Monday, 11 November 2013

Another day passes .....

Another bash at this blogging lark - spurred on by just having spent a wonderful weekend in the company of a crazy crew of crafters from north Essex!  It was Sandie - my blogging inspiration and soul mate - who brought these wonderful new people into my life - she had spent a weekend with them earlier in the year, and knew instantly that we would all get on fine, and we did.  Sadly I couldn't join in the girly sleepover fun as hubby was away but I stayed all day and left reluctantly each evening. 

As always I packed haphazardly and had no idea what I would actually do in the way of crafting!!  I am pleased to say I came away with two scrap layouts, a Christmas card, some Christmas tags (can never have enough of those babies), a mini-book and thanks to Sandie (she really is amazing!) I have made a start on my first handsewn, leather bound journal - photos to follow.  Its not perfect but I am very proud of it all the same.  In fact I am beginning to embrace the imperfections in my life - I've lived with them long enough, so guess now its time to love them too!  Is this The Artists Way influence I wonder???

So recovering from that today, I was amazed to get a text from hubby to say he was on his way home - 3 days early - wonderful news as there are lots of lightbulbs that need changing - including the headlights of the car -which decided to both fail on my way home from Sandie's last night, leaving me no option but to drive with the lights on full beam from Rettenden to Brentwood - so if I blinded anyone - please accept my sincerest apologies but I just would not have been able to see otherwise!!

So now he is home and chaos reigns once more (or actually as usual!!).  My next post will probably be sometime after my mega charity breakfast - which I am holding next week - that will be a photo heavy post - so beware!!! 

Monday, 4 November 2013

Its been a long time ....

3 months in fact since I last blogged - I'm sorry to say I had lost a bit of heart with bloggerland.  Having lost what I considered to be a reasonable first flight into blogging to the internet access abyss, I feel a bit worried about putting my all and effort into this one and losing it.  BUT I have been looking at a lot of blogs lately and feeling the love again. Maybe its the darker nights, or my renewed enthusiasm for all things paper and glue, paint and ink - I'm not sure - but I feel I should try again.

I'm also going to try and work a 'Linky' for this blog so I can link my efforts in the Attitude to Gratitude online course by Bernice Hopper, and link to Sandie's 5 in 5 challenge.  Of course this may not happen anytime very soon - as I am pretty technically challenged!  Might even link to my old blog!! So for now I'll just put in a web address for Bernice's challenge and Sandie's blog can be found here

I have also joined Sandie in her FB group to cover The Artist Way, a book which hopefully, once I've completed reading, actioning, and inwardly digesting all the information within, I will have unleashed some pretty powerful creative madness!!  Again - its not a quick fix - there's lots to do, lots of pages to write, lots of Artists Dates to go on, but it all looks like good fun and, one month in, I really am enjoying it.

OK so for now that is enough of my drivel - I will take some photos of the things I have been doing lately and post them soon xxx

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Here we go again ......

Another day ...

Here I am again, trying to make head or tail of this place called Bloggerland - I really thought I had it sussed - I started a blog in February, and managed to put up photos and posts - but for  some reason - although I can still see it I cannot, for life of me, open it up and add to it.  I obviously peaked early with it!!  So here we go again - I'm hoping I will have more success at keeping track of this little venture and I will try and blog more regularly - I think Sandie will be pleased to hear that!

So a little about me - I enjoy scrapbooking, inking and painting, making mini-books, taking photos (although sadly right now my camera is in Nikon hospital and I have to make a decision whether to have it mended or upgrade it).  I'm not excellent or extremely talented but I enjoy playing and have lots of fun alone, and with friends, in a glue-y, paint-y world of fun!

I'm a great fan of UKS (UK Scrappers) where I have made lots of on-line friends, some of whom I have now met.  

I also love doing Shimelle's classes and through those classes I met one of my dearest crafty friends - Sandie - we are like clones in all we love and do - when I really get the hang of this I will be linking to her blog very regularly as I love reading her updates.  Had hoped to add a photo or two to this post but I just need to concentrate on writing for now and will come back and put some photos on later - especially as I have to post my 5 in 5 for Sandie for July - which is why I spent most of last month trying to track down my blog - I mean I could see it but it would not let me post on it - given up now - and this will have to do for me now.

Well best I chase my little darlings around the house for a while to tire them out before bed (the youngest is 12!!!) and get them to tidy away their stuff at the same time.