Monday, 23 February 2015

It's All About The cake

Aw - I have had an absolute blast over half term with my boys. We've had so much fun that I'm a little sad they are back at school today. On the bright side I've managed to tidy up without kneeling on any Lego or tripping over any Minecraft cubes. 

So today I'm going to share with you some baking. I know!

You know that feeling when you see something on Pinterest and you think - wow, how hard can it be and then pin to an appropriate board and forget you even put it there? No? Just me?

Well that's just what i did and then some time ago I found it and I had a go!

Here's what I made:

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Ice Cream Cup Cakes, amazing. Here's the recipe I followed if you want to have a go:

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Here they are in the quite tidy and organised 'making' process, note I used the recipe not a packet mix like I normally would. Must of been going through a  Great British Bake Off moment of madness.

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Loving the flat bottomed ice cream cones - who knew?
I'll admit and confess to using pre -made topping although I did shove it in a piping bag and get all messy and stuff, seriously those of you who bake properly - how on earth do you cope with the clean up? It looked like Mary berry had been drinking way too much and collided with the entire contents of the baking isle in Sainsburys and left it in my kitchen for me to clear up.

Anyway - here are my finished lovelies - ooh I forgot to mention I amended the recipe and chucked in some powdered chocolate in place of some of the flour for fear of Blake not touching anything none chocklity!

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And here are the Mini Beasts scoffing their way through the first batch.

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Theirs is all the approval I need, if however you'd like to boost my baking confidence - please do leave a lovely comment and I shall love you forever for it.

Hugs
Victoria
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Monday, 9 February 2015

GIVEAWAY Quirky Little Pin Cushion

I'm sitting here impatiently waiting for a delivery...my new conservatory blinds are coming today and I'm starting to have a mild panic attack that they won't arrive before I have to nip out for the school run....eeeek!

A little share with you today, a quirky little pin cushion design I have available now:

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It's backed with matching polka dot fabric and whilst small, just perfect for popping my pins n needles in mid sew!

They are available for £3.50 plus postage and I have one to give away - UK only.

To be in with a chance, all you have to do is pop over to my Facebook page HERE, like my page and leave a comment on any photo on my page. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know you've done it and I'll pick a winner at the weekend.

Hugs
Victoria
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

More Shabby Chic Fabric Hearts and a Fab Family Walk with Treasure

Today (so far) has been what I can only call a perfect family day.

 No plans were made, we've just made it up as we went along. A small sleep in - if you can call sleeping until 6.30am a sleep in but trust me with my kids that's a real treat! Followed by short cuddles on the sofa, light breakfast and oodles of coffee (don't panic the dudes had juice).

After grabbing some warm clothes it was a super quick nip to the supermarket to grab a few supplies and then off to The Hobbucks which is a local open space / wildlife haven. So muddy but so much fun, the dudes didn't complain once about achy legs or being tired, they just enjoyed exploring, especially when we came across a chap digging - my boys aren't in any way shy and rocked straight up to him to ask what he was doing. He gave just the reply they wanted to hear 'I'm digging for treasure boys'. He was too, digging for old bottles, antique glass medicine bottles and stuff. He took great joy in showing the boys what he'd found so far and then showed them how glass marbles were used to seal the lids. He really made their day when he handed them a glass marble each from some broken bottles, the boys felt they had their own treasure to bring home with them.

Talking of treasure, here are some more of my shabby chic style fabric hearts to share with you:

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They are the same as yesterday but with different phrases on!

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With the spotty dotty reverse. these make me happy!

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They cost £4.50 each plus postage, to order please email me at:

 bluejellystampin@sky.com

Want to see some pics of our walk? Couldn't have wished for a better day, clear skies and the warmest temperature we've had in weeks. No snow although lots of frozen ground still.


When you reach the top of Hobbucks View there is a plaque showing you which Nottingham landmarks to look our for including Wollaton Hall (Batman's home if you watched the latest Batman films and even the Power Station - or the Steam factory as Blake prefers to call it!


These photos will be featuring in Week 6 of my Project life album! After our walk we called in at my Mum in Laws as she had some friends staying we hadn't seen for over a year and as a treat The Spark's brother in law was there too, he'd driven up from London this morning. Back home and we've had brunch, done the chores and everyone's doing their own thing now - perfect.

hugs
Victoria
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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Shabby Chic Style Fabric Hearts

Happy Saturday to you. 

Today I officially have escapage! The mini beasts have just left the house with The Spark for a fun filled morning of soft play (for them that is, otherwise known as torture for The Spark) and lunch out. I've done my household chores already, but then I have been up since ridiculous o'clock thanks to my children's desire to wake up and play with their toys in a super noisy fashion whilst still dark outside. It was worthwhile though, after several intakes of caffeine I was even in the Room of Craft before 7am.

I'm a bit excited to share with you the start of my new range of shabby chic style hanging fabric hearts. Here's the first of many designs:

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To know me is to know I like to partake in a tipple or two so this is one of my personal favourites and will take pride of place in my home somewhere!

Each heart is backed with beautiful polka dot fabric coordinating with the front.

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And finished with a cute tag if you are giving your heart as a gift.

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Each heart is approximately 5.5" in height (without the hanging loop) and I can personalise with anything you like so long as the wording isn't subject to Trademark or Copyright.

The cost is £4.50 plus postage - if you'd like to order for Valentine's Day, please don't delay with your order due to postage times. Ordering is simple - just drop me an email to:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

Hugs
Victoria
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Friday, 30 January 2015

Project Life Week Three

Cor I am so sticking to my mission to do project Life every week this year as close to the actual weeks as possible. I've been busy organising my photos from my camera, phone and face book etc into weekly folders on my PC, I even have an app and a notepad where I'm jotting things down so I don't forget. Who knew?

Right do you want to see week three then? Brace yourself, I did three pages as we had so much going on and too many photos I wanted to use too:

I printed on my header card again, quite like being able to do that when I'm in a hurry without lots of stamping or die cutting. My first page shows Blake with his reading diary, he's worked so hard and has managed to go up a reading band and so he got the head teachers award. Also thought that being as we were finally getting cracking on decorating the boys bedroom that I should include some 'before' shots. Crikey - wasn't it boring?

I used Pic monkey to create the collage photos, they print on my Canon Selphy too, great way to use lots of photos on a page.

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The graphic wallpaper - glad it's only on two walls. The boys adore it as they think it looks like a cross between a Lego base plate and something from Mine craft!

I also added photos of James building the bunk bed - had to be done when you consider it took us 4.5 hours to build it.


Managed to sneak in another pic of snow falling, I know I'm obsessed but I just love it!

It was a week of ill health too, Zac was on antibiotics with a perforated ear drum, I was on antibiotics for  tonsillitis and The Spark had an awful tummy bug too. Used a card from Becky Higgins Perfectly Imperfect Kit for summing that up.


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 Some of the details for you. I did manage a spot of stamping using 2 Cool 4 School from Kaisercraft.

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Had a none stop day yesterday, the boys school had the puppet man come to visit and do back to back  performances, I was lucky to attend two different ones so there was no yawning from me. Of course I took loads of photos and will feature them in my week 5 layouts.

Today was a snowy walk to school with the boys and my friends little girl Sophia but the sun is shining now and the roads are thawing - boo hiss! I really fancied a snow day!

Hugs
Victoria
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Project Life Week Two and a kids room update

Ooh blimey - I'm not sure the Nottingham weather knows what it's supposed to be doing today, cold - no, windy -  yes, cloudy? Yes a little. Freak hailstorm erm yes that was fun - ouch!!

Today I plan to relax, mainly in the Room of Craft as I haven't spend much time in here recently, mainly due to the whole tonsillitis episode and 'Destroy It Yourself' adventures in Zac and Blake's bedroom, which by the way is sooo close to being finished.

So I have the heating on just in case the temperature takes a nose dive, which depending on which weather forecast you listen to is likely any second now followed by a foot or two of snow, freezing conditions, bright sunshine and sleet with possible rain. Really? I find looking out of the window my personal forecasting tool. Although - did you ever see the weather stone forecast? keep reading and I'll share at the end.

Right then, Project Life Week Two -done!

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Found myself needing two sides for this one, so much going on. Blake was VERY excited to discover his first wobbly tooth, clearly he whittled away at it as 24 hours later it fell out, one happy little boy trying to stay awake to stalk the tooth fairy, ha, parental victory!

The cloud and thunder card is so apt for me, I am a TOTAL snow stalker (yes really) and if one flake of the fluffy stuff floats by me or my window I have this awful habit of phoning The Spark immediately to inform him, so much so that he calls me Snow Watch. He loves my significant interruptions to his working day - see today he's already had 'Blimey you should have seen the hail babes.....'. It's not like he works in a different country or doesn't have windows where he works, I just get SUPER excited about it. That explains the inclusion of my snap of said week two snow falling (it didn't stick incidentally).

Then there was the great wallpaper debate, all very tense.

Next I HAD to pop a picture in that Zac's friend Darcy drew for him at school this week, it's so cute. It's a full A4 sheet but I folded it to fit in a 4x4 pocket. It's a drawing of Zac and underneath it says 'Zac is my best friend because he plays with me'. 1, 2, 3..aah. Also come cute pics of Blake and his bestie Sophia too.

Sad food shots I know but I'm trying to eat healthy so a nice reminder that I can make an effort and churn out a healthy meal or three will hopefully spur me back to plan later in the year when I look back.

Do you like my printed journaling? I used a 6" x 4" card and printed directly on it - so easy to do, If you've not tried it, just set your word doc page layout to 6" x 4", type away and print.

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Obligatory close ups:

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Now about the weather stone, not seen it? Want to see it?

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Good isn't it? I'm off to finish my week three pages now, enjoying listening to Happy by Pharrell, followed by a bit of Will.I.am - just my mood today.

Hugs
Victoria
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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Some Party Bags and Tags and an Ikea rant

 Oh my word Ikea yesterday...talk about insane. We go there so rarely yet when we do it's always rammed. How do other furniture shops survive? Grab a cuppa - you're going to need one as I share our visit to Ikea.

One of those frustrating trips where we'd already planned the wardrobe for the boys room to save time, but still had to queue in the wardrobe area for someone to print us off a bar code to be able to pay for part of it. Then a battle round the market place, taking every short cut known to us (through doors that aren't marked - you know the ones if you're an Ikea stealth shopper too) and through to the picking area where shock horror - two drawers are missing from Isle 19 area 8!!!
 I felt my blood boil just a little after having carefully checked stock levels before leaving home,  wondering just who had been in and purchased 52 drawer units  in the space of 43 minutes, I mean who does that? 
Thankfully sad looking individual in yellow shirt and blue trousers who looked like he'd rather be anywhere but there, asked if we were OK. I gritted my teeth, it wasn't his fault after all that some idiot had bought all 52 drawers when I only needed three of them. Ah, another chap will bring them through if you'd like to loiter?
 'Like?' not really mate, but left with little choice we waited for 10 minutes for another poor yellow clad individual to stack the shelf, with shelves in boxes from the other side.
Trolley stacked off we very slowly and painfully pushed and weaved our trolley through the Nottingham and Derby massive to edge our way closer to a till. 

Sometime later:

We made it to the till. What? 15 items maximum? No one is going to notice we have 17 are they? Really? They did, but we were let through to various tuts and groans. 

After devouring two tubs of meatballs and two lemonades we pushed said trolley over to the 'too heavy to put items on shelves in case you hurt yourselves and take us to court dept' to patiently await our corner wardrobe.

Done, loaded and on our way home without injury, although someone did attempt to steal ladders off van roof whilst we were inside - seriously? 

So endeth the Ikea rant.

Crafting -  that's why you came right? A lovely friend of mine treated her daughter to afternoon tea out with friends for her eighth birthday (how cute?) and asked me to make some party bags and tags for her to give to her guests. Sooo enjoyed making these:

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Five years ago when I first joined Stampin' Up! one of my favourite colours was Pink Passion. I LOVED it. The bags I had in stock to decorate were the exact same colour and I knew that somewhere in my stash I had some Pink Passion card. Yes one last piece - how lucky? Also very enjoyable to create with. I used the Scallop Tag Topper punch to create the tag look and added papers which I can't remember the name of - sorry they're not current. The stamp set is Tea Shoppe, glad I hung onto that too as it was perfect for these tags and bags and the theme of afternoon tea,
The twine is from my stash, no idea where it's from.

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I decorated the bags to match using the biggest tea cup, some sentiments out of the set and more of the designer papers.

Now please excuse me as I am off to assist The Spark in building of wardrobes, there may be some swearing so didn't listen against our door!

hugs
Victoria
xxx

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Fabric Gift Bags and some Project Life stash too

All I can say about the last 8 days is...tonsillitis - bleaurgh!

Right, minor pity party over and done with, funnily enough whilst lying on the sofa nursing me and my tonsils better I haven't had any energy for crafting, lots of ideas running through my head which was MEGA frustrating. 

Still, I have yet more stuff I've not shared with you yet so here are some previous makes. I thought I'd showcase them today as they would make a perfect gift bag for either Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.

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I adore this grey spotty linen look fabric with the complimentary red heart and trim. If you'd like to order one, all you need to do is message me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

Today involves a trip to Ikea....I know the pain! It's not even for stuff for the Room of Craft as that is pretty much kitted out. Nope it's for the dudes bedroom, last weekend it was wallpapered, painted and then four and half hours of mine and The Sparks life disappeared building a bunk bed. YES four and a half hours. Want to see it?


Luckily it was very worth it as Zac and Blake love it to bits. Zac has called his top bunk 'The Tower' and Blake has named his 'The Hideout' mainly because there's a den behind the cupboard!

So, back to Ikea - we are getting the wardrobe / storage cupboard from there and this weekends mission is to build it and then put all their stuff away that is currently littering our bedroom, the landing and the rest of the house too!

Thing is I don't think my mind is on furniture building, whilst attached to the sofa all week, The Spark took pity on me and ordered me a little cheer up package. Check out what postie just delivered.....

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I have two weeks of Project Life layouts to catch up on and cannot wait to get stuck in.

Hugs
Victoria
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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Stampin' Up! Project Life New Years Eve

Yuk - today I have horrible tonsillitis. I thought yesterday it was a mild dose but it so isn't. I'll spare you the details but lets just say my tonsils stuck together last night!

As a result The Spark has banned me from helping to decorate the boys bedroom and called in the help of some of our mates instead. Luckily we got lots done last night so I don't feel too bad. I will of course be sneaking in to take photos, meanwhile I have been granted permission to enter the room of craft as that only involves sitting down and doing less energetic tasks (he's clearly not seen me speed crafting before!).

Luckily I have some Project Life pages from New Years Eve I can share with you. I used all Stampin' Up! supplies on these pages. The kit I used is Every Day Adventure and the coordinating Accessory Pack too. I was lucky enough to win these on a prize patrol last year at a regional event.

I loved using these bright colours and backed all my photos with Bermuda Bay card.

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We had a brilliant evening, my Mum in Law Linda invited us all round for a steak and champagne supper - just the grown ups before you freak out! It was our first proper meal in her new home and she'd only had the dining table delivered that week too. The food was lush and it was so much fun. 

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I took a LOT of photos, I drank a lot of champagne too ha ha! It all got a bit silly but luckily the little ones went off to bed at 9am - very late for them so they missed out on most of the grown up stupidity!

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My favourite bit of the whole thing was when Blake came into the kitchen and asked to blow out the candles on the table so he could make a New Years wish, he was so sleepy and already changed into his new PJ's - thanks to Auntie Choklit for those. He wished to be healthy in 2015 and promised to eat an apple every day, it's the only fruit he will eat so far and he's stuck to his word bless him. Zac made me proud, he wished for love every day....aaaah.

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A few close ups for you - I had fun with the alphabet stickers and accessories and used the washi tape too, something I don't make the most of. Of course I used my Stampin' Markers to do all my journalling. I have however discovered journalling memories is a tad tricky when you can't remember much of what happened, the photos were a good reminder.

I'm off to nosey at some blogs now to keep me occupied, why not have a look at these two with me:


Hugs
Victoria
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Friday, 16 January 2015

Now for something different - Jelly does cooking!

Cor it's all happening here. 

Zac's been a bit under the weather and yesterday morning I got a call from school to bring him home as he wasn't feeling well and was upset. Long story short after a while he got worse so I took him to the Doctor and my poor lad has a middle ear infection which got so bad it perforated his ear drum. He's reacting really well to the antibiotics and has happily gone into school today.

 Also this morning after a night of very little sleep (I never sleep well when one of my boys is poorly and with me in bed), I wake up to a dose of tonsillitis. One of these days the Doc will actually refer me to get them taken out as I get it three or four times a year now. 

Well there's your update on me - still here? Right then, I haven't managed to squeeze in any crafting since I last posted but I have been getting creative in the kitchen and trying out some new recipes. If you read my week one Project Life post you'll know I'm on a bit of a mission to shift some of my excess baggage and as a result I'm making a few Slimming World recipes and generally looking after myself a bit more. 

I found a recipe on Pinterest which looked a bit tasty and figured it looked simple enough so here we go with my first post of "Jelly does cooking" with Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake.

Let's start by sharing the link to the recipe and how to by A Matter of Choice. Next, here's my version. Check me out all posh and that with my Tablet in the kitchen surrounded by herbs and spices. I adapted the recipe by the way - I HAVE to add smoked paprika to all manner of dishes and this was no exception. Here you can see me being all chef like making up the meatball mix.

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The recipe quoted 20 meatballs but they would have been ma-hoosive so I ended up with a whole lot more than that. If you're wondering and I bet you're not but I'll share anyway, you can buy low fat pork mince from Tesco.

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They don't look too shabby do they?
Now the sauce making - I do have a tip for you (I know!) and that's to cook your onions low and slow as you'll get oodles more flavour out of them that way. 

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Ta-dah! Food for the family, healthy and pretty damn tasty it was too. According to three of us, Blake with his food phobia managed some plain pasta and cheese with a slice of garlic bread which actually is pretty adventurous for him as he's always declined pasta before. I did have a sneaky chat with the school chef to see what he eats or tries at school so I could mirror some of the cooking at home.

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Now I'm off to dose myself up and get back to my task for the day of clearing the boys bedroom.  Their new bunk bed has been delivered today and tomorrow is decorating day......

Hugs
Victoria
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