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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Have you seen these...

...packs of images for colouring?

I hadn't.

Quite by chance I saw these packs of "Colourables" hanging on the wall in Pinnacle Crafts...
 ...and they looked interesting. Each pack contains 10 images for colouring and 2 sheets of words that you can also colour. The images are printed on good quality card...
 ...and the sheets measure approx. A5 in size. As the weather was rather lovely yesterday morning, I sat by the green in Barleylands and did some colouring...
...these were coloured using Copics and I'm really pleased with the way they turned out.

Joanne at Pinnacles says there are some Christmas packs too so I will be on the lookout for when they arrive.

At £2.99 per pack, I don't think this is too much to spend on some lovely pre-printed images that come on good quality CS........................................................

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Why do PCs...

...decide to play-up when I'm in a hurry?

As I'm off work this week I've decided to turn my alarm off. I think my alarm is actually a 'comfort blanket' just to ensure that I wake up on time as even with it switched off, I still wake at the same time. However, this morning I woke up as usual and decided to turn over...and promptly went back to sleep.

When I finally woke it was about 1.5 hours later and put me all behind because I wanted to get out and enjoy the sunshine (yes, the day started off lovely).

As is my normal practice each morning I checked my emails - bit slow - and then went to catch up with my blog ready list. That was even slower and I kept losing internet connection or the blog pages would freeze.

I probably don't make things any better because I get frustrated and try to abort actions which doesn't help.

In the end, I gave up and shut the thing down and went on my way.

Let's hope it decides to play nice this evening as I have quite a bit of catching up to do.....................

Monday, 3 August 2015

I'm a...

...happy bunny!

On Friday, a branch of "The Works" opened in Stratford where I work - yippee!!!

(I can hear the groan from the bank manager already LOL)

I recently had an email from The Works containing a survey to find out why I hadn't been into one of their stores recently. In 2013 I was visiting Chelmsford & Southend regularly to cover the offices at those locations - both have great branches of The Works and I was a regular customer. The nearest branch to my home address is in Basildon. I have never found it to be a particularly good store and Basildon is not a shopping area I visit very often. So this is what I said in the survey and also asked why there wasn't a branch in Stratford.

Lo & behold, a couple of days later signage for a branch in the Stratford shopping centre appeared on one of the empty units and on Friday it had its grand opening.

The store has quite a large selection of craft stuff and a very nice large section of adult colouring goodies. Armed with my 20% off voucher for completing the survey, I made my purchases (note to self; books are heavy so don't buy too many at once and then wonder why you are struggling to get them home on the train LOL).

I wanted to get stuck in straight away during my lunch break but the markers I bought bleed through and this design has another printed on the other side of the page...
 ...so I dug out my Distress Markers when I got home and continued to play...
 ...I wanted the whole thing to be just greens & blues...
...and there is a good selection of both in the Distress Marker collection.

I sat in the sunshine over at Barleylands on Saturday and finished it off.

I'm looking forward to a week of taking things easy and just playing around with my craft stuff. Let's hope Mother Nature is kind and provides some nice sunny days................................................

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A bit of...

..."me" time.

I finally got a chance to sit down and finish off my owl...
...he has sat looking at me for weeks now but I've only just had the chance to sit down and finish him off. Of course, one thing led to another and I made a start on this...
...the wooden door has turned out as I wanted it and I found the fine end of my Distress Markers was perfect for completing the 'iron-work'.

I have this coming week off work - nothing planned - just a chance to unwind after all the hassle at work recently.

I say 'nothing planned' as my intentions are very much reliant on the weather (and I don't put much faith in the man at the Met Office). So if the weather is good I may well throw my colouring 'stuff' into the car and head off to sit in the sunshine somewhere............................................................

Friday, 31 July 2015

If you ever get the chance...

...to visit my neck of the woods - you must visit Barleylands.

I normally park in the main car park and then cut through to the craft village via the office car park.

However, last weekend was members weekend at Pinnacle crafts and Farmer's Market day so I thought I would go in via the main entrance and take some photos.

This is what welcomes visitors to the craft village...
,,,quite an impressive entrance from the visitor's car park.
As you pass under the welcome sign you can see the walk-way that takes you into the village...
 ...and leads you to the large green where I often sit when the weather is lovely.
Just as you are approaching the green this is where most of the market stalls start...
...Giggly Pig is a regular and they sell the most wonderful sausages - so many fabulous varieties.
A glance back towards the entrance and you can see the barn that is used by some of the stalls...
...it tends to be used more in the bad weather as it can actually be quite chilly in there so folk tend to mainly use it when it is wet. The barn has been extended and renovated to incorporate additional units and the ground floor of the part with the windows houses a glass jewellery making business who have some lovely items on display in the windows.

The Farmer's Market is held on the second & last Saturday of the month and it all helps to add to the fun & enjoyment of visiting - there is the most wonderful muffin stall and they do some of the most delish flavours..............................................................................

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Happy Birthday Sis...

...hope you have a good one.

A short while ago, I shared this coloured Saturated Canary image with you...
...and I said at the time it would be perfect for my Sister's birthday card.
Well here is the card all done...
...the base is a pearl CS card blank and then the image was mounted on some turquoise Bazzill. A bit of washi tape down the spine and a few gems - sorted.

At the moment the sun is shining so fingers crossed she will be able to take Lexi for a couple nice strolls rather than trudging through the rain.

Happy Birthday little sister...............................................................................

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

I don't think...

...I've introduced you to Lexi.

Lexi is my sister's Jack Russell.

She was a rescue placement and when she first arrived she was a bag of bones and very skittish.

This little madam has certainly made herself at home and as you can see...
 ...biscuit munching is far more important than coming when called.
It was as much as I could do to get her to look up from the task in hand...
...after all, what could be more important than tucking in to a bowl of biscuits.

She is now at a healthy weight and has decided that a 'walk' means a trek around most of the estate - not just to the park & back (much to my sister's dismay).

At my most recent visit, Lexi decided to honour me by jumping up on my lap and then proceeded to make herself comfy for a snooze. She is also a cheeky little thing. She knows most visitors sit in the armchair by the window so when I arrived she made a bee-line for the chair to retrieve a biscuit & toy that she had hidden behind the cushion.

Lexi has settled in and I know that my sister finds her good company - even if she does grumble about the length of the walks....................................................................