Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Faking It!

No not an bogus injury from the car crash it's the title of the midweek challenge from the girls at DCM.

Fee Fi Fo Fum.....For our Little Extra challenge this week, we'd like you to "Go Faux it" Yes, all we want you to do this week is to use something fake on your cards. For instance you could make fake ribbon, fake brads or fake chipboard - we think you talented folk can come up with lots more "let's pretend" ideas so we can't wait to see your ideas.
I needed to make another birthday card for another Nephew so doubled up on this one. He loves trucks so thought I would adapt the train idea. I have done faux stitching on the truck and it's load and the buttons on the wheels are faux too. Not very happy with this one but I have 10 cards to make and only this afternoon to do them in so time isn't on my side. 2 down 8 to go!
On the car crash side of things I think I have got a hire car sorted out and it should hopefully be arriving at 11am tomorrow morning and I have been promised an estate car. It has taken until lunch time today and numerous phone calls over the last 4 days to get it but fingers crossed I am finally there! Just got to fill in the report form and draw my little pictures and I should be done with it until we get back from the sun.


Monday, 16 July 2007


I am now just about ready to scream or kill someone - preferably the idiot that ran into me on Friday night. I have spent ALL day on the phone to various places and I still haven't got a hire car and time is running out before we have to go on our hols. It started at lunch time when I was told that without the other party's name and address they couldn't do anything a bit difficult as I couldn't get this info on Friday as he was unconscious and fitting at the scene. I then had to phone the police to get the details who told me they couldn't tell them to me because of data protection so I gave my insurance people the number who phoned for the details and were told that the details could only be given to me because of data protection. I phoned the police back and eventually got the mans details including his insurance policy number - great I thought. I passed these over and was then told that I still couldn't have a car as they had to speak to a witness to confirm that I didn't do anything wrong and that they would get the money back from his insurance people. Guess what - the witness I have the number for was out at work so I still have no car. Then to top it off I have been told that my car is probably going to be written off but we won't know until Thursday and this in turn will effect my car hire. Apparently as soon as it is written off I won't be covered for car hire so will have to foot the bill myself.
I think I will be needing more than a holiday by the time Friday comes around!! We will just have to see what tomorrow brings - hopefully it will be something with a shiny body, 4 wheels and a large boot!! Lol


Ongoing Saga

It took all of Saturday morning on the phone to various people but I did get somewhere - not sure where though. I had to phone the police station to find out where my car was then I had to phone them to see if it could be fixed - the jury is out on the one at the moment. Then came the all important call to the insurance people. They have kindly said that they will take on my case !?! which baffled me just a little bit as surely that's what I am paying for. This was after they asked me if I could keep the car on my drive - I think not with Brake fluid and oil leaking everywhere. I am still waiting for a phone call about a hire car as I should be getting it today but as of yet nothing and that's with me phoning twice this morning already. I am starting to get a bit flustered about it as I have to contact the Ferry place and the holiday place about the new car and I have no idea how much stuff will fit in it, but we have been told that it should be an estate.
I got a phone call off the police yesterday to say that the man, who is Portuguese, was unhurt and was arrested at the hospital as he was drink driving and will be up in court soon - I hope they throw the book at him, hard. He was driving his wife's car and was insured so that is something.
I suppose I will go and wait some more to hear about my hire car!


Saturday, 14 July 2007


To say I had a bad Friday the 13th is an understatement just remind me next time we have one to stay in bed!!
Last night we went merrily along to Warrington in our nice Ford Focus Estate, which incidentally will carry our family and all the camping gear we need quite happily to France. We had to go to MIL house to pick up her small car, as she is very kindly letting us use it while she is in Oman, which is a God send over the school holidays I can tell you. We thought while we were there we would do our shopping at the rather huge Tesco rather than our very small Asda and then we headed for home with me in front in the estate.
So I happily pull out of Tesco at about 9.20pm in the drizzle and about 2 minutes later I am at a huge roundabout sitting waiting for a car to pass me. Thank god at this point I checked to see if I was clear as what can only be described as a maniac was coming from the road to my right onto the roundabout at an amazing speed. All I could do was sit and watch what happened next as he hit the kerb, span round and headed towards me at speed. I was still stationery when he hit me on my drivers door, thankfully his car had spun round so that his car hit me sideways on rather than head on. Smoke started to pour out of my car and all I heard was a woman (from the car behind) shouting "It's on fire" the smell was awful (later I found out it was brake fluid). My drivers door was knackered so I climbed out of the passenger door, very quickly, and then proceeded to shake - lots! The other driver was blocked in by the front end of my car, which had stopped smoking, and he had started to fit and foam at the mouth and I didn't look to close but they were saying he had blood on his head. By this time Pete had caught up and pulled over and I just fell into his arms sobbing. The next thing I know we have sirens going everywhere and about 6 police cars, an ambulance and a fire engine turned up. I was checked over and deemed OK and then I was bundled into a police car to give details and to warm up as I only had a t-shirt on. I was given a breath test which I passed with a big fat 0 and they gave me the mouth piece to keep as a souvenir.
Time was pretty muddled up then but I am sure the other man was stuck in the car, fitting most of the time, for at least 45 minutes until the fire men could cut him out. My car is now sitting in a police pound somewhere in Warrington waiting to see if it can be fixed !!
I am still a little shaky and didn't get much sleep last night but other than that there doesn't seem much wrong. My arm feels a little heavier than normal but I presume I banged my shoulder on the window as I remember banging my head and my hip too. I don't think I hit anything hard as my tank hardly moved compared to his Saxo and there are certainly no bruises or tender parts on me.
All I can say is a huge thank you to my wonderful husband who spent hours looking cars up when we bought this one to find the safest family car he could. I wouldn't have thought to look for a car with an anti something bar in the doors but it certainly saved me last night.
I asked the police if the other bloke was going to be OK and they said he would be it just looked worse than it was and I wasn't to worry. I know it sounds harsh but I'm not, if you drive like he was you are asking for trouble and I am just so glad it wasn't me that had to be cut out and taken to hospital and that there were no children in the cars as he did have a baby seat in his.
I just have form filling, picture drawing, document producing, phone call making to look forward to now. I am going to have to try to get a courtesy car that will fit a family in with a vast amount of camping gear and get us to France and back. Wish me luck!!

Friday, 13 July 2007

A for Amphibian

I really couldn't resist sharing this with everyone on HS:MS. I am pretty sure the ugly large frog is eating the pretty small frog for lunch either that or the small one is tired or cold and the big one is helping him out! We didn't stick around long enough to see if he finished off his greens. LOL
I have just looked it up and Frog Cannibalism is quite common - apparently it's the frogs way of regulating the froggy population so that we don't get too many around. You learn something every day.

Visit to the Haberdashery Department ...

G'day all, Gillian here, and it's my turn to dare you all this week
Your card can be any theme you like, just as long as it's got something you'd find in a Haberdashery Department on it
Alright then, grab that old sewing basket of yours or raid your sewing machine drawer, have a look at what creative bits are hiding away there....maybe it's buttons, a zip, hook & eye's, ribbons, braids, Dressmaking patterns, tape measures,Pins & Needles, lace, safety pins or embroidery thread....
so many wonderful little treasures just waiting to be added to your next card :O)
I'm going to add one more rule....
Yes you may stitch on your card, but that can't be your only haberdashery item....

This challenge was great fun as I could double up and make my Nephew Sam's birthday card at the same time. As well as some stitching I used some press studs for the wheels on the train.

Basic Grey paper, another paper from the back of my drawer, blue, black and brown card stock and my cricut machine. Ooh forgot to mention the green and brown inks.

I have been a bad blogger this week as my step sister Rachel has been visiting, from Newcastle, with her 3 year old and 1 year old for a couple of days. I spent a very fun morning with them at a play barn dressing action men, in bizarre combinations of clothes with Patrick who is very insistent about everything. Things get very confusing when she is here with 2 Rach's around. My Mother In Law returned to Oman yesterday so after 4 weeks we are visitor less :( just in time for me to start thinking about going away on a much deserved break to hotter climes. Got a ton of cards to make before I go for myself and commissions. It seems like everyone has got a birthday or anniversary in July and August you would think they would spread them out through the year a bit more evenly!!! Lol Then when I get back I suppose I had better start thinking about Christmas cards or I'll end up buying mine again.

Kyle has nearly finished Primary school and got his very good school report on Monday which included his SATS results - well some of them anyway. He got a 5 in Maths and a 5 in Science but all the English results have been sent back for remarking as there were a lot of discrepancies but his teacher is expecting him to get a 4. We are soooo very proud of his behaviour and results. He must take after me as I have just done the IQ test off Suzyb's site and apparently I am a Universal Genius - I've been telling people that for years but they never believed me !! Lol

IQ Test Score


Saturday, 7 July 2007

CPS #20 ... More Stars!

I used the last CPS challenge to make a card for my nephews birthday in a couple of week.
White Linen Card stock
Basic Grey Oh Baby Boy - Cannon
Basic Grey Gypsy
Orange card stock
Free beads from Magazine
Ribbon - ?
Bad hand sewing!!
Not really done much today other than make a card even though it has not rained for the first time in what feels like forever! We did take a run out to Dagfields this afternoon where I bought some greyboard that will double up for chipboard (thanks Sheila). We are sitting watching Wimbledon playing spot the Gran as she is in the front row on centre court today - we are either crap at this game or she is hiding from us as we haven't spotted her yet! Off to the MIL later on for tea and that is always an experience. Lol

Friday, 6 July 2007


The photograph of this is pretty naff but this is my first every layout. I have been meaning to try scrap booking for about 3 years now, that's how old the frame is, but never got round to it. The other night provided the ideal opportunity to start when my Aunt suggested we did a photo collage for my Gran for her birthday showing our day out on the canal. In the past I have always started to get the bits and pieces out to make a page/picture and then given up as I never know where to start. I have loads of bags under the stairs with ticket stubs, bottle caps, paper bags, pins and all sorts of other junk in for various layouts that I have thought of and it all just sits there day after day desperate for attention. Hopefully now that I have managed the first scary layout, in a fit of panic, I will be able to improve my techniques and manage to give these lost and lonely items some love and attention. Lol

The top right of the picture reads birthday girl as Georgie was thrilled with the Pink Birthday Girl banner and balloons that we put up on the inside of the boat. Hence the pink theme and the flowers tied in to the Pink Lei (not sure if that's how you spell it) that we gave her to wear all day.

Well, this week the Design Team have come up with this idea for you to play with, we hope you'll enjoy it.

definition... the main body of matter in a book or manuscript. the actual wording of anything written or printed, short passage of scripture, etc
We'd like you to somehow incorporate text into your cards this week - not just one word.. but a portion of TEXT... like a poem, or newspaper print, Calligraphy, Even rip up an old text book and use some of the paper from it, there are masses of possibilities here, so let your imaginations run riot and let us see you texting to your heart's content!

Here's my take on this weeks challenge. Sorry I don't know what the papers are as they were stuffed at the back of my draw. I used a birthday definition stamp with pink ink, a dream designs flower and some machine sewing (I don't do hand it's too slow and I always prick myself) Lol

Thursday, 5 July 2007

Nearly Back

Just a quick post so you can see why I have not been around for the last week then I am off to lie down with a thumping headache. Our wonderful relatives have now all gone home and left us :( and we won't see them for another year until we celebrate Pete's 40th birthday with them in Canada. We have had a great time over the last week or so despite the awful weather and can't wait to see them again! ** Huge waves and hugs to Lyn, Claire, Chris and Nick **