In typical fashion, the bank holiday had terrible weather. It was really weird up Painswick Beacon to see the clouds below.
But it got super weird when the mist started to make its way up the beacon. I started to freak out at one point because nothing looked as it did on the journey up…Lol, I’m such a doofus at times. But I had to get out, I wasn’t feeling too well. Don’t know why I thought going to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal for lunch was a great idea either, but I seem ok now so fresh air and food must have done the trick 🙂
And I got the opening page of my Book Of Me (part 2) done. It was nice to spend some time on me, doing stuff I wanted to do creatively. The photobooth strip is from pinkinkstudios.net (of which you can’t appreciate the super coolness of it unless you see for yourself the overlay effect), and the super cool paper and stars are by “express yourself DIY”. Blinging 🙂
I’ve managed to tidy up a little around here lol. The Guy stayed a couple of days, and I was so tired on the night he left but I stayed awake as long as I could so we could savour our time together as it’s rare as he lives so far away and he works odd shifts. I told him to text me when he got home but to ring a few times and hang up as I always sleep straight through any texts! So he texts and rings and I wake up as I went straight to bed once he left, and I grabbed my phone (this was just gone midnight) and began texting back. Next thing I know I’m waking up, it’s 5am and my phone is still in my left hand with half a text typed out on it! Whoops! It’s really hard to see him go 🙁
I’m about just over half way through the photos. Stewart & Claire’s invites are all done, Little something-something put in the post and Lianne’s Jewels is up and running with a couple of things up in the shop, hurrah. It seems I’m catching up with things which means I can also finally so some more of Shimelle’s “there’s no place like home” class which I kinda done the first week of and haven’t yet caught up on. Poo.
I am slowly making my way through the photos, but I’ve had other deadlines such as wedding party invitations that I needed to design, print and get ready for my brother which took priority.
The Guy is heading over tonight as well, and other such tasks to do (my poor housework has seriously suffered!) so I thank everyone for their patience… You must remember I was not paid to do the photos for Jax Dance, nor was I thanked or mentioned at the show. I took 2 Saturdays of my own freetime to do this favour, and the fact I have to go through 774 photos to pick out the best ones, crop them and proof them as well will take me a fair time! I have currently spent (not including the 5 hours from my time of the rehearsal day and 8 and a half hours spent on the day of the show) 6 hours going through the photos and I have done about 100 or so of them.
A big hello to all those people from the show last night 🙂 Please leave your messages on this post here: At the end of the entry you will see a link “Add comment”, so please leave your e-mail address and I will get back to you ASAP.
I have a whopping 776 images to go through so I hope everyone bears with me and it was also lucky that I stashed my spare battery in my pocket. I’ve never used up a battery so fast! Part way through the second half pressing the button wasn’t doing anything and I checked the display to see the battery picture flashing at me.
Anyway, getting ahead of myself lol, we left Gloucestershire at 2.40 and once we arrived in Broham the first thing we had to do was go to the pub! We wandered down there, and it was a gorgeous day so the gang sat in the gardens to eat.
I hung out backstage with the gang for a short while, and managed to get this shot of Claire… I like to think of as a happy accident. There is a red light on backstage and Claire just jokingly posed as I caught her lol:
Matt outside practising:
and the gang on stage, just for an idea of how the photos came out:
Meanwhile my Wii Fit arrived today! That was a nice shock I must admit and my dad had come around to cut my grass and found it stashed in my green wheelie bin lol. I jumped on it and was actually really dreading my results!
It was nice and easy to set up, and thankfully I’m in the “ideal” section lol. Now when I started my wii fit age was 37!! I did bits and pieces for just 20 minutes… and by that time I had lost 1lb (can you believe!?) and my wii fit age had become 27. I love it. I can see me doing this everyday. It’s like having your own personal trainer in your living room 🙂
Lol, I got flagged down on Eastern Avenue by a young guy in the back of his parents car asking if he could ring me. I looked at him blankly before he added: “About your tyres”. Now, me being me starting freaking out internally thinking: “What’s wrong with my tyres!?” and then a quick glance in my rear view mirror and I remembered that there was a big “For Sale” sign for my brothers Ford wheels that I had put up in the back lol. So I got home and phoned my dad who is sorting out the sale and let him know someone was going to be calling.
I feel so super cool now lol, I hoped someone would notice the sign in the back of my car. It’s been in there for weeks though, I had kinda forgot about it!
I finally got around to doing my washing up, and if I get the ironing board out and finally get some ironing done after… ooo, I dunno the last month and a half to 2 months of not doing it, I would feel super duper productive!
I also had an e-mail to say my Wii Fit has been shipped today and I should have it Monday (hurrah!), my Moo Minicard holder arrived today and my Moo stickers I ordered through the promo should be here soon too I hope. I want some pretty stickers with some of my photos I took on it
I had this gorgeous scalloped edged cardstock I splurged on during my last trip to Hobby Craft (ok 2, but one’s for me lol!) and I couldn’t think of any supplies that I had to go with it at the time. That’s when I started looking through my digital supplies and saw the gorgeous Daydreams kit by Gina at digitaldesignessentials, I printed one of the papers for the background, another paper for the type, the letters for LAUREN from the Rawhide alpha also from Gina (the October Idea Notebook) and epoxy stickers all on one sheet of A4 card.
I put clear page pebbles on the print of the epoxy stickers as that’s what they’re meant to look like after all, I printed one of the heart accents on to shrink plastic and heated it, I cut out the alpha and stuck it down with foam squares to give it some depth. I also believe I picked the font “Lauren Script” for the info lol, and voila 🙂
I’m back and ready to post. Bit tied up yesterday. Now for those who do not know already there’s someone else, but it’s still early days and we’re seeing how it goes so for this purpose am I here to protect the innocent lol. He will simply referred to as “The Guy” or “TG” (like Top Gear dog LMAO!) or simply “G”. I will pick one and stick to it.
So me and the guy went out to a safari park and had a good laugh. For example:
The CD in the car was basically saying about Elands that they’re shy animals and you won’t see them… TG says: “That’s why there’s one in front of my car!!” LMAO!
It was so cool to see the animals up close and personal
and get called a Japanese tourist by TG for simply taking lots of photos!
Totally got lost in the maze too. We gave up and went back out the entrance haha
More can be found at my Flickr anyway. Had SUCH a laugh at the Tapirs… one was chasing the other and biting his butt HAHAHAHA!
Now I’m magically posting this entry as I’m leaving work, but I thought I’d need to post something simply because and I wouldn’t be online.
I have tons of minibooks etc that I have not shared with anyone and there’s a Circle Journal I participated in, goodness – 3 years ago? I simply ADORE it. The thing that made me think of it was a listing by celestefrittata at Etsy. It’s in this picture here – it’s the spells and charms one. Are they not so *fantastic*? So perfectly made and aged. I was seriously drooling over them, and if the spells and charms one was listed I might just very well have bought it.
Now, I love my book (but I suppose I’m biased, as I pretty much made and decorated it) and I don’t think I have ever posted it other than at UKScrappers for my “Coven of Crafties” to look at their handy work. For those not familiar with a Circle Journal – a group of people make a journal and pass it round to the next person and they do something on it and then pass it on to the next person as they receive another book. In the end you get your journal back and full of goodness. Sadly these pictures just do not do this book justice. It needs to be in your hands to fully appreciate it.
Title page (Rules for good magic, taken from a wiccan site)
My rules page:
Part of my entry:
Entry from another member:
And another one: (LOVE this one. I love the agedness of it lol. It opens to reveal some spells when you untie the ribbon. Awesome)
It was great fun. I can’t remember what the theme was exactly but I got to work on pages ranging from Wicca (which was interesting as for your pages you obviously need to do your research), aromatherapy, healing crystals and what not. I really did enjoy it and I learnt so much from doing it.