Monday, 19 January 2009

Awards and a couple more gifts!!

Well, still no camera!! AAAGHH, how frustrating. I have lots of lush Poppicrafts creative designer work and new stock to photograph, but cannot get any of it done right now.
Anyway, over the last week or so two fantastic girlies have given me awards. I feel very honoured, because I don't get much time to blog anymore, so I very much appreciate that they haven't forgotten me - thank you ladies!

They are Susie who I have known for about 3 years now. She is very,very sweet and and has helped Poppicrafts no end, by recommending the shop to her friends. For that I am always grateful. However, I didn't know that she had a blog and if you want to pop over and see some of her gorgeous creations and wow! she just has the most organised craft room. Check it out here !!
And Tracie, who is one of my creative designers, who certainly works her magic with Poppicrafts products and is a special person and great friend.
Now, I am meant to pass it on to 5 other people, a couple of which I know wont put it on their blogs, but that is cool, its not compulsory. I just want them to know that they have encouraged me one way or another. They are:
My mum who has always encouraged me to be myself and believe in my dreams, throughout my whole life.
Sarah who doesn't even know it, but encouraged me to start a blog.
Dawny - Yes, you know why you have encouraged me of late...
Melissa - whose blog I have never left a comment on, but every time I read it, it encourages me to try and make something really beautiful and enjoy something about every day.
Andrea - whose blog encourages me to one day attempt something hybrid.

Well as I still camera -less!!! I thought i would show you a couple of brag books that I made as little Christmas prezzies.

And one of my LITTLE FAIRY -

Well that's it for tonight then. TFL,


Friday, 16 January 2009

Please help ME!!

Does anyone know anything about cameras????
I love my camera and try and nurture it, but it is not being very nice to me.
Every time I switch it on "write protect" is on the display I cant take any photos. I checked the card and the lock slider is off, so it cant be that. So I have just purchsed a new card and guess what - Flippin "write protect" is still on the display. AAAGHHH!!! I would really appreciate any help with this, as it is getting REALLY frustrating now. I have looked in the manual and as always when I go to the troubleshooting section, there is nothing about the problem that I have. I am no professional when it comes to cameras and im sure that it is easily rectified, if only someone could please tell me how, PLEEEASE....
Therefore surprise,surprise I have nothing have to show today..anyway hope you all have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

A few gifts

Here is a maya road calendar that I made for my mum for christmas. I used my favourite BG papers throughout - Sugared. And used the solid colours on the reverse and stamped them with Autumn leaves bracket journalling stamp, so she can put birthdays etc on the back. I was quite pleased with how it turned out, but I did find the sanding around the edges a little tedious and was covered in dust after, but generally it was quite fun to do. Please excuse the poor, hurried photos, once again I didnt take them until christmas eve.

I also made this mini garden journal for her to scribble notes etc... it has envelopes in for her seeds, a calendar for what to do when, and lots of little journalling stamps for notes and bits. I used mainly Kath Kidston stuff, from a pack of cards and envelopes that I got recently.

Well thats it for tonight. I hope you are having a good evening.

Friday, 9 January 2009

What a week

Well where did the week go?? There I was on Sunday evening, wishing the Christmas holidays werent over, as the 3 of us had so much fun just playing with games and toys. It was lovely to have quality time, shut off from work and just relax. So, by the time I went to bed I was all prepared to get back to work. Woke up Monday and there was a blanket of snow on the ground. We couldnt even get off the drive, so we had another day of playing - hooray!!! So I didnt get any work done after all.
Tuesday I very slowly and cautiously took Poppi to the doctors as she has an eye infection.
On Wednesday I had to take Riley to speech therapy, only to find I was completely in the wrong place, so had to drive across town to get the right place. What a wally! Well thats what Riley called me anyway.
Thursday I spent the day in bed with horrible head pains and went back to bed as soon as the children were asleep. A couple of friends have had the same thing, so its obviously some sort of virus. Well the snow is still here and the roads near us have been really icy. Its been blimmin awful.
Then this morning the temperature on the car was reading -7. All this week I have been starting the car 10 minutes before we leave, to help get shot of the ice. This morning I got the scraper out and nothing happened!!!! I thought the scraper was broken - no!! My neighbour gave me some de-icer to help - no!!! it just froze on the windscreen. 20 minutes later I was actually getting somewhere, so I scraped a bit off and then just sat in the car and waited, before my fingers dropped off. We have to drive about 3 miles along country lanes and down steep hills before we get to a main road, so by the time we get to school I feel like have been driving for ages. I must look like one of those typical women drivers, nose on the windscreen and finger dents in the steering wheel where I am gripping it so tight (dont know why, its not like it helps!!!) I am hoping it will clear up by next week.
Heres a few pages from a scrapbook I made for mum as one of her Christmas prezzies. As some of you know, mum loves her garden and every year I make her one. This year I decided to make it as simple as possible, to leave lots of room for photos,journalling,doodles etc... She does like to doodle. In previous years it has been more of a glorified photo album, but I thought it would be nicer to see the finished article with scribbles and notes etc...
It feels a little odd showing the LO's with no photos or writing in, its like showing you a piece of patterned paper and telling you its a birthday card, because obviously the focal point is missing. I have quite a few gifts to show, but I shall leave those for another day. There are more than enough pictures here and I dont want to bore you to tears. Please excuse the poor light photos, they were of course taken on Christmas eve, when I was tearing around wrapping the presents.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Our Christmas!

Oh what a fantastic Christmas! I hope you enjoyed yours, as much we did. Happy New Year to you all. I hope that 2009 brings you everything you wish for..
Well, the little ones certainly bring magic to the festive season dont they. A couple of days before Christmas we went to Hamleys and Hyde parks Winter Wonderland. The children loved it, they didnt complain about the walking or the cold and they truly had an amazing time. their little faces lit up as we walked in and they had the time of there life. Oh I can remember the excitement as a child and to watch them having that feeling themselves is so special. A huge thank you to my mum and dad for taking us, you are two very special people. This is my mum and dad and of course the little babes, just outside Hamleys -

This is Carnaby street, where Poppi wasnt quite sure if those huge snowmen where going to fall on her or not. And this is them watching the little train going round and round on the top floor. The were fascinated by it -

And this is Christmas morning, with that typical "what shall we open next?" look.

Then it was over to Mum and Dads, where, can you believe Santa also delivered these, as they have been really good in 2008... (apparently)

And of course no Christmas would be the same without some additions to the Scalextric. Oh yes! Hamilton vs. Reikenen no less. Come on lads, its only a game. Mind you in true formula one style, dad was the Ferrari, therefore he was allowed to cheat! (not that I dislike Ferrari or anything, sorry but I am my fathers daughter!!)))

As for Poppi, she was all played out and decided that it was far much more fun to get my brother to hold her upside down. She literally must have done this 20 times, not long after lunch I hasten to add.

Anyway, these are just few of the millions of pics that I took and I am determined to do some scrapping this year. There are so many moments that I cherish and I would love to look back through albums with lots of journalling and little quotes from the children. I would hate to forget what they said when. So this is definately my new years resolution. Whats yours?

We had an absolute ball over the last couple of weeks, but now its back to reality, Poppicrafts is open for business and the school runs start again in the morning. Urgh! Pack lunches and school uniforms, Grr!! So im off to bed now. I will post a couple of christmas gifts that I made over the next couple of days, now I am able to show them.