Sunday, 11 June 2017

We’re in a Mag! Una Revista!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

Sunday morning in the Big Apple.
The sun is shining, and I think I will go a-walking,
get some fresh air and do some people watching -
before Grace gets up!

This jet lag is a funny old thing.
The body clock just doesn’t want to adjust to the hour clock this visit, so I’m just going with it.

We’re 5 hours behind you here. 
I just rang Dave, who was sitting in a Homebase carpark, chuckling away at some bloke trying to squeeeeeze a door - a proper door -  into a little Micra.

You can imagine the conversation.
“So how’s Grace? He’s never going to get that in.” chuckle chuckle
“Make the most of the sunshine and your time with her. He won’t be able to change gears!” chuckle chuckle.
“Well, blow me. He’s done it. Sliding in sideways now”


Changing the subject, do you subscribe to any magazines?
I write for an English mag every month actually. Have done for years.

It’s a general cardmaking mag (clue’s in the name, I guess!)

Here’s a very simple project I did this month, using Jayne Nestorenko’s dahlias...

And look who else is in this month, doing a 3-part series:

None other than our Maria!

The editor, Sienna, is a lovely woman.
American. A real class act.

And to round it off, here’s another good friend of mine, Leonie, who also writes for them every month.

So you see, I’m in good company.
Check it out - it is one of the better ones - especially for us cardmakers.

Another option is our own Clarity Clubs.
Groovi, Stamp, Stencil.
Pick one, pick two, pick all three.
You get an actual plate, stamp and stencil every month, plus lots of other benefits, like 10-15% discount on all your orders.
And you can break the payments down into monthly installments too. In other words, join all 3 clubs for £15 per month, thereby becoming a Diamond Member, and get 15% off all your Clarity purchases from Clarity.

click here for more information:

Time for breakfast, methinks.
How does bagels with cream cheese and tomato sound?
Yesterday I was in a supermarket, buying a few bits, 
Jelly, icecream, strawberries, soft bread etc for the patient,
and I asked somebody who worked in the store,
“Excuse me, where can I find the butter?”
He looked at me blankly. 
“Butta?” he asked.
So I put on my best New York dialect.
“Buttr” I attempted.
Still no joy.
I decided he looked Hispanic.
“Ah, bueno! Mantequilla!”
Then he told me in really fast Spanish where to locate said mantequilla. 
And all those years of studying Spanish finally paid off.
A pocket dictionary would have been a lot cheaper. But then again, I wouldn’t have understood the answer, would I ?!

Ah. Grace is up.
Maybe she fancies a bagel too....

Have a great Sunday,

Love & hugs,


  1. Enjoy your Sunday, both of you! I bought that mag this week as I knew you were all in it. I don't often buy card making mags these days. Just been having a tidy in the garden, chopping here and there, the bending over doesn't get any easier ! Love to Grace and speedy recovery xx

  2. I love people watching it's fun watching people try to get there goodies in car one of best places is Ikea that buy so much then get to car panic laid reload all good fun hehe. Glad Grace is doing well lots lovely be hugs to you both xxx

  3. Bagels with Smokey Bacon and Cream Cheese......Please xx.

    1. How many, Dave? Get some in for Tuesday morning! xxx

  4. Love to you both. Enjoy the day xx

  5. Hi Barbara, you sound brighter today, hope it's for real. Can I join you, could do with some fresh air, feeling extra claustraphobic today. And I loooove people watching, extremely fascinating for me - normal people and the way they work, communicate etc.

    Laughed at Dave's door in a micra!!! See, often there's a way, if you look hard enough, or get a gentle push in the right direction. And no, I'm not just talking about doors in Micras! Now if only I had someone gently pushing me in the right direction to get back on track, move forward, utilise my time more effectively so I can craft, live life.... Me truly can't find the paths myself🙁

    I don't buy magazines. But I do subscribe to your clubs, Diamond member. Brilliant, and well worth the cost by far. Try it out for a year, I bet, like me, you will want to keep subscribing.

    How is the invalid today? Silly question eh, you've just told us it's only breakfast time there... And that bagel, cream cheese and tomato, for breakfast, is that for real? No thank you, I'll stick with porridge, and fruit!!!

    Hope you have a good day, and hope Grace is in less pain and discomfort.
    Love Brenda xx

    1. Yay, Poldark tonight everyone 😊. Lets hope it's an uplifting one tonight, we don't need any more sad and bad in our escapism telly, way too much of that in real life eh!

  6. Hya Barb. I love reading your blogs - it's like you're in my little craft room talking to me. Bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon for me please! I'm so pleased Grace is recovering so well - (((gentle hugs))) from me xxx. I didn't know about the magazine - must look out for that one...thanks for letting us know.

  7. Bagels sound good! Just busy finishing off cooking our Sunday roast, slightly delayed today! Don't buy mags as got fed up with all the advertising but am a Diamond club the envelope arriving each month and the latest one is absolutely fab! Hope Grace is soon feeling much better, take care xxx

  8. Hmmm bagel, cream cheese n smoked salmon. Smoked bacon does sound good though. Enjoy your time there. Will check out that mag xx

  9. Hmmm not a bagel fan myself but the fillings sound yummy. I had to giggle at you tryimg to say butter with an american accent lol. Being multilingual certainly comes in handy. Enjoy your day with Grace and give her a big hug from me. Xxxxc

  10. I've been reading your posts over the last couple of days, but unable to comment using my mobile device (Smart? - Not so much). Anyway, I want to say how happy I am at the great news about Grace and I hope she's recovering well day by day. I can only imagine the relief you all must feel.
    I do buy CM&P from time to time and have kept several of your features for future inspiration. Enjoy the rest of your visit.
    Tonbridge Sue

  11. We had the butter discussion in a restaurant in Las Vegas many moons ago. We asked for some butter for the bread rolls and the waiter looked bemused. We tried again, then started the description malarkey, you know, "like you put on your pancakes before the maple syrup?". Then the family on the next table joined in, they were American too and they didn't understand us either. Then I started the mime activity, pretending to spread the butter on my roll with my knife, and the next door lady exclaimed "Oh, you mean budder!" Big cheers all round the restaurant and budder pats duly arrived. What is the saying? Two countries divided by a single language? Well, we may be divided by more than that these days, but we are certainly united in many others. Those American stamping and Grooving ladies are lovely, so helpful on their blogs and grateful for any assistance given in return because we are united in our crafting. I've also heard that there is a fabulous young English actress who is currently united with her English Mum, and nothing divides their love, nor that with her gorgeous sporty brother and the rest of their family at home and abroad. Butter or Budder, United or Divided? I know which words I prefer xx

  12. Loved reading this and following your journey . We were close to ya yesterday as we were at the metropolitan museum , try the 5 floor garden for a great view and when you have a taste
    For Cuban food try El Rincon Criollo at junction blvd maybe Grace knows it
    We are
    On the road to Virginia it's a hot day today
    Yes jet lag is aweful
    Joy now jan

    1. Hi Janice,
      Pleased you've commented! Sounds like you're enjoying New York, love Alison x

  13. Good afternoon to you Barbara
    I loved reading today's blog it made me chuckle o myself OH wondered what the joke was
    Needless to say he would not have got it
    So pleased Grace is on the mend and you are making the most of your visit people watching is so much fun
    Enjoy your bagel. Xx

  14. Hi Barbara
    I hope Grace was able to eat the bagel this morning, bacon cream cheese and tomato sounds yummy. I like the cinnamon and raisin ones with butter ( haha that made me laugh). Dave, the door and the micra sounds funny, that was Emma and I with a huge suitcase, guitar case, backpack and smart car last month!! Enjoy your day with Grace and the groovi plates. I must look out for this magazine, looks like an interesting read. Sending hugs to you both.
    Love Diane xxx

    1. Hello lovely blog friends, lovely sunny day here again today, going out for a walk in a little while. Fingers are incredibly sore today, I keep being told off for trying to do things but it's so frustrating trying to do things with my left hand. Hi hum, patience is a virtue. Sending hugs xxx

    2. Hi Diane,
      Sorry fingers are so sore, hopefully they'll be back to normal in a few days. Sending love and hugs, Alison xx

  15. It is lovely to hear you sounding so happy Barbara and with good reason! Enjoy your bagels and your day with Grace, who I hope is feeling much better. X

  16. My son was at university in Hull (20 years ago) ! He went into a newsagent and asked for a phone card. Because they didn't understand his accent, he had to repeat himself quite a few times, until he eventually gave in, and asked for a 'fern curd '.... guess what? They understood him!!!

  17. Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for me, my favourite American breakfast. Do you ever visit Ellen's Stardust Diner? We had breakfast there nearly every morning and owing to the jet lag we were always early so didn't have to queue. One morning a young lady with the most beautiful voice sang Oh Holy Night, sent shivers down my spine.
    So glad Grace is on the mend, what a relief for you all.
    I sometimes buy that magazine and will make sure to pick it up next time I'm shopping xx

  18. Good evening Barbara.... Or to you it's afternoon!
    You sound much more perky today which is good! Hope Grace is feeling better too! How did she like the groovi!?
    It's been a bit brighter here today but didn't really matter what the weather did as I had a wonderful day at Maria's workshop! Such fun! Today she made us cut things out!!
    Anyway enjoy your evening with Grace. Love and hugs xxxx

  19. Glad to hear Grace is feeling better, nothing like having your mum looking after you when you're in need of some TLC. I did laugh at the door going in a Micra, I sat in B&Q carpark a few years back watching a man trying to get some long bits of wood into his car, pushing, pulling, this way, that way. He then went back in and came out with a saw and started cutting them in half! A few people were chatting to him and he was laughing so he obviously saw the funny side. Xx

  20. Evening bloggy friends, hope everyone is well. Happy Sunday to you all. Xx

    1. Hi Donna,
      Been tidying up and packing ready for our trip up to Scotland tomorrow. Love and hugs Alison xx

  21. I do quite often by a cardmaking magazine so will look out for this one Barbara. I'm pleased that Grace is doing well, and the door being wedged into the Micra certainly made me smile. Hope you have had a nice walk. x

  22. Hi Barb,
    Hope the patient has continued to make progress. I'm sure she enjoyed her bagel ( sounds yummy). Your tale about the butter and Dave's about the man and the door did make me chuckle. I love people watching too, love sitting outside at a cafe ( weather permitting) watching the world go by Enjoy the rest of your time with Grace and I hope she feels better and is back to her cheerful self by the time you have to leave. At least you know she will be in good hands . Love and hugs Alison xx
    Ps needed to get this comment done before Poldark starts! Xx

    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      It is so windy here - it's wrecking my plants. I daren't put up my hanging baskets as they'd be ruined straight away. Did another card today practising my snipping skills and it came out really well thankfully! Off to Scotland tomorrow for the week - Dave is treating us- and looking forward to it. Just hoping the weather will be kind, not bothered about it being really sunny, just don't want rain and wind!! If I don't leave a comment this week you know why, love and hugs to you all, Alison xxxx

    2. Have a lovely time, hugs xx

  23. Hi Barbara, just got back from a weekend visiting my elderly in-laws and seen yesterdays post about grace. I am so pleased at this outcome and you all must be so relieved. So much has been going on in the last few weeks it has been lovely to read some positive news for once. I am just so sorry that grace, you and your family have had to go through this time. keep strong and send grace love and best wishes for a speedy recovery from me please.

  24. Barbara huni, take some time out to rest a little. I'm not surprised your body is all over the place with the jet lag and I would hazard the stress and worry has added to that big time. Take time to enjoy just being with Grace and Nick and time to relax too - you more than earned that much at least, and hey, Dave agrees too Karen xx

  25. that was funny! enjoy the time and the sunshine, not much of it here, hugs xx

  26. Hope Grace manages her soft food and is beginning to recover from her surgery. It can be such a traumatic experience, both physically and mentally and having you there for her must be so comforting ... for both of you actually. Enjoy your bagel! Love and hugs to you both, Jeanette xxx

  27. Dear Barbara. So very pleased your Grace is ok and recovering. Mothers really suffer when it's one of your children . I kept thinking about her. My lovely rose GRACE. is being blown about in all this wind. Enjoyed your stories. Hope Grace enjoys her groovi. You got me into it about two years ago at port sunlight. You did a lovely piece with my name on it. Still have it. Don't suppose you remember my friend and I, we had no tickets, So we were let in for the last hour. That was all I needed. Enjoy the rest of your stay. And love to Grace. Xx

  28. My hubbie was born in Glasgow but he's lived in Liverpool since he was 11, 46 years, but still has a bit of a Scottish twang. He came home earlier having stopped at a McDonalds on the way, and he was not happy. Whenever he goes to the drive-thru they can never understand what he is saying, it's frustrating for him, but actually funny to witness xx

  29. Hi Barb, what a great blog post, full of laughs and keeping us updated on Grace's progress. I have in the past had subscriptions, and this mag was one of them. It is a good one and has great articles in, obviously with some favourite people. Take care and enjoy your time in NYC. Bx


Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x