Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Just a quick post folks as it's already after 3am and the alarm is set to go off in 4 hours.
Felt good to be back at work today instead of stuck in the house but boy oh boy.. what a day weather wise. I heard the wind, saw the rain and wouldn't be surprised if I simply missed the hail as it's been torrential most of the day.
Tonight I've spent chatting with friends and my wee mum on the phone followed by the final construction of my wreath for this coming Saturday's workshop.
Anyway on to what was yesterday's make. I started with 2 polystyrene cones, dowling rods, silver paint, mica flakes.
After adding a lick of paint, a coating of mod podge and a sprinkle of mica flakes before sealing with more mod podge I've now got another 2 sparkly trees to blend in with the ones I done last week. Looks there's gonna be a lot of glitter around the house this crimbo season. I can't wait!
On that note I'm off to bed in the hope the sandman visits soon.
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Well folks the old lurgy made a reappearance the last few days so I'm back to the Vicks de toilette and paracetamol again but the good news is I've managed a little bit of crafting.
You may or may not remember one of the advent calenders I made a few years back... well its travelled around rather a few shops as well as being on display in the shop so it was looking a bit worse for wear. Thankfully these KaiserCraft advent calenders are such high quality they can take the abuse so rather than having to bin it I've been able to start a revamp. Black has been replaced with metallic gold, papers are new too (with exception of drawer fronts) and I've bought a couple of wee pieces to add for that Victorian feeling.
Full picture will be uploaded once it's complete but today I took a break and switched to playing with polystyrene cones. Hopefully get that uploaded tomorrow if I can get a good enough pic.
So my time off work is over and I've hardly been out the house but seeing as I had to pop in the shop yesterday to pick up some supplies we took a wee trip down to Silverburn shopping centre (highlight of my hols lol). We had a stroll about and picked up some stocking fillers as well as a trip to the Handmade Burger Co for some dinner. The staff are always so pleasant & friendly in there. Anyway the trip came to an abrupt end as my temp started to rise so had to get home and bump some more meds in me. Thankfully I've another few days off next week again so can take another wee trip down then along with mum.
Well that's it all for now folks so will sign off and go get my hair straightened for work (I look like one of the hair bear bunch today lol).
Toodles for now
Friday, 5 December 2014
Afternoon all and eh it's been a while! Didn't mean to disappear like I have but finished up work last Thursday for a weeks holiday and bam.. was struck down with a head cold or a flu on Friday! Lovely start to my fully scheduled break eh. I had so much planned from painting the house, Christmas shopping etc and what have I achieved? Not a sodding thing, that's what.
Yesterday was the first day I could say I actually felt somewhat normal (no cheeky comments from those who know me lol) so a catch up around the house was required including a massive washing basket of dirty clothes. Yuck! Obviously the whole day couldn't possibly be centred on being domestic so I had a rummage in the craft room (first day I've even wanted to look at Craft stuff so I must have been ill) and found a set of 6 wooden trees that I had bought at a craft show about 3 years ago (hangs head in shame) and knew right away what I could do with them.
I wanted to keep them plain and simple but obviously they needed some sparkle and shine.. It is Christmas afterall lol.
After constructing them I added some snowtex to the base for texture then covered in metallic silver paint. Next up using mod podge I covered the actual tree structure & star with luna silver mica flakes and a final coating of mod podge to seal it all.
Voila.. 6 shiny and sparkly trees ready for Christmas.
So what's on today's agenda.. hhmmm I had mum bring me in a pile of supplies yesterday so this afternoon will be spent in the kitchen. Good old Herman has been awoken from hibernation so it's cake baking time. Totally forgot about him till Hels mentioned him the other day and my brain went pop.. I've got him in sleep mode lol.
Now if you're a Herman lover here's a little piece of info that not every one knows as most people receive him off a friend and follow the instructions he comes with. If you have a Herman and you keep him for say 2 weeks.. feed him & nurture him as prescribed. After this you can actually allow him to go in to hibernation. Simply place him somewhere dry with a tea towel on top and he will sleep. To reawaken you simply feed him! My Herman has been in hibernation for around a year as I'm not a big baking fan but I do love to gift cake to friends at this time of year. Only thing to remember is make sure you give him one last feed before locking him away.
Anyway I'm off to do a quick clean up and decided if today's recipe is going to be apple & walnut or banana & chocolate chip lol.
Catch ya all laters and if anyone out there is suffering the cold or flu hope you get well soon. My remedy was a mixture of paracetamol every 4 hours and my new fragrance.. Vicks de toilette 😉
Keep smiling folks
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Evening all and sorry for being quiet the last few days but it's been a bit busy around here. After my fabulous workshop with Ken on Friday, I was assisting Debbi Moore at one of her Cardilicious Workshops on Saturday then Sunday I sort of fluffed around chilling out. Wee extra shift in store on Monday followed by an after hours meeting with the boss to plan a few extra workshops that we are squeezing in before Christmas.
I will be conducting 3 make and take workshops where attendees can create a wreath similar to that in the picture.
Saturday 13th December
Time slots available are 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Cost £10 Incudes all materials
Places can be booked via telephone on 0141 883 6855.
Oh and guess what... I'm on holiday next week.. Yay.. well apart from the fact that the week is already planned, being filled with Christmas shopping and painting! Hubby made a start last weekend so the en - suite has now been refreshed.. Shame about all the other rooms still to be done lol.
Right I'm off to make a wee cuppa, watch some tv and do my sudoku. Catch you all later.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Just a quickie folks to let you see what we got up to today at Ken Oliver's ART AT THE EDGE workshop in Craft World.
What an awesome day we had filled with fun, laughter and creativity using Prima products and tutored by the one and only amazing Ken Oliver. Can I just say what a privilege it has been having him in the shop this week and I'm sure it's gonna seem that bit quieter after tomorrow when he departs. Hopefully it won't be too long though before we're welcoming him back again.
I'm sure the ladies attending the Saturday workshop are gonna have just as much fun as we did today.
I can't believe how much stash I have left over in my goody bag so much so I think I'm gonna have to buy another album so I can repeat the process all over again lol.
Well I may not be in the shop tomorrow but I have other work commitments so another early rise. Guess that means I best get myself off to bed eh!
Toodles for now
Friday, 21 November 2014
How honoured do I feel.. I've received my ceramic poppy that was part of the amazing commemorative centenary display at the Tower of London.
It was nice seeing pictures over the last few months knowing that somewhere in the vast moat was my very own little poppy. Yesterday when it arrived I was shocked at the emotion I actually felt. My Great Grandfather and his 3 brothers perished during WW1 and all my Great Great Grandmother received was a postcard notification for each loss of life. It makes you stop and think really.. nowadays we dread that the postman will be bringing another bill and yet for 4 long years the people of Britain dreaded receiving these notifications. Makes you realise just how lucky we are now eh and yet how many of us truly appreciate it. Anyway, when I opened the box and touched my beautiful handmade poppy I was overcome with emotion. It may sound strange but I felt like my Great Grandfather had finally come home to his family. This is something I will treasure forever.
God bless our fallen and injured, past, present and future.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
G'day all hope you've had a good one.
Today I thought I'd share my latest Jones Crafts DT project. Now every month Mr Postie arrives with a surprise package for me and it's not until it's open that I know what I'm working with. It's a wee bit like Santa arriving on a regular basis lol.
This month my package enclosed the new KaiserCraft 'CLOSE UP' range. It's what I would call a slightly softened mix of retro combined with years gone by. There are soft shades of green and green, bright blues and pinks and some deeper shades of brown. Patterns range from cameras of decades gone by, romantic flowers, slightly damask style patterns and retro patterns too.
Now where to begin.. hhmmm. .. let's choose a background I thought.. ok done.. now where to go from here! I chose a few pieces I liked that worked well together and started on the mock layout then when I was happier with that I pulled out the old albums and low and behold was there not one where my brothers shirt blended in perfect in colour. Decision made. Finally I secured everything in place, added a little glossy accents to the lens of the camera and chose a sentiment.
Well it's bed time again folks.. 2.10am and alarm goes off at 7.30am so will sign off for now and be back again tomoz night.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Just a quick note before bed folks as I got busy with other things earlier and suddenly remembered I hadn't posted yet.
What a fun day we had in store today. Best start ever as we literally arrived at the same time so I had a massive hug before we even entered the building lol. Lots of good banter and teaching Ken a few local sayings. Oh yeah and we did have a customer sit on his knee for a cheeky wee photo lol.
Now you can see how Ken has captured his audiences attention and they really were good pupils cause they learned lots and asked some sensible questions too.
As for my pic! Well I'm rather camera shy as I don't take very food pics but Ken insisted on this one and trust me.. He's not a man that likes the word no lol. Anyway I had sloped off to get his A4 album that he's teaching (my excuse to have a touchy feely session as it's gorgeous) and when I came back to show the customers he was in position ready to snap a pic. Now if I had to choose between the pic and the album.. I'm sure you can guess from the evidence which I'd opt for lol.
Ken & myself ended the day with a nice wee song & dance session which was rather funny and there's now a few songs he'll never hear again without thinking of me (poor soul).
Well folks the clock is ticking away and there's an alarm set for 7.30am so toodle pip and catch you all tomorrow again.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Tuesdays agenda will see our dear friend Ken showcasing his talents using the new Spellbinders Victorian Collection along side another few products. Demo runs from 10am - 4pm and you are welcome to drop in and spectate any time you please.
Wednesday and Thursday, Ken will be hosting a mini workshop on both days between 10am and 2pm during which under his supervision you can create a Vintage Pedestal Photo Frame.
Friday and Saturday, Ken will be hosting an all day workshop on both days between 10am and 4pm during which under his supervision you can create a fabulous A4 Vintage Print Memory Album and you will also take away a goody bag as an added bonus.
As you can see from the pics these are stunning projects created using a variety of techniques and products.
Ken has been touring the United States with these awesome Art At The Edge workshops and we are honoured to now be hosting them at Craft World in Glasgow. Places are obviously restricted but if you fancy joining in then further details can be obtained online at
Or by calling the shop direct on 0141 883 6855.
Guess I better head off to bed as it's gonna be a busy day and I can't believe I get to spend it with Ken Oliver!!!!
Monday, 17 November 2014
What a fabulous week lies ahead!
Monday will see the beloved American crafter Ken Oliver kick off a run of six days in store with demonstrations from 10am till 4pm showcasing his Stick It adhesive and how it has transformed your ability to die cut those very intricate designs.
This is just the beginning of his time with us here at Craft World so I will post daily updates. Sadly I'm not at work tomorrow so won't be able to get any pics but if the boss behaves and takes any then I'll pinch them and upload here. Can't believe I'm so excited about going to work on Tuesday morning lol.
For a full run down on this week's demos and workshops please visit www.craftworldonline.co.uk
Anyway I'm off to get creative for an hour or so before bed so toodle pip for now.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
OMG.. Yes I know it's almost 4am but I've been sitting having a wee play tonight with my new toys.. BRUSHO
All I can say is wow I'm in love with them.
These little beauties are rather fun to play with and don't be disillusioned by the size of this little pot as believe you me the pigment is so strong that you hardly have to use any at all.
As this was my first time using them I started with simple tags but now have many more ideas in mind. Don't you just love when you use a product that sparks your creativity!
Well I'm gonna sign off and hit the hay as they say because the plan for tomorrow (well today) is to buy some paint to start decorating the house.. me and my bright ideas eh lol.
Friday, 14 November 2014
I've been itching to put this post on all day but have been a good girl and stayed patient until now lol.
THE Ken Oliver will be at Craft World in Glasgow from Monday 17th November until Saturday 22nd November hosting a variety of demos, mini workshops and 2 all day workshops.
Can't believe I'm gonna be spending do much time in this man's presence over the coming week and to say I'm excited muchly is a mahoosive understatement!!! Lol
Full details are available on the shops website www.craftworldonline.co.uk where you also have the opportunity to book a space on one of the workshops. You can also book via the phone on 0141 883 6855 or by calling in to the shop in person.
I have a feeling this is gonna be a full on fun week ahead and I can't wait for it to start.... oooohhhh I'm on the edge already lol
Off to try and calm myself down a wee bit as I've been on tenterhooks all day.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Evening all and apologies for lack of posts lately but with the exception of a few days when I've been ok I've actually been rather poorly.
Last Friday I had my nails done and made a start on clearing the craft room.
Saturday felt like crap
Sunday was running around dealing with a load of stuff that needed done.
Monday got stuck in to my craft room and managed to restore some order.
Tuesday.. well I had crap nights sleep so felt absolutely awful and by time I got home was exhausted and suffering from one hell of a migraine. Ate a few pain killers and was asleep by about 10pm. Woke just after 1am to discover had locked the house up, turned the lights off and covered me with a big fleece to keep me warm. Poor soul decided it best to leave me sleeping. Sadly once I went to bed the tossing & turning began again but I did manage to sleep on and off till 7.30am when the alarm sounded.
Wednesday.. Sadly I awoke still with a headache and the added sickness feeling.. oh no I thought. Off I toddled to work anyway and thankfully by mid to late afternoon the headache and sick feeling started to disperse. Fingers crossed that's an end to it but sadly tonight I've struggled to get to sleep yet again but am off now to get my head down and hopefully get some zzzzzz's.
Before I go though I wanted to let you know about a new blog.. its one for my work Craft World where we will be sharing lots of inspirational pictures and news about upcoming products so if you're a blogger please pop over for a wee visit and sign up as a follower so you don't miss out on the gossip.
Right I'm off to bed so Nighty night and hope bed bugs don't bite.
I have so many finished projects and no place to put them right now but hubby has promised to help me get them up on display over the coming weeks so fingers crossed he keeps his words. These here are just some of my favourites completed both by myself and also some very dear friends.
Thankfully after a very long day of sorting & organising this is how the room looked by Monday night.. much better eh
So far I have filled 4 boxes with stash that will be rehomed and I still have stuff in the garage to sort through!!!
At least I can now see the carpet and have dramatically lightened the weight on the floor boards lol.
Well I'm actually quite ashamed that anyone should see my craft room looking like this but I'm prepared to hang my head in shame.
Over the last few months I've just been 'dumping' stuff in my room but decided to start on a clean up last Friday night and after pulling a few things out and starting to get rid of stuff including the 'just incase' pile.. This is what my room looked like at the end of the night!!!!!
Haha.. hope too many of you didn't fall off your chair in horror lol. Unfortunately I didn't feel well on Saturday and had lots to do on Sunday so the rest had to wait till Monday.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Just heading off to bed folks but a quick post before I go.
Between the housework, washing and socialising I've been working away on a little something wooden. Just a sneaky peek at the moment as the recipient has not yet received it but soon as they do I will post a proper picture of the finished project.
Next project will probably be paper based as I've just received my new KaiserCraft stash from Jones. That should keep me out of mischief for a wee while eh! Lol
Toodles for now
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Well folks would you believe it's not even 1am and I'm sleepy!!! Not like me eh lol.
There's a very good reason for it though, you see we had a mini extravaganza day in the shop meaning we had 6 demonstrators on between 10am and 4pm. When the day began I had every intention of taking pictures throughout the day but eh.. that plan went out the window after the first half hour as there's simply wasn't time!
The first picture was taken about 10 mins after the doors opened and let me tell you this was when it was quiet.. you wouldn't believe what it was like by 11am. Thankfully most of the companies close by are closed on a Saturday as in addition to our car park being full our customers were parked on 3 additional streets within the industrial estate lol.
Now we always say that we have the best customers and here is a few pics to prove it. In the second picture is our boss lady Gaynor who is actually being given a vegetable (can't remember the name) which a customer had grown herself and brought in as a gift. Then we have the all important CAKES!!!!!!! There is never a demo day goes by that someone doesn't give us something yummy to keep our energy levels up and this time around it was Angela with a big box of delicious homemade cupcakes. It was 5pm before we even had a chance to dive in to them but they were well worth the wait.
Needless to say I've kinda just sat back with my feet up tonight and done sod all but chill and I'm actually looking forward to going to bed and with the turn back of the clocks I even get to have an extra hour in bed.. yippee doodle dandy.
So with that said I'm going to sign off and get my pj's on ready for the land of nod.
Toodles for now
Friday, 24 October 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Evening all.. just a quick post tonight. What a busy week we've had in the shop. Gone are the days when it used to be quiet because everyone was at the big craft event at the SECC.. now they go there for an hour or two followed by a trip to us where a lot of them start the visit by helping themselves to a wee cup of tea or coffee and a biccie lol.
Now the winter nights are closing in and it's already dark by the time I get home meaning I can't get any decent pictures so here is another wee peek at the latest project on my desk. Thankfully all can be revealed tomorrow as I've got a day off meaning I can use the sunlight.. Yay..
Don't you just LOVE this adorable old guy.. Defo one you'd want to cuddle.
Right folks I'm off to sort a few things before sitting back to chill out.. hospital tomorrow for some bloods and stuff so want to be well rested.
Toodles for now
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Evening all.. very quick post as it's almost 2 am and have work in the morning but wanted to show you a quick sneaky peek of my current project. This is another fab new paper range I'm playing with and I think you'll all love it too.
Right I'm off for some beauty sleep.