Ladies Camera Club

13 May 2008

Carbon Footprint - my take (also prize giving chance)

Carbon footprint – here’s my two’penny’s worth

Despite potentially being hounded by a gazillion ozone fundamentalists I feel I must share my thought on this in light of hellish train journey today.

The day started rather wonderful as I woke up to the sound of birds singing. I was feeling excruciatingly virtuous knowing I was saving the earth by taking a train to Taunton then onwards to Coventry over a period of 4 days for a road show. As I would have been travelling alone in my car anyway it made government approved sense (and certified entry into heaven) to take the economic, earth saving decision to take public transport. What my angelic decision did not consider was the amount of freaking baggage I would have to try and lug up and down numerous flights of stairs, in the heat with no trusty steed or knight in shining armour willing to assist. Had I actually sat down and considered the size of luggage against width of the aisles on a train I seriously would have admitted green defeat and gone by car. I did not have the option to travel light like a funky boho momma. I have 4 days of clothing to take (its summery weather here and I need clean and fresh daily) plus I have all my demo stuff, my tools, my shoes…. A girl has to have shoes but only 3 pairs and I did put two pairs back. Downsizing is the new black in our house. So other than the nightmare of travelling by car and suffering clutch and accelerator cramp (let alone brake cramp and indeed butt cramp) I had little option but to take the train. And besides it was cheaper on the fuel front even though I am on expenses (so brownie points to me really. The accounts payable department of DO will be impressed and surely upgrade me to first class on all future excursions for my thriftness).

And as I sit on my front facing seat complete with table for my lap top (in this case table top – oh and I get a socket to recharge for **free**….but not so green, right?) I think of the luxury of being able to sit back and relax. Or am I really relaxed? No. Because the luggage storage is 8 seats back and I am fretting that some wee tinker might steal my suitcase and my fabbo pink and brown rolling tote (full of BG and doodlebug I may add – you see my dilemma, don’t you?). Not to mention my Big Bite, Cropadile and other delightful things that could be flogged down “said thief’s” local pub for the cost of a few pints. I mean, my hubby knows the value of a few packs of BG stamps as Im sure potential thieves do… those buggers go for millions given the right buyer.

So I start to think of my own personal carbon footprint for my health – the damage I am doing to myself in light of all this. Heart failure at thought of luggage being stolen, anxiety over potentially missing my connecting train, stress of having to negotiate getting off the train with two massive pieces of baggage and cystitis (the fear of leaving my seat to go and spend a penny in case some other lil tinker decides to snaffle my laptop and indeed my seat. Maybe next time I will pack some Ocean Spray). Its not healthy to worry about CF. And besides my carbon foot print this year has gone to pot and now Im afraid that the local government environmental officer will come pounding at my door and give me a years community service cleaning doggy poopy from our local park. Never again will I make reservations for trains with that amount of luggage. I should have learned my lesson in Florence and Paris on the luggage front and to add insult to injury, my bloody handle came off in Paris and all I was left to pull the case was a nasty, sharp piece of metal. I really wanted to die at that point.

Jane Cresswell (her name is Jane Egan Cresswell but that’s too long to type at times and I am making a point of mentioning this only once just so that I don’t confuse you by calling her just Jane (thus you thinking it was Jane Dean) so no longer will I have time to spell Jane Egan-Cresswell in future… too many vowels and that would seriously deplete any alpha sticker pack, wouldn’t it?) and I laughed so hard when that handle fell off that I considered bladder surgery on my return to the UK. It suffered some real damage that weekend and funnily enough we were with Jane Dean in parts for the while trip. But I really am talking about JC at the point where we laughed so hard when my handle came off. Did I tell you about the part where my handle came off? Gah!

Where was I?

I read in the Telegraph last week about two women whose life was compared in favour (or not) of carbon foot printing. I appreciate the science and good will behind it, I really do but its all too much too late. At this rate we will all be dead in 2050 from the heat of the earth after the ozone collapses or drowned by the polar ice caps melting and the earth being under several feet of water (grim reaper, anyone?) I will try and adhere to the concept but to be honest with you, unless somebody makes it the law it will fall into the ignorance category of most of your lives. So anyway, the comparison was that one woman will try and adhere to the guidelines and one woman already does live by this regime. Nothing new there in a comparative study. One does and one might. It just made me laugh and I can’t really comment on it … its too damn controversial. Just thought I’d mention it but reading back on this last paragraph, it’s a bit boring. But still……………….

The moral of the story is this. Next time I want to go anywhere that is greener than going by car perhaps I should just shove my luggage on the back of my broomstick and fly down. With a carton of ocean spray and a socket for my laptop of course.


Finally - Studio Calico are giving away a free kit on every DT members blog as part of the welcome of one of the new DT'er's... Stephanie Howell (I love Steph, her layouts are magnificent). For your chance to win a kit, leave a comment below and I will pick a name at random. The kit will be sent direct from Studio Calico's headquarters in Kentucky to the lucky lucky commentor. Good Luck!

200 comments:

Jenny Starr said...

Congrats Stephanie - Love this kit! And I L-O-V-E Studio Calico!
----scrappystarr

WeeHaggis said...

I can highly recommend broomstick travel - no traffic jams and easy to park ;)

Scrap Evangel said...

That's great news. Welcome Stephanie. I'm sure you'll work these kits with fabulocity!!

Jeannie said...

Congratulations on your new member to studio calico - what a great day! Hope i get a chance to play with this kit. On another note, do you have recipe for that meringue nest that you posted recently??

Lori said...

Don't speak to me about train journeys! I went to a retreat by train- never again! Either that or the next retreat I go to I'll be taking a pair of scissors, my DST and that's it!
Love Stephanie Howell's work and would love even more a spanky Studio Calico kit!

Rebecca Kvenvolden said...

Oh my gosh!! you KILL me! too funny! well, i can can totally relate, having 5 children, 12 and under, we don't travel by public transit often :-) Anyway, i wanted to offer my congrats to Stephanie and get in on the drawing for the rocking kit giveaway! (drool)
rebecca

ricanlaw said...

Awesome news. Congrats to Stephanie!

Ginajam said...

congrats to Stephanie...she is amazing!! looks like a fun kit to play with this month...looking forward to the gallery! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Stephanie!! I love her work and I would love to win a kit!

Jessica Ozburn

Jessica Ozburn said...

Congrats Stephanie! And thanks for the chance to win SC!

Jessica Ozburn

pj said...

congrats to stephanie and welcome!!! crossing my fingers...pick me please!!!!

Lisa said...

That's great, Steph-- can't wait to see all your new stuff!

just lisa said...

COngrats to Stephanie!!!! She will make a wonderful addition to the already talented DT!! I woould really love to win a studio calico kit - I have been wanting one for so long!!!

SuzyB said...

I shall remember that as I drive to Dagenham, onward to Thurrock and back on Thursday for an hour's meeting at each place. Had toyed with the train, shall definitely now be driving.

Oh and me, me, me! :o) x

Ann said...

ANd I will have one of those broomsticks if you get one Kirsty!! As long as it is economical and green of course!!

Stephanie M said...

ohh thats a great news!!! and i would love to win the rak too!:)
cheers!

CC said...

Goodness, I tired just reading about the ride. I would worry about my stuff too. But hopefully you made it in once piece with all your stuff.

And Congrats to Stephanie. I'm looking forward to seeing what she adds to the best Design Team in the world.
ConnieC

Ami said...

Congrats to Stephanie!!!

Cass said...

The fantastic SC DT just got even better! Welcome Steph! :)

Megan A. said...

your story made me laugh! thank you for that after (or during really) a long long day at work. congrats to steph! I love her work!

amytangerine said...

love Steph too and so excited about the gievaway!

Julie said...

Congrats Stephanie...and Studio Calico!!! Love your blog!!!!

love scrapping said...

Congrats to steph! Can't wait to see what you all come up with for next month! :)

Angela L. said...

Love your blog! I am such a huge fan of Studio Calico and am inspired constantly by the work of the existing DT members. I know that Stephanie will fit in perfectly....... thanks for the wonderful giveaway celebration...

manicstamper said...

Oh dear Kirsty....nearly needed bladder surgery myself after reading this.....you really crack me up hun. You should write books.

nightwolflayouts said...

hehe that gave me a good giggle :) seriously thou I sometimes think this environmental thing is a load of bull - climate change has been going on for centuries (oh er there's my controversial comment for the week LOL) Hope you have a blast at the road show & OMG those Studio Calico kits are to-die-for! now off to check out some of their goodies & the blogs :)

Have a great day!! *hugs from Australia*

Kelly said...

Congratulations to Stephanie. I love her style. What a welcome addition to the already amazing team ;o)

Justine said...

I signed up for the Studio Calico kits 2 months ago and they are simply gorge! Don't always get up in time to get the add ons, but just love what comes through. Justine xx

CandaceHNC said...

Well, I found your blog due to the Studio Calico contest, but I love your Carbon Footprint post, esp. the last paragraph :-). And your photos on the beach in an earlier post are terrific! Thanks to all the Studio Calico designers for the inspiration every month, and congratulations to Stephanie for joining the team!

rachel said...

still, you are very considerate to take the public transportation. You do have a way of writing that helps others to live in the moment, especially the funny ones. Congrats to Stephanie.

Lea L. said...

Congrats to Stephanie on being a new team member! Thank you Studio Calico!

~Lea

bettyann said...

holy moly what a ride!! I would love to win this kit thanks

Kelly said...

Great food for thought in this post ;) Congrats to your new team member, Stephanie!

Staci said...

Sounds like quite the experience you had! :-) Congrats to steph, and thanks to you guys for the opportunity to win a kit!

Carolyn E said...

Congrats to Stephanie & Studio Calico!
thanks for the chance to win a kit!

Darcy said...

Oh I feel your pain on the train, I travel down to Nottingham quite a bit, and I always take far too much than is sensible. i always have the dilemma or stash or shoes...arrgh what to leave behind! If they want people to travel by train more often, and I would cos i do like trains, then they should be wider and have more luggage bits. Oh and helpful porters would be pleasant...(that was going to be tres pleasant, but it is late and I cannot figure out how to add the accent grave.)

nursela said...

No posts???I'm kind of in shock! I must be posting to the wrong blog! Anyway, in case I'm doing the right thing, congrats to Stephanie and thanks to SC for this awesome contest!

nursela said...

Yikes! Sorry, didn't realize there was an approval. I bet there are 125+ posts to this blog!

Crystal said...

Congrats Steph!!

becky said...

sounds like an "interesting" train ride -- like the ones i had in ukraine in 2005! we had 2 minutes to get n or off at our stop -- and it was 4 girls with 3 huge suitcases, 4 carry on size bags, a gigantic duffle bag of craft supplies and a bulky box!! it was NOT fun!! lol

S said...

I understand the concept of "carbon footprint", and I am trying to lead a more planet-friendly life, but I have to start with small steps...

*~Annette~* said...

Thanks for doing this and I just came upon your blog via SC. Congrats to adding Stephanie!

Staci said...

Congrats to Stephanie...I never read your blog before - I love it!!

Victoria said...

Oh I would LOVE to win a Studio Calico kit and be able to kiss the box just like you!

Leah said...

That's quite a train story! It wouldn't have been near as interesting if you had of gone by car! :)
Congrats to Stephanie! I love looking at the gallery over at SC. You all do great stuff!

missy said...

Kristy! Your blog makes my day! I love reading it. I also love your talk and pics about Studio Calico and it makes me want to be like you and their supplies! Thank you and good luck to all!

Sandy said...

I'd love to get my hands on this kit! It's awesome!

lenore said...

Congrats on the new design team member and am also enjoying your blog!

Maryangella said...

Congrats to Stephanie and glad I found your blog. the may kit looks great.

amyjo said...

This is awesome!!! I would love to get my hands on this kit! and of course congrats to Stephanie:)

Maryangella said...

Congrats to Stephanie for becoming part of your team and I am glad that I found your blog. The may kit is so NICE.

Deb said...

What a great way to introduce your new DT member! Congratulations Stephanie!

Barb said...

I'm all for traveling by broomstick. Although, in my mind there would be a lot more litter from clumsy people like me dropping things off their broomsticks.

And welcome to Stephanie!

Deb said...

What a great way to introduce your new DT member! Congratulations Stephanie!

Deb said...

What a great way to introduce your new DT member! Congratulations Stephanie!

heidi said...

That's great for both Stephanie & Studio Calico!! Congratulations!!

Deb said...

What a great way to introduce your new DT member! Congratulations Stephanie!

Veronica said...

okay, I'm doing it again. Saying hello. I think your stuff is just as GREAT. Oh and yay STeph. She is the sweetest girl!!

Traci said...

It sounds like a long journey!
Love your blog
Traci

Denise said...

Kirsty, you crack me up. I give you kudos for your bravery of attempting to minimize your carbon imprint and humor you had in face of the hardship. :o)

I also wanted to send a great big congrats to Stephanie. ANother excellent addition to an already overpacked talent pool! Yippee for us! :o)

Danielle said...

I love your blog... read it every day, and you always make me laugh and inspire me! Thank you!

Stormy said...

What an awesome way to welcom Stephanie! Congratulations Stephanie!!

melissa g said...

congrats! steph. I love SC. keep up the good work.

agravette said...

Yay! I can't believe I'm the first to post. Your blog is just hilarious. I love to read about the adventures you and your family take. Please know I am praying for you guys and your darling little girl. Have a great day!

Alisha

Andrea Senn said...

Loved the CF story!
and huge congrats to Stephanie! Her work looks fab. I'm sure she'll be a great addition to the SC team!

Erin said...

congrats to Stephanie! Love your story of the carbon footprint, I am from Canada and work for Environment Canada and this has become a seriously hot topic at work!

erin said...

love the new june kit. congrats on the new team member.

dawn said...

Stephanie is going to be such a GREAT addition to your team!

Anonymous said...

Love their kits and Stephs work. If I am the only comment it must mean I am a WINNER!!!!

Stephanie P

Anonymous said...

Love their kits and Stephs work!

Stephanie P

moonlightgrrl said...

are you serious?? no comments to this? well, i wouldn't mind a duplicate of May's kit!

Welcome to SC, Steph!!!

Patricia F. said...

I had never heard of a carbon footprint- what an interesting post you had on it today.

Congrats to your new Studio Calico member Stephanie. Thanks for the opportunity.

Julie Marie said...

love studio calico kits! Good luck to all

purplegirl said...

Congrats to Stephanie! She does awesome work and the SC kit is so beautiful.

Bonnie said...

LOL - there is nothing worse than a train journey with too much luggage! Hope you have a fab time despite the train.

Catriona MacGregor said...

Loved your 'green' adventure...at least you tried!

Cat

Katy said...

owwww looks lush that yummy stash would feel right at home with me tee hee.

KT xxxx

Scrapping4fun said...

Hi would love to receive a Studio Calico Kit. Public transport aint what it used to be!!

Sandra said...

Oh, what a story.... Was a bit hard to read, 'cause my English isn't that perfect, but anyway.. I'm going by train every week (to University) and I had all kind of coincidances...I even had to stay when there wasn't any free seat in the whole train... So I can really see your point ;)
Congrats to Stephanie, by the way! She's an awesome artist and will do great things with the kits!!

Mireille said...

congrats on your new dt member.. hope your doing good!

Bobs said...

My sympathies to you about the train journey! I had the train journey from hell a couple of years ago, when I travelled from Aberdeen, way down to Cwmbran in Wales, for a retreat. I fretted the whole time about my luggage and my rolling tote being in the storage area - and I was terrified in case I missed my connections! {{{hugs}}} to you, from someone who understands!

Studio Calico stuff? Yum! :)

Jackietex said...

I've been reading Stephanie's blog for a while and I agree that she is wonderful! I love Studio Calico so this is great news!

yoyin said...

Congratulations!!! Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations using the StudioCalico kits. and i hope i win one, too. :) {crossing my fingers as I type this}

bruinbr said...

woo hoo on SC's newest DT member! :)

Carrie K said...

interesting thoughts on carbon footprint...i appreciate your point of view

Brandi said...

Stephanie is going to be a wonderful addition to an already great team!

Sharon Speakman said...

Hi Kirsty. Hope you enjoy your demos. Must be a crop coming up shortly that we can go to? Sharon x x

Dawn said...

How on earth after your very busy day did you find the time and the energy to write all this??? I was told you're amazing.
Hope the first roadshow went really well.
Would love to be put in the draw for a Studio Calico kit, please :-)

mandy said...

OOh pick me, Pick me, I no longer have cash to languish kits upon myself since starting my business, I could see it as cutting down on my carbon footprint, LOL!!

Anonymous said...

Am I the first? I would love a Studio Calico kit - please pick me! Donna W

Sam Fenton said...

Lol, I also had the "pleasure" of travelling by train at the weekend, give me my gas guzzling, footprinting car any day of the week!!

Rach said...

OOh, I love her work, she creates such bright, real life layouts,
Well got to be in it to win it,
Have a great sunny day!
Rachel

Sian said...

OOh I love Studio Calico but haven't bought a kit yet - its just a matter of time though! Hi to Belle - thats a brave one you've got there!

Lisa said...

What a great idea, would love to fondle a SC kit (oo er?!?)
Lisa x

Lynsey said...

Free kit - yes please!!
Have you checked out thus link -

http://actonco.direct.gov.uk/index.html

You can work out your CF! I did it with my daughter the other day. Ours was 7.

Jo said...

Please pick me! Having tried a few different ones, SC is my absolute favourite.

Jo x

Amy Christine said...

Loved reading your post. I've had similar thoughts lately too. :]

Great news for Studio Calico as well!

Beckie aka Bexter said...

You make me giggle! Hope you are having loads of laughs on the road trip! Looking forward to Edinburgh!
And please I would LOVE a studio calico kit :)
Take care and have fun
x

Kathy said...

I love your thoughts on the train travel Kirsty. I spent 3 years travelling between London and my parents in the good old days of intercity. OK no internet connections in the '80's but still the worry of someone being off with your bag!

ski said...

Fingers crossed for the SC prize draw

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Hi Kirsty I've been lurking on your blog since the begining of DC and not only love your work but also your blog is always thought proving and funny. I've been thinking of subscribing to the Calico kit for a while now so would love to win one for a taster. Hope the little lady is well....

Rae said...

oooooh! those kits are sooo lush. I have thus far resisted the urge to buy as I know the second I do I will be hooked for life! but, I feel my resolve crumbling. Shame! ;-)
As for the environmental dilemma, I am with you! I think its a real shame about what we are doing to the planet but that said I would still have loaded up the car! waaaaay too much anxiety to be safe for my sanity the other way.
I admit! I am baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad! :os

jana said...

oh, it would be awesome to get the kit- i was tooo late !
i just love the work of the sc designteam !

Anonymous said...

Emma has been filling us all in on your tiring travels (although i'm sure there's been plenty of choccie to keep spirits up!)
x

leewoodside said...

LOL about the whole broomstick bit.

Congrats to Steph on SC DT. Would love to see that kit head down under.
xoxo

greyparrot said...

what? You mean you didn't ride your bicyclette whilst dragging your luggage along tied on with metres of ribbon? I am shocked!

Lynn said...

Woah, I am so impressed by your "greenness", which is complemented by the colours on your blog! I'm off to South Wales on Saturday for the day, travelling from the wilds of Shropshire, and there is no way I would go anyway other than by car, mainly because I want to get there and back in less than 24 hours, which would be impossible if I went by train.... You deserve a gold star (or should I make that a green star?!!!) for your efforts to conserve the environment:)

Jolanda said...

I would like to have a change to win this kit.....

Honey...G said...

Congratulations to Stephanie! I'm so excited to see her work on the coming kits.

Deanne said...

I am seriously Kirsty going to have to rethink my carbon footprint and the use for Ocean Spray!!! For everytime I read your blog I am - well - to put nicely in need of a lavatory everytime lol
Maybe I should just take my laptop to the bog with me next time - now thats carbon footprinting!!! lmao xx
good luck in coventry girl x

Marina said...

Hi I just wanted to say I love your blog and looked at it most days so glad that ellie is at long last getting the help that she needs. I have a real thing about carbon footprint at the moment I live in a little village in cornwall and we have just been told that are post office come shop could be closing due to the goverment closing 3,000 post office with this the shop would have to close as well, being only 2 doors away from my house it is a god send, we have just started a campain to keep it open. If it does close we have to go 6 mile to the nearest town to get to a post office which for some people is fine if you have a car but if not there is a bus once a day and only week days. This has really got my back up so much for the small village life. So sorry for the rant(hahaha. I would love to have the change to win your prize.
Thanks Marina :~)

Rhian said...

congrats to Stephanie.

Love your work Kirsty.

Misty said...

That was quite a story. I can feel your stress from here! I hope the rest of your weekend was fun! Have a great day!

Stephanie said...

i am really happy that Steph Howell joins the SC DT. they have such wonderful kits.
have a nice day
Stephanie

Helen Shields said...

Hey kirsty

Heard you talk about SC with love but yet to see any of there kits would love to be in with a chance

Love Helen

Katy said...

OMG! That is soooo funny!!

STUDIO CALICO??????? OMG Me me me!!!

Helen Sh said...

Hey Kirsty

Must laugh about the train used to do this regularly when J was stationed in Yorkshire, I used to end up on a platform of a remote station at o'dark hours with no connection as it had been cancelled, don't miss it! Would love to get my hands on a SC kit as I have heard so much about them but have never had a touchy feely! :) love to all Helen

Helen Sh said...

Hey Kirsty

Had to laugh about your post, it reminds me of my train trips from Scotland to Yorkshire to visit J when he was posted there. I used to find myself left on a remote station in the pitch black at o'dark hours waiting for a connection that had been cancelled. Hmmmm love British Rail, no mobile and having to walk to try and find a phone to call J. Deep joy :)

Have heard you talk about SC kits with love but have yet to get me hands on a kit for a touchy feely look.

Love to all Helen

naomi_m said...

Congratulations Stephanie and the SC Design Team.

Andi said...

Congratulations Stephanie!

Rach said...

What a nightmare journey!!!!

Personally I find that travelling by magic carpet is the best way to go! LOL

xx

Anonymous said...

Many congratulations Steph, love the Studio Calico Kits.

Kirsteen said...

Congrats on surviving the train! xx

Amelie said...

hmm broomstick sounds great.
LOL at the shoes thing.. i had to choose 3 pairs to come with me to spain as e couldnt fit anything else in the suitcase.
i chose my crocs, my doc martens, and one of my many converse shoes. it nearly killed me choosing!

i'd like a chance to win. ineed all the luck i can get lol
xxx

Kerry said...

Don't think I would want to brave the delights of train toilets - YUK.

Bet you will have a fab time despite the train ride.

CoCo said...

My last experience on a train was a bit scary - had to get off at a really small station (with a really short platform). Thought I was at front of train when it stopped, but instead my door opened into some bushes! Had to just jump and scramble up onto platform bag and baggage!
Irish rail system not too far advanced from those ones you see in cowboys and indians movies!
But trains are so much more relaxing than cars - if you are not watching your bag in case it gets robbed I suppose....

alovelyday said...

Love Steph's work! Congrats to her and SC!!

angie

Shannon said...

love Studio Calico and in fact tried it once. The first package was lost and they sent a second. I can't currently afford the monthly kits.
I too recommend broom stick travel. Easy parking, no emissions, no waste, no fuel, and you can clean up after yourself where ever you go!

Brandy Baucom said...

Love, Love Love Stephanie. :)

Thanks for the chance to win.
Brandy Baucom

Christa said...

I would be worried about my suitcase if it had all that good stuff in there too!!!!!

Congrats to Stephanie! Her stuff is beautiful!

amandaV. said...

YAY Steph! how exciting and certainly deserving of her! Way to go SC!!! fabulous stuff!

Linda said...

Congrats to Stephanie. Great kit!!

Jessica said...

I just found your blog and I'll be back! Congratulations to Stephanie, I can't wait to see all of her awesome creations!

Shannon (Swell) said...

congrats Stephanie! You'll do amazing!

Ali M said...

Hope you had a safe trip and all your stash/tools arrived safely..
I can just imagine some 'little tinker' trying to sell the cropadile down the pub..
'eer mate..fancy a new body piercier..works one handed and even a woman can use it !!!'
xx

Bumpybecky said...

congrats to Stephanie :)

and totally agree on broomstick travel!

Jayne said...

Congrats Stephanie, great work and I would love to go in the draw.

Thanks
Jayne

Lythan said...

How cool - I would love to win a kit - and enjoy Stephanie's work too

Sue Bone said...

I find that taking a stand for whatever you believe in is often inconvenient. I have a shoe shop that I won't use which is very inconvenient if the other two local shops don't have what you want.

However I wish I could take a train, the carbon footprint of flying is to much bigger.

Sue

Lighthousegirl said...

Well done for trying to be green :-)

sunshine scrapper said...

Wow- Love Stephanie's work. Congrats to her and SC. Would love to get a May kit too, as it is so beautiful.

Thanks for the chance.

Heidi

sunshine scrapper said...

Love Stepahine's work. Congrats to her and SC. I love the May kit too. Would love to win one.

Thanks so much,
Heidi

Hullabaloo said...

Thank you Kirsty for making me laugh!!

I shouldn't really be here at the mo as I'm supposed to be writing my report cards but I've been doing them for AAAAAAAAGES and I'm so fed up!! So thanks for providing me with a welcome distraction ..........
and remember you never saw me here!!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. What a hoot!

These kits are yummy. I'd love one please....

Thanks
Anne
:)

Dena said...

Woo Hoo Congrats to Steph. This is one rockin kit!

Heather said...

Congrats to Steph. Her work is amazing, and it looks like that kit is too!

ania said...

I love Stephs layout too - congratulations on having her aboard :) Broomstick hum? The simplier the better I guess :p (love public transp, hate it when it comes to luggage tho :p)

eugenie said...

Hi,
Congrats to both Stephanie and Studio Calico.
Eugenie from France

pigglet said...

kirsty, the cf idea is great but practical NOT!!! we try but it does not work.
well done for trying.
studio calico are so great.
christine

Natasha said...

I love Stephanie's work. Congrats to her!

zoe said...

best laid plans etc, trains do work better 1st class (I mqanaged this once - as i was accompaning a disabled person) - but congrats for trying

sohpiasmom said...

Congrats to Steph...so excited for her! And excited for me because I get to see more of her awesome work!!

alovelyday said...

I think blogger ate my post!! I think Steph's work is great. SC is lucky to have her as part of their team! COngrats!

angie

Jenni Hamilton said...

Really admire your aim to leave a smaller carbon footprint but completely empathise with all the negative aspects of train travel especially the worry about leaving your seat to spend a penny!

Jenni x

Lynz said...

Studio Calico for meeeeee! *slurp*

Fiona said...

I hate being separated from my luggage as well on a train - makes me nervous! Would love to try a Studio Calico kit.

Close To Home said...

am i too late to enter!? ;-) love sc!!!!!!!!!!!!

danielle t said...

oh I'd love to get me some studio calico---love Stephanie's work! Thanks for the chance to win!

danielle t said...

oh I'd love to get me some studio calico---love Stephanie's work! Thanks for the chance to win! sorry if this is a double post I tried to leave a comment but didn't see it.

a very tired mommy said...

congrats, Stephanie!

still lovin' your blog Kirsty. :)

Hils said...

Broomsticks rock!

ifa said...

If you ever work out how to work the broomstick, I could do with a tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Ooh I would love to win one of those gorgeous kits!

Louise

azarrella said...

congrats Steph!

Brook said...

Now...I wish I could travel by broomstick! And one with a port for my computer would be too awesome. I would much rather play on my computer than druve. Too bad I can't do that here in Texas!

Claire said...

You do make me giggle! You have such a witty writing style, I love it!
Claire

Stephanie Baxter said...

Congrats to Stephanie! That's so exciting!

Nickynoo said...

You do have such a way of turning a serious subject into an entertaining read! Congrats to Stephanie :0)

Lisa said...

Welcome Stephanie, another great kit. Looking forward to the DT gallery.

Anna said...

oo me please kirsty

Juliet said...

Wow!!! What wouldn't I give for a Studio Calico kit? Here's wishing......

Jan Connair said...

Did you at least come up with the idea for a zillion-dollar making series of children's books (like J.K. Rowling was purported to do) during your train journey? Certainly that would go a long way toward making the luggage porting problem less odious.

Thanks for a good laugh today!

Tonie said...

Congrats Stephanie

lagolindari said...

Sigh... I do understand your adventures with travel! :D

Anxiously waiting for someone to whip up the broomstick. I've wanted one for ages...!

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

I love Stephanie's work so I am looking forward to checking out her LO's on Studio Calico... congrats! :-)

ALLY said...

I love the kits and would love to play with one!

Allison Cope
allisonnicolecope@hotmail.com

Courtney said...

Congrats Stephanie and the gang!

Christine said...

Hope i'm not too late. By the way, congrats!

Robyn W said...

Congrats to Stephenie
fingers crossed for this one

twinkletoe said...

I just love the way you tell your stories!! Hope the journey home was easier!! I would love to win the Studio Calico kit.

Heather said...

Congrats to Stephanie!!!

Cath said...

I have never seen so many comments on your blog before!

Kazzy said...

Hi Kirsty,

Just got my raffle prize....OMG there is soooo much stuff there...thank you soooo much!

Kazzy

Sally said...

train train go away come again another day...it wouldn't be so bad if they were ever on time. This is from someone who commutes everyday :(
Would love to get the kit a friend showed me her Studio Calico and I am in love xxx
Welcome Stephanie :)

Abigail D. said...

Congrats, Stephanie. I adore SC kits - who doesn't?

Clair & Sharni said...

Would live to try a Studio Calico kit!! Pick me, pick me!! xxx

Fabrizio said...

Just discovered your blog...I really like your attitude and your pictures are stunning as well as your LOs. Carbon Footprint is another invention to make us feel guilty...if our goverment were really meaning it they wouldn't allow our food retailers to import food that we can grow here. I do agree about your comment on the industry being picky (earlier post) and that new papermania range looks great ! I've added your blog to my b'roll, hope you don't mind. Fab X

cannycrafter said...

Hi Kirsty! What a great give away! You can never have too many papers! Hope the little pooch is fab! and looking forward to lots of piccys later! Welcome to the pooch appreciation society!! Barney is def the fave in our house and on my blog!!! (Get Belle to check out his golfing! LOL!)

Inge said...

Congrats to stephanie!!! Love the kit!!!

nichole said...

i feel your frustration. i know the gives and takes of trying to be green... and really i do what i can and i pat your back for trying also. congrats!

Erin Glee said...

WhooHoo! A Studio Calico Kit?!
Thanks for the chance!
Erin In the U.S. of A.

Louise said...

just seen a few other HSMS ladies names good luck to everyone.

Cazzy said...

Wow, I don't expect I will win but here goes!

I can emphathise about the train, have had similar experiences going Up North for meetings - laptop in large rucksack, having trouble staying upright with large laptop on back, large shoulder bag full of essentials slung across and lunch in bag!
Aisles are too narrow, fellow passenger told me someone tried to pinch her handbag last time - but not in first class of course!

Will look at DT thing now!

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Oh my, oh my! Can I win the kit? Can I? Can I please?

Sod the CF Kirsty - take the car (every time)! ;-) We DON'T have public transport in the UK, well not anything worth shouting about in a positive way anyhoo!

Geralyn said...

What a cool giveaway! Thanks for this opportunity! And your story was so funny :)

EWhyley said...

oh I hate trains too. I used to commute in to work and when i did manage to get a seat there was this man who would always fart, as he was standing in the aisle it went right in my face, gross!! I liked to make up names for my fellow commuters, so obviously he became known as Farting Man!!

Paula said...

Congrats Stephanie!

Jackie said...

Welcome Stephanie to the fabaroonie Studio Calico DT.

Would really love to get one of the kits as I've been too afraid of customs/taxes to order 1 myself before this. Just had to drool at all the gorgous DT work.

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