Sunday, 30 January 2011

Weekend Roundup

Well, I don't know about you but I am glad that January is nearly over. It's been such a long, tedious month - cold, miserable and no money! Pay day tomorrow - hurrah!

Having said that, I have had quite a nice weekend for a change, and productive too.

Perhaps it helped having two nights out - such a rare thing to have a social life! I really enjoyed going to see The King's Speech on Thursday, one of the best films I have seen for ages. Colin Firth really deserves all the awards he gets for it, and Helena Bonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush were amazing too.

Had another great night out at a friend's house on Friday - 6 women in their 40s, good food, lots of fizz and loads of laughs. Didn't get home till gone 1am and should have been really hungover on Saturday but wasn't. We drank champagne with a raspberry liqueur (Chambord) all night - heavenly!

Am feeling rather virtuous at the moment because we have planned and shopped for the whole week's meals. Usually we have no idea what to have and it ends up with Mark going to Tesco every night and cooking three separate meals (very fussy kids - Edward more so than Emily). But yesterday we planned the menu together with loads of input from the kids and then did a Tesco online shop which came today. So hopefully it will be less stressful and less expensive now we have a plan. Alsace roast chicken, new potatoes and mangetouts for dinner tonight - sounds yummy!

Have manged to make three cards this weekend. The first one is actually the biggest card I have ever made - it's 8" square. A bit daunting at first, but I think it turned out OK. The card is for a friend at work for quite a few of us to sign, hence the size. The paper is by We R Memory Keepers and I cut the numbers from DCWV cardstock and decorated them with glitter glue and tiny Prima flowers.

This second card is for another colleague, just from me, so usual size 14.5cm square. I think the papers are My Mind's Eye and I used Martha Stewart glitter - peridot. It's the first time I have used my new scallop punch that I got for Christmas. I'm really pleased with the design - as you will see, I am using it a lot!!

And another significant birthday!! Same design as before - no idea who the paper is by, and I think the glitter is fire opal.

Have even had some time this weekend to do more baking for the children's lunchboxes - Brownies this time. I used the recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery book. They taste nice but were really tricky to get out of the tin - stuck to the greased proof paper. I wasn't impressed!
Anyway that's me finished for now. If I don't see you before, hope you all have a fab week.
M x

1 comment:

  1. What's Alsace roast chicken? It sounds nice. Lovely cards as usual. I'd be a bit nervous of doing an 8x8 - all that space! I'd want to fill it up with loads of stuff. I did a small handbag card for a colleague of Mr O's at work last week. It turns out that was for lots of people to sign, so I'd have made something bigger if I'd known.