Thursday, 27 December 2012

catching up with christmas!

#Card #Christmas #craft

Hopefully i will get caught up with these Christmas cards before next christmas is here!
this was a nice simple card for my brother and his wife. The image is from forever friends, i'm not sure where the paper is from, i backed it all onto royal blue card, added 3 gems and some ribbon. I finished it off with a greeting from the same set as the image.
I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Book Review- Look Who it is by Alan Carr

I don't like many comedians but Alan Carr makes me cry with laughter and i miss him on radio 2. The book takes us through his childhood, up until he starts the friday night project. There were so many interesting and funny stories in here i really enjoyed reading this and laughed out loud in several parts. if you have ever laughed at alan carr then i suggest you buy this book, even though it was written a few years ago.

4 stars out of 5.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

snowflakes at christmas

#Card #Christmas #craft

Have got this years cards just about finished, but i'm running out of time to blog them! The paper is from DCWV(very old), layered on purple glitter card, i then die cut a scalloped circle and layered a die cut image on this. i then die cut the 2 snowflakes and added them to the top right of the card.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Book Review- Fame by Tilly Bagshawe

To describe this as a bonk buster would be unfair. it is so well written and enjoyable that the name bonk buster seems cheap and sleazy and this book is anything but. It is set in the film world, and based in LA, Derbyshire and Romania  there are 4 main characters, Damien the Romanian film producer, Sabrina the spoilt Lindsey lohan style actress, Viorel the hot actor adopted from Romania when he was a baby and Tish who runs a Romanian orphanage and is called back to her families house in Derbyshire to help sort out the finances. She agrees to let Damien film his remake of Wuthering Heights there. 
I loved reading this from start to finish and loved the friendship built between Viorel and Abel, it was really sweet. The characters were all so well written even the minor characters, rather then added for effect.

i give this book 5 starts out of 5.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Book Review- Destiny by Louise Bagshawe

I have read all of Bagshawe's previous books and enjoyed them all. To me she is a modern day Jackie Collins, and until earlier this year an MP. The books main character is Kate fox who is a virtual orphan, and on first appearances a gold digger. however as we learn more about her we discover a highly intelligent woman who has done all she can to avoid living life like her mother did. She is a writer on a magazine, but spends the rest of her time hunting rich men. She eventually manages to marry one (Marcus Broder) but things don't work out, when they divorce Marcus wants Kate to disappear, but she isn't that type of girl!

I enjoyed reading this book, but the small continuity errors annoyed me. they were only silly things, but i expect better from a author of 10+ books.

4 stars out of 5

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Book Review- When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

I avoiding reading this book as i thought it was going to be a disappointment after all the hype it had. But i saw it for 50p in a charity shop i thought i'd give it a chance and packed it into the hand luggage.
It is narrated by Elly and split into 2 parts, when she is a young girl and then when she is in her late 20's. It read like an autobiography, but it isn't. It covers the 70's and  9/11, has homosexuality and neglect sub plots but also manages to make you laugh out loud.
I was unsure of what i thought about this book once i had read it, yes it has some great moments but sometimes the bits in between were awkward. i think it would have been better with slightly less story lines and develop the remaining ones.

over all i will give this 3.5 out of 5.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

clean and simple Christmas tree

#Card #Christmas #craft

A quick and simple christmas card, The topper is by Kanban, i layered it onto brown corregated card( very old!), then added a large square of white card, added gold faux stitches and finally layered it onto brown card. To finish it off i added a gold greeting.

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

red and green

#Christmas #craft #Card

Another Forever Friends card, The topper and greeting are from the kit i have mentioned before, i have layered it with green glitter card and red card, added some corregated card (old) and lime green ribbon. The paper is from dcwv.
I'd like to enter it into the following challenges
craftybloggersnetwork- christmas anything goes
craftycatzweeklychallenge- let's have sparkle
fabnfunkychallenges- bears
whimsyinspires- traditional christmas colours
clearitoutchallenge- red/anything goes
craftysentiments- christmas

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Book Review- The Magic of Christmas by Trisha Ashley

I had seen this book several times, but always passed over it thinking it was a bit old for me and when reading the back cover i noticed it was a reworking of another book called sweet nothings. However when i went into a  charity shop they had an offer of buy one get one free, so i took advantage of this. 
It focuses on Lizzy who lives in the little village of Middlemoss, It is like a christmassy version of heartbeat! Lizzy is married to not the best of husbands and lives with him and their son on their small holding. She has a few problems to deal with alone the way but thankfully the book finishes with a happy ending at Christmas time.

I will definitely be reading more of  Trisha Ashley from now on.

4 stars out of 5.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Book Review- One Day In May by Catherine Alliott

Another Catherine Alliott book review for you, but it is fab! The title is what the whole book is based one, but that doesn't become clear until much later in the book and then you go.... oh that makes sense! This is a fab read as we follow Hattie an interior designer, to Bosnia, the houses of Parliament, France and Little Crandon. We learn all about her 1st love and how her actions years ago, are now catching up with her and the secrets and lies she has and told are coming out in the wash! It has several twists in the storyline, and a great ending!

this is a 5 star book and you should definitely read it!

PS the review is short, as it is difficult to tell you more without revealing important parts of the story. even the back cover is vague!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

fire through the hole

#Card #Christmas #craft
#Card #Christmas #craft

The cards are becoming easier to make, not panicking about christmas swiftly approaching at all!
I chose the image as it reminded me of my SIL and her husband, so thought about making the card and then remembered the fireplace paper i had, and didn't know how to use it, a perfect fit! The i had to go and get all silly and cut the hole out of the card black before sticking the paper down. luckily i managed to cut it out again perfectly.........
The paper is from a set i bought years ago but it goes perfectly with this image and the fire, and i thought it would never get used :)
Finally i added the tag with a brad through it.

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Friday, 2 November 2012

blue christmas

#Card #Christmas #craft
I'm on a forever friends run at the moment, but it'll stop soon, maybe! This was a quickly put together card, 2 different polka dot papers, blue glitter card, blue organza ribbon, a christmas greeting and an image. Job done :)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Book Review- Gypsy Princess by Violet cannon

Another book about Gypsys/ Travellers, this is a factual book based on Violet's life. I really enjoyed reading about her childhood and what she and her siblings got up to. I enjoyed reading about her experinces in school and the families differing views on education. Another great part was reading about the difference between gypsy's and fair folk. We have a travelling fair that comes every year to my hometown and i never knew they were classed differently to gypsies.

Overall this was a good read and very informative.

5 stars out of 5.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Book Review- Love Letters by Katie Fforde

Another Holiday read, I'm setting them up one a week hence this being october and i read it in august! 
This is the 2nd Katie Fforde book i took away with me. Another good read, the book's mains charactor is Laura, she works in a bookshop which she loves. As well as selling books she has a book club and also arranges book signings. At one of these signings she meets the agent who has nothing but praise for the event and as Henry the owner is closing the bookshop she suggests a job for Laura, organising a literary and music festival in the heart of the English countryside.
There is a misunderstanding and Laura is tasked with getting infamous writer Dermot Flynn to be the star of the festival. Over the past few years he has become a bit of a recluse, so Laura and her new friend travel to Ireland to see him and then the romance starts to happen :)

it flows like a typical Katie Fforde book and there is a bump in the love path, but thankfully it all ends happily ever after :)

4 stars our of 5

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Black and gold christmas card

#Card #craft #Christmas

I bought a forever friends christmas kit last year, and struggled to find a use for these tags. so this year i set to using them! The tag is from the kit, the papers are printed from a forever friends black and gold disc. The ribbon was reduced in hobbycraft, the rest are all from my stash.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Book Review- A Married Man by Catherine Alliott

I have read Catherine Alliott in the past but she fell of my radar until recently, but i'm glad I've rediscovered her. After finishing this book i immediately got anther Alliott book to read. The review is to follow for that one! 
This isn't a deep book, but is well written and covers more things then the average chicklit book. The main character is Laura, who is a widow and has 2 children. She meets a man randomly on the dtreet and ends up following (stalking) him. Some of the reviews i have read didn't like this, but having never been through anything like this, i don't know how it would effect me. She leaves behind her friends to go live on her parent in law's grounds, due to money and child issues, the married man also lives near by. I'll leave you to read the rest of the book yourself, and enjoy it as it is well written with a couple of twist thrown in for good measure!

5 stars out of 5.

Monday, 15 October 2012

CAS christmas card

#Card #craft #Christmas
the title says it all for this card. The image was from the range 5 packs for a pound and 5 images per pack, excellent value i thought! i then layered it onto white card,red card, glitter card and then white card again, used a red card blank and added a simple greeting. this card will be perfect for one of my many nieces.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Book Review- Little Gypsy by Roxy Freeman

I Love MBFGW and when i saw the gypsy books coming out i wanted to read them. This book is interesting to read but i would say the author is more a new age traveller then an actual gypsy. I don't know lots about gypsies but i know being a gypsy is not just a way of life but more like a religion. 
Anyway i'm nit picking, i enjoyed this and would recommend reading this, it gives a good insight into life on the road and living hand to mouth.

4 stars out of 5.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

the 1st christmas card

#Card #craft

Here is my 1st Christmas card, i have made quite a few now, but not got round to blogging any of them, I'm sure I'll catch up between now and Christmas, if not then you'll be seeing Christmas on here next July!
This card is for my MIL and her partner Keith. I used Joanna Sheens Viva La Divas CD rom to make this, sprayed it with spray and shine, added red glitter to the holly, then found some green and white papers to make the background and used some green ribbon and red gems to finish it off. It's not my favourite christmas card i have ever made, but they always send us 'funny' cards so i think they'll like it.

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Gone fishing

#Card #craft

I was supposed to blog this on wednesday but didn't sorry x
A quick card for my brother in law. not really keen on pryimage but i bought them so i'm using them up! Don't even know if he likes fishing, but they are on the list of people that don't send us a birthday card so they get what i don't like!

All the papers are from the scraps box, the greeting is from daisy and dandelion as in the topper. i added 3 card candi's from craftwork cards and job done!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Book Review- Changing Places by Colette Caddle

The cover for this book doesn't look the best, but she is an amazing writer, if you love Patricia Scanlan then i think you will become a fan of Colette Caddle as well.
The main characters in this book are 2 sisters Anna and Rachel, who have grown apart, but are held together by their cousin Jill. The sisters are slightly envious of each others lives; Rachel is married to Gary and has a little boy and Anna is married to Liam and she has a good job in an estate agents.  too much goes on in the book to write it all down here, but i was gripped to the very end of the book. nothing felt like padding or needed taking it, it all just flowed so well.

5 stars our of 5- I'd give more if i could!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Book Review-After The Party by Lisa Jewell

This is the sequal to Ralph's Party, another book by Lisa Jewell. This book totally passed me by when in was released, but i saw it in tesco and thought i need to read that, so in it went (3 for £5) and then i packed it for Egypt :) I didn't read the 1st book again before reading this and it wasn't essential but i think it might help to know more of the background story, it did come back to me, but i think i'm going to pull it out and read it again.
We meet Ralph and Gem 11 years down the line with 2 children, and at this point i think it is where most people will relate to the story, i don't have any children but i still felt it touch a few raw nerves. They both love each other but after 11 years everything has become a bit robotic and monotonous. The book follows them on a journey and i'll leave you to read where this journey takes them.
I loved reading this book and really recommend it

5 stars out of 5.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

pink elephant

#Card #craft

I think i needed to use a smaller card blank for this, but never mind! The elephant die cut is by daisy and dandelion as are the papers (bought 3 years ago). i die cut the flowers with a joy die. The mirri card was from my stash, the greeting is by craftwork cards and i used a pearl pen to make the pearls.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Friday, 21 September 2012


#Card #craft #wedding

We had some fantastic news last weekend, our friends have got engaged and asked the hubby to be their best man. So we went over to celebrate and took this card with us. I embossed the bottom third of some white card with swiss dots, added some ivory ribbon and 3 pearls. I stamped 2 champange flutes in gold ( bought in 2010), embossed them and then filled them with glossy accents. I then layered everything on gold mirri card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
simonsaysstampschallenge- emboss it
oldiebutagoodiechallenge- ribbon

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Book Review-Adored by Tilly Bagshawe

I used to love Jackie Collins books when i was a teenager ( not sure why my mum let me read them but that is another story!) and this book is like their 21st century sister.
The book starts off in the 70's and we meet Duke McMahon and his family, moving on we meet Sienna his grandaughter and the main character of this book. She is really close to her Grandad and she is devastated when he died. She doesn't really get on with her parents, and as she gets older she is no longer in touch with them but keeps seeking her half Uncle as they were really close when they were little.
The flaw in this story is that Sienna is very difficult to like, she's spoilt and attention seeking, but she does have a kind side when she is with her Uncle (Hunter) (Hunters story is a good addition and totally hollywood!)

There are lots of characters to get to know but once you get going with the book , it's easy to remember who they all are. 
4 stars out of 5.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

foot the ball

#Card #craft

Sorry for the dodgy lighting on the pic, it is quite vibrant in real life. This is for a teenage boy who is turning 16. I think it's a bit young for him, but struggled to find anything suitable for him. The image and little footballs are obviously forever friends, as is the paper. There is another bear on the paper, but i never know how to use dp with an image already on it- suggestions please!
it's layered on orange and white card from my stash, the footballs were stuck onto hole punch holes, the greeting is by papermania and some more corrugated card used as a ribbon.
I'd like to enter it into the following challenges
pinkgemchallengeblog- a boy thing
onestopcraftchallenge- no floral embellishment
creativecraftchallenges2- all about the boys
hookedoncraftchallenges- cards for men

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Book Review- Air Babylon by Imogen Edward Jones

Possibly not the best book to read on a plane! Luckily having read several other babylon books i read this after arriving at the resort, but was looking around watching the plane for any of the incidents i had read about in the book!
The book is based on true stories collected up by the Author, and then fitted into a 24hour period. It is a little contrived but it is a good read and i really recommend reading it. this is a short review but i don't want to give out too much information about it.

4 stars out of 5

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Button It

#Card #craft #retro

I'll start by saying i didn't like the papermania range 'Happy days'. But when i bought the £15 craft bag that papermania bring out (i only wanted the kraft card and it was the only place i could find it in the shop) there were 5 12x12 papers from the range. So i had a think who i could use the papers for (luckily the papers are 2 sided, and 1 side is more usable then the other), this side seemed quite suited to my friend, so i set off to make this card. Decided to layer it onto black card, and continued the black accents with the black ribbon and black buttons (free with clothes), i then used a black craftwork card greeting in the line.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Book Review-Two's Company by Jill Mansell

I have most of Jill Mansell's books and packed this one for a guaranteed good read.
This book follows Cass, Jack and their family, they meet Imogen, a writer for Hi magazine (like hello), Jack creates a bad impression and Cass want's him to make try to create a better 2nd impression, this goes slightly too far and Jack leaves Cass for Imogen. Whilst this is happening they have 3 children, Cleo- a famous model, Sean-a comedian, who gets his girlfriend pregnant and Sophie, a wanna be eco warrior. I'll not go into the finer details of this book, but i did enjoy reading it and i want to know more about Sean's friend Danny, he deserves a nice life! I'm not sure how i wanted this book to end but i think i enjoyed the ending!

4 stars out of 5

Friday, 31 August 2012

1st ever digi stamp card!

#Card #craft #gothic #emo

I may be converted to digi stamps! I needed to make a card for my soon to be 18 cousin who is an alternative dresser (emo). I knew i didn't have anything in my stash that i could use for her and remembered i'd seen some gothic looking digi stamps. so i set off to the web to search and came across some great ones on stitchybear, here is the link for this one, and there are plenty more on there similar to this one. And i know i can use this for quite a few of my nieces. 
I was going to keep her black and white, but printed out 2 so i could practice colouring her in. I used this, to help me colour her in, and for a 1st job i am quite proud of myself :).

The paper is from an Anna griffin pad i bought in Florida 3 years ago, and have only used twice. it's all so beautiful i can't bear to use it! The rest is mainly from my stash, the ribbon from the inside of a top, 2 gems in the flower centres, 2 on the craftwork card greeting and 3 coz it looks pretty! I used black glitter card to layer her onto and a black card blank. and if you were to look in my wardrobe you would find mainly black, white and pink :)

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Thursday, 30 August 2012

shoes, shoes, shoes

#Card #craft
This is for a shoeaholic friend who has a room dedicated to shoes! Every time we go shopping she buys a pait of shoes, mega high ones that i could never walk in :(
The image is a LOTV diecut, and the rest is from my scraps, in fact i cut out from the bottom purple card to make the other 2 purple layers. I embossed some white card with swiss dots, added 3 gems and a glitter strip. The flower is diecut and the greeting is from craftwork cards.

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

nellie and the wavy ribbon

#Card #craft

I'm attempting to make all my birthday cards for the rest of the year before September comes, 2 more left in November and 2 in December, and then start the Christmas ones. This card is for FIL's partners grandaughter, I suppose she is like a step niece. The papers are off cuts from my stash, the card is bazzill, the ribbon is poundland's best. The image is also from poundland, it's a 3D sticker, The greeting is from craftwork cards, and it's faux fastened with a brad (using more old stash :)). And then 4 card candi's from craftwork cards.

I have never ruffled ribbon on a card before but i read about it in a magazine and thought i'd give it a go, and i like it, watch for it happening more often!

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

fat free cupcake

#Card #craft

The best type of cake! This is very similar to the wedding card i made recently, and in fact looks very similar to how i started making cards, but think hopefully the extra addition of the red and white layered background and the stitching has added something. The cake came on a card i received on my birthday (expect to see 2 similar ones soon!), the gems and greeting are from my stash. in fact it all is. summer2012 has been a frugal season!
I must credit for the way this card has turned out, she is an amazing craft blogger and i really recommend checking her out!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Book Review- Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

So another holiday read! Having read and enjoyed Jenny Colgan's other books i looked forward to reading this book and saved it for the sunbed! The main Character is Issy who loves baking cupcakes and other deliciousness (each chapter starts with a recipe, some of which sound fab). She is made redundant from her job, by her boyfriend, so eventually decides to open up the cupcake cafe. we follow her on this journey and meet Pearl and her little boy, Caroline, Austin and Issy's Gramps. 
I really enjoyed reading this and thought Jenny dealt with dementia really well, i loved the development of Pearl and would love to read more about her. Austin provides the love story line and is a great improvement on Graeme, who is a typical city boy.
The only disappointing part of the book was the ending, it was a little bored now so i'll finish it in a page. I hope that the follow up book makes up for this, but i do look forward to reading the next one.

i'll give this 4 stars out of 5.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Stop Moving!!!

#Card #craft
I'm getting bored of making these cards for my friend! he has moved again, this time into a new house with his girlfriend. I couldn't use my new house stamp for him (again), so came up with this instead. The letters are from home bargains, the paper is originally from claire curds paper pad, but this was an off cut, 3 card candi's and the layered on card from my stash.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Cheapy Cheapster

#Card #craft

This is possibly the cheapest card i have ever made! The topper isn't in my top 100 favourite images, but isn't offensive. it's from a card my father in law sent me last year, and my card this year was late so they are getting the image back. God i sound vindictive! but i hate to make effort for people who don't make it for me back. Anyway back to the card, i used ribbon from primark pjs, buttons that came free with tops, free dp from a magazine, but i did use a piece of gold mirri to make it look glam!!! The greeting is another D&D one (they were 25p a pack and i bought 10 packs!)

anyway hopefully this card may win a random draw on the following challenges (it's not going to win best card!)
movingalongwiththetimes- anything but square
paper-craftingjourney- anything goes
justinspirationalchallenges- photo inspiration
divasbydesignchallenge- anything goes
lilredwagon- upcycle

thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Another blast from the past

#Card #craft

This card is for my Uncle, who loves his garden. I used a sketch to make this card but missed the deadline :(.  The image is LOTV, the paper is from a forever friends pack. The yellow card is from my stash as well as the corrugated card, which i used to use all the time when i started making cards, and this seemed to go perfectly.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
2sisterschallengeblog- in the garden
craftyourdaysaway- anything goes
bearlymine-anything goes
tuesdaythrowdown- hip to be square
foreverfriendschallengeblog-anything goes
lovetocreatechallenge- colour throwdown
crazychallenge-anything goes

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Book Review- The Birds & The Bees by Milly Johnson

Another holiday read, i mainly took authors that i had enjoyed before and i have loved the previous books i have read by Milly. 
this book follows Stevie, a romance writer, through finding out her fiance is cheating on her with her new friend. She finds out from her friends ex, Adam. the book gets going when Adam suggests he move in with Stevie and her son to make their ex's jealous so they go back to their original partners. as the plot develops we discover that neither ex is who they have made out to be and they are better off without them.
As this is a chicklit book you know where the book is going but i still enjoyed the journey, it was just slower starting then some of her other books.

A great read so 4 stars out of 5.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Going old school!

#Card #craft

This image is ancient! i bought it in a spending fit at cheshire oaks! The papers were rescued from my crafty sellers pile and when i picked this image, i immediately thought about these papers. I think their docrafts. The ribbon was bought 5 years ago and has only just been opened...... The card is just from my stash. The greeting is from craftwork cards, and i made a hole and put a brad through it, so it looks like it's fastened on with it.

i'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Friday, 17 August 2012

Jam is getting married

#Card #craft #wedding

I'm not sure what i've done to the picture but it looks a little washed out.......
Anyway it was really simple to make. When tidying up my gift cupboard i cam across this little (fizzy moon?)topper that i think had come unstuck from a gift bag. i don't remember the last time i sent a wedding gift, most people ask for money or you pay £x and it gets delivered to their door. So i decided to use it on this card.
The white card is hammered card from the paper mill, mirri card was from my stash, the same for the pearls, and the greeting is a daisy and dandelion one. And that's it!

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges
totallypapercrafts- inspired by a song( billy idol's white wedding)

thanks for looking x

Thursday, 16 August 2012

totally not me!

#Card #craft #fairy
No cute image what's going on? This card is for my niece who is turning 12, which i think is a very awkward age. I didn't want to go cute in case she thought it was childish, so i was searching through my stash and found this image. Then i panicked!!! hopefully it turned out ok, i think it did, just need some grungy looking card now as all mine is pretty pastel or brights. I even ripped card, inked edges, inked paper and the greeting. i definitely needed a lay down after trying so many new things! 
The image is from lilli of the valley (i think), the papers are all from my minds eye, the blue card is coredinations, the pink card is from my stash, the greeting is from craftwork cards, i die cut the flower from a joy die cut, i used Tim Holtz old paper to ink everything.i glittered the wings with stickles and the gems are from my stash.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Book Review- A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

This was one of 2 Katie Fforde books that i took on holiday with me- 14 books in total! Unfortunately i didn't enjoy this one as much as the other one or any of her other books i have read. That's not to say it is a difficult read it just took a while to get going, or for me to get into it, i'm not sure which! From reading the back i knew that the book would have a happy ending like all Katie's books do. This isn't a bad thing for me but it is worth pointing it out.  
Anyway this story is about Sophie and her life. At the start of the book she doesn't really have one and is quite downtrodden, however a trip to New York a chance meeting introduces her to Matilda and her Grandson and we see where the plot is going! a few bumps along the way and it all ends happily ever after :)
I could go into more details but i don't want to ruin the book for you. It is an ok read but not one of her best

3 stars out of 5.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Book review- A tiny bit marvellous by Dawn French

I didn't think I was going to read this book, but when I saw it in a charity shop for 50p I thought I'd give it a whirl. Quite a few if my friends have read it and enjoyed it so I bought it and saved it for my holiday. I started reading it the day before we flew and then on the aeroplane, it was a perfect book for that as it is written diary style, and the chapters are quite short.
The story follows the Battle family's life over a short period of time, which includes Dora sitting her A levels and turning 18. Dora is quite an immature person, but very insecure, which is not helped by her mum's recent behaviour. Her mum, Mo, is going through a mid life crisis (i think), and sees several things differently to how they really are. My favourite character is granny Pamela, who always seems to know what to say and bake. I didn't think all of the swearing was needed for the storyline and it grated in some sections. I also found Oscar to be a strange character and I have never met a teenager like him. I could easily have removed him from the story or made him a smaller character.
Overall I did enjoy the book despite a few niggles so I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

Did you enjoy this book?
What did you think about Oscar?
What about Noel's contribution to the storyline?

Friday, 3 August 2012

Book Review- The winter lodge by Susan Wiggs

Until this book i have never heard of this author, but i am very glad that i have now! This is such a lovely story all about Jenny and her life in Avalon. There is a bit of flicking from the past to the present day but this is ok, as long as you read from the start of the chapter and see the year! 
The book's main character is Jenny who we meet just as her house is burning down. She has lived there from being little with her Grandparents, and now has lost everything bar the few things she recovers from the ashes. 
I loved reading the history between Jenny and Rourke, and the author included a few twists that i didn't anticipate at all. We also look into Jenny's history and meet other characters that live in Avalon, which has left me wanting to buy more of Susan Wiggs' books. One plot that i hope is developed into a book is Daisy, her dad and brother. 

Overall i loved this book and will definitely be coming back for more
have you read this book?
did you enjoy it?
have you read any other books by Susan Wiggs?

5 stars out of 5

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

book review- Last night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Lauren Weisberger

I love Lauren Weisberger's other books especially The Devil wears Prada, so i was praying that this book would be a hit with me like her others. And it was!!!!!
Loved the idea of being with a musician and supporting them and dealing with the changes that happen when they get signed and famous. the author made Brooke feel real and she put a great slant on the famous because you knows someone. it didn't look that appealing to me! Julian is also well written, stuck between a rock and a hard place, how to you keep living your dream without losing the love of your life???

Have you read this book?
Did you enjoy it?
have you read her other books?

I really recommend this book
5 stars out of 5!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

now we are 5

#Card #craft

A nice simple card for my husband. i couldn't think what image to use and then i remembered this photo and i thought we are just as happy now as we are in the photo and that would look fab in black and white! after that it was very simple, the papers are from craftwork cards, the picture is printed on photo paper, layered on glittered and mirror card (all black), 3 little black gems, a glittery number 5, layered on the back of a craftwork card greeting with a promarkered prima flower behind that.

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

a card for Popsicle

#Card #craft

the perfect image for my dad! we love a family BBQ and always have 'birthday tea' which is bbq'd quarter pounders. i didn't this year i ordered jacket potatoes for a change. but anyway usually it's what we have a dad is the bbq king. in fact he is the george forman king coz that is what he uses. the image is not sounding so perfect now, so i'll talk about the ingredients!
the image is from lilli of the valley, the candi's and greeting are from craftwork cards. the brown dotty paper is daisy and dandelion and the orange one is my minds eye. the orange card is from bazil. oh and i used glossy accents on the sausage!

i'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

Monday, 23 July 2012

Book Review- The Spa Decameron

I wanted to like this book, but this is a book i could not finish :( i was laying in the bath and didn't care enough to turn another page. i read over 3/4 of the book and it was painfully slow, but i could do it any more!
I couldn't find a character i liked, in fact a lot of them were annoying and grating. in fact i'll just end the review here, as i have nothing left to say!
should i have kept going?
have you read this book?
what did you think?

0 stars out of 5

Sunday, 22 July 2012

a leftovers card

#Card #craft

This is a made up from the remains of a daisy and dandelion sticker sheet, i had used the 3 main images and had these and some dots left, this is what i have come up with, but no idea how to use the dots! the white, yellow and green card are all off cuts and the greeting is from daisy and dandelion.

I'd like to enter it into the following challenges

thanks for looking x

card for the other twin

#Card #craft

Here is the partner for the black and lilac card i have previously posted. they are for my twin cousins. The topper is a from docrafts tulip range, the pink card is from my stash, the ribbon is an off cut, the papers are from a set that came free with a magazine and the flowers are from wild orchid crafts. nice and simple :)

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