Well, September has been a busy month! I'm managed to scrape through to the finals of the Digiscrapaddicts designer contest (by the skin of my teeth) and the experience has been amazing. I always find when I enter things like this that it stretches me and I learn new techniques which is no bad thing. I mean, I learnt how to make vellum paper for this contest as well as how to make staples, although to be honest, my attempts are not exactly the best. I do have a little freebie for you but more on that in a bit ;).
The big news is that my son has almost got my website up and running! He needs to finish the shop part of it, and I have to give him info for the home page and so on, but it is looking like it could be active next month! It seems to have taken eons to get this far, so I am really excited and will definitely let you know when everything is live. Of course, you will undoubtedly find out as the blog will be transferring over too ;).
So, what has been happening here since I last posted? Well, our middle son has now gone back to University in St Andrews, and of course, I took my camera along for the trip (have you ever known me not to do this?!!!) and just look at what we saw.
This is walking up from the harbour towards South Street:
A view of South Street:
The harbour, taken from the pier:
And another shot of the harbour!
By tradition, the students walk down the pier every Sunday after chapel. There are various explanations for this tradition, but my favourite is that the students used to accompany the visiting preacher back to the harbour where he would get in his boat at the end of the pier. The students, in the main, wear their red gowns (or at least we used to when I was at St Andrews ;) ), walk down the pier on the right hand side, climb up the ladders at the end of the pier and walk back along the top of the pier. I'd never do that now as it seems an awfully narrow path and such a long way down to the rocks and the sea beneath!
Then there is, of course, the castle, where if you wear your red gown (students in St Andrews wear red undergraduate gowns) you can get in free!
And finally, my son's room!
He reckons it'll be a good room to have a party in!
So, I believe I mentioned a freebie, and here it is. It's a very rough and ready grab bag containing:
- Vellum notepaper;
- Rose overlay;
- Rose paper (pink);
- Ribbon wrapper; and
- Rust effect paper
Like I said, it is very rough and ready and is just odds and ends I have lying around on my hard drive! There are no TOU's in there or anything other than the six items. There isn't even a preview! So feel free to grab it by licking HERE. Hopefully you will find it useful.
I do intend to start blogging more frequently from now on, but don't hold your breath!
I have been so remiss in neglecting this blog but oh, boy, does real life have a habit of messing up the best laid plans!
So what has been happening recently then? Well, we have been away to the Wales on holiday, then spend a long weekend in the Lake District. A group of us went to London to hear an African minister preach (he'd come over for a special event). Work has been busy, to say the least, but clients are being slow in paying me, which is always a real trial, and I am now in the throes of the start of the annual tax season, with the January filing deadline looming ever closer. Plus, my son has (drum roll here please!) almost completed my Heavenly Crafts website!!!!
He has put in so many hours of work, and it is really taking shape now and looking good. Soon, hopefully sometime this month, it will be up and running and my blog will be transferred over to the website, so watch this space ;)!!! The shop part of the website may take a little more time as I actually need to get some serious designing done so I will have some items to sell. This designing is kind of complicated by my day job (after all, I do have to earn some money to pay the bills, put food on the table and so on!) and by the fact that I have actually entered two designer contests!
The first one of these is at The Studio, and the first challenge was due in on Saturday. This year, the contest is being run on an anonymous basis (in theory) and we all have alias ID's so when people vote for our designs, they won't know who we are and will be voting on the design rather than for the person. The first challenge kits have all been posted now and here is a slideshow of all the entries:
Why not go to The Studio and take a look yourself? there are some really lovely kits there and they are all available as free downloads, although you may have to register in the forum first. Then while you're there, you can vote for your favourite three designers!
The second contest I've entered is the Funky Playground Designs 2010 Designer contest, which is being hosted at DigiscrapAddicts.com. There are two categories, new designers and established designers. I have entered the new designers category and here is the preview of my entry:
It is actually really good experience entering these contests (although totally nerve wracking and stressful too ;) ), as you then see what everyone else has come up with, find out what styles are popular, etc and you always learn something new with every kit you make. I have no expectations of getting through to round three in this contest, although obviously I would love to get even further than that ;).
Anyhow, that's most of my news so far so 'll leave you now and go get ready for work!
Have you ever had one of those months when just about everything went wrong that could go wrong? Well, if so, you will know the sort of month I have just had :(. There seemed to be just one deadline after another, stress over clients not giving me their books and records until two weeks before accounts had to be filed at Companies House, other clients pressing for accounts by return of post (and then not paying me!), and I am still trying to get my craft website up and running.
Well, I am expecting great things from next week as I am taking a week off and we are all going to Wales for a much needed break. Naturally, I am taking my laptop - there is no way I could withstand the withdrawal symptoms for that length of time ;) and I also want to take my Wacom tablet to get some serious designing in! Plus, our eldest son will be joining us too, and will bring what he has done so far on the website. The idea is that we can move this blog over in a few days time, and then concentrate on getting the rest of the website up and running. So, I'm really looking forward to this as it is all really exciting. And yes, the family does think I need to get a life!
I'm also hoping the weather will be dry this week so that we can get some walking in. We'll be stopping in the middle of nowhere and have plans to walk up Snowdon, go to Lake Vyrnwy, visit Powys Castle and generally just relax and unwind. So watch this space for all those photos I intend taking!!!
Sorry, I'm a bit late posting these but here are my quickpages from the Freedom kit:
I hope you like them and can make use of them. You can download them here.
The other designers taking part in the quickpage blog train are:
Do go along and see what they have come up ;).
- 6 papers;
- 3 types of fireworks; and
- 2 wordart.
Well, as promised yesterday, the latest ADSDesigners kit, Sunflower Patch, has been released. There are some gorgeous papers and elements created by the designers and what better way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend than in downloading lots of freebies?!!!!
- 5 papers
- 1 notepaper
- 2 butterflies
- 1 sunflower plant
- 1 sunflower
- 1 cream flower (not shown on preview)
- 1 tree
- 1 paperclip
- 1 straight stitching
- 1 stitched frame
- 1 flower frame