Isn’t it great that it’s Thursday 😉!
I’m going classic today. From cute to classic in a day. Just call me a chameleon! I morph into whatever I’m creating with!
I was sorting out my stamps (because I only have a few 😗) and decided to play with some that hadn’t seen ink for a month or two.
You may remember my ‘mini-series’ with this set
Speaking of memories. There seems to be general amnesia taking over at our house.
How come they forget to clean their teeth? Or take their dishes out.
Someone conveniently forgets to check the rota list for chores at mealtimes!
We even have had ‘oh I forgot it was breakfast’ . How is that possible? First thing in the day & you forget it?
Littlie has been very absent minded recently.
Yesterday he got to school.
‘Oh no Mum, I have forgotten my lunch box’.
‘Well you’ll have to have a hot dinner” I replied.
He began to panic at the thought of having to explain that a) he’d forgotten his packed lunch and b) could he have a hot dinner.
He hid behind me most of the way to school. I got to the gate- and we spied the teacher on duty.
I explained and said ‘Mrs B won’t mind, she’s lovely’.
Mrs R was equally lovely. She tried to reassure him.
‘Its ok- you can have a hot dinner- that would be nice wouldn’t it?’
‘No,’ he said, and shook his head sadly.
‘You could have a nice sandwich instead’ I said comfortingly.
‘I don’t like those sandwiches’.
We both smiled at each other & left the sad boy to drag himself into school.
I was greeted by a very happy little boy later that afternoon.
“Lunch was great”.
This morning we were hurrying out trying to grab a bag full of dressing up clothes for the dreaded World Book Day! I didn’t check.
We got to school.
“Oh no”. This time he’s really upset.
He’d forgotten his lunch box AND his school bag. Double tragedy for a 6 year old.
There was no consoling him this morning. He went half crying into school. I felt dreadful.
No doubt when I pick him up later he’ll be back to his happy self. Let’s hope this cures him of his forgetfulness.
Meanwhile l’ll have to fork out £3.80 for two meals.
I am DEFINITELY remembering his lunch box tomorrow !
See you when I’ve thrown another lunch out! x
I’ve committed stamp sacrilege and cut up my stamps again. The long ‘happy…’ sentiment is so useful if you can use it either way. If you cut with a good sharp pair of scissors, it’s easy to push back together if you want it like how it’s set out.
I did some masking. A little technique tip for you- if you’re wanting to make this kind of look- post-it notes are your friend. You’ll need to stamp the image onto one of them, trim it out really carefully & to create this card, I started at the top, stamped one hippo, then covered it with the hippo post-it ‘mask’ then stamped below. I kept moving the mask onto the just stamped image and made my way down the card.
You probably can’t see very well, but the hippos are actually slightly 3D-
To do this, I discovered a neat trick a while back whilst waiting for the Glossy Accents to dry. As you’re putting a liquid onto cardstock, it does soak in and make the card slightly pliable. I simply rub on the back of my images- you can see where the Glossy Accents is starting to soak in, By gently rubbing in a circular fashion, you can ‘push’ the image out slightly from behind & give you card an even more dimensional look!
This card was for Make The Day Special & you were lucky if you got this set as it went so quick- however they’ve loads of new Lawn Fawn sets if you’re very very quick!
I’m popping this into the Lawnscaping Challenge which this week is ‘Bling it; sparkle and shine’
You can see I’ve ‘shinied’ my hippos up!
‘Twas Pancake day. We had the usual and I also tried a choc-come-scotch-pancake version from the Sainsbury’s website. They were really tasty.
I’d tried to caramelise some bananas and we had some raspberries to add fruit which kinda made me feel better! 😉. My hubby isn’t a dessert sort of guy but tried one, cutting it in half, and adding raspberries and icecream in the middle and then sandwiching it together. “Look,” he told the kids, “a pancake burger”!
So the ‘pancake burger’ was born.
Of course all the kids wanted to try one. Surprisingly good!
I didn’t take a piccy but there was plenty of better left. Rather than throw it out, I saved it and thought I’d use it up this morning. I didn’t think it would still make decent pancakes as there was plenty of baking powder in and I presumed it would have lost it’s rising ability.
See you when I’ve learned how to make a flat white. That is a story for the next time!
I’m a day late posting this but work took priority yesterday. This little drawstring bag was for #docraftsmonday which is a crafty show and tell for anyone to show anything which they’ve been making.
To start with, I stamped on an offcut from a curtain that I’d shortened
I stamped in Stazon which makes for a crisp image on fabric. If you were wanting to wash the item, I’d recommend getting some Versacraft (Fabrico) inks which can be washed. I added a layer of wadding underneath the fabric to add dimension to my embroidery.
I use the term ‘embroidery’ in the loosest of senses. I’m not trained and I don’t follow particular stitches – I’m freeform.
Yay. Go me!
I did learn French knots but beyond that- so if you’re trained in this beautiful skill- don’t look so close!
I just used the Gorjuss girl image as reference and sewed away!
These are the new Santoro Gorjuss girls range from Docrafts. This particular stamp is an exclusive one especially created for the Range. There are 4 exclusives- and they’re all lovely.
Back to the project.
Once finished embroider-sewing!! I sewed fabrics together in a long line like this
Once you’ve done that on both sides, you kinda sew it up leaving spaces in the pink spot bits for the drawstring channels and a bit at the top to pull the whole project through.
I couldn’t be bothered to measure it all out. That would explain why it’s too tall a bag and with not wide enough a pink strip.
The inside looks like this
I’m sitting down typing this post knowing full well that I should be working on some commissions that are dangerously close to deadline. I’ll get ‘em done. Just!
I’ve just done some more running and my legs are a little wobbly. So I’m sat down and rather liking this sitting in a chair activity. I did some more sitting down last night as some of the family all sat to watch the new Thor. Despite the action and vivid scenes I still fell asleep.
I was in bed for 10:35 too.
Miraculous. I think I might be turning into a sensible person.
I need to conserve my energy anyhow.
Pancake day again.
Shrove Tuesday here.
I have yet to start the pancake making marathon.
That’s 5:30-6:30 taken care of. At least me and 1000′s of other mothers (& fathers too) can all take comfort in the fact we’ll all be flipping out tonight.
See you after we’ve finished off the lemon and sugar. Yum
I’ve been preparing samples for a European shopping channel this week and I’ve a few other projects to prepare. I had all the products come through for the jobs I’ve left to do over the next few weeks- here’s what I got.
Not much to report this time- I got on the running machine- and seriously I felt like running and never stopping. Just need some more time to get fit.
My mile speed is ..ahem..not the best. I was quite glad to complete it, although our friend that had called around just as I finished probably thought I was having an episode of some sorts, such was the redness of my face!
Ah well, baby steps! ( or maybe they’re hippo steps!!)
See you when I’ve found somewhere to store all this new stash! 😉
The title does evoke the Friends theme tune! I’m not singing it for you- I’m sure you know the words already! These cuties needed a place to perch- so I thought a gentle scene ‘wood’ do (hehe!). The stamps are an Itty Bitty set from Unity.
I’ve sponged the background using a cut out cloud & then used that same cloud with the sponged ink on to complete the sky. Easy. This is for my day at Make the Day Special and they’ve new stamps, restocks and a new stamp line ‘Newton’s Nook’ which if you like animal images, you’ll love.
On Friday we all went out for the day (apart from No.2 who had a ton of work to do). The only down side to the walk was that none of us were aware we were going on a walk and certainly didn’t understand it was going to be a muddy woodland one. The day started well with steve cooking us all a breakfast- which helped keep us warm, because it was freezing. I was wearing a denim skirt and high heeled boots.
I was definitely correctly attired for an amble.
There was a lot of tiptoeing through mud, moans of ‘I’ve got my trainers mucky’ & ‘are we there yet’.
I was pretty chuffed that my boots remained fairly mud free. I got caught on several brambles & narrowly escaped sliding down a steep hill. Well, my boots have NO grip and are pretty high. To the correctly clad dogwalkers that we encountered we must have looked like idiotic townies. Ah well.
We found a strong rope tied to a tree & a short stubby branch tied to it. Steve checked out the strength of it. It appeared to be holding.
Before we could leave the beautiful forest there was just the small matter of removing the mucky footwear. It wasn’t made easier by the fact we were parked in the middle of a giant puddle. After hopping daintily (yeah, right!) over the river (!) I managed to ease myself sideways into the car without getting my boots on the car. I managed to kick them off, narrowly avoiding dropping them into the muddy puddle & gently wiping off the mud with a tissue. The kids had to be balanced on the boot of the car (we have a ledge that opens down), shoes removed and they climbed in through the back or kinda hopped with one shoe still on & then one of us transported the shoe to the back!!
We found a little place that had been recommended to us. The waitress looked around and sure enough, there wasn’t anywhere to seat 6. Honestly, you’d think the average family only had 2 kids (;-)). Instead of asking us if we’d like to wait, it was quite clear they had no intention of seating us. That establishment has now been firmly crossed off our list! The kids were less than impressed with this and Will piped up “I’m glad we’re going, I don’t like the smell’. We were still in the place & his voice was less than quiet. However, we all laughed loudly & ushered the kids out quick!
The day finished with a quick trip to buy one of the older girls some new jeans & stock up on a couple of books.
The moral of the story is ‘plan your footwear to match the activity’. I’ll be asking before the next day out. I’ve only just finished washing 5 pairs of footwear!
See you soon- but in case you think I’ve been slacking- here’s a little photo frame of I project I undertook over the weekend- a bargain at £5 from Sainsburys- and now can house my alcohol ink pens! (& my Promarkers, but first I need to add labels so I can tell what colour they are!)
You’ll see me soon, but not until I’ve finished hoovering. Our hoover broke & I’ve never been so happy to see a new hoover in all my life (won’t last for long though,I’m no domestic goddess!) xx
Hi! I’m a bit late posting this week as it’s half term. You know the phrase
‘A change is as good as a rest’?
Certainly not this week!!
I thought I’d create something different today!
I used to regularly put notes in the kids lunch boxes. I’m going to start it again come after half term. I just upcycled a mint tin.
This came together quickly using some Fancy Pants products. I sewed the ribbon together to create the ruffle, added the papers onto the altoid type tin and then added the layers and textures. Now I’ve a cute place to store those little notes!
This week has been full of bumps and bruises.
The first involved messing around.
Flinging a cardigan at another.
Cardigan had an enormous metal button on it.
Button met head.
Head split open a little.
Wow, do those head wounds bleed.
A trip to the walk-in centre and a glued head later.
We ended up with a very sorry sibling and a very sore sibling.
Fast forward two days later.
One littlie with a need for speed.
One littlie with insufficient brakes
One littlie met with the corner of a table.
One littlie panicked big time about the blood.
One littlie’s eyebrow wouldn’t stop bleeding.
One littlie’s mother is very tired of mopping up blood.
Thankfully, the last day has remained clotting free.
Yesterday was my eldests unofficial birthday ( she’d been away for her actual Birthday).
I made her a vintage campervan card/money holder and she requested a cake of the multilayered carrot variety.
I used the Hummingbird bakery’s recipe which is amazing!!