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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.

Monday Monday

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/30/2006 10:47:00 PM 3 lovely comments

Funny old day today. Eventually dragged myself to the docs, but will keep the details off my blog me thinks!, but he did say I need to get well or they will not operate next week, that was not such good news, so off to the chemist to buy every cold and flu remedy on the block and get a diabetes test done as well.
At last posted a very important deadline today, now to await the dreaded phone call with praise or defeat.
Had a crop yesterday and it was a blast, good to see Ali, Sue and Dawn again as well as Kerry, Debbie and some new faces, Louise, Kerry, Mary, Huzifah(sp!) and Helen. Thanks ladies for a fab day and all your wonderful creations, get them on the galleries.
Was so flaked out, after several snoozes as well :(, that I cancelled seeing Dad today and am off to see him tomorrow. (as you can see from this photo peter took when he got back from work!)
So how was your weekend?

Hugs blogettes
Anna x



blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/27/2006 11:29:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Thanks amber jane, I have been tagged!

Well I am getting there, got 3 deadlines for Quarto finished today, just have another to do by Monday and 2 by Friday. Junkitz arrived so kits will be going out early due to my op the following week, god am I scared or what!? I have never had an operation and now I am going in for a much awaited back op.
I am still going through my paranoia trips, and I wish I could snap out of it, I will, I have too, so back to eyelets and the letter "O"!!

I finalised my classes that I am doing at Paper Craft Expo 2006, I am booked to do 5 classes at the moment, all very varied so that should be quite exciting.Quarto pubishing will be running a special feature on my classes so all in all pretty exciting stuff! I know it's not Bonanza where most of you will probaly attend, but I am pretty pumped (as Elsie would say!)
Also today was asked to do 2 presentations on scrapbooking at 2 different events. I may even start a "Where is Anna?" section like Donna has, Ok I will only have about 5 dates but it's a start!
First times you got kissed, how was it ??
In the playground by Russell aged 5 or 6, he later got run over by a car whilst on his bike in his street aged 13 or so, and was brain damaged. I will never forget my first kiss
First time you drove a car ? What kind of car was it ?
My boyfriends white fiat panda, LOL, I was 17
First time you scrapbook and do you still like your love your page ??
I started scrapbooking in the summer of 2004, then more seriously in autumn 2004. I still have my first page but its pants!. It is off Izzy at Centre Parcs using handmade papers as I had no scrapping stash!
First time you went on a date, where did you go and with whom??
I was 17, he was a Libyan and we went for lunch, I later married him!
First time you fell in love and how did you know ??
I was 17 and it was probaly my first boyfriend who I later married, I was very young and naive so maybes it was infactuation, not sure really
First time you cooked for someone ? Was it yummy and what did you make ??
don't know, really cant remember, but it was probaly my Mum and it would have been breakfast in bed on mothers day
First time you got on a plane?? Where did you go and were you scared ??
I was 11, and I went to Paris with my Dad a, I was excited to the point of bursting!
First time you shaved your legs ?? And did you cut yourself ?
No idea
First time you put on make up ? Looking back how did you do ? Did you look like a clown or do a good job ?
I didn't have that kind of fun childhood, so I only remember putting on mascara and lippy for the first school disco at 11 and thought I looked fab!
First time you moved out of home? Was it into an apartment or house ??
I was 17, and moved into a bedsit with my boyfriend

Now to tag 3 bloggers

Donna Downey! (well I can dream!)

hugs blogettes
anna xx
PS Dont you just love the new line of papers by BG, i need all of this collection


Walking with Lilly

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/25/2006 10:58:00 PM 4 lovely comments

by request of Kirsty; Lilly, myself and Peter went or a lovely long walk today, and I blew away some of the cobwebs. Had a long sleep this morning and it looks like Peter will take the rest of the week off to take care of me and things.
Hopefully I will start to feel normal, lol. Have a crop to organise for this Sunday as well. Creativity needs unblocking but am getting there!

So here is my POTD, not that I do a POTD, lol but here it is anyways, me and Lilly out in the glorious sunshine today

anna x


Time Out

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/23/2006 11:33:00 PM 5 lovely comments

Having some time out from life at the moment, had a fab weekend at Kirsty's, it was so good to just be us with no children or stresses of the world on our shoulders. We ate , we shop, (boy did we shop) and we played, so all in all the bestest weekend of all.

Struggling with this blog issue at the mo, I love blogging but some days I realize I cant actually put down in words how I am really feeling, and I only post mostly good and upbeat. So that is why I am taking time out from forums, blogs and such, so I don't turn into a massive depressive, LOL, and loose all my blogettes!!!!
So bear with me while I try and have some time away from the computer and get on with some serious deadlines, and being a mum and wife, it seems I have been negleting both. I will also be making annoucements to Bumble Bee Crafts this week as well, so stay tuned! Need to find the time to shut down for maintenance as well.

see you all soon blogettes
Anna x

PS: anyone know which program i can open raw files :( for viewing ?


Off to Liverpoool!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/20/2006 12:44:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Saying that in a liverpudlian accent, I am packing and typing at the same time, as I am off to wigan in about an hour and haven't even packed any clean undies!!!. Off to play with the talented Ms Wiseman this weekend, so my cropper hopper is packed to the brim with stamps and grunge, oh and my camera and tripod!!
Apparently we are hitting ashton de la makerfield tonight, ooooooo I hear you cry!! Now too find something slutty and tarty that will fit, mwahahahahha , and tomorrow the Albert Docks will get a taste of Kirsty and Anna aka elsie and Donna!!!
ok guys and dolls, blogettes near and far, will catch you all Sunday, oh and BTW Debbie thanks a million got my book today and am drooling already, thank god it has a plastic cover to clean up my mess!!!

hugs all
Anna xxxx


There's something about Lilly

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/18/2006 05:59:00 PM 2 lovely comments

Well she is such a character, so this was just the perfect title for my layout, just lots and lots of Lilly pics in all her fav poses, using my new square punch! A very simple layout but I think really effective.
Am still deciding whether to enter Best of British, I know for one I wouldn't get any where, so a part of me says "why bother" but then I love scrapbooking and I am British! So what the hell, just go for it. The one problem I have is no time to do layouts specifically for the competition and some of my fav layouts have already been published, mmm decisions decisions.
So who else is going to submit??

Izzy has been off school today with a high temperature and high temper!!!! Spent this afternoon baking cookies with the girls which was fun, pink icing and lots of the usual sprinklers.
Tomorrow is my Dad's birthday and I will actually get to b with him, isn't that just so fab!
And I so need time out, so I made an executive decision and I am off to see Kirsty and we are hitting the banks of the Albert Dock on Saturday to take Elsie Flanagan piccies, sit in trendy coffee bars and wallow in olives, both our favs!

I am getting pretty blog obsessed and I have an editorial to do for a mag about blogs, so if you have a favourite blog, preferably scrapping related, let me know so I can be nosy and do the most valuable of research

hugs blogettes
Anna x


Bright and cheerful LO

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/16/2006 04:17:00 PM 2 lovely comments

For a dull and dreary day. God the weather is pants here, so I have done a quick and cheerful layout using the new PaperLoft Flip Flop range, isn't it just scrumptious!
Still cant make my mind whether to stock it or not, it is so scrummy and zingy!
I so adore this photo of Izzy, I have quite a few from this day but this is one of my fav's. Dressed up in all her bling!. So loving the tiara and the light in this photo, took my colour inspiration from the colours and pattern in izzy's top. Used lots of primas and flower blooms that MGC gave me (thanks Hun) and som jewels from Kirsty
Well Peter is working another night shift so I am going to get cracking on ATC's and a CJ I have to do.
Also found out today that Craft Essentials is getting a makeover and my project is now going into issue 8 not 7
ta ra blogettes
Anna xxx


I've been tagged!!!!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/14/2006 11:09:00 PM 0 lovely comments
by Debbie, thanks hun
here it goes then;

Four jobs you have had in your life:

waitess, shop assistant, fashion designer, interior designer

Four movies you would watch over and over:

Chocolate, Crouching tiger Hidden dragon, Its a wonderful Life, AI

Four places you have lived:

Brighton, Hong Kong, Jordan, Newcastle

Four TV shows you love to watch:

ER, Desperate Housewifes, Will and Grace, Dragons Den

Four places you have been on vacation:

France, Phillipines, Cambridge, Scotland

Four websites I visit daily:

The Lounge, 2 Peas, Blogs and lots of them, Amazon ( well not everyday but a far bit!)

Four of my favourite foods:

Mexican, sushi, humous/olives and pitta bread, boiled eggs and soilders

Four places I would rather be right now:

with my girls (they are staying at nanas) on a desert island in the sun, scrapping with my GFs, in bed

Four bloggers I am tagging:
Anam, Kirsty, Correna, Kimmy


1st layout for 2006

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/14/2006 12:13:00 AM 3 lovely comments

Yes this is it, and I am pretty pleased with it, a completely new style for me but one I think I am gonna enjoy doing. Space is not easy for me and I keep looking at it thinking , mmmmm, even peter question whether I should add something else, and I had to explain that no, this is SPACE!!!!
I used DCWV cardstock, chatterbox reading room papers, mm foam stamps, prima flowers, bella baloo envelope and mm brads.

Izzy had her 1st school disco today, awww she felt so grown up with her 2 best friends getting dressed and choosing jewelry to wear, and they wore barbie perfume!!!

Tomorrow is Izzy's first full term at ballet and we have got her all kitted out, and I am sure I will be getting her to pose for "that" photo.
Kirsty is in Harrogate this weekend assiting Dyan with a course, jammy thing, so I will miss our daily mumbles, laughs and moans, heheheheh, but know she will come back crammed with even more creativeness.
Has anyone gota copy of issue 7 crafts essentials? I am supposed to be in with a project on invitations and I neeed to see? Let me know if you have a copy

I was on Memorie Creators forum today, its a US forum, and a member saw my work in a mag and recognised me, it was of course creative scrapbooking that she had bought but OMG how weird is that, and it was the Jan06 issue which I had a cover LO and an editorial, and it was the editorial she commented on.

have a good weekend blogettes
Anna xxxx



blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/12/2006 05:58:00 PM 2 lovely comments
Can you tell I look gobsmaked, I took this photo the minute I had got back from the post office, the hat and scarf still on me and my camera poised on its tripod!!!!!
I have actually finished packing the sale orders!!!!, I have 3 orders packed waiting to hear from customers and just 1 more to pack!!!Also finalized my samples for creative scrapbooking and that was posted today as well.
Thats everything up to date until monday then I have ;

1 tag CJ
4 page editorial on gilding for craft essentials
card samples creative card making
4 class descriptions and samples for paper expo 2006

my deadlines for the end of the month.

I feel like a massive load has been lifted, I am now going to revamp the kits and give Bumble Bee Crafts a revamp
Scrapping Angels the launch has ended up on the back burner for just a little bit longer, apologies to all those out there waiting for our site to be launched, but we want this to be done with both myself and Kirsty's full attention and not be done half heartedly.
We have so much planned but we need to tweak a bit more, and finalize the web site details as well, it will be worth the wait, honest
Tonight Peter is working away so he will not be back home till tomorrow, so I am going to get creative tonight for ME!!!!!!!

Can you tell I am having a blog header identity crisis!!!?? Not sure how long this one will last, we shall see ;)
Hope you are all have a fabby day my blogettes
Anna x x


21 things to think about................

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/11/2006 10:33:00 PM 3 lovely comments
ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
FOUR. When you say, "I love you," mean it
FIVE. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
TEN... In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.
TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.
THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
FIFTEEN. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.
EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear in your voice it.
TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone


Scrapping in 2006?!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/10/2006 12:34:00 PM 1 lovely comments
What is that, apart from my new title of my blog for the time being, I haven't scrapped at all this year, I cant find a spare moment, but tonight I have a few things I want to do and need to finish of some samples for creative scrapbooking, I have a lil something I need to make for a dear friend going through a crisis, also I have 6 atc's to do for a swap on The Lounge, so I have to find some time, before my mojo completes disappears. Oh also have a scrummy order of daisy d papers coming from the states so that should motivate me.
At last I have posted anam's camera today as well as kirsty's crimbo pressies!!! yep that is how disorganized I was last year
received a phonecall today confirming my back op date. I am admitted on the 8/2 and op is on 9/2, really quite scared but it has to be done.
no photo yet, because I am hoping to put my first bit of creativeness up later tonight

hugs blogettes
Anna x



blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/09/2006 05:40:00 PM 2 lovely comments

My new obsession with lashings of lurpack slightly salted butter and lashings of honey. Prey tell what is "utterly butterly" for toasts sake????? I only want the real makoy and after peter shopping for the necessities I have been downgraded to these yellow pretend stuff called utterly buttery, yuck
Yeah my computer is back, thanks to Sue's(ELC Girl, Sue baroo) hubby for fixing the problem.
My second big thanks go to all you lovely people who have sent me buckets of love and encouragement in emails these past few days, I only managed to pick them up today and it has been so good to read, those few nasty emails have been well and truly forgotten by those out there who understand I am human, I do have feelings and I am working my cute lil fat ass off to pack orders despite fire, viruses and life!!!! Ok so off my soapbox but thanks girls, mwah
So yes I have been packing orders again today, another 30 went to the post office.
Lilly and I visited Dad this afternoon and I shopped Woolworths out of age 6-7 school uniform today to replace Izzy's uniform which didn't survive the fire and dry cleaners.
Boy do I need some normality in my life, roll on another day

hugs to all
Anna xxxxx


And another and another.................

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/08/2006 05:31:00 PM 2 lovely comments

Virus scans that is. I must hold the record for the most virus scans in 3 days, that's all I feel I have done, and still no computer. I am using Peters ath the moment but that all ends tomorrow and I am calling an engineer first thing, I am absolutely lost without it. Orders are still going out but I wasn't able to update the database on Friday, so have been doing that today whilst I have had a computer at hand.
Nothing much to say, I have 6 massive spots on my chin, boobs that ache, and a wobbly tummy to beat all wobbly tummy's, yep its that time of the month, so I am irritable, fed up and uninspired.
Craft Essentials is out next week and I did a 4 page project on invitations and handmade paper, so am looking forward to seeing that in print. Also have my editorials to do for Creative Scrapbooking. Loads of phone calls to make tomorrow, Dad to visit, food shopping to do and a post office trip!!!
Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend blogettes

Anna x
PS: keep sending me virus free thoughts
PPS: another old photo from peters folder!


Computer virus

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/07/2006 12:47:00 PM 2 lovely comments

Just a quick post to let you know I have a virus on my computer, I feel like my life has ended and I cannot even breath without my computer telling me so!!!
Orders have now become delayed as I cant access any of my database, I am on hubbys laptop just to get this message across, so help me spread the joy of another set back in my bloomin crap life at the mo, lol
hugs blogettes, send me lots of healing thoughts

Anna xxx

ps: excuse the "mad" photo, its the only one I could find on Peter's computer, and I hate to blog wiothout a piccie for the day, and I think this rather sums up how I am feeling


This makes me Happy

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/04/2006 10:49:00 PM 1 lovely comments
Doesn't it you? Its so purty, still haven't downloaded any piccies form my new camera , saw this on 2 peas yonks ago so thought I would share.
A strange day today, Peters back at work, the last of our visitors Karen and Kevin left lunchtime and the house seems empty, but quite good to be back to some normality. Not that I don't love having you all here, but you know what I mean. Packed some more, sent more to the PO, so hopefully the orders should be arriving, did start packing and posting last week, but there is only lonesome me to pack so its taking an age.
Tomorrow Izzy's back to school, and the decorators come to survey the burnt down utility room!!!.
Peter was star gazing with his new toy tonight, spotted Saturn which was fab, it looks like a UFO, I went out and played with shutter speed and photographed the moon!
I have not scrapped in an age, have magazine commitments to start on this week so hopefully I can start looking for my 2006 mojo.

Oh forgot, went and saw Dad today and Lilly was her true delightful self and Dad had a good few laughs. He his looking great so feel like a load has been lifted, just still trying to sort out the DWP, should get a phonecall anyday with a meeting arranged for Dad and I so I can become power of attorney

I guess its back to school for a lot of us tomorrow, hope its not too stressful, I for one am dreading crawling out of bed before 9am and actually having to be dressed and out of the house by 8.30!!!!!! aaarrrggggg, better go grab some kip

Anna x


Happy New Year

blogged by me domestic goddess On 1/02/2006 02:49:00 PM 1 lovely comments
Happy New Year to each and everyone of you, my reasons for being rather late with this , as I have been nursing the worst hang over , ever known to man, apparently I hit my bed, fully dressed at 6am, got up at 12.30 new years day and still feel really crap!!!
Oh well it only happens once a year, and thank goodness!!!New Year resolutions, mmm, cant even think at the moment , the only one would be never to drink a Peter cocktail special again, give me till tonight and I will think long and hard.
Hope you are enjoying the last day of the holidays

hugs blogettes
Anna xxxx