Thursday, January 28, 2010

Finally a Freebie for February

I know, I'm a bit early, but really, this is pretty much a first for me. I'm very rarely early for these kinds of things. More often than not I find the light going on just as the electricity is about to be cut.

I blame it on the kids.

But I digress....

I am a early. A least for the title of my post, it still being January and all. But in reality, I may not actually be so much in advance as I'm pretty sure loads of you out there are already preparing your Valentine's gifts and cards. Myself? Nowhere near it, but do as I say, not as I do... you'll be better off for it. And so I say go over to the freebies section of my blog (yes, that's correct, over there on the right) and download this lovely little Squiggly Love printable stamp. You won't be disappointed. You'll get 6 print outs in all, 2 each in black, red and sepia. Oh, in case you're wondering, they aren't coloured in as in the image, just outlines for you to all enjoy colouring as you wish!

Be sure to grab it now over in the Freebie section (on the right) because once February is over, I'll be moving this little one over to my shop where you'll still be able to get it, but just not for free.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In the meantime...

Since work has stopped in the kitchen while we wait for various bits and bobs to arrive, I thought I would take time out from the saga to show off a couple of new stamps available in my shop.

Just in time for some love and hugs, first is a new Rosie with her faithful companion Fiona. Of course, Fiona is a wee mouse, but really she could be whatever you want her to be. Our wee man has a faithful donkey he carries everywhere with him (to be honest, he has a family of donkeys that his mother bought in case one ever got lost). He, however insists on referring to it as a "napin" (that's 3-year-old French speak for lapin) or bunny despite it's rather longish tail and other donkey looking features. So if he can do it, so can you. But really, she's a mouse.

For something perhaps a bit more grown-up, though admittedly I don't do grown-up very well at all - I've also added a set of love-ly topiaries. Three of them together for some colouring fun. I do so love topiaries, don't you?


I'm still hoping on finding time to add a few more seasonally inspired images for your stamping pleasure. I have a couple of ideas up my sleeve, but if there is anything you'd like to see, please don't hesitate!

Have fun!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Progress

... is continually being made and so here are some updates from the last few days. We've gone from bare walls and plaster to new cabinets, a sink that is larger than a teacup (you should have seen our old one), and a dishwasher whose door actually stays closed while running (this is a major improvement over our last one).


As you can see in one of the photos, this new invention in dishwashers was a real attraction around here and even our 3-year-old who had been sick all week took time out from his convalescence to check out the new machine. Of course, this could also quite simply be because anything that is remotely mechanical and has buttons has an incredible magnetic force over him. But thinking back, I do think he has a special affinity for dishwashers.










So here is our kitchen as of today. The worktop has had its first coat of oil protection and we have actually put some dishes away, which of course means we can actually see the top of our dining table, our chest of drawers, our side table, the piano... This of course also means that we can also see the rather thick layer of dust that has settled like a blanket of snow after a blizzard. It's going to take a few weeks of cleaning to get this sorted, based on past experiences.


For now, we are still trudging along with our kitchen renovation. You will of course notice several minor details missing from the above photos. Such as a rather large gaping whole where the cooker should be. And the oven hood. And a few cabinet handles. And some lighting. And....

But I'll stop there. Pippa (that's the dog) has gotten tired of me prattling on and has decided to tuck herself into her crate. I guess I should take that as a sign...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Time for Pause

Only just a slight pause because the kitchen installing activities must go on.

But you know what they say about all work and no play and so I took a few minutes out to prepare something for Cool Mom Picks Colour Your Own Valentine's Day Card Contest. I didn't think I was actually going to have time to do anything given the chaos currently reigning in the house, but I finally squeezed it in.

The challenge was to create a design that children can color and personalise. Winning designs will be posted for sale on Etsy and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Children's Heart Foundation, which helps children impacted by congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in the USA - a cause that is definitely worth a moment's pause.

And so without further ado, here is my entry Bunny Love.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Saga Continues....

I'm a day behind, sorry to say, but here are Tuesday's photos

Walls are plastered...


But Oh! That floor! We took acid to it. Twice. It did clean a lot of it, but left a lot of marks as well. So then I went tile by tile by tile by tile until the late hours of the night. Rag in one hand, bottle of white vinegar in the other. It's looking better, but still not quite there yet. Looks like more vinegar tomorrow after consultation with my expert.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Work in Progress

We've been waiting for this and thinking about it for quite some time and the time is finally here! We're getting a new kitchen!

When we told people we were putting in a new kitchen we were met with a lot of "What?!" and "Really? Why? Your kitchen is so charming." And they are right, it was charming. Completely impractical, but 100% charming. You see, the old owner is an antiques dealer and a creative person in his own right. So the old kitchen as you can see is a mix of old furniture put together to create cabinets and drawers.


The idea in itself is fabulous and a good part of me was very sad to see it go. But I have to be honest, as charming as it was, it was definitely not functional. When the owner said he would leave us the old dishwasher with the sale of the house, we didn't exactly jump for joy, but it would get us through we hoped. It was about 20 years old and the door was no longer aligned and needed to be tugged at and pulled before opening and closing each time. It wasn't going to get us through and so when it did finally give out, we purchased a new dishwasher to use before putting in the new kitchen. And that's when we discovered the real reason for his generous offer. In fact, the dishwasher had been installed and the kitchen built around it. No access to disconnect water and drains. None. But I was determined not to be outdown by a shady antiques dealer. And so with a bit of resolve, a dash of determination and something I like to call a Skilsaw, I managed to get through to the hookups and complete the installation.

The dishwasher out, we were still left with the issue of the too-tiny-to-wash-anything antique sink as well as the famous hanging-from-the-ceiling oven. Now I'll admit that I'm not tall, but I don't think my lack of physical stature has anything to do with the issues that this oven presented. No just popping things into the oven or having a quick peek to see if things are done. For every meal or cake or batch of cookies, I was obliged to get out the 2-step stepstool and manoeuver around the hot door. Fabulously practical and safe too!

And so we finally decided it was time to say goodbye and update the kitchen. I know it will be worth it in the end. But for the moment, this is what we look like:


And this is my new kitchen for the next 10 days or so:


I'll be learning to cook with a slow cooker (crockpot to you Americans reading this) and fingers crossed my family will love it.

Any recipes are welcome!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Eloise is back!















As with most things around here at this point, it's been a while. But at last there are some new Eloise designs at Stamping Bella and just in time for Valentine's Day!

I had such fun drawing these Eloise images as it's been so long since I've been able to play with the fairies. But now there are two new designs for you to play with as well, complete with flags and bunting and ruffled socks, oh my!

Emily has just released them today so you can rush on over and pick them up...

For more Valentine's fun, I'm hoping to have a new downloadable up next week and maybe a couple new digistamps in my shop as well. Stay tuned!


Have fun!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's been ages...

...since I've blogged! And I'm completely and totally and utterly ashamed of it. I'll even admit that I think of my poor forgotten blog daily and yet up until today I haven't had the time or energy or both to do anything about it. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that the last couple of months of 2009 were very hectic indeed. A bit too much so for my taste.

And so the first 12 days of 2010 have been spent just trying to get my head back on straight - that is, once I actually found where I'd put it.

But now hopefully things are going to get back on track and this terribly sad Boulie Blog will get back up to speed. Hopefully.

I've got so much to share and so much I want to do that 2010 should be a busy but happy year. And I hope that's true for all of you too (well, maybe minus the frantic busy bit). So here's to wishing for a fruitful 2010 full of loads of colour and fun!