Saturday 24 December 2016

Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas!

Couldn't end without a Snowman, shame about the photo, no light here, think we are going to have a stormy Christmas.

Thanks to everyone for all the kind comments and encouragement throughout the year, and not just about crafting projects, I appreciate all the time my lovely Followers take to visit and leave a kind word or two.

So to each and everyone of You, have the Very Best of Christmases with Peace and Joy in equal measure, and Best Wishes for a New Year filled with Good Health and Happiness.

Having a wee break from posting on my blog...nothing else to put on it at the moment, however, I will be having a nosey at what you are all doing.
Till next year, keep safe and have a wonderful Festive Time.

Thursday 22 December 2016

Almost There!

Well here I am and almost there!!!! How are you all doing, coping well in the insanity of the run up to Christmas I hope.  I mean this happens every year and yet it's the most stressful of times and certainly not good will to all men as the saying goes. I refuse to be stressed by it all, if it's not bought, not sorted, not send, too bad.

I decided to get off early this morning to buy food and pick up medication, so I decided to go to Morrison and get the food there, it meant I could park and go into the pharmacy in the town and also hit M&S for the odd thing.  Well worth the effort of getting off my mark early, all dun and dusted and back home by 11 o'clock.  But my goodness the rudeness of folk is astonishing, I've had doors let go in my face, almost knocked off my feet by a man  who was barging his way through Markies. I even caught a hand trying to pinch a Christmas pudding out of my basket......... well that was the last straw. I caught the wrist belonging to said hand and almost pulled the whole body into the basket.  Not letting go of the hand my eyes travelled up to the face and there was a young woman attached to it, boy did I give her a tongue lashing, she didn't even look sorry about it, just annoyed at being caught out. I asked her if there was an emergency that required a Christmas pudding, I mean there could have been, and I would have given mine up if that was the case. She responded with Don't be Stupid!
Now actually by this time I was inwardly ending myself laughing, but keeping a stern face, my response was... rather loudly.. Stupid!! it wasn't me who was trying to pinch a pudding out of another customer's basket. of course this brought other shopper's eyes to the little fracas happening in the midst of them.  I was pleased to say she ended up with a red face and marched off in high dudgeon.  The other shoppers had a good laugh with me, with various comments about "some people".

I remember another year I saw someone take a turkey crown out of another persons basket as they were passing and the customer was busy looking at the shelves.  That was in M&S too, must be something to do with their food.  Oh well, it's cheered me up and I'm still laughing about it.

Anyway, I have a little card for you, it's the one I've made for my lovely Hubby;
I couldn't think what to do for him, but these free stamps came to the rescue, especially the sentiment. They are all from Creative Stamping Magazine and coloured with a mixture of alcohol markers. I used Pixi Powders to make a background. Our local craft shop has started stocking them, so I treated myself. I made the drink a chocolate one, he is rather partital to hot chocolate... well cold chocolate and any kind of the stuff.

I'm going over to mind Milo this afternoon, Damian has been working from home these last two weeks, but he needs to go into town, so Gran to the rescue, but he's also asked if I will wrap up Moreen's gifts, and as I'm a nosey person, said I'd be delighted to. So that's my afternoon sorted out.

Thank you for the gorgeous Christmas cards that have been sent to us... you know who you are. It's times like this I wish I had a mantelpiece.

Thank you too for all the lovely comments on my knitted pieces, I hope they go down well with the recipients of them.  I've go so many knitting projects I want to start, but can't get on with them as I can't choose what to do.

I'll say cheerio for now, and see you before the Big Day,

Saturday 17 December 2016

Knitted Gifts!

Hello Everyone, how are you All doing? I hope you are well and remaining sane in the run up to Christmas. I seem to be on track thankfully, with Damian working from home last week it meant I had time to catch up with things at home, and shopping. I even managed to get some parcels wrapped up, but my sellotape wasn't sticking so had to call a halt till I bought new sellotape.  These things are sent to try us, lol.

Thank you all so much for your visits and kind comments on my last card, I know how much time it all takes so it's all very much appreciated.

I'm sharing some of my knitting today,
These socks are for Damian, and the colours just happen to match his Football Team, Glasgow Rangers so, I expect they well go down well. Yarn used is by Arne and Carlos.
 More socks made for a friend in fabulous Noro Kueryon sock yarn, a fabulous slubby yarn and knits up so well.
A cowl for Moreen, The Fisherman's  Wife  Cabled pattern, knitted in Stylecraft Chunky yarn. Knitted on size 10mm pins, and although it's a lovely piece I hat knitting with such large pins and thick yarn, I much prefer 3or 4 ply.

Now as some of you know I was taking part in the Carolthon with the Choral Society today,
Here is the only photo that Alistair took that turned out, battery ran out, so unfortunately, he has not captured the whole group, there are around 25 of us, anyway, here I am with my choir buddy Fiona. There was a good buzz in the shopping centre, so I hope we collected lots for our chosen charity.
We have a break now until January when we will start to practise for our Spring concert.

I was soooo tired this afternoon, I could hardly keep my eyes open, I had made a start on commenting and realised that I'd dozed off when my laptop landed on the floor. I had to go and lie down, now that is not like me, I did sleep though with Teallach beside me, and Alistair made the dinner.  I have been so incredibly tired lately, not sleeping well at all, can't think why really, perhaps one just has phases like that. Best not to worry about it though, just go with the flow, but I felt it such a wast of time going to bed in the afternoon.

Anyway, that's all from me tonight, my card making is all but stopped for present, just Alistair's card to do and I'll have a go at making some tags for the gifts. so until next time, enjoy your weekend and take care of yourselves,

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Christmas Cheer to You!

Hello Everyone,  How are you all today, well I hope, but sending out kind and positive thoughts if you are not too good.

Thank you all so much for all your fabulous comments on my CCC cards, you are all so kind.

I'm having a real break from minding Milo as Damian is working from home, so that means that I've been able to catch up with things at home.
I brought the Christmas deccies down from the loft last week and I've been trying since then to put them up. I just don't know how I managed things when I was working full time, Alistair's response to this was "your older now",  Cheers for that , I thought. 

Anyway it's good to have got all the cards off in the post, only the neighbours to pop through their letterboxes. All presents bought, but still to wrap, but still plenty of time for that, and I managed to put our little bit of decorations up, much smaller scale this year, but Alistair fixed up our Rudolph that he made last year and brought him round to the front garden, I put his lights around his antlers and he is now all lit up. Looking good.

I have only one card to make and that's for Alistair, but still time for that, and my mojo has disappeared somewhat for that one.

Anyway, last night at Choral practise we had sound techies from BBC Radio Scotland to record us singing a few carols for a programme being aired on Monday 19the December between 12.30 - 1.05 pm, it's called Personal Best and I believe it's about how singing can help with mental health. So, if you are around with a bit of time to spare, have a listen in, we sound pretty good and the programme should be interesting. I can certainly endorse singing to help if you experience poor mental health, just like crafting.

I would expect it will be only those in Scotland who will manage to tune into this radio station, but I hope some of you might hear it.
Our other signing date is this coming Saturday when we sing our Carolthon;
We have a lovely programme of Christmas Carol and songs, and as you can see our charity this year is Chest, Heart and Stroke. If you are in Inverness, come along to the Eastgate Centre and hear us and if you're there between 12.30 and 1.30, you catch sight of me singing my wee heart out.

I've got the evening to myself, Alistair is going to his music group, so it's feet up and I might pour myself a wee dram and watch Rillington Place, gosh Tim Roth is chilling in his portrayal as the murderer Christie.
Have a good evening and see you soon,


Sunday 11 December 2016

Snowy Scene for the Christmas Card Club!

Good Morning to You!! I hope all is well and that you are enjoying the weekend. I'm sure like me yo well have lots to get done with the run up to Christmas.

Well it's time once again for the CCC ladies to share their cards for the final time this year.....boy has it gone in fast, and this time it's our lovely Rita who has chosen the theme...Snowy Scene, here is what I've come up with;

Two lovely images from Micheal Powell, bought a few years back when Papermania brought out a range with his art work....Shame about my photography.
I made these a while back and now can't remember what I used to colour them and they are now off in the post. 

I bought whilst at the Birmingham craft show the other year two cross stitch bookmarks with Micheal Powell's art work, in fact the man himself sold them to me and he was drawing at his stall, I was entranced watching him at work, he wasn't holding a workshop or anything, just sketching away whilst he stood there.  It must be marvellous to have such a talent being able to just pick up your pencil and start drawing.

I have enjoyed all the challenges set by the CCC ladies this year, and thank you Rita for this one. It fairly fills up the card box and I've not had a rush to get the cards made, in fact I've still got a few left.
However, a note to year keep them completely flat!! I thought I was doing well with having no bows and bulky decoupage, but even gems can keep the cards from fitting through that ridiculous small slot. 

Not much on the cards today..pardon the pun, just some food shopping, ordinary food that is, can't face the battle of Christmas food shopping yet. So it will be a quiet day.
We were busy yesterday helping to load up a container which is now on it's way to Syria with clothes, shoes and all manner of things that the Refugees need. Alistair and I have been involved with Highland Support Refugees for a wee while now and  it was good to see this huge container driving off with the boxes of clothes for children, which I've mainly put together along with other volunteers. Originally it was bound for Lebanon, but something has gone wrong there and now on to Syria, where very brave Aid Workers, and thank goodness for them, will distribute what we have sent, and that's 919 boxes. 

Thank you all for the comments left  about my previous card, most appreciated.
Enjoy your Sunday whatever you plan to do and see you soon,

I would like to enter the first card into;

Friday 9 December 2016

Floribunda Net!

Hello Everyone, I hope today has been a good one for you and that you are getting ready to enjoy your weekend.

I've eventually made a start on writing the Christmas card and got some of them posted, now this is the part of card I just don't like, Alistair would help, but it's quicker if I do it myself, but I hope to have it behind me by the end of the weekend.

Thank you all who commented on yesterday's card, I know how much time the commenting takes so I do really appreciate it.

Today's card has been made specifically for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge;
 Using the beautiful Floribunda Net image, I heat embossed it and coloured it with DI.
Matted on to black card and then an orangey red card stamped with a few little Card-io stamps.
Paper used is from Sara Davis, Autumn Collection. Added ribbon and a few sequins and left it at that.

No sentiment yet as I'm not sure what occasion this card will be used for.
I always have a bit of a struggle to interpret the colours, but I think I've managed not too badly this month.

I almost didn't bother with the challenge this month, mainly because of the time factor, but then again, it's the last one of the year so it would have been a pity not to enter the Challenge having entered each months during the year.

I read today that Chocolate Baroque will be joining Hochanda, having previously been on The Craft Channel, which I could never manage to view, so I'm really pleased at this news. I do love this stamp company, and have been luck a few times to have won a challenge.

A bit of knitting I think tonight, I did get Damian's socks finished and now on to a cable cowl for Moreen. I had made one a few months back and I'm blowed if I can find it. I've searched all over the house, and it's a small house, so I've concluded it's in the "Black Hole" .

Enjoy the rest of your evening and I'll see you soon,

I woul like to enter my card into the following challenges: 

Thursday 8 December 2016

Walking in the Air!

Good Afternoon, or rather Early Evening, whatever, hello to You All.
I've been trying to get around to doing this post for days now and the time is just running away, I expect you're all much the same.

I've been slowly getting to grips with the Christmas shopping, and I think I've got on top of it, not that there was much to get, we are a very small family, and some gifts will be gift cards. 
Christmas cards require writing, although I did manage to get the abroad ones posted the other day, so hopefully I'll get around to writing them over the weekend.

I've bought Alistair a hat, I found a gent's hatter on-line and ordered a black Fedora, and just by sheer luck it arrived this morning and he was away for a walk. There was no disguising the huge box with the the company name on it and the word hats. So, I've got it wrapped up and stashed it away. I hope he likes it, but there are so many different styles of Fedora, but it can go back if it's not suitable.

So on to my card which is for my Choir Buddy Fiona who adors the Snowman, well who doesn't! I try to make a different one every year for her and so far I've managed.  I bought a Snowman kit a few years ago from Crafters Companion and I've still some left. I've made a bowed from from CC snow acetate, and cut snowflakes from Sara Davis to cover the stuck on bit of the acetate, and made a border to put the acetate under from one of the cards. The photo is not good, poor light to blame, it does really look better in real life. 

Really only one Christmas card left to make and that is for Alistair and I don't know yet what I'll do, I'll manage something at the last minute I expect.

Thank you all so much for the kind comments on my last post, you are all so encouraging.
Off now to make the mac and cheese for dinner, not made this in yonks, a real treat for me as it's dairy and carbs, so tummy beware, but hey ho once in a while and one has to live.
Cheerio for now and see you soon,

Sunday 4 December 2016

Owl Tealight!

Good Evening Crafting Friends and Visitors, hope all is well with you and that you are all enjoying what life has to offer.
I've been away visiting my friends Dale and Stewart for a few days which was lovely, and of course it means getting to see Amanda and Kerr, and luckily this time around little Olivia who is Amanda's Granddaughter how is only 2, what a gorgeous little cutie she is.

Back now, and trying to settle back in, although I loved being away, it knocks out my system with my insulin, eating etc, so I come back shattered and it take me a bit to get back into harness again.

Pleased to say my boys were fine, both survived, but pleased to see me back.

I've been trying to get around the blogs to comment, but forgive if I haven't reach everyone, my fingers would be worn out, but I've spied your makes on my reading list and have seen many wonderful creations.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post, you are all so kind.

I have another MDF project to share tonight;

Once again from Imagination Crafts I painted up a Tealight holder with Starlight Paints and a little Sparkle Medium.  I took this down to Dale and she loved it.

Now, whilst I was away, Damian took Milo to the doggy nursery, which he loved and came home whacked. Here are a couple of photos of him at play, the staff take photos to put on their FB page;
 Milo's new Best Friend
Would take a lot to chew through this me thinks!!

I think this is a fabulous idea for pets, and although it's new to me the daycare centres have been going for a while. I think Damian is going to put him in at least once aweek, it also gives me a wee break.

Well folks, it's cuppa time so I will say good night and see you all soon, take care of yourselves,

Monday 28 November 2016

Wintry Globe!

Hello Crafting Friends and Visitors, start of another week, I hope everyone had a good weekend, we had a quiet one. 
Is everyone well, hope that you are but sending kind thoughts to those who are struggling a bit just now.

Well, I'm getting ready to go down and visit with my dear friend Dale tomorrow, really looking forward to it, just going myself, Alistair is staying to look after Teallach, actually he felt he couldn't face another long bus journey after our trip to Glasgow. Dale and Stewart are off to New Zealand in a couple of weeks to spend a few months with their son and family, so I felt I wanted to see her, especially also as he sister has just died and she s awfully sad as you can imagine.

Getting the house prepared, making sure there is food for both my boys has taken time. As Alistair doesn't know how to work the washing machine I've had to catch up with the washing too. I don't do meals, he is capable of cooking thank goodness. I just hope he get on OK minding Teallach, he isn't finely tuned to him as I am.

Milo too is going to have to do without me , I think Damian is going to work a bit more from home. But get this, our chewing boy has been to a doggy nursery. They have found somewhere locally that you can take your dog where he has loads of company of humans as well as other dogs. They took him along at the weekend and Milo was assessed to see if he got along well with other dogs and he was fine. Lots of space to play inside with loads of toys, activity things and a big yard outside for them to play. climb n objects and goodness knows what else. Milo loved it, got along fine with the dogs who were there and came back home whacked. I've never heard the like of it, but if it helps well and good. obviously it costs, didn't ask how much, but it must be cheaper than having to replace furniture and carpets. So I think he will be going there sometimes. Whatever next??

So for my share today I've decorated up one of the fabulous Imagination Crafts MDF Globes I bought whilst at the Glasgow show;

When I saw the globes, there are a few of them, on Hochanda a few months ago I thought I just have to get some, so I did. I wanted to make one for Damian and Moreen and this is it. I've not used all of the elements that come with this set, but I've made a wintry background scene with DI and used an IC tree stencil, Inkylicious sun/moon stencil, Creative Expressions glitter.  The Deer are part of the globe and the have been painted with Starlights and Sparkle Medium, The frame of the globe has been painted with Silver Starlight and Diamond Sparkle Medium just where the deer are standing to give the impression of snow. I've made snowflakes using various makes of dies and added sequins to the sky.  I also added little lights, again seeing this done by Lisa on the show. It all took a wee bit of time to make but I think it is worth it and hope that Damian and Moreen will like it, hope you do too.
I have one to make for myself, but that all depends how I get on with the Christmas knitting.

That's me done for today, I might not be able to get around to visit whilst I'm away so forgive my lack of commenting. 
Thank you for all the lovely comments on my CCC cards, you are all so kind. but for now,

Sunday 27 November 2016

Trees and Mixed Media for the Christmas Card Club!

Well Hello Everyone, here we are again to share our makes from the Christmas Card Club, a very fast fortnight. Since then of course Blogger has made changes to it's dashboard system, real pain in the ass. Now I thought I was doing well with it, not liking it, but I thought I'd managed to suss it out, until I looked for the CCC button on my dashboard which would take me on to that page.....gone....eek!!  Now I am understanding what the girls who are on blog DT are talking about.

Fortunately, I got help from Christine and Margaret both from the CCC, just how they managed to know what to do is a mystery to me, so a BIG THANK YOU for your help.

So this time around it's Mary's turn to choose a theme and she would like to see Trees and mixed media, here is what I've come up with;
The colours are much brighter in real life, and I've completely forgotten whose stamps I've used, sorry, the branches are freebies from Creative Stamping mag.
Imagination Crafts Art stamps and Starlight Paints, and finally;
Chocolate Baroque large Trees stamp which was one of their AYOS stamps the other year, lots of sparkle, inked up sky with Memento and Ink Dusters and a few sequins.
I hope these do Mary, I enjoyed the challenge, and I do love trees.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my Oldie yesterday, you are all so kind and encouraging.
Scheduling this post for going live tomorrow, so till the next time take care and I hope you all have a smashing weekend,

Friday 25 November 2016

Twas the Night for Friday Oldie!

Hello Everyone, hoping all is well with you and that you've been having a good day.
Another cold, bitter really, but sunny. I didn't wrap up enough when I went into town, so I didn't waste anytime, business done and back home.

Thank you for your kind comments on my last card and the photographs. It's always appreciated as I know everyone has a bus life.

I was delighted to be a Top Three Winner in the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge, I don't do many challenges but always try to make a card for this one. Thought I would just boast a bit lol😊

I had the most sleepless night last night, I kept wakening up from 12.30, so by 4.30 I decided to get up and try and finish one of the socks I'm knitting for Damian.  Teallach was sound asleep on his cushion when I went downstairs and decided that he was staying on his cushion so just ignored me.
Anyway got the sock finished, but what a phaff as I was struggling to understand the pattern. It's the first time I've made socks on a circular needle, I always use 4 needles and trying to do the decreasing  was really awkward, I had to eventually return to the 4 needles. In the circular needle's favour, I thought it made a a neater leg.  However, one sock done and another started, so he should have them for Christmas, at least that's the plan.

I'm scheduling this post for tomorrow joining Erika of Snappy Crafts in a Friday Oldie share, and you can find Erika here.

This is just a fun thing where we share something handmade from an earlier time in our crafting journey. It can be anything not just a card. there are quire a few of us joining Erika now and it's interesting to see how our crafting styles have changed, here is what I've found to share;
Well you can tell I'm an animal lover, I just think this image is adorable. It's all from a CD and I've added some embellishments. Can't for the life of me remember what CD it is. 

So that's me for now, it will be an early night and hopefully a decent sleep. Take care of yourselves,

Wednesday 23 November 2016

A Pot of Poinsettias and Rehersal Photos!

Good Morning to Everyone, has your Blogger Dashboard changed? Mine has and blogger is back to the robot thingy. I was all over the place looking for the icon for new post, well obviously I found it but I wish blogger wouldn't tinker with blogger.

Anyway, I hope you are all well, and keeping dry and cosy. You folks down there in Englandshire are having awful weather, we in the Highlands are doing OK, very cold but sunny today.
Needless to say my Adventurer is off to the hills, he's so pleased to have his chum Derek back who has been away in China for the last 3 months, so they are off out to play.

A big Hello and Welcome to Shaz who is my new Follower and also now one of our CCC members, I hope you will manage to pop in when you can Shaz and thanks for clicking the follow button.

Thanks also to all who commented on my last project, busy now looking for small doggie treats to put into the drawers.
Thanks to for your good wishes for our concert, it went brilliantly, the soloists were wonderful and we were wonderfuller lol. The audience seemed to receive the music well, although Alistair admitted to dozing off in the first part, but some of the pieces are very repetitive, especially the amens, 8 pages of amens is really too much for anyone regardless of how well sung. He loved the second half where the music was a bit lighter and the soloists sang their own music and the Bass was superb with the famous aria from the Marriage of Figaro.
Here are a couple of photos from our rehearsal;
 The soloists rehearsing, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and the fabulous Bass
And then there's us... I'm the one with my arm leaning on the back of the chair. I was amazed that I was actually in the photo, I never am, but getting the back of me is quite something.
Unfortunately, we are not allowed to record the music, not that I would know how do do that and get the video on here anyway, and I'm not sure if there are photos yet of the actual performance. Thanks once again for your interest.

Righto, on to my card;I was
 I was quite pleased with how this turned out, it's my take on a sample in Creative Stamping Magazine using the free stamps. I made it for a friend who is having a bit of a struggle just now with her health. She has received it and pleased to say she liked it.  The blooms are embossed with Wow powder and painted with Starlight Paints, Papers are various bits from pads I've had for ages.

Well the sun is streaming in the window and showing up that they are needing cleaned, Teallach makes such a mess of them. He is loving this weather, out most of the day and staying in at night, but I do have to get up for him about 5 o'clock as he comes up to let me know that he needs to go out.

That's me for now, so take care and keep cosy and see you soon,

Friday 18 November 2016

Santa Advent Calender!

Hello Everyone, gosh it's been cold today, has it been the same where you are.  A heavy frost and icy roads and our local mountain is plastered in snow, Alistair can't wait to get out on it.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate you visits as they all take time.

Just a quick post tonight, as I'm all behind with everything. I've got a share tonight that is a bit different for me, I hope you like it;

When I saw this Advent Calender in Hobby Crafts I thought I'd love to decorate one of them. Now you've not to laugh, but it's for Milo and the little drawers will be filled with doggy treats, of course that will be all he's interested in. 
I've used various paints including Starlights, and I bought the little star lights hoping that they would light up the scene when dark, unfortunately they are not strong enough, so have positioned the two battery operated tea lights in front of it. Just a bit of fun but I did enjoy doing it.

Right off to give myself a manicure for tomorrow,  long day it will be with rehearsing all afternoon then performance in the evening.
Take care and see you soon,

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Sparkling Mistletoe

Good Evening Everyone I hope it's been a good day for you whatever you've been doing. Hoping all is well with you too.

Thanks so much for your continued visits and all the lovely comments that you leave, always very much appreciated.

Have you been watching Planet Earth 11? What an amazing  programme, the filming of the animals and scenery is awesome.  Alistair was watching it on Sunday night and I was kind of in and out of it, not fully concentrated as I was trying to multi-task, so when Damian said he'd recorded it, I thought I would sit and relax with Milo this afternoon and watch it. My goodness I thought I was there, Damian's new TV is a cracker, it's all sorts of things ours isn't, curved too. It brought the colours and the picture so that you felt you were were the camera was taking you. The fight between the Golden Eagles was incredible and the Ibex on the sheer cliff face took my breath away. The photography is fantastic and the shots of the Himalayas were wonderful.  Well worth the tutorial from my son when the TV arrived on how to operate it as it's light years ahead of ours. Well worth watching on Sunday nights.

Milo was awfully good today, but he has been getting into more trouble with his chewing, so I've suggested that the consult an animal behaviourist. Now a couple of years ago we had lovely neighbours and the lady happened to be one of those, she now has her own business and lives locally. Shanta and Iain  have two gorgeous Akita dogs and the younger one has autism and she has trained him incredibly well and he is a very well behaved dog. So, Damian had agreed to get in touch with her to see if she can help, so fingers crossed.

So on to my card and one for  the Flower challenge;
I've use a CB stamp, Mistletoe, this was one of the AYOS range the other year.
I've embossed it in Red WOW Embossing Powder and coloured the leaves with SN Aqua Pens, then used Glitter pen over them. Matted on to SB Adorning Squares, some old Papermaina paper and some green card. Die'Sire greeting dies.

A simple creation really, anyway I would like to enter it in to;

Our rehearsal went very well last night, I'm confident that it will be a super concert;
and here is what we are performing.

So that's me for another night, time for a wee bit of knitting, I've started sock for Damian and I'm trying for the first time using circular needle instead of four needles, meant to be faster, well I hope so or my lad won't get them in time for Christmas, i suppose it's all what you're used to, but I'll persevere a bit longer.

Take care and see you soon,

Monday 14 November 2016

Sparkly Tree!

Good Morning to Everyone, start of another week and I hope you are well, I know some of you are struggling just now so sending kind thoughts that you'll get through your difficulties whatever they may be and feel better soon.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my CCC card, I have to say it was a theme I enjoyed doing.

Been up early today to go to the eye clinic at the hospital to check on the diabetic damage caused to my eyes, and pleased to report that what doctor is seeing now is an improvement and that they are discharging me and I will go back to having the back of my eyes photographed at the diabetic retinal screening as before. Now I'm not sure what was happening as my sight wasn't affected, and I very rarely have to change my prescription for glasses, but they saw something that worried them. Mind you my diabetes on the whole is pretty well controlled, that always helps, it goes a bit awry sometimes but I can get back on track. So now I just have blurry, nippy eyes from the drops that numb them so that they can take the pressure reading......???? and and the drops that dilate them. All a pain in the neck, but nevertheless, thank goodness we have this on the NHS, or many people would be in deep trouble with their sight, so I don't complain, well only about the very early appointment.

I have a card today that I'm entering into the CB Colour Challenge;
I've concentrated more on the blues and greens of the colour swatch, attempting to create an Aurora Borealis sky and used stamps from Sparkling Tree set and Christmas Cheer set for the sentiment.
Embossed with WOW Glitter and coloured with Momento inks and Ink Dusters
A selection of coloured gems and lots of glitter.

Off to see Milo today, been over a week since I kept him company so I'm looking forward to that, then in the evening I'm at Choral practise and it's the last one before our concert in Eden Court Theatre next Saturday.  I'm pretty confident about singing this program as I've sung most of the pieces before, except for the Humming Chorus from Madam Butterfly, but I am an expert in miming and have to with this piece as as some notes are off the page for me being a 2nd soprano.

Lovely day here, temperature is up somewhat and the sun is shining. I'm off to do a bit of ironing, see you soon, take care of yourselves
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Sunday 13 November 2016

Reindeer for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello Everyone I hope you are all tickity boo, but if not , I hope you will soon feel better.

Well what a week for excitement... Trump for President, England beat Scotland at footy, well there's a surprise, they even lost the rugby, an even bigger surprise, lol, but most importantly the John Lewis Christmas Ad is released featuring Buster the Boxer, has anyone seen it, it's absolutely brilliant, Aldi have released their with Kevin the Carrot, he's a wee cutie and M&S has brought out one that bring a wee lump to the throat, which I think is the best one they have done for yonks. Oh yes we're speeding full tilt towards he big day, and talking about Christmas, it's time again for the ladies from the Christmas Card Club to share what they have been making for Sunday. This time the theme has been chosen by our lovely Lorraine and it's Reindeer, always lovely to see them on cards.
Here is what I've come up with;
I've used this beautiful stencil from Imagination Crafts and Sparkle Medium on to black glossy card and then matted on to card I've had for ages from Hunkydory, them gold card from Crafter's Companion, my sentiment is from a wonderful set by John Lockwood.
The image on this card is made with one of Imagination Craft's Art Stamps, and various colours from Memento, inked on with Ink Dusters from Inkylicious. The Embossed background is a folder from Sara Davis, tartan ribbon and a lovely little embellishment form Creative Expressions, then some gems. There is a sentiment there, embossed but not showing up well.
Finally, I'm sure you will recognise this sweet image from LOTV, coloured with Promarkers and Gel Pens by Sakura, lots of glitter, but not showing up. Gold glitter card and papers from an old pad from LOTV, sentiments from Little Claire, a little gold ribbon, a few gems and we're done.

Being part of the lovely group of crafting ladies is such a good way of getting ahead of the game  by having your cards ready in time for Christmas, so it anyone would like to join us for next year please let me know and I will put you in touch with Margaret who keeps us all organised.

Just want to thank everyone who visited and left a comment,  and this is for Mary from Carolina, a Gritter is a big vehicle that spreads grit when the conditions are icy and snowy, you will have the same thing over in your neck of the woods, probably just by another name.

Take Care everyone and see you soon,

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