Wednesday, 31 December 2008


Another Christmas come and gone. All that preparation for 2 days!! I certainly didn't get it all done as my husband shared his nasty germs with me - very kind of him. I was late with everything but I think we got there in the end and there were no complaints. Since then I have been busy with some cards for a magazine article and a 13th birthday celebration for our youngest daughter. Its not fair having a birthday so near to Christmas.
Anyway, its time for me to go so I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon,

Jane xx

P.S. Don't forget The Craft Barn sale starts Saturday 3rd January, check online for sale items which will be different to those in the shop.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Christmas Poem

Found this Christmas poem on a blog by Christine Dark. Unfortunately I still haven't worked out how to link up to other blogs but I'm working on it!! You can find her blog via The Craft Barn Kadoodle Blog

Twas the night before Christmas,
I’m glued to the tree.
I’m wondering what Santa
brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock
or chipboard or lace?
Or a Cricut, I said,
with a smile on my face.
And that’s when I heard him,
“Hi Santa, ” I said
“You know….good little girls
Should be in their beds.”
“I know I should Santa,
And now I’ve got caught.
But I was just so excited
To see what you brought.”
“Well, let’s take a look
In this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim
As he put it in gear.“
You’ve got enough crap,
I’ll see you next year!”

Don't think he better bother coming to me then!!!

See you soon,

Jane xx

Friday, 19 December 2008

Where has this month gone??

When I first started this blog I had good intentions of being here every night typing away with lots of pictures to add. Well it hasn't really happened. Where does the time go?? I guess its not the best time of the year for good intentions and new projects. I think the cards are all made now and sent, most of the shopping is done and the turkey is in the freezer although I shall be getting that out tonight to defrost and cook before Christmas. I've done this ever since our second daughter was due on the 30th December. I was convinced that I woudn't make the date so dinner was cooked and ready in the freezer should a little baby arrive early. She didn't, she arrived on the 30th but it seemed like a good idea to continue doing it. Well the big day is fast approaching and will we be ready........ of course we will, we always are.

See you soon,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 3 December 2008


Its a long time since my last post, this is because I have been SO busy working for my classes, the club a friend and I run every week and working for The Craft Barn. Last Saturday The Craft Barn had a Christmas Fest with all the tutors demonstrating a variety of products. It was a very busy day with lots of very nice crafters to talk to, mince pies to eat and Winter Pimms to drink or non alcoholic drinks for the drivers!! Although the days of demos are hectic they are really good fun and you meet some lovely ladies/gents. On Monday I had class there with the wonderful Cuttlebug machine and I met some very nice ladies, 2 of which had travelled miles to come and spend the day with us. I have now got other projects on the go hence the blog name 'Anything but Housework'. What is housework anyway?

Well I thought I would show you a couple of cards that I made for a class I took a little while ago. One of my friends had these stamps and asked what I would do with them. The dinosaur has a head on a wire which wiggles and the pirate ship was coloured, cut out and put on a treasure map made for the card. Hope you like them!

Thanks for looking, see you soon.

Jane xx

Sunday, 23 November 2008


This is my first entry and it has taken me all night to get it right!! Trying to place the photo in the right place and not as a huge image has probably been the most difficult but I think I have got it right now so here goes.......

The first card I am posting is a Little Claire Christmas Elephant Stamp which I used for one of my classes. The image was coloured in with watercolour pencils and glittered in the snowy areas, I don't think that shows up very well in the picture.

My youngest daughter is mad about elephants and I couldn't resist this stamp.

The picture looked fine until I saw it magnified on the screen and I realised that I hadn't got the peel-off straight!! The card had to be doctored and re-photographed. Nobody had mentioned it in the class!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon,

Jane xx