Sunday 6 April 2014


Hello friends
Yes today is my 1000th blog post! 

Incredible that I've typed so many!

My very first blog post was 12 October 2009 and admittedly I didn't blog 
daily back then but within a short time I was sharing my craft projects.
This was the very first craft item I posted - handmade bird houses with mini eggs.
I'm thinking I might revisit this project with a 2014 twist....
My blog has served as my crafting and family diary, so many events and milestones recorded
and even though it takes a great deal of my time I'm grateful I maintain it.
Also...I would never have made so many wonderful friends.

In celebration of 1000 I think it has to be a giveaway!
I would like you to leave an answer on today's post to this question:

If you could receive 1000 of something what would it be?

Just pop your answer down and the best answers (judged by Elliott) will be winners!
Yes winner(s)!  
I'm giving away three prizes...

On The Road

Elliott has said no use trying to bribe him by sending McDonalds!
Winners will be announced next week.

Have a lovely Sunday, I'm taking Elliott out for the day - still celebrating!
Take care friends and I'll be back tomorrow for 1001!


kitty davies said...

Morning all.
One thousand congratulations to you all. Idon't comment all the time but ido read your blog every day. I would like one thousand extra hours to craft. as if take care all Kitty

Diane said...

Corny alert.......

1000 hugs and kisses from my kids....they have grown up so fast and are adult now, but we are close and I give thanks for that everyday.

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine.What a milestone, well done! I really appreciate your daily injection of crafty ideas and family life as I'm sure others do too. I would like a thousand sunny days for us all (it can rain at night!) Elliott, are you sure that you can't be persuaded with a McD bribe?!! Hugs ,
Maggie x

mim said...

My youngest son Tom is in South Africa which is about 6 thousand miles away and I'm no good at travelling so a thousand off it would be great!

Margaret xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations ! Wow that is a lot of posts. Mine would be 1000 wishes so that we could make a lot of dreams come true & give the wishes away.

Clai01 said...

Congrats Christine xx
here's to the next 1000 posts!

I love your blog and I call every day to see how the boys are doing and how the shop is progressing and what you are up to also as you are one of my favourite crafty people who has given me loads of inspirations.
Dare I say a cut above the rest ? ha x
reason being if I could be given 1000 of something ? 1000 dies would be rather nice but an extra 1 will do just fine !
Thanks for the chance to win x

Pat said...

Morning everyone
What a milestone - many congratulations. I would like to share 1000 hugs with anyone who needs cheering up
Pat x

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Magzeeann said...

Me again Christine! Forgot to say, hope you and Elliott have a lovely day out and the that the sun shines for you!Hugs,
Maggie x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Well done on your 1000th post, you give us such a lot of your time along with plenty of inspiration. The last year has been a difficult one for your family, but you still have managed to post most days.
My wish would be to have 1000 days with no pain in my old arthritic joints.
Have a lovely day out with Elliot.

Anonymous said...

Elliott, If we can't bribe you with a McD will chocolate work instead?! 1000 hugs would do me fine. Christine, thats a lot of posts and well done for keeping us interested and inspired. JuliaT x

Jane Willis said...

What a great achievement! If I could have 1000 of absolutely anything it would be 1000 hours of free time, to take as I wanted one or two hours here and there, that I could spend crafting or reading or just pampering with absolutely NO interruptions!

Unknown said...

Many congrats Christine. I love your blog so keep up the good work. I hate it if miss a day and I always make a point of catching up. 1000 ?????? well like so many of us its such a vast number I think I would be happy with a small bag of crafty goodies Beryl xxx ps have a good Sunday I'm of to a Doris Day Tribute Lunch with my daughter. xxx

alex said...

That is an easy question, 1000 great homes for 1000 fabulous abandoned animals in rescue care :-) Congrats on your mile stone xx

Lacelady said...

Oooh, congratulations Christine - well done. I've loved every one I've read, which is certainly the last 3 years or so. Kept my fingers crossed for a lot of them, cried with and for you and your family too, so I'm glad you are in happier times right now.

Since Bizzell seems to have been taken over, I think I'd like 1000 sheets of their card, before the takeover company starts to change things radically.

Chloe's Nan said...

I would like 1000 health and happiness wishes that I could give to those who needed one xx

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, congratulations on your 1000th and great to see those bird houses! I'll said it the other day and I'll say it again, thank you for all the inspiration, both in craft and life. A 1000 wishes? Phew I don't know, time is always the thing we don't have enough of isn't it? Maybe 1000 extra people hours for those who research awful diseases, it's probably not much but everything helps :) Have a great day, Carole Z X

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. CONGRATULATIONS :))A 1000 posts is certainly something to celebrate, and to come at such a happy time in your life is wonderful timing. What would I like to receive a 1000 of? On a serious level, a 1000 different total cures for some of the worst illnesses in the world. That would cause so much happiness for countless people, wouldn't it. Or on a personal level, a 1000 hours of one to one tuition from the 3 crafters that I admire the most and who started me crafting. They are You,of course, Sue Wilson and Barbara Grey. Just think how much I would learn, it would be fantastic, and so much fun too : ) Enjoy today, have a great time. Take care.

Weasel said...

Congrats on 1000 posts, certainly a rollercoaster thru life. I'd love 1000 years to complete all the craft projects I am being inspired to do - along with the health to do them!

Anonymous said...

Morning Christine I don't always comment but I visit your blog every day. 1000 ways to help all those who need help in some way or another. Sophy n Gran

PharmacyMichele said...

Congratulations!! I always check your blog-just don't always leave a comment as rushing out to work. If I was being selfish i'd ask for 1000 hours to craft as I have so many ideas & items I just haven't had time to use (but just had to purchase)!!!!


Nanna Tina said...

Hi Christine
Congratulations on your 1000 posts, love the little bird boxes.
I would like 1000 cuddles and kisses for my Mum from her Great grandchildren as they are growing so fast.
Happy crafting
Love Tina x

Wendy L said...

I could write a novel answering this one --
1000 wishes to make a 1000 people happy.
1000 lottery wins to make more than a 1000 people happy - my kids, charities, but most of all it would enable me to see more of my gorgeous Grand Children who I miss so

Patricia Johnson said...

Being greedy I would like a thousand items of crafting goodies especially all my favourite spellbinder dies and to be able to have workshops with a number of people like yourself who make all us crafter's lives enjoyable in watching the tricks of the trade.
Congratulations on your 1000th blogs I enjoy all your news.

Toni said...

Good morning Christine, very well done on achieving your 1000th blog post. I try and read it everyday, you are so inspiring. I love the bird house idea for Easter Eggs.
I would love to be able to tell 1000 people that they were clear of whatever serious illness they were suffering with. There are so many people and families affected everyday and it's possibly not until it happens to you and your own family, that you realise just how many other people are in the same boat or touched by the same illnesses. 1000 prayers for more breakthroughs.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend celebrating Elliott's fabulous news this week.
Take care
Toni xx

marg said...

Hello Christine
1000! that's a lot of blogging.
Just keep going so that I have somewhere nice to go, in the morning!
Take care

Janice said...

Congratulations Christine on your 1000th blog! I love the Easter egg bird box featured in your first one, I think it would be a good idea to pop back to 2009 and have a catch up!
What would I like a thousand of? Well, I think it would be wonderful to have a thousand new cures for a thousand illnesses which many people suffer with.
Enjoy your day out with Elliot today, it's great to hear that his celebrations continue. 😊
Janice x

Sue Jones said...

Wow thats impressive!
I would like a 1000 more days with my family members that have passed away xxx

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Christine and Elliot. Many congratulations on your 1000th blog. What an achievement.
Apart from the obvious 1000 pounds I would like 1000 dreams in which my late husband appears. In that way he´d feel a lot closer.
Have a wonderful day.
Love Val in Spain x

Peggy said...

Well done, Christine. It's been said before but for me it has to be a 1000 hugs from my nearest and dearest. When words can't be found a hug can say so much. So hugs to you all. Dee x

Anonymous said...

Belinda Raven said......

Amazing - your 1000th blog - well done you! I would like 1000 people to smile a big 'Elliott' smile and cheer up another person. 😊 X

Love Belinda. X

EmmaT said...

Good morning Christine. Congrats on 1000 posts, I wasn't here at the beginning but have followed you the last couple of years and I think that is a lot of words you have typed! Love the bird boxes, great little easter gift.

Now my first thought was also 1000 hugs but as ive been beaten to that one. So im going to go totally selfish and wish for 1000 buttons - something im addicted to and can never have too many of. I don't often make a card with a button or two on it.

Wishing you all a lovely day. Hugs Emma xx

KathR said...

Wow , well done on that achievement..if I old have a thousand of anything, it would be for my mum to have a thousand LUCID days, as she has Altzeimers ....then I could do and say the things to her that I never got the chance to !...
Anyhoo here's to a thousand more blog entry's ...
Hugz Kath...xx...

Debbie Tinks said...

Hi Christine
Great you reached 1000th blog..
I would love 1000 caramel Easter eggs (small ones)
Happy crafting ...

Layerlass67 said...

Morning Christine. Congrats on your 1000th Blog post. I have always said that I just don't know how you find the time and energy to do what you do but thank you for sharing with us. As you know, my sister had her cancer op just before Elliott had his. Yesterday,nearly 15 months on, she was told there is no longer any sign of the cancer. Thank God. I would wish for another 1000 people to be given the same news this month, that they were free of illness and their health restored. Meantime is there any chance you could post a 'how to' make that bird box. It would be great to make a few of those and fill with mini eggs for my family for Easter, (only a couple of weeks time I think). I have already bought my Grandson his Easter Bunny but I'm sure some Easter nests would go down very well with the rest of my big boys. Take care. Enjoy your day out today. Hugs. Gemma xx

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 1000 posts. Sorry I don't always leave a comment but I do read your blog daily. A 1000 happy smiley people would be nice but being totally selfish I would love a 1000 days without a single hypo! Keep Smiling Sarah from Devon

Anonymous said...

Have I really read 1000 blogs and
followed you every inch of the way? Now you have come out the other side, Congratulations.... If I could have a 1000 of something it would have to be cuddles!.. From Terrie

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on reaching a 1000 blog posts. My first thought about wishing for a 1000 somethings was hugs and kisses from my son who at 20 is "too old" and "oh mum!" when I ask for a hug or a kiss. Have a lovely day. Take care. Claire

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations to you x I enjoy dipping into your blog daily and great news about Elliott. You and your family are inspirational and that is why I pop in daily to 'see' how you are all getting on. Also... because of your charity kits I make Lemon Cake (in fact I never baked at all before)and gave my mum-in-law one for Mothers day.
See what effect you have on people that you don't know!!!!
Lets go for 1000 wishes for us all and lets just share them all between us xx Hugs Beverley xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Wow, congratulations on your 1000th blog. We all thank our lucky stars that we have you and others in our life to give us such inspiration. Hope that we helped you along the way with our thoughts and hugs during Elliot's long fight. My 1000 wishes would be that they found a cure for 1000 diseases, especially cancer, as this I know from experience is such a struggle, for not only the sufferer but the family as well. Hope you all have a lovely day.

Sandra said...

Good morning Christine, firstly CONGRATULATIONS, 1000 Blog posts, oh my goodness that's just amazing!
So two reasons to go and celebrate, go wild!!!
I would like to read a 1000 inspirational stories of people surviving terrible illnesses and life changing situations, coming out the other side with their head held high and a big smile across their faces, as this would help make people understand that even when life seems to have knocked you down and the odds really are stacked against you, that their is Hope and a Chance that you can overcome the most desperate of situations and grab life and make the most of everyday!
Thank you Elliott, your story really has given a huge amount of people that glimmer of hope that you can fight the worst of situations and come out the other side with a lovely big smile on your face!
Huge squidgey hugs
Sandra xxxxxx

Maid of Kent said...

This is a milestone 1000 blogs. Congratulations to you. I visit your blog every day but like a lot of people l do not leave a comment every day. I so admire how you have coped over the last year. As l enjoy and get so much inspiration from your blog l wish you another 1000 followers so they can get as much pleasure and crafty happiness from you as l do. Crafty hugs Ann x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post - how do you juggle family, London work, shop, crafting and blogging? My 1000 would be wishes for my daughter's dreams to come true. She always tries but until now has never shone - until this week when she found out that she has been accepted onto the film degree course she wanted but never thought that she would be accepted for as they only take 12 people. Wendy

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
Many congratulations on 1000 posts.
I would like a thousand extra hours to inspire children to craft - I work in a school.
Amanda x

scofessex said...

1000 hugs from my late husband

Unknown said...

I would love 1000 painfree days so I could do more NORMAL things and lots of crafting!
Congrats on all your wonderful blogs!!!

hazel young said...

!000 hugs as a hug is always the right size and makes everything seem much better. Love the bird house. Enjoy your day out xx hazel

Lesley said...

Hi Christine and family, wow a 1000 posts that's wonderful, but that is the mind of a crafter isn't it!!
If I could ask for a 1000 of something it would just have to be dies, but that would be unreasonable and greedy wouldn't it, so, I would love it to be ribbon, different colours and sizes, how lovely would that be. Keep on blogging Christine and most of all you and your family stay well. Hugs to you all Lesley

Sue Yorkshire said...

Congratulations Christine that is some milestone, and I do love reading your blog

I would have a thousand smiles from my baby grandson.... had one this morning at 3 am and it was just the most wonderful thing

Have fun celebrating

Sue xxx

Sue B said...

I just love the bird houses & it would be great if we could have a tutorial on them. If I could have 1000 of something, I would like to receive 1000 smiles from everyday people you see walking down the road or see in shops. So many people now are just glued to their phones etc. that they don't even see you let alone smile. Oh that is a bit of a rant, sorry but that would be so uplifting. Keep blogging Christine, I know I don't comment often but I love looking everyday & thank you for all your inspiration. Sue x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine
Congratulation on your 1000th post, so many inspirations for so many people. We'll done!
I would like a thousand happy days which I could give to family and friends when they are having a bad one!
So many impossible wishes but we all dream!
Chris Harrison x

Lynn said...

Hi Christine, congratulations on 1000 posts. Like a lot of people I drop by every day but don't always comment, what works I like 1000 of? days when I don't have to do anything, that way I could craft or read or just sit and relax........I start out with every intention of crafting or reading but always end up gabbing to do something else that's cropped up. Enjoy today with Elliott. Lynn xx

Valerie said...

Hi Christine, Wow all that writing & photo's, your fingers must be sore!! I would like 1000 more people to join your blog and each buy your charity kits. This way 1000 more people would be entertained by your crafting and your delightful family each day. Also helping your worthwhile charities. Valerie

Maggie said...

Hello Christine and Elliott. So many blogs and so much inspiration, chat, family news and so many days of thinking about you and wishing you well. I think I have sometimes used up my 1000 buckets of good luck but if possible I would like some more. It would be handy to give out to my own family and friends and, of course, some to you too. If not,just knowing that Elliott is so much better will do for now. Here's to the next 1000! xxMargaretxx

Sally said...

I love the bird houses, I can see a class coming on.

If I could have a thousand things/wishes, it would be to pick a thousand special moments or days and re-live them, especially times with my Dad and my children.

Hope you and Elliott have a great day today. xx Sally

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 1000th blog post. Fantastic! My 1000 wishes would be for that many health cure discoveries in 1000 Minutes!!! Take care celebrate well.
Phil D

Carolyn Hughes. said...

Congratulations on reaching 1000 blogs!
Firstly, I've read most of todays comments and most of the 1000 wishes each one has made I would wish for too!
Secondly, here's to another 1000 blogs from Hope and Chances. We cant get enough of you!!!
Carry on celebrating Elliott, my biggest wish of all is for you and all the other brave people fighting similar battles in life come through with flying colours.
Enjoy today, love Carolyn.

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
How nice it must be to look back on your 1000 blogs huge congratulations to you ,and now you are going to give your 1st creation an update , i am so looking forward to seeing it .

My 1000 wishes would be given to the top Doctors and surgeons ,to find the cures to so many illnesses .
Have a lovely weekend
Elaine H X

SusanP, Kent said...

Congratulations on your 1000th! Since I 'discovered' you I have checked in and been inspired every day.
As for what I would like to receive 1000 of I haven't a clue! I have all I need and am content, but it would be lovely to be able to grant 1000 wishes to others. So, if you know of a benevolent genie out there with 1000 wishes going begging I'll have those please. Enjoy your celebrations.

Ita said...
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Ita said...

Congrats on your 1000 blog ,you put so much work into it,and inspire us all.i know there were days when your heart was breaking,but you had a smile as big as Elliott.
My wish is for 1000 days pain free for Elliott and my self.
Big hugs,

Ita said...

P.S. And anyone that is suffering and in pain.

Anonymous said...

Well done Christine what an amazing feat . I must admit that I am pleased that you have kept on blogging.
For my wish it would have to be 1000 more days with all of my family and friends especially those who are no longer here with me. You know how much I luv this new range of dies
See you soon. Sandra Peach xxxx

Anita Braddock said...

I would ask for 1000 Blessings and hugs for you and every child out there . Elliot you are a very Special boy keep the Faith.

The Hardy Stamper said...

Congratulations on achieving 1000 blog posts - I'm looking forward to reading 1000 more!

How about wishing for another 1000 leaves on the Ronald MacDonald house tree? Or 1000 donations of MacDonald meals to homeless people.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Congratulations on your 1,000th post, WOW !! such admiration from me and such inspiration from you.
What would I like 1,000 of !! hmmm that's a hard one,, but if I had the choice and if it was possible, I would ask for 1,000 extra hours to have spent with my two Sons.
Have fabulous time celebrating with Elliott, I am over the moon with elation at the fantastic news.
Have a lovely day.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anne O said...

Hi Christine
Many congratulations on your 1000th blog. If I could have 1000 of any thing, it would be 1000 opportunities to make better decisions! How could we have done things differently with the benefit of hindsight? And if I can't have that it would be the wish to learn from the mistakes I make!
Best wishes
Anne O

Unknown said...

Well done Christine on your 1000th blog post.
I would love to make 1000 people well so they don't have to suffer anymore.

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, mine would be 1000 blessings from God for every one who needs them love Jean Z xx

LoraineC said...

Congratulations on your 1000th blog post, I have only been following a year but always look forward to reading them. I have just read everyone's wishes and I realise I am extremely lucky and don't need a 1000 of anything. Hope you have had a super day x

Laura O said...

son is just home from hospital ,got his appendix out on Friday so i'd wish for 1000 days to spoil him with hugs and kisses and his little sister of course [she would be a little jealous otherwise ]congrats on reaching this milestone .Laura O

Cazzy said...

I could list many things that would be for me, but despite my pains and problems, and wants (and I really have too much now), I would love to have 1000 trees to give to people via Tree Aid in Africa. That way I could put something back for the paper I use, and help heal the planet, and help 1000 people to become self sufficient.

Cazzy x

Clovey1150 said...

Congratulations on your blog. I read it every day and am inspired by all the things you do in a week. I would ask for 1000 wishes to use to pay it forward and grant others their wish. I think we all would like some kindness from someone in our lives. CHARLOTTE

Mary by the Sea said...

Hi Christine, congrats on the milestone...
Have spent ages thinking about this...finally decided that a 1000 arthritis free hours for my dad would be great. Then he could have more fun with his great grandchildren.
mary xx

Claveh said...

Congrats on your milestone! I think I would ask for 1000 "Thank you's" to everyone who pulled me through Breast Cancer last year (I am now in remission) xxx

Unknown said...

1000 wishes would have to be passed to Elliott and other kids like him who endure treatment with a smile.

Congrats on reaching this milestone.

Wilma x x x

SusieB said...

Hi Christine,

Mine would be 1000 less people to go through the pain and agony of the last year from being told they have a brain tumour!

Think Elliott and I know what I am talking about!

It means 1000 less families having to suffer too.

Keep up the great work and news of your celebrations.

Crafty hugs

Sue X

Pippa said...

Hope I am not too late, was out all day yesterday so did not get the chance to log in. That is a tough question, there are so many to choose from. I think I am going to go for the 'greedy' but with a good motive answer. I have a dream of starting a little crafting group but really need a good injection of either cash or basic supplies to kick start the project so a £1000 of basic craft supplies, card, ink, stamps, that sort of thing would be great. Dream, dream, dream ........... :)

JJ said...

Ah great idea, 1000 Mmm How about 1000 countries free from war or 1000 soldiers being sent home to their families, anything to make others happy.

Big congrats on reaching 1000 posts wow!Great achievement.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Carole said...

A 1000 days of sunshine...lets face it sunshine makes everyone feel better!

AnneRD said...

Firstly Christine, many congratulations on your 1000th blog.
Like many others I feel privileged to have enough food on the table and a roof our my head, I have all the basics to make for a happy life with very loving children and grandchildren. If I could have a 1000 of anything I think it would be for the words 'Thank You' to give to those people who have lost this phrase from their everyday vocabulary. Needless to say you and your lovely blog followers have these words in abundance which is so uplifting. Anne x

Di x said...

Hi Christine

Here's to many more posts from you. I read every day.

I would like 1000 £1.00 coins to give to the Epilepsy Charity for the scientist to use to maybe find a cure for my lovely grand daughter Amy and many more children and adults like her.

Regards Diane

loftylass said...

Hi all... congrats on all your lovely posts. 1000 hours of crafting with my favourite designers would be my wish...this has provoked many hours of happy thoughts anyway. thank you.

Janice said...

Well done Christine, 1000 blogs. I don't know how you've managed to do this. Love the little bird houses so yes please, re-visit this for us. Janice xx

Anonymous said...

A 1000 cuddles and I love yous from my children and grandchildren because they are the most important people and if you like things in my life, without them a 1000 of anything would be worthless, I love your blog and follow it daily, it helps put life into perspective and I thank you for that. Karen from Durham.

ElaineC said...

Hello Christine & all the family. Like many of your other ' commenters', I read your blog every day and don't know how you manage to fit everything in to your life. Keeping busy is one of the best therapies of all when troubles strike. For my 1000 'things', I would like to ask for jokes! Simple and memorable to help with more laughter, because we all know that laughter is a great healer and makes us smile more. So. - keep smiling. Love Elaine

Craftychris said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts, that's awesome! I already have as many kisses and hugs from all the people whe mean everything to me! So what I would ask for would be a 1000 wishes of health and happiness that I could give to anyone who needs them! That would make me so happy! xx

Ann said...

Hi Christine

I love to read your blog it is so inspirational and makes you feel part of a "craft family"

Congratulations on your 1000th post whew what an achievement.

If I had a 1000 of something it would be to have a sparkley wand to put a little magic into peoples lives when they are going through very hard times and everthing seems so difficult to cope with and they are bravely battling on. It would make me very happy to do that.

Hugs Annxx

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