Monday, 30 November 2009

Free Stuff

Theres some great stuff on here! Check out the snowman paper!!

Well I got nothing creative done today. Its been cold, wet and miserable all day! I brought a food mixer up from mam's tonight and the cats were thrilled with the box! Marmite got all territorial over it - so funny! If I work out how to upload videos I'll share the one I took of him tonight. In the meantime you'll have to make do with a photo from my Blackberry!!

I won!!!

Totally thrilled to have won a gorgeous birdie from Pixie's blog
I can't wait for him to arrive - adorable!!!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

jilleebee ATCs

Been busy tonight making ATCs for a self portrait image swap. After tearing my hair out for a couple of days I found this image and I'm quite pleased with the result - even taking into account the goofy smile and double chin haha!!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Box of Goodies!

This box of lovely goodies arrived today from - how exciting does all that look then?! I feel like christmas has come early :-))

Toys from Santa ATC

Just popped this one on Flickr. I don't know why I've come over all Christmassy - I'm such a bah-humbug type!!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Resurrected Plants

Both these plants have been on their last legs but have burst into flower this week! The one with the orange flowers was a birthday present in July and was lovely until Kevin chewed all the flowers off. I'm so pleased its fighting back. The chrysanth was bought at Asda for about 10p a few months ago. Again, I'm thrilled its come back to life!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Christmas ATCs

The scans are a bit rubbish.

The professional in the family was taking photos too - with a proper camer and tripod - he got some great shots and the best of the bunch will be going on his Flickr later I suspect!

View from under a turbine


These are the wind turbines near to where I live. I find them less offensive than power stations; however, having looked into the subject in some depth they are not half as "environmentally friendly" as we are led to believe, especially when it comes to their construction. There is a certain attraction to them though.
Had a bit of a drive out today. Didn't go too far and as I'd not charged the batteries for my camera, I had to use my Blackberry. Have you seen the scary ghost face in the pic below? I wonder what that's all about. It really gave me shivers down my spine when I spotted it.

Ghost Face

Scary ghost face in a photo I took tonight....... on Twitpic

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Ok, I've done some more fiddling and got just about back to normal but I'm dubious about my new hit counter. It was working fine earlier but has gone to zero now and stayed there!! Is it possible for people to un-view?

I've had a busy night and made some more Christmassy ATCs which are busy drying at the moment - I'll post pics tomorrow.

Vintage Santa Waterfall ATC


I've been fiddling with my blog layout and, as I haven't got a clue what I'm doing, I managed to lose my hit counter and just basically mess up. I'm going to leave it alone for now and hope I can eventually repair the damage!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Icicle Dolls

Well I've just about finished my Icicle Dolls. I've posted them on the forum at AtcsForAll and hope they are up to scratch. The only worry I have is how to get them to their destination in one piece!!

Monday, 16 November 2009


Just added the Schmap widget to my blog as they have very kindly used one of my photos! Check out St Mary's Lighthouse (November 09). Lol, I'd best not let the fame got to my head!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Curious Sheep!


This cyclist was going very fast!


We had a trip to Alnmouth today. It was a bit cold but sunnier than we expected, especially as huge storms were forecast.

Colour among the dying leaves

Colour among the dying leaves, originally uploaded by jilleebee.

This is what I was trying to achieve when I was having photoshop problems the other day. I don't know why but the other picture would just not save.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Friday night again!

Where did the week go? I'm going to spend tonight finishing off some cards for some swaps so I can post them in the morning. Got a few to do so I'd better get busy!
Not sure what the plans are for the weekend - the weather forecast is not so good so we'll just have to take it as it comes.
Pay day today so I popped to my local craft shop for some bits and bobs. I'll have to go somewhere else tomorrow (what a pity, haha) as I need some adhesive paper and they didnt have any. Very handy stuff - perfect for ATCs!
Tonight I got some little clear stamps I could use to make gift tags with - a real bargain at 50p! They also had some Hallowe'en stamps that I really wanted reduced from £8.99 to £4.99. Very tempting. Might go back and get them, we'll see.

Monday, 9 November 2009


Today I'm remembering my grandma, Alice, who we sadly lost a year ago.

This is a photo I took of her on her 100th birthday in 2007.

Icicle Doll Rejects!

I've been wanting to join in with this swap on the ATCsForAll forum. I had a go and was quite pleased with the results at first. Its hard to see in the photo but they are made with pearl paper and sparkly bits! The only problem was when I thought about sending them off because their hair (kitchen foil!) would get squished. I considered sending them in a box, which is all very well but then the hostess would have problems sending them on to their new homes. *sigh!* If I get the chance I'll make some more but I'll have to hurry!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Well here we are on Sunday evening again. A bit of an unproductive weekend really. I spent far too long working on a project that I realised in the end just was not working and I was doing for all the wrong reasons anyway. Very frustrating. At least my crafting area got a bit of a tidy up!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Where did the day go?

Just realised the time!! Goodness me, where has the day gone? I've spent a bit too long on Flickr and ATCsforAll looking at other people's work rather than doing my own! I'm trying to make a miniature poppy wreath for an ATC - very fiddly!
There's been more firework bangs tonight than there were on Thursday night, even though its raining. Ollie is not impressed.
Righto, getting back to it now and I'll post some pics later.

War Poems

I was reading some war peoms last night as inspiration for my Remembrance card. I found it very moving and extremely brutal. I think everyone should read it and remember it.

Remembrance ATC - Available

Remembrance ATC - Available, originally uploaded by jilleebee.

I'm pleased with the way this card has turned out. I've used a rather fetching photo of my grandad. The writing is printed on a page from an old book and the background has been aged with...eyeshadow!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Well its Friday night again and I'm rolling up my sleeves ready to get all arty crafty! Hopefully by the end of the weekend I'll have lots of new cards posted :-)

Thursday, 5 November 2009

La Bonita (Gold) ATC - Available

The second card I made last night with Maggie's goodies. I'm very pleased with these cards!

La Bonita (Silver) ATC - Available

One of the cards I made last night with the lovely goodies I received from Maggie.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Well I had a bit of a creative night and managed to make two cards, which is unheard of for a work night! I'm, waiting for the glitter glue to dry and then I'll upload some pics. The cards are made from goodies I received in a recent swap and I'm quite pleased with them.
Just waiting for himself to get out of the kitchen so I can hop in there and knock up a quick curry for tea!

A Follower!!!

Hooray!! Thanks Cheryl, you're the best :-))

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

I dont mean to sound pathetic but please be my first follower!!!!


Brrrr its cold. Strange day - strong winds, torrential rain, sunshine. Mad weather!

I've had another bash at Photoshop and I think there must have been something wrong with the photo I was trying to use, which is very sad. I uninstalled and reinstalled Photoshop and it still wouldnt work. I've also scared myself witless reading horror stories on forums about people who have re-booted their machines and then not been able to open ANY of their photos - EEK! What a nightmare that would be.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Argh, I'm having photoshop problems! I did a very nice black and white picture with a few colour bits, saved it as normal (jpeg) and I cant open it. I've never had this problem before and its doing my head in. Double aargh! Stupid photoshop.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Sunday afternoon

Had a little drive out. By gum it was cold and windy! Fortunately the rain stopped so it wasn't too bad.

Took some pictures:-

The First Step!!

Ooh this is exciting and a bit scary! I've decided to create this blog today. Not such an easy task as you may think because Betty kitten has decided that she needs lots of love today and has been climbing all over me. She's completely lacerated me - I feel a bit like a pin cushion! For reasons known only to himself, Marmite decided to chase her around earlier and there was a great deal of howling, wailing and scuffling about. Marmite tried to look innocent when I caught him but it was a bit difficult to carry it off as he had a lump of Betty's fur hanging out his mouth.
Well, I'm being harrassed by Himself to tidy up my crafting area. I admit it is a wee bit of a mess and the sitting room is not the best place to work. Ok, so my little crafting corner is gradually creeping right the way through the room........perhaps I need to get a bit organised. Is there any such thing as a tidy crafter/artist though? I'll do it later........maybe.......
The weather out there is minging. Wet and windy and very dull. Himself really wants to go out and take some photos and is extremely dischuffed with the yuckiness out there. He's now thinking he might be able to get some mean'n'moody pictures up the coast somewhere. Should be fun. I'm going to dig out Ollie's coat (if it still fits him. He's put on a few pounds since his operation earlier this year). Mind you, Himself doesnt like going out in public with Ollie wearing his coat!! Tee hee!
I had a fab night last night. Met up with an old friend and her partner and we went to a local pizza place for tea. I had my first experience of Tapas. Actually it was lovely - the spicy potatoes nearly blew my head off though! Worked out quite expensive and the more I think about it I'm convinced we were over charged for our drinks. After that, I went to the shops with Himself for some bits and bobs and when we got back we had some salad (bargain pre-made salads 9p each!!!) and watched Pet Semetary. Even though I've seen it loads of times before I had to take a bravery pill before going up to the loo in case I came face to face with Victor Pascow!!!! Himself bought some bargain DVDs......the Passion of The Christ, Borat (which I'm convinced we already have) and ...... Iron Man. Good grief. He'll never watch any of them - I guarantee it!!
Yesterday afternoon we went to a small local harbour and took some photos. There was a woman down on the beach with her horse and her pomeranian dog (strange mix!). The horse had been having a dip in the see (a bit reluctantly) and then decided to have a nice roll in the sand! Not a sight you see every day.
I'm hoping to get some cards made later on today. I'm working on one for my ATCs from the Darkside group but I'm having a few problems with it. Its coming out a bit cartoony which isnt really what I wanted. Its based on this photo by Himself
I'd hoped to get a few more Hallowe'en cards done too. Technically its a bit late but I can look forward to next year!
Ok, going to get ready to go out now. And so ends my first bloggeration (new word of the day!!) Howver, as I am extremely gobby, no doubt I will be back later on!