Sunday, 20 February 2011

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 arrived to chat about what we thought of the kit as she too subscribes to the monthly kit. We were both excited and have some ideas of what we will be creating using this kit.

Pictures of Willow

Whilst I was on the computer this morning, my cat Willow joined me on the back of the sofa and slept. As I though she looked so cute, I decided to take a few photos of her. I just love her little pink nose xx

Also I've had an idea to post in the next few months, things I am loving at the moment, and I decided as my first post I thought I'd share a few things in my house that I'm loving today

I love Hearts at the moment, and I have this heart made from a gift tag on the door leading to mykitchen.

Inside the kitchen I have a picture purchased from Next a couple of years ago, which is a heart made out of pearl button with a bacground of a dictionary definition entry of the word Love.

Also hanging in my kitchen is a Horse Shoe that Chris and her husband bought AJ and I for our wedding.

I'm also loving Anthropologie at the moment and I purchased this L this month along with a B that I purchased for my friend Barbara's birthday. I'm going to get an A next month and will hang up above our bed when I get round to decorating my bedroom. Anthropologie has some great clothes and household items and I'm going to purchase sparingly as a treat to myself every so often. There are just too many nice clothes and housey items I want.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Saturday, 19 February 2011

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

Monday, 14 February 2011

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

Saturday, 12 February 2011

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 people over to ours to eat as our two very cute but pesky cats can be a nuisance around food (although they were pretty good this evening). It was nice to have a chat and relax and was a nice change from the usual watching tv on a Saturday night. In fact it was so relaxing I forgot to take any photos of our fantastic food.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

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

Sunday, 6 February 2011

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 of meals and watched The Kings Speech and a few other movies that I have been waiting to watch and haven't got round to.

I have also been contemplating about my future.

In November I am taking voluntary redundancy from my job of 13 years in local government. This is partly because my current work is decreasing and the job role will be downgraded and made part time so I couldn't afford the paycut and also because I feel it is the right time to leave and pursue other things. I haven't been happy with my job for a very long time and feel as if I need a complete career change

I'm still a little unsure about what I want to do . I've a few ideas in terms of developing a little craft business and I'll be happy taking a little part time job of 25-30 hours so I will have a little more time in order to do this and I can still contribute to bills etc. I'm treating this as a positive and know it is the right decision.

I am also pursuing my dream of getting a degree in English Language and Literature so I have enrolled with the Open University. (Full time University is totally out of the question, especially with fees going up as they are and there are so many applicants for so few places these days I doubt I would get in my local University). The course starts in October so I will have some time after I am made redundant to do this whilst I am looking for a new job.

So that's it really. My life over the last couple of weeks.

AJ and I have a few events coming up in the next couple of months or so to look forward to.

Highlights to come are visits to some of our friends in Shrewsbury, 40th and 60th birthday parties, a dinner invite, a visit to London, the Harlem Globetrotters, and also a wedding.

And now I shall end. Hawaii 50 is drawing to a close. Looks like AJ is hooked so my Sunday nights will be free to do my blogs in relative peace.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Saturday, 5 February 2011

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