Wednesday, 28 November 2012

WOYWW #182 and bowling fun

DSCF1569DSCF1540 On my workdesk this week is the LO which had been outstanding since the retreat, apart from filling in the journalling box it's now complete.  I also made a start on a card to use up some of the scrap paper leftover from the LO and with any luck I will get that finished later today.  I'll probably have enough scraps of paper to make another couple of quick cards.  I'm trying to get back into the habit of using up those scraps after doing a project so that they don't start causing an overflow problem in the never decreasing scraps box.  If you want to take part on WOYWW then visit Julia's blog and you will be able to have a good old snoop around at other peoples workspaces.

I also have a couple of photos to share from our night out celebrating Bryan's 22nd birthday - getting him to smile in a photograph is no easy task and while this may not be the clearest of photos it does at least capture something resembling a smile from him.  I'd also forgotton how hard it was to capture action photos in poor light conditions. After several function changes on the camera I finally managed to get one or two shots which I will be able to do something with at a later date.  Despite the horrendous weather and having to drive in it to get to the bowling alley it was a fun evening and something the family needed at the end of a very emotional week for all of us.

I started my new job on Monday and in many ways it's like I've never been away from pharmacy.  It's a much busier place to work in than the ones I used to work in, a lot more staff in quite a small area but they are a friendly group of people which always helps.

The sun has actually come out today after days of wet and cold weather - I think it was nearly ten days ago since it last came out to say hello - fingers crossed he'-ll stay out for a while now. 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Happy Birthday

DSCF1502 It's our youngest son's birthday tomorrow - he will be 22 - where did that time go!  I knew I wanted to use SU's Great Sport stamp set but inspiration was lacking due to events that happened during the week.  I decided to do a search and managed to find some great ideas on Splitcoast Stampers and have lifted this card by Yvette.  Colours used are Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit from the new In colours.  Embossed background, papers from new In Colours paper pad and sentiment from SU's Curly Cute stamp set.  Finished off with some twine from my stash.

The reason for my inspiration going is that sadly my father-in-law passed away on Thursday evening.  Thankfully he died peacefully in his sleep and didn't appear to be in any pain.  His family were with him so he was not alone and while we are sad of his passing we believe it to be a happy release for him - he had not been a well man for many months.  I know he will be at peace and in pain no longer and we are all comforted by that.

It has sadly taken a little off the celebrations for our youngest son but we are going out bowling this evening to help him celebrate - life has to go on.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

WOYWW #181

DSCF1501 Time to join in the fun with WOYWW as Julia's Stamping Ground.  On my workdesk this week are the remnants from the cards and LO's I created last week for Mondays workshop.  There's also the LO that was on my desk a couple of weeks ago which with any luck will get worked upon later in the week.  You may also notice a jar of jelly beans which just help sometimes when inspiration is lacking!

The workshop went well on Monday evening, reasonable sales and another booking for next year so lots of positives from that.  As they were all scrapbookers it was nice to introduce them to cardmaking and also how to use stamps creatively on the LO's too.  Unfortunately the evening ended badly when I got home as I misjudged the turning into our drive and scraped the passenger door against the drive pillar - to say I was pig sick is an understatement.

Work has been busy the past couple of days and felt really tired yesterday evening so no crafting has taken place since Mondays workshop.  My friend Sarah called round yesterday evening so that was another reason - would much rather spend some time with friends than try to put something together when tired.

I was supposed to have had a couple of hours in the pharmacy today as I will be starting my new job next week but one of the ladies had to go home sick so I had to stay on in the kitchen instead.  I do get a whole day in there tomorrow which will be good and then I will finally be on set days and hours - hooray.

This evening I am going to meet up with some crafting friends at our friend Moya's house.  I'm going to take along some cross stitch (freebie kits) as my brain is not capable of much else at the moment.  FIL is still not good and becoming more confused, sadly it is a case of just waiting for the inevitable.

On a more positive note my eldest son and his wife seem to be managing well with the new regime they have with Elisha's diabetes so that is good - Elisha has also become quickly used to the routine and although doesn't like having the injections is beginning to understand that she needs them - kids are amazing at adapting to change so much quicker than us adults.

A long weekend off work to look forward to with plans already made for a couple of the days - so looking forward to having my weekends back - it's been two years.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Christmas LO and fabrics

DSCF1500 As promised here is the LO I was working on over the weekend.  It was fun playing with the new papers, stamps and dies from Stampin' Up!  I've used the gorgeous Candlelight Christmas speciality papers along with the Ornament Keepsakes bundle which is on promotion this month.  I also had fun with a couple of the Big Shot dies and embossing folders.  These photos were taken at one of our local garden centres a few weeks ago - I love going round and seeing all the different displays each garden centre puts on each year. 

This morning I put together this set of four fabric coasters using the co-ordinating Candlelight Christmas fabrics which in real life are a deeper red than in this picture.  I couldn't get decent pictures of either of these projects as we've gone from brilliant sunshine yesterday to wet and miserable today.  I found this video on You Tube on how to make the coasters - really quick and simple and would make a great gift for someone.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Autumn Sunshine

DSCF1465 Sun shining although a nip to the air today.  We managed to enjoy a couple of hours out walking with Max through one of our favourite places.  DH had the camera today but I often wonder if the camera thinks I'm sure I've taken photos of this place hundreds of times already - do I really need to take another.  Somehow I don't think you can ever take enough photos of a day like today and with such beautiful features along the walk.

DSCF1483It was our No1 son's 6th wedding anniversary today - we called in on our way back from our walk to drop in a card and gift and give them our best wishes.  They are slowly coming to terms with Elisha's diabetes although there is a lot to take in but they will get there I know and hopefully Elisha will learn to manage this for herself as she gets older too.  I played table football with Connor - he beat me 7-6 - it was fun though.

I managed to get some stitching done this afternoon - I'm trying to finish the Lizzie Kate months of the year for November.  I've only managed to do the capital N and a small piece of the acorn for this design so far - with any luck I might get some time during the week to get it completed.  I don't want to fall behind on this one as December will no doubt get busy and I would like to have it finished in time to put up in the New Year.
Watched Strictly this evening - I really do love this programme and I wish I could dance like the professionals.  After Strictly I managed to complete the Christmas LO for the workshop tomorrow evening - the light was too poor to take a decent photo so will leave that for the morning and post then.

No change in FIL condition - it's so sad to see him like this.  MIL is getting some help with nurses coming in to help out which is making a huge difference for her.  Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and comments.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Autumn Days LO

DSCF1462 I started this LO yesterday and have just managed to put the finishing touches to it today.  It's one of the LO's I want to show at the workshop on Monday to show the scrapbookers how stamps can be used on LO's and also showcase several other products that SU sell.  The base card is River Rock and I've created a stamped background using stamps from the French Foliage set using Sahara Sand, River Rock and Crumb Cake inks.  The patterned papers are from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and are called Orchard Harvest.  I've used two different sheets from the set but as they are double sided then there are three patterns on this LO.  A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder and I gently sanded over the embossed areas.  Other products I've used are the Autumn Accents Sizzix die, Morning Post alphabet set, one of the button stamps from the Button, Button set and punched out with the 3/4 inch punch, vintage lace and some of the linen thread.  I stamped the Morning Post Alphabet onto some Very Vanilla cardstock which I had coloured with Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler inks using finger daubers.  I had great fun working on this one - hoping to get a Christmas one completed tomorrow.

FIL is not good - they have now got a nurse coming in at night to sit with him in case he needs assistance during the night - this allows MIL to get a bit more rest than she would normally do.  Nurses are coming in today to discuss a day time plan including how to ensure he is getting the right medication.  Sadly old age is finally creeping up on him.

Thursday, 15 November 2012


DSCF1461 I loved stamping this stamp out in so many pretty colours - I've used five colours from the Bold Brights collection and five from the new in colours.  I've blanked off some of the bingo squares with tiny squares and then used the images from the Every Little Bit SU stamp set - total of 28 images.  Hopefully I have been random enough with all the different blocks - will find out on Monday which I'm really looking forward to. 

I've thought of another game I can make with this card so once the workshop is over on Monday I will put that together and show you - I want to be able show it's versatility - mind is racing with ideas but really just need to concentrate on the workshop at the moment!

Tonight I'm going to hopefully make up a couple of LO's to show as they are mainly scrapbookers and I want them to see how stamps can be used on so many projects and in so many different ways - that's the plan but sometimes real life gets in the way.

FIL is not good at the moment and MIL finding it increasingly difficult to manage with him at home now so some tough decisions made need to be made over the coming weeks.

On the good side Elisha is now home from hospital and hopefully mum and dad will be able to cope sufficiently with her condition and they can lead a 'normal' life again.

Went out to Tavistock quickly today to meet up with my friend Chris - enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee together and a good old chin wag - so nice to catch up again.  While I was out there I bought some 4ply baby wool as I want to make a start on a lacy blanket for our friends who are expecting their first baby in May - fingers crossed six months will be long enough for me to achieve this!

My new job will be working as a Pharmacy Assistant - I trained as a Dispensing Assistant over ten years ago so I am so looking forward to brushing up on those skills again and putting them to good use.  I only gave it up because I was working full time and I was offered a part time job earning the same amount of money and with three children at school it made sense at the time.  So I have come full circle again although this time I will be working part time with no children at school - hence the theory that I should have some time for me and the grandchildren and the ageing parents.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

WOYWW #180

DSCF1460 On my workdesk this week are the preparations for the workshop I'm doing next Monday.  To the right I have prepped up the make and take which the ladies will be doing.  I'm in the process of using the new bingo stamp from SU to make up some bingo cards - thought we'd have a game of bingo as an ice breaker.  I'm going to use different coloured cardstock for each bingo card to show off the colour families.  Still lots more to do including making sure I've made a list of everything used and what I need to take along (I generally forget at least one thing).  Going to check out what fellow WOYWW have been up this week on Julia's blog Stamping Ground

It's been a mixed week - over the weekend we found out our grandaughter Elisha has Type 1 diabetes and has been in hospital for several days while they sort out her sugar levels and educate our son and his wife in giving her insulin injections.  Poor Elisha can't understand at this age why and obviously it's hurting at the moment.  It will take time I know for them to get used to this adjustment but hopefully they will take on board everything and Elisha can lead a normal life.

Sunday we had the pleasure of taking Logan out for a few hours to Stover Country Park and then to Buckfasleigh to see the trains.  Logan had great fun running around the country park and it was wonderful being out in the fresh air and sunshine with him.  We played peek a boo in the wooded areas and had a thoroughly fun time.  We hopefully tired him out for mum and dad.

I am starting yet another job in just over a week, still working for the same company but going back to doing a job I did just over ten years ago.  It means I will have my own regular days and hours, no more wondering what hours I will be doing from week to week.  It also means I will no longer be working weekends so hopefully more time to spend crafting and going out with the grandchildren - yippee!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

1st June block completed

DSCF1459 Another block for the Craftsy BOM - this is the Greek Cross using the 9 patch block.  On Amy's block she used three different fabrics but my block has only the two - misread the instructions so the triangle blocks ended up being the same as the Greek cross.  I'm happy with the end result though.

The steak night last night was a success.  I had a gammon steak that was so tender and so tasty - delicious.  DH had rump or sirloin steak (can't remember which).All the meat and vegetables are sourced locally.  Great value too so think it might be something we'll repeat again at some stage.

Made a start on a little cross stitch yesterday evening while watching the tennis and then football.  It was one of the freebies from a cross stitch magazine that I've had a while.  Felt I should be doing something while watching tennis so that's what I did.  I probably managed to get just under half of it done so will try and do some more this evening and then hopefully get it finished by the weekend to post on my blog.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

WOYWW #179

DSCF1456Wow the weeks seem to be flying by.  This week on my downstairs craft space which has been our dining table our two more blocks for the Craftsy BOM course I signed up for.  I'm still way behind on these but these are the two we were set for May - half way there now!  I can't say I'm really all that keen on these two they are a variation on the log cabin blocks.  We were shown two different wonky log cabin blocks and they were made with random lengths and widths of fabric and I think that's what I don't like about them - they are too random for me.  Still it's something else I've learned but am looking forward to moving onto June's blocks.

DSCF1457On my upstairs craft desk is the LO I didn't get to complete while at the scrapbooking retreat and other than taking it out of the box I have don't anything further to it since I started it on Sunday.  Hope to rectify that by next week as I need to clear that off my desk as I am going to be busy next week preparing for a workshop on the 19th November - first one I have done in ages so need to get myself organised for that one and hopefully make a good impression.

I've been called into work tomorrow to cover someones shift so my leave will come to an end - best make the most of today then I guess.  This evening DH and I are going out for a Steak Night at one of our local garden centres  - love this time of year at the garden centres as they all have their Christmas displays out - might pick up a few decorations while we are there.

Right off to link up to Julia's Stamping Ground WOYWW and then have a quick blog hopping trip to see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Fat Man returns

DSCF1442 Here is the Fat Man back from the framers - the light isn't all that good to take photos today and there is the glare of the glass too but I'm pretty pleased with how he's turned out - just need to decide which wall he is going to go up on in December and then where he will live for the rest of the year!

A couple of LO's to share with you that were completed over the weekend it seems like ages since I did any scrapbooking and it was really nice to get going again.  Papers and cardstock from my stash not sure which ranges but the stamps on the background paper were a retired SU set called Pirates Beware.

DSCF1444The second LO was using one of the Scrapaholix kits the papers just seemed to go perfectly with the dress that Elisha was wearing in these photos.  I didn't take any of the photos for these LO's - my DIL Vicky took them and I love them.  It's always more difficult to think of titles to go with photos that you haven't taken as you don't really know the story behind them but I just though Elisha looked so cute in them and worked with that.

Hoping to get to play with the sewing machine again this evening and hopefully crack on with some more blocks of the months which I need to get done by the end of the year as I've signed up for the Sugar Block of the Month which starts in January 2013 and don't want both projects going at once - wish me luck!  Details of the Sugar block can be found in the sidebar if you click on the icon.

Monday, 5 November 2012

My darling little trick or treaters and 2nd April block

DSCF1428DSCF1414 Our first trick or treaters were Logan and Savannah.  Logan was dressed up as a pirate zombie although he didn't like wearing the headscarf and trying to get a photo of him was extremely difficult as he just wouldn't keep still long enough.  As he wouldn't wear the headscarf Savannah kindly modelled it for us.  Savannah came dressed as a black cat wearing some cute little leggings with a tutu attached.

DSCF1431A little while later we had Connor and Elisha arrive in their Halloween outfits.  Connor also came as a pirate zombie but he had a pirate hat and mask.  Elisha came as one of the sweetest witches I've ever seen.  They were more than happy to pose for the camera.  Aren't they all just adorable?

It wasn't long before we had some trick or treaters from around the estate calling at our house and I am grateful that I made so many of those treats for the craft fayre - it felt so much nicer giving out something handmade and the children were pleasantly surprised too and their manners I have to say were very good this year - what a bonus!  I'm surprised we had any trick or treaters really as the weather wasn't that kind to them but it was nice to see them dressed up in their outfits and most of them either being accompanied by an adult or a nice safe group going around together.

I've been away this weekend on a scrapbooking retreat and had a thoroughly great time.  I did manage to get four 8 x 8 LO's completed for Logan and Savannahs family album along with two 12 x 12 LO's one of Connor and one of Elisha and part way through completing a third one.  I will post some photos of these throughout the week.

DSCF1435Today I finally got to use my sewing machine even if it was only to sew the blue strip to the main block of the 2nd April BOM.  It meant that this evening I have been stitching the hexagons on by hand.  It's not my favourite block but at least I can now move on with the next months where I will finally be able to put my new sewing machine to good use.  I didn't copy Amy's block exactly - on her block the strip at the bottom is green and the small hexagons are laid out slightly differently to look like the sun.  I've used the blue to create the sea and I'm thinking the hexagons look a little like some space craft taking off - or at least that's what my mind makes of it all!

My Fat Man is all ready to be collected from the framers tomorrow so mum and I will go to the art centre tomorrow to collect it and then have some lunch on the way back.  I don't have to go to work until Friday evening so I'm hoping this will be a nice and relaxed week catching up on a few projects at home.