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30 Sep 2009

Essex, Innit?

I have no idea why there is a stigma to the Essex girl. All the ones I know are adorable. Kate from Crafts Beauts for starters and then there is Jo.
I went to The Hanningfields (in Essex) on Monday to do a shoot but also spend the night with Jo before my QVC slot on Tuesday. Its not far from the old smoke and broke up my journey as I had to be there for 10am. Monday was also Jo's birthday and as soon as I arrived we were in the garden taking pics of her beautiful and funny little girl, Charlotte.

I mean with a smile and a giggle like this... who cannot resist falling in love?

Eyes so blue and mesmerising that you could fall into them

I promised never to white out skin but for some reason, this photo required a little pop

Jo and her girl - doing what they did all throughout our 2 part photoshoot...... laugh
Jo is such a kind and gentle person. I like those kind of people, we all ought to cherish and hold on to such friends. When Im swamped in the company of friendly souls it makes me thank my lucky stars I have at least one friend like that if not a dozen. Not only is she lovely but she is also a fabulous cook. You know Im a foody so this was a most welcomed bonus!

The next morning we woke to get ready for the trip into the old smoke. I invited Jo to come to QVC to keep me company and also show her how interesting it is at the studios. I do not envy the fact that Jo has to travel (by train) into London 3 days week as part of her job - I only did it once and found it overwhelming. We arrived at QVC in good time to get ready with my hair and make up (UGH, I hate feels like I have a pair of tights over my head!). Jo and I went up to studio 4 to prepare - you know....TEST THINGS OUT before going live, on air. Of course things work when you are OFF air! I bumped into Dawn Bibby who I haven't see for absolutely yonks plus her husband JJ and not forgetting sweet Leonie. As much as I wanted to sit and catch up, sadly there was not much "free" time. It was buzzin with all sorts of activity and you get a sense of fast energy as all the preparation come to fruition. I was ever so pleased that I was with Antony Heywood - he is one of the nicest presenters I have met at QVC (next to Catherine).

So I go on air at ten to one and Antony opens the sequence (which, by the way is not rehearsed and is truly live - I dont even think there is a 3 second buffer or anything!) and so I go to demo my CD. Normally, on a pc, when you double click an image its meant to bring up a slide show. It did it in the prep time I had - but live on air........Erm, NO! I double clicked and double clicked and double clicked and realised that "hmmmmmmmm, live tv moment! This no worky ". Rather than run screaming out of the studios in blind panic or collapsing on the floor like a pile of unset jelly, we just moved on to showcasing the cards. Almost a minute later the slideshow pops up and we are good to roll again. I mean - you just want to laugh and cry at the same time! 8 minutes goes faster than you think ... not enough time to explain the full workings of a printable CD. But if you are curious and want to know - the simple thing about the CD is you insert it into your pc or mac, the computer opens up a folder, you click that and it opens more folders and in each folder there are several images or papers, tags, greetings and templates. Click on the one you like and press print. See, that was easy to do!

Finally I shall leave you with some layouts that I made for Octobers Studio Calico DT (Need I remind you - its my fave online scrapbook kit). It was very school themed and that meant using my first and second year of primary school pics. I hate that I had to take the pictures indoor at night but at least they made the Dt in the nick of time and I mean...the NICK (hence running out of daylight.

You know, Im convinced this layout is straight - CONVINCED

This layout was not in my plan but it came together real quick in the end. That gorgeous red ink is by Stampin up...their inks are fabulous-o
Oh this girl is my life. Making layouts about her makes me as happy as the layout suggests. And yes, I did snip those quilled style flowers all by my gud dum self
Basic Grey .... oh Basic Grey. My BG love. I went and bought this paper from Sarahs Cards as my extra add on didn't make the kit. She has just got this collection in...go seeeeeeee.
I swear I look like Charles Manson in this pic. This is me aged 5. Thanks for buying the picture, Mum. I look like a right tool. I dont even think I look cute. But still.........
Gotta say I looked cuter at 4 years old, even if the shirt has the most horrific collars.

Aaaaah, tender moments. I love this layout because of the schmancy way I strung the butterflies together.

My patient hubby Mark. Isn't he lovely?

Night all xx

27 Sep 2009

Early autumn walk

It was about time our family of 4 went out to blow the stink off us.

Marko suggested a trip out to Formby to refresh and revive our cabin fever. Ellie walked the whole way round the Squirrel enclosure (ie - quite far) because a wheelchair would never have managed it. It took us forever with frequent pit stops but she managed it. We are so proud of her. There were so many interesting things to look at and the dog was besides himself with smells that would only satisfy a dogs nose. They stick their noses everywhere, don't they? Ugh, Im not coming back as way, hosay.

This was us today totally enjoying what early autumn had to offer. Its my favourite time of year when the light is lower and warm colours make everything look like its been dipped in butter.

The poch on the way - always within a whiskers distance of one of us. He sits inEllies footwell in the car and snoozes.

Being met with beautiful light and eery trees was exciting.

Belle has now discovered bunny ears - we are no longer safe
I loved this fallen tree
And the light behind this leaf was fab.
Mark guiding our girl who insisted on carrying simba on her back. I mean, what can you do when your child (even if she is a teen) still has a love affair with soft toys?

Ths trees bark looked as rough as my skin felt.
Pine cones - million of them. I think she brought about 2,000 home.
Simba clearly got a rollercoaster of a ride on her back.
My fave pic of the day
Rest - and plenty of it.
Hello everyone!
I love the colour of this leaf - not surewhat Mark is trying to do to Ellie!
yummy colours

And we came back home and vegged.
Lovely day x

PS: Yest I bought a new iMac. Im so so excited about the speed of the damn thing which means my workflow speeds up which gives me more free time to do everything else. Ive used a Macbook Pro for two years now and this baby outweighs the brilliantness. Mark is majorly impressed with the keyboard (which looks like a wafer). I have to say, the Mac store at Liverpool One shopping mall is fabulous and the staff are second to none. The shop reeks of geeks, genius and people generally taking the ride out of free surf. I love Apple stores, even Ellie showed her mac geekness by mastering a few games whilst I browsed. The guy that served me even took my new baby straight to the car ....... which was a good 10 minute walk from the store. I mean - come on! Mac sure delivers!

Im a happy mac geek today.

PPS: Unsure whether to load Snow Leopard. Will I love it?

25 Sep 2009

Studes time again

I cant believe how many layouts I have done in such a short space of time. With the past two kits arriving late (think Royal Mail, think Strikes, think knob heads) I have had to cram the last 8 layouts, this week, into 3 days. That's hard when I have my QVC stuff to organise for next Toosday. But you know, when you fall in love with a kit, you fall in love and sleep goes out the window and love sets in (plus diet coke and pro plus - and match sticks to prise your eyes open).
So without further ado - here are the sneakettes of things to cometh:

Going for a bath and then settle down with a large bag of cadbury's buttons and the dog to watch a big pile of dollop on the tv. I don't really mind, I just need to vegetate.

Have a super weekend xx