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Monday, 14 July 2014

The Ribbon Girl - Candy Winner

Hello my lovelies.

Thank you to everyone that entered my little candy and thank you for all your lovely comments on my craft room makeover.
I've still been putting stuff back in the room and I think I'm about finished now, apart from the notice board.

I just need to find some spare time to spend in there!

So I have a winner, chosen at random...


...and that is MaryJ

If you can please EMAIL ME Mary...I need your email address to arrange for your vouchers to be sent to you.

Love 'n' hugs

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Totally Tilda and The Ribbon Girl Challenges

Good Morning.

At long last I'm back with a card. It's been 6+ weeks since I made anything and it was so nice to use my new craft room for the 1st time, if a little difficult to find where I've put stuff!!

So today's card is for two challenges, Totally Tilda 100th Challenge, where the theme is 'Anything Goes' and The Ribbon Girl card challenge where the theme is 'Summer'. 



Flower Tilda with Bow Knot has been coloured with DI markers.
The card shape was cut with a Go-Kreate die....I wish I could buy some more of these but they never seem to have any stock when I check the website.
The gorgeous papers are the new Pion collection My Precious Daughter, a birthday gift from a special friend ♥
And the sentiment is from a set by Amy R.

All the embellishments are from The Ribbon Girl apart from the 2 little butterflies which are cut out from the Pion papers.

50mm Emily Embroidered Tulle Lace - sorry but this is out of stock due to a problem with quality.

Prizes

For the challenge at Totally Tilda it's a little different this time.
We have two generous sponsors and so two prizes...


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Also, as it's our 100th challenge some of the DT are offering candy. 
I have a nice little mystery parcel containing stamps, a paper pad, dies and embellies.
To win any of the DT's candy is easy...just enter the challenge.


The Ribbon Girl also has a fabulous prize on offer for the 'Summer' Card Challenge.


A £10 voucher from our lovely sponsors at  Lili Of The Valleyand


Now who wouldn't want to win that? I love a good spend at both these shops :)

Two challenges, both with nice and easy themes and both with fabulous prizes so why not join in...you've got to be in it to win it!

( and I still have candy running for another week on the post HERE )

Thanks for looking
Love 'n' hugs

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Craft Room Photos and Candy

And now for the results of my husbands labour of love.
I totally ADORE my new room, it looks so much bigger - to me - and feels light and airy and it's exactly what I dreamt of...only better.
I owe a massive thank you to my lovely hubby for all his hard work and for giving me free reign with his wallet.

It's going to be a long post again as I wanted to try to add links to the lovely places I bought my goodies from, and I've tried to show the photos in a similar order to the 'before' ones, going clockwise around the room.


The view from the door way.
The paint is from Ecos Organic Paints  I've got White Lily on the wood work and 3 of the walls and Fjord on the back wall. I LOVE that colour so much! The paint is water based, organic and totally solvent free - as used in the Louvre - well if it's good enough for the Mona Lisa....


Behind the door is the new Pax wardrobes from Ikea - I went for 2 single wardrobes rather than one double, with Risdal doors. The doorknobs are off eBay.


The storage boxes are also from Ikea except the wicker ones which are a set from Aldi.


Three drawers on each side of the wardrobes.


Next to the wardrobe we have my lovely oak work tops...oh my goodness I love these too!
We intended to buy them from Ikea but when we went to order them we discovered they take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive so Phil did some research on the Internet and they came from Wood Work Tops
They were so helpful and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.
A shout out to Magic Mike for cutting the worktops to size and rounding them off, he was so very generous in giving up his free time ♥


Paper storage unit from Storage4crafts, also extremely helpful people.


I really didn't need the Raskog kitchen trolley but the colour went so well with the paint that I was having it!
The day light lamp on the desk was bought from Optima for £89.32p with free P+P rather than direct from Daylight Company at £144.99p plus £5.99 P+P.
I'm so good at saving Phil money :)


The two wall shelf units are from Shabby Store
Another store that I will happily buy from again, thank you to James as I think I talked his ears off!

Evie the bunny is a birthday gift from the sweet Miss Dena and will keep Olive the mouse - a gift from an exceptionally lovely lady - very good company. Both were lovingly made by Rachel at Rocky Loves Rosie.

The storage jars with ceramic bird lids are from Live Laugh Love.


Another store I could spend a months wages in and the delivery was faster than the speed of light.


The cake stand was another eBay buy and those cute dolly pegs are hand painted by Suzann at Frillyflowers.


Another storage unit from Storage4crafts.


The Gregor chair is from Ikea and the gorgeous cushion cover is from All The Trimmings UK on Etsy.


And lastly I have my lovely little light from Sainsburys.
Damn it but they've reduced the price of them now pfftt!

I still have birthday gifts that I haven't put in the room yet and I need to put up a notice board and clean up the Distress re-inkers before I put them back.

Thank you very much for looking and for your patience in my absence, and now on to some candy.


I have a £50 voucher from The Ribbon Girl for one winner chosen at random.
Please note: The vouchers can be redeemed against any of the vast products stocked in the shop, but not against the P&P, which can be anything from £2.50 in the UK up to £5.25 for the USA.

To enter just click on the blue frog, candy will run for 2 weeks.
Thanks for looking
Love 'n' hugs
Elaine

Monday, 30 June 2014

Craft Room 'Before' Photos.

Hellooooo!
Yep, I'm back and this is going to be a long post...you may need cakes and a cuppa to see you through it all.

The first thing I must say is a HUGE thank you to all my friends and family for all your good wishes, gorgeous cards and far too generous gifts, and for making my 50th birthday a wonderful occasion. I was thoroughly spoilt ♥

My hubby finished my craft room on the Sunday, ready for my birthday on the Monday. Bless him but he's worked so hard to get it finished on time and all his hard work has paid off...I LOVE it so much!!
I took last week off work so I could start sorting through my crafty stash and putting it back into it's new home. I seriously underestimated how long this was going to take! I started on the Tuesday and finished it on  Saturday evening and I was working well past midnight for most of the week. I didn't even turn on my laptop, afraid that once it was on I'd lose half the day reading blogger or Facebook. 

I took lots of 'before' and 'after' photos so I hope you'll see a big change!
Let's start with the 'before' ones...


This is the view into the room from the doorway. It was a perfectly workable space but somewhat cluttered and messy.

Going clockwise around the room, behind the door...


A wardrobe - awwww that's Hal's height chart still on the wall!


And the contents of the wardrobe...the crafty stash overspill and stuff I've been buying for the new room, and things put safely away ready for the move.


Next to the wardrobe is a little worktop with my laptop and TV on and Phil's printers on the shelf above.


Under the worktop.


Back up again, and moving left towards my work desk.
I'd been testing paint colours on the walls.


This is my work desk where I sit and colour.


Under the work desk.


And moving around the room back to the door is the last photo.
Oooo I left my fluffy socks on the radiator, sorry about that!

So those are the 'before' photos. 
The next post will be the 'after' photos and a little candy to celebrate.

Thanks for looking and bearing with me.
Love 'n' hugs

Sunday, 8 June 2014

The Ribbon Girl ~ Lovely Lili Challenge.


Good morning!

I've a card to share today although it's one I made quite a while ago, a couple of weeks before my craft room was dismantled and everything packed away.
This is my last GDT card for The Ribbon Girl where the theme is girly, how's that for a nice and easy challenge?





The image is Time Flies and I dug out my Inktense pencils to colour her with for a change.
I've had the boxed set of pencils for at least 5 years but only used them once or twice and both times with little success. But when I was at LOTV for their birthday celebrations, I watched my lovely buddy Dena colour with them and she advised me to try a different kind of card to colour on and it really does work a gazillion times better than the card I use for DI's. I still prefer the Distress Inks but I'm going to use the pencils some more and hopefully improve.
The papers are Maja Design Sofiera and the sentiment is an from an old set by Elzybells.

There's always a fantastic prize on offer and for the winner of this challenge it's a stamp of the winners choice from LOTV and a £10 voucher to spend at The Ribbon Girl.

A big thank you to Mary and Andrea for having me as a GDT and an even bigger thank you for asking me to become a permanent DT member!!!

So, for those that have asked about the craft room:
I got the room emptied of my craft stuff on the Bank Holiday Monday and then Phil set about dismantling the wardrobe, drawer unit and shelving and clearing everything out of the room. He's moved the radiator, put in some extra electrical sockets, cleaned walls, filled holes, sanded paintwork and has now started the painting.
Once the painting is finished then the fun stuff can begin!
Every evening after coming home from work I've spent trawling the Internet for furniture and pretty accessories. I found some good bargains, had some excellent service and some not so good service too.
When the room is finished I'll post the photos and add links to the sites where I've bought stuff, and there'll be a  little celebratory candy too.

Thanks for looking and for bearing with me.
Love 'n' hugs

Sunday, 25 May 2014

From Leeds to London...

I'm sorry I've no cards to share but I thought I'd fill you in on what's been going on here.

As some of my friends already know, we've had a very special visitor staying with us. My crafty buddy Amanda from Pennsylvania arrived last Sunday morning...a day later than planned as her original flight was cancelled! We didn't do too much on Sunday, just went over to Todmorden for a spot of lunch and then for a little meander around Hebden Bridge.

Monday we went to LOTV where we met the super sweet Faye along with her lovely hubby, they had travelled for miles to meet up with Amanda. Then it was on to Samuel Taylors and a little catch up with the gorgeous Katy - who I've not seen in a very long time!

Tuesday we went to The Hobby House to meet up with Jill. We all went for lunch in a lovely little place Jill had taken us to previously that serves the best fish, chips and mushy peas. We then spent the rest of the afternoon doing some crafty shopping and catching up. I always love visiting Jill and it was a fabulous day.

Wednesday morning we set off on the train down to London. By the time we'd got there and dropped our bags at the apartment it was time for some lunch, so we met up with Hal and went to Camden Market for street food and I introduced Amanda to a Strawberry cider - or two.
After Camden we headed to the South Bank and later we had dinner at Strada followed by a stroll back to the apartment.


Thursday the weather had changed and it was much cooler and raining so we took the tour bus trip around London, hopping off at Hyde Park to collect Hal, and then again at Covent Garden for lunch and some shopping. We also took the boat trip down the Thames and then it was time to head on back to the train station for the journey home.

Friday was a much quieter day - because we were all knackered! 
 We just went out for afternoon tea at Slattery's along with Emma - who flew out yesterday to Japan where she's working for the next 7 weeks.

And suddenly it was Saturday and time to take Amanda back to the airport for her flight home.
I had a fabulous week and my only regret is that it was over far too soon :(

I'm very grateful it's a long weekend in the UK then I can catch up on all the chores before going back to work, then next weekend we start with the craft room remodelling. I use the term 'we' rather loosely, as it's the hubster that'll be doing all the hard work, I'm just the site manager :) 
I won't have much to share in the way of cards for the next month or so while my craft room is out of bounds, but it means I should be able to catch with everyone in blogland.

Thanks for looking.
Love

Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Ribbon Girl - Colour Challenge

Good Morning my lovelies.

Today I have my GDT card for The Ribbon Girl where the colour challenge is lilac/purple.
Now I've got to tell you something...if you asked me to use all "My favourite Things" then this pretty much covers it.
Favourite colours, favourite lace, favourite ribbon (the pure silk ribbon is just amazing!) and an image from one of my favourite designers.



Lavender Pure Silk Ribbon
Wooden Star Button threaded with Ivory Button Twine
Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
White Opal Liquid Pearls
3mm and 5mm Ivory Adhesive Pearls

The sweet image is Wee One by the lovely Sylvia Zet, and it's coloured with DI markers.
The papers are from Papirgleder

There's always a fantastic prize to be won, so head on over to The Ribbon Girl Blog 
and join in.

A big thank you for all your condolences, warm wishes, cards, emails, messages and flowers.
The funeral took place yesterday and as far as funerals go, it was a lovely day.

I'm off work this week and waiting impatiently for my BFF to arrive from America.
We have a full schedule for the week ahead so I probably won't get on blogger until next week now, thank you for your patience!

Love 'n' hugs