Sunday, 30 August 2009

Family Holiday Weekends

We have had visitors this weekend, my Mum and Dad and their two dogs, Tia and Tallulah.

The dogs are 11 month old Jack Russell puppies and they attract so much attention wherever we go. We all went for a walk on the beach today, and they ran riot. My mum has had them since they were 11 weeks. When they were tiny they were the cutest thing you have ever seen, they are just so mischievous now.

I have not made any cards this weekend, though I have taken a few pictures. My dad forgot his camera, and said he needs a new battery for it. Though he did say I could borrow it for a bit to try it out. I wont have a clue how to use it! I took some pictures at the beach. I love the beach! Sunderland beach where we went today is not the most picturesque of places, but it is surprisingly nice for sunderland.

This evening I am going to have a glass of wine or two and sort out some craft supplies that my mum bought for me. She buys things where ever she goes for me!

Friday, 28 August 2009


I decided to make a card for one of the competitions last night. The theme was Contrasting Colours. I was a bit limited on this one as I seem to have the same colours in my supplies, mainly pink, blue and red. I decided to go for purple and yellow as I had bought some new paper in those colours. The card again has a lot of hearts on it! I seem to do the same theme all the time. The papers are just from The Works, the hearts are from a scrap book set, the rub on from a local craft shop and the ribbon is from an old birthday card. I was pleased with it, but then you look at other peoples cards and feel that yours will never be as good!

I think I just need a wider range of supplies, and this will take a bit of time and money. When I go back to work I can treat myself to a few more supplies! I really want some flower punches, a circle punch, some more stamps- really need a congratulations, and some more proparkers. Though maybe some different pens as the ones I have I don't get on with! I have never had a hobby before but I would say this is it.

I would also love a new camera. My last good one isn't working properly. I would love to splash out on a good one. Saying that, my dad has a really good camera which he doesn't use often. I might ask if I can borrow it for pictures around the house. I daren't take valuable items out of the house as I am very clumsy and can loose things easily.

Today my best friend from Uni has been to visit. She came with her Mum and Dad, as they haven't met H. Her mum was great with him. A surrogate grandma, actually better than his paternal grandma! He had a great day. My friend has been off work for a month now as she has had an operation. She has been trying for a baby for 18 months now, and has come across complications. I hope this operation can be a sucess and her and her husband can have some good luck. This is especially because lots of our good friends are pregnant at the moment. I have a friend due a baby every month now until march! Good job I love making baby cards!

I'll leave you with a picture of my friends wedding from May 07. I was her bridesmaid, (I'm the large one!) and so desperate to catch the bouquet, which I did! It was a lovely day, and it was an honour being her bridesmaid. I hope I can return the honour to her one day soon!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Rain, Rain, Go Away!!!

I can't believe the weather today. I know I keep going on about the weather, but its so depressing. My time off work is fading away, and I'm not able to enjoy the summer! rubbish. I took H swimming this afternoon, and it was packed. We haven't been for a while because it was the holidays but I gave in today and braved all the screaming kids. He has been sleeping soundly this evening as a result though, peace at last.

I have made a few cards in the last few days. One card is for my Mum's birthday next month. It is a A6 card which I bought. I am quite pleased with it, and it looks quite good because it is bigger. The second card is just an experiment with some of the ribbons that I bought from poppicraft, then some embelishments I have been collecting. I am going to put my card making stuff away for the weekend. Unfortuantly I don't have any space to do things so end up on the living room floor. The boxes of things are piled up next to the sofa, very untidy. I am having visitors so I need to tidy it all away! Everything usually gets popped in the garage. We should live in there really.

Anyone know if the weather will be better for tomorrow! Fingers crossed. I need to go for a walk, need some fresh air.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Hopefully they have worked. The botton two are some of my better effort cards, still hoping for some improvement with practise and the top picture is of a bee in the garden. I have a large lavender bush right by the back door and I love watching all the activity there. There is always at least 10 bees in it.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Autumn August

I feel so angry that this is August! We have been completely robbed with this weather. I was sure that we were told that it was going to be a good summer this year as well. Next summer when I am back at work with all my gear on it'll be a scorcher, I can promise you. The two summers when I should have been able to enjoy the weather its not let me enjoy it!

I have become obsessed with shopping trips to buy crafty things. I got some great bargains from the pound shop and the local craft shop which has now shut down. No more bargains to be had there then. I have been making quite a few cards this week. I have been on my own most evenings, due to the other half, playing and watching football. I can see my creations are coming along with practise. I have bought a load of bows, ribbons and buttons from poppicraft. They should be all a great finishing touch to my cards, I also bought lots of stamps, ink and a massive card making set from Dunelm. I stil think my cards are just lacking a bit of something at the moment.

I sent a card to my mum - the thank you one, and one to my grandma with some pictures of H. They both called to say how lovely the cards were. I also made a weding acceptance card, though I titled it Celebrate, as I am a bit limited in my words. I now have lots of stock!

I have been trying to post pictures of my cards for ages now, I am not very good at using blogger! I don't know what I am doing wrong! Help, as the Help doesn't Help!

Friday, 14 August 2009


I am still trying to work out blogger, and have spent most of the evening trying to work out how to get a side bar and to post links!! Ahh. I can't work it out. SO I will try again to post the link to Bevscrafts!! HELP!!!

Flat Friday

I have been recovering from another hangover today. How bad is that? I seem to have been doing a lot of socialising these last few weeks. My excuse is that whilst I was pregnant and for the first 3 months of H's life I really didn't, so I am sort of making up for it now. Though I am back at work in 6 weeks so I need to make the most of it really. Just looking after a baby with a headache and feeling tired, isn't something I would recommend.

I went into Durham last night for a meal with the girls. I say "the girls", but they are not really my girls. They are friends of friends, who I have befriended and I am glad that they seem to have accepted me in to their group. I do miss my old friends and all the other groups of "the girls" that I have been part of.

I am having an alcohol free night tonight so I am going to make a mess with my cards. I need to make a birthday card for my sister, a card for my gran to say hello, and a card for my mum. She has been really good to us since I had the baby and helped out with so much stuff, including some card making things I really need to make a special one for her. I just think I need a few more bits and bobs to make some nice ones, mine are all very similar as I am a bit limited to stock!

Anyway talking of supplies- Get yourself over to Bev's Blog. Her cards are wonderful and she is having a great competition to win some amazing Candy....
I so wish I can win!! I have never won anything before. It would solve my card making problems.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

A picture of the sunset at Ullswater.

More camping!

I again have just got back from a camping break! This time we went to the lakes, to Pooley Bridge. The place looked really nice, I was just annoyed that it was so busy we couldn't get parked anywhere so we didn't really do much. We drove to Windermere which seemed the longest drive in the world for 18 miles, lovely scenery though. Again when we got to Windermere it was so busy that we couldn't get parked and got stuck in a car park. No one was moving, we finally got out the place and went back to the site. Quite annoying really.

It also rained again. After a lovely weekend it rained! Its so typical, the rain follows me. I had a good time though, I just enjoy getting away somewhere different and to spend a bit of time without the TV or internet. We were joined by some friends on the tuesday night and had a lovely BBQ. We have also mastered putting the tent up and down painfree as well! Yeah! I am now needing to book another trip before the end of the summer. I need to go somewhere with my parents as they went halves on all the eqiuptment, and haven't been able to use any of it yet.

I now have lots of suppies to make crafty things. I am trying to do a scrap book but its not coming on that well. I have though made some wedding invitations, only problem is I am not even engaged! Thats a long story, but we have a baby so I really think we should be. I don't see why I should have a different name to my boys! Plus I book things in my name and it gets confusing. I have made a few cards as well. Some are a bit naff, but some I really like. I still need more things, just a shame all supplies are so expensive! I am trying to ration myself.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Monday Monday

I don't know where today has gone? I have had a damanding baby today. I don't think he was impressed today with just me for company when he has been used to lots of attention over the weekend.

We went on our first family camping trip at the weekend. I struggled to find a campsite anywhere in the world, so ended up on one very close to my parents. The whole point of the trip was just to try out our tent. It was a bugger to put up. The instructions were rubbish. It also rained all day saturday! Luckily H was good and we did have a good time.

This evening I have been looking at all my supplies that I bought from the local craft shop that is closing down. I only spent a fiver and got some great things. I also want to do some scrapbooking for H's first year. The thing is I am not very creative and I start these things off and just leave them! Though I made a birthday card for my friend this evening, shame its her birthday tomorrow and it's going to be late!!! Oops.