her straight rightaway in respect of that misapprehension - silly woman!

Row, row, row my boat...quicker down the stream

7th November - PM - 355 reps/22.01 cals/10:29 time/6045 TTR

8th November - AM - 416 reps/25.79 cals/11:45 time/6461 TTR

8th November - PM - 408 reps/25.29 cals/11:52 time/6861 TTR

and a whole 1" off my waist size in a week and a half - you can't know how much that pleased me. Already slightly tighter and firmer and more agile too boot.

I can't wait to get my shiny purple bike for my birthday too.

HELP - I'm turning into a fitness freak.

Actually, not been over to Mark Olver's site for a bit....I wonder how his walking training is going.

Toodles was on TV tonight

they featured her School on Meridian Tonight. Luckily I had been warned, so managed to record it for her other Grandparents - she was soo excited to see herself and her friends.

Teddy Xmas Tag

It's just started to dawn on me that no matter how much I deny it to myself, I really cannot stem the tide of Christmas - I don't think I could really express just how much I hate it!

So this is my first real effort towards it - a Teddy Tag.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I made my Magnolia Wishlist and a card

and it was a very, very long list. I think that's why my mojo is off recently, as I feel I have very few colouring opportunities at the mo.

It's Wednesday, which means I get off work early, and pick up Toodles from School. As she wasn't feeling too grand (and took to her bed with a hot bottle and the Witches film I recorded for her the other day), I got a bit of me time...and coloured one of my favourite Tilda's.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Row, row, row my boat

4th November - PM - 202 reps/12.52 cals/7:40 time/4514 TTR
5th November - AM - 327 reps/20.27 cals/12:20 time/4841 TTR
6th November - AM - 352 reps/21.82 cals/12:39 time/5295 TTR
6th November - PM - 253 reps/15.68 cals/7:38 time/5565 TTR - I am so bummed, I just couldn't do anymore tonight as I feel so under tired, never mind, I live to row another day.

No crafting bits or pieces at all today - might go to bed and colour some images in, but that will be it. It's been so horrendously busy at the Kingdome of Blah, it has left me worse than useless come evening time.

Plus, I'm really short on mojo at the moment - I need Stampin' Up launched so that I can purchase some more inspiration.

Right, I'm off to compile by birthday list of Magnolias that Guy has been asking me about. I've already given him a large list of COPIC Sketch colours I need, plus asked for a bike. Would you believe that I NEVER had a new bike as a kid, always had to make do with a secondhand one - so a purple bike for me please!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Toodles passed and is a Master Seal

we are so very proud of all her efforts, and her Buddy also passed. They were taken below the water on the pretext of having to do another exercise, whilst the other kids that were training with them were sent round them in a circle and let off their purge buttons to cover them in a hale of bubbles as they ascended. They then got a big cheer and more purge bubbles to celebrate - I nearly cried.

She is now having to wait until February next year before she can do her adult open water training, and hopefully we will be off to Tobego for her to dive with her instructor next year.

This is the card I mentioned earlier, which is for my Godmother's birthday. It's from the Non-Seq Japanese Garden sheet, and is coloured with COPICs'.
In-laws have just gone after a lovely supper (it's the first time that they've seen her dive), and now I'm off to row and then get Toodles ready for bed.

Good Luck to Toodles this afternoon

she's doing her dive to become a Master Seal. We've just been going through all the coursework for it.

I've actually decided to do a trial dive after Christmas, so hopefully I can keep her company for at least some of the time on her first open water trip at some point next year - we've been looking into going to Tobego with her Diving Club.

I've done well with the rowing and my recent totals are:

2nd November - day off
3rd November - AM - 410 reps/25.42 calories/12:56 time/3815 TTR
3rd November - PM - 340 reps/21.80 calories/11.18 time/4161 TTR

Once we've been diving, I need to make a birthday card, so fingers crossed I can upload it later on.

Love to your Mothers'

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sneaky Peak at the Papertake (Group 4) kit

It's my turn this month to provide the kit for Papertake (Group 4), so this is a peak of the kit that I'll be sending out on Monday.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to post my contribution made with the kit until the end of the month, until it's been uploaded on the site.

I hope the girls like it, and can't wait to see what they do with it.

Lydia had a great time at her Friend's

Halloween Tea last night, and Molly loved the Boo bag full of sweeties.
Guy picked her up covered in flour.

Whilst she went to Molly's, Mum and I tootled off to see Tosca at Tonbridge School - and had an equally great time. The music and performances were stunning all the way through, just the ending left a little to be desired - I was expecting a bit more drama and perhaps a fabulous Aria or Grand Chorus - rather it just Tosca flinging herself quietly off the castle rampart with no fuss!

You've gotta think that if you'd been arrested by the villain, forced to hear your beloved tortured. Ravaged by said villain, whom you then killed, and after that watched your one true love be shot by the firing squad, you might make a bit more fuss than that - or is it just me?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

BOO - 2-5-7-10 Bag

a day late I know, but Toodles has been invited to a Halloween Party on Friday by one of her friends. So this is a quick 2-5-7-10 bag to take some sweeties in.
  • Stitched paper (double-sided paper) by WrMemoryKeepers
  • Scrap of reverse side of matching striped paper by WRMemoryKeepers
  • White Prism cardstock
  • Button from BG Obsucre button pack
  • Bright Green & Orange DMC embroidery thread
  • Corner rounder punch (to make scallop)
  • COPIC Markers - Skin White (E00); Chinese Orange (YR09); Cadmium Yellow (Y15); Olive (G99); Honey (Y39); Amethyst (V17); Verenose Green (G09) & Africano (E27)
  • Glossy Accents (not shown on picture added after)
  • Black Perlidoodles (not shown on picture added after)
  • Stamp: Halloween Sheet (Tanda)
  • Stamp: Vintage Alphabet (Scrapgoods)
  • Versafine Black Ink
  • Hot Cocoa Vintage Ink (Ranger)
  • Hook & loop sticky pad
  • Score-it board
  • Hot Cocoa Vintage Dye Ink by Ranger

How to:

  1. With stitched paper make up a 2-5-7-10 bag using the Scor-it board.
  2. Stamp Witch image on to white cardstock with the Versafine ink, and colour in with COPIC markers. Matt onto orange side of co-ordinating WRMK paper.
  3. Using the corner rounder make a scallop edge to this matted image - I start in the middle and work out both sides. Run round all the edges with the Hot Cocoa Ink (ohhhh, and it smells so yummy as it's scented). Afix to the bag towards the bottom.
  4. Stamp out "BOO" on white cardstock with the Hot Cocoa ink and matt with blue WRMK paper, affix to the flap.
  5. Make two holes centrally on the flap and tie on the BG button with green and orange DMC thread.
  6. On the underside of the flap affix the hook & loop fastening.
  7. Fill with child friendly sweeties - and eat a few whilst you do it.

After I'd taken the photo, I added some glossy accents to the pumpkin, and also some black dots on the flap with Perlidoodles.

Row yourself to Edinburgh - totals

31st October - AM - off
31st October - PM - 350 reps/21.70 cals/10:10 time/2434 TTR

1st November - AM - 329/reps/20.39 cals/10:09/2943 TTR
1st November - PM - 328 reps/20.33 cals/10:41 time/3390 TTR

Back with a bit of craft related stuff in a mo

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Papertake Kit - October

I can finally post my effort for Papertake Group 4, as it's now been published.

This is a criss-cross card I made from the lovely kit. I will update with the details of what it contained, etc., later.

Halloween early morning session

300 reps/18.60 cals/10.10 time/2084 total trip

Boring, but I need to make a note of it - my OCD coming to the fore.

Tally for 30th Session

231 reps/7.24 time/14.32 cals/1781 total trip

Guy got the amount of calories I got excited about nothing.

Will be back to craft related subjects, just workign on a project for Blog Candy winners from a while if you are waiting for something from won't be wrong!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Oh well, that has not definitely cheered me up

Isa sent me a link to Snowball grooving on down to the Back Street Boys - ohhh, how funny.

A huge winge and a sorry, but go with me

I really couldn't believe my eyes this morning, when I popped over to Squidoo to see what the Jon Richardson site was coming up with on the blog links.....and there was my post but from a blog called Stempel Galaxy (a german one), but with my post in English and then links to very unsavoury items such as non-prescription drugs.............which incidentally, I most definitely to not agree with and would never publicise.

I am really at a complete loss to know what to do about the whole thing. First step has been to add copyright details to the sidebar - it never occured to me that I would write anything of note, let alone that somebody would take the time to copy though - they clearly must be such sad cases that they result to theft (even on this minor scale).

If anyone has any helpful comments on a way forward please can you let me know.

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On a brighter note, I had a lovely day at the Races in Kempton. Yummy food, and great company.

Then got home and managed a rowing sessions. Guy's just pointed out to me that the calories I thought I had been burning are actually I've been burning way more than I'd thought. I really don't feel quite so guilty about the Blueberry Charlotte I scoffed earlier now!

This morning's sessions details were: 202 reps / 6.29 minutes / 12.52 Kcalories and total trip of 1280

This evening's session details are: 225 reps / 6.25 minutes / 13.95 Kcals and total trip of 1544.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mice Time


We had a wonderful time watching Stardust

I can heartily recommend it. All three kids (1 nearly 10, 1 just 9 and the other nearly 9) were on the edges of their seats, or completely entranced by it.

The acting is brilliant, the costumes beguiling and the story perfect. It works on so many levels - go and see it!

Rowed before dinner tonight (which might have been a mistake in hindsight as it was a bit too near to dinner time, and I couldn't then eat anything). Racked up 201 reps/12.46 calories in 5.53 minutes and total overall trip of 1078.........I now ache in muscles I didn't even know I had. Indeed, every step downstairs is prefaced by ouch, ouch, ouch.

I have solved the leaving card dilemma that I was in, and come up with an old project that will work just fine and dandy for my friend's card. Very much doubt that I will get around to doing a bit of crafting, but I might colour.

Sunday row before the Cinema

netted me 195 reps/12.09 calories/with total trip to date of 872 (I'm presuming that's metres).

I now ache in places I didn't know I had, or least had forgotten since my riding/competing days.

We're off to see Stardust, much to Lydia's disgust, she wanted to see the Ratouille film - but it has had terrible reviews - so I persuaded her that Stardust would be more the thing for George and Henry to see. I've also promised to shell out for the Rat DVD when it comes out.

It really is not a cheap do going to the cinema anymore - over £40 for 2 adults and 3 kids, plus all the popcorn, drinks, etc. on top of that.

Crafting will be very light today as I have the kidlets to entertain, and when I get back home quite a few orders to pack..........anyhoo, waiting for my Magnolia Stamp Club which is due to be released any that will kick start my mojo (which seems to be bumming around Europe at the mo with at least half of my friends mojos').

Second trip out on SS Galaxy

netted me 250 reps - crikey, would you believe that only equates to 15 odd calories burnt off.

From now on, I will clearly not be so ready to shovel in calories, knowing just how much rowing (about 5 minutes) it takes to burn off those 15 calories.

Whilst I was sailing along the bedroom floor, Guy was reclining watching Most Haunted, and I marked in a miffed way that I thought it would have some effect on my stomach muscles, but didn't think it was doing a thing. I woke up at about 3 this morning to feel exactly what effect it had started to have on them then! Also the inside of my thighs are quite tight.

Still push (or rather row on). If Mark Olver (another wonderfully funny comedian) can walk from Bristol to Edinburgh in readiness for his show next year, and do all the training beforehand, I can keep up with him in a spiritual way by rowing myself thin and fit. It's my personal challenge to justify the trip to Edinburgh to see his show, as well as the funny and gorgeous Jon Richardson, plus a few more random acts that I would like see.....oh and some that Guy likes too. It'll be expensive, it always is when I travel, as I do not do cheap, so I will feel much better about the whole thing if I've put some "E" for effort in.

Mr Olver is keeping his Review of Life, (it's news page rather than a blog apparently) up to date with how he's getting check it out from time to time. It should be quite entertaining, especially to see if he actually makes it through training, let alone for the actual walk. Actually, when he does give up I can throw in the rowing towel too, eat an unfeasibly large cream cake, and go to Edinburgh anyway without any feelings of guilt. So let's see how long we both last.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Row, row, row your boat gently through the bedroom

ohhhhhhh yes, my lovely new toy has arrived - a rowing machine.

I'm going to keep check on how I do with it. First try today I did 160 reps - not knowing that my Darling Hubby had changed it to the hardest setting as I put on my trainers.

Got to do another trip this evening before beddiebyes, and make sure that it's set at the right setting and I do more than 160.

It's fun, but such hard work.

Artygirlz Challenge - Round


Friday, October 26, 2007

18th Card for my cousin's daughter


  • Wizard Light Cardstock(Prism)

  • Herbal Garden Light (Prism)

  • White Cardstock (Prism)

  • AMM pattern paper

  • Bella (courtesy of Petra)

  • "wishing you a birthday that is just your style" by Stamping Bella (for inside of card)

  • Black Memories Permanent Dye Ink

  • Green jewel brad (PM)

  • Flower (PM embellishment kit)

  • Hero Arts 3mm gems

  • Lime Green Stickles

  • Cricut Machine

  • Mini Monograms Cartridge

  • Scor-it Board

  • A5 Purple Cow Cutter (using flutted blade)

  • Green spotty ribbon (SG-me!) **new spring colour**

  • COPIC Markers in Skin White (E00), Cool Grey (G1), Brick Beige (E31), Honey (Y38), Caramel (YR14), Amethyst (V17), Blush (R20), Lime Green (G21), Blue Berry (BV04)

  • Sakura pens - Clear Gelly Roll and Purple Metallic and Quickie Glue Pen

  • Tombow Mono Adhesive

  • Double-sided tape

How to:

  1. Cut the Celedon (12x12) cardstock in half to measure 6x12").

  2. With the Scor-it Board score at 6" and 4" to make the fold back card blank.

  3. Cover what then becomes the inside (but exposed side) of the card with the AMM dotty paper, and add some Hero Arts Gems and Lime Green Stickles to some of the dots (see the picture).

  4. Stamp the Bella image in Memories ink and heat set. Colour in with the COPIC markers and Sakura pens. Trim to size using the A5 Purple Cow cutter (with flutted blade fitted). Matt onto Wizard cardstock.

  5. Add gems to three of the corners, and a flower to the bottom lefthandside (which I secured with a jewel brad).

  6. Apply to the fold back section of the card (see the picture).

  7. Using the Mini Monogram Cartridge cut out "18" from Wizard cardstock and secure to the Bella Image.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Finally found time to share this lovely card

I was lucky enough to get when I toddled off to Brighton earlier this month - it's from Caz - isn't it georgeous.
Caz, thanks so much, and so sorry that it's taken me so long to get my act into gear to say thank you for it.
I've been creating tonight, but can't share anything at the moment, 'cos it's all drying. I will upload tomorrow when I get home.
Ohhhh, I forgot to mention what a fabbie time we had in Brighton the other day. We met Angel (Burnice) for a lovely Italian lunch, and then indulged in some shopping for beads and a walk quick walk by the sea.
It was so great to finally meet Burnice face to face - she was such marvellous company - thanks and big hugs Burn.
My excitement is building at the moment only 20 days left til SU launches!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fantastic Drunken Lunch was had by all today

I got taken to the Guinea Grill in Mayfair, for a fabulous and very drunken luncheon today. I now feel completely stuffed to the gunnells, and very, very merry. I drank far more than is necessary, but it was rude to turn such good booze down. The red Bordeaux in particularly slipped down very nicely. The trouble with a good restaurant is that they fill up your glass without you even noticing!

After several glasses of Kir Royale, I had pumpkin and red pepper soup, then Steak & Kidney Pie (it's award winning apparently) and gingerbread ice-cream........... YUM.

Also managed to pop into the London Graphic Centre, but was disappointed to find that they only did the original COPIC markers, and not the Sketch (my preferred weapon of choice for colouring). Still I did buy a couple more colours, Africano (E27), Honey (Y38), Mint Green (BG13) and Lipstick Orange (R17). I did, however, forget the Warm Grey (G7) for which I have a refill but no pen.

I turned into one of the people I can't stand on the train on the way home flippin' phone went off about 5 times in the space of a 40 minute train journey (4 of them were business calls).........but even so, it was all inconsequential nonsense that could well have waited until I got back to the office tomorrow - for goodness sake what is wrong with these people? "if it's really, really urgent then ring my mobile" is what I said on the voicemail message..............not, if you are an engineer wanting to clarify a fault with a colour printer that a member of staff could have discussed with you, but has apparently slopped off early 'cos we are not there; a customer who hasn't paid for well over 4 months, but this afternoon felt the need for me to discuss her account in with her in front of a packed train of commuters from Charing Cross; another colleague just phoning to "touch base" (I hate that phrase) on a stupidly trivial matter; yet another colleague phoning to query a figure for the auditor, knowing full well that I'm on a train and can't check the computer system, and then decides that it could perhaps wait until I can actually see the info anyway. The only decent call was the 5th one from Lydia to tell me that they were on the way to soak me up from Sevenoaks station.

Back to the realms of reality tomorrow with a full day at the Kingdom of that's something to look forward to.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Quick Magnolia card for Sammie Jo

very quick card for Guy's God Daughter Sammie, who will be 17. I decided on this Magnolia image because she's horse made (always has been).
Used a small piece of stripe paper left over from the Papertake kit this month, on a blue cardbase. Piece of dark pink cardstock embossed with my cuttlebug folder, blue angel kisses, stickles and a Sky zoomz. Image coloured with distress inks (not the most successful colouring I've done) and improved a bit with COPICS and ArtQuest watercolour tablets.
Off to Brighton now to meet Angel for lunch, and go bead shopping.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Daily Grind

I've got the day off today, for pretty mundane reasons really. The carpenter has been here fitting the boy's fitted wardrobes, and I had to pop over to the kitchen company to finalise some design issues, choose worktops and get some idea for lead times/schedule of works. The piccie isn't the type of kitchen we are having (it's a bit too country for my liking), but is made by the local company we have decided on, Rencraft. They make fabulous handmade wood kitchens, and the kitchens they've done in the past regularly feature in glossy home mags - so it should look really wonderful when it's done.

This afternoon Lydia and I are having our hair cut, then popping to the country park to feed the swans and have a quick walk around the lake. She moans quite a bit of the way........I just tell her that she'll be grateful when she is not a fat teenager that can only just waddle to the kitchen and back.......but then gets into the stride and has a good time.

Tomorrow is less mundane, Gary the carpenter is returning to finish off, fit handles etc., and we are off to (hopefully sunny) Brighton to lunch with Angel and stalk the bead shop.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

So sorry that I'm having to post the images one after the other, blogger still is not being very helpful.

This is just the overall image of the cake - not the most brilliant photo - I really need to get myself a photo studio set up.

Bitten by the Bug - Mini Monograms Challenge

Blogger still playing up, and I can only seem to upload the occassional image at the moment. So here is a close up view of the wedding cake "card" that I made last week for my friend to give to the happy couple, bottom layer contains choccies, middle one the foling notes, the top one a little book on love.

After I'd made it I noticed that Bitten by the Bug had put up a challenge for us to use the Mini Monograms cartridge (which is my absolute favourite), and this cake uses that cartridge to make the scallopped squares on top of each this is my entry therefore!


Thursday, October 18, 2007

urrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhh Blogger

how frustrating it really is still not lett uploads of photos.

Get it sorted for goodness sake.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Just started to plan our trip to Lake Garda

as we are planning to go there at Easter, but have decided that we really can't be fussed to fly, so it looks like the Eurostar to Paris and then the Sleeper TGV to Verona. From there we can get collected by the Hotel and taken to Malcesine on Lake Garda.

Seems like a plan, as Ebsfleet Eurostar terminal is opening around March time - and even if it doesn't it's still only a 40 minute drive to Ashford for the Eurostar connection. Paris is about 2 hours and 45 minutes from Ashford, then a quick stop at Cafe Gare du Nord for scrummy cafe au lait and toasted sandwich. Then a short taxi drive to Gare de Bercy for the sleeper, and a leisurely meal watching the French countryside roll by.

By the time we've snuggled down for a goodnight's sleep, we'll wake up to the red rooves of Sunny Italy and breakfast just in time to arrive in Verona.

That's preferable, and more civilised, compared to 2 hour checkin, hanging around in a crowded departure lounge with sub-standard food. Then a plane that normally lands miles from anywhere decent.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Nothing to upload at the moment

I'm currently working on another one of the box wedding cake gifts, this time it's for Linda at work, as she's off to a wedding at the weekend who wanted money (she'd seen mine and thought it was a good idea).

It's amazing just how long they take to make when the drying time of glue and Pearlidoodles is taken into account. Still nearly there (just as well as it has to be done by Thursday).

Just layered on all the flowers, and put Pearlidoodles in the centre, then when that's dry need to add the zoomz on bits of it, secure the whole thing down, put the sweets in the bottom, shred tissue for the middle (ready for them to put in the money), and do the folding section for the top.

It's been super, super busy at the Kingdom of Blah today - really we have no time to even draw breath, but I actually prefer it like that.

Managed to get a couple of days off next week, so Monday and Tuesday I can be at home with Lydia on half-term. Wednesday, I just have to pop into the office, then I'm off to a business lunch just off Berkley Square - hopefully I can manage to get to Art & Graphic Centre in Covent Garden when I get off the train to pick up some more COPICS. Won't be able to manage afterwards because I should by that time be marinated in various wines and brandy.

Finally managed to catch up with Sunday's 6Music Russel Howard and Jon Richardson show - I heard them read out my text at the time, but was only half listening from the other room doing a stock take.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Just your style

Just a quickie card using Parisbella and Wishing you a birthday that is just your style. Also had a quick go at doing a frame and white noise edge around the photo thanks to Beate's tutorial recently (see Fresh & Fun link in the side bar, then scroll down a bit). I quite like it, and might have a play in a bit with different effects.
Image is coloured with the usual, COPICS, with "Sky" Special Edition Zoomz, Prima flowers in orange and blue and Pearl Pearlidoodles.

Papertake Group 4 Kit

Whoopieeeeeeeeeeeeeee, my kit arrived this morning, and it's lovely. Can't wait to get creating. It has a lovely polar bear image, snowflakes, pattern paper in stripes and pink snowflakes, tiny silver and white punched snowflakes, pink cardstock and dark blue cardstock.

I'm pondering a crisscross project, so need to find the tutorial for it.

Stampin' Up is coming....oh, Stampin' Up is coming

and I am so excited. I really can't wait to get my hands on some of their fabulous stamps, plus a proper ticket corner punch (rather than having to make do with my star corner punch), ohhh and the fabbie round index tab punch that they do.

I just need to get my hands on a cattie, and make a hugmungous list for Guy, as I've said I demand a Stampin' Up fest by for birthday, which is rapidly coming up.

Funny & Georgeous Jon has had to schooch over a bit to make room for the lovely Widget that Caz made (but that will only be temporary - until the big day arrives).

Merry & Bright Trio


How to:

  1. Cut piece of Lime Green cardstock in half to measure 12 x 6, and score using Scor-it Board (making a 6x6 square cardblank).
  2. Cut out the square of AMM pattern paper with the ribbon embellishment printed on it, and cut to approx 5.5x5.5. Punch each corner with the star punch and stamp all over with the Merry & Bright stamp using Gingerbread Dew Drop. Run the same ink around the edges, and then mount on the cardblank.
  3. Using Memories Black, stamp the Trio of Angels onto white cardstock, and colour in with the COPIC's and Sakura pens.
  4. Trim with the Purple Cow A5 cutter (with flutted blade fitted).
  5. Matt this image onto dark green cardstock and mount on the card.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Autumn Challenge

UK STampers have got a new challenge on their Cyberblog. Here's my entry, which is a password book for Lydia - I was truly fed up with finding tiny bits of paper with passwords all over the place, or her moaning that she'd mislaid them.
Big thanks to Caz for the lovely Mouse image, which I coloured with Lyra Watercolour crayons. The other stamps were: Leaf from Aud's Flowers & Swirls sheet, and the alphabet was was a Scrap Goods kits in 2006.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


I managed to get on the list, and am eagerly waiting for the first kit to come out. To be honest, I can't remember if I am Group 4 or 5, but both kits look lovely.

I am so glad that the postal strike has come to an end for a brief time, and fingers crossed that my kit will arrive by Saturday.

I'm also waiting to get my Magnolia order, which is also held up by our useless postal system.

Artygirlz Challenge

The Galaxy have sent the Artygirlz some Zoomz for the prize in their Glueless Challenge - it's on their site at the moment.

Swoosh off here, and have a look, and take part.

Craft Related

sorry, I scanned this rather than a photo, as I've got to make another one of the Wedding Cake contraptions for a friend (which I'd forgotten about, and it has to be done by next week).

For this the supplies were:

  • Latte cardstock (PM)
  • Snowmen Stamp (Magenta)
  • Fa-la-la (Inkadinkado)
  • Celebration Tag (7gs)
  • Rudolph's Nose Zoomz
  • Aquaflo Brush
  • Dark Blue Whispers Dye Ink
  • Versafine in Black
  • COPIC markers, Lyra watercolours and Sakura
  • Dark Blue cardstock (River Deep Collection by PM)
  • Red spotty paper (Wild Asparagus)
  • Photo turn and square brad

Monday, October 08, 2007

Girls on the loose in Brighton (not at all crafty)

had the most marvellous day on Sunday. Settle down with coffee, or preferably something stronger, this is a looooong the way, you may want to skip it completely (actually, skip it really there is nothing of interest, it's just pointless waffle, it just saves me having to write it the old fashioned way in a longhand diary, also you won't then find out any of my alleged misdoings of the past!)

Having picked up Pepei Panda on Saturday, I drove him home and gingerly introduced him to the other light of my life (the present Mr Galaxy). It went reasonably well, all things considered, after he'd got over the shock of actually finding out that I'd got two cars, and spent a considerable amount of dosh. I have to say that he really is a sweetie at heart and clearly adores me, so I can pretty much get away with murder!!!

I suggested a ride in Pepei, and he seemed to be quite impressed, but was particularly amused to play with the Sport button. Bearing in mind we live Rural, and there are quite a few tight bends, he thought it was amusing to hit said Sport button as I rounded the snaking bends before the house. Mmmmm, little things amuse little minds.

Sunday dawned, and a very excited me waved off Hubby and the St Trinian's Wild Child, who were off to some pointless countryside show, for a bit of Father/Daughter bonding.

Then I set off in the general direction of Redhill, and played with my other new toy, the SatNav - which incidentally has a lovely purple road and blue car - perfect for me. I really was impressed, as I really wouldn't have found my ultimate destination half so quickly without it - admittedly, I went wrong a couple of times (but I swear the thing just throws in a random "turn left/right" when it doesn't exist. Potentially, I could have been driving round the streets of Mertsham for flippin' ages trying to find that close.

Having delivered my wares to Caz, had a quick chat and admired her lovely kids, I set off for White Bushes (sorry, that name always amuses me - back to my comment above about little things pleasing little minds).

Yeah, I know, blah, blah, blah...........get on with it.

Again, praise the SatNav, no matter how many times I have to navigate my way round Redhill, I always go wrong, and traverse the one way system about 20 times. Strangely, I can manage to navigate from the key landmark near her place (MacDonalds) - I wonder why.

I got a "what the bloody hell has happened to you text" just as I hit MacDonalds, but managed to resist the temptation to nip through the Drive thur' on the pretext of reading said text whilst I waited for a brekkie for us both - no I thought, you will just have to row more next week when the other new toy arrives, so just say no love, you are bigger than a pancake and maple syrup (quite a bit as it happens, but then the rowing machine will sort that out hopefully).

Seconds later I arrived to pick up madam, had powder room stop (not a quick one unfortunately in that Obsessive Compulsive's house), not because I needed any more than a wee, hand wash, lip gloss application and hair brushing (3.5 minutes tops), but I feel the need to make sure there are no drips, soap residue left, there is not a mark on the towel, and it is ruthlessly clean and ordered - this necessitates cleaning/straightening and drying as I back out of the door. CSI teams in both Vegas and Miami would be proud, and I think I left no discernable trace of any of my activities. After a quick Hello to Katie (the childminder), and a veto of my darling friends musical choices for the journey (really she needs 6Music in her life, not radio 1), I received the throw away line that "oh I just need you to nip me up the road to pick up the car from the party location of last night, left it there and got a taxi home. Would you be a love, have we time?". In reality we had plenty, but I did the "oh well, it'll put us behind schedule, but .......".

Lazy moo, even I could've walked there in the first place, and she took the car!

That small matter being taken care of, we ventured to Brighton. Vicki kept herself amused by reading the manual, and then playing with all the buttons. Like Guy, she found the Sport button, and had much fun. The traffic into Brighton was a nightmare, and we seemed to coincide with a biker convention of some kind, that having been said, it give us cause for quite of bit of fun, diversion and hilarity eyeing up bikes and blokes (have to say the loud throbbing things won, hairy bikers are not my thang). Several abortive attempts at multi-storey car parks later, we eventually got parked in the Churchill Square. Vicki assuring my panic ridden sole, that whilst the sign said it closed at 6.30, that was the shopping centre, and I would not have to sleep on a bench to get my car out the next morning.

Brighton Council, here follow a couple of comments on your ability to organise car parks/shopping centres:

(a) what the F%^! How difficult would it be for you to provide clear signage for navigation from car park, through Churchill Place Shopping Centre to the daylight. Eventually (after hauling my magpie friend away from the many and varied bright shiny objects in that place), we managed to find fresh air and sunshine - I'm guessing the whole passage from car to daylight, took us an hour.
(b) again, what F%^&%!, when people arrive back late, how difficult would it be to sign post the back way in to collect your car, and also CLEAR signs on which ways up (probably you are at this point wondering if either of us actually know that/have ever know that, but go with me). 15 minutes to locate the door to level 4. I'm guessing that the Peter, Susan, Edward and Lucy managed to find the back of the wardrobe and the entrance into Narnia in less time that it took us to get to level 4 later in the evening.

We headed for a sortie to the Lanes, again, not quick with Vicki's love of bling, and my love of handcrafted - I'm guessing about 2 hours were killed, and I came away with amongst other things a lovely pink card of a Zebra dressed in pink from head to hoof, sporting killer stillies, lace stockings and a feathery hat and jewellery - fabulous!

Lunched at La Strada - scrummy garlic bead, fillet steak with layered potato and peppercorn sauce as the headline. It really would have been rude to turn down the chocolate pudding and cream that the chef had slaved over. I existed on diet coke, and Vik's progressed her way through the red wines. Both of us love to people watch, and this provided huge amusement. Girls being girls, there was also quite a lot of relationships stuff (not mine, I'm fine see paragraph at the top, my Hubby can put up with me buying cars, etc. etc. etc.), Viki on the other hand really is a whole different truck load of fish, and has really rotten luck/terrible judgment where the other sex are concerned.

I was assured, even after I had been dissing the on, off, on, off, on again, off again boyfriend that she has, that she was having a fabbie time, and it was good to get it all of our chests. She confessed to being a little intrigued to see that night's show, and see why I liked that Jon what'isface (she was reminded Richardson, for the umpteenth time). She enquired if I was sure it was the rightr one, as normally I go for nice public school boys (and she sighted several occasions when this had indeed been so in the past). She did, at this point, say that she had just one tiny worry, that I would (bearing in mind my Spanish genes) get a bit over-excited, and consequently turn into my usual embarrassing self. My assurances were proferred that nothing even vaguely related to an alcoholic beverage had passed my lips, which meant that probably (well, hopefully) it would all be fine, and anyway when had I been that embarrassing?

At this point at least 10/15 incidents of just how outrageous I can/have been were placed before me. Surely not, I queried them, really I don't remember there being that many. She then felt, as only a true friend does, that she should now list them.

Admittedly, I was in a roundabout (and I would say minor fashion) involved in some of that evidence being submitted, but surely:

(a) the remote control Parrot - really not my fault, I was just being friendly, how was I know it would end like that?

(b) the hunky cowboy at the Murder Mystery event - again, not my fault....that should be put down to pure friendliness on my part.........and anyway he had a whip and rope - case most definitely closed on that one.

(c) the Antique Hunt and foam fight - again, none of that really was my fault, I am most definitely not responsible for quite that quantity of foam, being stuck on a bus for 3.5 hours with that person, and needing to remove my clothes to dry them out. I glossed over further events that day, which she had forgotten about/not witnessed - but yay, I did win the champagne (which she helped to drink). The handbag incident, well, yes technically that was my fault.

(d) That racing event was most certainly a misunderstanding with the cute jockey, he had a nice horse, and I love purple - I was shocked that she was even considering bringing that up as it being in any vague way my fault (I was merely Millicent Bystander) - no it was not me dancing on the table (actually, it might of been, but I was going for denying that one).

the next one was a bit more difficult to deny any part in, some of it was my fault, but:

(d) Break for the Border is a lovely Mexican restaurant, I had worked very hard ensuring that they all had a wonderful time, which they did. They do great tequila based drinks with cream that just have a rude name (two words, first starts in B*), that is not my fault.

It is also not my fault that I was jogged as I downed these shots, and got the cream element of it all over my lovely purple frilly (if slightly low cut top).

Once again, it is not my fault that that was brought to my attention in the cab with those people (not my fault we had only just met them, and nobody felt the need to warn them that whilst I am harmless my mouth sometimes runs away with me under the influence (actually sometimes not even under the influence), and I open my mouth without my brain being fully placed in the correct gear)......and any way, should the cabbie ethically have been listening to the conversation of his passengers.........I think I merely pointed out the facts regarding said cream based drink being spilt on me, and everyone (not present at the restaurant) drew their own conclusions.

Apparently not, it is alleged I said............."Oh god, I've got (use your imagination and insert the name of drink) all over me, that was (insert the name of my very hunky public school boy that we worked with)'s fault", and if he had kept his mind on the road, then running over that old man might not have happened. I also tried to deny any involvement in the other events of that particular evening, especially not Leicester Square. I do freely admit to falling asleep on the train and ending up in a Ramsgate siding.

Clearly, by now you've have framed a very poor opinion of me. Please bear in mind, not all of the events were my fault, I've explained there is a large amount of Spanish blood in me, and sometimes circumstances/misunderstandings just happen. Surely, they happen to most people, don't they? All of the above probably sounds more lurid then they actually was (cough......change the subject). I am a perfect and wholesome wife and mother, and she is no angel either.

I digress, the other events I will deny in a Court of law, and then I felt the need to remind her of a few bits and pieces.

I have to admit that I am not sure how much of the above conversation was apportioned in La Strada, or as was as we went on our merry way on a return journey to the shops, watched the impressive dude with the wheelie bin, drum sticks and cow bell (I'm a sucker for a cow bell and a beat), then the Pier and back again. Anyhoo, I did manage to cause an adolescent who'd been following us to dart past, open mouthed, look back and crash into a lamp post (most amusing). Truth to tell, not sure how much he heard, or which portion of the above it was, but again, ethically listening to others that right.........the lamp post served as a reminder to him that it might possibly be wrong on a lot of levels.

See, I warned there was no craft in this post. Well done, if you've made it though my waffle this far.

After a swift drinkie we then went to the show, and I was put on oath that I would behave. Just to make sure, if I misbeahved in any way,Pepei would be treated to a shaken bottle of coke and crushed crisps. I also had to stick to a strict exclusion zone, not in the front row or in a central position where I could catch his eye. So we ended up about 4th or 5th row back to the righthand side, in front of a lovely lady with very bright red dyed hair. This apparently was acceptable as I was out of touching distance/comfortable interaction would not be possible. Clearly, she has an hitherto undiscovered mean streak.

Jon (the gorgeous and funny one) opened with enquiries on exciting events of the week people had had, SatNav, what people had done with their day, were they from Brighton etc, where were people from....he's based in Swindon (a town I/we am very familiar we have a large admin centre there, and I/not we any more as she no longer works for the Kingdom of Blah am quite often expected to stay there).

My love of rubber, could so easily at one point have been covered with said comic, but I wasn't taking the risk. She clearly wasn't taking her eye off the ball, and at any point I looked like I might join in, I received a swift kick in the left ankle, or a mime of a shaking coke bottle.

I digress again..............back to Mr Gorgeous and Terrifically Funny's performance - he was witty, charming, and side splittingly funny. Vik's unbended sligthly and laughed a bit.

As we left the venue, I grabbed a comic seabird badge (which she's sloped off with) and her side of our conversation was along the lines of, "ohhhhhhhhhh, that was really very good..........actually, he really is nearly as funny as you'd said............ Yes, I completely see why you think he's so lickable.............well, I suppose those curls as very lovely.............................You want to do what to him?..................I wouldn't go that far...........and, isn't that illegal in quite a few countries?..............You could always try an insanity plea, but not sure how effective it would be though, I could pop several tins of baked beans in you handbag, and we could try and put it down to the menopause......... No, I don't fancy my coke you can't have will only use it as weapon. Oh, and I may be prepared to come with you again, if you promise to behave as well as you did". Bless her, not sure how much of her tollerance was true, she did at least appear happy and content that I'd remained well behaved throughout, and could partly see the attraction. It seemed Pepei would be safe after all. I was even allowed to listen to the 6Music Podcast Mr Georgous & Funy and Russell Howard on the way back, as long as she could play with the climate control buttons, in particular the Sport mode button.

We meandered back in the general direction of Churchill Square, eventually found our way round the back to the car park, and then took forever to find the door to level 4. Nice quick journey back to Redhill..............I slowed to 30 and pushed her out, and the struggled with SatNav back to A25 and home.

I was tucked up all nice and safe with Mr Galaxy by 11.30, having polished off a nice warming coffee and an egg and onion sandwich and pickle onion (still not forgiven him the Thai, Indian, Thai again, steak and onions and Indian again fumes that he's treated me to in the last fortnight - a taste of his own medicine, which should serve as a reminder.

Apparently, he had by that time forgiven my my expensive sins, as long as I could promise that he wouldn't have to do babysitting duty for the entire day for at least another 4 months.

Well done if you made it to the end, and I promise it will be back to crafting mode tomorrow - oh, and I apologise for spelling mistakes, waffling/rambling and poor grammar.