Friday, 6 September 2013

A Big Conker and a Fairy!

Hello to you all out there in Blogland, I hope you are all well, but sending hugs and good wishes for those of you who are not so tip top.

Well it's cold here tonight, and I've put on for the first time since buying them in Iceland my Elfshoes.  They are so cosy, but the bells on the toes are doing Alistair's head in, but I don't care I love them.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate that you take the time to pop in and comment.  I would like to welcome Marlene, my latest follower and who lives here in Inverness, I met   her today with Fiona who is another crafty friend.  Marlene has fabulous projects on her blog, and some of you might know of her already, but do pop in and visit her at

My hubby has been busy in the kitchen today as he brought home from his travels yesterday some mussels which he turned into Mussel Chowder.  Now I'm not for that sort of meal, not keen on seafood, I can do prawns in a cocktail sauce, that's about it, but I tasted some of the sauce and it was gorgeous.  He thoroughly enjoyed it, and hopefully it won't aggrivate his gout as seafood does.  Me? well I had a piece of Gala pie and beetroot.  I'm right off cooking these days and I don't bother all that much when it's just me I'm feeding.  He has done well this week as he made a scrumptious apple pie on Tuesday from our own apples, he is a clever boy and there is no end to his talents, here is something else he's made;
 A Big Conker, he carved it from a log, stained and varnished it and put an old piece of rope throught it. He wanted to show the size that's the reason ther is a one of those little bottles of wine beside it.
A closeup.  When Alistair was at Community Service, this was one of the projects he had the clients make, it was much larger and it still sits in their grounds.  I think it is rather cool.

And on to my humble effort, a card using
LOTV Classic Christmas Papers
Green Card
Green Mirri Card
Tonic Gothic Die
Die'sire Holly Die
SB Petit Shape
Die'sire Sentimentals Jingle Bells Sentiment
MB Fabulous Phlox and Leafy Branch
Glamour Dust on her wings
Pearls and Ribbon from my Box

Well that's it for tonight, I hope everyone has a good weekend whatever you will be doing.  We haven't much planned, it will depend on how the weather shapes up, not looking good for tomorrow though, perhaps Sunday will be better and we might get for drive somewhere.
Bye for now, Hugs Kate x


Wilma Brown said...

Evening Kate, My what a big Conker Ha Ha Ha. What a talented hubby you have. Mine enjoys cooking too and used to make all the cakes at Christmas for the family when he was on leave from the ship. Bit lazy these days on the cooking side since I retired and took over.

Your card is delightful Kate, love that image and the backing papers are gorgeous. Love that Holly die I got the ivy one and used it to make the wreath card.

I think rain will stop play over the weekend so a crafty one for me.

Wilma x x x

Rita said...

Love that fabulous conker Kate. What a clever laddie your Alistair is. Andrew loved cooking too, but he cannot stand long enough now. Brilliant card and I love that tonic die. Enjoy your Evening. Hugs Rita xxx

rachel said...

wow that conker is a whopper Kate - really truely wouldn't like to play a game of conkers with that one! Lol! Love your card too - so very pretty. Love that image. Its cold here too - I was shivering whilst the girls did their Jujitsu - the heating will be going on if it doesn't pick up! Hugs xx

Hazel said...

That conker is great, I looked at the photo first and thought "what in the name is that" then I read your blog, glad your elf shoes are cozy I can see you going to put them on and they will be missing the bells and you will know who to blame haha.

Your card is lovely. Yes that was my first attempt at the box, as I said to Patricia I have the knowledge to do things but don't have all the tools or time to do them, but love playing with card and paper I think that's why I love scrap booking as you can do what you like.

Looking forward to next Saturday.

Hazel xxx

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! I love Alistair's carved conker, the shine and colour is wonderful.
Your card is gorgeous, I love the pretty design and beautiful colours
I hope you have a good weekend
hugs Sue xx

pam said...

clever hubby there Kate, fabulous carved conker.
your card is beautiful, love this image and design.

Amber Holder said...

How nice that he has been cooking. I love the fairy image you used in your card today. I'm off to check out that shop for myself :)

Best crafty wishes!
Staying Crafty

Patricia said...

Good evening Kate,
Love your card great colours and layout.

If your "elf shoes" fall silent you know the culprit ........!!!!!!!
Have a great weekend

Patricia xxx

Sue said...

Hi Kate your slippers sound so cosy :) and wow love that conker its amazing and so is your card hun huggles Sue xxxx

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
what an amazing piece of work involved in making that giant conker. Your hubby sure is very clever.
I have got to tell you this my hubby hardly looks at my blog, but because my computer was on the dinning table while waiting for the cable to be lade in the loft. He looked at it and saw DH, and said to me who's this DH well I cracked up laughing,and then explained. I think he thought I had a fancy man, when it was him I was referring to.
Love your fab card. Great image, and so wonderfully designed too.
Your slippers sound fan-dabbie-dozy.
Have a wonderful crafty weekend.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous conker, I have a similar cherry :) and love your card just gorgeous
Hugs Kate xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Wow that is the King of Conkers Kate! Fabulous card today love the image and the die cut to make the mat! Just trying to catch up - fabulous present from Alistair from his trip away! Susan xx

rosie said...

wow thats a conker and a half!! this is amazing. love the image on the card. fab colours x

Sandy said...

Your card is beautiful Kate - that I understand. But a conker - I don't know what that is and the more I look at it the more I don't know what it is!!!! Would love to have a pair of slippers like yours - I bet they are gorgeous bells and all.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Sorry Im late. Formula one has been on.
When I read the title of your post, I thought it was a Hans Christian Anderson tale that had passed me by lol!
Another saucy fairy and lovely festive card.
Tell Alastair that you need the bells for elf and safety. . . . . . boom boom!
Have a great evening.
Ang x

May said...

Now that's what I call a conker...It's fantastic! Love your card the image is so cute...Great design too... Have a happy week... Hugs May x x x

Pop's Cards said...

HI sweetie this is just gorgeous hugs Pops x x x

sue w. said...

Hi Kate, this is wonderful, love the image and fab colours.
I would have had the pie too hun!
Hugs Sue W.

Diane said...

Love your card Kate, the image and colors are wonderful.

Regards diane

Teresa said...

Gorgeous card Kate and I love that conker, what a great feature for your garden.
Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday, I hope you have a great week.
Hugs Teresa

Erika said...

Hi Kate. I like the sound of your elfshoes and that conker is fabulous. Great card, another Christmas one to add to the pile, you are going great guns.
It has definitely cooled on the weather front these last couple of days and the nights are drawing in, boo! Still not a cloud in the sky today.
Happy crafting, hugs Erika.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Please help the American out, love....what in the world is a "conker" and what do you do with it??? You have even Google confused, lol!

Another lovely card, as always!! I haven't done much crafting at all in so long...I wonder if I still remember how??