Monday, May 4, 2015

Turn Up The Heat...

Hi folks...we've gone from Winter to Spring and back to Winter again all in the space of 3 days...yesterday was wet windy and ever so chilly which meant the outdoor coffee stop was definitely out of bounds...
the garden list of things to do has been put on hold with the plants snuggled up indoors...
and despite bumping the central heating up a notch I was struggling to feel warm...it was either root out the ski-ing thermal long johns or head to the kitchen for a "stocking up the freezer" cook-athon...
guaranteeing we'll be fed when the up and coming crafty deadlines declare "no time for cooking" days and while that was simmering away...I hit the cubbyhole to have some fun with the aftermath of a spray stain spritzing session...
a cheeky bright and sunny Summery card...
pity I can't conjure up bright and sunny when it comes to the unpredictable British weather.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fifty Shades of Green...

Hi folks...Today's topic is Fifty Shades...steady on I'm talking about GREEN...not GREY and unless you've been abducted by aliens you'll know that a fabulous new green has joined the Distress Family of Colour but our early morning stroll yesterday got me thinking that perhaps Tim has a way to go to compete with Mother Nature's colour palette...with Spring in the air...it's a world of wall to wall "every hue in the spectrum" GREEN...



I was just about to zoom in to get a close up of the ducks...
when they spotted the furry reprobate and had a quacking panic attack...
he went into undercover stalking mode and I had visions of him launching himself in to the mucky water...
but no...surprisingly he responded to my calls and emerged from the undergrowth with that "no need to shout...I'm here" look on his face
and there's one green I'm particularly anxious to see...that all over lush lawn kind of green...the seed has started to sprout but oh my giddy aunt you need a microscope to see it and patience is not one of my virtues.
Enjoy what's left of your Bank Holiday weekend
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Polishing my halo...

Hi folks...yesterday's plans were a bit of a washout literally so we took shelter in the cubbyhole and I'm now polishing my halo...patting myself on the back and taking a big bow for the team...we worked our little socks off and the projects for Kath's Klub are in the bag and all kitted up...of course there was a little bit of an incentive to speed things up when Mr Postie came a-knocking with the April bundle of Distress deliciousness...Fossilized Amber has joined the cubbyhole's Distress Family and Mrs Organized had the labels all ready to go...
and I can't wait to get my order in for the latest colour to join the Distress family...Twisted Citron..a gorgeous zingy lime green but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a gorgeous lavender next month...a glorious colour combo...don't you think.

and with 7 more colours due to be launched this year...it's time to invest in another paint storage unit...
Will I manage to sneak in a bit of Distress playtime before I embark on a mega crafty...it's going to be raining...weekend...I'm on a mission to make some projects with the gorgeous parcel of goodies that Decoart sent me...
and a bumper parcel of goodies from the lovely Lynnda at Oak House Studio
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, May 1, 2015

Snowed Under...

Hi folks...hard to believe it's the first day of the merry month of May already and let me tell you that I won't be partaking in the old custom of dashing out first thing and washing my face in the early morning dew...the so called elixir of youth apparently...well let's just say this craggy old lived in face is beyond redemption in that department.  Forgive the rather misleading blog title...we're not snowed under weatherwise...in fact we're back to all seasons in one day again...bonny blue skies...chilly winds...monsoon rain and the occasional hailstone storm...nothing out of the ordinary in this neck of the woods...it's what we refer to as The Gab Of May...unsettled weather at the beginning of the month is Nature's way of reminding us that she's not ready to let go of winter just yet.
It's the cubbyhole crew that are snowed under...bogged down...up to their eyes in crafty stuff...I'm sure you're familiar with the old "don't know where to start" syndrome and with no hot date with the Friday Girls on the cards today to drag me out of the doldrums...we're vacating the cubbyhole...leaving it all behind for a day in the great outdoors...I'll be blowing away the cobwebs in the garden...getting mucky planting up some some great garden bargains I found in Aldi this week...
a new herb pot...
the hanging baskets and pots...

and fitting a trellis for the new clematis...
but will it be joggy bottoms and T Shirt or Souwester and Wellies
and I'll be popping back to the cubbyhole for the reveal of this month's new Distress Colour...will it be a hyacinth blueish lavender purple perhaps and to check out the May Tag for "12 Tags of 2015"
Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How Can It Be Thursday Already...

Hi folks...I'm not sure where this week has gone...it's Thursday already and the last day of April no less...I need to get a wiggle on and get the projects for Kath's Klub at The Papeterie on 9th May in the bag...we'll be playing with Tim's fabulous Flower Garden and Perspective Stamp Sets...Butterfly Duo Die and Embossing Folder and you're probably not hugely surprised at my choice for this month...
but first I need to empty the materials boxes from the weekend...they've been out of sight out of mind in the back of the car since Sunday...not my most favourite job so no doubt the big girl knickers and lots of coffee will be required...
 and the garden seems to be as confused as I am...not sure if it's wearing it's Spring or Winter coat...
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Crazy Birds...

Hi folks...I'm sharing the 6th and last project from The Retreat...aptly named Crazy Birds and I'm sure I wasn't the only one feeling a little bit crazy by the end of our fabulous fun weekend at The Papeterie...a big thank you to Charlotte and her team for all the hard work they put in to make The Retreat such a success and to Graham for feeding the hungry hordes...yummy lunches and full tummies make happy happy crafters...




It ain't crazy birds I have to worry about this morning...it's the herd of stampeding elephants that trampled me underfoot when I wasn't looking or perhaps it was the hedge I was dragged through backwards...no prizes for guessing...this old body is in "the day after the day after" protest mode again BUT and there's always a but...it's back to work and the crafty list so I need to put my "onwards and upwards/ man up and get on with it" hat on.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Shiver Me Timbers...

Hi folks...it just goes to show you can never take Mother Nature for granted...shocked by the tragic news of the earthquake in Nepal with devastating loss of lives...less shocked but slightly miffed that Winter has returned to my neck of the woods. The journey home on Sunday was interesting weatherwise...lashing rain...big fat "driving snow" snowflakes and brilliant sunshine all in the space of 20 minutes and I was elated to see the reseeded grass was beginning to poke through the ground...10 minutes later I was watching an almighty blizzard raging outside and scraping thick ice off the windscreen of the car on Monday morning...crazy crazy weather...
A huge thank you to our 36 superstar crafters for a fun "messy painty inky lots of banter and a fair bit of hammering" weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again in September...
but back to Sunday's projects...a repeat of the Make A Wish Canvas...



and The Love Frame...





I'll be back tomorrow to share the last project of the weekend...in the meantime I'd better look out my pillar box red duvet coat and wellies for this morning's Winter Wonderland stroll with the Furry Boy.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 27, 2015

We Have A Winner...

Hi Folks..it's been a fun weekend but a bit crazy weather wise...we've had brilliant sunshine...rain like stair rods...sleet and even a little bit of snow but it's time to announce the winner of the Ribbon Girl Give-Away and without anymore ado...the lucky person is...

well done Diane...please e-mail me so that I can pass your details on to Mary at The Ribbon Girl who will arrange for you to spend your £10 gift voucher
and it's time to share the remaining 2 projects from Saturday's workshops at The Spring Retreat...
using Tim Holtz stamps to make an envelope album...





and the "Distress Your Storage" project...



I'm planning a snuggled up in my jammies with my furry bundle of deliciousness kind of a day but I'll be back tomorrow to share Sunday's projects.
Hugs Kath xxx

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