Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Cheryl's Magical Recycled Harry Potter Themed Light Bottles

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to recommend any products, I just wanted to share some beautiful crafts being made by a friend. The photos in this post (except my rose at the end) remain the property of Its On The Cards and are used with kind permission of Cheryl, thank you honey x

Hi honeys
How are you today? The weather's been shocking here most of this week, constant rain ☂ Oh well, you know what they say, if we didn't have rain we'd never see rainbows 🌈

Do you remember I shared some beautiful terrariums created by a dear friend, Cheryl, recently honeys? If you missed the post you can see it here, well today I thought I'd share a few of the gorgeous Harry Potter themed light bottles she's been making....

Cheryl's Beautiful Light Bottles - Happiness can always be found if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Isn't it stunning?  The bottle in the image above has Dumbledore's famous quote "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light..." from The Prisoner of Azkaban.  Let's have a look at some of Cheryl's other bottles...

Friday, 9 November 2018

10 Easy Ways To Practice Self Care & Find Your Calm

Disclaimer:  Please consult your Doctor or health care professional before starting on any kind of exercise if you have any health issues honeys x

Hi Honeys
How are you today? It's another Friday and as usual I have a couple of very busy shifts ahead of me.  It's a busy time of year all around of course because we're now in the run up to Christmas.  Would I sound awful if I said I'd be happy to hibernate till Spring? 

Now I sound like the Grinch don't I?  I don't have anything against Christmas itself dear ones but I don't cope terribly well with all of the overwhelm that accompanies it.  At work that is, not at home.  There is no overwhelm in our little home, it's my happy place.  I work retail honeys and retail at this time of year with only a few weeks left till the holidays is all about overwhelm. 

I was watching a Columbo dvd last night (it was the one with Johnny Cash as guest star, I ❤❤❤Peter Falk as Columbo. and Johnny Cash too so it's one of my favourites) well anyway, a thought drifted aimlessly through my otherwise happy mind that I had work today and how busy (and noisy) it'll be and I have to admit my heart sank a little.

You might have heard me mention honeys, how important self care is?  It's vital that we take a little extra care of ourselves, all of us, not just if you have chronic health issues as I have.

You're so worth caring for dear ones but sometimes, especially in the run up to the holidays when there is never enough hours in the day to get through everything on your to-do list, well somehow self care just slips further and further down the to-do list until it gets forgotten about in the scramble to make the holidays perfect for everyone else. 

10 easy ways to practice a little self care & find your calm

It really isn't so difficult to head off that overwhelm at the pass honeys, to re-fill your happiness chest so that you can cope a little better with all of the demands of organising, cooking, shopping and hugging the holidays bring every year.... I adore the hugging part, that's my favourite bit and we already share that anyway 😊  You know the old saying, a hug is the perfect gift, one size fits all,  nobody minds when it's returned and the only accessories needed are smiles πŸ˜ƒ 

For all those other holiday chores, you know what dear ones, we are our own worst enemies!  We need to learn to delegate.  OK, let's see a show of hands.... who knocks themselves silly every year doing the shopping, the cooking the decorating & tree fixing and cleaning the house from top to bottom for visitors and never stops to ask anyone around them for help?  You see the problem?

Divide and conquer that to-do list.  Write out everything that needs done and split it and share those jobs out.  Split that list with your partner, with friends and with the children. Tiny humans can clean their rooms for Santa visiting.  Why not set up an elf camera so Santa can see how helpful they're being and tell them they'll for sure end up on the "nice" list,  hint: Poundland (Dollar stores) B&M Amazon and lots of others have Elf accessories this year including a perfect little artificial "Elf Cam" or why not make one?

OK, so we've decided to delegate some of the work of the holidays, and yes I know it sounds wonderful and oh so easy and yes I'm fully aware that we'll all still end up doing too much and feeling that overwhelm if we're not careful so.... I thought I'd share 10 of my favourite ways to practice a little self care and just take a little time to find our calm.

Why not grab a cuppa honeys (and maybe a cookie) and I'll share my favourite ways to top up my little store of happiness and smiles that lets me (mostly) avoid feeling stressed πŸ˜„  I'll see you back here in a few minutes....

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Finding Beauty in Recycling

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, I just wanted to share some really beautiful things being created by a dear friend.  I loved seeing them and thought you might too x  Please note: these images remain the property of It's On The Cards and are used here with kind permission, thank you Cheryl xx 

Hello Honeys
How are you today?  It's been such a busy week here, I did some shopping on Tuesday (a rare thing for me since other than going to work and trips to the Doctor's surgery or to the arthritis clinic at the hospital I'm rarely out at all) and I spent most of yesterday afternoon making up goodie bags for visits by tiny trick or treaters πŸ‘» 

Since another (very) busy weekend lies ahead of me, and since I know that in order to have a chance of getting through my increasingly busy shifts, I have to rest today and re-charge my batteries.  I thought I'd do that by enjoying a little calm time spent enjoying some beautiful images of some stunning terrariums created by a dear friend.

Terrariums are everywhere right now, in all different sizes.  From a tiny glass dish being home to a single small succulent, to a much larger container housing an assortment of little cacti and other tiny succulents.

No matter how many terrariums you've seen though honeys, you won't have seen any as awesome as the ones you'll see in this post, all lovingly created by a dear friend Cheryl...

Cheryl's Beautiful Terrariums - created using beautiful recycled glass bottles, these terrariums are a true work of art.

Isn't this just beautiful honeys?  There's something very calming about these beautiful mini gardens.  They'd be perfect I think as part of a small meditation space, a reading nook or just to sit on a window ledge to bring a little of the outside in πŸ’š

There are quite a few (really beautiful) images in this post dear ones, so it might be a good idea to fetch a cuppa and maybe a cookie?  Meet you back here in a few minutes...

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Hogwarts Fun With The Latest Huge Harry Potter Haul...

Disclaimer:  I have not been paid to promote these products, just thought I'd share my latest Potter smiles with you x

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well I hope? It's starting to get chilly and our garden is full of leaves (again! after all that work Hubby put into clearing it) I thought I'd share a few smiles with the latest additions to my Potter collection, including the latest item, a gift from my dear Hubby and so precious it may be kept in its box to avoid any damage caused by the single most clumsy person ever... yep, you guessed it, me 😊

Is anyone else a Professor Trelawney fan? Poor dear Sybill Trelawney, bless her, stuck all the way up at the very top, on the seventh floor of the North Tower of Hogwarts.  It would seem that even (certain) witches and wizards think very little of the subject of Divination, of seeing into the future, for her classroom to be cast so far away from the inhabitants of the most famous school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

I adore dear Professor Trelawney.  She has a gentleness of spirit I think, in spite of her often doom laden pronouncements.  You can imagine how thrilled I was then for Hubby to surprise me with an actual, official Potter collectable that celebrates the character of dear Sybill... but I'm getting ahead of myself dear ones 😊 

Rosie's Latest Harry Potter Haul...

Why not grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie (or a few... this will be a long post) and meet me back here in a few minutes for lots of Potter related smiles...

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Scottish Jam & Coconut Sponge - A Happy Schooldays Memory

Hi Honeys,
Autumn has definitely arrived. The garden is filling with leaves, there's a wee chill in the air, not enough to feel really cold just yet but noticeable enough that I've started reaching for a cardigan and thinking of adding a scarf before leaving for work.

As always happens at this time of year, my mind wanders to thoughts of comfort foods.  Not just warming evening meals I can prepare to greet my sweet, hard working Hubby when he gets home but memories are stirred of lovely childhood treats too πŸ˜‹

One of the most popular posts on this blog remains my recipe for one of those childhood favourites honeys.  Scottish caramel shortbread, served with thick, warm custard, was a much loved favourite among school children of my generation and remains a happy memory for those of us... of a certain age 😊  If you haven't sampled it yet, you can find the recipe here.  Be warned though, it's seriously delicious.  I mean it's eat-a-whole-tray-with-a-spoon kinda delicious πŸ˜‹ Enjoy!

I was at a loss for something to do today and I thought I'd make another childhood favourite, again served in "dinner school" the busy, noisy lunch hall of my schooldays.  Were you ever served Jammy Coconut Sponge as part of your school lunch?

Scottish Jammy Coconut Sponge: sliced and served with yummy warm custard.

As with Caramel Shortbread, this too was always served with that same thick warm custard.  The downside of course was that the custard would always form an icky, thick "skin" over the top before you even made it back to your table.  This yukky skin would just be pulled away to the side with my spoon and ignored 😊

The delicious jammy coconut sponge though, now that was always heavenly, dreamy, an absolute treat!  Let's go to the kitchen then shall we honeys, fetch our aprons and make this delicious jammy coconut sponge...

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Slow And Steady Wins The Race. How a chronic illness teaches us patience and how not to be too angry about it

Disclaimer:  This is NOT medical advice, if you have any health enquiries or problems please discuss them with your Doctor or health professional dear ones.

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well I hope?  I'm sorry I've been missing recently.  I'm learning to accept what is honeys, even if I'm not so happy about it.

Slow and steady wins the race: How a chronic, long term health condition teaches us patience and how not to be too angry about it...

For the past few weeks now I've been battling the extreme fatigue that's so well known to anyone living with a chronic (long term) health condition. Alongside this hideous feeling of complete exhaustion has been near constant pain, including frequent visits by the muscle spasms generally referred to by Doctors as "restless leg."

"Restless leg" has to be the worst, the most useless identifying name given to any health condition ever and has clearly been given by someone who has never suffered from the painful, uncontrollable jerking of limbs (since it affects more than legs, I have them in my arms too at times) which feel as if electric shocks are racing through the affected body part. 

Luckily my wonderful Doctor, now retired unfortunately and I miss him terribly, found a medication which helps to control this painful torment so I take my medication and wait for the spasms to pass.

Much like my rheumatoid arthritis dear ones, there is no beating it, no cure for it, there is only acceptance and doing my best to get through each day.

In fact, I'd say that accepting the limitations placed on us is the first, and definitely the harshest, lesson those living with a long term medical condition are faced with on our journey down the alternate route we've been forced to take in our lives.

No one, when young, healthy and able bodied, ever thinks to themselves "I'd better make the most of this, some day I'll have difficulty walking any distance at all."

It sounds depressing doesn't it dear ones?  If I'm honest some days it does feel like too much to bear and I don't cope at all well.  The thing is though, it really needn't be.  Why not grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, and meet me back here in a few minutes and I'll tell you why...

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Rosie's Scottish Apple Turnover Recipe

Hello Honeys
How are you today?  I hope your week is off to a great start dear ones. We're definitely heading towards autumn, the temperature has dropped just a little bit and leaves have started appearing on the lawn in our back garden to our furbaby Jade's delight 😊

Jade does love to play with the leaves, bless her πŸ’—  One of her favourite things is to wait until her Dad has piled the leaves up when he's tidying the garden and to jump into them πŸ˜„ Yep, our furbaby goes full on Snoopy and her dad doesn't even seem to mind 😊

Last year Hubby bought one of those ... I have no idea what they're called. It's like a garden vacuum and or blower?  He can use it to just vacuum up all the leaves and then empty them into the garden bin but he doesn't because he knows how much Jade loves her leaves 😊

Instead he'll blow them all into the one area of the garden so that Jade can have fun and after tidying away all of the other garden untidiness such as the fallen twigs and other garden debris he'll tidy the leaves away. Of course by then Jade will have usually gotten bored with playing with them and will be keeping an eye open for squirrels to play with.  So far, not a single squirrel has wanted to play with her, even when she drops her ball at the foot of the fence for them 😍

Enough about the garden then honeys, although todays post is definitely connected to our garden 😊  Today I thought we'd head for the kitchen to make something delicious...

Let's bake some delicious apple turnovers...

Do you remember that I recently gathered our very first real harvest of Bramley apples from our little tree in the back garden honeys?  Our tiny tree is over 11 years old now and over the past couple of years has produced 2-3 apples but this year, no doubt at least in part, thanks to this year's gorgeous summer, and (counting the apples pecked off by our garden birds) there were 31 apples!

So, I thought I'd make some lovely apple turnovers as a treat for Hubby, and also thought I'd share how this wee Scottish lady makes her apple turnovers.  There are as many recipes for turnovers as there are cooks because everyone has little tweaks they make to the recipe that makes their turnovers theirs πŸ˜‹

Let's head to the kitchen then dear ones, why not make a quick cuppa and join me again in a minute or two?