Sunday, 13 July 2008

Flowers, Fete and Martin Fowler!

Well, I did it... I had my first selling event at Karen's Fete... my little crafty stall called Twinkle Toes..... and I didn't sell a thing (BIG SAD FACE).......
The fete was really aimed at parent with their children wanting to win prizes. I had a little interest on my stall, a handful of parents came and had a look and the feedback was positive. But to be honest with you I think that I really did not have the right "audience".

The Emily fold out was another make for my stall. Thank you again to Sugar and Spice... MARION, who encouraged me to have ago at making one. I am able to offer in any name and obviously other colour ranges. A few of my friends are asking for some... I really enjoyed making it... I choose Emily as it is Gabrielle's middle name and I think that Gabrielle was too longer name for my first make, just in case it did not work out... but it did!

I know that I would have loved to have placed one in Gabrielle's room... and I think that it is a great christening present too.

Above are the beautiful flowers that Matt and Shell bought me for writing Cassie's little poem for her birthday... and they shouldn't have...... Both Paul and I are going to Cassie's birthday party next week and we are excited... I am going to help out and do a little interpreting as some of the children going are Deaf... I have not signed BSL for ages, so fingers crossed. And I have my Makaton training this week, so I hope that I don't get mixed up.. also I am a little nervous as I really need to pass the course as I would like to go on and become a tutor... this will be a test to see if I could go on further......

Above is my friend Karen with James Alexandrew.. MARTIN FOWLER, he came to the fete yesterday and cut the cake for the nursery, which is now 10 years old... HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUST LEARNING @ WHIPPS CROSS, and well done Karen you have a great nursery established.. It is very rare in the nursery "world" that you are able to keep your staff, as the staff will move around from one nursery to another mainly in search for better pay.. which is a real crime as the pay in the child care profession is appalling... don't get me started on my soap box..... But Karen has staff that started with her 10 years ago and also a lot of staff that have been there for over 5 years... a real testament to her great management skills.....

Well, here are some photo's from my stall, which I must say I think looked really good.... fingers crossed I might be able to do a craft fair, where obviously the people attending will be going ti buy Crafts... also I have been asked to take my makes into a little shop in Writtle, so I will give that a try...

I am off today to have ago at the weekly challenge and also I have a CJ to finish and I am also making some bits for Cassie for her birthday... busy busy bee xxxx Magic and Sparkle..... xxx

Sunday, 6 July 2008

A robot has been born

I am in making heaven as this is my last weekend before the fete... so I have added to my Manekin collection with a Robot as a way of adding a "boy" member... and I am really pleased with the outcome.. I have started to run out of ribbon so will need to go and buy more stash.. ohhh what a shame!!

The next couple of weekends are really busy and I have some training coming up so I need to get revising my Makaton... Well this was just a quick hello... must go get making

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Marathon making madness xxxx

I had a really productive afternoon yesterday, finishing off started prjects and completing projects.....

The above is the challenge that I completed for the last week in June. I had misplaced my lead and so I had problems downloading it onto UKS. I really enjoyed the challenge as it was about a city, I decided on LA...

I have not been there but Pauls brother Colin has, so I had fun Scrapping the photo's that he took. I also love the paper... not my usual style, but I am really enjoying branching out with diffferent bolder patters.. maybe its part of my learning curve.
Above is one of my favourites, of couse completing it on my little girl.The layout was part of my Page, Page, Page day at SUGAR AND SPICE. Although I did not place the photo's. I think it brings it to life.

And below is another layout from the day that I also needed to finish. I also added sme more detail. I just love the photo as it is so natural and also it is coordinated, matching the paper.

The photo was taken at Bognor last year, a real valued holiday now, looking back at it.. it's a shame that we did not get Gabrielle in the photo too...
And below is another of my footprint creations. As I felt it was important for Gabrielle to enjoy painting and she loved having her feet painted, we struggled to paint with her hands as she would not open them very well, she prefered to tuck her little thumbs in... Anyway I think that I could publish a book with 100 ideas of things to make with footprints... It's another little item for Karen's Fete...
Quite productive hey, and I managed some tidying and also I cleared the ironing... and yes you can hear the sounds of trumpets fanfare... I have some more figuires to paint up.. I think that a little robot will be born soon.... MAGIC AND SPARKLE XXXX

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Tag and BIG make, make make's xxx

I was tagged by Beautifulily last week, but have not had a chance to do it!!! It's the first time I have been tagged.. so if I have broke the rules I apologise just been manic sorting out for the fete and my return to work... So here it is:

10 years ago: I was working in A&E living in Chigwell in Essex... I was with Paul my husband and we had just bought our first house together, so we were decorating it. The house was in Chadwell Heath. When I look back on my work in A&E I realise how I enjoyed it.

5 thing's on today's to do list:
1) Finish the Rocket Footprint picture
2) Meet Shell in Chelmsford and visit Tickety Boo
3) Complete the weekly challenge
4) Tidy up and sort out my projects and challenges folder
5) Finish the ironing

5 snacks I enjoy:
1) Chocolate of course: Reece's Peanut Cupcakes (anything that they do in the orange wrapper)
2) Marmite on toast
3) Biscuits
4) Popcorn
5) Black Jacks

5 things I would do if I was a millionaire:
1) Give money to charity
2) Buy a new car or two including a VW Campervan, split windscreen
3) Pay off the Morgage ?? may buy new home
4) Invest
5) Holiday; New York; Disney;

5 places I have lived:
1) Chelmsford
2) Wickford
3) Chadwell Heath
4) Chigwell
5) Basildon.... what an Essex Girl
I have tagged: Susy's Scraps: Mrs Tiggy: Paige: Coxeby and Scaphappy xxxxx
Below is this week challenge, I have been really busy today and made loads but will post the pictures tomorrow xxxx MAGIC AND SPARKLE xxxx