Sunday, 30 September 2012

Alice Rose

I have been playing with a Paper Artsy rose die cutter this week.      

I used a Graphic 45 pad of Halloween Alice scrapbook papers to make it.  The pattern is small enough to blend in but you can still see some characters. The edges of the petals and leaves are coloured using Distressing Inks and then a little smear of Rock Candy Distressing Stickles was dabbed over the the edges of the petals.

I not sure what I am going to do with it.  I quite fancy it as a brooch and although the paper is quite solid and strong I'm not sure it will withstand being worn.

That's all from me today as I'm feeling a little weary with a cold and sinus pain:(

Only four more weeks to half term....

Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Ooh! Yes, it's definitely Autumn now.  How do I know this? Well....

I have managed to get the hubby to agree to having the heating on...but not on the timer yet:(

We have moved up a level of duvet tog rating:)

The familiar soreness of throat and ears tells me a cold is coming (I get one every September/October).

It's an effort to get out of bed in the morning.

I have an urge to cook huge vats of comforting hot casseroles.

The battle of the coat starts with the teen. (the one where he won't wear one even when it's raining...why?)

More craft time.

So while I am desperately sucking my way through packets of soothing throat sweets and swallowing the Vitamin C, I am dreaming of a few weeks ago of when the sun was still out (although there was enough of a nip in the air to remind you that summer was over)and the blackberries and autumn fruits where in abundance.

The punched edges idea I got from a layout by Tracee Povis, winner of the July Scrap365 sketch  Bits and bobs acquired from my box of 'useful stuff'.

The mosaic photo app is called 'My week in pictures' which I was able to send wireless to the printer for printing.....ooh, you should of seen my gleeful face when I found that worked.

Simple things...

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Love to thrift...

Another layout using up all my old bits and bobs.  I even used some free scrapbooking papers with this one.  The papers came in one of the card making magazine (which actually wasn't that good a magazine) but it did have some decent papers for a change, especially some 50's style print papers.  So I used the fruity design on here.  I though it went with the retro feel.

We have a lovely Vintage Emporium in the next town.  You could spend hours there often exclaiming   'My mum had one of them'....or....'Ooh, that's lovely'.  It's like a huge charity shop with little cubby holes rented out to private sellers. Quite often the pieces are over priced, sometimes the same item can be found on another stall cheaper but I suppose the value is in how much you really want it.  I have resisted many an item but the 70's style soup bowls I loved from the minute I saw them.  But there was only two.  I ummed and aahed for weeks but eventually I had to have them.  My soup now tastes so much nicer in them.

In waiting for the printer to be attached (and so the delay of printing the photos)I forgot that I was going to add a different photo other than the typewriter.  Never mind, it's an opportunity for another layout and story. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Oh my gosh...

Oh my gosh, just where is the time going?  I can see the end of September on the horizon already.  And as for this working lark, I'm not sure I like it.  I just haven't had any time to myself recently to play with paper.

Anyway.....after waiting for a new printer to be installed I was able to print a few photos and finish a couple of layouts.  

Our new printer gives the facility of writing on the photos so I typed PASSED repeatedly along one side of the photo.  I thought this was a great idea for us scrapbookers.  Apologies to those who are already in the know, I'm a bit behind the times you know as I have been on a stash and technology diet.  

Actually it's been great using up a lot of my scraps.  I'm determined to use up a lot of those older papers that maybe aren't in fashion any more.  Whenever I get new clothes, I take off the labels and save them along with any other interesting bits and bobs I find from magazines etc.  The 'Happy Virus' label was attached to a bag I bought from Artbox once. The 'Joy' bottle picture was from a 50's inspired advertising calender and one I also added a couple of my home made buttons. 

Yes, it was a joyous day in the 'The Little Blue Shed' household when Rob finally passed his Maths GCSE.  As you can see from the photo he does look rather pleased.

Btw, Robs hair has got to Yeti proportions now and I have demanded he gets it cut before he starts some work experience....I'm taking him to the hairdressers myself.  Oh, yes, of course I will have my camera ready though I'm not sure I can (or the hairdresser can) convince him to have more than a trim.  

I'll be back with more thrifty layouts soon...and maybe a less shaggy haired son?


Monday, 10 September 2012

This week....

Apart from going back to school and the usual daily chores, I haven't been up to much. You see I haven't had time recently to visit my craft room, finish my knitting or sew my patchwork hexagons because I have a new obsession......preserving.

It's the thrill of making something out of nothing. Blackberries in the hedgerows, a bag of windfall apples from a friend, a fruit and veg garden needing to be house sat, mums greenhouse tomatoes.....all free! Now I have instead, Blackberry and Apple conserve, Plum and Lime jam, Rhubarb, Pear and Ginger jam, Chinese Plum Sauce, Tomato and Roasted Pepper chutney and Spiced Plum and Apple chutney.

Come join the revolution, snub the supermarket Blackberries, laugh in the face of pre-packed apples, wave your wooden spoons in the air, rattle your preserving pans and shout YAY! for jam, chutneys, sauces, relish and pickles:)

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Too cool for school..

Hello there! Welcome to another edition of Storytelling Sunday hosted by the wonderfully talented Sian.  You can find her residing at her blog 'High in the Sky'.

The theme is Back to School...

Like many, I have my rituals of getting ready for a new term of school.  Even though I left as a student a long time ago, now I work in education I still want to buy the new shoes, bag and new season clothing.

I'm a real Autumn baby, I love the rich earthy and jewel tones that we often associate with Autumn, the cooler weather and the wearing of  big fluffy woolly jumpers.

I'm afraid I am that person who delights in the ritual of putting away the summer clothes and re-arranging the wardrobe ready for tweed, wool and teal...

Anticipating the chilly mornings with my opaque tights at the ready, buffing up the boots and looking forward to a healthy cheek glow.

You see, having a typical Celtic appearance I just don't enjoy the hot summer days.  I can't sit outside without the fear of my skin frazzling like pork cracking!  I don't go anywhere without my factor 30. My hideous bunions protrude from sandals.  The sun gives me a headache and the grass and pollen the you can understand my relief when the days start to shorten and the dew turns to frost.

So with my school diary covered, my cardi at the ready, my school bag packed, I'll be skipping to school on Monday ready to brace myself with the sight of my colleagues desperately trying to eek out the summer months with their bare golden tanned arms. Painted toenails peeking out of their delicate sandals....moaning about how cold it is in the chilly classrooms whilst I quietly nod and agree feeling smug and warm wrapped in my new jewel layers.