Saturday, 31 January 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
Most of the rest of the day was spent taking and editing photos and bits of admin for the two big things that I've preparing for that I still can't tell you about. I've recently downloaded a free piece of editing software that I love. I used to have to spend quite a while editing photos (using the software that came with my laptop), and spend quite a while waiting for the right daylight conditions to be able to take the photos in the first place! The camera I bought before Christmas and my folding photo studio sorted most of the problems out, thankfully, and this new piece of software seems to have solved the re-sizing issues that I was having. It's called paint.net, and it's worth checking out if, like me, you'd rather spend money on silver and beads than software!
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Stephanie, if you could email me your address please then I will wrap the earrings up safely and pop them in the post for you.
Thank you everyone who left a comment - and for all your cures for colds! My favourite is still Kelly's chocolate one, but Vicky's idea of no housework came a very close second! Glueandglitter, my immune system is thankfully pretty darn good after so many years so teaching, so these must have been strong germs to get to me! The cold has almost gone now, thankfully.
I've just come back from a rare night out with the girls. These particular girls are friends that I used to teach with. Most of us have moved on from the school that we worked at together, either for promotion or for families. We don't get together as much as we'd like to, but it's always great when we do. I think we were definitely the noisiest table in the pub! I'm off to bed now, though, as B's waking up earlier than usual at the moment. I will be back tomorrow with some of the photos that I took today - it's been a day of admin and uploading projects!
P.S. A note for Vonnie - I accidently pressed the wrong button and lost your comment - sorry! You were still in the draw, though, as I gave you number 4, the number of the comment that I added to Monday's post.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The rules to this tag are:
- Link to the person who tagged you
- Post the rules on your blog
- Write six random things about yourself
- Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them
- Let each person know they've been tagged
So, here goes!
- I have knitted 3 pairs of fingerlesss gloves and 1 pair of baby's bootees so far this year, and I started my new hat yesterday - yep, when I renew my addiction to a craft, it's serious!
- I have 3 sketch books - one in my bag, one by my bed and one on my desk. There's nothing worse than having a great idea and not having anything immediately to hand to record it on!
- My favourite time of day is actually first thing in the morning before anyone else gets up, especially on a sunny day. However, because B hasn't learnt to sleep in yet I've become a bit of a night owl. I'm not wishing my life away, but I am looking forward to getting my quiet mornings back at the weekends when he's a teenager!
- Okay, halfway through now, I can do this! Erm...I wanted to be a meteorologist. I did all the right A Levels and had a provisional offer at Reading University to study meteorology and maths, but didn't get the grades - which was most definitely a good thing as I love how my life has turned out.
- I don't like tea or coffee, never have, but that doesn't stop my Grandma from offering me a cup of tea every time I go and see her!
- I have two really exciting pieces of news that I really really want to share with you but I just can't yet! I just don't want to jinx them! I'll tell you soon, though, promise! I know, such a tease...
Okay, now the people I'm tagging:
- Nicky at Sparkly Treasures
- Laura at Beads by Laura
- Alice at Raspberry
- Katy at I'm a ginger monkey
- Laura at Bugs and Fishes
- Kyoko at Cotton and Cloud
Thank you, all of you who left comments on yesterday's post - you have been entered into the draw, and the rest of you have until midnight tonight to put your name into the hat to win that pair of heart studs! The cold cures were great - I think my favourite by far is Kelly's chocolate cure!
Monday, 26 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Today has been a workshop day - the ladies who came to play with beads and wire today made beautiful charm bracelets and matching earrings. The next workshop is on this coming Wednesday and that's full , but if you fancy coming for the one after that in February to make a pair of sterling silver earrings, see here for details!
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
To use it, I place the drill bit in the indentation I've made with a centre punch (okay, a nail and a hammer!) so that it doesn't slip, hold the top of the drill shaft with one hand and give the hole board a push so that the cord winds up the shaft. I then hold the hole board and push it down gently. The drill spins, the weight of the flywheel makes the cord wind back up and then it starts again! I love using it as it's got such a soothing rhythm. I won't stop using it just because I've got a modern version as it's great for drilling small holes in small pieces, like the daisies that you can see, as it only needs one hand once you get going, so the other hand is free to hold the piece you're drilling.
Okay, the history lesson is over for today! There will be photos of finished daisies tomorrow!
Again like many, many hundreds of people, I can remember exactly where I was, where exactly in the room I was standing, when the BBC showed the breaking news of 9/11. I visited Ground Zero a few years ago, not through choice, I have to say as I knew I probably wouldn't be able to handle the emotion of it well (my Grandma always did say that I cried too easily), but because I was a teacher on a school trip to New York. I will never, no matter how long I live, forget the feeling of that place or the news pictures. Thank God for heroes.