Friday, December 29, 2006

I'm a Dream Girl!

I can't believe it. I entered a manufacturer's DT call for Dream Street Papers, and no, I did not win, BUT I am to be next December's guest designer. That makes me a Dreamgirl of the month- Just call me Miss December! I am chuffed to bits, that's pretty exciting news for me. I will see if 2 of my LOs are in my slide show-'Blogging Big Time' and 'Cousins'- take a look and see what you think- I'm off to celebrate.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Tough as Old Boots














Tough as old boots- that's my mum. I spoke to her today and she as as chirpy as can be- insists that her injury is nothing. She slipped on the concrete step leading on to the gravel in the back yard, and caught her arm on the edge of the step, ripping a flap of skin on her arm, gravel rash all over her knees and hands. She got herself up and went to the bathroom to clean herself up, realized she would need to go to the hospital when she saw her arm bone! She phoned my sister to come and take her to the hospital. It took them 2.5 hours to clean it up and straighten out the skin flap which had become all bunched up. Anyway, she still had a great christmas, and had no problem eating her dinner. She thinks the whole episode is quite amusing. Quite a contast with my husband who woke uo today with a sty on his eye- ok it is unpleasant, but this really is a mansty- we haven't heard the end of it. We had a pleasant christmas, quiet and the food was lovely, but too much as usual- we'll be living on turkey for a while to come. I made two canvases that sit on easels for my MIL, and she was delighted with them. the one of Emily uses Dream St papers and WAMK ribbons, and the one of Jack uses Rusty Pickle. these are my first canvases, and I am happy with them.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Too far from home.

I always been very aware of how far away I am from my family at this time of the year. Christmas here with my little family is lovely, but not the same as being with my big noisy aussie lot. But just now I feel so far away. I have just received an email from my sister- all it says is 'here are some photos of mum after her fall on Saturday.' Now I spoke to my sister, and my mother on Saturday morning, so my sister may have been mixed up and thought that she had spoken to me after the fall, but she didnot, and I knew nothing about any fall when I opened the email. To see photos of my mum in the state she was in came as a shock, to put it mildy. She has a massive v-shaped tear in her arm, all stitched up, and severe bruising on her hand and around the wound. It looks like the type of injury you would get if savaged by a dog. I have not been able to get any further information, noone is answering at my mother's, sister's or brother's so I still don't know what happened. The wound looks like she must have caught the arm on something sharp as she fell- It is such a mess and sooo many stitches. So here I am, on the other side of the world, wondering what is going on, and feeling totally useless. I will now have to wait another 12 hours, because of the time difference, to see if I can get hold of one of them to find out what happened, and how mum is.
One thing is for sure- she is going to need some help to eat her christmas dinner!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Still haven't...


Still haven't wrapped the christmas presents... but I have done a new layout. Oh, how much this scrapping lark interferes with real life. I am by nature a procrastinator- in fact I think I'll do a layout about that flaw in my character for my BOM... maybe in the new year. However I do get things done eventually, and always by the deadlines, especially if other people are depending on me. I would hate to let people down through my procrastination. I guess I'm one of those people who thrives best under pressure. I am also by nature pretty laid back, so I don't usually get stressed, even when time is running out, I know I will get things done on time. It is just that I am not super efficient- definitely not a MONICA. I don't make lists- I just rehearse in my head what needs doing, until I reach the point where I actually do it. Actually, when I think about it, scrapping is one area of my life where I don't procrastinate. I enjoy it so much (and rehearse in my head so much) that I am usually ahead of myself. I have had one DT project for Willowtree Crafts ready since the beginning of December. I love receiving the kit, stroking it, thinking for a couple of days, then doing it. It is just the more mundane areas of my life that I procrasinate with. Anyway, after all that rambling, the layout I am posting is sketch #11 of Pencillines. I love that site because it brings together scrappers from all over the world, and that can only be good from a friendhsip and inspirational point of view. I also love the Dream Street papers I have used for this page. Thanks for looking, and if you do pop by my blog, I'd love you to leave a comment.

Monday, December 18, 2006


I still have not wrapped the presents. Somehow scrapping gets in the way. On the weekend I had a clear up of my craft area, and it looks lovely. I also did the pencillines sketch 10, but it hasn't been uploaded on the site yet. I don't know why that would be, but antway, I have decided to upload it here. I have used Chloe's closet, and Dream Street papers.Unfortunately we don't have much daylight here in Scotland at present so the colours are not true. The page looks a lot better IRL.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas tree


We put our tree up last Saturday so I thought the least I could do was post a picture. I love our tree. The decorations are mainly gold- baubles and bead ropes, and a few little traditional wooden decorations. There is no tinsel, it just doesn't do it for me I'm afraid. Oh, and white lights- very simple. It does take up rather a lot of room though and I have to admit that whilst I love the tree, I am always relieved when it comes down in January..oops did I say that? I must start to wrap presents tomorrow so that I know what we have and what is still to be bought. The problem is I haven't done the shopping this year- DH has done it, mainly from Amazon, so I am out of the loop somewhat. So I need to get everything out, see if the kids have roughly equal amounts, that there are enough little things for the stockings, and to see if anyone has been forgotten altogether.-me probably! At least this year I managed to get cards written, and actually posted them too! I have been guilty in the past of writing but not posting them.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Love this LO


This is one of my all time favourite pages. I love it mostly because it started with the journalling, and so it is very meaningful in terms of family memories. As you can see it is all about Emily learning to knit. The colours were chosen to reflect the setting- a wool shop on Skye, and the colours are also very scottish -heathery, tweedy, scottish hills. The page is very textural, again to reflect the topic- fibres, ribbons, felt, velvet, lace and the mini scarf out of the actual wool used by Emily. Behind the photo is a piece of knitting pattern and the twill tape measure down the side of the main photo was added because scarves are all about length. I added hand sewing on the felt flowers to add to a home spun feel. For me this process is a more intellectual approach to scrapping- I hope that doesn't sound pretentious, what I mean is I gave this page a lot of thought about how to convey an event, a memory and every element was chosen to add meaning. It is a different process than those pages where I start with a photo, choose paper, usually on the basis of colour, and then gather embellishments to enhance that scheme, where the emphasis is on designing something that is pleasing to the eye, rather than a page that preserves memories. What a ramble, but I hope you understand what I am getting at.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Monday musings

I had a nice day today. I went out for a long lunch with my work team, then mangaed to pick up a few things for the kids christmas stockings. I am struggling though with ideas for my son. His main presnts are CDs abd DVDs, but just what do you get as stcoking fillers for a 15 year old teenage boy? All ideas gratefully received.
I have joined a CJ team, my first and today the first one arrived. The theme is 'pink' and I have been sitting here pondering... think pink.. Pink Floyd, Pink, Breast cancer awareness, paint chips, barbie, Barbara Cartland, Shocking Pink, Pink Panther, pigs, baby girls.....I have printed off some small photos of different pink flowers in my garden, so might do something with those... not sure yet.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

I created a Slide Show! Check it out!

Scrappy weekend


It has been a busy weekend. Friday night was my work night out, a meal and disco, had a lot of fun, can't dance for peanuts, but I'm beyond caring what I look like on the dance floor, so had a great time fooling around. I had two glasses of wine. Now they were large ones, but surely not emough to be responsible for the headache I woke up with on Saturday? So Saturday I started the day with headache pills, but managed to finish the LO I had been struggling with, plus 2 others. One was very clean and simple, and guess what? I loooove it! I don't usually do clean and simple, cause I enjoy creating bits and pieces to add to a page, but this page is lovely. In fact I will try to upload and you can judge for yourself. It features fab papers from Dream Street that I bought from Rebecca's Scrapbooking Stash.
Also had to go out to B&Q to buy new roofing felt for the garden shed,because we lost the old felt in all the wind last week. Everything in the shed is soaking, so have been trying to dry that out as well. My DH managed to fix the roof, a feat I am very impressed with because he is no handyman.
Today I did some house cleaning and we managed to put up the tree. It loooks gorgeous too, so I will upload a picture to share with you soon.
Oh, and to top off a great weekend- I won the photography competition on UKS!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

photography competition


I'm in the final of the UKS photography competition for November. The theme for the month was 'home', and I took a photo of our gorgeous open fire in the living room. Anyway it made the final, which is nice, cause I'm no photographer (although I'd like to me, it is one area I'd like to develop)So anyway, if you are a UKS member and would like to vote for my picture, you need to go to the November voting thread in the photography forum. I will upload the photo here if I can find it. For the last two evenings I have been struggling with a LO. I am such a slow scrapper sometimes. This one is lacking dimension. I think it needs some big chipboard letters, but I don't have any. I hand cut a title but it is too flat, so I have a problem I need to solve...

Saturday, December 02, 2006

craft fair



Today I went to the craft fair at The Royal Highland Showground here in Edinburgh and it was very disappointing. At least three stallholders that I loved last year were nowhere to be seen. it wasn't very busy so I don't know how well the other stall holders did, and therefore whether they will be back next year. There was one lovely scrapbooking stand- Clearly Creative, selling little minibooks and kits, but I didn't need any, so only bought a magazine there. My favourite stand was one selling saris and indian ribbons and braids. I only bought three bits of ribbon/braid from there, cause it wasn't cheap, and if blogger lets me you can see a little picture here, and I'm sure you will understand why I loved it so much. I was also inspired by the work of a textile artist who machine embroiders bits of plastic bags, and things like plastic drinking strwas and makes wall hangings and book covers from her creations, She makes dragonflies, flowers, fairies as well as abstract richly coloured designs.I would love to try this art form.
My other picture today is a LO I did based on the http://www.pencillines.com/ sketch. I have been wanting to use one of these sketches since the site started and this week I finally did. It is a plain, simple page, but I like it.