Friday, November 28, 2014

Chaos In The Cubbyhole...

Hi everyone...the cubbyhole paint job is coming along...slow but sure but hey all work and no play is no fun at all so I'm abandoning the DIY chaos...
 and the Health & Safety hazards in the corner...
in favour of some time off with my bestest buds...a fun "eating out with a little bit of shopping thrown in for good measure" Black Friday expedition with who else but the Friday Girls. Not quite on the same scale as the one in the USA...when shoppers go wild and mayhem is the order of the day and that brings back magical memories of a Thanksgiving Holiday to New York in 2010 with my little Sis....is it really that long ago since I visited my favourite city in the whole world...

and don't be fooled by that beautiful blue sky...oh man it was COLD...I'll never forget that teeth chattering icy blast blowing up the Hudson River and the "I have no feeling in my feet" hours watching Macy's fabulous Thanksgiving Day Parade or the wonderful hours we spent shopping in the largest store on the planet...
standing in line on Black Friday...purses stuffed with discount vouchers to grab the "almost giving it away" bargains with frequent pitstops out to the magical sparkly winter wonderland with trees decorated with twinkly Christmas lights of Herald Square for coffee and absolutely delicious New York style Apple Cinnamon crepes...
and you just never know who you'll bump into in this fun vibrant city...
I would love to make a return visit BUT a trip to NYC is punishing on the old legs and feet...5 days at The NEC is a walk in the park in comparison...would the "4 years older" body survive...who knows...perhaps if I kicked started the old fitness regime again now and got into the mindset...it's a NEVER SAY NEVER...mind over matter...NO PAIN...NO GAIN and worry about the fall out later situation...don't you think.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving...

Hi folks...Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely buddies in the USA....I hope you all have a fabulous eat drink and be merry celebration with your families...a practice run for Christmas perhaps...
and guess what... the missing Flash Cards have turned up...
where were they....where they should have been of course...the first box I looked in last week...why I failed to see them first time round is anybody's guess and one of life's little mysteries...perhaps I need to clean my specs more often and I'm back in DIY mode...Phase 2 of the cubbyhole make-over is underway...
starting off with computer corner and once all the walls have been painted...the real fun will begin...the bit I'm not looking forward to...emptying the storage units one by one and giving them a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint followed by a couple of coats of wax and a good old buff up...predicted completion date...the project manager has no idea...sometime in 2015 probably...let's hope it doesn't turn out to be one of those "painting the Forth Road Bridge" projects....by the time I've finished...it's time to start all over again.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2 For The Price of One...

Hi folks...it's a "rude awakener" kind of a Wednesday morning...crikey 4 weeks today will be Boxing Day and the Christmas Celebrations will be all but over and with no crafty deadlines nipping at my heels I should be spending my time getting in the Christmas groove...getting ahead of the game with the present buying and food shopping.  I haven't even ventured into the cubbyhole since Friday last week...no crafting...no DIY...just lots of faffing around doing nothing more than drinking cups of coffee...it's true that the more time I have on my hands...the less I get done and I've been rather enjoying the lady of leisure lazy lifestyle but that's about to change...I'll be back on DIY duty today and Phase 2 of the cubbyhole make-over.
In the meantime I'm sharing a "2 for the price of one" Inspiration Emporium DT project  made for this month's "Happy Holidays" Challenge over at Inspiration Journal...
where there's a positive...there's always a "too good to throw away" negative...

and I guess you've worked out by now that I am totally besotted by this gorgeous Noel snowflake and Tim's fabulous Holiday Words Script dies...
if you've managed to get your crafty fingers on these beautiful script dies...you need to head on over to Craft Obsessions and stock up on the ultimate store cupboard item...the amazing Stick It which will become your new best friend when it comes to fixing down those fiddly intricate dies...it's taking the craft world by storm...selling like hot cakes and no wonder...it's the best thing since sliced bread.

You still have time to join in the fun over at this month's Inspiration Journal Challenge with the theme of  "Happy Holidays"...there's a fabulous prize of $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium for one lucky winner. In the meantime if you're intending treating yourself to some crafting goodies...remember to use my code "allthatglitter" at checkout to receive 10% of your order.
Toodle oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Fun Times X 2...

Hi folks...I've got the "missing all my buddies" withdrawal symptoms after a happy fun times x 2 weekend...how lucky was I to spend 2 days in a row with the most fabulous fun crafty friends...
and the icing on the cake...my adorable buddy...the very talented Ken Oliver rode into town for a hilarious and very enjoyable demo day on Sunday...
All about his gorgeous new Hometown papers...his new Click It Ink Pads and the amazing product that's taking the craft world by storm...Stick It...

it's not only the ideal solution for sticking those intricate dies down...you can use it with glitter and gilding flakes and the good news is...all Ken's products are now in stock at The Papeterie or if you don't live locally available online at Craft Obsessions...

but this demo-ing malarkey is thirsty work...
it sure was a fabulous fun day with lots of laughter...coffee and cake to celebrate one very special girl's birthday...my adorable "not allowed anywhere near sharp objects" friend Tina...

and we couldn't allow our favourite Honorary Scotsman to leave the country without a goody hamper of all things Scottish including rolls of tartan ribbon to run up his very own kilt for next time.
Haste ye back bonnie lad...we love you...in the meantime...Click It...Flick It and Stick It.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, November 24, 2014

Glitter Glitter Everywhere...

H folks...I'm back to share what we made in the afternoon workshop at Kath's Klub at The Papeterie on Saturday...decorating a canvas with Distress Spray Stain...Texture Paste...images from the Christmas Nostalgia Stamp Set...that gorgeous Layered Snowflake and lots and lots of sparkly glitter...
 it was definitely a Glitter...Glitter Everywhere afternoon...




And hey ho...the last workshop of 2014 is done and dusted...everything has been ticked off the crafty work list and this old crafter is twiddling her thumbs wondering what to do today...will it be a cubbyhole play day or can I tempted to don the DIY duds...pick up the paintbrush again and continue with the cubbyhole make-over.
I'll be back tomorrow to share yesterday's fun day at The Papeterie with the adorable Ken Oliver.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lots of Spritzing...What Fun...

Hi folks...what better way to end my workshop year than a fun day with lots of lovely crafty girls at Kath's Klub at The Papeterie...
a day playing with Tim's new Distress Spray Stains and I know from experience how far this stuff can travel so lots of newspaper protection ensured I didn't have to stay behind and scrub down the classroom walls...
I suspect there may be a few more Spray Stain addicts out there now...

and here's what we made in the morning workshop with the give-away stamp set 
Christmas Nostalgia...


I wish the camera could show the amazing sparkle just a light spritz with Brushed Pewter created on this card
I'll be back tomorrow to share what we made after lunch...in the meantime I'm looking forward to a fun day with my lovely buddy Ken Oliver who will be demo-ing from 11.00am-4.00pm at The Papeterie today. Hope to see you there.
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, November 22, 2014

What a relief...

Hi folks...I'm sharing a little fun project that had the cubbyhole crew running around in circles and a certain someone questioning her sanity...


you know that feeling you get sometimes that a project needs a little extra something to finish it off and I had the very thing...Tim's Holiday Flash Cards...or so I thought...
72 Mini Cards with Christmas words all in their own little packet...just like a set of playing cards 
BUT where the devil are they...we've been on all hands to the pump...search and rescue mode and so far it's all been in vain...can't find the little blighters anywhere. But hold on a minute...I'm racking my brains...can I remember them arriving in the cubbyhole...can I even remember buying them or did I never get round to it...are they just a "this is driving me nuts" figment of my imagination"...am I losing my marbles.
Thank the lord for little distant memories of making a card with Tim's gorgeous new Layered Snowflake Die and YES...YES...YES...a flash card and after a trawl through the archives...I found it...
So it's official...what a relief...I'm NOT bonkers and now that their presence in the building has been confirmed...the hunt will be on...no stone will be left unturned to locate the naughty blighters but NOT this weekend...I've got a hot date with my lovely Kath's Klub girls at The Papeterie today and a fun day and a great big hug to look forward to from my lovely buddy Ken Oliver who's demo-ing at The Papeterie on Sunday. In the meantime I've set the resident Retriever...the clue's in the name...the task of sniffing out the goods but unless they're located near anything edible...I fear it may be a lost cause.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx


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