Sunday, 25 January 2015

But The Picture Has A Moustache

Inspired by Vicky at Blush Crafts, I thought I'd whip up a quick bloke's card for the latest challenges at Less Is More (sketch) & Addicted to CAS (World)
...here it is.

Following Vicky's tutorial I fashioned a moustache and attached it to a panel cut from a charity shop map.  The sentiment was hand written due to my inability to move the margins on my computer.  It's a quick card today as I have much to do.....tax return, French translation and most importantly, knitting!

Whilst dashing round Aldi last week I saw this mahoosive ball of Aran yarn (a wool mix) for just £3.69 which promptly went into my trolley and an idea was hatched.  On the way home I dived into our local needlework shop and purchased a pair of wooden needles which I'd heard were the dog's whatsits for knitting....and indeed they are.  I taught myself to cast on from a YouTube tutorial (Deramores, I thought yours was crap) as even though I could knit I could never do the casting on bit.(hangs head in shame)  Anyways the plan is to knit a cowl, snood,...(call it what you like) because heaven knows I haven't got enough scarves already!  I'm really enjoying knitting and with this easy stitch I can even manage it whilst watching the telly.  I'm hoping it will be completed in the next couple of weeks...yeah well, one can hope.

I managed a little chazzing this week also...

a few more books at 25p each.

And a large pasta dish, not vintage, but jolly useful.

  So that was my week, how has yours been ?  Must dash folks, I've got some knitting to get back to.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Oh Why Can't We Talk Again?

I'm feeling smug today, the hotpot was in the slow cooker by 0745 and a tray of flapjacks in the oven not much later.  Time to get creative with paper methinks.  The card stash was getting on the low side so I thought I'd create one for a few challenges this week.  No time for anything too elaborate as Dad will be arriving for Sunday lunch soon....he's off on his big adventure to Oz, NZ and Singapore later this week....lucky old him!  Here's what I did.

Items used were - Hobbycraft retro telephone stamp, Versafine inkpad, Cuttlebug border embossing folder. The sentiment was computer generated and the speech bubble drawn by myself.  

Linking to:

Less Is More - Friends
Stamplorations - Stamps and Ink
Cas-ology - NBUS  (never before used stuff, in this case the telephone stamp) 
Darnell's NBUS challenge


Apologies for dreadful photo, the light is terrible today even with a daylight bulb and we're both fed up with this gloomy weather!

Thank you for all the lovely comments left last week, I was very touched that you hadn't forgotten me!

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Blogger's Return

Yes, it's me..... I'm back and a belated happy new year to you all .  I've enjoyed my blogging break but I missed you, so you'll have to put up with my witterings once again.  What has she been doing during her absence, you might ask ?

I've been watching a bit more telly......Going back a bit now, but did you see Grayson Perry's Who Are You, shown in the autumn?  I absolutely loved this artist and ceramicist's three part series, in which he made 'portraits' of troubled folk and those who were at some sort of crossroad in their lives. I was fascinated by Perry's sharp observations on society and the way he was able to connect with each person (or group) and to show with his art how they perceived their identities. Other progs I've been hooked on were The Great Interior Design Challenge and... (can't believe I'm telling you this,)  I'm A Celeb.

There was some pottering and odd jobs around the home.  It's been a while since I had a poster on my bedroom wall, the last one was David Cassidy, but now my brocante find is finally gracing the boudoir in a two quid jumble sale frame and it looks blinding. 

At work,  I took my snowplough driving refresher course where I drove a 10 ton tractor and an articulated de-icer vehicle round a slalom course and was tested on ability to handle the vehicle and the various controls.  If the South gets hit by heavy snow this winter Gatwick aims to be ready.

 Not quite a pot of gold...

Reversing these vehicles is a bastard.

Of course it goes without saying there has been chazzing. My latest purchases are these books (at 25p each it would have been rude not to) and this cheerful booze-themed tablecloth...chin-chin.

There's been a bit of making, Christmassy stuff mostly...an almost homemade hamper for bro and SIL

which included Limoncello, truffles and Caroline's onion marmalade 

.... and a few homemade xmas decorations. 

Christmas itself was a fairly quiet affair and unlike the north of the country, it was mild...

 and Osteos were in flower on Xmas Eve.
 Another unusual sight was this billboard outside the Co-op which made me laugh

Blimey, we must really be on the map now...although I'm sure he's oblivious to the origins of his festive fowl. 

I avoided the post xmas sales as I don't buy much at all from the High St these days, but this faux fur hat called out to me from Accessorize as I was passing. It was half-price and as it fitted my pin-size head perfectly I was compelled to buy it.

Faux fur titfer - High St store
Faux fur trimmed parka - had it forever

So come on, tell the truth, did you go mad in the sales?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Read All About It

Just dropping by with one last, very simple card made at the weekend for this week's Less Is More challenge, where the brief is newsprint.  

Items used
page from an Italian book 
Shabby Shutters DI 
Pear Tart Memento Ink
Crafts Too embossing folder
card and button from my stash.

I say one last card as this will be my final post for a while, I'm taking a blogging sabbatical.
I've been feeling ambivalent towards my blog lately, while it started life as a vehicle for me to enter card challenges, it has evolved into something a bit different and largely it's purpose now is recording my life.  It's a useful tool to mark events and everyday happenings also, which I like to look back at. But everyday happenings are not terribly exciting ....people don't want to hear about my blocked gutters and knackered oven do they?  I struggle to write about stuff when life is...well, just ordinary and I don't want it to feel like a chore.  So I'm taking a break for a few weeks, possibly months, in the hope that a hiatus will give me the impetus and renewed enthusiasm that I feel I am in need of.  I shall still be coming by to see all of you of course, I'm far too nosy to give that up!  Big thanks to all of you out there for reading so far,  I hope you'll all hang in there with me but guess that's a risk I'll have to take.

Ciao for now

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wonder Walsall

With train tickets booked, ditto hotel, it was off to Walsall I went.  Saturday saw the long awaited Bloggers Day Out, hosted by Vix in her Black Country home town.   She arrived bright and early at the Premier Inn (excellent btw if you're thinking of a stay in Walsall) and we headed off to the station to meet Lyndsey, Curtise, Annie and Em.  Shortly afterwards Gisela, Tania and her friend Vanessa arrived and once fortified by Costa we marched off to the now legendary Second To None for a secondhand shopping experience like no other.

Inside was a veritable treasure trove of vintage vetements, the like of which I'd never seen before. The shop is packed to the gunwales with garments from Victorian times to the 80's and just when I thought we'd rummaged through it all we found another two rooms with rails crammed full of yesteryear's clobber and all at a reasonable price too.

Time flew as we delved through the rails and tried on frocks, skirts, bikini!- to enhance the experience our kindly hostess thoughtfully provided us with a lovely libation.  Two hours later here we all are, exceedingly satisfied with our purchases.

L-R Vix, Vanessa, Tania, Curtise, Gisela, Emma, Lyndsey and Annie

Next stop was Wetherspoons for lunch.  A grand building, St Matthew's Hall was once Walsall's library, the bookshelves now providing an attractive backdrop for more snaps.


These wonderful women agreed to a close-up, here's Em with her great skin... and nails, glorious redhead Curtise and sparkletastic Tania. Thanks girls.

After the best value lunch ever we hit the charity shops...

... the trimmings stall at the market, the old fashioned sweet shop and the Asian beauty store.

Pom-poms were in high demand and at that price, no wonder!

There's loads of attractions to explore in Walsall as this curious child discovered...

 the Leather Museum, (Walsall is the traditional home of the English saddle manufacturing industry)  the New Art Gallery and Arboretum to name a few.  We hardly scratched the surface of what the town has to offer, a good excuse to return eh?

After one more trip to the pub, (it would have been rude not to) it was time to say our goodbyes.
It had been a day of great company, lots of laughs and fantastic shopping.  I urge you all to try a bloggers meet-up,  if it's anything like ours you'll have a bloody good time. 

Oh and just in case you're interested in seeing what I bought..

  70's wraparound block printed skirt

 70's block printed maxi

Didn't I do well?

Linking for the first time to Patti's Visible Monday

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Autumn's Bounty

It's been an ordinary sort of week, work, odd jobs, housework, oh and a couple of finds.  Yesterday I had to visit Argos, the hoover was not firing on all cylinders shall we say and a replacement was urgently needed. An hour later the new model was sucking up like a.... sycophant (?) and boy did I need it!  Judging by the amount of filth and cat hair in the dust container, the efficacy of my previous vac must have been about 5%.  One thing's certain, I'm never going to be asthmatic if I can withstand that amount of muck.  How shameful!  Anyway enough about domestic appliances and onto my latest make for this week's Less Is More challenge where the brief is Autumn's Bounty

Items used:
Stampin' Up image
sentiment by Hero Arts
various marker pens and ink pads
clear embossing powder
household bleach

You might wonder why I made an xmas card.  I need xmas cards so this is another one for my stash and fir cones are part of autumn's bounty aren't they?  LIM ladies, if you disagree feel free to disqualify me.
Also linking to Stamplorations - Stamping and Embossing challenge.
                                 Time Out challenge - Stamping (with a twist)

All this talk of autumn's bounty brings to mind my latest charity shop find...

70's frock, very Abigail's Party don'tcha think? hospice chazza £3

....and yesterday's jumble sale bargain

picture (bought for frame) £2

I had my French film poster in mind when I saw this frame although I had no idea if it was the right size, I took a punt as it was so cheap.  By an amazing coincidence the frame is perfect for it so I'm very happy indeed.  Quelle Chance!

All this waffling on won't get the lawns mowed will it?  This little fella joined me in the garden earlier this week, I wonder if he'll be back today?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Watch The Birdie

Another weekend another card.  This one is my entry for Sweet Stampin' Challenge where the request is for men's cards.... how timely, it's my brother's birthday next weekend.  

(oops - didn't realise this side shot has revealed the sticky fixers but no time to take another)

Items used - circle spellbinder dies for dry embossing & cutting frame
card and acetate from stash
Stampin' Up  edge punch
sentiments-PB and Hero Arts

I'm also linking to Brown Sugar - Anything Goes and Simon Says - Anything Goes

I wanted to feature a camera on this card as my brother is a keen and talented photographer, in fact he's recently had his snap of Brighton Pier published in the August edition of Sussex Life, you can see it here.  Unusually for me there's very little stamping on this card just the sentiments on the front and insert.  I don't mind admitting that I find men's cards a pain in the arse and nearly resorted to buying one.

It was a busy weekend which commenced with a gut-busting full English at The Caff followed by hedge cutting, dividing perennials, hanging dusty drawers in the living room and coat hooks and saucepan rack in my craft room.  Look away Emma Kate, I did not countersink the screws or fill the holes with wood filler....they are visible!
(although not very, in this photo)


 What did you get up to at the weekend?  Do tell.