Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Feeling overwhelmed with STUFF!!!!

Hi Everyone!

I'm afraid I don't have anything crafty to show you today, as the big sort out/ pack up has now begun!

As some of you may already know, we're about to embark on having our whole house extended and renovated.
This mammoth task involves packing up the full contents of our house, shed and attic and moving out, whilst the builders move in, yikes!

Over the last few days, I have powerwashed all our decking, and yesterday was spent repainting it all, pheweeee, it was soooo hot too!

Why?! I hear you ask, if we're about to have our whole house done up?
Well, it was in urgent need, and as the decking will be staying, thought best to do it now as we may not have the good weather to do it once the builders are finished.

I honestly never thought we had soooooo much stuff though!
Not so bad when everything is tucked away, but once you start pulling out cupboards, drawers, little hide away places, out of season clothes, kids toys (passed and present) not to mention emptying the shed and attic, it all starts to become a little overwhelming (to say the least :) and that's without even starting going through all my crafty stuff,lol!

Seriously though, I hate clutter, so how has this happened? It really makes you start to look at things in a whole new light.
Where did it all come from? do I really still need it all? so many things we have are still in beautiful condition, but have either been outgrown by my children, me, or my waist line, lol! What's a girl to do???

As much as I hate clutter and love the sense of calm and order, I somehow never seem to get there. I think I need to be more ruthless, but soooo many things have sentimental value and memories, and then ofcourse there's the stuff you never seem to use, but hold onto it, just incase it comes in handy one day, lol!

In a quest to be more ruthless, I've been watching a lot of UTube vids on clearing your clutter, mainly with Peter Walsh, he's just brilliant!!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile, I'd better plough on with sorting out the "STUFF"
If you don't see me blogging for a while, perhaps send someone round to find me, I be hiding under all the C L U T T E R!!!!!!!!

Big hugs to you all!

Suzie xxxxxx :)

PS. I will try and take stage photos to give you some idea of the major task before us, that's if I can find the camera under all this stuff!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

My Latest Recipe Tin and a few cards too :)

Hi Everyone :)

I thought you might like to see my latest recipe tin.
I've made some of these before, but this one was made for my Mum for her recent birthday.
They do take a while to make, along with all the recipe and index cards, but I'm chuffed with the end result, and thankfully my Mum was too.

I also made my Mum and little mini album to go with it, but sadly forgot to take pics, before it was sent off, silly me!! I may have to ask my Mum to get snapping, and send me some pics so I can share with all of you :)

I've also added the Birthday card I made for my Mum along with a Good luck card for my lovely pal Tinks, who's sitting her GCSE exams, good luck Tinks!

Hope you're all continuing to enjoy the sunshine...

Big Hugs!
Suzie xxxxxx :)

Storage can be glam too, take a peek :)

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're enjoying all this wonderful sunshine, pheweee, it sure is HOT!

I thought you might like to have a look at my recent little crafty transformation.
I've only recently got into making ATC's and love it! Thanks to our lovely Susie J and and her organised ATC swaps.

Now that I'm starting to build up a little collection, I thought I'd better think about somewhere to store them all, but to my amazment found there were very few storage options. So settled on the little papermania ATC storage folder. I really like the size, it's very cute :) but thought it could do with a bit of a make over.

So with some of the lovely stash recently sent to me by the lovely Sue Bubbles (see previous post for the full array of goodies :) I set to work on giving my folder some well needed glam and sparkle.

I also wanted to create a closer, so Sue's large brads and elastic sent by another lovely crafty pal, Alyson, were just perfect!

I'm really chuffed with the results, so now I have somewhere pretty to store all my ATC's :) Hurray!!!!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the sunshine everyone, and happy crafting...

Suzie xxxxxx :)

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Some fathers day cards :)

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would share these with you, as I know many of us stugggle with male cards, including me!

My fab papermania stamps have come to the resue once again, hurray!
I've also taken inspiration from my lovely pal Carole, with her string and button embellishments, and tried to make a few of my own, these are with paper string :)

These wonderful sentiment stamps came in really handy too, you can download them from the craft cottage website :) Thank you Carole and the craft cottage, your ideas have really helped me put these cards together.

I hope you're all having a lovely sunny and happy day!

Chat soon...

Suzie xxxxxx :)

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Some Lovely Treasures :)

Hi Everyone!

Firsty, I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for all your lovely comments. They are always so encouraging and very much appreciated. It's lovely to know I have so many wonderful crafty pals :)

I have always loved all things crafty, but it was only in the last few years since dipping my toe into the world of cyber crafting (so to speak) that I was lucky enough to meet and link up with so many wonderful people who share the same love as me, craft!!! :)

Since then, I have received so many wonderful gifts and beautiful swap items.
I have decided I must now share them with you all, so promise to pop some of these wonderful things on my blog over the next few weeks.

I will begin this post by saying a BIG THANK YOU to Sue and Donna, my lovely Do Craft pals, who sent me the most wonderful things this week.

Sue sent me the most amazing handmade treasure box filled to the brim with a huge about of scrummy goodies, thank you soooo much Sue! I adore everything, and will treasure my treasure box always! xxxx :)

Also, a big thank you to Donna for my lovely card and fab ATC. What made it extra special was the little message and kisses written by her Grand children, how sweet! Thank you boys, sending you lots of xxxxs back! :)

Anyway, sorry for waffling, but I really did just want to say thanks everyone!!

Big Hugs!

Suzie xxxxxx :)

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Long time, no blog :)

Hi Everyone!

Well, while the whole of England sits chewing their nails watching the world cup, I thought I would slip on here and update my blog, afterall, it has been a while, sorry, sometimes the boring stuff just gets in the way.

But, the good news is....
that although I've not recently found the time to update my blog, I have managed to sqeeze in some crafting, hurray!

Here are some pics of the fat page I made for my lovely crafty buddy Tracy. She recently had the most beautiful little baby girl. A lot of us got together and made a baby girl page, which the lovely Susie J very kindly bound together and sent to Tracy when she had her lovely baba. I've also included a pic of the her baby card too :)

It's such a treat for me to play with soooo much pink! as my house is full of males, and lots of smelly socks too, lol!

Dispite all the recent hecticness in our household, I've also managed to make my lovely Mum some crafty gifts, I can't spill the beans just yet, as she may be watching, but once I know they've arrived safe and sound, I will share with you all.

Also, before I go, I must just tell you about the most wonderful gift I received today in the post, something just totally scrummy from my lovely crafty pal Sue Bubbles, oooooh it's just soooooo lovely, I can't wait to show you all, once I sort out a few pics :)
Thank you sooooo much Sue, you really are a lovely pal, and a very talented crafter too :)

Anyway my lovelies, I hope you all have a great time watching the footy, and if it's not your cup of tea (not really sure if it's mine, lol!)I hope you have a wonderful evening anyway :)

Big hugs
Suzie xxxxx :)