10 September 2011


Ok Peeps. Brace yourselves, I'm on a Bah Humbag Rampage.

Mince Pies.

An innocent Christmas Snack. And here lies my problem.

You know my Pastry Chef roots. So, you will understand that even the smell of them makes me nauseous and the fact that if I had £1 for each of the rancid little blighters I had made throughout my 'illustrious' career, I would, in fact, now be at a health club somewhere very hot, being massaged by some (semi naked, lightly oiled) Dishy Toyboy Man Candy.

Alas, it is not the case and it was only two years ago, some 'AHEM' years after I hung up my Chef Hat for good, I allowed said offending items into the same Half a Mile Exclusion Zone as me. (AKA in the house.) In fact, I have progressed so far, that last year, on CHRISTMAS EVE, I partook in a lightly warmed un-mentionable, but only after some pretty serious mulled wine consumption. (AKA a bit squiffy.)

On Thursday, Sweet Cheeks and I stopped at the local supermarket for some essential mid week items (AKA Choklit, biscuits, ice cream). We stopped in the cake aisle so we could lick all the packaging, when suddenly, I felt hot, light headed and there were stars and black dots in front of my eyes. (Something similar happened when the + appeared on my pregnancy test, but I was at home alone, so it didn't matter if I swore or passed out.)

And why was I hyperventilating? Yep, you got it. Mince Pies. Packed tight, floor to ceiling rafters and beyond, like they were expecting a rush on. Eeeurgh! It's SEPTEMBER. I'd tell you which shop it is, but I have a feeling you might be the rush on...! ;)

Anyway, remember it was Very Understanding Hubby's birthday last week? This is one of the cards I made for him. He loves DIY. Or rather, he loves ignoring the destructions and then getting cross because the table he's making looks like a park bench...

I used Jo's fabby sketch from Sketch Saturday, which this week, is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Pop over for all the details and to see the GORGEOUS creations from The Saturdays.

Stampin Up!
Little Boy; Echo Park
Carpenter Joe; Tiddly Inks
Whimsy Friendship Ticket Sentiments; My Mum's Craft Shop
Colouring: Copics
Other: Screw Top Brads


Silli said...

awww, this is so cool Faye, love the image and the colors... happy weekend! xoxo

Heidi said...

hallo faye I love this card its got a great colour scheme, have a good weekend. hugs heidi x

Mandy said...

Hi Faye,
Thank you so much,(I've got up this morning with a stinker of a sore throat,runny nose,headache)your post has had me laughing,coughing,holding my head and wondering if I should look for the Tena lady,....I'm with you I hate shop mince pies,love my Mum's though as she makes gorgeous pastry....Your card is fabulous I love the colours and your papers and layout are great, especially like the way you have raised the one layer...Have a lovely weekend,hi to sweet cheeks...
Mandy x

Cazza said...

Lol Faye, even I (a self certified Christmas-A-Holic!) think it's waaaaay too early for Mince Pies yet!! Hope you've recovered now hon :o)
Fabby creation as always, gorgeous colouring and funky DP's, bet V-U-H loved it :o)

Jilli said...

Now our Faye, I can't agree with you on the mince pie front ... there is nothing i like more than a warm mince pie with the top lifted and squirty cream deposited inside before pressing the top firmly down ... oh salivating just thinking about it!!! However, i do have to agree that September is slightly taking the "P". On our visit to the supermarket earlier this week i noticed "Advent Calendars" and Christmas choklits!!!! I've barely packed my bikini away ... (slight exaggeration, I dont own one).

Anyway, all that said ... your card is just gorgeous. What a great image and perfect for the diy hubster. Great papers and as always fabulous colouring.

Hugs Jillix

Terry said...

LOL First I thought you were pregnant, then you tell us Mince Pies hehehhe I dunno what Mince Pies are sweetie so I hope that you have a tiny tiny little thingy in you know where from you know whom....anyways, love your card sweetie fab colors and coloring, love that image anddddd Happy Belated Birthday on your very understanding hubby sweetie.
I just love reading your story's, but it takes me a while to understand it all hehehe....Hugs and have a fab weekend sweetie. xxxx Terry

Denise said...

Well you have certainly cheered me up on this rather drab Saturday morning - thank you xx
I love your card - the image is great and those papers work so well with it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.....and stay away from the supermarket :0)
Denise xx

Donna said...

Gorgeous choice of colours and papers and look at those cute brads....sweeeeeeet :) Donna ♥ x

Delphine said...

Here I am, waiting to leave you a comment... but Clément has just found your fishes and he has played for 10 minutes... I do hope all the blogs I want to visit do not have fishes or I may have to stay at home on Monday and not go to work to finish my visits... How terrible that would be LOL! I love your card sweetie, Lovely image and fab colouring, and the embellies are just brilliant! Have a lovely day:-)! Hugs Delphine xx

Catherine said...

Oh you made me laught Fluff and it's just what I needed right now ! Love your card, your hubby must have been delighted ! Love the brads ! Hugs and love from Catherine

Tracey T said...

Fabby card,Faye - lovin' those papers! I'm afraid to say that the dreaded unmentionables are also available here in the back of beyond. This is quite an achievement, if that's the right word, for a place which has barely grasped the concept of getting your groceries in a shop. Loathe mass produced unmentionables, LURVE my versions (1 with filo pastry other with sweet pastry like wot you probably made for your posh pastries). Hungry now. xx

jimlynn said...

Fabulous card with the cute image! Lovin' that background paper too. Very cute.
Mince pies just don't even sound healthy to me!

Jane said...

Well thanks a bunch! Mincepies in the shops & NO ONE took the trouble to call me!!! Yer cards great (n' all that), but I can't stop...sheesh ! I hope they've got the pies with the icing on top!!! Later xxx

The Doc said...

There's only one thing worse than a shop with mince pies in September and thats a shop without lemon meringue muffins and white lightning cider and I know how it feels !

Liz McGuire, said...

Another great card, enjoy the rest of the weekend,

liz x

Margreet said...

Happy belated congrats for your hubby....I think I have to follow a new course for your English...pfhew...I understood you got hyperventilation ating mince pies and being NOT pregnant????
Anyway....your card is very cool with those vibrant colours...great image....enjoy your weekend!
xxx your lovely lady

Vicky said...

UUURRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH mince pies YUK next it will be the distusting things called crimbo puddings..omg wish I could have a crimbo without them but I'm afraid my hubsters LOVES them especially the rancid pies.............blurgh...
Anyhoo hun your card is awesome & I'm off now to buy that lush paper you bad girl......I will tell hubster its your fault for making me spend my pennies.......lol

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

coops said...

yukkkk mince pies are gross.i can not stand currants or the yuk candied peel but i normally have to buy 1 box of mince pies for my hubby but not yet, its wayyyyyyyyyy too early.
love your card. the fun image is stunning and your papers and colours are fantastic :D

xx coops xx

An Occasional Genius said...

I know how you feel, I took my first order for a Christmas card yesterday!!! bet you had to go home & lie in a darkened room with wine & chocolate after that!!

I LOVE that card hon, it's totally delish (unlike those unmentionables!!!) Hugs x

Pop's Cards said...

Stunning sweetie, stunning, hugs pops x

Bananastamper said...

You are hilarious girl! I can always count on you for a good laugh....so did you run from the store or did Sweet Cheeks insist on buying some?

Around here, the debate at Christmas time is fruitcake or SAY NO TO fruitcake. You either love it or hate it. I am in the LOVE it, can eat several slices in one sitting category (no wine required, but tea is nice) - I have even been known to make my own if I get organized early enough in the season. Otherwise, being in the LOVE Fruitcake category can be a really good thing if you have friends who are in the NOT category but who have family members who painstakingly prepare homemade fruitcake every year for Christmas.....I make sure that everyone knows I am in the LOVE category!

Ummm, enough about food. Super cute card for Very Understanding Hubby. Those screws are just perfect!

Hmmm, I wonder how much space you are allowed per comment? Seems I've written a novel already and it isn't putting a stop to it. Since I'm rambling, I will head off to bed as it is now beckoning loudly.

Good luck at the grocery store next time!
Banana :)

DesigNeAl said...

Great man card! I am sure hubby loved it! x

DesigNeAl said...

Great man card! I am sure hubby loved it! x

Julie said...

Brill card!! Perfectly coloured and top dog embellies and papers!! Sorry but I love Mince Pies - but they have to be home made!! Christmas isn't the same without the home made variety!! 'Tis too early for them to be in the shops though!! Juliexx

♥Gemma♥ said...

Fantastic Faye....great layout & love that image which you have beautifully coloured :D
hugs and xxx

Shelly said...

You are funny, but your card is adorable! And if it's any consolation, I don't like mince pies!!! Shelly x

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

Great guys card Faye! Love the papers!

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Oh I love this...as I'm sure very understanding hubby did too!! Sending my belated birthday wishes to him. :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

More fabby colourwork and I just love those brads!!! Hugs, Lesley

Sara I. said...

Awesome nail brads!!! Your coloring rocks! xx