Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Good Evening Everyone, it seems such an age since I last put up a post.  I hope you are all well and for those who are not so good, well here's a HUG.

Thanks to everyone who has visited my wee blog and especially to you all who left such great comments on my last card, story and photo.  I really do appreciate it, because everyone is busy and it does take time to get round all your followers.  I don't know how I will manage it when I return to work, at the moment I have a bit of time. Anyway thank you.

We had a lovely time at the wedding on Saturday, the bride, Amy was so lovely and Malcolm, her groom was very handsome.  However the rain came down in torrents, and the ceremony was held in the gardens, but in time honoured fashion, the sun shone on the bride at just the right moment.  There was a window of dryness whilst the ceremony took place.  Being quite a laid back couple they took the awful weather in their stride.  Photos were mainly of umbrellas.It was very much a do it yourself affair, held in one of the halls in the glen, "the Youngsters" who ever they were decorated it with the most wonderfully coloured tissue balls hanging from the ceiling, flowers from their own and neighbourhood gardens, food made by a local friend who is a chef, and it was out of this world, and a great band to dance to.

Our day didn't start out well as the hotel wouldn't let us in to our rooms until 3 and the wedding was at 2, we weren't dressed and worse I had a naked face.  We explained we were going to a wedding, but no, we couldn't get in,  and there wasn't a room to change in.  Well you cant get into a kilt outfit in a Nissan Micra.  So we had a quick panic and then thought of our friends who stay in the next glen and maybe we could go there, luckily Alistair had there phone number in his phone.  Now Peter and Jean have the Lost Gallery and they were busy picture hanging for their new exhibition on the Sunday, but said to come along, if we didn't mind the upheaval. A further 20 minutes to their place, time was ticking on, got in and changed, Jean made a cuppa, and I was able to have the sandwich Alistair made at home and brought with us so that I could take my insulin, as it would be a long time till the meal.  Alistair had his sandwich too, and then Jean said , what's that on your shirt?, when I looked there was a great big red blob of something, tomato sauce, I thought,  well folks you know that I have had very high stressed recently, they just reached top level at this.  I couldn't believe it, this was the shirt which was found, washed and ironed at the last minute. Anyway it was jam, Peter managed to sponge the stain almost out.  I wanted to kill him, Alistair not Peter. Well all this is going on I'm trying to put the slap on.  It was one hell of a rush, but we made it on time.

We didn't stay at the hotel that night, we were told that our room had been cancelled, it was fortunate that other friends invited us to stay with them.  This hotel makes Fawlty Towers look like the Ritz.  The owner was beyond rude and to think it is on a tourist route, it certainly give the area bad press.

Here is a photo of us all glammed up,
I'm wearing the gorgeous butterfly pashmina that my friend Dale gave me for my birthday, I tell you I was glad I had it, not at all warm.

My card tonight is another lovely image from and it's Freesias
I've used; Promarkers
                DIs to edge around papers and image
                Kanban Vintage Tapestry, First Edition Rose Garden Papers
                Coordinations red card
                Marianne Seniment and Die
                Ribbon and gems from my stash
                Star Dust stickles

I hope you like it, it's a card for a friend who is struggling quite a bit with her diabetes, I thought she could do with a wee card.

That's all from me tonight, see you all soon, thanks for looking
Hugs Kate x


Marie-Louise said...

You both look extremely well Kate. Very smart. Love the card. Freesia's are my favourite flower. I love the smell.

downrightcrafty said...

great photo I love a kilt or two :) and gorgeous card super floral image and beautifully coloured
Hugs Kate xx

Rita said...

What a beautiful picture Kate. Sorry to hear about the hotel saga. A similar situation happened to us at the Lake District years ago. What a stunning card. I'm afraid I have not been in my craft room very much since Wimbledon started. Hugs Rita xxx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Great Photo Kate
Nice card love that image
jacqui x

Shona Hamill said...

Hi Kate, glad you enjoyed the wedding but the hotel sounds a right shambles, I'm so glad they didn't get your custom after the hassle they put you through! Fantastic card, love the vivid colours of the image x

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
super photo of you and hubby. You both look a wonderful picture in your lovely togs. Love that butterfly pashmina.
So sorry to hear those awful hotel peeps were so rude. You think as it was a wedding they would have made an exception.
Love the card and the freesias, that flower always reminds me of my Nan who's name was Freda and she loved Freesias.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Hazel said...

Good evening Kate, you look great considering how stressed you must have been!!! I bet your blood pressure was through the roof. You know something you can see why people don't come to Scotland any more with Hotels like treating there customer, I bet that's why they wouldnt let you in early, I would be writing to the tourist board if they are registered with them. I know they can loose there star rating.
I better warn our visitors from Canada not to go up that way and be wanting a hotel. Now your card is beautiful like Marie-Louise I can just smell them. I was thinking of you to day hope it wasn't to bad, especially with Alistair taking himself off when you most need him.
Hazel xxxx

Alison Scott said...

Beautiful card.
Such a shame a tourist hotel really let themselves down.
You make a very handsome couple. I do love a kilt ;-)
When we got married in Jamaica, Stevie caused a ruckus by wearing the regalia and everyone wanted to know the details. ;-)

rachel said...

your feesias look stunning Kate - I'm sure your friend will love it - and that photo of you and your DH is fabulous - very glam xx

rachel said...

sorry kate - should have said freesias!

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! Such a wonderful photo, your both look gorgeous in your outfits.
Glad you had a good time at the wedding despite your awful experience with that hotel.
Your card is beautiful, I love the image and wonderful colour. This is sure to cheer your friend
Sue xx

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card Kate. The flowers are so pretty and I love the colours.
Glad to hear you had a good time at the wedding. The photo looks fab.
Lorraine x

MRS DUCK said...

Well don't you make a handsome couple! I won't ask if Alastair is a true Scotsman lol!
Your card is lovely and cheery and I love freesias. . . . . Had them in my wedding bouquet!
Name and shame this disgraceful hotel! If not on here, then pop a review on Tripadvisor. Agree with Hazel too. Report them to the tourist board.
Ooh, that's made me cross. . . . . . Steps off soap box and takes deep breath!
Take care both. x

Wendy Fraser said...

Fabulous card, I love freesias, they always remind me of my Gran, they were her favourite flower. Super photo too, I love your pashmina. Can't believe the service in the hotel, beyond appalling! xx

cuilliesocks said...

Just to say I put in a review at Tripadvisor. Having looked at their review site there is quite a few bad reviews, a couple of really good ones that friends from around the area thing the owner wrote himself. I had a laugh when I read them.
Kate x

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Kate, gorgeous photo, both you and Alistair look so lovely. Sorry to hear of your dilemma with the hotel, what a disgrace to be treated so horribly. Great to hear the wedding went well and that a good day was had.

Your card is lovely, I like the strong smell of freesias and you have coloured them beautifully.

Wilma x x x

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
thank you for comment on my latest card. The verses inside my cards are printed off a CD called Verse Editor which I bought at Cand C about 8 years ago. I don't know if it's still about, but it is a great, as it has lots of verses for most occasions, and it helps you position them just in the right place. So I also use it for my type written sentiments too.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pop's Cards said...

Good morning sweetie, this is just stunning, a really gorgeous creation, hugs Pops x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Goodness me Kate what a shenanigan! The hotel sounds a nightmare just as well you didn't stay there in the end goodness knows what else may have happened! Your card is a sheer delight! Hugs Susan x

Doreen said...

Beautiful,fab image and

Erika said...

Oh my Kate what an adventure you had on Saturday, men eh! Had to change my youngest this morning as he got chocolate spread all over his uniform 10 minutes before school.
As for the crafting you won't be getting rid of me that easily....I have a few ideas a foot and I shall be sharing in due course. x
Great card, freesias are my favourite flower, love the scent.
Hope you week has been less eventful?
Hugs Erika.

Patricia said...

Kate you look a treat, love the dress and that Parshmina looks great.
Name and shame the hotel, I certainly want to know the name so that we can give it a wide berth if we venture up that way..

Your card is stunning, loving the colours you have used and yes I can almost smell them as well.

Patricia xxx

May said...

Gorgeous photo Kate...You look stunning!! & Alastair looks fab in his kilt...I agree with Patricia name & shame the misery at the Hotel....
Love your card Great image & colours.... Hugs May x x x

Sandy said...

What a very handsome couple Kate!! I am grinning from ear to ear you all look so happy!! Your card is lovely but not nearly as lovely as you are!

Jane said...

Permission to share with the world? xxx

Diane said...

Fabulous picture of you two, even with the rain, hotel and rush you both managed to look outstanding. Love the colors of your flower on your card.

Regards diane