I hope you've enjoyed a fabulous weekend. For the first
time for ages, hubby wasn't working so we made the
most of our time together.
On Saturday, I went to see Sharon for my fortnightly manicure,
and she needed an 80th birthday card for one of her uncles.
He'll be celebrating his birthday while he's on a cruise with
Sharon's parents, and seventeen other people - this cruise
is an annual event for these twenty friends! (What a fabulous idea!)
Sharon had a look through my box of cards she keeps in her
waiting room for her clients to browse through, and the bag
of spares I leave with her to keep the box topped up! She
found this Message in a Bottle card which was ideal as
they'd be on a cruise when they celebrate Uncle's birthday,
and he likes Blue Label Whisky (or was it Gin??)
Do you remember this card?
The card needed to be ready Saturday evening, so Sharon's
parents could take the card with them when they jetted off on
Sunday. I assured Sharon it was a ten minute job and I
was more than happy to do it for her!
I took the card with me, and hubby and I went into
town to buy some Christmas chocolates e.g. Father
Christmasses, Snowmen, etc. We checked three supermarkets,
and we were too early for Christmas, so we stopped for a
sandwich and a drink at a new, recently opened coffee shop.
As we were leaving the shop, I noticed a sign which read
"Space for Hire". I went back in to chat with the owner as
I'm hoping to start product-based classes next month! The
man is going to send me a quote. We went back to the car
and took a drive to the local Bowls Club to find out about
their rooms for hire - this is a real possibilty! - and on the
way back we stopped off at the local Community Hall and
one of the local Churches. I have contact details for
these last two and will contact them today!
When we arrived home I started work on Sharon's card. To
create the 80TH I used the small number dies that Stampin'
Up! brought out about four years ago, but just for one year,
and die cut them in Crumb Cake Cardstock (CS). Sharon
didn't like the YOU ROCK MY BOAT which was under the bottle,
so I stamped CELEBRATE from Tabs For Everything Stamp
Set in Marina Mist Ink (now retired) onto Very Vanilla CS.
I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch, but I cut it
down to size so both ends just came over the edge a bit to
make it look like that's how it was designed! Sharon
collected the completed card that evening and was
very pleased with the result.
On Sunday, after Church, we went to a nearby town and
bought some new net curtains for our bedroom. Then we
had a walk around Poundland looking for some indoor sparkler
fireworks, but no joy. Then to Boots the Chemist to return
a Lighted Magnifying Mirror we'd bought on Saturday, but
we were returning it because 5X magnification is real scary
to look in - scared myself silly when I saw me looking back!
We stopped at the local garden centre on the way home
to buy two more goldfish! Long story short! Hubby built a
pond with waterfall in our garden during the first year we
moved in, fourteen years ago. We bought two 2" - 3" goldfish,
and within no time at all there were far too many to count! Over
the years the number has been dwindling until we only had
one who we'd named Moby Dick - he's about 6" long! I
was allowed to choose the two new goldfish, so I went for
Blondie - the white one with the orange on her head - and
Spotty because I like all things animal print!
Can you help me? I'm happy with the name Blondie, but
I need something more imaginative for Spotty - any
suggestions? These photographs were taken when we first
arrived home, just before they were put in the pond, in their
bag of water to allow them time to acclimatise to the new
water! Trying to photograph goldfish swimming around in
water, in plastic bags, is not easy - trust me!
Finally, before I go: I've given Blondie a girl's name because
the man at the garden centre said he thinks she's female
because she's looks a bit fat! Oh-oh! Watch this space, and
no, after three, they won't be named! LOL!
I hope you have a great week, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.