Friday, 22 July 2011

Moving on and growing up

Well, today was baby bug 1's last day at nursery.  I got a photo of her that had been on her peg from when she started there last March - looking at that I realised how much she's grown and changed!  So, onto all things crafty once more.  We were a bit more organised than the other day and managed to make the gifts and cards the day before, however this morning we were still rushing about writing out the cards, scanning in pictures of them and taking photos of her last day for the family album.  Yesterday we wandered around hobbycraft looking for inspiration (that didn't involve making 6 bunches of flowers) and as she was in ladybird class decided that would be our theme.  The result was 6 metal buckets, decorated with ladybirds, a ladybird peg for the teachers to keep all their bits and pieces together and some jelly sweeties.  And of course the cards had to have ladybirds on them.  Bug used her finger to draw the body and finger print spots onto them, and a brush for the grass.  The rest of the card was decorated with foam flower stickers, then the ladybirds were finished off with hand drawn legs and hair (!)  That's quite a lot of work for a 4 year old to do in one sitting - hurrah for the holidays now!

The ladybirds.....

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


Another Wednesday again - eeek, where did that come from?!  This week my worksdesk is brought to you from my dining room table, where at 7.30 this morning (organised as ever *ahem*) me and baby bug 1 were hastily making tissue paper flower boquets and thank you cards for the lunch club supervisors at nursery (it's bug's last week at nursery this week!).  I've had the idea for a couple of weeks so why we were trying to do them in a hurry at the last minute is beyond me, but seems to be a regular occurrence these days.  Anyway, here are the results of our efforts.

We had planned on making more to give to her class teachers on Friday, but these were much trickier than I had anticipated, so we may go for a craft store trip tomorrow for some other inspiration which is a bit easier for a 3 year old to do.

In other news I have been busy again networking with lots of other entrepreneurs via the be-enterprising team, who invited me to a presentation by marketing speaker Geoff Ramm this morning, which I really enjoyed.  I will be promoting some of my new found friends on here soon.

Well, I'd best try and get a bit of actual work done before heading off to bed, hope to get round a few more desks this week too.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Wash out

Couldn't resist starting todays post with a picture of baby bug 1 all ready for swimming (we haven't been for over a year).  We checked out the baby facilities for baby bug 2 while we were there.  They do have a baby changing room with changing table, but what are you supposed to do with bug 2 while you and bug 1 get ready (you can't take pushchairs in)?  Any suggestions would be appreciated, as I'd love to take them both, but will have to take them by myself. 

So, where is the summer?  It's been pouring down here again today.  Due to the weather our plans for the weekend involved thinking of somewhere with a roof, so we ended up at Locomotion: The National Railway Musuem in Shildon.  The Hogwarts Express was there and we were allowed to stand inside, though it was somewhat wasted on us as me and Daddy bug have no interest in HP and the two baby bugs are still too little. 

However, we had a lovely day and even treat ourselves to lunch in the cafe - and it was nice to see baby bug 2 continuing his interest in housework as he wiped down the table!

We've also entered the world of the wii, so have been wasting a few hours trying out bowling, darts and boxing (!)  The boxing by far was the most entertaining to watch someone else do and definitely a way to burn off all those calories (and any aggression).  A word of warning, make sure there aren't any members of your family lurking behind with a camera - must find and destroy those photos :)

In business news, I am off to an enterprise club tomorrow, which has been set up with Be-Enterprising, who phoned and invited me.  So if any of you budding businesses up here in the north are interested then you may want to get in touch with them for more info.  I've been tweaking the website a bit today so some of my new stuff has now been uploaded and there are proper links to my online shops and social networking sites.

Time to go and tidy up now and get ready for the rabble returning for tea!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


2 posts in one day, blimey!  I've been compiling an ever-growing list of websites I come across to share with you all and as yet haven't got round to posting any of them.  So I am just going to try posting them as and when I come across them, otherwise you're going to get a gigantic post one day full of web links.  So for my first offering I give you....

Pinterest - a lovely way to lose a few hours, absorbed in what lovely things others have found on the web.  Be warned, it's addictive!  Basically it's like a giant online pinboard where you can pin whatever you find interesting on the web as well as having a look at what others have pinned, boards can be divided into your own categories too.  Here's mine.

Kids craft weekly - weekly newsletter which you can have delivered via email with cheap, educational and child friendly craft activities.

Spoonflower - design and print your own fabric (American I think)

Jinjerup blog - lots of lovely stuff to download, including gift boxes, some to buy and even freebies!

That's all for today, goodnight!


Hello and welcome to another Wednesday.  Missed out on What's on your workdesk Wednesday for a few weeks again, so thought I'd check in while baby bug 2 is having a nap.

This week I have been finishing off the wedding invites for my sister, I'm not allowed to show the finished cards on here yet, so here's a peek at them in progress.

I'm using my ancient (and only) sizzix machine with some cuttlebug embossing stencils (wedding theme and stylised flowers). 

I also thought I'd share with you all my newly reorganised ribbon tin.  Ribbons have been rolled up and fastened with elastic bands (must admit that all the small pieces have now been relocated to another box, in the same old mess, but at least this looks much better now).  I found the idea via someone elses blog, but I've forgotten who.



Will have a snoop around other desks later, bye for now!

Monday, 11 July 2011


Every month our library service lists new county stock, so, as I've just gone through the latest list and added some to my reservations I thought I'd share them with you - just incase something takes your fancy too.

Baker, Ellen Luckett 1,2,3 sew multiply your skills with 36 stylish sewing projects

Goble, Fiona Fun with stitching

Pell, Sania The homemade home 50 handmade projects to create the perfect home for next to nothing

We've had a busy few weekends since my last post.  This weekend saw baby bug 1 performing in a show from her dance school.  She did 2 dances with her little group (the rosettes) - "bop to the top" and "blame it on the boogie".  They were brilliant, though she seemed to spend most of the 2nd dance trying to spot where we were sitting in the audience!

On Saturday we had a trip to Newcastle to the Baltic art gallery, where baby bug 1 got an art gallery explorer pack to borrow, she loved the torch that was in it and spent most of the time on the floor shining it into dark corners.  One of the exhibitions by Robert Breer involved sculptures which moved really slowly and she was convinced that her torch was making them move!  We also had a walk along the quayside where they have built a beach, so she had a chill out in a deckchair there too :)

On Sunday we visited Woodhorn in Ashington to see the vintage car rally.  There was a computer games exhibition on too, so other half insisted we went to that, where he re-lived his mispent youth, stating that one of the exhibitions was his old bedroom!  The only problem with visiting this exhibition was that while other half was spending his time playing the computer games, baby bug 1 wanted my help (!) playing the games - I can't work a wii, ds or playstation, and they didn't have an acorn electron with keyboard (*ahem*) so I was no use to her whatsoever!  After about 10 mintues of both of us trying we finally managed to work out how to operate the controller for the wii bowling game, which she promptly got bored of about 2 minutes later.  Still, a good day out and the weather stayed fine.

We've also been to Fountains Abbey with my mam and dad for a picnic and explore.  A trip to South Shields where they had a free music festival on so we caught the end of a beatles tribute band (both baby bugs had a good dance), ate lots of chips and spent some time on the beach.  Took baby bug 1 to a local garden centre for their children's gardening club.  It's only our 2nd time going and as yet they haven't actually done any gardening (!?) so we are waiting to see how it pans out, though she does seem to be learning bits and pieces from it.  They had to take plant pots they had decorated for a competition.  We collected some flowers and pressed them before glueing them to her pot, then added finger print bees, ladybirds and suns and some minibeast stickers - she didn't win and was gutted bless her!

And before I go, a special congratulations to my other half who has just sold his first piece of photography on red bubble (yay!)