Thursday, 30 December 2010

ATC Wallet

I have received some very beautiful creations from some lovely friends on Docrafts over the past 12 months.
We each took a turn at setting a theme, unfortunately I didn't think to make myself an ATC for each month to add to my collection, but I guess I could make one now that I've thought about it.
I did make one for the last posting but I can't put it on here yet as the eight cards and a little surprise are about to wing their way across the world and all over the UK.
Some of the photographs are not very clear but I will try to take more soon.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Time For A Tidy Up

Hello again,
Well today I decided that my poor old blog was looking pretty unloved, so I found another really pretty background, took off the Advent Countdown and my Virtual Cat.
Hopefully soon I'll be able to post pictures of my December ATC's and the packaging I have made to send them in, as the people who they are for might pop in to have a peek at this post I'd better wait until they have them to be able to put pictures up.
We've had a pretty quiet Christmas with just the four of us during Christmas Day, but the boys arrived later that night and were very excited by their new presents. They will be here again in a while so I'd better go and sort out something for us all to eat.
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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

It's Snow Joke

I'm fed up of the white stuff sprinkled everywhere.
I find it hard to understand how anybody can get excited about it and ........... we've had far too much of it this year already.
I still have a few more things to buy before the weekend, mostly shopping I think I'll finally be organised by Firday evening.
The boys will be here late on Christmas Day, so we'll have our Christmas on Boxing Day - they have said they're staying for 100 days, this is according to George, who is 4, but I think 4 or 5 days will be ok.
Thankfully tonight is haircut night - I look like a scarecrow!!! I rang my hairdresser and said 'I'll understand if it's too snowy to come out' she said ' No, the main roads are fine' so by tomorrow I think I might look human again.

Well I ought to get back to sorting my house out ready for present wrapping later.
If I don't get time to post again soon have a lovely and peaceful Christmas and I wish you all a Healthy, Happy and Crafty New Year

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Sunday, 17 October 2010

It won't be long til Christmas

I thought I'd join Sall in getting the Christmas ball rolling.
So I pottered around the net looking for Christmas countdowns and found a lovely nativity one.

As of today it's only 68 days until the big day.
I'd better get my thinking cap on for pressies to go to Santa for the little ones.

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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

October Challenge

Over on Docrafts it was my turn to set the challenge theme, I chose the following criteria:-

The title should be 'Life is a puzzle sometimes .'
You can use any colours you like, but please try to keep it to 3 main colours
i.e red, yellow orange or cream, blue, green
1 photo but you can use this as many times as you like !
It can be a single or double LO.
Any embellishments you want to add must be home-made (i.e die-cuts, shrinkles, tags etc)

Here are some photos I took of my LO - I used the 'puzzle' option and turned 1 picture into a puzzle and downloaded a free puzzle font for the title.

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Monday, 30 August 2010

Ruby Anniversary Card

My Husband asked me to make a card for someone he works with, I can post the pictures on here because they wouldn't have a clue on how to find my blog :)

I spent ages trying to decide if the colours should be bright red or burgundy and finally opted for the burgundy.
I found a lovely verse on the internet for the insert of the card.

If you click on the picture you can read the verse

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

A little bit about where I live

Well hello again - it's been a long time coming but here is my latest offering:-
Over on Docrafts Gill set us a challenge. To tell each other some facts about where we live, so here goes.
Being lazy I scanned the web and found this info, so I can't guarantee that everything is 100% correct.

A Brief History of Swindon
Swindon began as a Saxon village.

Swindon is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086).
The Great Western Railway reached Swindon in 1840. By 1848 it had a workforce of 180 men.
By 1881 the population of Swindon exceeded 15,000. But it was still 2 settlements, the old town and the new town, divided by fields.
As early as 1851 the old town was lit by gas. In the new town, however, there were no gas street lights till 1864.
The first newspaper in Swindon began in 1854. At first it was published monthly but from 1855 was weekly and from 1895 daily.
By the early 20th century there were about 14,000 men working in the railway works at Swindon.
In the 1930's Swindon continued to grow and reached a population of 61,000 by 1939.
After World War II it was decided that people and industry should be moved out of London to 'overspill' towns. In 1952 Swindon was designated an overspill town and about 14,000 people moved to the town from London between then and the mid 1960's. There were also many 'immigrants' from other areas.
In 1972 a multi mini roundabout known as the magic roundabout was built.
A railway museum opened in Swindon in 1962.
The end of an era came in 1986 when the railway works closed but by then the town was no longer dependent on it. Today Swindon’s railway heritage lives on in the form of museums.
Today industry is far more diverse than it was 50 years ago. The main employers are car manufacturing (Honda moved to Swindon in 1985), insurance, banking and building societies Other large employers are engineering, pharmaceuticals and food distribution. Today tourism has become a major industry.
The Parade shopping precinct was built in 1964. Fleming Way was built in 1965. The town centre was pedestrianised in 1976. The Brunel Centre was built in the 1970's and was completed in 1978. However, it was revamped in the 1990s and was turned into Brunel Arcade and Brunel Plaza.
Great Western designer outlet centre opened in 1997.
Oasis leisure centre opened in 1976.
Steam, the Great Western Railway museum opened in 2000. Also in the year 2000 Bath University opened a branch at Swindon.
The Great Western Hospital opened in December 2002
Today the population of Swindon is 180,000.
Swindon is now one of the fastest growing towns in Europe.
Information from ‘A Brief History of Swindon’ by Tim Lambert

Sons and daughters of Swindon, the famed Wiltshire town:
UPDATE: Most Important News

My font of all knowledge Maria gave me this vital piece of information to add to my blog...

The Tuckers lived in Liden from July 1986 - Oct 1987
Samantha Tucker born 13th August 1987

James Dyson - Inventor of the Ball Barrel and many others but most famous for his vacumn cleaner.
Gladys Aylwood - (missionary in China - they made the film Inn of the 6th Happiness about her)
Sir Michael Johnson - inventor of the waste paper basket
Ken White - Swindon artist famous for all the Murals produced in the 80's
Mate of Branson - Ken White did the Scarlet Lady thing that is on all the Virgin airliners .
John Francome MBE - The Jockey chap
Desmond Morris - The Naked Ape chap
Diana Dors - Actress.
Melinda Messinger - Model and actress.
Mark LaMarr - Comedian and TV presenter.
Julian Clary - TV Presenter.
Supertramp  - 80's rock band.
Billie Piper - Teen popstar and actress
Gilbert O'Sullivan - Singer songwriter.
XTC - 80's band.
David Hempleman-Adams - Explorer who likes very cold places.
Mabel Stranks - A remarkable postmistress who was a spy in WWII.
Justin Hayward - One of the founders of the Moody Blues and their 'voice'.

When I feel less lazy I'll find some pictures and put them on here too

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Sunday, 4 July 2010

My costumes for the school production

As you can see I've been a busy bee, in the last 2 weeks I've been making costumes for the Year 6 production of the Wizard of Oz.
So far I've repaired 1 Glinda dress, made 2 Dorothy dresses as the main part is split between 2 girls.
1 Witch dress, 1 Auntie Em dress, 8 waistcoats so far - still busy making the Narrators' ones, and they are VERY eye-catching!!!
I also have 2 cloaks, 2 tree outfits and the Tin Man to make. With just over 8 days to go I should make it - fingers crossed.

The Gatekeeper and The Wizard

Rascal, Scamp and Chip

The 3 main Munchkins

The Witch without the cloak

Shorter Dorothy
Taller Dorothy
Auntie Em

They don't look great hung on my door but they look lovely on the children
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