Wednesday, 29 December 2010
I have had this layout nearly finished for the longest time, really just needed to stick everything down and add a few little accents.
This is the "official" photograph of me finishing the Great Scottish Run 10K race in Glasgow at the beginning of September. If you had said to me in September 2009, when I first started running, that I'd be doing a 10K race a year later and finishing it, with a decent time, I'd have declared you crazy! My goal at that point was a 5K in the spring, and I was rather doubtful about that. But somehow, strangely, I started to enjoy running more and more, I managed the 5K race, and when my friend asked if I wanted to do a 10K with her, I agreed. I can't really say I enjoyed the actual race in Glasgow - parts of it, yes, but other parts were definitely a challenge - but I felt really good after I finished it :) So good that I'm now aiming to do a half-marathon in 2011!!
Saturday, 11 December 2010
First up, I have FINALLY finished the crochet cushion cover for my daughter that I started (coughing nervously in embarrassment...) about a year and a half ago. It did go missing for a while, which is an excuse, but again, slightly embarrassing... Anyway, here it is:
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Crafty, inky time had to take a back seat over the last couple of weeks because of school closures, public transport failures and a very full and noisy house suddenly where usually peace and quiet reign during the day ;-) Yes, the children have been home and hubby had to work from home, too. Very distracting!! Alas, we haven't had any new snow since Monday (when pretty much all of Scotland broke down), and temperatures are rising, so I'm listening to the constant drip drip drip of melting snow and icicles. Music to my ears! The younger ones are having their first full day at school today (after heating failure and early closure yesterday...), and eldest daughter will return to school tomorrow for a Friday half day. Hopefully, hubby's trains will be running again on Monday, and life will finally get back to normal!! :) I have still so much to do preparing for Christmas, panic is starting to set in! But I'll get there, might just be slightly more frazzled than usual :)
Thanks for stopping by, non-Christmassy post coming soon.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Our back garden yesterday, it's got an extra few inches on top of all the snow today!
Dog after his walk yesterday, we had to stick him in a lukewarm bath to melt all these snowballs off!! :)
Thursday, 18 November 2010
I used SU! retired Glorious Green cardstock, Kraft cardstock, Papertrey Ink's "Have a Ball" stamp set, and the little boy image is by Me and My Big Ideas. Very handy that he's got a stripey top on :) I also tried making a little banner for the sentiment and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.
Well, that's all for today, hope to have other things to post soon. However, since youngest daughter is home from school thanks to chicken pox, it's anybody's guess how much time I'll get to craft. Her statement: "I'm not ill, I've just got chicken pox!" hit the nail on the head!! :) Thanks for looking!
Friday, 12 November 2010
The first three cards are using images by (the sadly closed-down) Elzybells, the pup in the last card is by Lily of the Valley. I've kept them all fairly simple, with the images mainly watercoloured and few embellishments. "Less is more" definitely works best for me, I find it very difficult making cards with lots of patterned papers and embellies.
Thanks for stopping by, I should have a few more cards for you tomorrow :)
The images are from Papertrey Ink "Sign Language" and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! Colours are also Stampin' Up!: 1. Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip, 2. Pixie Pink, Pink Passion and Gable Green and 3. Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Lovely Lilac.
I'm really quite pleased with how these turned out and I can definitely see myself making more.
Thanks for looking, more to come very soon :)
Thursday, 7 October 2010
I sat down and pulled out some 12x12cm cards and a kit from My Minds Eye which I got last year but hadn't used very much. I had also stamped all the sentiments previously, ready to go on cards. So now was the time and within a relatively short time, using the kit and just a few extra bits, I had made four little cards :)
I'm making this for my mum's birthday in November, it's a teal Arran yarn from Tess Dawson, and I'm using a pattern from a little supplement to a knitting magazine I got last year. I love the pattern and all the cables, but it is fairly slow going, because there is so much cabling going on. It would also help if the puppy didn't try and snatch balls of wool every time I sit down to knit...
Now, the cushion cover I mentioned in my last post is nearly finished. For reasons best known to myself, I joined the back and front BEFORE weaving in all the ends... However, it shouldn't take too long, and once it's fully finished with buttons and cushion pad inside, I will post a picture on here :)
Well, that's it for now, thanks for stopping by!
Monday, 27 September 2010
For example, it was my FIL's 80th birthday at the beginning of the month, and I made not one, but two cards for this occasion.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
I used some My Mind's Eye papers that came free with a magazine, Papertrey Ink stamps and Stampin' Up! inks again.
And lastly, sadly, a sympathy card. Don't like making those.
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Well, this is probably the last post for a while. Today was the last day of school in our part of Scotland - the last day of primary school for eldest daughter!! - and the girls and I are off to Germany on Saturday for the week. When we come back, we've got a week to get ready for our family holiday and then we're off to a remote cottage in Perthshire for two weeks! With the puppy... I shall let you all know how that goes. If the weather continues the way it's been, we'll have a lovely time, but summer might have finished by then, because, let's face it, it's been going on for an uncharacteristically long time ;-) We are enjoying it while it lasts, however, and trying to make the most of it. If you saw youngest daughter, you'd be forgiven to think she's been abroad already, she's that tanned!
Now we're off to a favourite restaurant to celebrate the last day of term and the end of primary school for our eldest. See you all in August, have a lovely summer! :)
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Both use PTI's Star Prints, the second one also uses the swirl from Stampin' Up!'s Season of Joy. I ended up printing the sentiment on my PC, because none of my (mostly American) stamp sets have "well done" in them... The ricrac strips on the first card were cut with my wonderful new PTI ricrac die :) It's a great length, 9" I think, so it'll be handy for all sorts of things, and I really must go and try to use it with felt!!
Thanks for stopping by, watch out for more posts with random, just-for-fun cards.