Saturday, 31 December 2011

hard work

all done, the bedroom make over has begun, today i hoovered, scrubbed and washed down the entire room until it sparkled, then i moved all the furniture around, after only a slight panic as to whether everything would fit were i had planned it to go and it does.......................just LOL the chair will have to go somewhere other than were i had planned as i wouldn't be able to open the door and i've ordered some storage boxes and a really thin book case to display my treasures on it today, just need some more pretty things to arrive now and i can get it all sorted :)

Thursday, 29 December 2011

ooh it's going to be gorgeous

when all the hard work is finished, have decided to give my bedroom a make over so have spent the last couple of days tracking down purple bedding and accessories, today i've added a new rug and arm chair to the mix as well as some pretty cushions, beaded tie backs for the old curtains and a lovely mirror, i now want something to go on my bedside table, i'm fancying an altered birdcage and some fairy lights with maybe a nice canvas on the main wall :) can't wait for it all to come now but so not looking forward to the cleaning up and scrubbing the place to within an inch of it's life, that's this weekend sorted then LOL

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

making the most

of the last day of my christmas holidays includes lots of reading, maybe a wee spend somewhere and a bit of scrapping too LOL

Sunday, 25 December 2011

santa's been

we got lot's of lovely pressies and apart from sneezing a lot we're having the usual christmas day, watching shite and eating crap, will add some alcohol to the mix in an hour or so then i'll settle in for the night of dr who and then god knows what else LOL might have to start the harry potter marathon :)

merry christmas everyone :)

Saturday, 24 December 2011

i'm dreaming of a ...................

purple christmas LOL, i cut and dyed my hair today, unfortunately i didn't read the bit on the packet that said not suitable for more than 50% grey LOL so i've ended up a very bright shade of purple because i have so much grey in my hair now LOL never mind i actually really like it and the greys have gone away :)

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

it's tuesday i'm in love

with my new birthday present, an ipad2 :) it works and tha't about it cos dad whipped it off me to wrap up for january, so not fair as i've paid for half of it, i reckon i should be able to play with half of it LOL i put this to him so he gave me the box LOL

Saturday, 17 December 2011


i had my first mince pie ever LOL yup i have never tasted a mince pie because i thought i didn't like them, you see my mam and dad both didn't like them so i just sort of assumed i didn't like them either LOL but we had mince pies for tea after our xmas lunch at work yesterday and the kids weren't sure of them, we tell them if they don't like the look of something they should try it by having a sniff, a lick and a little mousy nibble LOL so they did and so did i and you know what, it was really nice LOL looks like i'll be putting mince pies on the asda shop next week LOL

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

the elf on the shelf

meet buddy twinkle elfenstein, the result of me telling the kids the story of the elf on the shelf who watches and listens to see if people are being naughty or nice and flies back to the north pole every night to report the results to santa! of course the kids were fascinated and what with me being a complete soft touch i went to the fabric shop on the way home, bought some scraps of felt and some toy stuffing and rustled up wee buddy there LOL, can't wait to see their faces tomorrow when he arrives at nursery complete with a letter from santa :-)

Monday, 12 December 2011

a bit of scrapping from the dark side LOL

just a couple of my latest digi lo's, the house challenge form uks and the past few weekly challenges

Saturday, 3 December 2011

it's beginning to look...........

..............a lot like christmas! put the christmaas tree up today and the other decorations, it's looking very lovely and i'm sitting here enjoying a nice bottle of strawberry and lime cider with all the candles lit and my feeling all christmassy :) and if i can remember where i put my camera i'll take some photos LOL

edited to add, i found the camera LOL

Thursday, 1 December 2011

really happy

to say that the quilt raised £120 for the sir bobby robson appeal, lots of disappointed peeps who didn't win it so it looks like i might be making some more LOL, not until after christmas though, we put our tree up at the weekend so the sewing machine has been put away until the new year :)

Sunday, 20 November 2011

the finished quilt

all done and ready to be taken to work tomorrow to be raffled amongst my work colleagues in the hope of raising £100 for the sir bobby robson fund :) mind you i love it very much so i might just have to buy a ticket myself LOL

Saturday, 19 November 2011

finally getting round to uploading my sarahs cards retreat lo's

claire's class, we got very sticky but i think it was worth it, i love the texture of the tissue paper and modge podge and will be doing that again and who'd of thought of making a flower with a zip

made with my october gottacraft kit, i love this lo, the skulls are brilliant

made with the left overs of lou's class, just love woodgrain paper

scraplifted nat's lo from one of the dt leaflets i'd taken with me, i think it's either the sept or oct kit i've used too. i'd been saving them up for the retreat LOL

nat's class, gorgeous papers and a stunning lo.

hot chocolate at the ptarmigan station up cairngorm, made with my raffle prize win :)

really didn't like this lo so i left it overnight, came back to it, added a few butterflies and a bit of bling and hey ho i love it now LOL

jen's class, the pp's were lush and she had us hand folding rosettes to go on!!!, sorry jen that's what the tim holtz die was made for hun LOL so i waited until i got home to add the final two rosettes on it LOL loved this class

another dt leaflet scraplift  this was my first lo of the weekend
made with websters pages western romance range, i cut out the horse and tree and have added glossy accents to the tree.

spot the deliberate mistake, it wasn't until i retrieved my lo from the sketch challenge table that i realised my spelling mistake, it's meant to be caught unawares LOL

vanessa's class using american crafts mr campy, loved the spraying and making the flower and the stamps we got in the class kit are really lush and will be used a lot!

made with the things we got for the lo make and take

no title on this one cos i can't remember the name of the waterfall and i really want to put that as the title, research is ongoing shall we say LOL
made with the leftovers from claire's class, love the tissue paper flowers, will do this again

i completely loved the papers we used in rachel's class (daily junque) and used the left overs to make a couple of lo's, this is us on the seaprobe atlantis under the water of the kyle of lochalsh

the water at part of the falls of dochart at killin

another of my daily junque left overs pages LOL this was my fave brekkie when we stayed at fort william LOL

lou's class using crate paper, loved all the handmade embellies in this one

rachel's class with my fave papers of the retreat, daily junque by pink paislee, really loved this class, the envelope opens to reveal my journalling.

hope you like all the lo's, there is another one but i can't find it, think i must have put it back in it's page kit and i've put them all away LOL guess i'll be digging through my many kits to find it LOL

Friday, 18 November 2011

is excited

cos i've just booked a ticket to go up to edinburgh on the train, 1st class of course darling LOL to go to see the christmas markets and have wee spendies on useless but lovely stuff :-) that'll keep me going through a week of lates next week :)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

a rather lovely holiday

was had at the strathyre forest site near callendar, the lodge was surprisingly lovely for the amount of money we paid and the beds were very comfortable, the hot tub was lovely too and came complete with it's own rubber duckie LOL the weather wasn't too bad either considering it was november although we had to drive up in really bad fog on the monday :( managed to spend lots of money on silly things like new handbags and purses and got to see the b&b we will be staying in on the way up to skye in june :) took loads of photos as usual so that should keep me going over the winter LOL off to make some xmas cards now :)
hamish the pet highland cow, we loved feeding him vegetables

our hot tub's rubber duckie

welcome in gaelic on the dining table in our lodge

dad and i at loch lubnaig

Sunday, 6 November 2011

21 lo's

that's how many lo's i managed at the sarahs cards retreat this weekend, it was a fabulous retreat, the classes were gorgeous. the kits were packed and the goody bag was excellent, had to have a wee looksie at the shop as well of course :) took me about 3 hours to get home which is really good, it was a nice drive apart from when the fog came down near penrith but it was soon away again, the sunset over morcambe bay and the lake district mountains was stunning, wish i'd had my camera :) my table buddies were so much fun and we laughed like drains all weekend LOL roll on march 2012 :)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

two more sleeps

until the sarahs cards retreat, i'm uber excited and my totes are stuffed with as much as i can possibly carry LOL have a suitcase to pack yet LOL but tonight was devoted to knocking up a mini book for a friend who was burgled early tuesday morning, one of the things the bastards took was her laptop with all he 11 month old photos on it :( i'd been saving her photos of the bairn on facebook to make her a book for xmas but i think she needs it right now.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

i'm buying a gypsy!!!!

and no not one of the ones recently evicted from dale farm as suggested on my facebook page LOL, i'm buying a cricut gypsy :-) i'd been talking on facebook about getting one and one of my friends, the lovely l has decided to sell hers and not only did she think of me she's linking all her cartridges to it as well :-D i'm so chuffed as i am getting a complete bargain :-) can't wait for next weekend even more now as not only is it the sarah's cards retreat, l is bringing my new gypsy to the retreat :-)

other things to celebrate are 4 more pounds off and a reduction in my blood pressure of over 40 points :-D

Sunday, 23 October 2011

and another

busy day but at least i managed a long lie in this morning :) didn't get up until 11.10 :) after lunch and doing the shopping i decided to get the sewing machine out and make a start on the quilt i am making to raffle at work with all the pproceeds going to the sir bobby robson fund. turned out quite a bit bigger than the i had planned, in fact it might be bigger than the wadding i've ordered so it might need to be trimmed or i could make the wadding bigger with the other bits i've got left over :) i've just ordered some gingham fabric off ebay for the backing, going for lime green and white to set the colours off :) gotta love ebay, have been finding loads of lush stuff on there recently :)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

busy day

i was up bright and early this morning as i had this idea going around my head of something to make LOL anyhow thought i wasn't going to be able to get it done cos i had an eye appointment which entailed having eye drops to dilate the pupils, well it never got done cos the optician had rang in sick so it meant i got to make some xmas cards and get all gluey :-)

i've had this house shape for ages and today was the day it got finished, i painted really roughly with white acrylic paint then dry brushed stream paint dabber on it before putting the prime alla prima papers in it, i then used some of my hoard of tim holtz and prima embellies before using the finished house to display some of my sea glass and sea pottery collection.
the finished house
close up of some of my glass and pottery
the bottles are filled with glitter and micro beads
more seaglass and sea pottery and the flower embellie

Friday, 21 October 2011

what a busy week

at work :-) after our training day on monday my room buddy r and i decided to have a big change around in the room and make things a bit nicer, we changed the areas around and i've been making stuff for the home corner and also for the outside area, we went for a walk on tuesday and bumped into a tree surgeon who was chopping down some trees on a local estate, we managed to sweet talk him into bringing us some branches and logs so i've been busy all week turning our outdoor area into a bit of a woodland, have branches tied all along our fence, we made an autumn basket with leaves,grass and plants with the kids yesterday and today we made a bug hotel LOL i am now officially knackered and so looking forward to my sarahs cards retreat (13 dyas to go eeeeek!) and then a week away in a wood lodge :)

Monday, 17 October 2011

diabetic checkup today

and it was all good, my cholesterol is fine, and i had lost 8.5lbs since i was there 3 weeks ago, she was very happy with that but not as happy as me LOL let's just hope i can keep that up :-)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

delilah quilt mark 2

all done and ready to be delivered on november the 4th :-)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

all done

bar the handstitching :-) i was asked by a facebook friend and fellow uks'er if she could buy the last quilt i made, it was already for someone but i had enough material to make another if i bought more backing and wadding so i said i would make it for her, i had to have it ready in time for the sarahs cards retreat on the 4th of november to give it to her there so i'm rather glad to say it's nearly done :-) my next quilt is another lap quilt in blue/green and white. i'm making it to raffle at work with the money going to the sir bobby robson appeal, it's where a work friend was treated when she had a brain tumour so we always try to raise some money for it every year, i'm thinking of charging a fiver for a ticket and would be delighted to raise £100 :-) plan to get the material for that cut up tomorrow as well as get my first scrapping of the month done LOL then i want to make a wee padded case for my xmas kindle :-) got my eye on some lush sausage dog fabric from the stah for that little job LOL

Friday, 7 October 2011

more pretty fabric

has arrived so the weekend will be made up of cutting up said fabric and sewing it into another quilt LOL oh i do love this quilting malarkey :-)

Sunday, 2 October 2011

pink and girly

the quilt
close up of the quilting
that is what was requested so that's what i came up with, i absolutely adore the material so i'm hoping that the recepient loves it too though i'm pretty sure it will be well recieved :-) i quilted it very simply with just a double line of stitching down either side of the seams and around the main panel but i think it works very well :-) so that's another one all ticked off, i can make a start on my red, black and white one now then i want to make some bags as xmas presents :-) talking of xmas we made a start on the xmas shopping this afternoon, i'm getting a kindle and dad is getting some new clothes and some books so far :-) also have my eye an another couple of cricut carts and some scrappy stash :-)

a couple of close ups of the materials

Saturday, 1 October 2011

what a week

it's been a scorcher which wasn't great at work and nights have been horrid cos it's been so hot :( have a new laptop to play with (a lovely shiny glossy red one) after i accidently spilled wine on the old one and dad needed a new phone so i've been showing him how to use that, and today i've been finishing the quilt for tracey's niece, it looks gorgeous then i can get started on the next one that's been sitting in the box for a while, just been watching dr who, it was good but i had guessed what was going to happen, now watching judges houses on the x factor, the only time i watch it LOL anyhoo time for a glass of white and waiting for the take awat to arrive :-)

Sunday, 25 September 2011

over on uk scrappers

the first blind scraplift
i'm in a team (the rik rak ravers) :-) in turn this team is in a house (the red ribbons house) and this weekend the red ribbons has been hosting a cyber crop with lots of challenges and classes to do, i've been playing along a lot today and have done 6 lo's so far with a few more challenges still to go :-) here they are in no particular order LOL as you can see i've done them all digi but since i've got tons of tidying up to do from the holidays (and the craft room is a tip LOL) i haven't got the time to do them in real life but will probably do some of them in paper at some time
shimelle's starting point lo

mandy's challenge, i chose chinese

scrap out of your comfort zone challenge
scraplift challenge

the teapot challenge LOL

Saturday, 24 September 2011

didn't we have a lovely time....................

well yes we did actually LOL the weather was cold and for the most part rainy but the caravan was warm and cosy, the food was delicous and the wine was rather expensive but that's another story LOL we did loads of stuff we had never done before, like go in a glass bottomed boat, go hunting for nessie, ride the funicular train up the cairngorms and flirt like mad with a rather gorgeous 25 year old (well that would just be me LOL) so all in all it was fab :-) i took over 300 photos so i've got plenty to keep me scrapping with now :-)