Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Bags

Well Ive been busy tonight making a bag. A shopping bag. You know how plastic bags are bad for the enviroment, well if we use reusable ones it helps. I found out there are lots of animals and marine life that die from eating plastic bags so I thought Id do my bit. This is my first attempt and just an oddment of fabric I had and a little ultrasuede for a flower but Im rather pleased with it and shall be taking it to the supermarket to fill with stuff when I go.... I need to make about 12 as I tend to use that many a week for the shopping but just think of the fancy bags I could make if I get some nice material... If you want to make one visit this site and also look on their forum for bag ideas as they are fab.
Susan

Sunday, 24 June 2007

A perfect day

I been to the crop in Warrington and had a great time with a lovely bunch of girls. I actually did 2 LOs and a card so fairly productive for me. Will take photos tomorrow.

Phil made tea tonight and had sorted the kids out all day for me to have a day off.

Im taking my hairdressing back up and Im off to a new wholesalers tomorrow to get kitted out. I trained as a hairdresser but with the kids etc I have only been doing family for a long while. Anyway Ive been doing a bit more latley and have been enjoying it so have decided to go back to it part time. Im just going to fit the hours in to suit us so that Phil is around for Kaitlin and the boys. Im also going to book onto a trend setting cutting and colouring course for August so Im completly up to date with the new trendy hairstyles. Its really exciting... Oh and I cut Joes hair tonight. I persueded him to have it cut and promised to buy him some gel tomorrow so he can have it trendy. He looks so much better.....

Susan

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Moaning Minnie..

I feel like Ive become a right moaning minnie for the last couple of weeks. What with the ants and now a horrendous smell coming from underneath our integrated fridge its driving me up the wall. I have a chappie coming out tomorrow to see to the fridge, goodness nows what we will find but hey ho... Im going to try not to moan now at least for a few days.

We have a really busy time coming up with the boys being in concerts. Will is singing at the Rock and Pop Festival at the NEC, Theatre Clywd and at his own schools Rock and pop festival and Joe is singing at Liverpool Cathederal. We also have 2 sports days and a parents evening too..all withing 2 weeks. I will have to ask for a few babysitting favours for these. I was singing Bohemain Rhapsody with Will after tea, just messing around as he needs to learn all the words and Queen is one of my favorite groups of all time..We went to see the London show based on them last month and it was fantastic..
Got to sign off with another of my creations who is called Geraint.

Susan

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Ive been Tagged !!!!

Well this is completly new to me so I hope I do it right....

10 Favourites

Favourite colour - Pink
Favourite food - Chineese
Favorite Month - December
Favourite song - Currently Grace Kelly by Mika
Favourite movie - Grease
Favourite sport - Athletics ( as long as Im not doing them)
Favourite season - Summer
Favourite day of the week - Saturday
Favourite flavour ice cream - Mint choc chip
Favourite time of day - When the kids go to bed

9 Currents

Current mood - Quiet
Current taste - Toast with loads of butter
Current clothes - Black trousers with black long sleeved T-shirt
Current desktop - Pic of Phil and I with the kids
Current toenail colour - Dark Red
Current time - 23.15
Current surrondings - In the living room
Current thoughts - Listening to the rain pounding on the conservatory makes me feel glad to be inside

8 Firsts

First holiday - Blackpool
First kiss - I can't remember
First screen name - Scruffie
First pet - A dog called Sally
First piercing - my ears when I was 8
First crush - David Soul
First cd - The Police or Blondie
First car - A Brown Metro Van

7 Lasts

Last Bar of Chocolate - Double Decker at lunchtime
Last drink - a Glass of Shandy on Friday
Last car ride - yesterday
Last kiss - William before he went to bed
Last movie - Baby M
Last phone call - my Mum tonight
Last CD played - Mika

6 Have you Ever

Have you ever dated one of your friends - No
Have you ever broken the law - yes speeding ( I had 9 points at one time)
Have you ever been arrested - No
Have you ever skinny dipped - Couldn't really call it that as I kept my underwear on!!!
Have you ever been on TV - no
Have you ever been kissed by a stranger - yes

5 Things

TV programme I watch - Neighbours
Done today - Cleaned the house and been to toddlers
Can hear right now - Rain
Thing you can't live without - chocolate
What you do when you're bored - surf the net

4Things You've Done Today

Toddlers, washing, cleaning sat in the dark because of a thunderstorm

3 People You Can Tell Anything to

Phil, Mum and my best friend

2 choices

Black or White - black
Hot or cold - Hot

1 Thing You Want to Do Before You Die

It used to be to see the world, as many countries as poss but now I wnt my kids to be happy

Thanks for tagging me Sarah, Im going to tag my team mate Lizzy.


Susan

Monday, 18 June 2007

Its raining ants!!!!

We have had an ant problem for a few weeks now. I have already had the pest control fella come and spray where they were coming from but because he didn't spray the whole downstairs the little blighters find their way out of every nook and cranny. My dishwasher broke last year and when I got an engineer out to fix it he opened it up and found lots of dead ants in the electrics. Im just getting fed up with them now. I shall be calling Mr pest control out tomorrow and will be getting him to spray everywhere. Once everywhere is sprayed once a year its normally fine then but no he did half a job this time, I mean...

Its been raining again here. Must be the wettest June we have ever had.

I have spent the entire evening figuring out how to back up all my photos to a hard disk. Tried 5 times and couldn't find the pics anywhere so Phil ( mr high tech ) had to come and sort it out. Turned out Id been saving the photos to my c drive instead of the hard disk thing. So at least I can free up some space on my computer now..
Heres Harley, one of my Hairy Hoodlams. I really want to start making bears again soon as I miss it and the bear fairs so watch this space......

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Talented or What!!!

Ive been watching Britains got talent all week and I was made up to see Paul Potts win. Wow what a voice. He is so talented and I cried all the way through. After hearing his story of how he was bullied when he was a child and he had no confidence he was my favorite. The kids wanted Connie or Bubbles and Damian to win. Im sure all the finalists will go on to have brilliant carreers as well as quiet a few of the semi-finalists too. It was the best reality TV show Ive seen and I do watch quiet a few!!!

Ive been practising with my camera today. I should really be out there all the time because the more you practise the better you get ( supposidly ). Here are 2 of my favorite pics from today.


I love my camera, a cannon 400D but very rarely take it off auto but today I messed round taking about 50 photos till I got 2 I liked. Now I couldn't tell you what I did ( I will write it down in future).

Susan

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Craft Day

Well I haven't done a great deal today. It was craft day on QVC and I have to watch as much as poss for ideas. Only ordered 1 item too which is a first for me. I did make 2 Fathers day cards though one for my Dad and one for Phil. I made Dennis my FIL a card last week as he was going on holiday.
Oh we were also selected to be pringle tasters for their new crisps so we had to have the kids tasting them this morning. They are new rice infusions and they are really nice. A lighter crisp keeping the flavour. The kids had fun playing the online game too.

Susan

Friday, 15 June 2007

Saving Money

Im on a mission at the moment to cut down on my weekly grocery bill as it was so high. I have been spending £140 a week in Tesco. There are 5 of us including a baby who needs nappies etc and a cat but still its so much money. The last 2 weeks Ive been to Aldi and bought loads and loads for £80 ish so major improvement but today I went to Netto for the first time and can highly recommend it. I only spent £58 ( ok I didn't need washing powder or a full weeks worth of meals or nappies ) and I got a trolley full. I really liked the fact they had branded food and their special offers were for things you would actually use. So far in 3 weeks I have saved £220 which Im sure I can find a better use for. I think its fun to see where you can save money and try different places.


Heres Dylan, one of the very first bears I designed back in 2000.

Susan

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Lions and Tigers and Elephants...

Kaitlin and I went to Chester Zoo today. She goes to toddlers everyweek and they had set up a sposored toddle. To walk half a mile round Chester Zoo for Banardos and to raise funds for the toddlers. Well all week Id really looked forward to it but we picked the worse day of the year to visit. Boy it rained heavily all day and I got soaked to the skin. I couldn't get Kaitlin out of the pushchair as she would of been soaked too so it was agreed all small children would just be pushed round the course.

I was so looking forward to getting my new camera out and having a play but I didn't want to risk it getting damp or wet so I left it at home. I only took 2 pics and they were of the Elephants. They were having a swim and looked rather at home in the pool even though it was pelting down. We did have a nice day out though despite the rain and Kaitlin was so good and even had a sleep in the cosy warm pushchair for an hour while I got drenched. Oh the joys of being a Mum.
Susan

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Rant...

I sometimes wonder where some big stores get their policies from?

Today I went to a very large wholesaler to help Phil stock up on stuff for his business. Well I took Kaitlin in her pushchair and Phil got an extra big trolley. Got to the desk to sign in and they said no pushchairs.. We had been loads of times before with the pushchair so I asked why. Its policy they said as we have fork lift trucks driving around and they wouldn't see the pushchair but you can put the baby in a trolley. Now to me it doesn't make sense, would they see a trolley if they can't see a pushchair? Would they see a child? Would they see a small built person? Or what if you were bending down?

To me a fork lift truck should be nowhere near people. They should close the isle and then reopen when finished. I certainly wouldn't of left Kaitlin in her pushchair in the middle of an isle while I went off looking at stuff so I didn't see their point. I had a huge row over it, not because of the policy ( well maybe coz I don't get it ) but because the manager was so rude and basically told me thats their policy so either you do it or tough. He was soooo rude and shouted at me so I got on my high horse then. If he had been nice and spoke to me with respect and explained the situation I would of said OK, even though the trollies for kids were kept inside at the back of the store. But he wasn't so Im writing to head office now to complain.

I also spotted that their health and saftey sign was covered with an 8ft plastic tree but manager said it didn't matter if it wasn't displayed as Id signed their terms and conditions.

I had to get that out of my system.

Ive been working on getting my Bears website back up and running. I had to ring America as thats where my host is based and I had to wait 10mins (good job we have free internet calls abroad) but the service was exceptional. Its all back to normal, just needs a good update and freshen up.


Frankie and Bertie - 2 Little Heart Throbs

Susan

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Parents Evening

It was Wills first Parents evening today at High School. We are very pleased with how he is doing. They don't put the kids in sets until year 9 here except for Maths next year. He is doing really well in Music which is his favorite subject and is already scoring what they expect of a student 2 years ahead of him. He is in the choir and has already has some fabulous oppurtunities to sing in different places with fabulous singers. His teacher told us tonight that the choir entered a competition to sing at a festival at the NEC in July and they got in. I think its harder for boys though with the choir as the majority of students are girls with only 7 boys. So good on him for sticking at it when all his mates gave up after a few weeks.

Here is a layout I did last year as a class by the very talented Sarah Palmer ( Gertie off UKS and one of my team mates). Its of me with Will when he was 10mths old. Over 11 years ago on holiday in Gran Canaria.

Just to finish off here are another 2 bears, Kasey and Kaylyn.

Susan

Monday, 11 June 2007

A Refreshing Change

I watch lots of reality TV shows, you could say Im a bit of an addict ( except Big Brother which I hate). There is a new one on at the moment called Britains Got Talent and I am totally amazed. It makes such a change to see normal people come on stage and perform, not just singing but anything. Each night its been on I have been in floods of tears. Tonight there was a little girl aged 6 who sang Somewhere over the Rainbow perfectly. Well its on every night this week and Im sure I will be going through a box of tissues before the end.

Joe has been on his school trip today to a place called Erddig. Its a hall and grounds and they go back in time to 1800s. He had to dress up from that era and they make food and drink and he told me he even had to empty the bed pans. Ewwww. Don't know who had used them..


Just wanted to put a pic on here of my family. Me and Phil, Will Joe and Kaitlin. Kirsty Wiseman took this pic in December and Kaitlin actually has alot more hair now. We just couldn't get a good pic of her without bribing her with a biscuit. Now doesn't Joe look much better with short hair.......

This is one of my favorite pictures of Kaitlin. Just natural. I just love the pictures Kirsty takes and would recomend her if you wants lots of natural pics and she concentrates on the eyes. Oh I wish I could take nice pics.


Susan




Sunday, 10 June 2007

Football Trophy

My second son Joe plays football for the under 10's at Broughton Super Saints. It was started 30 years ago and my hubby Phil was in the very first team ( shows how old he is).. Anyway this afternoon we went to the school field for the end of season presentation. They give out trophys and medals for outstanding achievements. There are 7 different teams for all age groups so you can imagine it lasted a while. Here is Joe with his medal looking very proud. Will have to scrap this one when I get time. He is growing his hair too which is doing my head in. I like it short but he informs me its the cool thing to have it long.

Here is a couple more pics of my bears. They are feeling very neglected at the moment as my website is currently down. When I get it back up again I will add a link to it.

This was from my range of hairy Hoodlams, I hand dyed the mohair to achieve this colour. I made her for a ladies 50th birthday and embroidered on her paws. We called her Susan as the lady was also called that. This little bear is only 7" tall and is called Leo. Don't you just love the expression on his face.
Susan




Saturday, 9 June 2007

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time there was a girl called Susan Pryce(Sue) me who decided to create her own blog.
I have read other peoples blogs for so long and decided it was time to record my own daily comings and goings. Im not bothered if anyone reads my blog as I want to record things for myself but if you do please leave a comment.
Im going to put up lots of pics of the crafts I do, my layouts, my teddies, and my cards.

This is a layout of me. I don't do me pics very often but the fabulously talented Kirsty Wiseman took some photos and I looked half decent. She has lenses on her camera that don't show spots or wrinkles Im sure.

Here are 2 of my bears that I won an award with at the British Bear Artist Awards in 2004. I called them Together Forever. I haven't made any new bears for a while because I had a baby in December 2005 and she takes up so much time. Each bear can take up to 8 hours to make so as you can imagine with a toddler around I have no chance.. I will make some more soon though.

And here are some of my recent cards. I love making cards and haven't bought a card since ( well I can't remember). I use all my scrapbooking papers and flowers and stamps. Need to make more male cards but now I have my craft robo ( fantastic machine) I will be making more of an effort.
Oh and finally Ive enrolled on an online photography course as I want to learn how to take better pics. Here is one of my favorites. Not David Bailey I know but its only from my front garden and I quiet like it.


Susan