Friday, 30 November 2007
Thursday, 29 November 2007
I have been busy today making a few christmas cards.. they are all relevant to some of the challenges on Bex's forum.. but I can't remember which ones they were.. so here they are anyway.. I hope you like them - feel free to leave some comments. This one was using 'Chocolate' as the theme.. so I went for Mint Aero! My youngest daughter's favourite.. lol.. I used chocolate and mint papers from the Sarah Papers pack I have, the image is Penny black coloured with Whispers brush markers. Gems are papermania.
This was one for a template challenge.. I enjoy doing these, they're really great for ideas! The papers are from the DCWV Once upon a time pack, the topper is Dovecraft,.
Monday, 26 November 2007
she loves to stand and stare at things... waiting for you to throw it, this gnome was just great for carrying about.. lol.
you can tell my garden is wearing well to dogs - not! lol.And.. here are just a few of Holly..
So, we decided to go for Mitzy. Ahhh, well, what can I say? We don't have any photos of her at the moment as it's still early days but I'm sure that will be remedied..
She is mainly white, a smallish springer like Holly. She has one brown ear and one white, she's around five years old and is a very happy little poochie.. she was a bit snappy/snarly yesterday towards Holly when we got home, but she walks perfectly on the lead (apart from tangling you up. lol) and is quite happy to be fussed and play. I think she was a bit unsure yesterday with everything that happened, which is natural and she needs time to settle in.. but she played outside and walked with Holly quite happily.. This morning, Paul let her out before he went to work, and she and Holly were nuzzling each other kissing, and she was as right as rain.. so hopefully things will go really well and they become great friends and partners in crime.. (unfortunatly I can already see that one.. hehe)
Onto my next news... I *think* I've had my cards shown on tv.. I'm not sure, but I was asked to make and send off some samples of parchment with some new products for the television.. I got them finished and posted off on Friday for the Craft Extravaganza on Sat/Sun on Create and Craft. I did watch some of it, but getting ready to fetch Mitzi, I have missed nearly all, and haven't seen if my cards were shown.. is ther anyone out there who knows?? lol. That is what I was working on this last week, the weeks previous to that, I have been doing some design work for a lovely lady called Phyllis.. The work was for her companies products, and to be shown on Create and Craft again (the show was recorded last tuesday). The program doesn't come out for around another four weeks or so, but will let you know when it's on.. Of course I don't want to show these cards,as it is really upto Phyll to do that as they were for her.. That's why I haven't had anything to show for a week or so.. But. back to the grindstone.. and some cards to show later this week I guess.
Oh well.. back on puppy watch now..
bye for now..
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Not much to tell really, but thought I would just update.
Holly is now recovering well, everything has settled down and she's got the all clear from the vets, so is now full of beans again and enjoying her walks. (walks? I mean runs.. lol.. ) We went up to the woods yesterday and she thoroughly enjoyed it. It's the first time we've been up there for going on three weeks I guess, it's amazing how much it has changed in such a short time! Everything is starting to look very wintry - leaves off trees and a total difference to the other week when we were last up there..
I'm sorry there are no cards again today... most of what I have been doing is a bit confidential at the minute.. but it's quite a bit of parchment - everybody seems to have gone parchment craft mad again at the minute.. lol.. I was even teaching it last night, and everyone in the class did fantastic! There were two young ladies in particular, Ellie and Diane who have made the most brilliant little butterflies over the last couple of weeks (I think they're hooked!), and Angela who started it last night because she missed last weeks introduction.. she also did fantastic! Well done everyone. It's our penultimate week next week, so we are taking things a bit easier and doing a bit of spirelli, so hopefully sometime this week I will be able to share a few bits and pieces with you all.
The demo's at the weekend went really well again, the one on Saturday was at Hobbycraft in Sheffield (nice to see you again Mr Manager - Mark)... it's not often that we manage to catch up with the gossip, but he was in store that day .. not the usual happy little chappy he usually is, they had lost a member of staff a week or so earlier, and it was the funeral the day before.. but at least we caught up... he's a lovely guy, so if you're down there and you see him - give him a hug from me!!
I was demonstrating parchment craft - everyone was so interested in it.. and I had quite a few converts, mainly younger teenagers who needed a hobby (I think that's really nice).
The demo on Sunday was at the Range, Doncaster.. I'm not going to say too much about that one, only we didn't get off to the best of starts!!! Albeit, I had a fantastic day, the customers were all lovely and great fun was had by all.. alas, no goody bags which everyone came for, but hey! you can't win 'em all!
So .. until next time.. tata for now. I'll update again soon.
Monday, 19 November 2007
We heard on Friday that Lucy, the poochie we were hoping to adopt has gone to a new home - it wasn't us unfortunately, but I hope everything works out and she'll be very happy. We are still looking around for another pooch to keep Holly company, so I'll keep you posted if anything comes up - there are a few I'm enquiring about at the minute so watch this space....
Well.. back to the grindstone for now - I'm loaded up with work at the minute, won't complain though eh?
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
On the inside there are dividers, one of which forms a tool holder which you can sit on your desk to hold all the necessary bits 'n pieces. Then there are all the little pockets .. they are all detachable on velcro. You can shove loads of bits and pieces in there and then just pull them off for quick access. The pockets on the sides, well, one of them has compartments in which easily fits in 8" papers and again, in the other more pockets to hold embellishments. There is just too much to tell you about.. but I'll have it with me at all my Docrafts demonstrations for all to see..
and I also have this top bag which I can honestly say holds loads!!
the zippy section at the top opens up to reveal different little compartments for all the extra bits and pieces.. there are pockets all around the sides which are just brilliant for holding glues etc. In the base is a little pull out drawer where you can put ink pads, stamps or whatever you like.. a great idea! This fastens onto the top of the trolley and has a little loop you place the handle through so it doesn't slip off - now this is a common problem I have with the cases that I have now!
Then to top all my kit off, I got one of these new lovely brown and pink totes
Sorry I haven't been around for a wee while there.. we had Holly spayed last Thursday, and we were told to keep her quiet (!!), calm (!!!!) and warm for a week.. otherwise she may harm the muscles around where they operated.. Well the first day / evening went okay.. the next day was a bit more wide awake.. and from then on just drove everyone up the twist.. lol..
Anyway, we have been being very good with her. Holly has been being very good, not too much springy-springy until the last couple of days when she's obviously been feeling a bit better. To cut a long story short.. she's been back for her post op check up and she has obviously been boinging a bit too much because her tummy is lumping up. So.. bed rest and relaxation until check up on Friday to see if it settles, if it doesn't she's on complete rest until her check up on Monday.. no walks.. no running.. no climbing stairs.. no jumping or springing (oh jolly me!!!)
I have been making the best use of the time keeping her quiet by making some parchment cards for someone I am in doing some work for. I would love to show you, but I'm not.. I'll keep that priviledge to the lovely lady herself if she likes them.. lol... can divulge a little more later hopefully.. but still working on other things for her. Oh secrets secrets.. aren't they awful!
That's it for now.... just to add there's no news on Lucy as yet.. still waiting to find out one way or the other. .... will post as soon as I know..
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Anyway, back to the pooch.. her name is Lucy and she's 7 years old.. very good with cats, dogs, and children, and is very placid.. she sounds wonderful! Just what we're after for Holly.
We were wanting to wait until after Christmas as Holly is going in tomorrow to be spayed, so it will give her chance to get over her operation.. and I couldn't resist...
.........so watch this space
What about a nasty witch for halloween..
feeling a bit like Royalty.. Queen Holly of TashastiAnd last but not least, Ho Ho Holly...