19 August 2008

THE BLUE PETER MOMENT

so here we are a week on...

i can't tell you how much the lovely comments have helped in the darker moments. i feel very very lucky to be on the receiving end of such friendship...what a wonderful and supportive community to be a part of. so thank you again. i wanted to get in touch with you all to say it personally but there were a couple of you that i didn't have a contact email address for so please know that your words really meant a lot to me.

and as life moves forward i am enjoying some creative distractions. the 1st project being a flower festival that i'm taking part in this week along with my mum and auntie rosemary.

it takes place in a sweet norfolk church every year...raising funds for the church itself and the flower club that my mum belongs to. this year's theme is fairy tales. the display will be open to the public over the bank holiday weekend and hopefully there will be lots of visitors.

i chose hansel and gretel for my arrangement. which leads me on to the post title. besides the beautiful flowers that we have a budget of £25 for we also provide the props and foliage from our gardens for each piece. last night i thought i ought to get to making a gingerbread house!

the real thing wasn't really an option so i had myself a blue peter moment with cardboard...stanley knife...sticky back plastic...pva glue...and a few doilies for luck. i'm sure these things work out better in the world of martha stewart and indeed the bbc programmes that i used to love to watch as they turned cereal packets into sindy doll lounges. indeed it took a while to get my brain into gear but once i got going i ended up having rather a good time.

the downside came this morning.

for as i stuck those dolly mixtures on to the roof and jelly tots round windowframes i must confess i nibbled 1 or 2. in actual fact i made a pig of myself. and i had an accomplice...yes c had a weak moment too!

(evidence part one :: the blurry sugar rush photo)

so anyway the tale goes along these lines...mr and mrs mcclorey (who don't normally eat sweets) overindulged in confectionery before heading up the wooden stairs to the land of bedfordshire. they then had an awful nights sleep of waking up and feeling warm...only to get up in a tired and dizzy state like that of a horrible hangover. a cautionary story of the scary additives out there in the land of coloured food. be warned good people!

needless to say i'm not going to be able to look at my gingerbread house with quite the level of fondness that i had hoped. but i am really looking forward to spending time in a peaceful environment with 2 amazing women whom i adore...surrounded by flowers and enjoying the process of the project together (even though i am nervous to be part of something that i have little experience of!)

i'll return later with some photos of how it all went. xxx

11 comments:

  1. I can say that if I were making your gingerbread house only the horrible brown dolly mixtures would be stuck on as everything else would go into my big mouth!!

    I hope you have a lovely time Kelly playing with flowers and chatting with your lovely mum and aunt:)

    Good job Harry isn't near your house as he's eat the lot!! He’s rather partial to cardboard

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  2. Oh my goodness, Kelly! I am completely in love with this ginger bread house - it just looks so divine and you've got my mind racing with ideas (which is no small thing as I have been suffering from crafter's block over the last couple of days!). Yes, e-numbers are scary...you should stick to chocolate! x

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  3. Oh my goodness, Kelly! I am completely in love with this ginger bread house - it just looks so divine and you've got my mind racing with ideas (which is no small thing as I have been suffering from crafter's block over the last couple of days!). Yes, e-numbers are scary...you should stick to chocolate! x

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  4. What a gorgeous little house of treats, I hope you have a lovely day and everything goes well my sweet!
    Jessx

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  5. Im just playing the blue peter tune in my head while reading this. Oh my - i would have happily joined you and C with those colourful candies!
    I love how the house turned out - what a lovely idea!
    hope your week is calming xxx

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  6. i love your gingerbread house Kelly. i am impressed that you had some dolly mixture left to put on. i will take your tale as a warning. Hope you still manage to enjoy the flower festival.. it sounds delightful.
    with love
    ginny x

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  7. how cool is that house!!!!!
    have a lovely time with your family when you come down from your sugar high ;)
    t x

    note to Harry..... if Ghillie Mcdog gets a sniff of the candy house first you do not stand a chance - not a trace of candy or cardboard would be left!!!!
    xxx

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  8. Loving that candy house Kelly, there would have been no jelly tots left in this house!

    Have a lovely weekend with your family, good luck with the flower arranging :)

    L x

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  9. How fabulous is your gingerbread house hun, it looks so cute, i'm loving the pink door and little bird on the chimney.
    Wishing you all the very best at the festvial.
    I've left you a comment on your previous post, thinking of you.
    Please email me with your address as i'm not sure i have it correct, you're little prezzie is sitting waiting to be posted to it's new home.
    Many hugs.
    Catherine x

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  10. This is a cool gingerbread house - it all looks edible? My version would also be minus the Jelly Tots as there were a childhood fav. However I did buy myself some as a treat a few months ago and they really didn't taste the same (or is it just my rose tinted taste buds)
    Take Care of Yourself
    Clare x

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  11. Your house is beautiful Kelly (even with the sugar rush):)- have a wonderful bank holiday weekend!

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