Monday, 31 October 2011

Meet Me On Halloween!

Happy Monday and Happy Halloween! Hope you have been having a Spook-tacular time? We have really been getting into the spirit of things here at Jumbleberries HQ (did you see what I did there?) ....

This week I am:
Making: Halloween decorations with my two little monsters

 Halloween Papercraft Bunting (by me)

 A Pumpkin Decoration (by Princess)

Partying with: My beautiful extended family. I'm very lucky that we all like hanging out together. 
Listening & dancing to: The Monster Mash. We had a mini disco in the kitchen.
Cooking: Halloween Stew (also known as a very spicy Chilli and Rice). That should keep the vampires away.  
Wearing: a Witches hat and cape and black & purple stripped tights (which I love so much I might wear them on the school run tomorrow).
Loving: Harry McFly Judd. Did you see him as the Prince of Darkness on Strictly on Saturday night? How cool is that boy?

So what have you been up to and what do you have planned for the week ahead?

Wishing you few tricks but many, many treats. xx

Monday, 24 October 2011

Meet Me on Monday - 12

Happy Monday Everyone!

Can you believe it is that time of the week again already? So how was your weekend? What did you get up to? What have you got planned for the week ahead?

Me? Well, this week I'm:

Watching: Strictly Come Dancing. Totally gutted that Rory is out and completely bewildered that Nancy is still in! I can only assume that everyone loves Anton??
Listening to: Caro Emerald - did you see her perform on Strictly last night. A-maz-ing, as Craig would say.
Loving: The news that Paloma Faith has launched a range of 40's inspired undies for La Senza. Too cute.
Learning: Whether as a red head I can carry off red lips and nails (this is my attempt at vintage glamour). Will decide whether I like it or not before I share ;).
Wearing: My new peacock ring. The girls and I are hitting the town for a few glasses of pop later in the week, so I treated myself to a new little item to wear.
Drinking: Lashings of (grown-up) Ginger Beer - well it seems like a good Autumn drink.
Making: Some Halloween inspired decorations ready for our family party at the weekend. Will show and tell once they are all finished.
Cooking: Slug Sausages in Slime, Mouldy Mash and Rotten Baked Beans, followed by Bugs in Jelly! It is what the kids have asked for..... 

So what's influencing you this week? Do share, I love to read what everyone is up to.

Have fun. xx

Friday, 21 October 2011

Favourite Thing On Friday - Autumn

Well it's that time of the week again when the lovely (and very funny) Emma over at Mimi & Tilly asks what's been our favourite thing this week.

Well it might be a little obvious, but for me this week I am totally loving Autumn. This has always been my favourite time of the year, but this year (perhaps due to the good weather we have been having) everything seems just that little bit more beautiful. The colours of the trees seems that little bit more vivid. The new emerging forms of the leafless branches seem just a little bit more striking. And the crunch of the fallen leaves underfoot seem just a little bit more, well, crunchy - don't you agree? Loads of inspiration for crafty projects I think.

And the kids have been having a great time too. We've all spent as much time as we could enjoying 'outside' this week either at the farm or the park (although to be fair it has been a tad cold!). And the fact that it hasn't actually rained this half term is a bonus. Plus they have never collected as many conkers, acorns and other interesting autumnal bits & bobs.  And Halloween is just around the corner, well, it's just toooo exciting for words!

So in celebration of all things Autumnal, here is a selection of some of my favourite Autumn themed items found on Folksy this week:

Autumn Felted Bowl by That Fuzzy Feeling

 Autumn Screen Print by Red Berry Hill

Celtic Autumn Necklace by AMITOLA JEWELLERY

Autumn Flower Corsage by Belle & the Bean

Autumn Leaf Coasters by by sally

So what has been your favourite thing this week?

Have fun. xx

Monday, 17 October 2011

Meet Me On Monday - 11

Happy Monday!

Wow, I've just realised that Monday is nearly over and I'm only just posting my MMOM update, really sorry about that.

It's been the first day of the Autumn half term holidays today and the kids and I have had a p-j day (although I did insist we all got dressed when we went to the supermarket!).  I guess that should have meant that I've had lots of time for blogging, but somehow the day has just got away from me a bit. However, I intend to be a bit more disciplined with the rest of the week.

This week I'm

Wearing: my new pin that I picked up at our weekly Antiques Market. It's a brooch, made from felt, from the 30s - it had my name written all over it.

Making: a new tunic mini dress, using this lovely Amy Butler pattern bought at CallyCo in Cambridge yesterday.  Off to buy the material tomorrow - very excited!

Visiting: Cambridge on a perfect Autumn afternoon, for a play in the park.

Eating: Seafood Linguine at Carluccio's
Listening to: Magic Numbers. Oh how I wish I could sing like that ....
Cooking: French Toast - the perfect p-j day breakfast!
Watching: Scooby Doo - those pesky kids
Loving: Spirograph (yes, Spirograph, remember that?) I picked it up for 20p at an Autumn Fair I went to on Saturday afternoon. I had totally forgotten how addictive it is - love it!

So how was your weekend? What do you have planned for the week ahead? What is influencing you at the moment? Do join in - the more the merrier!

Have fun. xx

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Autumn Colour & What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

I've felt like I've had a black cloud following me around for the last week for one reason or another, so I have spent Monday and Tuesday of this week trying to be good to myself:

I've spent some time reading

I've spent some time writing

I've spent some time baking (and of course eating) some very yummy chocolate brownies

and after that I started to feel the cloud lift and the Autumn colour shine through and I was ready to start making again.  This included:

an Autumn Leaves Brooch (above)
and this little Apple Brooch

So today - now that I have my creative head back on - I'm going to make a start on some of my handmade Christmas pressies.  On the agenda for this morning are a couple of crayon rolls and 4 bags using some (recently purchased) denim (oh yeah, I spent some time doing some retail therapy too) and some pretty and funky tea-towels.  

What's on your work-desk this morning? In need of inspiration? Take a peek at the list of talented peeps organised by Stamping Ground. Be warned though, visiting all those wonderful blogs is terribly addictive!

Have fun. xx

Monday, 10 October 2011

Meet Me On Monday - 10


How are you?  How was your weekend?

I've been feeling a bit like Perkin Flump stuck under that cloud for the few days and this coupled with the fact that our crafting group had to be cancelled at the last minute on Saturday has meant (I am sorry to say) that there has been a real lack of creativity happening around these parts of late.

However, I am determined to relocate my mojo and have started by baking myself a batch of chocolate brownies this morning (they are baking in the oven as I type) coz I don't know about you but for me life always seems a little sweeter after consuming vast amount of cake!

This week I am also:
Purchasing:  This green glass dressing table box. I've had my eye on it for the last 3 months and this week the dealer finally gave into my offer. I'm rather pleased with myself.

Cooking: comfort food. Loaded Macaroni Cheese. I am now the size of a small house, but feel slightly less sorry for myself. 
Wearing: My knee high boots. Read an article in the fashion pages of the weekend glossy that they are very on trend this season - get me! 
Watching: The kids perform in their Harvest Assembly - I'm one proud mama. 
Reading: Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson. I'm reading it for book club and have only just started, but it is really good - have you read it? 
Visiting: A Most Marvellous Place to Shop tomorrow with mum as recommended by the lovely Quirky Boots. I'll let you know if I come back with any goodies. 
Loving: This wonderful necklace, given to me by my Grandmother (she was having a de-clutter). Not sure how old it is but it looks a bit Art Deco to me. Need a LBD and somewhere fancy to go now, so that I can show it off.

Eating: Cake, cake and more cake. 
Drinking: Tea, tea and more tea.
Writing: Lists. I know that this isn't actually the same as doing, but I'm hoping that it will give me some focus for when I finally manage to coax myself into some sort of action!
Remembering: To look at the sky every now and again, coz there is always a different perspective.

Gosh, I'm feeling better already.

So, what about you - what is influencing you this week, where are you taking inspiration from?  Add yourself to the link below and I'll be sure to pop by to say hi.

Have fun. xx

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Loads ....

I've mentioned lots of projects on my making list on my Meet Me On Monday posts, but have been rubbish about actually finishing any of them off. So today is the day.  Hopefully I'll be back later to show you:

- a surprise pressie for an 8 year old (it was his party yesterday but I didn't manage to get it finished in time!)
- an autumn leaves brooch (this one has been knocking around for a couple of weeks now, if I don't get it finished it'll be Christmas)
- an art deco inspired project (have I mentioned that I love art deco?)
- and a couple of secret projects, which I hope to share with you later in the week

So that should be enough to keep me out of trouble for the day.  First though I'm off to take a peek at the workdesks of all the other talented followers of the lovely Stamping Ground.

Whats on your workdesk this Wednesday morning?

Have fun. xx

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Meet Me On Monday - 9

Morning - how are you doing today? How was your weekend - good I hope. The weather here has been amazing, soooo lovely, that we've all had a really chilled out weekend. Not a lot of crafting going on I have to admit, but plenty of eating, drinking and sitting in the sunshine, so all is good.

This week I'm
Making: a pressie for a special 8 year old - can't tell you more until we have attended the party, tee hee. 
Wearing: my bunting necklace and receiving lots of compliments, so very chuffed with myself

Listening to: the Noisettes - you can't beat a bit of funky disco on a sunny afternoon 
Watching: Star Trek (I'm a secret sci-fi fan, but that is another story!!) 
Meeting: my besties for a mojito-fizz, or two - lots of giggling, singing and dancing was had! 
Visiting: the Kibworth Vintage and Handmade Fair, it was really good.  They have another one coming up at the beginning of December, will definitely be back to pick up some more goodies. 
Eating: BBQ'd Sweet Chilli Mackerel, made by Mr A - delicious 
Loving: walking the dog on a sunny autumn afternoon
Remembering: that Christmas is not that far off so I had better crack on with my homemade gifts

What are you up to this week?

Have fun xx

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