Friday, 30 January 2009
I wanted to share with you the excitement of opening the box, complete with shredded bills within. Can you guess what it is yet? I think the writing on the box gives it away!
Yes, I decided to hell with it - I'm just going to get a new lamp. I bought it online on Tuesday and yesterday it came - quick eh? Now, if a lap can be gorgeous, then it's the most gorgeous lamp you have ever seen. It emits daylight and everything. And is fully adjustable, as every angle poise lamp should be. I want for nothing. Well maybe a large vanilla slice, but you can't have it all.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
This card is used in the current issue of the Do Crafts Creativity! Magazine, to promote the fourth year that Do Crafts have supported the Marie Curie Cancer Care Appeal. Click here to find out more details of this extremely worth while cause.
There has also been a clear stamp set specially designed by Erica Martin (Creator of Daisy and Dandelion) to raise money for the campaign, with £2.00 from every stamp set sold going straight to the charity. It even comes with an acrylic block, what a bargain!
Of course I could not have done this on my own, I did it with the help of a fantastic blog called Tips for New Bloggers. It's great! You need to concentrate (something I'm not very good at), but if I can do it so can you. Go and have a look to see if there's anything you've always wanted to do but didn't know how it's sure to be on there.
Love, Clare x
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Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
(BTW, this is posted in retrospect ‘cos I’m not paying 75 pence a minute to get on t’internet at the hotel)
Monday 19th January.
I arrived at the hotel at about 1.30pm, and very nice it is too. Dressing gowns, fluffy slippers, luxury toiletries and everything. Even a coffee percolator and this impresses me a lot seeing as it flows through my veins. No milk though, just coffee whitener, and only three sachets. Stingy. Wish I’d brought my camera so I could show you, but couldn’t fit another thing into my fit-to-burst case.
Funny thing was, I checked in and went up to my room with turquoise case and A1 portfolio carrier, and sat on the sofa, jumped on the bed and generally made use of my room, then about an hour and a half later, I left the hotel again with case and portfolio carrier(Now slightly lighter as I’d unpacked my clothes and such), and I think the doorman was a tad confused. He said “but you’ve only just arrived”. When I explained I was going to work, he said “Goodness, you take a lot of work home with you!” Ha ha ha!
Got to QVC about 3pm as I was having a rehearsal for the TSV (which now of course I can tell you was the Ultimate trimmer from Purple Cows) and who was the presenter – only Charlie Brook! I was a little surprised to see him, and I’d only just seen him on t’telly down in reception, but that’s the magic of television I suppose. I had done my very first appearance with him back in September, and it brings back great memories. Especially when he said that the sparkling trims reminded him of lingerie, and I said “Ooh Charlie, you dark horse!!” It was funny at the time. I suppose you had to be there.
After the rehearsal I got a taxi back to the hotel (there isn’t a tube station near QVC, can you believe it?) and that’s when the fun started. The taxi driver (not a black cab) said do you know where the hotel is, and he TUTTED when I said no. Did I know a street – no, another tut. Now, maybe I should have known a street name, but come on, I am a visitor in a strange city, and I would have thought taxi drivers would know the hotels. Glad I checked he was a licenced taxi driver, as I would have been down to my knuckles with worry at this point. Then, get this, he rings someone and starts asking him if he knows where it is, WHILST DRIVING. All I can think is “OMG, I hope they can find someone at short notice to do the TSV, ‘cos I’m going to be on ICU at this rate”. Then, praise the Lord, I find a postcode. Not good, as then he starts to put it in the postcode WHILST DRIVING! Then he says the postcode is from the south of the Thames (where we’ve just come from), even though I knew that the hotel was on the North Bank. He kept saying, are you sure, and all I could think was “Yes, or maybe I imagined going over that bl***y bridge. Eventually he found it, and I parted with £10 for the privilege of getting lost, being tutted at, questioned and scared out of my wits. Believe me when I tell you, he didn’t get a tip.
So, I’ve had a bath, and am now sat in the aforementioned dressing gown and fluffy slippers, awaiting my moment in front of the firing squad…I mean cameras. I feel like a part of me is missing, not having Sheila with me. Just a Billy No Mates, I’ve even been talking to the telly. Need to get a grip. That’s why I’m talking to you.
So, better get my moisturiser and slap on for the grand unveiling. Hope my fishnet body stocking won’t strobe on telly (only joking, wouldn’t do that to the viewing pubic).
Funny thing to add about the midnight presentation of the TSV: Did anyone spot the look of sheer horror on my face when Sara (the presenter) started rpping off the perforated bits of the samples! I was mortified - I only had a few! Funny now, but not then.
Tuesday 20th January
Got back to the hotel last night about 2 15 am, and although I was yawning like a good ‘un in the taxi I knew I would have trouble getting to sleep. And I did. Ended up watching Jeremy Kyle, that’s how bad it got. Eventually went to sleep at about 3.15am, and then before I knew it my alarm was bleeping me into consciousness.
Arriving at QVC 7.15am is not my idea of glamour. And coupled with the fact that I had left my make up at the studios I didn’t look all that glamorous either! I just had to make sure I had my face on before I met Simon Biagi. I had been looking forward to meeting him, not least to ask him about his paranormal experiences from a show he used to present. Also I wanted to find out for sure the name of the show that he used to present about doing up a room in a house. I bet he was looking forward to the grilling!!
So, slap in place and a smile on my face (ooh that rhymes!) I met Simon and the programme was called 'Real Rooms'. Do you remember it? Apparently he did 350 shows before he hung up his golden Stanley knife. The show seemed to go very smoothly with him as presenter, he lets you say what you have to say and listens too. I'm really looking forward to working with him again (wink, wink) although I think he finds the prospect a little scary.
All the other TSV slots went well throughout the day, although I was getting more weary throughout the day and my left eye was driving me batty as it kept watering.
When Dawn finished her show at 9pm we all went back to the hotel and had a well earned drink and something to eat. Dawn and JJ very kindly treated me to a 'Strawberry bubble' concocted from Champagne and strawberry. Very Yummy!
I fell into bed at midnight, as the next day Leonie and I were going to have a couple of hours at the V & A museum before she had to go and prep for Dawns show that day. We had a gorgeous stroll through London to the museum and a good old mooch around the textiles, sculpture and and iron work. Very inspiring! That girl is sooo funny too! I had a great time.
I got home at about 7.30 pm, but nearly missed my stop on the train as I fell asleep, and only just woke up in time! What a great end to the day that would have been!
Love, Clare x
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Finally, I received this lovely award from my gorgeous friend Beckie Dreyer! She really got me out of a pickle with helping me for the QVC TSV (more on that later!). Thanks Beckie! I respectfully pass this award to Leonie, Elaine, Christine, Debby and Tabby.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Just travelling down to London Town for tonight on QVC. I have a rehearsal at 3pm, so hopefully my train will get me there in time. I couldn't face going in the car after last times rig-ma-role, even though I have a suitcase the weight of a small elephant, no not full of clothes, but full of make up (I jest!) and an A1 portfolio case for the mount boards.
So, who knows what the next 36 hours will hold, probably me looking extremely tired as I couldn't get to sleep last night till about 12.30 and was woken by Joe at 6.15am. I'll probably be up tonight till about 2am then I have to be back at QVC at 7am. Sooo glamorous, NOT!
The other problem I have had is clothes. I have to have a few changes of clothes, partly because i don't want to look like a pikey scrubber, and because it will make me feel better, but quite frankly I don't have that many outfits fit for an appearance on TV. I mean, I'm usually justdossing around the house in a t-shirt and my fav jogger bottoms, and I don't think they would approve of that!
Another thing I wanted to mention in passing is the sad departure from this mortal coil of Tony Hart. If you didn't see the news he died yesterday at the grand old age of 83, which I know is a good age, but still. I think he was the first person that I used to watch in awe (the other person was Rolf Harris) and probably fired up my interest in all things arty and crafty - I mean, I even wrote to Jim'll Fix It! and asked to meet him and Morph. I knew Morph wasn't real (sorry to burst your bubble) but I wanted to meet that little lump of plastescine (don't know who to spell this) all the same. Never did get to do it.
Thanks for the inspriation and memories Tony,
Love, Clare x
Friday, 16 January 2009
Can't believe I haven't been on here for so long, and feel as though I have really neglected you and blog, but I have been down at DO head office and in and out of meetings and filming video of the week.
I also found out that I will be presenting the TSV on QVC on Tuesday 20th January, so that is exciting but also hard work, we have all samples to do with less than 72 hours so do it in. All I can say is thank you to Jenny Pearce, Sheila Halliwell, and Beckie Dreyer for all the last minute help you have given.
I will be on at 12 midnight, 1am, 9am, 12 midday, 3pm, and 7pm, so if you can join me I will be on either at the beginning or the end of the hour. Goodness knows I'm a little stressed right now, so going to have a little G & T to see if that helps me wind down before bed.
Love to you all, I promise normal will resolve normal service as soon as possible!
Friday, 9 January 2009
Thursday, 8 January 2009
I love this Happy Birthday greeting, I think it's the font that does it for me!
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Phew, having a break from cardmaking for a moment and thought I would come on here for a minute. Let me tell you, I need to have a clear up.There are things everywhere, and glitter, don't get on to me about glitter. Pesky stuff. I love it on projects but not all over every surface in my room. You clean it up and think you have escaped it's grasp, only to find more laughing at you! The same goes for those squares from the back of 3D foam pads. I think they're intent on sending my husband to the Loony Bin. I even found one on his back in bed one morning!
Anyhoo, the real reason for me being here is I have been honoured with another award. Thanks so much Clare (great name BTW!). Check out her blog now!
The rules of accepting this award are:-You have to give it to 5 others and link to those people as well as who gave it to you.Those 5 shall also pass it on to another 5 people. Plus you have to write down 5 things you are addicted too.
Now I've done this before, so I shall try and think of another 5 addictions...
1. My husband David and little boy Joseph (all together now - heave!!)
2. I'm quite partial to a golden syrup sandwich (no butter so the treacle soaks into the bread and goes all hard. Yum.) Can't fathom why I have 30 fillings and am 2 stone over weight!
3. Skypeing my best friend Sheila. I speak to her every day on there, sometimes for 3 hours! David is amazed that we can find that much to talk about, but mostly we're not talking to each other, just crafting together.
4. Coffee. I bet it's running through my veins.
5. buying craft mags. Every month I say to myself - that's it, no more. I never really make anything from them, I just like to look. Then the next month comes around and I end up buying every one - even if I've not liked it for the past 6 months. Well, it might have something nice in it! Must cost me a blummin' fortune!
So that's my addictions... now to the five people.
Katy - Katy's Bloggeroo
Chris - Sketching Stamper
Mrs Wonka - and her crafting factory
Alison - Ali's Stamping Heaven
Kim - Paperbabe
Thanks so much. Off to de-glitter my desk. I could be away for a considerable time. If I'm not back on here tomorrow, call the Crafting Police!
Love, Clare x
Thursday, 1 January 2009
I must admit, there's not much at the moment that I would change...I have an fantastic and amazingly supportive family, a gorgeous and intelligent little boy who is the joy of my life; a job I used to dream of doing, and a lovely life in general...but there are always some tweaks that can be made aren't there?
Therefore, I Clare Curd solemnly promise that:
1. I would like to lose a couple of stones in weight at least. I know my excess weight does nothing for my looks, or health. I would love to lose a bit more, but let's start slowly, shall we?
2. I'm going to blog every day, be it chatter, or cards. I will always try and include a picture if I can.
3. If I could put in more hours of work, I would, but seeing as though David and Joseph can only be so understanding, if I did more I would probably have an appointment at the divorce courts. So, I'm going to try and be more productive with the time available, and have even been very organised and drawn up an 8 week running rota of work!! How's that for a start? I wonder how long that will last for?
4. Finally, I Will try and keep up with the house work. A clean house is a tidy mind after all(apparently)!
With the second promise in mind, here is a card I want to share with you today.
I made this card for my pages of the January Creativity! Magazine, and now it is Project of the Week over on the Do Crafts website. I didn't realise that it was my turn again this week, so it was a lovely surprise when I logged onto the site to see my card staring back at me.
I love this stamp - as soon as I saw it I have been itching to use, but never seemed to get the right moment until now. I knew that I would remove the centre of the image, and layer up to give the card depth and interest. And just look at that scrummy glittered cardstock from Doodlebug. Isn't it to die for? I just love that colour combo. The ribbons are NEW too - from Anita's, there are oodles of colours to choose from, in stripes, spots, sheer patterns, thick and thin widths, all on a spool for just 49p. WOW!!
If you would like instructions on how to make the card, or want to see the card in closer detail, click here.
Thanks for looking and I really hope you have all had a great New Year's Day!
Love, Clare x