30 April 2007


Thanks to Nigel for this gem!!!

Excerpts from a Dog's Diary

10:30am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat's Diary

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. B*******s! There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs. I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...

25 April 2007

Chill Out Cheese style!!

For cheese lovers and those who want to chill out I recommend Cheddar TV.

22 April 2007

Loving Doctor Who!

'DH' and I didn't see the first series of the New Doctor Who the first time around. I think after the fiasco of the Who series in the 1980's I was afraid that it would be another thrown together jokey sci-fi programme without substance. However we did start catching up with Christopher Ecclestone et al on good old BBC3 and were soon hooked.
It's great to have a series that the WHOLE family can enjoy together- such a rare thing these days but HOORAY for the BBC for their Saturday evening scheduling!
Been loving series 3 so far. Freema Agyeman is great as the Doctor's new companion and so completely different from Rose. The Doctor and Martha get off to a great start in Smith & Jones when the hospital Martha works in is transported to the moon!
The Shakespeare Code was a great rollicking Doctor Who gone back in time adventure peppered with Shakespearean puns galore- fantastic. Shakespeare was a big old Rock 'n' Roll star of the Globe theatre making him seem glamorous and exciting for the audience!
Gridlock was back to New Earth in the year 5million AD and a grim view of the future it was. The lower orders were stuck for years on 'The Motorway' trying to escape the grind to get to a Utopia they believed existed in the suburbs.
This week's episode was the first of a two parter featuring the badest villains of all time the Daleks. Aided and abetted by the Pig People the Daleks have a dastedly plan (don't they always!) to take their evolution to the next level at the expense of the human race. 1930's Manhatten provides a great backdrop for the story and I can't wait to find out what happens next week!

I'm REALLY enjoying the Dr Who Podcasts by the cast and crew available from the BBC website or on iTunes. Free to download they provide a running audio commentary to each episode frpm Series 2 onwards. I have to say the content varies with each podcast depending on who is providing the commentary. Watch out for those episodes narrated by David Tennant, Russell T Davies and Phil Collinson. They are a scream to listen to and I have found myself chortling away at their asides musch to the bemused looks of my poor family! Even if you are not watching the series simultaneously you will be sure to enjoy the banter!

April Play Time!!!

At last I felt like playing with my April ScrapaGoGo kit and what a lush kit it is too- so fresh and spring like! 'Little Miss Acorn' had a busy day the other day first her LARGE upper tooth came out and then her lower tooth came out (at last!) and she was truely 'Gappy McGappy' !
I sneaked some glitter onto the LO on the lovely chipboard frame around the tooth!

19 April 2007

Kicking 60's Soul Style

I LOVE the funky 60's sould beats from Mark Ronson's new album 'Version'. An Instrumental of Coldplay's 'God Put a Smile On Your Face' will have you moving your feet. To be honest it is SO good you'd think Chris Martin had done the covering of a Soul Original!
Love the lush vocals of Daniel Merriweather on 'Stop Me' amazingly a Smith cover (never been a fan!). Again a band who've never done much for 'Radiohead' have been funked up by Ronson and the laid back voice of Alex Greenwald in 'Just'.
Mark Ronson's style is nothing new Soul Coughing in the 1990's, among others have been combining delish soul beats and funkilicious trumpet and sax breaks with an uptempo beat- but I love it!

18 April 2007

ScrapaGoGo Time!!!

April's lushy kit arrived on Tuesday *happy dance* a beautiful kit! I get to play with the fabby Doodle Templates and scrap with the delish fresh green papers- very apt for Spring! AND there is the glitteriest pen in the WORLD in the kit- the glitter practically DRIPS off it- fab!!

17 April 2007

Dare 49 - It Makes It's Home in...

I knew straightaway what I was going to do with this Dare.
At one time DS was refusing to have his hair cut and as it was SO thick we told him that you could see badgers and bees moving into it thinking it was a hedgerow!!
When DS was cross we'd say the Badgers were snarling at us!!
All this kinda stuck and even he talks about the badgers in his hair!!

Hand drawn badgers
7gypsies papers
Gaffer Tape Dymo

16 April 2007

Dare 47 - Makeover!

Dare 47 was a chance for us to do a Makeover.
I took some Prima-like flowers and a QuicKutz paper person and turned them into a little flower imp!

so those beads I mentioned.......

....to celebrate the books being published (and getting paid!) I decided to treat myself to some of Jaq's gorgeous new Dolly Beads. The previous week I'd seen the debut of these beauties on Jaq's site- the colours and drops of silver and silver wire encassed within the glass was magical!
As my original Dollies were all shades of pinks and purples and I REALLY wanted some of Jaq's green and blue beads I decided to start another bracelet!
I used Jaq's beautiful photos of her beads as I am pants at photographing them and wanted to show you how beautiful they are! Aren't they magical?!!

More ScrapaGoGo

I am LOVING this kit!!!! These rich red and blue papers were perfect for this photo of 'Little Miss Acorn' taking a nap! It had been AGES since she'd fallen asleep in the afternoon but after a hot and busy day she totally flaked out.
Of course it's one of the stages of growing up when your children drop that afternoon anp and I admit to feeling a little nostalgic for it.
Of course the downside it that even if they close their eyes for five minutes it sems to give them BOUNDLESS energy and they can stay up until REALLY late- HOW do they do that??!

ScrapaGoGo March Kit
MM Foam Stamps
QuicKutz Finale Grande Alphabet

Books and Beads.

I am PLEASED to announce that Search Press has released two new books edited by Joy Aitman which feature 8 layouts by little ol' me!!! *happy dance*
Love and Marriage and Heritage are self explanitory titles which they aim to provide the scrapbooker with inspiration for these themes! Very pleased with the books and especially the photography of the layouts *more happy dances*

Oh and the beads...... I'll mention later!!! ;)


I know it's been AGES!!!!!
Life has been lovely and hectic recently and as the Easter weekend weather was SO wonderful we've been overhauling the garden!!
Getting back on track with Bloggy land though!

2 April 2007

Playing at LAST!!!!

After feeling a bit 'blurrrgh' for the few days and having DT stuff to do I hadn't had a chance to PLAY with my March ScrapaGoGo kit. Well yesterday was the day and I dived into my yellow box with glee. The first papers I came across were the soft, vintage blues of the Daisy D's which were perfect for these piccies of my boys. I experimented for the first time with the Hambley overlays and went mad layering up the lovely Daisy D's cardstock tags! Result 2 layouts completed super quick!

New Dare - MakeOver!!

The new Dare is up at Everyone is Speshal. We had to do a makeover take something and turn it into something else. I used Prima type flowers and QuicKutz to make a 3D Flower Imp- fiddly to do but fun. It was nice to revisit my toy making days!
Pop over to the Speshal Blog to see all the other fab makeovers!