Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year

Wishing all of my friends on Docrafts a very healthy, happy new year filled with fun, laughter and STASH!!!
I intend to be nicer to me throughout the coming year, spend more time doing things I'd like to do and generally having fun.
I'm waiting patiently for my sizzix order to arrive, hopefully it'll be here before I have to go back to work on Monday.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 27 December 2009

George's Christmas Trifle!!!!

Here is a lovely picture of the trifle George made for dessert tonight.
He had a little help from grandad to put the creamy topping on then decorated it all himself.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday 27th December 2009

Well Christmas has been and gone and the house is a mess. Tomorrow I'm thinking of taking the tree down as it takes up too much space and with all the new toys there's not a lot of room to move.

I've tried all day to spend loads of cash in the sizzix sale but can't seem to get past the first page! For some reason my husband seems pretty pleased about it, I can't for the life of me understand why.
I've spent over an hour making this look a bit more normal, I've taken off the Christmas countdown, changed my visitor counter and my clock but I'm still not too happy with it.
I've visited about 10 different sites for backgrounds and can't find any I like :(

Thank you for stopping by

Friday, 18 December 2009

Friday 18th December 2009

Finally the holidays are here, it has been a very tough 3 days!
I still have loads to do to get organised, like trying on the dress I bought tonight for OH's Christmas 'do' tomorrow night - it clashes with Strictly and I'm not pleased.
Still, a few days to chill or if the football is still on on Sunday to FREEZE and I'll be sorted.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Wednesday 16th December 2009

Only 2 more days at work then I'm off until the 4th January :)
It was a little bit hectic today as we're trying to make winter wonderland gardens all 22 children at once and just me!
Tomorrow we have the final run through for our candlelit carol service on Friday and I'm still trying to put the programme together for it.

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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Saturday 12th December 2009

The boys' accounts are sorted. Mind you it took over an hour for them to do all of the paperwork.
We just had to pop into 'Greggs' for a sausage roll afterwards :)
The boys are having a nap  and then it'll be time to tackle the tree.
I looked everywhere for a new star to go on the top but I can't find one anywhere - ah well the old one will just have to be tied on again this year and hope it'll last another Christmas.
Time for a quick snuggle under the fleece until the boys wake up
Thank you for stopping by xxxx 

Friday, 11 December 2009

Friday 11th December 2009

A blog award for Gina

Hello Gina please let me be the first to present you with a blog award.
Well done for accepting your challenge and for completing it so quickly. Sorry I wasn't that much help :)
To collect your award simply copy and save onto your computer the add to your blog in a posting.
You must list 5 reasons why you think you will be a fantastic blogger next year and pass onto 5 friends.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Tuesday 8th December 2009

Another mad day at work, the children are really excited already, we've had Christmas Lunch this week spread over 2 days to make it a little easier on the catering staff.
Tomorrow we're supposed to be finishing our boxes for our sweet that we have designed in PPA time oh and making the sweets too!!!
Not sure it's a good idea, 25 children and a large bowl of melted chocolate - but I'm sure they'll love making a mess although I'm not sure if the cleaners will be too pleased.

Thanks for stopping by xxx

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Sunday 6th December 2009

Hi again, blimey 2 posts in one day. That has to be a record I think.
Maria I loved the countdown that I saw on your site so much that I pinched it from you, hope you don't mind too much :)
I've managed to craft a little and to prepare loads of stuff for work today, all in all a good day.
Thanks for stopping by xx

Sunday 6th December 2009

Oh My!  Look at me posting 2 days in a row!
Today is football day and as usual H's team were fab.
Another match and another win, we stood in the pouring rain and freezing cold to watch them win 10-0.
I've never seen H playing in attack as he's usually either in defence on in goal but today he was all over the pitch.
His tackles were spot on and he almost scored his first goal!
If you'd like to look at their season so far please feel free to click on this link to the team website You will need to click on the mini soccer link and then on the unders 8's link.
Hopefully when I've finished preparing memory card activities for work I'll be able to get a little crafting done today.
Thanks for stopping by xxx

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Saturday 5th December 2009

OMG! how difficult can it be to open 3 savings accounts?
Well I'll tell you it is almost impossible, we took the 3 boys into town do this as it is part of their Chrimbo pressie and they're excited at saving up for their own cars (a way to go yet I know) but we thought we'd give it a go.
Abbey - sorry no appointments today, you can wait for half an hour and see. To which we replied can we book a slot and come back in half an hour?
No, we can photo copy the paperwork and you can come back another day....

Halifax - we have no-one to serve today but you can ring and begin the process and we can finish off after the account is open, ok we'll give it a go we said.
25 minutes later and we were getting nowhere fast. Knew it would be a disaster when the blokey on the end of the phone said "Where is the person registered for voting?" We explained yet again that H is only 7.
We gave up after another 15 minutes and went across the road.
The Brittania had a lovely lady who said I can photocopy the birth certificates and begin the process now and if you take the forms home and complete them and bring them back in the week we'll finish the paperwork and give you the pass books there and then.
So we had 3 forms ready to fill in and 6 very exhausted and annoyed people who came home and crashed until 4:30 pm.

Oh the joys of getting ready for Christmas - the boys wanted to put the tree up today that'll have to wait until Wednesday evening now.

Thanks for stopping by have a lovely day xx

Thursday, 3 December 2009

My Blog Award

Thank you Maria for my blog award,  I promise I will try to be a better blogger (well I'll try).
Ok my 5 people who I'm sending to are:

Hannah (my daughter - hers makes me laugh out loud at times!)

I'm going to owe 2 because I started this and don't have many blogs on my list, I'm waiting for Gina to get going on hers.
Her New Years Resolution is to have a blog by the end of January 2010 !!!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

A new award for Sue Bubbles

Sue your blog makes me smile every time I visit, please accept this award on behalf of all docrafters who love a giggle xxxxx
All you have to do to accept the award is to copy and paste it onto your blog and pass it on to 5 bloggers who make you smile :)

Sunday 29th November 2009

Well I haven't done a very good job of working on this blog have I?
There are never enough hours in the day to do what I want to or need to just lately, next weekend my grandsons will be decorating the tree. We're going to spend this afternoon making some new decorations for them to put on it.
All I've managed to do today is wash some bedding and put the meat on to cook..... ah well there's always tomorrow.
I think that'll be my new motto for next year.
Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day xx

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Sunday 11th October 2009

Where has the time gone? I don't feel as though my feet have touched the ground recently.
Work is very busy and I'm so tired all the time. I have had some blood tests done to see if there is a medical cause or if it's just because I'm old and cranky!!!
We went to watch H play football today and they won 6-3 a much better result than last week when they got beat.
It's lovely and bright outside but I just have no energy today to go and do anything.
I might try to craft in a while if I can stay awake.

Oh and Susie I haven't forgotten to send a prize for my quiz I've just not had time to get organised......SORRY xxx

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Sunday 27th September 2009

Another win at football for my big grandson's team, today was a  hard fought match but the boys played well together.
My darling was defense for 1st half and in goal for the 2nd. He let in a penalty but almost saved it, he had his hand on the ball but it just rolled over the top of the other hand bless him.
The middle one starts football training next weekend in the under 6's - he's such a tiny scrap but really fast on his feet. His first whole week of school has knocked him out poor mite.
Meanwhile the littly has had 2 days in Nursery and goes back for 2 more this week before starting all morning every day the week after, he's grumpy cos he can't go in sooner.
No crafting for me again, too busy trying to save mod roc masks that the children in my enrichment afternoon have been trying to make. Oh and making named leaves for the reading tree.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Thursday 24th September 2009

Well another week is almost over!
Since I've last had time to blog we've had Hubby's, Daughter's and middle Grandson's birthdays. We went to Legoland to celebrate them and I got a very wet bottom!
I've had a bout of vertigo, I really hate the spinning rooms but it has almost gone again thankfully.
Work is really busy and by the time I get home, get sorted and relaxed I'm too tired to craft :( Still it's not that long until my next crafting leave :)

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Sunday 13th September 2009

Today was my eldest grandson's first match of the season.
And what a match it was, they won 11 - 0.
Last year started well for them but they all got hit by the flu bug one after the other, and they only had enough players to just make a team each week.
The poor little lambs lost so many games and got so disheartened it was heartbreaking to watch them each week, but then they won a game and it was fantastic to see their spirits rise.
Today they charged onto the field and owned it for the whole game. My Harry was in defence for the 1st half and in goal for the 2nd - not that he had much to do!
The goalie on the other team did a great job though, as the boys were all over him, he barely had time to get back to his feet before they were at the goalmouth again.
Hopefully they'll win loads of games again this season, and on the thought my middle grandson Reece wants to join the under 6's he's such a tiny scrap but so fast on his feet.
That just leaves George and we'll need something for him to do, he's only 3 and thinks he can do everything the other 2 do.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Friday 11th September 2009

Another week has just whizzed by and not a sniff of crafting has happened here.
I'm so tired at the end of each day, all I can manage to do is snooze all evening.
I suppose it'll be ok in a few weeks when I get used to all the new things but before we know it Christmas will have been and gone and we'll all be trying to lose weight for the summer holidays!

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing xxxx

Friday, 4 September 2009

Friday 4th September 2009

Oh my what a week!
I feel as though it's half way through the term already and the children have only been back for 2 days!
The first 2 days were spent putting furniture back into newly painted rooms, then we sorted out the other classrooms and made displays.
For the past 2 days I've been trying to do assessments on children ready to start their individual interventions - I need to organise my resources (another job to tackle this weekend)
I really don't know where the time has gone this week. Still my OH, DS and 2 GS's have gone camping for their final road trip of the year, it'll soon be too cold to go again.
I'm going to be sorting out my work over the weenend and hopefully getting some crafting done too.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Crafting xxx

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Tuesday 1st September 2009

Firstly I'd like to apologise to Maria for confusing her with the date of yesterday's posting, I have amended it now Maria xxx

Well today was just so exciting, we went back to work and updated the aims, values etc of the school as we are required to do annually.
Then it was time to sort out the classrooms, finish (or in my case start displays) and stick on book labels etc.
I really could do with a few more days holiday as I  don't feel that I've managed to do everything that I wanted to.
Still there's only 5 weeks and we'll have a week off :) I can craft all day every day again.
I spent most of yesterday either napping or making birthday cards for family birthday's this month.
Back to work means early night so I'd better get on and finish the work I've brought home, I need it to finish the displays tomorrow.

Happy crafting xxxx

Monday, 31 August 2009

Monday 31st August 2009

Where has the year gone?
It won't be long until Christmas, this year has just flown by especially this past weekend.
On Friday the boys arrived for the weekend, we went to the dog racing at the local stadium, all 3 boys love to go and George the youngest is so funny as he cheers them on.
On Saturday we went to KidsAbout - one of those indoor play parks, the drinks bill for 2 coffees, 1 jug of juice, 3 mini packs of biscuits and 2 slices of shortbread was more than the entry fee. You have to pay, they don't allow you to take in your own food!
After that we went to the outlet village where they had an F1 simulator with a time set by Jenson Button for people to compete against. They also had the 2008 Ferrari that Raikkonen drove. I have 3 lovely pictures of my little men all taken sat inside of the car.
Yesterday we braved the weather and went to the beach at Weston-Super-Mud, they had sand sculptures there and a Burger King made of sand which was selling ice-cream so we all had one. There was also a 'car meet' which the boys - big and small found really interesting, I was just a tad bored, ok I was really bored!
I'm just about to look for inspiration to make birthday cards for my OH, DD and middle GS.
Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting everyone xxxx

Friday, 28 August 2009

Friday 28th August 2009

My new desk is in place, piled high at the moment with craft stuff and things that I need to find a new home for!
When it's clear I'll take some pictures and try to put them on here.
To make room for the desk I've had to dismantle the 3 drawer unit that held my important paperwork and the boys' books, so it's off to buy some underbed storage drawers to put the books etc in soon - OH will be so pleased!
It's fairly overcast and cool here today which means I can shift the furniture around without getting all hot and bothered.

Have a lovely day everyone xxx

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Thursday 27th August 2009

Today, after finishing the dreaded housework I am going to measure up the space for my craft desk.
My husband and son came up with the idea of putting a large desk next to my computer area so that I can set up a craft area where I can leave things out to dry or to continue working on them at a later date/time.
Currently I use my dining table but when we all want to sit down together for a family meal it means I have to move all of my craft things.
My little grandsons have gone home today but they are back tomorrow evening for a long weekend, hopefully if the weather stays dry we'll be able to go to the beach one day. They had such a lovely time on holiday and George keeps asking when we can go back again bless him.
Have a good day everyone xxxx

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

25 Things about Me

Have a go at this:

1. Name: Donna
2. What are you most afraid of? SPIDERS
3. What do you drive? I can’t drive
4. Have you ever seen a ghost? Yes
5. Where were you born? Kingshill Maternity Home
6. Ever been to Alaska? No
7. Croutons or Bacon bits? Croutons
8. Favourite day of the week: Sunday
9. Favourite restaurant: Fabios
10. Favourite Flower: Yellow roses
11. Favourite sport to watch: Formula One
12. Favourite Drink: Tea
13. Favourite Ice cream: Chocolate
14. Disney or Warner Brothers: Disney
15. Favourite fast food restaurant: KFC
16. What colour is your bedroom carpet? Berry Wine
17. How many times you failed your driver's test? Never taken a test
18. What do you do most often when you are bored? I talk to my Docrafts buddies
19. Bedtime: Early during term time
20. Favourite TV show: Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, House
21. What are you listening to right now? The tv in the background
22. What are your favourite colour? Black
23. How many tattoos do you have? None
24. Do you have any pets? Not anymore
25. If you could own any animal what would it be? – A black Panther

Valerie's Award

Valerie's Award
Conditions of this award:
1. You have to put it onto your blog.
2. You have to continue to make us smile.
3. You have to pass it on to 5 friends and notify them.
4. You have to say who awarded it to you.
5. You have to list 5 things we didn't know about you.

Thank you again for your award xxxx

Awards for my blog

Thank you Valerie for my awards, the first one is the Honest Scrap Award.
Valerie's blog can be accessed by the link below.
Ten honest things about me are as follows:
1. I am terrified of spiders.
2. I love chocolate.
3. I can sit and watch motor sport all day.
4. I have recently completed a diploma.
5. I am a nanny to 3 lovely grandsons.
6. I have more confidence in my crafting abilities.
7. I hate having my picture taken.
8. My family are the most important thing to me.
9. I cannot drive.
10. My favourite flower is a yellow rose.
My seven fellow bloggers who I am giving this award to are as follows:
I am looking for a special award to say thank you to Valerie for my awards
Thank you once again Valerie, to look at Val's fabulous blog please click on this link,
I am addicted to the following things:
1. Crafting.
2. Chocolate.
3. Motorsport.
4. My family
5. A tidy bathroom!
I am giving this award to:

Wednesday 26th August 2009

What have I done today?
Well I went into school for a few hours to help a teacher friend sort out her classroom, I didn't get as much done in that time as I had hoped to.
I came home, had lunch and then went to buy some more paper to re-do 2 pages in my son's scrapbook - the red is almost the same and by the time all the pics etc are on there it shouldn't notice.
It's very wet, chilly and grey here today but at least it is cooler.

I'm glad to see my list of 100 thing to do is popular I think I'll find another list for us :)

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Tuesday 25thAugust 2009

I can't believe it, my summer holiday is almost over!
I still haven't done everything I want to do, although, today I have tackled the pig-pen and the pig-sty otherwise known as the bathroom and my bedroom.
The only trouble with long holidays is that I get so into my crafting the dreaded housework gets done as and when it needs it, and "what's wrong with that?" I hear my Docraft buddies say.
It's just that I look at the rooms and think that I really ought to clear up and then another crafty idea pops into my head and I just have to start on that, personally I blame the following people for my lack of housework.
They are:
Gina - she makes us do lots of crafting and very little else!
Sue-Bubbles - she makes us spend our last penny on goodies we simply MUST have.
Maria - she encourages Gina.
Valerie - who makes such fabulous things we just HAVE to keep crafting to try to keep up with her.

Monday, 24 August 2009

I 'stole' this idea from my daughter's blog

Highlight the ones you've done

Thought I'd have a go at doing this!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Been lost for words when answering a child's question
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a soppy girly film and cried all the way through
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Made snow angels
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Been on the television
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Monday 24th August 2009

Well I finally have a blog of sorts, I've asked my daughter for help adding a few things.

My intentions on this blog are to update it regularly, whether anyone reads it or not.
Who knows maybe I'll find out that I really can get to grips with technology!

Today has been fairly busy, 2 of my 3 adorable grandsons (Harry and George) stayed overnight, the other one Reece had to visit the dentist today.
He has a special treat lined up for later, his favourite meal and a treat for being brave.