Susan's Saga

Monday, March 31, 2008

Card Swap Kit for Kim's INKredibles Forum


Today I heard that some of the people taking part in the INKredible's card swap received their cards, and I promised to publish the card I sent when that started happening. So here it is. All Stampin' Up! materials were used in this card. That's Whisper White, More Mustard, Certainly Celery and Brocade Blue cardstock,

the Time Well Spent stamp set coloured with Stampin' Pastels, there's gold embossing powder and a gold brad on the flower in the top right hand corner and black embossing powder used on the green background paper, the paper piercing tool was used on the Brocade Blue and faux stitching added with the Stampin' Up! white pen, and black fine tipped felt pen on the Whisper White, and I also hand drew the flourishes with black fine-tipped felt pen.

Thanks again to Nicola at My Paper World for the card sketch in the first place!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Scrapchat's last Cybercrop for March




At Scrapchat we had some challenges that caused blasts from the past this weekend. I did two of the three challenges in time - that is, before midnight tonight!

Here's the first one:
"You will need a photo of yourself from 50% or less of your age ago. So if you are 30, it has to be a pic of you at the age of fifteen or younger; if you are 50 it has to be a photo of you at the age of 25 or younger. The title MUST be ‘A piece of me in history’ Use broken blocks for your journaling, which has to be in YOUR OWN HANDWRITING. You HAVE to only use things in your stash…NO CHEATING!!!! No ducking to the scrap shop".

I used all Creative Memories materials for this page. I made the gum blossom flowers out of photo safe paper and used photo safe pens on them to make them look more 'real' and found the 1981 World History facts online.

I used to work at that desk - gahhh! No Computer!! It was the year the first PC was produced, in fact, so we all used electric of manual typewriters - Ka CHING! I certainly didn't have one of those on my desk though. Somehow, life was simpler and I did know how to write with my own hands back then!!

The second challenge was a 'bonus' challenge and you might like to try this one too one day. I loved the effect. Here are the instructions we were given:

"My challenge is to create a layout with a bit of a retro feel to it. You will need to use a 60's photo of yourself or of a family member. Here is the thing - your layout has to be created only using Black and White Cardstock and Pattern Paper and the only way you can add colour to your layout is by adding it with your embellishments. All embellishments must be bright with a retro funky feel to them".

Now I may not have stuck to the 'retro' feel fro the embellishments, but I think wattle was pretty much a common emblem to use back then, so I used that idea. Again, I used all Creative Memories materials. I was so hapy to have gone to this old album (I worked out it is over 40 years old) as I had not checked on these photos in years and the acid from the pages and especially from the old photo corners was eating into the pictures. I took all of the pictures out of that album and scanned the ones I liked best, then put the originals in a Creative Memories safe photo storage box for later.







Saturday, March 29, 2008

Links fixed

I just tested the links I put in yesterday's post and they needed tweaking. They should be fixed now. Sorry 'bout that :-)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Bush Babies







Lee asked me if my possum was a Bush Baby and I thought I'd let you know what they are in Australia (as opposed to Africa where they have a real live animal called a Bush Baby that looks surprisingly possum-like!)

To me, Bush Babies in Australia are fictional creatures. They are forever tied to the wonderful creations from May Gibbs who created the Gumnut Babies (I got this picture in my blog from May Gibbs' website [linked above] today) the Big Bad Banksia Men, and so on.
The possum that boards in my bottlebrush tree is actually a Brushtail Possum and there are heaps of cute images of them here.
Lee, I'm glad you asked! I would never have searched for these cute pictures otherwise!

Backyard wildlife


....................................................................I caught my backyard boarder out today. S/he had just arrived in his/her favourite tree for 'the daily nap' and of course my little dog let me know about it. I grabbed my camera and circled the tree, with possum eyeing me warily and dog leaping about in excitement. It wasn't enough to stop possum settling down to sleep right before my eyes, but that shot wasn't too interesting so I didn't include it here :-)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

My Paper World Sketch Challenge #7


Nicola has a new sketch challenge for this fortnight. I was going to also submit it for Fiona's Alphabet challenge but that site has unfortunately been taken down (please note this, Lee). I needed a birthday card for a girlfriend also, so this card really has a number of uses!
I used Stampin' Up! cardstock - Old Olive and Whisper White. I used black Stazon ink, Always Artichoke and Versamark and embossed the flowers with gold. The flowers are coloured with Stampin' Pastels. That's a prima flower and a gold brad from my stash. The flowered paper is from the Be Yourself Collection by Urban Lily. I hand wrote the sentiment and doodled around the flowered background.


Love Challenge


Chris is having a competition about the theme of 'Love'. I thought this page in my mini album said a lot about that topic. It's a pic of my MIL at her 80th birthday party. She is so full of life and zest, even though she is in a wheel chair here after breaking a hip (playing bowls!!!! We had the party at the bowl's club and a cake with a fallen bowler on top!!!) so I am using this page as my entry. Today was the last day to enter for Chris' blog candy.


Mini Album instructions

Thanks for your sweet comments about my album, Lee and Chriss! I wanted to try and post the instructions up here for you since Lee was interested in making one, but can't seem to save them to my computer.

If you go here, you can see the instructions in the last box on the page. You'll also get to see all the other amazing albums people made for this competition! We still don't know who won but I think it will be Lizzy.

I hope to see an album made by you one of these days!

Oh and Chriss, I was thinking of doing something for Chris' competition on 'Love'. Thanks for reminding me!

Have a wonderful day :-)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Completed mini album






How was your Easter? We spent ours visiting with friends and family when we weren't at the excellent and fascinating church conference. It was good to have time to catch up and now we're still eating the leftovers instead of having to cook = more time for craft!

I did finish the mini album and plan to give it to my mother in law. I used pictures of her surprise 80th birthday party. I wound up adding a few more pages to the album to fit more photos in, and the design of the album allowed that to happen comfortably. Here's some of the finished pages (there are too many to post them all!)

I'd make another one of these. This pattern turns out nicely. And it allows you to totally customise your project with colours, patterns, embellishments, and even how many pics you want to add. You can have from four double pages to about eight, unless you want to make the album cover thicker and add more. I used six double pages here.



Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Have a lovely Easter Sunday, everyone. It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day here. I'll be in church most of tomorrow - I plan to play a few musical items with the youngsters there and we are all enjoying the conference!

Am still working on the mini album in my 'spare' time so will post up some pics of it when it is closer to being completed. It's a great little project :-)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March Cybercrop at Scrapchat - Week 3


















How's everything? I have been out a lot this week and have also had some computer connectivity issues. In fact, out phone line is still a bit 'iffy' and as it is Easter, the phone company won't be out to check on it for days, so if I disappear offline for awhile, it will be due to technical difficulties :-)


I am enjoying the cybercrop over at Scrapchat this weekend and am learning quite a bit through the challenges. This weekend we need to make a little album out of cardstock. It has pages sewn into it and they are bound on both sides of the album so they are interleaved inside. I've posted a couple of pics of my 'work-in-progress' for you. I get to decorate the album and find pics for it over the weekend. We need to include a verse of some sort and a chipboard monogram as well.


Will try posting it when completed, though it's a bit of a challenge to photograph properly. A video would work better!! I could just flip through the pages for you. on camera. But even though I do have a webcam, I am not sure how to make a video for my blog.....don't you need special software for that?




Scrapbook Wednesday



Every Wednesday I get a couple of pages done in my albums. I thought I'd share what I did yesterday with you. One of the Stained Glass Window pages has been shown before but I made it into a double page payout and think it resembles a quilt in my album. The other double page layout is from 1992 when we went to Alma Park Zoo again. It's pretty subtle - hope you can see the cut-out flowers and lacy matte I did for one of the photos.
I'm so enjoying picking out the best shots from years ago to do something special with - reliving my past. Lol!


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Barbara's card


I made a card to give to a friend who is going through a tough time today. I followed Nicola's sketch for the fortnight and also tried out the faux silk technique. The materials are all from Stampin' Up! and are Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink, and Whisper White. The designer paper is from Basic Gray - Cherry Blossom. I used the stamps from God's Blessings and Happy Harmony. The ribbon, flowers and brad are from sources unknown :-)
Edited to add: I forgot to say I used my Crop-a-dile to dry emboss the pink cs! You can just see it if you click on the image to enlarge it. It's a lot less subtle in real life.


Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday Powerscrap



At Scrapchat we have a chance to do a 'Powerscrap' layout in any 2 hour block we can manage to find on a Sunday. I am in church most of Sunday, but in the evening I do get a two hour block of time when I can think about this, so today I did the challenge. Anyone in the world can join Scrapchat and take part in the challenges, by the way! So feel free to investigate!


This week we were challenged like this:


"Your theme is your dream house! ..if you do a Google image search on mansions or something like that you'll get HEAPS of inspiration. You might even be able to print off a photo from the net to use OR you could always cut a photo from a magazine if that's where you've seen your dream home. It's up to you BUT...The following list has the requirements...at least ONE photo on your LO of your dream home - you HAVE to display some handwritten journaling but it can't be hidden!! and you have to use BLUE somewhere too...."


The sketch is borrowed from Scrapmaps. I used a lot of rough paper as I would if I was making a note to myself about what sort of house I was planning to build. I used the picture and plan of a house we are actually considering building, but in my searches I found another house I also liked, and am now thinking maybe we could incorprate the bits of that house into the the first house! The background paper is Core'dinations Harborside, I downloaded the plans and pictures from both the Orbit Homes site and the GJ Gardner Homes sites, I used old buttons from my stash and put paper 'x's' on some of them printed by the computer, used an ordinary felt pen to do the journalling, and also took paper clips and a bulldog clip from my office supplies. The old pin is to remind me of the style I like - old fashioned and classic - and I thought it went well on the page.





Saturday, March 15, 2008

Scrapchat's March Cybercrop - Challenge #2


At Scrapchat we were challenged to make a hybrid page this weekend. Manda said:


"I'd like you do complete a traditional layout on ANY topic you like and use your computer as a tool in some way to make it! That's all hybrid is really!"


One particular picture was 'haunting' me so I went ahead and reprinted it for the challenge. In the 80's I was in a Bush Band called Mouldy Warp (he was a little hedgehog character in England who used to carry all sorts of musical instruments around with him). I enhanced the photo by lightening it a little, then cropping and printing a title on the page in colour. I also printed the words on vellum to add at the bottom of the layout. The background paper is Blush Blooms from Creative Memories (CM), I created the silver and tan paisley shapes with a CM punch, the arrows and flourishes are mostly hand drawn/cut/enhanced with metallic pens from CM, and the little brown arrow and 'play' word are CM stickers.


Stampin' Up! Alphabet Challenge

Over at Fiona's blog, she is running a challenge to work through the alphabet with cards made form Stampin' Up! We're up to 'C' now. Please feel free to join in - there haven't been too many players so far and it would be nice to encourage Fiona :-) If you have 'Carte Postal', for example, you could make a card with that set.

I'm working on a card with my only 'C' set - Canvas. That leaves me pretty free to do anything else, doesn't it, since Canvas is a background stamp. Woo hoo!

Wish I had Carte Postal though....lol!

Friday, March 14, 2008

My Paper World card 3 for Sketch #6

This time I decided to try Lee's faux cloissone technique to make my forst shabby chic card. I hope it strikes you that I did both those things!
I stamped my Reasons to Smile butterfly on a glossy magazine then embossed it with gold and cut it out. I used the paper they gave us in the Better Homes Magazine this month for the background behind the butterfly - it has been torn and sponged with Close to Cocoa ink. I added the gold brad, then mounted the background to the Close to Cocoa card and the butterfly to the background. Then I took some Pretty in Pink cardstock and stamped on it with a sentiment from Happy Harmony, sponged with Close to Cocoa and paper pierced it. I used my hot glue gun to add the gauze ribbon and gold cord, then hand drew the flourishes with black pen and enhanced with gold gel pen. A fun card to make!
Next time I make a faux cloissone image I would use a stamp with more open work on it though. I think it would show the effect better.

Another My Paper World card for Sketch #6

I have been using Nicola's Sketch #6 this week to make some cards, and this is what I made today. I may have another one in totally different colours etc to upload later. Am working on it now :-)

This one has Basic Grey Cherry Plossom dp, Stampin' Up!'s Daisy Field wheel stamp and Reason to Smile sentiment, Certainly Celery cardstock and ink, Close to Cocoa ink, copper and gold gel pens, Stampin' Up! grosgrain ribbon, and I sponge daubed it in various places in both shades of ink. I drew the flourishes with copper gel pen and water colour pencils.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My Paper World Sketch Challenge #6





Nicola set a challenge for this fortnight to make cards from the sketch pictured. I need to make quite a few cards this month so am starting off with the one shown here. I used Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery, Pale Plum and Whisper White cardstock, and a stamped background provided in a RAK (thank you!) I chose the sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s 'Blooming with Happiness' set, stamping in black Stazon and sponging around it with Lavender Lace ink. The little jewels are from Heidi Swapp and the grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up! I paper pierced the edges of the green cardstock too.
If you are a cardmaker and look at Nicola's cards, then also follow the links she has in her posts to the other people's blogs who have made gorgeous cards using her sketch, I promise you will be inspired.
I plan to make a few more cards with this sketch this week, maybe even becoming a BIT more adventurous with how I do it.

Guestbook & Thanks

Chriss, thank you for signing my Guestbook (see bottom of page)! I appreciate comments people have made there :-) And I fixed the last post so you can see which other page fits with the new one. I must remember to photograph my album pages before I put the sleeve protectors on. The protector causes haze/glare. Sorry about that.

I want to thank everybody for making comments on my blog too. It's such a delight to open up
my blog and find someone has taken the time to comment! You're all a big reason why I continue to blog and I hope I encourage you all by commenting on your blogs :-)

Will have a new card to post soon. Meanwhile, I'm off to see your blogs!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pretty in Pink





This page goes with one I did a few weeks ago. If you saw that one, this one will make sense - he he.

Easter!







It's getting close ot Easter and to go along with the pages I am making for my DD's album from 1992, here's what Easter looked like for her then.

Stained Glass WIndows






It was raining again here and what better to do on a rainy day than scrapbook? The regular Wednesday Workshop was a lot of fun today. We made Stained Glass Window layouts. This layout really only leaves room for one picture, and I thought this one of my DD and her cousins when they were growing up, posed with their grandparents, was a good one. It was taken in 1992.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I'll take some pictures tomorrow afternoon

I've been completing some more pages in my album but haven't had time or opportunity to take pics yet. I'll put that on my list of 'to dos' for tomorrow. Tonight it was blog surfing time!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Am I a Nerd? Are you?

Lee encouraged everyone to take this Nerd test, so I gave it a whirl. I'm not too surprised at the results, especially as they seem to be contradictory!

I am nerdier than 36% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Non-Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!

Oh and I am Peter Pan, closely followed by Sleeping Beauty, according to the 'Which Disney Character Are You' quiz.

Exploding Easter Box






At Scrapchat we have a Sunday Powerscrap challenge each week, which I try to get done between church services. It's a nice way to relax and enjoy the afternoon. Today we were asked to make an exploding Easter Box:


"Ok is everyone up for a little bit of adventure. As Easter is in two weeks, yes that's right, two weeks. My Challenge is to make a single layer exploding box suitable to give as a gift for Easter eggs. Don't be turned off by this challenge and think it is to difficult cause they are really easy as I have made a couple myself.


Here is the link to the blog with instructions on it ~ Exploding Box"


As I had never made one of these before, I thought it was a good opportunity to try making one. So I did. First I resized th epattern so the box would be a little smaller. I used Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pale Plum, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue and Apricot Appeal cardstock. I used stamps from a big set I was given as a present so don't know who created them, and some acrylic stamps from Rhonna Farrer. I gold embossed every image and used Stampin' Pastels and a blender pen to colour them up. I used a copper gel pen to add a few accents here and there. Then I tied it together with a nylon cord from a camping store. When I give it to my DD for Easter, there will be gourmet yummy chocolate eggs in there, not this compound chocolate ick that I have in there for display purposes only. When it's Sunday the only place you can get Easter eggs around here is at a service station.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

A Feminine Card


This was the easiest card to make! I used the Happy Harmony stamp set from Stampin' Up! and two step stamped it then sponge daubed the background. That's Barely Banana, Whisper White and Perfect Plum cardstock. The inks are Barely Banana and Rose Red. I used Versamark then gold embossed the sentiment. Gold cord and a gold brad completed this one for me.




A Teen's Birthday


Next I made a card for a teenager's birthday. Here I used the Stampin' Up! set Blooming with Happiness (which incidently also answers the challenge for the Stampinupalphabetchallenge since the challenge there was to use a stamp set starting with the letter 'B' ).


I used Stampin' Up! cardstock - Perfect Plum, Ruby Red and Whisper White. Inks were also Stampin' Up! - Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Rose Red and Versamark. I two-step stamped the candles then used Dazzling Diamonds on both the candles and the cake stand. I sponge daubed the background around the cake and candles. The Sculpey Button with the beads in it was made for me in a swap and I tied it on with gold cord from Stampin' Up!
I used Victorian deckle edged scissors to finish it off.
It didn't scan well due to the thick button. Sorry it's a little out of focus.


A Masculine Card


At Scrapchat where the first weekend of the March-long cybercrop is happening, our first challenge was to make three cards:


"Choose one piece of patterned paper. I want you create a set of 3 cards...

* one for a male

* one for a female

* one for a child/teenager


You can use anything else you like, but each card must have that one patterned paper as a central focus, and must be clearly visible."


I completed the three cards this evening using The Glitter Mat Stack paper as my common background theme. Here's the masculine one.


I used the Stampin' Up! Size it Up wheel and Riveting stamp set, More Mustard and Whisper White cardstock, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip inks, silver brads, brown cord from the local Scrapchop, and Burgandy grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Tagged by Lee

Lee asked anyone in a fun mood to answer her tag. How could I resist that? If you feel in a fun mood, please do the same! Here goes:

4 Jobs I've Had: Traffic counter, real estate office receptionist, book seller, teacher

4 Movies I've Seen: I Walk the Line, Finding Nemo, The Green Mile, Shrek

4 Places I've been: Disneyland, Dreamworld, Australia Zoo, Birdworld

4 Places I've lived: California, Washington (USA), North West Territories (Canada), Queensland (Australia)

4 TV Programs I watch: Better Homes & Gardens, All Saints, ummmm, a couple of soaps

4 Radio Shows I listen to: I listen to classical music in the car, mainly

4 Favorite Foods: Chocolate, pasta, fresh salads, chicken kiev

4 Places I'd Rather be: I LOVE being home!!!!! I don't have much desire to be anywhere else these days...but I don't mind visiting family & friends and going out for coffee with DH

The Bags I Made



Thank you so much for your comment on 'my' bag in the last post, Lee. I did not make that gorgeous one, however. It was Melanie's original! I did play with the pattern last night and came up with a little bag and a card front though. I used my Creative Memories Custom Cutting System to cut the top of the bags, and i must say I am still working out how best to do the handles. I used thin paper for the inside and outside of the card bag (lying flat) and dressed it up with a bit of sparkly ribbon, crumpled paper and stick on jewels. I made the larger standing up bag with thin decorative paper and regular black cardstock on the inside, and it is much more durable. I learned a lot about my new Crop-a-dile tool in setting the eyelets, mostly how NOT to do them! Lol! It was fun though.

Edit (just for you , Lee!): The designer paper is from Walter Knabe and the cardstock, gros grain ribbon and orange swirl clip is from Stampin' Up! The brads and sparkly ribbon were from a RAK is received from someone anonymously (thank you again!) and the jewels are Heidi Snapp.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Tote Bag Link


Do you like this little tote bag? If so, go on over to Melanie's blog for a great tutorial on how to make it :-)


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Hands, head and heart

Melanie Meunchinger from Hands, Head and Heart is a stamp designer/illustrator and design team member for Gina K Designs. She makes some great cards and writes really useful tutorials about how to make things. She also happens to be giving away some blog candy, so if you would like to see her work and go in the draw, here's your chance!

Feel like Cybercropping in March??

Over at Scrapchat we're having a month long Cybercrop, and anyone interested is welcome to join in the fun. There are even prizes being awarded. If you want to be part of it, come on over and register for the forum! Here's the details of the Cybercrop:

Week 1 ~ 7th March - Prize's donated by The Stampshak
Week 2 ~ 14th March - Prize's donated by Scrapbook N Bits
Week 3 ~ 21st March - Prize's donated by Peggy aka Patriciasmum
Week 4 ~ 28th March -Prize's donated by A Passion For Craft

Each weeks cybercrop will kick off at about 7.30 pm (Qld, Australia time), all chit chat will be in the chatroom. The game will be announced at 8.00 pm in the cybercrop thread with the challenge going up around 8.30 pm or as soon as the game has finished.

There is only one challenge per weekend so it should be fairly easy to participate in the fun.

All layouts are to be uploaded to the Scrapchat gallery by midnight on the Sunday of that week's challenge.

If you complete all four challenges you will go into the draw for an additional prize.

There may be a bonus challenge so keep an eye on the cybercrop thread.

Hope everyone joins in and has some fun!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Too tired!

I scrapped a few pages after dinner tonight and now am too tired to take pictures of them to upload. Am still working on my DD's album (this is a long-term project, btw). I continued on with the circle theme of the last two pages but changed colours and patterns. Will show you maybe tomorrow :yawn:

Hope you'll forgive me for being slack! G'night.

Oh, wait! We did get a copy of the house contract today. It's looking like we can become cautiously optimistic about it going through.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Scrapping Day






















Wow - Far North Queensland has been experiencing lots of flash flooding today. We live a long way up from sea level so haven't had too many problems, but the flooding down on the coast has been worsened by the high tides they's been having as well. We had a lot of rain today but no flooding, thank the Lord.

In general it has been a little more calm around here today than it was yesterday so I decided it was time to do some album pages tonight. I have started an album for my DD who is now 21, as all of her childhood photos were in an unsafe environment. Lots of her photos were going yellow and brown or otherwise changing their colour and being eaten by acid from the old albums and the glue in them etc, so when I discovered Creative Memories I took most of them out of their old albums and am now picking the best ones to place in Creative Memories albums, since they gauruntee the photos will not deteriorate if kept in their albums for the lifetime of the owner. I heard they will last 100 years, so that'll see me out well and truly.

I used all Creative Memories materials. I used paper from the 'Little Girl' pack, and metallic and felt pens, and the vellum rose window is made with black cardstock and Kaleidoscope stickers, and I cut the circles out with the custom cutting system.

Oh the page with the three photos to the left is based on a sketch from Chris G over at Scrapchat.

Do check your old albums (if you haven't already) and see if they are keeping your precious photos safe. It's hard to get pictures back sometimes if they have deteriorated too much.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

House News

We think we sold the house today - shock! It took some negotiating but we do have a contract. Settlement will be 31st May or sooner if the people who want the house can get financed.

I'm stunned. Again.

I won't believe it till I see our stuff being loaded into a moving van, I think.

No crafting got done in this house today. Maybe tomorrow things will be different. Maybe.

Things I Love About You




I missed the midnight deadline but I finished the little album. Here's some pics for you. I put the 5 Things on th eback of the tag on page 3. I think I'll save this for our anniversary in October.
I used Basic Gray Flint Pattern paper, a Bella Chipboard album, Stampin' Up! cardstock, ink & ribbon (Brilliant Blue and Mellow Moss), Make It Special brads, a black felt pen and a gold gel pen, cuttlebugged lettering, free hand flourishes and some lettering, a slit punch, a swirl clip, and green nylon cord.
Oh and there's one red velvet letter in there too.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Am crafting tonight

Ever had one of those days where all your plans had to change? A Passion for Craft has a great challenge open till midnight. It goes like this:

Simply create a chipboard album about your partner. These themes must be included in some way:

1. The day we met
2. 5 things I love about you
3. At least one photo

I intended to try this one out as an anniversary surprise for DH but today we had an offer on the house. We spent till just a couple of minutes ago negotiating. We're thinking about a couple of issues over night so still don't have a contract everyone is happy with, so there will be more discussions tomorrow.

My intentions to craft were a bit sidelined today! I'm working on it now and will see if I can make the midnight deadline...