Monday, 5 September 2011

More tip-in pages

Fortified by supper and a cuppa, here's some more tip-in pages... these ones are for DragonflyJane, each one has 2 pics cos they both open up...

The first two are for her 'Corvids' theme, so I chose the poem 'The Raven' by Edgar Allen Poe...pages nicely distressed to look as if they'd been around since the poem was written lol...

These next two are for her 'Graveyards/Cemetries' theme - she posted that she had a warped sense of humour so I hope she appreciates the 'D.I.Y. Skeleton kit contained within the coffin...

Mistyrat - Victorian Vintage Fashion

Leanie - Words to live by

Roxy52 - Garden Inspirations

NettyB - Butterflies

Jolene - Vintage fashion/Home sewing
 Loved donig this one in particular - that's a real sheet of iron-on embroidery patterns from a book dated back to October 1935... hope this is 'vintage' enough lol...

Now all I have to do is to re-do my 2nd page - the glossy accents was a bad move and the page is beyond repair, so I think it's back to the drawing board...

Then I can move onto my current Circle Journal pages, and ONLY WHEN THEY ARE DONE THEN can I start on the Halloween Home Decoration swap - and I sooo want to start playing with that RIGHT NOW!

Tip-In pages

..."what's a tip-in page?" I hear you ask... well it's a piece of artwork that you create which gets inserted between the pages of a book, kinda an Altered Art thing, and yes it's another swap on UKScrappers, it sounded rather intriguing so I signed up for it... Everyone in the group has their own individual theme, each page to be 7" by 5" in portrait style so will drop perfectly into a book, and not too lumpy/bumpy...

3 months down the line and several bottles of hair dye later I finally got 11 pages off in the post to Netty this morning.. I'd put my name down for 2 groups of 6, so had to do 12 pages, but the second page for myself just wasn't playing ball so I wasn't able to post it. But everyone else's are done - and here's the pics to prove it lol...

Me - Alice in Wonderland

Nicci24lego - Peter Pan

jainethepain - Positive Thinking

Voodoo Vixen - Shakespears Plays
(I did Romeo and Juliet)
Thats the first 4... 

Back again...

I know, I know, MIA again... but I'm still here, crafting away, lots of lovely creations to show you! So take a deep breath and have a cuppa, I think you might need it...

Sadly, poor little Tommy didn't make it... altho he came home from the vets he had to go back the following week as I was going on holiday to Scotland, so the vets said I could board him there so he could be given his tablets... however the day before I was due to come home he sadly developed a blood clot and died within minutes... such a horrid way to end a lovely trip to Scotland, which I'll tell you more about later.

June's tag swap was for the birthstone of alexandrite or pearl, I chose alexandrite as apparently its a purpley colour, and I like purple... also being Gemini we had to have two of something and have a crown somewhere on the tag, so I made 2 little punched tags and embossed a crown onto them and hung them with some ballchain from the top of the main tag.

The background music staves are embossed in purple embossing powder and between them (not showing very clearly) is a row of flowers done in pearlescent embossing powder. The ribbon was coloured using Dusty Concord distress stain, a technique I picked up from a fabby Distress Inks class I took in June at Pickleberry Papercrafts with the lovely Jennie Boxall (The Artistic Stamper) - I get the feeling I'll be doing a lot of colouring ribbon seeing as I bought 10 yards of plain white seam-binding from Kate (as well as several other 'essential' crafting items...

Julys Birthstone Ruby so lots of luscious red was called for in this months tag. July 4th is Independence Day - stars and/or stripes, and July 14th is Bastille Day so something French (a word, image... anything loosely French)

So... we have the tag coloured with Fired Brick Distress Stain, stripes embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the stars are brads.

The Eiffel Tower was stamped using black Archival ink onto linen-look paper which I'd firstly coloured with Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks, then torn roughtly around the edge to leave a fluffy white border. A few well-chosen stamps which were French-themed and lastly the tag was adorned with thin red/white/blue ribbons (which didn't make it into the photo but trust me they are there...)

August tag was hard work 'cos as usual I tried to be clever and almost didn't get them done, however I persevered and here is my offering... Leanie was hosting this time and said: "The birthstone for August is Peridot, so using that colour in bling or other materials is essential! And with the predominant starsign being fiery Leo and the summer being upon us, something shiny and metal is a must too

Finally, I'd love you to please draw your inspiration from the Wizard of Oz - whether this be literally, abstractly, or even just picking a quote or song line, as long as there's at least a tentative link back to it (for example, THOSE red shoes, lollipop guild, yellow brick road, straw, bluebirds, rainbow, monkey, poppies, toto, hot air balloons...)"

Well, peridot is a mid-green colour, my tags have come out a little dark but have lots of gold embossing to help 'bling' them up. As for the shiny and metal, I used alcohol inks on two die-cut hearts to try and re-create the look of metal, before covering them with glossy accents which immediately changed how they looked... The quote is from The Wizard of Oz, I thought it went well with the 'metallic' hearts... the quote is reverse-printed in black onto acetate and immediately covered in gold embossing powder and heat-set, so you get a black image with a tinge of gold around its edges.

Last tag this time around is a separate swap I joined, with an Alice in Wonderland theme... and again I almost got caught out as I didn't read the instructions properly and only made 6 tags instead of the 8 I should have done... so instead of being able to post the tags off I ended up driving to Nettys house and delivering them in person...oops...

Sooo - Alice in Wonderland... brain kicked well and truly in for this one, I wanted to portray Alice falling down the rabbit hole, namely because of the fab set of stamps I'd got fom The Artistic Stamper showing just that... trouble is I didn't think there was quite enough room on a 6" x 3.5" tag to really do it justice, so came up with a fiendish plan, which by the time I'd got it onto the cardstock was actually working quite well!

We start off with The White Rabbit at the bottom of the rabbit hole, checking his watch, he's clearly underground because the edge of the tag is shaded in shades of brown distress ink... and above his head are some branches (Tim Holtz 'On The Edge' branches die on a green speckled background.)

Cunningly tucked under the branches is the second half of the tag which folds down to reveal the length of the rabbit hole - clever eh...

The base cardstock is cream, I've used Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks in decreasing amounts along each side of the tag to create the rabbit hole, leaving a paler centre from which the images should 'pop out'... I don't think there's usually much light when you fall down a rabbit hole to really be able to see too much tho...

As well as the 'Alice' image, the set also has the 'cupboard' image which I stamped directly onto the background. I also created a picture and a map using stamps from my drawer (the map is part of Pink Paislee's 'Daily Junque' clear stamps set, the country scene is Personal Impressions, the frames are Stampourri) and these along with Alice herself were stamped onto white cardstock and coloured with ProMarkers (of which I now have a much larger collection of colours to choose from...)

So thats the last 3 months of tags caught up with - next stop are my Tip-In pages... but I need a cup of tea myself first...

Friday, 20 May 2011

May update - Fit the Third...

As well as May's ATC's I've also done my offering for May's Tag swap too. Now I'm really pleased with these because it's the first time in ages I've actually stamped an image and then coloured it in (thought I'd better seeing as how I'd bought a big pack of Promarkers especially to colour the stamps I'd used lol...)

Right... off we go. The Birthstone for May is Emerald. Many believe that Emeralds have mystical qualities and in days gone by emeralds were prescribed for soothing of the eyes. It is believed that the colour of the emerald is very soothing.

The theme for May is therefore any mystical or fantasy images that you wish - think fairies, wizard, green man, unicorns, enchanted forests etc. Your tags must also include the colour green somewhere - either in the background or embellishments and the twist this month - your tag must also include an eye or something eye related.

Now I don't usually buy stamps that need a lot of detailed colouring in because I'm not very good at it, but this set of clear Papermania fairy stamps (Midnight Fairytale) looked so nice I couldn't resist them... the stamps themselves are coloured in which gives you ideas straight away on what to do with them (handy 'cos I don't have a lot of imagination when it comes to colouring and shading lol...)
The watercolour-effect background is done by swiping Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters distress ink pads across a heat sheet and spritzing with water, then dragging the cardstock thru it and drying it a couple of times - so simple but so effective. Why on earth don't I do more of this - its so easy but looks so good! The fairy is stamped in black Memories and coloured with pastel Promarkers... didn't want to use harsh colours to give her a faint and ethereal impression. She is coloured - honest! just looks very faint in the picture, slightly better in real life lol...
The 'Believe' word is actually part of a Christmas set, but fits in well with the general theme methinks, the border of flowers just looked right, and to fill the gap in the middle I stamped a Kaisercraft music stave - shame it's not come out very well in the pic but it's in Tumbled Glass distress ink so blending in nicely. And the eye twist? look at the top of the tag, in the sky and clouds... there's a pair of eyes (courtesy of a cover stamp off Craft Stamper some months back...)
Hope the recipients like these - I've certainly enjoyed doing them this month!

May update... Fit the Second

Just got back from the vets, my poor little Tommy has spent the nite there and will be there again tonite. He'd not eaten for 2 days and was breathing very heavily and looking very sorry for himself. My friend Tim had called round last nite and took one look at Tommy and within 45 minutes we were at the vets being seen. They stuck him (the cat, not Tim!) into an oxygen chamber overnite and hooked him up to diuretic drugs as he had fluid on his lungs, seems to have done the trick overnite as he's looking much perkier this afternoon.

I'd rung this afternoon to see how he was doing and they said I could come and visit him - so I shot up there for a good long cuddle. I asked whether I should bring him anything: clean pyjamas, grapes, magazines... vet laughed and then said "oooh no, no grapes - they're poisonous..." thats a new one on me so will have to ensure I don't keep any out on the cupboard top in case he eats one... raisins too apparently...

Anyways, hopefully I can bring him home tomorrow, lord only knows how much the bill will be cos it's over £330 already (£104 just for the out of hours consultation - gulp..)... all donations greatfully recieved...

May catch-up...Fit the First...

This is starting to become a habit lol... not posting for a few weeks or so. Gonna have to pull my socks up!

First up - May's "Anything Goes" Atc's...a totally free choice for the theme, so I wandered into the town after work one afternoon for some retail inspiration. Ever been into Hawkins Bazaar? It's a great place to pick up all sorts of useful things for all occasions... my brother and sisters usually end up buying loads of silly presents for us all every Christmas lol... but they do have some little odds and sods that are perfect for crafters.

Like the packs of miniature playing cards - just couldn't resist... so here are some of my ATC's this month...

I started with cream cardstock and used one of TH's new Distress Stains (either Fired Brick or Barn Door - can't remember which!) diagonally across the card. The Joker was stamped in black Memories and covered in Glossy Accents. The playing cards were sorted into suits and hole-punched with my CropaDile, then a matching eyelet holds them together. Or should do, the eyelet shank is a little small so had to use some glue on the last card lol...)

Kept it simple this month!

I'm no poker-player at all, much prefer Blackjack (last year I won 114 euros at a casino in Ostend playing Blackjack!) but apparently this is an ace-high straight flush - or Royal Flush, and is the highest ranking standard poker hand.

Wonder if you get extra points for the matching eyelet??

Mays tags will follow in a short while...

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

April tags...

OK so its nearly May and I'm only just posting pics of my April tags - truth is I didn't read the instructions properly and got carried away with a design that was totally wrong... Netty had said "On 26 April 1923 the Duke of York married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons more commonly known to us all as Queen Mum. This month we also celebrate the Royal Wedding between William and Kate.

The theme for April is "DIAMONDS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND" Your tags this month must have an image of a woman/women or girl/girls on them, plenty of blingie diamonde/diamante/crystal embellishments and the twist this month to bring in the royal theme - somewhere on each tag you must include a CROWN."

So I went off like a bull in a china shop and dug out a head & shoulders stamp of a rather distinguished man... wrong wrong wrong!!

So, without further ado, here's Betty Boop - who I can distinctly recall singing "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend" in one of her cartoons... I made a slit across her printed dress and slipped some sparkly fabric thru, wrapping it around the edge of the picture... fiddly but I rather like the effect.

The background was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the diamonds were picked out with a silver pen, then further embellished with a diamante blingy dot. The crown was stuck on with Glossy Accents - makes a fine glue...

Out with the TH ticket die and matching stamp set again - mainly because I'd left the first couple of finished tags out overnite on my craft table - and my cat decided to investigate - and put a hole thru one of the tags wth his claw...

Looking forward to receiving my April tags back - I've had a sneak peak at one or two on peoples blogs already and they are looking rather lovely - just hope ol' Betty here can hold her own!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Crafty creations

Been a busy bee over the last few weeks beavering away with various craft swaps for UKScrappers, and here's what I've achieved so far...

This is my effort for the March/April Anything Goes ATC swap - Spring is most definitely in the air and the bees and butterflies are starting to appear, so I cut & embossed some butterflies out of grungepaper using my Cuttlebug and coloured them with Distress Inks. The bodies are represented by some little bits of bling - they come on the tops of Prima clear stamps and are very handy for jazzing things up. And being free, who could resist? Not me thats for sure!

The flowers are from Polkadoodles, I won them in the raffle at my all day crop this weekend - amazing that the pack was opened and actually used within 24 hours of coming into my possession, must be an all time record for me...

The backing card is embossed with the small embossing folder that came free with DoCrafts Creativity Mag, it's the perfect size for ATC's so I think I may be using it a lot... sorry ladies! 

I also signed up for a bunting swap entitled "Here Come The Girls" (and every time I think or say that I immediately think of the Boots tv ad - ahh the power of advertising lol...). This sounded like a lot of fun so I signed up for 2 sets, on the basis that getting just 6 bits of bunting to play with would only make a short run when I've put them on ribbon... so 12 bits will look much more fun!

My first set had a distinctly Oriental theme, I have the most gorgeous Japanese lady stamp from Rubber Stampede that I've had for yonks and love using on my Oriental projects, so stamped her and coloured her in with some of my new Promarkers... yup I've succumbed to Promarkers altho am not using them to their full potential yet - need to do a class or two with them methinks...

Anyways, here's all 6 together and then a close-up...

After colouring her in I initially cut her out using one of my Nestabilities labels, but decided I didn't like the shape so trimmed her into a squished hexagon so she fitted onto the bunting better. The bunting itself is cut from grungepaper and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, I've then used Versacolour inks to highlight the flowers altho a bit hard to see...

After cutting my lady out I masked her with a post-it note and over-stamped her with Chinese text using Barn Door Distress Ink - I know she's Japanese and not Chinese but hey it's artistic license in action here guys... I then mounted her onto red cardstock and trimmed around the edge, then inked the edges with a gold pen.

Add a Chinese coin held on with a flower brad and 3 small paper blooms and the bunting is done... well I'm happy with it anyways...

For my second set, look away now if you are of a nervous disposition as nudity is involved... but it's all done in the best possible taste as Kenny Everitt used to say... I have this wonderful stamp designed by Lindsay Mason for Funstamps, initially I stamped and cut 18 of her out on white shrink plastic and stunk the kitchen at the community centre out shrinking them during the crop on Saturday. but then blew it by colouring them in with my Promarkers before the ink had dried fully and of course the Archival Ink bled into the pens and all 18 looked awful... lesson learned... last nite I stamped her again onto plain white cardstock using Memories Artprint Brown dye ink and coloured her in again, and she looks fine...

...if a little naked lol... so it was out with my craft knife and an oak leaf punch and she is now covering her modesty with a couple of well-placed leaves lol... very fiddly but well worth the effort!

I placed her on a couple of skeleton leaves (we had to put some florally embellies on each piece so as she's nekkid I decided my leaves ought to be as well!) then added a couple of flowery brads and a dragonfly for good measure... couldn't resist the piece of lace across the top as it just seemed to finish the bunting off nicely.
So it was off to the post office this afternoon and 2 packages are now winging their way across the country to their respective hosts - hope the recipients like them too!

Monday, 21 March 2011

March tag swap

I've finally gotten around to sorting out pics of my offerings for the March tag swap on UKScrappers - better late than never I guess. I rashly decided to do two groups as the theme this month was travel, and I knew I had a lot of travel-themed stamps that I wanted to use, but I think I'll revert back to just the one set from April onwards, especially as I'll be busy with my first Circle Journal (more about that another time)

Anyways, March's birthstone is aquamarine, and this is what Netty wrote for us to follow:

"On 2nd March 1969 Concorde made its maiden flight to Paris.

So for March what better theme than "TRAVEL" - using any TRAVEL themed stash you have create six tags - it doesn't have to be necessarilty Paris themed any travel/country you wish. It could incorporate your favourite city or a mode of transport. The majority of the background of your tag should be aquamarine coloured - pale blues/pale wishy washy turquoises. The twist this month is somewhere on your tags your must include somekind of postage stamp, postmark or the word POSTCARD."

Shame my tags have turned out a little dark - they started off as a pale blue but I distressed them with I think Faded Jeans and then crumpled the tags up and swiped over the top with Dusty Concord, then spritzed with water so that the inks bled together. Stamped images are all in Archival Black, except for the month which is embossed in white.

The ticket is cut using Tim's ticket die and stamped with one of his sayings from his Odds and Ends set, the other stamps are from various cheap (and not so cheap!) sets which unfortunately I didn't keep the manufacturers name on... but I love the size of the Eiffel Tower stamp - fits onto a 6 x 3.5 tag perfectly!

The second tag is inked and distressed in the same way, only this time I stamped all the images before adding the Dusty Concord over the top of the crumpled tag. Has still turned out a little darker than I would have liked, but hopefully I can get away with it.

This time the month is stamped/embossed with a blue embossing powder I found knocking around, which for some reason adhered itself to the 'enjoy the journey' stamp - but not all over it, just in selected places. When heat set it actually looks quite interesting - shame 'cos I hadn't planned it at all!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A different project - a whole new me!

Something different again, but a project which is a whole lot more personal to me.

Doesn't involve crafting per se, altho crafting might help me take my mind off things, but this year I am determined to lose weight and shape up. So I joined Weightwatchers at the beginning of January following their new ProPoints diet, and 8 weeks later I've lost 1st 1lb (was 2lb but rather naughtily put a pound on last week grrr). I'm not going to lie, it's hard work keeping track of what I'm eating rather than just dipping my hand into the sweetie jar or biscuit barrel, but I need to stay focussed and do my best to resist temptation.

Thats where the crafting comes in - if I'm keeping busy I can't be snacking now can I... oh hang on, grazing my way thru bars of chocolate or packs of biscuits at crops is partly to blame...

Cherry tomatoes - that's my new snack food - they are zero pro-points and I love 'em! I now keep a bowl in the fridge topped up with them, and every time I open the fridge door I swipe a couple of tomatoes to keep me going. And at my last crop, I took a pot filled with them too - and grazed on them all day.

I may have lost just over a stone, but I still have a long long way to go. Luckily my friends around me are very supportive and encouraging me to succeed, which is helping a lot. I'll keep you informed!

New Year, new set of projects...

Amongst other things craftwise, I'm joining in with a Tag Swap on UKScrappers, making sets of tags which have to abide by certain rules. Colourwise they are following each months birthstones, but host Netty puts a twist to each month with other things to be included.

January's tag was Garnet, so nice deep reds were to be used on each tag. Along with the Garnet we had to use a Black and White colour theme - the twist being somewhere on each tag we had to use a snowflake or two as well.

Here's my tag for January, black base cardstock, deep mottled red patterned paper for the rosette (diecut with Tim Holtz' rosette die) and his large flourish stamp embossed in white underneath. Two snowflake brads, one at the top for the ribbons to go thru and one at the bottom, and the month also stamped/embossed in white.


The birthstone for February is AMETHYST so nice shades of mauves and purples were to be used on each tag. Along with the Amethyst - we had to use a lacey effect somewhere on the tags whether this was real lace, paper punches, stamped lace effect etc - the twist being somewhere on each tag we should include a LOVE quote as well.

 Here's Februarys tag - and I realised after I'd sent them off that I'd totally forgotten to put the lace on - had a lovely strip pulled out of my ribbon box all ready and waiting to be stuck along the join between the music paper and the tag - and somehow I totally forgot to do it!! Dozy mare or what...

Anyways, base cardstock is pale purple, the Cupid from Tim Holtz' Seasonal Masks set applied to the upper centre and Dusty Concord Distress Ink applied around it. A torn strip of music paper stuck to the bottom couple of inches, and another TH rosette made from some pearlescent lilac paper stuck on top. The ticket is die-cut using Tim Holtz' ticket die and stamped with the Valentines Day stamp from his Odds and Ends stamp set, which were all designed to fit the ticket die. Gotta love that man, designing everything to fit with everything else - very canny! The ticket was threaded onto some thin purple ribbon and tied around the rosette. Lastly, I applied Dusty Concord Distress Stickles over the top of the Cupid and stamped/embossed the month in white along the side of the tag. Shame about the lace - but it was very pretty... :-)

March's tags (I got greedy and put my name down for two sets) went in the post today so I'll sort pics out later. But they're nice - well, at least I think so...

Monday, 10 January 2011


To my shame, these are 2 ATC's made a year apart... but I still love 'em both!

Halloween 2009 first,

then November 2010's 'Anything Goes' ATC swap... shame we're still all waiting for our ATC's to come home...

Crafty creations from 2010

Might as well try and bring this blog up to speed with some of the crafting I did last year... better late than never!

April UKScrappers held another cybercrop, this one was Monopoly themed, and I was in the Thimbles team. Here's a Thumbles ATC I made,
along with some thimble inchies made by casting some resin thimbles using UTEE and Mold'n'Pour.

The mystery kit had papers from Sassafrass Lass in, not quite my style but I did do this rather wintery (for April!) layout,

as well as producing my page for the pre-crop challenge using colour-blocking.

Here's an A4 layout done of my Number 1 Dad, not used paint on a layout before and boy does it show... not sure whethere I'll try that again or not!

Another class, this one using custom hand-cut frames

A trip to Hanningfield Reservoir nature reserve during the summer was the inspiration for another class,

and I think that this night-time shot of our hotel in Ostend goes so well with this 'Black Market' paper!

Oh good grief...10 months gap?

Ye gods where does the time go... well the earlier months of 2010 were spent doing some crafting, working, decorating the kitchen and a lovely trip to Belgium for the weekend with my friend Tim and members of the National Piers Society. I then spent a lot of the summer driving down to spend time with my Dad in Ashford who was not having a very good much so that we moved him from the Assisted Living home he was in, into full residential care at a Methodist Care home in Whitstable. Then at the end of August my fella and I went away for a few days to the Ironbridge Gorge and then back to the B&B in Wales we found the previous year... End of October my niece Jozella had a baby boy, unfortunately he arrived 12 weeks early and is still fighting in intensive care in hospital in I'm now a Great-Aunt!

However at the beginning of November my world fell apart... my Dad died very suddenly on Sunday 7th November... no warning altho he'd been feeling off colour and a bit breathless a few days beforehand, but not enough for his Doctor to be really worried... but his heart just decided it had had enough. He was 88. I found it hard to accept because I'd only seen him the previous Saturday, I'd gone down to the care home as they were having Halloween fun and games, and my sister, brother and his partner were there too. We had had a lovely day and Dad seemed to enjoy the day, altho he spent the afternoon wearing a rather bemused expression on his face whilst watching Penny and Roger carving pumpkins!

But life has to go on, altho I'm still finding it hard. I'll turn the tv on and one of his favourite programmes will be on. Something funny will happen to me, and the first person I'll want to ring and tell will be him. Like the Saturday a couple of weeks before Christmas I decided to ignore the forecast for HEAVY snow in East Anglia, and drove over to Basildon to Hobbycraft to buy some bits, and whilst I was in the store the snow came down like an express train, and within the space of 30 minutes Basildon was totally gridlocked.  I gingerly made my way back to my car and started my journey home to Southend at 1.30pm... finally reaching my door at 6.15pm. The journey on a good day should take about 20 minutes, 25 at the most... NOT 4 and 3/4 hours! And all the while I wanted to ring Dad to tell him...

Christmas was quiet, I'd planned to collect my other sister Jill on Christmas Eve and have her stay over, then Christmas Day we'd have driven down to Whitstable to spend the day with Penny and her husband Alastair. But Jill and I were both ill and didn't think it fair to inflict our germs onto Alastair because he's not been well either, so we scuppered that plan, and both stayed at home for Christmas Day. My friend Debbie from up the road invited me to hers for lunch, but I was home just after 6pm for a quiet nite in front of the telly.

And now its 2011. A new year, a new chapter in my life and a fresh start on things. Time to seriously tidy up in the lounge to get my craft desk back as a craft desk, not an administrative dumping ground for anything and everything. Time to get cracking on loads of craft projects that I want to do - nothing is stopping me from doing them. Time to stop wasting time playing games on Facebook (whoever invented Frontierville should be shot - it's so flippin' addictive!) Time to start blogging again so I can show off the crafting I'm doing.

As for giving up smoking and losing weight... we'll see... :-)