Sunday, 31 May 2009

Sunny Sunday ...

... it fact, it's been sunny all weekend! I love it when the weathermen are right. So I finally got round to taking a couple of photos of the new garden furniture I blogged about earlier ... what do you think?

Iain thought I was slightly bonkers because I "staged" this photo ... well, I just wanted to show you the potential ...

Of course, as it looked so good, we just had to have a BBQ to celebrate ...

The only thing these photos don't show, is the "starlight" lighting all along the spokes of the parasol ... I may try taking a night-time shot tonight to show you what they look like.

Anyhoo, I hope the weather is good wherever you are today and you enjoy a relaxing Sunday!!!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Wet Wednesday ...

... I knew the good weather we had at the weekend was too good to last! Yesterday and today has been wet, windy and considerably cooler ... but hey, if the weathermen are to be believed, then it should be warm and sunny this coming weekend ... bring on the sunshine!!!

So in case you're wondering ... there are two main reasons why I haven't posted any new LO's here recently:
  1. I started my new job yesterday and my head is just "spinning" whenever I get home from work, so much so that scrapping is pretty much the last thing on my mind!
  2. Sue Cummings (who is an extra-ordinarily AMAZING designer) is getting ready for her week in the spotlight over at oscraps and I'm lucky enough to be a member of her creative team (CT), so everything I'm currently working on is "under wraps" until 31st May 2009 at the earliest! Sue's got some AWESOME stuff planned for next week and I know everyone is going to have a BLAST. I'll post some LO's once Sue's spotlight officially starts.

OK, so I'm done for today. It just remains for me to say it's the Champions League final tonight with Barcelona vs Man Utd, and although it pains me (as a Chelsea supporter) to say it, I actually hope Man Utd win ... not that I'm still bitter / twisted about the way Barcelona "beat" us in the semi-final ... moving on!!!

Monday, 25 May 2009

Another Bank Holiday Monday ...

... but instead of the usual weather "funk", it's actually turned out quite nice today. In fact, the weather has been good all weekend ... so much so, that we had our first BBQ of the year yesterday! Nothing complicated, just steak & salad, but it was yummy and as we actually got to eat outdoors.

Did I mention that I'd seen some garden furniture that I liked, but couldn't justify purchasing just yet? Well, as I'm now gainfully employed again, Iain and I decided "what the heck" and took a trip to the garden centre and bought our gorgeous new garden table, chairs & funky starlight parasol (which has great little LED lights running along each of the parasol spokes!!).

So tomorrow is my first full day back at work in nearly 4 months and I don't mind telling you, I'm a little nervous! I'm never comfortable being "the new girl" and the thought of starting from scratch again doesn't help ... but I'm sure I'll settle in quickly and start delivering results.

Just as I go back to work, things start hotting up in the forums ... the next couple of weeks are going to be sooooo much fun! Can't say too much at the moment, but keep checking back here for more details over the next few days.

Friday, 22 May 2009

TGI Friday ...

... it's been a LONG time since I've said this ... but ... "I'm off to work now"!!!! Hopefully I'll pop by later to let you know how I got on.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Ruby Tuesday ...

... this really turned out to be a "gem" (get it? ruby Tuesday??? gem???) of a day ... you wanna know why? OK, I'll tell you ... I GOT OFFERED A JOB!!!! Yipppppeeeee ... I've been out of work since Friday 13th February (yes, I know ... Friday 13th !!!) and I've finally been offered a job. I'm sooooooo pleased ... you may be able to tell due to all the !!!!! ...... & extra letters in this post.

So I screamed down the phone when the agency told me I'd got the job! Actually, the guy was a little cruel ... here's how the call went:

agent - "Hello Sue?"
me - "Yes"
agent - "I've got some feedback from your interview last Friday"
me - "Ooooh good ... and?"
agent - " They thought you were good, but they won't be inviting you to a 2nd interview"
me - "Oh heck ... did they say why?"
agent - "Yeah, they said they want to offer your the job ... no 2nd interview required!!!"
me - "(((((((((LOUD SCREAMING))))))))) YEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!"

Monday, 18 May 2009

Another Monday ...

... which meant I had to "sign-on" today. I CAN'T wait to be employed again, then I won't have to go to the Job Centre office, which must be one of the most unpleasant places on earth!!! Things will hopefully take a turn for the better this week ... I had an interview last Friday & the company called me again today to ask a couple more questions. That's a good sign isn't it?

Anyway to cheer myself up after my visit to the Job Centre, I re-visited my stash of TaylorMade goodies & created a couple of quick LO's.

This is going to be a fun week for me (in terms of digi-scrapping) because both TaylorMade Designs and Fei-Fei's Stuff are both having week long challenges at Catscraps and Oscraps respectively!

Iain's decided he wants to go out for dinner tonight ... so he's getting "tarted up" as I type, then I'll get ready and we'll "hit the town".

Have a great week wherever you are!

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Sunday ...

... OK, so I can't think of any song lyrics that include the word "Sunday". I didn't post again yesterday because I got side-tracked by stuff ... well actually Iain & I decided to watch "27 Dresses" ... a total chick-flick and in my opinion, not a particularly good one!

Anyhoo, as mentioned yesterday, here's a couple of new LO's:

click here for credits / details

click here for credits / details

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Saturday's Great ...

... "Bad blogger!". Where does the time go? I had every intension of posting yesterday, but here we are & it's Saturday already. So this is what I've been up to since my last post:

  • job hunting on Thursday morning
  • dinner with friends on Thursday evening (I've got photos, I just need to upload them 1st)
  • job interview on Friday morning
  • popped into my old workplace to say "hi!" to friends
  • caught up on emails & forum stuff at the "O"

So what have you been up to?

I'll probably pop back in here later today to upload a LO & some photos. Hope everyone is having a GREAT Saturday!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Wet Wednesday ...

It's been warm & sunny (if just a little windy) here the past few days, so to wake up to overcast skies this morning wasn't what I'd hoped for! I had nothing planned for today, so spent this morning creating another new LO, using some of Sue Cummings Designs GORGEOUS goodies.

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Iain & I visited our local garden centre today ... I love going to Millets Farm!!! The shop sells a great range of gifts, seasonal goodies (such a BBQ / picnic bits 'n' pieces), plants and all types of garden furniture. We saw a nice table / chair set and were tempted to buy it ... but in our current financial situation, it's probably best that we save what money we've got!!!

We then popped into the farm shop & restaurant for a spot of food shopping & lunch ... we picked up some freshly picked asparagus to have with our salmon on Friday ... mmmmmmm ... just thinking about it is making me hungry.

Hope everyone is having a good week? Only a few more days to go until the weekend - YAY!!!

Monday, 11 May 2009

New LO's ...

"Monday, Monday, so good to me" ... I'm just popping in to post a couple of LO's I created over the weekend. Hope everyone has had a FAB start to the new week!

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click here for credits / details

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Sunday ...

... don't you just LOVE Sundays? I think it's my favourite day of the week (even though it means tomorrow is Monday (again!)). So this is a run down of what I've done today:

7am - 10am
Wakey, WAKEY, rise & shine!!! Made myself the 1st of many cups of tea, switched on the laptop & proceeded to check out the "O" ... LOVE those guys, there are sooooo many talented ladies there & LOTS of them left lovely comments on the LO I posted yesterday.

10am - 12:30pm
Watched Hollyoaks ... I know, I know but I've watched it for YEARS & I can't get enough of the wafer thin plot lines! Made sausage sandwiches for breakfast / brunch and baked a Victoria sponge cake .... yummy!

12:30pm - 4pm
Checked out the other forums but not much going on, so created another couple of LO's. Posted one in the "O" but need to tweak the other before posting.

4pm - 6pm
Watched the footie (Arsenal vs Chelsea) and the result totally made up for the disappointment of Wednesday ... Chelsea won 4-1!!!

6pm - 6:30pm
Spoke to Daddy via Skype .... can't believe I don't have to pay for these calls!!!

6:30pm - 10pm
Prepared & ate tea (including a yummy slice of cake!!!), watched Friends (again), final check of whats happening at the "O" & quick blog post on here. Going "boo-boo's now". Sweet dreams everyone.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Saturday ...

... I'm not going to say anything about the football result from Wednesday other than this ... the referee needs to get his eyes tested!!!

I had a job interview on Thursday and I think it went OK(?) but I always find it difficult to tell. If I get through to the 2nd interview stage, the company have said they'll probably want to see me prepare / deliver a presentation of some sort ... eeeeekkkk!!!

I managed to get this LO done for Ashalee Wall's spotlight challenge at the "O".

Ashalee Wall's Comfort kit
Jodie McNally's date WA
NinaScrap Designs photo action
Hope everyone is having a good weekend, wherever you are!!!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Wednesday ...

... Chelsea v Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, second leg ... COME ON CHELSEA!!!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Tuesday ...

... have I mentioned I LOVE cupcakes? and not just eating them either, I really enjoy baking them, and even if I say so myself ... I'm rather good at it!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Monday ...

... but not just another Monday. In fact today is a bank holiday, which means the weather is rubbish!!! Bank holiday weather is ALWAYS horrible ... it must be a law or something!?!?

Nothing much happening today, but I was up and scrapping pretty earlier this morning so I thought I'd share a couple of LO's I've done with my new stash:

Template - Sue Cummings QP#24
Papers - Spring Bees collab kit

Clipping Mask - Vinnie Pearce
WA & heart - TaylorMade Designs

Sunday, 3 May 2009


I didn't go crazy yesterday, but I did shop at both AND ... they've got some AMAZING stuff in their stores at the moment and I can't wait to actually start creating some LO's.

These are some of the products I bought from oscraps:

And these are some of the products I bought from catscraps:

The sales don't finish until tomorrow, so I may just have another quick spending spree ... happy days!!!

Saturday, 2 May 2009


I've been looking forward to today ALL week and now I can officially say ... "Happy {inter}National Scrapbooking Day!" ... can you believe it, my hobby has its own day!?!?! I've already warned my DH that I may not be around much today. I'm gonna be tucked away, scrapping to my hearts content.

Pretty much EVERY scrapbook site and forum is having a sale and challenges all weekend, but my favourite by far is at, they're running a prize draw offering someone the chance of winning $100 of goodies from their store! They've also had a challenge running during the week (closed now) and the winner gets to win the content of their wishlist! Here's one of the LO's I've created as part of the challenge:

Blending papers & WA - TaylorMade Designs
Overlay - Paislee Press

Friday, 1 May 2009

Here We Go ...

OK so this isn't the most original of titles for a 1st post, but I'm coming to this whole blogging thing a bit late, so most original titles will already have been used a million times!

So why have I decided to blog? Good question ... and to be honest I'm not entirely sure! Just thought I'd give it a go and see where it takes me. I can't promise to post everyday, but I'll try to remember to post when something happens ... be it big or small, just something!