Monday, February 08, 2016

My secret purchase.

Good morning and how are you this Monday morning?
I'm just back from my daily walk along the beach and can confirm that I am now wide awake and ready to go.  It is a lovely day here at the moment, bright blue skies and sunny but just a tad fresh!

I'm not in work till Saturday this week so I am planning on catching up with a few folk I don't normally get chance to see and also getting a little craft time.
Did you watch the rugby at the weekend?
The France Italy game was close, I did think at one point Italy would win, it was edge of the seat stuff in the second half.  The Calcutta cup was not such an exciting game unfortunately.  In this house there are two support England and two Scotland so the banter makes it more fun.  Then yesterday the Ireland Wales match was a surprise result, both sides playing well.

As promised last week I told you I would be starting a new project at the weekend and I mentioned my secret purchase whilst buying my eldest boy's study books.
I looked at this book when I first started crocheting and oohed and arhed at the pictures but not understanding the patterns at all.  A couple of years down the line and I am now a lot happy so I thought why not give the book a go.

How cute are those animals?
Now can you tell which one caught my eye first?

I got the body done on Saturday but yesterday I reached a good part in my book so in between the rugby and housework my nose was firming in that instead.  I do like to get a little reading done on a Sunday, well it is the day of rest!
Then of course there is the Sunday night TV viewing, is anyone else watching Call the Midwife?
Oh me, I have been in tears every episode this season, it is such a brilliant series, last night was a little too close to comfort as both my two were born by emergency section.  On the upside they were both very healthy unlike the poor little soul last night.
Then of course there was the final episode of the epic War and Peace.  It was so more enjoyable to watch than the book was to read.  I have tried to read the book on numerous occasions but always end up losing interest.  It's a bit of a slog!
The series on TV was brilliant, I found it fascinating, I don't know about you but epics like that always make me want to pick up a history book and find out what really happened.

Anyway that is all from me today, I have an appointment with the dentist this morning, gulp, so I better get ready.  This afternoon I am hoping to enjoy a little crafting.
Enjoy your Monday.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Time to tickle your creative funny bone with this weeks yarns!

Good morning to you all and it's the weekend, yippee, time for rugby and yarn.
What a combination.
Today I am dropping very large and not at all subtle hints as to what my next project might be, bet you can't guess?
I'll give you another clue it isn't Valentine's cards!

More will be revealed next week but for today here are my favourite funny crafty quotes that made me giggle.  The theme is the clue for you.

This did make me smile, oh how I'd like to play with this mighty find well presented selection of yarns.  Do you think this owner has OCD?  I wish I had.
Mine are all stuffed in plastic bags and boxes, this looks far more appealing.

On the same theme this is my preferred pleasure room too!  ;)  The bottom one of course.

Having read the Shades of Grey books and now finally seen the film I'd much rather be hooking with my yarn!
Sorry but I wouldn't recommend the film at all.  I'd far rather watch a good true story, crime, or whodunit film.

Finally I would freely like to admit that when it comes to yarn I haven't quite reached this level of on line shopping, mainly as I like to pick it up locally.
You can't beat feeling it before you buy!  (The yarn ladies, the yarn).

It did make me giggle though and a plug for Amazon in the process.
I did have a wee on line purchase last week, shhhh, that's our secret.  I will show you what I purchased next week as it will ruin the surprise project.

That's all from me today, this weekend for me, is all about hookers!
The mind boggles.  :O
To put the record right I'm meaning hookers in the sense of crocheting and rugby.  :)
I had you going then didn't I?
Have a super weekend folks and more from me on Monday.

Friday, February 05, 2016

t's that time's Friday time to share an oldie.

Morning, I hope you are all fit and well today.
I was going to start my post this morning by saying "It's Friday.....but then I wanted to's five o'clock and time for Crackerjack!"
Isn't it funny how certain phrases stick with you over the years?  How little things just trigger a memory.  I loved Crackerjack as a kid especially the cabbage game.  Do you remember it?  The thought of winning as many toys as you can hold and not forgetting the Crackerjack pen.
Can you imagine the response of kids today with nothing at all electronic!
On the same note, I picked up a box of wine at work last week whilst one of my managers stood next to me, it was Chianti.
We both, at the same time turned into Hannibal Lector, reciting a famous quote from the film Silence of the Lambs and the funny noise he makes with his mouth at the end.  It did make us smile.

Now that you think I am suitable weird I shall move on with today's old craft project.  For those who are joining me for the first time sharing an oldie on Friday it is for fun and I encourage you to re post an old craft project, it can be anything you have made yourself.  I love to share our crafting journey, how styles have changed or how we have.  All I ask is that you leave a wee comment below, I can then link to your blog and see what you have picked as your oldie today.  I will visit all and comment back.
To those of you who join me on a regular basis I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for doing so.  I do enjoy my wee hop over the weekend to see what project you have picked.
So onto today's selection for you.
This was a project I was asked to create for a demonstration in 2010, it is inspired by the very creative Becca Feeken.  Her work for Spellbinders is truly inspirational, but don't take my word for it check out her blog on the link above.
This was a demonstration in using specific Spellbinder dies when fancy dies were first hitting the shops, after the initial excitement of circles and squares shapes started to get a little more technical and more fun could be have.  The demos were all about showing crafters what could be done with the dies and encouraging purchases!
I would be given specific products for the day, an idea of what the shop required and then made up samples, adding my own twist where I could.

The papers I have used are white and grey American crafts textured card and Kay and Co Elegance Speciality Mat pad.  The lace boarder, strip, leaves and candle surround were made using Spellbinder borderabilites Classic lace boarder (Grand 12").   
The ovals have been cut with nestabilities petite ovals small and the flowers with the peony nestabilities, finished with a white brad and silver bead spacer.  
The ovals were decorated with K & Co Elegance words Grand adhesion's and rub-ons from Elegance Swirls rub-ons with gems.  Finished with a couple of small pearls.
The candle had white grosgrain around the lace and then finished with a smaller version of the peony flower.

Creating the surround on the larger card was quite fiddly but makes a great 3D feature, thanks to Becca for the inspiration.  x

That's all from me today, I have my husband home for the weekend and I'm off work too.  I did think that a family day out would be in order but forgot that the Calcutta cup is on this Saturday.  The family are all big rugby fans so I think a few nibbles in front of the box will be the order of the day.  
Who will win?  With two English and two Scottish in the house it makes for fun and banter.  I actually think Scotland have a good chance this year with England having a new team.  We will have to wait and see.  

Today I shall mostly be cracking on with my jobs so I can enjoy time with the boys tomorrow afternoon.  
Have a super weekend, stay warm and dry.  
I plan on starting a new project too this weekend, more about that next week.  
I hope you get chance for some crafty time.  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Clean and simple everytime.

Morning and how are you today?
I thought I'd pop on the computer early this morning as I missed a post yesterday.  I had a busy day and by the time I sat down I nodded off!  I must have been tired because I don't do that very often.
Another busy day here today but no work.  I have a wee dog sat crossed legged so that is next on the agenda today then I have a visit to the beauticians, she's got her work cut out!
Then it's on to my favourite part of the day, house work followed by the dentist with the boys and a disco this evening.

Today I have two CAS cards for you as I missed a post yesterday.  First a baby card for my best pal.

For this card I used my computer for the printing and a die and stamp set by Papertrey ink Matte stack collection 4.  The ribbon and wee pram charm are from my stash.
My pal like me really loves the CAS style which is why I have kept this so simple.

This next card is for another pal who wanted a 50th card for a friend at work.  The brief for this one was a big 50 with a floral theme.

The paper is a snippet from my stash as are the flowers.  I cut the numbers on my cricut then added a bit of bling to finish.

That's my crafty cards for today, I better go and take my wee dog for a walk now as she is sat to attention by the door.  Have a super day and more from me tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

A few snippets and a good stamp.

My title today makes it sound as if I am a little grumpy, all will be revealed as I type.
How are you today?
Did you survive the storm?  Horrid Henry!
It was very windy last night, I don't know how my boys slept but they did, the wind was howling around the roof.  I was grateful to be tucked up in bed, warm and cosy but did feel very sorry for any folk on the streets at this time, brrr.

The card I am sharing today was a request by a friend, a flower and butterfly with a pastel theme.
This is what I came up with.  I do enjoy a little paper piecing and this is one of my all time favourite stamps to use.

The stamps are by Hero arts, Big flowers.  I have used scraps of pink and green papers from my stash then added a pink satin know with a butterfly charm.  The printing was done on the computer then I matte and layered the card with matching pink and white card stock.
Finally adding a bit of bling to the centre of the flower to finish.

Today I have decided to enter this card into the snippet challenge over at Pixie's Crafty workshop.  I am really bad linking to challenges but a couple of you lovely ladies mentioned in your comments that I should, so thank you and I have.  Will I manage to keep up with the challenge throughout the year, that maybe another issue.

I braved the wet and windy weather this morning to go to work and had a good day, lots done in the short time I was there.  It's time now for me to go and feed the munchkins or they'll be moaning about being starving.
I hope you have had a good day and maybe enjoyed a little crafting time?
I might start a little crocheting after tea, mmmm what to make?

Monday, February 01, 2016

A girl can never have too many!

Good afternoon to you, how are you on this dreich Monday?
Has "Horrid Henry" hit you yet.  We've got wind and rain but not as bad as I was expecting, however it is early yet.  I think the worst of the storm is expected later this evening with 90 mile an hour winds, nice, not!
Once the boys are in from school and the dog is walked I shall be battering down the hatch for the rest of the evening, just in case.

Did you have a good weekend?
I had a nice busy day at work on Saturday, which made the time go fast.  This was followed by a quiet night in.  No staying power!
Yesterday also had a quiet day, I wasn't feeling the best, the joys of a sore head.
I guess it is the body's way of telling you to chill!

Today I have been busy beavering away in my craft room, whilst the weather is "pants".
I had a few card orders for friends to crack on with which I have now completed and can relax.
Time now to play instead!  After I've walked the dog, picked up the kids and made tea.
The card I am sharing today is another very CAS card as requested by my pal, it was to feature a handbag of some description.

I made the wee bag with scraps of card, wire, ribbon and my punch corner rounder, then added a little bling and a charm.

My parents went home at the weekend, in all the lovely snow, but made it back south safely.  It was lovely to catch up, we don't do it enough living so far away from all our families.  Time now to get the house back to normal, boys and hubby back into our weekly routine and myself back to work tomorrow and Wednesday.   I do like a routine!
You never know I might get a little crafting in too this week.  Can't wait!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

It's that time again, time to tickle your creative funny bone.

It's Saturday again, how did that happen?
An early start for me at work today and I am praying that the snow forecast yesterday afternoon hasn't reached us yet.  Boy it was windy here yesterday and Thursday evening thanks to the lovely Gertrude, who instantly has me thinking of cows, flowers and the Magic Roundabout!  
It was nearly windy enough for flying cows.

Today's funny quotes have a crocheting feel to them having spent a little of last week with my hooks out.
These are what made me smile yesterday.

I personally like this type of workout.  Don't you?

Then you know you have a problem when.....

I think I must have a problem!
I tend to buy for multi projects at once to save on trips to the shops.  However there is always the downside that you might forget to get something.

Finally this one made me laugh.

Would he really know?  That is the question.
The thought of the crew of Starship Enterprise crocheting makes me smile.

I hope the weather is better with you than it is here although the sun is trying to get out.
Enjoy your weekend, it's the perfect weather to stay warm and craft!
More from me next week.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Crafty style sharing an oldie this Friday.

Good morning all and how the devil are you this Friday?  I hope you are all fit and well?

It's that time of the week when I encourage you to join me in resurrecting an old crafty project just for the joy of crafting.
It can be anything you have made yourself, why not join me?
I'd love to see your work too.  In order that I can visit your blog and share the fun all I ask is to link below in the comments.
This is purely for selfish reasons as it makes it easy for me to visit you and it lets me know that you have joined in.  The more the merrier!
Today I have another card for you.

For this card I have used:
Spellbinder dies:  Grand Big Scalloped Circles (Grand Nestabilities), Classic circles (Nestabilities), Parisian Motifis and Fancy tags 3 (both Shapeabilities).
Sentiments from Hero arts Anytime messages.
Card stock (great VFM) Nocturne Colorbok pearlescent.
Pearls from Zva creative.
Ribbon from stash.

May I take this opportunity to thank those of you who do join me sharing an old project today, I always look forwards to my weekly visits.  
Have a great weekend folks and happy crafting.  x

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another hooking taste if Scotland.

Good afternoon I hope you are all fit and well today?
We've had a lovely day today, the sun has been shining!
My parents and I went out for breakfast this morning after sorting the boys to school.  We had gone to Glen Moray Distillery but unfortunately they were closed due to a power problem so we went to Allarburn Dairy farm shop and had a "right grand" hearty breakfast.
I seem to have spent all week with that full of food feeling, I am not complaining especially with so many people not so lucky, but why do we always eat so much more when we have visitors?  I'm still stuffed now.

Back to some crafting and I have another couple of thistles winging their way as gifts, this time I made white boxes to pack them in.  I do prefer these smaller thistles to my original ones.

I have been enjoying some quiet time pottering with my parents and out walking, even though I have eaten far too much.
The week has flown, Friday again tomorrow, time to share our oldies, it comes around all too fast and then back into work early on Saturday.  That will be a shock to the system!

Catch you again tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A little fun and games, it's all childs play!

Good afternoon, I hope this finds you all fit and well this afternoon?
I have something a little different to share with you today, I am not getting much crafting done with having family here but it is amazing how you can just add a little craft fun into the day for everyone to enjoy.
At Christmas I bought a couple of gifts for the boys from Lakeland plastics, I love that shop!
One was a chocolate sprout roulette game, which speaks for itself.  I thought the boys would find it fun to play after maybe Christmas dinner.  Unfortunately we were all so stuffed the boys didn't open their presents and last night with a nice family meal at the table we opening them instead.
Better late than never!
What a bad mother making them wait so long to open a couple of presents!
I have to say the nice chocolate truffles in the roulette game were lovely, the sprout ones were not.
My youngest did find it very funny watching everyones faces at they munched into chocolate sprouts.

The other game I bought was this.

The idea is that you get four body bases with wind up feet and pots of plastic like play dough but of a lighter consistency.  You take your body and add whatever you like and then when finished race the final creations. 

My youngest boys creation is on the left and we think looks a little like Ronald McDonald, then Granddads bird with a large beak, just in case of a photo finish!  Then my eldest boys creation was next with a fabulous goatee and moustache, then my Santa on the end who the boys thought was a little scary.
We had great fun making these creations and must have spent at least and hour after tea at the table giggling whilst making them.  Needless to say no one won the race as there was too much skulduggery going on!
What a great after dinner entertainments and lots of fun, the only downside is that you only get two colours of dough, only I mixed to get pink.
I certainly would get this again I've never seen my boys so engrossed at the table, enjoying time with their Grandparents.  No electricity in sight!

That's all from me today, catch you tomorrow.