The fun before the storm was on Saturday evening when we went to a friend's 40th birthday party. I don't think you can ever be too old to open presents, but when you are a grown up it's always lovely to have them nicely wrapped and so that's what I did on Saturday afternoon between sessions of emptying our kitchen in preparation for day 1 of the new kitchen process!
I decorated a white gift bag with very girly crisp cantaloupe and pistachio pudding (similar to the shade of our new kitchen units!) and added hints of the Artisan Embellishment Kit on page 27 of the Stampin' Up! UK spring/ summer catalogue. A touch of blackberry bliss velvet ribbon just added a little bit of wow to my gift bag and coordinating birthday card. The kit includes two die cut cards which can be used as a stencil to create a wonderful pattern on your own punched or die cut shapes as I've done on the tag, bag and card. Buttons and resin roses are also par of the kit along with blushing bride rosette trim which you can use individually like me or as a border.
At the party the lovely recipient told me she'd kept every card I'd ever made for her which made my night!
Sunday was spent emptying, packing and labelling to make sure that the builder had the minimum amount to do before he got to grips with striping the kitchen bare. Here's a before and after.
Before the builder arrived!!
After the builder left this evening
Our poor dog just can't work it out!! The Aga has gone on holiday for a little bit of pampering and will return in due course and there is much to be done before the new units arrive. Exciting, but scary times.