Wednesday, 22 May 2013

If you haven't rebookmarked you might have missed it!

... the awaited online shopping portal has arrived to UK Stampin' Up! demonstrators. So, you can now shop to your heart's content via my online portal at whatever time of the day you like :)
It is easy to use and you can also earn yourself some stampin' rewards online as well. Stampin' rewards are freebies you can get when you order a certain amount.

Stampin' Up! EsElleK online store 
You can buy everything from punches to paper, ribbons and glue! Just by a simple click and off you go, one shopping spree sorted.


Cracked it, it's gone, freeeeedom, well until September.

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This is what has been part of my life since last September: Six TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments) and I have sent the EMA (End of Module Assessment) into the ether this evening. I have read... The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (EMA choice) Paradise, Abdul Gurnah (EMA choice) Waiting for Godot + the film - Samuel Beckett Brechts, Galileo Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon Selected Stories (Ma Parker), Katherine Mansfield Five Plays (The Cherry Orchard), Anton Chekhov Rebecca, Du Maurier (didn't get to read it but will) Prufrock & other observations, T S Eliot Howl, Ginsberg Do Androids dream of electric sheep? Philip Dick Tried but failed: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Manuel Puig Orlando, Virginial Woolf New Selected Poems, Seamus Heaney So that is the Open University A300 20th Century Literature: texts and debates for you. And so I am left with these! Some are being kept as I will re-read them for pleasure next time around and try not to pull every page apart with dissecting the meaning and literary content.
Of course, seeing I have more to do in order to get the degree I have signed up for EA300 ;) And these are a couple of my new reading books, will have a break before I start reading although I might feel the pain of not having to study (does that happen) and get stuck into them :)


Just to update a bit of the earlier post above...

This means I have updated the How to Buy page and also the linkie-dinkie is now over on the left of the page so you can simply hit that and shop.

I'm off to vegetablise the first time in weeks where I can do just that and play bejeweled blitz or some other don't need a brain activity :) I might even download a Pou to keep me entertained on the iPad. Join Brian and Genny, don't want to be left out after all eh ;) Sad I know, but after 9 months of 20th century literature, I think I need something simple!

Now, if you haven't re-bookmarked, don't delay do it today! is where you need to be :)


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Day 30 catching up ~ Digi stamping - Ultimate Blog Challenge - Day 30 ~~~ The end

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I'm just going to post the posts from day 27 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, so here goes...

Wow, I can't quite believe it but here we are at the end of April and the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and I have posted every day this month. I would have posted earlier, but day 2 back at work and once again, went and laid down as totally knackered and didn't wake up til gone 8pm {whoops}.

So, we are at 30, did you know that 30 is a square pyramidal number. This means that you start with four squares on the base and build it up to make a pyramid and to do so you need 30 squares in total!
Another 30 fact, the Sarsen Circle of Stonehenge was also originally comprised of 30 rather neatly trimmed sandstone blocks which are in an upright position, also now there are only around 17 of these blocks still standing.


Today is also Walpurgis Night, and in exactly 6 months time we will be at All Hallows' Eve. I don't actually know if anyone here in the UK celebrates this night, I've never seen it anyway. If you are Dutch, Finnish, Swedish and some other European countries, it is celebrated with bonfires and dancing. It is named after the English missionary Saint Walpurga (ca 710-777/9) and since she was canonized on 1 May (around 870) we get May Day. 

If you have ever read, Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, you may recall act 2 is called "Walpurgisnacht." Should you celebrate this day then I wish you a happy: Walpurgisnacht Valborgsmässoafton Vappu Volbriöö, (Walpurgi öö) Valpurgijos naktis Valpurģu nakts or Valpurģi čarodějnice or Valpuržina noc chódotypalenje chodojtypalenje (Gotta love Wikipedia huh!) 

If you are in Germany, tonight is also the night when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration on the Broken mountain, awaiting the arrival of spring and holding revels with their gods In my current literary frame of mind Goethe's Faust describes the Broken...
Now to the Brocken the witches ride;
The stubble is gold and the corn is green;
There is the carnival crew to be seen,
And Squire Urianus will come to preside.
So over the valleys our company floats,
With witches a-farting on stinking old goats.
A little link here to a book on google books, in case you want to read more! Moving on... Having had fun colouring in with some Dilly Beans stamps, I have been a-wandering and checking what digis I have in my folder here in my virtual land of the mac. I found myself (again) at Dilly Beans and then another of my favourites, Mo Manning. Mo has some fantastic images, this is one of my faves in my basket - still shopping ;) I thought it quite apt seeing Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated abdicated today and her son has now been invested to the throne. (Click on the image and you will find yourself at Mo's online shop, please don't blame me if you find yourself checking out with purchases!)

Another favourite of mine is the Pink Petticoat Boutique. I have this great digi stamp:


Of course, if you simply like inking n stamping, I am a purveyor of Stampin' Up! products and having seen the US catalogue I am quite eager for our UK one to come out. Although if the retired list is going to be the same, I am going to be losing around 10 sets - so that may give you an idea of what lush stuff is coming to replace it! I have stamped a few of the Swallowtails this evening, just to make some notelets for the craft fair on the 25 May, also means making boxes.

If you've not seen the Swallowtail stamp, here it is:


Tomorrow, as well as getting some bits made, I must get my EMA plan sorted out. Still working on the criteria, think that it is definitely now going to be Ghost Road and Paradise. But, we'll see!

I'm now definitely done for the night and going to finish the g&t then off to the land of duvet.

May the crafting mojo be with you and if you have been coming along every day, I thank you :)

catch up ~ Day 29 ~ Pretty in Pink

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I'm just going to post the posts from day 27 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, so here goes...

Ok, so I admit, I went to work today, was totally knackered by the time I got home. Brian went off to Air Cadets, I fell asleep on the sofa and emerged back to life at 8:30pm, whoops! Rather than doing some reading as I know it's not going to sink in, I recently purchased some Dilly Beans stamps. Couldn't help myself and I totally blame Soo! I often pop into her blog to see what creations she has been making and she had made a beautiful card for the Dilly Beans challenge that is current running. It has been a long time since I have printed off some digi stamps and done some colouring in and as not much brain power is required and it really is therapeutic, I thought I would have a play as well :) Here you go then. I have done two cards featuring the little hedgehog, Crinkles


Just a bit closer for you, I have used some crystal effects to add a bit of glaze (not quite dry yet!0 and also on the hearts, found the sakura pens in the drawer yesterday (hidden from 12 year old otherwise she would have nabbed them!). Images coloured in using a mix of Copics, Promarkers, Stampin' Up! markers and Spectrum Noir pens.

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Not sure how it shows up on your screen, the paper has pink in it and this is the tea for two dsp in the spring/summer Stampin' Up! catalogue.

Right, day 29 here we are nearly at the end of the April ultimate blog challenge and I sure have surprised myself that I have managed to keep up with doing a post a day. The thoughts then turn to what to tell you today. As you know, if you have read my earlier posts, I like a bit of science and I do like the universe, all that stuff out there etc. 

So how to relate 29 to today! Saturn is the object for today. It takes the planet more than 29 years to orbit the sun (approx 10,759 Earth days)! If you've not been 'into' the planets and our solar system, Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and is a gas giant. It is the second largest, with Jupiter being the biggest. It is named Saturn after the Roman god of agriculture, Saturn funnily enough! Saturn also gives us the day of the week, Saturday. I would go on a bit more but I am heading off to the sofa to watch the end of Game of Thrones (forgot it was on, whoops).

May the crafting mojo be with you!


{catching up} Day 28 ~ desk tidy! Pratchett and MUD + steam

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I'm just going to post the posts from day 27 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, so here goes...

Well, it's as good as it is going to get, in fact it is going to get worse! Had this idea of going through an Anna Griffin kit I purchased a while ago. Now I do like Anna Griffin, one of my favourites along with Chatterbox. A couple of my first loves from when I started scrapbooking many moons ago it now seems. Having had a tidy up of the albums yesterday, I felt inclined today to do some scrapbooking, but, hey ho, the EMA is looming and so I decided I should get the brain into gear and to some reading. That way, I can get the plan to my tutor. Hells bells though, I fell asleep reading the darned course book. Still have this lurgie which is become tiresome let alone tiring. So, here I am gone 9pm and getting today's post out so I can keep up with the ultimate blog challenge.

I had it mapped out on today's snippets. But first, here you go, the desk!


Actually it also looks a bit like a drug counter. Brown tub has my mega antibiotics in for the pneumonia and my little blue pills and green/yellow pills needed reordering today hence empty boxes on desk to remind oneself! I love the kit though, I have to stroke everything first I think and find some photos, which I did have printed off and have put somewhere!

And the essay, my brain is so having a wobbly with this one. Part of choosing some of my courses is that they don't have exams (mentioned in an earlier post) since they are hard for me to get too and I simply don't like them. I'm endeavouring to work out my criteria, that must have been the point when I was doing some re-reading and fell asleep! I must get my backside into gear :)


Anyway, here is your snippet of stuff for today. Terry Pratchett, you may have read his books and you may not have. I have and do like them. Today is also his birthday, so happy birthday Sir Pratchett. If you've not read any of his books, Terry has written the Discworld books. I find these quite hilarious and having done this literature course, I think I will reread them in a different light. Hard to believe that the first one I read was the Colour of Magic and that was back in 1983 (eeek, time flies huh). In fact, I have Snuff waiting to be read but the A300 course books called. [A quick break whilst looking for Snuff] There are two quotes, so far that I had to find again, "Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.” and this one “They say that the eyes of some paintings can follow you around the room, a fact that I doubt, but I am wondering whether some music can follow you for ever.” If you read Friday's post, do you still have that ear worm?!

This now leads me on to Discworld MUD - now I am not really a gameplayer - I did enjoy games like Quake (in fact I do often consider downloading a copy for the mac, although I will no doubt need to get a mouse as I use the trackpad to save the arthritis in the thumb!) and also Doom, although in Doom don't let me near the BFG (tend to fire that in tight spots resulting in loss of life). 

Leading from Discworld MUD, Sir Pratchett is also according to a 2006 interview, a computer game player and also likes half-life 2, which I have also played. Although I don't think I finished it as there was a bit where I kept falling off something and dying! Anyway, half-life 2, tenuous link coming up, included a modification, Garry's Mod. Now, Garry's Mod which is now a standalone Steam game is played by the kidlets! They have great fun, keeps them quiet (sometimes). The physics gun is pretty cool in my opinion! Those people that make computer games sure are clever. Here's one that creates the fantastic environmental art.

That is me now done, including done for the day. Back to work tomorrow with the hope I can complete a full day :)

Playing Catch Up! Day 27: Lorem ipsum / Five dozen liquor jugs / have you one banana?

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Day 27: Lorem ipsum / Five dozen liquor jugs / have you one banana?

Have you ever come across Lorem Ipsum? Wondered if it is what it seems, a load of nonsense? It is mostly found in publishing and graphic design you see it sometimes where people are making a webpage which has been published to the web but the webmaster has not included some content with their own. Lorem ipsum is the placeholder (filler) text and demonstrates how that piece will look in regards to its typography, font and layout. The text is meaningless and so removes the distraction of reading it rather than working on the design!

Lorem ipsum itself is a selection of Latin text by Cicero, a Roman philosopher amongst other things. Words have been altered, removed or added so that it become nonsensical and thus not proper Latin. 
 The common form what you may see is:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

It is derived from Cicero's De finibus bonorum et malorum, (On the Boundaries of Goods and Evils, or alternatively [About] The Purposes of Good and Evil). With the original passage beginning Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit (Translation: "Neither is there anyone who loves pain itself since it is pain and thus wants to obtain it").

I thought I would pop this one in as I have spent a day in Rome. Yup a day in Rome. Left England at silly o'clock one day and came home the same evening, totally shattered but it was worth it.

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I'm still thinking of doing the Myth in the Green & Roman worlds with the OU, next year though! Heading over to the faculty website, there is a section that includes Ovid and Holkham Hall - Holkham Hall being around 30 minutes or so from me here in Norfolk. One of the restaurants - The Globe Inn - is less than a minute from where I work! So, if you come visiting North Norfolk, it's a couple of places for you to come see :)

Moving on, pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs. I'm keeping with the alphabet theme for this, the ultimate blog challenge. As I have run out of letters, I have made use of all 26 of them (some more than once!). You may be more aware of 'the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog'. I have typed this so many times in my life as being a touch typist, started at school when you were blindfolded and were learning where the keys are on the qwerty keyboard. Any way, pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs and the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog are known as a pangram and it is not just in English that it is used, other languages do it too. In my case it was used as an accuracy and speed test in my early days.

Finally, I am making stuff but am a bit of a production line so rather than bore you with pieces of card and patterned paper, going to treat you to a banana! In fact, it's one banana and two eggs and some cinnamon as well. This is a really good way of using up those mushy bananas!. Simply blend the banana, add the two eggs, whisk up a bit and then make banana 'pancakes'.


I found them a bit of a pig to turn over, but having got the knack a bit further on, let them cook on one side a while before flipping them over - I gave a squirt of the one-cal spray just to lightly grease the pan. There was a really cool one that I made but the 12 year old pinched it whilst I was getting the camera. I've a dollop of low fat creme fraiche on mine, could have done with some blueberries or raspberries but in any event, they went down a treat. In fact, as I am typing this, the 12 year old is using another banana - thankfully the chooks are doing well with egg production!


Hope you have enjoyed today's post :) do leave a comment, it is nice to get them and makes me feel that I'm not talking to myself!!!

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