Thursday, 7 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Thursday, 30 April 2009
I also got my roller banner finally delivered and it's fantastic - huge, but brilliant.
I also got an unexpected email inviting me to take a stall at the Scottish Deer Centre in Cupar, Fife on bank holiday monday, so a nice trip upcountry is planned for Monday. I'm hoping it'll be busy (and profitable), but even if it's not, it's another venue to get myself out there.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
So here's the reason I got up so early today.... Kai
The reason I have to do so much housework...Rosie & Logan, and my old man - he's been with me the longest... Oscar
Friday, 24 April 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
So Twinnie.........thank you for being there to boost me up, a shoulder to cry on and just being a good mate!
Sunday, 12 April 2009
I also got a wedding commission......I love doing wedding stationery.....and this one is going to look lovely, all chocolate brown and pale gold. An added bonus, I'm going to the wedding as a guest too :-)
After the craft fair, Ben and I popped up to Leven to visit Blacketyside Farm - if you live in the Fife area, do go visit and grab some lunch while you're there - the toasties alone are well worth the drive!
Sunday, 15 March 2009
I had fun at the fayres though - it's lovely to meet all the brides-to-be and hear their plans. It takes me back to when I was planning my own wedding just over two years ago.
Back in January this year, I joined the Dunfermline Wedding Co-op. Such a lovely bunch of people and very helpful too. I couldn't attend the last wedding fayre as my son was in a show sponsored by the National Theatre Scotland. I mentioned this to a couple of the people in the Co-op and they told me if I went up to the venue during the day and set up, they would break my display down and bring it back to Dunfermline where I could pick it up - how nice was that!
I've changed the way I lay out my table too - although I still have plans for more changes. However, that will have to wait a bit until I get the money to put them into action .... watch out here for updates in the near future. I thought you'd like to see my table though so I've added a couple of pics.
Saturday, 28 February 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
I also managed to do another design for my wedding stationery line - hope you like it.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Well, I'm now booked in for this years craft and wedding fayres. The first one will be at Balerno Farmers Market on Saturday, 14th February. I love doing this market, it's such a friendly atmosphere and because most of us are regulars, we've all come to know each other. Ben loves coming to this one too and helping me out........he's good at it too - a real salesman in the making!
The next one's I'm booked in for are in March. Three evening wedding fayres,
4th March Kingswood Burntisland 6.30 – 8.30
5th March Pitbauchlie Dunfermline 6.30 – 8.30
11th March Victoria Kirkcaldy 6.30 – 8.30
I'm really looking forward to these ones. It's a different atmosphere at wedding fayres, although they're fun to do, they're a bit more serious. Plus, it's always a kick talking to the brides to be about their wedding plans.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
My printer died a death at the weekend, so we gave it a decent burial and went out and bought a new one. I love it........it's got so many buttons to mash I don't know where to start. I eventually, after humming and hawing in the shop for ages and driving the assistant mad, bought the Epson Stylus Office BX300F. It prints, copies, scans and faxes.....now I just have to figure out how to get it to do the dishes and walk the dogs and I'm sorted.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
It used to be you bought a computer it came with a printer, you plugged it in and off you went. Now, there's mono laser printers, mono inkjet printers, colour laser printers, colour inkjet printers, all in one's with printer, scanner and copier and even all in one's with faxes included with the rest. Confused? I am!
Not only that, the toners or inks all cost different prices too and last different amount of times, so not only do you have to take in to consideration the cost of the printer but the cost of the ink/toner as well. Sense tells me it's more cost effective and I'll get a better print if I buy a laser printer, but my bank balance tells me that it'll probably have to be an inkjet one.
So now, do I buy a regular inkjet or do I get an all in one? Choices, choices!
Friday, 16 January 2009
I need a craft room! I've been wandering round the web trying to get some inspiration for when, either I win the lottery and can afford a big house with a HUGE crafting room, or...more likely...my daughter finally moves out and I can convert her room. These are a few I've found
Sunday, 11 January 2009
On Sunday I knuckled down and got some work done. I was contacted by an old friend who I used to work with. Her daughter's getting married next year and they asked me to mock up some invitations. I was pretty pleased with the end results. I emailed the pics to the bride to be who contacted me to tell me she loved them. *yay me!!!* It's always exciting to get a commission, but doubly so to get a wedding commission - I just love weddings (as long as I don't have the stress of organising them myself!).
Now I just have to get myself organised for the next couple of months worth of craft and wedding fairs - Balerno Craft Fair every month this year, a craft fair in Dunfermline in April and two wedding fayres in March....busy, busy, busy.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Friday, 2 January 2009
So yesterday, I dragged everything back out of the cupboard and set up a dedicated crafting area in the dining area of our lounge. This is now MY space....I've claimed it. I can feel a few ideas bubbling away so I guess over the next few days the family won't see much of me........apart from the mess I generate LOL
Are they putting money into the schools to teach children about nutrition and how to make healthy choices or giving the schools more money for the PE departments to help promote exercise? No!
Are they putting money into the community to teach adults about nutrition and healthy choices for their families? No!
Are they promoting breastfeeding? No! (in fact, they’re making it harder and harder for mothers to breastfeed while outside the home by closing down facilities for breastfeeding mothers…but that’s another rant)
So…what are they doing? Oh right, they’re putting adverts on the telly for three months! Hmmmmm that’s going to whip the nation into shape.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the best of shape myself. I carry a little excess weight but that’s MY fault. Due to the choices I make. I know I could lose the little excess weight I carry by making better choices and exercising a little more……..but I’m an adult. I take responsibility for the choices I make. When I was at school, it was compulsory to take PE twice a week. I had a lot of choices too – we had volleyball, rounders, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, cricket, rugby (yes, even the girls), athletics, skiing….the list goes on. Our parents never had to pay for these things, it was paid for by the local council as part of the school curriculum. We had home economics, which taught cooking, budgeting, planning a menu, sewing, knitting and even a little home decorating and maintenance. Why have these things stopped? Personally, I’d prefer my hard earned tax pennies go back into the community than pay the Wallace & Grommit creators to put a couple of adverts on the telly for three months.
We seem to be living in more and more of a nanny-state where parents are relinquishing the responsibility for their children to the government. Instead of taking the time to ensure that their children receive healthy meals and get out and about exercising with them, parents today want to sit back and blame the government for the fact their children are fat and lazy. Children are a reflection of their parents. If you are polite and respectful to your children and teach them the basics of right and wrong, they will be polite and respectful back. If you plonk your child down infront of the tv, x-box, playstation everyday, what do they learn? Nothing……..well they learn good hand-eye co-ordination. I’m not saying that children shouldn’t have these things, they have their place. God knows, I lived for the half-hour that Barney came on the tv so I could get ten minutes peace and quiet, but my children never spent all day sitting infront of the tv. We got out and about, doing things, learning things, just being together and enjoying each others company. Isn’t that what being a family means?
I think this recession could be a blessing in disguise. It will teach people to make better choices. To stop wasting things…….we have become a nation of ‘wantitnows’. If something breaks, we don’t try to fix it, we throw it out and get a new one. If we have food left over from a meal, we chuck it in the bucket instead of refrigerating it and using it for a meal the next day. We say we’re too busy to cook healthy meals when we come back home, tired from working all day……well, most homecooked meals take approximately 20 minutes to cook – that’s less time than it takes to drive to MacDonalds, KFC or get a pizza delivered.
We’re no longer willing to save up for luxuries – we just put them on the credit card or overdraft and worry about it later. Well later is here! Instead of throwing out the leftover food from a meal, we’ll be forced to use our minds creatively to find a way to use them in the next day’s meals. Instead of nipping out for a MacDonalds, or KFC or phoning for a pizza to be delivered, we’ll have to make meals from healthy foods, like vegetables!!!! These things should be LUXURIES…but these days they seem to be the norm because they’re cheaper to buy than healthy foods. No wonder our nation is overweight…...it’s not the government’s fault, it’s ours because we’ve become lazy and unimaginative.