Friday, 24 November 2017

The Snowman!

Hello to You All, are you keeping warm and cosy??  We are cold here, with snow yesterday, but it didn't stay of long, except on the hills where it can stay.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last card, I do appreciate the time out take to visit my wee blog.

Yesterday, we went to see if we could buy each others Christmas prezzie as we wanted particular things, me.. slippers, oh yes I'm getting old when slippers become really important and they had to have a good sole to be able to go to the washing line and dustbins etc. The fact that I have small feet and the shops in Inverness don't often keep size 3 I thought it was better to seek them out early. Alistair was successful in spending his money and the said slippers are put away until the big day. Next  it was Hubby's turn, he wanted particular trousers for wearing in the mountains, so off we went to a mountaineer shop.  What a price!! well, he does need good equipment and I don't grudge him, but oh my I wasn't prepared for it. However, what an amusing time it was. There wasn't too many to choose from, and sizes seem to be limited, but I advised he take a few pairs of different sizes to the fitting room to try, especially as he said he was a 34 waist,  well one pair were okay in the waist but a shade too long, tried another make and they were too tight in the waist, but not too bad in length. I was back and forth looking for other makes and sizes, honestly he wouldn't have spent so much time if he was having a bespoke tailored suit  fitted.  Anyway,  we were gradually narrowing the trousers down, but he spied another pair that looked like the length would be good, but they were a 32, oh they'll fit fine he says, and off he goes to try them on. I gave him a few minutes and went to see how he was getting on.. well laugh, I nearly bought a round, he was stuffed  into them, could hardly breath and looked as if there would have been little movement for sitting or stretching legs. He did eventually acceded that they were no use, I mean it was like me trying to get into a size 12 or 10. In the end he found something and he is pleased, but the sight of him standing there kept me amused all day, and reminds me why I married him....he makes me laugh.
So trousers are away till Christmas, although I bet he is wishing he had them on today as he is away for a low hill walk.  

Right, here is today's card;
This is for my friend Fiona who loves all things Snowman. It's a small card as I had difficulty finding a larger image to cut out, I've added snow and glitter to him but it doesn't show,
The inside has images from the Snowman. Fiona did say she wanted her card this year to be in the shape of the Snowman, so hope she likes it.

Now, tomorrow is our Choral concert, all of a sudden it's upon us, so tomorrow will be a long day with rehearsal during the day and the evening performance and it's the first time that choir, soloists and orchestra come together.  Our weekly rehearsals are accompanied by a piano, so it's always exciting to hear the actual orchestration of the pieces we are doing. Here is what we are singing;
This is a rather lovely painting for our programme, it's along the side of the River Ness, and I worked in a little cottage near the furthest away church, although not good memories of that.

Well, rather a long rambling post, but I'm signing off now and getting the ironing board out.
Have a lovely weekend whatever your plans are and I'll see you soon, take care everyone,




Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Naughty! Not Me!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well ,but sending kind thoughts to those who are not so well, or struggling with life at the moment, I hope things get better for you.

Well, we had some rain yesterday, so bad that Teallach refused to go out, he must have some willpower when it comes to needing a wee.  It got so dark in the afternoon it looked like night.
Today is better, no rain but dull and much colder. Seems like snow,  is on it's way not only for the mountains but lower ground as well, Brrrrr!!

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last card, you're very kind and I do appreciate your time.

My card today is one I made ages ago, and I hope I've not posted it, I've looked back to 2014 and can't find it. It was in a folder named cards not posted, but that means nothing here, anyway here it is;
I'm not too sure whose stamp this is, could be Indigo Blue, but the paper is a Papermania one. Then just added a few little embellishments. If you've seen it before, I do apologise.

Just a short post  today, I've strained across my neck and shoulders, so typing is a bit painful, no idea how this has happened, I was okay this morning.
Enjoy your evening and see you soon,

 


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Floral Notes!

Hello Everyone, gosh it seems a while since I last posted anything. 
I hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend, and if like us up here n the frozen North, I hope you are keeping warm.

Although I've not been posting I've been trying to keep up with all your lovely creations, but I may have missed a few of you, so please forgive as I've been trying to get the living room back to normal again. We are there now, but it seemed to take for ever as we wanted to change the furniture around and our paintings, we have quite a few of those from our artist friend  and wanted to display them much better than before. I also lost some surfaces as there had been shelves on the walls that I didn't want any more, meaning that I had to find places for ornaments and photographs.  I now know why some people prefer minimalist. Anyway all the upheaval has been worth it as we think the room looks great, and thankfully Teallach has settled down now too, he was very stressed.

So, I have a card made a while ago but never posted;
Sorry about the photography, it's a bit pale. I've used an Imagination Crafts leaf stencil and the floral image and words are from CB Floral Notes stamp set. I've added some little butterfly gems. I think I coloured the flowers with watercolours, but can't remember what sort.

I've been trying when I've had time to get some Christmas gifts made, slow going though, what doesn't help is that I keep changeing my mind about what I'm doing, luckily I don't have many folk to make for.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post and a warm welcome to my latest Follower, I'm afraid I don't know your name, but your blog is Cherished Happy Moments, so hello to you and thank you for clicking the Follow button, I hope you visit often.

That's me for now folks, enjoy the remainder of your evening and I'll see you soon,

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Shimmer and Shine for the CCC!

Hello Everyone,  I hope you are fit and well, but for those who are not, I hope you will feel better soon.

Just a short scheduled post today as I'm up to my eyes having the living room decorated, so we are in in an upheaval. It's going well and I think the decorator is almost finished, but it's looking good. We will be hard at it getting everything back in situ tomorrow.


Thank you all so much for the super comments on Alistair's birthday card, you are very kind.

Anyway, another two weeks have flown past and it's time for the CCC ladies to share their cards, and this time Lorraine is the hostess and she has chosen Shimmer and Shine.
Now I usually do two or three cards, but as time was short and I had to be out of my craft room as that is where everything from the living room has gone to, it was rather a ruched job, in fact it was a botched job as I made a right mess of my card as I hadn't let the ink dry so smudged it all, so here is the second attempt;
I think you will have to enlarge to see any sparkle, but it is there.
All the images I've used are by JND and you can purchase them from Mrs. Duck here.
I've stamped the images in silver ink, but the sentiment and Santa are in black. Black glitter card. I left it without any embellishments as I thought it didn't need any.

That's it this time around, I hope your like it. Please check out what the other ladies create, there is always beautiful cards from them.

Whilst I'm up here in my bed room typing this out, the painter is downstairs and has his radio on and you'll never guess what he's listening to....Christmas songs!! it's Jingle Bell Rock just now but, there's been Santa Clause is Coming to Town, oh, now its Let it Snow, Let it Snow. Goodness knows what station he's on, however it's quite apt I guess. LOL.

I'll be back t o see you soon just whenever I have a chance, take care of yourselves
 

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Reeling Cracking Birthday!

Hello there, how are you all doing, I hope you are fit and well, and over the 5th of November celebrations.  I don't know if you are like me and hate fireworks that go off all over the neighbourhood. Just have a big organised event at a certain time and get it over with. The poor animals just hate it. I was amused at Teallach who was under the table with his front paws over his eyes. Goodness knows how Rowan got on as she is so skittish  anyway.


Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and kind wishes for our anniversary on Saturday, and for my card, and as if that wasn't celebration enough, it was Alistair's Birthday yesterday and the fun I had making his card, here it is;
The minute I saw this little fiddler I just had to buy it, I knew it was perfect for Alistair at some point. It's by Crafty Stamps, I've not heard of them and I bought them in Edinburgh in the summer. He's coloured with watercolours. The cottage is from Hobbyarts and the other stamps are CB. The hills are much more vivid in reality, somehow the photo isn't picking that up. I added Glossy Accents to the specs and windows. Found a wee bit of tartan ribbon that sort of matched his kilt.

Now Alistair doesn't have a beard, but he did have a few years ago and I always thought he looked like Captain Birdseye. He did though live in a wee cottage in the middle of Glen Bucket with a wee burn by the side of it, and could only be reached by a rough track which played havoc with your car. On fine days and evenings he would sit outside and play his fiddle, well there was little else to do as he had no TV or radio. This was all before I met him I have to add.

Anyway, he had a lovely day yesterday, we went for a lovely walk along Rosemarkie beach, very early morning and really had the beach to ourselves, sadly there were no dolphins to be seen.

Kerr phoned us last night to say how much he loved his card, so that was good. That's the birthdays over now, until January, thank goodness.

That's me for now, away to zap the mushroom soup, quickest thing to have when we are both out tonight at different times.
Take care and see you soon,
 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Love You to the Moon!

Hello One and All, hope all is well with you and that your are all set to enjoy your weekend.
A sunny cold morning here today, but all is sunny as it's our Anniversary, 22 years of bliss.....well mostly LOL, here is the card I made for my Adventurer;
Mostly Card-io stamps with a Woodware sentiment. I used the new inks that JND used to colour the sky and they are brilliant.  I think it's a rather youngish couple on the card, but we can dream.
Anyway, Alistair loved it, especially as he is a star gazer.

Getting ready to go and pick up Damian and Moreen and go for a lunch to celebrated.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last card.

See you all soon,


Thursday, 2 November 2017

For a Special Person!

Hello Everyone, an early start for us today as we are expecting our new bed between 7 and 1 o'clock, so up at 6.30 to get organised and the old bed out, and you know that thing when you're trying to do things quietly but in actual fact make even more noise, it just never fails. Anyway, old bed outside and waiting to be dealt with by dear hubby.....no not for him paying an extra £60 to get the delivery men to take it away, I'm staying out of it lol. It will be Sod's Law that it arrives at 12.59, oh well.

How are you all doing, well I hope and that your week is going well.
I'm having a real break from the dogs these days, this week it's Damian who is on holiday, and has for once turned is phone off so that no one from his work can get in touch, he's learning at long last that he is entitled to have a peaceful holiday, instead of trying to deal with things, that others feel they can't do.
So, I went out for a lovely walk with them yesterday to some new woods.. well new to me, although the dogs knew it very well and, we had great fun with their new ball, I felt I had had a good workout.
It's little Rowan's birthday today, she's now a big girl at 1 year old.

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my little Robin plaque, you are so very kind, and it's always appreciated.

I've got a birthday card today to show;
This is for Kerr who is my friend Dale's Grandson, he will be 14 tomorrow...where have the years gone??
Using an Imagination Crafts stencil I inked through with Oxides and matched some lovely Dovecraft paper and some grey card. Chocolate Baroque sentiments, twine and a key.
Kerr gave me for my birthday a pack of Dovecraft papers and embellishments, he also gave me the keys, but like them so much he wished he had kept them, so I told him that I would include a key for his birthday.  I have to say that the papers are gorgeous and I love the colours, so I hope he does too.
Kerr is far too busy to look at my blog so I feel safe in putting it on ahead of his birthday.

Right off to get some breakfast now, I think porridge is needed today, it's quite cold and dull, need some inner warmth. Have a good day whatever you are doing and see you soon, take care,