Friday, October 17, 2014

It's share an oldie time this Friday.

Good morning folks and it's Friday again, time for another oldie.  If you have just joined me every Friday I pick one of my old projects to share with you, back in the day when I seemed to have much more time to play!  I mean craft.  :)
I'd love it if you would join me, just add a message below then I can come and share some crafty love.

Here is today's oldie for you.

A little black and white number.
I have used digital image Annabel from Sugar Nellie coloured with grey prisma pencils.  The Spellbinder dies are Classic circles and Labels Twenty four (I've used two frames and linked them together), together with A4 embossing folder dots (difficult to see in the photo).  The sentiment and die "For you" are by SU with ribbon and pearls from my stash.

Go on I know you want to share in the fun!  I'd love to hear from you.
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the weekend, no work for me tomorrow I intend on spending the time with family.
Have a good one!  x

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A bespoke collection of cards!

Good morning all and another bright and beautiful day here.  Today I want to share with you a selection of bespoke cards, all made for the same lady who is 60 soon.
The first card I was asked for a washing up bowl, as her sister and her used to always fight over  who was washing the dishes.  Sound familiar?  My children wouldn't know as we have a dishwasher but I remember regular verbal fights with my brother over who's turn it was to wash or dry.
She also wanted a comment inside, as she was a lot younger than her sister, of how she often got paid 50p to go away!

The next card is for the mum and she wanted bottoms up looking in a rock pool, 'cause as a child that is how she remembers her.  Gosh I had to think about this one!

This is the nearest to bottoms up I could get!  But I think you get the general idea, with a mention of it in the card.
Finally this is for the nephew and he wanted to thank her for all the help during his school years especially on the geography front.

Three cards, one birthday, lets hope Caren loved them.

Today I have another busy day, no crafting for me but hoping to make another couple of poppy's later.
Have a super Thursday and don't forget to join me tomorrow with an oldie.  x

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Raising funds for the British Legion, crafty style!

Hi folks, back again today with some more crafting for you and today it's all about poppy's.
I have always supported the British Legion, whilst in the forces it was a given that you wore your poppy with pride at this time of year and I guess it has stuck.
Last year I decided, as I had started to crochet, to have a go at making poppy's and was very happily surprised at the response of my pals.  I don't go all out making loads, last year I made 12, asking for donations which I grouped together and sent to the BL.
The products and my time I happily donate as my contribution.
This year I have already been asked to make a few, in particular I was asked for a white poppy from a couple of friends, for peace.
Here are my attempts....

And together for sizing....both are made with cotton yarn.

Kate you also asked for one, which one would you prefer?  Could you also let me have your email details and I will get in touch with you via that.  If you would still like one, just let me know.

I am also doing the red poppy's too.

The left one is in cotton and the right in pure wool but can also be done in the bright red cotton.
Do give me a shout by leaving a message and your email below if you would like one and I will get in touch.

I managed to get all my cards and poppy's already ordered done and dusted yesterday so today I have the boring old ironing to crack on with, the excitement of it all!

Finally did you watch "The Apprentice" last night?
I don't know why but my hubby loves the show, what I want to know is where do they find those overconfidence numpties?
I know it isn't nice to judge other folk and I do try not to, but really!
How much money could you make chopping lemons?  (Really!)
Telling girls to look nice, wear high heels, short skirts and lipstick, then they're bound to win?!
Well, it worked this time, but surely that isn't the way to go if wanting equality in the workplace?
I thought we'd moved on from this, obviously not.
If you want equality then you prove you can do what the men can do but better....or is that just me?
I am now going to jump off my soap box and go and do my womanly duties!
Have a super hump day and more from me tomorrow.  x

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy birthday to Holly, 2 today!

Good morning all and how are you this Tuesday morning?
It is beautiful and sunny here in the North of Scotland although a little chillier that of late, Autumn is definitely here.
Today a wee break from the crafting to wish a certain someone a Happy Birthday.

Yes, our wee pup is no more and has now reached the grand old age of 2, or as my youngest says "she is 14 now so can look after me!"
It doesn't seem like we have had her for two years, it seems like only yesterday but as most folk with animals say she is now firmly one of the family.

How cute is she in this photograph!

The boys are keen to bake her a cake later but of course they will be eating it for her, I like the way they are thinking!
Maybe she can have a couple of wee treats instead?

Holly today, all grown up.....

This is her begging for her evening treat!  She sits right on my knee, blocking the TV until she gets what she wants.  Yes, she has her mum wrapped around her little finger!

What are your plans today?
I managed to book something yesterday so we will have a few family days away from the electricity!
(Whether the boys like it or not!)
This means I have a lot to get through over the next couple of days.  My pal Irene popped by yesterday for a cuppa, I haven't seen her in ages so it was lovely to catch up.  This means that I didn't finish the cards I had planned so that is first on the agenda today.
Then it's ironing and housework followed by a bit of crochet later.

Last night I went to another Jamie Oliver party at my colleague Roma's family home, wow, what a fabulous B and B her mum has, it is amazing.  I was a naughty girl too 'cause I love JO stuff, I shall show you what I bought when it arrives.  I can't wait, one item in particular I am looking forwards to decorating for the Christmas table!

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best this Tuesday and I shall catch up again with you tomorrow.  x

Monday, October 13, 2014

And now for something completely different!

Afternoon all, so the tattie holidays are here and I have spent the last two days trying to find somewhere to stay for a wee no avail.  Everything I have looked at has been fully booked and even sites like can't help!  Boo!
That's what you get leaving things till last minute, but then we always do that.  Even our trip to Florida wasn't booked the month before we went.  I guess it is a habit that we don't plan anything at all.  Why?
Well, in years gone by with my hubby being armed forces we have learnt not to plan because quite often, if you did, cancellation was inevitable.  The only downside to this is that sometimes it means you get lazy and don't end up doing anything, is that a bad thing?  The kids have been out this morning and are now engrossed with their Xbox, hubby is catching up with some gardening and I have a few bespoke cards to make.  Everyone is happy, surely that is what counts?
Maybe we will get luck, and find something soon?!

Back to today and I have had orders for poppy's and cards to crack on with so although I will be crafting away this week I won't have much to show you that you haven't already seen. Sorry.  Very boring for my blog posts.  So I have thought about a different angle, see what you think.
I have decided to share with you people or items that inspire me to be creative and some are way out of my personal comfort zone.

Today I wanted to share with you Max McMurdo's website reestore.  Now you might know Max from off the TV, he works with Kirstie Allsopp on Fill your house for free and has been featured as a judge on Shed of the year.
I love the way he takes an item unloved or unused, the quirkier the better, and makes it into to a beautiful and functioning piece of furniture.  Don't take my word for it, pop and have a look on his website at his work.
I only wish I'd paid more attention at tech classes as I am not allowed near electric tools, far too dangerous with them!
I guess I need to learn.
Don't you just love this light....

Rustic and functional.
How about this table, how fabulous is this for recycling?

So we have our Rolls Royce engine part to make into a coffee table, I guess I will be needing some help but I do hope it polishes up as well as the one above.

It won't be anywhere near as exciting but it has relevance to us, being a part of an aircraft that hubby has flown in.

It only remains for me to thanks Max for all his inspiration, getting me to look at items that would normally be thrown away and reusing them.  That's got to be a good thing if only for the planet?

Have a super Monday everyone and who inspires you?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oh my it's FFFFFriday again....time for sharing those oldies!

Good morning to you all and what a difference a day makes, the sun is out and the sky is blue, it's a little colder but much dryer.  The dog and I have had a lovely long walk this morning, time for a cuppa and a catch up on here.

Whoops, I missed a post yesterday, but more about my day later, first I wanted to share today's oldie.
This one is for Hazel who makes the most beautiful gift baskets.

Not quite to your standards Hazel but I love this as just a little added eggstra (do you see what I did there!) for a baby.
I have used papers from the Basic Grey range Archaic and the chipboard shapes and brads.  I have added a bit of eyes...a small tag from SU marked "baby" a bit of ribbon and a charm marked "love".  Oh and where would we be without a greeting from the 'puter?!
The egg box I wanted to keep as simple as possible and basically took the paper from the supermarket off and used as a template to cut the BG, to which I added a brad and chipboard.  Everything has been inked with Vintage photo distress ink from the Ranger pads.
I also bought a little hoody with dinosaurs on and a first book of Dinosaurs to match!
Inside the egg box I added 2 pair of first size socks and scratch mitts plus bigger Dino socks to go with the hoody.

I'd love to see your oldies this Friday so don't forget to leave a message below so I know you are playing along, I will visit everyone who does and thank you in advance for joining me.  It can be anything at all that you have created yourself.  Go on, you know you want to, I'd love to see your work.  x

Back to yesterday and I was at work, we have a great deal on this weekend at M & S, I just have to share.  It is a family roast for a tenner.  That is a chicken or gammon or turkey or pork with three sides which  includes a bag of tatties or roasties and two difference packets of vegetables.  
A great deal don't you think?
We had honey gammon last night and it was delish!
I think we might be a little busy this weekend.

Last night my youngest had his end of term school disco, which was very exciting for him, he came home with glow sticks and a bouncy balloon having had a great time, but didn't do any dancing!  LOL.
Whilst he was out hubby and I went to pick this up for his bedroom.

It was a bargain and was on one of the local Facebook sites, reuse and recycle in operation here. The covers are off today for a quick wash and then it is ready for his bedroom.  We have been promising to decorate his bedroom and to make it more grown up for him for a while, I guess now he has a new chair to use for playing his Xbox, it is time to start.  He loves the colour red and as the new white is grey (apparently) his colour combo is sorted.  Time to order a new carpet and have a clear out.  I'm not looking forwards to the clear out part!

Now you can see why I didn't get chance to post yesterday, after tea, homework, the disco and a trip out it was time to put my feet up with a cheeky B and C and chill out for an hour before bed.

I'm in work early again tomorrow so this morning I shall be doing a little housework before enjoying some time this afternoon doing a little crafting before the children break up for the tattie holiday, where did that term go?  
Mind you, I am in a tidying mood today, it doesn't happen very often, so I might even tackle my craft room! Shock!
If I do that I might need a sit down in a darkened room later.  
I would show you a picture of the state of it but it's not even at that stage of untidiness to share. :0

Enjoy your weekend and more from me next week.  x

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

What a difference a day makes. When there's a crisis I head to the kitchen.

Good afternoon all and what a day we have been having up here.  Torrential rain all day yesterday, through the night and all morning has meant many areas up here are again flooded and some families aren't even sorted after the last lot!
Our neighbours with the sinkhole had not only the hole full of water but their whole front garden.  I feel for them.
Luckily for us our house is slightly higher, although I did have to put sandbags at our boiler house in the hope that the boiler doesn't get waterlogged, no hot water or heating for us if it had.  The rain has, gratefully, now stopped and water appears to be draining away.
The main street down to the harbour seems to have had the worst of it again, the road looked like a rapid river going by the Facebook pictures.  I've never know the village be affected like this and it has now happen three times in the last few months, what is going on?
On the bright side, I popped out to walk the dog as it cleared and it is great to see the community spirit, plenty of the local men running around in waterproofs with sandbags, helping their neighbours. Great to see and well done all that were involved.

The dog and I didn't manage our usual walk along the beach today as it was gone!
The tide was so high there was no beach at all.  The waves looked mighty cold and uninviting too.
Not a day to be at sea!
Even the sound was amazing, I could hear the waves crashing from outside the house last night and we are at least five minutes walk away.  Nature at it's best or worst, as the case may be.

As drying up commences, our boiler seems to be ok and a quick mopping up in the conservatory, not too much damage that I am aware of.
I am thinking of neighbours, locals in the village and friends at work who I know haven't been as lucky.  x

What do I do in a crisis, well I couldn't crack on with the housework and crafting just wouldn't do...if in doubt....bake!

I made some dark chocolate chip chewy cookies to share with the boys, whilst we catch the GBBO final tonight, can't wait! 
Who will win?




Would it be wrong to say I am so rooting for Richard?  I think he has been the most consistent throughout the competition, how many times has he been awarded Star baker?
Let's hope that isn't the kiss of death as he really does deserve the prize.

Enjoy the rest of your hump day guys, I plan on sitting down later with a cuppa and cookie and enjoying the show.
The high life!  x

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Remembrance poppy time again, supporting the British Legion crafty style.

Hi all, remember I mentioned in an earlier post that I couldn't decide whether to do my poppy's or not this year and what pattern I was going to use.
Last night I took the bull by the horns and made a prototype and already have an order, my wee man wants to wear one at school.
What do you think?

It is a bit bigger than last year's attempt and chunky as it is made with pure wool except for the black tinsel.  To give you an idea of the size, I've compared it to last years attempt.

What do you think?  Do you like?
It is a little more realistic looking don't you think?
Now to decide how many I am going to make with all proceeds going to the British Legion.  
Last years attempts does look a little plain and simple in comparison.  I think I might have progressed just a little bit in the last 12 months.

As for today, I enjoyed a fun packed day at work, everything went well and we even had a little excitement to boot.  
All the Christmas wrap and cards are in the process of going out on the shop floor together with decorations and crackers.  It's that time again, ho, ho, ho!
As for the rest of my evening I think I shall mostly be making a poppy!
Time to go as I have tea bubbling away in the kitchen, homemade chilli tonight, too spicy hot, hot, more from me tomorrow.  x

Monday, October 06, 2014

Have a spellbinding birthday!

Good afternoon all, I'm off work today so I have spent the morning catching up on my ironing mountain, rope now rewound and crampons away for another couple of days.  I've just got to put it all away in the relevant rooms now, is it just me or is that the worst bit?
It's like going food shopping, don't mind the shopping or the carrying it home, it's the unpacking and putting away in the cupboards.  Is it just me?
In the grand scheme of things this is not important but I just wondered if other folk felt the same?

I had a really lazy day yesterday and caught up with some TV taping whilst crocheting, then my youngest and I had a bit of quality time at the pictures to watch Box trolls with a bucket of popcorn.
This was followed by a very nice tea from work, quick and easy, thank you very much!
Work on Saturday was a little crazy as the workload is starting to increase with the run up to Christmas.  Oh the joys, I can't wait!
Do you believe me?!  LOL.

Back to this week I have a couple of extra days in work and a few bespoke cards to crack on with, along with all the usual weekly chores and hopefully a little craft time.
Today I am sharing another simple Spellbinder card, using some of my older dies.

This is actually burgundy and white, not the best photo but it is quite dark today.  I have used the Fleur De Lis die and the square die together with dots embossing folder.  The ribbon has lined the internal square and the sentiment is made using the computer.  Ribbon and pearls from my stash.
Clean and simple.

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for this Monday, I can't decide now whether to crochet or crack on with my card orders.  Maybe I'll bake!
In other words I am looking to do anything but housework.  ;)
I'm in work again tomorrow so I'll catch you a bit later in the day.  Happy crafting!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Sharing a funny, why, it's the weekend of course!

Hi folks and I'm in work again today but looking forwards to my day off tomorrow.  Whilst I am beavering away I thought I'd share a couple of funnies that I have seen during the week that have made me smile.  This is tending to become a regular fixture on my blog as is my oldie on Friday, so without further ado...

This is so true, I love Michael's and could easily spend all day in it.
To get only an hour when we visited Florida at Easter was just plain mean.  LOL.
It was like supermarket sweep but with crafty stash instead.
(Madwoman crafter on time restraints!)

This next one made me giggle, having done more sewing of late!
Total concentration in threading a needle, glasses on, glasses off, glasses on top of head and still the cotton will not thread.
Ever get that feeling, you're going to need a bigger needle or a bigger hole in the top.

And the needle on the sewing machine isn't any better.

Finally in honour of Downton Abbey returning to our screens.

Well, I never, did you know that?

I still think the stamp I shared last week about crafting naked had to be the funniest I've seen in a long time, mind you, Gollum threading a needle is a close second of course.  ;D

It now only remains for me to wish you all the very best for the weekend, I hope you have a good one.  x