Monday, 28 July 2014

Enjoying settling back into 'normal' life...

OK... not totally, because sorting out a decade of moving from one place to the next with a few weeks at home to shove the boxes into attics or any other nook and crannie available is not always fun... but you find some stuff that you forgot you had and you find a lot of stuff you wish you didn't have... LOL
Chris and I have now cleared the top of the garage and I even unpacked the last few boxes from 2006 when we came back from South Africa!!  There is only so much African anything that one person can find a spot in their home for.... so most of it went straight to the local charity barn.
we then started on the attic... OMGosh... years and years of  wonderful memories rubbish was disposed of... it took us 5 loads to the local recycle centre as well as a few deliveries to the charity place but it now a very organised and slimline version of what it used to be!  A shelved section for Christmas decorations, another one for my son's childhood toys, a section for our suitcases... voila!! :)
Other than that and a quick trip down south to look at apartments and visit family, I have spent days sorting rooms and cupboards...

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

WOYWW 5th Anniversary!!

This is the state of the desk on this 5th Anniversary of WOYWW... yep, boxed up and ready to go!
This is the rest of the room... the packers come in next Tuesday and load onto the shipping container on the Wednesday, so this will be my last WOYWW from Australia. 
Here is the PIF ATC for the name below mine with an asterisk.. I have sent all the others out already and saved this one for today so its just a case of popping it in the post.
Here is the lovely Pandora, she had her 5th Birthday on Monday this week... and she is not looking forward to her flight home... :(
Tom-Tom says he will cope as long as there are treats at the end of it...  don't think he has figured out that he gets picked up next Monday and flown to Sydney, then they stay in Sydney till their flight on Wednesday to Heathrow... where they get checked over and then boarded for the night and have to catch a flight to Aberdeen in the morning of the 6th June when we will also arrive and go and fetch them from the terminal.  Poor little things.... 
Happy 5th Anniversary of WOYWW to you all but especially to Julia, thank you for thinking o f it, and keeping it going! 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


Here we go again.... sung to the well known tune of same name!  Yes, here it is Wednesday already and my desk is looking very bare... except for some ATC's I started for the big swap... but haven't finished yet.
I was actually congratulating myself last week because I am normally in the throws of moving when the WOYWW Anniversary comes around... and here I am in the new house and unpacked already!!  Except I thought too soon... cos we have now been giving our leaving Oz date and it is in 4 weeks.  So I am now in full on get cats paperwork sorted, get lists made, find out about shippers, sell off anything that can't be shipped mode... 
So before I get the packing boxes out of the storage cupboard and start packing again.... (insert your own expletives at this point because all mine are used up) I thought I would take a step back and show you the scraproom before it goes into dismantle mode.  This is my working corner, the scrap desk and computer desk under the window..
and the rest of the room is storage for stash.. oh and little Pandy keeping me company in a cardboard box on the floor... 
So if youa re wondering what I am rabbiting about with visiting desk, check out the leader of the desk snoop, Julia, for all the details.   I will be around to visit peeps, leave me a number to keep the process fast and easy and if anyone wants to swap an ATC... let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014


It is Wednesday and that means its desk time with What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday lead by our wonderful desk snooper, Julia.
So this is my desk this morning... I have just put the finishing touches to Flat Susan's Journey book that I made for Neet.... poor girl thought it was lost in the post but it was in my UFO box.... LOL
This is the front cover... I have kept it deliberately flattish because this book took on a mind of its own and grew faster than Pinnochio on a bad lieing spree!! 
Side view... yep, it did get a bit chunky, didn't it?
and the drawers in the base didn't really help matters... 
in between the drawers is a little book for Neet to add all the participants names. 
here it is opened up, made with my coffee papers and then stamped 
LOL... would you look at that spine!!  What can I say... sorry Neet, it aint dainty!! 
it's a solid chunk and weighs half a kilo... I know this cos I took it to the post office to see what damage it was going to do my wallet in postage... less said about that the better... 
So the pages are pockets... and there are tags inside all the pockets and on the front of the pockets is.... pockets.... and tags inside those pockets... yep, you get the picture. 
More tags and pockets.... and stamping and rosettes! 
and there it is done.... and off to the post in the morning so look out for it Neet... its heading your way, hope you like it!
Sorry about the long post... mostly photos though... 
I'll be along to visit peeps shortly... leave me your number, it really does speed the process up!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Tag Envelope Book Thingies

I was in the groove and went ahead and made some more of those concertina style tag pocket mini books.  This one I really like in cream and black with just a touch of colour from the gems in the flowers. 
This is it opened with the tags inside the pockets.
The tags are quite a decent size with mounts and space for journaling. 
This version is in Kraft cardstock and muted colours with dragonflies on the covers. 
Inside with the pockets and tags in situ. 
Black and brown version which just felt right as soon as I started, so I think these really are my favoured colours to work in!  This one also has dragonflies on the covers. 
Inside with the tag in the pockets. 
Some of the tags showing plenty of room for a photo and journaling.