Monthly Archives: December 2008

I’m sick :(

I went to the doctor. I was subscribed antibiotics. I went home. Took an antibiotic. And now I’ve lost the rest of them.

I’ve managed to sleep for all of the morning (a very rare occurrence for me) but I need to get going as I have 5 more presents to make before the end of the day. Here I go …


possibly because I have nothing to say.

More likely because the things that I want to say can’t be expressed here. Work is tough – office politics. And I have endoftermitis,

On the plus side, last week I did something that I am very proud of that I have never been able to do on my own before. And I spent much of the weekend creating beautiful things. (Mr WF has caught the home-made pressies bug too. I am very proud. He is very clever – you really should come over and sample his Hot Hot Chocolate).

Second Worst Christmas Present Ever

The winner of my give-away has been announced. She was given the worst Christmas present ever. I thought that no-one could beat my own, but she succeeded. And I forgot to even tell you what mine was. So here it is:

Long before I met Mr WF I was dating a guy whose gransmother used to always buy matching present for me, his sister and sister-in-law. They were usually a bit tacky not generally not too offensive. One year, she decided to make us a present. She got a tacky doll (imagine a budget Barbie-type doll) and attached some weird plastic mesh around it to form a skirt, which she then embroidered. It was vile. But, to make matters worse, before I got a chance to upwrap the present, their dog had be caught chewing some of the presents under the tree. Mine was the one worst damaged. I opened a weird plastic doll-type thing that had bits hanging off and bite marks all over it. It looked like something out of Bride of Chucky (not that I’ve ever watched it) and was really quite terrifying.

If I had a picture of it I would post it here (although it would probably give you nightmares) but as I dont you will just have to use your imagination…

A tragedy

My most beautiful cupcake stand broke 🙁

The wonderful guys in the DT department fixed it 🙂

I got home and tripped over the cat whilst holding the newly fixed cupcake stand. Now its broke again 🙁

My heart is broken (just like the cupcake stand).

Give-away winner

And the winner is… Jennie, with this comment:

Well, I have to warn you, my family has a VERY strange sense of humor.

We had this cat that I hated, and one day it got hit by a car. My sister loved it, and put it in our outside freezer until she could bury it. So of course, she forgot about it.

My brother happened to find it, and so he wrapped it up Christmas Eve and put it under the tree with my name on it.

..I think I’ll be scarred for life on that one.

Thank you to everyone who commented. Reading your comments has entertained Liz and I all week.

I have really enjoyed this mass give-away, and may well be planning another here in the new year.


Ok, so the cake marathon was more of a gentle jog. I only managed to make one batch of toffee apple cupcakes (mmmm) and didn’e even have time to ice them. This was largely because the internet seems to have slotted itself nicely into the gaping hole left by the television, and because the give-away is still in full swing.

Anyways, here is a photographic representation of the cake action thus far:

Pretty apron (beautifully modelled by Mr WF)

A colourful array of baking bowls

Just look as those shiny new scales

How could I ever tire of whisking with this lovely blue whisk?

Red spatula

Ready for mixing

Anyone want to lick the spoon?


Cake marathon

This Saturday, two lovely friends wil be getting married. They have asked people to bring lots of cakes to accompany the bonfire and fireworks after the service.

Therefore, tonight, tomorrow night and saturday morning will be consumed in a frenzy of cake-baking. I’m planning toffe apple cupcakes, chocolate truffle muffins and gingerbread men and ladies adorned with the name of the bride and groom.

So, if you can, come over and give a hand. If you have a special request (or especially a secret recipe), leave a comment. And don’t forget that you are still in with a chance of winning something here.

Give Away Day

Today is Give Away Day. It is a mass give-away of handcrafted items by lots of different blogs around the world. Check out the list on SewMamaSew to see if you can win anything.

Several weeks ago I a spent a glorious weekend with 2 good friends, L and M. We had a wonderful time shopping and creating and eating and drinking. We made silk paper out of silk fibres, fabric dye, angelina fibres and various other embellishments. I am giving away my favourite of all the many things that I made that weekend. It was destined to hang on the wall of my lounge, but instead will be sent to whichever of you can entertain me the most by leaving a comment to answer the question below. But first, you’ll want to see what’s on offer:

And now for the question…

What is the worst christmas present that you have ever received?

Entries now closed. Pop back later this afternoon to see who won.

* Entries will close on Thursday Sunday morning 9am (Greenwich Mean Time) [Deadline extended due to the HUGE number of Give-Aways at SMS]

* The comment that most makes me laugh, cringe or cry the most will win. My good friend Liz will be acting as independant adjudicator to ensure that it is a fair result

* I am happy to ship overseas, so everyone is welcome to comment but I cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas for non-UK entrants

* The winner will be selected on Thursday Sunday and will be announced (hopefully) on Thursday Sunday evening along with a description of my own worst Christmas present (its a good ‘un – make sure you come back to find out!)

Advent Gingers

Here are my advent gingers. After all the excitement of creating these little fellas, I forgot it was my turn to eat one this morning. It’ll be something to look forward to when I get home though!

Advent gingers
Advent gingers









Gingerman number 18
Gingerman number 18


Have you ever found that TV has taken over your life? You get home, turn it on and it stays in the background while you live your life. Conversations are held with it in the background, dinner is eaten in fromt of it. There never seems to be anything that I actually want to watch but I can’t bear to turn it off.

I am addicted.

So, as an experimental Advent venture, hopefully leading to breaking this addiction, TV is banned. Actually, its not entirely banned. Vegging in front of the TV is banned. It is allowed if there is something specific on that we want to watch. It is also allowed on Saturday mornings.

Last night, Mr WF and I fasted from TV. We made gingerbread men, then sat in front of the fire, drank mulled wine, read and talked. We talked more than wehave done for a long time. Its easy to co-exist quite comfortably, to get into the habit of leading quite separate, but quite contended lives. We’re making a stand. We don’t want to live like that anymore.

So, come and join us. Either by getting rid of your TV for a few nights a week. Or come over and join us with coversation, games, baking…