Craft funny, Smashbox and more…


Debbie's runner beans This week:
- QVC funny – when Marion Emberson our craft guest had a senior moment on air!
- The psychic's prediction about a man…
- Mid life crisis – 'things you will eventually hear yourself say' – what's yours?
- And classic DVD recommendation – 'What Dreams May Come'

Gardening greats
First, a quick update on the old greenfingers! Haven't really mentioned much about the garden this year – maybe 'cos it's taken second place to so many antics this summer!

But I was very pleased, amongst the various strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes to find some of my runner beans think they're going to be in Jack and the Beanstalk – they're ginormous!

Not sure that they'll be completely edible – may just save the beans themselves for planting next year. Wonder what you have to do with them? Just leave them on the stalk? Dry them out indoors, what? How has your garden been in our 'non event' of a summer this year?

Crafty moments
Loving being on from time to time with Marion Emberson, one of our new craft guests! She's a bit scatty, to say the least… here she is on air with me on Monday night's papercraft show, lost in a little moment all of her own! Don't cha just love it?!

She's hilarious!! Building quite a following now I can tell you! Marion's also set up a Facebook site for you to catch up on the latest news and advice from the team – search Groups on for 'QVC CRAFT'. We added another 50 members during the show!

Sublime spare time
Debbie and George the dog Well apart from doing a little more work on my novel, I've been out gallivanting again this week, including to see a pal of mine down in Southampton, who used to be a producer and now runs the Mayfair B&B.

This is me on the sea front – not far from where all the massive cruise liners come in – with Mark's dog George! It was a lovely day – windy but 'bracing' as they call it.

Also whilst I was down there my sister and I visited a lovely psychic lady called Linda, who foretold some interesting situations – including that I'll end up with an older man – or one who acts older – who has kids and is very trustworthy and reliable. Nice! Not yet, but maybe one day. Cool eh!

Ever since my dad came thru on psychic Sally Morgan's show, I've loved all that stuff. It doesn't really matter if it's proven or not, to me, I just like it! She also mentioned that maybe I should put my novel out there in 'short story' format – ie. a chapter at a time. Now this was a topic of conversation at one of the conferences I've been to this year – an apparently a lot of people are doing it. They put a chapter up for something like 29p! Would you download it that way? Let me know – one of my pals from my writing group is learning how to upload to kindle, so you never know!

The Midlife Manual Now someone who's already got a publishing deal, is John O'Connell – an ex-Time Out editor and newspaper journalist. His 'Midlife Manual' caught my attention when it was mentioned by a lady who called me about interviewing him last week, and as it was my brother Derek's birthday, I bought it for him. It's quite funny! Things like:
- 'foods you really should have grown out of by now' (blue drinks, processed-potato smiley face biscuits, yoghurt you suck out of tubes…)
- 'things you WILL eventually hear yourself saying' (and to think WE only had three channels; because I said so; no thanks it’ll keep me awake…)
- along with a chapter called 'Dealing with other people's children' (do not try to be their 'mate' – it makes you look even older and more pathetic than they already thought you were… :-) )

Debbie and Del One last snippet from the book for you – 'middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you'… 'cos you're too busy watching QVC of course! Lol. It's an easy-dip-in-dip-out type of coffee table book for those difficult to buy for 'mid lifers'! Like my bruvva Del boy!

Jack's Place restaurant EAT: Of course a meal out is always a good choice for most people – and whilst Craig and I have been sampling the fayre from many diverse venues around London courtesy of the daily deals voucher thing, I've also visited some classic places – like Jack's Place, just down the road from QVC in Battersea.

It's honestly one of the best steaks I've had – I may go back there when Coffee at Jack's Placethey've got lobster! Me and mate Nigel thoroughly enjoyed their Irish coffee – although mine just had a splash of alcohol – we decided it was more of an 'ish' coffee!! Lol!

SEE: Going to the cinema next week, haven't had time of late, as you can imagine! But did manage to fit in a very emotional viewing of one of the most heart-warming films I've ever seen – Robin Williams' 'What Dreams May Come'. Specially for anyone who's ever lost someone special, and definitely one to watch with a box of tissues! An oldie, but a goodie (1998)!

QVC: Finally watch out for a new exciting kit from Smashbox, coming soon on QVC including on Tuesday 20th September at 5pm with me. If you're one of the people that's ever asked about the vibrant pink lips I wear it's Smashbox's teeth-whitening gloss I think!

Also a fabulous chat with one of my favourite interviewees, best-selling author Lee Childs… And here are another couple of funnies for you from the latest outings on QVC – during Gem Day – by special request from some of my Facebook friends! Enjoy!


I'll see you back on air on Beauty Day on Sunday – including Gatineau late evening – yay! Assuming I've survived my trip this week to Stonehenge for my walking holiday! Wish me luck!



  1. Linda, Glasgow September 15, 2011 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Your always wished the best of luck from me Debsx Well all i can say is “How does she do it?” – your such a busy lady, which always makes your blog a good read – thanks for thatx.I dont know about selling your book chapter by chapter?it depends how quickly i would get the next chapter-i’m not good at waiting – but i guess thats the beauty of this type of sell and 29p a chapter is more than good value.You mention you’ve been to a fortune teller – now – i love everything about this type of thing. I hope we both meet “the man” for us in our near future – but until then i hope we continue to have great fun and adventures and loads of love and hugs from our mates and lovely families eh Debsxx I’ve had messages from my lovely daddy via mediums like you had on Sally Morgan and the message content proved to me it could only be my dad – i guess its just something we’ll find out about when our time comes? Have you ever had telephone calls with what they call “white noise” -my story is that we(my family) had an ongoing situation with another family – nothing too serious but people had been offended – i,by chance, had the opportunity to right some wrongs and tell some people exactly what my family thought of them(all done very quietly and to the point)well i left feeling quite proud of myself and thinking my mum and dad would have been proud. When i got back into the house my phone kept ringing every hour or so and when i answered it i heard “white noise” i was too scared to say anything but after the third call i said out loud that if it was my mum and/or dad then i was getting scared and to stop – the phone didnt ring again that night – to me this is fascinating.Anyway Debs look after yourself and continue to have funx Your looking good girl – see you on QVC soon Love Linda Glasgowxx

  2. Louise September 17, 2011 at 7:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Talking about beauty day, I have just received the Judith Williams tsv, which I ordered on AD, and I am extremely pleased with it. The reason for even considering her range is simple: no animal testing, the first proviso when I buy anything. But it works as well, the smell is divine, how luxurious is the texture? Only the mininum amount is required of all of the products, especially the pure rose oil – one drop is more than enough for my face and neck! I have now ordered the EDP and the body butter; I don’t like a product where the smell enters a room before I do, which is why I use l’occitane and philosophy, so I hope I am pleased with them. I’m confident that I will be but, thanks to QVC’s MBG, it’s a no brainer ordering them.
    Have you been watching that programme on E Entertainment where Joan Rivers moves in with her daughter Melissa? I’m more generally into documentaries and other factual tv, but keeping up with the kardashians and real housewives of orange county/beverly hills are addictive, unfortunately for me! Do people really live and talk like that? Does it relly matter? It is, basically, pure entertainment after all and, s long as you realise that, you’ll enjoy watching it. I certainly wouldn’t want to live my life out in front of millions of viewers.
    Looking forward to the kipling tsv on Monday – I need/want a new bag; the last one I bought, a KVZ, was about 2 years ago.
    Take care and keep well.

  3. debs f September 18, 2011 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    Ooo Linda! Your Ghostly Goings-On sound really spooky! yes I love all that stuff. My one also said a few things about recent events being correct in my life – things had to happen that way, about recent partners etc – so it was very reassuring. My sister had a fabulous reading too – quite a lot of accurate names and so on too. Am going with Craig again soon to see Sally Morgan once more – I guess I’m an addict!
    Good luck with your hunt for a man too – have you read my recent blogs? make sure and put your name forward to help me out with my project…!
    best wishes

  4. Michelle Roberts September 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Another great blog hon, you are so good at this!!
    I really don’t like the sound of selling your book chapter by chapter I would want the whole book and nothing but the whole book at ONCE !!
    I was laughing at the picture of your green beans, once I had this great idea of growing my own veg, well the current Mr Roberts dug me a nice patch in the back field then off I went planting lots of carrots, spuds, beetroot and everything was growing well then one night we had a herd of deer (think that’s what you call a collection of them) and you guessed it the whole lot was flattened,joys of living in the countryside!!
    Hope you enjoyed your trip to Stonehenge, the pic on your face book page were very good, you captured the mood well.
    I’m starting a new Yoga class Monday night, I was thinking of giving up but I have found another class,time to start again although I will miss Beth.
    Have a good week.
    take care
    Michelle x x
    I have found a nice class so time to start again although I know I will miss Beth.

  5. Nigel September 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Debs, Leave the pods to mature fully until they start to yellow and dry out (if its wet weather bring them inside with good airflow (but away from the pogs !) until they are fully dry and brittle.Once dry , shell out the beans and dry further for a couple of weeks and then store them in a airtight container (will last three years).
    One problem is that they can cross-pollinate with others grown within half a mile so although you can still grow and eat them they might not be the same variety as you started with.
    After all that its probably easier to buy fresh seed next year!!
    Great craft clip – live TV at its best – Take care, Nige :-)

  6. debs f September 21, 2011 at 1:41 am -  Reply

    Louise – yes I agree about Judith Williams – I often recommend this range to newcomers to skincare – for value overall, and as its high quality!
    No haven’t seen Joan – too much to watch already on my skyplus but would like to at some stage!
    Hope you liked the kipling TSV bag!

  7. debs f September 21, 2011 at 1:43 am -  Reply

    Michelle – how funny about your veg – oh ‘deer’! lol
    stonehenge was amazing – more soon!
    good luck with new yoga class hon – good for you!

  8. debs f September 21, 2011 at 1:45 am -  Reply

    Nigel – thanks for that! ARe you mister greenfingers or what! How long have you been gardening then? Late bloomer or early starter/ : – )

  9. Diane Murray September 21, 2011 at 2:28 am -  Reply

    It’s great to see you back on QVC Debbie. You were the first presenter I ever saw, way back when, and bought the first thing I saw from you.
    I could have paid off my mortgage by now, but haven’t, I blame you……
    Used to enjoy your singing over the Festive Season, ‘Crazy’ was terrific, hope you’ll be singing again this year. Also seems a long time ago when you totally lost it giggling about something, everyone knew you were almost under the table! It’s good to have some fun back on QVC. Don’t go anywhere.
    love Diane…x

  10. Heidi Barnett September 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, had a giggle at your QVC funny always make us smile chuck! ;) Hope the writing is going well and that the ‘pogs’ are behaving.
    I have to say..what a film choice! One of my favourite films is What Dreams May Come..have cried every time I see it..brilliant!
    Sending hugs..speak soon
    luv Heidi x

  11. debs f September 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Diane – thank you so much, bless ya! Can’t make up for the ‘opportunity cost’ of mortgage but I can give you a special mention in my next blog (after 23rd sept).
    It’s a pleasure to be back for sure, and am very happy here. Thanks for writing! Do feel free to do so regularly! The more regulars I have, the better! I will always answer every comment left on this blog for sure – even if it takes me a while to do so!
    best wishes!

  12. debs f September 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Heidi – yes I agree! Saw another one of my faves the other day with my pal Nigel too – Yes Man. And I’m building up to watch Family Man with him, (Nicholas Cage) as it’s such a good film, but if you’ve seen it you’ll know why a guy who’s never had kids of his own might find it a bit of a hard-hitter! I love it tho. There are so many great films – past and present – for sure. Loved Friends with Benefits – see next blog after this. BUT can’t say same for Tinker Tailor – what a let down! Maybe that was just me… Keep commenting, Heidi – nice to hear from you!

  13. Nigel September 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Debs , my first memory was digging as big a hole as possible in my parents veg patch (guess I was trying to reach Australia). They weren’t best pleased !!
    Answering your previous question,a mixture of arable and pasture (cattle,sheep) fields. As Churchill said when he purchased Chartwell, I bought the view rather than the house. Guess thats why Kirsty and Phil say Location,Location,Location is everything.
    See next years Olympic cycle road race goes through Dorking.Hope the trainings going well !!
    All the best, Nige :-)

  14. debs f September 27, 2011 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    Nigel – I’ll take that as an ‘early ! lol
    ps I chose my current abode partly cos of the view over ranmore hill – so I know what you mean! And the road race nearly kyboshed (?) our trip to scuba diving several weeks ago, when they did the practise run. I didn’t realise that ‘road closed’ really meant completely closed! No way out! i’ll be booking a holiday away when the actual event is on next year! lol

  15. Elizabeth McKinley October 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Just looked at your funny moments and oh, what a lift they gave me. Thank you. Not been a great time lately, but you made me smile.

  16. debs f January 2, 2012 at 4:25 am -  Reply

    Oh Elizabeth, what a nice compliment. I do hope things are a bit better for you now. I know what you mean about feeling lifted and I’m only glad to help. big hugs d xx

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