Friday, 26 April 2013

Ultimate Blog Challenge - day 26 - Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

So, you've read the title, do you now have 'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah' as an ear worm, singing it quietly or humming it to yourself whilst you read.  Sorry about that!

Can I help you along with the lyrics...

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actch'll
Ev'rything is satisfactch'll
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine headin' my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actual
Ev'rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, feeling this way

Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder
It is the truth, it's actual... huh?
Where is that bluebird? Mm-hm!
Ev'rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

And can you remember where the lyrics come from?  It was Song of the South which itself was the first live-action dramatic film made by Disney back in 1947.  Wanna sing a long some more?  Here you go - click here

Brian has gone away for the weekend, he is off doing the WARMA RAF 2 day march so he should be up at Cosford by now.  Perhaps an early night as well, seeing he has an early start!  Hopefully though his feet won't be anything like what they came back like after Nijmegan last year.

Its been a quiet day.  I've nearly finished my book, just tucking into the course book before I finish it and will then make a start on Rebecca - I am so hoping I can get the EMA done within the next two weeks, well before the deadline.

I've also sorted out my scrapbook albums and rejigged them around.  I've got to get a couple more so will be ordering these.  I've gone for the ring bound albums from Stampin' Up!

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My little industrious phase has now left me with a pile of post bound albums.  The contents are now mostly in the ring bound albums although I have held on to a couple of post bounds as I can't yet part with them.  Now to figure what to do with the empties.


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Right then, so here we are at the end of the alphabet which I have been tying in with the Ultimate Blog Challenge of a post a day during April.  I'm giving it a twist though, kind of going out with a bang I guess.  I still have 4 posts left though seeing April has 30 days ;)


Ok, so Z, the 26th letter of the alphabet.  Rather than doing Z I am going to do some 26 for you, just to keep you on your toes.  26, this is the only integer that is one greater than a square (25 = 5²) and one less than a cube (27 = 3³).  There is also a shape that has 26 sides.  This is known as a rhombicuboctahedron (phew, trying saying that after a few!).  Now, did you catch my earlier post where there was a bit of da Vinci?

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See this picture, well take a look in the top left corner, there you will see a glass rhombicuboctahedron half filled with water!  The painting is from 1495 and a portratif of Luca Pacioli.  He was a mathematician and also collaborated with Leonardo da Vinci.  Leonardo did the illustrations in the book de divina proportione.  There is so much knowledge out there that I think I will never become bored of finding out these little snippets.


My weekend will involve keeping my sanity while I get over the pneumonia (2 days left of horse tablet sized antibiotics to take) and hope the kids are going to play ball and behave themselves this weekend and having seen what is retiring in the world of Stampin' Up! in the US, I am going to check through my own stamping supplies as no doubt what is going there is going to be going from our catalogue too, although it could be an excuse to revisit the list of what is coming in the US that might come to the UK and peruse the US catalogue and sort my *want* list ;)  If you want to keep up to date and as soon as I get the retiring list get a copy as well, head over to my facebook page and hit the like button and also subscribe to my newsletter.  You'll also get notification of the new UK catalogue and be able to preorder a copy via my shop.


Finally, my new tub of Udderly sMOOth arrived today, I've had one tub for ages as my feet love the stuff, although it's good not only for feet, my elbows often get dry too so they get it enjoy it's soothing properties as well :)  I give my feet a good coating and put my little cotton socks on at bedtime and wake up with happy feet!


That's me done for today, back to 'The Popular & the Canonical" and the Pat Barker chapter.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Y not make them plain and simple?

Today has been a so-so day, I'm in a plain and simple mood which I think is just the sign of the energy level being somewhat low!  So these cards, well my plan is to actually use them as notelets, are just that, plain and simple.  I've used the pennant punch and elegant  butterfly punch, glue and a staple and scraps from the scrap box!  They're just tiny in that they are just 3" square.

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I think Sheila is also under the weather again, I've given her an upchuck as she gets the sour crop.  But, despite being under the weather, rather than getting out of the egglu this morning she went and settled down next to Clover (who has to be kicked out of the egglu on a regular basis as she is broody).  Well, I bet Sheila was well and truly happy after her egg was laid!  Having her egg next to Clover's just wasn't giving a good enough idea of how huge it is, so here it is next to a bag (still full!) of Galaxy Counters!

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In between naps, also found myself on a website (shopping!) and seen some really funky stuff.  Well, this is a case of don't need it but want it!  It's in a shop in Norfolk, called TotallY FunkY - 'Y's are just me making the most of it being 'Y' day today ;)  My pinterest board might be a bit weighed down with all the cool stuff I found :)


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Seeing we are now on 'Y', I thought Yttrium, so here is just a small snippet.  Do you like TV and also where you have LEDs you will find yttrium as it has an important use as it makes the phosphors, in this case red ones!  You can find it in the solar system too as Yttrium is created though stellar nucleosynthesis, this is where a star goes kaboom and when it does go bang it creates elements.


If you have a moment of boredom, head over to Youtube and the Openlearn site, there is lots of fun stuff to watch and get those brain cells going too :)

Have fun!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fifty-Four : retirement and joining! Rebecca

Hello bloggers, here we are day 24 and we are at 'X'.  This one goes well of tangent, but then I like it when things do that.  It's a bit like me going to pinterest and getting waylaid by something or other!



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So here we go, 'X' the 24th letter of the alphabet, turn it around to 42 and add the age of number '2' which is 12 and so you end up with 54.  Now, 54, there is at RAF Waddington, which his nibs goes to now and then for some reason or another, the 54 (R) Squadron.  The RAF station is situated not far from Lincoln which is where Coralie is at Uni - so there you go with one tenuous link!  If you are in the area, the station has a heritage centre - you need to book an appointment - which you can visit.


Staying with the 54 theme, you will find that, interestingly seeing we are at 'X', that the chemical element Xenon (Xe) has an atomic number of 54 - how cool is that - X and 54 in one line! Xenon is a noble gas and is found in the Earth's atmosphere in little amounts.  You most often find Xenon in arc lamps, used in the cinema in the projectors and also in car headlamps.  I'm not sure if it is being used yet, but I did see that it is (can be, will be) used as a general anaesthetic!



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I'm, as you may know, reading Pat Barker's Ghost Road at the moment.  Next I will be reading Rebecca.  Now, I am trying to work out Rebecca as what type of book it is.  So, it's typical of 19th century fiction, it's Gothic and has a linear narrative and elements of bildungsroman (literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age), and in which character change is thus extremely important). But I think there is more to it, indeed, as I have to read it again with a 'different' head on, I might fathom it a bit more (or simply ask Coralie to explain it!).



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This is a bit of a tease I guess.  I got to look at the US Stampin' Up! catalogue to see what is coming in July, boy do I need to cut my list down!  There is certainly a lot of luscious stuff coming and as we in Europe are coming in line to what the US has, I can guess that we are more or less getting what is coming.  As to what is going, well there is heaps and as soon as I get the UK retirement list and can share it, newsletter subscribers will be the first to see it.  Moral is, if there is something on it that you want, you need to get it, the retirement list ends up with out of stocks really, really, really quickly!  So it you want to see what is going and grab some bargains, hit the subscribe to my newsletter button ok :)  As to what is coming, members of my hostess clubs automatically get a catalogue and I will be starting a hostess club 10 starting July, so if you want in, drop me an email - you can see the info on what you need to do, and what you get, here.


Today, as still under the weather, I have just been making some toppers.   Using the little birds from the aviary set and the frame from the papaya collage and scraps out of the scrap box.


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Got my hair cut, short, had a very long nap and could do with another one so might just snuggle on the sofa and find a film to watch (and try not to fall asleep).  All I need now is the pneumonia to &*&$£ off and I can start feeling 'normal' again!


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May the crafting mojo be with you :)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Whimsical wonders! George and the Dragon... William...

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Happy St George's day to you, for those that celebrate it, not just in England, as it is also a day celebrated in other countries. The venerable Bede (c673-735) first mentions St George and he is also mentioned in the 9th century liturgy used at Durham Cathedral.  It was in 1222 that St George's day was declared a feast day in the Kingdom of England by the Synod of Oxford.  The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry existing in England and is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint. The cross of St George was flown by Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleight and also John Cabot on his voyage to discover Newfoundland.  The pilgrim fathers also flew the flag on the Mayflower when they arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  What I'll leave you with though for this little snippet, is the link for the recipe for the good old bread and butter pudding!  If you've not tried it before, I dare you to have a go and then let me know if you like it as much as me :)



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This leads me to William Shakespeare, not only does his play Henry V invoke St George prior to the battle of Agincourt with the cry,  "Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!", today, 23 April is also the day that he died back in 1616, 30 odd years before my ancestors landed in new Canada!  I think that puts dates into a bit of perspective for me.

If you did Shakespeare at school, college, university, then this is my all time favourite, also reminds me of Star Trek (Undiscovered Country) which also has a really tenuous link in that Patrick Stewart aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard has acted for the Royal Shakespeare Company!

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'

Whimsical Wonders!


Well not actually whimsical wonders but I needed something with a 'W'.  It's Easy Events, and if you look at the E sideways it makes a W!


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This is great little stamp set and you can make some really quick and easy cards using this.  I have stamped various ones and then just punched the images out.  A simple card, used up some scraps and some ribbon, these will be nice and cheap at the craft fair!


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On that note, that's me done for the day.  Been to the docs this morning.  Ear infection and sinusitus still lurking and also a crackling left lung - a touch of pneumonia - caused by having this flu thing, possibly why I have also had so many headaches recently as well (the glasses haven't fixed those!) and then there are the wanting to hug the radiator one minute and sit in the freezer the next!  I've probably been fighting it for a few weeks now and it has (well nearly two weeks ago now, decided to burst forth). Just got some hefty antibiotics and have to rest, drink liquids etc etc.  I guess part of it is feeling a bit low now and then with the hip and back being a right pain in the *$&£^.  No doubt the sacroilitis/osteoarthritis is having a bit of a flare up -- this is the bit where I get the pain in the joints which are at the bottom of my spine - literally a pain in the bum (and hip).  I've noticed these past few days that it hurts after going up the stairs and even standing and sitting can become a pain in the butt!  If you don't know where your sacroiliac joint is, its the bit just under your lumbar spine and above your tailbone.


I'm off to bed to do some reading before I nod off into the world of slumberland :) Pat Barker and Ghost Road is quite good (one of the EMA books I am reading).


May the crafting mojo be with you!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Vestigial, Venus and Volunteering, oh and making stuff

Off to the docs tomorrow morning, I didn't make a whole day at work today and the voice has packed up yet again, ears are also off, again, and having felt a bit better, feel as bad as I did at the beginning of this lurgie!  If anyone wants it, it is free to a good home.  So I have vegetablised and as I had some of this post in progress just finishing it off for you.  If you have been here before, hello, and if you are visiting for the first time, hello and welcome. I am taking part in the ultimate blog challenge and have so far done a post every day for April, here we are at the 22nd already and I have also tied in a bit of a-z and we are now at v, not sure when we get to gone z, will have to think of something!


Here's a card hot off the press so to speak as I have finished it this evening.  Hope you like it, I have a bit of a thing for this hearts a flutter framelit set so sorry if you feel bombarded with it.  It does have a stamp set to go with it but I have been having fun cutting out the shapes in pretty paper.  I don't know if you can see it in the picture, I've also give it a bit of a smooch with the spritz :)

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Ingredients:
White tea lace paper doilies - 129399 £2.75
Smooch spritz in vanilla shimmer  - £4.50
Hearts a flutter framelits 130159 £20.95
Linen thread 104199 £3.95
Scallop trim border punch 118402 £14,25

I'm waiting for this set to arrive, I'll be making some cards using this set for father's day to take to the forthcoming craft fair :)  It's quite a snazzy set, don't you think?

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Dapper Dad - 129198 £13.95 (also available in wood mount)



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I thought I would throw this one into the pot.  It is in fact due to my ears that it has entered today's blog post!  So, ears, these have vestigial structures that have lost their original function, these are the muscles, we don't need our ears to move as much as other mammals etc!

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Did you see the transition of Venus that happened last year in June?  It was amazing and not to be repeated again for a long time, 2117 in fact.  Space is one of my other fascinations and seeing Venus going in front of the sun and seeing how tiny it is just puts things into perspective.  NASA is one of the websites in my bookmarks :)
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Volunteering


This plays a part in the family.  Brian is a Pilot Officer in the RAF VR(T) and so heads off to Air Cadets on a regular basis, and out and about with them doing all kinds of cool things.  For me, I am a Guide Guider.  It was one of those things, went to help at a local unit and ended up going in to uniform.  Genny comes along as well and is currently doing her Baden Powell award.  She will be off to Air Cadets though come September.  I've done some cool things as well and it is great to see the girls' smiles and joy when we do these things.  I took some Guides down to London last year to our HQ at ICANDO which is a short walk from Buckingham Palace. We had our packed lunch just outside.  The girls did some activities in the HQ and despite a long day, it was well worth it.


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New statue of John Donne


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Snow tubing has been great fun, watching the girls (and hearing the screams) as they hurtle down a ski slope in a rubber tyre, Genny has done this twice now through Guides.  And a weekend was spent in Leicestershire where the girls did all sorts of things, abseiling, high ropes, falling in water and getting wet, quad biking.


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Hope you have enjoyed today's post, do leave a comment, I love reading them :)


May the crafting mojo be with you.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Hearts a flutter - University fun!

It's been a glorious day so doing my post later in the day.  We've sorted the chickens and so they are now in their summer home, fence mended and they have been enjoying have dust baths today.


Mum came down to join us for our roastie dinner, followed by lush meringue dessert.  I think we are all now happily stuffed.  So, I am getting down to doing stuff on the craft table and have actually started reading one of the books I am (I think) doing for the EMA for my A300 course.  I am going to try and get it done sooner than later.  Some of my course involved...


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I've had the hearts a flutter framelits out to play today and used some paper from the comfort cafe dsp set.


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It's just a quick and easy card, one to go to the craft fair in a few weeks.  I'm having a spurt of making some 6x6 cards at the moment - getting through some of the stockpile of 12x12 cardstock I have accumulated and using oup some 6" square envelopes I found in a bit of a tidy up.  First I cut a scalloped square using some very vanilla and then using couple of the dies from the hearts a flutter cut a couple out.


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I popped the scalloped square onto a piece of comfort cafe dsp and then layered up with some other pieces I had cut out.

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Added some of the flower trim to finish it off.


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University Fun!


I didn't go to uni when I left school and decided against college, had thought about being a graphic artist.  Instead, I hit the big world and went to work in London which I ended up doing for a number of years, life changes, you move on, and worked closer to home at the time.  Then did a stint back in the city and west end and then now, in Norfolk, work 20-25 minutes from home, the only delays are being stuck behind a tractor or slow moving vehicle (summer = caravans).  So, a few years ago, 2003 actually, I decided to sign up to do a course with the Open University, my first course was a 'simple' level 1, just to brush up the French.  I guess then I became hooked.  Went on to do some science, humanities, social science, language (English) and currently 20th century literature: texts and debates.  I've got a nice list of the next ones:


I'm registered on EA300 children's literature (another level 3) which starts in September.


A maybe, is the A330, Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds (level 3 again) - this is going to need serious head down time (avoidance of those two issues that I have posted above) and I am tempted even now to get some of the books!


Quite fancy, A326, Empire 1492-1975 (level 3, again!)


E301, the art of English - if I can bear the thought of boot camping my mac! and also the 'linked' E303 English grammar in context. And, yes, both these are level 3 again.


There are a couple of level 2 courses, A275 reading classical Greek: language and literature and another one A219, exploring the classical world.  These two are at the bottom of the list - one they have exams which (a) I am not keen on and (b) are a bugger to get to.  I wouldn't say that the EMAs I have done are as easy as exams, in fact they may, quite possibly, be worse!


What I like about the OU is that they have an area called Open Learn, you can find out about 'stuff' and try things out as well.  It is a great platform and I have spent time (sometimes too much as I go off on my tangents).  Do go and take a look at the Art of Rich pictures, it is quite interesting.  Having a son who as varying issues that are on the autistic spectrum, when he was smaller he would have pictures to communicate his day.  He still does to some extent and his school timetable is in pictures and text.  Let me know what you think and if I have got you to hit a button that says 'register' I'll say 'well done' and also apologise as well, my days are sometimes spent in the land of the Open University!


Enjoy, and may the crafting mojo be with you!


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Top note, time for some tea and playing around with the tree

It was one of those mornings, rolled over and realised that it was 10:30am, must have needed the sleep!  Strange happenings today, I had some toast, made two slices, don't actually recall that I ate both slices!  I was either in some kind of time warp or the continuous lurgie is affecting the brain cells.


I hope wherever you are that you have had as nice a day as it has been here in Norfolk.  I've ventured into the garden a few times and just sat with the girls whilst they mooched around doing chicken stuff.  They've all been sunbathing and having a dust bath now and then, seems sunbathing was more the order of the day than laying eggs mind you!  I finally got the camera into the garden and took some snaps, hope you like them, mostly chickens though. Speckles was quite taken with the camera :)


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I would have taken photos of some more flowers, but well, there aren't that many in the garden.  One of my apple trees does have some nice buds coming along though :)  (Thank you to mum and dad for giving it a prune over Easter).


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As I had some card scraps lying around I have put them to some use and got a basics of a little top note mini album together, I've a couple of ideas running around in my head on what to put in it but will need to get some decent photo paper, or simply send off some snaps to Photobox to get them printed off, they are cheap enough and probably way better than what my printer can produce. It's something that I can tinker along with whilst I am supposed to be reading ;)


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I've simply scored one end and then punched a couple of holes, finished it off with some of the lovely crochet trim ribbon :)


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I've also made a card using some more scraps lying around.  I've also used the square scallop die in the big shot, forgot I had that (whoops!). I've used the tea shoppe stamp set for the card and had an odd piece of crochet trim laying around.  I must go through the scrap box more often as it is beginning to overflow (another whoops!)


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I've also been doing some trawling of the (family) tree.  Ancestry.com had a freebie to search for marriages so that is what I have been doing for some of today.  One of the great ones is getting the 8 times grandfather, way back in 1663.  Kind of gives you goosebumps really.  I also had a little dig around for some other relations and tidying up some loose ends.  Jean Lomer Gouin, 4th cousin 4 times removed, we share great-great-great-grandparents and I managed to download a fair number of records to add to the genealogy folder.


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I'm still on the hunt though for my great-grandmother, she was from the Russian Caucasus and her name is spelt Jeske on my grandad's birth certificate.  One day I will find her!  I do know where she was buried and a kind lady made a trip to the cemetery and took some photos for me, but as to the roots, with all the information on the internet one day I might fill that hole in the tree.  Unless of course you know anything on finding information about ancestors that came from that part of the world - I have also trawled the Ellis Island database to no avail :(


This is a somewhat late post for today, as you may guess I've been glued to hunting ancestors :)


May the crafting mojo be with you!



 

 

 

Friday, 19 April 2013

Stamping time ~ Papaya Collage ~ smooch spritz ~ sunny ~ Schrödinger's cat

{don't forget my main blog is over at Wordpress, so this is a cut and paste from my post from over there}

 Hey, it's Friday and I still have this flipping lurgie, will it ever go away {sigh}. I'm going to endeavour to ignore it!

So, moving on. It's a really lovely sunny day, I have wrapped up and ventured outside, I'm still having internal temperature control issues, and spent some time wandering around the garden checking up on the girls (chasing chickens!). They're a happy bunch, although Clover has gone broody so she is being removed from the egglu to get some fresh air and not hog the laying area! They'll be back in their own area soon, with the spring (!) coming along we tend to keep them in their own bit as the kids end up dodging chicken poop when playing in the garden. The girls have done a fab job in fertilising it over the winter period though :)


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I thought I'd play with the papaya collage stamp set today, in between doing some essay reading, been mucking around with stuff more than reading (whoops). This set is in the current annual catalogue and there is a idea for a card on the opposite page to the stamp set that I liked so I have cased it, hope you like it. I have also used the smooch spray, which I hope you can see on the final card.

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First of all, I have stamped some of the roses around the end to create a background, then layered up with a piece of core'dinations cardstock that I had embossed. After the photo I lightly sanded it gave it a bit of scrunching and some smooch spritz.

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I've used some scraps from the twitterpated paper and the first edition dsp sets. The ribbon is some seam binding in always artichoke.

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I hope you like it, I took it outside to photograph for you, although nice and sunny it was a bit breezy but I got there in the end. The chickens must have wondered what I was up to as they were all watching me through the fence! The bird is stamped using old olive, early expresso and a little mid of night of navy (available in the Stampin' Spots set.

This leads us to Schrödinger's cat, I am led to here because as you know I like a bit of science and I could quite happily sit and watch (and Brian will no doubt tell you drool) when Professor Brian Cox comes on telly to talk to us about science, physics, cosmology and all that fun stuff that I wish I had paid (more) attention to when I were but a small child! 

So, it's about quantum mechanics and is a the cat is a bit of a paradox. Schrödinger's moggy is locked in a box and its life, or death, is all dependent on the state of the subatomic particle. Is the cat alive or dead? Or both? Erwin Schrödinger (and Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1933 "for the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory". Professor Brian Cox OBE is a particle physicist - he was also the keyboard player for the pop band D:Ream in the 1990s. In 2012, Prof Cox also was awarded the Michael Faraday award "for his excellent word in science communication". And, if you like Dr Who, he made an appearance in 'the power of three'. 

If you want to have a read up of the cat, I have this book on my kindle and this one by the Prof is on my list.

I now have a carpet on my stairs and in my hallway as Jeremy has been here keeping us company - if you are after a carpet let me know, he was recommended to me and I am certainly more than happy to send a recommendation on as well. Going to get my socks off and run my toes through it {sad huh!}.

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Enjoy your day and may the crafting mojo be with you.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Read me! Ribbons, Rosette {Revisit}, Recycle, Really fReaky, Rhesus

Hello dear readers. Still full of lurgie here alas, darned sinuses and the feeling that I have been punched on the left side of my face right under the eyeball. Had a fair bit of napping today as there is a headache that just won't budge. But, I'm not going to let that stop me, as long as I don't go too far it's not too bad as the ear (left) is also still mucking me around so there is a bit of off-balancing going on occasionally which cannot be attributed to too much Tanquerey & tonic ;)

So, here is today's post for you which I hope you will find entertaining. Obviously if you are here you have done the first bit and read me! Now, ribbons. My downfall, I have too many I know but well they are very pretty and I should really use them more. It's that wondering if Stampin' Up! are going to aid my indulgence and come up with more lusciousness when the new catalogue comes out. If you are as bad as me and like ribbons too, I have some shares available, do check out my promotions page, I'm loving the seam binding at the moment, and the ruffled ribbon, oh and the stitched ribbon...

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I've started to make some rosettes, I want to do a few and then hang them from the ceiling in Genny's room, I've a couple made but this one I need to redo, didn't quite get the matching right and my pieces got muddled. With a head full of fluff, it was too late to take it apart as the glue had dried holding it together - whoops. It's made using the Stampin' Up! rosette die, it's one of the long dies and as you can see as I have taken a pic on the grid paper, it's not a small beast. I have cut three pieces of patterned paper per rosette. It's very therapeutic doing all the folding and gluing and not so bad that I made an eRRor, it's just a piece of artistic licence!

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If you have perused my blog before or indeed make me happy and follow it, you will have seen a while ago my attempts at upcycling, To fit in with today's theme, it is something that was recycled.

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If you've not seen it before can you hazard a guess at what I used to make this. It is made from a household item, generally found in the smallest room in the house. At the moment, I could do with one (a full one!) tied around my neck ;) you can click on the picture if you want to find out what it's made out of (a new window will open).

Next up, getting ready for another craft fair and I am making some little diamond fold cards, these are really simple to make but I think perhaps look harder than what they are. I've done a little tutorial for you if you want to have a go. These are just the basis, I will be decorating the fronts later on. I'll probably have a bit of a production line going and do some stamping and sticking, might even use some ribbon ;)

All you need to do, is trim down your 12" patterned paper, the Stampin' Up! dsp is so good for this as it is patterned both sides, or you can simply use plain cardstock, one sided patterned paper. You trim your paper down to 4" - great thing is you can get three out of one sheet!

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I've used my Stampin' Up! trimmer to make the whole thing as it also includes scoring blades. Next, you need to score 2" at each end. (If using your score board, score at 2" and 10").
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Mark at 6" on both edges are you are going to fold down the sides. If you have your diagonal plate you can easily score diagonally each side at the 6" mark to create a diamond. If just folding, fold down on both sides, then turn the paper over and repeat.
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This one shows the other folding that comes later as I forgot to take a pic with both of the folds!
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This is what it looks like after all the folding:
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You now create the diamond effect. To do this pinch where the scores intersect to create a point and then fold it in - hopefully the next picture will show you want I mean!
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This is what it should look like once you have done the pinching and folding.
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This is how it stands up..
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And this is the back
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I hope that has been ok and you are able to follow my instructions :)

Next, we've had a really freaky tea here at home. Whilst perusing pinterest the other day I came across this really freaky idea and so the kids have been involved in the end result. All you need, one tin of jumbo hot dogs and some spaghetti!

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Thread spaghetti though the chopped up hot dogs and cook!
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Then watch the kids try and work out how it was done! Thanks to the original person that thought this up, it was great entertainment!
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Finally, with the R theme, I thought I would go for Rhesus today. Now, two things on this. My blood group is O Neg so I am stuck with being able to just have O neg in case of needing a blood transfusion. It also has meant that for each baby I have been stabbed with the anti-d as us negative peeps don't have the D antigen. There was a time that I would quite happily tootle along and go and donate some of my red stuff, but seeing I had a blood transfusion, well two now! my blood is just for me, if there comes a time and I can share again I will happily do so. I would say thanks to all those other O neg people that give blood, I've had to have a few bags of the red stuff, I got some back in 2011 after a minor op that should have lasted an hour and a half ended up in a ruptured artery and nine hours away from my bed on the ward! Thanks also to all those other peeps that give up this valuable resource :) And if you feel like giving some yourself, visit here in the UK, and I guess this is the same everywhere, they are always after your blood :) give blood, save a life, thank you from me :)

Secondly, seeing you may have sussed that I kind of like the old Greeks and Romans, I thought I would tell you about Rhesus of Thrace! Although he was a Thracian not quite a Greek, he is in Homer's Iliad (in book 10) - must read the book again one day - and was on the side of the Trojans. Sad for him though, although he landed with the intent of going into battle, he was slain by Diomedes when he and Odysseus went and stole horses.

Right, that's me done for today, off to read some Pat Barker and Ghost Road (Open University essay coming up in May).

May the crafting mojo be with you. And apologies if there are any spelling mistakes, got a stinker headache still {sigh}.

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