Friday, 31 December 2010

Goodbye 2010

Well another year is over and I must say that one went fast! I am not going to bother examining the year that has gone because I never do that(I am going to try harder at keeping a photo diary of the year though in 2011).

My highlight was definitely getting married and going into 2011 with a healthy family and a wonderful husband is all I need.

What I need tonight though is something to help me see in the new year as I will be all alone :( hubby is working and I am left to fend for myself...Oh dear! 

Here are my companions for the evening...


But of course friends are always better when they all mix together and get along...

ice...pour all your favourite friends over

Taste test

hmmmm yummy yep, yep!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Hope your 2011 is AWESOME filled with love, friendship, happiness and good health :)

Big HUGS 
Emma xxx

Monday, 27 December 2010

December Delights

December, a month filled with such an array of emotions, activities, pressures, memories and much more than I could ever describe on a simple blog. For our family December is the month of celebration, with many, many Birthdays and one most important one it is a month that could never pass without Joy, Fun, Laughter, Tears, headaches and seriously empty purses! Now that Christmas day has passed I intend to relax for the next few weeks, take in all that has gone on, enjoy the last few days of the ending year and look forward to the coming one. Before I do though I would like to share with you all a little of Our December Delights :)

December gifts



December Birthdays and Parties :)



Christmas Day Tearing



Trying to get that perfect pic



So from all of us here in the Land of Emma we hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and have the most amazing New Year xxx

x

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Well I have been so busy like so many of you, only now have I forced myself to sit and say a quick hello and wish you all a VERY

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I hope all my wonderful bloggy friends have a fabulous Christmas and I will be back to share soon, once all the wonderful delights are through.

Big hugs and loves
Emma, Dai and the Bugs :)

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Now if Only I Could Slow Down Time!!!

Yes that's right, I would like to slow down time for the next week, I am still a little overwhelmed at the amount of projects I still have to complete before I can devote all my time to Christmas and MY BIRTHDAY! Yes that's right it is my Birthday on Saturday and I am very excited as I am having a party :) It will have a Christmas theme, so I really want to have to time to get all my decorations up!!! So please Father Time can't you just take a long nap and add a few hours to each day???

Anyway enough of me moaning about what has not yet been achieved and concentrate on lots of lovely goings on this week...Firstly I LOVE a bug who enjoys their grub, especially when they are so cute in the process...

Last week I had a craving for American style pancakes and was not satisfied until we had all indulged...

MMMMMMMM Lovely syrups...

Middle bug likes his pancakes with lemon and sugar 

 Biggest Bug likes his with Sticky, sweet golden syrup!


Me? Well I LOVE a huge pile of maple syrup covered lovelies nom, nom, nom!


So that was random I know, I mean really? sharing my craving for pancakes and taking pics hehe! This blogging world is a little crazy if you ask me.

So littlest bug has been very entertaining lately and one little thing he is doing is hiding...EVERYWHERE!


This is a little cabinet I rescued from my friends trip to the tip. It needs a little love which I really wish I had time for but don't just yet. Ahhhh the time thing again you see!


And a little crochet...not for me but my first matinee jacket made just in time for a lovely little girl.


I am currently sat here crocheting snowflakes because a lady wanted 10 strings of 5!!! That is 50 snowflakes, I can tell you now I cannot wait for them to be finished and I will never again make snowflakes for anyone other than myself!!!

Can't wait to get my decorations up, I am going to spend all night completing orders for the next few days so I can prettify my home and share with you all, but until then  I will just enjoy all your lovely posts and gorgeousness xxx

Thursday, 9 December 2010

My Knit and Natter

My Knit and Natter is full of wonderful women who are always laughing, sharing and helping. No-one is ever left to struggle on their own. The group started a few months  ago and has got more and more popular as the months go on, and we are really hoping it continues.
I have been telling them about my blog and about all the wonderful bloggy friends I have made and they were all very keen to be mentioned lol. So here is a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of the wonderful ladies who attend the Kiosk Knit and Natter :)
Jackie
Julie
Flo
Clara
Lina
Jules
Tracey 1
Tracey 2
Annamarie
Angelina
Terry
Karen
and any who have momentarily slipped my mind lol!

Also a BIG SHOUT OUT to my wonderful new volunteer Amii, A wonderful, welcome addition to the madness...she fits right in with the crazies ;)

One All Time Fave...

I have for many years(since I can remember really) been a HUGE fan of the Muppets! I collected ALL the Muppet films on video. I have replaced nearly all my hundreds of videos with DVD's over the years. This year I remembered that a particular Muppets film is not on DVD yet, so click, clickity, click I go on amazon for 
A Muppets Family Christmas



I LOVE this film
Imagine my shock when I saw that it cost £33.99 and on Play.com someone wants over £100 for Region 1!
I think I am going to look after the VHS copy I have for now!
Here is a little snippet for those who have no clue what I am on about ;)




Saturday, 4 December 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen
Wie oft hat nicht zur weihnachtszeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!


O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
What happiness befalls me when oft
at joyous Christmas time
Your form inspires my song and rhyme.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
What happiness befalls me
I LOVE Christmas like most of us, I love the lights, the food, the fabulous feeling that surrounds us when we snuggle up in the warmth when howling winds beat at the windows threatening with their piercing drone. I love hot chocolates, fluffy slippers, mistletoe fragrance filling my home welcoming me in with its friends cinnamon and oranges.
I love the anticipation, the excitement, the smiles on all the childrens face as they wait for 'Him' to arrive. I love the reflection of glorious sparkles of light bouncing off the windows of the coffee shop. Sitting in said coffee shop watching all the shoppers busily wishing they had done more online in advance but are braving the winds and chill for that special 'something' or the latest 'must have'!
But above and beyond I love my Christmas Tree. My Christmas tree reminds me of everything Christmas represents in our home, Love, Family, Generosity, Peace, Beauty, Peace, Sparkle and Joy. Putting up the tree means we have started our little annual Christmas adventure.
When I was a child we had so very, very little especially at Christmas, in fact Christmases were usually so dismal in our home that I can never understand why I have grown up loving it so, so much. One of the things that I will never forget was our Christmas tree for several years. It was like something off a comedy film. It was so skinny, so bare so awful that I swore when I had my own home and children we would have a beautiful, large and overflowing Christmas tree.
I love decorating the tree too, I have spent many years buying bits and bobs, collecting all the childrens little makes and this year after getting my crafty act together I look forward to adding my own little touch. Don't you just love adding all the little beauties to the green branches.

The ones that...
... don't really match but you just have to have...

...are a bit ??? Why ??? but you smile and hang...

...your Grandma gave you...

...no one could resist...

...make your heart skip every year...

...fill the spaces...

...the kids didn't follow the instructions properly...

...for them...

...for you...

...For all...

Friday, 3 December 2010

Before I relax...

I thought I would share with you a little something I put together today. The first part baking was done whilst I was in work, I planned on doing the whole thing there but I plan a lot of things!!! I really didn't have a lot of time to put his cake together and there were moments last night and this morning that this cake looked very doubtful. As you all know it was my Sons birthday t'other day and he had a cake, well 2 actually but his little get together with friends is tomorrow and he said he wanted his main cake for then. He asked for a minion from Despicable Me(I haven't seen this film but they have), so with a little time on google I came up with this...




 So what do you think? I wish I had more time but it has been one of those evenings that you really want to forget. I am pleased with him though all things considered. I hope my biggest bug loves him.

It is day 3 of the advent swap, I really didn't manage to grab 2 mins to take a pic of yesterdays parcel and as soon as I opened it, it was in my bag. A crocheted lip balm holder on a keyring!!! With a chapstick, cross stitched tissue case with tissues and lipstick holder. I LOVE them. Here is todays parcel...Well you can imagine my reaction...


This little lass will be sitting on my cabinet with all the rest of my cherished bears. Thank you Tina x

So after a busy as usual day/week I am pleased to say my lovely parcel arrived from Amazon and this means it is looking to be a very relaxing weekend, so I am off to start it. 
Big Hugs
Emma xxx


Thursday, 2 December 2010

The 1st x

The 1st of December is probably the busiest day in our year. It is certainly one of the most important days in our year and one the whole family looks forward too(even if I am truly, deeply honest one I get the biggest headaches on and sometimes sulk about by 12am on the 2nd!).

The 1st is the start of December for all of us, it is the start of the huge countdown to Christmas, the day we all think Arghhhh!!! Where is the time going? Why do I leave it this late every year? and have I got the advent calenders...where are they? No? Oh well that must just be me!

But the first holds special importance in our home as it is my Biggest bugs Birthday. My first born was born on the first of December. He is growing so fast. My Jacob is a wonderful, pleasant, kind, caring child. Who never really asks for anything and is happy as long as the people around him are happy(most of the time anyway!)
So happy Birthday Jake 9 years old xxx...


 this is Jacobs 2nd cake today as he took one to school, he will have another on Saturday for his Birthday treat bowling...kids today!


The first is the start of the busiest month of the year. In 16 days time it will be my youngest bugs Birthday, in 17 days time it will be my own big day and in 24 days time it will be the celebration of Jesus Christ...packed few weeks or what?
It is the day this year that I get to open my first package from the advent swap. I swapped with Tina and if this first gift is anything to go by I am kicking myself for what I sent. Tina I thought it was suppose to be one little pressie a day...

This is like 6 presents in 1!!! I love the little home made note cards and I really LOVE the crochet bookmark. Thank you so much Tina xxx
Oh and I think I will be sending something extra in the New Year!!! I am not liking the way this is going ;)

It is also the day we put up our Christmas tree(I was tempted to say decorations but that would be a lie as I never get further than the tree!!!)
It has become a family tradition that we do this and I have to say I kick myself every year. I am thinking that 30th November may have been a better choice and maybe next year I will change it(but as that will take a little organising it is doubtful!) I am too tired tonight to fight with the stupid camera that is refusing to take any decent pictures of my labour of love(you see how this has gone from we to I??? From Ours to my?) Plus I think such labour deserves it's own little blog to really appreciate the effort and time ;) But I will leave you with a little taster of what's to come



Big Hugs
Emma xxx

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Feeling Better

So sorry about the last post, THANK YOU for all your messages of support they really did perk me up and bring me back to my 'normal' self much quicker.
So Saturday was meant to be spent shopping for my biggest's boys Birthday but instead my Pops came over with his brood to save the day. He was fab, he brought bread, milk, potatoes, sausages and cake! He also bought drills and things but they were of no interest to me once I saw cake AND custard ;)
I am so, so happy to report that him and my husband managed to get the door fixed by taking apart a door we don't use, I can tell you I released a huge sigh of relief!
My husband seeing that I was having a bit of a crappy time lately took me out Saturday night. Oh it was wonderful, truly wonderful. Dinner out(some cute pictures taken on phone but will not load to computer) then to a bar for a couple of drinks before seeing the late showing of Harry Potter :) we haven't had a proper date night like that in years, what a fab time. It really cheered me up.

I have also been keeping busy this weekend and got some orders complete


and whilst I made these(and another Elmo hat, and scarves but don't want to repeat myself )
Hubby did this

I am getting excited that there are now 85 followers on my facebook page, 15 more and the give-away will begin. I have started working on the prize so hopefully will be posting pics of a finished item this week.

I have been happily looking at your lovely posts of late and some of you have completed some absolutely stunning items. I must admit I am feeling a little jealous of all those stunning blankets that are going to keep you warm in this bitter cold weather. I think that I am going to use this feeling and turn it into motivation to get my Autumn blanket finished. I have to learn to say no when people ask me to make things and actually make something for me hehe!

I am currently sat here watching yet another Christmas film...

Kids are in Bed but I love them and can't get enough of them. We went through the DVD collection today and I was shocked at how many of our Christmas films have 'disappeared' this year and some that we didn't have, so a trip to amazon was in order. Some of the films we ordered were...


I am looking forward to this delivery I can tell you! 

Right now to sit down and enjoy something like this...
(this is the second CK strawberry mug of mine as t'other one got broken)

...and carry on crocheting until another item is finished.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend xxx

Friday, 26 November 2010

Tears have Won

Click off now if you do not want to read my misery as I cannot think very positively right now.
I wasn't going to post at all today but looking through all the lovely blogs and knowing that I wont be able to get through them all as I am just too sad has made me even sadder.
I am usually such a positive person and battle all the woes as best I can but the sadness has won today and when I finish this little bloggy moan I am going to sit, cry, light a cigarette and wish I had the biggest bar of chocolate ever!
I am at present locked in my home! Yes! Locked in! This is the final straw for me as I am exhausted and can't face any more stress! So December is a busy month for everyone especially those of us who have childrens Birthdays too. I have been ever so busy lately, and even busier with people putting orders in with me. I have given myself a pat on the back here and there for being organised and not letting all the struggles we have had of late bring me down. So today started bright and breezy, take children to school, scream at them to 'wait at the road', 'put your hat ON RIGHT NOW!'. Then it was into the kiosk...new people wanting to come and volunteer(can't even begin to go there on that one...lets just say hard work and leave it at that), pick kids up take them back to the kiosk, I continue working whilst they have their taekwondo lesson(Biggest bug is doing well this week and looking good for his grading...= more money!), pack kiosk up scream at kids to 'GET DRESSED PROPERLY','STOP RUNNING THROUGH THE SNOW IN YOUR PARTY CLOTHES!!!'(Yes we had snow and I was going to write a lovely blog about it! Oh well!) Head over to a friends childs Birthday party, sit face painting for 3 hours until finally it is time to go home.
All the way home I am thinking about warm snuggly pyjamas, hot chocolates, my lovely blogging time etc. Get home put key in door, turn handle...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Handle literally breaks in my hand! No open door!!! Just me and the 3 bugs stood outside in the freezing cold! Phone is inside the house as I had forgotten it this morning...I quickly headed to the neighbours house, who broke in through the upstairs back door, I used their phone to call my husband who had to come home. By the time they had finished my door lock was completely bent! They actually had to bend the door the wrong way to get us in! My double-glazed £1100 door was bent! I was almost in tears at this point...I hated parting with cash the first time for double glazing so I really don't want to do it a second! Then it had to be locked up and sealed for our own security
My husband has not had even half of his normal wage in total for the last 2 months and the first Bugs Birthday is next week. I have too many things to do and not enough time as it is and now I am going to lose even more time trying to sort it out :(
I am so very, very sad I cannot tell you. I really need a holiday.
I am so sorry to be so miserable, especially this close to Christmas but I had to write it down to try and get some of the frustration out so that it doesn't completely eat away at me.
I will be back to normal soon and can't wait for a peaceful 5 minutes to come and relax with all your wonderful Christmassy blogs and share some of my nicer news. For now though I am going to click the kettle on, cry, try and pick a good film(Maybe Uncle Buck again, or Delirious), or boxset(times like this call for Black adder or Family Guy), cry some more, eat the last quarter of week old maderia cake(the only sweet treat in the house) and get warm and snuggly with my big fluffy dressing gown.
Big Hugs
Emma xxxx

Monday, 22 November 2010

Good Weekend...

Hello lovelies. How are you all? Well I hope. I have had a bit of a manic few weeks but it finally looks like it is all starting to calm down and organisation has finally entered the household(just as all the mayhem of Christmas and December Birthdays start!). Last week saw the Christmas Bazaar which was taking up a lot of my time and meant I didn't get to do all the pretty things I wanted for my advent swap...
all wrapped and ready to be sent across the ocean to the lovely Tina at Beansie Babbles.
The Christmas bazaar was a great success and I have been informed that the total is £860! What a fantastic amount to be sending to the men and women injured in war.

So with the Bazaar, swap and finances sorted it should be plain sailing from here out...that is what I thought anyway. I wasn't counting on Mr Emma becoming a stroppy teenager and winding everyone up with his grumpiness and argumentative attitude(he is a typical Libra). On Friday night I was on the phone to my lil Brother organising a few days ALONE with him in January because frankly I need a rest(I think we all do sometimes).
On Saturday the misery husband was under strict instructions to make up for his behaviour by cleaning EVERYWHERE in time for the party we/I was having that evening(Ann Summers lol). I asked my friend if she fancied meeting in town for coffee 'Yes sure' she says, but then I get a phone call from her other half asking if I would like him to pick me up to go to their house for pancakes, bacon and tea...Do I? Of course I do...my shoes are quickly shoved on my feet ready to be whisked off for a gorgeous breakfast made for me :)  Oh Happy I am...very quickly forgetting the stress and tempers and worries etc. Then I am told that we need to detour to the farm shop before town...YAY! I don't drive so getting to the farm shop we love is a bit of a pain so I love it when I can hitch a ride....
 this leek is HUGE and cost just 40p!!!
Fresh baked bread and home made Blackcurrant preserve mmmm my favourite
 How very merry :)

Look at all that wonderful colour! Such beautiful red tomatoes.

I have to admit the shopkeeper and my friends thought it was a little nutty to be whipping the camera out at the farm shop. Snapping up what to them are just everyday things but to me are little snippets of gorgeousness that I just know my wonderful bloggy friends will love too.

After a lovely day of catching up and buying food for the party, drinking coffee and soaking up the beginning of the Christmas atmosphere. I am not like a lot of people I adore shopping at Christmas. My tip is to get all the major stuff early then just the nice bits need to be bought in December and you can take the whole thing in your stride!

Once the party was over(pics a little rude for my blog hehe!) and Sunday had arrived it was all about eating good food, cake(to help with the after effects of a little too much alcohol!) and spending time with Bug before his big Brothers arrived home from their Dads and the bathtime, bedtime, messing about time started.

 He does help sometimes hehe!

 Yay finished...

Not for long...and now we start again :)

Once the bugs were all tucked up in bed it was time for me to finish off at least a couple of orders. They are all mounting up, it is amazing how you don't have any and then they all come at once. 

 baby novelty hats, made to order. Bunny ears
Elmo, A few people have been asking for character hats so I can see a few more being made in the new year. I was thinking of all the cbeebies Characters lol! They should be popular!

So today I am spending the day finishing some more orders and continuing/starting some more(I have to do lots at once to stop the monotony) 

I hope you all have had a fabulous weekend
Emma xxx