Wednesday, 24 August 2011

WOYWW 116 - Gosh has it really been that long?

Well it has been far too long.  It is lovely having a dedicated crafting area except now I never seem to find the time to get up there with part-time tutoring twice a week and the little fella (who is now 3 and doesn't stop talking all day).  I disappeared under a mountain of exam marking for 3 months and then there was the gardening to get to grips with.  But there is a light on the horizon the little fella is going into nursery on a Monday - a precious Monday with no other commitments and my brain is a whirling with plans for presents for that time of year (you know some people have already mentioned and got it out there) so I anticipate having glimpses to show.  This year with having the 2 places (no luck selling the flat yet the evil neighbour has so far foiled any likely buyers) it is going to be a handmade Christmas - there I said it.  The other full time job at the moment is weight loss so armed with an app for my ipod (as I don't have £72 a week to try that Lighter Life thing) I am doing OK so far but it takes a lot of commitment and planning to get in the exercise - funniest thing watching the little fella using some bathroom scales to do stepping, running and hula hooping because the Wii board is too big mummy, I laughed until I cried.

So no desk this week - but I do have a couple of past creations to keep things ticking over until the new master pieces start appearing!



I think the first is obvious and was made using spellbinders, the second card I folded an A4 piece of card in half and stamped the poppies in the corner (Lavinia Stamps - love her stuff) then carefully cut round.  The poppies underneath were done by first loading the stamp with a clear ink for embossing, then the coloured inks, stamping and then sprinkling with embossing powder and heating this allowed me to put other poppies behind as the inks resist the embossed surface. A few strategically placed butterflies (you know where that bit of ink on your thumb transfers to the card -sigh) and a leaving card for a lovely friend was made.

Looking forward to having a nosey at what everyone has been up to so put the kettle on (but no cakes or biscuits for now - sighhhhh).

15 comments:

sasa said...

Good to see you and hope the fitness plan continues in success. Love the poppies - wonderful depth and colour!

Thanks for sharing today. Sarah (at 1)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm glad you're posting and hope to hear more about the evil neighbor. That would make a good blog post. Those are some adorable cards. I will be doing handmade this year, too. Have a great WOYWW.

okienurse said...

Gosh sounds like you have been crazy busy! Love the cards. Have a great week. Vickie

Airing cupboard stamping said...

WOW you have been busy!! It's lovely to see you back blogging again. I will be back soon x x

Laura #54 x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Do you need reinforcements to help with the Evil Neighbour?? I play in a brass band - just say the word and we can come 'serenade' with some VERY loud music :D xx

sandra de said...

You have been busy, Take it one day at a time and I am sure you can achieve what you set out to do. I did have a giggle over Lunch Lady Jan's suggestion.

ScrappnBee said...

It is never dull with a 3 yr old around! Congrats on getting him into a nursrey! He will love it as much as you! LOL! Love the pieces that you shared this week! The poppies especially are gorgeous! totally! Thanks for sharing your WOYWW! -Amanda

ally fiddy said...

LOve your poppy card - just beautiful. Good luck with the weight loss too.
:-)

Doone said...

Soooo good to see you back, and life sounds good, even if not quite perfect yet, and little ones do bring us so much joy, they are so clever at finding solutions...

dx

famfa said...

The poppy card is just beautiful.

Twiglet said...

I love the poppy card. Good luck with weight/fitness. I bet you enjoyed the Stretton Hills - we are about 30 minutes away!!

Tertia said...

Love the poppy card and the Christening one too. There it is, again, that dreaded Christmas word, you guys are making me very very scared! Surely its not time yet!
Happy very belated WOYWW

Carmen said...

SO good to see you back :D I'm with you on the weightloss. Doing Slimming World but with some old books as can't afford the classes at mo. Just moved house and also just got back from holiday in Scotland so the penny pot is EMPTY at the mo!

So glad to hear you are busy in a good way - raspeberries at the evil neighbour, he will get his comeuppance. Karma may take it's time but it works in the end.

Carmen said...

Yep we moved in dribs and drabs too. Between me and my dad running car loads of stuff up to the house and to the dump and charity shops. We then hired a man and van on the very last day to move the really big furniture (he was brilliant and did it in under an hour!) Soooo knackered though.

Craft books. What I did was, notice that most of the books on my wishlist were by the same publisher. So I decided to just simply ask. They could only say no right? I googled their web page, found the contact email and directed them to my blog, asked them to consider me as a reviewer and they said yes! I sent them a list of the books I was interested in, expecting them to pick one and they sent me the lot! All I have to do is IF I like them, to post a review on their site and amazon.

Carmen said...

You can imagine my happy dance :P