Thursday, 25 January 2007

Daring Cardmakers - Apertures

"This week on Daring Cardmakers: Through the Round Window....This week its Rhi setting the dare, and I dare you to make a card with an aperture in it, it can be any shape you like and can be see through or have something covering behind it. It could be a ready made aperture card or lots of small windows punched out, diecut or handcut or one large window. It could be a shaker card and can be for any occasion. "

Talk about ducking in under the wire.....I didn't think I was going to get this one in, but the arrival of Kathy from DCM on the CUTW forum prompted me to actually take part for once!

OK, so I've kind of cheated with this one - I started it on the 12th January, teaching a pop-out card class on the CUTW forum, but I only finished it tonight, so maybe it just about counts!

The colours seem to have come up a bit orange - but that's the trouble with having fluorescent lighting... ho hum!

Monday, 22 January 2007

Where do I belong?

Hmmm, interesting, this. I saw this on another crafter's blog, Rachel (Taniwha's Lair) Millington's to be precise, and thought I'd have a go at it. And what does it come up with? I should be in Australia...... Hmmmmmm. Why not have a go yourself?

You Belong in Australia
Ace!Sunny, upbeat, and cuteYou make the perfect surf bumNow stop hogging the vegemite!

The question is, why is it so interesting? Because Nick & I would LOVE to go to Australia. Experiences in France haven't put us off living abroad, just put us off living in a non-English speaking country. Who knows, eh? Maybe in 10 years time......

Friday, 19 January 2007


Gosh - where is the month going? I look round for one minute, and suddenly it's the 19th!

Well, we have some excellent news - the house in France has sold! Not only that, but it has sold to a French family who have 5 horses, and they've signed the Compromis de Vente within 1 week of making the offer (and us accepting). Most excellent!

So, next weekend we're going over to meet them, clear out our last few things from the house, sign our half of the compromis, and give Nick a chance to say goodbye as he won't be coming over again for a long while.

So exciting!

I've done a little bit of crafting lately - a valentine's card for Nick, some Oriental ATCs (which I can't put up here yet in case it spoils it for someone) and a few other odds and ends. I'm also going to take part in both an ATC swap and an Inchies swap on UK Stampers - great fun!

The latest coffee filter CJ has arrived so I have to add my entry onto it and get that off in the post again.

Nick is working full time nights as a Shunter for a transport company in Southampton Docks, and he's been off work the last two nights as the Container Terminal was closed due to the high winds (99mph recorded at The Needles, IOW) making it dangerous. I'm glad he was home, under the circumstances.

That's all for now - will put more up here as and when it happens.

Friday, 5 January 2007

We've moved!

Well, actually, we moved three weeks ago....LOL.... but now I finally have enough time to sit and blog again.

OK, so the house we're in is a bit pokey (supposedly 4 beds, they just chopped one in half to create two small bedrooms!) so there are boxes everywhere, and we keep falling over the dogs, but we're here!

Nick has started working for a driving agency, and came home VERY grumpy tonight as he ended up doing a 16 hour day, no thanks to the loaders at Southampton Docks who are apparently on a go-slow for more wages at the moment. 8 hours to get a new container loaded on his lorry!

I've started the interminable job hunt. I really hate working in accounts/payroll, but it would appear that that's the only sort of job I'm going to get. I did hear about an EXCELLENT PAs job in Bournemouth, just the sort of thing I would have enjoyed doing, but the hours were 8am-6pm 5 days a week, plus the occasional late night and Saturday (the joys of working for three Executive Directors!), and if Nick is working nights I would never see anything of him. So, sadly, I had to say "No way!". I'm sure something suitable will come up pretty soon though.

Hopefully I might get some crafting done next week - that's if I can locate all my stuff!
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