Friday, 30 December 2016

Friday Smiles - the last of 2016

Hello Everyone,

Joining in with Annie's Friday Smile post has been one of the weekly highlights of the past year. Even when there didn't seem to be much to smile about just looking for the happy moments in a week could lift the spirits. Happily, this week has been a smiley week with visits to and from family and friends.

My daughter and son-in-law joined us for a post-Christmas lunch on Wednesday.
Because of a late change to our plans - due to the winter bug - we found ourselves with a fridge full of far too much festive fare so we called for their help ... they were pleased to oblige :)

What else made me smile? Ah, yes, gift cards! I spent an indecisive, but thoroughly enjoyable, hour or so in our local Waterstones .

So many books to choose from.

And then there's the stack of movies - some gifted to us, others we treated ourselves to.

And finally, the garden. Each year I make a point of going out into the garden on Christmas Day to see what if anything is in flower. This year Storm Barbara, or was that Storm Connor, made it impossible so it was the 27th of December before I was able to get out but it was certainly worth it.

Here's just a couple of shots of the more unusually late/early bloomers taken then. Who would have thought to see Marigolds in flower on Christmas day!

Then there's the Christmas Rose, a flower that always makes me smile, especially if it arrives, as this one has, right on time for the big day.

I began this post thinking it would be a very brief one but found so much to smile about I've surprised myself ... it's been a very smiley week :)

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and here's to many more smiley posts in 2017.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas Baubles - Snippet Makes

Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, whether it was filled with family fun or, like ours, quiet and nowhere near as busy as originally planned ..  but no less enjoyable for all that.

I have a quick share of the baubles I made to send to UKPC friends for Christmas this year.

I found the inspiration for these on Jennifer Jangles Happy Designs blog. They are easy to make though I simplified the pattern even more by omitting the felt caps ... time was running out fast! I also used a die to cut out a paper circle pattern rather than print out and cut one using Jennifer's pattern. They are a great make for stash busting! A rummage through my fabric and trimming stash produced two fat quarters, designs suitably Christmas, and various snippets of lace, ribbon, ric rac and pompom trim. Toy stuffing was used to fill them - not too much to keep them slim enough for posting purposes.

Because of the many snippets used in the making I'm popping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge with these. They're different, definitely not made from paper, but I hope they still qualify for joining in the fun.

We are enjoying an unseasonably warm day today - 9°C - and the sun is shining ... very strange! All our hopes for a white Christmas came to nothing. I can't tell you how disappointed my daughter was not to waken up to a white-out on Christmas Day. I would just like a few weeks of frosty weather to kill of the army of slugs and snails that have taken over my garden ... surely not a lot to ask!!!

Take care and have a lovely day everyone.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

WOYWW - The Last One of 2016

Hi Everyone,

I'd have been here earlier but we have had visitors ... and had a truly lovely time with them too. However, I really did not want to miss the last What's On Your Desk Wednesday of 2016, especially when I haven't been around for so many recently.

Here's what my desk looked like earlier today - so much tidier than of late. The mess, seen in previous WOYWW posts, just had to go ... it was shameful and too much of a disgrace to leave it like that to bring in the New Year. My dear mother, if she was still with us, would be black affronted (embarrassed) to have a desk/craft room looking so messy!

She was a great one for keeping to the Hogmanay tradition that the house had to be cleaned thoroughly before midnight on New Year's Eve, 31st December ... thus washing out all the old year's dirt. Anything less would lead to bad luck!  

On my desk now is the start of a layout which is intended to be the front page of my 69/70th year album ... using one of the few up-to-date photos of me I could find. As chief photographer (strictly amateur of course) in the family I'm not often the subject, but I did manage to snap a selfie the time I had a splash of pink put through my hair! I've pulled out a few sheets of patterned paper that look nice together. It's a start.
All that talk of Hogmanay and the New Year reminds me that I'd like to wish all you wonderful WOYWWers everywhere a very happy and healthy 2017.

Take care and stay safe.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

The EM and I would like to wish you and yours a 

Very Merry Christmas! 

We hope you have a wonderful day,
wherever you are and
whatever you are doing.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Blogging Update - Interrupted Again

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick line, before the EM catches me, to say that I came down with the vomiting bug on Thursday and today's the first I've felt anything like human again.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW Week 393

Evening Everyone,

It's a very late WOYWW post from me this week. That's because I've had two very important visitors today, my grandson and great-grandson. I did think I'd find time earlier to share this pic of my desk with Julia over at the Stamping Ground  showing what's on my desk today but it was not to be. What you see is my desk as it was Tuesday evening - it's still the same now and nothing will have changed by tomorrow morning!

It's a mess. This is getting to be the usual. All that stuff at the back has been there for weeks now. What's different is the stamp set, circle die set and the guillotine. The card blank and the topper are just waiting to be stuck to each other. It's a recycling job as the topper is a trimmed down card front saved from last year ... it's one of those snowy winter scenes that I really like so too nice to toss.

Because it's so late, this is a very brief post. Julia will be pleased ... well, probably not pleased that I'm late but pleased with the brevity. I'll leave you with a photo of the reason - Callum cuddling his great-grandad.

Happy belated WOYWW and have a great week.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Sunday Snippets On Monday

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that Monday hasn't been so bad either.

I'm way behind and hoping to find an extra day, or two, in this week for all I still have to do ... help! I love Christmas but there never seems to be enough hours in the day for all I want/need to do!

And that's my long-winded way of explaining why I wasn't able to pop over to Pixie's Snippets Playground yesterday. I know we have a week to play but I really do prefer to post my snippet make on Sunday ... makes the day even more special. Anyway, here's my make for this week.

I've been rummaging through old stash looking for inspiration and this is what I've come up with this time. The background is stamped with a a lovely flourish stamp, a NBUS, that I'm ashamed to say I've had for eons, and the labels are cut from an old but really useful set of dies. I should rummage more often!

Here's what I used:

  • black card bases, 5" square
  • smooth white card cut to measure just a bit smaller than the 5" card fronts - to leave a narrow margin all round
  • this was then stamped with Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card stamp, Flourishes, with Tim Holtz distress ink, Festive Berries. 
  • snippets of white cardstock for the greeting topper stamped, in Festive Berries, with the Warm Winter Wishes stamp from the Winter Wonderland stamp set which was a freebie with Creative Stamping Issue 36.
  • Spellbinders Labels Set Nine for cutting out the greeting and matting
  • Black cardstock for matting the greeting

 I liked this card so much I made a few more.

And like the cards say, I'm sending you all warm winter wishes. I hope that even though it is bound to be hectic you have a fun week ahead.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Friday Smiles

Hello Everyone,

Once again we've had a week with less to smile about than usual. We've had a very sudden and unexpected death in the family which has left us in a state of shock.

However, we did have a lovely day on Wednesday when my daughter and son-in-law took us on a trip to Greenock - a belated birthday treat for me. Here's just a few of the photos taken.

It was chilly but we still enjoyed ourselves.

Me and my girl.

Me and my guy outside Santa's place (Cardwell's Garden Centre)

I hope you have all had a lovely smiley week.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday Snippets - Winter Themed Thanks Card

Afternoon Everyone,

It's Sunday again! I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. I'm back to share a snippet card. 

The EM was looking for a card to say 'thank you' to a neighbour who has been very kind to him over the last year. A rummage through my box of cards revealed a sad lack of anything appropriate so I set to and made this very simple card.  

To make it I used the following:
  • a 4¼" x 5¾ white card base
  • a piece of white cardstock from the snippet box, stamped with Penny Black's 'berry red, snow white' stamp which, as luck would have it, was sitting out on my desk just waiting to be used, and the 'thanks' word stamp from Stampin' Up's 'So Happy for You' stamp set. I used black Archival Ink 
  • a scrap of black cardstock for matting and layering
  • black and white baker's twine long enough to wrap round the topper before adhering it to the front of the card base. I had to use dimensional tape for this as the baker's twine was too think to lie down flat. 
That was all I had to do and the EM was delighted - can you tell he's easy pleased? 

I'm off now to Pixie's Snippets Playground where Di might be found checking out the duck pond for ice. Not that she plans to don ice skates, not with her back!!!

Enjoy your Sunday evening and have a great week.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday Smiles

Morning Everyone,

Friday, again. time to look back on the last week, specifically at what made us smile, and share with the host of Friday Smiles, Annie at A Stitch In Time.

This week I celebrated my birthday and it was, for me, a momentous one. Not one with a zero at the end of it but my 69th. Help!!! That means I have one more year to enjoy before I enter the dreaded seventies. But then, have I really got one more year? Am I not now living my 70th year now? Doing the maths I think I must be!

At university, a lot of years ago, I read a series May Sarton's writings including her journal entitled At Seventy ... I think I need to read it again.  I can't recall if this quote is from At Seventy, if it isn't it ought to be,

In an earlier post I mentioned a trip to the Christmas Shop at Dalry.

There's something really magical about Christmas shops - the inside of this one was like a magical cavern. Here's me cosying up to a giant nutcracker - as you do!

Not the best lighting for a photo.

Finally, my lovely niece, Louise, got engaged this week - we're all delighted for her and her fiance, Kenny.

Kenny is, in his spare time, a boxing coach. I think this is a fun photo of  Arihanna wearing a pair of over large gloves. I hope she never has to throw a punch, or take one either :)

Hope your week has been as smiley as mine. If not, I hope the coming week will be a very happy one for you.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW Week 391

Morning Afternoon Everyone ...

... and a very happy WOYWW to you all too. As you can see I started writing this post this morning but I was whisked away to visit the Christmas shop in North Ayrshire. That was followed with lunch out so I've only just got home.  And, because of all that gadding about, this is going to be my quickest and briefest desk post ever - Julia, our Head Desk Keeper will be pleased. Want to know more about WOYWW? Just pop along to The Stamping Ground where you find everything there is to know.

Okay, so here's the desk this afternoon.
A muddle, again. There's the album described in Monday's post and two photos printed out that might be included in the album. A pack of long doll making needles, for a teddy bear I'm crocheting, and a pack of black safety eyes. The box you can see to the right has festive themed embossing folders.

That's almost it today but it wouldn't be right, as a Scot, if I didn't mention this:

To all Scots, home and abroad, and everyone who has Scots links - whatever they are and however tenuous - I wish you a very happy St Andrew's Day.

Take care and have a very good week.

Monday, 28 November 2016

A Year In My Life Album & In A Vase On Monday

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend. It's been a quiet one here but that's okay - quiet gave me the time to make a few more Christmas cards, wrap a few presents, and check my 'to do' list to see what still needs to be done. And it's plenty!!!

One of the projects coming up is to complete an album recording a year in my life ... starting tomorrow, my 69th birthday. Why this particular birthday? Well, for no better reason than I'm saying goodbye to my sixties and I think it's a year that I should record.
This is the album I've chosen - I thought the cover was very appropriate. As you can see it will be a project life style but, as I'm not very good at sticking to anything too prescribed, the papers I'll be using will not be from any particular collection. Instead, I'll be mixing it up by choosing from the huge amount of fabulous paper and cardstock I've been acquiring for years. It won't bother me that the patterns are not current, after all those I have were chosen because I liked them. In fact, it's going to be a very good way of using up stuff I have had for ages.
The list you can see is a note of the week beginnings and endings to keep me right ... I could get very muddled without it. The plan is that each week will take up only one side of a Design A insert (Becky Higgins). I think that will be easier/more manageable than trying to keep it up on a daily basis. It should be fun,both  to make and to look back on when I get to my 79th birthday!!!

I don't plan to join in with Cathy's meme this week because, having a cold, I haven't been out foraging today. However, not to disappoint those of you who pop in to see my In A Vase On Monday I thought  I'd show you this little arrangement put together during the week just gone.
There's eucalyptus, ivy, skimmia berries and two rosebuds, one from 'Simply The Best' and the other 'Hot Chocolate'. Oh, and a cutting from the Christmas tree that grows by the driveway gate. I don't know how long it has been growing there but it must be a lot of years because it it huge - too big to bring indoors!

Time I got back to Christmas card making now.

Take care everyone.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Sunday Snippets & Rudolph Day Cards

Hello Everyone,

It's Sunday so time for my weekly visit to Pixie's Snippets Playground for Week 257 of Di's snippet challenge. It's also another month end and that means another visit to ScrappyMo's Rudolph Day Challenge - the last of the year! Mo has had  a run of bad luck recently, injuring both her hands, so here's wishing her a complete and speedy recovery because, as she says, she needs to be healed for the Christmas baking season.

Here's my cards for both these challenges. 
I have managed to include two stamped sentiments from my bits and bobs box, an old but pretty sheet of patterned paper, more than a few snippets, and the cutest little deer embellishments. 

The little felt reindeer embellishments, a great Make & Create find at The Works, were the inspiration for these cards. 

How they were made:
  • Flicking through the basket of Christmas themed 8"x 8" & 6"x 6" paper packs I found the perfect patterned paper, featuring cute little deer in just the right colours, from Trimcraft's 'The Night Before Christmas' 8x8 pack. 
  • The two 4¼" x 5¾"card bases were made from dark brown cardstock and then covered with the pattern paper trimmed to size, leaving a narrow margin on all four sides.
  • A rummage through the bits and bobs box unearthed the sentiments made from two snippets of white card stamped with the greeting - IndigoBlu's 'I Wish You a Merry Christmas' stamped with Stazon ink, 'Jet Black' - just crying out to be used this year! 
  • Another rummage, through the snippet mountain this time, produced scraps of gold, red and brown cardstock which were trimmed for matting and layering the topper which was then glued to the card base.
  • The embellishments were made by die-cutting tiny leftover snippets of gold and red card using Spellbinders Sapphire Basic Set A 'Medallion' and 'Circle' dies. They were layered together with the little deer and then adhered to the bottom right corner of the card base. 
  • The final touch was the three red gems top left of the topper. 
As well as submitting the cards to Pixie's Snippets Playground and ScrappyMo's Rudolph Day Challenge I'd like to submit them to the following challenges.

CHNC Challenge #309 -  use a sentiment

CHNC Challenge Extra -  for November 2016

A Snowflakes Promise #33 - anything goes

The dreaded common cold has hit Casa Worthington ... the EM has been suffering since Thursday and now I'm starting with it. Not to worry, I've taken some cold & flu tablets - that should ward it off! I live in hope :)

Take care and have a great week.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Friday Smile

It's been quite a week for the family. My youngest great-granddaughter, Lacie, was rushed into hospital Sunday evening because she had difficulty in breathing. There followed a few tense hours while she was on oxygen, and not too happy with the mask - she's only a year old so it must have been very frightening for her. The diagnosis was bronchiolitis. I'm glad to say she recovered quickly and was soon allowed home again where she is now doing well.

I'm sure our collective sigh of relief could be heard all over the country. It was good to be able to stop worrying and smile again. And here's a few other things that have made me smile.

Each year when the Christmas lights go up these greetings, designed by the children and students of local schools and colleges, are also put up in the main shopping thoroughfare.  Here's just a few.

There are many more but I don't want to make this post overly photo heavy. I think that it is such a good idea to get the local children/students involved and their artwork is stunning.

No funny this week. Instead I have a stunning view of snow on the hills of the Isle of Arran. The photo was taken by my grandson, Josh, from Saltcoats where my daughter and her family live.

Surely waking up to a view like that would make anyone smile.

Those photos have got me smiling again - I hope you enjoy them too. Time to pop over to Annie's, A Stitch In Time, to link with her smiley post and see what others have been smiling at this week.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - WOYWW Week 390

Hello Everyone,

Well, Blogger has decided to mess with my head again! More changes! I couldn't find a thing this morning. I can't see what was wrong with it as it was but I'm sure the powers that be in Blogger HQ know what they are doing!!!

Enough of that, on to what I'm here to share with Head Desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground, you and the world - what's on my desk today.
Yes, that is a dazzling ray of sunshine you can see lighting up my desk - after the recent below zero spell it's surprisingly warm and bright today - temperature 4°C - pleasantly balmy even. And, yes, it's a right old mess again. I seem to clear up one mess just to create another. Today it's because I'm piecing scraps of fabric together. The backing fabric I have for the quilt I'm making isn't quite wide enough so an insert made from scraps is the answer. And I need to finish it today because I'm off to class in the morning.

However, it's not all been sewing this week. I have managed to make a few Christmas cards - some of which can be seen in earlier posts but here's one that hasn't.
It's possible that you might recognise the topper - it featured in an earlier WOYWW post. That was at the beginning of the month. I left it lying on the corner of my desk waiting for the time and inspiration to do something with it. Finding the time is the real problem ... one I think we all share at this time of year ... it's all go, isn't it. In fact, I'm still reeling from a day of Christmas shopping on Monday, and my feet hurt!!!

Happy WOYWW and have a great week,