Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Thanks for all your lovely messages of support. Hopefully thats the end of my saga and I can resume life as normal.
and talking of normal - here is something I made at the weekend. You may recognise it from Craft Stampers July issue. I got the hero arts stamps as a gift which was a lovely surprise but as I had not got the other stamp sets I improvised. The leaf stamp is from the hero arts set and the circle is actually the lid off something and I have filled in the gaps with doodles. I quite like it although have already made 2 cards and an atc and still have more than half the page left. I think I may be doing this again maybe with the new craft stamper flower freebie.
Have a great day everyone from a very Happy Clarky J x
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Sorry no Tuesday Taggers post today - I am afraid I got behind and yesterdays events did mean I have not done my dt project - the first time in over a year. Still as always my awesome team mates have done us proud and the newest team member Georgina well its gorgeous G x Do hop on over for a look x
Monday, 28 June 2010
2 weeks ago I got the letter from the hospital about my hearing aids. As you know I was so excited and am pinning lots on these little gems not just about regaining hearing. Well at the bottom of the letter it said to get my ears checked at the docs so I dutifully rang and explained what I wanted.
" The nurse checks ears and she cannot see you until the 30th" Said the helpful (?) receptionist. "But my appointment is on the 28th" I say. "Well there is no appointments with the nurse until the 30th" is the reply. "so what do I do? "I ask. "Cancel the appointment and make another" I am told. "But I have waited 10 weeks for this appointment !" I say. "Well the nurse cannot see you until the 30th" "Right can I make an appointment to see the doctor I say" "No the doctor does not check ears"????
So armed with this totally stupid conversation I contact the hospital. "Dont worry come anyway" I am told - phew thinks I.
So there I am all eager and 45 minutes early. Gets in and - "Im sorry your ears are blocked. We cant fit them today"!
At this point I dont know whether to laugh or cry (only had 3 and half hours sleep last night so feeling fragile anyhow). So the lovely chap checks the appointments. - I can have one for 8-15am on Wednesday can I get them syringed before then?
I laugh nervously then hysterically before recounting my receptionist encounter. Poor fella must have thought I was totally mad. So rang the docs to be told there are appointments for tomorrow but I cannot have one unless I ring at 8am.........
Oh my goodness no wonder the NHS is costing so much money.
I will keep you posted - am now off to lie in a darkened room and think of revenge tactics on doctors receptionists!
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
So the card is sent with love and sorrow as I know the coming months will be hard for her. Huge hugs my friend xx
Friday, 25 June 2010
My list of happy thoughts from this week!
1) Tom has got a degree! Yes I have a graduate for a son - how wonderful is that??? He got a 2:1 degree in psychology. So proud of him as at times the road has been a little bumpy but he has done us all proud! (now just got to find an outfit for the graduations ceremony in 3 weeks - Yikes!)
2)My family - yesterday saw yet another vertigo attack and as usual they were all fantastic!
3) Friends - As I struggle to go places these days, with no driving license due to the menieres, I am dependant on others to take me places. I have gone on public transport however last time I went on the train I had a vertigo attack on the way back, stumbled off the train and then struggled to get from one platform to the exit in an upright position. No one came to my aid but then I couldnt blame them either as I looked like I was drunk swaying everywhere. As you can imagine this has put me off so I try to go places with others who know me, and what the vertigo attacks do to me, as this makes me feel safer. Anyway focus on the positive girl - My friend Elaine took me to Kanban this week - ages since we have been there and ages since we have been out together it was lovely xx
3) Bacon butty vans - Now I know this may seem like an odd one however my crafty chums and I like to live a decadent life and dine out when we go craft shopping. Truely we know a bacon butty van on route to every craft shop we go to. I mean why spend out on a fancy lunch when you want new stash???? Well the bacon butty van by Kanban is the best one of all. The girls who run it are soooo friendly and the food is always perfect they have actually been awarded 5 stars. So they are on my list of happys for the week lol!
4) Blogland - this part of cyberspace has to be one of the nicest places to come to. Lots of fun challenges, lovely folk leaving comments and inspiration galore. A window into another crafters space which is always open how fantastic is that???
5) and talking of blogland 3 lovely folk have joined in this week the first being my pal Elaine aka Camping Crafter - do stop by and take a look she is a fabulous crafter with more than 20 years experience so most techniques she has seen come and go a few times lol. The second is someone from cyberland - a brilliant crafter who frequents the docraft forum and of whom I proudly own some of her gorgeous atcs and the most stunning card (which she gave me in March and is still up on the dresser as its so gorgeous!) So do take a look at Cazros crafty corner. The third is not exactly new to blogging but has just been revived and is from the huggiest person in the whole world Bobs.
In fact I am going to add Bobs as an extra thankful post
So No 6 is Bobs
who send the loveliest hugs every single week without fail via text - she telepathically seems to know the exact day they are needed and is herself an awesome crafter - Big hugs to you ((((((hug)))))) Bobs xx
So go and check out my fellow Rockettes over at The Celtic house!
I have been crafting this week honest just things I cannot share just yet. I am so excited for the launch of the Stampmans atc swap next week so have been busy doing those atcs and also for other swaps coming up. So I will leave you with a photo from a couple of weeks ago. A trip to Graphicus and meet up with the loveliest of people
From the left - Me, Cazro, Joanne, Georgina, Elaine and Michelle. Meeting Cazro at the shop was a complete but fabulous surprise. If you ever get chance to visit Graphicus you wont be disappointed, brilliant products, an awesome sale section and a place for a cuppa with donations to charity perfect!
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
So check out my other DT pals over on Tuesday Taggers me thinks there are some heels lovers amongst them! Thanks for choosing the theme Sally :0)
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Looking at your tags last week I am sure hoping there is going to be some of them in the tag swap - they are gorgeous. That inspired by theme was well so inspiring! I hope you let the person who inspires you have a link to your tag!
So what ribbon embelishment can you come up with? I am looking forward to coming to see them! Right I am off to dunk Custard creams (see previous post LOL).
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Friday, 18 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
I covered inside the cover too - used my cropodile to make 2 holes and added ribbon. NOW its fit to house a small part of my atc collection (over 1000 and growing!).
Hope you are having a good day in the sunshine. Tuesday saw me have a vertigo attack in the middle of the night - whats that all about then? I woke feeling soooo sick and thought I must have food poisoning (I ate a prawn salad on tuesday that was out of date by 1 day - well I didnt tell the prawns did you??). Still when I sat up to go to the loo everything was spinning (so the prawns didnt know after all lol). 2 hours later it was all over so I wonder what the trigger was for that??? The post arrived today with a hospital appointment for my hearning aids to be fitted Hurrah so hopefully I will be a hearing person again. I have noticed the last week the tinnitus has spread to both ears and is no longer the whooshing I have had before but a ringing - at least its in unison! No wonder I spent the weekend with nasty headaches though! Still positive mental attitude says Hurrah for the hearing aids and hope all becomes a little better in that department!
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
The music paper is certainly vintaged as it has come from some old music given to us that was falling apart. Its had a bit of aging help in the form of stencils and masks teamed with adirondack colour washes and I must say its looking rather gorgeous on its own. Hence I have only added a crafty individuals image and some fibres so the music stays looking old and splendid!
I notice today I am at 199 followers! Wow so many people taking a peek at my ramblings and play things I am flattered. Your comments always brighten my day so thanks for stopping by x
Do visit my Tuesday Taggers friends where looking old and splendid is the theme of today xx
Monday, 14 June 2010
Imagine my delight when Jill from The Stampman said yes when I asked if she would like to re-kindle their atc swap? Perfect!
So watch out as from the 1st July we shall have a monthly atc swap going, with our own blog and everything! I'm too excited for words!!!
Sunday, 13 June 2010
You can visit Dys shop here
Dont forget our tag swap - Its not too late to join in and catch up as we wont swap till the end of the month! See Tag You're it here
Friday, 11 June 2010
So on to mine:-
Well for a change I have to put work at the top! Back to work on Monday and although it has been full on it has lifted my spirits! I work with Children with disabilities and their daily antics always give reason to smile - even when they are being challenging sometimes!
Next would have to be my family - so cool to have my sons back home although the house is like a bomb site (some would say no change there then!)
Friends - always high on my list, there has been one or two things happen this week that have made my heart swell with gratitude for the kindness of friends - and not necessarily those so close to me either and speaking of friends no 4 is
Seeing my Pal Georgina tomorrow! We are going to visit Graphicus again for their open day and I always love seeing Georgina - think kind, funny, loving, generous, cheeky and thoughtful - She is gorgeous inside and out xxxx
And finally - Today I get to play - Its the stampin club at The Stamp Man today and Im hoping to produce something inky and stampy something that has not happened for over a week - whisper I hope the MOJO has returned :0)
Now Im hopping back to Virginias blog at The Celtic house to link my post - Hope to see you there too when I return from playing later today x Janet
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
So why an N?
Back in March Jill from The Stampman challenged me to decorate a letter from the shop name - her vision being The Stampman would be in large letters across a shelf in the shop - each one decorated by a customer - What a neat idea!
So I ummed and arghhed a little then painted the N with Ranger paint dabbers - bought of course from The Stampman!
At the last open day my crafty chum took her letter A in (check her work out here) which only stalled my creativity - Man she is tooo good!
Then last week whilst wondering what to do for this weeks project inspiration struck (if you have read previous posts you will know that was rare last week!)
So here is my letter N complete with hand drawn vines and funky flowers from aspects of design - The Stampmans own brand of stamps.
Have you ever visited The Stampman? If not and you manage a trip to Skipton then do you wont be disappointed - especially with the new sale room/ workshop area - Fab!
The opening days are the same as the Market on the high street so make a combined trip really worthwhile. You never know Michelle and I may be there too messing about with stamps which is our favourite pastime LOL
Hop on over to Tuesday Taggers my teamies have got some fabulous projects on show and I would love to see your "all that blooms" projects too x
As luck would have it this also fits The Sunday stampers challenge so Id like to enter it here too. Have a great day.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Dont forget we are holding a Tag swap month so join us every week through June - email me for my address and then send all 4 tags to me. I will swap them and send them back.
Points to remember
Your tag must be able to fit into an A5 envelope. You must send me a SAE envelope A5 with a larger letter stamp so I can send you your 4 tags. the design team are really excited about this too!
Spread the word by adding the tag swap picture to your sidebar - dont forget the more people join in the better the swap will be!
The winner from last weeks candy for spreading the word is Sally
Drop me an email and I will post off your Crafty Individuals stamp plate!
Saturday, 5 June 2010
My lovely Pal Emma came on Thursday to do a Stampin up party at my craft group - this was the project a sweet little easel box card. I finished mine off last night as I could not think straight at all at the session.
The papers, cards, stamps and inks are all stampin up with the new colours which I really like.
Am hoping my Mojo returns for tomorrow as I have a card order to complete for 3 cards by Monday and I am back at work then too! This Menieres thing is not funny. The attacks are one thing but on Monday when we went to Barnard Castle I also had a panic as with the main street being cut off by the parade I didnt know where I was - I was bit snappy and only realised why when I overheard my Mum explaining to my daughter it was because of the menieres and deafness that was making me panic as well as not knowing where I was. Ive thought a lot about that this week and she is right.
Friday, 4 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Egglestone Abbey - wow it was gorgeous - a peaceful and beautiful day. Meghan took these pics with her mobile phone!
Close to the Abbey was the most gorgeous tea room where we sat outside and were spoiled with afternoon tea served in wonderful style by the most friendly of people! (sharp contrast to the cafe in Barnard Castle where we were served by the most unhappy waitresses on the planet. The lady from the kitchen was the most happy and even she didnt smile - just did not frown either!) . It was lovely - shame about Graphicus though......
Just to remind you about the TYI June swap - if you add the logo to your blog and leave a comment here
So I received the stamped image, the piece of textured fabric, a chipboard key and a small skeleton leaf. You cant see the leaf but its there behind the key.
I have used promarkers to colour the image, stamped on the fabric and coloured the key then added crackle glaze. In record time Ive turned round the swap and this is winging its way back to Liverpool as I type - hope she likes it!
The second reason we are feeling the touchy feely love is our fabulous team mate has been published in craft stamper. We have known about her serious talent for a long time and she has been spotted on her blog by lots of you out there but hey our Pal is now in print! Well done you, we are sooo proud of you Michelle - just hope your copy has arrived this morning before you explode with anticipation LOL. If you dont subscribe to Craft Stamper do give it serious thought its one brilliant magazine and gusess what Michelles project has touchy feely on it too in the form of metal and embossing - go and get your copy on Friday and check her out!
Do stop by Tuesday Taggers too for some serious touchy feely inspiration the girls over there are awesome!