Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Return from the Bubblies Retreat!!

Yes indeed, a week has gone by since I arrived home from my first ever crafting weekend retreat .

Did I have a nice time.....? YES, I had a cracking time, despite being homesick for nearly 3 days LOL!! I was only an hour and three quarters away from home, but nevertheless, I felt dreadfully homesick from the moment I arrived, (Friday 4pmish), up until early Sunday afternoon. Silly really, but I've never been away from home for that long before without Simon and Martyn.

I met some of the lovely bubblies a few times before, but there were a few new bubblies that we had not met, so it was a real pleasure to meet them IRL. Everyone was lovely, everyone made it as cosy and as fun as possible and despite it being a new thing for most of us, everyone seemed to get along nicely and share their stash, ideas and their laughter. It was lovely and despite myself being quiet, I enjoyed myself and it was just lovely and relaxing crafting for most of each day, without having to worry about little ones asking when lunch or tea is ready, or what are you doing now Mum.....LOL.
Our group piccy...................

We had our own chefs on board hee hee, a few of the girls did the cooking and made sure we had a lovely evening meal each night. Think I will hire these for special occasions lol.

Roll on Retreat 2010!!

Here's a few pics of the weekend.................

This is TraceyR's monkee that she won in the raffle. I think he's doing a grand job holding Tracey's retreat planner............don't you? (hee hee).

My creations and tags from each of the bubblies ready to go into my Retreat Planner, (when it's made). Hopefully before May 2010, LOL!!

Aside from the main group pic that we had taken, this one has to be the next best one. It's just simply lovely, and as TraceyR said, it kind of represents our friendship. "Sniff Sniff" LOL.

I haven't taken close up piccies of the things we made yet, so will do that later this week and upload them.

What have I done this weekend.....? Well, not an awful lot really. Have had the continuation of my headache from the retreat weekend, which carried on last week and a bit of this weekend too. I feel it's because I am just over tired, so have tried to rest when I can, but it's not always convenient to do that.

Yesterday, I unpacked my stash from last weekend. What a chore eh lol? Anyway, most of it is done now, so this afternoon I managed to spend an hour and a bit making a very belated birthday card. I managed to finish it after tea and take a piccy before the light faded and just in time before my camera batteries when flat.

So I'm back to work tomorrow :-(( but Simon and Martyn are off all week, lucky things. Hope to be back later this week with the creations from the retreat.

Ooh, nearly forgot......................Karen taught us how to crochet. Well, she tried her darned hardest, aimed with loads and loads of patience too. I think I had my hand up more than anyone else saying.......Karen, Karen, I'm stuck LOL, and this was just after she showed me what to do, as soon as she walked off to go to Tracey, I'd forgotten, then tried to see what Tracey was doing, try it on mine and hope for the best, LOL!! Anyway, I've resorted to ordering a crochet book, so at least I will have something to refer to and work from, hopeless with something new until it 'clicks', then it's the best thing ever, lol.

Bye for now and thanks for popping along and reading my blog. XX

Sunday, 10 May 2009

For Today...

Outside my window........for once, I'm at home and it's the weekend...........so at the moment as I look outside my lounge window, my son has just gone outside and I think he's going to wait for his pals in our garden....

From the learning rooms........More Psychology :-)

I am thankful for.........managing to have the energy and 'mental' strength all day yesterday, to prepare my things for the Bubblies Retreat next weekend.

From the kitchen..........Not long finished eating some peppered ham and salad wraps for tea.

I am wearing.........pale pink cropped linen trousers, with tee shirt and fake crocs LOL (I use them as slippers LOL!!)

I am reading...............Started to read No Second Chance by Harlan Coben. I really do love his novels, I think he has to be my favourite to date........could all change mind LOL.

I am hoping..........I have 1 hour's lunch and usually come home in the car. Though I've decided to see how long it will take for me to walk home for my lunch. So tomorrow I would like to be able to walk home for lunch, within 10-15 minutes, eat my lunch and then hopefully leave 1.45 and be back at work for just before 2pm. Can I do it.....? I hope to walk to work in the morning too, walk home for lunch and back to work, then walk home when I finish for the day.

I am creating.........well, I've just finished my pages in Karen's CJ and have not planned anything else until after I return from the retreat.

I am praying.........for my Mum's health and for her to be seen by a specialist very soon. I'm also praying for a friend, whose Mum has been given very sad news about her health. I pray my friend will be strong for her Mum.

Around the house...........quietness, with the wonderful sound from the birds outside in the back garden.......

One of my favorite things.........When our son comes into our bedroom and flounces on the bed, together with Ozzy our dog and we chatter, chatter and have a giggle, before Martyn goes to bed.

A few plans for the rest of the week..........Take Hubby's car in for a new clutch tomorrow.......prepare my clothes and last minute check up of my list for the retreat.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you......

This is Ozzy grabbing the sunshine patch on our landing. It was slowly fading away though whilst he was sat there. He tried to squeeze right up to the wall after this, thinking that's where the sun was going too.............aww, bless his bum, he's soooo daft, LOL!!

Sorry that I don't have anything creative to show you, I still haven't caught up with the 52Q's.....yikes LOL, so I will do those after next week. The retreat has been on my mind a lot over the past couple of months, of which I'm really looking forward to meeting up with everyone, but it's also a long weekend away from my family, something that I hardly, well, maybe once in a blue moon, every do. I shall return to said blog LOL, with photos and crafty makes next week. (I may be back on during the week though, LOL). XX