Friday, 18 October 2019

Skating !

Hello Everyone, hope that you're well, but kind thoughts going out to those of you who are not so good and hope you will be feeling better soon.

Another lovely day here, sunny and not too cold. We had one or two things to do in town this morning, then we drove out to Ardisere to The Cheese Pantry for a bit of lunch. We have never been before although we've always meant to go, but always we are on our way back home when we notice the sign for it.  As it's name suggests, they make their own cheeses from their own cows and sheep. There's a lovely little cafe and although not an extensive menu plenty to whet the appetite. I had a brie board with two good slabs of cheese and a tortilla what had a gorgeous quince jelly on it that had been sprinkled with sugar and then heated, and oh my it was delish, Alistair had a very fancy cheese and Serrano ham toast with scrumptious chutney. We finished off with a piece of carrot cake which we shared. Just lovely, not too much but felt satisfied, and it was good to go somewhere different too, with a beautiful run into the country. I bought some cheeses too. Their shop is amazing, what an array of cheese, I bought some Gouda and the same Brie that I had  and the lovely chutney that Alistair had with is toastie. We'll not need much for dinner tonight.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on Pinky Inky, I'm pleased you liked him.
We watched a TV documentary a few weeks ago about Octopus, or is it Octupi, anyway, they are very intelligent creatures, and like human company. The Biologist who had been studying them, had one in his home, in a large tank obviously, and bonded with the scientist's daughter. It would be waiting towards the top of the tank, waiting for her to come home from school, she would talk to it and they'd play games, a sort of hide and seek, where the Octopus would hide in amongst his bit's and bobs in his tank. It was fascinating to watch. When the girl put her fingers in the tank, the octopus would reach up with one of his tentacles catch hold of one of her fingers and pull it along as he swam around the tank, they had great fun with this.

Well, I've probably bored the pants off you with my octopus and cheese story, sorry, anyhoo here's my  card for today, and I'm entering it into;

The theme was a Winter Scene and I thought this fabulous stamp from JND was just perfect, I love the skaters on the village pond, at least I think that's what it's meant to be. I stamped it in Night of Navy SU ink and matted on to blue card. added a panel of pretty paper from First Edition , Sentiment, banner and snowflake are also from the same set. They were free with Creative Stamping magazine. I heat embossed the sentiment in white  and finished with sparkle on the ice and snowy roofs.

Well, a new weekend tomorrow, I've nothing planned but Alistair is going to Ft. William  for a meeting and that takes him really most of the day away, so I'll catch up with housework and maybe a bit of knitting which has been neglected lately.
Enjoy your weekend and see you soon,

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Pinky Inky!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and having a good week.  We have a drizzly day and quite dark, pity as the last few days have been sunny but cold and crisp, oh well that's weather for you.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last card, most appreciated as ever.

I've something a little different today;
Meet Pinky Inky the octopus, I think he is fab and it's another of Pink Ink designs. He's a big image so rather than make a card I decided to make a lollypop stick plaque.  I've still to put a cord on it to hang him beside my seaworld projects on our bedroom wall.  I've painted it all with Starlight Paints, and although it's quiet sparkly it doesn't really show here. The little fishes and the shell are part of the same set. Hope you like it.

Another short post, so cheerio for now and see you soon, take care,

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Nativity for the CCC!

Hello Everyone, I hope your Sunday is going well, another lovely bright day here, very cold though, but dry and not windy.

It's time for the Christmas Card Club to show off their latest challenge creations and this time it's our lovely Rita who has chosen Nativity scenes.  Here's what I've come up with;
Luckily this little stamp was a freebie with an edition of Creative Stamping the other month, or I would have done an Anything Goes card as I've already used up any Nativity images earlier on in the year for the challenge. I've coloured it with Copic and DI and matted on to silver glitter card. The EF is from JND and the music sheet paper from a very old Papermania paper pad. Dovecraft and Signature dies for the star and musical notes, and of course lots of glitter.
Thank you for the challenge Rita even although I always struggle with this type of challenge.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciated it.

Short post today, so take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Every Leaf Speaks!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are tickity boo today, and having a good day. My day was fine as I was on my own as hubby was up a mountain, so we both had a good day.

I managed a wee walk to the shops along the road from me this morning, needs must as I needed something for the dinner tonight, as Alistair was away with the car, but it was really just enough as my legs were pretty painful, so glad to get back home, however I was pleased I attempted it. I'm really missing walking, but my latest blood test has shown that the uric acid is just above the safe level, and it's hoped the increase in medication will bring it down. The doctor is also requesting an X-Ray to have a look at the knees, so that's the next thing, a bit along the road with it all.
there's always humour though, the doctor asked me if my knees were swollen and I said that I though one was more than the other, but difficult to tell as I was looking down at them so didn't get a a good view of them. I told him that I had asked my husband what he thought and was told "your legs always look good to me", which I said was very flattering to know but , not in the least helpful. For some reason the doctor thought this was so funny he nearly fell off is chair. He had a young student with him who was completely lost, and I don't know whether that was because he couldn't have been more than 12 or that he was Chinese, Anyhoo, it helped me get over the embarrassment of having to take my jeans off to have my legs examined. I thought just typical, I've worn skirts on previous visits just in case he wanted a look and the day I wore jeans was the day he wanted to see, and I'm not  pretty sight from the waist down, I don't have enough leg, lol.

Enough of this, thank you for your lovely comments on my last card, always appreciated.

My card for today;

Another CAS card using snippets for the leaves. I watercoloured some white watercolour card that I had lying in my box, with pearl paint and die cut leaves, a set from Crafters Companion as is the stamped branch. The sentiment is another freebie from Creative Stamping magazine. Once again I've splattered Perfect Pearls in Copper. 
I'd like to enter my card into;

Well that's me for now, enjoy your evening and I'll see you soon,

Tuesday, 8 October 2019


Hello Everyone,  how are you doing today, I hope you are well and having better weather than we are. Blustery and rain, quite cold too, a day for staying indoors, and pottering around.

Our new heaters are in and are fabulous, so cosy, and worth the hassle... not that there was much and the electrician was such a pleasant young man, and nothing seemed to a bother to him, especially having to explain how to programme the heaters, and how they were wired into the total control system. I shall send a note to his boss to say how good he was. We have had to change some furniture around, but the living room looks good. There will have to be a bit of repainting as the heaters aren't the same sizes as the old ones, but we'll get around to that soon.

Thank you all for your visits and comments, I do appreciate them.

My card today uses stamps from Clearly Besotted, and coloured with Black Widow colour pencils, with some WOS and Glossy Accents drops on the rose. The Hello sentiment is a freebie from a Creative Stamping magazine. I've splattered Perfect Pearls and added a few sequins. My aim with the colours was to use Autumnal shades.

I'm entering my card into;

It's also the Flower Challenge's 3rd. Birthday, so a very Happy Birthday is wished for them.

Just a short post today, still some more pottering to do, so I'll say cheerio for now and see you soon,

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Autumn Blessings!

Hello Everyone,  another weekend, it's come around so quickly, doesn't seem that long since we were looking forward to going to the's a week ago. Anyway, it's now raining, and we have the most stupid film on the TV, but it's just great that we can sit in a cosy room and not care about wasting time in this way, oh retirement is the most wonderful state to be in. Having said that, we were busy around the house this morning and Alistair also took his friend Derek to the hospital to have a cataract removed, that being successfully done has taken him home, so the day has not been all wasted.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on Woodbeard, I do love to read them and I appreciated your time.

My card today as you can see from the post title is Autumn themed and I'd like to enter into the;

The leaf stamp is from Creative Stamping magazine, first stamped with ink and them a gold watercolour wash from Gansi Tambi paint. I've splattered gold watercolour over the paper and added little strips of watercolours in the background, The sentiment is from CC and I've finished off with some gold gems.

It's also CAS Watercolour Challenge Blog's 3rd Birthday, so Happy Birthday to them.

That's me for now, enjoy your weekend whatever you're doing and see you soon,

Wednesday, 2 October 2019


Hi Everyone,  mid week already, galloping through another week. How are you all doing, I hope you are well, but healing and kind thoughts to those who are not so good.

Boy was it cold last night, 5 degrees up here in the Glen. We have a bit of sunshine just now, but the temperature hasn't' risen by much.  We get our new heaters in next Monday and so looking forward to that. We have storage heaters and they are the most inefficient of all heating systems, you have to know well in advance if  it's going to be cold as they take so long to heat up, and the other thing is that they can't be regulated, they are supposed to be able , but just not. So new electric panel heaters are being installed, modern things that are more efficient  and not cost so much. Mind you all heating is expensive regardless what kind it is. I'm feeling the cold so much more these days, so here's hoping these new heaters will be successful.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my snow globe cards, really appreciated the time you take to visit.
Thank you too to Di for you visit and clicking the Follow button, I'm delighted to welcome you to my blog and I hope you manage to pop in when you can.

I have Woodbeard for you today;
It is a Pink Ink image and a big one, and once again I have no idea who I would send this to, but I love it. it's watercoloured with Zig pens and WOS. I've cut it all down to fit a 5x7 card base with a little green card showing as a mat. I've inked around the edges with Black Soot DI.

It's taking me ages to finish this card, I began it more than a month ago, I'm slow going because of the leg pain and I've lost a bit of oomph. I've been asked by our friend Dougie to make a wedding card for his Granddaughter, and I have no creative juices whatsoever, but I will have to get a move on as it's needed for later this month.  Anyway, I see the doctor next week, so I'll hear how the latest blood tests have gone and whether the uric acid is still high, if not it will mean a further increase in Allpurinol.

That's me for now, so take care everyone and I'll be back soon,