Friday, 7 November 2008

Long weekend!

Don't you just love a long weekend! I am having a four day weekend this weekend as we intend to spend all four days celebrating Tim's birthday. Fortunately I am feeling a little better and Alex is much brighter too, although still very tired. Yesterday I went shopping, wrapped his presents, made and decorated his birthday cake and generally sorted out the house in preparation for the next few days. Following on from the lack of hat fiasco with Alex last weekend, I trawled round the charity shops and bought another two hats for him in the hopes that we will always have one available. This was a success, as Alex then spent most of the day wearing one of them! Unusual child that he is, he actually likes hats!
We went to the park in the afternoon and had a lovely time playing chase on an extremely wet playing field and round the park itself...and yes, he did wear one of his new hats! In the evening we watched a very silly movie (Boy Rambow) and had a takeaway Pizza. Yummy!
Today we continued the theme of nice food with a trip out to our favourite Chinese Restaurant and completely stuffed ourselves! Alex was reasonably well behaved, if a little loud and even ate some of the food. We had Spring rolls, BBQ spare ribs, Crispy Aromatic duck, Jilian Pork (I think!) and lemon chicken with egg fried rice. All very very yummy! I don't actually want any tea tonight, although I know Tim will so we have smoked salmon lined up.
Alongside everything else I have managed to do some crafting, which is nice. Yesterday I made another scrapbook page for Gran's book. This time of her Mother, Annie. The journalling on this says 'Annie Holes, nee Merritt (1894-1978) was a full-time home maker after her children were born, looking after the family while her husband worked. She had a great love of the countryside whih she passed on to her children. They would go out to Durley on bicycles to collect primroses and would pick and name all the wayside flowers. She was a staunch Methodist who shared her husband's love of music and sang in the choir in the local Methodist church in Bitterne. She also crocheted and knitted, keeping everyone well supplied with hand-made socks. I am continuing with the Christmas cards at a steady rate, and this is yet another Cuttlebug embossed image (kindly embossed for me by Kath). As this was already embossed on holographic sparkly silver card, I simply added red gems, holly peel offs, a ribbon and mounted it on green and red. The embossed tree doesn't show up too well in the photo, but it looks great in real life.
I have also joined in with a challenge..on Daring Cardmakers the challenge this week is to use any sparkle or bling on your card. I guess that the previous card would also count for this challenge, but I decided to use the Santa image kindly cut out for me by Gill, piece on the red hat, colour his face with Whispers pens, add texture to his beard and moustache with a sakura glaze pen and sparkle on his hat with glitter glue. For added bling I put gems in all four corners of the background. This is completely different for me and i would love to know what you think. Have a great weekend everyone,


Lythan said...

I can't decide which card I love best. That Santa is so sparkly!

Pascalebrad said...

Two great sparkly cards! Pascale :)

Kathy said...

Two lovely Sparkle & Bling cards, and a lovely LO too. Enjoy your long w/e!

Susan (Sue H) said...

Hi Caro,

Welcome to the Daring Cardmakers. I’m pleased that you decided to join in the fun this week.
Both your cards are really great and I love the sparkly Santa.

Look forward to seeing you joining in again soon.

Sally Bentham said...

They are lovely cards Caro, I love the father christmas. I have some of that die cut that a friend did for me. Your scrapbook pages are certainly coming along. Your grandmother will love them when it is all finished. Something to treasure and pass on in the future.
Your chinese certainly sounds yummy it is making my mouth water.


Ellen said...

Santa looks great on that background, nice way of putting the sparkles on, it's very effective

LazyKay said...

Happy Birthday Tim!

Glad Alex has picked up enough to enjoy his Dad's birthday.

Lovely lovely work and pages too.

Enjoy your days off - they will fly of course - why aren't days off as long as work days?