Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Some shocking News

Friends, Family and fellow bloggers,

I'm sorry to have to say this, but I've recently had some very devasting news, which I'm trying to come to terms with. So I won't be doing my blog for a wee while, whilst I wrap my head around it.

I promise you though that I'll be back soon and hopefully with more jokes of the day as well.

Take care of yourselves.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Cupcakes and cards

Tonight me and Ben have had our first go at making cupcakes, 'What' I hear you all shout, Yep, we made them from scratch. One of my friends on one of the many forums I frequent gave me a brilliant receipe so today has been spent trawling round the supermarket picking up everything we needed. We spent a happy hour in the kitchen, weighing everything out and mixing it all up.

Unfortunately, we spread the mixture a bit to thin in the cases and our cupcakes where not as big as they should have been, and they all seem to have volcano tops, but we don't care, just meant the frosting slid off the tops, We where also to impatient to let the frosting set a bit and tried to create a landscape with angelica which promptly fell over.

We will have another bash tomorrow and let you know how they turn out, but here is what we have created so far.

See told you I was a photographer, see that lovely depth of field, Kirsty will be so proud of me.

On another note, have you all checked out the Design Collective yet, wow, that is one brilliant site, I love it, such a friendly bunch of people over there and lots of silly chat and pre challenges going on, it actually got me off my bottom to make a mother's day card for MIL for Sunday, I've also made her a little sewing book to keep her needles in, I'll show you a pic of that tomorrow night, but here is the card.

Joke of the day for you all now, cause I know thats the only reason you all stop by, hee hee.

A wee Glasgow woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room,
waiting for the doctor to come in. The doctor arrived, examined the
baby, checked his weight, found it somewhat below normal, and asked if
the baby was breast fed or bottle fed. "Breast fed," she replied.Well,
strip down to your waist," the doctor ordered.
She did. He pressed, kneaded, rolled, cupped, and pinched both breasts
for a while in a detailed, rigorously thorough examination. Motioning
to her to get dressed he said, "No wonder this baby is under weight.
You don't have any milk."
"I know," she said, "ah'm his Granny, but I'm glad I came!"

Monday, March 12, 2007

Website, yahoo

Today, I have finally finished the Lippy Chick website, I've uploaded all the pics I have of the books, included some stunning designs sent in by customers. I have to say, I love the new site, it may take hours to upload photo's, but I can honestly say it is worth it. I love how you can make images thumb nails but have the larger images behind, silly I know, but I love it, love it, love it. So go on over and check it out and let me know what you think. I'm still waiting on more of the DT images to come in for the flap page, and also a special one from a Guest DT member.

We have had a busy weekend, spent all day Saturday hunting for carpets and bits and bobs for the house. I was in need of a new headboard, as the old one was one I had made but would not suit the room any longer. Eventually found one, bought it, and then on the way out of the shop, saw the most adorable bed, wicker, iron, sleigh bed, you get the idea, Well it was on sale, and I said to Gerry, could I swap the headboard for the bed, NOPE, he says. So back to the shopping, 1hours later, we where in another store, and low and behold, the same bed is in there for £700 more than in the first shop, yahoo, I hound gerry, telling him, how he is saving £700, eventually he caves in, and says I have to ask at the shop, so back we go, I ask nicely and they say YES, yahoo, new bed for me. Now I just have to figure out how to get it home from the shop as they don't deliver. Ummmmhhh anybody got a van I can borrow please.

Sunday, me and Ben donned out scruffy clothes and stuck into cleaning the formal lounge as its now all decorated but needs a carpet, so we spent a good few hours scrubbing the floors and woodwork and I have to admit the room looks blooming brilliant now. Shame we lost steam and ended up watching videos, as we still have another 8 rooms to sort out. ahhhhhhhhhhhh. OMG. My house sounds massive, 8 rooms, haha, that includes all the little rooms as well.

Anyway, thats enough from me for today, my eyes are all googly from sitting at the PC for so long.

Joke of the day is from June Baby, mwah, love you June.

"True" Friendship

None of that Sissy Crap
Are you tired of those sissy "friendship" poems that always sound good,
But never actually come close to reality?
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.
You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card-
Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.
1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.
2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile -- I will know you finally got laid.
4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.
5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much Worse it could be until you quit whining.
6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.
7. When you are sick -- Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.
9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end. "Why?" you may ask;
"because you are my friend".
Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
But only you can feel the true warmth.

Friday, March 09, 2007

here is some more bits

thought I would finally share with you some more bits that I did for the retreat, now that I have finally managed to take some pics.

This was the board book class that I taught, I love this little book, it looks like a bag when its all finished, so cute, I'm using mine to pop in pictures of all the retreats I attend this year, have been to two so far and have another one planned, but Hey you know me, tell about a scrapping event, and I'm usually there, I love them, they are such a great way to meet up with friends and learn some amazing skills.

This layout is the one I did at the retreat Kirsty organised in Manchester at the end of Feb. I love the picture, which was also taken by Kirsty and the class was brilliant, and was taught by Debbie, she was so nervous prior to the class as it was her first time of teaching, but she did brilliantly, a right professional, and wow what a class layout it was, I'm going to steal the idea for my Yearly Journal for my Feb entry.

And finally, here is the new Lippy Chick Flap book, I've been such a tease only letting you all see a blurry image of it on the website, but I taught a class with it at the Retreat and have now decided to share it with the rest of you, The pics below are of the one I did at the retreat, but check out the website to see what other ones I've made along with some of the DT, blown away by there talent is an understatement.

I think the formating on this has gone all wrong, so i'll leave the rest of the pics till tomorrow.

News from Home, Decorator finished today for a week, as off to london, whoopy yoo, NOT, why the hell can't people finish jobs, ahhhhhhhhhh. however, Bens room is decorated along with the bathroom and our main lounge, and the spare room, so actually only three more rooms to go and the stairs and landing, so hopefully when he gets back, he will rattle those areas off quickly.

Finally managed to track down the rest of the wallpaper for the dining room, but have a long trek to get it.

Went to the SECC today, but to be honest, nothing was jumping off the shelves into my arms. I did buy some wool as want to have a go at knitting, but knowing me, it will sit for a while before I get a chance to tackle it. I have tons of DT work to do, so need to spend sometime this weekend, trying to get areas of the house tidy so I don't feel guilty about locking myself in my scrap room. Anyway, thats it from me, how are things with you guys??? good I hope, hope you all have a great weekend, what ever it is you do. Kissy Wissy's to you all xxx

JOke of the day:You Don't Need to Be a Weatherman...
It was two o'clock in the morning and a husband and wife were asleep, when suddenly the phone rang.
The husband picked up the phone and said, "Hello? ... How the heck do I know? What am I, the weather man?" -- and promptly slammed the phone down.
His wife rolls over and asks, "Who was that?"
The husband replies, I don’t know. Some guy who wanted to know if the coast was clear.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

With These Hands.........

Last weekend at the retreat, I created a make 'n' take for everyone to do on the Friday night, just something quick but fun. Well I had decided that I wanted to encourage them to do something about themselves, I'm a big fan of BOM's, but do understand that some people are scared off by the idea, so to break them in gently I decided instead of a pic of themselves, I would get them to do a layout with their hands, plus it was a chance for everyone to get really messy.

I had done a layout myself to show them all what we where doing, but firstly to get them all in the mood, we did some brain storming as to what you do with your hands for your family, we had some great comments back, along with the odd rude one - Typical. Then I showed them the layout. Well I could have curled up and died right at that moment, because the room fell completely silent, then somebody said, pass the layouts around so people can see them up close, and I have to admit that once the girls where able to see the layout up close they all seemed to love it. It was hard for them to notice the journalling around the hands and feet that I had done, as I was so far away from them. Anyway, they all got stuck right in, some of them ran so free with it and I was so in awe of the ideas they had going on, honestly some of the layouts where bloody amazing, some I could not read, as tears where streaming down my face, they all embrassed the opportunity to be brutually honest about what they do with their hands.

My reason for doing this layout was so that in many many years, when I am no longer here, my grandchildren, can place their hands in / over mine, and I'll be holding their hands, if you know what I mean. plus remember when you where a child, you where always compairing your hands to your mums, well imagine your grandchildren and great-grandchildren been able to compair their hands to your's, what an amazing thougth.

Anyway, I really do go on don't I, my reason for posting this, is I have been asked by Kirsty if she could use this idea for a world wide BOM Challenge, to say I'm over the bloody moon about it, is an understatement, but lets be honest here, I don't own the patent on handprints, I've looked into it, but nope can't get it, it appears they are all your own. So I'm encouraging you to jump right over to kirsty's blog right this minute and join in the fun. last years prize was amazing and this years appears to also be so, so come on, even if you hate pics of yourself, you can still join in, no pics required, just your amazing hands, and lets face it they are amazing, look at all the things those hands do for you and your family and friends.

here is my layout of both my hands and feet for you to have a look at. I've added no embellishements as wanted to keep it simple for the class, but I'll tell you something for nothing, this will not be the last time I do this. I've even done this with my nephew and neice and I'm planning on doing it with Gerry and Ben, imagine a whole album full of hand and feet prints, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhh, might whiff abit.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

I'm still here

only just mind you though. The retreat was amazing, I can't believe its over, it flew by so quickly, but what a ball I and everyone else had. The hotel was brilliant, food, out of this world, classes WOW, teachers - Kirsty and Heather, bloody amazing and the rest of the girls, well what a funny lot they where, I had to change my pants a few times during the retreat, cause they had me laughing so hard, I kept on peeing my pants.

I have not had a chance to do anything since I arrived home, not even take pics of the classes as so mad busy with the house, ahhhhhhhhhhh, its really getting to me now, honestly I can't wait for it to be finished, but the end looks nowhere in site.

One thing I have done though is upload the Flap book to the Lippy Chick website, so quick go on over and check it out. I adore this book, it is by far my fave of them all.

A couple of quick thank you's, Kirsty, your such an amazing person, you give so much of yourself to everyone and I truly appreciate it. You are a brilliant teacher and friend.

Heather, I loved your classes and the way you threw yourself in, you are such good company as well, I really appreciate that you care so deeply about people's feelings and the small gestures you make, they really are appreciated and I adore you. PS. thanks for the flowers and the tissues.

Angela, what more could a girl ask for in a business partner, your are bloody brilliant, you work so effortlessy (not even sure if thats a word, but you know what I mean) and I can't believe you actually managed some layouts, you never seemed to sit still for a moment.

Clair and June, OH MY GOD, you do realise I'm sending you my laundry bill for my knickers, I have not laughed so much, wish I could bottle you both and pull you out when I need a giggle. I will miss you clair when you go to Aus, but know we will keep in touch via email. xxx

and to the rest of the girls, you all know who you are, Thank you for making the retreat such a pleasant place to be, it was so relaxed and friendly, considering the majority of us where strangers, I think our friends list has just grown.

I can't wait to do it all again, and Me and Angela are now looking for a date to suit everyone for next year, with a possible change of location. Watch this space for further details.

Joke of the day is from Clair.

Blonde phones the fire brigade to tell them her house is on fire, Fire man says "how do we get there", "hello" says the blonde "In the big red F***ing fire truck".

Edited to remove swear words, hee hee,

Kissy wissy's to you all. xxx

Friday, March 02, 2007

LA - Here I come

Today is the start of our Luxurious Angels retreat, I'm about to leave the house, but wanted to wish all you out there in a blogger world a great weekend. I'll post again on Monday with pics of the classes and everything else.

Take care


Joke of the Day:

A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses.
She started her class by saying, "Everyone who thinks you're stupid, stand up!"
After a few seconds, Little Johnny stood up.
The teacher said, "Do you think you're stupid, Little Johnny?"
"No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!"