Thursday, 5 November 2009

A life less ordinary

Hmmm. Here's the thing. Today's Blogging for Scrapbookers prompt encourages us to blog about just ordinary stuff in our lives, and to make it interesting. BUT!! I already DO blog about all the ordinary stuff! And while I hope it isn't completely uninteresting, I just write about it in my (Melsh) way - deliberately trying to jazz it up and make it funny/quirky/more interesting makes me get the dreaded bloggers' blog! So I guess I'll just do my own thing (as usual...)

Today's ordinary day began well when The Postie delivered this:



Meet Petunia! She is my new sock monkey, courtesy of a giveaway at Rsislandcrafts - many thanks to the lovely Robin! :-) The Children are most intrigued, having never seen a sock monkey before (I know, poor deprived The Children, I'm a bad mother, etc...) I may end up fighting for custody as The Girl in particular has taken quite a shine to 'Pet'. And after all, it's not like The Girl has so many soft toys under her bed already that her nose touches the ceiling when she gets into bed each night....

I then managed to find my way to Clair's house for another of our crafty get-togethers. We did much jewellery-centred crafting, and with Clair's help and online instructions from Art Jewelry Magazine I made this jump ring bracelet:



And then we had a snack.

Now, when Clair came round to mine, I baked. I made a light fruit loaf, and I made Malteser cake. I even gave Clair a piece of Malteser cake to take home for The Steve.

Clair did not bake. This is OK. Clair provided a frozen apple strudel, which she then put in the oven. This is also OK. Clair burnt the apple strudel. This is less OK. Clair suggested that it was my fault 'cos I was distracting her by talking too much. This is decidedly NOT OK. As you all know, I am a Shy and Retiring Type. I talk very little. (I can barely get a word in when I'm with Clair, anyway.) And I was the one who noticed the smell of burning and rescued the strudel from its otherwise fiery destiny... But, magnanimously, I forgive you, Clair.

In fairness to Clair ('cos I am unfailingly fair to Clair. And nice. And sweet. And polite. And helpful) I should say that the strudel actually tasted pretty good, especially with custard. Only one mouthful tasted at all burnt. I did get so full that I couldn't manage any of the hotpot she offered me for lunch though. This is in no way an indication that I no longer believe that she can cook.

After the snack, I made a charm bracelet:



I am rather liking this charm bracelet :-) Its basis is a double link chain Clair generously gave to me, then - after a quick tutorial from her on the use of headpins - I added some turquoise beads from my stash and some antique silver charms from Beads Direct. The heart has beautiful swirly engraving, and the three little tabs say 'imagine', 'create' and 'inspire'. I love it!! I love it as it is, but I also plan to collect and add further charms - in sets, so they're evenly spaced along the bracelet - until eventually it'll be too heavy for me to lift my wrist at all.... ;-)

And when I got home after collecting The Children from school, The Postie had delivered a few more items of post, including the new Joe Browns catalogue (always a bonus) and - how quick was that?! My giveaway prize from the lovely Ruth has arrived already! :-) It's a fabby Christmas concertina mini-book:



Thank you muchly, Ruth! :-)

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is an ordinary day in the life of this Melshwoman. Thank you and good night!

17 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

I love your style of writing....it is highly entertaining.....whether you mean it to be or not.....and think I might prefer to craft at yours rather than claire's!!!!Malteser cake sounds delicious.

Clair said...

Hey! This is so unfair! I may have got cake, but you got unfailing patience; tutorials and chain. I'm so sad :(

See? Sad :(

And...um...I guess no-one would believe me when I say that I used to be a dessert chef. Um....

Clair said...

Sob!

Ruth said...

It's odd-but-nice to see my stuff on someone else's blog! Will you please show it again when you've added Christmassy photos? (Bearing in mind our duty of care to our families...)

Heather said...

poor clair ....

love your blog mel but think i would love malteser cake more xx

humel said...

I said lots of nice things about you, Clair!! (I'm not sure that the words 'unfailing patience' sprang to mind, though....)

And I didn't mention anything about you wanting to get lucky!! ;-)

Ruth, I'd love to share again when I've completed the mini-book - I'll let you know when it's done :-)

Jacky and Heather, the Malteser cake recipe is really easy - give it a go!

Kerry'd Away Designs said...

Oooo love the charm bracelet, it's so pretty. Your day sounded pretty fun to me.

Jocelyn said...

Wow your "ordinary" days make my "exciting" days sound boring lol

glitterbygrammie said...

It is always a pleasure to read your blog. I get rather excited when I see a new post.
Making the jewelry is great. I unwind almost everyday stringing beads. But that is a whole nother story.

Donna said...

Good gravy that Malteaser cake looks yummy! :-) x

Cheryl said...

Awww poor Clair she is not that bad honest I have haad spagheti bol at hers and it was edible.

Cheryl said...

aww I sound like you now Mel lol, only joking you know that Clair. Anyway looks like you got loads done and that charm bracelet is fab well done it is gorgeous.

Amy said...

The charm bracelet has one of my favourite colours involved ..... I'm liking it very much indeed.

Amy said...

Oh, I forgot - your 'ordinary' posts are some of my favourite ones to read.

melody said...

loved reading your post chickie..so entertaining..and funny! and poor clair ~ quit pickin on her..lol!
love that monkey! i had a sock monkey growin up ~ sure brings back memories!
and beautiful jewelry!

sharyncarlson said...

Love your writing style, as usual! And that bracelet is just fabulous!

RachelB said...

Oh wow, I want to try the Malteaser cake! Thanks for the link Mel.