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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Thank You!

It's my birthday today and The Hubster took me to dinner at my most favourite restaurant in the whole wide world which just happens to be 15 minutes from our home.  It's called Drakes.  The owner and Michelin Starred chef, Steve Drake, is an absolute master craftsman in the art of food.  We started with cheese on toast.
(Sorry about the photography taken on my phone).  This was the most wonderful thin, crispy, tasty toast topped with smoked cheese, hollandaise sauce, fish roe and rocket (Arugula) and it was delicious.  It was the pre- pre-starter.  We then had an eel custard (the pre-starter) followed by little somethings (I don't know what they were but they were heavenly), then salmon (the starter), followed by  foie gras (which actually made me weep it was so good!), then brill, then beef, then butternut squash and passion fruit cream (the pre-dessert), then roasted pineapple with douglas fir (the dessert) and finally petit four (pictured above).   Each course was accompanied by wine specifically chosen by the Sommelier and I think I might have gone to heaven sometime during the evening!!!  I am stuffed fit to burst though.

I had some lovely gifts too - not least from lovely blog buddies!  Thank you, thank you!!!

And I spent the day making this card inspired by the lovely Debby4000 from her cards here.  Thank you, Debby!!!
This is actually a thank you card for the dinner we DIDN'T have last Saturday (due to the snow) but which has been rescheduled so I will still need it.
When I make my cards I have to cut little strips off of my 6x6 papers in order for them to fit inside a mount within a 6x6 base.  I tend to keep the little off cuts and that is what I have used for my banners.  I can't tell you what the papers are I'm afraid but the flower is a stamp and punch by Stampin Up which was new for Christmas and it is backed with a Marianne die. The green banner is mounted on another SU punch and the plate and cutlery are by Doodle Pantry which you can find here.   I finished with a little Stamps Away Thank You on a SU punched tag.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz Punch it (twice - my flower and my lacey trim (and actually the banner ends are cut with a square punch - a brilliant idea from Debby!)
My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything goes
One Stop Craft - Thank you's; and
Marianne's Design - Banners and bunting

Now me and my over-stuffed tummy are heading to bed!!!


Annie said...

Belated Happy Birthday, and wow what a dinner you had! and I'm loving your thank you card in the subtle green tones and a fabulous use of the paper left overs!
hugs, annie x

Mrs A. said...

We will make a snippet queen out of you yet. Happy Birthday for Today. You missed out on two words the name of the person John and strip but you did find words I never even knew I'd put in there!!!!Lol. hugs Mrs A.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday friend!! :) Looks like quite a fabulous feast! Love your card design and the colors look so sophisticated!! HUGS

Dena said...

I'm so glad you had an amazing birthday dinner! I hope the rest of you day was wonderful!
Your card is gorgeous! The banners are such a neat touch!
I'll be emailing you soon!
Big hugs birthday girl!!!!

paper fun said...

Lovely card. I love that you were so creative with your scraps. It is really beautiful.

Thanks for joining us at Ones Stop Craft Challenge.


heidy said...

Happy Belated Birthday Wishes Lesley,sounds you had a good one!!
Love your beautiful card hun!!
XXX Heidy

Jules said...

H Lesley

Belated birthday wishes to you .. .. I am so pleased you had a good day.

It must be lethal having your favourite restaurant so close to home!! The food sounds gorgeous .. .. though I have to admit to not having tasted some of those things!! LOL!!

Your card is gorgeous too. Love the baners and beautiful colours.

Happy "un-birthday".

Love Jules xx

coops said...

stunning card lesley.really gorgeous colours and i love the stylish design.
Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday too, its sounds like you had a perfect day :D

xx coops xx

Caz said...

This is lovely..:) Thank you for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz, and good luck.

Caz xx CC DT

Tracey T said...

What a gorgeous card and a fabulous way to use up those left over bits and bobs. Feeling very jealous reading about your lovely dinner - sounds divine! Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday. Hugs, Tracey x

anita01 said...

Lieve Lesley,

Van XXX harte met je verjaardag en hieperdepiep hoera...Wat heb je heerlijk voortreffelijk gegeten, met ster en dat kun je zien, ochhh lalalala ik kreeg gelijk trek in het lekkers, zalig allemaal, geniet maar heel lang na ☺ Ook je kaart bewonderd, zo mooi zo strak en tja je bent een kanjertje hoor...Wens je een mooi jaar vol heerlijke hobbymomentjes,

Liefs uit Holland,
Anita xxx

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lesley, love the card
Hugs julie P

Tracy said...

Now that's a stylish thank you card Lesley. The little strip banners look fantastic. I have TONS of those that need to be used. Hugs!

Crafteezee said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday Leslie, I didn't know it was your birthday. I hope you had a lovely day although the meal sounds fabulous and left me drooling even though I just ate my lunch, lol.
Love the banners and fabulous Thank you card.
Hugs Tracy x

Faye said...

Oh, you dark horse, keeping your birthday a secret from me! It's not even in my diary! Happy, happy, belated birthday wishes. Your taster menu sounds divine. Of course I homed in on the petite four picture straightaway and pretty much ignored the rest! Your card also is rich, and elegant. Very nice too. X

Mona Pendleton said...

Happy Birthday Lesley! Such a pretty card! Love the banners and pretty blossom!

Cathy said...

A very happy belated Birthday. I gained 5 pounds just reading your menu :) So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for always stopping by my blog, now that I am retired, I hope to make it to more blogs and leave some love. :)

Inger Harding said...

Belated Happy Birthday Lesley!!
Hope you had a wonderful day :)
Your card looks gorgeous!

Have a lovely weekend.
♥ Hugs, Inger

Ribbon Girl said...

Belated birthday wishes to you Lesley - many happy return - your dinner looked gorgeous! So nice to hear you had a lovely day! Mary G x

Turtle In The Sand said...

Happy Birthday Lesley. Sounds like you were given the royal treatment at dinner. Everyone needs their special day. Your card is lovely. I had that DP and I loved it. I do believe that there is not even a scrap left in my drawer now. It was one of my favorites.

Julie said...

Sounds like you had the best birthday meal! Fabulous thank you card for the meal to be too!! Hugs, Juliexx

Tineke van der Linden said...

Alsnog, van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag. Wat hebben jullie heerlijk gegeten...mmmm....
Je kaart is prachtig! Mooi gedaan.
Dank je wel voor het meedoen bij MD Divas.
Groetjes Tineke