Live & Love... & Candy winner

Morning all!

Gosh it's the end of the month already... where has the time gone!?!

Before i go any further... i'd love for any of my followers to vote for me in a card comp i've entered...
Thank you in advance!!!! xx
Back to work for me on sunday this fortnight has gone so very very quick! I'm still suffering with my chest and things feel awful today, so i'm off in the craftroom to colour i thinks!

I'm here with a new project this morning for my team's challenge at Charisma!

The lovely Vee has chosen the theme....


It's so nice to have this sort of theme at this time of the year as i'm busy with christmas cards and orders it's kinda nice to have a break from the festive period that's coming up shortly!

I've dug out my favourite Tickled Pink stamp of all time Lil Lolita lilith valentine, she's such a pleasure to colour and i can think of so many uses for her!

I've used papers that i got as a freebie months back in a magazine i couldn't tell you which all i know is the papers are from the company nitwit! i do adore this collection so going to have to buy more! they're the perfect pinks for me!

I've used a mixed flower for my card today the white is from prima and the dotty is from another collection name escapes me at this time of the morning, finished with a beautiful 'Live' brad from paper-angels which i adore i've so many of these i forget to use them!

I'd like to add my card to the following challenges:
Die Cut Dreams - Pink, Brown & Cream
Everybody Art - Pink & Brown
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Here's my card...

♥ Recipe ♥

♥ C/stock - Stampin' Up! Close to cocoa
♥ DSP - Nitwit collections
♥ Spellbinders - labels 10
♥ Stamp - Tickled Pink
♥ Flowers - Prima & Other
♥ Brad - Paper-angels
♥ Pearls - Karrs
♥ Medium - Promarkers 
♥ Punch - Martha Stewart Hugs & Kisses
♥ Ribbon - Poppicrafts

I'd like to thank everyone for entering my Candy unfortunatly there can only be one winner!!!

Mr Random Thingy picked..... No: 20 Linette who said...

'Hiya Carlyann, thanks so much for the chance to win some lovely things, i've been a follower of yours for some time now, i store all my stamps in A4 cases from The Range they're a fab way to see what you've got and very cheap to!'

Well... Linette, i'm glad to say that i also chose your way to store my stamps!!! thanks everso much for the tip please email me at to claim your prizes and i'll get them in the post to you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Strudel here....

Quick postie tonight I thought I'd get my paws on mums iPhone she's been on sofa all day coughing her head off, yuk yuk me and apple curled up away from her!!

Last thing we need is cat flu! Think dads told mum she's should go back to the doctors again!! Tomorrow 4am!! I tell ya there's me snuggled in my bed when I'm suddenly woken up by something that sounds awful poor mum didn't sleep a wink for cough cough all night! Dad bit angry at he I thinks (cus he's tired) that's the good thing about being a cat you see!

Looks like pleurisy again for mum she seems to get it every year!!!? Kittys no idea why!? So I thought I'd (strudel) pop along and say hey to all mums followers! (I wanna be meow famous too ya know!!)

Best go get my mouse and see if dad wants to play! (mum normally does but she's poorly sick so leave her to Zzzzz)

Found a pic on mums phone of me!!! (she loves me u see) me in the bath Well next to taps but couldn't work out why she's got a glass panel..... Maybe it's a human thing us cats don't know everything hehe I can't work out how to upload it so will keep trying meoooow!!

I think I'll be announcing mums candy tomorrow if she's still pawly.... Ooo I wonder if I should hold a candy too see what I can pinch outta craftroom when she's not looking.... Btw mums room sooo not my colour I did my best to fight for blue but as usual Apple won with PINK lol

Best go find mouse
Licks & wiskers
Strudel xxxx

Carlyann A-Z....

Morning all!

Hope all is well in the land of craftyness! I had a fantastic day yesterday with my DT buddy Gemma!! lots of nattering and crafty shopping and playing!! :-).
I'm not doing too good today woke at 4am coughing my head off feel awful again!

Anyways... not sure what i'm doing today maybe a day infront of the tele! (that's if the hubby will turn off bloomin sky sports, drives me nuts)!!

I've not got a project to show you this morning may have one little laters... i saw a really cool post on my friend Katy's blog that i had to join in!! It's an A-Z of me!!! (feel free to snag and join in from your blog! let me know if you do i'll pop by and visit!)

A. Age: 26 (Still young!!!) hehe well even tho somedays i don't feel it!
B. Bed size:
King Size, tho hubby tends to nick most of the bed or i end up getting elbowed!
C. Chore that you hate:
Ironing! Can't do it to save my life!
D. Dogs:
I don't have one, but i do have an adoptive doggie (my mum's) hehe
E. Essential start to your day:
Check Iphone! (mind you i do this all day lol)
F. Favorite color:
G. Gold or Silver:
Silver! (allergic to some kinds of gold)
I. Instruments you play:
Keyboard, flute
J. Job title:
Slave to ppl who think they are a higher force! (shop work)
K. Kids:
Not yettie!
L. Live:
Shropshire, UK
M. Mother’s name:
N. Nicknames:
Carlz, Catfish (thanks mum!), Casper (no idea why!)
O. Overnight hospital stays:
Yes been in hosp quite a few times :-(
P. Pet peeves:
People who talk with there mouth full!
Q. Quote from a movie:
'Jack! Jack!' from titanic, creases me everytime
R. Right or left handed:
S. Siblings:
1 Step sister and 1 step brother
U. Underwear:
Yes! lol.
V. Vegetable you hate:
Runner Beans
W. What makes you run late:
X. X-Rays you’ve had:
A few!
Y. Yummy food that you make:
Z. Zoo animal:

Would be nice to see your's! let me know if you do post! xxx

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Feeling Christmassy... but simple...

Morning all!

It's a damp coldy morning here in Telford! But the sun is looking like he want's to come out to play!
My DT Buddy Gemma is coming over to mine today to play in my new craftroom yay!!! she's very excited!! hehe.

My chest seems to be alot better today tho i'm still coughing alot but mainly at night (hubby says he's gonna suffacate me keeping him awake :-( ) not very nice is it???! hehe

Anyways... I'm here with a little christmassy project that actually only took me about twenty minutes (that's shocking for me when it normally takes anywhere between 2-5 hours per card) lol but there's no colouring on today's card.

I saw a fantastic Challenge at the Allsorts Challenge Blog there challenge this week is to 'keep it simple'. And as many of you know that's not my style so i thought i'd be different and have a go at it, and to be honest i like the results and it wasn't that difficult as i thought it would be... tho i must admit i'm one for keep adding things to my card!

I dug out my Stampin' Up 'dasher' stamp that i 'HAD' to have this time last year and I regretfully have to say it's seen ink about erm once!! maybe twice! But it's such a lovely stamp and with the simpleness of my card i think he's going to be seen on alot of my christmas cards this year! (i've sooooo many to get made) but i'm lacking christmas mojo as per norm!

So yeah.... i used my lovely embossing folder (from hello kitty) too which these i have loads but i always always forget i have them (does anyone else do that?) some gorjuss ribbon that i picked up for about 50p pm a few weeks back whilst out shopping with my DT buddy and good friend Emma, and of course the little gems, my cards wouldn't be compleate without gems now would they......

I'll stop ramberling now as i've got to go get my craftroom in a state of tidyness (yep it's a mess) lol before Gemma gets here!!! hehe

Here's my Card for the Allsorts Challenge

Dasher Recipe

♥ Cardstock - Stampin' Up! Real Red & Whisper White
♥ Stamp - Stampin' Up! Dasher
♥ Embossing Folder - From a hello kitty set
♥ Dies - Spellbinders labels 1
♥ Gems - Everycrafts a pound
♥ Candy - Craftwork Cards Very Berry Mix
♥ Ribbon - Local Shop

Thanks for stopping by today! Huggles xxx

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Bring You A Rose...

Morning all!

Thought i'd pop by and show you my latest Magnolia Creation, sweet and simple for today! I've not been too well these last couple of days I've had a niggly cough the last 3 weeks or so and it's turned into a full blown chest infection, cough cough cough! yuk!! lol really took me off my feet yesterday i spent most of the day on the sofa infront of the box!

I'm feeling a little better today so i've had chance to put the finishing touches to my card this morning! As you do! I'm loving my new craftroom now! so pink! and so me!!! i've tons of ideas and a list as long as the empire state building of materials and stamps i'd like from the NEC (i do hope Emma know's we're going to be bringing loads back!!) haha!!!

I've Dug out one of my fav tilda's for this mornings creation 'Tilda with peony' tho it looks like a rose to me!!! maybe i've got the name wrong???? I've been experimenting with my blues this week it's a colour that really scares me not sure why it's a little out of my comfort zone i thinks!

I've kept my card quite clean and simple for today (unlike me you say!) no wonder i'm poorly sick! I've used lots of gems in the matching colours and finally got around to using my new neglected martha stewart hydranger punch! (so naughty) and my marianne swirl dies, which i love now i've got the nack to actually get the daft things out of the die!

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Priarie Fairy Fridays - Pink & Distressed (I distressed the edges of my paper with white ink)
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Stamp with fun - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Let's Celebrate
Simon Says Stamp - Dies/Punches (I've used both!)
By The Cute And Girly - All Things Bright And Beautiful

Here's my card...

Magnolia Recipe

♥ C/Stock - Bazill Basics
♥ DSP - Magnolia
♥ Stamp - Magnolia Tilda with peony
♥ Medium - Promarkers
♥ Ink - Momento White
♥ Gems - From Stash
♥ Dies - Marianne's & Spellbinders labels 10
♥ Flowers - Martha Stewart Punch
♥ Flutterby - Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly Punch
♥ Ribbon - From Stash

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope your day is busy and you have a lovely day whatever your upto!

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Snowflakes... Father Christmas is on his way...

Hiya all!!

Finally i have a creation to show you since being in my new craft studio, i've been catching up and getting ahead for my Design Team projects but today i was eager to create something just for my blog hehe!! so ok father christmas isn't on his way well... he's gettin ready too making all those toys!! hehe and stamps for us crafters!! 

You may remember just before the big move out i was obsessed with the new sassy stamps that i brought from funky kits, as many of you know i didn't really get much time to play with them, and yeah they've been out ages but i never knew about sassy's till my buddy Shannon told me about them... n now... well i'm hooked!!!

So out came one of my fav sassy stamps 'ms hippie chick' hehe! i actually wanted to do something different with her, as i think she's a summery kinda stamp i wanted to change her to a christmassy stamp, i do love doing this to my stamps at this time of year, you'd be suprised how easy and how many stamps are that versitile you can!

So as you can see from the piccy above i've instead of colouring her flowers in her hair added some snowflake brads and coloured her a blue colour to go with my papers and snowflake feel of todays card!

I also wanted to use one of my 'father christmas' charm snaps that my lovely buddy shannon brought me for my birthday back in july! she's been waiting to see what i do with them... well i'm got a few more ideas coming up! but i love them.... where can i get more!!!!

I'm not a fantastic jewellery maker myself so i've been trying to use up my mountains of gems and beads so i created this dangly charm myself! along with the MOST used die in my studio Snowflake, that was the best £7 i've ever spent on a die and has to be my favourite die, if you look back through last years christmas cards you'll see i love it i use it quite alot! so be prepared to see it more than 50 times between now and december hehe!!

I even got my new space all messy with distress inks on this card too,,, ooo how've i missed my room so much lol!!

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Anything goes challenge - Anything Goes
Critter sketch - Recipe (1 image, 2 papers(dots & gingham) 3 embellies (charms, photo anchors, brads), 1 sentiment)
Stamp with fun - Anything Goes
Simon says stamp - Dies to die for (snowflake!!!)

Here's my card!!

♥ Sassy Snowflake Recipe ♥

♥C/Stock - Bazzill
♥DSP - DCWV Winter wonderland & DCWV Nana's kitchen
♥ Stamp - Sugar nellie - Simply Sassy - Hippie Chic
♥ Medium - Promarkers
♥ Die - Snowflake from cuttlebug
♥ Metals - We R Mem keepers & Making Mem's
♥ Distress Ink - Faded Jeans
♥ Brads - Dovecraft
♥ Charm - Handmade by me
♥ Candy Pip - Craftwork cards
♥ Ribbon & Lace from stash

Thanks for stopping by today! and for any comments you may leave they're always so lovely to read!

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Welcome to my new craftstudio!!! DAY 18!!!

Heya all!

I didn't think for one second i'd be posting today! But... I got my butt into gear and started sorting after much nagging of the hubby as day 16 was pretty BORRRRING!! so he finally let me back in my craft room yesterday (soooo didn't want to go to work) but anyhoo, I was home this morning in bed for 4 hours up and unpacking!!!!

It's virtually finished tho we've got the following left to do... (ill tell ya on piccys easier!) lol

oooooo!!!!! how exciting! You won't see any of the underneath soon, as i'm putting material up on net cords to hide everything... just got to find the right pink!

Righto on with the tour... i think when hubby shows me how to use his camera i may do a youtube video so i can show you properly.. whatcha think!??! This is my Wall 'O' ribbon!!! hehe!! I have sooo much ribbon mainly my friend Emma's fault she erm is worse than me believe it or not!!! haha! of course i store my ribbons with ribbon rings such a fab way to see A what you've got and B so tidy!! hehe...

My Pink window!!! buckets full of ribbon ends and woc flowers! and of course CAKE!!! lol

I wanted a section in my craftroom for my cutting machines, something that was just plonked on a clapped out old desk before... so here's this bit, with all my ikea jars full of brads, eyelets, and gems etc etc.... and of course my heart of cards that i keep special cards from friends on!

Along side i've my inspiration desk... i wanted to have my hundreds of magazines (and yep i had to part with over half of the collection as they wouldn't fit!) so i could look through them when my mojo goes on holiday or decides he's had enough of pink so i brought some plain white maggie racks from ikea again lol to store them in! And of course i love the idea of the IKEA rails for my punches so that idea had to stay

♥To finish - robbies making me a new stickles holder as i've outgrown this one, so that'll be in my room this week♥

Underneath isn't finished, i plan to buy some pink material and hang like nets, so it hides all the underneath of the workspace just to make it a little tidy! but here we have drawers of cards, chipboards, nesties, flowers, punches, my 2 12x12 paper racks (full) oopss! and my SU collection along with my other unmounted stamps

I desp need something to go on this wall it's bugging me hehe... will have to make something tho i am a fan of 'keep calm' signs so i'm after one that says keep calm eat cake in pink (dunelm sell them but it's A3 i only need A4) so if anyone sees one let me know!! all my buttons and flowers and brads (yep more) and eyelets (again more) are sorted into drawers... Can't take credit for that idea it was emma's (emmas my DT buddy on charisma) but lives close by

This section isn't finished either.... those two stands holding pens and inks and other bits have got to be sanded down this week and painted white to match... but... ya know me inpaitent!!!

Underneath we have A4 pink boxes i brought from home bargains for 99p each these store my 6x6 papers in which you can get two lots side by side, and in companys of course, cd cases full of clear stamps ready to go into new storage once i get paid, cardstock and scrapbooks and then my magnolias (OOOO HOW I MISSED YOU!!!)

My last corner... full of all sorts, the top shelf is full of wooden stamps penny black, housemouse etc to name a few... second shelf down will be those spotty jars on the desk but i'm waiting for hubby to finish making the pole which will hold all my clear stamps in packs to dangle (again this is to do! lol) and my pink lappytop will live here!

Ok!!! i confess i have two boxes left to sort but i'm waiting on hubbs to get the pole made!!! (any excuse!!) haha

Last but not least i had to show you my spotty pink chairs i ♥ these! such a bargain too! £12 for 2!!!!

So that's my craftstudio up and ''NEARLY'' ready to go!

 But i'm thrilled i can finally go craft (talking of which that's where i'm heading!)
Thanks to everyone who's been leaving me comments the last 18 days you've all given me such encouragement and kept me busy in those hours of compleate and utter boredum!! lol

Let me know what you think to my new space!!!

Huggles xxxx

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Anniversary.... Day 15!!!

Heya all!

I'm back with another card this evening that i just found on my hard drive that i hadn't actually got around to blogging so i thought seems as it's Day 15 now with no craftroom i'd upload and show ya!

Day 15 is going to plan, we're on target for me to move back in on monday morning! Hubby has made a fantastic job, tho it won't be 100% compleate till first week of october as i still need to get various things and material to make curtains to hide things under my workspaces but it's virtually there now!

Only two nights left at work too! So looking forward to having my 2 week break from work and 2 weeks of crafting i think my mojo is about to explode with ideas!!! haha...

The card i ''forgot'' all about was actually My MIL&FIL's anniversary card back in august! I dug out all my softy colours and lili of the valley cute squares, i love these they're so great when your creating a last min card and haven't the time to colour!

The papers are all glittery they're from the nana's nursery DCWV set which i absolutly love! there pastel colours are perfect for subtle sweet cards... I've also used my sizzix scribble swirl die one of my personal fav dies!

I'd like to enter it to the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes
Cute card thursday - Anything Goes

Here's the finished card!

♥ Card Recipe ♥
♥ Card Stock - Stampin' Up! Certainly Celeary & Pale pink
♥ DSP - DCWV Nana's Nursery Girl
♥ Image - Lili of the valley
♥ Sentiment from stash
♥ Gems - Karrs
♥ Dies - Sizzix scribble swirl

Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget i have candy!!

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Rainbow Fun! Day 14...

Morning all!

Ooo gosh these weeks are certainly flying by arn't they!
I'm so looking forward to sunday my 2 week holiday from work on sunday!! yay!!!

I'm here this morning to tell you about the wonderful new challenge over at charisma this morning is being set by the lovely emma! Now i did create this card before my craftroom was invaded and boxed up, which it's now Day14 and it's nearly DONE!!! yay!!! hubbys been up since 7am drilling and sawing wood it's all exciting!

I spent the day yesterday hunting for storage and things with emma and hubby round ikea etc! hehe.... so more to follow on that laters...

Anyway Emma's chosen the theme...


Yep that's right! there's some fantastic prizes to be won as always! and you can interpret the challenge any way you like as long as you follow the theme!

Now when i first saw emma had picked this challenge i was like eeekkk... what am i going to do.. then i had one of those crafty lightbulb moments where i remembered the gorjuss echo park papers i'd brought a while back! so i set to work papers in hand magnolias in the other (of course!) would you expect anything else from me???? haha!!!

and created this.... before i show ya im gonna chat a little more!

I had to use rocking tilda i love her but i've seriously neglected her over the past months i've had her i know tut tut, then again more than half of my massive collection i dont use but i never ever would part with them!! hehe ... I've also got the song i can sing a rainbow stuck in my head from my card!!! haha

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges
Ruby's Rainbow - For the girls
Crafty Sentiments - Spots & stripes (Lots of gems everywhere, and stripy ribbon)
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Simon says stamp - Sing it (inspired by a song - I can sing a rainbow song)

Here's my card...

♥Magnolia Recipe♥

♥C/Stock - Crafters companion mirri card
♥DSP - Echo park
♥Ribbon - From local market
♥Gems - from karrs
♥Stamps - Magnolia Rockin tilda & Rainbow
♥Mediums - Prismacolor & Spectrum noirs
♥Fimo butterflys hand made

Thanks for stopping by today!

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A little update.... Day 12...

Heya all!

I betcha sick of me now lol.... well it's day 12 of the craftstudio make over and i'm feeling rather anxious about getting back in there, i'm literally pulling my hair out now... new stamps charms ribbons and things have been landing on my door mat all week SCREAMING at me to use them! and i've had to keep them in a pile looking sparkly and new...

**Note to self - next time (tho i dont plan to) leave some craft to one side hehe!**

Well how we doing.... its all painted, Workspaces are in bar one, they just need to be painted on friday, i've given my new orders for shelfs and things to hubby for him to do thursday! and fingers SQEEEEEEZY crossed i can move back in monday!! I SOOOOOOOO can't wait!!!!

So the next few days....

Wednesday i'm off to IKEA!!!! Home of all things sotragey! i need CD boxes in PINK of course and some magazine files to tidy those up! and some white curtains (i have a funky idea not sure if it'll work yet but we'll see), and some chairs!

Thursday is operations fix and paint!!! hehe

Friday it'll be last touches and more shelfs hehe! possible trips for my wood and screws etc haha

Saturday im at work booo hiissss!!

Sunday i'm off to car boot land! hunt for anything woody i can use to paint for my new room!!!



I've not posted anymore pics of the studio yet because i'm going to now wait till i'm back in so i'll keep you all in suspence a little longer! just think PINK!!! haha!!!


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Seeing Pink & Spots!! Day 9...

Evening all!

Sorry i've not updated for two days been super busy with work and sleeping and well... no crafting yet! hehe!
Tho i've now had my new super white and pink spotty curtains in my craftroom! and i've been out and about looking for things for my new studio!!

I'm terrible for seeing something somewhere in shops and then forgetting where i saw it, so i'm one for sneeky photos around the shop just so i remember! I must admit i have fallen in loveeeee with the NEXT range of all things pink!! haha

Spots seem to be a theme of my new room at the moment mainly becuase of my curtains so there i spy 2 spotty pink chairs... they may be mine pretty soon... i really don't need this love clock but it's pink!!!!!!!!

As many of you know i've two cats, tho i'm pretty sure Strudel won't be happy with a pink spotty bed i think apple might!!! haha

There's not much happening on the designing front till monday as i'm working the weekend... 6 more shifts to do before my holiday! yay!! Hubby thinks i'll be able to move back in a week on monday! I do hope so, i really don't know what to do with myself at the moment hehe!

Thanks for the lovely comments you've all been leaving me, it's so nice to hear from you all!!!
I'll be back on monday! xx

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Sneaky Peek! Day 7!!

Morning all!

Thought i'd share some piccys of the new craft studio's colours! hehe
I wasn't going to but hey i can't wait either!!!

I'm so excited its so bright and just what i wanted!

Hubby's brought all the wood so today's task is to put it all together and paint it all!!! and then hey presto i can start moving back in, tho it's not going to be done over night i'm afraid, it's looking like i'll not be able to move back in till the 18/19th! which is my first week of my holiday in sept! so i'm dead excited, i've a few things i need to make myself for my new room so i'm off to do those today!

Catch up over the weekend!

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Coming Along Nicely! Day 6....

Heya all!

I thought i'd pop in and let you know how the craft studio is coming along! I didn't have anything to report yesterday mainly because i was working sleeping and nothing got done pretty much!

Painting is all done now!! yay it's looking rather

hehe!! i must admit i ♥ it so far! Tommrrows jobs are going to B&Q to buy all the wood to make all my workspaces and storage! Thursday it'll all be painted white hopefully!!! fingers squeezy crossed....

As you can probs tell i'm BURSTING with excitement tho i'm seriously missing my craft i'm pulling my hair out!! there's only so much washing and ironing i can do... BORED!!!

So... to cure my boredum but its making me sad because i can't play i'm beginning to sort out some of the load in the other room to thin down my craft stash! (if that's possible) haha!!

I'll be back tommrrow with another update... may JUST MAY let you have a sneaky peek to how pink it is....


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Let the Boredum commence... day 4!

Hey all!

Well it's Day Four in the land of redesigning my craft studio and i'm feeling rather....


Lol.... i didn't realise actually how much time i spend crafting until now! and the more i see the beautiful projects people have been making around blogland the sadder i'm feeling hehe!!!
Welll.... it's day four and the hubby is currently masking the skirting board and window frame to paint the last wall pink tommrrow! Just realised the voils i brought are compleatly the wrong pink! but hey i'll find another use for those!

Still hopping around blogland and tinternet for ideas for storage solutions, i'm pretty much ok with buttons and flowers it's mainly my stamps i've sooooo many its untrue but im impaitent and need results fast!! hehe, any tips on storing 6x6 and 8x8 papers would also be greatly recieved as mine are just bulk sat ontop of desk norm and look untidy!

i'm hoping FINGERS CROSSED tightly that hubby will paint the last wall tommrrow and then wednesday i can go get my wood to build everything in! so maybe done for the first day of my hols but that's 14 days away!

2 weeks!!! ok so out of those 14 days i'm at work 10 nights so it's not as bad as it sounds... wait a minute what am i going to do the 4 days i'm not at work... so here goes 2 of those 4 days i'll be zombied so ill not get much done anyway case of just catching up on much needed ZZZ'sssss so that's whittled it down to 2 days.... but then what about my evenings before i go to work...



Suppose i better get my lil self ready for workos!!

Catch ya laters!!

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