Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year!!


No resolutions here, just aspirations, which I may post tomorrow or Saturday - whenever I find the time.

Just a quick "Happy New Year and all the best for 2016" for anyone who's reading my blog. ;) I hope to post a bit more again. ;)

Monday, 14 December 2015

Adding something new to the list of things...

Earlier this year I read on Rinda's blog about the Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt hosted by Eileen (in my playroom) and Joy (Daisy Row) and I loved the idea (actually toyed with the idea in the past to set one up myself a couple of years ago). 

Sooo, to add to my already full list of things to do in December I thought one more thing won't hurt!! ;) (Silly me!). 

HERE IS THE LIST

  1. A robin Redbreast
  2. Tinsel
  3. Outside lighting
  4. A Star
  5. A snowman
  6. A puddle
  7. Berries and/or nuts
  8. A wreath
  9. A tree that has lost all its leaves
  10. A windy day
  11. Your favourite pudding
  12. A fancy button
  13. Street Art
  14. Afternoon Tea
  15. Candle Light
  16. A Chimney
  17. A ladder
  18. An arrow
  19. A fountain
  20. Cutlery
  21. Your own handwriting (this one is compulsory and cannot be substituted)

If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or more from the subjects below, except No 21, which is compulsory.
Alt A: A supermarket Trolley or basket filled with shopping
Alt B: An animal statue
Alt C: Metal railings

This Scavenger Hunt runs from 1/12/2015 to 21/3/2015. Joy and Eileen also set up a Facebook Group for it.

I think they're mostly manageable and will be done for Christmas/Journal Your Christmas/December Daily anyway. :) 

Christmas Panic!!!

Welcome to the annual "OH SH... Sugar, it's only 10 days to Christmas and I haven't done ANYTHING yet!!!" post ... ;)

Well... the 2 packages to Germany have been sent in time at least (that COULD have been prevented, had I started the presents maybe in November???! Then I could have taken the presents with me on our trip (and sent one internally there and hand off the others)).

And we baked one batch of cookies (well... I made the dough, the girls did the mixing, started helping with the cutting out and then both got evicted from helping due to not following instructions despite being told 3 times each)...





I've got 2 to 4 handmade presents to do (depending if the girls get their Disney Princesses PJs now or for their birthday). And maybe some cards for family and maybe for (crafty) friends (at least I had the foresight to obtain their addresses).

Also was hoping to make at least 2 more batches of cookies (might be more) and a Stollen (this year only 1 ... 2 would be excessive ... but maybe for guests?).

Then tidy the house and get decorations up...

Journal your Christmas/December Daily ... what's that???? I've started writing down some thoughts for each day, but haven't done any JYC yet, so that's hopefully some catch up too.

Oh... and then there's Twin entertainment ... like their Wriggly Nativity on Wednesday (bang goes my 3 hours at home to do something there), going swimming on Thursday, they probably want to go to the Drumbrae Library Hub for another Crafty Friday again ... and on Tuesday is their last day at nursery!!

And the tree needs picking up on Saturday morning!!

Doug and I are going to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday evening with the girls being at the Grandparents for a sleepover, and I was actually wanting to pop into town for a bit shopping (preferably WITHOUT the twins) and I actually had hoped to go to the gym again for a bit...

Personally, I blame the Comic Mart (ok, could  have planned/done the work from September/October onwards....) and the family trip to Germany (can't do anything about it ... it's too short and too much packed in though! ;) ).

Will try to update my progress ... if there is any.. ;)

Friday, 30 October 2015

2015 Halloween Costumes for Twins - DONE!

We're still having an unbroken record of homemade Halloween Costumes for the girls, 4th year running!! :)

The girls only told me middle of September they wanted to go as Tigger & Eeyore instead of Supergirl & Miss Martian (the costumes from the Edinburgh Comic Con would have still fitted fine!!)...

So, trying to figure out how to make the ideas work I opted for tutus and hoodies (given Scottish weather around Halloween). We'll keep the tutus for visiting Mickey (and hopefully Eeyore & Tigger will make an appearance, too!) next year, but will change tops to T'shirts instead of hoodies (given Florida heat! ;) ).

Eeyore's costume was finished on Wednesday, and I decided to omit the tummy patches due to the hoodie pockets and the fact that I went with grey and should have gone with light pink & light yellow (for Tigger).

I bought Tigger's tutu from my friend Elaine as she still had a Halloween Witch's one left over (and colour scheme fitted with Tigger) and that cut down on time & cost a lot.

Tigger's stripes posed a bit of a problem, as kid's hoodie sleeves are blinking tight and really don't like my sewing machine ... I had to flunk a bit after trying to sew by hand (which was a debacle). I think I'll invest in one of those hand-held hem sewing machines once I find one coming up with a good price! ;)

Ok... here we are ...

2015 Halloween Costumes

 



Halloween 2014




Halloween 2013





Halloween 2012 ..

Ok... and there's something missing ... not sure if I didn't manage to get anything done for that due to illnesses or whatever ... but the girls didn't wear any costumes at all, so no shop bought stuff either. ;) Does that still count as "record" then? ;)

Halloween 2011



Friday, 16 October 2015

RESULT!! Found the Geocache I first tried to find on 1 January 2009!!

We had a bit of a slow day today, given the Hobbitses decided to take 1 hour for eating porridge. That was okay with me, as I'm quite choked with the head cold ... again... still... whatever!

We took the car and parked in Belgrave Gardens to pop to the Wee Shop, to finally make our first purchases in Störtebäcker's physical shop. :) Got some pretzels for lunch (1 Salty for Supergirl, 1 Cheesy with Salami for Miss Martian and 1 cheesy for me ... errr... not pointing them ... just know that I probably have to halve my weekly points!! ;) ), cinnamon buns for the whole family and 2 slices of pear & almond cake for Doug and myself. :)

Then off to the UPS collection place to pick up my parcel from a Craftster Swapper with the "Back to Hogwarts" items for me.

Hobbitses decided we're having lunch up at Corstorphine Hill, so they can look for more autumn leaves (current obsession to bring home ...besides feathers, stones, acorns, beechnuts and branches...) and I decided to have a go at the elusive Geocache which started the physical geocaching trip for me.

Haggis Hunter's "Corstorphine Hill Tower" geocache was the first one on my list - I tried to find it on New Year's Day 2009 with Doug and our friend/lodger Allan, using no maps and an old phone with very questionable/doubtable GPS!

However, this time round it was a beeline to GZ (ground zero - nothing to do with 9/11 but geocaching jargon for cache site) and thanks to the clue (short & sweet) we found the cache VERY easily and quickly. Had to do a bit of playing around with Tigger & Eeyore to make sure the "Muggle family" sitting on a bench didn't get suspicious. ;)

After I signed the log book and took out the "trackable" (an item that needs to travel around from Geocache to Geocache - some have a set goal, for others it's more a "travel as far as possible) we had our pretzels. The girls then did a bit "climbing" time before we went back to the car.







I really think the GPS on my phone from 2009 was not up to scratch, given where we were searching back then and where we found the cache today ... ;)

EDIT: I just had a message from Haggis Hunter on Geocaching - his cache was only placed in May this year. The one I was searching for in 2009 has been "archived" (i.e. doesn't exist anymore). So this is still a mystery, but the new cache is in a beautiful location with nice view. :)

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Crafty list update

Just a quick update on crafty things... ;)

I've signed up for another swap on Craftster ... :o But hey ... it's for a great person and fab crafter and I'm looking forward to making items for her (edited - that's already finished and sent - "Back to Hogwarts Swap" for Ant Bee).

Whittling down the lists
  • 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.   DONE
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Erica
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Finlay (re-do as the wee boy has a bigger head than anticipated!! ;) ) 2/3 Done!! YAY
  • Instead of the Wooly ghan below I'll make a FiS inspired something in time for DH's birthday
  • Wooly ghan for hubby's Christmas (?)
  • Wooly ghan for big sis (that will be most likely for Christmas if not next year, not her birthday)
  • OAHPT Swap for Ginny (got an idea, just have to get started now!) DONE
  • 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
  • Finish off the Stitch-Cation blanket on the Crochet Crowd (which I started last year in August... me thinks... :o) )
  • HP Coaster set for Jo
  • DC Coaster Set for Jo
  • 2 TM Patches for Craftster Swap. :) 
  • Swap Angel OAHPT. 
  • Back to Hogwarts Swap for Ant Bee
  • Fandom T-shirts for KatsGeekKraft for sale at the next Edinburgh Toy & Comic Mart



Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Been playing "Angel"

... well... in a crafting kinda sense.

One person in our OAHPT (One Awesome Harry Potter Thing) swap (where I made the paper pieced blocks on a tote) flaked and because the swapper who lost out lives in Scotland I decided to jump in to make her something and then she wouldn't have to wait too long for the postie to deliver it. :D

I had been toying with the idea of making another paper pieced item, but she stated that she likes Amigurumi ... and she likes Buckbeak (the Hippogriff in HP). Soooo ... in my infinite wisdom I decided to make something fairly new to me (I've only made 1 amigurumi before, for yet another HP swap), and the pattern was a bit of a problem for me, too (the "toes" and the wings in particular ... had to ask several friends on help what the foundation stitch is!!)!!

But here he is ... Baby Buckbeak, ready to "wing" his way to Stirling tomorrow!! ;) The pattern can be found here.



 

I should be safe to post this, as my swapper is not a friend of FB with me yet ... I don't think. :) And Royal Mail should be fairly quick so she gets Baby Buckbeak by the weekend. 



Thursday, 13 August 2015

Musing/planning the future..

Ok.. not the most inspired title for the blog entry today, I admit. But I'm still a bit tired, and brain's still not 100% back to working order (lingering migraine since Tuesday). So that's my excuse, and I'll stick to it. ;) 

Well... the Hobbitses will start pre-school nursery a week today. And that means I have 1 more year to look into part time work for myself to fund holidays for us (and my crafts, I suppose). 

Sooo ... in a dash of madness I decided yesterday after Body Balance to look at some of the job sites online. Just out of interest. 

My CV mostly shows Customer Service... in telecoms and Finance. Joy! Some rebellious voice in my head screams against going back to either field, and even is against going back into admin. 

Now ... that little rebellious voice wants to do something more creative. Or something in the medical field / research. For that, admin would be allowed again. ;) Or working at a school/university (but most unlikely teaching ... don't think I'd be cut out for that, after my experience with nursery kids when I was helping out with the nursery library, last year). Or working in the leisure industry. Or in a library. Or a museum. 

There's obviously the suggestion from hubby to dust off my Sports Therapy books, look into the rules with Sports Rehab & Education for a re-sit etc (there were mumblings in 2010 that everything would go through colleges/uni courses only in a couple of years), But then ... is it financial viable for me if I have to pay for insurance? Maybe only if I find work at a Physio or so? 

Doesn't help that as older mum (no ... I'm not "mature" .. LOL!), so my age is against me there. And the fact that I want to work part time, around the girls' school hours... 

.... and that is when the little rebellious voice in my head is getting quieter, and my mind just gives up and resigns and prepares itself that I'll be back working as admin or customer service in the big industries. 

I'm actually quite scared to put myself out there on the job market. Never was good in selling my job qualities... :o  



Monday, 10 August 2015

Just some random things & Crafty List

Another busy week again ... really can't wait for the nursery to start up! :)

On Friday the girls were "camping" ... downstairs in the living room, with daddy on the airbed beside the tent. That was the easiest solution for us to have their bedroom ready for the replacement of the old Velux Window on Saturday morning. ;)


They liked it a lot, and who knows, maybe next step is sleeping out in the garden for a night ... next year? ;)

Of course we had an early morning, not only for Niz to come and replace the window, but also because the girls were due to go to yet another (!!!) birthday party! Seems since nursery broke up they've been to 1-2 birthday parties each week!! And we still have 2 more to go! ;)

I myself was very busy last week finishing off my first Kat's Geek Krafts order (!!) of 25 custom bags. I will post a photo after the event, just in case the organisers want to keep the design a surprise. Just can say it's "Shiny" and involves "Serenity" . ;)

I also finished my first ever paper pieced items (patterns courtesy of Fandom In Stitches) for Ginny in the OAHPT (One Awesome Harry Potter Thing) Swap on Craftster.



 







Having said that, my craft to do list needs an update...

  • 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.   DONE
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Erica
  • Crochet summer hat for wee Finlay (re-do as the wee boy has a bigger head than anticipated!! ;) ) 2/3 Done!! YAY
  • 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!) DONE
  • 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
  • Finish off the Stitch-Cation blanket on the Crochet Crowd (which I started last year in August... me thinks... :o) )
  • HP Coaster set for Jo
  • DC Coaster Set for Jo
  • 2 TM Patches for Craftster Swap. :) 
  • Swap Angel OAHPT. 

I've removed the Wedding invites for Tigger's pal from the list, as said pal has never contacted me regarding design etc. That means I got a bit of a breather. ;)


I've also signed up as an "Angel Swapper" for a fellow Scot on Craftster (ok... I know ... I'm technically NOT a Scot, but hey.. ;) ), so that's next for me (last on the list above), and quickly finish off the 2 coaster sets.

AND I got an order for 2 sets of coasters for my friend Jo who's only now found out about my wee "business endeavour"... ;)

... and somehow I sneaked in another TM swap ... Huh! And then there are maybe 2 more swaps for later this year for me to take part in... ;) Doug - Ssssshhh!! No comment!

Busy busy busy as you can see... ;)


Sunday, 2 August 2015

July update Photo Scavenger Hunt

A quick update ...

Doing ok so far with Rinda's Scavenger Hunt, me thinks! ;)

  1.  A bouquet of flowers
    We've been invited to a friend's wedding evening do, and I managed to take a photo of the table decorations.
  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

    Edinburgh Council Building - that's where hubby registered the birth of the Hobbitses 4 years ago!!

    And then I came across this print at the Camera Obscura ... and I just LOVED it (and the way it kinda fits this prompt!!)
  6. A metal bridge
  7. A turtle
  8. Someone "plugged in" to social media
  9. A tent

    A tent at the "Wild Wednesdays" event. I'm sure I can find more during Festival Time though!
  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

    The Carousel is back in Princes Street Gardens
  14. A traffic signal

    Quickly taken a photo of this on the way to the Camera Obscura
  15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it

    Ok... this will be my cop-out ... no poles with more than 2 flags on them. Saw these Banners at the Tattoo "Stands" ... but a) they're not flags but banners and b) they're not really on a pole... so will continue searching this month... ;)
  16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air



    Some views of Edinburgh from above, courtesy of our trip to the Camera Obscura.
  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
Ok, I think I'll have issues with #15 and #18. Have Alternatives already, so should be ok though.

And I'll post the ALL the photos at the end of the Scavenger Hunt.