22 January 2012

Best laid plans (and my birthday!)

OK so this week I had a lot of things planned which I was hoping to show off this weekend... best laid plans anyone?
Well I started the week by sleeping through most of Monday after working the Sunday night shift, I slept surprisingly well on Monday night too although I woke at 2:30am on Tuesday and couldn't get back to sleep. Despite technically being an adult I still always wake early on my birthday, even though I wasn't particularly excited about it.

So did I do anything special to celebrate? Probably not by many peoples standards but for me I enjoyed it. I tidied the house in the early hours, watched a bit of TV, had a long hot bubble bath, made a homemade veggie bhuna, drank half a bottle of malibu and relaxed. Maybe its a sign of getting old but clubbing really isn't my thing anymore!
Wednesday I had a very good chat with a lady from HMRC, rather than attending one of their workshops they are now offering telephone workshops which are supposed to last about 20 minutes. Mine lasted a good hour and the amount of information I gained was fantastic. I'm no longer scared about the dreaded self assessment, in fact I'm quite looking forward to receiving it and getting stuck in (I will probably regret saying this in a few months time!) So the rest of Wednesday was spent sorting receipts and trying to get things into order.
Thursday I spent quite a bit of my day playing with my new birthday present, a Kindle. These things are absolutely fabulous, I'm quite addicted to it now. I did have a few technical issues with it first off trying to collect it to my wireless network however the ever reliable 'turn it off and on again' worked a treat and I was soon up and running. Now I just need to find a nice handmade case for it... or maybe a few nice cases!

Friday I was back into work. Where does the time go? Hopefully you can see why I didn't get much done.
I didn't completely forget about my paintbrush though, I did find time to paint a few photo frames, first up are these cute stars and hearts:

As Valentines day is fast approaching I also painted these two designs:

That's all I have to offer this weekend, note to self - must do more next week!

As usual I'm linking up with Wendy's Handmade Monday so please do go and have a look at what others have been up to.
Until next time


  1. Interesting to know about the telephone workshops :-) glad you had a nice birthday! x

  2. Lovely frames - and best wishes for your birthday x

  3. Happy Birthday! I don't look forward to mine like I used to, altho they do still keep coming. :) I guess your workshop was something to do with taxes? Yikes, sounds like no fun, but if you get it worked out that's a good thing. I do love the frame with all of the hearts, very cool looking.

  4. Happy Birthday!
    I love the bottom design - it's really cute :)

  5. I love the way you spent your birthday - except the horrible bit: tidying up??? Like you I still look forward to and enjoy my birthday. The frames with the read hearts are really lovely. Isn't the Kindle brilliant? I love mine and so many free books available - also so many temptingly easy-to-download ones too. Hope you have a good week.

  6. Well Happy Belated Birthday - you kept that one quiet!! Half a bottle of Malibu!! Sounds like there is still a party animal in there somewhere!

    Love the heart frames!

    Ali x

  7. Happy belated Birthday. You should do what you want on your Birthday and most of all enjoy.
    The HMRC are not that scary are they, only human like us. enjoy your week and hope you can get some more crafting done,

  8. Happy Birthday! I love my Kindle too, especially good for reading in bed!

  9. Happy birthday! I have the kindle app and its fab!
    Love the frames, especially the one with hearts in the corner x

  10. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday from me.
    I haven't tried a Kindle but I hear lots of peeps use them.
    Have a great week

    Jan :)

  11. Happy Belated Birthday. I don't have a kindle but have downloaded the app to my pc. Have to say nothing beats a proper paper book.

  12. Happy Birthday to you! good luck with the tax return, I'm doing mine this week too - didn't know about the telephone workshops tho.

  13. I think birthdays are best spent doing exactly as you please :-)
    That was interesting to hear about the HMRC telephone workshop, that's a great way to get the info you need.

  14. Belated Happy Birthday! And well done on chatting to HMRC... have to say that I have always found them so helpful when you get to talk to a real person :)

  15. Happy belated birthday! The hearts look very pretty. I too didn't know about the telephone workshops, so thank-you for sharing.
    Jo x

  16. Sounds like a lovely birthday - best wishes for the year ahead! Very pretty frames - love the red hearts!

  17. Happy Birthday (belated!) - I had one too this month. The frames are lovely Mich x

  18. Happy Birthday! Good luck with doing your tax return.

  19. Happy Birthday! All those frames are gorgeous. xx


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