Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

And catch up No. 3

Onto December (except Christmas week cos already done that!)

Jeff and I went to the Enchanted Walk again at Syon Park. Mulled wine, moonlight, lights, woodland and just the 2 of us - pretty damned near perfect :)

Finished the online course on Exploring Play.
Ben had a trial and a showcase couple of games for possible soccer scholarship in USA.
Joe visited for a week.
Been networking - how posh do I sound LOL!
Attended a workshop on the new EHC system which is replacing Statements - sounds good in principle, will delay final opinion once it's up and running.
Joy looked after Ella for the second all day foster care course. Christmas fair, lunch, cuddles and Frozen DVD, she had another lovely day with one of her aunties :)
Had a coffee with Ariane.
Coffee with Jane and Ann.

Pre-Christmas night out with Dawn and Julie - was actually yummy and generous portions. Sometimes when places are busy and they're mass producing the food can be a bit under par - but not in this case :)

Our Ella became a sweet 16 :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Catch up No. 2 :)

As you know I really let blogging slide the past few months, so now catching up on some of the events going on in November! It might seem strange, but my blog was originally started, many moons ago, as a personal diary to look back on, so here goes.

Jeff and I had a rare date night and went and saw Maze Runner, which is my kind of film but Jeff actually enjoyed it too.
Went to see Gone Girl with some of the girls. Didn't realise it was an 18, might not have watched it had I known. Having said that I was gripped - excellent film - except for the ending when I quite vocally said "You have got to be kidding me!" People in the row behind laughed :) No spoilers, but if you've seen it you know what I mean ;)
Had a lovely relaxing spa with Dawn - I do love me a spa - jacuzzi more than the sauna :)
Sara came round and we spent 5 hours chatting and putting the world to right :)
Started the foster course, DBS forms completed, references have been sent off. Had my medical.
Attended the childminding pre-reg evening, now need to do the course.
Continuing with the Exploring Play online course.

Anna looked after Ella for us while we were at the first full-day foster course. Sounds like she had a great time, shopping, baking and cuddles. Did warn her to put her Wonder Woman pants on as Ella had lots of requests. Silly me, Anna wears them all the time!
And that was the extras for November :) December tomorrow! Trying to update before 2015!
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Week

Sunday went as planned - absolutely loved having all the children and their other halves all together. Made a traditional Italian meal with a joint of lamb and sugo cooked in the slow cooker, with bucatini (my all-time fave pasta) and salad. Followed by a homemade baked New York cheesecake that Jeff makes. Yum! New timeline photograph of Mia Famiglia :)
Joe's girlfriend Kerrie came over for a flying visit. She landed 9pm Saturday and left 9pm Sunday. But it was good to meet her. Not sure for her though - being subjected to all of us in one go LOL!
Boxing Day Joe emigrated to Ireland - so excited for him!

Bloody cars! Taking Joe to the airport and the Galaxy breaks down before we even leave our town! Back home and Jeff got the old VW, got Joe to Gatwick, and then that bloody car overheated and packed up on the way home! Grrrrr!

Decorated tree and fireplace this year. Ella is Frozen mad so Jeff felt the colour scheme should be blue and silver :)
Pressie from my bessie!
Church on Christmas morning. I still have a big problem with the religious regime but no problem with a God, so our Church seems the obvious place to celebrate that,
We always go to the crematorium Christmas morning to visit Nanny's rose tree, it's just a token gesture, but an important one :)
Don't usually show photos of pressies we buy, but these deserve a mention. I ordered these rag dolls from Sweet Evangeline and they were to look like Martha and Orla when they were our flower girls. I think they are amazing and would totally recommend her :)
And finally, a simple picture, but means so much. The gravy boat belonged to Jeff's Mum (dated 1968) and the salt and pepper containers were my grandparents. For my whole life I remember these being on their kitchen table. So seems only right at Christmas they take pride of place on the table.
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Quick post ....

Because (a) I only got to visit 25 of the Deja-Vu participants yesterday so need to work through some more and (b) So looking forward to tomorrow, have the whole tribe here. Before that just need to prepare the food; clean the house; wrap their 9 lots of stocking presents (cos Santa's busy ); watch Ben at a football match; finish 8 pairs of shoes; pick up Kerrie from the airport; prepare tea.......you get the picture! Ooo, picture :) .....
Friday, December 19, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest

Love this idea :) The day of the do-over! It's easy to miss a super post - I managed to miss one from a fellow blogger announcing she had got married! - when life gets in the way.

My do-over has got to the be the blog post on our vow renewal ceremony and you can find it HERE!!!

Once you've had a read of mine, and enjoyed all the fab photos, then click on the image below and it'll take you to the linky-list of everyone else taking part. Enjoy!
http://www.dlhammons.com/2014/10/the-deja-vu-blogfest-2014.html

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dancing Groot!!

Following on from my post the other day about Ella's Christmas list, one of her requests was a dancing something!

Alex , known as a real-life superhero helping so many bloggers/writers, can also now be known as a helper for mums with the children's pressies! Following up his suggestion of a dancing Groot I found this!! Yay I thought!.......
.....Only it's not being released till next spring :( Do you think, knowing Ella, she'll accept an IOU :)

But then I found this one, so looks like she will have two dancing Groots in the end :)

Deja Vu Do-Over Reminder :)

This Friday folks :) All about it on this old post of mine ;)

Wow record short post!
Friday, December 12, 2014

Ella's Santa List

Most regulars know our Ella has special needs (was told at a review recently that she's considered 'severe' which has come as a blow and still getting my head around). I asked her what she would like Father Christmas to bring and this is her list ....... it's what all lists should be made of, she makes my heart melt!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Catch Up No. 1!

Going to be lots of these! Today I'll focus on my shoes which is generally positive.

I have 1-2 orders a week starting to come in, which I'm happy with for now. After Christmas I hope to book one wedding fair a month from January to June as I think they'll be good events to find customers.

I have started to contact all the local schools regarding proms.

In our local town there's a pop-up craft market, and I have booked a table until April. It's 6 days a week, and I just need to go in periodically to tidy the display, leave business cards and order forms. It's only £20 a week and definitely worth it as already had some orders.

At a recent fair I was approached by another supplier, who deals in dresses, and asked it I'd like to have my shoes on their website! After a big 'eeek!' and a bit of negotiations, it's all going ahead.

I was interviewed here by Paula Buenos Aires which was such a compliment :)

My website is here 

If you're a facebook fan the page is Suzannes Emporium UK here :)

Finishing with a couple of my favourite shoes. Getting back into blogging so be prepared for a lot of catch up posts!








Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group

It's the first Wednesday of the month so must be Insecure Writer's Support Group - click on the link and join the Blog Hop!

This is the blurb .....To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG



Me? Well I didn't get as much written as I had hoped during NaNo, but I got so much else done! And to be honest, I think a big reason for that is that I stepped back from blogging, facebook etc for the month. I missed keeping up with my regular bloggers, but have to say, was lovely to see so many things ticked off my to-do list!

So my advice this month would be step away from the internet, or just reduce the time each day :) For December I plan to catch up on what everyone's up to, but with the aid of a timer to stop me sinking back into bad habits!



Wednesday, November 05, 2014

IWSG

Today it's IWSG day but it's a brief one - click on the photo for lots of info :)
http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.fr/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html
Because I have signed up for this.
In November 2013 I wrote around 25k words
It's a royalty free emotion :)
In June 2014 I wrote .........0 ..... yep, that's not a typo!
This November I want to write to this
So to all writers out there - go us!!!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Not sure where that week went!

Firstly, so, so proud of my two newest shoe designs. First time I have decorated childrens' footwear and I'm super pleased with how they turned out. The first are a beautiful blue, with snowflakes, glitter, bling and sparkle.
And the second are bright red glitttered with bling and can be personalised on the outside :) They are both £25 plus p&p, bargain and beautiful! (But then I am biased lol!)
So busy week preparing these - and other - shoes in readiness for a charity event. It's a shame the bunting isn't clear, I handmade it and it looks really shabby chic. I am glad I did the fair as it was like a trial run for a wedding fair I'm attending in a couple of weeks. Helped me to see what I needed to change/add before then.


In other news....
Went to Liverpool and back Monday to visit a good friend who's little girl is poorly in Alder Hey.
Drove to Southend and back to give Mum a lift to see her friends. I still do not like the car park also known as the M25!
Ella's social worker visited.
Ella has been to respite.
Have been to watch Benjamin play in 3 football matches, moving teams was the right move for him.
Me Julie came round for a catch up and while she was here I got her blinging! She did admit it was therapeutic, but I couldn't persuade her to help a second day LOL
Have had my gym retest, the bad news was BP and weight still the same, but my resting heart rate has gone from poor to average and my stamina has gone from below average to average :)
Dawn came round for a cuppa :)

I've attended two webinar courses online regarding setting up a business. I know I've run my own businesses in the past, but thought refreshers couldn't hurt.
Chinese meal with Jeff's workmates and partners.

Online 'Exploring Play' course coming along well - enjoying it!
Attended a few networking gatherings - that's all new to me, but worth it :)
The lovely Lydia and me went to Holme Grange for a coffee.
And finally lunch with jeff

Phew! What a hectic 2 weeks!
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day trip to London

Jeff and I went to London yesterday as he had a day off and Ella has respite till 9pm. In keeping with trying not to let blogging rule my life, here's the bullet points :)
  • The network railcard I bought when Debbie was down is worth every penny. Two returns on the train and hop on/hop off on the buses in London for less than £30 :)
  • Check where you're going! Got to the Science Museum to find it closed until 12.30 as they had a special event going on. Saw on the news later it wasn't just anyone it was the Queen! 
  • We then tried the Natural History Museum. That queue was beyond silly (probably all the other people that didn't want to wait for the Science Museum!)
  • So we spun round (literally as they're all within 50 yards of each other) and ended up in the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is a museum for art and design. We choose a few areas we both wanted to see - me wedding dresses and religious art. Him ironwork and Samurai swords! Lovely couple of hours I would definitely go again, not sure Jeff would!
  • Found a lovely little Italian deli for lunch.
  • Finally went to Harrods to see the window displays. What a total disappointment, 3/4's were blacked out and the remainder had been done up with holographic posters. Like I say, total disappointment.
Just a couple of photos as intentionally didn't take camera.

Today my foot is swollen and uncomfortable, but so glad we got a day out together :)
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deja Vu Blogfest

 The day of the do-over! Love this idea. It's easy to miss a super post - I managed to miss the one from a fellow blogger announcing she was married! - when life gets in the way.

The important info. Go here and read this ........'On December 19th, anyone who decides to participate will re-post their favorite blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved. To take part all you have to do is sign-up with Mr. Linky below, then shout out to all of your blogging friends and encourage them to sign up as well.  Take the badge above and plaster it everywhere, blogging graffiti gone wild. Tweet about it (#dejavu2014) and post the picture on Instagram. Then on December 19th as the day unfolds and everyone hops from one blog to another, what they will be reading is the best of the best (as determined by you) from this 2014.  The blogosphere will be chock full 2014 writing brilliance!  Encouragement, enlightenment, knowledge, bared souls, stimulation, hilarity, insecurities, success stories!  All on display…the very same day.  And it couldn't be any easier to take part...no writing necessary!'
Monday, October 20, 2014

Suzanne's Emporium UK

Finally I have gathered all my creative businesses under one umbrella and set up a facebook page. Please pop over to Suzanne's Emporium UK and like the page :) You'll find my decorated shoes; my inspirational art; and the event planning. Even if I say so myself, I think the page and photos look fab :) Determined to get everything done so I can succeed at NaNoWriMo!


Now to move onto Etsy!...........

Friday, October 17, 2014

Guided Ultrasound Steroid Injection

My wrist injury happened at the same time as my Lis Franc damage - turns out putting your hand out to save yourself? Not such a good idea. Anyhow, steroid jab ..... ouch! to put it mildly, but if it works it'll be worth it and the doc said he could def see damage.

For the next 3 days I need to move my wrist as little as possible to help the steroid liquid stay put where it's needed and not disperse too quickly. Not easy when it's my right hand and I'm right handed. Typing this just with my left hand!

So, while I'm wearing this, I'm going to catch up on reading and have picked up this :)