Friday, December 29, 2006

Life doesn't run smooth..........

that's for certain....Guy's just taken the dog out for a walk, and Dextra had a huge big wimpering fit, and didn't really seem to know where he was.

Guy got him right back inside as they'ed only just left the confies of the garden, but it took about 5 minutes for him to seem to come to. It happened last night indoors too, so I think Guy's going to try to get a vet's appointment p.d.q.

We went swimming en familie yesterday, and had a good time despite the fact that Guy and I didn't really want to go, but once we'd forced ourselves all was fine - I struggled to get out of the rapids (although they are fun when you are in them), and Guy had to catch me after 3 unsuccessful attempts to get out.

A little bit of good news on the Diane front she managed a few small mouthfuls of food, and has so far kept them down. They hospital are doing a further scan, but still say this is the worst liver damage they have seen (worrying as it's a Liver Unit).

Currently we are waiting for the Aga man to turn up so are shackled to the house - although in truth we aren't sure if it will be today or tomorrow.

Life sucks at the moment, truly it does, and no remote sign of having time or inclination to craft.

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Quick Update..............

Di's managed three mouthfuls of food, and kept it down, but for some reason had to have an ECG in the middle of the night.

They've also given her a drip for pain, which she can control herself - she's had a huge pain threshold so if she's admitting to pain, that it really must be extreme.

Hang in there girl!

Galaxy Girl

Still waiting for more news.........

Neil's at the hospital at the moment, fingers crossed that it will be good, and that we will be able to go up tomorrow. I dread the phone ringing at the moment.

I managed to get hold of the Aga Engineer this morning, and he's coming out tomorrow or Saturday to fit a second hand part (that's in better condition than our flame unit) as a temporary fix - so hopefully we can be able to cook properly - never get an Aga they are unreliable piles of poo!

As much as I would love to wallow in self-pity, with kids that is really hard to do, so we have promised Lydia we will take her swimming this morning (something she loves and we hate with vengance, but what the hey!).

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

No improvement for Diane.........

I rang Neil today, as we were hoping to be allowed to visit, but she's so seriously ill at the moment that it's best if we don't.

Fingers crossed for a bit of an improvement overnight, and we can see her tomorrow.

I had promised myself I would be strong and not cry, but completely broke down on the phone with Neil this morning - he just sounded so lost and helpless.

I felt sick when the phone rang yesterday afternoon, but it was my mother-in-law just enquiring about how she was doing.

At the moment, it's fingers crossed, and in fact everything else too, and constant prayers being offered on high for her safe recovery.

Galaxy Girl

No improvement for Diane.........

I rang Neil today, as we were hoping to be allowed to visit, but she's so seriously ill at the moment that it's best if we don't.

Fingers crossed for a bit of an improvement overnight, and we can see her tomorrow.

I had promised myself I would be strong and not cry, but completely broke down on the phone with Neil this morning - he just sounded so lost and helpless.

I felt sick when the phone rang yesterday afternoon, but it was my mother-in-law just enquiring about how she was doing.

At the moment, it's fingers crossed, and in fact everything else too, and constant prayers being offered on high for her safe recovery.

Galaxy Girl

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas everyone........

hope Santa brings you everything you wished for.

Personally speaking, he's put out really well this year, and I'm off to wallow in Dr Who Series 2 Box set, stamps, and all kinds of loveliness.

However, our Christmas is tinged with great sadness and worry at the moment. My oldest and dearest friend, Diane, had a terrible riding accident on Saturday, and having been taken to Darrenth Valley hospital, they transferred her yesterday by air ambulance to Kings with severe liver damage and internal bleeding - and she is seriously ill.

We are so worried about here, and she's constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Also Di's daughter is my God Daughter, and whilst I know that she's with her grandparents, 3 is so tiny and wee to be without your Mum (and Dad because Neil is by her bedside).

We are going up to Kings later if we can.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Wow, what a Strictly Come Dancing Final that was....

well done, and well deserved congratulations to Karen Hardy and Mark Ramprakesh.
All of their performances were amazing last night.
Today's agenda:
We're off to lunch today to the Langley Hotel in Tonbridge (which is where Guy and I had our Wedding Reception), and I need to help Lydia tidy her room. Apparently, the Elves came round yesterday to do a elf and safety risk assessment, and her room has been judged too risky in it's current state! It's amazing just how messy it has got in the 3 days she's been home. Apparently, the teddies have been holding a concert, and they are stacked around the room in various tiers. to get that tidying done.
Galaxy Girl

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Fabulous lunch at La Strada with Mum today...

and the last bits and bobs of Xmas shopping now done.

I just have another two pressie to wrap and I'm done.

Just sitting here wondering what to do that won't be too involved, whilst I wait for Strictly Coming Dancing to begin though.

Whilst I remember, congrats to my friend Sid for his first bit of published work in Simply Stamping Issue 7 (page 24). Well done love, it's lovely.

I hadn't noticed it was there as my copy had pages joined together, and once Sid told me I found it within one of the joined bits!

I need to bring some more things down from my old studio, so I think that will be my project before the final beings...... good luck to both Mark and Matt, but fingers crossed that Mark and Karen win!!!

Galaxy Girl

Friday, December 22, 2006

another page in the Friendship Lippy Chick Book ..

just thought I would add a quick scan of it.
Galaxy Girl

Bad blogger, but been busy with Christmas....

and moving into my new space. I have had a tiny bit of time to do a bit of crafting.

This is part of a Lippy Chick Flip Book, which is for a friend.

It's not til I started on it I realised just how many pages the books have - I'm about half way through them.
The base of all of them is geeso, then fluid chalk in in two colours of green for some pages and two colours of pink for others.
Stamps were just Aud's , and some Non-Seq on the front cover.
Oh, and the colouring for the flowers is Perfect Pearls (have you tried these yet, marvellous!!), with Ranger Glossy Accents over the top of them.
I have to be off to the Kingdom of Blahhness today, but fingers crossed it will be a short day.
Galaxy Girl

Monday, December 18, 2006

Just a quick post of ......

one of the lovely birthday cards I received - tisn't it fabulous. I just love the blending.
I'd lost the envelope that it came with, but (have just realised) that it's a card and not a postcard), so - tar's from Rachel.
Galaxy Girl

You learn something new everyday..........

and I've just learnt to get an image code for a picture from photobucket - very useful - and have been having great fun with a caption competition.

I'm am definitely in the bottom half of the retarded stream when it comes to technology, so that's why something so simple takes me a long time to figure out (usually with the aid of simple words and pictures from friends)!

I am now wondering if it can be used with the blog, and shall investigate further later one, but for now the Kingdom of Blah awaits - not too bad a schedule this week as I'm only in today and half of tomorrow.

I've moved a few more things down from the old studio as I headed for my coffee cup this morning, so it's feeling a bit more like home down here.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Slowly getting there with the office.....

a few more things moved downstairs, and the networking and laptop wireless sorted out now.

The new cupboard is secured to the wall, and I can start putting things in it, and I bought a cd tower to house my stamps - only problem is, that it's half full already.

Guy's also run the power extension for my heat gun, ottlite and melt pot, and I am about to go upstairs and herd together the ink pads.

I will have a go at taking a few photos tomorrow, but we are still in a bit of disarray with things all over, so don't expect picture perfect!

Watched the re-run of Dr Who this afternoon, but just about to re-watch it as Lydia was at the cinema celebrating a friend's birthday and missed it.

Galaxy Girl

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I've moved....................

into my new studio/office space - well, to be precise, the computer has (Guy's sorted otu the networking) and my heat gun is sitting on the new creating desk just waiting for an extension cable to get me up and running tomorrow.

It's fabulous, much more space, and I'm downstairs, so not separated from my loving family any more.

There is still loads more to do in here, Guy has yet to finish the big cupboard off, but he can't do that till we've run all the plugs along behind it, and I still have to move my tote's etc downstairs.

Also the essentials like EP, beads, cardstock etc, will be wending their way down here over the next few weeks.

It's already beginning to feel like home.

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Simply Stamping - Issue 7.........

wooooohooooooooooooo, finally, it's come in. Can't wait to have a browse through my own copy.

Just from the quick flick I've had, it looks great.

The Lippy Chick Flip Books have also arrived today, and I've loaded them onto the site, just without an image at the moment. I need to do a sample, and get Clare and Kristy off one or two to do something with as well.

Talking of good things to come out of Scotland.....I've also got my Xmas copy of Radio Times to riffle through, with it's giveaway audio CD of Dr Who read by the Prince of Ruffledom himself (David Tennant).

What could be more perfect, stamping and that devillishly attractive Scottish morsel to listen to - see you later, much, much, much later!

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wednesday Stamper - Self-Portrait........

this week's challenge was to do a self-portrait - so the timing was superb as it was my birthday yesterday.

So here's me at age one - a wacking great 44 year ago!

Background is Bazzil 8x8 from the Spring Pastel pack, and some left over AMM paper down the left hand side, and matting the photo. The letter stickers are from K&Co.

Added a piece of ribbon from the MM Monochromatic purple ribbon pack over the raw edge of the left hand paper.

Then I prepared a spare piece of white cardstock with gesso, and then sprayed with Adirondack Colour Washes in Wild Plum and Lettuce.

Then I stamped the flowers from Aud's Flowers & Swirls stamp sheet, and embossed with black embossing powder.

The photo corner on the right is from Aud's Babies & Background sheet, and a little bit of the AMM paper, then embossed with the same black ep.

On the basis that you can't have enough bling, I just added some of my favourite gem's, from the huge pot I got 2 years ago for Xmas - see I'm on a stash using crusade at the moment.

I use Aud's stamps a great deal, but I really do love them, they are so versatile, and really suit the my style. I can't wait to see what else she comes up with in 2007.

Galaxy Girl

So, back to reality, back to the Kingdom of Blahh...

and have to admit to dreading it today, as the big boss (insert depressed similie here: he is the most boring person on earth) is coming down to buy my boss and I lunch - just what are we going to talk to him about - the man has no hobbies, no friends, no discernable family life, but work, work, and more work!

I freely admit that I am a friendly girl (some would say over friendly: that would be David Tennant btw, who's probably applying for a restraining order), but I really, really struggle to find a thing to talk to this man about. The Big G (my boss) also is mostly friendly, very whitty, and fun to be with in luncheon situations, but even he just sits there like a stuffed dog!

Last year's Xmas lunch with him was one of the most uncomfortable things I've had to experience, so unless he's got a life in the last 12 months - think of me...pray for me.....and pray that the service is slick and very fast, and we are out of there in 20 minutes or hopefully less.

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

So, it was my birthday yesterday.....

and I have a lovely, lovely haul of pressies all round.

There was a bit of a mix up (my fault completely), I'd told Guy I wanted a Mimi tote, but what I meant was the Making Memories one - but never mind - I LOVE my Mimi, and it was my fault for telling him the wrong one.

I also got the GPP-024 Graven sheet, a fabulous pair of Mocha leather gloves and purple/pink purse from Mum, an Ottlite from the outlaws. Then Lydia got me a lovely green leather shamrock keyring to match my favourite handbag, and the Drummer Boy gave me a Virgin gift card.

I had so many lovely cards and birthday wishes from friends too - even better I managed (EVENTUALLY) to hear the David Tennant segment on Virgin yesterday. Took me 5 attempts though - as I was interrrupted first time by Mum, then by the in-laws the second time from the missed bits, 3rd time I set it playing and poppped to the post office where I encountered a huge croud, and arrived back right at the end. Fourth attempt I set it running and Rob turned it off just before.

Finally, 5th attempt, I listened to the whole thing again (bloomin thing does not let you fast forward), only to have the phone ring right at the start - "OH NO", I shouted, "tell them definitely not, I'm busy").

Off today waiting for the office/studio furniture to be delivered, and Lydia is poorlysick.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, December 10, 2006

and another Xmas Tag..............

quick and easy by using a Tag-it all tag, stamping with the diamond stamp from Aud's Hearts, Babies and Background sheet .

Then used some more the E-Z snowflake rub-ons, and more Sweetwater letter stickers.

Edged with Marvey Metallic Silver Marker, which I've just realised we have in stock, but I've completely forgotten to load on to the system (so there's a job for tomorrow).

Finished by adding a wee bit of silver/blue metallic ribbon.

Hopefully, it's not too pretty for Rob.

Galaxy Girl

Quickie Xmas Tag................

had to be something super quick, because we are late of a lunch date, and I'd forgotten to get the girls tags done for their pressies.

One each for our friends girls, Kate and Amy, but super simple to do.

Took a tag from SG-me ! tag set, and brushed over with Opalite re-inker in Glacier Blue.

The took a vellum tag I've had for simply ages, and added E-Z rubon glitter snowflakes, and Sweetwater lettering for the name.

Tied up with ice lilace organza ribbon, and a wider blue orzanga ribbon roudn the pressie.

Voila la!

Off to lunch with friends now to celebrate my birthday tomorrow.

Galaxy Girl

Saturday, December 09, 2006

I love my husband so much.................

I got home last night to find out that he had bought us a memory foam mattress, lugged it upstairs with my Mother, and made it just the way I like it.

I knew he was up to something, but just thought he was thinking about getting one!

It is the most scrumptious, comfy thing I've ever slept in.

Generally, I need about three/four pillows, and spend most of the night adjusting them and tossing and turning, but last night, I just needed the memory foam pillow, and I was away.

Thank you darling, you are really the best husband in the world.

Galaxy Girl

Friday, December 08, 2006

Inside the pocket..............

as promised, just a quick piccie of the inside of the notecard pocket, and the notecard.
Stamped with my favourite Xmas image - Polar Bears from Inkadinkado, and then added his name down the side of it with the Sweetwater stickers.
Another, thing ticked off the list!
Galaxy Girl

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Notecard Xmas Pocket (Wednesday Stamper)...

I'm going to use this as a Wednesday Stamper contribution, because I've used my most frequent embellishment - ribbon/twill and beads on it.

It's a notecard pocket for Guy's Godson, Max, to hold some Xmas dosh.

Used an old pocket from a Scrap Goods kit, stippled with Jet Black StazOn and Gold Brilliance Ink. Stamped Sir T's Harlequin stamp at the bottom, then added a Gin-X sticker to bottom left.

Then tied round twill, and added a freebie acrylic tag with a star on - tied on with dark green DMC thread.

The using a piece of a previous disaster card, made the wee notecard for the inside - stippled the same way and added stickers to be seen through the window.

The wire was another cast off from a disaster (7-g's), with a bead diamond glazed on the end to cover the sharp bit.

The "merry" is spelt out with Sweetwater letter stickers.

I've actually stamped an image that is visible when the notecard is removed, but as this is the second time I've had to type this page as I accidentally lost the first post, I will photograph tomorrow and upload the piccie of the inside.

I've gone for a very slightly more mature look this year, as he's turned turned into a teenager, so I didn't want anything too babyish.

Galaxy Girl

It's taken me an age to do a bit of paperwork....

this evening, and there is still loads, and loads to do. I just can't seem to reach the bottom of the paper mountain that's here. Considering that I'm really quite good at admin, it's leaving me a bit non-plussed. If I can accumulate that amount, then how would a person fair that is really not at all used to doing it.

This week's on the downward slope, and I'm hoping for early doors tomorrow, as I need to break the back of it - the office furniture is coming next week, and I would like to be ready to start moving stuff in there.

We've also got to do a stock take, and organise storage upstairs, so I'm guessing that Xmas is going to be busier than normal.

There is still no cooking here, other than rudimentary microwave and phaffing around on the log burner top - can I just say, and I mean this from the heart - bloody, BLOODY, BLOODY Aga, and there stupid equipment. This is the 2nd one we've had to have, and even this one went wrong about a week after it was put in, and has never worked properly - oh and can I please add, bloody, BLOODY Aga Engineers into that as well. Our one was first away, then he'd ring when he got back home, and still nothing - hello, we can't cook anything, how would he like to be in that position - arrhrhrhrhrhghghghghhhh!!

Sorry - rant over.

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A comment on your lovely comments......

thank you all so very much for the lovely things that you say.

Don't dispair though if you leave a comment, and it doesn't show for a few hours, as comment moderation has been turned on because of spammers.

I really, really appreciate you taking the time to say something about my work.

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Like Mother like Daughter clearly..........

after having seen my mailart of the Prince of Ruffledom, Lydia decided to do her own thing - and this is what she's come up with - not bad for 8!

I think that she might take after me, what do you think?

Obviously, it helps if it's a subject dear to your heart like the fabulous David Tennant - we both adore him.

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday Stamper - Balck & White - Part 3...

I have to say that doing a lot of challenges recently has meant that I am getting quicker at producing a piece. Once upon a time it would have taken me ages to do something like this 8 x 8 piece, but last night I just started mucking around, and it kind of happened in about 10 minutes.

It was another left over piece of scrap from the Scrapping Angels Retreat (ABC or 123 by Zsiage), so I mounted it on a piece of 8 x 8 lilac from Bazzil Spring Pastel pack (which I'd dirtied up with Black Soot around the edges).

Added a piece of MM Ledger paper, which I covered randomly in versamark and then embossed with a mixture of Seafoam White and Clear ep - I say a mix, because previously I seem to have accidentally labeled a lock in store tin which had clear with "Seafoam White", then last night I found a tub of Seafoam, and chucked it in the tub voila a mix!

Then added text and circle images to that with Jet Black StazOn (both my Stampington Cube).

Then stamped the lady image three times, I embossed the first one with black ep, and the other two were just done with Jet Black StazOn. Cut her out and used Golden Gel to fix her (and the piece of black ricrac in place).

Made a bookboard tile and stamped the four ladies (both these stamps are from one of my new Non-Seq sheets). Covered it with embossing ink and used Amazing Glaze - went for a not too smooth finish on it to give some texture).

Words were MM rub-ons on copier paper with Jet Black StazOn around the edges.

I'm really pleased how it turned out, and I now have another piece for my Wednesday 8 x 8 album, and in time to get it uploaded to the comments over there.

Galaxy Girl

Monday, December 04, 2006

Look Who's behind you...........

my piece of mailart for my friend Rachel (don't look Rach!!).
Image transfer that I haven't tried before with Golden Fluid Matte Medium on watercolour paper.
First on an A5 piece of watercolour paper did a wash of Jo Sonja's (Potting Shed Collection) Raindrop then Stillwater just around the edges, and dried off with heat gun to get a bit of running and blending.
The did a black and white laser print of the photo, coated with the Golden Medium and placed face down on the watercolour paper and rubbed for dear life - it's messy and the floor's covered in bits of paper now.
The lovely Prince of Ruffledom came out fine, but for the cyberman was stubborn and just didn't transfer propertly, so I did another print and reversed it. Cut him out and decoupaged him over the top of the other image with Golden Gel.
Next dusted around with edges with Dusky Concord Distress Ink, which refused to dry because of the smoothness of the Gel. So I stamped the other words (yep Hero Arts Sunny again) with black and red StazOn, and added Versamark on top and sparkly ep.
Added the nuts eyelets to hold down the lift I was experiencing after heating - note to self get stronger tape, you know you love the tacky tape and are just being lazy - and all done.
Inspired Lydia to try something along these lines, but she's just sticking to cutting out from her DrW mag to get the same look.
Exactly what did I do before Flo introduced me to image transfer?
Galaxy Girl

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Playing with a background.............

using watered down acrylic. I applied first colour (Wild Grape) randomly on watercolour paper. When dried added the second colour (Geranium) around the edges, then the last colour (Claret Rose) all over the top, and spritz with water.
Then used my Tim Holtz Carved Swirl stamp with painted with gesso - care if you do this make sure you clean your stamp immediately - dried off with heat gun, and applied Distress Inks in Dusky Concord and Peeled Paint, and stamped with my French Manuscript and Butterfly from my Stampington cube.
Haven't got a specific use in mind for it, I just thought I would start getting together some backgrounds to make doing artwork quicker in the future.
I've also updated my blog to new colours, and the beta version, and now I need to jump in the shower as Lydia is doing her night dive tonight, and I'm going along - spooky!
Galaxy Girl