Thursday, 27 May 2010

POUNDLAND - I've Made The Big Time ....... Well Nearly

I was Googling Poundland and just imagine my surprise when I found that I had been mentioned in the “Poundland Blog” – I feel famous!
“ I just have to mention Helen and her revamped Poundland Christmas stocking! Wow Helen, you have done a fab job! Make sure you check out Helen’s Its All Fiddle Fart Blog, as she has done some fab handy work on lots of things – great inspiration too.  Helen, we at Poundland HQ love your Poundland motto too – buy it now or you will never see it again.  It’s because our shoppers cannot believe the amazing value, so stock gets cleared very quickly we have to get more products in to fill the space.  It would be great to hear about any other Poundland items you have customised Helen”

Patchwork Butterfly Birthday Card

 Patchwork Card
Another simple card using my nine square layout.
Close Up of Butterfly patchwork Card
I’ve  used an assortment of punches to put it all together, including my new Martha Stewart punch.
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I’ve  used Bazzill paper for the punchies from a stack from DCWV
Butterfly Patchwork Card
Small flat backed pearls and gems complete the design – sorry about the wet glue, I am always too eager to get things blogged!
Extra Info:- The card blank measures 5.25 x 5.25ins. When I am making the middle panel I glue the scalloped squares on a rough square first and then trim around it by eye on my Dhale cutter so it looks evenly centred.
The scalloped square punch measures approx 2cm x 2cm and is by docrafts Xcut.

Blog Award - boring bits about me, bulked up with a few of my favourite pictures that I haven’t had a chance to use ……. until now ……..

I have to confess that though I am always thrilled to bits to receive a Blog Award, I feel awful that I don't usually publically accept them, I am not being ungrateful or offish, it's just that they take a bit of time to do and I am always short of time and  I hate to do things half cock  ..... but I have decided that from now on I must acknowledge and link to my award giver because they have taken time and thought to nominate me  ..... and then in return I will share a little about myself  .... but I hope you don't mind if I don't pass the whole award on …….
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Yesterday, I was  really chuffed to have an award from Jenny who writes a brilliant blog, which I often hop to - . Jenny got the award from Suzy , this is a new blog to me, but one I will be following from now on.
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I get up at 5.30 each morning to do all the paperwork, accounts, etc. for our central heating business. I leave the house at 7.30 to get to my very busy, full time job as a Departmental Assistant at a “top” girls school, finishing at 5.00pm, so  you can  guess that I  am   pretty knackered, a trifle fatigued, by the time I get home ……………. but that’s boring stuff really …….
I love to take pictures of my husband pondering …….. this is on Chesil Beach last Whitsun …. and as I LOVE stones ….. what a BRILLIANT place …. there are millions!
I live to craft …… I tend to do most of it at the weekend and blog in bulk (which seems a bit like cheating, I know), but that way I don’t have the pressure of having to think of a new idea every day when I get in from work …… that would be pure madness and my blogging career would soon be over.  I guess I come up with 5/6 ideas per weekend, and always have my “ideas” book with me, even on holiday, just in case inspiration strikes.
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Our daughter is called Lucy, so this boat name caught my eye ….. we called her Lucy because as soon she was born she opened her wonderful blue eyes and had a good look around ….. Andy said ….. “Lucy in the skies with diamonds, the girl with kaleidoscope eyes”
In the past I didn’t keep a record of the things I’ve made, that is a HUGE regret, but since starting this blog in August 2009 that has all changed, now I blog everything.
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I guess, secretly, I would like to be “discovered” and work full time in crafts. I would love someone to take me under their wing and guide me.  I have never done art properly, but think I could,  if I knew where to start, at the moment I just codge, do my own thing and it always seems to turn out ok ….. but I think I could do better.
If I hadn’t been born a human, I would have liked to have been born a mermaid …… then I could stroke fish!
I also write a second blog, “Mums Monkey”,  I started it about three years ago and then it sort of fizzled out until a lovely lady called Sarah found it, goodness knows how and e-mailed asking me to write some more ……. it really seems to have caught on, in 9 months he has had over 14,000 hits.  It’s a daft idea but I just like the way he looks at life because even the simplest thing is BRILLIANT and a  joy to him! I think the character of Monkey is based on my son when he was a little boy …. he thought a lot too!
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Other boring bits about me …… I love stones, glass bubbles, birdcages, nests, pearls, fish, fountain pens, bleached wood on beaches, wooden balls (??), wooden hearts, lanterns, fairy lights, my Chimes of Kyoto, linen/cotton scented candles, crabs, handmade paper, Jose Murinho, Lord Alan Sugar, Keith Richard, and sweets, except for jelly babies and Starburst type ones.
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I don’t much like broad beans or the feel of wooden lolly sticks.
I hope I haven’t bored you too much!!!!