Thursday, 7 October 2010

The Mug That Is Me

Hee Hee, that gotchya looking didn't it?

Went to Huntingdon today with Mum.
First stop (and most important) was
for more Anita's Tacky Glue. As good as superglue,
just doesn't stick my fingers together.

Then on to Tesco to do a little shopping.
I needed greaseproof paper to help with my baking.

Yep, they have a travelator to get you to the top floor.
Mum went by lift as she hates moving floors.

As we arrived, we realised it was lunchtime,
so of course we had to eat first!

Nicely satisfied, we started shopping.
I went upstairs and found some
storage boxes that I just 'had to get'.
What else was I going to put all the baking in,
especially as I'm making my own bread after this week?
The pink rims were definitely the clincher here though LOL

Then I found this mug and it somehow 'jumped' into my trolley.
Well, it was only £2

I still can't work out how Mum can go to a different store
and walk out with an empty trolley. Baffled, that's me!!

After all that exhausting shopping, we headed back to mine
for a well deserved cuppa and a jam and buttered scone I'd made this morning.
(this is not the best scone from the batch, we ate those)

If you'd like the recipe, head over to Ruth's site (The Pink Whisk)
where you'll find loads of recipes including this one for scones.

I was really good and sent two scones
back with Mum, leaving two here for me.
Mustn't be greedy and keep them all for myself.

That's my day so far, how's yours been?

Elle's Studio ~ Thankful Thursdays ~ 7th October

Elle's Studio Blog is at it again with something for us to do
and this one I love even more than the last.


Every Thursday this month (October in case
you hadn't realised that's where we are) they're asking
you to either leave a comment or do a blog post
stating at least one thing you're thankful for.

This week, I'm thankful for:


She's been an absolute diamond while my leg's been bad,
taking me to appointments, to do some shopping
and generally being there when I need someone.

So, Mum, if you ever see this

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

I'm A Top Tip Tuesday Winner

Yes, you read that right.

I've won 2 digital images from

for my top tip here.

Am I happy? Wouldn't you be?

Top Tip Tuesday ~ No.5

Hey guys, it's Tuesday, so that can only mean one thing

My top tip is one that I featured on my blog a short while ago.
But, I love it so much that I wanted to show you again.

Do you ever make a card / LO / altered art / something else
and not have the right sentiment or title to go with it?
So do I and that's where


come in really handy.

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll have seen this before,
as this is re-posted for new readers especially.

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To make your rub-ons, you need a sheet of acetate (doesn't have to be printable acetate as you're going to be printing on the shiny side, it just needs to be able to go through your printer), a printer and a computer programme that you can design in (I used WordArt in Microsoft Word for mine, but I'm sure you have your favourite programme).

1) In your chosen programme, type your word(s) and position them until you are happy (these will need to be flipped before printing). Don't forget that you can change the colours and fonts of these too.

2) Flip your wording so that it reads backwards. If you use WordArt, you may need to re-position the words so that they are where you want them. Alternatively, you could use the 'mirror image' option on your printer settings.

3) Print onto the shiny side of your acetate using best photo printing remembering that the printing will stay wet so handle with care when removing it.

4) Turn your acetate over and press down gently on your chosen paper/card. Be careful not to let the acetate move as this will smudge your printing.

5) Remove the acetate and admire your work.

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Here's an example of my custom rub-ons in use:

the human experience saying is an acetate rub-on

all wording and numbers (except the ME) are acetate rub-ons

That's my top tip, what's yours?

Sunday, 3 October 2010

An Increasingly Empty Cupboard Can Only Mean One Thing

Hurry up Tuesday and my Mr Tesco delivery. I've run out of some of my basics and about to run out of others with no hope of popping to a shop to grab anything before my delivery arrives. After eating my last part-bake baguette for lunch, I had no bread in the flat. Not even a crumb. And I was fancying something nice and slightly sweet too. Doesn't help that I'm full of cold and wanting scrummies all the time.

What a dilemma. What do I do?

Then I remembered that I had had Mum get me some bread flour and yeast, so into the kitchen I go.

Followed the recipe on the yeast box. All the while thinking to myself "how can I go wrong if I follow it to the letter? After mixing and kneading, I had some really smooth and shiny dough. One day I'll learn to take photos as I bake. Knowing that I wanted something slightly sweet too, I divided the dough.

Half was made into 8 rolls

The other half, I added sultanas and made a loaf
(yes it's meant to be that brown on top,
I love the added flavour that gives)

Both taste gorgeous. If you hurry over there may be some left.

Love, Sarah C xx

The Sunday Creative ~ Prompt 15

The Sunday Creative
Click here to go to this week's prompt

I found this week relatively easy. The word we've been given is:


I'm grateful that I have a couple of items
that used to be my Nan and Dad's.

Things that remind me of them and
make me wish they were here even more.

Firstly, there's a framed cross stitch
I made and gave to my Nan many years ago

and then my Dad's box set of Elvis vinyl
I used to love listening to it with him
(and we probably tried to sing along too!!!)

What do you have that makes you feel very nostalgic?
Why not photograph it and join in?
Link to this week's challenge is at the top of this post.

Love, Sarah C xx

Top Tip Tuesday ~ No.4

I've come across a blog tonight called Top Tip Tuesday.
They're doing a giveaway of digital images and asking craft bloggers to share their recycling tips.

Here's a LO I made over a year ago. The large flower is made from material that covered a bed base I was throwing out. Can't show you a before, but I'm sure you all know
what a bed looks like LOL

As for the rest of the bed, my ex was rather clever and used some of the wood to make me a fab 12x12 paper storage. The only things I bought were the plastic pegs to sit the shelves on.

As a crafter, I hate throwing things out if I think they can be used somewhere, sometime. But as someone who hates hoarding and stuffed cupboards, drawers etc, this can be really difficult.
I have a lidded box full of 'bits' I've kept.
At least it looks tidy on the outside!! lol

Love, Sarah C xx