The weeks are just rushing by!

21:32 Karen 8 Comments

First of all an apology to all my blog friends - I have had to call a blog amnesty as I have been so busy this week that I could not face the 163 blog posts I came home to yesterday and so marked them all as read and started afresh today.

I never thought I would have a week as busy and as enjoyable as I have had the past week. I have been to an amazing choral concert in London in a church called St James Garlichythe and then for a reception at Dyer's Hall, both such fabulous buildings.

Spent the weekend at a scrapping retreat,

I have taught a class to 30 ladies, who seemed to like what I had designed and taken six classes. Now that is a tale to tell! So how much did I get done? True to form, from 8:00 Friday until 6:00 Sunday afternoon I managed 1 finished class, 1 layout of my own and a little present for Gracia.

So on Friday I took a beautiful class taught by Mel and it was a mini-book.

This is how far I got!

On Saturday I took a layout class with Susanne and I managed to finish it :)

During the day I also managed to make this layout - when I got the photo printed in Sainsburys the boy on the photographic counter asked me "Why have you go a random photo of someone's feet?" I thought to myself "You're obviously not a scrapbooker or it would be obvious!"

I also made this

I am so pleased as I had it in mind for a long time in fact ever since I made her the G. I am going to send it to Gracia nearer to Christmas for her room at Uni and sincerely hope it will become a treasure she gets out each Christmas.

On Sunday I took a class by Jane and it was the most scrumptious and sparkly Christmas album - truly and absolutely gorgeous. I got this far! no pages and no embellishments in yet.

I then took another class by Susanne - a Christmas star. Guess what, yet another unfinished project. I managed to get the star constructed but none of the beautiful decorations that Susanne had on hers.

On to my third class of the day and yet another beautiful mini book. This time designed by Karen and it was made to record things you are grateful for. By this time in the afternoon, after lunch and two previous classes I was just grateful to be still standing! I loved the book but this is as far as I got.

It was now time for my forth class of the day and I am ashamed to say I bottled out of this one. It was the one I had been most looking forward to but by 4:15 was absolutely dead on my feet. I took the class pack and instructions and thus far it hasn't even made it out of the poly bag.

The plus side is that at the crop on Saturday I will have plenty to do and won't even have to pack as my bag is still packed from the weekend.

While I was at the crop I sat next to Christine, who also came with me to the Tim Holtzy frame with bits and bobs in that I made in August. We sat next to each other in several classes and have to say at times we were snorting with laughter. It was such a pleasure to find someone with a similar sense of humor and someone who shares my total lack of craft skills when in a class. We managed to cut paper wonky, I managed to drop double sided tape onto a piece of patterned paper that I needed and my first lot of shrink plastic butterflies for Susanne's class came out looking more like the chrysalis that the butterfly came out of than the butterfly itself. But the funny thing was that even when we took classes separately we still managed to make some mistake or other. I love Christine's company and hope to share time at a retreat with her again!

So that was my busy, busy week and this week doesn't look any easier. I have agreed to help with the Guide unit on Wednesday evening and am curious to see how I cope going from Rainbows to Guides in one huge leap. I am sure Natalie has it all planned beautifully and I will enjoy it but it will be very different - or maybe not.

Have a fabulous week.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. I am sitting here listening to David play his cello as I type and it is such a relaxing sound.

2. Spending a weekend with friends old and new.

3. A little bit of crafting before I turn in for the night.



Have I shown you?

15:14 Karen 9 Comments

At the moment I am struggling to find time to create very much other than what is absolutely essential. I seem to have so many other things that are pulling on my time that blogging and scrapping come a very poor last :( .

Next weekend will see somewhat of a change though because I am going to a retreat at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club organised by Mel and Jill from ATDML. Although, I cannot get there for the start on Friday, I have not been in my new job long enough to take a day off (but I do have a cunning plan - ops turned into Baldrick again!) I am booked in for a class at 8:30pm. Then on Saturday I have another class at 9:30am, then I am teaching my class at 3:30 - Eeeeeek and have 4 classes booked for Sunday. So I am looking forward to meeting up with girls I haven't seen in ages, old
friends and hopefully making some new ones.

So thinking about ATDML reminded me that I very rarely put my work for them on my blog. Today is the day that it changes and I am going all the way back to April when Mel and Jill sent me some beautiful Bo Bunny Timepiece to play with. So without further ado I present my April DT pieces ........................................................................... drums roll and trumpets toot .......

Bound by Love - My mother and father in law on their wedding day.

The white doilies are the plastic packaging from the Prima flowers cut out and up-cycled.

A little Memory Book of my mum and dad.

Not long after they met - I think she was determined to get her man in those shorts!

When they got engaged.


With me (the baby) and my big brother.

Time Flies

How can that tiny scrap be Gracia?

Its Time To Say - Birthday Card

Our Home
(with some very old photos of the cottage)

With journaling behind the door.

Well, I think that is the fastest I have ever compiled a blog post! Now I must get on with sorting out my stuff for next weekend and start thinking about getting sorted for work tomorrow.

Wishing you the most stupendous of weeks.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. Although I have less time - changing jobs was so the right thing to do.

2. Gracia went to Durham Cathedral and took Holy Communion there. I am so pleased that her faith has followed her to Newcastle.

3. Very much looking forward to a trip to London on Thursday, with work, to listen to a choral concert and then going for 'nibbles, to Dyers Hall afterwards. Ooooh look at me mixing with the posh people!



Giving Mr Tim Holtz and his inky inks a workout!

15:40 Karen 14 Comments

My best bud Eileen and I always used to have a cup of tea on Thursdays after school. Eileen has Thursday off from work and it was a day that suited me to pop round. But going to work for longer hours and much further away has put paid to our little afternoon tea sessions.

See we really shouldn't be allowed to see each other
we can't be trusted to be sensible! (Blue tongues after sucking blue M&Ms)

So we came up with a cunning plan, (far better than any Baldrick would come up with) as David goes out on a Thursday night we decided that it would be a jolly jape if Eileen came round on Thursday evenings. This has proved to be very successful as we now have far more time than before and a host of options to take up. For example three weeks ago Eileen played with some pretty paper and glue and I sorted out the digital bit for the remaining LSNED pages on my laptop. We spent a happy evening drinking tea and chatting. The week before last we decided that we would watch Pirates of the Carribean 4 instead of playing with paper and we both really enjoyed that option. This week Eileen and I both played with some paper. In fact, as promised, I played with white card, acrylic paint, stamps and Mr Tim Holts's very inky inks AND I didn't need rubber gloves or therapy!

At the last crop Sue (see this post) taught us how to use the inks that we had all bought and never knew what to do with them. She demoed a fantastic technique and I was inspired to have a go. If you wish to know how to produce the lovely things Sue does read Sandie's post here where she gives detailed instructions. Well I inked and stamped and stamped and inked and then inked some more and was absolutely delighted with the results, I even inked the ribbon for the bunting. I was enjoying my self so much that I had to text Sue to say I was having a go and really excited with the outcome. I cut my pieces of inked card into pennants,

punched out butterflies and made a journaling mat. I then constructed the layout using the papers from the class kit.

I had chosen a photo of myself (not because it so flatteringly shows how wide my nose is or how many wrinkles I have) taken in our kitchen as the orange paint effect on the walls is similar to the pattern on the paper.

I am so delighted with the technique that Sue taught us that I certainly will be getting my fingers inky again very soon. In fact I am investigating buying some new stamps - I never thought that those words would ever be seen on my blog!

Have a super week.

Reasons to be cheerful.

1. Being able to text Gracia the story of how I spent a frustrating 10 minutes wondering round ASDA car park this morning looking for my car only to realise that I had in fact taken David's one shopping. Once I had remembered I found that one in seconds.

2. The window for our bedroom (the one that we haven't been able to use for the last 8 years) is being made, as I type - so being able to move out of the smallest bedroom in the house into the largest looks like it may be on the cards soon, ok lets be realistic - in the next couple of years!

3. Anticipating Downton Abby tonight.



Adapting to Change

16:24 Karen 6 Comments

Well, the week has simply flown by, without much crafting :( but Eileen and I did manage to make the time to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 4 on Thursday. As my new job involves sailing (not me I hasten to add) and one of the boats does look awfully like a pirate ship my mission is to get Jonny Depp to come on board dressed as Captain Jack - please excuse me while I swoon quietly in the corner!

I have yet to get used to getting home at 5:30/6:00 instead of 3:30 as I did before but I am loving the change.

Yesterday was our crop day. I was very laxed and didn't get my camera out once! So no photos of the cupcakes (lemon sponge with orange cream cheese icing) and even worse than than, no photos of the fabulous class that Sue taught. Sue can take a plain piece of cardstock and turning it into an amazing creation - take a look at this blog post. I was in a funny old mood - missing my girl and stressing about something that was out of my control! So didn't attempt the class but am really looking forward to using my class kit to make it at the first chance I get. I have a class for the ATDML retreat to get finished this week but once that has been done Mr Tim Holtz and your inky inks you just look out!

All I have to show for a whole day is this page.

Have an absolutely wonderful week.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. Sue - she showed us such a fantastic technique and everyone (but me) produced really lovely pieces of art.

2. Loving my new job.

3. My girl has booked a train home for the first weekend in November - Yeeeeeeeeeeeeees!



It's the final count down!

12:11 Karen 11 Comments

I went to the little crop yesterday and had a wonderful time with the big girls and the Divine Miss E. As my girlie is in Newcastle I see it as my mission to spoil Little Miss E a little whenever I see her because every momma has to have a girlie to spoil, even if that girlie belongs to someone else!

At the crop I managed the final 11 (yes I did get a bit behind at the end of the project) pages for my LSNED mini book and also made a card for a certain someone's birthday tomorrow, so can't show this as yet.

So here we go (with apologies for the length of this post)

Gracia took her UKCAT test and passed with flying colours, was there any doubt she would?

It was time to say goodbye to Hannah, although I celebrate that she has been Gracia's best friend for over 10 years she has also been my 'other' daughter for just as long.

Cases packed and ready for the first part of our journey to Newcastle - I truly wanted to hide these cases so she couldn't go!

Traveling to mum's took longer than expected due to the 2 1/2 hour traffic jam we found ourselves in.

After deciding to walk into Newcastle - 40 minutes, we then couldn't find our way back to Gracia's flat - over an hour back.

I have a love/hate feeling for this photo, love it because it celebrates Gracia's independence and self assurance and being able to move so far away and hate it for exactly the same reasons.

After nagging her for as long as I can remember to tidy her bedroom. An empty and tidy bedroom reminds me that sometimes you don't always want what you wish for!

Making myself late for work because I just had to go back for my camera and take a photo of this beautiful web.

Remembering that sometimes for my own sanity I get up early just to be creative and start the day in a good way.

As I opened the gate to drive the car out I noticed the leaves and berries on the ground and realised that Autumn was really here.

Starting and ending the month with a bunch of flowers - one to celebrate getting a new job and the other as a leaving present. So after 11 years I am moving onto pastures new - exciting but very scarey.

When I got home from the crop I made the covers and used a bind it all wire to hold it all together.

The book is so fat that I had to thread all the pages onto the wire and pinch it together by hand.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. Harvest festival in church this morning was so good.

2. I have tomorrow off before starting my new job.

3. The girl is loving Newcastle and all her new friends.