Friday, July 20, 2012

My new timetable

Moving to new churches means working out what you do, when. This week I arranged meetings in Church A when there was something to attend in Church B and vice versa. We still have to work out the puzzle of the Elders Meetings on the same night (not my fault they both moved them without consultation with each other!). But it will all work out in the wash. And on Friday at Babbacombe I have to be out at a 9:30 prayer meeting followed by a coffee morning. Coffee mornings are a great place to catch up with everyone so it is a must really. But that means either I have to be super organised on Thursday and have a blog post ready for when DCM launches (unlikely) or find time afterwards to do the post. Sometimes I have still been making my card at 9:30 so that will have to change as well.

9:30 at Babbacombe is fine as I live across the road from the church, I'll be attempting to go to Brixham for 10 on Tuesday which will be interesting as it can take 40 minutes to get there. Slightly less if you don't get lost (I have discovered that Brixham is rather unforgiving if you lose concentration and take a wrong turning). This is the fun of a new posting and everyone is very understanding!

So onto cards wot I have made this week
Zuzana chose the Daring Cardmakers dare this week - Fun with Pictograms
I knew straightaway that I had to find some old American Crafts papers that I had and it was fingers crossed that I hadn't tossed them
I had bought two bargain scrap paper packs from T K Maxx and was so disappointed to find it was flimsy paper rather than the usual lovely heavyweight American Crafts. So most of it has been recycled. Fortunately I hadn't been able to let go of this light and bright set so the pictograms were still there. I don't like this card though. I wish that I had gone for something more clean and simple. Ah well.
I used 4 papers from the pack and one of the stickers. I also added glitter ribbon and stamps from Imagine That, some Doodlebug embossed black paper, Nestabilities and some Enamel Accents.

This weekend it is my parents Golden Wedding - which will probably feature in future posts. Here is the card I have made. Parents, look away now!
It is VERY sparkly. This is helped by the MME glitter embossed paper - I managed to die cut the numbers from another of those golden swirls, but also from liberal use of golden glitter dust. I used my new paper chain die (there are only 4 in a row but I am quite proud of the fact that you can't see the join. Little things please little minds). The sentiment is one of the new Imagine That stamps

And finally a just because I have some time to create card. This uses a 6 x6 MME paper pack, lots of different dies and some fussy cutting. I wondered why it took so long but there are 7 laters, not including the sentiment. But it is flat enough to post!

I don't think I have mentioned my MA results on the blog. My dissertation arrived through the post this week and looks most posh (I had it bound in green with gold writing!). I received a 67 for the dissertation which means that I have a Merit award in total. My first year I scraped through and did wonder if this was all for me but I am glad I persisted. It still feels strange not to have to work towards it, that 5 years of study are finally over (and no more cinema and clothes shops reductions any more!) but that is it! I'll be swanking around in cap and gown for my graduation in October.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

And..... I'm back

and now just about settled in Babbacombe. Home of the Model Village and Cliff Railway. Have now visited them both (although the fact of having 3 kids over 16 i.e. all paying as adults means I didn't enjoy the model village as much as I might have done as the thought of how much it was costing put a bit of a dampener on it. It was still fun though)
Look it was sunny!

This has proved to be rare since we moved. The bad news is this was our summer holiday and we were going to take unpacking slowly whilst taking time every day to explore the area. Some days we could not even see the garden. The good news is that due to the weather  and lack of broadband for the first week, everyone worked really hard and the house is 95% completed.

My craft space is even up and running
I have managed to cram what was spread out in a whole room into a corner of a fairly large bedroom. Result! The little welsh dresser will not stay pink. I painted it that colour when Carys was little but I have it back now (it was mine when I was a child) and it will be white and the little treasures that survived her childhood will be returned to its shelves. Oh yes.

And when I sit at the table, if the weather is fair, this is what I can see
The brown thing is the speaker for my radio. The dark blue strip next to the house? That is sea, that is. And the tiny darker strip just above it? That is land. Probably Dorset. Babbacombe faces Portland which I find totally discombobulating as it should face out to France or Spain or something in my head. My head is wrong though.

And here is the sight we see less than 5 minutes walk from the house
 This was taken on a day following a rain storm when we had a double rainbow (more of that later). It takes longer than 5 minutes to walk down to the beach and I suspect even longer to walk up again (we took the cliff railway on the one really balmy day we have had) but Oddicombe beach is lovely. We didn't move because of the location, but I won't deny that it is a lovely place to live. Even in the rain!

I've dipped my toe back into crafting with two layouts
This one is all about the move. The photos were actually taken on day 1 where they just packed and loaded. There were two vans although all our stuff fitted into one. The journalling details the highlights of the move (!) - the fact that someone crashed into the back of one of the lorries parked outside our house (still can't work out how you can fail to spot a removal van); watching Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (fun but v. gory for a 15 in my opinion) and then going back to clean until late on the Monday night; me setting off nervously with the trailer on the back of the car with Phil following on his bike and then rashly turning right at the first traffic lights at the last minute to avoid a hold up and promptly losing him which led me to complete panic (although I stopped worrying about the trailer) - he was actually ahead of us at Clacket Lane services where we were reunited. I am a Muppet, frankly; how one of the chickens made a break for it out of her box, fortunately when we had stopped at Stonehenge services and a few other details that it is good to get down on paper before you forget them.

 The papers are all MME and I used some v. old brads, red gems and some Studio Calico wooden stars and this little Nikki Sivils flag as well. Letters are Thickers and Papermania.

On the day of the double rainbow I first tried photographing it from the bedroom,
then rushed and told everyone about it. By the time we got out side to see it in all its glory, some of the rainbow had been obscured but it still looked beautiful over the water. And we stopped for some more photos
The rainbow over sparkling sea with a little tiny boat was just lovely. Phil took this photo of Carys and me. Not necessarily flattering of either of us but hey, that is what we look like!
I used loads of old stuff here - some K and Co and Scenic Route papers, lots of Doodlebug alphabet stickers (look how many colours I have thanks to working with Docraft in the past!), some Fancy Pants acetates and Christina Cole domed stickers (overlooking the american spelling of "color" on the left hand side one). Also used a sunburst flower punch, and some random odds and ends from the embellishment drawer along with a Martha Stewart border punch and a new(ish) border stamp that I have already lost the cover for so don't know who made it. Helpfully.

And now I am in Induction time - meeting people and trying to work out who is who in the churches and the community, ready for "proper" work after the Induction Service which is a week on Saturday. Hopefully there will still be time for a little exploring as well.