Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Oh boy, how negative do I sound? I don't mean to, so lets change the subject shall we?
2010 is just round the corner and that got me thinking a little. How will you be pronouncing 2010? Will it be "two thousand and ten"? Or will you say "twenty ten"? I haven't decided yet, I'm gonna wait a little while and see what other people are saying, but I think I'm favouring "two thousand and ten" at the moment. How about you? I'm curious to know, so please feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts!
Thursday, 24 December 2009
DH & I went food shopping yesterday and as expected, the supermarket was HEAVING with people buying enough food (& drink) to last for months!!! Anybody would think the shops were closed for the entire week, when in fact my local supermarket is open again on Boxing Day!!!
Anyhoo, one of the food traditions for my family at this time of year is sausage rolls ... you know the little bite-size ones? DH can quite happily munch his way through far too many of them in one sitting. LOL! So imagine his despair when we found out that the supermarket had SOLD OUT ... argghhhhh. "But fear not" said DH, "we can just make our own!".
Now, baking cakes is something I'm quite good at (even if I do say so myself), but making pastry??? That's a whole different ball game. So the gauntlet was thrown down and DH took it upon himself to have a go at making his own sausage rolls this year.
Gotta love that tongue sticking out ... I swear that pretty much every photo I took, he was sticking his tongue out whilst "concentrating".
And here are the pre-baked results ... not bad for a 1st attempt! I think we may have found our new Christmas Eve tradition.
Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Anyhoo, this really is just a flying visit to say I'm off to the wilds of Scotland today and won't have access to the world-wide-web again until Wednesday ... arrrgggghhhhh!!!!! What am I gonna do?!?!?!?
I'll leave you with a couple of LO's created recently using Sue Cummings' yummy Merry & Bright Daily Download kits (if you haven't already purchased this kit then get yourself over to Sue's shop at oscraps.com - you really don't want to miss this amazing deal!), my very own QP template (see post before this one!) and TaylorMade Designs, Shine On & Christmas Collections.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Sue Cummings is an amazing designer and I'm so proud to be a part of her creative team (and what a team it is!); she's also a wonderful supporter / mentor and is always encouraging us to share thoughts / ideas. Better still, she's happy to work together with us to see ideas turned into reality. I've said it before, and I'll say it again ... thank you Sue!
So without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to present to you ... Simply Creative No.7
Friday, 4 December 2009
The only negative thing about going on this trip is that I don't get to take my laptop with me ... so no blogging (boo!) or forum lurking (boo!) until I get back.
But I'm delighted to say that Sue Cummings has aleady released Merry & Bright Daily Download #8 and better yet ... it's currently FREE!!!
Sue's providing sooooooo many gorgeous elements in these daily kits, her wordart (WA) designs are just stunning! I couldn't decide which to use in the LO below, so I figured "what the heck, I'll just use as many as I can!!!"
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Have I mentioned that DH and I are off to the Christmas markets in Cologne on Saturday? I'm starting to get super excited about the trip ... I've written a list of things I need to organise, including getting some €'s from the bank and bringing the suitcases down from the attic. We're travelling by Eurostar train to Brussels, then picking up another train to take us to Cologne, where we're staying until Tuesday!!! How fun is that? I really can't wait. I've been doing some on-line "research" and checking out our hotel (Im Wasserturm) and what to expect of the markets and it looks FABULOUS!!!
Talking of fabulous, Sue Cummings has released downloads #6 & #7 of her Merry & Bright Daily Download kit. With luck and in between packing, I'll get a LO done tomorrow!!!
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Whilst on the subject of fa-la-la ... Sue Cummings has released her Merry & Bright Daily Download #5 and get this, it's a really cute hand-drawn alpha ... I love it!
click here for further details
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Monday, 30 November 2009
Anyhoo, Christmas is rapidly approaching. All the shops are playing Christmas songs, every other advert on TV is for perfume and nearly all my favourite digi-scrap designers have released their Christmas stash ... oh what fun it is to play!!!
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
And here's a sneaky peak at daily download #2. Hopefully I'll have time to play with the papers tomorrow morning.
Friday, 27 November 2009
By far the best deal I've seen today comes from Sue Cummings Designs ... check this out for an amazing deal:
Do you like opening presents? If you do, then this is the kit for you. Similar to a grab bag you will not know what you are getting with this kit ... each and every day will be total surprise!
Here's how it works: purchase the "kit" from Sue's shop at oscraps and every day between 28 November - 31 December, Sue will add a new product for you to add to the kit. All you have to do is go to your order history and download the new download for the day. You'll get a new digital download everyday for 30+ days! By the end of December you'll have over 12+ papers, 100 wordart & elements, 10+ quick pages and lots of other projects!
So what are you waiting for? Fa la la la lah, la la la lah!!!!
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
So as I said, not really much going on around here. My car has been a right royal pain in the you-know-what recently. For some reason, it doesn't like being parked up / not driven for a couple of days. I jumped in my car Sunday morning, turned the key and ... nothing!!! Had to get DH's car pulled up alongside today, just so I could get a jump start. I then went for a 30 minute drive round the Oxfordshire countryside in the vain hope that it will put a bit of life back into the battery. Truth will tell when I try starting the car again tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Anyhoo, enough of my worries ... how's things with you?
PS - Oh before I forget, head on over to the Paislee Press blog ... Liz has got a fabulous give-away going on. Go check it out!!!
Saturday, 21 November 2009
And yet, if it hadn't been for all the turmoil, I wouldn't have started this blog or met some wonderful new friends from all around the world over at oscraps. So something positive has come out of what could be perceived as a negative situation ... oh, did I mention I'm a natural born optimist? LOL!!!
Anyway, enough of my doldrums ... has anyone else started their 2009 review yet?
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I've just re-watched The Breakfast Club and I loved every second of it. Even though it's nearly 25 years old, I can still quote the opening / ending sequence verbatim! I was a real Brat Pack fan and was totally in love with Andrew McCarthy (swoon) and I think I've seen just about every John Hughes teen angst film. The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink were my favourites, but which was yours?
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
See that's Brits for you ... if there's nothing else to discuss, you can count on us to talk about the weather!!!
Friday, 13 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
“Ode of Remembrance” from the poem For The Fallen
1. I was having way too much fun enjoying myself over at oscraps (I took part in my fast ever “chat” … boy those ladies can type fast!)
2. I wasn’t feeling too hot yesterday evening. When I say I wasn’t feeling too hot, what I actually mean is that I was freezing cold!!! I’d been sat in my little room (where I scrap / craft) all day, DH had been bringing hot drinks but for some reason the temperature was just sooooooo cold, and by the end of the chat (which lasted nearly 2 hours & was so much fun!!!) my fingers were blue from the cold. Needless to say, I wrapped myself in a blanket and spent the next few hours trying to get warm again.
So that's why I didn't post yesterday. But I'm gonna post twice today to make up for it! I'll be back later with a LO (or two) , one of which is specifically for today, Remembrance Sunday.
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Anyhoo, I just hope your Wednesday was better than mine.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
How's your day been?
P.S. Just had to pop back in to this post to let you all know about a fabulous Oscraps blog hop that's going on at the moment ... the details can be found here & there are some AMAZING freebies to collect along the way. Have fun!!!
Sunday, 1 November 2009
My blogging record for October has been dismal ... I have no excuse other than "life". I guess that happens to most bloggers at some point in time, right? Well this month, I've set myself a challenge ... I'm gonna try and post to my blog EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! Even if it's just a quick note to say what's been good (or bad) about my day, but by the end of the month, I want to have 30 posts.
Wish me luck!
Monday, 26 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
So without further ado, here are a few of my latest LO's ... 2 Halloween themed pages using the latest kits (Little Bits 'n' Pieces - Collection #3 Halloween, From My Notebook - Halloween and From My Notebook - Happy Halloween ***all coming soon to oscraps***) from the awesome Sue Cummings Designs:
This last LO definitely isn't Halloween inspired ... this is my entry into this week Designer Spotlight challenge over at the "O". The challenge this week was to create a LO and use a grid somewhere in the design. I have to say that the grid styling really appeals to my "hyper-organised" self. LOL!!!
Hope everyone is well? How's the change in seasons effecting you? Don't know about you, but it's definitely getting chilly here ... may even have to put the central heating on soon. BRrrrrrrrr!
Sunday, 4 October 2009
So as this week draws to a close, I just wanted to say "thank you" to everyone that took part, you are truly special people and I've loved every minute of "sue-week". LOL!!!
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
OK, so I'm totally exhausted now ... I could do with having a few more days off work just to recover from the weekend, but seeing as that's not gonna happen, I guess I'd better get myself organised for work in the morning.
Hope everyone has had a FAB weekend, wherever you are!!!
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Hope everyone is having a fun-filled week ... any plans for the weekend yet?
Sunday, 13 September 2009
So what's been happening over at oscraps? Well, four of the loveliest ladies at the forum have been recognised for their contributions and are now all proudly sporting the title of Cheery'O!!! Congrats to Ona, Helen, Linda & Sara ... you ladies do a wonderful job and I know you'll all be fabulous Cheery'O's. I can't wait to see what fun & frolics you come up with.
OK, so just closing off with a LO created for the Designer Spotlight Challenge. I had fun "thinking outside the box" on this one ... it's very different to my usual style, but that's what I really love about the "O" ... it stretches you!!!
Hope you're having [or have had for my friends "down under"] a great weekend!
Monday, 7 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
The change in season from summer to autumn has started. Now-a-days, the sun is setting before 8pm, the mornings are distinctly chilly and the leaves are starting to turn to the beautiful golden hues of autumn. I adore autumn. In honour of the change, I've changed the hanging display in my craft room from these summer daisies ...
... to this funky pumpkin and autumn leaves combo. Don't ya just love the expression on the pumpkin's face? Talking of pumpkins, it's not too long 'til Halloween and I'm starting to plan what goodies I'm gonna create this year!
But before I get too carried away with thoughts of Halloween and Christmas, I mustn't forget my daddy's birthday. He's currently travelling round Spain and I'm not able to post him a "traditional" birthday card ... so instead, I made him a birthday LO. Happy Birthday Daddy!
See, you don't hear from me for a whole week, then all-of-a-sudden, you get a whole flood of stuff! Same goes for my digi-scrapping. I've haven't created any LO's all week, so I've had to make up for it today. Here's my entry for the spotlight challenge over at oscraps this week:
OK, I've prattled on enough for one post! I'm off to watch a re-run of the MotoGP. Hope everyone is having a great weekend, wherever you are.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Here you go Val, hope you like it! Thanks for the challenge.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
We'd both been 11 when we were enrolled at Our Lady's Convent High School boarding school in Alnwick. That was back in 1982. We came instant best friends. We were inseparable ... I was Teressa's shadow and everywhere she went, I went. We slept in the same room (at times), we sat at the same table during meal times, we walked to & from school together, we studied together, we even got suspended from school together!!!
In 1987, Teressa (& the rest of the "gang") left school to go out into the big wide world of college, university & work. I stayed on at school for a further 2 years, completing 6th Form. We promised each other we'd stay in touch, we'd write (before the days of instant emails), we'd call (before the days of mobile phones), we'd visit each other (before the days we could drive) ... we'd do all we could to stay in touch. How then, did we lose touch?
Since leaving school, our lives have gone in different directions but there are still some spooky similarities. We both applied to join the RAF (Teressa joined up ... I wimped out). We both met our future husbands whilst they served with the military. We both got married. We both drive silver coloured cars. We both worked in customer service. We both got made redundant recently. We both LOVE card making & scrapbooking!
There are some striking differences too. The biggest being that Teressa is a mum!!! She has two beautiful girls who are as cute as buttons. She's so grateful to be a mum ... she's battled through some pretty intense situations in her life, but she's come through them all, stronger and more determined than ever to enjoy life.
The call ended just before midnight, but I didn't sleep very well last night. I was like a little girl again at Christmas time ... so excited, my mind still buzzing from everything we'd said and thinking of all the things still to say. We've exchanged mobile numbers, email addresses, Skpe & Facebook names. With all these methods of communication at our fingertips, we have absolutely NO EXCUSES for not staying in touch.
I found this photo of us together, wearing our lovely navy blue A-line skirts and white knee high socks. I'd taped the photo into an old exercise book and written a note on the page to say who, when and where. I carefully removed the tape (as anyone who scrapbooks will know, Sellotape is evil!!!) in order to scan the photo. Imagine my surprise then when I turned the photo over ...
Thank you Teressa for being my best friend at school and for being my friend again now.
Friday, 21 August 2009
Ain't technology grand?