Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Week from hell

The last week has been one of the worst for a long long time.

Thursday saw an old friend of almost 30 years buried.

Friday sadly and unexpectedly saw my mum lose her dog Lucy.  

A more loyal, loving and friendly companion we couldn't have wished for.  She was full of energy and fun but also snuggled on cold evenings.   She would regularly jump on your lap thinking she was the size of a chihuahua and would normally be the first to bed.

The last week has felt more like a month truth be told and my heart has ached so much.

Sleep tight my beautiful Lucy.


Busy busy

Well it's been a while! 

Things have been a little busy around here lately with lots of decorating and reorganising.   I can't believe how a lick of fresh paint can help to rejuvenate the mind and soul as well as the house.  

Hallway all brightened up 

A beautiful tartan heart gifted to me by a customer 

Reframed a wedding gift 

Hubby's favourite picture has found a place on the dining room wall

Couldn't resist this one lol

Love my kitchen wall signs 

Had to have this one!

Happy that I've now got all 3 of my baby's pictures on the wall..  I've waited patiently for this since she started university 9 years ago.   So proud of our girl. 


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Strike a pose.. not quite finished

Time seems to have flown by lately and not had much time for crafting but I have managed to get some paint on the mannequin.  Not finished yet but hopefully next week.  

Sorry I've been so AWOL lately.  Between work and other stuff there's often not enough hours in the day.  

Decorating being done next week so I'm off and hope I may be able to squeeze in some more crafting. 


My favourite trio

I've waited a lot of years for this little trio.  9 to be exact.  

Bachelor, Masters & PhD

Decorating being done next week then my baby can be hung on the wall. 

I said the day I got her Bachelors picture that it wouldn't be hung till I had all 3 so I'm ubber excited at just how close that day is now.  

Dr Brianna Elyse Robertson-Kirkland 

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Lovely surprise

What a way to start the day!

In the kitchen at 1.30am this morning and hear a noise outside.  Move to look and see someone moving!   Jump on the cctv to see who the hell it is only to laugh as there is my friend walking up and leaving flowers at my front door!  

I feel blessed every day for the wonderful friends I have.  

Hope you all have a wonderful day too. 


What a head

Rain forced me to cut another peony and just look at the size of that flower head.  

Sadly it happens every year.. my bush flowers and the rain comes but the benefit is that I get pretty flowers in the house and it smells gorgeous too.  

Momentus Day

June 27th..  what a day!

Our amazing girl graduated her PhD and is now Dr. Brianna Elyse Robertson-Kirkland.

Words cannot express how truly proud we are of her and her achievements so far in life.  Can't wait to see what the future holds for her now.  

Smelling sweet

June 24th the rain was heavy and I had to rescue 2 of my peony before the heads got so heavy the stem snapped.  Shame for the bush..  advantage for me.


June 22nd I decided to have a play with a blank mannequin base and a plaster bandage.  Too cool!  

No she's not the white lady, she's still to be painted lol. 

Box Pop fun

June 20th I had a little fun making up a Box Pop sample for the shop.  It's good to sometimes just sit back and create without having to think as it's all done for you apart from having to pop it out, fold and glue.  

Surprise time

June 18th I was a naughty girl and made an early morning trip to Preston to surprise my good buddy Hels Sheridan as it was her birthday week.  

Pauline Wheeler was my partner in crime and how she managed to keep the secret I'll never know lol.   Thankfully Hels fell for my little white lies over the delay in her present being delivered so it all went to plan. 

Here I had just managed to sneak in the building and snapped a shot before she spotted me.  Her face when she did was priceless!   If you can picture someone with their hand in the air pointing at the window and her mouth moving but no words coming out.  It was epic!   

Love my Hels and Pauline 

Couldn't find a unicorn!

Cake purchased for a special lady and as I couldn't get a nice unicorn one I opted for the one that reminded me of unicorn colours lol 

Upholstery time

June 11th decided it was time to revamp the kitchen chairs so off came the seat, new material in place and back on to the base.   Quick job done!  

Chapter and book

June 6th what a day..  Brianna gets her thesis bound.  Proud parents day! 

Garden crafting

Week of June 5th it was all about being in the garden enjoying the sun and even some crafting too.

Shame we are back to rain again lol.


By the time May 31st came around I'd successfully bashed my wrist not once but twice!   First time I successfully hit it hard on a wooden beam in the store at work then a few days later (don't laugh when you read this)  I done a Laurel & Hardy special and stood on the garden rake (yes I honestly did) which sprung upright and whacked me on the exact spot I had already hit!  

Was beginning to think I had possibly broken something as the pain was bad and I had to strap it up going to work and couldn't lift any real weight for 2 weeks.  Next visit to my physio I had her check it and was grateful to hear the bone seemed fine but I had damaged the ligaments and with them being close to the wrist joint would take a good few weeks to heal.  Four weeks down the line I finally feel like I am regaining strength in it again.  Thank goodness!  

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Oh to be little again

Brought some stuff to mums with me and had a little play last night..  still missing words, embellishments etc as didn't have any of those but I did have fun creating this.

Products used

Black card
Texture paste
Media paints
Gilding polish
Archival ink

Signing off again as no WiFi here and signal isn't great either.  


Saturday, 14 May 2016

The old hubsters

Looking rather at home sipping champagne in exquisite surroundings 

Looking more like the man I live with every day lol

It was the old hubby's birthday yesterday so I had to do a find the present game as it was only daft little things so he wasn't empty handed.  You see he didn't want to receive any gifts this year and instead asked that money was donated to a charity on his behalf.  Bless him.  Just one of the many reasons I love this man with all my heart and soul even though he does drive me nuts at times lol.

Alas we should be spending the weekend celebrating and had planned a nice romantic meal out tonight and a day away tomorrow but it was not to be.  Instead he's going to spend the weekend at home alone whilst I spend it at mums doggy sitting as she's gone off with her friend for an overnight stay in York..  hey ho guess that's how life goes.   Just kind of sucks as for many years his birthday was darkened by my dad's anniversary and now I try to make it something extra special.  Instead this year I'm left feeling terribly guilty that it's been ruined yet again. 

Well time to sign off now and I promise to make a better attempt at keeping my blog up to date.  I honestly don't know how folk find the time everyday to update theirs as by the time I sit down at night even it tends to be after 11pm  and I just want to relax then.   

Toddles for now 

Sad day of remembrance

Wednesday saw the 19th anniversary of my dad's passing..  I love and miss him as much today as always.  My world fell apart that day and it's a break that can never be mended.   Whatever you do today and every other day make sure you tell you're loved ones just how special they are.


Craft World Spring Demo Weekend

MDF letters and baby accessories decorated using gilding polish 

MDF letters decorated using gilding polish and some embellishments added

MDF heart decorated with blackboard paint and a chalkboard marker. Large ones would be perfect for wedding guests to write messages on.

MDF horseshoe and bride and groom painted with DO crafts shimmer paint and decorated with some embellishments.  Pretty for a little flower girl to carry instead of a bouquet or flower ring.

Glass candle jar wrapped with some ribbon and embellished, perfect for on tables to create a romantic atmosphere 

Headband decorated with mod podge and glitter then embellished with a voile flower and pearl/diamond embellishment.  Perfect for the younger flower girls to wear or simply a child being a guest.

Ribbon woven headband with a ribbon constructed flower embellished with a pearl/diamond centre.

Little old me hard at work whilst the boss takes a picture lol.


Shop has been busy!

The shop has been mega busy not just with customers but also with lots of deliveries of goods arriving in store needing priced and put on the shelves as quickly as possible because sometimes we just can't unpack quick enough and the customers want to delve through the boxes when they see the arrive lol.