Sunday, November 30, 2008

What a great party!!!

Thank you Tigger for organising, your party's are always the best :-) Ok I didn't get all the classes and challenges done, and Bingo on saturday was interupted by a surprise :-) but Sunday afternoon in the company of Crafty Kate was very productive!!!

First up is Elisa's great decoration class, loved this idea soi much I'm going to do a series of them for the tree :-) Thank you Elisa!

Next up is the talented Amberjanes class, gorgeous as ever and lovely titles to print out and use. Ok nowhere near as beautiful but a great start to the christmas 8x8 album i have planned, hee hee!

Then a card from our Card Queen Jackie, this is such a great idea, which can be made into a card or a mini book.
Inside to be finished with greeting:

Ok, time to tidy up, there is paper, ribbon and glue everywhere! Thanks Tigger again for organising a great party :-)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Its Party Time....

...over on Craftsupplies. Tigger decided to host a Christmas Party just to get us in the festive spirit! Mind you a few glasses of mulled wine would do the same but not as much fun, mwhahahaha! There are loads of wonderful classes, ranging from decorations to cards to LO's. Check out the full list here

Shona and I have a tradition of decorating the Christmas tree the weekend of the Toy show (is it early this year???), so this LO is dedicated to this tradition. Instructions on how to do the LO can be found here. Right off to party, mulled wine recipe at hand, hee hee! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

She's well again

The poor babes has had it tough the last few days, starting with her being ill last tuesday, she was still sick on thursday when the doc said she needed to go to hospital, he suspected it was her appendics.... both John and myself felt different as she never complained about sore tummy until doc started poking.

After hours of tests, they eventually admited her and said it was her tonsils, she spent a few days there but is home and in great form. Shona wants to say to everyone, "thank you very much for your messages, they made me so much better"

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Can you tell that we had a few scoops???

Oh yeah you can, PMSL!!! Another month another Soiree, gosh we have it tough! The food and the company were as ever brilliant! I had tears rolling down my face, all night! John and Ber are so bold, you two are really kindred spirits (perverts more like, hahahahaha!).

Viv treated us to the most delis food, starting with home made roasted tomatoe soup, slurp!!! For mains it was Lasagne, salad and focaccia... oh drool! And the desert...... chocolate and fudge cake straight from the oven..... hot melted fudge with cool vanilla icecream..... Gosh i'm hungry just thinking about it! Thank you babes for treating us like royalty :-)

Oh god i hate this pic... i look so "take the picture already"

I think Fi was thinking the same thing, hahahaha! All you need is a pearl earing Fi :-)
And no photo of Ray.... I know there is one in here somewhere, will update later :-) Ahhhh here he is (*hi Ray), I swear Ray isn't a little fuzzy, thats my photographoc skills after a few scoops, hee hee!
After a few scoops, Ber and I decided to drunkingly try one of Anita's style images that she showed us at Mega Scrap last week in an Irish way..... ok, we need to practice, mwhahaha!

Ciao for now :-)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

MEGA- mega scrap!

Well now Donna Downey, you have a lot to answer for girl!!! There was me happy to go on in life without my scrappy mojo (photography mojo only)... and you go and introduce us to watercolour crayons on chipboard... well talk about being side swiped! When the class was over I couldn't buy enough chipboard in the shops... AND I've even been doing some homework! Seriously though, what a great class, really loosened up the creative juices! I've been working on the album since at it is just sooooo colourful! Thanks you so much! I also have to mention that Donna is an entertaining teacher, its not just about the class, its about the whole experience!

The class Kits were amazing as ever and we learned sooooo many new techniques. But as usual hte best part is seeing all the creative women again! I forgot how long it was (probably Crafteire) but its like picking up where we left off! I only took a few photos as I was far too busy crafting (hahaha). Jackie C and Tigger were sitting up beside Ber and I, up at the front where the teachers could keep an eye out for us!

Lainey and Annamarie did such a wonderful job looking after each and everyone of us! Its such a mamoth task but everything was thought of! The location was perfect but next time nearer to home would be better, hahaha! I'd say the girls are happy its over with... I'm sure they nearly pulled their hair out on more than one accasion.......

But they stilled looked calm, if a little nutty, hahaha!

All the classes were really good, I did prefer Donna's classes, only becasue its more my thang! Anita's photography slide show was inspirational, with great advice on taking portraits, alot of which I'm going to try out with my own photographs! The other class.....

.... well I learned that crochet just isn't my bag baby!

Thanks to everyone who made this a great day! Roll on the next mega scrap event!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

If you go down to the woods today....'re sure of a big surprise... the sun might even come out even for a moment!

I was wide awake very early this morning, even after a hectic night before ;-) and while lying there contemplating life (as you do) I had ths feeling, well actually I think it was the silence, ya know the not hearing rain pelt down on my window type silence! I jumped out of bed pulled back the curtains and the view caught my breath!!! There it was in all it blue-y beauty, the sky! So looking at the time... about 9.30 (8.30) I decided today was no day for staying in doors, had to make the most of this. I packed my camara bag and headed for somewhere I hadn't been since I was a kid... Cratloe Woods! And boy it didn't dissapoint!

The idea was to try and capture the warm, rich colours of autumn but alot of the trees in Cratloe are Ever Green, hahaha! I did manage to get one or two Autumnal images but the hi-light fo me was just the silence, blue clear skies and the woodland smell. Delis!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Republic of Loose

OMG!!! I'm still buzzing from last night. Republic of Loose were playing at the Trinity Rooms in Limerick! I went to see them in Dolans last year but this gig was so much better. They are just fantastic live, they played tracks from the last 2 albums inlcuding the latest one The Ritual (listen above), one of the less explicit tracks :-) The front row was full of guys and I think Mick was geting a little worried, hahaha, but there were plenty of babes around too! Loved the James Brown number they did at the end, just brilliant! This band rock!

Republic of Loose website

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

This day 10 years ago...

I remember lying in the hospital bed staring at this most beautiful baby and thinking "Oh my god, I made this perfect little person". I really believed that this was the reason why I was put on this earth. With tears in my eyes I promised I would do everything in my power to give her the life she deserved!

10 years on, and I can't believe my little baby has grown up so much! She is now my little girl, mind you Shona says I can still call her my baby.

Happy 10th Birthday my beautiful, wonderful little woman!

Love you, xxx

Monday, September 29, 2008

Gosh, I love this kid!

My little girl is growing up so fast! Next week she'll be 10 (double digits) and above is her invite to her birthday, which she glued and cut and inked all by herself! (of course i did the doodles). She is so proud, hopefully this might the start of her crafting!!!???

While dossing laste week (I mean family day) I captured this photo of Shona, its is so typical of her, ususally its followed by a drawn out "Mammy". Why do we love to embarrass our kids so much? Or is that just me? I laugh when I see this face becuase I know I'm getting to her... how cruel, mwhahahaha!

The papers, chipboard letters and rub on are part of Meirille's Crafteire kit from Carolines Crop. Gorgeous Basic Grey Cool Euphoria collection! Yummy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Shona & Eva's Day Off

A lá Ferris Bueller, hee hee! Only difference is that my boss knew I was leaving for the day. Late monday I put in for today off, only beause the weather was fantastic! When i told the little woman she was soooo excited! She even went to bed early on Monday!!!

We had a little sleep in but I was eager to get on the road as early as possible, there was so much to do! We headed to Ennis and did a Geo cache called Cappucino, it was a nice find and is actually only our 4th... seems like we've done so much more!

On the way back to the car, Shona got to feed some hungry/friendly pigeons, thanks to a couple who were giving them at least a loaf of bread! Just before this Shona told me that pigeons are flying rats.... I wonder would she get this close to a rat, hahaha!

We decided (Shona, lol!) 1 geo cache was enough and headed off on the road again, this time in the direction of Lahinch. We were both so looking forward to going for a long walk soaking up the rays. We got parked right beside the Aqua Park (with pleas from her nibs) and off we toddled to the beach, only to find that the tide was in.... hahahaha! Murphy's Law!

So change of plan:

1. lunch in O'Looneys, with Shona checking the tide every few minutes, just in case!

2. Another geo cache, more sighs at first, but this one captured Shona's imagination. St Bridgets Well is such a magical place (in a religious way) with loads of prayers for sick or dying people. It was a little sad but there was such hope here too. Shona also found this cache, which made it that more special.
3. A visit to Evonne in Lisdoonvarna Library (hi Evonne). We had a lovely cuppa with her and she gave Shona the cutest little bag with a poster and book marks (lucky thing).

4. Then it was back to the beach to enjoy a couple of hours, walking, talking, splashing, messing and of course plenty of photographs. Even Shona got into taking a few shots :-)

This was the perfect opportunity to capture some beach shots, whether it was of Shona playing in the sand, or one of the many surfers, I could take my time and just snap away :)

As the sun was going down, I knew I was going to capture some nice shots, it was the first time I was on a beach, at sunset with a camera...

... a perfect end to such a perfect day!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday

To Carolines Cork Croppers and boy does that girl know how to celebrate, not just a crop but 3 classes too. It was brilliant to meet up with all the crafty girls, the usual suspects and one or two Newbies too.

One of the best things about this hobby are the friends you make, we've been friends from day one and still going strong!

I spent a great night before at Tiggers, even got to a Bar-b-que (lovely to meet you again Jan and Ken). Tigger's place is like a home away from home for me, I lurves staying with her, Eugene and the kids. As ever we laughed all night!

Happy 1st Birthday Cork Croppers


Myself ;-) slightly bent and worn (the layout i mean not me, hahahaha)

Mireille's Class with yummy Euphoria Basic Grey papers, love the chipboard elements!!!

Caroline's Purple class :-) white acrylic, gorgeous green felt ribbon and a lot of hand cutting (just to keep us out of mischief)!

I had a fantastic time, not just being creative but catching up with the girls! Roll on the next one!