Monday, 13 December 2010

Wow! What hit me?…

After seeing everyone at work dropping like flies with a nasty cold virus & reading on a couple of blogs that people had been poorly, I was feeling a bit smug that I was surviving the run up to the festive season so well…then on Saturday morning…Wham!! It hit me…achiness in my head, limbs & joints, a hacking cough, sore throat & a shivering temperature!! Talk about hitting the jackpot!! I have spent the last 48 hours in bed, sleeping mostly, dosed up with pain relief & cough medicine!

So, this morning I’m doing my best to stay out of bed, it’s been stripped & all the linen is in the wash! That took some doing I can tell you! I am as limp as a lettuce leaf…what a wimp!!! Instead I’m tucked up on the sofa with my laptop & a cup of lemon tea with mauka honey…I will beat it!!!

Last week was one filled with shopping & on Thursday I headed off to Milton Keynes. May I say, I never thought I could ever be as excited about a road as I was about the new Western By-Pass that has just opened between Bedford & the M1.  The journey to The Centre MK, which used to be anything up to an hour of stop-start traffic, road works & innumerable sets of traffic lights, took me twenty minutes door-to-door!! I grinned all the way!!

Dec 10 2010 018

I was also caught hyperventilating in T.K.Maxx…they had shelves full of American Craft goodies in the ‘Reduced’ aisle…FOUR packs of Thickers for £5.99 & 8X8 albums kits at £7.00!!!

Dec 10 2010 016


A quick call to Santa to check I wasn’t blowing his budget & I grabbed an armful & headed for the checkout!!!


The weather this week has run the whole gamut…we’ve had everything from gorgeous sunshine to ice & snow! I took these photo’s one morning after I got back from the school run…the temperature didn’t get above –2 degrees all day!!

Dec 07 2010 024

Dec 07 2010 030  






Dec 07 2010 028



Dec 07 2010 027






Dec 13 2010 003


I’ve managed to fit in a bit of creativity this week & managed to save some cash into the bargain!

The current challenge over at ‘These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things’ is My Fave Celebrity..a no-brainer as I’ve been fascinated by Marilyn Monroe since childhood!

I wanted to have a go at the 12x6 format I’ve been seeing in the forum for JYC & I quite like having that amount of space to work with! I printed off the lyrics to ‘Candle in the wind’ as the background & didn’t feel it needed any more journaling than that!!



I’ve also been creative in another way…I recently finished painting & papering our bedroom & felt we needed to change the lampshades in the room. That meant one for the ceiling light & three smaller for the lamps. I found the perfect design in JLP’s lighting dept, but with the largest at £59.95 & the smaller at £39.95 each they were a little out of my price range!!!!

So…I found some comparable plain shades in Dunelm Mill...still a pleated silky fabric in the right colour & some crystal bead trim & hey presto…four new lampshades all for less than the price of one small shade in JLP!!! Result!!

Dec 07 2010 011

Dec 07 2010 021






Dec 07 2010 005


Amazing what you can achieve with a roll of double sided tape!!

I’ve also been knitting a snood as a Christmas gift for a friend & I can’t believe how long it’s been since I knitted anything of note! It’s just so therapeutic…I’ll share a picture of it once it’s completed!!


Well, I think I need to take some more meds & get a bit of shut-eye, so I’ll leave it there! I’ll just share one photo which made me smile…our regular visitor aka next doors cat…can you see just how spoiled he is!!!

Dec 10 2010 003

Thanks for dropping by, I hope everyone is well &  do come back soon!  :)


Sian said...

Gosh, you have a good rest and feel better very soon! I'm glad you managed to fit in a bit of shopping before you succumbed - you can't beat Dunelm Mill for a bit of a crafty bargain! Funny, I've been journaling about the new road which has just opened on the way to my mums - the journey I've been making for many years now is completely changed. Very strange!

I love your 6x12. It works so perfectly with Marilyn adorning the side like that

Jocelyn said...

Oh sweet friend...please take care of yourself!!!! Yuck.....horrible to be sick!!!

I adore that LO and those pics are just Fabulous!!!

Love what you did with the lamp!!!!! PERFECT!!!

Sending you get well wishes and a big HUG!!! Love you!!!

Dawn said...

Sorry to hear you are under the weather - sending you lots of get well hugs. Love the lampshade, very clever. xxx

Beverly said...

Love your MM layout! Excellent job on the lampshade, it looks amazing :)

humel said...

Oh no, you got it too? I'm so sorry to hear that, take care of yourself and don't try to do too much too soon xx

jacque4u2c said...

So much yuck is going around!!! WOW what bargains!!! I just love your layout for the challenge!!! Just adorable!

karen said...

Stay away from me.I can't be doing with any coughs and sneezes!!!!
Love the picture of Marilyn.
I saw the albums at TKMaxx before I went to the States.I saw them in Florida for the full price.
Seeing a consultant on Thursday.

scrappyjacky said...

Hope you recover quickly,Sandi.....and I may have to pop into our local TKMaxx!!
Love the Marylin layout.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I hope you feel better Sandi!! I loveeeeeeeeee the photos and that lo!!! WOW WOW WOW!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee Marilyn too!!! GORGEOUS!! And loving that lamp you did!!!! Thanks sooooooooooooo much for playing along with FAVE THINGS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jeanet said...

This is all gorgeous! Love your marilyn! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Fave Things!
Hope you feel better soon!

debs14 said...

You know what happened don't you? You did the unthinkable thing. You said out loud 'OH, I hope I don't catch that' when you heard of someone else falling by the wayside. The germ monsters heard you and .... the rest is history! So sorry to hear you are suffering, but I guess if you have to be ill, better this week than next.
The lamp is beautiful and made all the better for knowing how much money you saved - think of all that extra crafting money you have to spend on yourself now ;-)

Denise said...

Oh poor you - I hope you are over the worst now - it sure hits you doesn't it? Your Marilyn page is wonderful xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog via Jocelyn's and leaving a comment. Sorry I'm not including internationals in my giveaway this time, but please check back, that's not normally a restriction I make, its just that this box is HEAVY. I hope you continue to feel better! Take care!