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My Weekly Round Up And Little Loves, Crafting

It’s been two weeks since my last round up, I have been full of a cold, manic busy and then had food poisoning. It’s been a bit of an odd but fun couple of weeks, full of crafting and food.

A little advice if you ever open a can of tuna and it doesn’t taste just right; don’t put it down to a cold and taste buds, just DON’T EAT IT!

But that aside it has been half term here and Joe chose to go to a sports club for the week rather than stay at home with me. I have to say I was a little miffed. But he has had the best time, so much so he is exhausted every night. And seeing how much confidence it has given him is wonderful. It really confirms all my concerns re school, you should always trust your instinct as a parent.


It’s been pretty quiet around here this week on the family front, but has flown. It’s been lovely enjoying the evenings getting a little lighter and hearing the birds singing a little more. I am so so excited for spring now. Oh I  adore winter but get to February and the spark has worn off the season.

Our Center Parcs trip keeps us going after Christmas and then once that is over I am ready for spring.


Last week I attended an Italian Master Class with Bookings For You and the Giovannini family who are famous for their food in Volterra, Italy. We all know how much I love food right? And the master class was just incredible, I will share more next week but I picked up so many hints and tips. I think I may even have a go at making fresh pasta at some stage.

Italian Master Class with Bookings For You www.extraordinarychaos.com

And did you catch sleepless in Seattle on Valentine’s Day? Its one of my fave films, such a feel good movie and omg I want to live in that boathouse. It’s incredible how interiors fashion go around and that house looks like it’s on trend now.


I ordered the Tom Kerridge book last week after reading so much about it and wow, there are so many great recipes I want to try, but I started this week with the doner kebabs. They are totally my food weakness in life! I know, don’t judge me! But these are the healthy version and taste amazing. I have to say as I was cooking them I wasn’t hopeful as it didn’t look pretty at all, but they were amazing. Who would have thought you could have low-fat kebabs?

Tom Keridge Book www.extraordinarychaos.com

I have also finished How To Be Happy by Eva Woods and it is the loveliest but saddest book. It shows how happiness can be found in sorrow. The characters were so engaging, you go through the book hoping for a miracle but know it isn’t likely, all the while Polly the main character is creating the smallest of miracles and changing the lives of people she loves for the better.

My next book is Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. The reviews are great so I have high hopes for it, although How To Be Happy will be a tough act to follow.



Oh my, my new Cricut Maker arrived this week and I love it! Its quicker and more precise when cutting fabric making it perfect for fabric projects. Check out my un-boxing video below, it was the perfect opportunity to have a play about. I  have also made a paper cut, it’s not perfect, but have learnt a few lessons and know what to do next time to iron out those little imperfections.

Paper-cut Monogram S made with the Cricut Maker www.extraordinarychaos.com

Monogram S Paper Cut Made With the Cricut Maker www.extraordinarychaos.com

Next week I plan to make and vlog a cushion, I am still planning my design but can’t wait to get going. I made a cushion for a friend’s bridal shower last week and I was thrilled with it.


Yep still need to up my game here, but I did get back to swimming this week so can include swimwear. I can not believe I have not been swimming since Christmas, but that’s it now I have had a BIG word with myself and will be getting fully back into my exercise routine rather than making excuses.


We have a lovely weekend planned and are looking forward to a catch up with some of our closest friends, I have also planned tickets to see the Sound Of Music at the Palace Theatre, Manchester in March. I love the Sound Of Music and am definitely a musical kinds gal, so can’t wait for this one! There are so many shows I want to see this year but this is a great one to start with.

Have a lovely week whatever you are up to?

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  1. 16th February 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Hope you tummy is feeling better!

    That S is just so pretty! I sorta want to do crafting after seeing that S and I wish I have a cricut machine too! #wotw

    • SarahJChristie
      17th February 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Much better thank you Merlinda, I know isnt it an amazing machine I just love it x

  2. Emma Brisdion
    16th February 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Hope your feeling better now hun,
    Wow Italian master class would love to do this, Italian food is my favourite, you have to make your own pasta it’s realky easy and tastes so much better, loving your craft work makes me want to get my sewing machine out and start making things and I find it soooo relaxing….. have a great time at the theatre ? xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      17th February 2018 / 2:51 pm

      I do to Emma, there something therapeutic about being creative isn’t there? A sewing machine is next on my list x

  3. 16th February 2018 / 11:56 pm

    The S is beautiful. How intricate. I love making pasta. So much nicer than anything you can buy. Good that Joe had a good week. They grow so quickly. I’ve been watching the Tom Ketteridge and am tempte to try some of the recipes. Enjoy your Cricut. #wotw

    • SarahJChristie
      17th February 2018 / 2:53 pm

      I am going to have to try it, it tasted amazing, and thank you I am so thrilled with the S. Joe had the best time thank you its lovely to see him having so much fun, and you really must try those recipes they are fab x

  4. 17th February 2018 / 7:13 am

    Sorry to hear you’ve been ill, glad you’re feeling brighter now. That S looks so beautiful, I love your Cricut enthusiasm! Glad to hear Joe enjoyed his week, and yes, I’m enjoying the lighter evenings, too, come on spring! x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      17th February 2018 / 2:55 pm

      Ah thanks Jocelyn I have a steel constitution so never get bugs of food poisoning so it was a shock to me! OMG I love it the opportunities are endless x

  5. 17th February 2018 / 10:12 am

    Ahhh Sleepless in Seattle is one of those near-perfect films. Amaxing cast and soudtrack. I always smile when Meg Ryan sings Jingle Bells.

    • SarahJChristie
      17th February 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Yes it is Emma it makes me swoon every time I watch it x

  6. 17th February 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Oh Sarah really feel for you having food poisoning, what an absolute nightmare. Half term has been really strange here too as Morgan has been in school for most of it doing revision classes. Love all the things you are crafting at the moment, and that S is beautiful. I have just finished Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine and it’s a brilliant read, totally different to anything I normally read. You will love it x

    • SarahJChristie
      18th February 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Ah thanks Tracey I have to say I am glad its over, I never usually get ill! Ah bless Morgan its such a tough 6 months, I am sure he will do amazing. And thank you I am thrilled with the s I am making a family paper cut tomorrow x

  7. 18th February 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Loving all your crafting with your new cricut machine… I want one! 😉 sorry to hear you’ve had food poisoning it’s so bad. Lov the S it’s amazing! Looking forward to your vlog 🙂 xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      18th February 2018 / 7:39 pm

      Ah thanks Mandy you would love it, its such a great machine if you are creative x

  8. 18th February 2018 / 5:21 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better now!

    I’ve been watching the Tom Kerridge series… I might have to pick up the book too. He’s lost loads of weight.

    The papercut looks wonderful. I hope you’re enjoying the Cricut Maker 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
      18th February 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Nikki the book is fab we are loving trying the recipes and thank you I am just thrilled with it x

  9. 18th February 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Sorry to hear you have been poorly Sarah, this time of year is a nightmare for it. I definitely agree about trusting your instinct as a parent, it’s great to hear Joe had such a good time. I’ve just started reading Elanor Olyphant and am enjoying it so far. The S print you made looks lovely. Hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend x

    • SarahJChristie
      18th February 2018 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks Angela yes he had the best time, such a fun week. I am looking forwards to starting the book everyone that has read it loves it x

  10. 18th February 2018 / 9:39 pm

    That cake has me dribbling! I feel like I need to read How to be Happy all over again, it really was such a moving book. I love the Tom Kerridge book, we tried the chocolate pots one night and they’re really good. Love your obsession with all things Cricut, that papercut is beautiful. Hope you had a lovely weekend x

    • SarahJChristie
      19th February 2018 / 9:22 pm

      OMG it was amazing, it was a beautiful book I just adored it. Ooh I will have to try those the boys will love them x

  11. 20th February 2018 / 9:44 am

    The Sound of Music is my favourite musical. It’s been a long time since I saw it on stage though (Amanda Holden was playing Liesl in the last production I saw on stage which gives you some idea of how long ago that was!) Hope you enjoy going to see it. Glad that you are feeling much better now. Food poisoning is horrible. I love your paper cut and the Italian masterclass sounds like it was amazing 🙂 #WotW

    • SarahJChristie
      24th February 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Ah I love the movie and loved the live version last year on the tv so cant wait till the show, although i cant sing at all and I will want to sing along. Ah thank you I am thrilled with it and am working on another now x

  12. Morgana
    22nd February 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Eek! Food poisoning is the worst! I feel for you.
    Oh Sleepless in Seattle is one of my favourite films, I watched it countless times as a teenager. I’ve not watched it for years, I think I’ll have to look it up next time I have an evening to myself x

    • SarahJChristie
      24th February 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Ah thank you it was blooming rubbish, and I know what an amazing film it just gives me that warm cozy feeling watching it x

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