Tuesday 24 March 2009

My first 'tearing' card

I cant remember where i read about the card challenge, i think it was on MSE card making thread ?. But i wanted to have a go. The card was just one that i had in a pack of 50 blank cards. The image was taken from a photocopy of a set of 4 sheets i had purchased from craftwork cards. Then in true MS fashion the hot pink that i tore was a mothers day card enverlope. Very thrifty or so i thought :O) The brads are card candy in spacedust,i bought again from craftwork cards at NEC. The photo isnt very good though. Note to self learn how to take photos better :O)

Michelles' 40th

My friend had mentioned that she wanted a guest book for her forthcoming 40th party (28th march) So i offered to make one for her. Now this is the first time i have done anything crafty in 3 years.... I took a mini birthday scrapbook kit that i had bought off Arty Miss for £1. I then used a sheet of 12x12 qvc bargain papers ;O) I added sections to the book that can open out for more people to write on and i made alittle pocket with 39 on it and a hidden 40 lol.

The pyramid box was taken from a template i made myself from a gift off Ruth (furrypig) I used 'fluff' to tie it up,that was sent to my by Padingtondoo. Its filled with mini eggs.

Saturday 21 March 2009

Online friends are just 'the BEST'

As we go through life we realise that certain things are very important to us. We meet friends that we are close to one year and then dont hear from them the next. Sometimes it easier to talk to our online friends than face to face friends. Sometimes emotions are that raw that we feel better when we can just write it down.... Well in 1998 i was a member of CollectingNation an online beanie baby community and trading site. Yes thats where i had my death threat over outbidding someone on a Charizard card !! I was the pokemom LOL. I digress.... lol theres a surprise ;O) . Whilst looking on the boards i seen a group of ladies mostly in USA that were collectors of beanies and they did a secret santa type exchange every couple of months. It sounded such great fun so i wrote an email to the 'group leader Jane and Wanda.' I though my being in the UK would pose a problem,with postage etc.. It wasnt and soon i was an active member of the group. It was great and i met women who i soon became great friends with. The exchanges ceased back in 2001. But i still carried with me some great friends, the ones who you mean to keep in contact with but only really remember them at Christmas. Its great to still get cards from USA tho...

One lady i kept in contact with and i have to say that she is the most lovely lady i have ever had the pleasure to not meet LOL. We do keep in contact on a regular basis. I am naughty sometimes and tend to forget...but then i read on facebook that shes having a bad day and post to her or email and i know that she will totally understand that even though i disappeared for a while she was never far from the front of my mind.. Shes the friend that when something happens i think oooh i must tell her...or if i am feeling down i know i can email her or put on my MSN and she is never far away...The friend that if we didnt live thousands of miles apart i know i could arrive at her door and receive a welcome smile.. We havent actually met in 'real life' but we have shared some of the most toughest and happiest moments together. We copied our wedding dvd and posted it to her because if she could of afforded to travel here i know it would of made her happy to share the day. She was the friend whos oppinion i asked on my wedding dress before i bought it. No one else had seen it :O) She is one true friend who i will one day get to meet in real life, no matter what.... Jan you have touched my life in such a big way. THANKYOU for being my friend xxx

Jan sent me,as always a super birthday gift... Thankyou Jan but you really shouldnt, you naughty person you xxx


Well as some of you might know i had a birthday (March 18th) Also as some of you know,when i got to 30 i decided that was high enough :O) So now go backwards ;O)

So it was my 21st LOL (BIGcough39) shhhhh dont tell anyone ;O)

When we had the NEC meet up.My lovely online friend furrypig (Ruth) had brought everyone gifts that she and her tallented daughter Molly had made.. Molly if you are reading this THANKYOU i love my piggy tag xx Well when Ruth gave me mine she said it was abit bigger than everyones with it being my birthday :O) . I was actually surprised that she had noticed , via facebook i think ;O) So me being a good choccy kept the beautiful package all wrapped and asked Patrick to keep it safe until it was my birthday..

THANKYOU so much Ruth xxx

Monday 16 March 2009

The tremendous two not terrible twos'

Well on Sunday my cousin Matthew came to visit with his wife and their two gorgeous twins Jake and Charlie. I cant believe how much they have changed since we seen them last. They are now little boys not babies. Even though they were both full of colds they were smiling and giggling. They are such a joy to be around. Both of them seemed to love being with their big second cousins. They are now 10 1/2 months.

Thrifty gifty day out purchases

Well after a fantastic day out. I wanted to share all of the goodies i bought. My new stash or swag as it became known. :O)

Thrifty, gifty meet up at the NEC

Now arranging to meet on Friday 13th wouldnt of been a good idea,if you were supersticious !!! But i can honestly say that for Thrifty gifters it must be a lucky day :O)

After weeks of excitement the day was finally here ....

I had spent the evening on MSN to Ruth (furrypig) This had become one of our things :O) If for any reason we didnt manage to catch up she kindly emailed me or left me a message on facebook. Having someone who cared so much made the fear of taking such a big step on my own an easy one. I dont really think that i have ever told Ruth how her caring touched my heart and made this scary event one that i was determined i must do. Mel and i had shared heartfelt PMs on MSE and i wanted to be there for her as much as she did for me. Now K and i had spoken on MSN also so meeting her was one of the must do things that i wanted to do. I had read her blog and learnt that to go to the NEC was a big step for her also. Sarah and Melissa were two people that i hadnt really spoken too before. I had followed Sarah beautiful gift/craft threads before Christmas. Melissa however was 'new' to me ;O)

Well the morning had arrived. I made sure all my bag was packed the night before.So i just had to warm my sausage cob and wrap it in foil then i was off. We set off in plenty of time (7.30am) to get the 8.08 train. As Dwight drove nearer to town the traffic seemed to get thicker and thicker :O( I started to panic as it was obvious that i just wasnt going to make that train. I had a text from Ruth saying that she had made her 1st train and was on her way. I returned the text with one for friday 13th..... i didnt think i was going to make my train. We pulled into the train station at 8.10 :O( So that was it i was going to be too late to meet everyone,what was i going to do, i remembered i had K's mobile number. So after visiting the station infomation office i found there was another direct train leaving at 8.38.. So i was only going to be a little late as it arrived at 9.56. We had to meet Sarah at 10.15 and Ruth at 10.33, as they were travelling 'up North'.....Yes it was still do able !! I text K to tell her what had happened. 'Thats ok', she text back,'Dont worry about it,we will wait' :O)

It was a fairly uneventful train journey from Nottingham to New Street station. With the extra half an hour wait my sausage cob had gone cold !! But i still tried to eat abit....cold sausages arent that bad lol. I sat back with my butterflies fluttering and listened to my ipod. On looking out the train window i seen a landmark that was well recognised 'The Rotunda' Thats it i was nearly there...

My train pulled into New Street station platform 12b. I had a text from K that they were waiting on platform 1a ( To international and NEC) Which yes you guessed was right at the other end of the train station. Now normally this would of been fine but in my excitement i had forgotten my walking stick !!

I stood at the top of the stairs to go down to platform 1a, would i recognise them ? would they recognise me ? At the bottom of the stairs i noticed a familular thing a trilby hat.. Yes it was K, standing next to her was Mel who was recognisable from the pictures i had seen.Melissa was also there recognisable by her tidy bump. I walked up to them and K said have a hug that was it i felt at ease,accepted and part of the group. Mel then had a hug too.

The train to International was ready and waiting on the platform.It was very busy on the train. Another 4 events were happening at the NEC today,or so the ticket man on Ks train told her. One of which was the national wedding show. We quickly hopped on eager to get to our destination and meet Sarah and Ruth. The train was packed with just 3 seats available. A gentleman offerred up his seat,as he was getting off soon. This wasnt before Mel had put her bum in a few peoples faces along the way LOL. K commented on this was how dogs greeted each other. Well that was it ...the tone was set for the day !! Lots of laughter and fun..

At international K and i was so engrossed in convosation that we completely walked past Sarah !! ( Sorry about that Rainmac ;O) ) We stood in a huddle waiting for Ruth... Talking about how disgusting it was of WHSmiths at the train station,to charge £1.59 for a bottle of coke !!!! A woman walked towards us with a huge smile on her face,it was Ruth. That was it we were a complete group, we had finally managed our thrifty gifty meetup.

Well hall number 11 was ,of course, right at the other end of the NEC..But it didnt matter..we all chatterred away whilst walking there.It seemed to take no time at all (the moving floors helped ;O) ) We giggled at the oldies with big bags walking so quickly that they were nearly running...(They were the hags who K refferred to, or maybe it was the ones who complained they would never get there if they waited behind us lol) I should of took my stick shouldnt i ,K ? lol. Outside hall 11 we had our photograph taken by Mel,..hmmm she thought she would get out of having her photo taken now did she ? ....we would get her later.

On entering hall 11 that was it craft scrappy heaven...Keeping together in a group was going to be very hard.That was apparant from the first stall.. Ruth was a bargain basket super spotter !!! We huddled around a bargain box,where Ruth found some chipboard cat stickers.. Yes the tone went through the floor again. As comments on pussy (cats) followed....Well it did make us giggle. Sarah innocently added that she had a black one, K and i couldnt stop laughing :O)

Somehow we managed to break up into 2 groups. Mel and K then the other 4 of us,It wasnt a problem K had our numbers so we could all catch up.

Lots of bargain hunting and giggling was the must have addition to our day.I can honestly say that we had a fun day.. At 1.30 i had a text from K telling us they had stopped for lunch and where we could find them. This had to be one of the best bits of the day.. 6 relative strangers sitting on the floor chatting like old friends...Sarah had made Rocky Road which she shared with us all, it was dellicious !!! K had brought 6 cream eggs to share, but ended up having to take them home. Somehow a stranger was asked to take a photograph of us all. What a special photo it was

At 3pm Ruth,K and I had booked to go on the SDU or 'STD' lol course. We thought we would get to 'play' but we didnt :O( It was quite interesting though. But i would of rather played and stickied !! There are no courses here near me. But at £175 a course, i am quite pleased lol. They seemed to think that i shouldnt use my pretty papers ( Que me looking shocked and totally disgusted !!! )

Well one by one we dwindled away....Before we went to the workshop Melissa had to say her goodbyes as she had to make her way home whilst we were still in there. So 6 became 5 :O(

After the workshop it was a quick dash round to get bits that we said we might get if we couldnt find anything else lol. Next to leave was Sarah... 5 became 4.

The remainding 4 of us, did a few bits that we wanted to pick up. A quick loo stop. Then it was time for Mel and K to begin their journeys home.

Ruth and i planned to wait together until late as both of our trains were late, to get the best prices available and direct trains. We stayed at the craft fair until we were nearly thrown out at 5.30 :O) Having a chat and a slow walk back to the International train station. We sat on a bench whilst we finished our pack lunches and Ruth arranged her bags so she had less to carry.( Not that she had bought lots and lots hehe)
We walked up to the train station after another quick loo stop... Trains toilets are awful afterall.
It was fast approaching time that the thrifty gifty meet up would come to an end.. Ruths train was due into platform 4 and mine on platform 3.... So to end our thrifty gifty meet we were talking/shouting to each other across the train tracks lol.
The train back to New Street was again packed !! So i managed to find a seat and Ruth waved me off... cue some funny looks of people ;O) The train pulled into ..yes you guessed it 1b and my train back to Nottingham was going from 12a. So another trek across New Street station. This time i didnt have such a spring in my step. The thrifty gifty day out had been such fun. We had all bought lots of new and exciting craft goodies. I had met some new people,all of whom were very different but all as equally lovely,kind and caring individuals. These people had all,without knowing it helped me take a huge step...... back to the person i used to be.. I will always look back on our day out today with very fond memories. This is the day i start to get Oona back

xxxxx to you all girls. You have helped me in such a way that you do not know and cannot imagine . I love you all and thankyou from the bottom of my heart xxxxx

Sunday 8 March 2009

Well i havent managed to 'blog' as much as i first hoped that i would.

Its just been one of those weeks. What with mums birthday and getting ready to go to the NEC this week. I have been so busy. Ruth,Kirsty and me are all signed up to do a scrapbooking workshop. We have to take 3 photographs with us to 'scrap'.
1) of a person
2) of an event and
3) of a holiday.

Now being a mum to 3 gorgeous boys. Do i single one out for the 'person photo' or do i take a photo of my biggest inspiration in life mum. Well mum has won that one. I have a photo taken in Florida back in 2005.It has me,Dwight ,Luke and Ben sitting on rocking chairs outside crackerbarrel. So thats my holiday photo sorted.Next on to an event.Well at my tender years i have had quite a few 'events' But one that comes to mind is my wedding to Patrick back in October 2006. I have a group photo of the 120 plus guests that shared our ceremony outside the beautiful Bestwood Lodge Hotel. Well that deffinately was an event !! So thats my 3 photos sorted.