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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Golden Wedding Invites.....

So someone on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook page asked for ideas for simple invitations she could make for her upcoming Golden Wedding celebrations. Here's what I came up with for her - they are all quite simple and easy to mass produce.......I kept them flat as well, so that postage costs would be less





and after all my posts about the kitchen, the least I can do is to show you a work in progress......




So today has been a 'day off' - no workmen, no music, no endless tea and coffee making. Time to recharge the batteries and just FLOP!

Marilyn contacted me to say she has been having problems leaving comments on here. Has anyone else had a problem? Let me know (not that I have a clue what I can do about it mind you, but someone in Googleland will know.....)

See you tomorrow x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Kitchens and superbugs.....

I don't think I have ever had such a prolonged leave of absence from my blog - thanks so much to all of you who have emailed me to see if everything is okay.
I was struck by a superbug - the mother and father of all colds, it went away, came back, went away again......in the meantime, the house was freezing, with workmen here, doors and windows wide open, I couldn't even creep away to my bed to shiver in comfort - the plumber was fitting the new shower. Then every few minutes someone has a question - how do you want this? where shall we put this? What shall we do about this?.........

Oh, it has been miserable!

However, I am now much better, and the house is oh-so-slowly taking shape. I promise to take photos soon. I must have made about 300 mugs of tea and coffee for various guys working around the house, listened to non-stop music of various genres all day every day - my heart sinks when the heavy metal guy walks in! But all the people we have had helping us renovate the place have been really great, we struck lucky...I have listened to tales of woe about errant girlfriends, dished out sympathy about ailing parents, offered doughnuts and aspirin, and generally gone into mother-hen overdrive.  

So here's a couple of quick cards made with Fiskars stamps - they are the sort that fit on the continuous stamping wheel, but (shhh, you don't have to have that, you can fit them on a block). This first one is a stamp called Choo Choo...I used little buttons for the wheels



and I used this floral stamp to make panels for a gatefold card....



with a little pocket on the inside for a gift card....



and I made a little tab to hold the front closed



It's nice to be back!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Halloween Pumpkins

Here's a little video I made for the Fiskarettes Facebook page.........Pumpkin Pie anyone?








The new kitchen is coming along - what a job! It has been like the United Nations here - tiler from Hungary, Flooring guy from Albania, electrics from Italy, plumber from France! But they are all great guys and doing a super job......


So the kitchen floor has to be lifted. 'We can do that' we thought. 'Save some money' we thought......... So the top layer of laminate wood was ripped up. Then a layer of vinyl tiles that had been laid underneath. That uncovered another layer of vinyl tiles, which we ripped up - I was getting very bored with it all by this time. Finally, we uncovered ceramic tiles which have been laid for so long that luckily the adhesive has all dried up and they are fairly easy to get up. So four layers of flooring, all on top of each other - it's a wonder the floor didn't meet the ceiling!

Right, I must get back on my aching knees now, and carry on with those pesky tiles....