Thursday, 10 April 2014

Flowers flowers everywhere

Well its been a while and tonight its fresh flowers I'm sharing instead of paper ones. 

A week past on Saturday my step dad was admitted to hospital and unfortunately took a turn for the worse two days later and we were called to his bedside.   There we were to stay until the early hours of Thursday morning when his body could fight no more and he sadly passed away.   Although it has been a relatively short period of time the last ten days have felt more like a month.   Tomorrow (Thursday) we will lay his body to rest and say our final goodbyes. 

We have been blessed to be surrounded by such amazing friends who have provided an endless stream of support.   They have made me laugh and been there for me when I cried.  That is the kind of support which is hard to repay but I will always be there for them in years to come through thick and thin.  

Mums house is filled with the most gorgeous bouquets of fresh flowers and this is one that a special friend got just for me to cheer me up as I've spent all my time either at the hospital or at mums so she thought I deserved a little something just for me. 

I'm also fortunate to be blessed with an amazing husband who hasn't once blinked an eye at my absence.   There were days when we didn't see each other at all and most other days we haven't seen each other for more than 30 minutes in the morning before he goes to work as he's been in bed by the time I came home.  

Well folks, that's it I guess and although my brain is ticking away at 100mph I need to try get some rest as we have a long day ahead tomorrow.   Hopefully next week will bring some normality along with it when it arrives.  

Love & hugs
Lorraine. Xxx

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sneak peek

Morning all.   Sorry I missed yesterdays post but had some stuff I needed to deal with. 

I've been beavering away on a new project in the background but there's still a bit to go so can only give you a wee peek at the moment.  There's a fab MDF base shape from Candy Box Crafts combined with some gorgeous G45 papers. 

Damn these stupid clocks going forward too..  ended up not going to bed till 4am, then the hubster was having a disturbed night which didn't help.  Thankfully once he got up in the morning I managed to nod off and get some needed slumber.   Today's plans went out the window too!   Lol. 

Monday is going to be a busy day.   Need to rise at a decent time (no lunch time lie ins).  Lol.   Housework, washing, ironing need to be done, want to try squeeze in a little bit craft before heading to hospital to visit mums hubby.   By time we get home I will need to organise dinner and sort paperwork for a 7pm meeting.   Hopefully I'll get home at a decent time so I can see hubby for a wee hour or so before bed as I won't have seen him at all.  He'll be gone to work before I awake, and I'll be left for meeting before he gets home.  Lucky we don't have the need to live in each other's pocket.   Lol. 

Time to sign off I guess as its 2.40am and I need some zzzzz's. 


Friday, 28 March 2014

Power to the Flower.

Slightly earlier than last night!    Its a miracle.  Lol. 

What a day we had at work..  I'll tell you this, it never stopped the whole day.   Constant flow of customers, phone ringing every 2 minutes, card class and several large boxes of deliveries.   For the second day running we were at 5.30pm before we even thought about getting the 1st till cashed up!   Wouldn't surprise me if tomorrow turns out to be much the same.  Lol. 

Once I got home, had a cuppa, dinner and done my chores I made a start on my next project which will be a sample for the shop.   All I will say at this time is.. Candy Box Crafts & Graphic 45!!!!

Anyway, on to tonight share.   This is the card I made for June's birthday to match her treasure chest.   A little bit of doodling, Tim Holtz dies, Kaiser Craft papers, PaperArtsy script stamp, a stick pin and some adhesive pearls.   I do like when everything's handmade and matches. 

Well folks, its a little after 1am and my bed will be calling me shortly so off to have a wee cuppa and do a few Sudoku puzzles before snuggling down for the night. 

Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Treasure Chest

Another late one again folks.   Almost 1am as I start to type!  

Well as a follow up to last night's sneak peek I can now reveal the project as its been handed over to the recipient, my work colleague June who's birthday it was today.    Talk about being a liked person...  Cards posted to the shop from customers, others have come in to drop them off, cakes have been handed in and she's gone home with bags of presents!   

Now I wanted to create a little something for my wee June that she could keep so this is what I made.   A treasure chest for a treasured friend. 

Products Used
Blank wooden chest
Acrylic paint
Crackle glaze
Distress Ink
Tim Holtz dies
Creative Expressions pins
Hobby House knobs
Idea-ology fastener
Grunge paper
Kaiser Craft papers
Paper Artsy script stamp

The inside of the box is pink with a black trim.  

Well I hope you like, and to be honest it looks better in real life as my phone camera didn't take the best pics.  With that said, I'm off to bed as need some rest so I'm ready for a busy wee day tomorrow.   There's already a few orders waiting to be unpacked.  Lol. 

Nighty night all
Lorraine xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Flower Power

G'day all.  Not quite sure whether to class this as night or morning as its 1.30am.  Lol.

Due to the time I'm going to keep this short and sweet as I'm up for work in less than 6 hours and need to squeeze in some beauty sleep.  I dealt with the grey hairs the other day but nowt much I can do about the wrinkles so needs the zzzzz's.  

I can't quite share this project with you just yet so you need to be patient but I'm sure its ok for me to share this sneaky little peek with you.   This has to be one of my all time favourite dies.   My Tim Holtz tattered flowers.  Apart from that I'm staying tight lighted for now and will give full product details when I post the whole project. 

Right folks its time for me to get things organised for the morning and head to bed.. not that I'm even sleepy! so will bid you good night (or good morning) and happy crafting to all. 

Lorraine xxx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Bird Cage Flutters

Well howdy folks..  its been a while!  

Am glad to say the last few days have been slightly more routine than of late so I've actually managed to sit and make something.  My colour combo often depicts my mood so this one does tell quite a bit..  its got green, pink and black all thrown in together.   Think that indicates a mixture of ups & downs in life.   Lol. 

So what products have I used?   Here goes..

Bird Cage is by Candy Box Crafts and available to Retailers via Jones Crafts Notts or we also sell them to the public in Craft World.

Reeves Course Texture Gel

Acrylic Paint

Memory Box Pinwheel Posie die

Britannia flower dies (small, medium & large)

Creative Expression stick pins

Bling self adhesive pearls

Idea-ology pieces. 

Inka Gold

This has been a great piece to work with..  fits together beautifully and can really hold all the layers I've added.  If anything its just strengthened it even more, not made it buckled under the pressure. 

Boss called me today to ask if I could swap shifts this week so I've now got a wee unexpected day off tomorrow and I'm working Friday instead.   Hhmmm wonder what mischief I can get up to in my craft room tomorrow.   Lol. 

Right well, best sign off as need to bring the washing in before the cold sets in too much and have a look at what to make for dinner.   Hope you're all having crafty fun.

Love 'n' hugs
Lorraine xxx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Visible Image.

My week feels so mixed up..  was off Tuesday instead of working, in shop Wed & Thurs, was off Fri so worked at SECC, worked shop today when normally I'd be off and tomorrow I'm working with Pink Frog Crafts again at the SECC..  wee day off on Monday to reset the system and back to normal next week in shop Tues, Wed, Thurs.  

Anyway, as you know I was at the trade show a few weeks ago and the orders have been piling in ever since so thought I'd share some of the new products with you..  and needless to say I've spent more than a pound or two already and there's still more to arrive!!!  

Well its past my bedtime and I've a long day ahead at the show so off to bed now.  

Nighty night

Indigo Blu

Tattered Lace & Hobby House

Elizabeth Craft & Gorjuss

Clarity & Doobadoo

Katy Sue

Lavinia & sweet poppy