Wednesday, May 31, 2006
from a fantastic visit to Somerset and Cornwell. In the main the though, the highlight was definitely Saturday and then Tuesday night spent at Bowermead House the delightful home of Bill and Netta Southcombe.
Unfortunately, the picture really doesn't do the place the justice it deserves. It's an 18th century house in an idyllic setting overlooking the Vale of Avalon near Glastonbury. The rooms really are beautifully decorated, the beds the most comfortable and Bill is a dab hand with the old breakfast menu. Along with the Bill and Netta, Millie the dog does her fair share of meeting and greeting of guests.
We had originally only booked for Saturday, to break our journey to Cornwell, but having spent one night there, we just couldn't resist asking if they had room for our return on Tuesday. They were full, but Bill very kindly said he would fit us in.
So we tootled off to Cornwell to stay at Trewinney Farmhouse near Megavissey. This was not a bad B&B too, but really couldn't compete with the attractions of Bowermead. The one drawback to Trewinney was the shared bathroom accessed through an impossibly small/narrow opening in the cottage wall. Fine if you are of normal, proportions, but I have a backside the size of a small kingdome, and am not very nimble. I probably bumped by head at least 25 times.
We (Minkey and Parental Control) pootled off to the Eden Project some of Monday, and tehn on to Goran Haven. Now that is a nice child/family friendly beach, even if the decent is hair-raising to say the least to get there - typical Cornish typography.
It's small enough to be able to see what she was up to, had a good flow of freshwater down the beach to facilitate the building of dams and pools, rocks to poke about in and a handy beach cafe. The only draw back was that as we had gone in my Kia we had limited boot/luggage space and hadn't had room for the usual beach chairs, and the seating opportunities were limited.
We treated ourselves to pasties and chips by the sea to round off the evening.
On Tuesday we ventured back to Wiltshire to spend time at Longleat (always a favourit), and it has just improved again. I think we may also have been filmed in Pets Corner, so we will be watching out for our faces to appear on the TV!
After dinner at the Fox & Hounds in Tytherington (not sure if I spelt it right) we went back to Bowermead to spend the night. Bill was apologetic that he had had to squeeze us in, and Minkey and I spent the night in Sophie's room (thank you Sophie for letting us do that) - shhhhhhh, don't let on, but her bed is seriously comfortable, and it really was no inconvenience.
Netta has a jewellery company, and I have fallen in love with quite a few of her wares, so it won't be long before I put an order in there.
We set off for home this morning, and had a loo stop at Stonehenge - I refused to pay the vast sums English Heritage were demanding for the ability to go a further 3 feet than the perimeter - so we made do with looking at it through the fencing.
We finally got home at about 12.30 today, and I've spent the rest of the day packing orders - which I'm very pleased to say I then got to the Post Office before it shut.
It feels like I've been away for ages, so I suppose that's the sign of a good break.
On another happy note, only one prono member had joined UKSTampers, which has now been deleted, and we have had loads of genuine members join up too.
I have also been asked by several people today to organise mail order facilities as well as the web sales, so I will have to turn my attention to that side of things too.
Right, Minkey is moaning to get on-line, so I'm off to drink coffee with my honey (whom I have missed so much). He is in my very good books, cos he's fixed my printer (busted by moi in a frenzy of order processing today)....
Friday, May 26, 2006
unexpectedly turned up today, it was so long ago they were ordered, I had forgotten all about them.
The Cactus Pink stamps, chiboard alphabets and papers also arrived yesterday, and have absolutely flewn out of the door ever since.
I will be M.I.A. from tomorrow morning til Wednesday night, so get any orders in now, so that they can be packed before I go. I haven't got piccies of the 12 x 12 CP paper that we also got in, as I've not had the time, but ohhhhhh lickable so so lickable - as Kirsty would say I wubes 'em.
As I type this I am completely surrounded by products that have recently arrived, it's really quite overwhelming just how many there are (oh, and quietly so the Slave can't hear just how dang much I have spent on them.sssshhhhh!).
I've had the day off the Society of Blahhhh today, but deffo not been idle, far from it. First we dashed off to the wholsaler to get some bombanierie tulle circles and ribbon for the Nebbia del Mare, as the bubblewrap just wasn't good enough to package it up. They now look like wedding favours, and oh so cute. The we hopped over to Chatham to Staples, as I needed a huge supply of padded envies for the order levels we now have. That lot should keep me going for a week or two, oh and more bubble wrap, but in it's own handy dispensing container. The off to Hempstead Valley for shoes for me - Imelda Marcos eat y our heart out! - a birthday pressie for my goddaughter Rom and food type stuff for Drummer and the Slave to supplement the lasagne and macaroni cheese being left for them. After that they will be on their own - don't feel sorry for them though, stir fry and kebabs will be the order of the day!
Then back to pack and process the outstanding orders from late last night/this morning, and the new ones that had come in, and sort out a couple of customer queries/problemos.
Next came loading up products, and then a trip to el banco and post office Earth.
Back to load up the new products and attempt a bit of paperwork.
My Parental Control has now taken over packing for Lydia, and that will just leave me.
Slave is now home, and has just popped a much needed/earnt coffee on the desk, so I will now have a short intermission and then start my packing.
Drummer and Hailey are going to be around next week for the Dog and Slave will also be around, but I will need to cook the cat's fish, as they won't want to do that.
Well, that's about me done, if anyone needs me www.ukstampers.co.uk has an announcement thread and my mobile number is on there.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I've been waiting for ages to get these little beauties in stock, and yippee, they are here now.
For the uninitiated, they are great for applying gesso and paints to surfaces. In fact my splodger was single handedly responsible for me conquest of the gesso mountain I was facing.
If you apply some along the bottom of it, and then gently swipe over the surface, with a kinda flick of the wrist action, it lays down just the right amount - trick is to be light as a feather when you do it. Then dry off with a heat gun and then apply you ink.
Anyhoo, apologies for my sad excitement, but I think they are great!!
Store was busy last night, but all orders (including a back one for wings) are now packed and ready for the off.
It's my last day at the Blahhh Society, as I have tomorrow off to pack for our hols, but the only thing I have to look forward to is a health & safety cbt - think of me through the day - that thing is my nemisis (ok following some people's remarks at Kirsty's spelling not sure if that is spelt right, and I am certainly not gonna get my dictionary at this time in the morn).
We are viewing a house near Wadhurst this morning, that has just come on the market, so it will be a rush to get fed (both human and dog varieties) and out of the door tonight.
Oh well, need to shower and prepare for the h&s test................
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
as well as these lovely Pierrot Plates from Paper Artsy, which are their May release. How lickable are they, I really love the Just Clowning Around on, but all will come in so handy.
I'm quite excited about the Golden products too, there is Golden Matte Medium and Golden Gel. The Matte Medium is for photo transfer with ink-jet transparencies (Issue 2 of Simply Stamping I think) and the Gel is great for decoupage and sealing.
Viewer was a no show yesterday, which is annoying beyond belief, as there is so much tidying, and prettying involved before they come. Agent was going to find out the reason why, but we haven't heard yet. Still, more of the blighters on the way this week.
Still waiting for the Cactus Pink to arrive (I'd love to say patiently, but I would be lying). I want that stuff in stock so bad!
The blahness at the Society reached an all time high of stupifying boredom yesterday, but as it's hump day today I get off early - so whoooooooooohooooooooo to that - just need to stay awake til I get to 2.45.
All orders including the Wizard one are away from the Galaxy now, and we only have one backorder of small wings (hopefully these will arrive today) that is pending.
Oh well, off to drink copious amounts of coffee and not too eat much, think of me hating every last minute of that place.....
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Busy, busy, busy cleaning and more cleaning as we have further viewings this week. Apparently some of the peeps from last week are quite interested - so fingers crossed for us.
Society of Blahhhh, is just that, boring and exhaustingly so, I like to be busy so the time flies, and it drags there.
All orders from last night have now left the Galaxy, and we are eagerly awaiting the Cactus Pink stuff, which is winging its way to us as we speak (surely it cannot be much longer).
Simply Stamping Issue 4 is now in store (apologies though, as it has the Issue 3 image currently, I will fix this asap).
I can smell toast, so I just need to do the last bits and then have some brekkies.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Viewings have gone well this weekend, with one woman coming back again with her hubbie and kids. Fingers crossed that it might lead of an offer.
Had a great time watching the Princes Trust concert last night, and hope that people have been very generous for this worthy cause. We will be paying in some money at the bank tomorrow ourselves.
Shopfront news: Got an offer on til Monday at the Galaxy for Sassafras Nester Stamps www.stampgalaxy.co.uk/catalog at £9.00 for the doodled borders and dings, and £9.00 for the stitched borders (2). The sew fine alphabet is also fabbie value.
All orders in so far today have been packed and sent on their way.
Got news on Friday that my Cactus Pink order left the USA on 16th May, and am so excited that the stamps and papers will soon be in the Galaxy.
That's it folks...
Friday, May 19, 2006
surprise when I got home, as there waiting for me was a whole host of great stamps to make up demos, and design make n takes for the Craft Expos in June and July from Jenny.
Got more viewings today, so didn't have time last night, so am going to take my trusty KAI's and some foam, together with some of the designs to sit and cut them out - got nothing better to do.
Weather is miserable, horrid - and I am afraid to say matches my mood again today - Society of Blah is certainly getting me down - it's the unrelenting boredom.
Shopfront: all orders despatched on on their way - only the Wizard order outstanding - apparently "less than fastway" should be delivering it today.
Hope you all have a better day than I'm expecting. Hopefully, I will be in a better mood when I next blog.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
today, which is a day that I really quite like, as I pick up Minkey from school. She has a friend coming over for tea tonight too.
I made a start on another avatar last night, did a fair bit of cleaning, and then settled down to watch HRH Prince Charles talking about the Princes Trust - very interesting and informative programme. I have to admit that I've always liked him, and watching that interview just confirmed why, what a very, very nice man he is.
Last night was also a very busy night in the Galaxy, but I'm pleased to say that all packed and ready to go (except one waiting for payment to clear).
There was a thread going on UKScrappers about adhesvie yesterday, and I just thought I would share my favourite one with you - Sticky Fingers Scrapbook Adhesvies (sold in store) - believe me when I say I have tried them all, and given up with most - and again and again I come back to this little beauty. It's economical, easy to store, quicky yet allowing for stick down error and archival quality. I'm really not sure why more people haven't discovered it.
Right, I can hear my shower calling. I need to get a move on today, as I am also taking the Minkey to school.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
this is number three in the Vintage Stampers series:
Another day, where it's been a completely non-event at work, not really even worth getting out of bed for (except for the money).
Hump Day tomorrow, which is a good day, as I work till 2.45 and then pick up Minkey from School.
Spoke to Anna Louise today, and got the low down from her about Bonanza - she is such a sweetie, and so talented.
I probably should be doing housework as we have a viewing on Thursday morning, but I have Sky+ the Bibster, and I need to watch that. I also need to do the next Avatar - granted they don't take long. Minkey too needs a bit of attention, and the Drummer's room need a muck out.
Ordered more lovely stuff from Auscraft today, including the Potting Shed collection, and various mediums, gesso and textile medium.
Something I learnt of great interest is that you can paint on the texture paste to a thick acetate, stamp into it, colour it etc., and when dry you can pull it off and stick it anywhere you like! Also if you add the textile medium to the paint it turns into a textile paint (possibly you have to heat set, need to read the instructions).
Shopfront: All orders (except one waiting for cheque to clear) and ready for the off tomorrow.
Righto, off to knock up that avatar.
Monday, May 15, 2006
I've uploaded a quick scan of the second UKST avatar as well, but I don't think I can be asked to finish the other one that is sitting on my desk at the moment.
Slave is watching Ray Mears, the 3rd hour inwhat looks like a marathon of countryside survival - don't get me wrong, I love the countryside, but just to walk in or look at from inside my comfy house of a 5* hotel. Not to range around in the wet and cold looking for food - much better several courses served up on crisp white linen!
Slave on the other hand fancies himself as some wild man of the woods - it's probably some prehistoric urge.
Ohhh, sounds like Ray may have been paused, I'm off to take over the remote and watch some saved up Dawn Bibby.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
as the Slave was away picking up Smallest Minkey from Outlaws, the Drummer Boy was doing what ever teenage type people do, and my own Parental Control was pottering around in the garden - I started to make avatars for UKSTampers.
Sorry about the crookedness of this one, just couldn't get it to scan straight (clearly needs the Slave's touch).
So far I've done 4 plus my own temporary one and 2 further tags which may or may not make it.
I haven't re-sized it yet, and I'm hoping that you will still be able to read the words - fingers crossed anyway.
Yuk, Society for the Bland tomorrow, how quickly the weekend flies.
I got some really scrumlicious type flowers from Anna www.bumblebee.crafts.co.uk on Saturday - OMG they are so utterly fab. Thank you Anna, they have come to a loving home. The l'il ones are just like Primas in lovely colours, and I can't even begin to describe their lushness and hues, and the quality is just second to none. I have a price list, so these will certain for sure be making into the Galaxy as soon as poss.
Poor Dexta the dog (now renamed Sick Note) has a terrible cough, bless his little heart. Slave had to break off from his usual shooting activities on Saturday morn to shufty him off to set the vet, apparently he has Kennel Cough - which is amazing as he has been nowhere near a kennel I swear, and rarely even ventures onto public territory. He has medicine and been told to take a week off, sorry has a weak cough!
Seems a little better since starting on his course of meds though.
Shopfront: all order packed and ready to go, and new Sassafras Borders, Doodas and Brackets due in this week.
Well, supose I better gird my loins for the morrow.
Friday, May 12, 2006
at the Galaxy, now that's what I call a bargin, I must be mad!
Got some really lovely Faerie Poppet stamps in too.
Yesterday, was a not too bad day in the main, but exceptionally good in a couple of parts - I got a mention on both Kirsty's 12x12..8x8 blog and Anna Louise's "I feel like scrapping tonight" blog after sorting out a problem for them the lack of acrylic blocks for Bonanza and also suggesting Anna might like to use a couple of Galaxy articles. It was lovely to get a mention, they are such nice girlies, and I was glad I could be of help.
Apart from that, I was a bit poorly - I have caught the Drummer Boys lurgey.
Smallest Minkey is Grant Parent bound after school this afternoon, so I need to get packed for her, I may even go with the Slave to drop her off - and brave the Outlaws.
From my skylight the weather looks bright, and set for a warm one I guess. Oh, well shower time...
Thursday, May 11, 2006
I rang, we discussed, and I said no problem, then gave the thought to getting them there. Luckily Dibs on UKS came up trumps, and she only lives about 10 miles from me, so I loaded them in the car (togther with a pressie for her), and off I set. Job well done, and thanks, oh thanks, oh thanks to Dibs.
It was great to help Anna (she is such a lovely girl), also said that she can use the Embossing Article and Ink about it ones from the Galaxy Learn Section, if they are of any help to her.
Apparently, I am a new Mum, my adopted UKS daughter pm'd me this morning, I need to send her a pm back answering her queries. I've been so busy I forgot that I had said I would adopt again.
Talking of adopted kids, hi Kerrin hope you are feeling better.
Been busy packing another order before work, and about to head off into the shower to sit for 8 hours of nothingness again.
Oh, forgot to say, I did a tag last night after my trip to Dibs, which I think should be OK for an avatar on UKSTampers. I need to upload it tonight.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
to clear my chache - yep, sounds painful, but in fact was just so quick to do.
I had trouble getting on this morning, and blogger just kept bringing up a problem screen, I eventually managed to ascertain what it wanted and voila - here I am back again.
Usual blahness that I won't bore you with viz the Society, my boss went homeward bound at 1 ish to look after sick wife - amazing he can do that but my kids have to go wistle, but still, I'm not bitter!
Shopfront news: had a papercraft celeb order some stuff today - how cool is that. All orders, apart from one waiting for payment will go off today.
We have a new product in the Galaxy "Tag it" 20 buff recycled tags tied up with ribbon, very nice tags, Minkey and I used some yesterday and they screw up and smooth out very nicely. They also take the Distress Dyes beautifully.
Notch & Die is on special at £17.50 for this month (or until stocks last), hurry as this is an offer that's going really well, and there may not be too many left.
It's hump day today, which is a good day for me cos I finish eary to get my Minkey from School, we are going to the park and the shop for sweeties.
Have a good one girls.
Monday, May 08, 2006
It's pouring here this morning, and I'm just trying to dredge from some small place in me the will to go to the Society of complete and utter blahhhghhh, and sit for 8 hour and do nothing - believe me when I say that is not an easy thing!
Shopfront: all orders done and dusted, nothing outstanding.
Oh well shower, and...............
Sunday, May 07, 2006
and finished the get well card I've been working on.
Quite pleased with it, and as you can see, I've been using the Tulips again - just can't help myself I love that stamp so much.
Also used the splatter (Savvy Stamp), which we have in store, and the tiny flower is one I got with the Magenta set a few weeks ago (really wish I could stock Magenta, but they only do Retail not on-line stores).
Paper is TLC pack, which I am growing to love really. I got it as a sample to see what the quality of TLC was like, and I have to say I am very impressed - I admit that I had dismissed them out of hand and been influenced by some published designers to think them not quite the thing - but have revised that opinion since using it. The postcards are a pack I picked up from Lakeland earlier in the year. Inks are Peeled Pain Distress Ink; Versa Magic Sugarcane (love it sooooo much) and my other always reach for Brilliance Pearlescent Purple; Staz-on Timber Brown (another can't do without at the moment). Art Institute Glitter used with their glue system - colours were 21. Orchid Opague; 10. Baby Pink Opaque; and 38. Sea Opaque. Again, they are on my desk and I use them a lot as the really remind me of spring. Only other thing used is the narrow brown satin ribbon and Stix-2 3d pads.
I decorated the envelope as well, but just in Peeled Pain Distress (Tuplips and my Butterfly from the Magenta set), and then the small flower with the Brilliance pearlescent purple.
Hope that Cal likes the card, as she hasn't been very well recently.
Had people here today viewing, but couldn't get a vibe either way from them - they weren't forthcoming - which probably means they were not the genuine buyer type rather perusers of propertys for a lark types (could be wrong though).
Shopfront: all orders packed and ready to go, along with the prize from the UKScrappers cyber crop. Offer still running til 6 am tomorrow on the buy 2 get 3rd free on plain cardstock together with double loyalty points, so take the chance to stock up.
Apparently, the Bromley Craft Expo has been postponed til a bit later from next week, but the good news is I have been asked to help my mate Jen with make'n'take at two Craft Expo's on 17th June and 8th July, so it gives me a bit more time to prepare.
Have a good Sunday blogettes, off to do a bit more crafting I think, maybe I can move away from the above colours/stamp to ring the changes...
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Been cleaning like a demented thing today, just taking a quick break to check emails etc.
Shopfront: all orders gone. Prizewinner's prize will be going off on Monday.
Well, back to it.
Friday, May 05, 2006
the Sunflower Collage from the Diffusion range by Jill Meyer. It's so cool, second runner at the moment is my tulips from Creative Express, and the Butterfly Grid (featured in last Simply Stamping).
Certainly seem to be turning into a flowery/butterfly girlie at the moment. The Sunflower just looks so nice stamped in plain Art Print Brown with touches of colour washed in, and the tulips I tend to stamp on acetate and then use Art Institute Glitter behind.
I'm doing a get well card with the tulips at the moment, glittered the tulips last night, and will put it together tonight. Have to go and get some cardblanks though, I want pearlised ones, and only have plain. Note to me: get pearlised cards in stock!
Shopfront: All orders are packed and away today, there is nothing outstanding. Buy 2 get 3rd free on plain cardstock offer is on til 6pm tonight. Just buy as normal, and I add the extra at checkout. The Mystic Medium (blue) Prism is a fab colour, and I'm really surprised that it hasn't caught on (I like to use it with Opalite re-inkers and my squeezy).
Oh well, need to shower and get myself off to the Society of Blahness, it was so boring yesterday that I was ready to throw myself on my sword by 10 in the morning.
Got viewers for this place at the weekend, and I am eagerly awaiting details of one at Groombridge for us to go and view.
Have a good one all.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Just returned from a trip to Crowborough to view a house. We cut across country to avoid Tunbridge Wells, so arrived 35 minutes early. Found the property easily, which is down a private lane, and at the end with a wooded footpath which eventually leads to some more houses. As there was a lady dropping off a small child at the house, we parked up and wandered back up the lane and into the other part (cul de sac) just to fill in some time. Then after woman had gone wandered past the house and up the wooded track and back. At which point the lady of the house was outside in the drive anyhow, so we introduced ourselves and asked if it was convenient.
Have to say from the outside, it was okay, but didn't think I would like it really - don't know why I formed that opinion (apparently Parental Control too had had that feeling I found out later). Having said that, from the moment I walked in I just fell instantly in love. It's quite rambling, but not too big, neutral colours and original wood floor. Whilst the details don't say so, it does remind me of a Lions Green House (local builders of quality). Each room, just got better and better.
Yes, the garden is small - but only by our standards - in real normal life it is actually a big, big garden. There are other houses in the neighbourhood, but it's quiet and peaceful and private.
The mastersuite is a thing of beauty, very stylish with such beautiful fitted cupboards (oh such lovely moulding on them too), I was just commenting on that very feature, when the lovely homeowner swung open one of said cupboard doors to reveal a beautiful, large, oh so very lovely, lovely bathroom with very upmarket fittings and lime tiles - seems Parental Control has dibbed that room!!!
All the bedrooms were large with fitted wardrobes, and storage aplenty.
We lost Minkey, and had a hells own job retrieving her from the girls room, she had already moved in. I felt the same, if I had had my toothbrush, that would have been it.
In fact, only negative things we could find wrong was broken/old gate post - which would be replaced with automatic anyway, and garage doors needed lightening, which would be done when electric was added to them too.
So we just need to get our sale well on the way, and if it is still available we will definitely make an offer. We will still carry on looking, but you just know if your heart don't you. Trick is now not to get too set on it, just in case.
Did I mention the sun room, with surround sound, and the gas cooker WITH GRILL (a big thing if you have an Aga like we do with sans grill for 14 years) - toast toppers here I come. Sky is already piped over the house (so I won't have to be without). It's got gas, again big thing when you live in the country, and mains drainage, be still my beating heart!!!!!!!!! Oh and 5 minute walk to the leisure centre for Minkey to swim, and 5 minutes further on to the town centre - complete with Mackays. Didn't see a post office when we went for a drive, but feel certain there must be one. There is however a Tai and an Italian restaurant and some good pubs.
Slave is lamenting the loss of his precious acres, but he will live and we should have pennies enough to ensure that he can get a bit of woodland nearby.
Come on somebody buy ours.....quick, quick, quick.
Shopront news: some lovely goodies in www.stampgalaxy.co.uk yesterday, which have all been loaded - Hampton Art Stamps, Making Memories Knives, Galaxy Milky Way markers and Ultimate Black fine point ones. Memories ink pads in yumm colours too, oh and a couple of Sarabinders.
All orders launched into the ether.