Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's the little things that make the biggest surprises.

Good afternoon and how are you this Tuesday?
I should have been at work today but had a wee shift change this week to fit a couple of appointments in.  My first a trip was to the dentist, my four month check up.  All was good so I promptly came home and had a cuppa with a toasted scone to celebrate, as the title says, it's the little things!
I had an unexpected day off after my trip to the dentist, would I be productive.  I do have housework, a card order and countless Christmas cards to make, so what to do?
I sat and started a Christmas present!  You weren't expecting me to say that were you?
As it is for Christmas I can't show you much as I don't want to spoil the surprise but here is a sneak peak of my first part.

I'm not giving you a lot to go on am I?  MMMMM. What can it be?!
LOL.  I'm afraid you are going to have to wait as I don't want to spoil the surprise.  All I am hoping is that it looks like the pattern and it doesn't end up being a "nailed it" moment.

I also had a lovely surprise today.  My husband doesn't very often render me speechless but he has today.
This arrived with my name on it but it said ordered by him.  The plot thickens.
I couldn't think what it could be, so I opened it.  This is what I found.

Now those of you who know me, know that this is one charity I support.
I usually make poppies for this time of year, I haven't this November, instead I have supported the charity during the year by other means.
When I saw this box I got, dare I say, a little excited.  There had been something on their site I had admired but no he couldn't have, could he?  He wasn't even here when I had looked!

Goodness me, he had you know.
At this point of opening it I am not afraid to say I had trouble reading the certificate.  Sniff.
What was inside?

Beautifully packaged.  A fabulous Somme poppy in a beautiful red box.

Each 1916 Somme poppy commemorates the life of a Soldier who died in the battle and is made from a brass shell from the said battlefield.  My soldier is Private G E D Bishop who was in the West Riding Regiment.  He died on 24/09/16.
I had to share this today as I am so grateful, it will be treasured and I think it might even inspire me to look into the life of Private Bishop.  I wonder where it might take me?
I do love history.  I will let you know if I find anything.

On that note it's tea time again and my brood shall be shouting soon if I don't make a move.
Back to the little things!
I shall be back later this evening to catch up with you all in blogland.  Enjoy the rest of your day.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Back to the grind! Bottle it, that's what I'm going to do.

Good afternoon, whilst I have a beef stew brewing on the stove I thought I'd catch up with you after the weekend.  How was yours?
I got all the dreaded ironing done and dusted on Saturday, I was there most of the day but it was a good job done in the end.
As for Sunday I don't know where it went.  Getting ready to go back to work and school.  A nice walk with the dog and my best pal.  Not a lot else.  A little crafting but not really much to show you.
I was playing with these.  I found a die by Sizzix called Canning Jars and I thought it would go well with my Waltzing mouse stamps Seasonal remedies.
I can't decide which I prefer, I was going for the chalkboard look.

The first one is white embossed and the second just white stamped.
Can I make my mind up which I prefer?  Nope I can't.  One lid shiny and one matte.
Decisions, decisions.  I think they'd make good Christmas tags but quite fancy putting them on a card too.
Do you play with bits and bobs before finally coming up with a design?
I'll probably have half a dozen variations before I decide what I like the best.  Talk about indecisive!
Which combo do you prefer?
Tag or card?

We were all back in the thick of it today, boys back at school, hubby and I back to work.
I actually had a good day's cleaning and bizarrely enjoyed it.  I must have been in the mood today.
Very strange and not at all like me, I guess the holiday away has done me good.
Before I go I just wanted to share something else with you.  I don't normally get all girlie but when I saw this perfume on holiday I just had to buy it.

How cute is the packaging.  I just had to have it, it's just over 5" tall.  So unusual and very neat, don't you agree?
I like things that are different, a bit quirky. and this certainly is.
As they say "a change is as good as a rest!"
I've had both lately, my holiday and now new smelly.  I have stuck to the same perfume for years so thought it was time I shook it up a bit.  Do you stick to trusted smells or are you more adventurous?

That's all from me today I've just been asked the dreaded question "is tea ready yet!"  So I better get cracking.  Catch you with more tomorrow.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

It's the weekend time to share a creative smile or two.

Good morning and how are you today?
This is the last weekend of my holidays, I am going to take bad to going back to work!
As for yesterday, I had a great day with my bestie at the Golf View Hotel in Nairn for our Spa day.

We had a swim, Jacuzzi, together with use of the sauna and steam room, topped off with an outdoor hot tub looking out over the sea.  It was a beautiful day for it too.  The view was amazing.
Then we had a massage which was followed by afternoon tea, sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream plus a selection of cakes and oodles of tea.  All very civilised and relaxing. 
Then on our journey hope we did a little shopping, I even got the first of my Christmas presents.
A great day was had by us both and it was lovely to have a good catch up.

Back to today and as always I have been hunting down some creative quotes to share with you.  It is started to get hard.  If you are a friend on Facebook I apologise as I have already shared these this week. 
I did think that they were good enough to share again, so here goes.....

I have many bags like the above one in my craft room.  Do you too?  I bet you do.  Do you know the worst thing though?  It's when you open the bag and look at the item you've bought and can't remember why you bought it in the first place!

This next quote I firmly believe in.

Shame no one else in the house thinks the same. 
Only me?! 
Having said that hubby has cooked the last couple of evenings which has been nice. 

Finally this one is so true.   Us bloggers are testament to it.

Lets share away!
I have a very important meeting with my ironing board today, yippee, crampons at the ready.  I can't put it off any longer as all the holiday clothes build up. 
If I am good then maybe I'll get some crafting in later?
Enjoy your weekend folks, I hope you have some crafty fun planned? 
More from me again next week.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sharing an oldie this Friday, join my crafty journey.

Good morning and how are you today?
I have a lovely day planned today, my BFF got me a Spa day in Nairn for my birthday.
Today is the day that we are both heading over for a pamper day together.  Bliss.  I am going to be so chilled after the last couple of weeks that I am not going to want to get back to normal next week.  Not one bit!

Whilst away I have picked a real oldie to share with you this week.  You can tell just from the photograph how old it is.

It's not the best quality photograph I am afraid but you get the general idea.  This card is from 2008! One of my first Tilda stamps coloured using prisma pencils.  I have used my Cricut to cut out the numbers and name.  The patterned paper is by Heidi Grace and matched with plain card stock/kraft plus prima flowers and brads.  
This card was for one of my son's friends back in nursery.  He doesn't see her anymore now as she is away at another school.

I would love it if you'd join me sharing an old crafty project today, it can be anything you've made yourself and can be either previously posted or something you never got around to posting on your blog.  There is a link set up below and I will visit all and leave a comment, sharing the crafty journey!
Before I go I would just like to thank those of you who do join me every week, I really look forwards to seeing what you are sharing.

Finally before I go, I am still having a few technical issues getting up to date with everyone's blog. 
My computer decided yesterday that it needed updates etc....and it would take a few minutes, yawn, hours later and I was still waiting.  The joys of getting away from it all.  
Normal service will resume shortly!
Enjoy your weekend folks and thanks for popping by.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Feeling hot, hot, hot.

Hello folks and I am back with you after having a wee break.  Now I did have the intention of getting the house all sorted and doing some DIY and decorating.
I did get the tidying and housework up to date but then whilst searching the internet for late deals in the sunshine we found this place in Ibiza and decided why not pop away for a week of sunshine, so we did.
We stayed at The Sensatori Resort in the bay of Cala Tarida for a week of sunshine and chilling.  Two books read, followed by lots of chilling, eating and drinking.  As for exercise, a little walking and exploring, swimming, tennis and a couple of sessions of archery.  Move over Robin Hood!  I even hit the target!
Such a lovely place, I really didn't want to come home.

The view from our room....

The beach.....

From the other side walking back to our hotel.

The rooms were really clean and tidy and just my colours, I wish I could transpose this back to old blighty, right up my street.

To the left was the balcony and to the right the sliding door lead to a small room with two single beds and a TV for the kids.  Behind this photo is the a big bath room with all you could need including robes, slippers and loads of toiletries.
I'm liking the wall art and the hanging lights next to the bed.  Oh and behind the photo lit up on an evening.  Very swish!

The pool was a tad cold but lovely once you were in with a bar close by to get snacks and drinks.  We were all inclusive for the first time which was great with the boys, they could help themselves whenever they wanted.

The restaurants were lovely and although you had to get up early and book it for the following night we had no problem with this.  Hubby was thrown out first thing in the morning to sort, which worked very well for the rest of us.  Our favourite restaurant was the Italian but the best view was from the Spanish.....

This was the sunsets that greeted you as you ate your tapas and paella.  How magic is that!
I could never, ever tire of seeing this view, with a lovely bottle of wine to wash it down.  ;)

The hotel was beautifully decorated throughout and I only wish I had taken more photos to share.  I seemed to be the only one with an old fashioned camera, most choosing to just use a mobile.  I did however find this quirky little number whilst out for a walk with my wee man.

I loved this iron gateway to a property, with Halloween approaching I thought it was quite appropriate and very cleverly made.

I also loved the shabby chic look of the beach bar and restaurant.  I would love these rustic chunky chairs and tables.

On closer look....

Nice and very rustic, just perfect down by the beach.

Lots of photos for you today, whether you like it or not!
Back to normal for me tomorrow, how do you fancy joining me digging out an oldie but goodie?
I hope you will.
I'm off now to make like Widow Twanky and wash till I drop, I better get some food shopping in too.
Wouldn't it be nice if everyday was like a holiday?
Back to normality with the Christmas rush ahead at work.  Yippee!  Bring it on.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Life gets in the way.

Good morning folks and how are you this bright and sunny Monday morning? 
The weather may not be as warm but who cares with the sun out and beautiful blue skies.

As you know I am on holiday at the moment and I was expecting to get plenty of crafting sorted.  I wanted to start Christmas cards and presents and have a good old tidy around the house, maybe even a little decorating too.  In other words lots to do.  With that in mind I have decided to take this next couple of weeks off blogging.  It would be nice to keep things going but I am going to see how much I can get done by keeping away from technology, I have a to do list and I want to get through it. 
Work will continue to ramp up between now and Christmas and I would like to enjoy time with the family and get ahead of myself before the festivities start.
Lets see if I can resist the pull of electricity!
Am I as bad as my kids?
The draw of my computer has me loosing hours and I really want to make the most of my time.  It is all to easy to download a box set on the TV or go browsing on line and I just won't get anything done.
On the upside it will hopefully mean that when I come back after a wee break, I will have lots to share. 
So ta tar for now and I plan on starting posting again a week on Friday with an oldie.
I better go and roll up my sleeves and find my bigger brushes, time to get creative in the home.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

It's the weekend, time for a creative smile or two.

Good morning folks and how are you this Saturday?
It has become a habit to share a few creative quotes to make you smile on a Saturday whilst I am at work.  Today however I am not at work but still have plenty of things to do at home.  What to do first is the question.  Whilst I fight with what I want to do and what I really should do, I thought I'd share these quotes as they made me smile yesterday.
This first one is really advice. 

Purely for health and safety reasons of course.  Why?   Well, those of you who regularly visit know the reason.  Yup, my craft room is a mess, that being an understatement, a bomb having gone off is probably more appropriate. 
Then I start tidying, only to then have this issue....

Hands up who is nodding in agreement with the 69% point?  It is so hard to stay focused.  The will is there but the distraction is TOO great.

This next one has me slightly worried. 
I like to make my cards and presents but every year the festive season seems to approach so much quicker than my fingers can make. 
Every year I think I shall get more organised and every year I usually get worse.

Not panicking just yet but starting to think I might not get through the list of gifts I would like to make.  Gulp!

Finally something completely different but when I saw it I did think, I so need one of these.  If I feel this then I'm sure some of you might appreciate it too.

How neat is this line? 
I so want one. 

Anyway that is all from me for today. 
I spent yesterday baking, this time I made banana bread and more rocky road. 
I have been enjoying not having to rush about.
No plans as yet for today but I shall let you know how I get on.  Hopefully it will include a little crafting. 

Friday, October 07, 2016

It's Friday time to share an oldie.

It's that time of the week, Friday, oldie time.  Will you be joining me this week?
I have been sharing an oldie on a Friday for quite some time now and I encourage you to join me too.
Feel free to join me sharing an old crafty project, something you have created that you haven't posted at all or posted in the past.
Today I have a card for you that I posted last year.  Not too old this week, unlike last week's oldie.

First I have stamped a flower from Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden with Archival ink. I have then used my distress inks to watercolours the image;  Squeezed lemonade, Mustard seed, Spiced marmalade, Peeled paint and Crushed olive. After allowing the image to dry I layered on corresponding orange card stock. Direct to the card I have then used The crafters workshop stencil Mini chicken wire reverse to create a background using Spiced marmalade. I have then stamped the sentiment on to cream card, again Stampers Anonymous Perspective, coloured with marmalade and layered onto orange card stock before adding to the card. To finish a bow with cream string on the flower. CAS! 
I love these floral stamps.

I have added a link below should you want to join me this week.  I shall visit all who join in and comment on your choice of oldie.  Finally I thank you for taking the time to not only read this but join me, I really do appreciate it.
It only remains for me to wish you all the very best for this coming weekend, happy crafting folks.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

My eyes have gone all Misti, I wonder why?

Good afternoon to you today, it's a beautiful sunny day up here in the North of Scotland, not a cloud in the sky.
A later post from me today as I am now officially on holiday!
I started today with a reflexology treatment and head/shoulder massage.  Sheer bliss!  I was then ordered to have a lazy day, no rushing around in order that the oils can do their job.  I don't need telling twice.
I can certainly recommend it as a perfect way to start your holidays, talk about spaced out.
I then got home to find this little beauty had finally arrive.

Now you know what I was getting all "misti" eyed about, which stamps shall I start with?
I know I could have made something similar at home but I just could not resist and hopefully it will give me lots of new inspiration in using my stamps.

As for crafting this week I have been crocheting on an evening getting ready to attach another couple of rows to this.

I'm getting there slowly, bit like British rail!
So nothing new to share today other than that I feel very relaxed and calm,  ever hopeful that my creative juices are going to flow.

I can't hold off any longer I am itching to play, I shall be back soon to share what I have been up to.
Enjoy the sunshine this Thursday.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

If the hat fits!

Good morning and how are you this 'hump' day?  The middle of the week already.
This is my last day at work till after the children's "tattie" holidays.  I plan to catch up with things at home, a little decorating and hopefully quite a bit of crafting.  That's the plan anyway.
The weather forecast for today; clear blue skies and sunshine.  A nice crisp autumnal day.

Today I have something a bit different for you.  Remember I had a go at wet felting and made a couple of handbags?
My pal who taught me, Helen has been making hats of late and they're so fabulous I had to just give her a wee "toot!"
You can see her other felt items here.

How cool is this hat?
Isn't it fabulous?
Helen was making them at our last crop and I was intrigued as to the process.  There is so much hard work and elbow grease that goes into felt making, she always does such a super job.
This got me to thinking, I love the style of hats worn in the series Downton Abbey, I think I might have to commission her to make me one for the winter.  What do you think?
A plan is afoot and I shall keep you updated.

Before I go I saw this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and it did make me smile and dare I say LOL so I thought I'd pass on the giggle.  What men don't realise!

I hate to admit it but I think I have used all of the above at some point, fine and nothing are particular favourites of mine.  "Wow" was the one that really made me laugh though.  Do you use any of these deadly terms?  Or is it just me?

That's all from me today, I better go and get ready for work now the boys are packed off to school.
Enjoy your Wednesday folks and I'll be back tomorrow with more crafting.