Saturday, 16 January 2010

Bunny Baby Girl

Will someone please tell me how time passes so quickly, almost within the blink of an eye? It seems as though only yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and New Year, and now we are half way through January!

There is lots to do at the moment, work is busy what with designing projects to tantalise your crafting tastebuds for Creativity! TV, planning for Stitches (A craft trade show) in February, and many other things are in the pipeline. On a personal level I recently joined a local Amateur Dramatics group, and I'm in a pantomime starting next week(I play Obi 1 Karaoke, and I have to sing all my lines!), so we are busy in the evenings practicing that, and I am also starting to play the Midwife in the local Ghost walk on the 27th January! Phew! I still have to learn the story for that! I really can't wait though, it's going to be great, but cold. I have to stand in a grave yard, so I will probably get spooked more than the people coming on the walk!

I just wanted to share with you a card I made just before Christmas. At the moment I have wuite a few friends about to have babies, so I thought I'd make a headway through the cards whilst I had the chance.

I think the stamp is a Great Impressions Stamp - I've had it for ages and haven't used it (as usual!) The papers were also picked up ages ago from a craft exhibition, and they have a wonderful pearlescent effect.

I coloured the stamped image with promarkers, after using memento ink to stamp with.

Anyhoo, better go and get some dinner on the oven before my family starve. David has been fitting a new Shower today, so I suppose it's my turn!

Love, Clare x

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Giving you What I Promised...

Happy New Year! Hopefully you had a great New Year doing exactly what made you happy! As promised, photographs were taken to immortalise the evening in question and some of them are now displayed here as evidence of a good night had by all! Of course, there were a few sore heads, and lots of party popper waste to clear up, but it was all worth it!

Here is Joseph in the dancing competition. I think he was dancing to Lady GaGa, although he is known for throwing some moves to Michael Jackson. That's my boy!

I bought some cocktail umbrellas and as no one had used one in their drink, I put them to use as their second purpose in life - a handy hair adornment. Luverly Jubbly!

Here am I talking away to myself probably about nothing (again). I decided to wear my contact lenses for the night (which never lasts long, they make my eyes feel so dry even with drops), and whenever I see a picture of myself without my glasses I always feel as though there's something missing! It's weird how you get used to yourself being a certain way isn't it. I've even stayed at a hotel, checking in with glasses on, then going to reception later with contact lenses in, and not being recognised as the same person. oh, how I laughed. I'm seriously thinking of having my eyes lasered (said in a Dr. Evil accent), but I've had glasses since I was 10, I'm not sure whether I'd look okay.
Here is Sue (the hostess with the mostess) and I, before the effects of alcohol had chance to take hold. Sue is honestly one of the kindest, most thoughtful and welcoming people I have ever had the fortune to meet. You know when you're a crafter when you look at the photo and think - "Oooh, doesn't that umbrella go well with my top!"

This is Michelle and I, who again is so lovely. I'm so lucky to have lovely friends that live near me, where I can pop for a quick coffee and a chat. It really does make life wonderful! Again, before the alcohol poisoning.

This is Sue and I, about half past midnight, dancing to 'Amarillo' or 'Come on Eileen', or something or another. As you can see the alcohol demons had taken hold and they were not letting go. Also the contact lenses had won the 'let's see how dry we can get' contest in my eyes. What fun!

A few minutes past midnight, we all went into the garden and lit sky lanterns. If you have never done or seen a sky lantern, then I would wholeheartedly recommend them. They make a refreshing and peaceful change to fireworks, and are cheaper too. I got mine from the Range for £1.99 each. I got five altogether, and everyone got into groups and wrote a message to those we wanted to remember for whatever reason onto the paper lantern before we lit them and sent them off into the star studded sky. The evening really was perfect. My lantern was for Michael, and whilst it floated up to the heavens I thought of others we had lost in 2009, and others who had lost people also. New Year can be so hard for some people. I thought of them all.

Anyhoo, that's all for today. I really have to get on with projects for Creativity Magazine, tomorrow will be the day for this - a card making marathon!

Love, Clare x