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Monday, January 26, 2015

Here We Go Again...

Hi folks...crikey can you believe it's the last week of January already and everyone's least favourite day of the week...that old Monday morning feeling...brave face...drag yourself out of bed and return to work after the weekend...yes I sometimes feel like sneaking in a sickie too but hey a hot shower...a freezing "wake me up" stroll with the Furry Boy...2 or 3 coffees and I'll be heading to the cubbyhole to tackle another busy "here we go again" week starting off with 2 magazine commissions...one of which needs to be posted by Friday and believe me it's going to be a real "way out of my comfort zone" adventure requiring "rarely seen in the cubbyhole" unusual crafting tools.
let's hope when the alarm clock goes off Mr Mojo's raring to go with his "full of brilliant ideas" hat on...if not...it's going to be a sod of a week with a torture visit to the dentist on Thursday thrown in for good measure. Time to think positive...hop over to Mr Flybe and book my flight to The NEC in March...
heavens above...that means the Fiskars Workshops are only 7 weeks away...well if that doesn't set the cat amongst the pigeons and kick start the old creative production line...I'll just have to sit in the corner...suck my thunb and wait for "tomorrow's a brand new day" Tuesday.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mucky Lugs and Hairy Feet...

Hi folks...let me assure you that the title of this blog post does not refer to me but to my adorable canine partner...my gorgeous bundle of golden deliciousness or he will be after he's had his Sunday pamper...a vigorous session with the Furminator to get rid of the billions of excess hairs...mucky lugs cleaned...nails clipped and the bit he hates...a tidy up of the overgrown toe hairs...I have to say I'm not too keen on anyone touching my feet either so no doubt it'll be the usual battle...me skidding around the floor until the job's done. Not what Fiskars intended their scissors to be used for but hey I won't tell if you don't...
and then I'll be ready for a flop on the sofa with coffee cake and the Sunday crosswords but better keep a space for tonight's supper when we'll be joining Scots across the world to celebrate the birthday of Scotland's bard...RABBIE BURNS...the world's most famous wordsmith...he had a magical way with language and with the ladies too apparently...
 Love it or loathe it...I'll be tucking into the traditional feast of 
HAGGIS
Fair Fa' yer honest sonsie face
Great Chieftain o' the puddin' race
NEEPS
and
TATTIES
washed down with a wee dram or two...
and snuggling up to enjoy Sunday Night telly...Call the Midwife...brand new Top Gear and Last Tango in Halifax
See you tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I've run out of steam...

Hi folks...they do say you should start the year as you mean to go on and I've been in an "out with the old...in with the new" kind of a mood...I spent a whole day sorting out my wardrobe...clearing out loads of stuff I'm never ever going to wear again and happened across these boxes from Ikea...the perfect size to hold wafer thin dies and you know what's coming next...yes before you know Mrs Organised is off on another tangent...sorting the dies out and creating some kind of "easy to find what I'm looking for" filing system...
and without stopping to catch my breath...finishing off the MDF storage...



but I'm ready to throw in the towel...take a breather...this "always bites off more than she can chew" crafty person has run out of steam...the novelty has worn off and I'm hanging up the DIY hat for a while...life's too short to be crawling around with a paintbrush in your hand for more than a day at a time not to mention the nightly ritual of a rigorous scrub up session to rid my hair...face...hands and the cubbyhole of excess paint and hey it's the weekend...believe it or not I'm actually looking forward to tackling the huge pile of ironing...ticking the neglected household chores off the list so that come Monday morning I can jog off to the cubbyhole and do what I LOVE best...have SOME FUN with the gorgeous goodies that arrived in my February Inspiration Emporium DT parcel...
have a fun weekend whatever you have planned
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, January 23, 2015

"In The Pink"

Hi folks...I'm back "In The Pink" and sharing another card for this month's Colour Challenge over at The Ribbon Girls...

I may be in the pink with the crafty stuff but life ain't so rosy in the DIY department...absolute disaster darling...hubby was right and I was WRONG about the computer station thingy and it's a back to the drawing board...eat humble pie and start all over again situation. But not today...I'm off to lick my wounds in the company of the Friday Girls and Mr Paddington Bear.
Hugs Kath xxx


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Time on my hands...

Hi folks...I hope you are all safe and warm in this chilly UK weather...we've had more snow in my neck of the woods and apart from venturing out for our daily doggie strolls...the Furry Boy and his Mum have been snuggled up all cosy in the cubbyhole. And the make-over continues...with a bit of spare time on my hands between crafty projects...I set to work sorting out my Idea-ology storage and decorating the storage chests from Rob MDF Man...
what better way to spend a snowy afternoon than having fun with the new kid on the block...this little guy is worth his weight in gold...how did I ever live without him...he sure made short work of sticking down all the Idea-ology bits and pieces...
two down...one to go...
in the meantime hubby has been busy with the new computer work station...it didn't go entirely to plan probably because there was no plan...it was all a vague idea in my head and after spending most of yesterday covering my ears I haven't yet got round to telling him it may need a little bit of adjustment here and there.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The "Off On A Tangent" Project...

Hi folks...I'm back to the crafty stuff sharing another DT project for Inspiration Emporium and this month's Fresh Start Challenge at Inspiration Journal with my latest "thanks to my lovely buddy Anne" addiction and it just so happens it fits in nicely with the "Fresh Ideas" Challenge over at Art With Heart. I love...love...love these Recipe Card Box and Recipe Card Label Dies from the Eileen Hull Sizzix BigZ Scoreboard Collection and had great fun going a little bit vintage using what is probably my favourite paper collection ever...Tim's gorgeous Wallflower Paper Stash...to make a photo album.
a chance to try and make a dent in another addiction...the mountainous pile of the "can't live without" Remnant Rubz...I'm sure I didn't buy them all...they must be multiplying all by themselves...


But I seem to have been bitten by the DIY bug again...the computer station is next on the make over list so while hubby gets into demolition mode...I'll be heading for B&Q armed with a list of supplies...the all important tape measure and my 10% "on a Wednesday" Senior Citizen Discount Card.  Have fun whatever you're doing today.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I've got my DIY hat on again...

Hi folks...
Important Announcement 
apologies to those who have already booked for Saturday's workshop at The Papeterie...sadly it has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
So with the kitting gone from my list of stuff to do and the rest of the work stuff up to date...I was looking forward to a "chill out and relax" weekend...closing the cubbyhole door and leaving the creative stuff behind until Monday...well you know by now that things rarely go to plan in this establishment...by lunchtime on Saturday I was twiddling my thumbs...that familiar "what can I do now" restless feeling...an ideal time for the little guy who pops in to my head with more mad ideas to pounce. Before I knew what had hit me I was back in DIY land...the workdesk unit was emptied...upended and getting an Annie Sloan make-over...
One of those "who's bright idea was this" marathon painting jobs...8 blinking 4-sided cubes that needed 2 coats not to mention a mega waxing session but once you've started...there's no going back...you realise you've just signed up for a fun weekend with a paintbrush turning the cubbyhole into a world of brilliant white.
One unit done...just two to go...
And right on cue...the arctic weather arrived...I woke up on Sunday morning to a wintry flittering of snow...a colour co-ordinated  "everything's white" scene inside and out.
on reflection...if it was a weekend of "everything is white" excitement I was after...perhaps I should have headed to the ski slopes where there's not just a few inches but piles of the white stuff...

I'll see you all tomorrow to share my "Off On A Tangent" project
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, January 19, 2015

Frilly and Funkie...

Hi folks...a rather intriguing title for today's post but more about that in a mo...today I'm sharing another DT Project for Inspiration Emporium using the gorgeous Ice Skates and Stacked Snowflakes Dies I found in the Christmas Sale at The Papeterie...now you didn't think I would be tucking them away for 11 months without having a play...did you?
one of my New Year Resolutions is to find more time to make fun stuff and when the crafty work allows join in some challenges so I'm entering this month's Winter Wishes Challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and sharing what I love about winter. I'm a skier not a skater...believe it or not flying down a mountain with 2 big metal planks attached to my feet is my idea of fun whereas sliding along on skinny metal blades seems infinitely more scary with a much harder landing when things go pear shaped so until Mr Holtz comes up with a "Skis" die...I'm taking big liberties with artistic licence on my winter sport theme. And it's ironic with the amount of snow that's fallen on Cairngorm over the last week that the blizzards...gale force winds and high risk of avalanche have kept the ski centre closed and us ski-bods on the wrong side of the snow gates.

I'm having a good old crafty clear out today after a rather busy DIY weekend but I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.
Hugs Kath

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