today was Freezer Day – i finally got around to defrosting the graveyard, aka the large upright freezer in the kitchen. leftovers disappeared into it with alarming regularity, and never came out of it – a situation that couldn’t really continue indefinitely!! this was made worse when Michiel accidentally left the freezer door open last May (when i was visiting Sez) for a few hours – i hadn’t realised at the time, but something partially defrosted in there and had dripped all over the contents, thus introducing the possibility of cross-contamination. Which basically meant that anything that was in there before May had to go, and anything i wasn’t sure about, had to go. anything unlabelled had to go too! Sadly i ended up throwing out far too much, but i was determined to wipe the slate clean. Defrosting took around 6 hours, we did it with bowls of hot water, nothing else – we simply cannot afford to replace a freezer at this point, so we didn’t really dare use any of the other methods, i was so paranoid about piercing the coils. Still, it is now frost free, and the food i did keep kept frozen very well in a cool bag in the garden for the 6 hours it took, thankfully. i’m planning a shopping trip on tuesday to bulk buy stuff to fill it up again – freezers need to be kept reasonably full, in order to minimise the amount of electricity they use. (although of course, switching them off altogether uses still less, yes, i know…)

In between all that running back and forth with bowls of hot water and reboiling the kettle (I dread to think what our electricity useage is going to look like tomorrow) i managed to get some more christmas cards done. I was lucky enough last week to lay my hands on a large poinsettia medallion papermania stamp from Fred Aldous, and i’ve been playing with that. My first attempts were a sort of decoupage: cutting out the different layers of the poinsettia, and layering them ontop of each other, seperated with the use of double stickysided foam pads. I think they work well, although its difficult to see the decoupage stuff. (Sez reckons its not decoupage, which is fine by me, but .. what is it if its not decoupage?). Whatever the technique is called, they do look damn good, and i’m pleased with them. I may make a few more using this technique.

Photos behind the cut, as usual: tomorrow, more cards, i hope, and i’m going to make a home made quiche for the first time in years (Mum, i don’t suppose you have the recipe for that lovely bacon and tomato quiche i used to make do you? it was one of those cards. Looked in the files, can’t find it. bah.) for tea. that was supposed to be today but the freezer had other ideas…

Total cards produced so far: 35. Need to step up on production a bit…

the first attempt

the first attempt

a closeup of the poinsetta medallion

a closeup of the poinsetta medallion

second attempt. better.

second attempt. better.

better still, i think. i particularly like the flocked card that i used in the background.

better still, i think. i particularly like the flocked card that i used in the background.

not sure about the background on this one. may be too much. i vacillate between liking it and thinking its too OTT.

not sure about the background on this one. may be too much. i vacillate between liking it and thinking its too OTT.

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