Tuesday, May 22
I've also made some pure sugar candies, tooth rotting stuff, but I thought they would be handy for bribery if/when we have to go to the hospital again. They are great fun to make, you pull the sugar mixture and twist and fold it to make it look like glossy stripes - this also burns the skin off your finger tips, so added protein too!
Needless to say absolutely no crafting has taken place. The shop is in a good position to be left, practically ready to open, with the code for the shop front and links saved ready to go when I am.
I'll be getting my internet fix in the evenings when I can and I'm still looking for exciting recipes that fit a Salicylate, Tartrazine, Azo Dye and Benzoic Acid Free Diet (just rolls off the tip of your tongue doesn't it!).
Catch up with again soon, enjoy the lovely weather.
** Kate **
Sunday, May 20
After playing games and making things in the morning we were entertained in the afternoon by Mr Jengo and his friends. This guy was great, good clean family fun. The girls loved all his animal friends and were screaming with laughter at their antics. If you need a kids entertainer he's your man. Here he is with DD's favorite Dinostar.
I've got an absolutely packed week. I won't fill in the schedule here but I am off now to go and form a battle plan.
** Kate **
Saturday, May 19
Thursday, May 17
I've put the pretty dress cards that I blogged about the other day on there as well.
One thing that isn't working is the link between here and the shop. I wanted it to look at least a tiny bit eye catching but my first attempt failed. The code ran when I tested it but not when I put it into blogger. Boo hoo, back to the drawing board for that one. As I'm teaching myself as I go along the learning curve is steep, but I do think I will be ready long before 07.07.07. I've got a holiday to fit in before then so I'll remain cautious and not revise the date yet.
Busy day tomorrow, so I might have to catch up with blogging and reading everyone elses blogs over the weekend.
Edit : I take it all back it was me, I just spotted a missing colon thingy in the code. Did a quick test and it works. Have whipped it back off the blog again as there's nowt to see yet. I can now head for bed happy!
Wednesday, May 16
Ordered some fab stasherooney yesterday (she says in her best Milo from the Tweenies voice - can't you tell I've got a pre-schooler). Got it from Papermaze and its already come this morning, hows that for service. Its the 2nd order I've made from them and I've been very impressed. The stock levels on the website are really up to date (I've ordered stuff from other places but the stock levels haven't been updated, so you think you've bought loads and then get an e-mail to say they haven't got any left - sorry a rant snuck in there). Here's what I ordered :
All the papers were in the sale - the floral ones are Chatterbox campus, brocade from Scenic Route and some Basicgrey Sophie card hidden at the back. The Autumn Leaves stamps are fab and I couldn't resist finishing off with a bit of Queen and Co. Oh, and the chalks were in the sale too, thought I could pop them in my bag I take out when I'm crafting. That should be my craft spending over for the month, lets see how long that idea lasts!
Got given this today :
Its a strange beast. Little boxes clip on around the edge and there's a big container in the middle. I think nails and DIY stuff might have come in it. I'll soon have it filled up.
Off to do more work on the shop.
** Kate **
Tuesday, May 15
1. It takes a lot of time. Not the blogging but nosing around other blogs, then checking links on those blogs and looking at the dares, templates, shops and so on and so on.
2. Then there is the weight issue. I'm sure sitting here scoffing crisps is doing my figure no good at all!
Anyway, the reason I have spent so long sat here today is I have really started sorting out my shop in earnest (earnest isn't a host its an expression, like don't call me shortly, I'm losing the plot now, or plop as I originally typed!). The actual host will be CraftMarkets, Sally may regret setting this site up by the time she's finished with me, I'm already stuck in the registration bit.
I can see it's all going to take some time so I have decided to give myself a realistic opening date of 07.07.07 (sounds catchy ehh?!?) and if its ready before then alls well and good. The only real set back is it may mean a bit less crafting while I get it all up and running. If only I could drag myself away from this blithering computer.
** Kate **
Monday, May 14
One thing that hasn't gone to plan is my sea album. The papers are lovely but I'm finding the chipboard and letters that came in the set too big for the 6"x6" size I have chosen. Still need a bit more work on this. Here's the intro page and one other as a taster. There are some other pages with more on but it just feels like too much - back to the drawing board I guess.
** Kate **
Saturday, May 12
When it came to the hobby horse races the adults borrowed the kids steeds and Silly-Mid-On was determind to win. He even pushed past one old lady, very unsportsman like. He won a 2" high cup which befitted the achievement.
With the bad weather the plan was to craft all pm, but it just didn't happen. Woke up feeling not on top form today, so took the opportunity to slink back to bed. Slept soundly all pm, so I think I needed it. May get some more of my sea album done tonight - got the quote I had been looking for in the poetry corner this morning so research went on if not actual crafting.
Going to the out-laws tomorrow. Is it bad form to take a bag of craft stuff with you? Especially as the weather looks bad, we could be sat chatting all day. If I finish the album tonight I'll take some jewelry to make, then if I leave a bit behind for the hostess it won't look so bad - sorted.
** Kate **
Friday, May 11
One of the activities was to work out your fairy name. Mine's 'Secret Dream', I quite like the idea of being someone's secret dream (however unlikely!). My happy helpers all thought the activity was great so here's the list to work it out for yourself. Just look up your initials to get your new name :
- A = Moonshine
- B = Glow
- C = Magic
- D = Silver
- E = Firefly
- F = Sparkle
- G = Flower
- H = Glitter
- I = Twinkle
- J = Moonbeam
- K = Secret
- L = Flicker
- M = Light
- N = Glisten
- O = Enchanting
- P = Flutter
- Q = Gleam
- R = Petal
- S = Shimmer
- T = Dream
- U = Charm
- V = Wish
- W = Star
- X = Glimmer
- Y = Butterfly
- Z = Shine
(taken from a Tinkerbell fairy comic)
Have started working with my QVC TSV kit. Decided to keep it all to myself, so the 1st thing I'm making is a 6"x6" album from last years beach trips. Hopefully I'll have something to share soon. I'm using Shimelle's Box of Sweets template for all the pages, keeping the photos 6"x4". If this grotty weather keeps up there might not be any cricket tomorrow and I might get some time to craft in the afternoon!
** Kate **
EDIT : almost forgot to say, the lovely people at Storage4Crafts have sent me a voucher to spend after I sent them my photos of the holey cabinet. I feel a spot of shopping coming on.
Thursday, May 10
Tuesday, May 8
First a quick catch up. The kids went to a farm on Monday with the out-laws. Dinky Diva came back with a very life like wooden cobra for which she is demanding a tank and snake story books! Small-n-Grubby came back with a lump on his head. Apparently he had dived onto one of the activities and hit his head on the safety sign, bless! We spent the day on DIY, grouted some tiles in the bathroom which have been up for at least 3 years without being finished - took less than an hour, why didn't I get on and do it before? Had a tidy in the living room and got rid of an old footstall that I had bought second-hand and recovered twice. I was half tempted to give it another new lease of life but it was beyond help.
Had a good day today, pre-school was shut so Small-n-Grubby had a friend round to play all morning. They built a den which incorporated a ball pool, cafe and a small alien in space ship on wheels. Great stuff.
Now for the crafting :
Saturday, May 5
I've gone 10 rounds with a kitchen cupboard!
Silly-Mid-On does the weekly shop in the wee small hours, says there's no queues at the tills and all the shop assistants know him by name. I've just gone to put the tea on and 5 bags of potatoes have lept out of the cupboard at me. I wanted a saucepan but they were guarding them and wouldn't let me pass. 5 bags! ok, so one of them was sweet (no I don't have a potato fetish, I mean the orange sort, yams) but still 5 bags. You like to be stocked up but you don't expect to find the EU potato mountain in your pan cupboard.
He is at cricket of course, the 'season' is upon us. This is some sort of stupid pretence the cricketing world maintains when really there is no such thing - they play all year round. If your rich or extremely talented you go to Australia or the West Indies for the winter otherwise you play indoors in the local sports centre, have pre-season warm ups, nets and then its the summer again.
As he quite cheerfully pointed out to another dad this morning when we were collecting Dinky Diva from bell ringing, it's not like football (90 mins), you get there at 1.30pm for a 2pm start and if your lucky the game has finished by 8pm. Of course there's a game Sunday afternoon too (with kids coaching in the morning beforehand), Tuesday evening practice and Wednesday night league (with coaching at the local school beforehand). In case you are wondering this is not his job (he wishes!) all this is in his 'spare' time. Before I crack on totally about how abandoned I am, I should point out that he doesn't play Sunday's (just organises the team) - otherwise I may as well have gone for artificial insemination.
Never mind - at least he's done the shopping!!
** Kate **
PS my last few posts are making me sound like a right moaner - but I'm not, I don't think? I must get on I',m supposed to be cooking that tea!
Friday, May 4
I feel a constructive e-mail to the supplier coming on - just pointing the problems out to enhance the satisfaction for future customers. Not right now though I'm missing Ugly Betty, it can wait till the weekend. Bank holiday in the UK too, have a good one.
** Kate **
Thursday, May 3
The hanging one is based on a little necklace design that I have made with children as young as 5 (so its easy peasy). Small-n-Grubby has had a bit of a growth spurt so I chopped up some trousers to make shorts. On the inside the material was all fleecy, so guess what the beige coloured heart is made from?
Its been a strange day. I've managed lots of craft stuff in the morning but then got in a muddle with Silly-Mid-On and no-one picked Small-n-Grubby up from pre-school!! After that the whole afternoon was confusion. Whilst still being creative, I made a bag charm from a friendly plastic heart - for the craft group next week . Also completed a very plain exploding box to put some survival essentials in for a friends who is going into hospital with her little girl.
Yesterday I put a counter on my blog re the phantom cabinet. Today I receive an e-mail to say it has been dispatched by courier next day delivery. I'm sure the 2 aren't connected but it does mean Cabinet Waiting for me again tomorrow!!
** Kate **
Wednesday, May 2
The verruca gnome arrives home from cricket 'practice' (I say 'practice' as the majority of the time is spent lifting a pint glass up and down). He offers to sort out my mess and heads off to do the deed. The tooth is in a little pot under the pillow - the idea of which being that it is easier to find than a tiny little tooth. It has been commercially manufactured exactly the right size for the tooth to be replaced by a pound coin. VG comes back looking very smug, he has found said pot and managed to ram a 20p in it, the letter he has left behind "what letter?" he says.
So this morning Dinky Diva is all gappy smiles, very pleased with her 20p and perfectly happy with our explanation that the TF read her letter but couldn't take it with her as she had far too many teeth and coins to carry!
On a crafting note I have been playing a new game today (well not exactly new as I have been playing it for a while now). Its called Cabinet Waiting and is some what like watching paint dry except it requires a good deal of anger and frustration built in. Have decided to add a new tag to the bottom of my blog entries - number of days since cabinet was ordered (and paid for I might add) from Storage4Crafts.
Number of days since cabinet ordered = 44
** Kate **
Tuesday, May 1
What's the going rate for teeth these days? I hope the tooth fairy doesn't forget!!
** Kate **