Happy 2013 to one and all


Tom with Gus and the Prestigio tabletHello, hello, hello and a happy 2013 to one and all! Thought a little catch up was a necessity today, so here I am . I shall endeavour to fill you in on our rather pathetic Christmas frivolities…

So, rewind to the last blog…

Full of Christmas cheer, singing carols to myself and gaily meandering to CHRISTMAS…well, it all went pear shaped! All I can say is even Maddie said "This has been a rubbish Christmas" …devastated!

After all the preparation, the trip to Lapland, the excitement of knowing she did have in her stocking from Father Christmas the correctly coloured Furbie (yes, I know that sounds familiar to those of you around my age21, but these days this new breed are controlled by an app wouldn't you know!). I must explain that Maddie ISN'T a spoilt brat just disappointed, as we all were, that the entire Christmas and New Year was blighted by GERMS and lots and lots of them.

Basically before Christmas I felt somewhat trapped as either I was ill or a child was, therefore off school and at home. That said there was, (I admitted a tad smugly to Dan, maybe the smugness was my downfall?!) a fantastic chance that for once we were going to ease into the Christmas celebrations smoothly and without panic and stress. Due to the enforced stay at home I had managed to wrap all the presents AND managed to fit in the huge food shop one evening after work.

Oh she who spoke too soon… it all went horribly wrong!

Dan bent to pick up a spoon and put his back out – it's just awful seeing a big strong man in such pain. Luckily my Chiropractor took pity on me and came straight to the house to see Dan and again on Christmas Eve and managed to get him upright and mobile…ish!

Meanwhile I had been struck down with the 2nd version of a virus and was basically useless to all. The children were a tad feral and didn't see a hairbrush, nor a shower and lived in onesie heaven for too many days as a result, but oh when I think of how sweet they were looking after themselves and us it makes me feel tearful. Maddie particularly was fantastic, so kind and caring, she really made me proud.

Christmas Day

Girly pyjama partyWe did manage to have a Christmas Day of sorts, fuelled by drugs and had our nearest and dearest with us. Here's about the one and only photograph taken that day which is shareable, call me vain but believe me there is not looking great and really not looking great!

Here you can see my gorgeous goddaughter Helena next to Maddie, her sister Bryony and my soul sister, as we call each other, Manda all in matching Christmas pink PJs. Not long after this was taken I crashed and hit the mattress, not to re-emerge for days. I even had to cancel my Mummy and Arnold's visit and Maddie's lovely godfathers, it was that rubbish!

Still, that was then and here I am back on your screens again. May I just say a huge thank you to our wonderful scheduler Rox and all my super fellow presenters who covered all my hours at QVC. You are ALL lovely.

New Year clear-up

Tom's secret chocolate stashSo, I was back at QVC this week and as with each New Year I find that the urge to cleanse and clear overtakes me. The playroom is my current mission, and as the children are growing I thought a sort out of broken toys was a good and therapeutic idea.

Well, Tom' s secret is out – check the photo of his stash of "stolen" chocolate wrappers hidden behind the unit I've just moved into Joe's bedroom.

What a cheeky thief! I'm onto you Master Tom. I suspect you're even more of a chocolate fiend than my lovely roomy Miss Debbie Greenwood, although I heard she's taken delivery of SlimBe that Christine Hamilton has been showing us on air.

It's the sachet you take prior to eating which makes you feel full therefore less likely to overeat so we shall see if the SlimBe lessens the need for CHOCOLATE! Not sure anything would lesson Tom's need for chocolate!

A poorly pup

Gus and his sick bowlUnfortunately mission playroom went on hold as I have had to put my Vax carpet cleaner  from QVC into action. Poor Gus is a poorly pup and let's just say my 10 year old pale green rug was in a sorry state.

Why is it that animals gravitate to a rug to throw up on, and not the easy to clean hard floors which make up 90% of my floor coverings  downstairs?

I can now pronounce that thanks to Vax I have a hygienic rug I can be proud of again, though you have to laugh three minutes after I had finished cleaning it, Gus threw up a further four times! And not in the sick bowl funnily enough that I had provided!

So a trip to the vet was my next step – an anti-sickness injection, a thermometer where thermometers should NOT go, antibiotics and special gentle food and a £77-lighter bank account. I was worried he had caught all the viruses we humans had had, but apparently they have their own versions.

I am pleased to report though that (sssssshhhh) so far so good, he is improving, perky and the small food intake he has had, has stayed in! We even had a lovely fresh air walk, me in my new glam wellies and hat that I received for Christmas and my super snugly Centigrade coat.

A dad from school stopped me to say he wanted to take a picture of me and send it in to Tatler as he thought I cut a dash in all my finery! Centigrade in Tatler, how über cool would that be? I'm actually on at 1pm on Monday with Centigrade, so if this cold germ killing snap leaves you wanting/needing/wanting a new coat, I can highly recommend you tune in. I shan't be sporting my wellies on air though!

Girly catch-up

A girly gather for friends birthday celebrations is on the agenda this weekend plus the gorgeous Miss Keenan has organised a gathering of the Kathy, Debbie et moi variety at her new home. She's such a brilliant cook, hostess and all round superstar. I'm sure there will be evidence of our debauchery  on one of our blogs and as I missed the knees up called "The  Presenters Christmas Lunch"  due to those pesky germs, I cannot wait!

Replies to my lovely followers

But before I scoot I must just reply succinctly (ha ha) as my replies went awry from my previous blog,

So to Sylvia, Martin and Steven a Happy New Year to you.

To Usma, the cardigan capelet I wore on my EMU show was M&S. Kathleen, we too were at Enontekio on the 8th, were you?

To Teresa, did you see the Northern Lights? What a super special way to celebrate for your 50th. I booked with Canterbury Travels and went to Enontekio, as it transpires did Kathleen.

To Shelley and Mary, I'm so glad the memories flooded back for you, I hope for me too in years to come. I'm so pleased Shelley that your daughter held it in!

Susan, hope your "dose" so to speak, was shorter lived than mine and PaulaJoy I'm glad Bolton's still rocking!

I shall head off for now, sausages to cook – Green Seasons none the less!

So lots of love to you all and my wishes for a calm, happy and healthy 2013 for us all.
Claire xxx

P.S. for the tweeters amongst you (can't believe I am writing this, it comes to us all!), you can catch up with me and the off screen action. @clairesuttonqvc is where you will find me! x


  1. Gwen Tugwell January 14, 2013 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    Claire you really are a joy, a very dull Monday morning has just
    been greatly cheered by your blog.I hope you and the family and
    of course dog stay well, and look forward to seeing you on screen
    again soon.

  2. Linda January 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Claire and family, Sounds like you had a similar Christmas to my family. Firstly the start to the build up was brilliant, the 16th of December brought us a new granddaughter 8lb 6oz (Ellie) a gorgeous sister for James. Then just two days before Christmas my other daughters family (her included) was all hit by the usual seasonal bugs. Our dog Radley has also been on antibiotics for a skin condition, not sure if he’ll be cured of this yet, but fingers crossed he’s ok at the moment. All in all a very upside down Christmas. But onwards and upwards for a good New Year Claire, hope you all keep well. Lindaxx

  3. Joanna Downey January 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, I’m so sorry about your Christmas being derailed by illness and injury. We spend so much time and effort, not to mention money, on this big celebration and then so often the seasonal rug is pulled from under us. Poor Gus, he looks really miserable lying next to his bowl, however, the photo with Tom the chocolate boy is gorgeous and I love that hat. You weren’t smug and Maddie isn’t spoilt you were both just disappointed that it wasn’t as planned. I can remember the Christmas when I was ten and my lovely mummy was really ill with flu – it was one of those epidemic years and an awful virus. She somehow managed to cook lunch and then went to bed for what seemed like weeks. My uncle, her much-loved cheeky baby brother, came to see her and told her that people were dying from the virus “in droves” which reduced my sister and I to floods of tears and my father showed him the door..! I find January and February quite grim and the snow we had this morning now resembles wallpaper paste and everywhere looks dirty. However, this year we’re going to have a Summer with blue skies, garden parties, sports days and warm evenings spent in the garden surrounded by all the fragrances of the season and lots and lots of sunshine. For now just get yourself well – champagne is a wonderful tonic – and a belated Happy New Year. Love from Jo x

  4. Claire_sutton@qvc.com January 15, 2013 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Morning Gwen, lovely to hear from you. Hoping this cold snap will kill all germs around! Hope snow didn’t affect you too much….. So far!! X

  5. Claire_sutton@qvc.com January 15, 2013 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Congratulations, and Ellie is such a pretty name. Hopefully James will adore her too, lovely times ahead for you… Aaah . How’s radley? Poor poor thing having antibiotics too, luckily Gus was so full of beans this morning – one more day of antibiotics to go. He was like a bouncy gazelle on our walk, and came on a recall straight away… I was proud… Phew! Lovely Tuesday wishes to you and healthy ones to all your family too x

  6. Claire Sutton January 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Jo, what a wicked uncle!!! I presume he was allowed back in the door at some point!! I know just what you mean re wallpaper paste..yuk day old snow, though still a good layer round here. Schools even shut yesterday…Dan to the rescue as I was on air!! How’s life without your pussycat?
    Hard I bet, poor you. RE the champagne…think Ali and I did all the champagne on Sunday at hers, we had a lovely and hilarious lunch with her and Colin, Debbie, Michael and Kathy with her lovely husband. Fabulous. Slight hangover feeling at 10pm though….oh dear!
    Still I’m with you on the summer front….sunshine, ooooh yes please!
    Off to be with Lulu and Matthew BIggs, what lovely people ,
    have a great week Jo x

  7. Susan January 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Happy New Year to you..and I am soo sorry you had such a washout of a Xmas and New Year. It is awful isn’t having Xmas at this time of year! It should be in the summer lol. Yes we all had germs too. It di the rounds with the entire family lol. Yuck. Many more Christmases to try again with though! And it’ll be a laughing moment in the years to come. Poor little Gus, what a sorry sight he is in the photo. Glad he is bounding about again!!
    Chat soon and calm for the year ahead, now that would be LOVELY!
    Susan xx

  8. Steven January 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    All the best to you in 2013 Claire. Sounds like you had an eventful spell over the christmas period! Poor wee Gus and more importantly your hubby! Hope both are on the mend. Caught one of your shows last week and it certainly looks like you have recovered from your illness. You looked great. I speak to Ali on facebook so maybe she passed this on to you.
    Take care and heres to a happy healthy 2013 to you and the rest of the ‘bloggers’
    Love Steven xx

  9. Joanna Downey January 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire (again), Thank you for remembering Kizzy and for asking about life without her. She is much missed. Love and thanks Jo x

  10. Mike January 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire,
    A quick hi and a Happy New Year to you and family. Mike

  11. Davina Morris January 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hello Gorgeous!!
    Sorry to hear Pre-xmas & xmas itself were a bit of a washout with illness & stuff. Your poor hubby putting his back out, goodness!! So Dan, Dan the gardening man won’t be doing any forking for a while!! :-)
    Glad the family are getting better & your brightening up our screens once more. I had a quiet xmas on my own as Dad went away to reflect on his own and my sister has had such a hectic time lately, she wanted a quiet xmas with her partner & mum-in-law. Still, cooked a full xmas dinner & stuffed myself silly as we do!!
    Managed to steer clear of the full lurgy thats going around but got a small cough & sniffles though. Hope Gus is better now & not messing the carpets up. Have got a couple of photos from the party i went to in November to print off & send to you. You’ll see how podgy i am & make up still needs to improve.
    Take care & speak soon.
    Davina xx

  12. Claire Sutton January 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Susan, Calm for the year ahead…that would be lovely, I wonder though as we live our lives at such a full on pace if we would feel something was wrong!!!….. can you imagine moving Christmas…I remember my due dates for Tom, Joe and Maddie and thinking, its not like Christmas, which is a definite!
    Lots of love and may you thrive in 2013,
    Claire xx

  13. Claire Sutton January 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for saying hello, and especially for you’re ‘looking recovered’ comment, makes a girly smile!
    Have a safe time with this impending snow!!
    Love Claire xx

  14. Claire Sutton January 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much for your message, I hope the same for you and yours,
    Love Claire x

  15. Claire Sutton January 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Miss Davina,
    Can’t wait to see the pics, it sounded such a success and I guess it was a big hurdle for you too, how is everything going?You can always write to me at QVC if its easier… it’s really nice knowing you’re tuning in. Oh and luckily Dan is back in action!!! Thanking you!
    Mind the snow won’t you?
    Love from the5:6 and a quarter xx

  16. Sarah January 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Love those matching PJ’s!

  17. Claire_sutton@qvc.com January 18, 2013 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Sarah, hi, we did laugh , the girls gave me mine then disappeared and reappeared in the matching sets!! Hope they got a “buy more save more!!!!”
    Safe snowy day,
    C x

  18. Steven January 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    No problem Claire. Not being a major suck up but you are my fave QVC presenter – and no I dont say that to all of you lol. I am in Scotland and shock horror for once we seem to have escaped the worst of the snow.
    Take care and have a great weekend. Looking forward toy your future shows

  19. Teresa Karasavvas January 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire
    Sorry to hear that you, your family and your dog were all poorly over Christmas.
    Yes I was fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights and got to see them on the 12.12.12 so that is a date I will not forget.
    I have now booked my Lapland trip and will be going at the beginning of December. I have booked the resort of Rovaniemi which has all the things I want to do – also it is very near to the Artic Circle so hoping to cross that too!
    All the best to you and your family for 2013.

  20. Marian Bolton January 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi lovely Claire.
    Remember me?! I met you at an Elemis bash in November 2011. And then you went and outed me re: Dale’s blog!! How’s the pilates going?!!!
    Thank you for modelling that Ingenue dress so beautifully tonight. I’ve ordered one and hope it looks as good on me as it did on you. I’ll let you know. I haven’t seen that range on QVC before but if it’s as good as it looks, I’m sure I’ll be back for more.
    Happy New Year sweetie.

  21. Claire Sutton January 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Teresa, oh well done for booking it and how exciting , though right now you must feel like its happening here with all this snow! Not that I have seen huskies careering down the motorways!! Though think we would get where we’re going more speedily!!
    I hope we ll speak more times until you go, but I so hope it’s equally fabulous for you,
    Love Claire x

  22. Claire Sutton January 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Miss Glam Marion, how fab hearing from you…yes of course I remember you, How do you think my Pilates going??! ….. Are you following the fox on Twitter, he’s there too!!!!
    Hope all is well with you and I loved the dress yesterday, really really nice, so I hope you love it to,
    Take care in the snow, it’s thick where I am, flipping chilly today, I want to put the heating up but should probably put on another cardi instead….cup of tea to warm up with I feel!!
    Lots of love Marion,
    Claire xx

  23. Susan January 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    I have to echo Steven’s comment Claire! You are my fav too!

  24. Marian Bolton January 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Right back at yer Miss Uber Glam Claire!! Dress arrived today …… great service or what! Love it, so comfy like you said on air. And no ironing! Massive bonus that. Perfect fit too. Will keep an eye out for the future Ingenue shows then. Off now to write a review ……. 5 stars of course!
    Yes I am following the fox on Twitter…. and you too now. Sent my first tweet yesterday in fact. I couldn’t get the hang of it at all and tried to send several tweets before without success. Then I realised yesterday that there’s a limit on characters! S’going to be a real challenge for me that, but I’m always up for one ……. a challenge that is!
    Lots of love Claire

  25. Pamela Layton January 25, 2013 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Dear Claire,
    I’ve been watching you on QVC this morning,Friday 25 January, and admiring the lovely red dress you are wearing. I phoned customer services to enquire about it, but was told it is one of your own.
    I wonder whether you could share details of the make of the dress etc. with me?
    This is the first time I have contacted you, but I should tell you how much I enjoy watching the shows you present, you have a wonderful, uplifting style of presenting and always cheer me up!
    Please continue the good work!
    Best wishes,

  26. Claire Sutton January 31, 2013 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Pam, Hello, I do hope you spot this reply. Thank you ever so much for writing to me , the dress I was wearing was indeed my own, it was m & s one from the limited collection , I think though I bought it a good year or 2 ago…if I see a similar dress anywhere I’ll be sure to shout out to you.
    Love Claire x

  27. adrienne January 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire,I totally understand how poor Maddie feels. We had a similar christmas.All that excitement for christmas spoilt by family viruses.We all had a dreadful bout over christmas and all the way through january someone in the house has brought the dreaded germs from school and work.
    Oh well Christmas 2013 can only get better!

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