Friday, 29 June 2007
For all you Basildon/Essex gals my class still has spaces - it's Fridays 12 noon til 2:30pm and it's £10 per session. You can 'free' scrap or have a custom kit made for you (at an additional cost)... I can sketch any size layout for you to use or help you make and decorate mini books/binders anything you wish!!! Or show you new techniques and new ideas... And Sandra runs a Saturday workshop - this Saturday it's making cards using iris folding techniques... last Saturday was an exploding box and there are peel off techniques and alsorts of FABBY things in the pipeline too!!! Go in and have a peek! There will also be a sale next week too - and I know there are HEAPS of goodies in that! Leave hubby and the kids at home and go and pay a visit...
Because of the postal strike, I had no packages today - booooooo! Hopefully tomorrow my funky fabrics will arrive. I have heaps and heaps of scraps and pieces coming and i'm soooo eager to get my mitts on them. I am getting into fabric again, especially the cute prints...
Thursday, 28 June 2007
...when this kit is released for me- so no lie in that day!!! I am really pumped to get the stamps - as always they are, for me my fave part of the kit! So cool, so originally and i'm so pumped that Sara is so creative to design them. That is a SUPER fabby part of this kit. It's why it's my favourite and the one I buy every month without fail. It's beautiful. Wanna grab your own??? They are at www.story-kits.com and Sara is super efficient at packing and sending them -wraps them in brown paper with kitsch Japanese tape... I love that gal!
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
But I am not posting a piccie as it is a gift for someone and I know that they look at my blog. Once i've given it to them I will post piccies...!
Other than that I haven't got my sewing machine out- We went a did a weekly shop instead! (oooh the excitement of it all)... But at least my kids can eat now. Emily had a treat for tea and Ben chucked up while we were all eating (great!) That really sums up how productive I have been today.
I have had problems buying stuff too - I brought some crafty/scrapping stuff from a blog back in April (23rd) and paid straight away via paypal... Well to cut it short I still haven't got the stuff and she hasn't issued me a refund. After over two months of emails I have put in a claim via paypal for the amount. I also found out that someone else has had exactly the same done to them but for a higher amount - so now i'm not doubting that she didn't even bother to send the items at all. Feeling pretty miffed about it really. It's a pretty mean thing to do.
I have begun to start slowly working through my to do list - starting with the banner last night and then I plan to try and get my sewing machine up and running tonight at some point. I have a cute little top I plan on making for Emily which I have been meaning to do for like, forever... I plan to do it today... (we will see if I actually achieve it!)
I also have a belated birthday gift to make... which actually I should be doing now while Ben is in bed and Emily is supposed to be having a nap in front of the tv... she's quiet so she's either asleep, up to mischief or curious George is on. She adores that monkey! I have ordered some banana fabric and monkey fabric and plan to make her a little sundress with it, paying homage to her fave cartoon... I know she will be way to excited by that and I love making her happy...
...back later with piccies and stuff (and maybe i'll tell you i've actually achieved something!)
Tuesday, 26 June 2007
And i'm trying to make a banner for here (my blog) and a few other places - can I do it??? No! hmmmmmmm, me thinks I will have to buy one if I want to achieve anything half decent. Have made one but think it just looks far too simple...
Monday, 25 June 2007
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Saturday, 23 June 2007
And it was crop today - we made an altered letter 'H' for home. I'm pretty pleased with mine but really just enjoyed a good natter. I loved hearing about Sarah's wedding in October '08 and Jo telling us about her first class flights! OOOH I love crop, though we did miss Dee and Nina!
Friday, 22 June 2007
Onto my classes -we may be changing the time to accomodate you school run ladies (and gents!) if you email Sandra (you can get to her on http://pandorasandra.typepad.com/) she will let you know all the changes that are afoot!
WOW, just have to tell you again... I saw SHIMELLE!!!
Thursday, 21 June 2007
Well... I made this LO for one of our team challenges on UKS ... hope you girlies like it!
I am digging deep into my old piccies - that are before my digital camera days. This one was taken in 1999, when I was just 19! It honestly seems like yesterday in some ways but a life time in others. As you can see I did hide the journalling - I feel my life back then was probably alittle too wild to write it all down anyhow (I still have all my diaries from back then and they ARE cringe-worthy!) ... Just thought the elsie stuff went well with those wild and carefree days...
Here is a LO made with the storykits stuff - you know I ordered super loads because I didn't even know that they exsisted until about a month ago... I have had this picture for an age... well, since my mum died i've had it and i've always wanted to scrap it. I just don't think I was ready until last week. You know my life had been a little low of late - it had gotten pretty stagnant and things were just running on a level. Then things changed, things started looking up and you know - I felt ready to open my heart and do this picture that I absolutely cherish justice (I hope I have, anyhow)... Things have taken a down turn since and not anything really dreadful just my hopes and dreams are gonna have to be put on hold maybe because I feel that a few setbacks might be coming my way, but hey life is like that and i've looked back on this picture and remembered what a fighter my mum was, she survived two abusive relationships, breast cancer twice with two mastectomies and had three girls who are strong and independant women.
I am so proud to have had her as my mother, she taught me alot. And I super love how absolutely cool she looks here - all Audrey Hepburn-esque.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
And this came from my fabbbbbbby buddy Michelle yesterday!!! Wow! It is soooo cool and has brought a tear to my eye a few times with the journalling bits. I'm hoping it's gonna make it easier for me to journal from my heart... Thank you Michelle!!!
I feel i'm being abit of a poor blogger ATM ... what with a load of posts with no piccies but I simply haven't had the time. I am busy preparing my class for Friday and then it's the Billericay crop on Saturday... I have a busy few days ahead of me. I am also trying to finish my CJ entry in Gina's album, really all I need to do is print out a couple of piccies, her CJ has a cool theme and so I have been enjoying putting in my 'simple pleasures' and the things that make me happy... I also have a cute little metal sonwman charm going on in there - but will wrap him in bubble wrap (I don't want him to damage any pages in there) before his journey to Michelle in Las Vegas... Guess it will seem weird for her, a snowy piccie in the middle of the desert!
Will add piccies later .....
Sunday, 17 June 2007
It seems too that Kerry and Ben are adapting well to a new addition and all the sleep deprivation a new baby brings. I really do feel for them. That wonderful yet very very apprehensive time, where you question every little detail and thing. It's very very hard but oh so worth while! I think with no parents close either it's hard to rely on just your own instinct when you are so very tired and worried about how well you are doing as parents. But baby Ruby is VERY happy and contented. She looks like she is thriving and looks rosy and healthy. She was truly beautiful. And Emily simply adored her. She was so taken by her and spent most of the afternoon besides her moses basket or holding her hand. she loved baby Ruby (la, la, la, la, la, laaaaaaaaaaaa - as the song goes)...
I did though, forget my camera!!! Arrrrrrgggh, you know how much did I want to take a hundred pictures of her... but they are coming round on 2nd so I will have a huge photo op. then!!! No doubt she will have changed so much! Oh, newborns as so bloomin' gorgeous!
Emily sobbed when we left, she didn't want to leave 'Rooooooooobieeeeeeeeee' and I think the fact that she ate all of Kerry's choccie biscuits, strawberries and grapes added to the pleasure of being there. She was distraught wen we had to say goodbye and keeps asking when we will see Ruby again...
Saturday, 16 June 2007
Consoling myself with the fact it's QVC craft day so watching the Brenda Walton hour i've recorded.
Friday, 15 June 2007
I taught my first class at Pandora's paper crafts today and loved it. We had a fabby time and I cannot wait for next week and all the good stuff we will get up to!!! Yeah! (I also got some Jenni Bowlin chipboard birds too - YAY!) We really had a good natter about scrapbooking, what it means, what we all want to get from it and all the other stuff that goes with it... and most of all we all (I hope) enjoyed it!
The kids had a nice time with their Nan, although I did feel super guilty leaving them, Emily took it in her stride and Ben was too little to understand but it's the first time i've ever left him with anyone other than Kevy and just felt pretty weird... driving along with no kids, no chatter, nothing... except the radio real loud and me singing along - surprised it's not rained, lol...
No piccies today - sorrrrry but tooooo pooped to do much.
Had a card from our postie though (!) my SoML kit is at the post office!!!!!!! Will be rushing to get it tomorrow as soon as they open!
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
The mood soon changed though and she was off sulking... the life and trauma's of being two. It's a hard life. I don't even know what it was about but she sure was cross!
Then at bedtime she had a huge accident. I about laid an egg! She was mucking around in a blanket (as kids do at bedtime) and slipped. Her face landed smack on the skirting board and I heard the most almighty thud. I have never moved so quickly. I scooped her up and yikes - blood everywhere. You mothers know how we try not to panic our kids and so just held her close and hugged, thinking if she saw the blood there'd be even more tears and panic... So she had put her tooth through her lip and it swelled to the size of a grape on her lip. It was sore. She didn't find much comfort in her milk or doodie... Poor little mite.
This is it this morning:
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
But anyhow, I have made this little book. I have only filled two pages because I need more piccies printed... but I love it. I love how it's fraying and looking well loved. I love the pink embossed heard cardstock that I have glossy accent-ed. I love pink! And I just think these little books are so cute. This is my third and probably isn't my last.
Anyhow more on my class:
Classes will be small and very personal, it's all about YOU! So you will have plenty of one to one attention and lots of help in achieving a good understanding of your style.
It is on Friday at 2pm until 4:30pm.
At: Pandora's Paper Craft in the Eastgate shopping centre in Basildon.
To book a session/s call Sandra on 01268 522823 or email her : email@example.com
For the first week we are asking you to bring:
A steel ruler/steel edged ruler
A decent pair of scissors
An artists rubber
A note pad and pencil
Wet and dry adhesives (making sure they are acid free!)
And a paper trimmer if you have one!
Don't worry if you don't have all the kit - I know that Sandra has the things you need in the shop to buy.
What I will be doing: We will be covering everything... starting with the basics and building up to the level that you feel will suit you. You don't have to be super creative, all you need is a bit of spare time and photographs you want to make last forever! Sandra stocks a huge range of scrapbooking supplies in her shop and I know there is something for everyone's taste. We haven't created a kit, so as to keep classes free and flexible - I am excited to see what each of my ladies (and maybe men!) will want to achieve from the classes and what they envisage creating!
The first week we'll keep it simple but then the sky is the limit, scrapbooking has no bounds and we will be running through some fabby techniques - new and old faves to keep your photographs looking fabulous and creating the sorts of albums/mini books that you want to show the whole world (and best of all they will withstand time!).
I am super pumped about it all and driving Kev mad telling him about it every night! I am looking forward to meeting you all, working with Sandra and sharing the best hobby in the world!!!
Besides that I have been busy doing washing (pretty boring!)
On a lighter note, Nina will be pleased I have started the her space, my space thing. I had every intention of starting it yesterday but what with my lesson plan (yay!) and everything - I forgot. So here's my first one anyhow : tired...
Monday, 11 June 2007
This would've been even better and cheekier but the zoo has all perpexy type windows and so the glare is pretty hard to stop unless your lens is really level and pretty flat to it. (hardly technical but I know what I mean!) ...
He was a super poser though, that little monkey!