Tuesday, 30 November 2010


Morning all. I have hubby at home with me today because of the snow. We only had a little bit of snow at the weekend but we have had more overnight and some more this morning too. Hubby decided against going to work this morning although he did try, he set off as normal but only got to the end of the road and the start of the hill going down into the village. Once he stopped the car in the queue of traffic he struggled to get going again and his wheels were spinning and sliding when he tried to go downhill. The cars in front were struggling to go down the hill and restart after stopping too so hubby decided not to take the risk of going any further and turned the car around to come home. Luckily he managed to turn around with only a small amount of slipping and parked the car at the bottom of the back road to our house as he couldn't get it back up into the garage. He got out the snow shovel and managed to clear enough of a run to get the car into the garage just as it started snowing heavy again a little while later.
Our matt was going in the car with hubby who drops him off where he works in leeds centre before carrying on to his own work so he came back home too but he decided to go in on the train. That wasn't really an option for hubby as he doesn't work anywhere near the train station or any bus stops so even though he could get to leeds he would struggle to get to the industrial estate where he works.The only thing with hubby being at home is that I'm tempted to sit drinking tea and chat to him all day rather than get on with any housework or ironing as I'd planned today so I must be strict with myself. As you know I'm easily distracted and any excuse to ignore my housework for me eh girls.  He's going to go out and clear some of the snow from the paths and near the garage now so I should really crack on now while he isn't around to distract me but will I ????????
I'll try not to get tempted to sit and surf online this morning and lose hours which I do sometimes lol. I've been on busymitts already, now I'm getting my blog done and I had a quick peek on facebook but made myself come off before I got caught up playing games lol. I saw on facebook yesterday that a busymitts and facebook friend Suzanne had her baby boy yesterday morning so I packaged up a baby cardi I'd knitted her and congratulations card which hubby was going to post today but I'm not sure if it will get posted today now but hopefully it will get sent off soon.

I knitted myself another pair of andietoes over the last couple of days, in red chunky wool this time. I love my blue Andietoes and thought I'd knit another pair so I can wear one pair while the other is in the wash.
Andies other toes

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Not much to report but thought I'd drop by anyway and say hello

ok thats it I've said hello so I'm off now lol.
No just kidding. hehe
Hope you're all well my fellow bloggettes. Are any of you snowed in?
We had a light dusting ovenight but nothing much to worry about, although it didn't really get warm enough during the day to thaw it so it has become quite icy this evening. I hope we don't get anymore tonight on top of the icy bit we already have as it will make getting out and about difficult. Still I'm really glad we haven't had it bad, some places shown on the news look to have had loads. I know Jo and Moe have both had quite a bit so I hope you're both coping with it ok. Apparently theres more snow sleet and ice on the way and I think we're forecast fog tomorrow so that should be fun NOT!!!!!
The uk is just not good with snow, we just aren't built to cope with it. Barnsley where I live is quite a hilly place so getting round in bad weather can be quite difficult, we live on a flat part but in the middle of quite a steep road and a couple of times in bad weather hubby has had to leave his car at the bottom of the hill or abandon it part way up. One year he spent almost an hour at the bottom of the hill helping people in a queue of traffic in front of him push their cars to get them going up the hill and then as he was last in the queue he ended up alone with no one to help him so he had to leave the car TYPICAL !!!!

Come on tesco learn how to stock control
 We ventured out to the supermarket this lunchtime only to find the shop half empty. I know people tend to panic buy a bit when bad weather is forecast but to be honest I don't think that was totally the reason for it. Our tesco is terrible for stock control you can go anytime of year and there can be empty places on the shelves and their fresh sections are often half empty or filled up with loads of the same item and not much else. We even struggled to get a trolley as there were none near to the store except broken ones that wouldn't drive properly. It was obviously too cold for staff to go out and fetch the trolleys from the car park bays and return them to the front of store. During last years snow we were told that the staff weren't going out to collect trolleys or clear the car park because it was too cold and slippy for them to do it safely. We usually go to morrisons which we prefer but its on the edge of town with quite a small car park and at the end of the month when a lot of people get paid its almost impossible to find a parking spot so at these weekends we tend to go to tesco.
Once back home we could relax and warm up as it was blooming freezing outside. Tonight was a tv fest with strictly come dancing, X factor and I'm a celebrity get me out of here. A good night for phone companies with all the voting on the three shows. While I was watching I'm a celebrity I got my knitting out and made a wristwarmer, I made the other one yesterday evening. Because they are done in chunky yarn and on 6.5mm needles they were quite quick to make, just a couple of hours each to knit and sew up.
Well look at that nothing to report I said at the beginning and here I am paragraphs later... not really reporting much but still typing lol.

Friday, 26 November 2010

More mindless drivel

I'm here again, two days in a row!!! Whoo impressive eh girls al be back to blogging regular again in no time.
Thanks for the welcome back Chrissy and Jo xxx
I'm just having a nosey round online before I get on with my days cleaning, ee I do know how to enjoy myself don't I.  errrr NO!!!! lol.  But needs must eh, I cant live in a total pigsty can I, just a semi pigsty I cant let my standards drop too much. I'm not exercising today as its a rest day so thats saved me a bit of time this morning,  but I did get round to doing them after my blog yesterday and after saying I'd lost my exerciing mojo I actually quite enjoyed them . My leg did hurt a bit during the running part though so I'm not sure its fully healed but it was ok a bit after I finished the workout so I'll see what happens tomorrow when I do them again, hopefully it'll be ok.
Once I'd finished my exercises and showered etc I got on with my ironing for a few hours and made a small dent in our ironing mountain. Where does it all come from ?????? My wash baskets and ironing pile are beyond huge and I cant believe only three people can make so much. Cor bimey I'm glad I've not got a big family, imagine if I had to do the waltons washing and ironing !!!!!!!

Too much laundry for me
After dinner we put our ironing away, well mine wasn't all put away, some of it is hanging on the front of the wardrobe door as there's no room in the actual wardrobe for it. and yet I still have nothing to wear!!!!!!  Then once that was done and the dishwasher was on I got my knitting out and finished the scarf I'd been knitting this week for my niece while we watched I'm a celebrity get me out of here.

Great scarf to hide behind when feeling shy
Blooming nora I'm glad I'm not in tthe jungle with Gillian Mckeith cos I woud have to hit her with her food canteen she is such a pain in the bum. She's so self absorbed and I have no idea why she went camping in the jungle with her phobias in the first place.

You shouldn't have hit me so hard Andie.
My head hurts and theres a dint in my canteen
She must be desperate for the money to agree to go in , maybe she needs some money to buy more pants now she's had hers specially adapted to smuggle in herbs etc.YUK!!!!! They must a bin blooming big knickers and she must a bin walking like John Wayne. I bet once she emptied all the stuff out of them she weighed a stone lighter. I hope she goes out soon cos she's getting on my nerves.

What do you mean I look pregnant??Thats
 where I smuggled in my miso soup & nettle tea
Right well the sun is blazing in through the window and shining in my eyes now so I'm going to say bye bye. I think I've rambled on with my mindless drivel enough anyway now and if I'm getting up to shut the blind I might as well get on with something useful while I'm up and start cleaning. So its goodbye from me and its goodbye from .. me  xx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Eyup lass wheers ta bin?????????????

Hello bloggettes Its me Andie Did yer miss me? Or did yer not even notice I weren't here????
Sorry I've been a bit lazy on the blogging front lately.I'd ike to say its because I've been really busy and industrious but I havent really (when am I ever), I've just not been in a bloggy mood of late. I've had a lot of things on my mind and just not been able to think what to put, I know I know, its never stopped me before. Most of my blogs are mindless pointless rambles but I coudn't even seem to start one lately. Anyway I'm back now so prepare to be innnundated with mindless drivel again.
Even though I haven't wrote many blogs lately I have been stopping by to read the ones I follow. You all seem to have been busy with crafting christmas orders, present making and decorating  aswell as opening new online shops so you've kept me entertained reading what you've all been upto.
So what have I been upto?????..... Not too much really, the usual everyday things like housework, been out shopping a few times for christmas pressies and ordering online too (nearly finished now) I started knitting my niece a scarf on Sunday and I've started back on my wii excercises after having a bit of time off as I'd hurt my leg a bit, I think it was a shin splint from excerercising in bare feet. I've bought some trainers to wear now but I'm finding it hard to get back into to be honest, I seem to have lost my exercsing mojo but I'm trying to get back into the routine of doing it. 
Saying that I havent done them yet today and I was going to go offline and get them done when I thought of writing my blog.... bit of avoidance there andie I think... I will do them soon and then its a quick shower and on with the ironing, another thing I have lost my mojo for, well to be honest I've never had a mojo where ironing is concerned I've always hated it.
Next week I intend to start my pre christmas clean, I thought about it a few weeks ago and thought 'oh no too early yet' but then yesterday I realised that christmas is only a month away and so I better get started. Watch out dusty corners Andie is on her way I have a duster and I'm not afraid to use it (well maybe I am a bit lol) 
Anyway I best be off and crack on with the exercises and ironing see you all again soon bloggettes
Andie xxx

Monday, 15 November 2010

Bit of a crafty week

Hello blogettes, I've not been on here for a whole week tutut Andie you slacker you. 
I've managed to fit in a bit of crafting this week. After the bags I sewed and showed on Mondays blog I did a bit of beading on Tuesday. I made three jewellery sets for my website and a watch for a friend.
On wednesday I went to meadowhall with my mum Christmas shopping and we did quite well getting things off our lists and then that evening I did a mamoth order on Amazon for a lot of the rest, We don't have that much left to get now.
On thursday I did a bit more sewing in the morning before spending the afternoon in my least favourite way ... At the ironing board !!! The sewing was a bag for Chrissy from some material she sent me along with a drawing and measurements for the style she wanted. Im going to add a ribbon loop and button closure before I send it off I just need to find a button.
I didn't do anything crafty on friday or saturday as friday I was too busy doing housework and saturday was a supermarket and tv day but yesterday I decided to knit myself a pair of slippers I've only made one so far but hopefully I'll get chance to start on the other one today.

Midnight blue glass beads set
Shades of purple glass beads set
Silver and half coated silver glass beads set

Chain strap watch

Chrissy's bag

Andietoes worn


Monday, 8 November 2010

Crafty day n spot the difference

I'm waiting for spooks to start so I thought I'd write a quick blog so here I am. Hello blogettes.  Hope you are all well. I've been sewing again this afternoon, more shoppers for the fruit and veg shop and another one for the lady who cleans at hubbys work too. She's already bought one for herself and her sister in law, her daughter bought one too, now she wants another for herself so she can keep one in each of her two bags she uses when she goes out shopping to save her having to keep swapping it from bag to bag.
I finished a mans hat I was knitting yesterday and got hubby to model it for me so I could put the pic on busymitts. Eily made the rather amusing suggestion that he had a look of Colin Farrell in it I didn't think so and said the only similarity I could se was that they both had stubble lol, but when I told hubby he said 'It's the thick eyebrows that look the same'. Well I suppose they are both bearers of  thick fluffy eyebrows lol. What do you think, are there any other similarities do you think??
Who's who lol

Friday, 5 November 2010

Cor blimey am a lazy bu--er

Ooh ladies I'm so so lazy I should be busy cleaning today but so far Ive not done much, I've been chatting online most of the morning to my sister from another mister Eily (yer a bad infuence on mi sis lol) and texting my real sister and chatting on the phone to hubby. I finally said bye to eily, for the last time (it takes us awhile to sign off lol) and thought right come on Andie get on with some cleaning and yet here I am about an hour later back online AGAIN tututtut Andie I should be ashamed I really should. I do have an excuse though I've stopped for lunch or at least thats what I'm telling myself lol.
I've only managed to dust and tidy the living room kitchen and hallway, hoover the hall and kitchen and mop the kitchen floor so far. I thought I might aswell have my lunch before I hoover the living room as I'm sure to drop crumbs from my bread and lemon curd and I dont want to have to do the job twice, once is bad enough.  When I've done with lunch I'll hoover the living room including the sofa and swap all the cushion round and then move upstairs I'll start on the bathrooom  first YUK!!!!! I hate doing the bathroom and I hate the smell of bathroom cleaners too. I've tried tons of different ones and they all smell disgusting don't they. Don't know if you've guessed  yet but I don't like housework.
Still I suppose we all have to do things in life we don't like and I did get to do something I really enjoy doing  last night, now now girls I don't mean that !!! I'm not going xrated on my blogs, I mean making jewellery. Hubby went out snowboarding yesterday evening so I thought ooh what shall I do with myself and decided on playing with my beads. I'd had a couple of ideas for necklaces I wanted to make and so out all my stuff came and away I went. I was still at it long after hubby came home and even after he went to bed , not that I made that much but a few of the pieces I made took quite a while to make as there were a lot of individual pieces to attach.
I'll be doing a bit more bead shopping soon as I'm getting low on a few components and my best customer who works with hubby paid me for some jewellery she bought this week so I have a small amount of funds burning a hole in my pocket now. She asked hubby if I could make her a purple necklace and bracelet to go with a new dress she had and would I send in some purple beads so she could take them home and match them to the dress which is what we often do. I made up a little pack of the different purple beads I had and sent them to work with hubby along with a few purple pieces I already had made. The next day she came back and said she had found a set that matched in the made up ones I sent and also 3 more necklaces and a bracelet that went with other outfits she had so she wanted to buy them too.  I told you she was my best customer lol, I think she beats me with her love of jewellery .
Right well i better go now and get on lunchtime is over awwwwwwwwww int it a shame,lol.
These are the pieces I made last night.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

dreamaid fame

Oooohhhhhhhhhhhh exciting news for me today, one of my rings is featured on the front page of dreamaid. So is my short pudgy hand which is modelling the ring, it was a bit of a shock to see it on there today. I received a message from friend and fellow dreamaider Chrissy saying that I was on the front page so I rushed over to see it and yep there was my hand and ring wooohoooooooooo.
My famous hand
I hope my hand doesn't get full of itself and bigheaded (or should that be bighanded???) now thats its famous. I'm considering getting it insured as per Moe's suggestion lol.  Lets hope someone sees it and wants to buy it now, that's the ring not my hand.
I finished my other mans slipper yesterday and will be sending them off to my friends hubby Al tomorrow I named them Mr tincatoes at first but Tinca (aka Eily) changed the name to Alcatoes today which I know is daft of us to name a pair of slippers but eh whats wrong with being a bit daft every now and then eh.

Finished Alcatoes
Right I'm off to knit and watch tv now, thats if my famous left hand can be persuaded to do something so menial now lol.  Its goodnight from and its goodnight from the hand. Goodnight

Monday, 1 November 2010

Shopping, knitting and tv watching

Well I went shopping AGAIN yesterday. I think I'm a shopaholic, hello my names Andie and I'm addicted to shopping. There I've said it let the treatment begin. Or maybe not lol. I didnt buy much yesterday so I'm obviously not a hardened shopaholic but we did only pop into B&M and Dunelm while we were picking mum up. We got a new cat bed for lucy which she quickly sat on and then laid in it all night so we thought she liked it and then when I got up this morning she was back on the old one!!!!. contrary cat. I also got a bit more christmas wrapping paper, a couple of pillowcases, a set of 3 christmas votive candles and a fabric santa decoration so not a big haul.
I wonder when I can go shopping again???????????? Hope its not too long.lol.
It was a bit of a funny day yesterday as we'd not long been home from our little shopping trip and picking mum up when it was time to go back out again to pick up my nephew up from the train station (he'd been to manchester to visit his girlfriend for the weekend) we'd only had time for a quick lunch of home made pizzas and a sit down. While we were out mum said we might as well drop her off home save us going out again later so she was home a lot earlier than usual on a sunday.
Once we were back home Matt dissapeared to his room and hubby and I decided to watch a dvd, we chose terminator 2 as we'd watched the first terminator one night last week and we wanted to see what happened next. I'm sure we've both seen the films before but years ago and couldn't remember what happened.While we watched I did some knitting I'm making a pair of mens slippers and managed to finish one and have now started the other.

After terminator it was time for tea before watching the strictly results where poor tina went out. She wasn't a fave of mine, I think she was a bit shy and holding herself back but it was a shame to see her go so early. I really didn't like the outfit she had on  this week, it was more sandy at the end of grease than argentinian lady of the night, but I thought she danced quite well, certainly better than ann or gavin did.
Then it was the xfactor results where belle ami went, well they have been in the bottom two a lot and since appearing on the live shows they havent done great but I wish it had been wagner who went or katie. Wagner can't sing and is just there for Louis to have fun with and I can't stand katie, although she has sung better the last couple of weeks. I was really pleased gorgeous Matt got through, it wasn't his best song but I enjoyed it and even thought he sang it better than Leona, but then again I don't like her that much, I think shes just a warbler who does high notes well but doesn't really sing. I was pleased rebecca got through too as I think shes fab oh and what a surprise Cher was this week wow she can really sing.
And last but not least before bed we watched Downton Abbey which I'm really enjoying. I think it's been really good and has lots of stories going on which makes it interesting. Its such a shame its nearly finished I'll miss it when its done I wonder how it will all end????