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Scrapbooks kits and other Sunday ramblings

Yesterday the Post Office delivered a parcel containing an embellishment kit I sent off from The Make and Create Shop that I ordered a week or so earlier as a trial to see what these kits consisted of.


This kit is called True Love and cost £6.00 plus postage. It was full of ribbons, hand made embellishments, fabric, buttons, journalling cards and thread. I think it is very good value for money and will definitely be purchasing further kits from this site again.

I've a few ideas of ways of using this kit with, so please come back here in the coming weeks to see what I have done


Also the February Sarahs Cards kit arrived yesterday too, which was absolutely fantastic, so I was in heaven yesterday oodling over papers and embellishments. I am really enjoying these Sarah's Cards Kits and I think this is one of the best ones I've had so far.


I'm blessed to share my hobby of scrapbooking and card making with my friend Chris, and I rang her almost straight away when this kit arrive…

Book Review of the Month 3- Her Fearful Symmetry

I have wanted to read this book for a while now and I asked this as a gift for Christmas. I had previously read The Time Travellers Wife so was interested in what Audrey Niffenegger's next novel would be like.

Her Fearful Symmetry is a dark, yet beautifully written ghost story dealing with the relationships of a range of different characters, set amongst the setting of Highgate Cemetery. It is ultimately a love story, addressing the power of love from beyond the grave, and as the magazine Elle states on the back cover of the book " There may be ghosts, but it's human stories that glitter".

I enjoyed this book and like the Time Travellers Wife, was a book that I couldn't put down, hence it has only taken me a couple of days to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story (though it wasn't too spooky) and anyone who wants an orginal love story without the mush.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Layout of the Week - Fireworks at Disney

Materials Used - all embellishments from a scrapbooking kit from Scrapabilities purchased at Costco. Lettering from Thickers by American Crafts. Butterflies cut out using Nestabilities (Thank you Chris- once again xx)

The fireworks photos were taken on the last night of our honeymoon in DisneyWorld in Florida in January 2010. It seems such a long time ago and it is still only the second scrapbook page so far that I have done of our honeymoon.
I decided to not add any journalling to this page as I wanted the photos to speak for themselves.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesleyxx

Card of the Week - You're just the sweetest!!

Materials used - White and Red Card stock from Rymans, House Mouse Stamp- Love Chocolate from Joanna Sheen and House Mouse Designs Coloured in with Promarkers. Brown Felt Border from Queen and Co. Pearl Rhinestones from Scrapabilities

Valentines card made for AJ.

Happy Valentine Day xxxxx

NOT a Domestic Goddess - Part 2

I'm getting into this cooking lark at the moment. Tonight our good friend Lucia came over and I decided to do a belated Chinese New Year meal for her.

I decided that I was going to cook Peking Duck with pancakes with homemade Peking sauce, and Chicken Chow Mein. I also cooked some Pork and Waterchestnut dumplings.

I was abit nervous cooking a Chinese meal for Lucia (being as she is Chinese) but I needn't have worried. She was so impressed that I had cooked everything from fresh instead of using ready made jars, and she absolutely adored the Peking Sauce. She admitted that she only ever buys it in jars and didn't even knew what went into it. A compliment indeed.

I cannot take all the credit though as I used Ching He Heungs recipes from her books. I love Chings recipes as they are so easy to make and taste delicious and are so much healthy than you can get from the local Chinese/Cantonese takeaway.

We all had a very enjoyable evening - it is very rare AJ and I invite peopl…

Book Review of the Month 2- Persuasion

Persuasion is one of Jane Austen's lesser known books and I think I know why. It just is not as engaging as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility or Emma.

The heroine Anne Elliott is just not as sassy, interesting or as fun as Elizabeth Bennett, Eleanor Dashwood or Emma Woodhouse. I actually found her to be quite boring in parts.

I just wasn't enthused with the storyline. Maybe if I had read Persuasion before the others mentioned, I would have enjoyed it, but I'm afraid to say it wasn't my favourite read, and I'm sure many a Jane Austen fan will criticise me for that fact.

It's not a book I will read again, but saying that I am glad I have read it as it is a Classic that I have been meaning to read for a while.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

Recharging the batteries

Whilst AJ is watching the new Hawaii 50, I'd thought I'll let you know what's been going on with me the last few weeks.

Well I've been in a kind of lull that I am finally coming out of. Two weeks ago I wrote that I was feeling sorry for myself and that I hadn't done anything on my weekend off. I chastised myself for not being "productive".

I was, however, reminded by my very best of friends Chris that the weekend wasn't wasted and that every so often we need these days of rest to just "recharge the batteries". I needed to be reminded that it is OK not to have an agenda and feel as if I have to being doing something.

And that is what I've been doing the last few weeks. "Recharging my batteries" and "going with the flow". In between I've done a couple of cards (see previous posts), did a bit of cooking, started sorting out cupboards, lots of reading, a little cross stitch,done a little shopping, been out for a couple o…

Card of the week- Catwoman

Created using a stamp borrowed from Chris (sorry I didn't write down make), coloured in using Pro-markers, chipboard button by Lily Bee Designs
This weeks card was made for my cousin Jackie's birthday. I thought this stamp was so cute!!!!

And thank you to Chris for borrowing your stamp and cutting out card using your Spellbinders xxx

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

The Kings Speech

When films are tipped for an Oscar or any other prestigious acting award, I am usually cautious about wanting to see the film. I'm usually disappointed or just cannot understand what all the fuss is about regarding the film or the actors and actresses that have been nominated.

The Kings Speech so far have won lots of awards and is tipped to win multiple oscars very soon, so it was with caution that AJ and I watched the Kings Speech this evening.

I absolutely loved the film. It was beautifully shot, the storyline engaging and most of all the acting was superb. I can see why Colin Firth has been tipped to win Best Actor and I also think Geoffrey Rush is superb and thoroughly deserves his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

I probably won't stop up to watch the Oscars, but I will be definitely switching on the early morning news to see if The Kings Speech is a winner this year