Friday, 30 January 2009
Why? You may ask...
Well, yesterday started off quite well, with a bit of blog browsing around the OWOH sites, and I came across a few that I took a fancy to. So, in good old traditional style, I clicked to put them into my favourites.
Later on, after watching Home and Away (like you do... ) I decided that maybe I should really try to tidy up my favourite list. Shock Horror... my 'blog' section had fallen to the bottom of my box! So, I clicked on it to highlight it (remembering I am not on my lappy, I'm on DD's) and tried to pull it up to where it should be... only for the little bugger to stick it's heels in and refuse to move! So, I thought stuff it, closed the box, opened it again and hey presto.. my stupid little 'blog' box has gotten the hump and removed itself altogether.
Maybe I've upset it somewhat by trying to show it who's boss, but it's most definately not there.. I've gone through all the other boxes/subcat's that are on my list and it's taken a vacation to Timbucktoo. (Mmmm.. is that really a place? Is that where all missing things go?? Maybe my pink teddy is there that I had when I was five? Or the little Tiny Tears doll I decided to perform brain surgery on when I was 10? I mean, I gave her pen stitches and everything and she still disappeared on me... maybe the cut off fingers were a little bit too much???)
So.. this morning, I've tried again, and nope.. it's still got the hump and not come home.. Now panic has settled in because I don't have a 'blog' list on my favourites..
Why is it that such a great four letter word causes so much grief? I mean, I hate other four letter words, like WASH, COOK, IRON, so why does BLOG - or lack of it - in this case mean so much??
The blogs that were in there I know off by heart, and I reckon it's just because it saves me typing it into the search bar.
Anyway, rant over.. just felt like off loading that little outburst! Smiling again now to create another Blog List!
Now.. doesn't that bring back lots of happy memories? Toys just aren't the same today!
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
I must admit, one of them is from December - okay.. I apologise for being a bit slow! LOL.. Time just gets in the way sometimes, I'm sure you know what it's like, but at least I can share them now.
This first lovely one is from Juanita, from my SBS group.
The rules are:
1). Display the award on your site.
2). Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3). Give the award to 8 more people.
4). Notify them of receiving the award.
5). Advise them to pick it up at your site.
Following is the translation of the Portuguese words and the rules for the award:"This blog award invests and believes in proximity -(creating friendships)!" [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy].
These are the other words to be included with the award:These blogs are exceedingly charming. These bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these awards are cut, even more friendships are propagated.Please give more attention to these bloggers!
Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who must choose 8 more and include this written text into the body of their award.
This next one is from Erin
I Here are the rules:
1. Pick 10 people to pass this award to
2. Contact them to let them know that you have chosen their blog for this award
Now, all I need to do now is choose the folks I will pass them on to. Cogs are turning.. so I'll be back soon with the result!
Love Jo xx
Monday, 26 January 2009
I am fortunately still here, using my daughter's laptop. Mine has now gone off to the PC doctors to work their magic this week on the keyboard. I'm still at a loss for what the F11 key is, but I'm sure all will become clear at some point in the future.. maybe!
I am redoing my blog at the moment because I came onto it this morning and my sidebar had disappeared to the bottom. Funny really. Anyway, redesigning it as we speak.. (well, not actually as we speak - I may be a feeble (!) woman, but I most definately cannot multitask!! Not on a laptop anyway!) So.. I am making a new header, redesigning the layout and colours when I get my own laptop back, and also embarking on a new venture.
This is where I need your help.
I am in the process of making a new blog, which has been borne from the current economic climate. It started out as just a bit of a comment made off-the-cuff at the weekend, but something that I think I can work with as a bit of fun. So... I am in the need of some Design Team members. If you think you could be interested and you have a printer, time on your hands, have lots of creative inspiration, then email me... or just leave me a comment - I will visit your blogs to stalk you all.. lol... and of course, send out the details you will need.
That's all I want to say at the minute, just in case this doesn't turn out as well as expected.
I look forward to hearing from you lot of eager crafters... anyone?? noone?? oh well......
Sunday, 25 January 2009
This tag requires me to go to my photos folder number 6 and photo number 6, and display on here. Then I get to tag 5 people!
Funny thing is, I've actually just put all my files and photos on to a disc, preparing for this laptop to go to the menders tomorrow.. so I'll just insert my cd and take a look on there at my files.. does that pass?
Right then.... Photos - folder 6 - photo 6...
Now I have to explain the photo.. Well, it is a photo of my Grandma Edith Torr. As you can see it was taken June 1934, when she was a nurse at the hospital in Melton Mowbray. From what I can see, it was the hospital fete, but that's all I can tell you, other than my nanna is the one holding onto the fete sign, on the right.
In fact, I have a lot to thank my nanna for. She was the one who invested time and love to bring out the creative side of me. She drew with us, sewed, painted, read, lots of things with lots of love and passion. I feel very proud to have known and loved her for 13 years of my life until she passed away. I also feel sorry that my beloved hubby and children never had the honour of meeting such a wonderful lady.
Now.. I have to tag five people.. Only five?? If you visit my blog, please consider yourself tagged and let me know when you've posted so I can take a visit.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
It was so lovely to see so many regular faces, not at least Sue, Val, Mel, and a special visitor, fellow Docrafts Designer, Sharon. It was lovely to see you all.
The day was really busy all day, and there were lots of new crafters too which was nice - credit crunch cardmaking maybe? Mmmm.. that could be title for a new challenge blog eh?
Anyway, thanks for turning out and sitting with me for a while..
lots of love..
Friday, 23 January 2009
You know.. I don't even know what key that is.. or what it was for.... and pushing the little plastic knobble that's left doesn't do anything either!
Oh well.. it's off on it's jollies next week to the repairer.. it even gets courier service there and back!! How nice!
Stamped with the new Marie Curie stamps.. a lovely collection of acrylic stamps and for a good cause too.
Another quick and easy decoupage from Docrafts.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1920s, 30s , 40s, 50s, and 60s!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses full of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese & tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took cadging lifts.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
A trip to the coast on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the stream and NOT from a bottle.
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Kebabs.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and only opened for a few hours at weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner shop and buy fruit Spangles and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
We ate buns, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No mobile phones & no one was able to reach us all day. And we were always O.K.
We would spend hours building our trolleys out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in streams with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on Sky, no video tape or DVD movies, no surround sound, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns at Easter time........no really!
We had air guns and catapults for our birthdays,
We drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them from the street!
Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
Mum & dad didn't need wine, brandy, whisky or whatever when they came in from work!
Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Our parents got married before they had children and didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kylie', ' Paris ' and 'Blade'
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 70 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age
My favourite this time is going to have to be the little gem wheels.. it's fantastic to have such a great collection of colours easily accessible in one little pot!
Demonstrations have been a little bit slow coming up this year, I suppose it's because a few of the craft shops have been closing, and also because of the economic slowdown. (I hate the term 'credit crunch' - it makes it sound like a packet of cereal!) I have got regular demo's through until September though, so that's a plus point!
I have quite a few things up my sleeve, so to speak, so I'm working on these projects in my spare time. More details to come soon I expect, but for now.. here's a few demo cards.
Here it is in closer detail.. I punched out a set of hearts, folded them and placed them all together to create a little rosette.
Firstly, I finished my DT entry for the LOTV blog, then did some samples for my Docrafts demo next week.
Life's been a bit hectic here this week, so it's been nice to find a bit of time to craft.
We're in the middle of sorting out our utility room, to turn it into some sort of office - there's painting to be done and flooring to put down. We're nearly there with it now.. shelving is up at least, new printer is in place, I've managed to find the desktop computer that hasn't been used for what seems like ages!! So it's all looking good. It also means that when it's finished, I shall have a little bit of indoor crafting space for when the weather's not so good. (at the minute, I work in my outside studio, which can get a bit cold for the pooches -- spoilt or what!)
So.. without further ado.. here are the results of a day's work.
Friday, 9 January 2009
I've caught up with my Forever Friends Challenge for next week, so can't show you that., but why don't you go over and take a look at this weeks challenge - My Favourite Colour.
The other DT I'm on over at the Lili of the Valley blog has an Open Theme. My card was sent in before Christmas, so just need to work on next weeks..
This is my card for this week.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Those who know me, should realise by now that I love my pupstera to pieces.. they're not really spoiled, just very loved and cherished. But, I do like to feed them really good food - no additives or full of rubbish, nutritious and tasty - which in the case of my three, usually means fish!
We also don't give them treats and such.. obviously NEVER grapes or chocolate as it could kill them, and again, nothing with additives etc in as it goes against their diet.
(***note to add... it's not that I'm fussy, Scooby has colitis which can get really bad!***)
So, what do I give them?
Well, they have James Wellbeloved food (Never ever ever ever Bakers - that's really bad and so full of stuff I don't want to go into for the sake of being sued!) and I make them their homemade goodies, like the one below I'd like to share. What do you think it is?? Now doesn't that look really yummy???
- One and a half cups flour (see note later)
- Two to three eggs
- Three tins of sardines
- Self raising flour - this will give your sardine 'stodge' a cakey feel.. bit like a sponge cake.
- Soya flour - this gives a really stodgy heavy kind of texture, so my cake pieces are cut smaller.
- Rice flour - this one is great. I usually mix it with the self raising, and it makes the cake more crumbly, a bit like a biscuit.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
I thought I would just pop on here to let you all know about the new challenge over on the Dewdrop Craftz blog. It's a monthly challenge at the moment, so even though New Year is often hectic, why not pop over and take a look.
Here's the card I did as part of the DT. I hope you like it...
Docrafts Creativity! magasine is out? And guess what?? I've got a few projects in there.. One of them is a Designer Challenge, where I had to use ribbons.. (me? ribbons? never!) and let me tell you they were scrumptious!!! You can look at the projects in the mag and then go onto the web site to vote for your favourite in the challenge... take a look here.. it's all good fun!
Monday, 5 January 2009
Christmas is now a distant memory.. wonderful hubby is back at work (boo hoo), girls back at school tomorrow, son back at work.. life is just back to normal.. Must admit.. after 21 years of hubby going back to work after Christmas holidays, I would've got more used to it.. but no.. I still hate that first week! However.... I do have my new wedding ring to remind me of how wonderful a person he actually is, so I can sit and twiddle that and pretend I'm twiddling his golden locks... (well.. actually, quite thinning grey short hairs.. but that's the same isn't it??)
Me? Well, as usual in a morning, I'm laid in bed surrounded by the twitching of 12 tiny feet and the snoring of what sounds like a hundred pigs!! Also affectionately known as my little furbabies.
I've a lot of catching up to do today, first and foremost is to ring the vets about Scooby.. we found a lump on his face last night, about a pea size, so we need to get that checked.. then there's the banking to sort out, cleaning up to do - and last but not least - some crafting!
I recieved my new demonstation kit over christmas, from Docrafts. My next demo is at the Range, Doncaster on the 24th January, so I need to get some samples made up for that. The craft essentials goodies for this next two month period are fantastic! The papers are lush and come in the popular size of A5, so I reckon that they will fly off the shelf.
Don't forget to check out the site over at Docrafts to see all the Craft Essentials.
So, without further ado, I'm making tracks to get some coffee, wake me - and the furballs - up a little, and get started.
I've also got some catching up to do with friends on the phone and some work to finish for a new book... so speak soon.. Happy Crafting everyone!
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Welcome to our 365 Day journey, a journey into our life's for a whole year. I am pretty nervous although full of excitement at what 2008 will bring to me, and looking back in exactly one year and reading my book of thoughts and seeing my layouts over a whole year , expressing who I am and my life journey.
Please note: Prompts will be posted at 11am GMT daily, my photo will be added throughout the day, so do check back. I would love you to leave a comment with a link to your 365 Day challenge. It will be great to see what you are all doing and for us to all be inspired by each other.
A prompt will be posted daily, a song lyric , a quote maybe. You can interpretate as you wish. I will give some guidelines.
Before we start i suggest you do the following;
- set up a new folder on your computer for photos, notes and stuff!
- Have your notebook and pen handy. Your notebook is your friend. Write down your daily thoughts, how you feel today, the weather, what you ate, where you went, just jot down the daily stuff.
- Make sure those camera batteries are charged
- take a deep breath and lets begin....
"A day without laughter is a day wasted" - Charles Chaplain
Lets start the year with laughter
Journaling Prompt 1
I want you to write a list of Goals for 2008, nothing to unachievable, just a list of maybe 10 things you would like to do this year. If you want to go into more detail, why not try writing a Mission Statement, Stacey Julian has a free download here as an example. Use your note book to write your 10 Goals .