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About Me

Married to my soulmate with 2 beautiful girls,and our English Springer Spaniel, Suki. Living a country life in Cambridgeshire, whilst baking, gardening, and photographing our daily lifes, where they find a place on my scrapbook pages.

My little place on the web

This blog is just that, my little place on the web.You will find my daily (or not so daily, hehe)life, my love for my new vegetable garden, baking, photography and my scrapbooking!

My Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a way of life for me now.It has been for over 4 years. I love journaling, taking photos of my family and love colour and texture, these are all part of my everyday life and scrapbooking.

Post 100...............

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/28/2006 05:22:00 PM 2 lovely comments
Wow this is my 100th post!!!!
Looks like me and Amsterdam my not meet after all. It looks like it is going to cost more than I had hoped. Still waiting on some replies but I need to get to Newcastle and back, then form Amsterdam to the venue and back, as well as stash money and the cost of the actual flight and weekend. But all is not quite lost yet.
Had a play with my sewing machine today, and am in love!!!Did a layout of some of the wonderful people I have had the pleasure of meeting through scrapping last year. Now if I have met you, and there are plenty out there and you are not on my layout its because I haven't got a piccie, so please email me one so I can do another side to this page. I use BG Sublime and loads of stitching, had great fun, and am sure another lo is going to be done with my trusty machine in no time at all.

Catch you later, as I may make another post tonight, as its my 100th!!, Ok so that will make it post 101, but you know what I mean.
Anna x

PS: Just want to say Hi to Maria!!! Will email you later, so get designing and submitting!!


Scrapaganza Here I come!!!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/27/2006 10:53:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Yes I am actually off to Amsterdam to Scrap a Ganza, I am literally bursting at the seams, I cannot wait. And can you believe it I am going with Karen!!!! She says she has lost her mojo, because I am no longer up in Newcastle to get her crafty arse into gear, so I happened to mention what was happening the weekend I would have been arriving for my hospital apointment, and that a sit, she is convinced and we are going!!! The only problem is I have no passport, so I have to sort this out pronto. Will be sorting flights and classes tomorrow

I actually cannot think of anything else to say at the moment, so until tomorrow blogettes!!!

Anna xxx

edited to say: if you are going to scrapaganza let me know would love to meet up with as many people as poss!!!


The Midas Touch!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/26/2006 09:44:00 PM 1 lovely comments

I am absolutely covered in gold leaf!!!. I have been working on a project for Paper Craft Essentials on gilding (check out issue 10) and I am absolutely smothered in tiny specks of gold leaf.
Had loads of fun playing with an altered picture frame which I adore and have just completed a layout, this is the picture I used, my wedding ring, engagement ring and eternity ring. Tried the arty shot, hope it has worked.
We all went to see my Dad today, and he was in really high spirits , bless him, looking awfully underweight so will be contacting the manger tomorrow and have a chat with her. I understand he is on one of his hunger strikes!!!, barely eats a mouthful of food a day. It annoying and frustrating at the moment as I cannot drive so I only see him at the weekends, I cant keep my beady eye on him.
Have got my sewing machine out of its box but still haven't had time to play, I am gutted, hopefully mid week I will get to have a whiz with it!
Kirsty should be back in Wigan tonight so looking forward to talking to her again. I have missed her terribly, having been in hospital for a week and then Kirsty going to her mum's its been about 2 weeks since we last spoke on the phone!!!!, we talk about 2 - 3 times a day!!! Withdrawal symptoms or what!! Hopefully she got the well earned rest she deserved.

Ok girls if any of you haven't already heard, or read my earlier posts, a dear cyber friend of ours, Lemon, husband passed away last week. Debbie is raising money for Lemon and her daughter, Raena, if you can spare any money please please pop over to Debbie's blog for further details.

Hope you all had a fab weekend and held your dear ones close
Anna xx


New Toy!!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/24/2006 11:18:00 PM 2 lovely comments

Today was my first day out!!! Yeah. Peter was working from home so I begged him to take me out. Lilly was poorly today so she didn't go to Margaret and the 3 of us headed into Huntingdon. We had lunch out, did a few errands and then headed to Dunelm Mill where I purchased my new toy!!! A sewing machine!!!!. I am so chuffed, I am going to get it set up tomorrow an play to my hearts content. I have bought oodles of embroidery threads, sewing threads, ric rac and stuff to have a good play. Of course I am sure it will all be played on my infamous white Bazzill, just can't get enough of the stuff!. Oh and also bought a faux leather photo album for £3.99 that I am going to do a sorta scrap album with. Its an idea I saw in a US mag at Kirsty's and have been dying to get started on it. Will divulge more later!
I posted out my ATC's today so hopefully they will be landing on doorsteps tomorrow and Monday.
Also got a pay cheque today so that was good and hence my spend on the sewing machine * still grinning like a Cheshire cat*.
So this weekend I am going to crack on with my mini tin book, play with my sewing machine and do some projects that have to get in the post Monday.
Hope you all had a fab Friday and for those at crops this weekend , I am dead jealous as I had to cancel mine, have a good one.
Hugs blogettes
Anna xxx


It snowed!!!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/23/2006 11:18:00 PM 4 lovely comments

But it never settled, so dreams of white lawns, snowman and that perfect snowy photo, of little girls wrapped up with hats, scarves and gloves was not to be! Instead I started and finished my ATC's for The Lounge. Kept away from the usual grunge and did Basic Grey Lollipop Shoppe (loads of scraps to use up!) and used the monogram of each of the participants. They will get posted tomorrow as Peter is off and can take me to the post office.
The other big news for me today was I had my staples out!!! Yeah all 15 staples have been removed, and I have a nice red line up my back with ickle holes, or so I am told. Going to have of get Peter to take a piccie so I can see, LOL. Don't worry it will not be my POTD!!!

Tomorrow I am going to start the weekend challenge I set on The Lounge, to take the Stacey Julian free class on a mini tin book "About Me", also finish up some projects for 2 magazines!!
I am also going to start my wish list of stash must haves, courtesy of the girls at The Scrap Pad, what an amazing bunch of girls you are and I cannot thank you enough for your generosity. Will take lots of photo's when I have my grubby little mits on all my goodies.

So what do you creative bunch of blogettes have in store this weekend? I would love to know
Anna xxxxx


A little bit of this...

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/22/2006 10:56:00 PM 1 lovely comments

And a little bit of that, has been the nature of today. I have decided I have to have Hang 10 and Urban Couture NOW!!! And the gorge Japanese rubons, I am a far east freak, love the food, the countries (having lived in Hong Kong for 4 years), interiors ,you name it, I love everything Japanese and Chinese. These papers will kick me into doing an album of my time away, or will it. Will stacks of Basic Grey sit in the corner of my scrap room, to be admired and licked!? Most probally, LOL.
Anyways I played again with my Rhonna Farrer brushes, and did some manipulating in Picture It 9 as well. Thanks Kelly for your comments. Still have so much to learn, but I am enjoying tinkering at the moment. A good way to learn I think. This photo, I know has its faults. Grubby mouth complete with a chocolate dribble. But this is my Lilly, complete with a malteser in her mouth, and I love it. Anam, reminded me today that real photo's do matter, and we shouldn't "airbrush" everything to make that perfect photo, so I decided that I love this photo and everything it stands for is Lilly!!!!
Some very sad news today, an online friend, who I had the great pleasure of meeting last year at Bonanza, lost her husband today suddenly, my thoughts are with you tonight L and R. Anam made a good point, to hold all our loved ones close, and its funny, although I couldn't put my finger on what I felt today, the love I feel for my girls and Peter was very much at the top, and all my family, like everyday, had a very special hug.
Before you go to bed tonight, hug someone close to you and tell them you love them

Anna xxx


Proud Mummy Moment!!!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/21/2006 07:36:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Today Izzy returned from school armed with the usual piles of notices for parents, along with the monthly newsletter. Like all us Mums, I glanced through, checked on any stuff I need to remember, and there in black and white was my baby's name!!!!. My Izzy, all 5 years of her received an Honors Award this term for excellent behavior, kindness and politeness to her class friends and school!!!! I am gushing all over, I am so so proud of her!!!!

I have had another inspirational day! Received my Rhonna Farrer brushes in my email box and haven't stopped playing, look above and you will see my new blog header with my new brushes and my attempt at an arty shot of Izzy! So I have made myself a new blog header, fart arsed around with another photo of izzy, and then completed another layout, of Izzy, in white, surprise surprise. I told you I was having a white chapter! Love this layout too. Using my classic white bazzill cardstock, AMM papers and Carolee Creation papers. A making memories silver frame, KI Memories plastic bits (think they call them gloo!), flower diecuts and junkitz brads. Photo was turned black and white and mildly manipulated in Picture It 9 (thanks SueBaru)

Been working hard trying to put some life back into The Lounge, sent out a mass email and have had a little move around, clear out and added some new sections. Hopefully the small changes are for the good and the members will enjoy!

Have another layout I want to do tonight, but must finished my text for an editorial, also I want to get stuck into a project I have for PaperCraft Essentials (formally know as Craft Essentials) to start.
Lots I am eagerly awaiting for, March is going to be a big month for me. Its the annoucement of The Best of British winners, and also another fingers crossed moment for me. I am also hoping to have all the loose ends tied for Scrapping Angels (yes honest!!!), as well as loads of birthdays to contend with and the 1st anniversary of my FIL passing away. So a month of mixed feelings ahead of us.
I have another dilemma, nothing huge, but I need to decide whether I 1. Can afford and 2. Need to go to Scrapaganza. There are lots of friends new and old going who I would love to meet again and for the first time, I just cant make my mind up, also the other dilemma is I have a hospital appointment on the Monday 21/05 and scrapaganza is 19-21/05. So do I go for 2 days only or not at all, oh decisions decisions, help me out here girls!

So how has your day panned out and any proud moments to share with me?

hugs blogettes
Anna xx


All White!!!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/20/2006 10:07:00 PM 5 lovely comments

OMG I am in love with white Bazzill cardstock!!!! Where have I been all this time? Ok so I did a couple of Lilly Layouts a while back, but I am so loving this new feel to my scrapping. Totally inspired by Keisha. I have another layout sat here waiting to be titafated and glued!!!!
I am definitely on a white splurge at the moment.
This layout is of Izzy on Saturday, I had a play with my camera, nothing fancy yet, I am very much in the learning stages still. Used BG Lollipop, and Bazzill white card stock, a bit of stamping and inked the edges with one of the Bazzinks! Oh and a BG Wholy Cow rub on in the corner (the bar code!). Struggled with photographing white, even when playing with the shutter speed and stuff. The title is "Who's that Girl ?", I know it's not to clear in the photo and you cant see my ' between the "o" and the "s", but it is there, honest!

Got an email from Donna Wild today, and she is going to do a banner for me to see, for Scrapping Angels, I love what Jenrigg did, I just want to see another option. I hope Kirsty doesn't mind me plodding on, I know she is so snowed under with work, and my mind is racing with ideas. I , of course will not finalize anything without her giving it the OK!
Auzzie scrappers sure do rock! I have been surfing the otherside of the pond a fair bit today and am loving the Auzzie scrappers style. My fav at the moment is Donna's style. She is really loving us UK girls style as well, so beware the Auzzie will be at a blog near you!!

Spent a bit of time trying to boost the interest in members at The Lounge today. Hopefully that will work, as it will be such a shame to retire my baby yet, but then again I cannot waste many more months working on it if she is going to sink at the end of the day!
I am feeling truly inspired today which is a good thing, as I am like a rollercoaster, up and down, round and round.

I got the most gorgeous handmade card from my little Lilly today, that she made at Margaret her child minder. I was so chuffed as it was a get well card, and she did all the stamping herself!!

Decided today to ask a question, nothing sinister, nothing difficult, just to find out what rocks your scrapping boat!

what's your favorite 3 paper lines/companies?

Basic Grey Haute Couture ( and I haven't even seen it!)
Foofala ( need to get my hands on more)
Sassafras Tickled Pink ( cant wait to get cracking on a layout with this)

Have a good night blogettes
Anna xxx


Park Life

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/19/2006 11:23:00 PM 2 lovely comments

We have had a family weekend. Watching DVD's, me dosing in front of the TV, visiting my Dad, and eventually finishing a project for Creative Scrapbooking. I have overdone things this weekend, so am sore and tired, all that bathroom cleaning and hoovering didnt agree with me!
From Tuesday I have a carer in 4 days a week, for 1 hour in the morning to help me get the girls ready, as I am really not fit enough to tackle them on my own on a morning!!!!
Have taken a few photo's this weekend as well. The first is off Lilly enjoying the sunshine on Saturday. She is such a cutie isnt she? This is one of the girlie Drake's waiting for a crumb from Lilly. Got some fab photo's of the ducks and swans, and the cascade of them swimming towards us, it was actually quite intimidating!!!!

So enjoy a few piccies of the girls and hopefully I will get scrapping again this week. Played with the one of Izzy in picture it 9, but am not happy with it, there was too much shadow, so will have another play tomorrow, may just leave it in colour !!!
I have a few magazine bits to do but I am itching to scrap, have some ideas up my sleeve I want to try!!!

Hope you all had a fabby weekend, and thanks to jenrigg, the scrapping angels have a fancy new header, which I will be forwarding to you Paul, so don't fret I knows you are a busy boy at the mo.
Trying to revamp The Lounge in the next month or so, and in the meantime I have started an ad inspiration challenge, so do pop over and have a go!

catch you later blogettes

anna xx

PS: make me jealous, did any of you make the NEC this weekend? and did you see our Kirky?



blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/17/2006 12:27:00 PM 3 lovely comments

Yeah, I am home at last, complete with no dignity, LOL, and a corset that unfortunately does not rival Madonna's. Cannot pick up my girls for 6 months, no rally driving for 6 weeks, no exercise for 3 months!!!!! So guess me and my laptop are going to become very good friends!!!!!
Thanks for checking in blogettes!
Nothing really to report, but I hear some Russian computer twats hacked my computer again!!!!!gggrrrr. So poor rena has had to practically start from scratch I gather, so a BIG HUGE thanks goes out to you Hun.
To be honest I am now having mega thoughts about whether this forum lark is worth keeping along with the business. The forum has cost me a fair bit this last 6 months with hackers and such with no returns!!
With so many companies out there selling scrap goods I really cant keep up, and I would love to dedicate more time to my writing and work for the magazines.
Kirsty has done so well for herself I am truly proud and blessed to have such a talented friend, praying she will send me some of her mojo now I am back at home!!! Is there no ends to that girls talent?
Oh I wanna be Kirsty, mwahahahahahah
Thanks to all the lovely posts on the scrap pad asking after me, I am sure there are the same lubberly posts at the lounge I just cant access.
Peter wont let me into my office, I am going to try and let him realize that for a speedy recovery I need my scrap room to make me feel better!!
I hope you have all had a fabby 10 days, I hear a Big congrats to Boo is in order as she has become Nana Boo, Kirsty has now turned 35!!!! And has more talent then you can shake a sheet of urban couture at!As well as becoming a DT for Art from the Heart, and a big player for pratical publishing, all well deserved as well
I may give you a treat and get peter to take a piccie of me and my corset. Then you can come up with some fab designs on how I can decorate it

hugs all, its darn good to be back
Anna xxxx


blogging from my bed

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/13/2006 04:05:00 PM 5 lovely comments
yes i am blogging from my hospital bed , but it is so slow

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Last blogging Day

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/07/2006 04:25:00 PM 10 lovely comments

Ok this is it, my last blogging day for at least a week, as I am off to Newcastle at the crack of dawn to be admitted to the Freeman hospital for my back operation on Thursday.
Now please don't stop visiting me, or I will plummet in the rankings!!!!! Which I already seem to be doing!!!!, ok only joking, please give me something to read for when I get back to my computer.
Let me know any juicy gossip, also need to know about the homegrown TKO competition that Amber Jane, Kirsty and Frenchie are in the final, so need to know which talented UK girl has won!!! And please don't feel you cant send me a share of your prize, (ok well it works everytime for Kirsty !LOL), only kidding girls.
What else is going on the next week?Well you get the just, just leave me lots of posts to read, mwahahahha
Well still have to finish a couple of deadlines, got to pack suitcases for the girls for Nana's and me!
Blimey nearly forgot to mention my gorgeous tag CJ made it home to me today and it is stunning, I am so chuffed I got it before I went away, also a scrummy package form Shirl with goodies for hospital and the girls. I have had lots of lovely posts on the Scrap Pad and The Lounge wishing me well which has really cheered me up as I have been a tad glum these past few weeks.
Also managed to get all orders out today as well as Kirsty birthday pressie, although not the easiest to wrap! Have you ever tried to wrap an artbin? (wink wink), ok so it may not be an artbin but I really hope she likes it, probaly has one knowing Kirsty as she has everything!!! a scrapper could want and more, mwahahahahha
Deadlines will be completed tonight and will make their merry way up to Newcastle were someone will post for me
So I think that's it, send lots of good vibes to me, as I am so nervous to be honest, I don't think my friends and family really know how scared I am, silly I know but I am. First op and all that, away from my girls as well, makes a mummy very sad. Ok enough self pity from me,
have a fab week blogettes and keep me posted!!!!

Anna xxxx

ps: darn blogger wont let me upload images so will try again later!


Pearly Kings and Queens

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/06/2006 10:10:00 PM 5 lovely comments

Do you like my pearly K ? I think she is fab, its for my secret project, secret because I cannot spill the beans yet until about April to be more precise, but here's a taster. Inspired by my hubby's grass routes, London, and the Pearly Kings and Queens. Used loads of white buttons and some pearly beads.

I have just heard that Scrapbook Magic has folded. I am absolutely devastated and can't really believe it. The most dreadful thing is my dear friend , Jakey, ( hope I can call you a friend babe?) was the editor for issue 1 and had put her heart and soul into that mag. Unfortunately I only managed to get my grubby mits on a couple of copies, so never really got to see much of it, but I know for one with the talents of Jakey, Clare, Frenchie and Karen on the team it must have been a corker!. Unfortunatly now, people are trying to guess who will next hit the rubbish heap. This is such an awful shame and I wish people could start asking themselves , why are magazines folding? And what do we want from our craft magazines?, could we actually be the problem? Ok so don't all shout at me at once, but as someone who regular contributes to several craft magazines and watched 2 magazines I contributed too fail, it does make me think. I hope we as the consumer let our magazine editors really know what we want to see and read in our favorite scrap book magazines!

Ok off my soap box now, LOL.
So with only days to go until my op, I am fighting to get deadlines finished, and have had to disappoint the girls at The Lounge as I am unable to finish my ATC's before I go into hospital, so will do them when I come home. Will be a great lil project to get my creative juices flowing again.
I have loads to do tomorrow, pack bags for me and the girls, (they are staying at Nana's), sort out flight details, pack my inspiration in magazines, notepad and pen!, post orders and Kirky's Artbin for her birthday (wink), and visit Dad to remind him I wont be back in for a good week or so.

I am so desperate to scrap, aka Keisha, but have no time, roll on recovery period!

Hugs blogettes
Anna xx

PS: Happy burpday for yesterday Correna xxx


Totally inspired

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/03/2006 12:27:00 PM 4 lovely comments

by this woman's talent, thank you anam for pointing me to her blog. I am writing an editorial on blogs and asked some of my forum buddies to tell me whose blogs they read and this name came up a few times, Keisha, and I am in awe of her stuff, it is so me, I love her decor, her scrapping style and she lives in China!!!, I too lived in China and Hong Kong and its so freaking me out, and sending me down memory lane.
I have just finished 1 of 4 projects by just looking at her work, blogging is good for the creative soul, yes that's my motto for today!!!

Postie came today laden with 6 magazines!! So chuffed, they are all getting packed in my suitcase for my hospital trip next week, ok, I did have a wee peep in one, and the preview for their next issue just happens to be one of my projects, so I am dead chuffed.

Just found out that my tag CJ is on it's way home to me, thank you so much Loungers, I am really chuffed and cannot wait to get it in my wee mitts!
Am busily finishing an altered CD and CD envelope project for a magazine, which I am really enjoying. I then have another 4 page editorial and projects on gilding to complete and a secret project to finish by Monday. Must also crack on with my 6 ATC's before I head up North for the dreaded op!

So what have has inspired you today? I have definatley been inspired by Keisha , she is now my new guru!!

Hugs blogettes
Anna xx


Shoot me down in flames

blogged by me domestic goddess On 2/02/2006 12:21:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Ok I know I have been negleting my blogger duties for the past few days, whatcha gonna do about it?, not come by and read me I guess *cry*. To be honest I have had very little to say; my week so far in a nutshell :

hair cuts on Tuesday
baths on Wednesday
no internet access Tuesday or Wednesday ggrrr
deadlines to complete
orders packed Thursday

so all in all a pretty boring week so far! So come on then spill the beans what have you blogettes been up too, it sure has got to be a hell of a lot more exciting than my week!
Lilly has playgroup soon, then I am coming home to make cards for a couple of friends birthdays (they know who they are;) ), then off to pick the girls up and then a flying visit to Dad.
I am on some new tablets to try and sort out my sleep pattern and stuff. All it has done is have me zombied until at least 11.30am every morning, so tonight I am going to take them much earlier so I am not useless until midday tomorrow!
These 2 piccies are a layout and a canvas I did with the Scrapping Angels kit from the sunday crop
hugs bloggetes
Anna x