Sunday, 30 August 2009
Family News: Sat 10 am saw us setting off for Auntie Maureen's house in Beaconsfield, Bucks. We had a lovely time there, despite the traffic on the M25 being a bit of a nightmare (again!) at times! Maureen has given us a whole LOAD of family tree stuff to sort through, so we will be able to go quite a way back on Andy's mother's side of the family. There are even copies of pages from a lady's diary from the mid-1800s...so interesting!
After a faster journey home, we got in around 9.45pm, so all went to bed! Then I was up at 6.45am raring to go & do some more using the fantastic true North kit from GirlBoheme....see the next post for more details!
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
When I got up I checked my emails and was amazed to see I'd won a digi kit over at DST! So that cheered me up!!
We did the appts. - it was SO hot driving round - very muggy yesterday. Not nice. Went back to stables to see if Antoinette wanted to stay and watch the Dressage comp. that was going on there, and of course she did - she was busy being Julia's little helper!!! I haven't seen her look so happy for a long time though - when we arrived, she came running over, and there was this little brown (from the sun) dirty (from all the dust at the stables!) face with the biggest smile you've ever seen!! So, just gave her some money for food and drinks for the evening and left to take mum home.
Got home, had a coffee and a chat with Evie and Andy, then came on to check my emails (I know, it sounds like I'm obsessed, but between my service provider sending through anywhere between 2 and 4 copies of the same email on occasion, and all the digi site newsletters I've signed up for over the last few months, lol, I can end up with over a hundred a day, so it's better to keep on top of things!)
To my amazement, there was one from Cheryl Johnson - she's the Photographer whose courses I took a couple of years ago; she's also a fellow UKSer, and also is in charge of submissions at Scrapbook Inspirations mag! I'd sent a LO in for the theme of Christmas, just a simple one about how I'd love snow at Christmas! As mine wasn't about wanting some big gift, or wanting to see long-lost rellies, I wasn't expecting to be chosen for publication, esp. as it's the first time I've submitted anything, lol! BUT! She wants to publish my LO!!!! O.M.W.!!!! How exciting is that?!
So I'm ringing round, telling mum n dad, and doing a happy dance here, then sat down to carry on with emails...there's another one from Aimee, a newish Designer who makes some scrummy scrummy kits...have a look here... http://girlboheme.com/gbstudios/ (you can get to her store from there!). I'd sent her an email after discovering her yesterday lunchtime whilst meandering through the www and applied to be on her CT. She was emailing back to say yes!!! Yeehaaah!!!!
So, yesterday, I had 3 pieces of very very good news!!!
Went back to the stables at 8.30pm for Antoinette - she was still 'happy as larry' and just finishing up with Julia and her horse Donny. Julia let her give him some extra strong mints and take him down to the field - she and Antoinette were so pleased as they'd come 1st and 3rd in the Dressage, and there were a LOT of entrants - 19 - last night, and the majority were not from our stables! On the way home Antoinette told me that Julia had said to her that when she goes out to shows in future, Antoinette can go with her and be her groom!!! How great is that?!!!! So, of course, Antoinette was floating on air last night!!
She'd also had a chat with Julia about loaning Marley, assuming the price is right, as we're waiting to hear from the owner. Antoinette was really torn as much as she loves Marley, it felt a bit too close to trying to replace Molly, so she really didn't know what to do. Also she was worried Julia would think she wasn't interested in her and Donny any more. So she chatted it all over with Julia, and they decided it would be a good idea to do the loan - for Marley as well as for Antoinette - and she could still do things with Donny!
So, all in all, yesterday turned out to be one of the most eventful days we've had for a while!!
Today Margie and I plus Meg and Evie are all going up to Pickleberry Papercrafts in Faversham so Margie can have a nose! (It's a lovely shop!!), then later Margie and I are hoping to do some genealogy research. I'm trying to go back down dad's father's line, but as neither he nor his siblings seem to know anything about their paternal grandparents, it's not easy! We ordered dad's parents' marriage cert yesterday and what we hope is his dad's birth certificate. They prob won't turn up for at least a couple of weeks though. It's far far cheaper to order them from your local Registry Office, but it does take longer. But, when it's a choice between £8 ea or £20 ea (from Ancestry.com) , it's not really viable to do otherwise!
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
Here's the link to this lovely kit... https://scrapitsassy.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_34&products_id=1496 ...it's just what it says on the tin! Warm fuzzy family feelings oozing out of the b/gs and elements! I can think of lots of varied uses for these b/gs and everything in the kit fits together nicely!
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Two LOs for Bits N Bobs using Julie's Summer Bride kit available at Exquisite Scraps here... http://exquisitescraps.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_150&products_id=2244 . I actually finished these 2 days ago but after a 9 hour day yesterday I wasn't fit for much when I got in!!
Here's THE link!!!!! The QPs I made for the Scrap It Sassy CT are now all packaged up with those of the other CT members and for sale in the shop...follow the link!!!! I'm am just so blown away with the thought that someone, somewhere in the world...anywhere in the world...could be using something I designed!!!! Thanks to all the designers who made the fabby August Collab kit, and to SIS for giving me the opportunity to experience this feeling!!!!
I'm pretty realistic about my chances when entering any contest, being a relative newcomer to the digi world (I started at the end of January this year), but, much as I love my CT work, I do enjoy taking time to create a LO 'just because'!!!
Anyway, thanks for prompting me to scrap another of my 'portfolio' photos!
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Wow! I seem to be on a bit of a creative roll today! We got back from the stables earlier than expected, so I made good use of the time to create a couple of LOs with this beautiful kit - Wedded Bliss by Rustic Charm Creations, available at Scrap It Sassy here https://scrapitsassy.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=31&products_id=6016 . It's a gorgeous kit, full os useful elements - in fact I don't think there's one thing in there that I wouldn't use! I made a nice bright page for some of my Woburn Safari Park pics from our holiday this year. Then to show something completely different from such a vibrant kit, I made 'Evie'. I've also made a 3rd LO with this kit for a Scraplift challenge over on the Scrap It Sassy Forum (link is on the store front page!). This kit is fabulous! You need it NOW!!!
Friday, 14 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
We then went and opened the big double gates of the stables and wited there for the horsebox to pass. Molly was facing our way and looking out of the window. As soon as she saw us, she started whinneying and neighing, and carried on right down the private road until they turned the corner at the bottom and were then gone!
Of course Antoinette - and Evie! - were devastated.
Julia, the Head Girl at the stables told Antoinette that she could go and groom her horse if it would help...and then said that actually, she could groom her horse any time she liked! I asked Antoinette if any other kids groom this horse and she said no other kids are allowed to go near it as it's Julia's private horse! So that was a pretty special thing for her to do and for Antoinette to receive!
Antoinette did go and groom the horse - Donny - and he is lovely...very friendly! I think he will be a big help for Antoinette in getting used to not having Molly around.
After all that we went out for a meal with mum, dad and my aunt Marion (see the Nun in the photo below!!), which went someway to taking Antoinette's mind off the situation! Especially the big slice of chocolate fudge cake at the end, lol!!
Margie had made Antoinette a lovely canvas with a gorgeous photo of her riding Molly, just after she came out from a Dressage test. It's really lovely, and is going on the wall in their bedroom!
DN, Megan-Elise had made a big poster with photos of Antoinette on Molly as well...that's also going up on the wall!!
Antoinette has now stuck her nose in the BHS Progressive tests book I got for her, and seems determined to take the first test this month! That's good news as when she's taken all 6, that allows her to skip past the BHS Stage 1 test (for age 14 and above) and go straight to Stage 2. However, as Antoinette's only 13 in December this year, she has plenty of time to do the 6 tests!!!
Today I've been scrapping - on paper, shock! horror! - at my friend's house! Had a lovely day and managed to finish 3 CJs so they're all ready for posting on Saturday - phew! Both Cjs have got a little caught up, that's why I have 3 atm lol, but hopfully they'll all be home soon!
I have some digi scrapping I want to catch up on...have a new kit from SIS sitting waiting for my attention! Marion went home today so that should make life easier just over the w/e. We have some footcare appointments tomorrow though so won't get much done:( Then next week it will a matter of ringing all the pople we had to cancel appts. for when mum got swine flu and book them all in again - looking like the summer holidays could be over for me, lol!!
I AM now almost uptodate with the Jessica Sprague classes though! The last lesson - today's - I've listened to but not actually done the practical yet...making our own brushes! BUT! I will DEF have a go over the w/e! Hopefully then I will have something to put on here!!
All the emotion of yesterday really took it out of me though, so am just chilling for a day or 2 and hoping that at the w/e I can have some time to just sit and create! Oh, and get the photos of Hever Castle off my camera!!!!
List of things to do:
SIS CT kit
SLYMI Week 33 LO (scrap a square within a square)
Challenge LO for Pickleberry Papercrafts
Cut my pages for Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class which starts on 1st September and maybe do the title page.
Buy photo frames and make DDs some photos of them with Molly to go on their bedroom wall.
OK! Off to watch some sleep-inducing tv now with DH - could be an early morning with DN doing a sleepover!!!!
Monday, 10 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
I had a lovely day out today! My aunt and scrapping friend, Paulette, and I all went up to Pickleberry Crafts nr Faversham. It's a great shop with loads of lovely stash to rummage through (gorgeous little baskets with treasures in to find!!). I got some fabby pps that I've not seen before (not surprising as I've not paper scrapped much at all since January!!)...suitably grungy of course! Some lovely felt flowers, velvetty flowers, 3x glittery stickles, shaped pps (bracket and circle scallop), chipboard alpha in a LARGE size! Plus various letter stickers/monograms! Kate was lovely and made us coffees as soon as we arrived, making us feel very welcome! Then Jane (Dean) arrived and we had a lovely chat! It was lovely to meet you at last Jane!! (Jane and I have one big thing in common...we both fancy the pants off Martin Shaw, lol!!) Jane showed us her new studio - OMW! It's fabby! All light and airy and peaceful, with everything within arm's reach of the workspace - I'm not at ALL jealous...much!!!!
Came back and had a couple of hours on the pooter catching up with things and doing lesson 2 of my Jessica Sprague BrushAbilities course. Can't say I learned anything new about brushes today, but I did learn little things by-the-by, so it's great to have these tiny light bulb moments as a bonus to the class! Plus loadsa free stash in the form of brushes!! I did have a play with today's lesson though and created my own little quote page just for the fun of it, as I did like Jessica's quote but wanted to do something different! I even managed to use one of the free textures we were given in the photo editing course the other week!
So, that's my day! We finished up with dinner at the Fayreness pub right on the cliff top at Palm Bay, which was nice, although my food didn't come up to my expectations, but everyone else was happy! The wasps made a bit of a pest of themselves though!! It was just nice to see mum up and about again though - she's so much better today!
Now it's time for Holby City before bed!
Antoinette's beach hack went well last night - as usual Molly was as a good as gold on the hour's hack on country and main roads to get there, and then had 3 really good canters (almost broke into gallop on the last one, lol) along the beach. There were more people around this time, who I think appreciated the sight of 8 horses riding along the beach! Even along the roads, people were bringing their little children out of the house to wave to the horses, lol - it's lovely! Honestly, it just doesn't compare to riding at the stables...there's nothing like it! For anyone watching just the sound of the hooves on the hard sand seems to go right to the core of you, and the sight of them enjoying the cantering so much is wonderful!
Today I'm taking Paulette and Aunt Marion (visiting from her Convent in Bormingham) up to Pickleberry Crafts in Faversham, and Jane Dean is going to pop over for coffee with us!!! Am looking forward to seeing what they've got on the shop, as we're so stash starved here in Thanet! They do evening classes there too, so I'm hoping there will be some of what they make on display, as I'm thinking if it's only 40 mins away, Paulette and I could pop up now and then for a class! Hopefully the weather will stay nice for us so Marion gets to see more of round here!
The big question is, do I take my camera, lol, or is that too much like hero-worshipping??!!!!
Maybe just the handbag camera, lol!!!!
Monday, 3 August 2009
Saturday, 1 August 2009
It is a truely gorgeous kit, with some wonderful b/gs in. A couple are so beautiful, I really wanted to use them, but found myself too worried about doing them justice, and not wanting to cover up too much of them, lol, so I've saved them for another day when I'm feeling 100%!!
(I started a sore throat last night and this morning had aching shoulders, bit of a funny tummy, glands throbbing a bit - I'd all but convinced myself I'd got swine flu, lol! I've had a quiet day on the pooter though and am feeling almost back to normal, so guess I won't be needing the Tamiflu just yet!!)
This is one of a series of photos that are my faves from the 100s I took yesterday! The colours of the flowers, and the butterflies...just beautiful!
These flowers were tucked in behind a hedge at the very back of a section of garden. have no idea what they are, but the butterflies and hornets seemed to like them!! I had such a relaxing half hour just walking through the gardens taking all my photos - I love it there!
This LO I'm not very confident about, but I tried some new stuff...using a swirly line and tucking the photo in, duplicating the layer with text on, trimming to size and reducing opacity to just make an 'echo' of the words, and using one of my fave fonts...The King & Queen!! It's not always an easy font to use as it has quite a bit of 'fuss' around the edges, esp. on capitals, but I love it and it worked well here!!