Monday, December 24

Kate's Christmas Message

My last blog for a couple of days whilst we take a break for the Christmas celebrations.

I'm supposed to be creaming butter and sugar right now but my arm is aching so I thought I would have a quick blog for a break.

The kids opened the final box on the Playmobil advent today and here is the completed scene.Today's contained a little music box which plays Christmas tunes. My favorite piece was a little detailed woodpecker.
Excuse the dust just think of it as light covering of snow!

Yesterday was our 1st full day of visitors. Went to church in the morning for the nativity service, where the Dinky Diva was playing in the hand bell group. Then back home with guests for lunch. After lunch I kept sneaking off to try and work on one of the last gifts I have to complete. I have some wedding photos to do up as a gift and rashly decided the best way to display them would be a 12x12 album! So in one evening I have dashed off an album using the simplest of embellishments and almost done style pages. Here is one of my favorites.
Not exactly true scrapping but hopefully a nice thank you gift for the wonderful day we had.

Now for the Christmas message. (Having taken a short break to finish making the biscuits).

2007 was the year I really discovered the Internet. I thought I would just use it for shopping and research but no, this year I have discovered forums and blogs!
So a very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2008 to family and friends both real and virtual, to all the forum organisers and members I now regularly chat with and to all those who organise and play along with HerSpace:MySpace.

I know that 2008 is going to bring me many new challenges, the enormity of some already feel insurmountable, but I am looking forward to the release that blogging about them will bring and to the support that comes from a problem/joy shared with goodness knows who!
Hope you all have great Christmas's and I will aim to be back between Christmas and new year with some of the Christmas gift photos I have been saving up.
** Kate **



Saturday, December 22

SPS #?

The HS:MS girls have decided to start their Christmas break today. I haven't joined in with Self Portrait Saturday for week's, so typically I had one prepared for today! I'm going to go ahead and frighten you with the sight of me anyway. Took the picture as I'd given my hair a tidy up ready for the holiday season.
Didn't quite get everything on the present front finished last night but nearly. I also have this niggling feeling that there is a bag full of unwrapped pressies somewhere that I can't find - doesn't that always happen every year??

** Kate **

Friday, December 21

Cute!

HS:MS
Cute
Attractive in a pretty or endearing way.

Ok, I know my opinion is biased but here is the cutest thing in the house right now.
Love the Hugh Hefner dressing gown. Not enough light for the photo really, would it be too cruel to send him outside to pose in his dressing gown on a frosty December morning?

(Don't worry I am safe saying he is the cutest in the house as SMO has left for work and the Dinky Diva has to go to school today. There's always the hairy one but she has got her fur in such a mess that its going to need several hours work to sort it out!).

Had another quick go at glow using the camera's fireworks setting.
Think I will try again this evening with no daylight and all 3 kids (big and small) holding little glow lights.

I have finally given in and realised I must scale down the hand-made presents I was planning. Now that the decision has been made I can just finish off the last few tonight and then start to concentrate on the food.

Off to play at Santa today taking Small-N-Grubby with me to hand deliver cards and presents to local family and friends.

** Kate **

Thursday, December 20

7 of 2007

Hs:Ms
Glow
To have an intense colour or slight shine. Find 'glow' in your space today:

Had a bit of trouble with this one, frost and ice I can do today but not a lot glowing. Had to resort to the tree lights. Really wanted to turn the auto focus off but I don't think I can on my little compact camera, so I resorted to the dusk/dawn mode and managed this strange effort.
Kirsty is asking to see your favorite 7 photos of 2007. Here are some of mine, I'm sure I could have found plenty more.
Got some crafting of Christmas presents done yesterday. Off to do some more now and re-charge the camera.

** Kate **

Wednesday, December 19

It could be you!

HS:MS
Win
To be successful or victorious. Show us 'win' in your space.
Just a quick blog today as I have a million things to do!!
** Kate **

Tuesday, December 18

Deck the halls...

Yes the tree is up and here it is, complete with a little train track running around the bottom to carry mini-Santa and his friends.
The chosen colour scheme this year is Purple and Red. The Dinky Diva as well into the idea and rejected some baubles for being the wrong shade of red. Small-N-Grubby, however, was having none of it. He took great delight in sneaking to the box and hiding little silver stars and golden baubles among the other colours.

HS:MS today fits in well.
Glass
Hard, brittle and transparent. Find 'glass' in your space today.
And just to prove they didn't have too much eggnog these guys made it to the tree as well.
Small-N-Grubby is back to school today so I must madly make and wrap presents until picking up time. Did get all the cards finished and written last night ready to post today (although that does include the international ones as well....ooops).

** Kate **

Monday, December 17

Weekend Update

Another busy few days, with no time for blogging. Dinky Diva passed her dancing medal on Saturday (no photos of that yet) and then it was off to the church Christmas parties. It always feels like Christmas is here once we get to them. There's always a traditional disco playing action songs and shooting bubbles and foam over the children. They love it. The Dinky Diva knows all the dances, the Macarena is her fav. Here's Small-N_grubby tryying to catch foam snow.

Round it off with a visit from the man in red Himself and you have very tired but happy little ones.

Managed to get the tree up yesterday so I will try for a picture of that to blog tomorrow.

Small-N-Grubby is home with a cough and cold today. I'm hoping he will get back to school before term finishes or I really won't be ready for Christmas - the pair of us cuddled in bed until 10am this morning! This means no time to catch up on HS:MS, I will just try to start from again from tomorrow's prompt.

** Kate **

Wednesday, December 12

Laces

Just a quick update from me today.

HS:MS
Laces
Two pieces of string to assist in the fastening of shoes and clothing. Have you got some laces in your space?

A rather uninspiring pic of my walking boots.
The kids don't do laces yet so no cute boots like Kirsty's daughter's over on the HS:MS site (link on the right).

Didn't get any work done yesterday by the time I had finished fiddling around on the PC and looked at SMO's aunt's official wedding photos. I'll have to be more disciplined today. Have already started on some experimental shrink plastic charms, so I must keep going.

** Kate **

Tuesday, December 11

It's a marvelous night for a moondance



Well its not actually, its a sunny day and I don't think there would be much of a moon tonight anyway, which makes today's Hs:Ms even harder than yesterdays.

It gets dark so early at the moment, you can even see the moon during the daytime! Capture 'moonlight' in your space today.

Here's a pic I took one afternoon in late August this year.
Not exactly a great shot but about the best I could do.
Did consider some bare bottomed toys mooning off the top of the bunkbeds - all done in the best possible taste of course. Oh what the hell ...............
It was Small-N-Grubby's nativity play today (hence the later than usual blogging) and he was a star. I mean he was great but he was playing a star, you know what I mean.
Another poor photo but I wasn't going to put the flash on and blind the poor little mites! (unlike some parents, grrrr).

Off to get some work done this afternoon. Have had to text SMO at least 4 times about stuff I can't find, why can't men put things back where they find them and why when they need batteries do they take them from the nearest appliance that comes to hand. Couldn't get the PC speakers to work, now I know why!!

** Kate **

I see accusations have been made about my snowmen, they are demanding prime positions on the tree now in compensation, so I think it might have to be a toy themed tree this year.

Monday, December 10

Frosty the snowman!

Hs:Ms
Frosty
When a frost forms on surfaces. Show us 'frosty' in your space today.

A brighter day today, and at least it's not raining, but definitely no frost. So here are some rather dilapidated Christmas ornaments.
At least it shows we have got as far as dragging them out of the cupboard, but the tree is still in its box.

Thanks for all the pressie suggestions for the Dinky Diva. Thankfully she has not discovered High School Musical and she has even got bored with the X factor, yes! I'd forgotten about the Klutz books, I will definitely get her one of those. The handbag is a great idea too, but my sister is already on to that.

Another busy weekend (as are the next two right up until Christmas). The Dinky Diva played the hand bells at a Christmas tree festival on Saturday. Managed to get the nativity set up but the tree will have to wait until next weekend now. Yesterday we went to SMO's aunt's house to celebrate her brother's 65th birthday. Got the kids into bed early it's Small-N-Grubby's first full day at school. I shall really miss him, but I certainly have plenty to do.

** Kate **

Friday, December 7

Celebrate!

That's the HS:MS word of the day and here's my take on it.


Went late night shopping yesterday whilst the Dinky Diva was at Brownies. Got quite a few things, queues weren't too bad and SMO carried all the bags. There were a couple of shops not open despite having signs up for late night shopping grrrr, so I will have to venture out during daylight (please don't let it have to be a Saturday!). Only one casualty, a small box of chocs got squashed in the bag on the way home, guess we'll have to eat those ourselves!

My quandary over the children's presents has switched around this year. Usually she wants all manner of things and he isn't bothered. This year there seems to be plenty around for him (although medium sized boxes of Lego City seem to be as rare as rocking horse poo!), but I can't find things for her. She is growing out of dolls - has enough for when she is in the mood for them, I refuse to have things like 'moon sand' I don't believe them when they say there is no mess!

Her Christmas list consists of a colouring book and a new teddy - I have to say I was very proud of that, when I was her age I wanted something from every page of the Argos catalogue. So ideas needed for a 7-8 year old girl, not too messy, trashy, tarty or too practical! (and she isn't in to music or video games).

** Kate **

Thursday, December 6

For the good of my 'elf

Just a quick note to add that over at JustBex forum there are daily challenges and prizes throughout December expertly being overseen by Elvin the elf. Here he is and he is gorgeous (in his own words!!).

** Kate **

Christmas Cards

Haven't had any haven't sent any! Card is the subject today for HS:MS so I looked through the children's book bags and found my favorite of the one's they've received.
On the back it says Kitsch Christmas and I think its so great. Reminds me of being allowed Babychams or Snowballs at Christmas. Dad always stocked the drinks cabinet with weird and wonderful things that no-one drank at any other time of the year, we had that bitter cherry stuff, Kirsch too. I seem to remember it all tasted repulsive!
Back to blogging daily now, but forgetting to put up any messages anywhere to say so!!

** Kate **

Wednesday, December 5

"It's starting to look a lot like Christmas" - NOT

The word of the day on HS:MS is Christmas. Several of the blogs I visit have those helpful little countdowns on them which I see today are merrily informing me that it is 19 days until Christmas - aaargh! Don't get me wrong I'm not a Bah Humbug its just I always think there is plenty of time and then someone steals it. So Christmas in my house currently looks like this.If you want to see how a tree should properly look check out SuzyB's beautifully even spaced matching decs!

Had a go at last Friday's DCM challenge when I found some birdie paper in my little 6x6 stack of Periphery, mixed it with a bit of DCWV. On the subject of birds I have decided that, among other things, 2008 will be the year I save up and buy a new camera. I haven't had garden birds hanging around my house for quite some time, since a sparrowhawk made a rather spectacular kill on the patio! Now they are back with a vengeance, but can I get a good picture, no I blooming well can't. As wildlife photography has always been my 1st love my old 35mm outfit has a compact but intrusive 300mm lens and I miss it. I have duel aspect windows in my kitchen (believe me it sounds far posher than it is, I have them in the living room too but one just looks out onto a brick wall!!) and the little window next to me hasn't been cleaned in yonks. As I sit at the computer little birds hover over it hoovering up the insect life that clings to it. So in summary I need a new digi SLR with a nice selection of lenses!

Will post a picture of the advent calendar when its complete on Christmas Eve. Yes it is Playmobil, they bring out a different one every year with everything you need but you do have to build and fill it yourself which means I already know what's in the boxes! Still the joy on the little peeps faces makes up for that.

** Kate **

Tuesday, December 4

Cosy and Chilly?

Catching up with HS:MS today. Yesterday's word was cosy, so here's the hairy hearth rug under a rug.
Today's word is chilly. Its a kind of mild, damp day today - never a frost when you want one. So here is the Dinky Diva's advent calendar (rather more commercial than Small-N-Grubby's).
You open a box each day and inside is a little piece of the scene. The pair of them talk about it all the time, what will be in the next box and who will open it.
He's opening the even numbers on hers and she's opening the even numbers on his - all very civilised no fisty cuffs so far!

Been getting on with the Christmas makes - finally! Will have plenty of pics to share after Christmas, might put some on one of the craft forums before then.

** Kate **

Friday, November 30

Big apologies

OK, going to start straight in with this one and beg for your forgiveness as I have unwittingly been a big tease. I had an e-mail this morning to say that my gift was personal and private, of course I must respect the senders wishes. Sorry, sorry, it was good too, some stuff I haven't seen in the UK! Thank you sender it was much appreciated.

Moving along, the HS:MS texture of the day is 'soft'. Was going to look at soft as in daft but the dog wasn't co-operating so here is something far more predictable.
One promise from yesterday that I can keep, here is Small-N-Grubby pleased as punch with his advent calendar.
Off to do more photo editing.

** Kate **

Thursday, November 29

Bristles

Today's Hs:Ms texture is 'bristles', but mine aren't too spikey. Had a really great day yesterday. I'm going to miss my days out with my youngest he is so well behaved and a joy to take anywhere - I wonder how long that will last!! Got loads of Christmas shopping done once I'd convinced my mum that I didn't care if she thought something might be cheaper in Woolworths - if it was there and not too over priced I was buying it.

I got some of those little jars of conserves for teachers presents - I know I was supposed to be making things but it just wasn't going to happen. Also found 3 other main presents for people and numerous mini pressies, so feeling very chuffed.

Small-N-Grubby was very entertaining. We met a lady who was there on her 85th birthday to which he said "The lady's older than you Grandma!".
Mum took him to look as advent calendars and said they were all horrible (she still hadn't got the idea of the day at this point), so I went back over and said "look there's Santa, a Christmas tree or people skating, which would you like?" to which Small-n-Grubby replied in true Little Britain style "want that one" and pointed to one with an old painting on it of Mary and Jesus being visited by the 3 wise men. Bless him, he's soooo cute. Will get him to hold it up for a pic when he gets back from school.

Came home exhausted and once I got the Dinky Diva to ballet I collapsed on the bed and didn't wake up until 8pm. (Don't worry SMO picked her up)
I'm a bit concerned as I have a really long day out coming up to celebrate my sister's wedding (she got married abroad) and if I haven't regained my energy by then I just don't think I will make it through an entire afternoon and evening.

My surprise package had been cleared by Stansted and is on the delivery van, so I should get it some time this pm, wahoo.

** Kate **

***** Edit - the surprise is already here, but it has a Christmas gift tag on - do I open it or save it!?!?!? *****

Wednesday, November 28

Smooth

The HS:MS texture of the day is 'smooth'.
Not much to say about that really, didn't even have to caption the photo.

Enquiring minds want to know what's in my parcel from the States but it's a surprise gift so I won't be able to say until it gets here (how excitin!g), can say that it is currently in Memphis, next stop Stansted.

Will revue the BasicGrey files once I've had a chance to use them, but they feel like the business.

Off to make an extensive shopping list ready for today's outing.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 27

Rough

When I was buying supplies to make Christmas pressies with the other day these little babies jumped into my virtual shopping basket. Just right for the HS:MS texture of the day 'rough'.
Just in case you don't know they are a set of BasicGrey precision files to make my chipboard creations (among other things) look neat to perfection.

Just had a Fedex notice of a surprise parcel coming my way from the states - definitely something to look forward to.

Did lots of planning yesterday but never actually got around to making anything!

Today I realise I have two lots of photos waiting to be edited so not much chance of paper crafts today.

** Kate **

Monday, November 26

Wet

It's certainly how today looks like it will turn out. HS:MS this week is looking at the theme of textures and today is 'wet'.
Feeling better off and on but so much to do when I do feel ok the blog is taking a bit of a back seat. Have a Christmas fair to do on Saturday but I'm seriously thinking I haven't the time to get sorted out and go. (It's at Small-N-Grubby's school so I can make a donation and I already have someone who wants my space!).

Have got very little done towards my Christmas preparations but I'm due to go to a big garden centre/Christmas shop on Wednesday so I think I will have to splash out and get as much as I can there.

** Kate **

Wednesday, November 21

Alley

I love the challenges on Her Space:My Space. They really make you think about photo subjects you may never have thought of before.

Alley
A narrow passageway between or behind houses. Show us an 'alley' in your space today.

Thinking about it I'm sure there are some great pictures to be had near me if I just went out and took a walk rather than travelling from A to B with my head in switched off mode. However, I just can't fit it into my plans for the day, but it does remind me that a few months ago I did say I would go out once a week for a photography wander.

So today has to be a cheat. I had no between or behind house alleyways in my back catalogue but I did find this.
An alleyway of flags. Small-N-Grubby spent ages running in and out of them. He had so much fun we went back at the weekend with the Dinky Diva to show them to her, but they were gone.

Off to be creative, I think it's about time.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 20

Gold Fever

The DCM challenge on Friday was to use a bit of gold on your card. Well, blame my illness but I went a bit mad. Gold card, gold embossing, gold peel-off. It even comes with a gold envelope!!
Have done a bit of internet Christmas shopping at the weekend. Ordered a set of grungy papers, stickers and rub-ons that I think I will be able to make at least 5 people presents from. Unfortunately, I won't be able to share until after Christmas.

Thinking about my own Christmas shopping now, do I order a cuttlebug??

** Kate **

Monday, November 19

Sort of back

Was going to start back with Her Space : My Space today but as there isn't one I won't.

Feeling much better, so much in fact I have had no excuse to get out of the school runs and got soaked today.

Off to sort out my blog withdrawal, I haven't read any for a week.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 13

Speechless

no voice at all today, spent the day in bed. Back to blogging as soon as I can.

** Kate **

Monday, November 12

Almost

HS:MS
Almost
Not quite or very nearly, show us 'almost' in your space.

Almost asleep?
I think by the time I had fetched the camera there wasn't anything 'almost' about it!

I guess my immune system must be really down at the moment as I have now gone and picked up a cold and sore throat. A sore throat is always the first sign that I am getting a bit run down.

Haven't had much enthusiasm for crafting. Off to make a hot Ribena and see if I can find some inspiration from somewhere.

** Kate **

Sunday, November 11

Show Off Sunday

HS:MS sos. The party season is coming up and if you need a refresher on the moves for Agadoo I know a young man who can help you.
Did a mini photo shoot yesterday which I can't share as it's a Christmas Surprise and made some Christmas pressies that I also can't share. So that's about it really!

** Kate **

Friday, November 9

Felt Bag

Here's the little felt bag I bought at Hobbycraft. Really enjoyed decorating it, made a change not to have paper as an option.
Wish I'd got a couple more of these as well as the buckets. Yes, I know I should get the sewing machine out but I'm being lazy and just want to do the fun decorating bit.

** Kate **

Thursday, November 8

I am a page 3 girl!!!

Ok, big blog today lots of news.

Before your minds wander to thoughts like "not at her age surely" and "oh no, not readers wives" let me assure you I am fully clothed and it is in fact a craft mag. Although SMO finds it quite amusing to be dating a page 3 girl, I am now officially a cricket WAG.

I have finally got my hands on a copy of Papercraft Essentials 23 and the card I designed for them is in an article starting on page 30. I was looking through the rest of the magazine yesterday evening and was surprised to see my well proportioned features, hmmm, on page 3 together with a little profile of me! Every interesting fact I could think of about myself is there (which is why I couldn't think of anything else for the tags recently!). Why on earth did I choose that picture, if you could see me know I would be grinning from ear to ear, I am well chuffed.

HS:MS
Anxious
Whether the word anxious defines that you are worried or eager, try and capture this through your lens and your imagination.

A bit stuck for this one, the dog was looking very anxious about the new kitchen heater but a bit cruel to photograph her, so I came up with this. (sorry couldn't find a knitted monkee).
If you were a chicken hanging by a wing and a prayer perhaps terrified would be a better description.

Yesterday, the trip. A little sad as two of the usual 4 couldn't make it. Small-N-Grubby was at school and my mum felt too under the weather to join us. My sister and I did miss them, but we have hatched a plan to take them to a Christmasie garden centre in a couple of week's time.
Yesterday's HS:MS shows last year's animatronic display. Here's this year's - fairies (badly in need of a hairdresser) trying to force feed a reindeer with carrots, who turns his head away when they get near him!
I was very good and bought the things on my list apart from one treat to myself - a pad of Amy Butler K&Co paper. Used it as a background this morning to photograph some new jewellery.
Bought lots of beads and some lovely glass pendants for lots more jewellery making. Between us we got quite a few presents which I can't really detail here. One is a bag that I'm going to alter, might sneak that on here when its done I don't think the recipient will see.

One of the things on the list was little metal buckets to decorate with my Crop-O-Dile. Picked one up and thought no way will it work on this the metal is too thick. Couldn't resist having a play last night and of course the good old crop went through it one-handed like butter. Wish I'd bought more now! Here it is decorated with bits from my new Brenda Pinnick kit that finally arrived.
I think it will probably end up a teacher's present with some smellies inside.

Still with me?? DCM little Extra this week is Snowmen and Snowflakes so also using my Brenda Pinnick kit I made this.
Wow, a busy and very good day.

** Kate **

Wednesday, November 7

Confused??

HS:MS
Confused
This is something we can be almost everyday. But can you capture confused through your lens?

Has anyone seen a bear?
OK, so I cheated, this is from last year's annual trip to Haskins/Hobbycraft. Details of the this year's trip tomorrow.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 6

Challenge Catch-up

After my busy cropping weekend I have a few challenges to catch-up on.

HS:MS
Sad (Monday's)
This week we are going to focus on emotions. We prompt you with one word and you translate it the best you can through your lens. Try hard as you can not to use a human face to reflect that emotion. For instance - Sad. A dying plant, a messy corner, mucky windows (we all have them at one point!)

Smo had a good idea for this one but it meant nipping out this morning and I desperately want to wait in for my parcels. (I know they don't come if you wait in, but if you go out a beacon goes off on your roof and delivery vans flock to your door). So instead here is a picture of my sad, poorly bathroom sink.
Excited (today's prompt)
One of the most happiest of emotions. Whats exciting through your lens?

I did have some chocolate but I've eaten it and empty choc wrappers aren't that exciting, are they? Also the fan heater for my kitchen has arrived and I am sat here typing and getting toasty. Although it does say to give 1.5m clearance on all sides - how big do they think my kitchen is? That's left me with my third exciting thing of today.
Yep, she's making a list, she's checking it twice, Hobbycraft is coming to town! Well it's not actually I'm going to Hobbycraft but you get the idea. My list is very long, but I'm determined to try to get things I've been wanting for ages and avert my eyes from the bargain bins.

DCM from Friday next.
and CUT! Any theme goes, so for those of you needing a break from Christmas crafting this is the perfect opportunity to have a change. All styles are welcome but there MUST be an element of handcutting somewhere.
Cut the card by hand using a WS template and finished with Autumn Leaves stamps, sticky jewels and a tiny prima.

I think that's me just about caught up now.

** Kate **