Sunday, 25 November 2007

DCM Little Extra - very late

Here are some of my Christmas cards using the Elusive Images Klimt bauble stamps, background papers on the three little baubles is from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD. All of these come from Graphicus.

Photos from Bubblyfunk Cybercrop!

Here is my little baggie, made with DiW's instructions - loved, it going to make more.
and here is the hanging frame, which took me nearly all day to make.

No Pictures - arghh

Yes, another post without pictures. Have had some majorly serious computer problems this weekend, just as well we have 2 pcs. Both have been playing up, but the one with the printer and card reader for downloading my pictures has had major surgery over the weekend. It is in recovery now and I am hoping to get some pics up later today.

I had a lovely, lovely day yesterday at the BubblyFunk cybercrop, first time I've done anything like this and I thought I would have managed to make more things. However, I did get a couple of projects completed, not without some trauma, I have to say. It was good to challenged to do things you wouldn't normally attempt. Those are the pics I am hoping to post later.

One of the craft fairs that I had planned to attend has been cancelled, bit of a relief really, but the other one is next Sunday, so I had better get on and make some more felt brooches with my fabulous embellisher machine - I really love it.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

No time to blog

Just a quick update as I am really busy making felt flower brooches for a couple of craft fairs that I have coming up in December. Because of this, card making and photos have had to take a back seat.

The painting was all finished on Sunday and now we are waiting for the joiner to come back and rebuild the cupboards and box in some of the pipes, then the electrician can come back and put the sockets back on the walls and connect the heaters. Do you think it will be finished for Christmas?

Saturday, 17 November 2007


As the plasters were here on Monday, the plaster is now dry enough to paint, so DH and I spent all day today painting the back kitchen. DH snapped this picture of me getting ready to start painting, wearing my fetching Massey Ferguson overalls and an old scarf tied round my hair!

Tidy up

Yesterday, I tidied up my sewing space. That's my embellisher machine on the desk and the sewing machine lurking underneath. I know it doesn't look that tidy, but you should have seen it before!
This is what I am up against. DS2s drum kit, semi-dismantled, but still taking up a lot of space.

Friday, 16 November 2007

HS:MS Away

I had to really think about 'Away' , but then my DH came in and said "Do you want to take a picture of the fire for your blog, it's burning really well" So I did and you know, all that stuff has burned AWAY!

When the postman arrived in his van at about 2pm (they get later and later), he said he thought we'd been saving that big pile for Bonfire night, it had never occurred to us!

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Psychedelic Hens

This is a picture my Mum painted, she painted one with ordinary hens, and this one with the psychedelic hens, I really love it and will be hanging it in my back kitchen when it is finally finished. It will really stand out on the yellow walls.

HS:MS - Miniature

You would think that being on holiday, I would have had more time to do the HS:MS but somehow that hasn't worked out. Anyway, here is my 'miniature', a little picture that fits between two doors, I left the lightswitch in to show the size of the picture, but when I uploaded the photo I realised that it was needing a good clean - should I go back and retake the pic after cleaning it? Nah, can't be bothered, I will go and clean it now though - funny how you don't notice these things in real life but they jump out at you in a photo.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007


Here is Andrew, our DS2. On Friday night we had a really nice meal in the Cafe Francais at the bottom of Byres Road in Glasgow. It was lovely to spend some time with him and catch up on his news. We met him again on Saturday after his work and went to O Sole Mio, an italian restaurant that has been in Bath Street in Glasgow for 40 years and one DH & I used to frequent when we lived there, we were going to the theatre after that and Andrew was off to a party.
This is our bedroom at the Town House Hotel, in Hughenden Terrace. It was very nice, quiet and the breakfast was very good.

I couldn't resist taking this shot of the Christmas decorations in Frasers in Buchanan Street - it is THE department store in Glasgow.

This blurry shot is from the top of The Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane, Glasgow. The Lighthouse was the original home of The Glasgow Herald and is a long narrow building hiding up a small lane off Buchanan Street. It is a museum of architecture and had an interesting exhibition about the Saltire Awards for social housing in Scotland from the 30's to the present. You can only get up to the top of the tower by climbing a spiral stair case, then you get out onto a little platform looking down on the city. It was very windy and the light was bad, so my picture is not good, but I think it gives you the idea of what it was like and how high up we were.
There would have been more photographs including some from the newly refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, however I forgot to take the memory card out of the reader after downloading the last pics, so I only had the memory on the camera - doh!
Will blog a little tour of 'places I have lived in Glasgow' as I did take some photos when I was up the West End, but I should really go and get on with something else now.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Stash Bargain

My DS1 currently works in Au Naturale and today was family and friends discount day. 30% off all the full price stuff and 20% off the sale items. I got four little storage boxes that stack into each other, some beads, six lots of ribbon and some organza sheets all for under £20.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

DCM Dare - Cut it out

This week the DCM Dare involved hand cutting. I love to cut things out and although I was not terribly taken by the Angel decoupage sheets on the Artilicious Season's Greetings CD when I first got it, I thought I would have another look. There are only three layers of decoupage, three sheets of the background paper from the CD a bit of glitter and my favourite little Dovecraft 'Wishing you Joy at Christmas' stamp.


The blackbirds have feasted on the cottoneaster since August and now the leaves have turned the most gorgeous shade of red. This will probably be the last year I will see this from my dining room window as all the shubs have grown too big and are blocking the light at the back of the house so we plan to take them all out next year and just have some grass. I do have another cottoneaster in another part of the garden, indeed it tends to self-seed and bits pop up all over the place.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

How lovely to be awarded the You Make Me Smile Award by Sam at Incywincy Togs. Sam introduced me to Tuggle a great co-operative craft sales website to help crafters work together to get better marketing for their goods. She sells lovely children's clothes, not much good to me as mine are too old to be children and not old enough to have children of their own - at least I hope not!!!!

Most of the people who make me smile have got this award already 'cos they are lovely smiley people but I might just have to give them it again! So here goes: Hazel - you are such a dedicated crafter and a constant inspiration, Rosie(Freycob) lovely lady makes me laugh so much on Bubblyfunk that my DH thinks I have gone mad, Tracey - doesn't have a blog but makes me laugh a lot too, Beth - OMG what can I say, this woman looks at things in a way that has me rolling about with laughter, Lythan - I know you have had this before, but your blog makes me smile every time I read know I could go on and on. There are some great people out there in the blog land and I love to read about your lives. As Bruce would say (if he was a blogger) Keeep blogging.


This is me, this morning before I had my hair cut. I was going to take another pic after my haircut, but I was so tired that I thought I would look wrecked. If you look closely in my eye (the one on the left of the picture - which is my right eye IYSWIM) you will see the little brown bit I was talking about in my seven random facts.

Seven Random Facts

This must be the tagging season as I have been tagged by Caroline of Bubblyfunk, thank you Caroline. These are the rules:1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs. Here are seven random facts about me.

1. I have greeny blue eyes with a funny little brown bit in one of them (you will see this is Blogger ever lets me upload my HS:MS Self-Portrait for today).
2. I travelled from London to Zeebrugge by train and ferry on my own when I was 15.
3. I am 5ft 6in tall.
4. I love to dance
5. My favourite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
6. My first cat was called Jasper.
7. I've been married (to the same man) for 26 years.

Okay, so now who to tag? Hazel,(just been on your blog and see someone beat me to it) Sam (Incywincy), Andrea, Paula, Dollydimp, Rosie (Bakes a Peace of Cake) and Carolyn. I'll come back later and add the rest of the links, but I'd better go and make the tea now.

Thursday, 1 November 2007


I've just been visiting Hazel's blog and see that I've been tagged. So here goes:

1. If you could have £100 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose? I think I would go for the embellishments, I have quite a lot of paper and although I know you can never have enough, somehow I never get around to buying all those fabby embellishments and then I am scrabbling around trying to find just the right thing to finish a card and get frustrated, so a big pile of stuff would be great.
2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or rubons, which would you choose? That's easy, Stamps every time, you can use them again and again. I haven't really got into rub ons at all but I love my stamps.
3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year...which would you do? I haven't quite got going on scrapping yet, I am teetering on the verge of doing a scrapbook for my DS1s 21st bday in January (I know I need to get on with it) it might be interesting to spend a year working on LOs to build up techniques so I will go for that.
4. Would you rather own a scrapbooking store or have your own scrapping room at home...(can't have both he he he) This is really hard, I'd love my own craft shop, but probably not exclusively for papercrafts, those who have read this blog before will know that I love textiles too. However, I really need my own room for all my stuff, so as long as my sewing machine, embellisher and all my boxes of fibres and fabric could be accommodated as well as all my paper, stamps, glue, and tools for papercrafting - then I think I would go for a dedicated craft room.
5. And last but not least, what is your CURRENT cardmaking or scrapping style. I think this is the hardest question of all. Stamping and embossing is quite prevalent, but also painting my stamped images with H2os and gel pens, bit of watercolouring too. Overall my style is one of bold simple images and not too much fuss, which pretty much sums up my fashion style, my interior decoration style and my personality - not that I'm saying I'm simple! Maybe I should have said classic - too late now, I can see my bubblyfunk friends rolling about and laughing at me ROLF.

Okay so there doesn't seem to be a requisite number of people to tag, so I will go for Kate(Craftlife) and Rosie (Freycob)

DCM Little Extra Recipe

Recipe: 4 brads, 3 circles, 2 rectangles and lots of ribbon.
I stamped and embossed these golden baubles some weeks ago when I got my new Elusive Images Klimt stylee stamps from Graphicus but hadn't got them on a card. The rectangles are the two matting layers and there are three brads holding the baubles to the ribbon and one in dot of the J for Joy. The ribbon, quite appropriately, is off last year's Christmas cake!