Sunday, 19 December 2010


The last lot of snow hasn't even gone yet and we now have more. Lots more.  Bit fed up with snow now. If I wanted it that much I would move to the North Pole.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

clART news

Well we have put our first batch of postcards up for sale on the website. Hopefully over the christmas holidays we'll be able to get together and work on the site some more - get some more photos and products up there!

We've had some really nice comments about the site (thank you) and I'm happy that we're heading in the right direction with it! 

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Giffing around 2


Giffing around

A highly productive evening was spent in our house last would never for one moment think that I have yet to begin my christmas shopping, cards, etc. would you?


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Abstract ATC sunset backgrounds - free to use

Looking through my photos for inspiration today, I came across this picture of a sunset, taken a few weeks ago. after a quick fiddle in photoshop, I thought these might make nice backgrounds - feel free to use them however you please!

By the way, if you decide to download the original size beware - it's HUGE! I think the large size should be about right and you can always resize if need be :)

Exciting news!

Himself and I have our own website!!

Earlier on in the year, we had an idea to form our own photography/art/design/promotions company and it has slowliy been taking form over the last few months.  The company is called clART.

The website is still under construction but I've been playing around with it and so far I'm quite pleased.

We have also taken delivery of our first batch of postcards, which we are planning to sell. The images used for them are the ones you can see on the website (with the exception of the QE II photo).

Please pop over to our site, have a peek and let us know what you think. We are happy to receive positive comments and constructive criticism!!

Facebook Barbie swap

I made these cards for my first ever swap on facebook. I'm quite pleased with the way they turned out. All four of the cards have been made digitally. The bodies and headware for the top three are from Ten Two Studios. The bottom one is an altered photo that I took. Originally I added some of the hallowe'en effects that were available on Picnik when I posted the picture on flickr (I hadn't really meant for it to be a dard!). Once printed, I added some Anita's 3d clear gloss finish to her fangs and the blood splats, which brought them to life a little. As for the others, a few gems and some glitter glue worked a treat!
I hope whoever gets them is as pleased with them as I am!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Blind Pony Appeal

I'm a big supporter of Tower Hills Stables - just wish I had more money to help out. Every little helps though. They do a fantastic job. Please join me in supporting them if you can!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Zombie Barbie (with fangs)

Zombie Barbie (with fangs), originally uploaded by jilleebee.
You wouldn't want this one in your toy box!!!

Scary Barbies

Hallowe'en ghost Barbie, originally uploaded by jilleebee.
In honour of it being Hallowe'en time I have been fiddling with the latest features in picnik on flickr and have made some silly scary Barbie pictures. Well they amuse me and keep me out of mischief!!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

There were two in the bed.......

Sharing graciously doesn't come into it sometimes as far as Ollie is concerned..........

Friday, 3 September 2010

Laura's wedding card

Laura's wedding card, originally uploaded by jilleebee.

I made this for a pal who is getting married next week in Italy!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

strange statue/sculpture thingy

I spotted this whilst walking from one of my new firm's offices to another. I'm sure its not meant to remind me of Marge Simpson but..........
Taken on my blackberry, whilst walking, hence the quality.

Saturday, 24 July 2010


Yesterday was my birthday. I was literally 21 again (you can work it out!!).
I actually went into a bit of a Birthday Grump, which isn't really like me. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that its been so hot recently I haven't been able to manage more than a couple of hours unbroken sleep per night, which had left me feeling more than a bit cranky!!

I did manage to rally myself though and had a lovely day. I was extremely spoiled by Himself and my lovely family and the Barbie Army has 4 new recruits - including a Ken who looks disturbingly like Mark Owen from Take That!!

Other news is that I have had my hair chopped. Its never been the same since I tried very unsuccessfully to bleach it a few weeks ago. I made another mistake though by getting layers cut in, forgetting of course that it always looks fab when my hairdresser drys and styles it; but tends to look like a well-used mop when I do!! I am liking its shortness though, much quicker to wash and cooler at night - I have extremely thick hair and it gets very hot under there!!

We went shopping today at the Metro Centre I was meant to be looking for clothes for my new job, which I start on Monday; however, I came home with a new skirt, dress and two tops, none of which are really work-friendly!! they were all reduced in the sales though (apart from one top but I got a 10% discount on it as it was a display model!!).

I also got these shoes

Anyone who knows me will be aware that I don't do high heels, largely because I cannot walk in them in the slightest, but I NEEDED these shoes and if necessary I will use a zimmer frame whenever I wear them!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Card for Claire

Card for Claire, originally uploaded by jilleebee.
I made this as a thank you card for my ex-work buddy, Claire, who made working in my last job not only bearable but also a joy on a daily basis!

This is the thank you card referred to in my previous post and I am pleased to confirm that it was posted today!

Friday, 16 July 2010


I have come to the conclusion that no matter how much time you have off work, it is never ever enough.

For example, my contract for my last job ended on 30th June and I have not worked since. That was two weeks ago and in that time I have done nothing of note. I had a fantasy that I would get the house sorted out; I would make loads of cards and ATCs, I would go out on photographic expeditions. I have done none of this. In fact, I don’t know what I have actually done.  Apart from the obvious job-hunting etc., I seem to have lived in a perpetual Saturday; i.e. I have a late night, I get up later than on a work day (as late as Marmite will let me anyway), I give the pets their breakfast, make myself a cup of tea, switch on the pc and after what feels like 5 minutes realise that its actually 6pm and the day has vanished!

The good news is that I have had a verbal job offer and hope to start on 26th July. This gives me 10 days of “free” time.  I wonder how many of the things I need to do (for example, posting the thank you card that I made last week and which has sat on my desk ever since…..) will actually get done…hmmmmm….let’s see shall we?

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Marmite & Me

Had to share this! Photo by Himself - shame about me looking somewhat witless or like I'm about to sneeze  in the background!

Saturday, 3 July 2010

the things you do for the love of photography.....

Mr S was determinted to take the perfect shot......

Friday, 2 July 2010

Pony in Motion

Cute little pony we encountered the other night. He was so friendly and came over both times we passed for a rub!

Tight Squeeze

Just managed to squeeze this handsome chap into the frame....I do love horses, such magnificent animals!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Pink Mile 2010

Mam and Ollie on the Pink Mile Walk today. We all had a fabulous time!

Trying To Get A Nice Photo Of Marmite

Not an easy task! Marmite is incredibly handsome and photogenic (I am biased but its a fact); however, he was not in a Sitting Still And Posing fettle so I had to employ some creative photo taking techniques which resulted in myself and Parker making unexpected guest appearances.............

Friday, 25 June 2010

Sonic Rock Solstice

Last weekend we travelled down to Wales to attend the Sonic Rock Solstice. Wow! What a fab time we had!! The weather was lovely, we met some great people, the music was amazing and basically everything except our tent was perfect!

The tent was a bit of a disaster. Several years ago I went to Glastonbury with some friends and one of the party had a pop up tent. At the time it was somewhat revolutionary and an object of awe and wonderment. Easy to put up; easy to pack away - and quite roomy into the bargain. So ,when I bought my lovely new pink pop up tent a couple of weeks ago, I expected something even better; given the passage of time and advances in technology.

What I actually got was an apology for a tent that my Barbies (not to mention Himself) would be embarrassed to be seen in public with. Comments from our fellow festival-goers included "what, there are TWO of you sleeping in there??" and "....I thought we had the worst tent....."

We also caused major amusement when it came to folding the damn thing back up too. Firstly the instructions were incomplete (I feel a complaint letter coming on.....) and secondly, no matter what we did we could NOT get it small enough to go back in its carry case thingy. In the end we had to tie it together using the guy ropes and pile loads of stuff on top of it in case it decided to sproing open in the car on the way home!!

The journey home is worthy of a post of its own so I will leave this for now and come back to it later! Stay tuned for the next thrilling episode folks!!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Little Jack Parkerpants

This rather handsome boy came to stay with us today.

His name is Jack (at the moment) although we are considering changing it to Parker as I think he looks like Parker from Thunderbirds!!

All is going well so far and he seems to be settling in. Kevin and Betty are fascinated (and a bit scared) as they have only ever seen black cats!

The quality is a bit rubbish as I didn't want to scare him with a flash.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Barbie Army!

The Barbie Army in their full glory.

A whole lotta pink going on there............

Bailey's Plaque

Himself spotted this plaque on a bench at the beach that we must have walked past 100 times and never noticed before.

So touching. It brought a lump to my throat.

Its a bit hard to read in the photo so this is what it says:

"In loving memory of our bright eyed Bailey Boy who was born a dog and died a gentleman"

Sunday, 6 June 2010


Today's 365 photo.

Betty wasn't quite sure what she thought of the latest Barbie Army recruit........

This was taken on my Blackberry and the flash didn't fire, hence the not so brilliant quality!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Time flies.............

I just looked at the time and got a shock! How is it so late already??!!

I've been sucked into twitter and flickr for a good couple of hours without even realising it!

If you like excellent photos or cats or both check out his blog. There are some wonderful stories (you might need a hanky at times - I do!!) and some amazing photos.

Beach Walk

We went for a little walk on the beach last night.

Ollie was a bit deranged and got a fright from a sandcastle!

The weather was gorgeous though and it was a nice little trip out.

Monday, 31 May 2010


I didn't really mean to add this to my blog, it was meant to go to twitter but, well, it happened and here it is!

Horse 365/144, originally uploaded by jilleebee needs to make more cards!.
Quite amused by the glow of the horse's tiara on this one! Used the Picnik HDRish effect on flickr for an added bit of oomph.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Owd Tyke

A 365 photo......One man and his beer............fiddled with on photoshop, I think cutout was the button I pressed this time!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Anniversary Time!

I'm pleased that my dear friend Mrs B is back from her anniversary break as I can now post a picture of the anniversary card I made for her and her lovely hubby!

A very Happy First Anniversary to you both! I can't believe its a year already!!

By the way people you must check out Mrs B's blog - go on - do it - you know you want to!!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Hello Dolly...

Hello Dolly..., originally uploaded by Star Cat.
How adorable is this cat? I so wish I lived in the US, if I did I would adopt her right away!

Hot Dog

Saturday 22nd May was definitely the hottest day of the year so far and not a good time to be wearing a fur coat!

Saturday, 22 May 2010


Check out the size of that tongue!!


Tonight, Himself and I took ourselves off to a nearby 24 hour supermarket at around 3am.  I appreciate that to most people this is Not Normal, however we'd had a little sleepy earlier on and we Needed Stuff.........

The shop we went to was further away than our local one and, frankly, we'd rather travel further to that one as we have vowed never to set foot in the local one again (see earlier posts for details!)

We managed to spend a fortune on nothing just for a change but as there were a few little treats in there (including an expensive photography magazine, which is your fault Mrs B!!) we couldn't grumble too much!!

On the way up we had stopped the car and turned round because we saw a hedgehog on the other side of the road. we went to move it but unfortunately someone had hit it with a car and the poor little thing was dead. This put a bit of a dampener on our shopping trip, as you can imagine.  Further up the road there were loads of bunny rabbits frolicking about. I had to drive very slowly and carefully in case any of them made a suicide jump in front of the car. Luckily they all decided they were happy to be alive tonight.

On the way home, neither of us could face going by the little dead hedgehog again so we went a more scenic route and were very pleased that we did for we saw a fox and her cubs!!  The silly things were stood in the middle of the road (why do they do that when there are fields for miles around???) but as I was on Extreme Wildlife Alert I was driving very slowly. I wish it had been a bit lighter so we could have seen them clearer. They are such beautiful creatures and seeing them kind of made up for the Sad Hedgehog Incident.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Cat Rescue

When we got our kittens, Kevin and Betty, they came from a local cat rescue. They were feral kittens whose mother had been run over and killed. Luckily they were found by a passer-by who took them to the nearest vet. The vet passed them on to the rescue people who, in turn, passed them on to us - this is an abridged version of the whole story!

Following the death of my beloved Percy, Himself and I thought that Marmite was missing catty company, as he'd always until that point had cat brothers. He still had Ollie, of course, but he needed someone who spoke fluent cat, rather than pigeon cat.

We went through lots of thoughts and emotions around bringing another cat into the household; what if they didn’t get on? That would be a disaster of epic proportions…..

I found a website for a local cat rescue charity, and emailed to say I was interested in perhaps fostering cats. Between us, himself and I really truly thought that we would get a call to say some poor ancient and falling apart moggy was in desperate need of care and could we help out? We fantasised that this poor sad mog would fit into the household perfectly and would stay with us forever………..

When I did get the call, it went something like this..........

Cat Lady: Hi. You’re looking to foster cats?

Me: oh yes, really looking forward to it!

Cat Lady: That’s great – how do you feel about kittens?

Well this wasn’t what we were expecting at all……….I looked at himself and mouthed the word “kittens” – he looked vaguely alarmed……..

Me: Well,……..we hadn’t really thought about kittens…..

Cat Lady: (having rang back because the said kittens had disconnected her phone) Well I have two, they are about 6 weeks old, hand reared and it would be great if you could foster them……..

Me: (having rang the Cat Lady back again because the said kittens had disconnected her phone again) Well ok…..I suppose it wouldn’t harm for a short while……..

Cat Lady: (having rang back yet again for the same reason) Great – see you Tuesday!

When I went to the house to collect the kittens and I first saw them, I thought I was the victim of some sort of elaborate prank. These weren’t kittens….they were hamsters surely!! I have never in my life seen such tiny kittens!!

Initially, there was a great deal of hissing and back arching – the kittens were hilarious – hamster sized kitties setting themselves at a large dog and cat!! But after a couple of weeks it all settled down!

After they had been with us for a couple of months (and they had managed to completely wreck the house) we got the dreaded call……..someone wanted to come and see them……..we went into immediate panic/survival mode. Who was this person to think she could come and take away our little charges? We had brought them up, fed them, played with them, educated them, cleaned up after them – how could we trust someone else to care for them as we had????

As I had spent the preceding few weeks assuring people that I would have no problem handing them over when the time came, I made a brave show of it but at the last moment Himself intervened and the decision was made. They would stay with us!!

Anyway the rest, as they say, is history!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

A drop of Baileys

One of my 365 photos.

The girls are getting ready for a big night out. That is one sizeable bottle of Baileys, and they are having it *before* they go to the pub? I think its going to be a messy one.......

Kev Daisy ATC

I made this as a special order for one of my lovely trade ladies! Hope she likes it - it came out better than I thought :-)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

New Widget!!

I just added the NeoCounter widget today. So far it looks a little sad as I've been the only visitor to my blog since I added it! Hope it fills up soon :-))

If you are a visitor, please feel free to say hello!

Monday, 10 May 2010


Its 7 years today since we lost our beloved Dougal. He was one in a million and we still miss him every day.

This is a favourite photo of him. I used it as my 365 photo for today, which is a bit of a cheat as a) clearly it wasn't taken today and b) I suspect it might have been taken by Himself. However, it doesn't matter as Dougal deserves to be today's special picture.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Not Impressed

One of my 365 photos.

Betty was NOT impressed at being picked up and photographed in this manner as, I think, her expression indicates!! You can see how tiny she is compared to Himself's hands.

Quite like the strange funky colours, not quite sure how that happened!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

I have this growing in a pot in my yard. I'm amazed it has done so well this year as last year it got totally munched by snails!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Teddy Bear's Picnic #2 ATC

023, originally uploaded by jilleebee needs to make more cards!.

For a swap on ATCs_4_Everyone. The teddy photo is by me, photoshop frame, background by me, hat from Ten Two Studios.

Teddy Bears' Picnic #1 ATC

For a swap on ATCs_4_Everyone. The teddy photo is by me, photoshop frame, background by me, hat from Ten Two Studios.

Fancy Hat Waterfall ATC

Waterfall card (from Joanna Sheen cd) for ATCs_4_Everyone Hats swap.

I think its a bit wonky unfortunately but, hey, art is not meant to be perfect!!

Nice Hat ATC

Made for a Hats swap on ATCs_4_Everyone.

Image from Joanna Sheen cd.

Saturday, 1 May 2010


This is where I had an interview on Wednesday.

Well, not precisely in this spot but in the cemetery offices!! Sadly it seems I did not get the job, which is a shame as at least I could have had interesting lunchtime walks!!

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Trip to Auld Reekie

It was Himself's birthday on Thursday so we went to Edinburgh for an overnight stay.

We love Edinburgh, in fact we lived there for a few years and we would probably go back tomorrow if we could.

I'm a bit disappointed by the decision to introduce trams. When I first heard about it, I had romantic visions of old fashioned trams, gently trundling through the streets, not something that looks like it has escaped from Blade Runner!! I have doubts about this but I shall have to reserve judgement until I see it in action (and check out the prices of course).
I just think it’s a shame that such a beautiful city with so much going for it cannot live by the maxim that if its not broken, don’t fix it!

Notwithstanding our surprise over the recent changes in the city (and not all for the best either in my opinion) we had a lovely time. Typically, the weather was unkind and it peed down yesterday, which limited the photographic opportunities a bit but who cares, eh? It was just nice to be back "home" for a while!

Edinburgh Fashions!!

The Royal Mile, one of my favourite ever streets.

This was the view from our hotel room - very picturesque!!

Lunch at Deacon Brodie's Tavern. It was lovely and highly recommended!

We didn't do any sunbathing!!

A bucket full of gin in the window of the whisky shop!!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Summer Dress

This is for a swap in the Art Papercraft Group on flickr. It has worked out better than I thought. I'll be finishing off the Spring one to go with it tonight. I had wanted to do some sort of floaty weddingy type dress but the practicalities of it have got in the way a little. I need to work on the idea!