Saturday, 27 February 2016

Yvonne my customer asked me to make an exploding box for a doctor who her daughter works for

long title I know.

I didn't want to do it.  I don't know anything about the doctor  = neither does she, she knows he is an Asian man who will be 50 on Tuesday 1st March.  Didn't give me any time, and I moaned to the family that I really didn't want to make it.  It wasn't fair that she had asked me.

Moan Moan Moan.

Anyway, three days ago in a rush I made the actual box - it took me an hour and half and to be blunt it was shite !  wasn't happy with it at all. the cardstock wasn't a good cardstock and the one leaf nearly came off completely because it scored through too nearly went in the bin.  But I persevered and reinforced the bottom and after adding more card it didn't 'explode' well - where the sides drop down when you take the lid off.  So again it very nearly went in the bin.

fast forward to last night and i decided to put the outside of the box on, don't ask me why but I did white and embossed with 'script' and it looked very much like a bloody wedding box.  OMG could this box cause me any more difficulties.

As this was being made for a doctor I printed off quite a bit of 'doctor/medical' quotes etc and pictures but didn't feel I wanted to make the box 'doctor-fied' so again I was at my wits end.

Today, after doing my bit of housework, walking the dog etc, sitting talking with Koz etc etc I came up to my desk an set about making the box better - and when I finally decided on a 1966 theme for the year that he would have been born it seemed to come together nicely and at the end of the day - some 6 hours in total the box was done.

My customer has said she would pay me for the box but how can you truly evaluate how much this box cost ................ around 6 hours altogether in my time, a quarter of my expensive double sided extra sticky tape, two 12x12 black cardstock, two 12x12 patterned cardstock, printer ink, wear and tear on my cuttlebug for all the die cutting, wear and tear on my cutting plates and there was a lot of wear and tear cutting it all out etc, then two 12x12 cardstock to actually make the box in the first place and 1 A4 card for all the white card on the box.  all in all (IF I was charging minimum wage for my time etc) it would have amounted to around £50 for a birthday box made of card !  ok unbelievable but true.  ha ha.

I think I shall ask her for a fiver and I will buy some extra bits at the shop and put it into the Tamworth food bank, that will make me feel a bit better for all this hard work.  AND although I moaned I quite enjoyed doing it in the end.  'BLUSH'

Thursday, 25 February 2016

More good news

Had an NHS letter today, I thought NOT MORE APPOINTMENTS - no not an appointment good news that it was from the bowel cancer screaning section........bluntly I had to send poo samples off and it came back at showing no signs of cancer - at the moment anyway which is GREAT news as I do get problems and pain - but it's mainly constipation, OK too much information but great news non the less - feeling 2016 is a good year.  Just got to get back onto SW now and lose another stone for June holiday and helping obviously towards my diabetes REALLY want to get off 'at least' one of the tablets by September which will be  year since diagnosis,  Can but try.

Officially I am a Star !

Well I have finally registered my star name as 'Gillyrose'.  Nice certificate which is crying out for scrapping just got to think of a theme name............obviously planets !

Well I made this Layout out of my certificate ...........

Saturday, 20 February 2016

I have done a couple of Layouts - can't quite believe it really

my scrapping mojo seemed to leave me 2 years maybe more ago - but felt I wanted to have a go again, back in touch with UKScrappers and the Scrap Like You Mean It Reboot challenge has just started so thought I would have a go - and voila - I did two layouts quite quickly, they're only very basic but I enjoyed putting them together and I liked the end results too.................

20th February, 2016

our UNanniversary - well 40 years to the day that we met for the first time.  40 years 40 years 40 years I cannot believe that 40 years has gone by in such a F L A S H - but IF I had to choose again I would choose you Key and hope that you would choose me too.  Had a wonderful surprise that Key remembered and he sent me these - I didn't quite believe the lady who was trying to deliver them to me and I burst into tears when I read the card.......Love you Mr Birch

and it's Alisons Birthday on Monday - I've bought her a pandora 'wings with a gold heart' I love it so hope she loves it too.

And we went for a joint anniversary and birthday meal here at the Green Man Whittington, it was nice - although not as nice as last time.

but it was a good night anyway - Happy Birthday Alison

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Monthly themed February inchies with the Netherlands

February = Valentines - of course !

Love inchies 

and love the little single rose on the glittery purple background

Friday, 5 February 2016

Slimming World - it's a joke for me !

I stopped going agian - bloody stupid of me - and have stayed around the same weight - which aint bad but I have been eating chocolate and rubbish again which i shouldn't with diabetes - so I gotta get back on track as of tomorrow.

this morning I was 11.12 beginning of the week I was 11.11 so by Monday I want to be 11.10 I can do it - plenty of veggies, fruit and cut out the carbs - we shall see

Benny boo boo

just wanted to get some pictures up in my blog as I don't think I've posted many as I'm on facebook most of the time.................

just HOW bloody gorgeous are you my matey !

Monday, 1 February 2016

January 'More than Inchies'

one 'more than inchie' per day for a year !  we shall see - kept it up for January, started my February page today..................hope I can do it for a year, enjoyed doing January too.