Sunday, 27 December 2015

I'm back!!!

Hi everyone,

I'm back!!!!
The man at BT finally found the button to press,
to get us back online!!HeeHee!!

THANK YOU for all your lovely messages I found,
when I finally was able to log on yesterday!
You are all so kind.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

The removal men came at 8am on the Monday and 
7.30am on Tuesday 15th, the completion day!!
I was soooo tired!! Two mornings, getting up at 05.30!!
They left just after 8am.

We finally left at 9.45am with a fully loaded car!!
We took a very steady drive up, which took 3 hours 10 minutes.
We didn't stop and arrived just before 1pm. We then had to wait for the
money to work it's way up the chain.
We finally got the keys at 3.45pm!!
It was cold, drizzly rain while we were waiting but stopped whilst
they brought our stuff in the house.

The lady had left her washing machine in situ!!! So with a bit of help
from the removal men, they disconnected it and took it out.
I called her agent and asked him to get her to arrange her removal men,
to come and pick it up!!
They did the next day.

Our removal men were brilliant and went far beyond what they were there for!!

I don't think the house or garden had been touched since our offer was accepted!!
The grass is so long, it will have to be strimmed before trying to
cut it with a mower!!
I vacuumed the lounge and hall and my Dyson was filled with stuff!! Yuk!
I had to empty it so I could clean the rest of the rooms!

I washed everything down and vacuumed the whole house before we left.
A few days before that, I even weeded the garden!!

There is a lot more to do here than we first thought.
One of the toilets flush doesn't work properly.
Also the shower in the en-suite has got a problem and will need replacing.

Both of the radiators in the bathrooms are rusty and need replacing!
We will probably replace them with heated towel rails.

The list is too long and I don't want to bore you!LOL!!


We went out and bought new lighting today and ordered more online.

I have never seen a house where the lounge, dining room,
hall and 2 of the bedrooms, all had the same
awful, heavily textured paper on the walls!! Yuk!!

Homebase had a wallpaper steamer half price today, so we bought one!!

But we are in, Christmas tree is up and we had a lovely Christmas Day
with a friend that joined us, as he lives close by.
He was amazed how much we had done!!

On the plus side..... the rooms are much bigger than we remembered!!
The lounge is huge and the bedrooms too!!

Now onto my latest card, for the last Winter Wonderland challenge for 2015.
You have until the 7th January to get your cards in,
to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes.

The theme is Bingo and I am hosting this challenge,
so all the details are to be found here.

I used my favourite Lili Of The Valley snowman stamp!
Coloured with Distress Inks and added plenty of Stickles Star Dust.


It came with the text stamp too.
The frame was the waste from another card
and edged with Sakura Star Dust Coloured Pens.


I had a quick peek at the WW blog and the DT cards are stunning as always!
Do find the time to check them out for some inspiration.

I would like to wish all my followers and visitors
A VERY HAPPY 2016

I hope you stop by next year and leave me your lovely messages!!
I do so love to read them.

Hugs,
Carolxxxx


Friday, 11 December 2015

YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
WE'VE DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
We managed to exchange contracts today!!
 
 
It started at just after 9am,
but by lunchtime, we hadn't got
any further than the second person
from the bottom!!
 
The solicitor was not answering her
emails from Emma, our solicitor!!
 
By 2pm, Emma was pulling her hair out,
as there are 6 levels in the chain.

We were going through so many
different emotions.
Anger, worry and frustration!
 
By around 2.45pm I had a call from Emma,
telling me we had finally exchanged!!
 
What a relief!!
We are now moving on Tuesday next week.
 
Because it's about 4 hours travelling time, the removal
company are coming at 8am Monday morning.
They will load the truck with all of our things,
other than our bed, fridge and TV!
 
They will then come back Tuesday morning at 8am,
load our bed etc onto the truck and off we go.
 
They will unload as much as they can, depending
on the light and what time they get there.
 
They will sleep in the truck overnight, all 3 of them!
They will travel back to East Grinstead
on Wednesday morning.
 
One of our friends will meet us at the house.
He is going to help us unpack etc.
 
I am absolutely shattered!
The stress over the last 6 months and the lack
of sleep for the last week has caught up with me.
I am going to have the best sleep ever tonight!!
 
Hubby is already snoring his head off!!
I think I will join him now.
 
I would like to give a massive
THANK YOU
to all my lovely followers, who left me
the most wonderful and caring messages.
 
I feel so lucky to have you as friends.
 
Every time I read them, they picked me up and
even sometimes brought a tear to my eyes.
 
You are all so very kind.
 
Sending you all a massive HUG!
 
Carolxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, 7 December 2015

And Now!!!!!!

It's 6 months today, since we accepted our first full asking price
on our bungalow!!
And we are still here!!
 
Photos of now as promised!!
 
All the work tops have been taken off the walls, along
with the storage on the walls above the desk.
Very depressing! 
The wall units are now on the floor, with a section of worktop
balanced on the top of them. Just so we can use the computer.
 
 
Desk top leaning against the wall, along with the under desk shelving.
Dollshouse in bubble wrap.
Boxes full of stash!
 
 
Boxes of paper gone! Packed in crates! 

 
How I hate mess and this is really getting to me!
The joy of being a 'Virgo'!!
The whole house is just piles of boxes and very claustrophobic.

 
We are hoping to exchange contracts today but we don't
think it's going to happen.
They did try last Friday but the bottom of the chain
wasn't ready.
 
All the rest of us are sitting surrounded by boxes, waiting for
the solicitors at the bottom to get on with the job!!!! (SCREAM!!)
 
I think the problem is, that you have no control over what is happening.
Other people are dealing with it and you cannot speak to them and with
some of them, you are just a piece of paper in a file!!!
 
We are very lucky with our solicitor, as she just gets on with things
and is always there to speak to.
She is absolutely brilliant and keeps us informed as to what is going on.
She also has a great sence of humour to ease the stress.
All in all she is the best!!
Even the agent we are buying through says it too.
 
Shame the others are not as efficient!
 
Hope to have good news soon.
Hugs,
Carolxxxx

Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Craftroom Before!!

First I must welcome Lia, my new follower.
Thank you for taking the time to join me,
and I hope you enjoy what you see.

Warning........Photo Overload!!!!!

This was my craft room before I had to pack it all away, ready for the move!

First my Dollshouse corner and hubby's computer space!!


Pictures below ----

Printer/scanner/copier, Joy A4 Die machine. (clock drying on top of machine!)
Behind machine, box of masks and embossing folders, box of dies.
Underneath, pink box full of boxes of embossing powders,
next to it, A4 boxes of paper pads, 2 rows deep.
Next to boxes, Watercolour paper pads.
On the floor, more papers and card

In corner , too much to list!!
Includes assorted card blanks in use and huge boxes of Christmas stuff
amongst other papers pads.

On the wall, drawers full of Distress Inks, Stazon Inks, Pigment Inks,
Alcohol ink bottles, flowers, bling, papers, rubber stamps,
acrylic blocks and assorted other bits of craft stash!!


Little heart drawers containing Stickles, Card Candy,
Die cut Leaves and flowers.


Files under desk contain rubber stamps filed in type/company
on acetate in pockets.
Box under contains made cards.


Top of desk, water colour pens, mug with Sakura Stardust pens.
Glues and tools.


Drawers contain Alcohol pens, ribbons, lace, bling and templates.
Underneath, Heart drawers hold flowers.
Other boxes have clay and moulds and made clay items


Too much here to list!! Blue box has box blanks and other blanks too!!
Plastic boxes below and in next picture below
all colour coded papers in alphabetical order!!


Boxes of assorted items including clock mechanisms
and punches. Drawers of spare glue and tapes.


3boxes of Gilding Flakes, next to boxes of paper pads.
Drawers full of embellishments.


Drawers of Vellum, Acetate, cards that I made for Magazine tutorials.
Spare pens, H2O's and Mica Sprays.


  Some of my dies!!


Masks and Embossing Folders


Tomorrow I will show just a couple of pictures of
how my room looks now!!!

It's very sad!

Hope you are not too bored.

 Thanks for visiting and love reading your messages.
Hugs,
Carolxxxx










Friday, 4 December 2015

The Holly And The Ivy!

Hi everyone,
Today is the first day of the Winter Wonderland Challenge,
with the Snowflake Team.
 
The theme this week is
Holly and/or Ivy.
 
I chose to use an old Lilly Of The Valley stamp.
Coloured with Distress Inks and added Stickles
and Sakura Star Dust Pens.
 
 
Our Sponsor for this week is Di's Digi Designs
and the generous prize is
a 12$ Voucher!
 

 
Don't forget you have to be in it to win it!!
 
Pop over to Winter Wonderland blog, for some amazing
inspiration from our talented Snowflake Teamies.
 
I will enjoy, as always, visiting your blogs
and leaving you a message.
 
Hugs,
 
Carolxxxx