Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Life gets in the way!

Hello again! I decided that I might try to keep up my blog from time to time, even though I won't be doing any designing again unless things change drastically. There are a few people still reading my blog, so this is for you guys (and for me of course as I love to look back on old posts).

So, what have I been doing? Well, you know we moved (nearly 3 years ago now) to the countryside and a beautiful new home? That is what has been keeping us busy (well, more accurately Mr P, but you knew that right?)! This house bears no resemblance to the house we moved into in 2011 - he has stripped it back and made it beautiful. He re-plastered all the walls and ceilings, stripped the floorboards, decorated, built some wardrobes and cupboards, new kitchen, new bathroom, new windows and painted the outside of the house. He really has done a great job. He is now working on a large decking area with a summerhouse that makes the most of our amazing views! And they say a woman's work is never done!! lol!

I've been super busy with my day job and by the time I finish the day at work, I don't want to look at the computer anymore (hence the lack of digi), so I have been doing more paper crafting which I love - scrapbooking and making cards. I've also been getting into gardening - I had never even mowed a lawn before we moved here, but I like to think I am starting to know what I'm doing with my green(ish) fingers! The garden looks amazing in the spring and we're lucky that the people who owned it before had planted it up with lots of perennials, so they come back in all their glory every year!

The dogs have been filling a lot of our time too - we got a third dog, a rescue called Rosie. She's a staffordshire bull terrier and is about 10 years old. She had been abandoned by her previous owner (tied up outside a supermarket and left) and so I took pity on her and adopted her. She is an absolute delight and as she has separation anxiety (understandable), she comes to the office with me once a week when I go in and everyone there loves her as much as we do - she is so well behaved. A photo? OK, here you go. This is how she loves to spend much of her day!

Pompey and Lily love their little sister. Well, Lily does - Pompey just tolerates everyone these days - he's turning into a grumpy old pup! lol!

Well, that's it for now - I will try to update at least a couple times a month just so that you know I'm still alive! TTFN x

Tuesday, 20 May 2014


It's strange how blogs, even though not updated, are still there when you come back 2 years later!! lol! I quite like looking back on it and kind of wish I'd kept it going over the past couple of years. Is there anyone still out there who might read it?

Monday, 7 May 2012

NSD (weekend) paper scrapping!

Well, it was (inter)National Scrapbooking Day, so it would have been rude not to scrap, wouldn't it? I have been painting, gardening, doing housework chores and paper scrapping all weekend and as it was a long one, I fitted in quite a bit. I did four layouts, but I can only show three because the fourth was for the chinese whispers CJ I am involved in. Although, I can show you last month's which I did last weekend!

So, first up is last month's CJ layout which looks like this. It's hubby looking out at the Grand Canyon!

That magnifying glass is the stamp I got with my March ScrapaGoGo kit and I love it! The whole layout uses that kit, except the 'note this' stamp which is from a past ScrapaGoGo kit.

And next up is a layout I have meant to do for a while now - it's from our Royal Wedding BBQ last April - it's only taken a year to do! We are planning another for the Queen's Jubilee next month, so I wanted to get this one done before that happens. Unfortunately, I am not in the photo, but I have learned how to use my timer now and am determined to get a photo of everyone this time around. I used various bits of stash for this one and it all came together pretty well - even my handmade windmill!

I also scrapped another older photo. I have digi scrapped this one before, but I wanted to paper scrap it for the album too. I have to admit to cheating a little. The scarf I wore was a different shade of green to how it looks in the photo. This new green matches the Dear Lizzy range I got in my Scarlett Lime kit much better I think!

And finally, I scrapped some photos of a walk at the local disused quarry. One of the few photos of me and hubby and a great action shot of Pompey! It was a lovely day and we had the quarry pretty much to ourselves which was fantastic! I used another Scarlett Lime kit for this one - love the washi tape and the butterflies!

So, that's all, except to congratulate myself for blogging again so soon!! lol! I'll be back with more photos of the house or layouts whichever are ready first! TTFN.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Our lovely new home....

Well, I promised some photos of our new home and today I am finally posting some :-). So we moved here in August last year and hubby has been really busy renovating. Lots of what he's done can't be seen, but was important. There were bricks to repair on the outside, a new central heating system with all new pipes and radiators, pretty much half the house has been re-wired, the loft insulated and partially boarded and many other remedial repairs along the way. But now the noticeable work is starting to take shape. My craft room/office was finished fist and looks like this:

I chose a theme of green/white/grey and I think it works well. Got to love those Expedit shelves from Ikea - they are just perfect for the job! And check out my lovely big desk, although I must say, I use all the space and could do with a bit more!! lol!

Next was the outside of the house, it was pretty grey and dull where it was rendered and never painted, so we opted for a nice oatmeal colour and prettied it up some. Check out the before and after:

You'll see we also painted the shed - I think a nicer look all round there :-) Goodbye grey!

The next room to be finished was our bedroom and I was really pleased that hubby allowed me to go with Cath Kidston bedding. I think it's very fitting for a country cottage and was worried he'd think it too girly, but I think the blue saved the day for him!

And we are now just finished with the guest bedroom. I wanted to make something special out of a cupboard in the corner which bizarrely had a window in it. So, after consulting my favourite site, Pinterest, I decided on a reading nook - I love how it turned out!

And that's where we are now. Hubby is working on the living room next and I am working on colour schemes! I think we work well together - he can turn his hand to anything practical and I can bring it all together with some colour!

That's all for today - I hope you enjoyed a little tour of our home. One day I will be a good blogger again, but until then, TTFN!

Monday, 19 March 2012

Still alive!

Hey everyone - if anyone is still out there as I am such a bad blogger! I thought I'd stop by and show you some of my paper scrapping I've been doing lately and also tell you about our house renovation.

The house is coming along well, my craft room/office is completely done as is our bedroom. We've moved on to the guest bedroom now and are hoping to have that done in a few weeks. Hubby has been working so hard and he has mostly painted the top of the outside of the house where we had horrible dirty grey render. It's now a lovely cream colour and looks much more like a country cottage :) I will show some photos next time, I promise.

So, here are my layouts - the first is a challenge layout for the GoGoGetaway that I am going to in a couple of weeks.

And these three are chinese whispers layouts that I've done so far this year.

Sorry it took me so long since my last post - I will try to do better next time! TTFN.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Thank you so much!

Wow - you are all so sweet - all the comments and emails I've had have been so lovely. I don't know what to say! That's a first my hubby would say :-)

I know lots of you have said that you hope I come back soon, but I have to tell you, I can't really see that happening in the near future. Our house renovation is going to take at least 2 years and that will keep me busy. Plus, now we are in the country, I feel compelled to be outside a lot more than before - either walking or just sitting in the garden watching the birds or reading my kindle and taking it easy (and yes, maybe a glass of wine may be involved)!

I want to say thank you again to everyone who has supported me over the years. I also want to remind you that there are still some freebies available on my blog for you to collect - please do get those over the following couple of weeks, because I intend to disable them all once I retire.

I'll just leave you with a photo of a goldfinch from my garden recently and a photo of my new house to show you what I'll be doing while I am not designing :-) Actually, the house is the original photo - it has changed a little since this was taken. I will post some updated photos soon. TTFN.