Sunday, November 11, 2012

Well, the week was!

I am sitting here on Sunday night completely wiped out! The week has been quieter, but still tiring. On the plus side, I made cards! I kind of had to, as my mother-in-law bought 30 of my 55 Christmas cards. So I need to bang some more together! Luckily I have invested in "a few" Christmas sets....

One of my favourite festive sets ever, "No Peeking" (126292 $17.95 CM, 126290 $24.95 WM) - How cute is that reindeer??? This coordinates nicely with the BEAUTIFUL "Snow Festival" designer series paper. Best thing about this paper - one of the colours is PINK! Primrose Petals to be precise. So I've made a few PINK, red & green Christmas cards...

Please note - this card is NOT matted really badly, in fact I grabbed whatever cardstock was nearby for the background of these pictures & unfortunately it was Raspberry Ripple.

Finally, this was a CASEd card from something my upline found on Stampin' Connection, the demonstrator-only SU! forum. The design is by Ann Schach, clearly a very clever lady! In the end, it was really faffy, but it looks pretty cool now finished. I am not sure I will make too, too many though. I have insufficient patience.

This uses the "Scentsational Season" bundle mainly (129946 $32.95 CM; 129945 $36.95 WM) - gorgeous solid stamps that ink up BEAUTIFULLY with our new pads, plus the matching Framelits dies. The set coordinates with some scented embossing powder, which I haven't had chance to try yet, but I will, count on it! Shame this isn't smellernet though.

In other news, I cooked 60 portions/meals this weekend. It was HARD. I've never done that many before, but I arranged with Heather to trade 30 for 30, so we had to make less variety each, which certainly made it easier. I am looking forward to less stressful dinner times, however I am heartily sick of the kitchen right now!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A nice, quiet week ahead? Here's hoping!

I know I have been neglecting my blog lately, but I have had several good reasons!

First up was the move. We got the keys to our new house on 13th October in the end, but I had packed up my craft stuff at the beginning of October. It is now just about useable again, though I have lost my big Expedit to the basement where it is doing a great job of being a room divider...

Then my dad came to visit on the 16th of October for a week and a half, during which time he helped me move & clean out the old house, as Stew was working 12 hour + days, six days a week.

The last weekend in October we were just starting to relax & enjoy our new place when Hurricane Sandy started looming large. So last week I spent getting over that, then Leo got sick with a horrid chest infection (which I have now caught!).

Yesterday I took my Praxis I tests which was exhausting, but I THINK I will have passed them with a following wind & a bit of sunshine! So I have booked Praxis II: Chemistry Content Knowledge for 24th November. That leaves Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching to be booked, I am leaving that until last as it's essays & quoting people's theories which I totally suck at! Once I have (hopefully) passed all those, I can mail off my application for Maryland Teacher Certification. Cool eh?

I have ordered the official ETS study guide for Science exams as the Kaplan one I had for Praxis I was useless as it turned out. But until that arrives, I *should* have time to do some stamping. I definitely need to, as my MIL bought 30 of my Christmas cards, and I have another person wanting to buy an unknown number, so at this rate I'm going to have none left!

I also have some sewing projects on the go, at the moment I am wishing for more hours in the day because I just have so many ideas swirling around the old noggin!

Anyway, apologies for being a bit AWOL lately. I can't wait to catch up on what all my fellow ACAD'ers have been up to.