Saturday, 29 November 2008

Your Elf Name Is...

Minty Sticky Fingers

Jeanhas a great give-away (again!!)

Its worth a shot. Her other half has been a brave man and bought stash as a gift.

Wish Me Luck .....Please !!

I must have been mad...but I set out to organise a craft & gift fair in Liadán's school.

So tommorow all going to plan I will be responisble for 24 stalls and a coffee shop.

Castleknock Educate Togethere National School
Beechpark Avenue
Dublin 15.

Opening from 10.30 ish untill about 5.00pm. Its going to be a long day. Its been a manic week, and its not over yet.!!!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Take one basic cake ....

Take a basic cake shaped like this ...

Colour some roll out icing ...and keep some white...

Then after a little bit of time and effort you can get this ...

Or ... you can colour some buttercream icing ... add some plastic toys and end up with this ..

This first cake I made on Thursday for a 21st birthday party. It didn't turn out quite as good as I would have hoped but its not too bad. The second is for my Nephew who is six this weekend, and despite me trying to get him to go for something more interesting and challenaging (for me!) this is what he wanted! So ...what can you do. Its fun looking anyway and I am sure the kids will love it.

But both cakes started off the same !!

Friday, 21 November 2008

Stolen photos...

Been surfing and finding photos of my DD...

Terra, Ryu & Ken

Ellen & Roisin - both costumes made and designed by Roisin

Sakura & Terra

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Thank the Godess its done!!

I had my card demo tonight. Thankfully over and done with now!

I was all systems go. Prepared myself well, set up five different card styles to make, and even set up for making those gift bags that Kiki showed us how to make.

So was feeling fairly confident. I had been asked to make some christmas cards to sell on the night, and had made 40.

So ...

At 3pm this afternoon I got a call from the organiser, asking me how many cards I had for sale. I tell her 40 and she insists that I would need more. So I rushed out another 20 this afternoon.

I was to meet her at 7, and despite getting lost on the way, managed to make it in time.

All going grand so far....!! And in fact I was feeling fine - but then. I get there to discover I am second on the bill after a flower arranger - who let me tell ye was brilliant!! (I am so taking up flower arranging next...) she had the gift of the gab all right.

Then its my turn. On a stage, with a wireless mike, and a belly full of nerves. I speed demoed the first two cards. And then settled into it - and the last bits went grand.

But it seemed to go ok. And afterwards when people came up and asked me questions that bit went excellently!

I had thought it would be - perhaps - me sitting at a table where I could hand people stuff to look at.

Its all a learning curve.

Managed to sell a few cards out of it too. And they seemed happy enough with the evening.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Bloomin Christmas...

I am feeling less and less enthusatic about christmas as the years go on. Right now I wish it would just all go away.

I have found myself wandering around the shops wishing it would all just go away.

As this is - in all probabity - the last year we will have the mad in red visiting - I think this may be the last year I actually do christmas.

I think next year I will just skip it.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Six things....

I have always liked the number six...


6 TV Shows I like

1. Desperate Housewives
2. Property Ladder
3. House Hunters
4. Scrubs
5. Friends
6. Grand Designs

(you can see we now have "the sky"!!)

6 Things that Happened Yesterday

1. I skipped the gym and went to Tesco instead. Should have gone with option A.
2. I drove out to Walkinstown just to get a school book.
3. I got badly lost in Walkinstown.
4. My kids ate all three packets of the bickies I bought in Tesco.
5. I spent the afternoon cutting up bits of glass for my Mosaic.
6. My mother turned 69.

6 Things I am looking forward to

1. Christmas. Cause I hate the run up to it. We are so so busy.
2. Getting older.
3. Having a nice glass of wine later tonight.
4. The craft fair.
5. Wednesday nights card demo.
6. Bedtime.

6 Things on my wish list

1. Laser Eye Surgery.
2. Magically becoming a size 12.
3. Range Rover Discovery silver - I would settle for a green one.
4. To be taller overnight about four inches.
5. For Des to be taller by about the same! .. to keep the proportions correct.
6. I guess the winning lotto numbers would come in handy too!!

So how about you?????????????

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Manic two days ...and not over yet!! Yesterday, droped L to school, went to coffee with galpal (yes I know its a hard life!). Drove up to another school, picked up another friend there, drove over to Clane for some cake stuff as I have a few orders in for this month. Including a Liverpool jersey for this coming Sunday.

After that it was over to Finglas to pick up L from her playdate, that took over two hours - and another cup of coffee!!

Then in the evening it was over to my mums to collect stuff from her house, she is in the states, and drop it to my MIL. But we forgot the keys - dough!!

Today we - Des & I - did a science workshop with the kids in Liadans class. Terrific fun. Will post more info and photos tommorow.

Back to my mums - with the keys this time - picked up stuff for MIL - dropped it to her - then due to the mess that is the M50 it took almost an hour to get home, where it normally would only be 15 minutes....


Have to take DS up to the shops for a new jacket tonight ....

Monday, 10 November 2008

Roisin is going to a Cosplay convention next weekend and has been working hard on her costume ...


She made all bar the wig herself. Handstitched the bodice and skirt. Then she recycled my boots - took them out of the bin no less! - and painted them gold and red. Painted onto the tights, and made the cloak, which also has a paint job done on it.

The wig is super cool looking !!


Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Trying to win something!!

lovely markers ...

Back at the Gym....

And oh boy but do my legs feel it !!!!

Started back at the Aquatic Centre Gym yesterday. Will have to talk to them about the tv choices but apart from that it was grand. Still some very familiar faces despite it being two years since I was there, and they remembered me too. Which I shall take as a good sign.

So hopefully I will be able to get a handle on my weight. Dr. has me on extra tables for the thyroid problem, and he has me on 300mg of iron a day too. So I am feeling good.

Long may it last.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Time moves on ....


We had a good halloween. Sean had seven friends over and Roisin had seven of her own. So the house was full, all sixteen teenagers had a sleepover. And they actually slept - so that was something. Roisin's crowd were so noisy and loud it was unbelievable - and it was Sean's gang who were drinking!! As most of Sean's crowd are 18 or very near it we allowed them a drink, but kept an eye on the amount. And all went well.

Better that they are all here under our roof and our supervision than hanging around the fields, I think.


Went to the knit & stitch show in Dublin. Took in two days this year. Thursday with Lesley & Janet. And again on the Sunday with Roisin. Great time each day. Got some good bargains - and even more stuff!!


And here we are again on Monday.....back at mosiacs class.