Wednesday, 10 October 2018

House Mouse Birthday Cupcake card

Products used
Stamps - House Mouse Birthday Cupcake wooden stamp, 

Penny Black Salutations T is for Transparent stamp set.
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Card and paper - 6x6 White Card Black and envelope
Plain Black Card
Crafter's Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card
MME Dolled up Paper Pad
Embellishments - White Card Candi
Pens - Promarkers
Tools - Clever cut mini
Adhesives - Double sided sticky tape
PVA Glue

I haven't crafted for a while, but I saw my friend was selling some beautiful stamps, which included 3 house mouse stamps, I absolutely adore house mouse and they were so cheap I couldn't resist. So I created a card for my father-in-law to be for his upcoming birthday, he appreciates handmade items so much, so I hope he likes his card.

Promarkers used: Tulip Yellow, Buttercup, Caramel, Sandstone, Sunkissed Pink, Almond, Primrose, Soft Green and Pastel Green.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018


What is Gleam?
Gleam is a competition hosting platform where people can upload competitions with different tasks, you can set mandatory tasks or just regular tasks or even set daily tasks (which is usually optional to enter daily or not.) For example: Visit a Facebook Page = 1 entry, Follow on Twitter = 3 entries, Follow on Pinterest = 1 entry and so on. There are a couple of different accounts you can have, if you are hosting lots of competitions then you may need a paid account, if you are only hosting a couple you can use their free accounts and if you are entering competitions it is all free to enter.

You can view the number of entries you have in a giveaway at the top left of the widget.
The total number of entries, from everyone who has entered is often shown in the top middle (although sometimes are not, if the promoter has turned this option off) and the time left of the competition is usually the top right of the widget.


Once you've logged in and linked your accounts, you shouldn't have any problems entering competitions, just click and go.

Here are some of the regular blogs I visit and enter most of their Gleam competitions, don't hesitate to read their blogs and content as well though, some interesting stuff! (All UK based, unless stated)

Boo Roo and Tigger Too
The Frenchie Mummy
Melissa Jane Lee
Really Missing Sleep
Rachel Bustin
Serenity You
H is for Home Harbinger


Friday, 7 September 2018

All Things Wild

We were looking for a day out that was half way between my sister-in-law's partner's parents house and our place, so we searched the internet and came across All Things Wild online, which looked like a great place, especially for our nephew, who has just turned two.

We pulled up in the car park and waited for the other half of the party to turn up. There was plenty of parking spaces, although the disabled parking spaces weren't very big. Whilst we waited for them, we went on inside, used the facilities and pre paid ready for the others to arrive. There was a deal for five people being £50 and Oscar my nephew got to go in for free as he was under the age of 3.

There was five of us, My partner's dad, who was in a wheelchair, My partner, My partner's sister and her partner, our nephew, who was in a pushchair and myself.

There was plenty of wheelchair/pushchair access into the building, as you walk into the door, you walk straight into the toy shop, which is where you get your wristbands, map and stamp card. With the stamp card, there are stamps hidden around the park and you fill in the card and at the end can get a sticker - great for the kids!

You walk through into different areas with different animals, play areas and even a cafe to sit down and eat. There are plenty of toilets around the animal centre, although not all wheelchair friendly.

Oscar loved looking at the animals and playing at the park areas, he sat on a tractor and didn't want to get off! The cockateel was very talkative and is located by the go kart area which was also a great hit with the nephew. The food was very good, lovely portions and you could ask for half portions for a child, not badly priced either, plenty of places to sit inside and highchairs available.

After lunch we walked around the dinosaur section, they have dinosaur statues on a trail along with facts about them, a good walk with some interesting facts, before we headed home.

I would definitely recommend All Things Wild for a day out with the family, lots to do and fun for most ages.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Ladies United Facebook Group

Ladies United is a supportive Facebook group for females to post, created by a group of girls who met online, created 17th August 2018, we already have over 1000 members and would love the group to grow. It should be a safe place to post, we hold raffles, competitions, play games and chat in general, feel free to ask questions, admin and moderators are also there for support, you can private message any of us, we can either try and help or we can post in the group anonymously for you to get answers from the other ladies in the group.

The group also has some admins and moderators introducing themselves, so if you have a specific need or query then you can find the right admin or mod for you.

We hope you enjoy the group as much as we do and did creating it, we hope the group can grow and be a safe place for all you ladies to enjoy.

We currently have a free competition to win some Yankee candle votives, all you have to do is comment on the relevant competition Facebook post.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Basic Punch Card

Cards with dimension do not have to be complicated, expensive and you don't need that many materials either. 
Today I will show you a really simplistic card using just a plain 6x6 inch card, scraps of white card, a Tonic punch, PVA glue and some rhinestones or flat back pearls.

Making your flowers, punch out lots of flowers using your floral punch.
Pull up the edges of half of your punched out flowers, put a dab of glue in the centre of the flat flowers and place the 3d flower on top.
 Once you have a large amount of flowers, in my case, 21, then you want to place them into a circular shape onto your card - you may want to draw a circle on first, but I did it free hand.
 You want to then select your centre of your flowers, I chose some colourful flat back pearls, but you could use rhinestones or even just hole punched coloured paper.
 I selected my colours and then stuck them down onto the centre of my flowers with my PVA glue.
You could then add a sentiment into the centre, a photo, even a coloured in image or simply leave it as it is.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Inexpensive hamper

Father's Day hasn't long gone by and I'm sure I'm not the only one that has a father that they never know what to buy for them. His birthday is coming up soon too, which is going to be another tricky one to find a gift for!

I saw some baskets on a local Facebook selling page that were perfect for small hampers, 2 for £4, so I asked to see if they would let me have them for £3 and I went and collected them, from the next street. I was thinking of either putting together a hamper of bath stuff, such as bubble bath, flannel (maybe shaped into some sort of animal) a rubber duck and other toiletries, but I also thought that he loves his food and loves cheese and crackers that would maybe be a better option.

So we popped to our local Asda to get some supplies.
I selected the following, costing me the following, although I could have saved myself something by buying different crackers and biscuits, but the box I bought was perfect size for the hamper and had a selection already in it.

Jacob's Cracker Selection £2.99
Cheddar pickle onions and chive cheese £2.00
Wensleydale cranberry cheese £2.00
Double Gloucester onion and chives cheese £2.00
Sweet Pickle 57p
Mustard Piccalilli 78p
Tomato Chutney 90p

I already had some cellophane wrapping and I reused a bow that was on a gift for my partner so the hamper cost me £12.74 in total, which isn't bad for someone on a tight budget and a gift that my father throughly enjoyed.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Sedrick's Ordeal

After falling in love with one of our foster, female, dwarf hamster and finding her a forever home, I was really interested and would have loved my own dwarf hamster, I hadn't had much experience with them beforehand, but have later fostered quite a few more and found them homes.

We came across a Shpock Advert for a male dwarf hamster who loved to eat a lot and occasionally bites, the only issue was the hamster was over an hour and a quarter away. He was the only dwarf hamster that came up for adoption around that time and nobody wanted a hamster that potentially bit and was already one years old, I had my heart set on him, even though there wasn't many photos of him, only a tiny picture of him sitting by his food bowl through the bars and a picture of his little pink cage with a green wheel in and a bottle held on by an elastic band.
(Cage is NOT Suitable for housing any species of hamster.)

I arrived at the property, a large group of people in a small flat, they were moving house and were unable to take him with them, so were looking to re-home him. I peered in the cage and couldn't see him, he was hiding in the little house, I asked to hold him and they were more than happy for me to but apologised encase he bit me. He was as good as gold and just sat there, I popped him in the carrier with some of his bedding and took him home. 

Once he had time to settle in, we would get him out most nights, whilst he explored us and the area. He is a gentle old soul, he was never very speedy, he loves his food especially mealworms. We expanded his cage and gave him more enrichment, including sand baths (one which he used as a toilet) more hideaways and tunnels, a larger 20cm wheel and a unbranded Whimzee to chew on and enjoy.
(Hamster heaven 80cm by 50cm)

(As he got older - Zoozone Cage is suitable for dwarfs, it meets the UK minimum requirements and measures 72cm by 46cm, for UK information you can read more HERE.)

Sedrick in his prime

It was the best decision to get him, he is my heart ham, as he has got older he has had a few issues, mainly with one of his eyes getting stuck together, which he has had eye drops for and has been tested for other things as he keeps getting it. He is now very skinny so is also having porridge and baby food, his favourite being chicken Sunday lunch, he is loosing his sight and isn't as easy on his feet as he once was, but he is getting old being around 28months old.

Sedrick sadly took a turn for the worst this week, having a large lump growing under his chin, could anything else go wrong for this little fella?! After loosing Roxy last month who had a tumour I thought the worst, especially with his age and his current health.

But we just got back from the vets and it turns out he had an abscess caused by his bottom teeth, the vet popped it and there was blood and pus everywhere, the smell wasn't that pleasant either! Luckily he made it through the ordeal and we have to keep cleaning it, making sure the wound doesn't heal, leaving him with a hole in the underside of his chin. He is on Baytril and Metacam all his life now most likely and will continue to eat baby food and porridge if he can't manage much else. The one thing he will really miss though is his sand bath.

*WARNING* - If you are screamish or would rather not see the following before and after the vet appointment then please do not continue scroll down.

If you have a hamster with a lump then please get it checked out by a vet, it may not be what you think and could be treatable or at least put them in less pain.

Before the vets

 After the vets

Back home lapping up some porridge.