Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Sometimes life can be cruel.

I have had a strange day today. On Sunday, we heard that a friend of ours who was diagnosed recently with MS had taken a turn for the worse and was seriously ill in hospital. He is only 30 and after hearing the news I just haven't been able to get him out of my mind. So I nipped up to the hospital this afternoon. He is really ill and I can't believe the change in him since January. I sat by his bedside today and spoke to him even though he was sleeping all the time and in the last 2 hours of me sitting here thinking about him, I feel really down and upset about him. My head aches with fighting back my tears so now I am having a little cry about him after speaking to his Dad on the phone.
I really hope that he can find some strength from somewhere to help in what might be a long recovery process. We have to stay hopeful and keep our fingers crossed.

I don't want to end my post with unhappy news so I will tell you about a lovely craft shop in a local town which a friend told me about 2 weeks ago. It seems like the shop has been open for two years and I had absolutely no idea!! So I paid a visit there and it is very nice with pleasant staff, lots of stock and tonnes of stamps.....so I will be visiting there again and telling everyone about it. They have also just opened a Coffee Shop within the Craft store so what could be better? Coffee, cake and crafting all at the same time.............JOY! 
Bye for now, Sheila x

Project of the week

For those of you who are Do Crafts followers, you may have already seen my card for this week over on the website. This project had to mainly feature the Quickutz Squeeze so I cut the letters from it but also cut around the metal dies to create the little 'Course work' file. Add some rub-ons and a couple of tiny jump rings and 'Hey Presto'...your completed ring binder! Cocktail sticks were used to make the pencils and pen. A bit of vellum around the cocktail stick and some silver outline sticker borders brought the miniature pen to life which I was really pleased about. There's no greater joy than fiddling around with tiny bits and pieces to come up with something fun. I would love to be the person who was put on a desert island with a hut to build...I would be in my element!!!
Anyway, I had better get some sleep now, it's bedtime again. 
Goodnight x

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Colour challenge

Here is my card for the colour challenge over on Clare's Signature range blog. Kath and I chose to use Turquoise and Yellow for this week's challenge so here is my completed project.
I went to a craft show yesterday at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool and I took my mum along for the day. I bought some clear stamps, jewllery findings, charms and chains, Magic foil card, More Copic markers and some Merino Roving from which I can make felt beads and balls for jewellery. 
Today I have done a few jobs around the house and spent 2 hours playing my saxophone in preparation for my gig tomorrow. We have a rehearsal at 10 in the morning and then our gig starts at 12.30pm so we are looking forward to spending the day at the jazz club, it should be a good concert.
Maybe tomorrow night I will make some cards or maybe practise my jewellery making again!
Have a good day everyone.
Sheila x

Thursday, 23 April 2009

It just goes to show...

...that a little goes a long way!!
I am of course talking about a little incident that happened here about 30 minutes ago.
I reversed my car off the drive so that my husband could get his car out to go to work. As I sat at the opposite side of the street with my engine running, I noticed that after Richard had reversed out, he got out of his car and walked back onto the drive looking very puzzled. He then returned to his car thoroughly checking the bodywork before getting back in. Intrigued, I left my car running and got out to investigate further. As I walked onto the drive, I saw a totally flattened bottle of 'Anita's Tacky glue'.....it must've rolled out of my craft bag last night when I came home from my craft club and lodged itself behind my front tyre without me noticing. Obviously as I reversed over it, the pressure of the car's weight totally splattered it and the lid shot across the lawn (at approximately 75 mph!) followed by a hefty trail of white glue covering both the paving stones and the grass, stopping 2 feet short of my neighbours drive!!!  Wow what a spectacle! So I have just spent the last 15 minutes clearing the glue off the drive with hot soapy water and a stiff brush. Then came the difficult bit.....have you ever tried washing a lawn?!! Well I managed it with an all purpose cloth and another jug of hot, soapy water. I must admit that once it has dried, I am looking forward to seeing if it gives the grass that same clear, glossy finish that it does when you put it on a card, ha ha! 
I will keep you updated anyway so make sure you stay 'glued' to my blog..............!!! x

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

A final Good-bye

We are up early today as we have a long drive to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to my Husband's Grandma's funeral. It's one of those days that everyone dreads but has to be part of. I am sure there will be many tears but lots of happy memories too as we say Goodnight to Grandma. She was a bit of a party girl in her youth and liked nothing better than a cigarette and a whisky as was the fashion in the 1930's. So we will have a toast to her long life and be thankful that she is now without the suffering that she has endured over the past year or two. She will be happy now I expect, as her spirit will al last be with Grandad Alfie, her life long love of over 60 years. It will also be sad for me too as today would've been my Dad's 75th Birthday had he lived to see it. He died in 1974 when he was just 39 so no doubt he will be in my mind too even though my memories are few as I was very young when he died.  But...when I get up on a funeral day and the sun is shining, then I don't feel quite as bad and I think it helps everyone feel a little less sad. 
I don't want this post to sound miserable so I hope that you all have a lovely day whatever you do and remember that life is short, so enjoy it while you can.
Love Sheila x

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Sunday, at last!

Gosh I am so thankful, for today because I can actually relax with no deadlines to meet or demos to prepare for. 
I spoke to my younger sister on the webcam last night. She lives in California and we don't get to see each other very often, but she surprised us last night with news of a short trip here in July. Her husband has bought tickets for her to come and watch an opera in Manchester (as her 40th Birthday present). The music from the opera has been written by Rufus Wainwright, with whom she is obsessed, and that is her reason for coming. We are so excited to see her and are now busy trying to find some cheap flights for her. I can't wait for her to get here!

Anyway in the meantime and as part of my relaxation, I am going to meet up with a couple of girls from the band I play with and we are going to have a run through a few pieces of music. We all play saxophone and even though we have played this music a million times, we just need to refresh our memory on it before next Sunday's concert. The director of the band has pulled some music out of the band's library from many moon's ago so we need a quick 'refresher' to lock all those notes back into our brains!

After that, I shall be chillin' and that will be lovely. Hope you all manage to do the same!
Enjoy the day!! x

Friday, 17 April 2009

Limited supplies challenge

Here is my entry for last weeks 'Stamping Chic' Blog. We were limited to using just one shape and everything on the card had to be the same shape. So here's my little handbag and change purse using only semi-circles. I didn't realise how hard this would be till I started it though!!! Very busy at the moment and have just enrolled on a course at one of our local adult education centres. This involves a 5 week course where I will be qualify to become a tutor there teaching card-making and crafting. How good is that? There is already a lot of work waiting due to a shortage of craft tutors so this might mean some good quality work for me with the local authority. The course is to start in June so I will be busy from then on as I still have my lovely Do Crafts demos to do along with my weekly craft club. This must be the best job in the world!

Don't forget to tune in to QVC at 4pm today to watch Clare doing her 'Papermania Hour'.....should be fun!!!

Saturday, 11 April 2009

D.I.Y Flower Challenge

Here is my completed card for the challenge on Clare's blog for last week. It was to make flowers from scratch so this is my attempt at doing just that. I have cut some petals freehand, then chalked the edges and added a little detail with a fine marker. I have coiled some tapered strips around a paintbrush using the same paper, then fed wire through the centres and placed them in the centre of the flower. I have also added some curly strips of Core'dinations card and glued these to the  centre also. Each petal point has a white pearl attached to complete the look.
To see the rest of the design team's projects, look here, they are fab x  

Friday, 10 April 2009

Good Friday, Sad Friday

We just had news this morning that my husband's Grandma passed away at 12.10am, so we are sad today. I have always looked on his Grandma as my grandma too because I have known her since 1985 and she treated me like her own Grandaughter, so yes I am sad that she is no longer with us.  She has suffered in the last 12 months after falling and having many strokes and when we visited her up in Newcastle 3 weeks ago, she was mainly sleeping and totally unaware that we were there. But at 93 years old, she has lived her life to the full and is now no longer suffering so we are all grateful for her pain to have left her. We shall all miss her lots.

I am supposed to be spending today preparing for my demo tomorrow and Monday, but my heart isn't quite in it today after news of Grandma, so maybe I will just relax and think this morning then may feel like crafting after lunch. I will just see.....

I hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and I hope to be back on here later maybe with a card or two.
Happy Easter! x

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Craft club card revealed!!

Here is the little card we made at the club last night. This  was a really inexpensive card to make because the card blanks and envelopes were just 59p for a pack of 8 from the discount store in town, the lovely pink heart pins were £1.99 for 50 from a local floristry wholesalers along with the bright pink 'pull bow' ribbon which was just £2.69 for 25 metres. Oh I do love a bargain!!! The photo quality isn't great, which makes the colours quite pale, but at least you can see the card.
Don't forget to visit here to keep up with this weeks technique challenge over on Clare's Signature Range blog. The design team have made some delightful projects this week. Go on, get over there and see what's happening!
Have a good day! x

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Club project for tonight

Here is a little peek at part of the project we will be doing at the club tonight. We will be mainly using pinks, black and white along with ribbons, flowers, card and these delightful heart pins which you can see in the photo to come up with a little card that most 'girlie' girls would love!
Will show the full photo tomorrow. Pop back and see! x

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Colour challenge card

Here is a card I made last week for Clare Curd's Signature Range blog which you can see here.
Kath and myself decided to go with Pink and Black as the colour theme so if you hop on over to the blog, you will be able to see all the design team's entries. They are lovely and all very different from each other. Pop over there and have a little look!
I still seem to be quite busy with one thing and another so am hoping to have a little 'craft-free' time this afternoon then I can cut the lawns while the sun is shining. I may change my plans though at any time and just forget the grass for today and make a card instead!
Have a nice day x