Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Paper makes me happy :)

Often, I get asked, in my 'real' job, what I actually 'make'. Its hard to describe to peeps. I mean I cut up and stick down pretty paper but its so much more than that. I guess you have to be sentimental to actually understand why I do it. Before you can understand what I do.

If I hadn't of experienced loss so early in life, would I be scrapbooking. I would like to think I would. It just probably wouldn't be as heartfelt as it is right now. Just lately, i've been talking to my middle sister about life. Loss. How things have turned out. How i'm not sure you get life until you experience loss. Thats kinda sad. 'You never know what you had, til it was gone'. So true.

So, thats what I make. Memories. Feelings. not just pretty paper and sparkles. They are just the decoration. Bit like putting on your make up. You're still the same underneath. You just feel better and for me (I look better ;) ) with a bit of slap on!

So i've been making this: This cute sprayed LO of Benji. Gems, stars, stamping, spraying... yum!

This, alittle more sentimental. And taken by my iPhone, so I apologise for the photo not beign as crisp and clear. But I do love hipstamatic :) Made from broken down primark jewellery. Probbo not acid free but so textural and pretty.

And lastly: I'm on count down for this! ALLY PALLY :)

Time ~ where does it go?

It seems lately I spend my whole time chasing my tail ;)

September is the busiest ever month for us at home. We have Ben turning 5 and starting schoolio and Emily is starting year 2 and turning 7. My middle sisters three children celebrate their birthdays, another niece and nephew celebrate birthdays too! It seems September is the month when I need a money tree :D

Also, along with Benji starting schoolio, Kev goes off back to school/work. It means the whole balance we had going on for the last six weeks ends and its back to mumma doing kiddos, house, dog, work etc... I honestly loose my mind in September.

We are off to Legoland and a hotel stop over for the weekend of Em's birthday :) So we have that to look forward to as a family, amongst the birthdays and fun.

I have Ally Pally with Marion and Jayne to look forward to right at the end of September :) With Sugar and Spice! *Squee* I'm ever so excited by this. I love just getting away and although its tiring on the feet, I think we spend the whole time laughing. I am looking forward to it so much. Since leaving the shop, I miss the chatter and fun. Marion is now, on QVC! A superstar. Much better than Dawn Bibby ;) and i'm not quiet sure how she is doing it. I thought my life was busy!

I am still working hard with my jewellery Made by Polly, and am adding more and more pieces to my range, slowly but surely. I am selling lots. It has been through word of mouth and those of you who have brought. Thank you very much. Your lovely comments make me so happy.

I have designed this double pendant, which has Em and Benji's prints on but I recently did for a married couple. How cute is that! It had the date inscribed on the back :) It was so sweet to hear about their wedding and him giving her this pendant as a gift. Truly heart melting :D

These weenie babies are just super cute! They are perfect for a little gift for a bracelet or necklace for someone who doesn't want such a chunky charm. Or perfect for a little miss who wants to feel grown-up and special. They hang great individually or seperately and I can't make them quick enough! I can't complain ;)

In other news: It's Nina's crop on Thursday night...!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Apologise for the previous posts!!

Howdy-doo everyone!

A big thank you to Clare who alerted me to my previous posts (now deleted...) you can guess what they were about! :S I'm getting narked with it all, it seems no matter how many times I change my passwords/email account; they hack it! RAH ;)

In other news, i'm still working mega hard. Stressful but rewarding. I got three compliments today, which is very unusual. Normally its all moany old ladies (and gents). Today, I achieved alot, got complimented and laughed when a colleague fell off her chair. (She laughed too, so it was ok!).

In other news: I've had problems with a store in the US called Scrappy Land. Don't use them! :( I ordered a heap of *SMASH stuff from them (have you seen it... its fab! But it arrived half missing and damaged. I am fighting for my paypal refund right now. As you can imagine, i've had pretty grim email responses from them. Don't use them. Its not worth the hastle!

I have GOOD news though from this lady here, she has got me a new little design job...! With QVC :) whoo hoo! So I have made a few samples for 3 new kits/products coming up... Not sure when but they are bits you will 'need'.

I have been making lots too, I just haven't been photographing it... as now I am such a bad blogger. I am just hooked on Twitter and Instagram. Its just much more friendly and straight away ;) I shall try and attempt blogging again. I did love my blog so much a few years ago. I'm not sure why I lost the love for it all. I'm sure it has a direct link with work though and time.

Also. i'm making silver imprint jewellery too... over here www.madebypolly.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Just a quick howdy!

Well, I'm not good at keeping up with this blogging lark am I?
Work has been hellish, we have had a swap round in the office and it's not going well. I'm not sure how much longer I can hold it all in before I explode!! I have had a few arguements already and it's just stressful ;)
Anyhow. In four and a half weeks.... It's the GoGoGetaway!! Yay! I'm so excited. I thought I needed a break last year :) but this... !
I'm thinking about packing already :)
I've been making too:

This was with my January GoGo kit along with a few bits I've found on a big clear out.

This is one from my studio calico kit :) I love that pic of Benji...!

Well, that's it from me. I'm hoping work gets easier and less stressful although I'm not sure how that is possible really... Some people are just good delegators and do little themselves ;) all I keep thinking is ... less than 30 days til GoGo!!!

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011


Where does time go? It seems all I do is chase my tail lately!! :)

I have had three lovely kits delivered though - Noel Mignon, Studio Calico and Scrapagogo... Each of them amazing!

I have also been making :) I'm not sure how these pictures will turn out as I'm posting from my iPhone but here goes: !

This was a mixture of Studio Calico goodies, new and old. I used my new jenni bowlin ink pads too... You do NEED them!!

I used loads of primarni jewellery on this one. I just broke it up... The large pink flower was from a £2 bracelet that had about 8 of these babies on there :)

Off to a craft fair in Braintree on Saturday, that's after working 06:30 til 10:30... Can't say I'm enjoying work but i'm grateful to have a job, two girls got made redundant today :(

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Where have I been...

I guess you've all left me, seens as I haven't posted for like an age :( Life here has been busier than ever. I am still making though :D
I was told before Christmas that I would no longer have my job come March the 31st, as they have deemed it cheaper for a call centre to do my job... I'm sure they'll want to be helping old ladies get their jim-jams on at near on midnight ;) Still, they know best *ahem* and so I had that nonsense to deal with. Luckily, I was offered a part time job there in the day, so I am now getting Benji childminded for two hours a day to make it possibly. Its not the exact way that I wanted it to happen but I needed a job, so needs must!
So, I have been working 3 jobs, although for only one place -its driving me mad! I am so tired. The past four weeks, i've worked 28 days. Yes! Everyday each week. Luckily, I have managed to give up most of my out of hours :) and so that will ease my day job and my supervisior role. I might even manage some time for scrapping!
So far this year, scrapping has taken a back seat and i've made only two layouts. I'm hoping now my hours are reducing and i'm adjusting to being back at work in the day and having to get myself and two kiddos ready for work and schoolio!
I'm hoping that now we're into February and the house is in alittle more order... I spent the whole day cleaning today! My one day off and I scrubbed all day. Each of my babies are sleeping in gleaming rooms with cosy, freshly made beds tonight :) From now on i'm hoping life will slow down.... please!?!!