Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm a material girl!

Evening all.
How are you this fine evening, hasn't it been a beautiful day?  Far too good to be inside blogging.
I had a good day at work today and am in again for another extra shift tomorrow.
I'm just thinking of that fancy new sewing machine!

Back to today and did you guess what colour I was going to use on my doggy quilt?

I choose the green, which does go really well, it just doesn't appear to in this photograph.  It will be bright and cheerful, that's for sure.

After getting home from work I have been catching up on the usual jobs and tea, then I've had a good chat with my family.  Where does the day go?!

I hate to be rude but the British Bake off has also just started so I am away to drool at the TV wishing I brought treats home from work earlier.
Enjoy the rest of your "hump" day, catch you late again tomorrow night with some more crafty fun.
Take care and happy crafting.  x

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs' tails!

Good afternoon and it's another beautifully warm and sunny day here in Scotland.
This morning hubby and I had some jobs planned as he was off work so we have been into Elgin.
A trip to the reclamation yard now has me brimming with ideas, new doors and a new headboard for our room but I have been told to sort the boys rooms out first.  Boo.  That's no fun 'cause you never know what you might find!  Scary.
I also managed to get my fleece for the dogs blanket which is now in the washing machine.  I did want turquoise, surprising eh?  But they didn't have so it was a toss up between lime green and bright shocking pink.  Can you guess what I went for?
Guess you'll have to watch this space!

Back to today's crafty make and this was a bespoke card I made last week for a new arrival.

I know a few of you prefer my "spellbinder" style cards but I am loving this simple style just now. The little pram embellishments I bought on line.  I have used Broken china distress ink (my favourite) together with stamp and die cut from Papertrey ink, Framed out, which I have then mat and layered with a couple of scraps.
Less is more!  Or so they say.

I am itching to get back to my blanket today but in all the excitement at the sewing shop I didn't pick up matching cotton thread, still I'm in at work tomorrow so will pop back in.  That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.
Talking of sewing machines, would it be wrong of me to drool over this machine?  Isn't it lovely in the bright red.

Even better look at what other colour it comes in too....Oh my I think this girl is drooling!
How clever and smart is that?
I think I might have to save up my pennies!
Another new hobby, maybe?

That's all from me today I'm away to crack on with some jobs.
Hubby is preparing crabs in the kitchen which he caught earlier today, you don't get much fresher than that.
I think it might be fish and shellfish for tea tonight.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, work for me tomorrow so I shall probably be posting later in the day.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Creativity comes in many forms.....this one is for the all the boys, big or small and of course all the biker chicks too. Put the pedal to the metal!

Good morning all and a busy weekend was had here.  Saturday was a tad manic at work followed by a trip to Aviemore yesterday for the annual Harley Davidson, Thunder in the Glen's rally.
I promised to take a few photos for you all so here goes.

This was the trike that took my fancy, travelling in style don't you think?  It even has room for one of the kids to join me on the back too.  That's my idea of biking!
On to my hubby's favourite.

All chrome and black with solid wheels.  I wouldn't fancy cleaning this one after a ride out.

The airbrushing on these bikes was amazing, all done by hand by a very clever chap.  He also had pictures of one that he has done for Remembrance day with pictures of all the War's in black and white on it and with every scene a beautiful red poppy.  The artwork was incredible and looked like photographs, truly stunning, even if you don't like bikes you've got to appreciate the art.  I would love to be able to airbrush.

It is the attention to detail on the bikes that I love.  The back tyre on this bike was huge but look at the kick stand, it's a claw, how fab is that?

The fishtail exhaust pipes on this bike made it look another foot longer.  
How do they keep the bikes so clean and shiny, it had been raining Saturday and the bikes were still all gleaming on Sunday.

The boys liked this one and had a wee giggle at it, can you see why?
I took the picture strategically so you probably won't catch it, on the wheel hub there is a topless lady!  Boys!
I liked the the box storage on the back it had a beautiful eerie Halloween style setting.  Ooooo! 

This was the one my mum liked or as the boys call her "biker gran!"
She loves the colour purple and like me prefers the safety of a trike over a bike.  I can just see her off to do her shopping on this!  

Finally I had to do a double take at this chap, did you know the Preditor was a keen biker?

How cool/scary is this helmet?
Luckily for us he was riding through Aviemore and didn't stop!

You may not be interested in biking as such but I'm sure you'll agree with me that you can't not appreciate the creativity of various bikers in pimping their rides and equipment.  Oh and I forgot to mention the sheer noise, the rattle and rumble of a couple of thousand bikes is a sight to behold, you can feel it right through to the bones, so to speak.  I love it but I guess I've grown up with a father who loves bikes.  My two boys are a little harder to please and I am sure would much rather be plugged in!

Moving on to today and it is beautiful up here in the North of Scotland, the sun is out, the sky is blue and not a cloud to spoil the view!
And what am I away to do.....the ironing!  Boo.  It needs doing.  Still the dog and I had a beautiful walk along the beach this morning so maybe we haven't seen the last of the good weather yet?
Enjoy your Monday and I'll be back again tomorrow with something a little more girlie.  x

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's FFFFriday and you know what that means? Come on an share an oldie with me, you know you want to!

Good morning.
I so want to say it in the style of Robin Williams from the film Good Morning Vietnam but it just seems so wrong after he sadly recently took his own life this month.  He was such a fabulous actor and made some truly classic films over the years.
Why is it truly gifted and talented folk seem to have a dark side too, depression is such a misunderstood illness.  Very sad, it seems to have no boundaries, you could have nothing or everything in the world and still be affected.
As a family we have watched a few of his films over the last couple of weeks, the kids loved Jumanji and I watched Awakenings on my own, which is a good thing, I had a few soggy tissues. A great film but so sad.  Mrs Doubtfire and Good Morning Vietnam are other favourites of mine. Such a talent.

How do I move on from that?
I really don't mean to be all doom and gloom today, honest.
The dog and I enjoyed a nice brisk walk this morning along the beach.  The sea roaring and no longer looking inviting, more grey and a tad chilly.  It is looking very much like Autumn is on it's way.  Boo.  It was the sort of morning I like to call a waking up walk!  Do you know what I mean by that?
Let me explain.  I am not the best early on a morning and usually take a couple of hours to get moving.  This doesn't mean I don't get up early and crack on with things, it just means that sometimes, the body is moving but the mind is not yet engaged, so to speak!
Hazel I also have my wee one off today not feeling well, so feeling your pain too!  He is feeling sick but I haven't had any evidence as yet.  Mind you I have it on good authority that a bug is doing the rounds, which seems to be the norm as all the kids go back to school.

On to my crafty oldie to share today, this is in honour of this weekends events in Aviemore, yes it is that time again, Thunder in the Glens.  For those of you not aware the Harley Davidson rally at Aviemore runs August bank holiday weekend every year.  It is quite a sight watching all the Harley's grumbling through the town and lots going on too.  My parents always come up for the rally and we usually meet up at some point with them and their friends.  I'm looking forwards to it. Best I take my camera then I can share some pictures next week.
Back to my oldie and this was a birthday card for my Dad made using the Harley papers by EK Success.

Time to dig out your denim and leathers and rock the weekend away, biker style, after work on Saturday of course!
It will be a busy day at work as it is a Dine in weekend with our rotisserie chicken and steak amongst other delightful choices.  Nomn, nomn.
It only remains for me to wish you all the best for the coming weekend.  I hope you have a good one.  Remember if you are joining me on sharing an oldie don't forget to leave me a message so I can pop along to your blog and share the crafty love!
Catch you next week.  x

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What do you call more than one Golfer?

Evening all!
Back to feeling like I am in the police and bending my knees whilst saying the above, or is that just me?
Did you miss me yesterday?
I bet you didn't.
I had a busy day this end but I knew it would be, by the time I sat down later in the evening I just wanted to relax.

Another busy day at work today but I do have tomorrow off before my early shift on Saturday. Today I wanted to share with you a couple of bespoke cards I made last week for a lady whose twin brothers were turning 65, with the theme golf but both different.

Now you have to use your imagination a little for this.  The golf ball is central to the green with the 65 on it.  Too cryptic, I hope not.  The golf charms are by dress it up buttons and the paper is from my stash.  I have used my cricut to cut the age and circles and my Cuttlebug embossing folder dots for the texture.

This card I decided to use scraps to create a map of a golf hole, complete with flag.  The club and ball are again dress it up buttons.  
I had a wee giggle to myself whilst making this card as the first green went up and over above the writing on the left.  When I placed it on the card to add the other embellishments it very much looked like a certain part of the male anatomy!  
If I was seeing this, I couldn't send the card, can you imagine the comments?! 
I did ask my eldest boy what did he think it was going to be and he said Shrek's w*****!
Back to the drawing board then.  That said I do like the idea of a birds eye view of the golf hole and hope the recipient understands my thinking!

It does help to be slightly mad now and again!

Time for me to sign off now, I hope you are all fit and well this Thursday?  Not long now and it will soon be the weekend.
Catch you tomorrow to share an oldie too?  Why not join me?
Take care and happy crafting.  x

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Light at the end of the tunnel.

Good evening folks, better late than not at all!
A busy day here, getting both boys to school and then off to work, followed by picking them both up and cracking on with jobs and tea around the home.
I'm quite fancying a nice hot soak now but thought I'd visit you in blogland first.  I have a few bespoke cards to share, as they've not yet been picked up, I shall have to wait.  Instead I thought I'd share my new lampshade with exciting is that?  Bet you can't wait!
I was thinking of one of my friends Tina when I saw this as I know she loves butterflies.  I think I might be getting the drift too.
It is duck egg blue just like my paint and probably the only girlie thing upstairs.  I'm rebelling!
It's much prettier in the flesh, so to speak.

I did contemplate adding a little bling, but maybe that would be taking things too far, don't you think?

A short and sweet post from me today, hopefully tomorrow I shall be more organised although Wednesday is usually my busy night with both boys having activities that clash.
I like to call it my mid-week dash!
Happy crafting.  x

Monday, August 18, 2014

One day to go! All patched up doggy style.

Good afternoon to you all and how was your weekend?
I had a good and busy day at work Saturday and also did a few hours Sunday morning, followed by a crafty afternoon with my pals.  What did I end up making?

It is a work in progress quilt for Holly's basket.  I couldn't resist this material when I went to Walmart in Florida but I didn't know what I would make with it.  I have now decided to make a couple of blankets for Holly, it would be rude not to with the doggy theme running through the cloth, don't you think?
I am yet undecided on whether to have some fleecy material on the back or a towel like material, decisions, decisions.

Today has been a day getting ready for going back to school tomorrow, not a moment too soon in my mind.  My two are now and driving me crazy, then when you try and get them out and busy they don't want to know....going grey as we speak!
I have most of the uniform and bags at the ready but am still waiting to get Cal's trousers back from my pal who is altering them, my fault, last as always.
I am also working tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week.  Oooo I'm going to be a tired bunny by Sunday!  What a shock to my system and reduced crafting time too.  I'm sure I will make up for it soon.
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the rest of your Monday.  Catch you again tomorrow probably later in the day.
Happy crafting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A little sugar to sweeten the weekend, sharing an oldie this Friday.

Oh whoops again I missed a post yesterday, in my defence I was traumatised.  Why I hear you ask?
Our schools go back next week so yesterday was pop out and get the last of the uniform, stationary and shoes.  This process I do feel should come with a health warning or at least a stiff drink as you leave the shops.  :0
For a start my eldest has gone up at least two full shoe sizes in 6 weeks, I have bought quite a few pairs of shoes for him in that time #bankofmumanddad.
My youngest tried what felt like every pair of shoes in the shop and the only pair that fit corrected were the most expensive!  (Takes after his mother!)
Not to mention the bickering and "winding up" all the way round, that is brotherly love.  Argh!
I don't think I am alone either in hating this process, so many other families out enjoying the same joys!  Lol.
On the up side my hallway is finished and looking very swish for a new lick of paint.  I am now just looking for a piece of furniture that I can up cycle for on my landing.  I would like a couple of chests or an old 70's style sideboard, low and long, to house my bedding and towels.  A visit to the auctions on Wednesday will be a must.  I shall know what I want when I see it.

Anyway back to today and it's "Share an oldie Friday!"
Firstly thanks to those of you who have started to join in with the fun.  It's great to see other peoples early work so don't forget to leave a message below and link here so that I can return the crafty love.
Today's card is one I created whilst on the Sugar Bowl design team.

I have used the digital image from Sugar Nellie called Summer.
The papers are from My Minds Eye Stella and Rose, Mabel "Little lady" fine flowers.
The dies I have used are Spellbinder Nestabilities Long Classic Scalloped rectangle large and Tim Holtz Tattered Florals.
Ranger Distress ink Tea die and stickles star dust.
Doilies, brads, pearls and bead spacers from stash and image coloured with copics.

I love these digital images as they are so easy to colour already having light and shade on them. Not a usual colour combo for me with the peachy orange and teal but I like it.

I'm in work early tomorrow and I wonder what fun and games we will have this week?  I shall have to wait and see.  One thing will be sure and that is it will be busy and the day will pass fast.
Then on Sunday I am getting together with some crafty pals for a bit of fun.  I don't know what I will be doing as yet, so many projects, so little time.  I bought material in the States to make a doggy quilt for Holly, might do that or I have my Smash book and photos at the ready, guess it will depend what mood I am in.  I'm also crocheting a few more dishcloths just now.  Guess it will be a watch this space as no doubt I will share with you over the coming weeks.  
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the coming weekend, whatever your plans.  x

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rolling along singing a song!

Afternoon, it's looking dreich out again today so it's a good job I have plans.
I got my paint yesterday and settled on this macaroon.  You're surprised aren't you?
It seems to be my colour of choice just now.  Love it.
I guess that means that today now my jobs are sorted I shall mostly be rollering and painting on a larger scale.
With that in mind I saw this on Pinterest this morning and it did make me smile so sharing the fun.

How many are you guilty of?
It has me to a T!
Enjoy your hump day, I'm off to the auctions later to see if I can pick up anything exciting to recycle too.

Living the high life!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Instead of Spam, spam, spam, how about jam, jam, jam?!

Good afternoon, how are you this Tuesday?
Haven't the storms been dreadful?
Luckily we fared better than most but the road ours leads on to is still shut due to a hole.  Scary!

Today I am sharing this.....

It's that time of the year again!
We went fruit picking on Sunday and got rather a lot of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and peas.  Strange combination!
I have frozen some for desserts, baking and smoothies and then made some raspberry jam.  It has got to be the easiest jam to make but what a mess it makes when your pan isn't as big as it should be!  Whoops.
The recipe should be fruit and sugar in equal quantities plus the juice of a large lemon, boiled till setting temperature (105c).  I like to play around with it by reducing the sugar till the jam is quite sharp, 'cause that's the way I like it.  Ahar!
It probably won't be everyone's cup of tea but the beauty of making it for the family is to make it how I want to.
My lesson from this years jam session, next year I think I might just have to invest in a proper jam making pan with high sides and therefore the sticky mess will be averted!
My tags are made using SU stamp set Friendship preserves and the matching dies.

I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday, it is a bit dreich here but much better than it was yesterday.
I'm away now to get some paint to finish my hall, the velux window has been refitted properly and the new plasterboard is sanded ready for paint.  What colour to go?!  MMMMM.
Catch you tomorrow.  x