Wednesday, 27 June 2007


Don't go there...

my daughter has been asked to be a bridesmaid, not once but twice this year, the first time will be a week Saturday (7th July), when my nephew gets married local, and the other is in September, for my niece who is getting married in Orlando, Florida.

While, when she was first asked, she was over the moon, (as never been a bridesmaid before) but now she is having second thoughts and seriously wondering if it's all worth it, to be honest so am I.

To help out both my nephew and niece, I offered to pay for Sam's dresses, they are both being handmade, the one in September has not been started yet, (which is fine, still got plenty of time) and the one for the 7th is still not finished, also I feel that one has not been made that well either, it does not hang right and my daughter is sulking as it does not show off her lovely thin waist.

You thought that would be it, but no, there was worse to come, the shoes, both brides want silver, fine, but they wanted Sam to wear a 3" thin heel, here is a child who at 13 was 5ft 7" so has never worn heels in her life, as she has never needed to, (she is now nearly 5ft 8") not only is she going to tower over everyone (my niece is only 5ft 3"), but that's if she does not break her neck walking in them.

This has caused major headache's in my case, as I can see where Sam is coming from (she is frightened she will trip and ruin their weddings), but also the brides, as it's their day.
Oh what a nightmare, it bought a big migraine last week and have not had one of those in years, it's taken me till now to feel better, it really did knock me for six.

Then the other day I found out that the wedding on the 7th July, the other 3 bridesmaids have got different shoes, so I asked if Sam could wear her silver ballerina pumps, NO has to be heels of at least 1", fine can I get some, nope, no 1" sandals to be had anywhere.

Now me being crafty minded and thinking of my daughter and their wedding (her not breaking her neck in church) came up with the idea I would change a pair of my old gold strappy sandals (got 1" little chunky heels).
So popped down to the material shop and managed to get a pot of dylon silver dye, done 3 coats, but I felt still not quite right, so used my craft planet silver glitter glue over the top of the silver dye, (the ones Becky wants her to wear in September, are all glitter, so they are into the glitter).

WOW what can I say, FANTASTIC, (if I say so myself,) finished them this morning Sam tried them on this evening and yes she can walk in them (just) the bride has no seen them yet, they have a dress fitting Saturday, so fingers crossed, hopefully come Saturday afternoon, I will just have Sam moaning about her (horrible) fitted dress, LOL.

Oh what joys, saying that the September wedding are short dresses, so she wants the two bridesmaids in the same 3" heeled glitter sandals, so Sam is going to have to start learning to walk in them, as cannot change that (as I've not got another pair of old gold strappy sandals), unless..............

.................... the 3" heels ones, might just get lost at the airport, going out to America, LOL.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Must have read my blog

The lady who does the QVC collections arrived this morning, just as I got back from taking Steven to school, so do you think she read my blog?

...then again maybe not, as she would have wanted the 'Molton Brown' bits too, LOL.

QVC collections

Still waiting for them to collect the storage crate, the annoying thing is they will not refund anything until they get it back. I phoned them again last week and was told the courier had until 6pm Tuesday to collect but if not, to phone back, so waited and nobody came, so I phoned back and was told they would submit another collection form and yes it will be collected in the next 7 working days.

In fact, this has bought back few memories, as a few years ago when I first starting card making I bought one of their craft TSV (Today Special Value, an item at a reduced price for 24 hours only), was all excited when it arrived, (sad I know), but when I opened it, it was a' Molton Brown' bath set. How this happened I don't know, as it is a different number completely, cannot understand how the person posting it out, made that mistake, anyway by this time the one I wanted was out of stock, so had to go without

Was told then, that someone would be round to collect the 'Molton Brown' stuff, but this time they gave me a refund up front before them getting it back, as I said it was a Birthday present and needed my cash back to get the person another present, and it was their mistake, (it was the truth, as half of it was a present, as I was giving half to my niece for her Birthday, OK that was months away, but hey they didn't need to know that).

To this day, it's still has not been collected, phoned them on and off for a couple of months, (only because it is a free phone number), but nobody ever came, so the Molton Brown gift set went to my son's school raffle last year. I look at at it as a donation for all the hassle I went through with no craft TSV, the phone calls and the waiting in.

So thinking about it, I'm no going to hold my breath, but saying that they have not given me my money back yet, so looks like I will be badgering them till they do.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

It's arrived

Yep, Clive's parcel has arrived, was not too bad, now to get the housework finished so I can make Jen's card, oh yes and a Birthday acceptance, Steven has been invited to a 16th Birthday party this Saturday, cool, means I get to go out too, as I have to stay with him, LOL

Fed up waiting...

... am suppose to be doing the house work, but hubby is due to have a parcel delivered today, so as our bell does not work, which is normally good, as it means we don't get everyone ringing it and when I know somebody is due, I put note on the front door telling them to knock the inner door, sorry back to the moan...

... well, I have to keep stopping and checking no body's there, feel as if I' m not getting nowhere fast, I hate doing the housework at the best of time anyway, without it taking longer cos of all the stopping.

Also waiting for someone to collect a parcel for QVC, I phoned them beginning of last week and still no joy, had to ring them up again last night to remind them. While watching a crafty programme, yes surprise, surprise, saw this storage crate on it,,html
and thought it would be great to store all my 12 x 12 finished scrapbooks in, (OK only done a few pages of one, but might have given me incentive to carry on) anyway arrived quite quickly (for QVC) to find out a standard 12 x 12 does not fit in it. Was disappointed, as the measurements (14 x 20) AND the presenter said they would, when I phoned to query it, they said they would refund me the item, but not the P&P until they measure it to see if I am right, have taken a copy of the item off QVC (in case they remove or change it) as it shows the measurements as wrong, am learning, as still fighting MFI for my kitchen to be sorted.

The weather has changed here again, has been lovely, but today is cooler and we a few spots of rain yesterday evening, at least it saved us watering the garden. I knew it was going to change not because I listen to the weather forecast as I don't, I just take one day at a time, but because I handed Stevens boots in to be re-soled yesterday after school, so yes we are back down to one pair so yep, bring on the rain, LOL. it happens every time.
I have asked them to put 'urgent' on the bag as these are his trainer boots and we have sports day coming up, so it would be nice for him to be in his trainers and not his boots, could not leave getting them done, as he was already through part of the sole and starting to wear the boots down, oh well we'll have to wait and see.

Better get back to the hoovering, otherwise it will be time for another 'fed up' tea break, LOL. also still have a birthday card to do, as it's a friends Birthday tomorrow and I have to pop it round to her some time today.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

So what have I been up to, well....

......we had half term, did not start off too well weather wise, normally the rain does not worry us, we just go out and change into dry clothes when we get back, but this Half term Steven had only one pair of boots, as on the Thursday before half term, the others were left at the Hospital to be sent away to be re-soled. So the weather was a big factor, cos he could not get his one pair of boots too wet, we went out for drives and had my parents up for Sunday lunch.

On the BH Monday stayed in again due to the weather, but Tuesday was great, so with Clive and Sam back to work thought Steven and I would make the most of the dry weather, and decided to go across the the Isles of Wight for a few hours, thought an extra treat we would get a bus down to the fastcat, phoned my parents up to see if they wanted to come which they did, met them down at the Fastcat.

Had a lovely day, just plodded around Ryde, stopped for a sandwich then caught the fastcat home again. It was lovely but feel it was a little too expensive for just a few hours out, the bus was £2.90 each, and the fastcat £13 each, was lucky to print a voucher off the Internet so that was half price with BOGOF, if not with mum and dad it would have worked out cheaper to take the car than be foot passengers, shame, that's why we don't go over there much. I think it's the most expensive piece of water to cross in Europe.

The rest of the week was not too bad weather wise, so it was trips to the bottle bank, which really helps with frustration, listening to the breaking of the glass, which Steven loves, 2 hospital visits, bowling trip with some school friends, and walks round local places like Portsdown Hill and Baffins pond, all in all a good week.

It was back to school on the Monday, well for 3 days, as his school had the Thursday and Friday off as inset days. We were lucky with the weather and thought we would make the most of it NOT being school holidays, went for a trip up the Spinnaker Tower on the Thursday and visit to the sea life centre on the Friday. (lovely no school children, hence no queues).

This week was lucky to get a phone call to say his boots were ready for collection, (can take up to 6 weeks normally), which is good as his others now need to be re-soled, (they just don't make them strong enough for him).

Cannot believe another week is all most over, where does the time go to? there showing my age now, as I can remember both my nan and mum saying that and thinking ''what are they on about'', LOL.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Am still here, honest...

Sorry, been really busy trying to catch up with the chores of the house and the business, as it was half term here last week, but to top it all, have Steven home again today.

Even though he went back to school on Monday, they have today and tomorrow off as inset days, very confusing for him, and hard work for me, as tried to do 2 weeks chores etc. in 3 days, and yes didn't quite happen, LOL, so more to catch up on next week, oh well that's life.