Friday, December 29, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
One thing is for sure- she is going to need some help to eat her christmas dinner!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
This is one of my all time favourite pages. I love it mostly because it started with the journalling, and so it is very meaningful in terms of family memories. As you can see it is all about Emily learning to knit. The colours were chosen to reflect the setting- a wool shop on Skye, and the colours are also very scottish -heathery, tweedy, scottish hills. The page is very textural, again to reflect the topic- fibres, ribbons, felt, velvet, lace and the mini scarf out of the actual wool used by Emily. Behind the photo is a piece of knitting pattern and the twill tape measure down the side of the main photo was added because scarves are all about length. I added hand sewing on the felt flowers to add to a home spun feel. For me this process is a more intellectual approach to scrapping- I hope that doesn't sound pretentious, what I mean is I gave this page a lot of thought about how to convey an event, a memory and every element was chosen to add meaning. It is a different process than those pages where I start with a photo, choose paper, usually on the basis of colour, and then gather embellishments to enhance that scheme, where the emphasis is on designing something that is pleasing to the eye, rather than a page that preserves memories. What a ramble, but I hope you understand what I am getting at.
Monday, December 11, 2006
I have joined a CJ team, my first and today the first one arrived. The theme is 'pink' and I have been sitting here pondering... think pink.. Pink Floyd, Pink, Breast cancer awareness, paint chips, barbie, Barbara Cartland, Shocking Pink, Pink Panther, pigs, baby girls.....I have printed off some small photos of different pink flowers in my garden, so might do something with those... not sure yet.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
It has been a busy weekend. Friday night was my work night out, a meal and disco, had a lot of fun, can't dance for peanuts, but I'm beyond caring what I look like on the dance floor, so had a great time fooling around. I had two glasses of wine. Now they were large ones, but surely not emough to be responsible for the headache I woke up with on Saturday? So Saturday I started the day with headache pills, but managed to finish the LO I had been struggling with, plus 2 others. One was very clean and simple, and guess what? I loooove it! I don't usually do clean and simple, cause I enjoy creating bits and pieces to add to a page, but this page is lovely. In fact I will try to upload and you can judge for yourself. It features fab papers from Dream Street that I bought from Rebecca's Scrapbooking Stash.
Also had to go out to B&Q to buy new roofing felt for the garden shed,because we lost the old felt in all the wind last week. Everything in the shed is soaking, so have been trying to dry that out as well. My DH managed to fix the roof, a feat I am very impressed with because he is no handyman.
Today I did some house cleaning and we managed to put up the tree. It loooks gorgeous too, so I will upload a picture to share with you soon.
Oh, and to top off a great weekend- I won the photography competition on UKS!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I'm in the final of the UKS photography competition for November. The theme for the month was 'home', and I took a photo of our gorgeous open fire in the living room. Anyway it made the final, which is nice, cause I'm no photographer (although I'd like to me, it is one area I'd like to develop)So anyway, if you are a UKS member and would like to vote for my picture, you need to go to the November voting thread in the photography forum. I will upload the photo here if I can find it. For the last two evenings I have been struggling with a LO. I am such a slow scrapper sometimes. This one is lacking dimension. I think it needs some big chipboard letters, but I don't have any. I hand cut a title but it is too flat, so I have a problem I need to solve...
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Today I went to the craft fair at The Royal Highland Showground here in Edinburgh and it was very disappointing. At least three stallholders that I loved last year were nowhere to be seen. it wasn't very busy so I don't know how well the other stall holders did, and therefore whether they will be back next year. There was one lovely scrapbooking stand- Clearly Creative, selling little minibooks and kits, but I didn't need any, so only bought a magazine there. My favourite stand was one selling saris and indian ribbons and braids. I only bought three bits of ribbon/braid from there, cause it wasn't cheap, and if blogger lets me you can see a little picture here, and I'm sure you will understand why I loved it so much. I was also inspired by the work of a textile artist who machine embroiders bits of plastic bags, and things like plastic drinking strwas and makes wall hangings and book covers from her creations, She makes dragonflies, flowers, fairies as well as abstract richly coloured designs.I would love to try this art form.
My other picture today is a LO I did based on the http://www.pencillines.com/ sketch. I have been wanting to use one of these sketches since the site started and this week I finally did. It is a plain, simple page, but I like it.
Monday, November 20, 2006
I went to the Edinburgh crop on Saturday, and as usual did very little. I am no good at scrapping at crops. I forget things, and end up with incomplete pages. However I do like the company, and on Saturday I learned a lot from Heather about stamping and twinkling H2Os, and Yvonne brought along a couple of cjs for me to look at too. I have finished all my DT work for Jillybeans, but am finding it hard to take decent photographs of them because of the poor light- too dark before and after work, so I have to wait until the weekend before photographing them. I have finished all my projects for Lianne at Little Silver Hat and emailed them off tonight. I loved using all those gorgeous ribbons she sent me.
For some time now I have enjoyed blog hopping, especially those of Australian scrappers, cause there is so much talent there. However a scrapcritic blog, that was supposedly set up to allow anonymous constructive criticism has turned into an outright nasty bitch, and venting of petty jealousy has caused a great deal of hurt and upset, so much so that some of my favourite scrappers have shut down their blogs, and resigned from DTs. So sad, because they were so inspirational and I will miss peaking into their galleries so much.
Talking of Aussie scrappers, Carole Janson left a comment on my blog yesterday, so thank you Carole for taking the time. It is much appreciated.
The LO uses Rhonna Farrer stamps, aren't they fantastic, and a close up of the vellum, embossed butterfly. I love this page. I love butterflies. I love quotes too.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Willowtree crafts is running a series of competitions over the next months. I have set the first challenge, and you will need to go to the site (see link on my sidebar)every day this week to have a chance to win. All the details are on the forum, but basically you need to leave a comment on the forum about one design team member's blog over the next 5 nights. Then you will be entered into a draw to win the goodies. Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for more chances to win. Amy is trying to build up the community forum side of the site, so hopefully these challenges will entice more visitors to the site. It is well worth visiting the site- there are lots of articles, reviews and of course the gallery if you need a little inspiration.
This weekend I went shopping- I am am in need of some new clothes, but as often happens, I came away with nothing, and Emily, who accompanied me, and needed school shoes, ended up with new jeans and a new top as well, and Jack ended up with new pj's. So I still need new clothes. I really don't enjoy clothes shopping at all, and now I have to do it again some time.
Scrapping wise, I worked on the Lippychick Flip book. I am really happy with how it is progressing- just need to but some nice soft olive green ribbon for tying it closed. I also did some more bits and peices using the lush ribbon and blossoms from Lianne at Little Silver Hat, so now I have nearly finished using all the ribbon up.
but all too soon it is Sunday evening and it's back to work tomorrow. I really enjoy my job, but find Mondays hard cause I love my weekends more! Today's photo is the LO I did for Jillybeans using Daisyd's paper.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
The LO I have uploaded today uses Pebble Inc double sided halloween papers, sent to me by Willowtree Crafts for the design team gallery. I love double sided papers- they are such good value. These papers are really great quality heavy papers too. The word 'witch' is made from Junkitz peel off letters and the rest of the title is Basic Grey. I've outlined all the letters with my wonderful white uniball signo (Rebecca sells them)pen to make them stand out. Have you visited Willowtree craft's site lately? it has been revamped and has lots of interesting articles to read as well as the DT gallery to view.
What else have I done...Workwise I did an inservice presentation today to teachers and nursery nurses about ways of working with autistic kids, and received very positive feedback. Hopefully I have made a little bit of difference towards increasing understanding of this complex and disabling condition.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
I've had a very productive scrapping weekend. Emily was at guide camp (first one she has been to where it didn't rain all weekend)so the house was pretty quiet. I did the International Dare, and I have uploaded it here. What a great dare it was. I really wanted to do a childhood memory one but my printer is out of ink, so I couldn't print off one of the two photos I have of me as a child. I'm not sure why we have very few family photos- probably because we lived in the outback, hundreds of miles from the nearest town to buy film, get photos developed etc. Also I am the fifth of seven children, so I think the novelty had worn off somewhat- there are lot more photos of the two eldest, than of the rest of us. Also over the years the photos have been lost, albums raided and split up, with the result that I have only two very blurry childhood photos. Well my kids won't have that problem will they? Anyway, I loved doing the dare, and am happy with my page. I think it is all self explanatory- the paint was used on the flowers, title on photo, my daughter's dreams (well a couple of them)and all the cardstock covered. I also have nearly completed a Lippy Chick flip book, with great Halloween papers from Willowtree Crafts- just two more triangles left to do, but I have to wait for my printer ink to arrive. I know it makes sense to order spare inks, but I have had my printer for so long I can't believe it is not going to break down, and I don't want to be left with a pile of useless cartridges. Hope you like my page.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Don't ya just love Friday nights, knowing that a whole weekend lies ahead? I'm sitting here surfing the net, blog hopping- love to do that too. Glass of red wine.. too good. Emily has gone to guide camp, Jack is playing computer games in another room, hubby has lit a lovely coal fire- just great.
One of my colleagues at work went off on maternity leave today- another Aussie, what you see is what you get with her, and I will miss having her around. We had a baby shower at work- love those too, such cute things for babies around aren't there.
Scrapping wise what have I done this week? A halloween LO for Willowcrafts, and am starting on using some of the lush ribbon from 'Little Silver Hat'. Lianne sent a gorgeous selection of christmas ribbon, so I have made some cards this week. I have also completed a LIPPYCHICK flop book- it is of a Halloween party my daughter attended last week while I was at the retreat. I can't believe how bad the photos were though. She took the camera with her, and most of the photos were so blurred they were useless. Even the ones taken at home by DH were terrible. They were using the little automatic point and shoot camera and still couldn't get it right. I am beginning to think there is a problem with the camera, the blurry hand is always on, even when set to off. I am going to get another one for Malcolm for christmas I think.
Antway Blogger has let me upload the LO from last week. I really like it, hope you do too.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
I went to the Luxurious Angels retreat!. I have never been to a retreat before, and I can only say, if you ever get the opportunity to go to one, then DO! I don't know if other retreats are as good as this one was, it was fab. Everything was so well planned. The classes were interesting, the teachers, Kirsty, Anna and Roz were fun and all the ladies there were great too. So thank you all for making my first retreat so worthwhile. It is lovely to be able to put faces to all those names that appear on UKS too. There were some very talented scrappers there, I can tell you. I loved walking around having a peek and seeing what everyone else was up too. Roz found her niche as an auctioneer and managed to sell off a whole heap of stuff to raise money for MS, and amuse us at the same time. The shop was very well stocked, there was some gorgeous stuff, anf now I'm kicking myself for not getting some of those gorgeous velvet letters. Unfortunately I had to go home Saturday night, so I missed out on what sounds like a lot of fun!
If you are ever around Kirsty, DON'T throw your scraps away! She gave me a good talking to, in the nicest possible way of course, then used my scraps to make the gorgeous card you see on this blog- So now I own a Kirsty Wiseman original!!!! (worth throwing my scraps away for). The other picture on this post is a LO I did on Saturday. (well it will be if blogger lets me)Emily has started her own blog, and what a rich source of journalling it is. I intend to lift slabs from her future blogs to scrap, so that I will end up with a fantastic insight into the mind of her at thirteen. I haven't put photos on any of the class LOs that I did at the retreat, but when I do I will post them here too.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Yes I am in love- with my new Rhonna Farrer scroll stamps, I used them last night on a LO I was struggling with, and what a lift they gave it. I have posted a picture of a little of the LO here, but can't post the whole thing cause the LO is for something that can't be shown just now. But those stamps- fantastic! I can see I am going to need more.... might take a look at the banana frog stamps next...
Emily and I went for a walk in the Pentlands today. We are very lucky to be able to walk from our house into the hills. It was such a gorgeous day, and unseasonally warm. I didn't take many picturs, cause the autumn clours are not quite at their best. I am about to look at some photos Emily took of me today. I hope she managed to get one or two flattering ones!
Friday, October 13, 2006
The lovely Miss Lippy Chick has chosen me to be on her design team- how exciting is that? I am looking forward to seeing all the new and exciting books she will be launching soon. I have been scrapping mid week- unusual for me cause I usually get home from work, get the meal etc and then pop onto the computer for a quick look at UKS, Willow Tree crafts, and a few other forums, then the next thing I know I'm just checking a few blogs, and then I realize it's bedtime, and I haven't even tidied the kitchen. But this week I really did scrap. I did 2 pages for the October gallery at Jillybeans using DaisyD's gypsy harvest papers. The papers are such strong designs that I was struggling at first, but finally I produced two pages I was happy with. I am attaching a sneak preview of one of them. I am also attaching a LO done for Willow Tree crafts. Their website is beginning to take off, with DT blogs, product reviews and short scrapping articles. Pop over and take a look.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I thought I would write about how I got into scrapping. Let’s start at the very beginning….
In August 2005 I visited family in Australia. Two of my nieces were scrapbookers. I looked at their albums and though they were very nice. I visited scrapbook stores with them and watched them spending what seemed like lots of money on pretty papers, rub ons and embellishments. I thought they were mad. Then my daughter, who was 11 at the time, wanted to do some layouts. I watched her and started giving her advice- it went down like a lead balloon. In the end, exasperated she said ‘mum, just do one of your own and leave me to get on with mine!’ So I did. It took 2 hours and consisted of two matted photos on plain paper with a sticker alphabet title. I left Australia hooked! I did not bring back any stash with me because I assumed there must be scrapbook shops all over the UK, just like there was in Australia, but I had just not noticed them. How wrong I was!
What I did bring back was two Australian scrapbooking magazines, one of which had web addresses, including UKscrappers. UKS opened up a whole new world- a gallery, advice, friends and importantly ONLINE SHOPPING! It really has added another dimension to my life, and that is something most scrappers can identify with. I am going to attempt to add a photo of one of my earliest pages to this blog, and you will see for yourself how far my scrapping has developed. How did you get into scrapping, and how has your scarpping changed- I would love to read your blogs to find out! Blogger won't let me upload my LO I'll keep trying.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
I had such a great day yesterday. DH went hillwalking, DD went out, and I was home with just DS. He is a lovely 15 year old who just gets on with things- he has always been undemanding, right from the day he was born. I recall having to wake him to feed him because he slept so much. Anyway yesterday I was able to scrap to my heart's content, in between hanging out loads of washing! I can't believe how many socks my kids get through in a couple of days,and how big my bag of odd socks is growing! So I completed my Lippy Chick book from Angel Crafts. I used it a bit like an art journal, and tried to make a little 5x5 work of art for each page- the inside 5 are in shades of blue and the outside 5 are reds/yellows. I have never done an art journal and now I am inspired to start one, cause I really loved experimenting with collage, inks, doodles etc. I made the book for a friend who has just been diagnosed with breast cnacer and will give it to her when her treatment starts. It is full of inspirational, positive quotes. I really hope it helps her. I have posted a couple of pics to give you an idea!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Well, actually I don't think I am very weird, but here goes.
1. I eat a Mullers cherry yoghurt every night before bed and like to carefully peel off the foil lid (I HATE it if the lid tears!)then I fold the foil into ever decreasing triangles.
2. I made a decision about 10 years ago never to wear a dress or skirt again. Buying only tops and trousers makes clothes shopping soooo much easier.
3. I HATE shopping, especially for clothes. Hubby does the food shopping. The only shops I like are........ You guessed it- craft shops. Actually I love DIY stores, but not DIY. I used to do alot of DIY but it eats into my scarp time so I am right off DIY now.
4. I really like weeding my garden. Those of you who love gardening will probably not think that is weird though.
5. I love living in Scotland and one reason is I love the weather! people often ask me if I miss Aussie heat and the answer is defintely NO. I love the seasons here, especially Autumn.
So who will I tag? Lauren, Jane, Maria, Angela, Tamar, Karen
Sunday, September 24, 2006
What a miserable wet misty day here in Edinburgh. Actually it looks very atmospheric, but I wouldn't like to be out in it! Perfect day for scrapping though! Today's LO is one I started at the Edinburgh crop, but couldn't get inspired. I used a border punch around the edges, and didn't know what to do next, so I put it away for a while. Then when I got it out again I decided to doodle, and the LO just grew. I am really happy with the result- it looks like one of those henna tattoos. I used a white uniball signo pen- I love those for doodling!
I went to Ikea this morning to get a bookcase for my son's room, and have assembled it with no damage, unlike the Argos dresser last week. Ikea furniture is so much easier to put together. Having said that the Argos one was just what I needed in terms of size and storage cpacity. I will upload some pictures of where I scrap one day. I am now going to start my inspirational quotes book for my friend with breast cancer- think I will use the Lippychick book from Angel Crafts. Hope you like my doodled LO as much as I do!
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Today we had a fabulous walk near Ambleside, Fabulous views from the hills and afterwards Malcolm and the kids had a little adventure rock climbing into a cave. But next time we go out it would help to a) make sure the camera battery is charged and b) make sure the memory card has been placed back in the second camera, and not left in the card reader. I did manage to get a few pics though not half as many as the weekend warranted.
Friday, September 15, 2006
I went to the edinburgh crop today. I made a waterfall crad- dead easy and very effective too. trouble was, that's the only thing I did, just couldn't bring anything else together. But it was good to catch up with Lisa and Kat. Lisa did a fab multiphoto LO. Met some new people too -Emma, who would you beleive grew up a couple of streets from where I lived in Adelaide- small world eh? Also great to meet Roz and Angela, who would not spill the beans on any of the Luxurious Angels retreat at Lockerbie!! I 'll just have to be patient I guess. We are off to Manchester tomorrow- the boys to Old Trafford, and Emily and I to the War museum (and maybe a little bit of shopping at the Lowry centre. Then on Monday we will come up through the Lake district and do a spot of walking.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I have had a good weekend- gardening and scrapping- my two most favourite things in the world, well except food and travel, oh and my family....
Anyway I did two LOs for Jillybeans October gallery. I can't post them here yet but I will post one from this month's gallery instead. It is using K&Co papers, they were perfect for this photo. Click on the Jillybeans link to find the gallery and see all the great work by the other DT members. I also altered a tin jug I bought at ASDA for £1. I thought I would put a jam jar in it and use it for flowers, but Emily has decided she wants to have it in her bedroom, so that's that. Also went to Ikea and bought an office chair for son's room. It is truly awful- big, black leather look, but it is his room and it was his choice..
Did the regular haircutting of son and hubby. That sure saves a lot of money. I also do Emily's, but I imagine she will soon realize that hairdressers can cut better than me, and then she will become even more expensive to keep than she is now.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
It has been very busy this weekend. Emily went to guide camp on Friday night (poor child always ends up getting rained on at guide camp, and this weekend was no exception)and DH and son were away all day Saturday. But did I scrap? No such luck. I spent the day putting an IKEA flat pack chest of drawers together, putting a new curtain rail up, and hanging curtains in my son's room (the one that was flood damaged). It has been redecorated, after the replastering. We are still waiting on new carpet, but I moved him in today, and out of our kitchen/family room, where he was blocking access to my scrap stuff!! Today was spent working through the heaps of washing, and general cleaning. Tonight I have assembled a whole lot of stash that I might use on a LO that has been rumbling around my head for the last few weeks. Now I have to go through the process of selecting which of the stash will end up on the final LO.
I am posting a picture of the tins I bought at Dunelm Mills last week for £1.99. they are so pretty I am thinking of going back for more, and no, I am not going to alter them- I love them just the way they are!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?- A beach house on the north coast of NSW, Australia, and another in the Perthshire countryside –don’t want much eh?
2. What's your favourite article of clothing?- My M&S pyjamas- don’t wear them to bed but love loafing around in them!
3. Favourite physical feature of the opposite sex?- must be a twinkle in the eye.
4. What's the last CD that you bought?- I don’t usually buy CDs- I’m a great lover of silence. The last one was Norah Jones.
5. Where's your favourite place to be?- love my bed!
6. Where's your least favourite place to be?, in an indoor swimming pool.
7. What's your favourite place to be massaged?- feet
8. Strong in mind or strong in body?- Mind, I am pathetically weak physically- couldn’t move a piece of furniture if my life depended on it.
9. What time do you wake up in the morning?- Usually about 7.00 am
10. What is your favourite kitchen appliance?- kettle, although I do like my smoothie maker too.
11. What makes you really angry?- People who blame others for their own shortcomings- irresponsibility.
12. If you could play an instrument what would it be?- I would love to be able to play the piano.
13. Favourite colour?- Love them all, but blue probably
14. Sports car or SUV?- Not into cars, as long as it gets form A to B I don’t mind, so I suppose SUV
15. Do you believe in an afterlife?- No
16. Favourite children's book?- The gruffalo
17. What's your favourite season?- Autumn
18. What is your least favourite household chore?- All of them, but I suppose cleaning the oven is the one I avoid most.
19. If you could have one super-power, what would it be?- to make everyone tolerant of differences.
20. If you have a tattoo what is it?- Don’t want one
21. Can you juggle?- No, but DH can!!!!!!
22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to?- My brother
24. What's in the boot of your car?- a recipt from IKEA, first Aid kit, towel
25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?- sushi
Monday, August 28, 2006
I scrapped yesterday. My daughter at Disneyland Paris over the summer. My DH took the kids while I had a day out in Paris. (BLISS) he took about 6 photos in total. Can you sense that he is no scrapper? I struggled with this LO, it was all the pastel colours that threw me, but in the end I just decided to go with pretty. I am reasonably pleased with the LO though. I think it looks better in real life. I went to dunelm Mills yesterday to buy curtains for my son's room. (I used to make all the curtains for my house, but then I discovered scrapping!) Anyway I found a set of three blue painted tins on a little tray for £1.99, to keep my pens in. They came in lots of other lovely colours too.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I love my daughter, even more so on nights like this when she is not getting irritated by how I breathe, or how her father eats, or how her brother taps on the table, or numerous other things that seem to irritate her constantly these days. No, on nights like these she is a delight. Look what she did tonight- she saw a dessert on ready, steady cook a few weeks back, and tonight she made her own version for us. She cut the top and bottom off a tin of something or other to make a mould, and made this yummy mango, cream and spiced peach dessert. It looked so pretty I just had to take a photo of it (might even scrap it- what a surprise! AND she even cleaned up afterwards. What a good girl- not bad for a 13 year old eh?
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Four jobs I have had in my life.
2. Laboratory assistant
Four Movies I would watch over and over:
1. Strictly Ballroom
Sorry- I can only think of these two, I haven’t seen a film in such a long time.
Four Places I have lived:
1. Broken Hill (NSW)
2. Adelaide (SA)
Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. Desperate Housewivws
2. Pop Idol
4. Neighbours (sad but true- I like to think it is so that I can talk to my 13 year old daughter about it)
Actually, since I started scrapping I don’t really watch much TV at all!
Four places I've been on vacation:
1. Queensland- love Noosa
Web sites I visit regularly:
2. Aussie Scrap source
3. National Autistic Society
Four of my favourite foods:
1. Ice cream
3. Mullers Cherry yoghurt
4. Kettle Crisps
Four Places I'd rather be right now:
1. A US scrapping retreat
2. Brisbane to see my new nephew
3. In the Barossa valley to see my other sister and her family
4. In my house, but all alone!
That sounds horrible, but I am almost never alone anywhere!
Four things that make me smile:
2. Chatting with friends
3. Getting a cup of tea in bed in the mornings
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
My holiday has finished- back to work tomorrow and I don't want to go. I am doing an inservice presentation all day tomorrow and I just can't get into it at all- I just haven't got my work head on. I just want to stay home and scrap! Of course in reality I can't scrap because my house is still a shambles- Jack is still camped in the family room, and I can't easily get to my stash. The plaserers have finished at last, and once the plaster dries, the painters can start, then we need new carpets laid, and only then can Jack move back into his room. I have started getting new furniture for him- a trip to Ikea today for chest of drawers and bedside table. I have just finished putting the bedside table together. The plumber is coming to replace the kitchen tap tomorrow, so at least now I can stop carting water from the bathroom, and I'll have no more excuses for a dirty kitchen.Thought I'd upload some pictures of the damage caused by a leaking pipe. Believe me it is a lot worse than it appears in the photos- for one thing the photos don't stink!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Anyway we were keen to get home and see what progress the builders had made on our water damaged house. Well, we should have stayed in Skye. The rooms, which were meant to have all the plastering finished, are nowhere ready, and there is fine dust over every surface in the house. I go back to work on Monday, and can't bear the thought that I am leaving such a dirty chaotic house behind. I am going to have to go out all weekend- hate the thought of being in this mess.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I am living in the middle of a midden as a result of the flooding, but yesterday I decided I had to scrap- it has been nearly 5 weeks since I had done a LO, and I needed a fix. Yesterday my tag along and dies, that I won as part of the Best of British prize arrived, so I had a play with it and ended up doing this LO. I wasn't sure of it at first, but I think I like it now. What do you tnink? I must say that I have never been interested in owning a die cutting system and would never have bought one myself. I think I might splash out on an alphabet though- I'll have to think about it. I quite enjoy hand cutting titles, but there are times when a bit of speed is in order.
Work starts on the house, to remove the plaster from three rooms on Friday, so we are having to move furniture, pack belongings etc- almost like moving house. We are going to Skye on Saturday though, so hopefully most of the work will be done while we are away.
Friday, July 28, 2006
I still haven't done any scrapping since I arrived home. Today we have broken the back of the clearing up from the water, and are just waiting for the loss assessor to visit so we can begin to get rid of all the damaged goods. That should be on Monday. Then we have to pack up the study and move everything into the living room to allow repairs to the walls and ceilings to begin, but as yet I don't know when that will be. We can't get a plumber to replace our broken kitchen tap for another week, so I will be carting water into the kitchen all next week. Ain't life grand?
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
First, and foremost, my house is a disaster. The water leak has done more damage than I had imagined. My son's bedroom is a complete no go area. It needs a new ceiling, and complete redecoration, and he is not helping by wandering around annoying me asking questions about how he is going to replace all his football posters. The hallway is growing mould, as is my husband's study, and the whole house reeks. We knew the carpet in Jack's room was ruined, but the water has seeped into the hall carpet too, creating a big stain, and I bet the insurance won't cover a new carpet, and will just want it cleaned. The carpets have only been down for 7 months too, and I spent so much time over the new year painting the hall and now it is all ruined. We have to now deal with insurance and I just know that won't be staightforward.
I have spent today washing, washing, and more washing, and sifting through anything that can be salvaged from Jack's room. I am amazed at how much damage has been done- even the clothes in his drawers were wet, some I have tossed out, others are ok after washing. It stills feel like we are camping. Jack is sleeping in the family room, the lounge is heaped with stuff from his bedroom, and for some reason the tap in the kitchen is not working so I have to cart water from the bathroom to use in the kitchen. Scrapping is off the agenda for the time being-
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
We woke to balloons over our tent the other morning, a fab sight as you can see. Today was another scorcher- 33degrees. We were up early for a mountain walk, then this aftrenoon went swimming in the glorious fresh water of lake Annecy. will post pictures later with a bit of luck. short entry only today.
Monday, July 10, 2006
The up is that the weather is fab,the views are out of this world and despite the news I am feeling very relaxed. hope to post some pics soon.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
What a day I've had. I thought I had been a victim of identity theft, and seem to have spent all day on the phone trying to get it sorted out. Turns out it was a case of a misspelling and someone who didn't want to admit making a mistake and subsequently I have had a wasted day, and my work has piled up. I'm going on holiday on Friday, so now have to squeeze 4 days work into the next three, not happy! I am happy, however, to have found this Aussie dares site and I intend (as a displaced Aussie) to complete as many of these as I can. I hope to do the 'Speshal' dares too, when I get back from my holiday. We are going camping in France for four weeks- lots of preparation, and I'll need a holiday to get over getting ready.. When we get back we are home for a few days, before heading off to Skye. So I will not be scrapping for at least 6 weeks. Will I cope? Anyway the Aussie dare was HOW DARE YOU? and I have done a LO about how, since my children became teenagers I have turned into a horrible nagging fishwife!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
I urge anyone who appreciaites nature, walking, peace and quiet to visit Braemar, and the surrounding countryside. It is truly awesome.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
I am posting a picture of my latest LO. I am so pleased with it. It is a rare photo of me with my daughter, taken in 1994, long, long, before I started scrapping! Like a lot of women I was always the one holding the camera, so I am very happy that on this occasion, someone else grabbed the camera and took this photo of us both. Ever since I heard the Paul Simon song 'Father and Daughter' I knew I wanted to use the words on a LO, and I felt it had to be a photo with me in it too, so I chose this picture. I wish I knew clever things, like how to change the background in a photo. Anyway I have really been struggling with how to scrap it. I knew I wanted it to be fairly serious, simple and sentimental. None of my patterned papers went, so I eventually decided to use cardstock only, and to add texture I doodled with the sewing machine (used a triple stitch to make the sewing stand out more.) I cut the flowers freehand from white card (after discarding other tonal variations), and journalled with my beloved Uniball signo white pen that my niece sent over from Australia. Why can't WHSmith stock these? They stock other colours. I tried asking in my local shop but the woman was so unhelpful and really quite rude, so I gave up. Maybe I'll try sending an email to head office. Anyway, if anyone sees this, I hope you like it. It was quite hard for me to be this restrained, and to leave white space (well brown LOL)
Friday, June 09, 2006
This morning DH was up at 6 to go hillwalking. He brought me a cup of tea before he left and I sat in bed drinking tea and planning how I would spend the day- scrapping, gardening, generally relaxing. Then like a bolt out of the blue I realized it was not Saturday, but Friday and DH had taken a day off work to take advantage of the great weather. So I had to get up and go to work!! Boohoo. But now it is Friday night and I have Saturday to look forward to all over again. Last night was glorious. It was so mild that we were still sitting out in the garden at 11:30. It was almost a fullmoon and was so light. The big rhodedendron blooms caught the moonlight and glowed, and the various scents of the plants wafted around. I could have sat there all night. (but of course I knew then that I had to get up for work, so I sensibly went to bed instead).
My LO tonight is inspired by Pod's ad challenge. I am not at all happy with it. Firstly, I couldn't really remember the ad and blogger was playing up, so I couldn't check. Secondly, I forgot the you need to draw in mirror image on the backs of paper, so consequently the spiral is not going in the direction I wanted. Thirdly, the photo doesn't really grab me, and there is no story to go with it, so I didn't have any journalling. I went onto some quotes sites looking for inspiration but couldn't find anything that clicked. Fourthly, I don't like the colour combination because it looks too much like a christmas card. However I do like the machine stitching! Anyway I do these challenges, for exactly that reason- to challenge myself to try different things, and if they don't work, then tough- it is only a bit of card and a couple of hours of my time, and I always learn something, and that can only be a good thing! My favourite LO at the moment is still the MOODY one I posted last week. I love it!
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
So right now I am working on my speedscraplift challenge for UKS, and am waiting for paint to dry on my title so I can start some sewing.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
I did my first ever effer dare today. It was to use a less than perfect photo. Well, the photo I used was a little out of focus, but actually wasn't that bad, so maybe it doesn't really count as an efferdare after all. Anyway I am really happy with the LO. It is the first time I have scrapped 8.5x11.5, and the first time I have tried to make my own rubons from a transparency. I love the effect of the lettering-it looks nice and grungy, which is what I wanted. here it is, what do you think? After that I went to the Art stamps fair here in EDinburgh and spent far too much money. -Bangers and Mash papers from Art from the Heart, and chatted to Dyan as well. Tim Holtz ink applicator cause despite what some people say those felt chair leg thingys just don't work well. Also papers-crate papers, among lots of others, some gorgeous brads, friendly plastic, which DD has been playing with all night, some Sonja Jo stuff from Auscraft, A sarabinder type thing that I will use as an Art journal, and lots of other stuff too. I don't feel bad about spending so much cause we don't have a real scrapshop in Edinburgh, so I have to buy when I can (or so I keep telling myself haha)
I came home and spent time in the garden, and had tea sitting out- first time this year I think, then this evening I have made a little flag book, which I will use to document Jack's obsession with Man U. Well, I couldn't thinkof a better way to spend a saturday- scrapping, garden, family and shopping, could you?
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
My LO tonight is another one inspired by the ad challenge on Paula's (POD) blog. It is only 6X6, because it will go in my 6x6 BOM, so I had to fit a lot on a small space. I would have liked to handwrite the diary entry, but needed to fit too much text into a small area. The papers are DCWV Retro. Orange is not a colour I use, but I like this spotted paper. I am quite into drawing lines around things at the mo. Hope you like it.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Anyway, I have decided to post 'SAND', my first attempt at a 'freestyle' LO. I don't know if it would be considered freestyle by the style police, but it is for me, cause everything is kind of homemade. And I am very happy with it.
What do you think?
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I don't usually scrap during the week, mainly because by the time I get home from work, get the tea, clean up and do other domestics like putting washing away, I just like to chill and watch TV, surf the net etc. I did make a card today tonight though. It was for a work colleague whose sister died suddenly on Tuesday. It was totally unexpected and so sad, especially as she leaves a thirteen year old daughter.
On a brighter note, I received something nice in the post:My new books, the 'Freestyle' one and 'Clean and Simple'. have had a quick flick through and they are so different from each other. Can't wait to settle down for a good, uninterupted read. Scrapbook Inspirations arrived also, so I have plenty to read for a while.
Now I am about to listen to another saga in the school conflicts of my thirteen year old daughter. Life is such a drama when you are thirteen!
That's her on the LO. this was created for the 'Flowers by Pam' class I designed for the last cyber crop on UKS.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
What I have discovered is that journalling is becoming more and more important in my LOs. When I first started scrapping in August last year I could hardly bring myself to have words on my LOs, except for the who, where, when statements. I was embarassed looking at all those packaged sentiments in scrapbooking shops, and to a large extent I still am. But now I struggle putting my LOs together unless I know what the photo is telling me, and the journalling comes from there. Once I know what I want to say, even it is just a title, then I find the LO comes together much more easily. This LO is one that I did quite a while ago and was one of the 5 I submitted to BEST of BRITISH new talent competition. I was thrilled to be one of the winners, but still disappointed after all this time not to have received my prize. (nor have any other winners it has to be said.)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
We all had a laugh at work today. It was an inservice day and we were 'teambuilding'. Now I normally hate team building, but today was different. There are about 50 of us and we were set the task of producing a play, ready for performing, by 2:30 in the afternoon- costumes, make up, publicity, sets - everything. I worked on publicity. My scrapping skills came in useful for producing a poster, fliers, advertisments etc. the teams doing sets and costumes excelled, as did the actors. Overall, it was a fun day, and showed how much can be accomplished when everyone has the same objective.
When I came home the sun was shining and I had the chance to sit in my garden for a short time. The garden is really starting to take off just now, and I love seeing all the plants changing day by day. I am watching chelsea just now, and while my garden doesnot compare to the gardens at Chelsea, I love it anyway. Here are a few pictures of mine:
I like to have a lawn in a garden, especially with kids. They need somewhere to run about, squirt each other with the hose etc. (We don't have a hose pipe ban here in Edinburgh)