Thursday, September 27, 2007

New Challenge

Today there has been a new challenge launched on the forum. There a little group of us that wil be setting 'challenges' - although I like to think of them as "motivations", challenges can sound so scary.

so Dollydimple and Angelnorth will be joining me to form the CBC Crew!

So here it is:

All there in Black and White

I know it's still September but October is only a few days away and then Christmas will be here before you know it... here's a chance to tick a Christmas card off your 'must make' list.

We all sit down to enjoy the good old Black & White movies at Christmas so your challenge is to make a B&W Christmas card.

You can use a metallic (gold or silver) to accent it if you want but no sneaking other colours in, OK?



Every time you enter a challenge your name added to a 'hat' and a lucky winner drawn during October. We thought it would be nice to launch a Challenge every Thursday, but we will do some things in between.

Other news:
I sold all my baking at the Country Market which is more than could be said for my cards today! Never mind I know my friend has sold loads, and it is the Farmers Market on Saturday. As I work on Friday I won't be doing too much baking for it tho!

I bought some new stamps from Pixie Dust this week - although I have yet to play with them. She has some lovely new Christmas ones - although I am not sure I need any more for Christmas.

I have joined the CJ on the forum and have finally come up with the title of mine - Chocolate Dip.....and have cut the card for the album - that is all. I have lots of ideas mulling about - so need to get on with it.

Don't forget there are lots of other things going on the forum I have listed the main ones here:
Forum News

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sponsors


I have gathered together a group of sponsors for the forum and they are launching a few competitions on the forum. I hope that you will all join in and maybe bag yourself a great prize.

I am offering some quick lucky dip prizes over the coming weeks - all you need to do is regsiter on the forum and make a visit in the time specified and you will be in the draw.

I have not really got back into card making at the moment and hope that over the weekend inspiration will strike.

I made a card with a charm for Sue's birthday which I was pleased with so have used it for the next RS challenege, these stamps are lovely...

"Make a rubber stamped card that features a charm of some kind"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ginger Cake


I baked this at the weekend as a test for the Country Markets stall, and it was OK! I just found the recipe from the web on a forum somewhere - sadly I forgotten where, I got several toagther and kind of combined them.

Ginger Cake
Warm in a bowl:
2oz Black Treacle
2oz Golden Syrup
4oz Marg
4oz Sugar

Mix in a bowl:
8oz Plain flour
1 tspn Bicarb of Soda
1 dessertspoon ground ginger

Combine the two then add:
1 medium egg beaten
¼ pint milk (I did see one of the recipes suggesting you warm this as well but I didn't)

2lb loaf tin for 1 hour 180c
Or apparently double the mix and make 3 X 1lb cakes and bake for 50mins

I actually made a 1lb loaf and filled 5 muffin cases

I made flapjacks yesterday - so will put the recipe on here soon - another combination of a cook book and Nets advice!

It has kept really well, and Owen has been taking it to school and he has been enjoying it with ice cream too.

NOt much else to report - will get around to making some cards at the weekend. Check out the forum for the latest what's on

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Good sales day


Firstly I must tell you there is now another fab competition running on the forum
If you visit Sara's site: timeforcrafting and then visit projects and exploding prism...you will see a fab project. So all you need to do is follow the instructions and make one. It could be a special Christmas card - always nice to make something different. There are other things going on too check out this thread for the latest.

Today, I did my first ever baking for the Country Markets, I made a Carrot tray bake, chocolate brownies and melting moments, and I was so pleased as I sold them all. Added to this I also sold 8 cards so it was a successful morning.

I went out to lunch in Ampthill with Jane, it was a lovely sunny day, and we had a quick wander around town after.

Yesterday I went out to lunch with Ann and we went over to Frosts at Woburn Sands. We had a nice lunch and wander around - but was amazed at the price of plants! They did have 1/3rd off fruit bushes, so I bought a rhubarb and a Tayberry bush - so maybe some new fruit for next year.

Never seem to stop having lunches - I saw Sue last Thursday in a pub in Southill, BUT none planned (so far) for next week!

Last night I went to Waterstone's in Milton Keynes to attend a 'party' for Carole Matthews book launch which was very nice. I went with Ann and her friend Sue (Sue is friends with Carole - although I got my ticket via an email draw - all very complictaed!) Bumped into someone from work (Bev) and someone round the corner (Rachel) - so can't go far without being recognised! The book is the Chocolate Lovers Diet, and so the party had a chocolate fountain and free chocolates from Thorntons! Nice bubble wine too - I bought the book - so have a queue of things to do...and I am sitting here typing this! The picture is my friend Ann with Carole.

Tuesday was our 6 weekly book club meet - I never actually finished the Alchemist...we now have this book - which I have to say looks a bit strange too....but have only just started. We did talk more about books this time and took some paper backs to swap around.

The courgettes are still doing well and I sold some of those this morning too.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Back on track


Well I thought I would start with the forum and let you know what is going on there. GoK has launched a competition which is very different to anything we have had before:

we are setting a unique challenge to design a die to be manufactured with full packaging. The winning entry will be produced in a limited number (20). The winner will receive limited number 1 the other 19 will be available to buy. In addition the Winner will receive a £20.00 voucher to spend in Go Kreate's online shop. Closing date is the end of September - so you had better get your thinking caps on!

Melissa has just started her "Challenge Me" for September....so go get challenged!

I have launched a card challenge for stampers and non stampers....you must include beads in a card - check out the forum for more details





Hopefully we will have a few more things next week, once everyone is back on track after their summer holidays.

Chessington


Owen has always wanted to go to a theme park and it really isn't Paul's kind of thing - although we did Flambards in Cornwall, and have been to Legoland and Gulliver's land in the past - I promised I would take him...if the weather was Ok on Wednesday. Well the weather was OK and have to say we had a lovely day out - although those places certainly 'eat' your money! Luckily we had a free entry ticket so it was not so bad. The log flume and the grass snake rollercoaster - were Owen's favourties and we swent on the twice...he didn't fancy a couple of the rides, and the bubble works had over an hour to queue, which did seem such a waste of the day. If we go back I think I will pay the extra to queue jump - at £6 each it might have been worth it.

He had to ring the bell at the top of this ladder which twists around to win the prize - a few little'uns did it but I did not see anyone bigger win. Another £1 wasted - not that I really needed a dragon!


This large sealion - just appeared to be sunbathing....and generally entertaining the crwods on his own.



We had a nice wander around the zoo - which made a change from the busy rides and was quite relaxing. A bit different to the safari park - you can get up quite close to the animals - although the gorilla looked very sad.

Cornwall


The place we stayed in at Cornwall was lovely...you could walk into Mullion, walk to Mullion Cove and also to Polurrian Cove, this is a picture of the cove from the cliff tops. Unfortunately, the weather was quite chilly and windy for the most part. We did have sun for for the first couple of days, and at the end. Some of the days did brighten in the afternoon and Owen went into the Pool at the cottages before tea for a lot of days.

The place also had a big field where you could fly a kite - and so that was good fun, Owen bought a new kite in Falmouth and he got very proficient in stunts. We did have a small mishap when the rings broke and it was set free...quite amusing to see me running across fields to go and get it back - but I did manage it - while Owen watched on...no idea why I didn't send him!

Most evenings consisited of a table tennis match with Owen


We ent to Perranporth one day and it was lovely and sunny - but it was VERY windy - they had a little boating lake - Owen and I went out for a row! The wind was so strong Owen couldn;t make any headway - so I had to take over to get us into the middle of the lake and then Owen got the hang of it - he loved it.



This Seal was in St Ives bay - he kept coming up to see what we were all looking at! The day turned out to be bright and sunny in the end.

We also visited: Falmouth, Land End, Coverack, Helston, Porthleven, Gunwalloe to name a few - was a bit busier than normal due to the lack of sun!

These are just a few of the highlights - I will get some more photos together later and pop them in an album.

I did a bit of family history research and took pics of some gravestones in Gunwalloe church and managed to fing my ggg-Grandfather's grave and his father's too - which was quite exciting. One day I will get them sorted and put them on a web site. I do have quite a few that do not 'belong' to my family - so if you are researching Lugg, Hendy, Caddy and Freeman in the Gunwalloe/Cury/Mullion area I may have a picture.