Friday, 29 February 2008
Thursday, 28 February 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Talking of cooking, here is a photograph of a pudding I made for sunday dinner! Yes, I am sorry, but tradition still reigns in this family and on a sunday we have a roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings and sometimes I let myself make a pudding! It has to be a special treat as the children don't eat them and OH is not really bothered! So, this week I made another of grandma's favourite recipes - Pineapple Pudding!
It's on my to do list to make a mini book of grandma's favourite recipes and I will try to photograph them as I make them so I am armed with everything I need when the time comes! (Have already photographed grandma's mince pies!) Needless to say I had to have two helpings and it is delicious cold too!
Have to say that DS1 is going great with the driving lessons! Drove us to the hairdressers tonight after school and parked in the supermarket no probs! Keep it going! I am so proud!
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
Monday, 25 February 2008
I then folded it up into the book and stuck pictures on various pages, leaving some incomplete for my friend to add more. TFLx
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Saturday, 23 February 2008
It's amazing, how if you are feeling down, it will just give you a lift wearing it! Even round the house! In a male dominated household, it just helps you connect with your inner princess! So as a tribute to this friend, and all her lovely friends, I have mad a 'Tiara and Bubbles' page today, which I will upload tomorrow! If she gives me permission! So keep watching! You too could find your inner princess - nip along to 'Claires accessories!!!'
The hearts and flowers were cut with x-cut punches. TFLx
Friday, 22 February 2008
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
How did this LO come about? Well, on one of my craft forums, we were asked to say the clumsiest thing we had ever done! So I posted about the time I had made a bay window in the fish bowl with the iron!!!!! As everybody fell about laughing at me trying to catch the fish as it shot across the worktop and then, in my haste to get it back in water, turning the tap on full blast and stunning it!!!! I decided this incident was worthy of one of my funny poems! I have a lot of pages of the dog scrapped for the children for future reference, but nothing of their fish, who is even older! Not sure exactly, but bought it when DS1 was in reception I think, as I had an attack of guilt when I found him stroking a stone in the garden and calling it his pet, because they were doing a project on pets in the reception class. he wanted to bring the class goldfish home for the holidays and had not been chosen! So, I hot footed it straight down to the garden centre and bought two fish! One for each son, duely named Donald and Douglas, after the twin engines in the famous stories by Rev Awdry! When hubby got home he criticised the fact that one fish was bent in a curve!!!Thought for 25p I could have chosen a better example. I explained the boys had chosen their own! He was maybe more streamlined for swimming around in circlrs in the bowl!!! Lol! The next morning, the other fish (not the bent one) was dead! Floating on the top! So hubby goes back to the garden centre and demands a replacement!!!!!! They say that they only guarantee them for 12hrs!!!!! LOL!!!! Being in finance, OH insists on a replacement and arrives home with Douglas version 2! (Not guaranteed at all!!!!) To cut a long story shorter, this and the bent fish lasted years and moved house too! The bent fish died after about 6 years and we replaced it with a fish with a fancy white tail from a proper pet shop! Cost £2!!!! He only survived about two years because Douglas chased him round the bowl all the time!!! He died the morning we were moving house again!! Maybe could not face the journey! So we were down to one fish and he is still here! Now changed his name to 'Fred' - Thomas Tank is not in vogue now they are teenagers!!! Despite the accident with the iron and several other bowl/tank episodes over the years! and the fact I have dropped the full tin of fishfood - closed - in the bowl landing on his head! So this poem is a tribute to him! Hope you can read it! A very worthy member of the family to qualify for my precious stash and a great memory for the kids!!
To prove he is still with us here he is! He alsmost talks to you!
Almost forgot!! What did I use here! My studio Calico February kit, my first title cut with the Craft Robo I borrowed, using a font called 'Aquanaut', aome Papermania plain bubble stickers to look like globules of water! TFLx (Sorry it's souch a long post!)
P.S. If you can't read the poem I can post it here tomorrow! Leave a comment if you want to read it! Poetic licence in the poem saying he was twelve but fifteen had too many syllables!!!! It would not scan correctly!
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
When I needed a frost photograph last week for a challenge I had to use a snow one from last year! Now I have one! I have taken spider webs before on a misty day and used that photo in my Autumn LO, but that was more a dew, whereas these are real frosty spiders webs! You see what happens to the weather when your neighbour mows their lawn!!!! (last friday!) Guaranteed to bring a change! It's like getting your patio furniture out at Easter and then that makes the weather turn cold again! Murphy's Law!
Anyway, off to whip up something exciting with chicken for tea, before DS2 goes to dance class - may well struggle tonight, as have an online shop arriving tomorrow, so feel like mother hubbard - the cupboard is bare!!! Always leads to interesting food combinations I find!!! I have potatoes and carrots and bacon, so I feel a casserole of some sort coming on!!! 'Necessity it the mother of invention' another of my mothers/grandmothers well known phrases!
Then after tea DISASTER!!!!!!!! I have to move out of the craft room!!!! Temporarily!!!! The decorator is coming tomorrow to wallpaper our bedroom, so we need to move out into the spare double room, which DS2 occupies at the moment, so I could nab the small bedroom for craft! At the moment I cannot even see the bed, let alone him sleep in it tonight, so may have to be in there some time! Then its the taking down of the curtains and moving the furniture and vacuming under the bed that you haven't done in ages!!!! So tonight is a complete write off!!!!! OH is out too - very convenient! Works meal out!!!
Did finish my poem about our goldfish last night, so made a LO using the Craft Robo for a title and my new SC kit! Will post that tomorrow maybe! Still scanning photo's for my paper bag album, so that will be a while!
I cut two rows from a Hambly screen print overlay called Mod circles, (they have a fab range, but don't know where to get them in UK) out of my new SC kit and added a chipboard tag saying happy. The journalling was done on a stamp from Autumn leaves selection of journalling stamps. I embellished with a few buttons from do-crafts. TFLx
Monday, 18 February 2008
Sunday, 17 February 2008
I glued on the paper with PVA using a foam spreader, then I punched a hole with my Cropadile for the label and attached it with an eyelet. The tins were labelled 'bits and bobs' with a random selection of stick on letters. The lids of the tins were embossed, so I found three Brenda Pinnick flowers to cover the lids and added some 3D elements of mini flowers and photo turns. These were attached using silicone glue. I have not decided what to put in them yet, put kept the three tin lids different colours so I could tell them apart. I enjoyed this little project! TFLx
Saturday, 16 February 2008
Will need to hold it closed with ribbon when it's complete, so things don't fall out the pockets - hence the title family ties!
Friday, 15 February 2008
I used basic Grey periphery papers and alphabet and using my Cropadile down the side, I then threaded one of my ribbons from the Little Silver hat kit. The flowers were from that kit too, held on with papermania brads. I used half a Jenny Bowlin journalling card for the nots. TFLx
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Just in the nick of time.
Brenda Pinnick papers and chipboard (again!) Two tone embossing powder on the tag greeting. American Crafts ribbon. TFLx
LOve all this stash!!! Am I lucky or what!!!! Can't wait to get started using it!!!!! I think it will last me longer than a month!!! They are already talking about next months kit!!! Maybe better not order the add ons!!!!!What a fantastic selection well done all you ladies at Studio Calico!!