Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's Saturday time for a little creative smiles.

Good morning and how are you this Saturday?
Are you ready for today's creativity smiles?
I actually searched for these back on Wednesday evening, when I should have been making tea.
Naughty Mummy.  They got fed, just a little later than planned.

Is this first one you?

I think I so need this t shirt.  I have a cupboard of unfinished items from various weekend crafty trips away that just need finishing, every year I say, this year, this is the one.  Guess what?
It never happens.  There is always something else to do, something new to work on.  One of these days I will find the time and the enthusiasm to have some finishing off time.

My final two funnies today involve PIES.  No not the type you eat, unfortunately but the type you used to have to make in Maths lessons a few years ago or more!
Is this true of your paper stash?

I love the two categories "Where did that even come from?" and "What was I thinking of?"
We've all got that sort of paper haven't we?
Then there is the most "precious" of all.  (Spoken like Gollum in Lord of the Rings "my precious!")
The papers that you only get out on special occasions to stroke and then say, not today, I'm not quite ready to lose you to the dreaded cutting up. 
Or is that just me?  Surely not.

Then finally we have the whole creative process.

This time I am a big fan of the Binge eating, whilst deciding what to do. The there is the Random Internet surfing that you spend so long on, craft time disappears with nothing to show for it.  How productive we must have been before the Internet and Pinterest.

That's me for today folks, I hope you have smiled as I did when I found this quotes during the week.
Enjoy what is left of your weekend and more from me next week.

Friday, April 29, 2016

It's Friday time to share an oldie. Babiesrus!

Good morning, how are you this Friday?
It is my weekend off work so as you know from my last couple of posts, I am spending a few crafty days in Edinburgh.  I shall be learning some new crafty techniques too, maybe even finding time to do a little shopping, well it would be rude not to.
If you are just visiting for the first time I encourage you to join me reposting an old crafty project from your blog or indeed posting something you made a while ago but have never blogged.  It can be anything that you have made yourself.  All I ask is that you use the link below so I can pop along to your blog and see your old make too.  I will comment on all.
Today I have a picture to share with you that I made for a friend when she had a first baby.

Sarah now has a little brother too who was born last year, he got my first crocheted bunny for his birth gift and apparently takes it everywhere with him.
For this canvas I used a little cutie from Sugar Nellie called Bambino.  It is coloured using my copics and layered in sparkly pink gingham.  The canvas background is covered with Distress ink Spun Sugar and the frame is painted white then distressed with sandpaper and Vintage photo Distress ink.  The charm and ribbon are from my stash.

I love this little baby digi image and have used it loads for baby cards and canvasses.
It makes me feel all broody, then I hear my two shouting at each other and the urge soon settles down.  I don't think I could go back to nappies now, mind you I think I'd be better with the sleepless nights!  
Five hours seem to be my average just now.  

That's all from me today, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you if you are joining in sharing an oldie today, I do appreciate each and everyone of you taking part.  Have a super end to the week and an even better weekend.  
Don't forget to link up below....

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bags packed and away I go.

Over the next few days I am here.....The knitting and Stitching show in Edinburgh.
I am driving down early this morning and hoping to arrive late morning in time for a quick wander before heading to a class in the afternoon.  On Friday I have a similar set up, a wander around the stalls in the morning followed by a class in the afternoon.  I am hoping to take plenty of photographs if I am allowed, and then I can share my experience with you next week.

What am I making and what will I find?
All will be revealed soon.
Have a super couple of days and I will be back tomorrow with an oldie to share, feel free to join me.
The more the merrier!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ding, dong, ding can you hear those Wedding bells?

Afternoon all and how are you this Wednesday.  I'm just in from a busy day at work, lots of new products this week as all the summer lines hit the shop, and it was snowing outside!
The new BBQ range looks yummy and a Dine in this weekend, is there any wonder I find myself only adding to my waistline and not taking away?

One of my pals asked me yesterday if I could rustle up a Wedding card for her for this weekend.  As I would have only seen her today, going off on my travels tomorrow, last night I came up with this.
She asked for a navy theme and butterflies.

The dies are by Spellbinder and are Fancy lattice and Les Papillions Two and I have kept with the white and navy colour scheme, with a couple of diamante to finish the butterflies body.

I have make a few Weddings in navy and white, I do like the colour scheme, I think it is very classy and the navy isn't as harsh as black.  But that is just my opinion.

I've now got the dog to walk in the cold and rain, can't wait and then it's time to start the tea.  After which I shall be packing my bags for tomorrow.!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Move over Game of Thrones, I've got my own dragon!

Good morning and how are you this Tuesday?
Last night I decided to play along with the lovely ladies at the Less is more blog again.  This week's challenge, as it was St George's day in England at the weekend, is Saints, Dragons or Heroes.
Now I jumped at the change to use my Dragon and sentiment stamps.  I bought these years ago when my youngest boy was a knight.  No word of a lie, he would take a sword with him everywhere, just incase.  
I have not used the set very often but I just love the sentiment and the look of the dragons face especially with the addition of googly eyes.  He looks as if he is more likely to give you a hug than to smother you in ketchup and eat you all up.

The stamps are by Stamp-it which is an Australian company and I have coloured my dragon with copic markers before adding eyes.  I have simply stamped the background and added stitch detail.

Today I shall mostly be at work so no playtime, sorry crafting time for me.
Maybe later?
It could be a possibility.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the gang at Less is more for another super challenge this week, I really did have to dust these two stamps down.
But it did feel good.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday, happy crafting to you all.
Catch you again tomorrow.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday morning, how green to me!

Good afternoon and how are you this Monday?
I had a really busy weekend.  Work started well first thing Saturday and went downhill gradually.
Not enough hours in the day.

Saturday evening was great fun in the cube at The West Beach Caravan park in the village.
The cube is a large white inflatable, think kids bouncy castle without the bouncy floor.  It was instead of a marquee with the added bonus you don't get the cold drafts, don't get me wrong it was a cold night down by the beach but once everyone was in and dancing it soon warmed up.  There was a couple of bands on so we had some Scottish dancing.  This was followed by a charity auction and raffle, I won a Johnstons of Elgin merino wool scarf, which is a beautiful burgundy colour.  There was a bar and food, a full hog roast, burgers and proper baked tatties.
What a brilliant evening, lovely local food and drink, great atmosphere and music, what more do you need?
I believe the auction did very well for charity too with lots up for grabs from a side of salmon, plants, wood for the fire, holidays, boat trips, beauty treatments etc...

Yesterday I had our local crop and spent the afternoon chatting, eating cake and crocheting.  I managed to get the rest of my hexagons sewn up and started making some more.

Back to today and once my lot were off to school and work I took the dog out for a walk, oh me, oh my it was freezing.  Walking along a north facing beach when the wind is coming from the north is certainly all you need to wake you up in the morning.  It was the sort of icy cold that slaps you in the face.
Once home and warmed up with a fine cup of tea I set to work in the kitchen.  I shall let you into a secret....I hate going food shopping and if I am off and don't want to go, I like to challenge myself making and baking with what I have left in the cupboards, putting the dreaded trip off till another day.  Today I have made more Malteser slice, it seems to be a firm favourite with my boys at the moment.  I have rustled up a rhubarb crumble for pudding with the rhubarb having been donated from my BFF.  Then I got the slow cooker out and have a creamy tarragon chicken cooking away.  It should make tea quick and easy but I don't know where the day has gone.
I am working tomorrow and Wednesday, then I'm off down to Edinburgh Thursday for a few days so I can't see me getting much crafting to share this week.

As I have been busy in the kitchen I thought today I would share my green fingered achievements this year so far.  I only say this because I normally have no success at all planting seeds but this year I have sweet peas and tomatoes.  You probably plant seeds every year but I have always had very little success over the years so consequently normally don't normally bother.

My sweet pea tin was a present from the boys for Mother's day, I love cut sweet peas in the house over the summer months once they're flowering, the smell is lovely.

These are tomato bush plants which I picked up at work, they've been planted late but hopefully in a South facing conservatory they should start and come on quickly.

Lots of chat today and no crafting, hopefully I might remedy that later this evening.  
That's all from me today I may not have much to share this week but I will try and pop by with something.  Enjoy your week.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's Saturday time for a little creative funnies.

Good morning, I hope this finds you well this Saturday?  
I am beavering at work today so I picked a few funnies to share with you yesterday, I hope they make you smile this weekend.  
As always I am sticking with a creative feel.

This first one is in response to another quote I posted last week about the fact that now and again mighty fine crafting products disappear from my craft room.  These are usually pilfered by a very large Pixie and used for unrelated jobs.  Some of you also commented that you also have that phenomenon happening to your mighty fine crafty stash.  With that in mind this first picture made me laugh.   

I think someone had the knife for a little too long!

Now to us crafty girls you can keep your diamonds, unless it's glaze or gems to stick on cards.
Handbags and shoes, a no thank you.

I'd much rather be let loose in a mighty fine craft shop to do my damage!  As for Pinterest, have you noticed that when you "pop" onto it hours and days disappear as if by magic?  Strange but true.
No longer to make crafts but just to admire others who have been productive!

Finally are you guilty of this?

Oh yes.  I usually just look at the state of my room and walk out, thinking I'll tackle that another day when I am in the mood.  It's just nice to peep in and remind yourself that it's a lovely place to hide, I mean craft!
Maybe it is just me though, as I also talk to the dog, (she listens) oh and the food at work, but only if I'm on my own.  Remember the film Shirley Valentine, I get more like her everyday, just need to book the holiday to Greece.  Nice.

That's all from me I better go before you think I am totally off my rocker.  Have a super weekend whatever your plans maybe, don't forget to wrap up warm though, more snow forecast up here today. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

It's that time of the week again, Friday, oldie sharing comes around so fast!

Good morning and how are you this Friday?  Can you believe it is nearly the end of the week again?
More bad news last night when the singer Prince was announced as dead too.  What is going on this year?
If there is a heaven it is certainly going to be rocking this year with the amount of talented folk that have departed this world, and it's only April!
You know when they have the award ceremonies on TV and at the end of the evening there is always a pause to remember those who have departed.  This year it is going to be a very long pause.  Yikes.
I went to see Prince when I was based in Portsmouth with a pal.  We got the train into London to see the concert, it was amazing.  The stage was either huge or he was very small but gosh that didn't effect the sound, it was amazing.
The long walk home wasn't quite as much fun as we missed the last train to Portsmouth and could only get the train so far, which meant yomping the rest of the way.  Good job we were fit.  I wouldn't do it now.  Scary.

Back to today and it's that time of the week when I encourage you to join me in sharing an old crafty project, anything at all that you have made yourself.  All I ask is that you attach your post to the link below then I can drop by and share the love of all things homemade.
My oldie for today is a little more colourful than my latest cards, a bit of an inky moment.

I have used;
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz cling mounted stamps "Fairytale Frenzy" and "Urban Tapestry".
Distress embossing ink Peeled paint.
Distress inks Peeled paint, Crushed olive, NEW Festive berries, Fired brick, Tea dye, Vintage photo and finally Walnut stain.
Diamond Stickles.
Sentiment by Hero arts "Finding joy".

I think this was my first attempt at using Distress embossing ink plus combining distress inks and stamping.  I look at it now thinking, oh my, that blending could be better.  Still I had lots of inky fun making it.

With hubby back today I don't know what the plans are for the rest of the day.  I guess it will depend on the weather.  I will hopefully get in a little crafty fun as I haven't played much at all this week.  I have lots of ideas roaming around my head so I need to sit down and see what happens.  
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the weekend, I'm working tomorrow and then we have a night out too.  How will I cope! 
On Sunday it's crafty cropping time again.  Yippee.  
I think this weekend might just be a busy one.  
I'll be back tomorrow with some more funny quotes, thank you in anticipation of you playing along today.  
I look forwards to hopping on over to your blog during the weekend and seeing your oldies too.
Have a good one.

Before I memory of a great artist.

Time to link up with me, happy crafting folks and thanks for popping by.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Just for you.

Hello and how are you this Thursday?
A missed post from me yesterday, it was such a lovely day I had the urge to clean my kitchen cupboards and then bake so my crafting took a back seat.  It is rare that I want to clean cupboards so I had to crack on whilst in the mood!
I did have to ask myself one question though, "who spends all morning cleaning the kitchen then bakes!"
I do it all the time.  Bonkers.

It must be time for new businesses just now.  One of my pals as mentioned in an earlier post has taken over the wee gift shop in our village harbour and another friend today has re-opened her craft business after moving from Elgin to Alves.  I popped to Alves this morning to wish Karen all the best in her new venture.  Once the coffee shop and all the gifts are sorted it will be a cracking little crafty/watering hole to stop off at.
To wish her well I rustled up this little CAS number.

I have used tartan by Craftwork cards, the flower stamp is Patricia's garden by Scrappy cat and the scroll is by Hero Arts Cheer up, the sentiment is Just Rite Thank you labels 20.  I have then rounded the corners, layered on black card and added a bit of bling to finish.

I also spent some time yesterday booking myself a wee couple of days break next week.!
I am going to Edinburgh for The Knitting and Stitching show at Ingliston.  I have a couple of classes booked and a hotel.  I am leaving the boys with their day for the weekend and am off on an adventure. Is anyone else planning on going?

Finally yesterday I had a wee play with some cutters I got at Christmas but hadn't yet used.
I made some Stained glass window biscuits and some strawberry creams.  I think these cutters are going to need a little practise with.

The shapes are supposed to be little men and snowflakes, as you can see not all worked but I have shown them in all their "nailed that" glory rather than just picking out the better ones.
My youngest loved the stained glass ones at the top, where as my oldest liked the strawberry creams at the bottom.
They certainly passed the taste test even though not looking perfect.  My youngest stated that they were "sick" which I believe nowadays is a good thing?!*
At least they were happy.  I was experimenting as it is the school fair on Saturday but I think I'll stick to my Malteser slice this time and get in a bit more practise.

That's all from me, what are you up to today on the Queen's birthday?
I have the dog walk to walk again soon in the sunshine, which is a nice change.  Then into the usual routine for this evening, with hubby arriving home at some point after being away all week.

Before I go I just wanted to add how sad it was that Victoria Wood died yesterday.
Famous people seem to be dropping like flies this year don't they?  Scary.
I have had the joy of seeing Victoria live a couple of times and I laughed till I cried at her shows.  Her song about Brian and Freda with the keywords "beat me on the bottom with a Woman's weekly", never had me looking at that magazine again in the same light!
Her "rite tall" pal Kimberley, the fitness instructor Hayley Bailey to name but a couple sketches along with Acorns Antiques and Dinner ladies, she was a comic genius.  Such a sad loss.
I couldn't leave without sharing this in her honour today.  Catch you again tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A little LIS, three stamps fresh!

Good afternoon and how are you today?
A bright sunny day here in the North of Scotland although it is still a tad windy and a little fresh.
Still it is feeling more like Spring today, before the weather changes yet again as we head towards the weekend, so the forecast says.

Today I thought I would join in with the lovely ladies over at the Less is More challenge blog again, this time the challenge is to use just 3 stamps.
This is my attempt.

I have used Distress ink Blueprint and Peacock feathers together with stamps by SU Gorgeous Grunge and Hero Arts Cheer up.  The circle die is by Cottage cutz and I have finished with a few stars and a bit of bling.  Three stamps, two colours.
The Hero arts stamp has quite a grungy style to it which I thought matches the SU stamps.

That's all from me today, I'm just back from taking my youngest for his first look around his new Secondary school, gulp.  My baby is starting big school in August!
A big change to what he is used to but I'm sure it won't take him long to get in the swing of things.
As for the rest of today, more housework and hopefully a little craft time.
Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday.