Ladies Camera Club

23 Apr 2007

There needs to be some changes round 'ere (grab a coffee - long post!)

I swear to god I don't know whether its the come down from visiting the most laid back country in the world or I have a hormonal imbalance that's making me go cuckoo. I was trying to tidy up the crap I had amalgamated in my craft room after tidying all my luggage from Eire when I just sat down and bloody cried. I can't fathom why but I guess I might be slightly overdoing things. But I like to be busy, I don't have to be busy, its my nature to help and make and do - so that cannot be the reason. Perhaps its because I'm a stickler for all things neat and tidy and one item out of place makes my blood boil. Mmmmm, no, no, no. Changes are in hand, priorities being changed - all for the best you hear!
So Eire? Now then, erm........wow..................
Such wonderful people and hospitality. Bustling Dublin city, amazing Avoca shopping, great souvenir finds, standing next to Molly Malone who is a brazen as her uk counterpart, Moll Flanders. Long roads that have no signs or markings and villages that make me want to move to make my address look pretty - "Prosperous" springs to mind :) A Beautiful hotel with food like you never dare dreamed, a host of scrapping and cropping in light and airy rooms - aaaaaaaaaaah! Craft Eire is the equivalent if not better than Bonanza. 150 Oirish girls coming from every corner of Ireland (even Islands!!!) to speak the accent that is so comforting and funny at the same time. And they all laugh so much and don't complain and everything is a breeze of wispy fresh air. Gosh, at this rate I'll be writing for Irish life as well as my first opportunity to write for Lancashire Life. Jane and I left with a hope of being invited back and dread of not. When Kate and Marielle waved us off they indeed invited us back and without a breath or pause it was an instant yes. Who can fault Eire? I need to know a man who does so we can have words!!!
Check out some wee snippets of Dublin and Tullamore. Lots of little things tucked away under bridges and behind fences - little treasures to soak in. Lots of colour to make you dream. From a land where stress and urgency doesnt enter their vocabulary let alone their way of life. **sigh**









I taught these projects here of which I have posted for reference of the students. Id like to thank Scrapgenie for sponsoring one class and Upsy Daisy for another. Its interesting the amount of projects you can make from JUST 6 sheets of double sided cardstock. No embellies, chipboard or rub ons. Just good old fashioned punches, pockets, tags and handwriting. So I offered a layout or a minibook for the class and some people managed both in one hour - how bonkers is that?




My other layout was concentrating on the use of eyelets. It pains me knowing we all bought these in their millions not so long ago. Its time for eyelet love again. A simple layout showing eyeltes attached through acetate and bound by embroidery floss.
Whilst there Tigger thought it might be nice for some portraits with the beautiful (and I mean that most sincerely) girls there. Initially it was a suggestion from Tigger with a view to perhaps taking 5-6 girls. Some 29 girls (and boys!!) later and you can imagine how full my CF card is. Thank you to Tigger for organising the shoots - Im very very grateful. So here are a pick of the first bunch for you (more to follow)......... And Elite/Elle/Select Model agencies? You can't have them, they are mine!!!!!!







I got home to a sleepy Belle whose first words were "Im a sleepy bunny - cuddle". So my heart melts, eyes flood and I know Im home. Of course with that came the "have you brought me anything?" and one lucky Irish snowglobe later she was beaming and fell back into a cosy, toasty snoozle. Mark drew me a bath before he headed off back down south to work. I only saw him for an hour this weekend so next weekend we are gearing up for geocaching heaven. Im writing an article on the subject for a wonderful magazine, Lancashire Life. So we are picking somewhere pretty in the depth of Lancashire and hope its a good find xx
I wanted to share some of the stash mountain for the "Scrap your Hands" contest. If you have not entered, lease do so before 1st May. Scrap about your hands. simple. Leave a legacy for your families to appreciate the tools of your motherhood, livelihood, creativeness.... they are as important as your pretty face, lest we forget the very things that help in all we do. Click here to see the full contest run down and then email me a pic of your entry. There are digi prizes too for digi scrappers - lots of vouchers to spend in digi shops - wooohooooo.



Plus 2 "3 month" subscription kits to Scrapagogo and Mod Scraps - how lucky will the winner be?
Gotta go - cooking aubergines for one very inquisitive lady! Im making bruschetta of fried aubergines (chopped into wee cubes) cooked in a teeny drop of olive oil. Im gonna scrape the ciabbatta with cloves of garlic, toast the bread with a drizzle of olive oil and add baked vine tomatoes on top. Pour the aubergines on top of that, add pesto sauce, toasted sesame seeds and serve with tomato and basil soup. Lets pray for a thumbs up!

31 comments:

Selena said...

HI SWEETY!

AFTER A ROUGH TWO DAYS, YOUR POST ON MY BLOG REALLY MADE ME GIGGLE!
IT WAS SO FUNNY AND JUST MY SENSE OF HUMOUR. I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND RECOMMEND IT FOR IT'S FREEBIES AND INSPIRATION ALL THE TIME X

AS YOU PROBABLY GATHERED I'M A NORTHERN BIRD' SO IF YOU'RE EVER UP IN THIS NECK OF THE WOODS (FOR CRAFTIN OR CHILLIN) BE SURE TO LEMMIE KNOW X

PLEASE BE CAREFUL NOT TO DO TOO MUCH SWEETY! IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH YOUR BURNING OUT A LITTLE FROM ALL THE RUNNING AROUND AND EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO DO. BE SURE TO TAKE A BREAK OK... EVEN IF IT'S JUST A DAY OR TWO. SOMETIMES WE NEED TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES. HAVE A HOT BATH, WITH A GLASS OF WINE AND SOME JAFFA CAKES AND REVEL IN YOUR SUCCESSES AND ALL THE GOOD YOU DO!

HUGE BIG FAT GIANT SNUGGLY HUGS
FROM ME...

SELENA X

PS - JUST EMAIL ME AT SLEDGIN@HOTMAIL.COM HUN AND I'LL EMAIL YA THE CODE FOR YOUR BLINKIE BADGE X JUST PASTE IT INTO YOUR BLOG TEMPLATE WHEREVER YOU WANNIT TO GO X SNUGS X OH - DO I STILL HAVE TME TO ENTER THE HANDS COMPETITION?

Heather said...

Wow - what a post. And so many gorgeous piccies!

You've whetted my appetite to go to Ireland. When's the next Craft Eire?

I hope you have a good day!

Jane said...

How did you manage to take those fab photos with broken arms?

Anonymous said...

I'm annonymous again because my password is always rejected although I keep redoing it. I love your blog. You are so interesting and busy. Such a great sense of humor and colrful way with words.What is an aubergine?

CarolineO said...

Kirsty, fabby to have met you at the weekend. Loved your Sunday class, would've loved to have done your Saturday one too but some of us have to work for a living!
Your photos of Ireland are fantastic...and as for the pics of the wenches that you photographed...WOW, they are amazing! Well these are amazing ladies anyway (just in case any of them read this!) but you made them so beautiful! (Not that they aren't you know....better go now before I dig any more holes for myself).
Roll on 2008!

greyparrot said...

God I love Dublin! Those pics so make me wanna go back!
The funny thing is how you picked up on the relaxed pace of the people- after staying in the south for a while, I found dublin so busy and bustling!
And awwwwwww the pic of us at the nec! Bless!

Robyn said...

Truly the longest but most enjoyable long post I've ever read! LOVELY lovely photos and my gawsh your scrap goodies...YUM!

Shell said...

I love your photos. I love taking photos of everything also, but unlike you sadly mine don't turn out as well. Are the people in your photos friends, models or just people you stop & ask to photograph?

Angela said...

Now you've made my mouth water, the bruschetta thingy sounds delicious! Wonderful photos as always.

JanMary said...

Great blog post. Really enjoyed it. I live in Northern Ireland, and have yet to meet a digi-scrapper who lives anywhere in Ireland. Would have loved to make it to Craft Eire - maybe another time. Keep up the great blog and fantastic photos - and of course the best freebies. You are an inspiration!

CoCo said...

Wow, what a mammoth post. Am morto that my pic is on your blog! but it looks fabby and the other ladies are stunning. Thanks for the fabby classes - I finshed my eyelet setting yesterday in the quiet of the afternoon (rather than risk divorce by hammering at them on Sunday night!) - it's fab. Glad you enjoyed your trip to our Emerald Isle....we really enjoyed you being here....and taking time out to take our pics. Next time (and there has to be a next time!) you must come for a little holier and bring Mark and Ellie - I have looked into geocahing over here and there are sites....and between the Crafteire gang we'd defo find some kids to play with your little darling. Take care of yourself in the meantime.....

Kate said...

Wow the photo's of the Ladies came out FANTASTIC, can't wait to see the rest. Can I book now for my photo to be done next year LOL. Did you honestly think that yourself and Jane wouldn't be invited back next year :-) I had the same problem as Caroline , little thing called work got in the way but I'll definitly be booking in classes early next year!!
Love the way you described Ireland (especially the rad signs LOL)and love how you took photos of things that we tend to take for granted. I must start opening my eyes around me more. Have to say on the way home from Crafteire I found a field of tulips and I just couldn't pass them by without taking a pic(you can see them on my blog).
Mind yourself XX

Anonymous said...

Your pics are amazing! TFS
Krista

*** Moneypenny *** said...

Wow Kirsty those photos are awesome, great to hear you had a fabby time. I want one of those dustpan & brushes!!! How cute are they :O) Back to have a look at that Avaco website lol.

jaime120899 said...

Hi there Kirsty Baby. Glad to have you back, missed you.
Can't wait for you to take the munchkin's photo...wel I mean -she's already gorge - but in your hands!!

Oh and to anonymous - Aubergene ia eggplant to our colonial cousins! lol

Sheils said...

You should visit up North of Ireland. We are pretty cool too - not as nice an accent though! Enjoy Geocaching!

Chris said...

I read your blog every day... though I don't often leave a comment... but this is the best post ever... I just love all of your photographs, they are amazing. Everything you do is just gorgeous, photos, layouts, overlays, minibooks... just everything I am so in awe...
And how you ever find time to sleep, heaven only knows lol. Glad you had a fab time in Ireland and also that you found time to share it with us :)

LVMommy22 said...

so did you go to a scrapping event or a modelling convention?! those ladies are gorgeous! all your pix are lovely. glad your back to share your adventures with us ...
:) M

tg said...

"Im a sleepy bunny - cuddle". Ok tell me that isn't the cutest thing ever!

Lainey said...

Fantastic post Kirsty - I've gone back to look at it so many times as the photos are stunning. These girlies are beautiful IRL but you really have brought out the best. Cant wait to see mine now. When you come back to Crafteire next April - is there any chance of a DSLR masterclass??? Lovely to meet you - really enjoyed your class and thanks for taking 'me foto' :-)

Tigger's rambling said...

Wow oh wow..aren't those ladies all so beautiful :-)
It was great to see you again, I can wait to see the photo's of Bronwen and me :-)

Lisa said...

Wowser!

I've been to Ireland 4 times (Husband is Irish born in Dublin) and you've described a different place! It sounds like you had an amazing time.

Lucious photography!

aine said...

glad you liked ireland missis!!
the photos are fab and delish, and bootiful!!
loved your class on sunday.
so sorry i didnt get to do saturday's one, but i had people to annoy, erm i mean help, in the crafteire shop!
anyway, say it one more time "flirty gurtie from number turty"!!!

aine said...

howya missis!!
fab photos, what a bunch of little beauties you met in ireland!!!

we really enjoyed having you at crafteire and would love to see you guys again next year!!

anyway, say it one more time for me "flirty gurtie from number turty" !!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Hiya Kirsty!
Great meeting you at the weekend...(I was the girl who asked you to be in a pic with me just before you nipped off to catch a plane on the sunday! LOL :))
Great pics of all the girls, Pitty I didn't get mine done :(

Next year so! Èadaoin.

Carol said...

Such beautiful photos, what a treat to see them all. The streets in Ireland with the brick buildings, but oh so colourful. And the headstones. My goodness there were too many photos to even comment on, they were all marvellous. The photos of the ladies were all spectacular.

JulieBee in Iowa USA said...

I am so impressed with your wonderful photography! I seem to take the most unflattering shots possible of people (and that's NOT my intention.. really!) I love the colors in the photos of Ireland, not to mention the scrapbooking goodies! It's all a delight to the eyes. Thank you for sharing such interesting stories and pictures. This Iowa lady who doesn't get out much enjoys it.

Anonymous said...

Kirsty,

Did you stay at the Isaacs Hostel, or just take a brilliant photo of it? I'm considering booking a reservation there and am wondering what you thought if you stayed there. If you stayed there, when you get a chance, please drop me a line at kaiacct at yahoo.com and let me know how it was.

Thanks so much!
kai

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