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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Tonight's Roll of Honour

To say I'm proud of my Great Grandfather and his brothers is an understatement so I am filled with emotion today at the thought of them being remembered and their names read aloud at tonight's Tower of London Roll of Honour call.   Pity I couldn't be there in person but at least they will be respected and his ceramic poppy is somewhere in the moat.  God bless all who fought & died. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Flutter fly



Well folks thats the first day back at work over and what a busy day it was..  just the way I like it.  As for the internet side of things I honestly couldn't tell you how many orders we picked, packed & posted today..  too many to count anyway lol.  

Tonight I've been chilling out with hubby and having a wee discussion on this Scottish referendum matter on facebook.   I honestly can't wait for it all to be over as I've seen so many rude, nasty and abusive comments being made to people its actually disgusted me.  I know it's a big thing but everyone has the right to make an independent vote for what they want and not for what others decided they should be voting.  That's nothing less than bully tactics.  

I'm actually heading off to bed just shortly.. early for me eh!  Lol   but I'm opening up in the morning so need to head off a little earlier than norm just incase there's any travel delays.  Apart from that I'm actually sitting here yawning anyway so my body is telling me it's bedtime so in my best interest to concede.  

Anyway, todays share is a card I made a few weeks ago using Indigo Blu stamps, distress inks and distress pens.  Finished size is 8 x 8.  

Right I really must sign off as that last yawn just about dislocated my jaw lol.  

Toodles for now folks
Lorraine xxx 


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Multi use box

G'day all..  can't believe that's my holiday over and I'm back in the shop in just over 8 hours time.  I've had a swell time getting lots done and there's still a lot more to go but I've started so I'll finish lol. 

My front door is now ready for a final sanding and last coat of paint to be done on Friday when I'm next off work so that should be it ready for the autumn and winter winds & rains,  the house is all clean so just a quick tidy up at nights should see me through till Friday as well..  near choked on the smell of Zaflora and bleach today lol.  Oh and the ironing is all done too.   Go me!!! 

Anyway I'm just about to head off to bed so I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed for work but wanted to share another project with you all first..  another sample from the trade show for Jones Crafts.   This is a fabulous multi use box manufactured by Candy Box Crafts and although it's listed as a sewing/jewellery box I had another idea in mind for Christmas.  Don't you just think this would make the most wonderful gift..  For me being Scottish,  I am going to have mine filled with delicious handmade tablet but you could just as easily fill it with luxury chocolates etc.   Imagine gifting it to someone who could then have it on display and when guests arrive what a fab presentation when they are offered a chocolate.. oh just thought you could have biscuits in it too..  different sections for different ones.  Thank goodness I don't put on calories just thinking of food as right now I'd be piling them on quicker than I'm blinking lol. 

My box had been covered in fabulicious papers from the KaiserCraft Christmas Basecoat collection with a few pieces of ribbon and twine added for texture.   They blend so well with the rustic appearance of the papers.  Definitely another of my favourite collections.  

Oh well its bed time now but please keep checking back as I've more projects to share, details of the new upcoming classes at Craft World, tickets to give away for the upcoming Ross Papercraft show in Edinburgh and another blog candy giveaway..  oh my..  sounds like I'm gonna be busy on here.  Lol

Toodles for now and happy crafting.
Lorraine xxx

Back of box

Front of box

Top of box

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Advent Calender time



Evening all..  sorry my pics sometimes load before the text but I often take pics on my phone then after upload I jump on my tablet to do the text.


Anyway I've been on holiday for the last week and tomorrow is my final day off before returning to work and I have to say that I've enjoyed every minute of it and have really appreciated the chill time.  I've had numerous lie ins followed by lots of work around the house, in the garden and tomorrow I will be finishing painting my front door.    It's been so nice catching up with everything I've been behind on and in the evenings I've done the odd bit of crafting but mostly I've just vegged out on the sofa.   Down time was so needed.  


So, what do we have for tonights project...  this is one of my trade show makes from last week for Jones Crafts.   A fabulous advent calender decorated with papers from the KaiserCraft Yuletide collection.   The calender comes as a flat pack kit designed by Candy Box Crafts.   Included within the kit are the sections to complete the main structure, 25 mini boxes, just the perfect size to hide away a luxurious chocolate lol, and all your mini numbers.   


As for the papers in the Yuletide collection I'd probably describe them as quite soft and peaceful in nature.  Definately one of my favourite Christmas collections.. but oh my..  I also have another two favourite collections which are everyday themed but I'm not at liberty to share just yet.  


Well folks that's it for tonight as I'm off to make myself a wee cuppa, snuggle up on the sofa and have a sing along to MTV..  could be dangerous as it normally ends up with me dancing around the room rofl.   


Nighty night all

Lorraine xxx 


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Parcels made from paper and one with a button top for decoration

Back of advent calender

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Never Forget!

This is what hatred leads to..

God bless those who perished, those left to mourn and the amazing emergency services who tackled this unimaginable destruction head on. 

May God bless you all

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Holidays are coming!

Evening all..  I know it's a little earlier than my normal 2 am post but I'm just about to have a crafty wee play so thought I'd be organised and do this first.  

Well that's day 2 of my holiday almost over and I haven't done anything exciting..  same old same old just I don't need to set an alarm.

Highlight of my day was ordering my ceramic poppy to go on display at the Tower of London in commemoration of my Great Grandfather and his 3 brothers who all perished during WW1.    Two of them passed in 1914 & two in 1917.   I have also registered all 4 of them on the Roll of Honour so just waiting now for confirmation of the date their names will be read aloud.  They may have passed separately but I'm hoping their names will be read together so they truly are Brothers in Arms.  My poppy will eventually go to my mum as I never had the privilege of knowing my grandfather and nor did she so I thought it would be nice for her to have a permanent symbol of him.  Poor wee soul was crying when I told her what I'd done.   

There were a few mishaps too..   Mum & I were going to have a nice wee cuppa on the back garden so I was opening up the chairs when one of them decided to swing open and the bar on it smacked me on the shin!  Eh.. major dead leg & throbbing so ended up sitting with an ice pack on it for half hour to prevent swelling.  What a numpty  lol.  Also have to take mum to the optician tomorrow as she has something which she can only describe as dangling behind her eye.  They need to put a dye in it so they can have a better observation of the damage apparently which means she won't be able to drive so my chauffeur cap will be on.  Hoping it's nothing too serious so fingers crossed. 

Well there are some goodies calling my name so I'm off to have some fun.    May give you a sneaky peek at it tomoz lol. 

Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx

Blog Candy Giveaway




Thought I would start the day with a little Candy Giveaway courtesy of the boys from Jones Crafts.  So what do we have..  hhmmm a little mixture of Graphic 45 & KaiserCraft centered around us females.  


Included are 

Botanical Garden die cut tags & pockets

Botanical Garden chipboard pieces

Wooden butterfly embellishments

Bag of mixed buttons

Mini crochet doilies

Acrylic stamp set including the following saying


You make me happy when skies are grey

All you need is love

So many of my smiles begin with you

AND 

Love you to the moon and back


To be in with a chance of winning here are the rules to follow.


1.  Leave a comment on this post 

AND

2.  Share a link on your own blog or facebook page back to this giveaway


Jones Crafts also have a facebook page where you can keep up to date with all the latest releases and they have a team of designers who regularly create inspirational projects to share with you. 


Jones Crafts website


Jones Crafts on facebook 




Good luck everyone
xxx 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Weekend masterpiece

Just caught myself getting ready to wish everyone a happy Monday when suddenly I realised we're on Tuesday lol.  

What a fabulous busy weekend it's been with a crafty day at Craft World on Saturday then a trip up to Perth early Sunday morning for the 2 day trade show representing Jones Crafts. 

So wish I'd had a chauffeur on Sunday as the views on my journey were simply amazing.  The morning dew was hanging low over the fields and mountains with a stunning low sun lined blue sky.  I'd have been snapping pictures the whole way if I didn't need to have my hands on the steering wheel.   Every day should begin with views like that.  

Anyway after a busy day at the show we headed back to the hotel just after 6 pm when I retreated to my room for a little rest and quick change before heading out for dinner.   Pacos in Perth has such a yummy menu available and when there's a crowd the size of us there's always interesting conversations going on around the table.   Finally it was time to head back to the hotel bar and there was more than one occasion when Tena Lady would have come in extremely helpful.   Let's just say between a new ring having been purchased and jokes galore we were even making other hotel residents giggle.  

Finally had to call it a night once I had slid down the sofa so far that my bottom was getting ready to go right off the edge.  Lol  

I also had the pleasure of meeting a lovely little girl who was attending the show with her mum on Sunday called Isla.  Whilst the boys were busy taking orders she spotted the KaiserCraft pens so I gave her some paper and asked her to draw me a picture.  This is what she produced..  A princess castle complete with mast & flag.   Have to say in was extremely impressed with her writing considering she's only 6.  So once mummy was finished placing her order and they were leaving the stand she asked to use the pens again and she drew the love heart and wrote my name next to it before giving me one of the biggest hugs I've ever had.   What an absolutely delightful little girl she was. 

Finally after the show closed yesterday the guys very kindly offered to give me some goodies so I could do a blog giveaway so watch this space for a later upload of what you could enter to win.  

Right.. time to move myself off the sofa.   I've got a week off work.. Yay..  so time to get the housework done and the garden is in need of some much over due attention.  

Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx