So most of the day wasted, but you live and learn! And, as the saying goes, the grass ISN'T always greener on the other side :D
Can't make up my mind for the classic look (love the brown and cream) or whether to go chic and pretty.
Hmmm will be thinking on this for a while!
Also got to find out how to put a banner and stat counter back in.
Before Christmas I bashed my wing mirror, Len has a quote to get it replaced, £275, however hopefully it will be much cheaper as I told him we don't need the electrical component as all the remote moving functions are working on it still. It's £35+VAT just to spray the blooming casing black!
Clutch - on it's way out - doubtless due to the two seasons we ran an enormous 22' caravan - we have a VERY steep drive out onto the A6, so the stress on just getting it on the road was pretty high on the car. Original quote from Seat Garage was £365. Derby Clutch Centre are doing it tomorrow for £260.
Exhaust is blowing horrendously. Still have to take it in somewhere to get a quote. I daren't think.
Insurance is due for renewal in the next couple of months. Last year I paid around £900 (I had two accidents in one week, both my fault completely but it totally zero'ed my no claims discount, I had no claims protection but apparently it only worked if you had one at fault claim in the year and certainly not two in a week!).
And Chiara is off sick again, I'd only just got her back to school last week. I'm quite worried, she's had a bad headache all weekend and nothing seemed to shift it. I've confined her bed today (much easier when there are no other kids around to disturb her) I really hope it helps. It sounded a bit like migraine to me (concentrated over one eye, light and noise hurt) I didn't think kids got migraine so young.
Thanks to everyone for your congrats and kind thoughts on my previous post, you all made me feel like having a big giant squishy hug :)
The theme for this week was the Kitchen.
Now,I’m not very domesticated and I’m not the sort who goes all ga-ga over the latest must-have gadget – cheap and cheerful for me – so long as it does the job! I used to love cooking, pre-kid days, but since all three have learned to say ‘NO!’ to different foods, getting a meal together that all five of us will eat in (almost) totality, is incredibly hard. One of the few is a good traditional roast dinner. I totally fail at roast beef so we mainly stick to lamb or chicken, occasionally with a wonderful ham thrown into the mix. Regardless of what meat we have though, the kids insist on having Yorkshire Puddings to accompany. You know. Simple recipe. Nothing to it. A cinch. Not me!
So I decided to take a light-hearted approach to this week’s theme and created a layout, complete with journaling in the form of a letter to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s column in a newspaper supplement.
The journaling is a central part to this page so I have copied and pasted it below:
Help me please! I am a desperate woman! I am 42 and can still not make Yorkshire Puddings.
I have resorted to shop bought ones over the last few years, but, recently, empty shelves and insistent kids, meant I tried to make my own yet again. I have followed the recipe in my Be-Ro book to the letter and yet mine still come out of the oven all flat and sad and undercooked on the inside, even though they are a lovely golden brown on the outside.
Is there any salvation for me after all this time, or should I revert to buying them from Sainsbury’s?
Products and Techniques:
Cardstock, Paper Adventures Two Toned (blue) and Bazzill (brown and cream)
Patterned Cardstock, SEI, Winnie’s Walls collection
Patterned Paper, Making Memories, ledger collection
Phrase Stickers, Making Memories
Letter Stickers, American Crafts, Boxer Industries, Doodlebug
Chipboard Letter, Heidi Swapp
Ribbon, All My Memories
Stamp, Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves
Ink, Stazon and Colorbox
Paint, Making Memories
Buttons, brads and flower, various
I used my circle cutter to make an off-centred circle frame, decorative scalloped edge scissors to shape around and finally my faithful hammer and hole punch to create all those holes. The over-sized bracket was handcut from chipboard, painted, sanded slightly then raised on foam pads. Just a couple of flowers were handcut from patterned paper and the edges defined with a journaling pen. And of course, no layout of mine at the moment is complete without the odd button scattered around!
The tag behind the photo gives the Yorkshire Pudding recipe on one side and, on the other, a bit of information on Jamie Oliver.
I had such fun with this theme; it's definitely not something I would have thought about commemorating without the challenge - so roll up your sleeves, put on your pinny (crafting one, of course) and cook up something yourself (groan at the pun, sorry, but it was just begging to be made :D)
If you are at all interested in scrapbooking, altered art, textiles and/or photography, you need to add this site to your favourites. I don't believe there is anything Chriss can't do, do wonderfully and she is such a perfectionist too. Click on the tabs at the top of the site to go and view her amazing work in all of these artistic fields.
I was introduced to Chriss's work when I joined the US Forum Scrap That Moment (Chriss is an American living in the UK). BTW they have a great gallery over there AND are Lynette and her team have been working hard on launching Scrappy Chick stuff at CHA. I can't wait to see what they have produced (and more importantly, if someone is going to be bringing it over here for us!)
I quite like the Christmas tree one, but not as happy with the other one. I think what I wanted to achieve I couldn't because of my lack of skill.
The one thing I'm not too good at is remember what supplies are from where! With paper supplies I can just look at the page and know what manufacturer made what item. With these I have got to go trawling through my hard drive at the digital kits to find out!
I was really apprehensive about flying out on my own - well actually getting to the airport on time in the morning - and being in the hugeness that is Schipol Airport on my own was quite overwhelming. That's where the fabulous Irene came in! She meeted and greeted me at the airport and took me under her wing. And coming back I had just as nice a person looking after me - another Suzanne (there were quite a few of us from different countries attending SAGA, I'd never known so many!). Suzanne is an American in the UK and has her own http://www.memoriesnmore.co.uk/store/ supplies shop. She was utterly fabulous and made the time in Schipol on the return journey absolutely fly by! Plus another HUGE thanks to - yet another - Suzanne. Suzanne had gone across with her DH and DD on the ferry and, generous spirit that she is, bought back all my shopping and classes stuff to save me going overweight on the (measly) baggage allowance. Not only that, but then she came out of her way to bring it all back up home to me. Suzanne you are a wonderful person and I truly can't wait to meet up with you again at half term. Josh is also mega excited to be meeting Ben!
I had a wonderful time, the classes and quality of kits were, for the most part, excellent (or at least excellent value for money). There were a couple of disappointments but overall, it's definitely somewhere I want to go back to. The classes and teachers were great, it was a lovely hotel, fabulous value for money and it was wonderful meeting up with scrappers from other countries too. Just this year isn't the year; we didn't have a family holiday last year and I spent so long wracked with guilt that I had a jaunt away on my own.
If you want to know more, the lovely Dawn has set up a little bloggeroony space which gives information on last years' event (the information for this year isn't available yet) together with some peeks into the kits and classes that were available.
Dawn I hope you have a fabulous time again (as doubtless you will) and I really must start saving ready for 2008!
The last tree planted (apart from fruit) was an eucalyptus we put in when we moved here in 1988. It was at least 50' high now.
Josh has just come home from school and pointed out that it's been trashed.
Very, very thankfully, it has blown down the garden. Had it not, then our house would have been in the way!
Sorry for blurry pic, but I was shaking and it has gone quite dark so had to go onto night mode. Will try to get better pic tomorrow when it is light.
Some of the glass has also been blown out of the greenhouse so that is a job for tomorrow too, picking up all the pieces.
Oh .......... Blogger is doing it's usual and not uploading piccies, so will try later.
The saga continues.
We now cannot get internet connection unless the phone is plugged in but off the hook. Plus we are on the slowest internet speed possible for broadband because we are the end of the line (and a long way from the exchange).
And for the past few days it was worse than when we were on dial up (and we only got 45kbps then) AND it would not let me upload anything anywhere.
After ages with the Eclipse tech support (who are stumped and their system wouldn't let them test our line for some reason) we were told to try it without the phone or fax plugged in at all and also to buy new filters and try them (luckily already had two new filters in packets). Did think last night we had cracked it as the internet stayed on with the new filters whilst the fax and phone were plugged in and the handset on the receiver.
Get up this morning to find telephone line and internet connection no longer recognised (by router). Have had to take phone off hook in order to get the internet back on. So no-one can phone or fax whilst we are online.
Like I say, what's the point of paying for Broadband?
Back to ring Eclipse and see what they say.
Oh yes got BT to test the line again last night (like we did before Christmas) and they are determined there isn't a fault with our line. They are however willing to send an engineer our for £120 plus VAT call out feel plus whatever (£60 plus per hour engineer time).
My second attempt at digi using the same kit: