31 Jan 2008
We have reached £1032 as I type ($2000) with donations ranging form a wonderful £2 to a breathtaking £100. I will be going through all the donations today to thank you all personally and I will try my hardest to plough through the many gorgous emails I have received. Even Elie had a few yesterday - she felt so important. Well, she is isnt she?
I have had many offers of hand made mini books to jewellery to handmade aprons to artwork being donated for the grand raffle of all grand raffles (opeThis is not including some samples of new release donations from CHA (which I will collect personally). Maya Road have got some stuff together too! SO FAST! There are people out there organising stamp sales from their own stash to whip rounds at work. I also believe Radio Leeds gave this a shout out - but that is to be confirmed. Radio Leeds? So random and so GOOD!.
At this rate we will be able to register the charity for GOOD which really puts me at ease. Not sure if you are aware but you cannot register a charity until you have raised over £5000 ($10,000 or there abouts). I cannot even register Ellies fund in a "just giving" webpage as you cannot collect for one single person on there. Both Mark and I felt that was so important to point out. And of course we want to make an expenditure list made available to all the donators, should any of them wish to view how we have spent the money (when we do spend it of course).
If you missed what I am talking about - please go to the post below. I will film Ellies progress as we go along and get her to thank you all for everything so far via YOUTUBE clip. I would also like to point out that Ellie practiced what she wanted to say on yesterdays clip but spoke in her usual sweet and shy way - the lines "thank you dearly" we not rehearsed at all.... that wee girl makes me laugh.
Be back soon xx
30 Jan 2008
28 Jan 2008
So last night at the reveal at Studio Calico went berserk. The main kit and two add ons sold out in half an hour - thats with a ton of extra's thrown in for coping with an influx of new customers. This kit is da bomb and half. Even my own Momma bought a kit - she set her alarm to get up early to score a kit.... Im so knocked back by her interest in scrapping all of a sudden. Me is one proud daughter :):)
Here is the full reveal of what I maded with the kit. My favvo is the "Combing" layout
I mean, Im so happy with what I have made in full but we all have a lil sneak favvo - don't we?
Going to go and straighten up my admin - its absolutely disgusting right now!
27 Jan 2008
The kits go live at midnight (Kentucky, USA time) - which means 6am (tomorrow morning......zzzzzzzzz) UK time. You have to literally "there" at that time to get a chance to snag this months amazing kit.
April and Scarlet have added extras and judging by the amount of newbies over at the Studio Calico forum.... these kits will run out faster than you can say "flamin nora, that was a sale and a half!"
25 Jan 2008
I thought she was just displaying that "friday feeling".
So she edged closer to the car and I said "You look happy, sweets".
And she went "AHEM" whilst pointing to a yellow enamelled badge.
I scream "Oh. Em. Gee. How cool is that?"
And she replied "Oh. Em. Gee. I know!"
She got this for impressing the science teacher during their Float and Sink experiments. She put up her hand excitedly and said "Sir - did you know that oranges float but if you peel them, they sink?"
Well I didn't know that. He obv did, he's a god darn scientist!
But my daughter is a wee sponge of late cuz she got that info from the back of a caprisun juice pack only the other day!
I love the story of how she came to get the badge the best.
She said it like this.
"The teacher walked around the room saying he had the the Scientist of the week badge to give out to one brilliant child. I was praying really hard Mum, like you wouldn't believe. I really wanted it more than I ever wanted it and I knew I had a chance. I squeezed my eyes tight and he said that it was being awarded to Ellenor Wiseman. That's me! (no shit, Ellie!!) And then I let all my air out because I was holding my breath"
I heard that about 40 times tonight.
Then Mark gets home and he heard it 40 times too.
Just a lil ole yellow enamelled badge and we get this? PRICELESS!
Went to a charity shop yezzers to check out some books. Am loving charity shops for Sophie Kinsella's, Jodi Picoults and Marian Keyes at a quid a pick. I didn't come out with a book but Belle had herself armed with a dolphin figure for her collecsh and I snagged these Next jeans for £3.49 ......!!!!!I am between sizes so buying brand new jeans at £40 a pop don't make no sense. Mark thinks its minging to wear second hand clothes (and he is not generally a snob) but I don't care. Charity is charity and I need jeans. So these do the trick and real blingers, huh? Then I saw this Nine West designer bag for a measly 99p. Its hardly ever been used. So I gave it a new home. Am feeling virtuous at our total £5.40 spends :
23 Jan 2008
Its Sta-Yoooooodio Calico sneak a roo time. These kits go live on 27th Jan at midnight (that 6am to early bird uk girls). April and Scarlett have budgeted for a rush and with the beautious quality of the kits, Im not suprised. Quality as standard, you won't be disappointed.
Going to hibernate some more although the sun did come out for a nano second today which gave me the vitamin C boost I was lacking :)
22 Jan 2008
21 Jan 2008
We went to go and enjoy the Johan Strauss Gala in Hull on Saturday night and it was just the best thing Ive done in a long time. Not only were we in one of the best accoustics halls in the country but the music was awesome. Total and utter value for money, flipping well handsome composer, dancers in crinolin ball gowns, operatics and lots of clapping to the Rudetzky march.
Im too tired to go into too much detail but this weekend was fab for more genealogy (Mum has given me a list of female relations going back to 1755! I have facts about my great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother.) Im so lucky to have an active geanologist and my mum has a ton and I mean a ton of information about our family. Ive seen many birth, deaths and marriage certificates. Details of illigitimacy, prostitution, disabilities, drink problems, illiteracy - oh yes, we have it all. Am I ashamed? Am I nuts, no! These figures shaped our lives and formed our history - you know the stuff that books are made of? I have a family history that I can share with my future generations with photos and certificates. This is so GOOD!
I'll leave you with the winner of the SC Coupon...... Masso congratcho to Bekkababes of Kentucky (no less!). You win the $10 off SC Goodness. Thank you to all that gave it a try!
19 Jan 2008
17 Jan 2008
16 Jan 2008
Today we wall papered our bedroom. Big wow, I hear you say. Well I have never wall papered EVER in my whole entire 36 years. I thought that becuase I love to play with paper on a daily basis that I would at least like it. Poo to that. It was complete gaybar pants. Both Mark and I did a GREAT job but jeez, why does there happen to be a bit of room that has juts and odd angles that require guestimations of quantum physic proprtions? I made only a few teeny tears, cried a few tears, threatened to kill mark a million times, throw my teddies out of my pram, pull my hair out and almost dial out for a professional. I know Im having a whinge but bloody hell, it was not fun at all. The last time we decorated the house we got Marks poppa to hang the wallpaper.
That was a good move back then! Still, its done and all we need is our bedroom carpet to be fitted and we are done. Two rooms done, only 3 more to do. Deep joy!
15 Jan 2008
14 Jan 2008
12 Jan 2008
On Friday i had pretty much a lie-in of all lie ins. Mum brought me tea and toast in bed - I swear I thought I had died and gone to heaven. By lunch time we ventured out down to a notorious coffee house in Bridlington to chat. Tophams coffee house is over 60 years old with original features both in and outside. The glass painting on this mirror had only been painted over once since it first opened - i just love how these features are so well preserved.
This is just so cool. Years ago, before sugar cones or cornets - ice cream houses served ice cream in bowls. But for a penny you could have a wee scoop in this "penny licker", lick it off and the vendor would wash the licker in readiness for the next kid with a penny. Its just oh-so-cool that the owner would part with such memories of his famous parlour. I love that the original clock STILL works, I love the kitsch blue paint and the mosaic mirrored splash backs on the "knickerbocker glory" glass shelves too.You can feel the era of the joint as soon as you walk in. If ever you are in Bridlington, hunt out "Tophams" ice cream and coffee bar. And if Im ever in Bridlington and you are there too, Id love to take you there myself (Im there next week actually, as Im off to the Johann Strauss concert with mum).
10 Jan 2008
8 Jan 2008
7 Jan 2008
Come mid afternoon I got a little peckish and scoured the fridge for something to put between two slices of bread. I spied my favvo spreadable Piccalilli. How I love piccalilli. Mum, don't I love piccalilli?
And they make it spreadable now... no gory hidden chunks of cauliflower (BAWK) and whole gherkins (double blech). It's all nice lil minced pieces of veg in a mustardy sauce. Its the next best thing to fish finger sangers. Gives you whiffy breath, mind, but the total savoury burst gives your hunger a kick and a bigger kick off from the sweet tooth monster. Oh yeah. Only, now - a few hours later..... I feel ick. I have checked the date of the piccalilli and its still ok to eat. I just think now it was too soon to going back to strong flavours after the dreaded lergy. And now I keep getting those "vom" burps. The kind of which you cannot determine whether you are going to chuck up or suffer perpetual acid burps that emulate halitosis. I know it sounds crude but I also know you also have had the same kind of thing of late. Don't tell me you haven't.
So piccalilli is off the menu this week.Other news.