Thursday, 3 January 2013

Happy New Year ….

Hi everyone, and a BIG Happy New year to you all
I hope you had a lovely Christmas, I ended up up in bed for 4 days with some horrible virus. I’ve never really been right since I was poorly a couple of months back and this hit me worse than anyone else in the family, I feel ok now but everyone I speak to seems to have been ill over the holidays which is such a shame
We’d promised Joe a party for his 16th birthday on New Year’s eve. I can’t believe how naive we were in actually agreeing to it – 16 year olds don’t really know how to PARTY do they???
The first rule   …a few drinks were allowed but NO spirits ...was broken after about 10 minutes when I saw an empty litre of vodka in the bin and it went downhill from there
Joe had instructions to be sensible, stay in charge and make sure his friends respected our house. We’d wasted our breath as he was hardly able to stand up by 7.30   …I can always rely on Joe to be front of the queue when there are rules to be broken
Keith and I were sat in the front room with all the lights turned out like vigilantes for 4 hours watching for gate crashers, we had toyed with the idea of going out for an hour and leaving them to it, thank goodness we didn’t or we would have had half the village in our back garden. Another mistake, giving him a number and thinking he’d stick to it and that no-one else would bother about the party!
Most of them thankfully did behave themselves apart from being very rowdy, they’re all so big – it was a bit of a reality check that our days of children's birthday parties are over. We had a gazebo and a patio heater which was the best idea we’d had as it did keep them outside a lot of the time. Mud was the biggest problem after the torrential rain we’d had all day so Joe wasn’t happy when I gave him a scrubbing brush the next morning and told him to get to work on my rug and carpet. I was tempted with the nail brush (or even a tooth brush!!) to teach him a lesson but I think he felt bad enough, he couldn’t remember a thing about the whole evening – makes it all worth while!!
So that was my Christmas and New Year  …has to be one of my worst ever, I hope yours was better!
Time for the first challenge of 2013 over at Lili’s Little Fairies and it’s a lovely one  …use 2 backing papers
We’re sponsored by NitWits this week so I’ve used some of their gorgeous papers on my card…
Jan 3rd LLF, LTJ
Jan 3rd 3 LLF, LTJ
 Jan 3rd 2 LLF, LTJ 
These papers are from one of my favourite collections called Apple Butter Charm
The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and the loopy trim is from The Ribbon Girl
The image is Cake Glorious Cake coloured with Promarkers and finished with some stickles on her wings, her skirt and the cake
Finally the sentiment is from the useful Simply Sophisticated set
Hope you like it, I think I need to do another blog header and get rid of my Merry Christmas one!!
Have a good day



  1. Well I would be so happy if my parents would behave like you did when I was your son's age ... let's just say I had to learn it the hard way ... with a lot of funny stuff going on and nobody to talk to about it, if you know what I mean. and so sorry to hear that you were ill :( but I think this year a lot of people were. Well your card is beautiful as always! hugs! Mojca

  2. Gorgeous card Anne! I think my parents are so glad I didn't start drinking til I was 18 and never had enough friends to have a party haha! Sorry to hear you were sick, my dad was sick for Christmas and my mum has been sick for the last week so there's been lots of trips upstairs to their bedroom with tea, toast and 7up the last couple of weeks hehe, both on the mend now thank goodness :) I hope you feel better soon as well.

    Happy 2013 :)

    Tags xx

  3. Your posts do make me smile! You were certainly very brave having a party at home .... I wouldn't have even ventured there LOL. Sorry you have been poorly too - I hope you are now on the mend. Great card, love the image and colours. Have a great day. Hugs, Claire x

  4. Happy New Year Anne. Oh dear it sounds like you didn't have the best Christmas. Sounds like your son had a good time though! Sorry to hear that you have been so unwell too, poor you. I hope you are feeling loads better soon.

    Your card is gorgeous. I love that sweet image and those papers are really beautiful

    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  5. Oh dear, what a party. Glad to hear you are eeling better now and what a gorgeous card. Love that loopy trim

  6. Happy New Year Anne, what a shame you felt so poorly, I hope your begining to pick up now. I did smile at your story of Joe's birthday party and remembering that I'd been there and got the t shirt. But I guess it's a right of passage thing, but whether for Joe or you I'm not sure.

    Anyway Your card is gorgeous and I just love the papers, kate x

  7. Happy New Year Anne, sorry to hear you've been poorly.
    Your card is gorgeous. I love the image and pretty papers.
    Lorraine x

  8. ooh Poor you! You have had a nightmare of time. the New Year can only get better. It has started well with an amazing card! Absolutely love it xx

  9. gorgeous card Anne - you have my sympathies - I too have been under the weather for the whole of the holidays - nasty virus! Still I'm better now - and I don't have a 16 year old son who had a party to worry about! I'm thankful for small mercies! Hugs xx

  10. Hi Anne,
    Happy New year,
    a lovely card,
    loving your colour combo,
    Heather & Bronwyn x x

  11. Omg Anne, I'm dreading my boys being that age lol
    Glad you son had good birthday thou, what he can remember anyway lol.

    You card is gorgeous, I love those papers
    Hugs Kelly

  12. Oh Anne, I hope you are feeling better, I think you were extremely brave about the party LOL, Your card is stunning.
    Take care
    BIG HUGZ Fleur xXx

  13. Lovely card, sorry you been under the weather, I take it that this was the last party!

  14. A Happy New Year to you Anne, you made a beautiful card, love it !

    hugs Astrid

  15. Hi Anne

    Happy new year to you too.

    Such a fab card - love the image and the colours.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

    Toodle Pip

    Hazel x

  16. Beautiful card! Been peeking through your blog and love how you make your cards!

    Hugss Jessica

  17. Hi Anne, I usually go to LOTV blog through my own blog, so am already signed in to my Google account. I have checked my list of other blogs I do the same way and my comments are still on them. Hope you can help. Many thanks, Carol S.xx


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