Wednesday, 29 April 2009

DESIGN TEAM CALL........

For over a year now Sugar and Spice have been designing their own range of Clear Stamps.
We are now seeking some fabbi people to expand their existing Design Team.
As a design team member you will be expected to post one project a month on the Sugar and Spice BLOG and to promote our stamps on other forums, where possible.
Projects may at times be requested for display in the shop or/and at shows. These will be returned when finished with.
All we ask is that you commit to being a Design Team Member for one calendar year.
Applications should consist of 1 layout, 1 card and 1 project of your choice, showing us your stamping skills - if you can use Sugar and Spice Stamps, GREAT, if not, don't worry, use any other cool company's stamps, this will not affect your application as all we are interested
in is your use of stamps.
Applications should also include a little bit about yourself, what you would describe as your style, forums/design teams that you already belong to, including user names (this will not affect your application) and a link to your blog, if you have one. Oooh, and one random fact about yourself.
Applications open on Friday 1st May and close at midnight on Friday 29th May.
Results will be posted on the Sugar and Spice BLOG on Friday 12th June.
Please apply to sugarandspicedesignteam@yahoo.co.uk
GOOD LUCK and we can't wait to see your yummy creations

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

NEW AND EXCITING......

Things are coming your way.
I've just heard from a lovely lady that the NEW STASH is on it's way, Oh my, not only am I excited about ALL the NEW yummy products BUT.... I'm REALLY excited about my RUBBERMAID shelving for the utility room.
Those of you that have been to the States will probably know what Rubbermaid is (no it's not a kinky sex aid) but it is a shelving system that is so simple I can't believe we don't have it here, Ohhh I'm going to be so organised with my washing and ironing....sorry I know it probably sounds really sad and I agree....it is, but Amanda will agree with me, won't you????? Oh, please say you do!!!
Anyway, getting back to the products, you're gonna love the NEW Heidi Swapp - looks like we'll be doing a demo day for this - watch out for the e mail. Then there's also NEW Jenni Bowlin, Teresa Collins and more and more and more and more. Wooo Hooo !!!!

Monday, 27 April 2009

KNOWING YOUR REAL FRIENDS...

It's funny how you go through life thinking you have found your true friends, only to find out that there are a lot of shallow people out there who want to be your friend because it suits them and that they are not really your friend at all, it's funny how they always play the victim. But a TRUE friend treats you with respect and is there for you......So today I grasped one of my TRUE friends with both hands and what do FRIENDS do BEST......SHOPPING, of course.

We hit Lakeside like a couple of whirling dervishes, two women on a mission, Jasper Conran was our first stop and I got a lovely top, full of flowers, bling and a snippet here and there of organza. Next stop Monsoon, here, I fell in love with a top, one size was too small, it made my boobies look like a couple of helium filled ballons and the other size was too big, but I just had to have it, so did i decide on the smaller one and promise to go on a diet??? Did I heck, I went for the bigger one and will adjust it !!
We were getting quite hungry so off we toddled to Cafe Rouge (love that place, well the garlic bread sticks mainly) and stuffed our faces, literally.
With belly's full and stinking of GARLIC we moved on to Per Una, bargains of the day were found here, I got two pairs of trousers (linen) three pair of knickers (lacey) and three vest tops (cotton) all for under £35.00. WOW !!
All in all had a brilliant day with a great friend, got some lovely new togs and ate some rather garlicy food.
Now I wait patiently for an e mail to say our NEW STASH is on it's way, I'll keep you in suspense a little longer, but suffice it to say you're gonna LOVE IT.
I love this.....The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

ALLEY PALLY.....

Blimey, I can't believe it's been 11 days since I last blogged....Sorry JUNE!!!!
I did have a good excuse....we were preparing for Alley Pally.
Friday was set up day and we done it in record time, then we headed back home to relax before the weekend, played a little Scrabble on Facebook, as you do!!! got a bit of sleep and was up and out the door at 6.45am off to pick Polly up, moving on up the A127 to get Adrienne and Fabiana and .....We're off!!!!
We get to the Pally rather early, Sorry girls!!! do a few little tweaks here and there, to the stand not us!! and then the doors open. At first I really wasn't happy with our stand position as they had moved us, but it turned out to be THE BEST, so thanks for that Christine! I've got to say I think this was the busiest one yet! and I should think all you yummy ladies that couldn't get on the stand thought so to, apologies for the crowds, but we do warn you that Saturday is elbow sharpening day!

This is a before shot in all it's calm and serenity...who can spot Polly peeking out???

This is an after shot when they'd opened the doors.

I'd love to know what Fabbi was whispering to Polly....

It was great to see so many of you....THANK YOU for all your SUPPORT and wonderful comments, we had a really great show, even though it did get a little hot in there from time to time, well, ALL the time actually.
The accomodation turned out to be quite pleasant, the fact that it was next door to the police station helped a lot!!
When we'd finally climbed the 848 steps to our room, OK it was probably more like 40, but it felt like 848 after a long hard day of standing, we got into our room to find that the beds were made from marshmallows!!!! Not bad if you get hungry in the night but not very supportive for your back!!!
I think Polly has passed out at the smell of my feet!!!

We had a lovely meal at the "Pumphouse" that night, well recommended. a small amount of alcohol flowed and then it was off to bed. I've got to say I felt so sorry for Adrienne as she was the only one out of all of us that DIDN'T snore, so SORRY about that!! Then it was off to breakfast and more apologies to the other guests, as for some reason we had a fit of the giggles, not easy when you're trying to eat!! and off we go again back up to the Pally. Sunday's much quieter, take note!! and a lot more pleasant.
Finally, the clock struck 4 and we could pack up, we done it at lightning speed and we were home by 7pm, now to rest for a few months and we'll see you again in SEPTEMBER.
Lastly I'd just like to say some GREAT BIG THANK YOU'S to MUM and NINA for holding the shop together while we were gone and to POLLY, FABBI and ADRIENNE for all their hard work, I couldn't do it without you all. xxxxx

Friday, 10 April 2009

BALLS, CUPCAKES AND EGGS.....

There we were about to start our work day when in comes Chris (Life as Art) and asks us if we've been to the new soft play area?? obviously we hadn't .... so off we trotted through the farm and into the NEW SOFT PLAY AREA. We were greeted by an array of Blue, Yellow and Red giant SLIDES, some with mats, some with death drops and some going into a pool of BALLS!!! The mat one was fine, I was worried that I wasn't going to fit into the slide, then breathed a sigh of relief when I realised they had built it big enough for me, Yay!. So off we slide and start to feel like a young child again, Nina's getting excited and wants to go up to the BIG ONE, she bottles it a bit, and I don't blame her at all, I bottled it a LOT, it was just a sheer drop - if you don't believe me you'll have to have a go yourself!! But Nina DID pluck up the courage and off she went, yay for her, I wasn't doing that one - I'm not that silly!!
I did venture onto the BLUE one and landed unceremoniously into the balls, only to find that I couldn't get out, in the end the chivalrous DAN (Terra-Fusion) came to my rescue, I can't show a picture of me as it is what's classed as X RATED!!! Let's just say Vest Top, big boobs and ball pools do not go together. But I did get this great one of NINA.....Can you spot her??

After all that exercise, don't forget there was the walk back to the shop..we're getting hungry and like a fairy god-mother in walks MOMMA MUFF, like a vision in white she hands over a box to Nina and we squeal with delight when we see that she's made us LEMON MERINGUE MUFFINS no less!!

Now I have been known to have sampled a few Muffins in my time, BUT OH BOY these have got to be THE BEST (Actually, that sounds wrong, very wrong)!!! Needless to say they really didn't last that long, THANK YOU BEV.
Whilst we're on the subject of edible things - I thought I'd show all you young mums that even when your children are 19 and 16 they still love to tuck into an Easter Egg...Mmmm

But at that age you can't make them stop eating OR share!!!
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE xxx

Sunday, 5 April 2009

WAFFLE, WAFFLE, WAFFLE.....

Do you ever wish you had a power that could make time stand still??? I do!!! The days are whizzing by so quickly, things have been so busy and I just can't fit it all in!!! But fit it in I must...we have Ally Pally approaching FAST and we've been packing boxes like there's no tomorrow, Oh I do miss Maggie, she worked like a military operation, I on the other hand am so useless at being organised. We've been making up samples for the show, to get you all inspired, along with designing the MAY CLASSES, I've even designed a couple more stamp sets, just in time for the show, Yay!!! Then to top it all, Myself, Polly and Nina are doing an NVQ each - yeah, THANKS SARA!!!! Myself and Polly had our tests on Friday - if you're a young person reading this - listen to me when I say STUDY HARD AT SCHOOL, as when you take a test at the age of 45 you'll be glad you did!!! actually the results were pretty good, but I did think why am I putting myself through this??? but we did have a giggle at our own incompetence, I mean tell me, when am I really going to need to know that the diagnotsic ratio of sheet metal is 0.000012, or something like that!!!! See I can't even remember!!!
Poor Nina had a house of ILLNESS last week and now she's got it, but she worked through yesterday, like a trooper, much to the pleasure of her ladies on the beginners course. Get well soon.
Polly's got her Family Tree Layout Class this morning, Enjoy it ladies!!! as this is the third time we've done this class now and we've got so many more NEW DESIGNS to share with you, that I doubt it'll be repeated again.
Adrienne, fabi and Rachel went to a retreat this weekend, hope you had a GREAT time girls and your back held out Adrienne.
xx

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

AND THE WINNER IS.....

The winner for April's BLOG FOLLOWER is.............Drum Roll please...... SARAH.
Contact us with your details so that we can get your goodies to you.

AND.....while I,m here I may as well tell you that the NEW GLIMMER MISTS did arrive.....well done Mr Postie, some of you ladies hot footed it here this morning and got your hands on them pretty darn quick, I don't blame you though the colours are simply stunning.
xx