Friday 31 October 2008

Some blog candy

Leonie is offering some fab blog candy for reaching 10,000 hits, congratulations Leonie! Go and take a look.

Thursday 30 October 2008

Fitted in a quick Christmas card

A quick card made using a Tilda image from a batch I bought on Ebay recently. Coloured with water colour pencils, distressed round edge and layered on Cuttlebug embossed red card and finished off with organza ribbon. The sentiment was done on the computer and embellished with a button.

Glass, glass and more glass

Well finally got the angels done when we got power back again and today I made a couple of santa heads, some thistles and some holly.

The weather has been dreadful today, hail, sleet, snow - a bit of everything. I didn't really mind as I knew I just had to keep my head down and get as much done as possible.

My Mum and Lynsey were coming out to us for tea so stopped work mid afternoon to put a casserole on and then went back to finish off the soldering, just got done and went to make a cup of tea while I waited for Neil to bring Lyns & Mum when my aunt phoned to say Mum had fallen in the street and was being taken to A&E.

She was collected by an ambulance but didn't want to go to hospital so they took her home and cleaned her up. Fortunately she hasn't done too much damage, just a split lip and a broken tooth but she looked as if she'd been in the boxing ring! She was a bit shaky but decided she wanted to come for tea rather than spend the evening on her own.

Thank goodness it wasn't worse, she just got out of hospital a few days ago and the last thing she wanted was to go back!

Let's hope that's the end of the drama for this week....

Wednesday 29 October 2008

Working Hard

Been working really hard over the last couple of days trying to get ready for two craft fairs this weekend. I took some days off work to get as much done as possible but things didn't quite go according to plan yesterday, I had cut glass for 20 little Christmas tree angel decorations then ground and foiled the edges and was almost ready to start soldering when the power went off!!!!

Neil went out to see what was going on and the workmen from Scottish Power who were digging at the back said it would be 2 - 3 hours before they could get it up and running again AAArrrrgh!! They said they had knocked on the door to warn us but both of us were home and didn't hear anything. I couldn't do a thing - no light to make cards, no power for my soldering iron and it was amazing how quickly the house cooled down - it was very cold yesterday.

So we decided to pop out to Ikea and Sainsburys to kill some time - it was warmer there! We got home at 2 o'clock and made ourselves some lunch, boiling the water for our tea on the (fortunately gas) cooker. Just after we finished eating the power came on again so it was back to work straight away.

Anyway here are a couple of pics of some of the things I've been working on.

These were sentiments stamped onto scrapbooking paper sandwiched between two pieces of glass then foiled and soldered, with little beaded charms to finish them off. I saw some similar ones on Ebay US and thought they'd make nice little gifts especially with the little handcrafted boxes (suggested by my daughter Lynsey).

The craft fairs are at Howgate Village Hall (10 miles south of Edinburgh) on Saturday from 10 - 2pm and at Carnwath Town Hall on Sunday from 2 - 6pm. If you are anywhere near one of the venues please drop in and say hello.

Monday 27 October 2008

More Blog Candy

Go over to to see her great blog candy. She is celebrating 15000 hits, wonder if I'll ever get to that kind of figure!!!

Saturday 25 October 2008

Pink card

Have added a pink card for Nikki's Breast Cancer awareness. She is offering some blog candy over at



Friday 24 October 2008

A tag book for Scrapbooking Group

Scrapbooking group meets at the library on the last Monday of the month, which is this coming Monday and this month I am going to demonstrate this little tag book which I found instructions for on Dawn's blog over at dawnsstampingthoughts

Thursday 23 October 2008

Bad couple of days

Not had a good couple of days, my mother has been in hospital after what was apparently a slight stroke but the upshot of it all is that she is having to face up to the fact that she is suffering from Alzheimers. She is still lucid and can understand what this means for her and her future. She was an English teacher and a writer and until recently was a very confident and strong woman but in the last year she seems to have aged about ten years and has lost all her confidence and self belief, it's very hard and sad to watch.

Have not had time to do any crafting for a few days and missed the opening of new shop which I intended going to yesterday. I am looking forward to seeing how much more crafty stuff they will be stocking and to the workshops and demos they intend having so will get over there as soon as I can.

There is some great blog candy over at so go and take a look.

Monday 20 October 2008

Haven't quite figured this out!

Not quite sure how to insert the pics in with the text so bear with me while I try to get to grips with this....

Ahhh - think I may have figured it out.
Any way enough for now, best go before I bore you all to tears.

A few cards

Have been trying to get going on the Christmas cards, I have committed myself to no fewer than 5, yes 5, craft fairs over the next six weeks or so. Therefore am needing plenty of new stock, in particular Christmassy stuff. Stained glass is probably the biggest seller for me at this time of year, but to get much done I need to have a decent run at it. It's not the kind of thing you can sit down and do if you just have an hour or two to spare so if I've finished a shift at the library or need to go to work in a couple of hours I spend what spare time I have trying to produce a card or three. Going now to see if I can upload a few of the latest ones..

Time to make a start

Been gearing up to start this blogging business for a while and have decided - today's the day. Not for any particular reason you understand, but I just felt it was time to make a start. So here goes.....