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August 2006


Cathy Zielskes new book Clean & Simple - THE SEQUEL. So much inspiaration hitting me smack on the nose and all i've done so far is page through it!! What I really love about Cathys scrapping is that she scraps emotions, something I do more and more these days too.

Events are cool and if it's a birthday, holiday, family get together etc etc then yes it needs to be scrapped as an event. But what if you just have a BBQ at home with friends, and you happen to have the camera out and get a great shot of a friend, neice, loved one.........the day in itself isn't an event or something you want to do a page about but the photo is cool and when you look at it you think about how much you love the person, how cute they are or highlights their personality! Like this LO of Jessica, it sums her up, who she is and how she is all the time, lol!

I know i've posted the LO before, but i'm just using it to make my point, hee hee.

Happy day y'all!! Oh and Debbie, inspiration hasn't hit yet!

(I have been asked to

(I have been asked to take this out till a decision is made whether or not they want to publish this LO - It will be back ;) ) Here is the last of my completed LOs from the weekend. 'My love!' Very palin LO inspired by the Living TV logo. I have used the alpha stickers from the BG Gypsy range, BG rub ons and the edges are inked in white although this is not too clear from the scan :)

Work today is not bad although it is SO quiet and boring. I did bring my little brown paper bag holiday journal in with me to write up but i've not done any writing yet! Going to have a cup of Green Tea with Jasmine (it's really good), in the hope inspiration hits.

Till tomorrow, I bid you farewell.......

loving this new Gypsy BG

loving this new Gypsy BG paper!! So much you can do with it and such funky colours!! Here is another LO using a pic from Edinburgh Zoo...

I have also used some Prima flowers, ribbon, chatterbox rivets, MM metal letters and the note paper stamp from the leave memories stamps I got from Box room booty last week. 'HIPPOS' are lil davis chipboard alphas (except the s which is hand cut!) painted with MM acrylic paint, honeydew, and glossy accented to give it the shine. The patterned paper cut in a circle with an arrow on the end idea came from a LO I saw on Suzannes blog called @ the edge.

We have had people around for a BBQ today and despite the few downpours of rain, it has been a lovely day.......,

Back to work tomorrow :(

ooh today I am going

ooh today I am going to show you all the delights that have landed on my lap this week!!

Firstly I went in search of some winter boots and I found these beauties from Love those shoes, and yes I love the colour. They are just fab on and open up all the way down so easy to pull on and it doesn't matter how big/small your calves are they will still lace up! Of course they are completely fur lined to keep my toes warm and have a negative heal so good for ones posture :)

The new Chatterbox rooms have reached our shores and I had to have them all :O check them out at Artbase , ordered Wednesday, they arrived Friday- is that a record??..... and while I was shopping I had to have these 'Wanted' Cosmo Cricket papers from Box Room Booty, I also bought a few ribbon to match the papers and the fundamentals rubber stamps by Leave memories. If you've not yet got these, go now and bye them cause they are so COOL!!

And please go over to a string of beads to see the amazing pieces of jewelery that Jaq makes. I bought myself a necklace, which is absolutely FAB! Thanks Jaq, great service!

And onto a LO I did last night, using a pic taken at Edinburgh zoo of a red panda. They were up high in the trees but I managed to get this cute pic of her as she was yawning, hence the little tongue sticking out, lol! Red pandas are one of my favourite animals, and are so cute and almost look like they have painted faces. The new BG gypsy papers worked well with the orangey sheen to her fur(due to the sun shining right on her) and the leaves which came out bright green.

Happy bank holiday and what ever you are up to please be safe!

Bad blogger and other stuff

Ooh I didn't realise I hadn't updated my blog for so long, for this I apologise!! Um so where to start.....well the rest of the week before last wasn't too bad, and work for a change was quite busy with room hires and of course not having the onsite kitchen means we have a bit more to do with keeping the milk jug and coffee topped up.

Thursday was the end of my week as we were off for a long weekend in Scotland. We left just after the rush hour on Friday and took a slow leisurly drive up to Durham, where we were breaking our journey and having dinner with Stuart, Debbie and the was so lovely to see and spend time with them socially rather than scrapping or rc heli-ing, lol.

After breakfast on Saturday we set off again and took the scenic route up to Scotland, this took a bit longer than expected but we got there in the end, lol. Our guest house was lovely and our room luxurious even though the bathroom was the size of a closet! After dumping the bags we headed off to Maureen and Lon for lunch. It was lovely to meet them and I couldn't get over how similar Maureen and Stus dad are. Yes I know they are brother and sister but even their mannerisms are the same! And they haven't been around each other in 50 years!!

We spent the first evening in the city walking around the street performers of the festival and taking in the Edinburgh atmosphere and supper from our favourite chippy was a must!!

Sunday was spent driving around the west coast after a stop at the Falkirk Wheel. The wheel was impresive and I managed to get some great photos. The west coast isn't as pretty as the east but it was lovely to see the country side.

To find a place for supper on Sunday night we walked along George street, and then about 5 times up and down Rose street. Neither of us wanted to decide where or what to eat until enventually I couldn't handle it anymore and chose The Mussle Inn. I'm not a huge fan of fish but I do like shell food so it was a good choice! We had a bowl of mussles to start and then for mains Stu had a seafood platter and I had the goats cheese starter and a salad.

After dinner we found ourselves in Flannigans Wake (or something like that) where we enjoyed a few (too many in someones case, lol) after dinner drinks. It was a great night as they had live music and the place was rocking!!

Monday was a good day! We spent it at Edinburgh Zoo, lol. Stus cousin is the head of the bird department so we went in search of him and then had a few personal guided tours throughout the day. It is a great zoo and the best part was seeing the little lion cubs that had been born in the zoo not long ago! So cute!!

Monday night we met up with Jaffers and went to dinner at a gorgeous little Moroccan place! So lush, the food was delicious and decor devine! After taking our leave of Jen at her bus stop I got a bad attack of hayfever so we didn't stay out much longer.

Tuesday and it was time to go pack up and start making our way home :( After yet another scrumptious breakfast we packed the car and headed into town for a little shopping......i had seen a little hand bag I just HAD to have, Stu wanted some Whisky, and we also had to look in at Hector Russell the kilt makers to see if they had the tartan for Stus kilt, which they do!!

Once we were all shopped out we climbed into the landie and made our way to Maureen and Lon for a coffee and to say bye, then we were on the road again...

It was a long trip down but we took the scenic route so we saw the Yorkshire Dales, which were beautiful and lots of sheep ;)

Ordered pizza from the car when we were 15 mins from home so at least we didn't have to wait too long for dinner, lol.

It was good to be back in our own bed but just not good having to come back to work the next day. Work has been okay cause we have had loads of 3rd party courses on but still not good enough to feel secure in our jobs :(

Not much else to report other than wedding plans are finally taking shape, and we shouldn't have a mad rush right before the big day. I do feel a bit wierd getting married though, it seems such a huge step to make and even though I am very sure about it, I still feel a bit nervous. I know Stu is very nervous so I am doing my best to keep all chat light and breezy, lol.

Will update with some pics of the zoo when inspiration hits!

Oh my goodness.......

I totally forgot to add that...... you know the summer CC comp on the Pad, the LOs I have posted below.......WELL I WON!! WOO HOO! So excited cause I really loved doing the LOs and I managed to scrap some pics that I was battling to scrap! My prize is a £30 voucher from A trip down memory lane (link on the right) which I am in the process of spending!!

Last week was Round 4

of the pad/speshal comp and it's also now finished. I have remembered some great times through the weekly prompts and have got some LOs done that I wasn't sure how to scrap, so it's been fab! Again there where to categories, the first a LO based on one of the following movies, THE LOST BOYS or PRETTY IN PINK. Now I love both these movies but none of the quotes seemed to work with any photos I could think of, BUT they did get me thinking about the time of my life when the movies came out. And also about how the movies influenced my life, like my MASSIVE crush on Keifer Sutherland that started with THE LOST BOYS, lol. So I jogged my memory to think of movies I love and that I could watch over and over again and ones that had some meaning to me and changed the way I look at life, relationships and the world. Of course some are just fun but I love them all the same. Pretty plain LO, using lil davis chipboard letters, some heidi grace rub ons and my handwritting. I have also since scanning the LO thought of and added a few more ;) The second part of the challenge was to do a LO inspired by the DURAN DURAN album titled DURAN DURAN.....I battled a littl ewith this one, but during our BBQ yesterday I managed to get this photo of Stuart and Jessica who was munching on a carrot she had just picked from Stuarts veggie patch. The song title I used was SIN OF THE CITY, and my thinking is the city is bad and the country is good, lol! Bit of a stretched interpreation! :D

I am off to register with the docs today, thanks Suzanne for your concern, you are so right I do need to be registered just in case of an emergency! But funnily enough I am feeling SO much better!

oh banner beautiful banner

the very tallented and lovely Anam made me this gorgeous banner, thanks hun, I LOVE IT! You're a gem and you'll need to start stalking your postie at the end of next week! MWAH!

And a huge thanks to Clares banner instructions without which I would never have got it up there, lol! Thanks hun!

Not well :(

oh I feel so crap, haha, excuse the pun but I have a dicky tum (and I am a poet too), and have had it for 3 weeks. Is this okay?? I am sure it should to have stopped by now. TMI? Sorry, lol!

Okay so now i'm a little worried and think I really should go to the doctors, BUT I am not registered at a doctor. So I have to take time off work to go in and fill out a form to register, then wait 24 hours before calling for an appointment. So basically if I go tonight to fill in the form (they close at 6.30pm) the earliest I will see a doctor is next Tuesday (they close at 1pm on a Friday). I am having my hair cut tonight, well I have an appointment, which I think I have to cancel!, in order to get registered.

I did have two days off a few weeks ago, but the last thing on my mind was registering at the doctors!

Oh and today I feel Nauseous too :(