Friday, October 21, 2016

Sharing an oldie this Friday, join my crafty journey.

Good morning and how are you today?
I have a lovely day planned today, my BFF got me a Spa day in Nairn for my birthday.
Today is the day that we are both heading over for a pamper day together.  Bliss.  I am going to be so chilled after the last couple of weeks that I am not going to want to get back to normal next week.  Not one bit!

Whilst away I have picked a real oldie to share with you this week.  You can tell just from the photograph how old it is.

It's not the best quality photograph I am afraid but you get the general idea.  This card is from 2008! One of my first Tilda stamps coloured using prisma pencils.  I have used my Cricut to cut out the numbers and name.  The patterned paper is by Heidi Grace and matched with plain card stock/kraft plus prima flowers and brads.  
This card was for one of my son's friends back in nursery.  He doesn't see her anymore now as she is away at another school.

I would love it if you'd join me sharing an old crafty project today, it can be anything you've made yourself and can be either previously posted or something you never got around to posting on your blog.  There is a link set up below and I will visit all and leave a comment, sharing the crafty journey!
Before I go I would just like to thank those of you who do join me every week, I really look forwards to seeing what you are sharing.

Finally before I go, I am still having a few technical issues getting up to date with everyone's blog. 
My computer decided yesterday that it needed updates etc....and it would take a few minutes, yawn, hours later and I was still waiting.  The joys of getting away from it all.  
Normal service will resume shortly!
Enjoy your weekend folks and thanks for popping by.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Feeling hot, hot, hot.

Hello folks and I am back with you after having a wee break.  Now I did have the intention of getting the house all sorted and doing some DIY and decorating.
I did get the tidying and housework up to date but then whilst searching the internet for late deals in the sunshine we found this place in Ibiza and decided why not pop away for a week of sunshine, so we did.
We stayed at The Sensatori Resort in the bay of Cala Tarida for a week of sunshine and chilling.  Two books read, followed by lots of chilling, eating and drinking.  As for exercise, a little walking and exploring, swimming, tennis and a couple of sessions of archery.  Move over Robin Hood!  I even hit the target!
Such a lovely place, I really didn't want to come home.

The view from our room....

The beach.....

From the other side walking back to our hotel.

The rooms were really clean and tidy and just my colours, I wish I could transpose this back to old blighty, right up my street.

To the left was the balcony and to the right the sliding door lead to a small room with two single beds and a TV for the kids.  Behind this photo is the a big bath room with all you could need including robes, slippers and loads of toiletries.
I'm liking the wall art and the hanging lights next to the bed.  Oh and behind the photo lit up on an evening.  Very swish!

The pool was a tad cold but lovely once you were in with a bar close by to get snacks and drinks.  We were all inclusive for the first time which was great with the boys, they could help themselves whenever they wanted.

The restaurants were lovely and although you had to get up early and book it for the following night we had no problem with this.  Hubby was thrown out first thing in the morning to sort, which worked very well for the rest of us.  Our favourite restaurant was the Italian but the best view was from the Spanish.....

This was the sunsets that greeted you as you ate your tapas and paella.  How magic is that!
I could never, ever tire of seeing this view, with a lovely bottle of wine to wash it down.  ;)

The hotel was beautifully decorated throughout and I only wish I had taken more photos to share.  I seemed to be the only one with an old fashioned camera, most choosing to just use a mobile.  I did however find this quirky little number whilst out for a walk with my wee man.

I loved this iron gateway to a property, with Halloween approaching I thought it was quite appropriate and very cleverly made.

I also loved the shabby chic look of the beach bar and restaurant.  I would love these rustic chunky chairs and tables.

On closer look....

Nice and very rustic, just perfect down by the beach.

Lots of photos for you today, whether you like it or not!
Back to normal for me tomorrow, how do you fancy joining me digging out an oldie but goodie?
I hope you will.
I'm off now to make like Widow Twanky and wash till I drop, I better get some food shopping in too.
Wouldn't it be nice if everyday was like a holiday?
Back to normality with the Christmas rush ahead at work.  Yippee!  Bring it on.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Life gets in the way.

Good morning folks and how are you this bright and sunny Monday morning? 
The weather may not be as warm but who cares with the sun out and beautiful blue skies.

As you know I am on holiday at the moment and I was expecting to get plenty of crafting sorted.  I wanted to start Christmas cards and presents and have a good old tidy around the house, maybe even a little decorating too.  In other words lots to do.  With that in mind I have decided to take this next couple of weeks off blogging.  It would be nice to keep things going but I am going to see how much I can get done by keeping away from technology, I have a to do list and I want to get through it. 
Work will continue to ramp up between now and Christmas and I would like to enjoy time with the family and get ahead of myself before the festivities start.
Lets see if I can resist the pull of electricity!
Am I as bad as my kids?
The draw of my computer has me loosing hours and I really want to make the most of my time.  It is all to easy to download a box set on the TV or go browsing on line and I just won't get anything done.
On the upside it will hopefully mean that when I come back after a wee break, I will have lots to share. 
So ta tar for now and I plan on starting posting again a week on Friday with an oldie.
I better go and roll up my sleeves and find my bigger brushes, time to get creative in the home.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

It's the weekend, time for a creative smile or two.

Good morning folks and how are you this Saturday?
It has become a habit to share a few creative quotes to make you smile on a Saturday whilst I am at work.  Today however I am not at work but still have plenty of things to do at home.  What to do first is the question.  Whilst I fight with what I want to do and what I really should do, I thought I'd share these quotes as they made me smile yesterday.
This first one is really advice. 

Purely for health and safety reasons of course.  Why?   Well, those of you who regularly visit know the reason.  Yup, my craft room is a mess, that being an understatement, a bomb having gone off is probably more appropriate. 
Then I start tidying, only to then have this issue....

Hands up who is nodding in agreement with the 69% point?  It is so hard to stay focused.  The will is there but the distraction is TOO great.

This next one has me slightly worried. 
I like to make my cards and presents but every year the festive season seems to approach so much quicker than my fingers can make. 
Every year I think I shall get more organised and every year I usually get worse.

Not panicking just yet but starting to think I might not get through the list of gifts I would like to make.  Gulp!

Finally something completely different but when I saw it I did think, I so need one of these.  If I feel this then I'm sure some of you might appreciate it too.

How neat is this line? 
I so want one. 

Anyway that is all from me for today. 
I spent yesterday baking, this time I made banana bread and more rocky road. 
I have been enjoying not having to rush about.
No plans as yet for today but I shall let you know how I get on.  Hopefully it will include a little crafting. 

Friday, October 07, 2016

It's Friday time to share an oldie.

It's that time of the week, Friday, oldie time.  Will you be joining me this week?
I have been sharing an oldie on a Friday for quite some time now and I encourage you to join me too.
Feel free to join me sharing an old crafty project, something you have created that you haven't posted at all or posted in the past.
Today I have a card for you that I posted last year.  Not too old this week, unlike last week's oldie.

First I have stamped a flower from Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden with Archival ink. I have then used my distress inks to watercolours the image;  Squeezed lemonade, Mustard seed, Spiced marmalade, Peeled paint and Crushed olive. After allowing the image to dry I layered on corresponding orange card stock. Direct to the card I have then used The crafters workshop stencil Mini chicken wire reverse to create a background using Spiced marmalade. I have then stamped the sentiment on to cream card, again Stampers Anonymous Perspective, coloured with marmalade and layered onto orange card stock before adding to the card. To finish a bow with cream string on the flower. CAS! 
I love these floral stamps.

I have added a link below should you want to join me this week.  I shall visit all who join in and comment on your choice of oldie.  Finally I thank you for taking the time to not only read this but join me, I really do appreciate it.
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for this coming weekend, happy crafting folks.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

My eyes have gone all Misti, I wonder why?

Good afternoon to you today, it's a beautiful sunny day up here in the North of Scotland, not a cloud in the sky.
A later post from me today as I am now officially on holiday!
I started today with a reflexology treatment and head/shoulder massage.  Sheer bliss!  I was then ordered to have a lazy day, no rushing around in order that the oils can do their job.  I don't need telling twice.
I can certainly recommend it as a perfect way to start your holidays, talk about spaced out.
I then got home to find this little beauty had finally arrive.

Now you know what I was getting all "misti" eyed about, which stamps shall I start with?
I know I could have made something similar at home but I just could not resist and hopefully it will give me lots of new inspiration in using my stamps.

As for crafting this week I have been crocheting on an evening getting ready to attach another couple of rows to this.

I'm getting there slowly, bit like British rail!
So nothing new to share today other than that I feel very relaxed and calm,  ever hopeful that my creative juices are going to flow.

I can't hold off any longer I am itching to play, I shall be back soon to share what I have been up to.
Enjoy the sunshine this Thursday.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

If the hat fits!

Good morning and how are you this 'hump' day?  The middle of the week already.
This is my last day at work till after the children's "tattie" holidays.  I plan to catch up with things at home, a little decorating and hopefully quite a bit of crafting.  That's the plan anyway.
The weather forecast for today; clear blue skies and sunshine.  A nice crisp autumnal day.

Today I have something a bit different for you.  Remember I had a go at wet felting and made a couple of handbags?
My pal who taught me, Helen has been making hats of late and they're so fabulous I had to just give her a wee "toot!"
You can see her other felt items here.

How cool is this hat?
Isn't it fabulous?
Helen was making them at our last crop and I was intrigued as to the process.  There is so much hard work and elbow grease that goes into felt making, she always does such a super job.
This got me to thinking, I love the style of hats worn in the series Downton Abbey, I think I might have to commission her to make me one for the winter.  What do you think?
A plan is afoot and I shall keep you updated.

Before I go I saw this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and it did make me smile and dare I say LOL so I thought I'd pass on the giggle.  What men don't realise!

I hate to admit it but I think I have used all of the above at some point, fine and nothing are particular favourites of mine.  "Wow" was the one that really made me laugh though.  Do you use any of these deadly terms?  Or is it just me?

That's all from me today, I better go and get ready for work now the boys are packed off to school.
Enjoy your Wednesday folks and I'll be back tomorrow with more crafting.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Boxing clever this Christmas.

Good morning and how are you this Tuesday morning?
Today's weather forecast......A little cloudy here but dry and bright.
I don't know why I always start with the weather, I guess it is a very British thing to do.
Wouldn't you agree?

Another quick post from me today before heading into work.  Whilst at the crop recently I got out my Xcut pillow box die that I had purchased ages ago but never found the time to play with.
I decided to get ahead of the game and make a few small boxes up for the festive season, the only decision now is what to make to put in them?
Sweeties, jewelry, crochet flower?  Decisions, decisions.

I have used papers and bows by Craftwork cards Christmas.  I think the one on the left is my favourite, it is shouting out for a touch of sparkle.  I also have the Tim Holtz die for the pine cone somewhere, again unused, maybe that would look nice with these papers too?
As I was at the crop I had limited products so stuck with a simple bow and a bit of bling but you could really go to town dressing this little boxes up and they are so much quicker to make than doing by hand, which I have done in the past.
I also think you could add numbers on the front and make an Advent calendar too.
Ever suffer from lots of ideas and not the time to put into action?
That seems to be me all the time now.

On that note I guess I should sign off and head into work.  Enjoy your Tuesday folks, I hope you manage to find sometime to craft.

Before I go did you see this bombshell of an announcement yesterday?
The main man himself!
I can't decide whether it is good news or bad, what do you think?

Monday, October 03, 2016

Getting hitched in the sunshine!

Good morning and how are you this Monday?
Bright blue skies here and the sun is out.  It is a tad colder but long may this weather stay.
Did you have a good weekend?

I had a busy morning at work and then pottered at home in the afternoon.  We did pop out to the travel agents which made me smile.  When we mentioned how late we had left booking something, and what we wanted to do, the travel agent gave us a look.  You know the sort!  The sort I can't repeat on my blog but I shall give you the cleaned up version....."you've got to be kidding me, in the school holidays!"
Needless to say I think our October break will be enjoyed Chez Hopeman instead.  At least we are all on holiday which didn't happen at Easter or over the summer.  Maybe a little home improvements might be on the cards and a few day trips?
Yesterday I managed to finish my ironing only to wash again twice, ready to start all over again.  It is such a thankless task.  On the upside we went out to a local pub for tea which was very nice, no cooking on a Sunday, such a treat.  It was also a treat from my best pal for hubby fixing her washing machine, which was very naughty of her but much appreciated.  Best friend ever!

Back to today and one of my pals at work asked could I make him a wedding card, the groom had to be in a kilt and the background had to be a tropical beach.  Apparently the lucky couple are away to a sunnier climate for their wedding celebrations.  I was asked to personalise the inside of this card instead of the outside as normal.
This is what I came up with.

The background paper is by Echo beach, Paradise beach.  The sentiment is by Waltzing mouse.  The wee people are made up using snippets of paper and card and my Cricut machine using the Paper dolls cartridge.

I'd also like to enter this card into Pixies snippets playground challenge this week, linking up with the lovely Diane, as I have used quite a few bits and bobs from my stash.

That is all from me today, other than to say we had a good result for the MacMillan coffee morning at work.  With our book and cake sale and one of the manager's having his head shaved too.  We raised over £800.  Isn't that a result!  Not bad for a small shop.
I better get ready for work now, back later to catch up with what you have been up to over the weekend.
Happy crafting folks.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Time for a few creative smiles this Saturday.

Good morning and how are you this Saturday?  It's October, how did that happen?

I am in work early today but only for the morning so I shall be back to visit you later and see what you've been blogging about today.  It has become a habit to share a few creative funny quotes on today, why, well why not, it is the weekend after all.  Time to smile and have a little fun!

I am going to kick today's quotes off with this one....

Ever had that feeling?  
You know the one.  
The idea that you had in your head, it looked so good, but when you tried to create it in real life, it is just not the same.  
Sometimes it is good news and sometimes not.  
It can be so frustrating when your foresight isn't in sync with reality.

As for this next one, my craft room is always a craftermath.

My friends local who know me cringe at the sight of my craft room but then I can usually find what I need much easier than I can when it is tidy.  That said it really needs another wee tidy at the moment. 
I am getting like my eldest boy with my crafting floordrobe!
Maybe next week I shall have a tidy.  
I better just sit down and think about it first.  I do like to pace myself!

Finally as we are well and truly in the run up to Christmas I thought I would end on this quote.

You heard it here first!
When it comes to Christmas I think the more the merrier.  It is the one time of year when more is definitely more.

That's all from me today.  I really must get a handle on some of my ironing when I get home from work today.  Boo!  I'd much rather be crafting, but if I get my jobs done today then maybe, just maybe I'll get some crafting in tomorrow.

Finally before I sign off I must give you my apologies, guess who forgot to photograph yesterdays baking contribution?  
Oh well, the feedback at work was that my traybake was real nice but my Rocky road was amazing.  
It just goes to show, the Rocky road was the easiest to make too.  Keep it simple.  
Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks and happy crafting!