Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Shaken, not stirred

At the weekend we went to see Skyfall at the cinema. We were not disappointed at all, it was Bond at it's very best. I always smile when I see James Bond served his Martini...shaken not stirred and it does feature in this latest film. I mentioned in my last post that I had some more stories to tell about my recent trip to Harrods. When I was in Harrods there was a window display announcing that the wine department was having a special "Bond" themed celebration.
We decided to pay a visit to the Wine Department and find out more.






The wine department is in the basement of the store and as we descended the escalator this advert for Vodka Martini greeted us. They were showcasing 5 special Vodkas at this event as well as the Bollinger Champagne.












At £150 a bottle I did pass this offer by!





















The 5 special Vodka displays were terrific featuring huge cocktail glasses and very realistic giant ice cubes made out of acrylic.

















Even the lime slices were made of acrylic, they were so realistic.







Each display had a  free recipe leaflet for different Vodka based drinks and the one for the Vodka Martini used this Russian Vodka on the right here.
What was fun was that they were also selling little miniatures of each of the vodkas so I picked up a recipe and the ingredients in miniature to have a play with at home.













Here they are, they are really a fun size.

So on Sunday armed with my cocktail shaker (aka my Hb) he make me my very own Vodka Martini..........................












Shaken, not stirred...of course. Served in my fab cocktail glass my daughter bought me some years ago,  with an Olive, just like James Bond.

 Now at this point I would love to tell you how delicious it was....hmmmm....well honestly.....it was very bitter. I prefer drinking red Martini with lemonade.  Now what was good fate for my Hb was that he loved it and happily polished it off.
I went back to a nice warming glass of sherry instead....much better in my opinion. It was a chilly evening so it was more appropriate too I think.

Now the dark nights are setting in so early this past week and it is getting dark nearer 4pm. I really dislike this but of course Christmas is coming (in 42 days)....so my card challenge needs to be something warm and cheerful to brighten up our long nights, just like my glass of sherry. Here is today's creation.





These 2 little bunnies are keeping snug and
warm in their Christmas stocking. This stamp has become another favourite of my Lili of the Valley stamps.
I coloured it with Promarkers and Prismacolor pencils.I really like the deep red and golds. I used papers from my stash and a pine branch die cut. I hand punched some snowflakes and holly leaves. The round sentiment is Magnolia and the tag is LOTV. I added some bling with glamour dust and some gems and finished off with a rich satin red and gold ribbon.

This is for sale in my Etsy shop here

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Totally Papercrafts Cute and Girlie #142
Ribbon Girl Sparkle
Whimsy Card Challenge Traditional Christmas Colours #53
Visible Image Sparkle I would like take the opportunity here to say a thank you here to Helen of Visible Image for sending me 2 fab stamps I won in their recent Face Book Draw,they are brilliant and I will enjoy having a play with them soon.
Allsorts Challenge Blog Young at heart #180
Crafty Catz anything goes #158
2 Sisters Use your favourite Christmas stamp #117
Joanna Sheen cold and frosty
Christmas card weekly challenge #50
Holly Jolly Inspired by a carol my carol is "We Wish you a Merry Christmas"
Craft Room Challenge Punches and dies
Forever Friends Fortnightly Challenge Use ribbon/twine #49

I am actually off to do some Christmas shopping on Thursday, I am  meeting up with my best buddy. We will have lunch after she finishes work (she is taking a half day off). We will spend the afternoon trying to get some of our present list bought but of course we need to stop for afternoon tea too at some point ;0)
If you get a chance do try to see Bond on the Big Screen, it's a great movie. There are also some good films coming up soon including The Hobbit and Les Miserables...I shall add them to my wish list.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x



42 comments:

  1. Now the start of this post really is right up my street Jane, my philosophy is anything worth drinking has to have bubbles and you can't beat Bolly.

    That said hubby would disagree and the last time I went to Harrods, I bought him a bottle of their 10 year double malt.

    It's the sort of place you can spend the whole day and it's where I had the best banana split I've tasted anywhere in the world.

    Pleased you enjoyed the movie, several of the boys have already been, one went twice because apparently it's that good.

    Your Christmas card is full of lovely seasonal colours and all beautifully put together.

    Thanks so much to sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    Take care, speak soon.

    B x

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  2. So no vodka martini for you then Moneypenny!!! ;) Good job you had some sherry in reserve. :)You'll have to buy the 'bolly' next time!!!!
    Glad you enjoyed the film.
    The card is amazing but you knew I would love it, didn't you!
    Happy evening Jane,
    Vivienne x

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  3. Oh.. I'm glad to get a good review of the film. I'll try to get hubby to a movie theater to see it.. and fun lookabout at the Harrods! I adore that card! Two cute little bunnies in a stocking.. sweet! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. Hi Jane, I loved your vodka story! I adore the Christmas bunny card so much. Those bunnies are so cute and the pine cutouts are great!
    Cheers, xoRobin❤

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  5. Hi Brenda , we did manage to spend the whole day there and still did not cover all the departments. It is such a fantastic store.Your Hb's whisky sounded fab.Take care,
    Jane x

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  6. I agree Vivienne, I should definitely have bought the Bolly..LOL It's funny I don't have a particularly sweet tooth but I do like sweetish alcoholic drinks (other than wine which I drink dry). Happy Tuesday my friend,
    Jane x

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  7. It's great Teresa, really "Old Bond". Do try to get some tickets,
    Jane x

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  8. Hi Robin, my mouth is still grimacing...it really was quite bitter...but M loved it ;0)
    Hope you are keeping warm over there,
    Jane x

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  9. Hi Jane, lovely photos!
    Gorgeous card with lots of details!
    Thanks for sharing at Craft-Room Punches and Die-cuts Challenge, good luck;-))m

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  10. Hello dear Jane,

    I love to read these stories of yours, I get to see places I really couldn't visit otherwise. Thank you so much for showing me the Harrods again, I'm sure I would LOVE it in real life! Maybe one day... And the martini...Not my kind of drink at all! I'm more of the sweet-lover (Bailey's I could drink like water!), and I think I would find that shaken-not-stirred way too bitter too. Thankfully you had something else to warm you up in a chilly night!

    Have a lovely week!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  11. Good evening dear Mia,
    I still have more to show from Harrod's;0) It really is a wonderful store. I am definitely not a Vodka Martini girl! Back to sherry for me also other sweeter drinks ;0) Keep snug and have a lovely week, Billy sends a purr.

    Jane x

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  12. Fab Christmas card and super cute image. Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts.
    Hugs Sue W.

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  13. Fab Christmas card, love the cute image and design. Thank you for joining us at 2 Sisters this week. Good luck. Hugs, Jill A x

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  14. Hi Jane! Lovely story and I'm always happy to see photos from your trips! Sherry for me please, even your martini glass is really cool! Wonderful Christmas card!
    Happy week to you! x Teje

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  15. It would be greedy for me to have my sherry in my cocktail glass would'nt it Teje....imagine the size.....mmmmmm ;-) Happy Wednesday.
    Jane x

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  16. glad you enjoyed Harrods - if not the drink! great card, love the details. Thanks for joining us this week at CraftyCatz. Kim x

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  17. beautiful card pretty image thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

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  18. I love Harrods Kim but I now know to pass on a Vodka Martini!
    Jane x

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  19. Thanks for visiting Tracy,
    Jane x

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  20. stunning olives!!!!! what great photo's as always Jane, and love your card such a sweet image and gorgeous colouring with those pretty papers, thank you for joining us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

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  21. Thanks Kate, always good to see you here,
    Jane x

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  22. Such a fun festive card Jane, thank you for joining us at Allsorts for our Young At Heart challenge x

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  23. Thank you so much Sarah.
    Jane x

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  24. What a cute card with lots of bright colours!!!! Thanks for joining us this week at CCC and we hope to see you again next challenge. Hugs, Brigitte

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  25. Hi Jane, wow this is just great and fits our Challenge perfectly with all the great die cuts. Thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge and good luck. Julia xxx

    Ps Love your photos, Bond is my ultimate favourite.

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  26. Hi Julia....Bond is best isn't he ;0). Thanks for visiting me,
    Jane x

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  27. Hello Jane Harrods is an amazing store isn't it?? And your vodka martini story was so funny! Lucky your hb liked it though :) Lovely Christmassy card today, the reds and the greens work so well.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Helen x

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  28. A super cute Christmas card, I love all the details. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  29. Harrod's is one of my fave stores in the whole world Helen, there is so much to see and the staff are so helpful and friendly too. Have a super weekend,
    Jane x

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  30. Thanks for visiting me here Hazel,
    Jane x

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  31. Adorable image, and gorgeous details!
    Thanks for playing along at CCC!

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  32. What a cute stocking and some great elements thanks for joining us at Holly Jolly this week.

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  33. Such a beautiful card. Stunning design. I like the colors you have used and that image is so cute. Also love the CAS style design like Plastic cards which make the card POP. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Now you have made me want a little bit of wine.
    We would like to thank you for Entering Whimsy Stamps inspirations Challenge.
    Hugs from Tammy Ortiz - Senior Designer for Whimsy Stamps

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  35. Lovely projects and great post! Thanks for playing with our challenge this month!
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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x