Slightly random, but cool!

OK, a deviation from recent topics (can only be a good thing, IMHO!) but I’ve just discovered this blog, and you have to go and look at it if you like crochet, cardmaking, amigurumi etc! She’s been making ‘crobots’ (aren’t you intrigued??), and they really made me smile! The only amigurumi I managed before my hands became too knackered to crochet any more were my¬†tortoise for my dad, elephant for my mum and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) for me! Incidentally, I just went and searched my blog for a picture of my Tenth Doctor Amigurumi and was surprised to find that David Tennant is mentioned in nine of my blog posts! I’m not sure why I’m surprised, as he’s so brilliant, but there we are!

I went off topic again, didn’t I? Well, the point was that CraftGirl78’s crobots are fab, and deserve some more attention! So go! Comment and love!

p.s. Here’s my Tenth Doctor Amigurumi, for those of you who missed him the first time round!

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A new page just about food!

While I was writing out the Toad in the Hole recipe earlier today, I was thinking about the other recipes that I’ve posted since I started the blog a few years ago. I realised that I would have posted enough to create a separate page with links to each post. So that is what I’ve done! All the recipes I post are easy to follow, as I don’t generally have the time or the patience to cook things which are fiddly or take all day! So now, if you remember a recipe that I’ve posted before, but can’t remember exactly when that would have been, you can go to the specially designated page and hopefully find it quickly. I’m planning on posting some more recipes very soon for other quick, easy and cheap family meals which we enjoy regularly.

Click here, or click the tab at the top of the blog to visit my recipes page.

I worry about people sometimes…

If you write a blog, and if you are as interested* in the statistics as I am (*for ‘interested’, substitute ‘mildly obsessed’ at your pleasure) you will know that you can see¬†the search terms that people use to reach your mutterings. I am often surprised and amused by some of the things that people type into search engines and manage to follow through to my site. I sometimes type the same things into Google to work out how they have reached me, but usually with no success. So, I thought I would share some of my favourites from recent days and weeks, see what you make of¬†them all!

“pig baby congratulations cards” – first of all, pig babies are called piglets, and second, if you are referring to a human baby, please don’t tell the parents that you think it looks like a pig – it is guaranteed to upset!

“david tennant and condoms” – eeeewwww, what are you thinking? Does this LOOK like the sort of site which would cater to this search request?? Move along!

“branagh or tennant hamlet” – Tennant, every time, of course! He’s cuter, and does ‘mad’ better!

“doctor who obsessed” – no no no, that’s my son, not me. And he doesn’t have a blog (yet), although I will pass along all well-meaning comments!

“grapple jam recipe” – Yay! I may be on my way to getting my own word in general use! I made grapple jam a couple of years ago – a very flavourful mix of grape and apple, of course.

“crochet my hand writing” – I would if I could, but I can’t, sorry.

“buckingham palace plan” – floor plan? Plan of what? I hope this is not linked to anything unsavoury!

“words to express excitement” – Woohoo! Yeehah! Weyhey! and Yippedeedoodah! spring to mind!

However, my mother’s blog¬†routinely gets visits from people following much stranger search engine requests, such as “hardest granny”, “granny sex”, “salsa dancing granny” and “two grannies off to europe on bicycles” – she gets all the best ones!

Things to do

Today will be an organised day. I have lots to do and so Handsome and I made a list. School starts back for both Handsome and Cheeky tomorrow, so we have to prepare school bags, find lunchbags, do a last check of the uniforms etc etc.

I’m posting lots of parcels this week. I’ve sold a few more things on Ebay, and so I’ve got those parcels to send, and of course I also have the packages for my giveaway winners. All I need to work out now is how customs etc work, and what I need to fill in to send chocolate to the US. The websites for the post office and the US customs, or FDA or something, are as clear as mud on the matter. In one place it said that if the food is a gift you only need to fill in the standard customs form, but somewhere else said I need to make a prior notice something or other…well, it’s all a learning curve! By far the easiest thing to do would be to ask at the post office, but I’m nice and comfortable here in my house and that would take a lot of effort! Only joking, I’ll be off to the post office tomorrow, and they can sort it all out for me.

I’m also lining up quite a lot of crafting presents over the next 113 days (until Christmas, don’t you know!) and so I think I will need to give myself goals to aim towards in order to finish in plenty of time. So, I’m taking inspiration from Sarah’s post on her blog today, and I’m making a list of craft projects that I want to see finished by the end of the month.

  1. Mystery project which has been steadily driving me towards a straitjacket which needs to be finished TOO SOON
  2. Crocheted bag to take on holiday later this month
  3. 2 Christmas presents
  4. Christmas cake
  5. Mincemeat
  6. 5 Christmas cards

There. Not too onerous a list, and suitably non-specific when it comes to the Christmas presents as I’ve not got a definitive list yet to say who’s getting what. Also, making my Christmas cake and mincemeat in September is something I’ve always aimed towards, but generally fall short of by a couple of months. So feel free to nudge me towards the end of the month to make sure that I’m getting through it all!

August competition results!

So, I have listed all the commenters who were so kind as to leave me a note during August, removed my comments and my mother’s (sorry Mum, nepotism and all that, but I’ll make you a bookmark for Christmas if you’d like!) and have picked a winner, via www.random.org, my trusty online number-out-of-a-hat-picker!

So, without further ado, the person who will be getting my little package of chocolate, bookmark, postcards and lanyard is…Doggoned Mysteries! Congratulations, I’ll be sending you an e-mail shortly asking for your postal address, and I’ll get the package in the mail as soon as I can thereafter!

However, with so many lovely commenters through the month of August, I have been regretting only posting that I’d be giving one prize. So, I’ve decided that two runners up will each be getting a large bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk as a consolation prize. Those two people are (once again, after consulting Mr Random.org) Existere and Kathleen! More e-mails are on their way, and well done to both of you.

Doggoned Mysteries’ blog is one that I’ve only recently discovered (via my mother, who would tell me all about her every blogpost, so I thought I’d better start to read them for myself!). I’m really enjoying what I’ve read, and am glad that my mother has the habit of passing on things which amuse her!

Existere is a new mum to two gorgeous babies and so could probably use the sugar energy from the chocolate! I’ve been following her blog for a few months now, and really enjoy her way of writing, as she generally manages to be humorous even in the hardest of times. And Kathleen is a new commenter to my blog (I believe – correct me if I’m wrong!) and I love to¬†meet new people here so this is great!

Well done to all of you. I hope the postman gets the parcels to you nice and quickly so that you can enjoy the sugary goodness!

Don’t forget the giveaway…

Only a couple of days left to enter!

giveaway button

I’ve had lots and lots of comments this month, and can tell that I’m going to have lots of fun on Tuesday working out a way to pick the winner! But you still have a couple of days to load my site up with more comments and give me a little more work!! And remember, there’s also a decent sized bar of Dairy Milk chocolate as well as the things that you can see in the picture. Give it a go – what do you have to lose?!

Click here for a link to my original post about the giveaway, which has all the entry details in it. Good luck!

Fairtrade Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate!

The world truly is a bright and sunny place to be! Hurrah and Huzzah for the people at Cadburys who have ensured that AT LAST I can eat my favouritest chocolate in the whole world without feeling guilty about the little children who have been paid farthings in order to make production of this sweet sweet chocolate possible!

Imagine my delight when I was in the supermarket and I saw this gorgeous baby adorned with that lovely blue and green logo on the side! However, I have a confession…

dairy milk

I got it home, thinking that it would be a wonderful addition to my little giveaway, so I took a photo of it, and carried on with what I was¬†doing. However, unfortunately muscle memory wasn’t to know that I¬†was having a giveaway and so the next time I looked down, it looked a little more like this;

finished dairy milk

I apologise most heartily – the gorgeous, creamy, chocolatey goodness called to me in a voice sweet and clear, and I was powerless to resist. However, I have been¬†back to the supermarket, just to make sure that it wasn’t a figment of my (frankly, overworked) imagination, and replaced it with this;

bigger and better

Yup, as a measure of my guilt, contrition and (boundless, so it would seem) generosity, I substituted the previous paltry 49g bar for a whopping 230g of the best chocolate EVER! You just know that this alone is going to bump the postage way up!

Anyway, remember, only eight days left in which to post comments and tweet etc and generally get entries. You know you want it!