Saturday, July 30, 2016

It's the weekend time for a little creative giggle, stamp those feet and smile!

Good morning, yippee it's the weekend again.  I'm working but I am hoping you are enjoying it, plenty of crafting and creating?

It has become the norm for me to share a couple of creative funny quotes that I have found during the week with you, all to just bring a smile to your face, well, it is the weekend.
I normally include the local weather in my post, today's is.......

Shame I am work so I won't get 100% chance but I am hoping to make up for it later in the day when I get home.
This quote sounds like my kind of weekend, don't you agree?

Now remember back when you did this.....

Remember your first rubber stamp?
Mine was a little duck in a sailor uniform and yes I still have it somewhere along with the hundreds of other stamps I now own.  I say hundreds as I have never counted them, I think it would be far too scary.  There is no way I am ever going to use them all but I just can't bring myself to have a clear out.
I think I might just be addicted to rubber!

And yet still when I see more I am so like Dory.

Is this you too?
There is always something new and better on the horizon.

Finally I have a wee extra one for you today as every girl should be........

It would be rude not to have a little sparkle in your life, don't you agree?
I personally like a clear sparkle as you can use it for everything, do you have a favourite?

That's all from me today, I hope you find time to do a little stamping this weekend.
More from me next week.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sharing an oldie this Friday.

Good morning and how are you this Friday?
That is nearly another week done and dusted and back to work for me tomorrow after only being in Monday this week.

It is that time of the week when I encourage you to join me in sharing an old craft project that you have made and have either previously posted or not posted at all.
It is great to follow everyone's creative journey.  
On a personal note my journey seems to be a lot quieter than it was five years ago.  I guess that is the joy of going back to work and having the children off school.  There is always something else needs doing.
Anyway I would love it if you could join in with me today sharing your oldie, I enjoy my wee hop and shall visit you all.  Just join in the link below then I can find you really easy, if you can't then leave a comment and I get get back to you that way too.
The more the merrier.
Here is my card for today, a little stamping on acetate, which can be a tad scary!

For this card I used black and white American craft textured card, Acetate, Martha Stewart punch Deep edge flower bed, Hero art stamps Anytime messages, bling by Zva creative and ribbon from stash.

To those of you who do join me today, I thank you and can't wait to see what craftiness you are sharing.  Have a super weekend folks and more from me tomorrow.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

On your Wedding day!

Or not as the case maybe!
I shall explain later in this post.

How are you this Thursday?
Another week is flying by with not much to show for it other than lots of chilling and eating.

Today we went here....

The Infinity Trampoline park in Inverness.  The kids had a great time and I might have had the odd bounce or two!  It was great fun for the kids practising somersaults and back flips, where as I bounced up and down with the odd sitting bounce.
My youngest tweaked his back at one point so ended up sitting out for a bit but it hasn't put him off, he wants to go back again.  The oldest boy practised continuous somersaults, having great fun throwing himself about.
For me personally it was far too much like exercise, my body doesn't seem to bounce like it used to. :D

Back to today, remember recently I showed you some bits and bobs and told you I was away to play with them?  I think it was Kate that guessed I was making wedding samples.
This particular bride is a granddaughter of one of my crafting buddies and had seen a very specific card that she liked and wanted for her wedding invites.
Could I reproduce it?
I would like to give credit to the original designer but I don't know the name, it is not my idea other than doing my samples in a different colour combination, as requested by the bride to be.

The long and the short of it is that she doesn't actually like them now.
Although they wouldn't have been my first choice of card, I was happy with the results.
Plus they were exactly what was asked for.

You win some, you lose some.

That's all from me today, I better go and look out an oldie for tomorrow, will you be joining me?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sit back, relax and enjoy your big birthday.

Good afternoon and how are you today?
It is a little grey and dull here today with plenty of rain.  The perfect weather to stay inside and craft!

This morning, I really couldn't put it off any longer, I have completed a "big shop."
Let's just say there was trouble in the ranks due to the lack of food.
The cupboards are now full, as are tummies and I can relax and have some crafty fun.

The card I have to show you today seems to have slipped through the cracks, I made it a couple of weeks ago with the brief for a lady who liked to sit and read in the sunshine with a glass of wine.

I think the brief was covered.  The wine and glass are by Stamp it, the buttons (sun and sunglasses) are by Dress it up buttons.  The book I made using scraps of card and the deck chair is digi art.

I have to say I think Shauna has the right idea although not today as the weather is pants.
Where has our summer gone ladies?
I hope that is not it.
Come back sunshine I have tomatoes still waiting to be ripened.

That's all from me, enjoy the rest of your day.
I'll be back tomorrow with more crafty fun.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tea and cake what could be better?

Good morning and how are you on this Tuesday morning?
It's looking good outside so far, the sun is out and the sky is blue and I now have a certain song roaming around in my head but with no rain here yet.

All my boys are now on holiday, we don't have any plans, I only work part-time but I haven't managed any time off from work until the tattie holidays.  When everyone wants time off in the school holidays it can be difficult to get.  On the upside, I am now not back to work till Saturday so there is nothing to stop us having a few day trips out.
My youngest wants to try out the new Trampoline place in Inverness and this morning I was looking at white water tubing in Aviemore for us all.  (I think that might be fun, if not a little scary!)
There's lots we could do but the hardest job is getting them up and dressed in a morning.
My boys are turning into bedroom sloths!  Or is that just teenagers?

I recently went for two new jobs at work, one was doubling my contracted hours at the moment and one was quadrupling them (full-time).  The full-time job was a step up the ladder and the other part-time job was a sideways step onto the shop floor.
To my relief I haven't got the full-time job.  Why?  Well, I don't honestly think I would have much craft-time.  I am however I am glad I went through the selection procedure because now I know what to expect should I want to go down that route again in the future, a timed test, roll playing and an interview.  Scary stuff!
I am actually looking forwards to my little part-time shop floor job, it is during school hours, the only downside being I am working every Saturday but a shorter shift than I normally do now.

Talking of work, last week we had a cake sale to raise money for MFR Cash for kids.  The local radio station are raising money for disadvantaged children in the local area.
This is what I made...

We have some malteser slice....

My youngest was most disgusted as I cut the slices twice as big as I normally do for my boys.
It is a treat that goes down really well in this house but with six full bars of good cooking chocolate and two boxes of maltesers, not to mention the biscuits and butter, it is not low fat!  But very yummy!

My muffins are orange with a lemon butter icing top.  These muffins have two full oranges in them so I like to kid myself that you are getting one of your five a day!
This probably isn't the case after being baked but it's a nice thought.
This has to be the most requested muffin recipe I get asked for.  You'd think chocolate muffins or something a little more extravagant would be more popular but no.  I think the fresh orange juice makes the cake very light and fruity.
I haven't followed the trend and piped loads of butter icing.  I find slapping this sort of amount on with a palette knife is more than enough sweetness.

Finally some cinder toffee or honeycomb, whatever you prefer to call it.
Hubby got me a sugar thermometer for Christmas and I have to say this is much easier to make with it.  You've just got to work quick when adding the bicarb as it explodes into life!

That's all from me today.  After looking at various activities for the family, the boys want a quiet day today.  I shouldn't complain because it means I can get some jobs done and craft.
I think some forward planning is required for the rest of the week, offering choices first thing in the morning is too daunting when certain people aren't really wide awake!
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and more from me tomorrow.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Time for some creative funnies, it's the weekend.

Good morning and how are you this Saturday morning?  
It's the weekend and I'm not working!  That will become a thing of the past when I go onto my new rota next month as I shall be back to working every Saturday, but for a shorter shift.

It is the last day of the Gala today so very shortly my youngest and I are going off to the beach to dig for treasure.  There is a car boot sale later today and the craft show, I haven't got anything to put in it this year, how bad am I?  Not even a card!  I shall just enjoy looking at everyone else's creative makes. 
In the evening we have the talent show and a disco, then that is it for another year, and what a great week's entertainment it has been.  Thanks to all the village committee for all their hard work throughout the year organising the event.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post last night was the car treasure hunt, I do love a car treasure hunt!
Guess what, my best pal and I won it too.  Yippee.  Great fun was had by all.

Back to today's post now and here are the funnies I picked out for you this week.  
A wee smile for the weekend!
I love the idea of this first one especially after my husband has ruined a few pairs of my good scissors.  He has the unique ability to pick out my most expensive sharpest scissors to do a job that they were not made for, like cutting off the top of a Christmas tree.  I kid you not.  

Now as crafters we all have that embellishment that we just can't walk past when out shopping, don't we?
I have a couple, buttons, oh I have far too many buttons.  The other is ribbons.
I don't know why I have this attraction to ribbons but I can't walk past them especially if it is something I haven't seen before.  Maybe I was a cat in previous life?!

Or is that just me?  
I am so like this cat.

This last one is a constant battle with me and the reason why my craft room is never, ever tidy.

It is so much more fun playing rather than cleaning!

That's all from me today, I am coming back later to catch up on all your blogging.  I did start yesterday but my computer died on me and I didn't get very far.  As Arnold would say "I'll be back!"
Meantime I am going to make like a pirate and go digging for treasure, wish me luck.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sharing an oldie this Friday, where has the week gone?

Good morning and how are you?
I've been a bit of a rebel this week, no blogging!
It has been quite liberating.
I have had no craft time at all this week as it has been our local gala, so in-between working and running around after the family I have been out every night having fun. 
The Gala started last Saturday with the Abba tribute band, which were very good, I danced the night away in my 70's "get up!"
On Sunday night we had a family quiz, Monday was the family disco, Tuesday was a cracking night at the beach for a BBQ, the weather was amazing.  Wednesday night was Harbour night and last night was Bingo.  Phew! I didn't win anything but got very close at one point, the excitement.
Tonight is my favourite night, the car treasure hunt which I do with my best mate, followed by a disco.
Then tomorrow it the final day, we have digging for treasure on the beach in the morning followed by the craft show, then in the evening a Talent night.  Fun, fun, fun!  I wonder if we'll find hidden treasure?

There was also a program on channel 5 last night about Underground Britain which featured the caves just along the coast from us.  It was a very interesting program and seemed to hold children's bodies, beheaded!  It is worth a look on playback.  I'm glad I didn't live around back then.  Scary stuff.

Back to today and my oldie that I am sharing with you today is a real oldie, can you tell by my colouring.  I think it was around the time I got my prisma pencils and I was just starting to experiment with them.

My photography was really not the best years ago either.  This was for my neighbours daughters 6th birthday, she is now 18! 
I have used tartan paper to match the skirt on the Sugar Nellie stamp Goth girl.  I'd like to thank Kate at Papercraft Boutique for the idea of using eyelets to add the lace up effect also matching the stamp.  I have again used the small tag punch from SU.  The embellishments are from my stash.

Boy hasn't my style changed since this card?  This is what I love about looking back at past projects.  If you'd like to join me please do, the more the merrier.  I shall post a link below so you can join me. 
I shall visit all who join in.
I have another busy day today with an interview at work this morning before starting working.  I was also baking frantically last night (before and after my night out!) as we are having a bake sale to raise funds at work today for a local charity.
Then it's home, tea and out hunting for clues followed by dancing the night away!

I am a little behind commenting on blogs this week but I do hope to catch up later today and over the weekend at some point, bare with me, I am not normally such a social person.  It is quite tiring!  LOL.
Have a great weekend and thank you again in anticipation that you will join me.  I really do appreciate you playing along with me. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hook, yarn and stitch counter!

Good morning folks and how are you this Saturday?
I hope you have good weather where you are and that you are enjoying the weekend.
I have a busy day in work today and by the time you read this I will already be there, in the thick of it.
As always today I have a few creative quotes that I found over the last week, with a bit of a crochet theme this time.

This first poem really made me giggle and actually is quite accurate in this house.  :)

This next one not only applies to yarn but also to all crafty stash.  Do you ever admit to exactly what you spend?

MMmm again, not in this house!

Finally this is what the weekend is all about.  Doing something that makes you happy.

I hope you are doing something that makes you happy this weekend?

I've got another busy weekend, with work and an Abba tribute band on Saturday, then my boys are Airsofting again on Sunday.
Have a good one folks and more from me again next week.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sharing an oldie this Friday, hooking style.

Good morning, it's Friday again!
It happens every week I know, but it does seem to come around fast.

It has become a regular fixture on my blog to share an oldie on a Friday,  it can be anything you have made yourself and have either previously posted or not posted at all.  I would love it if you would join me "just for the crack!"  (As in the Irish for fun, not the white powder which could get you into lots of trouble!)

Today's oldie I have picked for you isn't actually that old but I have been hooking recently on an evening, or should I say crocheting.  (I'm not wanting you to get the wrong idea!)

Douglas is designed by Kerry Lord the author of Edward's Menagerie, which is where the pattern is from.  I picked what I thought were Heilan Coo coloured yarns and given him a wee tartan tie to smarten him up.

Do feel free to play along I shall visit all who do, see the link below. 

I do enjoy my wee crafty hop on a weekend and look forwards to seeing what crafty make you have picked too.
Thank you in crafty anticipation!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lots going on, but what to share, that is the question?

Good afternoon and how are you this Thursday?  Today the weather was supposed to be beautiful, according to the forecast, I'm still waiting!  The blue sky is starting to show and it isn't cold, but it just isn't sunny.
Kate you were correct I am in the process of working on some wedding samples for a good friend's granddaughter.  I can't show you until much later down the line, but I have saved a photograph.
I was also working on a project for my hubby which although not top secret, it isn't something I can post on my blog.  I might have to shred you once you've seen it!
He did say that it went down at work.
Typical of those close to me, he came home last night asking for it for today!

Today even though I have been a busy little crafty bee I have nothing to share so I thought I would update you on my blanket.   Recently I have taken to crocheting on an evening in front of the TV, a hexagon here, a hexagon there.  I may eventually get 196 completed!

It needs a little light iron, but I am getting there slowly.  You never know by Christmas I might just get it over my knee.
I know what will happen, the dog seems to claim everything I make, she loves my cushions and rugs.

That's all from me today.  Time to go and pick my boy up from work and then they both want to go off dooking after tea this evening.  It was lovely last night and they didn't come home till after 9 p.m.  The joys of living in the north during the summer months, it doesn't really get dark on a good day till around 11.  Plus the added advantage that they then sleep well too.
You wouldn't catch me in though, I was scared as a child watching Jaws!  I know that isn't going to happen off the north of Scotland but we have had killer whales in the next bay this week.  Scary!