Hi Friends and fellow bloggers, here is the desk - the very reason you are probably visiting the playground today. Also, I need to warn you in advance that this is a very long post (totally out of character you understand! LOL)!!!
Not as tidy as last week i'll grant you - but I will be tidying up before I start my next project properly.
From the left, you can see some top hats which were wedding favours on the tables at Saturdays wedding- ladies had handbags... everything from these to the napkins etc were tied up with cerise pink organza - I collected a few bits to take home... before long, every other table was collecting them and bringing them to me, including the top hats (minus the chocs that were inside, of course)!!! (anyway, more about the wedding later...)
The flowers are made from handmade paper and cut using the Tim Holtz sizzix flower die and will be used in a project i'm doing (i'm just getting all the components together and a lot of the work has been done on the PC so far).
The Marianne dies cutting shapes are on the table, a magazine and at the back, hung up, are my nesties, using my system I spoke about last week.
Since my last weeks desk post, up until the weekend, i'd been really busy finishing up the orders of service, making additional ones for any additional visitors not part of the initial wedding guest list that might have turned up, a wedding card and a 50th Birthday card. Then yesterday (Monday), I started to finish another birthday card off but, it wasn't going how I wanted it to so I decided to start again and make a little memory album... more on that in a later blog post.
Anyway, following the mammoth WOYWW last week, on Thursday OH took me to Meadowhall (or hell) as we call it, in Sheffield to get an outfit for the wedding. While I had chosen my outfit within half an hour of getting there, we had a walk round to look for shoes for me, ties for the boys and cufflinks... a while later - and me much much slower by this point, went home with shoes from the first shop I went into (M&S) but no ties and the boys (2xDS) still needed new shoes... When we came back I was
You see - not only was Meadow
Monday, the lovely Pat and Anne came to see me. When they left I finished off 2 x 50th Birthday cards. Afterwards, did more work on the Order of Service cards. Didn't go to bed til about 6.45am (was still up when OH came home off his night shift), then woke up again when youngest son got up for school. Started the OoS again. Made a pic as a pressie and a card (already blogged last week) for a work friend.
On Tuesday said Birthday friend turned up in the morning - she bought me some birthday cake and came to collect her pressie and card - as I couldn't get it to her.
When she went, i watched craft on QVC, placed a couple of orders then fell to sleep. In the afternoon, my Director came to visit me as part of the sickness procedure and to tell me that, while I have been off work, they have been going ahead with a restructure and informed me that my position of Governance Officer does not exisit on the new structure (the company secretary will be taking on my duties, leaving me with no work so I now have to start applying internally for jobs created for the new structure - long story, but this is one of the issues I had to deal with during my busy week.
Wednesday spent most of the day catching up with everyone on WOYWW. The Bride and Groom popped round to look at the progress with the OoS and to bring the vicars amendments to the inserts.
Printed version for any additional people that turned up to the church service:
On Thursday morning, I had another visit from a work colleague, then we went to Meadowhall in the afternoon. In the evening, I started to work on extra OoS but not using the buckles or ribbon (has no buckles left). Instead, I designed them in a word document then glittered the heart to make them look similar to the originals.
Fridaycame and I had another visit from a work colleage friend and just as she was leaving, my old school friend came (who was in the hospital at the same time as me). I had a call from the bride to be who wanted me to make her a couple of Thank You cards in a similar style to the OoS cards for both sets of parent. I added a little twist to them by adding silver ribbon over the pink ribbon which made them just a tad special.
Friday evening, went round to the brides parents home where the bride and her sister were, the kids, the groom and some more of the family gathered. When the other family members left, we sat outside as it was a really warm evening. The brides father let some fireworks off which was lovely - and in the distance - we saw loads of chinese sky lanterns floating in the sky. What a wonderful sight. We left there just after midnight - which was now the day of the wedding and the brides fathers 50th Birthday. I made sure that I was the first person to wish him a happy 50th birthday - by waking him up as he'd dropped to sleep sat up on the sofa!!! When we left we went into town to get a McDonalds and then pick eldest up from his job (he works collecting glasses in a pub). By the time we got home, it was 2am turned.
I was still up working on the wedding card at 4am, then got on the sofa in the conservatory to get some sleep. I got up again at 8am, worked on the card til 11am then spent about 10 minutes on the 50th birthday card. Time to get ready - giving me about an hour to bath, do hair, makeup, dress and leave the house. Phew. What a week.
Anyway, in all, I had little more than 10 hours sleep between Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd. I'm not exaggerating - I honestly had little more than 10 hours. You see i've kind of been 'avoiding' going to bed due to the pain and discomfort - so crafted instead. Obviously this has not helped the pain and discomfort - just call it a vicious cycle!!!
Because of said exhausting week, I've decided to write my post on Tuesday evening because I don't anticipate being up early enough to blog on Wednesday morning - I'll hopefully be catching up with some much needed zzzzz's. Anyway, as I started typing this post, my middle cat Tiggy, was rolling around on my right hand and was almost on the laptop with me... Its probably the first time i've sat down properly in over a week so she was taking advantage of being able to get near me for a cuddle... bless her. Here's a pic I got my son to take:
Anyway, as you know (or you do by now), I attended the wedding of my friends daughter, who I also class as a friend anyway. She is, and looked, absolutely gorgeous, and I asked her permission to put some wedding pics on here.
Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom, with Parents (left to right) the brides father who celebrated his 50th Birthday that day, Grooms Mother, Groom (obviously) Grooms father (who was also his best man), My friend Wendy - the grooms mother (and for those who know the story - the one I ended up in the transvestite hotel in Manchester will)!!! At the front - the bride and gooms daughters with the bride.
Here's a pic - just for the sake of including it... The day was glorious (about 27 degrees at one point) and the full sun was beating down outside the church where all the pics were being taken - my eldest son decided that standing up was too much like hard work - so here he is, without a care in the world - in his favourite pose - not lying on the floor - I mean with the phone in his hand!!!
Here is the card I made for them... It was definately one of those cards that evolved again... I began to do something with the forever friends CD, printed a bride and groom out, decoupaged it, but really wasn't happy that it was going to work, so I started from scratch.
The base card for the front was made of pearl card, a mat of cerise pink card, then more pearl card embossed with the Da vici swirls cuttlebug embossing folder.
The two panels - with the bride and grooms initials on and the 'on your wedding day' - with the date on, were computer generated and when printed off, before the while the ink dried, I added silver pearl meltdust (similar to heat embossing powder but finer and can be used on PC generated images) then heated from the back. When dry, I die cut with nesties - matting on a slightly larger size in the cerise coloured card.
The larger flowers on the front were made using my Marianne Design Creatables die cut flowers which also cuts a slit in each petal so that you can thread with ribbon. The centre of the flower is made from a metalic brad and finished off with a flatback pearl. The swirly leafy stems were made with the die cutting shapes that comes in the set - and the other branch like leaves were made using a punch. Smaller flowers were also made using punches.
Here is the inside of the card:
All shapes using the same die as on the front of the card. The middle panel here has the extract from Corinthians on it. I love this bible reading - which was read out by a friend at my own wedding (all those years ago)!!!
The morning after the wedding, when we were all in the dining room having breakfast and the bride and groom came over to me to thank me for their card. I asked them if they had opened all their cards already - they said no, just yours because we couldn't wait to open it... I asked them how they knew if was mine - they had recognised it from the envelope - cos I had put one of the die cut shapes on the front with flowers on same as the ones on the front of the card!!! I think that was a bit flattering that they'd only opened mine - bless... the tag on the pressie got the same embossing treatment with another flower on the front!!!
After staying until turned 4 on Sunday at the hotel (having had Sunday late lunch there), we came home - and I fell to sleep. For three hours.
If you want to get involved in this WOYWW malarky - hop over to Julia - who is the leader of the pac(t)!!! comment on her desk, write a blog post of your own - she'll explain you don't have to be a cardmaker, stamper, papercrafter to get involved - you can do any craft at all - and you don't even have to do it at a desk..... anyway, link your post to Mr Linky and bobs your uncle... Expect visits from likeminded people and lots of lovely comments.
Now, all it remains for me to do is apologise for the length of this blog - which reads more like a diary entry this week!!! AND, if you managed to get to the end... you get 500 brownie points... - well done you!!!
If there are any typos or spelling mistakes in this post - my excuse is that is now Wednesday, despite starting this about 9 on Tuesday, I am tired and can't see the wood for the trees - as I've checked it several times and now cannot make sense of it at all ;o)
Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read this really really long post. Hope it doesn't put you off coming back again!!!
big hugs, Paula x x x