As you could tell with my previous posts I am slowly but surely getting all of the supplies needed for Quilling together so that I can work on a few new projects.
Well this is my new fancy Quilling board. My Mom had said it was required to get a cork board to work on as it is needed to hold your quills in place as the glue dries. When I found this one online I knew I had to get it. I thought the pre-shaped cut outs would help with forming pieces.
I can't wait to get everything together and start playing around with my new craft!
... For Ikea!
Today was my Saturday to work so when I got out at 1:00pm I went and picked Laura C up and we headed off to Ikea and Hobbycraft.
I was in search of Shadow Box Frames. Yes I know they shouldn't be that difficult to find but over here it was! Thankfully Ikea had them and not at a too bad of a price either. I picked up a couple white ones and a black one.
Even though it is against my very nature to buy anything from Hobby 'Rip You Off' Craft (because of how much they jack up their prices) there are some things that you just can't find anywhere else so we also stopped by there. I ended up finding the cutest flower paper punches so I picked those up. They were not even that expensive either which was a shock!
Spotted these balloons on our way into work today but couldn't get my camera out in time. Was pretty happy to see they were still there on our way back home.
The sun came out to play today... too bad I was stuck at work for most of the day.
I picked this up at Homebase after work tonight. It is going to be perfect to keep all of my Quilling stuff together. The plastic containers have dividers inside that run long ways. It will be perfect for my papers and a way to keep them from getting smashed and tore up.
There are also little grooves and square pieces of plastic that you can use to make smaller storage areas and this will be nice for my tools, pins, etc...
I love being organized!
These are just some of the goodies that I got in the post today from my Mom!
I have been wanting to get into Quilling so Mom was nice enough to pick some supplies up for me to send with a little care package. I was almost out of dry Ranch dressing and we know I can't live without that! She had bought the pumpkin carving kits just after Halloween. They do not have these over here and since carving pumpkins is one of my favorite things to do how could I be without these?
Thanks mom!! Love ya! xx
Was snowing really badly again on our way home tonight. I love the snow however most of the others at work hate it.
This didn't stay around very long though... by around 9pm it had turned to rain and everything was gone.
Rooney what's the score?
Today was another great day out at Goodison Park. I will be completely honest I was so nervous about today's against Manchester United.
There is the whole Wayne Rooney aspect to playing them as he grew up supporting Everton, was in their youth team and played in their first team. Made comments such as 'Once a Blue always a Blue' only to move to Manchester United with a lot of cash in his pocket. Then he kissed the Man United badge at a match against Everton some years later... Let's just say he is not cheered when we play him. But today he was kept well and truly quiet.
Manchester United are one of the clubs which are considered 'The Big 4' and I think the last time Everton beat them in a regular season match was something like 2004 or 2005.
Well... until today!
United went up 0-1 after 15 minutes. I have to admit at that point I was terrified. I did not want us to lose this match and am made up that Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored a screamer only a few minutes later. We were back in it!
We went into half time 1-1 and it wasn't until minute 79 when Dan Gosling who had just come on as a substitute scored and then at minute 90 Jack Rodwell scored the third.
Goodison Park was going crazy!
I am sure you all realize how happy we were. You don't have to be into football to get at least an idea of how exciting a match like this can be.
I have no idea how I lived without Football in my life for so long...
All of us at work had a big laugh about this fax that came for me from a client today. Of course due to data protection I had to block a lot of words out but I kept the funny bit...
What gets me is that the person that sent it never once mentioned my accent for me being from America. So it was very funny that they added this to the fax. Was very funny!
I am still surprised that not more people ask me about where I am from. Seeing how I speak to people on the phone all day you would think it would come up more. Especially since I can't get on a bus or speak to somebody in a store without getting the dreaded "You are not from around here are you?" or the "Are you American?" questions.
Don't get me wrong I get asked at least once or twice a week on the phones at work but seeing how I speak to around 40 people a day it is not so bad.
Once I was asked if I was from Scotland though! That was a shocker. Then when I said no I was from the US she asked which state. I told her I was from Illinois but lived in Texas for the last three years and she said "Oh yeah, Texas that is the one by New York right?" I just said yes.
The funniest ones are when I get asked "Where are you from?" and I say "America" and then they try to be all rude about it and say "Well I know that I mean from which state".
The people at work think that when asked I should just start saying "I was born and grew up right here in Chorley". That would be pretty funny as most people at work are from Chorley and they do have a pretty thick accent. I wonder if the people asking would question it or just go with it.
Winnie-the-Pooh is all decked out for his Valentine and I almost forgot to take a picture of him this month! With that hat it makes me think of him as a little chef.
Wish he would have helped me with my Valentine cake the other day!
In 2007 Andy's sister, Tracey, got married to James in Rhodes, Greece. We were lucky enough to get to go over from the US to be with them. I was also a bridesmaid in the wedding.
These are some photo frames that I bought while we were there.
I love them! The frame is wrapped in leaves and it looks so nice. That was a great trip!
We had an early Everton match at 5:45pm today. It was a Europa League match against Sporting Lisbon. We won the match 2-1 but that goal we conceded in the last 5 minutes made the match feel like a loss to be honest. This game is over two matches and the Away Goal Rule comes into place. It is too hard to explain so if you would like to learn more about it you can read about it here.
It is also Pancake Day today. This is the best non-holiday ever! I of course opt for American style Pancakes rather than the UK Crepe style Pancakes.
They are so yummy! Andy hates any kind of Pancakes so he decided to have a Pot Noodle, so nutritious.
Weather can be so odd.
The bottom clouds were the whitest puffiest clouds I have seen yet this year and they didn't seem to be moving very fast at all.
But then you can see the dark almost rain like clouds that were above me and they were moving super fast across the sky.
Had to run back to Sainbury's this morning because I forgot to pick up sugar last night. My only complaint about the new store is that the shopping cart (aka trolley) requires you to pay for the use. Yes you get your £1.00 back when you return the cart but still... It does make it a pain in the butt.
I carry this little token around with me on my keys so that I don't have to dig out my wallet to get a pound but it is still annoying. Do people really steal carts? Or is this so that carts are not left all over the place? When you have these devices on them you have to walk them back to where they are kept so that you can get your money/token back. Maybe that is why they use them.
...that I am becoming a kitchen goddess.
We went to the new Sainsbury's that was opened in Westhoughton this week. This is the amount of pre-packaged bakery goods that they have. It is good that it is a Betty Crocker so maybe she is starting to make a move into the UK market but really? One brownie, one cookie, one muffin and two cakes. Oh and in case you didn't see ONE type of frosting.
This is why I have been learning how to make everything from scratch. There just isn't a good variety to pick from.
I am very excited that the Olympics start tonight but because of the time difference I won't be able to watch the opening ceremony until tomorrow. I was very saddened to hear of the death of the luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from Georgia, what a sad start of events.
Look what was delivered today while I was at work. I had bought a cheap cake box from Asda a while ago but it didn't lock and had no handle.
The other day while online I stumbled across my new favorite store in England, Lakeland. It has the cutest kitchen gadgets ever!
So far for work I have made a Carrot Cake, an Italian Cream Cake and a batch of Puppy Chow. Next week I hope to make a Strawberry cake for just after Valentine's Day. Now I'll have a nice carrier to take it in with.
a butt munch!
During the day there are letters that I have to write to clients and various other people but before they can be posted off they all have to be approved and signed.
Well Christian who normally does all of the signing is away for a couple of days so Kevin does it while he is away. Hannah was taking her signing down so she asked if anybody had any that needed to go also. I gave her mine... it was a bad mistake!
This is how it was brought back to me. As you can guess Kevin supports Liverpool FC (ugh I even hate writing it...) and he decided to deface my beautifully decorated signings folder.
This is why Kevin is a butt munch!
Now I will need to decorate a new folder. Maybe I'll make a blue Everton one!
Speaking of Everton... there was a night match tonight against Chelsea and we won 2-1. The atmosphere at Goodison was electric! I love night matches. And since our last one was against Manchester City and we won that 2-0 I am thinking the boys like playing under the lights also.
Oh and on a side note Liverpool got beat by Arsenal tonight 1-0. Double yay!
I love love love the Olympics! I am so looking forward to them starting on Friday (even though I wont be able to watch the opening ceremony until Saturday because of the time difference).
However... It got me thinking this morning about how much I am going to miss watching it on NBC. I will miss the Olympic song that they always play, I will miss the 'puff pieces' that they do on the athletes and I will very much miss Bob Costas!
The coverage over here is not going to be the same and I do have to admit it makes me a little sad.
Today at lunch I was looking on my iPhone for an Olympic App and found this one from NBC.! I was so excited. Until it finished downloading and I opened it up to find that it will not allow me to watch videos because I am not in the United States.
What the #$%&!?
Do they not know that there are Americans living outside the United States? NBC is a free TV station. Why would they block it?
I am sad again.
Sorry... The picture is a little wonky and crooked but you get the idea.
I was able to finish the inside of the restaurant and I am so glad that part is done! Still only about half way done but I am finally seeing progress. I started this on December 26th so not too shabby.
I think this is the first time in 15 months that the neighbor hasn't had clothing hanging out.
However I am sure the next time it rains or snows they will have the clothes out in it.
This is a new palette knife that I bought to use when icing cakes.
When I went through the self check out line in Tesco to buy it I had to wait for the worker to come over to verify that I was in fact over 25 years of age before I was allowed to continue.
Think of all the damage a person could do with a non sharp.. wobbly.. piece of metal. *shudder*
This was given to Andy by a friend of his at work. Let me explain.
His friend from work is the one in tank (DUSARA666). Another one of his friends he grew up with is the one in the plane (TLPN99) and another guy they play online with is the one in the helicopter (REBEL).
This of course leaves Andy (StJimmy)... He is the one they are all shooting.
Today the demo for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 comes out. Andy has been talking about this for weeks and everybody he plays Call of Duty with is planning on playing it tonight also.
I guess this picture was giving Andy a taste of what he has to look forward to tonight.
So... they got the weather right for once. It did started snowing at around noon today. It got very heavy and there was about an inch or so at 5:00pm. However it then turned warm and it started raining... Everything melted. Shame.
These pictures were taken when Andy and I drove to the Co-Op at lunch. I felt like crap all day and had a horrible sinus headache. I had to get medicine.
I am happy to say though that the medicine worked and by the time I got off work at 8:00pm I was feeling much better.
So 17 Days later the snow pile is still around but it is getting much smaller!
The forecast is calling for a little bit more snow tomorrow but I'll believe it when I see it.
By the way... Happy Groundhog's Day!! I used to love Groundhog's Day when I was in the US so I did not let it sway my fun today. I quoted the movie all day and announced that Phil saw his shadow as soon I found out. Yay! Six more weeks of winter. That makes me happy.
I then went home after work and watched Groundhog's Day... just as I have on every February 2nd for the last 15 or so years.