Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Not normal weekend, I feel like an adventurer!

Hi, how are you today?
I don't normally post our family fun but I had such a good time at the weekend I thought I would share.  As for the video I think we managed to get it sorted, I say we when I really mean that hubby persevered and got there in the end.

It was my little man's birthday yesterday and instead of a party he wanted to go away to Aviemore over the weekend for a few outdoor pursuits.
We had a great time at Loch Morlich kayaking, I think I surprised all the boys by keeping up with them.  I have to admit I preferred my return to base the best as it was downstream and not against the current, a lot easier than trying to go against it.  The actual Loch was a little choppy, it was just like being at sea, not my favourite motion, up and down!
I was very surprised on the day to have enjoyed it as much as I did, I only got a little wet because the boys thought it was great fun to splash me. 
Along the river we were out of the wind and it was lovely, warm and sunny and such a pleasant way to spend a few hours.

My favourite activity of the weekend was the zip lines Alvie Estate.  What fun that was.  I can totally recommend it.  The first one is a little daunting as you step off the platform but there are 15 in total so you soon get into the swing of it.  Literally!

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Sorry the video isn't brilliant but we had to really reduce it to show you it.  This is what it feels like.


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Apologies for hubby's choice of wording, I thought is was great fun, he was quieter than normal!
I had to stop myself shouting "wee" as I set off.  It would have embarrassed the kids.
The view was amazing and we actually went past a rainbow too.  It was exhilarating and exciting and I can't wait to do it again.
I think I could get this outdoor sports addiction!

Now would you give it a go?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bagging a little sewing this Monday.

Good morning folks and how are you today?
Did you have a fun weekend?
We did here.  I shall tell you more about it tomorrow, I am trying to sort out a video to show you but my computer skills fall short of managing to get it to work on my blog, it is too large and condensing doesn't seem to help.  I WILL get there!
Whilst I am trying I thought I would show you half of Gayle's birthday present, this is some of the material that I picked up in Edinburgh.
Gayle likes to bake and to craft but now she is working longer hours I don't think she has much crafting time with a young family too.  She does however do the most amazing baking so I filled this wee bag with all things for baking, cases, toppings, tools etc...
I thought she could have lots of fun with the contents and then either use the bag for her baking or crafty bits.


I picked green as it is one of Gayle's colours, I did try and get gingham, a fella fan of the stuff like me, but dots were the nearest I could get.  The cream material is covered in cakes!
We both also love cake.  :)


I really enjoyed making this bag at our recent crop, the lovely Irene keeping an eye on my so I didn't make any mistakes.  Thanks Irene for having my back.

That's all from me this Monday, lots of washing here to catch up on and the dreaded housework, but first the dog and I are venturing down to the beach for our morning wake up walk.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Time for a little creative giggling.

It's Saturday, the weekend, time for a little creative smile or two.  These quotes are what made me smile this week, I hope they make you smile too.

Firstly in honour of the Invictus games last week, I thought I'd start with this one.


I personally can see nothing wrong in embellishing with gold.  You could do far worse!

Ever have one of these crafty days?


Arh, that project that looked the "bees knees" in your head but didn't quite transfer to paper.  
We all have days like that, don't we?  
I certainly do.  I even have the same look on the face as the duck above, it's uncanny the likeness.

This next theme seems to run most weeks in my craft space.  I so need a little pixie, one that will tidy for me, I get easily distracted by my mighty fine crafty products.


Just don't ask me to find anything specific, ever!
That is until I start to tidy and get distracted all over again.  It's a vicious circle.

I hope you enjoyed my creative smiles today, have a super weekend and more from me next week.


Friday, May 20, 2016

It's Friday again, time to share an oldie!

Good morning and hope you are all fit and well this Friday?
I am lucky to have this weekend off especially as the boys have the Thursday and Friday off too.
Time for a little family fun!

On a Friday my post is all about reviving an old crafty project that you have made and I encourage to join me.  All I ask is that you share a previous post from your blog or something that you made a while a go and haven't yet blogged, there is a link below for you to add your crafty project.
Today I have a Spellbinder card for you.


For this card I have used Spellbinder Embossing A4 folder dots together with Gold labels four, Vintage labels two and Fancy tags.  The sentiments are from Just Rite Live, love, laugh vintage labels two with pearls from my stash and card from The Papeterie in Aberdeen.  
I think this is a great sentiment, "Live life to the fullest today!"


Sharing an oldie on Friday is just a bit of fun, sharing the love of all things crafty.  I'd love it if you'd join me and will visit all that do.  
Thank you in advance if you do, I look forwards to seeing your choice of project this weekend.

It only remains for me to wish you all the best for this coming weekend, happy crafting.  


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fluttering by with birthday wishes.

Hello folks and how are you today?
Another overcast day here in the North of Scotland, perfect crafting weather.

Today is is a special day for my lovely crafty friend Gayle.  I went to CHA with Gayle, Karen and Marlene seven years ago in Florida and we had a ball.  It was a real crafters holiday with all things crafty, shopping and lots of lovely grub.  Boy I have never giggled so much in a week.  It was lots of fun.
Anyway today it is Gayle's birthday, when I used this butterfly stamp a while ago she had mentioned that she'll like something similar for her special day.
It had to be done.  What are friends for?


I have water coloured the butterfly by SU using Tim Holtz distress inks, added black bling to the body and mat and layered onto corresponding card stock.

Gayle I hope you have a super day and the family spoil you rotten.  x

Guess what I got distracted yesterday and deliberately avoided the ironing so guess what excitement I have planned this afternoon, crampons out!  Can't wait.
I have also been having a few Internet issues so may be going dark over the next couple of days.  I have scheduled posts but don't worry if I don't get straight back to you.  It will be because I can't.
I shall hopefully get the issue sorted over the weekend.

That's all from me today, short and sweet.  I'm away now to dig out an oldie for tomorrow, are you joining me?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For a budding artist!

Good afternoon and how are you this Wednesday?
The morning has magically disappeared again, how does that happen?
It has been raining all morning here, dreich and miserable, our walk was a little on the damp side.  I did put it off for a wee while hoping the rain would ease but no such luck.
Thank goodness for my long line waterproof coat, I was told yesterday there isn't bad weather in Scotland, just inappropriate clothing.  I had the appropriate clothing so only my boots, coat and glasses got wet.
Oh to have windscreen wipers on your glasses!

It is my eldest boys last higher examination this morning, hopefully by now he will have finished it and will be heading home on the bus for a relaxing afternoon.
My youngest is also off after school today for a long weekend.
We are planning on having a bit of fun, I will fill you in with more details next week.
My BFF text me this morning, it is not often we both get a day off together and when we do one of us always has something booked or something else to sort.  This morning I got a text to pop around as she had scones in the oven.  I didn't need telling twice!  We had a lovely chat and catch up with the joy of hot tea and warm scones too.  Yum.
Back to today and I have more cards to make later and an ironing pile that seems to grow of it's own accord, before popping out to see another friend this evening.

Today's card I am sharing is for a budding artist.


I have used kraft card for my artist palette and then added copics to colour, adding glossy accents to finish to create a wet look like paint.  I have then used my computer for the sentiment and mat and layered with corresponding card stock.

That's all from me today I'm away to get the boys lunch and then catch up on a couple of cards before tackling some of my ironing mountain.
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How about a little water sports, crafty style of course.

Good afternoon, my morning has just disappeared again, zoom and it was gone.
The dog and I enjoyed our usual walk this morning, it was a bit chilly first thing but it has changed beautifully and is now lovely and sunny.
I had a quick trip into town this morning as my eldest wanted to do some studying at school for his last higher tomorrow.  I took the opportunity to pick up a few essentials from work whilst in the area.
With both boys home at lunch I seem to be fairly going through food at the moment.

On to crafting, today I have a card for you on a sport theme.  I was asked for a kayak on a card for a gentleman who's passion is to paddle in his free time.  Now I don't know about you but I thought a kayak was like the Canadian open boats, on a little investigation it turns out that I was wrong.  As a child we had a kayak but we called it a canoe, which is where my confusion comes from.  What we really had was a kayak, it is the canoe that is open.  You learn something everyday and I am so glad that I did a little investigation first.
Here is my card.


I coloured the kayak and oars with my copies and used snippets of card left from other projects to finish.  The sentiment stamp is by Papertrey ink, Scripted and the lettering was done on my Cricut.

I was really happy with how this kayak has turned out, let's hope the recipient likes it too.

It turns out I have a little kayaker (if that is a word) too.  Apparently my youngest was a whizz in a kayak whilst away recently with the school.  So much so he is wanting to take me out this weekend.  I can't wait!  (LOL, I just love to get wet and cold!)
Watch this space but if my memory serves me correctly, I used to go canoeing after school when I was a teenager and I wasn't a natural!
Give me a sheet of card any day of the week.

Before I go I just wanted to share this link with you.  All I am going to say is WOW can you imagine the fun you could have with these.
I did have a little look at them on the Internet it turns out that they are over a grand to buy!
WOW again.  That's how much it costs to have every colour under the rainbow!
A girl can dream, you can keep your girlie bits and bobs, nice crafty products will always top my basket.


Monday, May 16, 2016

A weekend of fun and of course some secret crafting.

Good morning and how are you this Monday morning?
It looks as if it will be a nice sunny day, blue sky is trying to get through the clouds as we speak.
How was your weekend?
I had a good day at work on Saturday, swapping between tills and filling stock, totally different from my usual day and I don't think I upset too many customers.  :)
Lots of new tastes to try, my favourite being the lemon meringue fudge and the peanut butter cookies so far.  Oh dear, I  have such a sweet tooth.
On Sunday this was what I was up to...


I have to say I had way more stuff that this with me but I finished the project I wanted to get done.
Unfortunately I can't share it with you just yet as it is a birthday present.  I shall show you it later in the week when the birthday girl has received it.

Instead today I thought I would show you these funny fellas.


These funny chaps started to appear on my regular morning walk a few months ago.  First it was one then three and now they seem to be growing in numbers.  I don't know where they're coming from but they do make me smile each morning I walk past them.
I like this chap in particular for his hair, I think he looks like a soldier in is bearskin hat, apart from the tongue out of course.


I think this one must be a little shy.


This chap was down low and I nearly missed him.


These are good friends, so close together!


"I look down on you!"


Quite a serious group of fellas!


Funny fellas!

I don't know who is making them, maybe it's magic?  LOL.
On the upside they certainly make you smile as you pass them and each morning I do a quick count to see if there is more.

The other thing that seems to be popular on our beaches at this time of year is these.


Stone stacker's.  This is the next beach along from ours and it has some great flat stones, perfect for towering up.  This is only a small one that I spotted over the weekend but you can get some huge ones during the summer season.  I shall keep my eye out for you so I can show you what I mean.
The big question is.....are all these items created by people having fun in the sun by the beach or, cue spooky music, are there other forces at work?!*
I shall leave you with that thought.

Time for me to crack on I have a little dog sat crossed legged wanting to go out for a walk.
Today I have a few bespoke cards to make for friends then the usual housework and chores, boo.
I hope you all had a super weekend.
Enjoy your Monday too.
I shall be back later to see what you have been getting up to, out for a walk I go.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It's the weekend, time for a little creative fun.

Good morning and how are you all this Saturday?
The weather forecast was correct, it has certainly cooled down over the last couple of days, such a shame after the sunshine.  Back to long trousers and coats for my daily trip to the beach.  Let's hope that that will change again soon.  On the upside at least it has been dry.

If you regularly pop by on a Saturday you will know that I try and find a few smiles to share as it is the weekend.  
Without further ado here are my choices for today.  

Remember my trip to Edinburgh recently and all that lovely fabric that I purchased did you know it was one of these......


Sorry, I couldn't resist but having all boys in this house means that the toilet humour sometimes does filter across to me.  This did make me smile.

Moving on, forget the naughty step.....


I totally agree with the above statement, I don't get sent to my room often enough.  
Maybe I need to be naughtier?
Then this always happens once you get there....


Or is that just me?
I really could do with a tidy crafting pixie visit and sort out my craft room.  Too many fine crafting supplies and not enough hours in the day.  Maybe if I was more organised I would enjoy crafting more but that never seems to last long.

So today's advice don't forget to enjoy a F.A.R.T. and be naughty, whilst enjoying sitting amongst all your mighty fine crafty supplies.
It sounds like a mighty fine plan for the weekend!
Unfortunately I am working today but I plan to have some crafty fun tomorrow at the crop.
Have a good one and more from me next week.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ooooo it's Friday the 13th!! Scary. Time for an oldie, will you join me?

Hello and how are you this Friday?
Where has the week gone?
I've had a busy couple of days catching up with the housework and enjoying the sunshine with the dog.  Our 45 minute walks seem to have turned into a couple of hours over the last few days, taking full advantage of the beautiful weather.
No crafting for me.  Boo!
Hubby has been away this week with work and is home later.  When I have the mum and dad roles to cover my time seems to just disappear.  My youngest appears to have caught a bit of a head cold this week and my eldest has had his Biology and Maths higher examinations.
Combining that with work and all the usual daily chores my time has just flown by this week.
As for this weekend it is usually my weekend off work but there is a special tasting event in store, so I am in tomorrow as extra, on the shop floor.  Gulp!  Watch out customers!
Then on Sunday I have my local crop again and the boys are planning a little airsoft fun and games.
It's going to be another busy one.

Back to today and in honour of Friday the 13th I thought I'd share something a little spooky.
Sharing an oldie each Friday is all about re sharing and old crafty project that you have already blogged before.  Whether to showcase previous styles or other crafts, the idea behind this process is to show your creative journey to those who maybe haven't been with you from the start.
It is also fun to see how styles have changed or hobbies.  I would love it if you join me, please link below and I will visit you all.
Here's my oldie today with a bit of a CAS theme.


The papers are Harley Davidson by EK Success, the skull and crossbows are from my Cricut.
The sentiment is a wee metal tag "Age means nothing" I can't remember who made these, can you?
I have added stitching detail on my machine.
This was a birthday card for my Dad about six years ago, I wanted to incorporate a biker theme without using a bike, if you get my drift?

Do you have anything excited planned over the weekend?  I hope so.
That's all from me today, have a super weekend.
To those of you who do join me today, thank you in advance, I do love to visit your blogs and see what oldie you have picked too.  Have a great weekend and more from me tomorrow.

I'm afraid we don't have picture links today, still trying to sort out my subscription with no joys.
Oh to be a techno whiz!