Friday, 26 February 2010


Okay folks... here is a major announcement in relation to your beloved Sakura pens.
Now you will probably know that Sakura originally aired on Ideal World but around 18 months ago they made the switch to QVC... well.... a business decision has been made to take the products back to Ideal World so if you are looking for your beloved pens, complete with hints & tips on how to use them... that's where you will find them.
Saturday 11am on Create & Craft there will be a live show with Craig Dougan who will be in the studio showcasing some of your most beloved pens and trust me he knows his products inside out. Some of my samples will be used throughout the show too so I'll definately be tuning in... it's a strange feeling when you see your cards on screen as you're more used to seeing them on your blog... lol.
Next Wednesday there will be another show presented by Leonie but I have yet to have the time confirmed so will come back to you on that one.
Another major event that occurred at the NEC was in relation to the wonderful new products being brought to you from Sakura this year... I'm a bit restricted in how much information I can tell you at this time, but stock will not be available in the UK until June and it's so amazing that Ideal World have taken a 6 month exclusive. Yes that's correct I did say 6 months.... now if that doesn't tell you how wonderful the products are then I don't know what will. As time progresses & we get closer to launch on the TV I will keep you up to date.
Well, time to say goodbye again... will be back tomorrow with some more information but for now I must go as I have samples to work on whilst entertaining my step daughter at the same time.
Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx


Just little old me here, finally managing to get a minute to myself to log in to my faithful blog... and thank you to Mr Blogger for publishing all my posts on time whilst I was away enjoying myself...
Stitches.... well what can I say apart from AWESOME.... it was a fabulous experience and the worst part is I have to wait so long again before the next one comes around...
We arrived on Saturday morning, had some breakfast, checked in etc then headed off to the NEC to do set up which we managed to accomplish by around 4pm so it was pretty good going... Then back to the hotel & up into the executive lounge for a couple of hours chilling before heading down for dinner. Sadly I had to part company around 9.30pm as I was exhausted... was up at 4am... so off to bed I toddled for some much needed rest.
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday followed the same guidelines... up for breakfast then off to the NEC for a full day demoing, then back to the hotel & spent the rest of the night either in the restaurant stuffing our faces or in the bar socialising.... what a hard time we had eh.... lol.
It was lovely to meet everyone although I didn't get a chance to speak to the lovely Joanna Sheen or Leonie when they were around as it was just too busy at my table... perhaps next time though.
Well I got back late on Tuesday night, a little worse for wear, but nothing that a day's rest wouldn't fix... but... by lunch time on Wednesday the phone was ringing with orders for a rush job. Samples required for a live TV show on Saturday so that meant they had to go in the post yesterday... wow... 24 hours is not a great deal of time is it... Fortunately I had some cards which we used at the NEC & I managed to make some more in time for posting yesterday. However, before that order was even completed, in came the next one for more samples for another show which will be airing next Wednesday so I'm back to square one and it's heads down, scissors to the ready & off I go... have from now until first thing Monday morning when they have to be packaged up & off in the post.
After the rough time we've had of it lately I so happy that work is coming my way & hubby can't possibly say a thing about the mess I'm creating can he... after all dear, it's WORK..... lol.
Now I could sit here for hours going on & on but I'm sure I would end up boring you all & apart from that I need to push on with the samples so I'll be popping in & out over the next few days filling you in with all the details so please bear with me.
There was a huge development occurred over the weekend so I will pop a post up later this evening giving you details of it all so please do check back.
Love, hugs & kisses
Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Grande Finale...

No doubt I'm starting to feel the blues now as this is the final day at the NEC & I fly home late tonight... I'm sure I'll be exhausted but imagine that poor Rob will still have to listen to me natter away on the drive home from the airport.
Will probably arrive home to a grumpy cat as he hates when I'm not here for a day or two.. will show him some major mummy love... a few cups of hot chocolate and will no doubt collapse into bed soon after.
Good thing being that the next post you read will be direct from myself instead of Mr Blogger.... yippee... I'm coming home...
Have a great day.
Lorraine xxx

Monday, 22 February 2010

Withdrawl symptoms...

Well one thing that I do know for sure is that I will be having withdrawl symptoms by now, not having had access to my computer for a few days...
Another bright & early start ready to demo to a whole load of new faces today again... now what time do you think I made it to bed last night... heaven only knows as normally when I'm socialising at the Hilton I'm often know to be heading towards my room around 3am... don't think I can survive on so little sleep this time around though so may possibly have been a little closer to midnight.
I've also taken my Psychology books with me as I need to try & squeeze in a little study whilst I'm away as I've got my essay to tackle when I get back... hells bells is all I can say right now... lol
Well I'll speak to you via Mr Blogger tomorrow again & hope you're all feeling good & full of the joys of spring.
Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Opening Day...

Now if you're managing to read this post.. thank you Mr Blogger.
Opening day at the show has arrived... my alarm will have gone off at 6am... showered, make up on etc & then down for a yummy cooked breakfast. After that it's off to the NEC for a full day demonstrating my beloved Sakura pens...
Oh... just so you know... there are some new additions being unveiled... sorry I've had to tease you with them but obviously all was kept quiet until the show. Guess you'll just have to wait until my return now so I can spill the beans eh !!!
Well enough gibber from me & my computer so I'll bid you a fond farewell.
Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Up..Up... and away

Good day all... and by the time that you are reading this I will definately not be at home.. left at 5.20am this morning.. yawn.. lol
Oh yes up at 4.30am to get washed & a few cups of coffee down me so I was awake for the journey. Had to pick Liz up at 5.30am then a leisurely drive to the airport as we have to check in for 6.15pm. So long as the flight is on time then we should be able to sit down for breakfast in the Hilton around 9am. Need to make sure I eat plenty as it will be a long day setting up the stand but boy am I going to have fun...
Can't believe I'm going to see a load of new products before they hit the shops and all under one roof... I do feel honoured to be attending.
No doubt I'll be having a good feed at tea time, a few drinks in the bar & then early to bed so I'm bright & cheery in the morning... doors open at 9am and don't close again until 6pm.
Well I hope you all have a fab weekend & although I've relied on Mr Blogger to upload some posts during my absence, I will be back in person again on Wednesday.
Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx

Friday, 19 February 2010

Goth Birthday...

This is a birthday card I've made for my step daughters' boyfriend who's birthday is at the beginning of March.... rather a difficult one to cater for aswell as he will be turning 23, has long hair & is a bit of a goth... was really quite stuck on this one so ended up pulling things together from a Halloween collection... not that I'll admit that to anyone outside of blogland... lol.
Off to pack my case now already for tomorrow's early start but will try to pop back again later with something else (no promises though).
Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Maturity comes in many forms...

This is a birthday card I've put together for my mum's husband Eric... I will miss the grande event as I will be in Birmingham (sob, sob)... no really, I think I'll survive missing it... lol.
Anyway.. he will be turning 68 and all he does all day, every day is sit at the kitchen table drinking coffee & reading... he would probably forget what the outside world looked like if the back door didn't get opened. I thought that I would bring a bit of colour to his life & the quote makes reference to all the reading he does. He has been known to get through a full book in under a day!
Well must dash... still got plenty to do before my departure...
Happy crafting

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Lazy Days...

Afternoon everyone... this is the next addition to my scrapbook for Charlie... this is one of the few photos of her sleeping as she's normally crawling about at the speed of lightning.... so cute & sweet.
Sorry this is short & brief but need to get on with my samples for the weekend.
See you all tomorrow again.
Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Woohoooooo to pancakes

Morning everyone and may I say that I'd like to think that the majority of you are going to have a yummy pancake or two today...if you're on a diet... forget about it for a day and enjoy some lovley fresh pancakes with the filling of your desire... oh my mouth is watering already just at the thought of it...
I've been given strict instructions that my hubby does not want anything heavy tonight for his dinner as we are off round to our friends this evening for a fun filled time of eating yummy hot pancakes fresh from the gridle and you wouldn't believe the amount of fillings she has got in... dafty that she is didn't know whether Rob would prefer Golden or Maple syrup so she bought both... hell I wouldn't even do that... he would just be taking whatever I got... there's also banana, blueberries, ice cream, lemon & sugar of course (my favourite) and I can't remember what all else she said... so 7.15pm sharp we will be arriving at her door empty plate in hand ready to receive our grub... lol
Well yesterday didn't go to plan... what a surprise eh seeing as it was Monday & I had the day all figured out in my head... so off now to catch up & hopefully I'll get a little something posted here in a few hours time...
Have a wonderful day.
Lorraine xxx

Monday, 15 February 2010

Happy Days

Morning folks... hope you all had a lovely weekend and here's to a fun filled week ahead, full of lots of lovely crafting.
Here is another page I have made for little Charlie's scrapbook, again these pictures were taken soon after her adoption so you can tell what a bubbly little thing she is as she is with almost complete strangers here yet she is still full of smiles and obviously very interested in looking straight into the camera... lol....
This page was so simple to do for me as a newbie as the page layout was all done as a template so all I had to do was drag and drop the pictures... amazing.
One of the thing I think I like most about the digital aspect of things is that it's so quick and easy to do. For me right now that's a wonderful thing as I don't have very much spare time at the moment so with this option I can quickly jump on the computer and produce something in a few minutes that looks like it took time to make. Only question is... why did it take me so long to have a go....
Working on an American themed one for Rob also, so you can expect to see a few of those pages appearing on here too.
Toodles for now...
Lorraine xxx

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Mini Scrapbook...

Now that I've discovered this great new way of creating digital scrapbooks.. I've been having fun playing around with the elements and seeing how everything works..
I've never done any real pages before.. (helped a friend once)... so it's all pretty new to me and very intriguing indeed.. certainly is rather addictive also... lol. Anyway, I've decided to start on a small and simple basis (no brain burnout) so I'm going to make a little scrapbook for my friends' daughter Charlie. This is the little girl who was adopted.
It's only going to be 6 x 6 so that it can be easily managed and stored once I have given it to her. Hopefully this will be something I can do on a regular basis for her (one per year) and that way she will have a record of the events that occurred throughout her childhood... and if she ever decides that she wants to meet with her natural birth mother, then she can take them along and show her what her life has been like.
The picture I've used in this page was taken just after she moved into her new home with her new Mummy and Daddy...
I do have some more pages already made but will upload them later as I'm off out to lunch now with hubby... special treat as it's Valentine's Day...
See you all soon...
Lorraine xxx
P.s. Layout was built using free download from DaisyTrail

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Be My Valentine... Digi Card

Now I would like to say morning folks.. but seeing as we are now into the afternoon... no I haven't been lazy today, I've been downloading lots of free digi kits... nothing better than getting something for nothing... lol.
Thought I would share this one with you which I made last night from my free Valentines download.. lots of yummy papers & embellishments to choose from. From a distance I think you would actually believe that there are real gems on this card instead of just an image...
Well sorry this is so brief but hubby is the best part of pushing me out the door as we have heaps to get done today so must say toodles for now but I'll be back later on with some other layouts I've created this morning whilst downloading freebies... multi tasking I think they call it...
Have a fab day crafting & see you all later.
Lorraine xxx

Friday, 12 February 2010

FREE Digital Scrapbooking

Now I'm not quite sure how many of you will know about this or be interested in it but thought I'd share with you just incase...
I'm very new to all things digital downloads etc... only just gave it my first go in the run up to Christmas actually after I saw an article in Simply Cards & Papercraft. It showed a variety of projects made using the Nitwit Collection and they were so irresistible that I just had to give it a go... oh yes... after a few hours playing around I was merrily on my way of entering into the world of digital card making...
Whilst browsing the net earlier today looking for something I happened to discover this site where you can actually register & download some free scrapbooking kits... truly amazing how people can give their work away for free but I'm never one to look a gift horse in the mouth...
If you're into digital or would simply like to give it a go free of charge then why not try it here...
Hopefully this info may be of use to someone... I know it's helped me.
Crafty hugs

Shower Time !!! This is so funny.

This is an email I just received from a friend but it's so funny & all too true that I just had to share with all my blogging buddies... for any gent who reads this... I'm sorry that we are laughing at your expense but unless you're the exception... this applies to you too...
How to shower like a woman....
Take off clothes and place them sectioned in laundry basket according to lights and darks.
Walk to bathroom wearing long dressing gown.
If you see husband along the way, cover up any exposed areas. Look at your womanly physique in the mirror - make mental note to do more sit-ups / leg-lifts, etc.
Get in the shower.
Use face cloth, arm cloth, leg cloth, long loofah, wide loofah and pumice stone.
Wash your hair once with cucumber and sage shampoo with 43 added vitamins.
Wash your hair again to make sure it's clean.
Condition your hair with grapefruit mint conditioner enhanced. Wash your face with crushed apricot facial scrub for 10 minutes until red.
Wash entire rest of body with ginger nut and jaffa cake body wash. Rinse conditioner off hair.
Shave armpits and legs.
Turn off shower.
Squeegee off all wet surfaces in shower.
Spray mold spots with tile cleaner.
Get out of shower.
Dry with towel the size of a small country.
Wrap hair in super absorbent towel.
Return to bedroom wearing long dressing gown and towel on head. If you see partner along the way, cover up any exposed areas.
How to shower like a man...
Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave them in a pile.
Walk naked to the bathroom.
If you see partner along the way, shake willy at her making the 'woo-woo' sound.
Look at your manly physique in the mirror.
Admire the size of your willy and scratch your bum.
Get in the shower.
Wash your face.
Wash your armpits.
Blow your nose in your hands and let the water rinse them off. Fart and laugh at how loud it sounds in the shower.
Spend majority of time washing privates and surrounding area. Wash your bum, leaving those coarse bum hairs stuck on the soap.
Wash your hair.
Make a shampoo mohican.
Rinse off and get out of shower.
Partially dry off.
Fail to notice water on floor because curtain was hanging out of the bath the whole time.
Admire willy size in mirror again.
Leave shower curtain open, wet mat on floor, light and fan on. Return to bedroom with towel around waist.
If you pass partner, pull off towel, shake willy at her and make the 'woo-woo' sound again.
Throw wet towel on bed.
Now I know you're laughing because it's true !!!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Nine Lives... Is it any wonder...

Now they always say that a cat has nine lives don't they... and I must admit that when I look at this cheeky chap sleeping the day away like this I'm by no means surprised at the saying... it's all the sleep recovery they have that keeps them safe and healthy. Now unless for some reason during the day he urgently requires to eat or go to the loo... this is what my Smithy will look like until somewhere in the region of 5pm tonight... he's a little on the sneeky side you see... he's up and on the go in the morning whilst Rob is getting ready for work, then within 10 minutes of his departure this fly little monkey is all curled up and sleeping. Then, when he thinks that Rob is due home from work, he wakes himself up, comes downstairs, and then when Rob walks through the door he acts as though he has received no love or attention from me during the day... is it any wonder!!! lol.
Now today whilst my little ball of fur is sleeping sound here's what I'll be doing... up a ladder painting a ceiling and then onto the walls & woodwork... all in the en-suite of course.

Like most other households a lot of work has to be done by one person with restricted time for joint ventures and that is certainly the case in this household... thus... after we got the new light I needed to have it installed last weekend whilst Rob was off work even though I hadn't managed to sort the ceiling... last time it was painted my mum had it done whilst we were on holiday and the clown that done it didn't use bathroom paint so it was all beginning to peel away... what a mess. For the last few days I've been up a ladder with nail brush in hand buffing it all down again so I have a nice solid surface to paint.... yes I know most folk would have done it in a day but I've got a bad neck & shoulder injury from a car accident a few years back which puts restrictions on me... never to be defeated though I've worked my way through it and am now ready for paint... yippee... As you can see from the picture, the last painter obviously just painted around my light too... see the dark circle...
Well best sign off now and get kitted up in the old painting gear ready for action. The quicker I get this task completed the quicker I can get on to doing some cards...
Toodles for now my lovelies and hope you all have a fab day.
Lorraine xxx

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Late Delivery....

Well a very good morning to you all and I can only hope that your weather is a little bit nicer than mine is this morning... When you look out at the sky it appears to be a relatively nice day.. little bit of blue sky... but then... you look at everything else and it's just all icy white and frozen solid.... oh the joys we've had this year already eh between the snow, ice and sub minus temperatures.... when oh when is it going to leave it... very soon I hope else I may need to purchase some additional thermals... lol..
Anyhow... today's card is one that I was very very late with.... and I'm so ashamed of that... I've been so busy that I haven't had much time to blog hop and oh yes... I missed the announcement that Amanda had given birth to a bouncing baby boy... well.... better late than never as the old saying goes so I had to come up with a little something for her and here it is...
White base card, layered with some Dovecraft Textured Card that is like a cross between yellow & lime green in colour... my favourite colour from the whole pad... which I had distressed to reveal the core & added faux stitching. Next up I cut 4 squares from blue & lilac textured card... all were distressed & faux stitching again on 2 of the squares... all were then attached to the front of the card... letters were cut using my Fiskars shapecutter template, distressed, faux stitching on 2 of the letters... opposite ones to the stitched squares... and these were mounted using silicone... Embellishments used to finish the job... nappy pin of course... a fluffy padded love heart to send them all my love... a fluffy star as I'm sure he is a little star... a button & thread... not quite sure why we all associate buttons with babies... afterall... most of their clothes have poppers on them... (lol)... and why the flower.... I'll be brutally honest here... the colours matched so perfect with the papers there was no way I could leave it off... tee hee... Needless to say there had to be the final addition of some glittery gems to give that added sparkle.
Well, the time is flying by this morning so guess I better get my skates on my bum into gear... so much to do & as usual, so little time to do it all in... but hey... need to live life to the fullest don't we... afterall... we only get one shot at life.
Have a fab day
Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


Thought I'd better give you the news that there is some delicious candy up for grabs at the moment.
Very easy to enter... all you have to do is visit Justine's blog & follow the rules...
Easy peezy, lemon squeezy...
Good luck to all who enter.
Lorraine xxx

Monday, 8 February 2010

Journey to the NEC....

OMG.... I just had to share my fabby dabby news with you all... as I can't hold my water any longer... I'm just far too excited.
I have a fab few days coming up shortly that will be an experience for me... one that I've never encountered before and am so looking forward to.
Now I'm no stranger to demonstrating to the public and I love it... best job in the world actually to someone like me... tee hee... but this month there is a slight twist on the demonstration job... yippee... I'm going to the NEC next weekend to demonstrate at the trade show.... I so cannot believe that I will be there when new products are being launched and I can have a good old natter with all the retailers.
Now is it really a surprise that I'm so excited... lol.
See you all tomorrow again.... naughty wee me is off to play with some new products & prepare some samples in advance of the show... sorry I can't share, but all will be revealed in just a few weeks time.
Toodles for now.
Lorraine xxx

Simply Card....

Surprisingly enough I actually managed to get some time to myself last night to do nothing more than sit down and have a wee play with some good old card... there are so many gorgeous embellishments around these days that we tend to forget the good old days when we had little more than some coloured card to create our projects with... my creating actually started at around age 3 whilst going on long car journeys... all that my mum gave me to entertain myself with was a box of coloured tissues... and boy do I treasure those memories deeply.
Anyhow... pack of Dovecraft Textured Coloured Card in hand and basic kit to the ready... off I embarked upon my crafting journey... hmmm... what to make... flowers.. dress... hmmm.... no.... how about a wacky house with some flowers in the garden... ohhh yesss....
One piece of blue cardstock for the sky, trimmed to fit base card... one piece of green cardstock, ripped of course to create the horizon, again trimmed to fit base card... both were distressed to reveal some of the white core and some doodling around the edge... just for some added effect... next up took some fawn coloured card and cut at a slightly wonky angle for the main structure of the house and dark brown card cut into a triangle for the roof... main structure had some doodling added and was then attached to the base card... on the roof, I distressed it slightly and then used a Pigma pen to draw on the tile effect... this was then mounted using silicone. Believe it or not... the door and windows were made from the scraps I had left after cutting out the main structures... very simple... a whole pile of rectangles simply glued together and attached to the card... oh with a little bit of doodling of course... for the door handle I simply used a small hole punch to give me a circle which I attached using a Sakura quickie glue pen. Alas... my wee house looked a bit on the bland side of life... so I thought that some textured bricks would do the job... again, using wee pieces of scrap I cut some strips, distressed and attached to the house... Obviuosly I needed some wee flowers didn't I... so large hole punch in hand I created the flower heads... drew some flower stems with my Pigma pen & attached the heads with silicone so they are slightly raised from the card... Finally, a few birds were needed for the sky... so gave myself 3 wee ticks... voila all done...
Oh well... more work awaits me in this house of chaos so no other option than to bid you all toodles for now and hope that I can return with a little something else later..
Happy crafting
Lorraine xxx

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Yummy Cupcakes....

Cakes ShapeCutter Template

Oh yes if you're anything like me you will love the odd occassional cupcake too... or what about a yummy blueberry muffin all hot and fluffy... is your mouth watering yet???.... I know mine is... lol.

Anyhow, here is one of the new additions to the ShapeCutter Template range and what better month for me to get my hands on one as this is my birthday month... may have to make myself a yummy birthday card complete with tasty cupcake topper...

I must confess to the fact that these templates are one of my most favourite Fiskars products due to their versatility. They may very well be designed to make cutting out easy using the ShapeCutter itself, but, I love how these can be used by children who can simply draw around the shapes and then cut the images out using some child friendly scissors (under adult supervision of course)... to use foam or felt... same again... simply layer the template on top of your chosen material, draw around the outline and cut out... life couldn't be much easier and with the low purchase cost of the templates, you can afford to own the full range if you so desire.

Don't forget that you could also trace around onto shrink plastic to create your own little embellishments... think of the money you could save there...

Well it's time to bid a fond farewell again as still got heaps to be getting on with such as ironing shirts for the forthcoming week, study, possible crafting etc, etc.

See you all again soon.

Lorraine xxx

Squeeze Me Baby....

Large Scalloped Circle Squeeze Punch
Now this is a puch that I am certainly looking forward to getting my hands on for numerous reasons... it will make a great background layer for images and just think of how quickly you can make the most sumptious flowers... I can just see myself now with a pile of papers in front of me punching away all my new flower heads for loads of different projects.
Some basic facts about the squeeze punch:
Easy to use by squeezing the handles
Due to it's upside down design you can choose what section of patterned paper you wish to punch.
Easy to store design (they stack on top of one another)
Maximum cutting weight allowance 210gsm so you can use your lightweight cardstock & pretty papers.
Catch you all later again.
Lorraine xxx

SECC.....4th - 7th March 2010

Effervescence Border Punch

A very late good morning to everyone... had a bit of a lie in this morning I'm afraid... naughty us.
Well I thought that I would let you know that Fiskars will be attending the SECC from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th March 2010.... alas however... it will be in a different capacity from previous years. How so you may well ask... well... you will possibly remember that last October both Kath and myself were let down only a few weeks out from the show (we were both gutted) although we were told that we would both be working again in March... sadly that is not the case. It has been decided that Fiskars will be having a smaller booth this time around. What does this mean for us... well, on the Thursday the lovely Severine will be on the booth with me to welcome everyone along on the opening day, but then she is returning home again and for the following 3 days I will be operating the booth on my own.

During the 4 days I will be demonstrating the new range of products for 2010 combined with some of the original products from previous years.
If you happen to be attending the show I would love if you popped along to say hi... it's going to be very strange for me working the booth on my own, and can only hope the economy picks up through the year and that both Kath and I can work together again in the Autumn.
In the meantime I thought I'd share a picture of one of the new border punches called Effervescence... I am still awaiting the arrival of my puch so as soon as it arrives I will try & share some projects with you.
Toodles for now and happy crafting
Lorraine xxx
p.s. Now we all know why Kath is called the Mamma of us all... here she is worrying about my wee belly again... she knows I need to eat else I may very well fade away... but not to worry... taking breaks won't be any kind of an issue as it's a lockable counter I'm getting so simply have to put the products away behind closed doors, lock & off I go...

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Ready to Post....

Hi all and hope you've had a good start to the weekend... we've been to the garage this morning with Rob's car, nothing major, just a part that had to be changed so I went along for the ride to keep him company. Once that was done we detoured by the pet store so we're all stocked up on supplies again, then it was back here for some lunch.
As I'm sat on my wee bum typing this out... poor hubby is up a ladder changing the light in the en-suite... tee hee... bet it's not long though before he's calling my name to assist...
Anyhow, here is a taster of a card I've made... only problem is it's heading out in the post today and I can't have the recipient possibly viewing it on here before it arrives... hence the reason why you can only see a taster and not the whole thing.... this I will be able to post in full on Tues....
The weather may be a bit on the dank and dreary side... but thank heavens we have nice bright coloured card & papers eh...
See you all soon.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Still to be scrubbed....

Well here we go again folks... I have done my best to get a relatively good pic, but the space is small & I had to stand outside the door to try & get this much.... lol....
As you can see I went for a white shower screen instead of chrome.... it was one of those judgements you always question until you see the end result & I think I made the right one. Even although the shower itself & taps are chrome I decided to keep the frame white in keeping with the w.c & sink... felt that it would look a bit strange if I then threw a big old chrome frame into the middle of it all.... I'm still in awe though at just how much the w.c. is reflecting in the shower glass... hmmm... wonder how long I can maintain that look.... I'm not the best glass cleaner... tee hee... always end up with streaks somewhere...
We decided to stick with the floor temporarily to save money (it's a little tight at the moment) but now that everything else is in place it stands out like a sore thumb... YUCK.... the good thing being that I have tiles left over so I'm going to call the tilers & see how much they would take to fit my floor... other alternative is to throw some lino down.

Now... again we tried to save some cash by keeping our old w.c. & sink... they are afterall porcelain & in perfectly good condition. The taps on the otherhand... well... they were what told you that they were a decade old & used... Easy peezy.... a good old scrub of the sink whilst it was off the wall & replaced the old taps with new ones from the DIY store.... now you would think I have a new sink too... only thing is... it didn't cost a fortune.
Now, we just have to wait until tomorrow so I can get it all scrubbed up & we can finally have a shower again. YIPPEE....
Oh yes... I did have to do some shopping yesterday too.... you know.... new bath towels, toilet brush etc so they all matched... lol.
Catch you all later.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Baby Maya Update....

Afternoon again folks.... this time I have some wonderful news to share with you all..
Gayle text me a couple of hours again to let me know that they were all getting ready to depart from the hospital....
Oh yes... wee baby Maya is returning home safe & well.... thank goodness for that.
Lorraine xxx

Exam results

Yippee... I forget to tell you all earlier....
Yesterday was such a wonderful day as my en-suite was tiled.... received great news on Maya's condition & to top it all off I got the results back on my essay....
Apparently... according to my tutor... I produced an excellent essay last time around... so cannot believe that I managed to do as well with it as I did.... only the big ECA to go now which I'm due to start working on next week. Fingers crossed I can do as well with that one & achieve the points I need to move on to my next course.
Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx

What a Difference...

OMG.... what a difference a day makes eh!!!!
Here is a picture taken this morning of the same area that I showed you yesterday... no more scabby patched up plasterboard walls covered in old tile cement... oh no..... this morning this is how things look... much better don't you think?
Guys are due back today to finish it all off so I really can't wait to see the end result... I'm so excited...
Well, best get myself organised before they arrive so I'll bid you all farewell for the moment being. See ya soon.
Love & hugs
Lorraine xxx

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Picture of Baby Maya...

Okay folks... if you want to see the first released picture of baby Maya then follow these instructions:
Click link to go to Gayle's blog
Once there check under her twitter notes on the left hand side of the screen for the one that says twitpic.com
Click on this link & you will see a beautiful picture of Maya....
You can do this even if you are not a member of Twitter....

Hospital update on Maya

New text received from Gayle approx 10 minutes ago to give me a wee update on Maya's condition...

Good news is that today they have moved Maya out of her incubator and taken her off of all the monitors... she is now just on a wee drip and they have also been moved into a wee room of their own on a ward.

Now how's that for excellent news of the day....

Lorraine xxx

p.s. May I also say a huge thanks to everyone who has sent well wishes for Gayle & her family, I know they have been much appreciated as this has been a stressful time for them all.


Well as you can probably guess from this picture my answer to that question today is definately yes please ... me ...
Thought I would post a quick message this morning to share with you all the delightful looks of my en-suite at the moment... definately a mess eh!!!
At least the tilers are due to arrive any minute now & the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned... hopefully it will start to take shape once they've finished then only tomorrow to go when everything should come together....
I've got a card to finish today & some study to do so I'll try pop back tonight with another posting.
Have a great day.
Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


Woohooo..... the en-suite has been gutted, part of a wall had to be replaced & now my new shower tray is in place... thank goodness for that... no more worries over water leaking through the crack & this time we have got a stone base so I have much more peace of mind for the future.
Tilers are due to arrive at 8am tomorrow morning to crack on with that and I'm so excited to see how it looks by the end play tomorrow... right now it looks like a bomb site but we should be able to see a difference in 24 hours time.
Well I'm off again as I want to try & get a little something made tonight or at least started depending upon what I do... lol.
See you all tomorrow again.
Lorraine xxx


Well... I received a text from Gayle this morning with an update on baby Maya so had to share it with you all... unfortunately I was hoping that my next communication with her would include some photos etc but not the case I'm afraid.
Gayle has been at the hospital for almost 30 hours now with Maya... she took what appeared to be some kind of fit the other night & her colour was changing so she was rushed to hospital via ambulance... She is currently in Neonatal I.C.U awaiting test results but at the moment they are unsure what is wrong with her...
Please send your thoughts out to all the family today in the hopes that Maya can return home soon... as soon as I receive any more update I'll pass it on but obviously at this moment in time Gayle has much more pressing things on her mind.
Take care all

Monday, 1 February 2010


Good morning all you lovelies out there in blogland.... sure hope I'm saying that tomorrow... lol.
The grand job of demolishing & re-building my en-suite commences tomorrow & although I'm excited, I'm also apprehensive.... you know, the way you are when you just hope that everything goes without a hitch & that you love the finished product.
Well, I thought I'd give you a glimpse of one of my new tiles... I know it looks quite bland & boring here but if you enlarge the picture you will see how there are different colours showing through... just can't get away from the crafting effects.... the tiles have a distressed look...
This is my decorative tile & the others have the same distressed effect but there is no mosaic effect, just a plain tile.... there will be two rows of plain & then a row of mosaic... in a vertical manner. Even though they are pretty dark tiles, they have a massive amount of reflective quality in them so hope that it will all be lovely once it's done.
Right, enough rabbling from me for now as today is prep day... everything must be cleared ready for the job to commence... hell.... I guess that means yet more scrubbing for me!!! Yuck...
See you all again soon.