Friday, 25 December 2015


Good Morning lovely people, well if you have any sense you won't be anywhere near blogger this morning, you'll be enjoying some sort of festivities wherever you are in the world.  For me it will be Christmas Day, but my favourite day of the year by a long shot is Christmas Eve, so I'm not even preparing the post then as I want to savour every last delicious moment out of it, if I possibly can!

So what happy moments, grateful elements have I had this last week you may ask!

Friday brought my first proper day off and left me actually venturing to shops - I know - groan!

I had thought that I'd pretty much finished with present buying, until I checked out my list and realised there were a few more items that needed purchasing, so I ventured to the local retail park, hit the shops for a couple of hours and all was sorted.

I came home wrapped things and then I felt pretty much sorted.  So here is to retail parks opening early for the likes of me who doesn't do bun fights in shops at the best of times!

Saturday was split literally in two - talk about a day of two halves, the first half meant a very early jaunt out to the theatre in Sheffield to see the Aladdin pantomime and as always we were literally rolling with laughter from the first moments it started.  The Dame in this panto each year is utterly genius and we love him to bits, playing Widow Twanky this year!

We also ventured along the wooden huts afterwards having a look at the goods, but most of them were eateries. 

I also did some 'star spotting' 

Back home for a few hours, before setting off for an epic evening of music. 

Black Star Riders (aka the current formation of Thin Lizzy) were pretty epic and played Whiskey in the Jar as their final track! 

Then Whitesnake - Mrs Coverdale's little boy is doing pretty awesome as always playing some fabulous tunes that me and hubby remember from when we first met!

And to finish off Def Leppard, on the final night of their tour - finishing off in their home city of Sheffield - utterly amazing! 

Next grateful - it being warm enough to walk back to the park and ride, we were late out of the gig - squeezing every last ounce out of it and we didn't fancy the crushed sardines on a tram fiasco, so we just walked. 

We even walked passed Santa's grotto next to the shopping centre which was all lit up looking mighty festive. 

Me and hubby hadn't eaten before we went out, so when we arrived back from the gig we made some bacon butties - at about 1am!  

Sunday arrived and was supposed to be a full meet up with family before the big day, but my brother and his girlfriend had to cry off as poorly and to be honest me and hubby were full of lurgy - so my next grateful is flu capsules - they are awesome, half an hour after taking them and you are back on your feet again! 

So the remainder of us managed a jaunt out to the local craft and grub fayre, which was lovely and my Mum managed to buy a few last minute gifts, my niece (and said 15 year old) enjoyed a gorgeous hot chocolate in the beautiful little coffee shop when it was nearly home time. 

And my sister tried on a vintage tweed cape at a Vintage shop, she'd managed to catch up with us very late in the day as she'd been working - how giddy does she look in this cape!  I love her expression! 

Monday turned into a PJ day, which was needed as we really wanted a lie in, having not managed one for weeks.  Me and hubby sat in bed with lots of cups of tea reading magazines, books and our tablets - bliss.  Said 15 year old got up eventually at twenty to three in the afternoon - yes I know - what day - he had missed breakfast and lunch completely! 

Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit of a blur still suffering with lurgy and hubby having Doctor's appointment and me at the hospital, it was good to get them out of the way! 

And now I sit here on Christmas Eve, table prepared, Christmas TV in the background, hot cup of tea, wrapping done, the last of the Christmas cards have arrived and dropped through the door, the house is quiet as hubby and said 15 year old have popped out for a few last minute items. 

The build up is almost done with and the day has nearly arrived.

May I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas or Happy Holidays if you don't celebrate Christmas. 

I shall see you next Friday for the very first post of 2016!

Friday, 18 December 2015


Friday again so here is my 'Rocking your World' post noting all the positives of the week 

First up Friday last week saw an inset day for said 15 year old so me and hubby also took the day off and we ventured to Chatsworth, the theme this year the Wind in the Willows. As members we didn't have to prebook which was great, although the introduction of the timed entry makes sense to give you time to have a look around whilst not 
feeling overcrowded.  So first up Mole decorating his tree.

The Chapel is always amazing and this art installation is breathtaking we've seen this done previously but not in gold.  

The trees were beautiful said 15 year old got this one of me and hubby in the main hall.  

And I got this photo from a jaunty angle.

Loved Ratty in the bath and the baubles as bubbles!

The wreaths were pretty spectacular too.

I even managed a smiley photo of said 15 year old. 

Mr Toad in partying mode.

The gifts in the shop were great too!

Saturday brought really wet weather but hubby and said 15 year old helped with present wrapping which was lovely.

Another grateful was said 15 year old asking I repeat asking if I would like him to clean and tidy the TV room - you can imagine my answer and yes he did an awesome job. 

We also had a great time playing monopoly millionaire a much improved version of the original (much improved meaning much quicker).  However, we discovered playing it with hubby after he has had a few beers was highly amusing as he demanded we give him money for auctioned properties rather than the bank and when we played it the following day he started out by asking what the rules were (I kid you not!) - the beer was obviously very good!

Next happy - said 15 year old taking over my craft table for a bit, it is lovely to see him being so creative!  

And here are some of the things he made for friends at school - no help requested! 

Being part of a crafting community is pretty much always awesome, you can talk paper with people and they get how giddy you are, or the latest paint colour you've tried or a you tube video talking about techniques with your gelli plate, it also lends itself to some seriously fab swaps around this time of year, I've taken part in two Secret Santas (both duly sat under the tree as I'm a good girl) and a secret card swap - which now isn't so secret.  My Secret Card Swapper was Rebecca who lives in France and did this amazing three dimensional card with interchangeable characters for the grotto in the middle and with fold down sides to show a photo of most of the people in the group who went on a retreat earlier in the year!  I was overwhelmed by the creativity and it will become a firm favourite each year as part of our Christmas decorations.

The rest of the week has been busy but overall fun, I had three really productive days at work at the beginning of the week - another happy grateful is my boss at my second job allowing me to work from home yesterday, it meant that I could be in for when a much needed delivery arrived, it also allowed me to get loads and loads of work done, so it was very much a mission accomplished feeling at the end of the day! 

There have been other positives in the week, funny discussions with family on Whatsapp, lovely Christmas cards through the post, some with the odd 'catch up' and this morning I sit here in my dining room looking at the most beautiful sky - feeling very blessed. 

As Kate mentioned last week, the 52nd Rocking Your World post actually lands on Christmas Day and she did ask what we wanted to do with regards to that, I will post on Friday as normal - however I will be preparing the post in advance to just drop in as it were and if I spot other people have done the same but not had time to link up then I will link for them, although we are only a merry band of 3 or 4 as it were.  

If you prefer to post once you've written then join in whenever suits you - it really isn't an issue if it's not until Saturday or Sunday or Monday or if you want to post it earlier on Wednesday or Thursday - or you might just be too busy with too many things on - if that's the case then clock those positives mentally and don't worry about putting a post together. 

Mine is part of my mind therapy to keep me focusing on the good in life, I hope that you find that too, anyway Mr Linky 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Rocking Your World Friday - 50th of 2015

Good Morning, well here we are at Friday once again and it's time for 

Well my phone has saved these in reverse, so first up last night at the Panto - we went to see Cinderella at the local theatre (which was brilliant if I'm honest), it also marked one whole year since my Mum was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer, here she is one year on - isn't she amazing!  So I'm on the left, Mum in the middle and little sis on the right, people say we look alike but I honestly can't see it! 

I snook a photo inside the theatre before it started and this year there were new seats - ooohhhhhhhhhhh so much more comfy than the old ones! 

Then a secret santa gift going down well, I made a mini book for said 15 year old to give to his team leader from Lesotho - apparently she liked it which made me very happy!

Then part of the Journal Your Christmas was to document Christmas treats, thankfully on the day a work colleague brought these into work, so I grabbed a photo and tried one!  They were a little strange but hey it's Christmas 

Next grateful - is a new and improved work diary - I really really really didn't like the 2015 one - the 2016 one is mildly improved!

Then a Christmas tradition - grabbing the Christmas Radio Times - we've all set too with highlighter pens, it's made for a fun evening! 

We received this Christmas card at work which I photographed and sent on to a poorly 15 year old at home to raise a smile, I thought it might remind him of his trip to Africa!

Then real Reindeers last weekend, such a magical creature to see and all the children being so happy to see them! 

We had a fab time at Kelham Island's Christmas market, I love the giants 

And this sculpture on a scissors stall - how amazing is he! 

And this fabulous sign in the main building 

We jaunted around to the Christmas tree festival as well, we didn't get a proper look unfortunately because they were about to start carols, but we did sneak a good look at a few - I loved this decoration 

And this one

And the outdoor nativity, the lighting is harsh - sorry, but you get the gist as it were. 

So it's been a fabulous week, enjoying time with family, enjoying the build up to Christmas and taking time to enjoy the season.

I hope yours has been as positive. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015


Well Monday was a weird one, you know the one that you know isn't going to quite pan out but you don't know why, then you get the call from school with a poorly 15 year old on your hands!  Yep that's the one, so having left work I dashed over and collected him, he really wasn't very well at all, so I spent a good proportion of the day running around getting things for him, making sure he is OK, he isn't feeling quite as rough this morning but with a decidedly dodgy belly it really isn't sensible to send him in (they will probably only end up sending him home again anyway!).  So like I said a weird Monday!

Well I'm officially sharing the last three layouts in my blog folder - gulp - I cannot remember the last time it was actually empty!

First up me and said 15 year old at the top of Gainsborough Old Hall earlier in the year, it really is an amazing place to visit, we had a fabulous day there!

Then yet another Alice trail photo, this one taken from a distance, if I recall correctly off the pier, I've left off an additional title as I think 'Llandudno' in the photo more than makes up for it as it were!

Then Bodnant gardens, we were amazed that these rather spikey trees were anything but spikey and we actually quite soft to the touch!

I really had better get a move on with making some more layouts, at the moment I'm working on some homemade gifts which are taking time and my Journal your Christmas which is taking on a mind of it's own - but that's fine I can live with that! 

Hope you have a beautiful and blessed day ahead.

Friday, 4 December 2015


Good morning, well we are now into December and on the home straight when it comes to Rocking posts for 2015! 

Last Friday I met up with a friend and we had a coffee, we were actually talking business not pleasure as it were, but I was delighted to discover that McD's had done a Christmas cup! 

We went to our local heritage Centre on the Friday evening, unfortunately it was a really wet evening, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.  Initially I thought this was their 'Christmas Tree' 

However when the lights were switched on we discovered it was actually this and you can see from the expressions that they weren't quite as impressed by all these festivities as they should have been! 

Saturday morning me and hubby were naughty and shared some pancakes (said 15 year old declined the offer - go figure).

On Saturday they set too decorating the house, starting with the stairs,  needless to say they were still misbehaving! 

By the time we had done on Saturday though, I had a lovely view from the sofa of the space saving tree. 

A close up on the stairs, will find them 'Alice' themed. 

But my favourite tree in the house this year by far is said 15 year olds!  Colour co-ordinated orange, teal and lime green baubles - means it looks beautiful! 

Close up with a few few fun filters, script and border. 

First Christmas card at work 

And hubby bought me some roses midweek when I was having a bit of a tough time of it, I've since cut them down and they fit much better now! 

Starting my Journal Your Christmas, I wish it was this pretty in person but I've put a snowdrop overlay on the photo when playing with my photo app! 

Unfortunately the early start to the journal didn't quite pan out last night but I shall hopefully resolve over the weekend. 

I hope you've had a beautiful and blessed week, if you fancy joining in, pop back link up and leave a comment and I shall come and visit, it is such a blessing to be able to share the positive moments from other people's lives! 

Have a great week