Saturday, 4 July 2015

Photo Scavenger Hunt 2015 - an update

Amazing how many photos you take when on holiday ... and we were only 1 week away, and "only" at the West Coast (Ayrshire). Family holiday with the inlaws at Seasons. Quite  a nice place, lots of swimming in the pool, a bit of paddling in the sea, ice cream and hubby and I even got a 2 day/1 night break from the girls which we spent over on Arran, which is absolutely beautiful and requires another visit at least. ;) 

So... let's see how I'm doing so far with Rinda's Scavenger Hunt...
  1. A bouquet of flowers
  2. An ornate door knocker
  3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)


    Someone walking their dog at Girvan beach

    And just for the "out of the box thinking" thing ... here's a man "walking" 4 "animals" ... we saw these amazing kites at Girvan the day before ... HUGE things, not helium-filled but somehow working like a "wind sock".


    The photo shows only 3 of the "animals" ... further at the top was a blue & black manta ray.
  4. People playing a board game or card game


    Hubby and FIL introducing the Hobbitses to the game of Chess
  5. Architectural columns
  6. A metal bridge


    A very nice construction very close to Edinburgh: The Forth Rail Bridge
  7. A turtle


  8. Someone "plugged in" to social media

    Hubby and FIL's gf checking the internet while the Hobbitses are at the playpark.I assume I'll be able to post more photos for this prompt.
  9. A tent
  10. A college or university
  11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish
  12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet



    Public restroom in Brodick on Arran ... and for fun I took a picture of the note at the door, too ... Arran has still a lot of Gaelic in use. Even in the local Co-Op they've got dual language signs for the different shop sections! 
  13. A merry-go-round or carousel
  14. A traffic signal
  15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it
  16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air
  17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms


    Probably just my first photo for this one. Although I'm trying to dress the Hobbitses individually (or better: they dress themselves!! ;) ).
  18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle
  19. A ticket booth


    Ticket booth at Girvan beach where they have a little pedalo boat section. 
  20. A natural body of water


    Horse Island with its beacon, situated in the Firth of Clyde by Ardrossan. 
  21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt". Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.

    If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for any one item on the list, except for Item #21:
  22. Alternative A: People eating outside

  23. Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella
  24. Alternative C: A rocking chair
I'm really loving taking all the photos, and then even looking up the scenic things I've taken photos of - VERY educational. :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Thank you/Leaving Gift for Teachers - TICK

YAY! Finished an item off my list! ;) 

The Thank you/Leaving gift from the girls for the nursery teachers. 

Getting the photos set up was a bit of a fiddly thing, but I really like how it came out. 






The box contains 2 packs of flower seeds, 2 packs of vegetable seeds and 2 packs of Werther's Original. 

I quite liked the quote I used, which is why I added the seed packets. :) 


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Very productive Crop today!! :)

With some pondering we decided that I'd ask my fellow "cropper" Jenny if she's able to give me a lift today, which would mean hubby would have the car to pick up the Hobbitses and he could go shopping the same day (instead of all of us having to traipse out to the shops tomorrow). 

This meant I had to cut down on stuff to take to the crop (usually that involves 3 RuB boxes and several bags!!). So I stuck with 3 bags and my craft tote. I already made a plan yesterday what to do at the crop (1 father's day card for FIL, 1 get well soon card for a fellow Craftster, our monthly scrapbook layout challenge and I wanted to blackboard paint the lower part of the girls' leaving present for their nursery teachers). 

So ... more organised than usual (everything but the kitchen sink) I actually got EVERYTHING done bar the Get Well Soon card, but I made that decision already yesterday evening after cinema, as I didn't feel like getting my Cameo (Silhouette) set up and cardstock/paper out etc. 

Well... here we go ... 

1 Father's day card


One Layout challenge 



And one half - painted heart shaped box. :) It's blackboard paint, so maybe I'll let the girls draw something on it. There will be definitely writing on it as a "Thank you". The box will be filled with sweets/chocolates, and I'll get hubby to print some photos of the girls at work on Monday and then will modge podge them onto the lid. :) 



I originally thought of doing this as a present, but given that the school breaks up on Thursday I think the teachers wouldn't be too happy to have plants in the nursery or to split them up ... and fabric flowers are blimming dear (at least what I saw at Hobbycraft yesterday!!!). 

Soooo ... what does that mean for my list of craftiness??? 

Not much change really... :o 


  • Nursery teachers' presents for when the girls leave in less than 2 weeks (pinterest to the rescue ... I have now found an idea I quite like and hopefully get sorted!) - DONE
  • An order placed with Kat'sGeekKrafts for bags
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Erica
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Finlay
  • Wooly ghan for hubby's birthday
  • Wooly ghan for big sis (that will be most likely for Christmas, not her birthday)
  • OAHPT Swap for Ginny (got an idea, just have to get started now!)
  • Snow white pillow cover for Supergirl (thanks to Fandom in Stitches)
  • Sleeping beauty (or another princess ... she changes her mind often!) for Miss Martian
  • Coaster Set for HPC on Craftster
  • Coaster Set for Nerd Battles on Craftster
Instead I probably have to add a new item (although I need particulars first for it! ) to the list ... a friend has asked me if I'd be willing to make wedding invites for his pal. :o Now ... I've never looked into that on the price range, what do you think what I should charge?? Better get googling for that tonight!! :o 

Ok... so let's tentatively add
  • Wedding invites for Tigger's friend
to the craft list. And that's just the crafting for others ... I think I can ignore plans for crafting for myself for the time being... :o 




Saturday, 13 June 2015

Oh my .... I'm on a roll with that blogging thing again me thinks! ;) And hopefully things will stay that way! ;) 

Just a quick update regarding the Photo Scavenger Hunt over at Rinda's blog ... I haven't taken any photos specifically with the Scavenger Hunt in mind but have an "out of the box thinking" item in case I cannot find a better option for it. ;) 
  1. A bouquet of flowers
  2. An ornate door knocker
  3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)
  4. People playing a board game or card game
  5. Architectural columns
  6. A metal bridge
  7. A turtle

  8. Someone "plugged in" to social media
  9. A tent
  10. A college or university
  11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish
  12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet
  13. A merry-go-round or carousel
  14. A traffic signal
  15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it
  16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air
  17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms
  18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle
  19. A ticket booth
  20. A natural body of water
  21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt". Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.

    If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for any one item on the list, except for Item #21:
  22. Alternative A: People eating outside


  23. Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella
  24. Alternative C: A rocking chair


In the works ... Lists of Fandoms

As already mentioned in 2 posts before, I'm planning a Fandom Bookshelf quilt (that's beside all the other quilts/pillow cases etc I want to make from the Fandom in Stitches Website!!!).

Now, I had posted this list already on Facebook, but it's easier for me to have it on the blog for keeping track of it. I still have to adjust things... and I'm not sure I'll get all of my fandoms together in my little twin-addled brain (or even on paper!)!! ;)

TV/Movies
  • DC (yeah... probably the whole lot!!Cinematic Universe)
  • Marvel (to hubby's dismay) - Cinematic Universe only, and most likely restricted to Avengers (& individuals & spin offs) and X-men
  • Doctor Who
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (books & movies)
  • The Hobbit (book & movies)
  • Game of Thrones
  • Disney (anything really!)
  • Harry Potter
  • Thunderbirds
  • Outlander
  • Sherlock Holmes (RDJ & BC)
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek (in some way/shape/form)
  • Chuck
  • Castle
  • Person of Interest
  • The Librarian / The Librarians
  • Indiana Jones
  • Robin Hood (several "incarnations")
  • Three Musketeers (several "incarnations")

Games
  • LEGO Games (any really... ;) )

Sports
  • American Football (Scottish Claymores, Frankfurt Galaxy, Edinburgh Wolves, Stirling Clansmen, WLAF/NFLE, NFL)

Authors/Books
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley (Avalon and Darkover series)
  • JRR Tolkien
  • Scott Mariani
  • Sam Bourne
  • David Gibbins
  • James Rollins
  • Chris Kuzneski
  • Robyn Young
  • Will Adams
  • Kelley Armstrong
  • Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child (collaboration and individual)
  • Stephen R Lawhead
  • Jack Whyte
  • J K Rowling
Still working my way through the list/lists, but maybe, if you comment with yours I get a reminder of more?

Hubby said I'm missing a list of "certain actors" ... ;) But I left that kind of fandom out of the lists just now. ;) 

Craftiness & Lists

YAY! I can tick off one of the Craftster swaps from my list! I have been crafty after all! ;)

This was a TM (not trade mark - TEESHA MOORE) patches swap - I got into that last year and quite like those little patches. Planning on getting lots together to make a Sewing machine cover ... or a tote bag ... or maybe a cover for the Cameo??? Endless options here! ;)  Some ideas for all of you who've not ventured into TM Patches... ;) 

But here you go ... my swap partners are unlikely to follow me on social media, so I think I can post the results here....

My first swap partner's themes I went for was Buddhism/Meditation and France/French:


This patch includes my first attempt at filling stitches. My dabbles into embroidery so far just covered back stitch and cross stitch.


 A very nice motto for life, I'd say! "Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly". In hindsight, I probably should have used one more strand of embroidery thread doubled up... :o 

My second swap partner's themes I picked were Running (Turtle Style - she only started running and liked the idea of the Turtle & Hare) and Doctor Who. It was obviously tempting for me to do two Who patches, but I decided against it. :) Challenging myself to other things...



Her chosen Doctor was the Eleventh - mostly because of the Ponds. So I decided to applique his Fez, embroidered the "Come along, Pond" and added a sonic screwdriver charm.


And here's my biggest challenge... I tried to iron transfer this wee cutie after tracing it straight from my PC. But somehow the trace didn't work out too great (*note to self - get another colour of iron transfer pens!!*). So I ended up having the turtle picture on my laptop and then free hand stitch the turtle. I quite like it, although the feet didn't work out as good as they should be. 

I hope my swap partners will like their patches either way. 


Sooooo ... from my crafty list that would leave now ... 
  • Nursery teachers' presents for when the girls leave in less than 2 weeks (pinterest to the rescue ... I have now found an idea I quite like and hopefully get sorted!)
  • An order placed with Kat'sGeekKrafts for bags
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Erica
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Finlay
  • Wooly ghan for hubby's birthday
  • Wooly ghan for big sis (that will be most likely for Christmas, not her birthday)
  • OAHPT Swap for Ginny (got an idea, just have to get started now!)
  • Snow white pillow cover for Supergirl (thanks to Fandom in Stitches)
  • Sleeping beauty (or another princess ... she changes her mind often!) for Miss Martian

As for crafting for myself ... mmmmh... I'm currently thinking of creating a list of my fandoms for the Fandom Bookshelf Quilt, which is derived from the Project of Doom Quilt on Fandom in Stitches. And I think I might just do one block each for the POD and for my fandoms ... once I sorted them through! Sooooo many fandoms!! ;) 


Some of the finished POD Quilts from round one (that was in 2011 I believe) can be found here ... and they're just FABULOUS!!

Ok... off to the PO to send my patches, and then working on the shopping list ... and maybe later working on the fandom list... ;)

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Thinking out loud ...

Mmmmh... I really wish Microsoft Live writer and Blogger would sort out their problems ... so much easier to write and then upload, but hey ... just have to be on blogger itself to update *gasp!* the blog. ;)

Some thoughts running through my head ... how many kids can we accommodate comfortably in our house/garden for the Hobbitses' birthday? I think taking everyone into account we may have 10 kinds around. Is that ok? We don't really want to have a big party this year with going somewhere and paying a lot of money - there's no need for it really. Garden, games and some sausages/potato salad/pasta salad was all I needed when I was a kid?! Only problem is of course that it's the two of them ... instead of just one kid, but so far they have the same friends, so no added numbers! ;)

And then for craftiness ... I'm currently thinking about a fandom bookshelf quilt, based on the PoD (Project of Doom) bookshelf quilt on Fandom In Stitches.  Was thinking of doing the PoD by itself and then do a Fandom quilt, but somehow am not sure about budget/time restraints ... :o  And yes, it's a totally new hobby for me ... paper piecing. And using my sewing machine more ... and doing some hand embroidery ... and all that. I also fancy a Doctor Who quilt (actually TWO ... one paper pieced one, and the embroidered one!) ... Damn you, Fandom In Stitches!! ;)  At least I can use fabric scraps up for the Fandom Bookshelf/PoD one.

What else? I have plans to crochet 2 summer hats for 2 babies born to friends. Have to find a nice pattern first and then get my act together. 

Planning on doing some pillow cases / quilts for the girls with the Disney princesses (yep... more paper piecing or embroidery from Fandom in Stitches).

And then... something for hubby's birthday in November involving wool. And something along the same lines for my big sis ... have to look into that though.

Ah! And I've got 2 swaps to do, too!! :)

Oh ... and of course not to forget scrapping ... Arrrghhh!!!

And of course all those crafty ideas come up when the Hobbitses are only 12 more days at nursery (plus one day *induction* at their new nursery and the big nursery picnic on the last day of nursery).

Thinking of that last statement... WHAAAA!!! Have to come up with something for the girls' nursery teachers as the girls won't be back at that nursery after summer!

They'll be finally at the nursery 5 mins walk from home! YAY! And not 20 mins driving with idiots/rowdies on the street and parking in a residential area with IDIOTS not knowing how to park/leave spaces etc.


Monday, 1 June 2015

Oh ... Oh ... OH! It's 1st June!!!

*yes … and I haven’t been blogging a lot again this year so far… I’ll try my best to be better with that in the next months.*

BUT!!! It’s the 1st June!!! That means … HEAD OVER TO RINDA FOR THE PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT LIST!!!

I’ve been sooo sooo soo looking forward to it, and nearly missed the start again!

Sooo … time to update the blog again, and post the list and go out and take photos of lots of things (and think outside the box for some I think).

1. A bouquet of flowers
2. An ornate door knocker
3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)
4. People playing a board game or card game
5. Architectural columns
6. A metal bridge
7. A turtle
8. Someone "plugged in" to social media
9. A tent
10. A college or university
11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish
12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet
13. A merry-go-round or carousel
14. A traffic signal
15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it
16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air
17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms
18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle
19. A ticket booth
20. A natural body of water
21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt". Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.
If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for any one item on the list, except for Item #21:
Alternative A: People eating outside
Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella
Alternative C: A rocking chair


Ok … at first glance …. #15 and #18 might be a bit of an issue for me, but we’ll see…
I hope some of you who are still reading my blog (and if I’m all alone here I would totally understand!!) will join in with the fun … it really gets you out and about!

Thank you, Rinda, for yet another fabulous list!

Friday, 2 January 2015

December has been...

... and of course I've done nothing in way of JYC 2014 ... ;) BUT - I won't stress about it this time. I've not been blogging, but I managed to make some Christmas presents using the Silhouette, and also whipped up some arm warmers for my big sis in only 2 nights! :)

First of all - hubby's present ... matching the Hoody I've done in November (well.. still have to sew ribbon on it).

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Then new napkins with initials for MIL:

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BIL's new place mats & coasters

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And big sis' hand warmers

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(going to make a set for myself this year! They're very cosy!)

And then presents for Tante Patsy and the respective grandparentals in both countries from the girls... (including our little visitor "Huggle" from down south)

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Else ... Christmas kinda sneaked up on us again, most decorations went up halfway through December, and the whole baking thing didn't really happen until Christmas Eve either ... :o

I will definitely set alarms for the baking for this year - Stollen to be done beginning/mid November!!! :)

Lots of quality time with friends and family, good food, and presents that will be used!! :)

 

.... and ... mmmh... I turned 40. ;) Might post a bit more about that later. ;)

Off again to relax a bit more ... high winds and intermittent bad rain has caused headache attack for today.

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Maybe... just maybe ... I will blog more this year! ;)