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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Feelin blue milton bear

Have taken the plunge and am gonna enter my first blog challenge !!!

am not sure what all  you wonderfully talented ladies will make of my attempts but hey ho you gotta start somewhere huh?
feelin a bit blue  today , as much as I've caught up a bit with a few tasks at home
I am officially bored of being snowed in !!! this little chap is one of thewild rose milton stamps I got at the SECC in Octrober and he has been used on quite a few of  my Christmas cards ,. this time I went for an icy theme , and think it turned out quite well

I stamped  hom in Momento ink and coloured using my Promarkers and added some stickles to give him some sparkle think it definately makes the poinsietta POP
then mounted on some scalloped circles cut with my nesties

Papers are some leftover Forever Friends from last xmas and I have added a stamped sentiment using a lili of the valley sentiment stamp
 think he'll get used quite a bit as I  am a bit taken with him xxxx

have entered this card into

Monday, November 29, 2010

large a4 card Wild Rose Studio

Well  getting snowed in today really did work out kinda well. Not only did I do a mahhhhoooooosive
amount of cleaning but I actually managed to get some crafting done
I have a Christmas Fayre coming up at work and have been frantically trying to get enough cards ready as well as a  commissions from my work colleagues ,... so every minute I get  I'm making cards !!
here's one of the larger A4 cards I've been making
I've used a Wild Rose Studio stamp and isnt she adorable , coloured using pro markers
think the practice is paying off and my colouring is getting better but still a long way to go then finished with some of my fave stickles glitter glue

paper is from last year , think its papermania  and have added a tag
with a sentiment stamp from Lili of the Valley

snowflakes are punched from holographic card  with Martha Stewart  large snowflake punch and I've added some extra sparkle with some confetti snowflakes  red stick on gems , cos a girl can never have enough sparkle now can she

let it snow letit snow let it snow!!!

 heres what we woke to this morning after another  night of heavy snowfall !!!
couldnt get my car out the street  to get to work , and the schools are all closed . forecasts for more snow and a wind chill from siberia of -20 tonight !!!!so have stayed at home today ..... and cleaned , oh how I've cleaned !!!
was going to do it all at the weekend but now I've got most of it done I can have the weekend off , yay!!! more time to get my xmas cards finished !!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

tunnel card

Love this little cutie ,.. made this card for one of the girls at work , it was her little girls birthday and she wanted somethin pink and girlie , saw the one I had made for Lou's birthday and asked me to do one similar ,.. rush job so I used a Kanban bear topper I had , instead of a stamped image , but it turned out ok I think , made the box to match as well but forgot to take a pic of it ,.. doh !!

Zoe Bunny's Bloghop

Wooo hooo my first Blog hop !!!!
not only have I posted twice today ,.. but I have completed my first Blog Hop .
couldnt resist it , theres a prize on every blog and some divine cards and inspiration on each site so get yourself over to Zoe's to get started

a few xmas cards

Just a couple of xmas cards that I made a few weeks ago ,...  these were done with watercolour pencils and have made heaps more since  I got my fabby pro markers , but havent uploadede any pics yet so will do so as soon as .. promise xx

Where do I start ???

Oh Dear . Has it really been that long since I posted , what ever happened to all the good intentions to post every day ,.. lol , well so much has happened .and know one would have known back in February what a crazy and challenging year it would turn out.
Right after my last post  , I found  a large lump and 2 weeks later had an appointment at the hospital where they gave me the devastating news that  I had breast cancer and  was shocked when they said I had to have  a radical mastectomy.
It was such a crazy time and   the whole family were stunned and shocked . I was supposed to be starting a new job the following day , and my  oldest daughter Lou was  putting the finishing touches to her Jamaican wedding ,
I dont think any of it really sunk in and to be hon est I just went along with everything the doctors told ne , because I just wanted to get rid of this awful thing.
I had surgery and recovered unbelievably quickly , mostly down to my stubborness me thinks , and the huge support from my family ... Tiggy was scared but was just amazing and I never lied to her , I told her everything and she was a real breath of fresh air ,.. felt  so devastated about the wedding , LOu and Ryan had to cancel the trip to Jamaica , cos the Docs said I would not be able to fly that far , so they rearranged the whole thing at a local church and venue here  with just a few months to go ,.. and i think fate plays a hand cos it was a truly amazing and very emotionaal day for everyone .
I went back to work after just 7 weeks and although its been hard , feel that it really helped maintain an element of normality even tho I've struggled with the tiredness at times .
So here I am 7 months on ,  still kicking and still trying to get a hold of this blogging
Been doing plenty of crafting and cardmaking , fallen in love with stamping and trying lots of new things .
I hope to get some pics  posted  soon.
Have been visiting lots of blogs and have found lots of inspiration .
Love Zoe Bunnys blogspot and all the amazing stamps and goodies vailable in her shop ,  and Mags Little things ,,,just beautiful ...
Soooooo. another promise to try and post every  day ( or so) .  and hope that nothing  gets in the way this time , hugs  Lori xxxx

Friday, February 5, 2010

theres no place like home

 One of my promises to myself for this year is to surround myself with more of what i love ,..
so my very first little gift to me of 2010  were these cute little ruby slippers .
Wizard of oz is my all time fav film (sad I know but I love the whole story about going off on a journey to look for something thats already there ,... Paolo Coelho did the same thing with the Alchemist ) ...  these were an ebay find and are Salt and Pepper shakers ,.. cute or what ? 

I feel a collecting spree coming on ,..

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Burns Supper

Tonight was Tiggy's School Burns' Supper. The kids have been working on it tirelessly for the last 3 weeks , practising  their songs poems  singing and dancing, and it all paid off, what a wonderful night we had with our kids entertaining us to some of Robert Burns best.

In her usual desire ro be different she didnt want to wear a white blouse and tarten sash so I ' adapted' and old bridesmaids dress that has been hanging around for  years and  I was loathed to get rid of cos its so beautifully made. It fitted her like a glove,  you would think it was made for her ,  and she added her own individual touch with a pair of black leather knee length pirate boots ( Where did she get this individual streak I wonder ? lol ) and she really was a Bonnie Lassie !!

She was really enrvous about getting up in front of people to sing , but manged it with out too many wobbles , and   had a couple of tunes on the recorder( thank goodness all that practising is finished, I thought she was killing a small animal in her room) .
Here's a pic of my gorgeous girl ,.. can't believe how grown up she looks ,.... sniff sniff

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

gave in to temptation

oh how weak willed am I!!! ..... Rediscovered Ruffle bars at the weekend ,... the bloke with the stall next to me at the market was selling chocolate and  as we kept each other  going , and made each other laugh throughout the day, he kindly gave me a whole load of these ,..I'd forgotten how good they are  until today , and had 2 in quick succession  mmmmmm ALL HAIL THE RUFFLE BAR

Monday, January 25, 2010

yippeeeee i sold all my stuff!!!

All i can say is wow!!!  Went to the car booty yesterday and all the odds and ends i bought at auctiion flew off the table yesterday and  i made enuff to cover what i bought at auction and buy some more  with a bit of profit as well ....
ohh this could be addictive ,
Since giving up work funds have been so very tight , sometimes non existant so  whenever i do a clearout i load everything up and head to  Glasgow to the car booty to recycle and  put some  pennies back in the big chicken ( i used to love watching the tv series bread and usually at the end all the family had to cough up what they'd made and they all put it  into a big ceramic hen in the middle of the table , so thats why we call our funds , the chicken, thought I had better explain, )
So the combined efforts of our preloved items and my auction buys made a  helpful sum , much needed as its Tiggys birthday  in under 2 weeks and as for any 11 year old there is an extensive list !!
One thing I was really pleasantly surprised abou,t I took a basket of cards with me and sold all but a  couple,.. so must make sure next time I go that I have a pile made up ,

Saturday, January 23, 2010

fab finds and my new hobby !!

I went to my first auction last week and am now hooked .
What a wonderful  experience, only downer was that funds weren't as abundant as i would have liked, but maybe thats a good thing or i would have  bought half  lots in the saleroom!!! I settled for this little beauty,  a gorgeous vintage steamer trunk , not sure whether to leave it alone or alter it in some way.
I love the leather handles and the chunky metal lock , might refurb the inside somehow but not sure with what , might just sit and look at it for inspiration !
Oh and forgot to mention that i also bought another vintage suitcase and a box of odds and ends that turned out to have some stunning crystal pieces and a few other bits that i am gonna try and sell on and get some  funds for the next one, where i have my eye on a particularly gogeous vintage blanket box and  a cutesy  vintage oak sewing box  which the auctioneer told me that because they didnt sell this week will go back into the auction next week,.... have reserved my spot already!!!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The wedding plans

My oldest daughter Lou and her fiance Ryan are getting married this summer after 10 years and 2 kids later!
What started off as us all jetting off on our hols to Jamaica, somehow then  morphed into a wedding!  which has now turned into a wedding, a huuuuuge reception when we get back and a logistical  challenge to co-ordinate what feels like 2 seperate weddings , to get it to all come together and feel like one big special occasion,... but I think with Lou's imagination, Ryans' patience and  all the parents contributions to the day , we might just pull off  a spectacular wedding.

The new year has obviously set the wedding planning into hyperdrive as we've spent the last 48 hrs ticking lots of boxes and making more lists ...  everythings booked , save the date cards have already gone out , venues  sorted , band  catering,kilts , photographer all organised , right down to the favours only one really important thing seems to be undecided, THE DRESS!! 
So yesterday after endless searching , she found  THE ONE ,  and has made the very brave decision to order direct from China, to keep costs down. After  lots of ooohs and aaaahs and a few tears it was business as usual but for just a few moments it felt like she was 5 again and had just seen her party dress for the first time ... sniff sniff

wedding gazebo and the pool at night  at the sunset jamaica grande

ocho rios jamaica


new year new me?!!!!

Hey I have actually managed to fulfil my first new year resolution, by actually posting something in January!!

You'd think with all the horrible weather grounding us , that I'd find more time huh?
Not so like most days its dribbled thru my fingers, having a massive re shuffle round the house and decorating the lounge which I suppose is the real culprit but its getting there ,.. almost done just a few accessories and finishing touches , and VOILA   pics will be posted soon i promise .

Not done much crafting but  have been pleased with what i've done, and that i'm  getting better all the time ... lots of commissions just now and seems like every second card  is done with my trusty Penny Blacks , cant wait to get some new ones, but life on a  budget means that no  definately means no  till I've saved more pennies ) .

penny black 'uplifting' stamp coloured with watercolour pencils and some paper and flowers from my stash