Sunday, 31 July 2011

A Slow Paced Sunday!!!

With Mr Manic at work and DD in bed after a nightshift I have had a few hours to myself this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it after a very busy week with Doodle Bird.
I decided that after all the cooking last weekend and throughout the week that we would have a simpler meal for today so I haven't had to spend all morning in the kitchen which was a very nice change.
Instead I have been upstairs putting the finishing touches to a huge batch of cards I started yesterday. Very simple but quite labour intensive as all of the letters have been glittered with two layers of Stickles.
I'm in a using up mood again so the letters are from a 12 x 12 sheet of Basic Grey cardstock adhesive letters. The snowflakes are Stampendous peeloffs which I have had for years and now they are orgon (all gone) as Ruby would say.
Well here's Mr Manic home. He'll be wanting feeding after his shower so I had best go and play the dutiful!!!
Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 25 July 2011

What A Weekend!!!

Phew....lovely weekend but.....I am glad it's over.
I've not even had a peek in my workroom since Thursday what with all the cleaning, cooking and general entertaining of a weekend guest and Sunday visitors. I think we passed muster though with DD's fella.
Miss Doodle, recovered from her virus, was just gorgeous yesterday and so funny. At one point she was layed down on the floor with Smudge stroking his feet. When she found his claws she thought they were teeth so you can imagine how much we laughed at that.
Today I have been getting a box of cards together for DDIL to take to work and I did manage a couple of new ones but had no time to take pics. That's on the list for tomorrow.
Off to watch some Bones now.......I am so hooked I can hardly bear a night not watching any.
Bye for now.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


So sorry for the lack of posts again this week. I seem to have been busy at everything but what I want to be doing.
Ruby still has the virus that she started with last week but I think she is on the mend now. She's certainly eating better and the nappies aren't quite so disgusting as they were.....sorry....too much!!!
DS is collecting her earlier today so I will be off upstairs later to put the finishing touches to the shop stock ready to go tomorrow and then I have to start on a huge clean up as we are up for inspection by DD's fella at the weekend. We are meeting him for the first time and I am a little nervous I must admit.
Right I am off to get a couple of jobs done while the Doodle Bird is napping.
Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, 16 July 2011


Today I have been going through a box of part prepared cards and found a pile of Joy Fold cards that needed decorating.
Paper is K & Co.
Stamp is I think Rubber Stampede/Delta but not 100% sure as it has been unmounted and I forgot to put the company name on the back.
Inks are StazOn-Saddle Brown and Distress- Antique Linen.
Lace is paper from a pack of rolls I got from Lakeland years ago.
Finished off with self adhesive pearls.

Being a bit naughty and saying s*d the housework and have spent the last two days upstairs. I've really cracked on and have just about filled the box ready to do the stand at the shop next week.
I did take a little trip up to Byrkley for half an hour and managed to come back with a pack of printed kraft card, a set of christmas stamps, some foam applicators and an embossing folder. I only went up for a sheet of red glitter card.....which I didn't!!!

We've had a bit of a rough week with Ruby as she has not been eating but has had an upset stomach. Yesterday she didn't even want her milk.......and that's the girl who is single handedly keeping the milk industry going.......she is a milk monster normally. Speaking to DDIL today though it seems as if she is over the worst thank goodness.
DD has had tonsilitis again so it's been a bit like a sick bay here.

Right well I am off to snuggle up with Mr Manic and watch some Bones.
Thanks for dropping by

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Crafty Doings!!!

I managed to get some good time upstairs today and have made eighteen cards. Thought it was about time I put some ink on this gorgeous little set of stamps by Artemio. Nothing much technique wise but today I have been too hot to think straight.
I've used paper by Making Memories, Old Paper Distress ink and Old Paper Distress Stickles.
Sentiment stamp is by Papermania.

On the home front.....plans for the bathroom are coming along nicely. The builder has been and sussed it out and hopes to start work at the end of September....I've told him that I want it done and finished before Christmas. It's going to be fabulous as everything on my wishlist is more ugly pipes.

Didn't do myself any favours last night by standing ironing for three hours. Usually it's DD's job as standing at the ironing board causes problems with my back and legs. That has been very much in evidence today so what with the heat and the pain it's not been a fabulous day even though I spent most of it sitting down.
Anyhoo DD has had a very busy week or so and it was piling up and driving me nuts. I never want to see another t shirt in my life.....I must have ironed forty.

Had a visit from Miss Doodle tonight while daddy went to an appointment. She is a comedian in the making I swear and had us all cracking up with her antics.

Rightio....I'm off to add gemstones to twelve cards I stamped before I came down. I have to be done before Mr Manic goes to bed as he can't stand any kind of noise when he's trying to get to sleep.

Thanks for your visit.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Another Weekend Gone!!!

So much planned and so little achieved once again. I was cracking along nicely with some cards yesterday, felt guilty that I wasn't doing house jobs and ended up having a good old sort out upstairs. Somehow I never got back to the cards and I really wish I had stuck with them instead of giving in to the guilts because I think I overdid it a bit. I feel like I've been beaten with a stick but at least there are no cobwebs.

Sunday is usually a domestic type of day. Cooking lunch, laundry etc in the morning then a quick session upstairs in the workroom but today that was kiboshed by visitors.........very welcome ones I hasten to add in the shape of Miss Doodle and her mummy and daddy. Then tonight I spent some time with DD as I haven't seen her properly for three days. We watched a film called Season Of The Witch. What a waste of an hour and a half that was. Absolute rubbish so we made up for that by watching a couple more episodes of Bones.......much better.

Ah well... I should maybe get off to bed as the Princess will be here in the morning and I shall need all my strength and wits about me.

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Domestic Friday!!!

Today I was left home alone and it was sheer bliss.
Started on the housework as soon as I got up, got the lounge cleaned, the kitchen tidied, baked a cake and had a friend round for coffee all before twelve 'o' clock. Then upstairs to work on some wedding invitation samples for a customer, more housey pottering and back upstairs for some inky antics making backgrounds for some arty Christmas cards. They are still drying so I couldn't make them up into anything. Fed and watered Mr Manic when he got home at seven and now I am just about to have my tea so I will love you and leave you for now.
Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Ornament Poinsettia!!!

 More stamping with the Viva Christmas stamps.
This time I have used an ornament stamp to make a poinsettia.
Below is a sample of how I stamp the layers.
I finished the centre off with a circle of card and a punched sparkle.
Inks used are all StazOn-Black Cherry, Olive Green and Forest Green.
The background piece is another Viva stamp and is distressed with AL and VP Distress Inks.
The scalloped edge is a Tim Holtz On The Edge diecut.

Had a fab morning with Ruby and DDIL at playgroup but by the time I got home I could feel a migraine starting so went and had a lie down. I fell asleep and didn't wake up until half three. The migraine was gone anyway so that was good.

I'm off to watch some Bones with DD now and then I'll catch up with The Apprentice on Iplayer.
Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Miss Doodle!!!

My gorgeous Ruby enjoying the sunshine and a lovely cooling breeze at the park today.
We had been out for most of the morning and she fell asleep in the car on the way home. I had to sit in the car with her until she woke up which delayed our picnic at the little park near where we live. By the time we had been there for half an hour it began to rain but she had her little picnic and a kick around with a ball. She was tired out by the time daddy picked her up tonight......and a tad cranky but still adorable after her bath and snuggled into clean pyjamas.

No time for crafting tonight but I did get my desk cleared ready to start tomorrow once I get back from playgroup. I'm going with DDIL who has a day off. It's her first time so I said I would go and introduce her to everyone.

Bye for now and thanks for your visit.

Monday, 4 July 2011

I'm Melting, I'm Melting!!!

Anybody got any snow they can send me? This heat is killing me.....says she who has just made matters worse by mucking out the kitchen.
Miss Doodle has been an absolute delight today....except for when we nipped into town to get an outfit for DD who is off to a party in Wales at the weekend. Ooooh she were a little minx and we have to repeat the trip tomorrow as I treated myself to a pair of sandals in the sale and they were the wrong ones when I got them home. Can't see meself in a pair of bejewelled wedges!!!
No crafting tonight as I didn't finish in the kitchen until about half nine and all I fit for now is a cool bath and a session with my feet up on the sofa.
Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Viva Vintage Christmas!!!

As promised a pic of a project done with a stamp from one of the new Viva Christmas sets.
I used papers from K & Co and Hot Off The Press.
The image was stamped onto a diecut circle (3.75in) using Olive Green StazOn and then distressed with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.
I layered it onto  gold circle and then used a Sizzix Decorative Accents die to cut the fancy frame and inserted the circle into it.
Added a bit of twinkle with some burgundy Stickles and some snowflakes punched from cream glitter card.
The sentiment circle is one I found in a bag and have no idea where it's from.......but I distressed it with AL and VP and added another punched snowflake.
The frame and snowflakes are embellished with some tiny self adhesive gold pearl type thingys.

I didn't get to play quite as much as I would have liked today as I was keeping the builder and his mate supplied with drinks while they worked. It was so hot out there and I didn't want them flaking out from lack of fluids.
Then I had DD needing to be fed at five before she got ready for work and Mr Manic coming in at half six.....don't know why I don't just open a cafe and be done with!!!
Now I am a bit hot and bothered after my bath so I am going to cool off for a little while and then start on a sewing project. I found a brand new king sized duvet set in the cupboard that has never been used and I am going to turn it into some curtains for this back room which needs a bit of a makeover. Cutting and pinning tonight and then I'll fetch the sewing machine down and get them finished tomorrow.
Bye for now and thanks for your visit.

Where Did My Week Go?!!!

Crikey.......I don't know where this week has gone. Well I suppose I do really. Pretty much lost in the hecticness that is Miss Doodle.
I did manage to get upstairs for a while yesterday and made twenty four cards........just top ups for the Christmas box of some popular designs which you have all seen before so nothing new to post.
However...I am off up there now and I intend to stamp with my new Viva Christmas stamps today.
Should be back later with pics.
Tara for now