Saturday, 9 October 2010

Fresh Country Air & A Favourite!

Autumn is definitely with us! I stepped out of the front door yesterday & the smell that assailed my nostrils confirmed that!! Our local farmers have been spreading fertiliser of the organic kind & there is no escaping the smell anywhere in the village! Oddly enough, even though my boys are making a real pantomime about it, I don’t find it altogether unpleasant! Something about it’s ‘earthiness’ is somehow reassuring…can’t you tell I’m a country girl at heart!

whatsnottolove So…what’s been going on since my last post? Well, on Thursday evening, Karen & I set off to Shepreth for the ‘Crafting Time’ evening crop. This is a very enjoyable crop & we chatted & giggled & scrapped our way through from 5pm to 10pm! 

We were working alongside some very talented crafters so there was much inspiration to be had.

This is a crop where you take along your own projects to work on & this time I managed to complete my LO for the current challenge over at ‘These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things’…My favourite fictional character. This was an easy choice for me…I have been an avid bookworm since early childhood, discovering Agatha Christie at age 10,  I soon developed a passion for the little Belgian detective Hercule Poirot!

No-one plays him as well as the fabulous David Suchet, so I used his image to illustrate my LO…along with a pic of the great lady herself!


I’ve also been busy keeping up with the games &  extra challenges at Dixie Pieces ‘Glee Club’…following the main LO challenge I put together a child’s gift-tag for a mini challenge.

Week four has a very interesting challenge! ‘Southern Gospel’….so I need to do some research so that I can stay true to the theme!

I already know which photo’s I’ll be using but I just need to choose a title & see just what is appropriate to the theme…all comments & suggestions welcome!

Last night, the lovely Ann & I met up at another evening crop…The ‘3 Jolly Scrappers’ at Brampton…& spent another lovely time chatting & laughing & of course…scrapping!!! I managed to complete another two pages for my LSNED book! Still not even half way done, but I’ll get there!!!

On September 12th, I received delivery of a batch of ‘Ojon’ hair care products.I have used these products before, but as they are quite expensive I’d been without them for over a month. 

That evening I used the Ojon treatment mask, the shampoo, conditioner & styling products & immediately felt as if I had a new head of hair!!

So my lesson learned for the day was ‘This REALLY is Fabulous Hair Care’ It’s even won an award this year from  ‘CEW-UK’.



My lesson for September 13th was one I would have preferred not to have had to learn! I have been an avid follower of Lisa’s blog ‘Taking Life One Day At A Time’  since I first started to blog in March 09. She is beautiful, funny & an extremely talented writer with a wonderful attitude to life.

On September 13th her blog post was all about her recent diagnosis with Breast Cancer. It was written with all of her usual frankness, honesty & guts & I ran a whole gamut of emotions, from shock to anger to sadness & finally to a deep sense of injustice. My lesson for that day was most definitely that life isn’t always fair!

Lisa has since posted again, outlining how her support system is falling into place, how she has rules to enable her to fight back to win, & also with some humour in a lovely story about her daughters misunderstanding of the name of the ‘Op’ Lisa is to have. Please do drop by Lisa’s blog & leave her some love. You will find her writing an inspiration.  I’m a big believer in the power of collective positive thought & prayer, & I know she would appreciate your support.

…& that brings me back to today. I’ve been listing eBay items for most of the afternoon…I’m loving these free listing days that keep popping up!!  Lee is suffering with ‘Man-Flu’ so I’m staying a safe distance away while dispensing ‘Lem-sips’ & ‘Covonia’!!  I really don’t need a cold right now thank you very much!!!

I hope you’re all having a great weekend, thank you for dropping by & I hope you’ll be back again very soon! : )


karen said...

Good luck with ebay.How did your last batch do?

debs14 said...

I love the lacing on that layout, I may have to 'scraplift' that one, it's so pretty and I have a photo in mind that would suit it perfectly.
Thanks for the 'heads up' (excuse the pun!) on the hair products, haven't heard of that make before, but I like it already as my son is called Jon and I see that as an omen that it would be good!

humel said...

Sending very best wishes to Lisa, I'll call by and see how she's doing. As you say, often things can be so unfair.

Your layouts are just gorgeous as ever, Sandi - I'm a big fan of Poirot, too :-)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your FAVE THINGS lo!!!! WOW WOW WOW have OUTDONE YOURSELF!! WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!! I loveeeeeeeeee that ribbon and the design is WOW!! LOVING your journal pages too!! Thanks sooooooooooo much my dearest for playing along with us! And I follow Lisa too....she is amazing :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

scrappyjacky said...

Love Poirot as well...and David Suchet is definately him.....great LO.

Deb said...

Oh, Sandi, I just love your work. I spend so much time studying all the detail in your pieces. It's some serious eye candy for me! xo

Sian said...

Fabulous layout! You seem to have captured the flavour and style of Poirot so well.

I will certainly be thinking about your friend x

Denise said...

Beautiful work Sandi - I especially love your 12th Sept page but they are all lovely. Glad you are enjoying the new crop at Shepreth and I will be sending very positive vibes Lisa's way xx

dandelion dreamer said...

Hi there! GREAT to meet you at Craftingtime Sandra...LOVE your blog and the way that layout finished up.Keep scrapping. Moira

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

You're always thinking outside the box, Sandi!!! I love my visits over here.
Sending up prayers for Lisa,
Mary Lou

Jeanet said...

Poirot is great! LOVE your layout Sandi!Loving that ribbon through the background paper! Amazing! Love your tag and your life lessons are wonderful!
Life isn't aleways fair indeed!
I admire Lisa too! Such a beautiful and inspirational woman!
Thank you so much for playing along with us at Fave Things!

Jana said...

I love love your style Sandi! My fave character was certantly your LO about Poirot!!!!!!! I love everything about it!

kim c said...

spotted ya at Paper Issues. great layout.

Sandy Ang said...

Love your agatha christie inspired LO. I enjoy reading those books too.