As promised/threatened whichever you prefer.... see its Bloggers fault because he wouldn't accept another photo on my last post. I'm sure there's some clever way to do it, Caique Momma aint clever at techie stuff though! ;)) Hmm methinks you may have gathered that by now though.
So a second edition for you. Now as I'm sure you ALL know and if you don't where have you been??? Its New Years Eve. 2009 is almost upon us yipes! Well we're off to a ball tonight, black tie do. Oo'er Missus! Still its nice to get the old gladrags on now and again. So I'd thought about what to wear and thought yeah black! Then I realised it has a theme... 'Red or Dead' so I was going to be Dead obviously...
So I nipped to Meadowhell yesterday to see if there was any red dresses about at barginacious prices... and there wasn't. Well not what I wanted anyway. I tried one on and to say it was low cut... well you would almost need a brazilian to wear it! Yes THAT low!!! Now when I was donkeys years younger and slimmer I might have done but now? NEVER! despite the assistant going 'Oooo that's lovely that is' I think she was referring to my navel.... So the idea of that dress went out of the window. The others I saw were really expensive no way was I paying loads for a red dress I'd likely not get much wear out of (don't I sound mean??!!) So off we went for a mooch round. All of a sudden I get a stabbing feeling in my neck... I turned and saw these little beauties...
Yoohoo Bloggettes - I'm not lost nor buried under a pile of mince pies - thankfully they'd all sold! So I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and are now choccie free?! I am... no one bought me any... I bought my OM a HUGE box of Ferrero Rochers. I've only managed to pry one off him! Perhaps that's just as well really though thinking about it. I think now they race straight to my waist and stay there!
So my picture treats for you today... are you on the edge of your seats? I hope so and if you aren't please hitch your bottoms forward! I'm trying to build a little excitement here you know!
Firstly my Prismas, now for some reason I decided to sort them all into shade order. As soon as I'd got them all out I wondered why I was doing it! When I'd eventually done it I was pleased (in an anal kind of way). Though they aren't as I'd actually wanted them. If I'd done that the colours would have overlapped the layers kind of thing. Thing is they're done and this is how they're stopping - well for now anyway!
The next one is a mad (well for me) card for my friend for New Year - she has LOADS of parrots, so I thought I'd feature some on a card for her. I don't normally do such 'busy' cards and when I do I have to make myself stop or they look even messier than this! I do hope she likes it. Lastly in this section (more to come as blogger didn't want any more photos) is a few photos of the card I made for OM at Christmas. I say it truly is a Christmas card as he got it after at around 12.30am Christmas day morning, or late on Christmas Eve whichever you prefer! It came minus envelope too - it was bulky and I couldn't be bothered to make a box for it! He understands this now, you know no envelope, or you don't seal it and don't write on it! Then squeal 'don't crease that' when you did use one. Now you're all going to say you don't do any of that aren't you? Do I believe you though?.... I'll get back to you on that! Now as you can see - because if you're reading this its obvious that you can ;)) Its a gatefold flap down pop out kind of card - now I know thats a mouthfull of a name but it kind of describes it rather well I thought. I've done quite a few of these and they're rather nice - different but still easy.
I likes easy!
So till later loyal Bloggettes - I hope you're still awake....
Hiya Bloggettes! Another treat (well that's perhaps over egging things!) A few little photos from me again. This is finallythe last of my Christmas baking orders! Yahooo! Perhaps I may now have time to do something of my own? Mind you if I see another mince pie... well it won't be pretty! Darn things - I don't even like them! So the first photo is a few of said blighters... they do look rather nice - shame they taste awful..
Now these aren't so bad - Almond Macaroons, really sticky when you spill the filling all over your baking tins! I suppose the moral of that story is don't drip it everywhere! Once baked it positively welds to the tins.... makes washing up a joy! Even yummier now - Coconut Tarts! I love them slightly warm from the oven! I say warm as if you heat them while they're really hot the jam burns like hell - hot jam also sticks really really well onto skin! Unfortunately there wasn't a spare one! I have quantities down to a fine art and make them exactly in dozens - pah! Still I do manage to look as if I've eaten dozens of them!!! ;0)) Now the last of my Christmas cakes - I have to say I'm rather pleased with these - the cakes smell fantastic - wonder if its anything to do with the Cognac and Ameretto they've been bathed in? It must be because I don't like Christmas cake either. Shame they smell so nice too. Never mind there's plenty of other stuff I like. Which is a pity as I'd love to get some weight off... Perhaps if I sew my mouth shut... Just remembered I can't sew! Well the cakes are covered in fondant icing and them adorned with fondant snowflakes which I dusted with clear lustre powder so they're all shimmery, honest they are it just doesn't seem to show up in the photo. The cakes are now nestled in boxes and decorated with big bows and ribbons. It really makes them look nice.
So Bloggettes I do hope you've not nodded off, if you have you'll have a nice imprint of your keyboard on your forehead...
Hopefully tomorrow I'll get my OM's Christmas card finished. For some reason I decided to make it like a tag book. One day I'll fathom out why I decide to do things so bloody complicated when I have a serious lack of time...
But hey I've always been like it - can't see me changing now!
Well here we are as promised - my OM's birthday card. He's a rather cute little lizard dontcha think? (the card NOT my OM) Part of an Inkadinkadoo set I bought on holiday. Ihadto buy it - they were 75% off so it would have been rude not to - wouldn't it? Well that's my take on it anyway.
So what has Caique Momma been up to today? Well not as much as she should have been! But hey I'm tired that's my excuse anyway. So to make myself feel better and after collecting the Big L's watch from the jewellers (funny how he forgot to mention it wanted paying for!!!) I nipped off to the Craft Box at Elsecar Heritage Centre. Well it was their Christmas sale and they always have really fabby bargains... and well it would have been rude not to...wouldn't it? Well the therapy was just what I needed regardless.
A gal alwaysneeds more stamps doesn't she? Just in case any of you are unsure the answer to that question is YES SHE DOES ;o))
Fear not I've not been abducted by aliens! Hey who said 'shame'!! Been a manic manic week here - no change there then eh? Its always really busy at market just before Christmas - people seem to go into a buying frenzy, I mean what exactly do they do with all those mince pies???
So a treat (OK so its only photos but hang with me here folks ;o)) of just a couple of things.
Firstly I suddenly realised that I was rather short of cards for us to send! So I came up with a quick design which can be used with various stamps, I then rattled out about 20 very similar ones. I won't bore you with pictures of them all.... unless you want to see them? No OK - let me know if you do!
As I said this week has been crazy - if I ever see another mince pie I may scream! I seem to have made millions of them! I'll have to make more as I sold them all! However I thought a photo of mince pies might be a tad boring, so here is a little pic of some of my fairy cakes, these all sold too! No cake for Caique Momma today!
I also had an order for a Diabetic Christmas Cake - my friend who is diabetic just eats 'normal' cake but this is an all singing dancing cake! Still it looked incredibly boring as it was neither iced nor marzipanned. So I titivated the box up with a mahooosive gold bow. It did make it look a trifle better. Then the customer dropped it..... fortunately it was after she'd paid for it! I then made some running repairs to the box. Strangely the cake was intact! Rather worrying but then its a fruit cake and they are quite 'sturdy'!
Finally just for self indulgence a couple of pictures of my babies! One of their favourite things to climb on - the cutlery rack from the dishwasher! They like it full of cutlery.... then they can chuck it on the floor - a good game as then I have to wash it again and they can splash in the bowl given half a chance.
So Bloggettes I do hope you're still awake - back to bore you soon!
Oh its OM's birthday today, I made his card (today) I'll take a photo later.
Hey Bloggettes here I am! Not lost as I'm sure you thought... I do hope you've missed me... ~waits patiently for affirmative answers...~ Right we'll skip over that then!So where has Caique Momma been? She has been on her holidays! Yippeee! So where has she been? Florida! A favourite place of mine - the sun, the shops.... and well is there anything else? Well there were plenty of shops but not as much sun as I'd have liked! Typical eh? Travel thousands of miles and its not boiling! Still it was lovely and the therapy was excellent - I might have to post a pic of my stash.... muahahahaha! Yup it will be a total gloat post I'm afraid Bloggettes. Well it was the 'Black Friday' sales and it would have been rude not to wouldn't it? I mean the American economy is in a bad way. My OM said I didn't have to single handedly get it back on its feet!
Hey a girls got to help though...
So a few piccies to tied you over, some of my stash (sorry!), and a few general ones of the holidays. I've made a pile of cards since I've got back but I've not taken any photos of those yet - I'll treat you to some of those later!
So as you can see I hardly bought any craft stuff at all... ~rolls eyes~
This was taken at Fort DeSoto Park - down near St Petes Beach. This was taken from The Pier at St Petersburg, well its just a big building on a pier really... A sunset - Florida has some really spectacular ones, if you like them I have about 90 different ones I could show you... Oh this will be enough then... ;o))
I'm from Yorkshire and live with my OM and the Big L. Along with my two caiques Harry and Tinker. I also bake
cakes! Oh and for those not 'in the know' Caiques is pronounced now you'll like this ... C A K E S!