Wednesday, 31 December 2008


Happy New Year to all of my readers!!
Thanks for your comments and for visiting through out this past year. I hope you all have a good night tonight and stay safe if you're going out. We're not, we'll stay up and watch the fireworks on the telly.
I shall get back into cardmaking again once the table is cleared of everyones Christmas presents! They like keeping them all in one place for a while, lol.

See you in the New Year!

Monday, 29 December 2008

A photo of us...

Darryl took this of me and Justin at dads on Christmas Day. My hair has really grown! Three years ago my hair was shaved to a number one on the back and sides, and the longest setting on the top... I have no idea what that number is, lol. 

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Oops, forgot this pic!

I forgot to add this photo of Matthew and Daddy outside for Matthew's first attempt on his bike. 

Our Christmas...

Was great! 
Below is Darryl, Abby and Matthew ready and waiting for our Christmas Eve buffet patiently. We had lots of scrummy things to eat. 
Abby left around 7pm to get to her nan and grandad's. Telly wasn't very good this night, and Justin had a headache and spent 3 hours in bed!!
Matthew went to bed at 10.30pm and "Father Christmas" started bringing the presents down and under the tree at about 11.30pm. We also had to get Matthew's new bike from the garage and wrap that up! Justin made us a cuppa. We went upstairs to bed at about 1am. I placed some little pressies like chocolate Santa's and other little bits under Darryl's tree and in his little stocking hanging on the door and then Justin went and got Matthew's stocking, after putting a couple of bits under his tree. Justin bought his little stocking in our room and then MATTHEW WOKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We heard him whispering "Santa's been, Santa's been." He then came in to tell us, by now we had the stocking in bed with us, lol. Matthew then went to the loo so Justin chucked the stocking on Matthew's bed, lol. Matthew said that Darryl's stocking had things in, but the strangest thing is that his was missing, lol... then he saw it on his bed and laughed. We told him it was far too early to be going downstairs, but he could open the little presents in his room. We heard him ripping little bits of paper for ages. I think he got up once more in the night, and so did Darryl as he couldn't sleep!
We got up at 6.35am.
Matthew LOVED his bike, and he said it was a big shock, lol. We all got lots of really nice presents. Justin got me a Betty Boop watch, pen, and charm bracelet, Leona Lewis CD, a Liliput lane pub cottage, and more! Darryl bought me a large Forever Friends rubber stamp/stickers set, Mamma Mia on Blu Ray and The Mist, Bendicks mints, two books and more. I got my lovely suede boots and pyjamas at dads, a bottle of Bacardi, chocs. I got two new Trollbeads from Justin's dad and step mum, a gorgeous deep red one and a silver spacer bead.
Justin loved his Ipod Touch, he also got Jack Daniels, Titanic book and Formula One books, Killers CD and more. Darryl loved his camera and printer, his Rocky bathrobe, dvds/blu rays etc. We got tons of stuff, don't know where it's all going, and it's still a tip here at home.

We went to dads at 11.30am and opened more presents! Dad liked all of his, he had two CD's - G4 and The Priests, some Apple and Damson chutney, new slippers, etc. Dinner was lovely as usual. As I type this, I could eat all of it again right now. 
Justin, dad and Matthew went to check on the dogs and let them out after we'd washed up. I stayed at dad's with Darryl. When they came back we watched Wallace and Grommit Were Rabbit. We watched the Christmas Doctor Who special and then came home. Home looked like a bomb had hit it and still does! We watched the soaps, Eastenders and Coronation Street - Eastenders being the best acted and storyline. 
We crashed in bed about midnight... and we all put our Ds's on and played Mario Kart together, lol.

Boxing Day. We had a brief walk into town and Darryl and Matthew bought some things with their Christmas money. Darryl a blu ray, and Matthew a couple of books.
Darryl went to his dad's for the afternoon, and took Matthew out to the garages behind us to have a go on his bike... it's going to be a while before he can ride it. We're going to take off the peddles so he can just push himself round till he gets his balance - I suppose he should of had a bike years ago! Darryl came back about 8.30pm, and we watched The Polar Express in 3D - see photos below.

I hope you all had a good Christmas, and thanks dad for a gorgeous dinner!

Christmas Eve buffet

A mince pie and milk for Father Christmas.

WOW! How happy does he look??

The presents under the tree.

Rocky! I mean Darryl!

Matthew and his bike.

Christmas dinner.

LOL! Flashback to the eighties.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - The Philippine Madrigal Singers

Here's some pics of our room.

Here's what our room looks like this morning. I've put the festive tablecloths on, lol... children's Christmassy types. The candle centrepiece on the main table is what my aunt and uncle bought for us. Underneath the coffee table tablecloth are the tins of Roses, Cadbury's chocolate biscuits, Celebrations, and auntie Janet's mince pies!! 
I uploaded the tree again.


I hope everyone has a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Last night we extended our table and now it looks massive! My Auntie Janet and Uncle Jim popped round with pressies and mince pies for us. They also left us a gorgeous candle with plants and glittery things centre peice which I love, I also have some mince pies and a card for dad from them as well. 
Darryl and Abby had a lovely Christmas dinner out at Frankie and Benny's and both full when they got home.
Today I'm going to cook our turkey crown for tonights buffet, I also have sausage rolls, cheese puffs, quiche, hot rolls and a zillion other things to prepare for tonight. 
Justin thinks he may not finish work until 5.30 tonight, which is annoying as he normally finishes around 2pm on Christmas Eve... then he cooks the sausage rolls etc... so I've got to try hard not to burn them, lol.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Where have the frosty mornings gone????

I'm annoyed! I hope it's going to be frosty on Christmas Day! It's been freezing here most mornings for around the last month, and now the temperature goes up 10 degrees C.

Matthew had a Christmas party/disco at school during school hours today which they knew nothing about. They had some party food too so that added to their enjoyment. They also got a treat from the teachers dressed in drag, lol. The teachers performed Jack and the Beanstalk their way. I wish I'd of seen it. Matthew's teacher said he doesn't know how women can walk in high heels... mind you, neither do I!

Justin had today off work and we went to Tesco's with dad. Justin HATES shopping and gets quite stressed going round the shop... then after there we went to Iceland to get some frozen gateaux, cheesecake, ice cream etc. We were glad to get the shopping finished. I still need to get the fresh salad stuff, but what I don't have after that then it's tough.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Darryl won a prize!!

Darryl entered a competition that was in the "Myvue" cinema magazine. It was to win some Quantum of Solace stuff, and there were to be 5 winners. He spent £10 on his mobile sending text messages trying to win. He never heard anything from them until the postman came this morning and delivered them! He won a massive cinema poster that's in the tube, an excellent jacket, a cap, and in the case is a cocktail shaker and two Bond cocktail glasses. He was very surprised. Well done Darryl!!

You are not seeing things if you can see the little Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles on my tree, lol... Darryl got them as a little boy, so they have to go on the tree each year... although I think I've managed not to have them on the last couple of Christmasses, but he got Matthew to put them on this year, lol... and yeah, my little pink mouse from Cleethorpes is still on there. I've forgotten again how old it is... but it's about 34 years old. 

Monday, 15 December 2008

First ever batch of cards made.

Below is the first time I've ever made a batch of cards in one go... and I half feel like I've cheated, lol. I needed to make a few flat cards so they weren't going to cost an arm and a leg to post because of having a jewel on or something, and here's what I came up with.
I used my fav Santa stamp and stamped in both red and black. Mounted on either red or blue card, then gold for the red ones, and silver for the blue. I then mounted some of them on top of snowflake embossed card. I added either glittered trees or snowflakes, or peel offs and then added glitter to those too. Each pair of Santa's glasses are glittered either red or blue. I'm actually quite pleased with them. 

Friday, 12 December 2008

How's this for blog candy??!

WOW! How amazing is this????!!! I would LOVE to win these stamps
Have a look at the past challenges too, and maybe have a go next time?

Friday Sketchers 32.

Here is my entry for this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge
I used my favourite Christmas stamp along with papers from Dovecraft, Bazzill Basics cardstock, snowflake embossing folder, Prima flowers, Kanban Bling, 2 die cuts cut from the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge and glittered, and a sticker from stash.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Claire's Blog Candy.

Wow! Check out Claire's fab blog candy giveaway!!! While you're at it, have a look at some of her fab creations too! 

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells - Yello

Walk like an Egyptian.

For school today, Matthew had to dress as an Egyptian... so last night I got busy ripping up a brand new sheet to come up with this effort, lol. He did actually look quite good this morning... He had fun and looked the part along with all the other kids, and his teacher looked pretty much the same as this, but without any trousers!! Bet his legs were cold, it's been freezing here all day long!
I also made a card today, shock horror!!! I'd cut out some Christmassy shapes with the Cricut E and sat and glittered them. I then made ONE card... I still can't believe how much stuff you have to get out just to make one card, and all the mess... or maybe it's just me that makes all the mess, lol. I need a craft room... 

I'm feeling much better now, and looking forward to looking around all the blogs on my blog list again, I've missed seeing all the gorgeous creations.

Darryl had his Christmas lunch at work today... He had 2 soups, 2 turkey dinners, 2 Christmas pud and custard, 2 mince pies, 2 bottles of beer, and 2 red wines... his table were told that if they could eat two, they would get their dinner for free instead of paying a fiver... I'd of paid the fiver!

I have a beef casserole cooking in the oven, and it smells scrummy. (Darryl doesn't want any tonight, lol) I'm going to enjoy my dinner tonight with dumplings as well. Oh, I have to mention Matthew, lol... At 3am on Wednesday morning, Matthew woke up and couldn't get back to sleep, so instead of just laying in bed, he got up and went downstairs, turned the Christmas tree lights on, got a drink, layed under some crocheted blankets on one of the settees and watched Deck the Halls Christmas film... then he turned it all off at 5am and went back to bed. I wouldn't have dared do that when I was his age, not that we had video's/dvd's back then lol, but I'd of been scared!!! He was very tired last night when he went to bed, lol, and didn't get up to watch a film again last night.

Secret Crafter Challenge.

Wow! I've made a card!!!!!!!!!
This one is for Saturday's Secret Crafter challenge... I'm late, I know... but you know how the saying goes.
So here is the card...
I used the Cricut cartridge Joys of the Season to cut out the snowman and the larger snowflakes, and used an X Cut punch for the little one (on the ribbon - cut out of acetate). I glittered all the snowflakes with Crystal fine glitter. I dry embossed the background with my snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder used in the Sizzix machine. Papers were from old stash that I have had for ages. Oh, I also used some Anita's snowriter stuff along the button and glittered that too!

Thanks for a great challenge!!

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Feeling much better!!

So much so, that I actually went out on my bike for the first time today... I only went to pick up a parcel and had to walk some of the way when there was a slant in the path going up hill, lol, but it's a start!! It really was only a slant as well... I'm so unfit!
Tomorrow I'm HOPING to get a few cards made... it's so hard finding the time now. I think next year I'm going to try and make some every month... I'm sure I said that last year!! I have missed making the challenge cards these last few weeks, and today is the first day without having to take painkillers for my throat! WOOHOOOOOOOOO.
I hope everyone is well, and thanks for the awards I've been given lately. I'm not sure I can pass them on though, coz everyone seems to have them already, but I'll have a look to see.

Christmas is coming... isn't it exciting???!!!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

It's beginning to look...

Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis

Happy December!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well! I've STILL got throat problems, it's not sore anymore, but it hurts when I swallow but mainly on the sides and my ears... but then it alternates which side hurts, so I'm rattling with painkillers, Strepsils (thanks dad!), and gargling in Asprin. My voice has also gone since dad was here for dinner tonight.
I still haven't made a card, but I did get the blanket finished finally!! I'd used 6 100 gram balls of pink, and 5 50 gram balls of black eyelash and Merce was very pleased with it. I'm SO glad it's finished. 

I'm almost finished my Christmas shopping, just an odd present left to buy still. I've got them all wrapped up as well! I'm so organised this year. Matthew's bike is still in the garage of course, and we will attempt to wrap that up on Christmas Eve at about 1am when Matthew's finally asleep, lol. 

Here are some pics of our trees etc... we do also have a little lit tree in our room but not photo here. Justin bought it last Monday, and it makes the bedroom nice and cosy, lol.

Our main tree in the lounge.

Darryl's tree in his bedroom.

Matthew's tree in his room.

Garland on unit.

Advent candle.

Candle arch in window.

Friday, 28 November 2008


I have got the mother of all sore throats... but today, it's the first morning where painkillers were not my first thought, even though I have taken some now, lol. 
Anyway... today I fancy making a card, so watch this space!!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

2 photos from the weekend.

Justin's dad and step mum were down at the weekend, and Saturday we spent at a local park. We had a lovely walk through the woods and the lake, and laughed at some dogs chasing each other into the lake. The second picture shows some "play" equipment that resembles gym equipment!! I thought it was amazing, lol. We all had a go on most things. I found the one where you sit down and hoist yourself up and down a bit hard, lol. We also had a cup of tea in the little cafe there as well. It was a great day, rounded off by dinner at Frankie and Bennys in the evening. 
I'm still making the blanket, but I REALLY hope I'll get it finished by the end of this week... or at least just leave the black to do... but it's getting really boring doing it and I keep putting it off. I've had about an hour on it today.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Still no cards ARRGGHHHH

But I have been busy crocheting that blanket... I'm just about to start the 6th 100 gram ball of pink, then it's onto the black eyelash. I need to get it finished by the end of next week!!!! It's quite heavy to work with now too. I will be SO glad when this one is finished. I still have one to make for Abby... 
Nothing much else has happened this week. I've still been wrapping pressies, and they're in black bags on top of the wardrobe... Matthew asked what they were and was told they're pressies for other people... he half believes it. I've also said there's a couple up there for us lot here, lol. 
I pick up his bike next Friday morning (so dad, that means no Tesco's for me that morning), and also get £20 worth of accessories free, so I'm getting him a pack that has a lock in it and various other little bits in it. 
We have Justin's dad and step mum up from Devon this weekend. I've got Saturday off work only, but they don't tend to stay too long on Sunday.
Well.... back to the blanket then!
Oh, I've also been given two more awards from Debbie! Thanks Debbie!!! I really will have to have a think about who to pass them on to, and also get the awards up on my blog.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Rememberance Sunday 2008

This is a repeat of a post that I uploaded last year.

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

In Memoriam
by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
(killed in action 21 November 1917 aged 24)
(Private D Sutherland killed in action in the German trenches, 16 May 1916, and the others who died.)

So you were David's father,

And he was your only son,

And the new-cut peats are rotting

And the work is left undone,

Because of an old man weeping,

Just an old man in pain,

For David, his son David,

That will not come again.

Oh, the letters he wrote you,

And I can see them still,

Not a word of the fighting,

But just the sheep on the hill

And how you should get the crops in

Ere the year get stormier,

And the Bosches have got his body,

And I was his officer.

You were only David's father,

But I had fifty sons

When we went up in the evening

Under the arch of the guns,

And we came back at twilight -

O God! I heard them call

To me for help and pity

That could not help at all.

Oh, never will I forget you,

My men that trusted me,

More my sons than your fathers',

For they could only see

The little helpless babies

And the young men in their pride.

They could not see you dying,

And hold you while you died.

Happy and young and gallant,

They saw their first-born go,

But not the strong limbs broken

And the beautiful men brought low,

The piteous writhing bodies,

They screamed 'Don't leave me, sir',

For they were only your fathers

But I was your officer.

Inspiration for the Poem
On the evening of 16 May, 1916 Lieutenant Ewart Alan Mackintosh and Second Lieutenant Mackay of the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders led a raid on the German trenches in the sector of the front line north-west of Arras. By the end of the night there were sixteen British casualties, which included fourteen wounded and two killed. One of the two dead soldiers was Private David Sutherland.
Private David Sutherland has no known grave. His name is commemorated in Bay 8 of the Arras Memorial to the Missing at Faubourg d'Amiens military cemetery in Arras.

Taken from the website

Letters home: 'Pray for me'
Lance-Corporal Frank Earley was a young journalist from Derby who regularly 
wrote to his family from the front.

His letters were normally full of enthusiasm and excitement. In July 1918 he 

wrote, "As you see, I am still alive and well, and as usual enjoying life to the full."

It is only in his very last letter, on 1 September 1918, that he revealed his more

reflective side.

The next day Frank Earley suffered a serious wound to his chest and died

some hours later. He was 19.

Sunday afternoon, 1 Sep, 1918.

My dear Father, 

It is a strange feeling to me but a very real one, 

that every letter now that I write home to you 

or to the little sisters may be the last that I shall 

write or you read. I do not want you to think that 

I am depressed; indeed on the contrary, I am 

very cheerful. But out here, in odd moments the 

realisation comes to me of how close death is to us. 

A week ago I was talking with a man, a catholic, 

from Preston, who had been out here for nearly 

four years, untouched. He was looking forward 

with certainty to going on leave soon. And now 

he is dead - killed in a moment during our last 

advance. Well it was God's will.

I say this to you because I hope that you will 

realise, as I do, the possibility of the like happening

to myself. I feel very glad myself that I can look the 

fact in the face without fear or misgiving. Much as 

I hope to live thro' it all for your sakes and my little 

sisters! I am quite prepared to give my life as so many 

have done before me. All I can do is put myself in 

God's hands for him to decide, and you and the little 

ones pray for me to the Sacred Heart and Our Lady.

I hope that you will not move out of the old house yet. 

Write and let me know when anything happens. I see 

that you went to Preston a few days ago. It seems 

years and years since I tried to get drowned in the canal.

Well I have not much time left and I must end.

With my dear love. Pray for me. 

Your son


Frank Earley is buried at Bac-de-Sud Military Cemetery, Bailleulval, nr Arras.

His letters are held by the documents library at the Imperial War Museum. 

Extracts appear in 1918 Year of Victory by Malcolm Brown.

Letters home: Becoming a man
EJ 'Ted' Poole was the younger brother of a 
soldier who was killed at the third battle of 
Ypres in 1917. The young Ted was conscripted 
in May 1918 and trained at Aldershot, from 
where the letter below was posted. It is clear 
he was replying to the concerned enquiries of 
his father, who, having already lost one son, 
wanted Ted to become a good soldier in the 
hope that it would improve his chances of 
survival. Ted, who was sent to France in August 
1918, wrote that he sure that the training 
would "either make a man of me or kill me". 

Scarcely two months later, on 13 October, he was 
killed in action. He was 18.

28th May, 1918,

Dear Father,

Just a few lines in answer to your letter which I 

received today.Yes I have got used to the puttees,

as they have shaped to my legs by now. And I am 

getting used to my other things now, as I have been

dished out with a rifle and bayonet, and now when 

I go on parade I have got to wear my belt, bayonet 

and cartridge pouch and also take the rifle.

They have been teaching us bayonet fighting today 

and I can tell you it makes your arms ache, when you 

make a point that is, when you lunge out at imaginary 

enemy, with the rifle at arms length. I think with 

this hard training they will either make a man of me 

or kill me. You ought to see me in my Shrapnel Helmet 

and Gas Mask, it would make you laugh, especially as 

the helmet wobbles from side to side, every time I walk.

Yes I got my food alright and you can have supper if 

you like to go for it, and you can bet I always go for 

supper. I am taking your advice and eating all I can.

Yes I did remember Dolly's birthday and I have sent 

her a little badge of my Regiment which she asked for 

and which I expect you have  received by now. You will 

have to tell Miss Farmer that I think she will have 

to wait another two months before she sees me on leave.

I will see the officer about the allowance in a day or 

so, as I have heard today that two or three boys 

mothers are receiving an allowance, but I don't know 

how much.

Well, I think I will have to close now. As I haven't 

anything more to say just at present. Hoping you are 

quite well.

From your loving son,



PS. Love to Dolly and Frank 

After the war Ted Poole's family erected a headstone which 

bore the inscription, "Out of the stress of the doing, into 

the peace of the done". He is buried at Naves Communal 

Extension Cemetery, near Cambrai in France.

EJ Poole's letters are held in the documents library at the 

Imperial War Museum. Extracts are also published in Malcolm 

Brown's book 1918 Year of Victory.

The above letters were taken from the BBC website Special Report.

Friday, 7 November 2008

No cards so far this week...

I just haven't had the time. I do need to make my boss a birthday card though, so watch this space.

As far as firework night went, it was very quiet. Matthew had some sparklers in the back garden and there were hardly any fireworks going off. I think he saw them all at dads earlier, and that wasn't very many.

Last night we had a poker night. I'd bought some nibbles, and the winner was to receive a box of Jelly Babies, lol. Matthew won again!!! This time he didn't have any help!!!!!!!!! Either he had all the luck and is sort of understanding what are good cards, or we're all rubbish. 

I have been wrapping up more pressies, but that marathon wrapping day I had on Tuesday took me 3 hours! I had backache afterwards.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Christmassy day!

That's what I'm going to have today.
I've just been to Halfords and ordered Matthew's bike for Christmas!!! He has wanted a bike for ages, and he can't even ride one bless him!! He will be SO excited when he gets this on Christmas morning. Click here to see the one I've ordered. I think he'll be pleased with this one. His favourite colour is red, so I was very pleased to find this one this morning. I only went in to get an idea of what size I needed to order for him.
I'm also going to be wrapping up what presents we've bought so far today... I always start off enthusiastically but that feeling soon vanishes... 

Monday, 3 November 2008

And here is the cake!

Here it is, and it's definitely my best yet. The sponge rose perfectly and was fluffy and light. Excellent. I shall follow the instructions for it again next time. I normally make a sponge using the creaming method, but this time I didn't... click here to follow the same instructions. I do wish all ovens were the same though, coz I think this still could have done with a few minutes less cooking time - one side was just beginning to ... not burn exactly, but could of done with coming out sooner. I already cooked it ten degrees less as it's a fan oven, and 5 minutes less. Still, I'm very happy with this one.

Justin says I can quote him and say "The cake was tasty, yum yum" lol

I just found this blog, Cake Wrecks - there are some gorgeous and also very strange looking cakes on this blog, and some that will make you laugh so it's very much worth a look! 
One I particularly couldn't stop laughing at... Dalek cakes. And this pumpkin Autumnal cake is stunning! 

Dogs and Fireworks.

I have two dogs, as most regular readers will know. I have a labrador crossed with a greyhound called Sophie who has Addison's Disease and absolutely hates fireworks. She shakes like a leaf until she gets a couple of prednisolone (steriod) tablets in her. I also have a very batty Golden Retriever, Abby. (There are photos back through these posts of both of them) Anyway... Abby is like a big kid! She hears the first bang and runs up and down the lounge and whines to go outside. We let her out and she stands up the fence watching them wagging her tail. She gets so excited, it's really funny. Does anyone elses dog like fireworks or is my dog just odd?

I haven't made any cards today. I'm always tired on a Monday after working the weekend, but I did make another cake!! Mainly because the Halloween one was a bit flat, lol... it tasted lovely and Darryl said it was his favourite cake yet! Weird! So I had to prove to myself that I could get another cake to rise! And rise it did! I shall take a photo of it later tonight and add it to this post.

Sunday, 2 November 2008


I had a go at making my own background...
I found a site that told you how to do it. But the size is wrong... and apparently when you upload it to Photobucket you have to make sure it uploads as a 1 megabyte file... I did, then it's too big for the page! So I've had to have it as a 17" page... oh well...

Oh yes, and thank you to Poppy for giving me two blog awards. I'm still thinking who I wish to pass them on to. Thanks Poppy! It's great to know that my blog is liked.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Halloween Brag Book

I made this tonight using our Halloween photos from last night, and a Fright Night Brag Book which can be FREELY downloaded from Just So Scrappy. You have to scroll to the end of the post to get to the picture and the download link, but hurry, I don't know when the link will expire!! 
I laminated each page and used one of those little ring thingies to secure it. I love these little albums, and have so far made two! 

Friday, 31 October 2008

Our Happy Halloween!

Here is the first Halloween cake that I've ever made, and the first attempt at piping all over a cake as well, lol, it tastes good, so it was a good effort. Darryl says he could eat the whole thing himself!

Above is Matthew waiting for his first victims to turn up at the door... and they started early this year - 5pm, so it was still half an hour away from getting dark. We went our at 6.40pm, in our street to just three houses, and then on to Merce's but she wasn't in, then on to his friend Jack's street where his mum told us to go to about another 5 or 6 houses, then we walked through the next street to ours and he got some more goodies. It was a good night. We only had 3 lots of kids turn up; I think they came while we were out for half an hour. We even moved the pumpkin to the window so people could see we were participating!

And now there's me and Matthew when we'd been out trick or treating... it's the first time I'd put any Halloween make up on myself... I know it's just a little bit of fake blood, but I felt more the part, lol.

Above is Matthew and his dad being daft - both tucking into the new goodies!
Below is Darryl just after getting home from work. One of his supervisors painted his face and gave him the hat to wear out of the shop - looks like I'll be wearing a hat next year too then!