Been a funny old mixture of ups and downs this week what with one thing and another... but what have been the positives?
We now have electricity after a power cut the other day. These are becoming more and more frequent in our area but am now signed up to texts from the company so *fingers crossed* I should know what's happening before I am plunged into darkness, or at least shortly after, in future. I have to include Gail in my thankfulness of this as she googled the 'leccy company's emergency number for me so we were able to find out what was going on. Thanks Gail.
The same day we found out our drains were blocked solid. Niiiiice in all this heat. Craig tried to unblock it himself but it was no good. One phone call to the man in the van, £110 later and we have nice unblocked drains. Am "ouching" at the cost, especially after having to fork out for the MOT, service and subsequent repairs to the car the other week but... am so glad we can flush the loo again! So - thank goodness for prompt service.
What with all that and some other stuff going on, well blimey! But then you see the little things that make you smile and take stock.
Twitter this week, well, that has had me chuckling like a loon. Isn't it amazing how total strangers can brighten your day? In particular this week Enchanted Books (@EnchantedBooks) for letting me stalk and harass unashamedly and not putting me on block. (Rather fab book giveaway going on, but don't enter - it's mine!) Caz (@snowbunny_caz) for letting me bully her into joining the Art, Heart & Healing class, I'm now really motivated to get going again and hopefully we can do it together, so in turn have had my sketchbooks out for the last few days. Am really enjoying it, maybe this is the year I finally finish some classes... so I can start some more! Vivienne (@serendipidy101) for making me laugh and for offering a shoulder to whinge on with stuff I can't post here. Plus she did a fabulous Twitter author interview yesterday, check it out on her blog tomorrow! ...oh and I can't forget Darcy (@DarcyW), Claire (@craftuyclaireliz) and Purplybunny (@Purplybunny) for just being... well... mental. Always raises a smile.
Finding out via the Derwent Facebook page that this book is being republished soon. I must have this book. I need this book. I will offer my services as a voodoo ninja hit woman to own this book. I have emailed the publisher begging them to hurry up and release this book and offering my blog, as well as copious amounts of cake, to review this book. Thus far I have in turn heard...deafening silence.
So, I shall be squirrelling away my Amazon vouchers and when it's released...*BOOM* watch out for all the drawing and sketching I'll be doing with this beauty. Isn't even just the cover gorgeous? I wish I could afford the original but not in this lifetime methinks.
Guess who won Wipso and Twiglet's fabulous blog candy? Only me! On the same day I announced the winner for my giveaway... I won this. Was so surprised and even more so when a parcel arrived containing all these pretty packages...
...which in turn contained all these goodies...
Look at all those shades of purple, my very favourite colour (next to black!) The girls are dying to put dibs on most of it but am taking the picture to my stu-stu-studio and am framing that daisy card. The buttons, brooch and notebook are getting hidden too. Am so chuffed at there being three bears - my three girls will not have to argue to much. Thank you both, you really made me smile this week.
Oh yes - my gift recipient seemed to love her present. Am so pleased because next to my Labyrinth coasters it's one of my favourite things I've made, I always worry that just because I like something - doesn't mean everyone else will. So, next post will be a giveaway post! Eyes peeled!
Oh - and I can't not mention Ally Pally tomorrow. I'm going with my eldest...ON THE TRAIN! Which means the underground beckons. Ooer. Am really looking forward to meeting up with some bloggy people and having a good old restock on some stash.
So - what rocked your week this week? Why not stop by Virginia's and play along? Thanks for stopping by!