Well ladies and gents, whats the craic with you all this very fine June morning? And when I say "fine June morning" or course I'm being completely sarcastic as its wet, soggy, windy and damp here in good 'ole Northern Ireland but then, why am I surprised really? Northern Ireland wouldn't be Northern Ireland without said wetness, sogginess, windiness and dampness!
Anyway, before I show off my pwetty pwetty flowers I want to tell you about my Scrubby's Challenge. As some of you may know.........my Scrubby is a Super Geek and if you have no idea what I am on about please read the previous post by clicking HERE. As well as being a bit of a computer whizz kid, my hubby has another hobby he's had since childhood called Warhammer. Its basically a table top game you play with these wee models and you paint them up and stuff.....yadda yadda......you get the picture. Yep, he's a complete Geek but he's my Geek, lol. And I'm not being derogatory in calling him a Geek, I love that he's a computer genius and plays with toys!
Well, the post came at the start of the week with a wee model and a little games manual. And while the Postman was at it he kindly dropped the above fabric for said flowers through the door too for meeeeeee. Anyway, we are sitting at the breakfast table, fawning over our new toys and sipping on our morning tea when Scrubby in all his wisdom pipes up and says
"You know what? I think we should set ourselves a challenge and be good over the next couple of months and just use the supplies we already have for our hobbies"!!!!!!!
Firstly.........Way to go in an attempt to kill your wife you plonker!!! I nearly choked on my tea and crocked it at the kitchen table with a hand full of Fat Quarters! After I got over my tea spluttering, I replied
"What you mean like set ourselves a small budget to stick to every month and not go over it?" Whilst I crossed fingers, hands, arms, legs......even eyes hoping thats what he meant!
Scrubby......"No, I don't mean setting a monthly budget. I mean be properly good. Don't spend a penny on anything new. Just use what we have before buying anything else".
Me.....Well surely you don't mean not to spend one penny? (I say a quick prayer "Let this be a dream, let this be a very bad dream!).
Scrubby...."Yes thats exactly what I mean. I have plenty of things to be getting on with without needing to buy more and that room of yours is coming down with stuff, so you can't tell me there is actually any more things you really neeeeedddddd".
Oh yes, he emphasized "need" like it was some bad word he was only ever allowed to say once in his life and he was making sure I knew what it meant! So I'm sitting there, looking at the love of my life, the man I married 2 and a half happy years ago and thought "Now you've gone and done it. You've gone and waved the red flag to one very pee'd off bull"!
Me........."What the.....? What is wrong with you man? Are you telling me you are challenging me to buy nothing?"
Scrubby........."Yes, absolutely nothing."
Me........Completely miffed! "What like not even when we are doing the shopping and I head off to the stationery stand, I can't even buy a magazine? Or when you go into the bank and I nip in to Poundland, I can't even buy a 99p frame? Or if I see a brilliant bargain on ebay for like 3 billion beads for 39p I can't even buy them either????" Now you must realise, with each and every word my disbelief was growing more and more and with that, my voice was getting higher and higher!
Scrubby........(Who by the way is sitting there grinning at me and is completely loving every little squeaky high note and squirm in my chair that I'm making) "Thats exactly what I mean. Nada, nothing, not one teeny tiny thing can you buy. That is unless you run out of glue or double sided tape or something........."
Uh!! There may be some hope....
Scrubby.........."But I know you won't need anything like glue or double sided tape because I know you have a tonne of it."
Awwwwww! So close!
Me........Almost in tears at this point like I'm six years of age and just had my favourite toy taken off me.......But whyyyyyyyyy?
Scrubby.........."Oh come on Lee, you know why. I have plenty to keep me going and you certainly know you do too. So come on (trying to spur up a bit of enthusiasm from me!), we can be good for the next wee while can't we? Oh come on, it'll be good to use the things we have and you might even come across stuff that you forgot you had".
Me.......In a rather spoilt brat-ish grumpy voice "Yeah s'pose."
Scrubby.........."Sorry what was that?" (Just to push my buttons a little more!)
Me.........."I said Yes I suppose........so don't push it."
And with that, my Scrubby laughs, kisses me on the head and sticks the kettle on for another cup of tea!
And so, Operation Be Good was born 6 days ago. You know how it is ladies (and gents of course), we like to treat ourselves to that one wee stamp, or that new set of ink pads, oh and look 20 million charms from China for only 69p. Or even grab that magazine that we aren't subscribed to just because its got a "free" set of papers on the front. So what, we justify it by not smoking or drinking or going out for expensive meals or jetting away on 5* holidays. We are allowed a treat once in a while. But on the other hand, Scrubby is right, I do have a tonne of stuff and I need to use what I have in my room before buying more. But, this has damn near done me in! So, I would just like to say that even after all my grumping, huffing and puffing, I have decided to be mature about the whole thing and let you all know that............
I WON, I WON, I WON......NEENER NEENER NEENER!!!!
Yes folks, I would like it to be known that my Scrubby failed! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And I'm not going to be mature about it. Let's face it, I don't have a mature bone in my body. He caved in and I WON! Im blowing big fat raspberries and even sticking my tongue out whilst waving my hands at the side of my face. I won and he didn't. I was strong and he caved like the 12 year old boy in a toy shop that he is! HA!
Anyway, ahem! Compose yourself Loops. Heehee. On to my flowers, lol.
|I just LOVE these flowers. I think I'm going to call them "Granny's Sewing Room" Collection. What do you think?|
|I used this beautiful flowery fabric and then a white linen type fabric that was embossed with wee white flowers and flourishes. So gorgeous|
|The thing I love about these flowers is that they can be so dimensional just by fluffing them up, but they can also be used on projects like cards where you want a more flat flower.|
|This is gorgeous spotty green fabric with the white embossed linen fabric|
|Look at these beautiful wee blingy babies. I found these on ebay. I got a massive big bag of 3'000 of them.....BEFORE Operation Be Good by the way! I've had these weeks.|
|I decided to make some more of my pretty flower centres|
|You all know these ones. My large 15mm flat back pearls with the bling mesh around the outside|
|This is a 15mm flat back pearl with 4mm pearl string|
|These are my newer ones and smaller. 10mm flat back pearls inserted onto 10mm buckle sliders|
|And Tada!!! My newest of the new...well I had to use those 3'000 blingy babies up! After all, Scrubby did set the challenge to use what we had!|
|Aren't they cute and perfect for flower centres.|
|I used a wee buckle slider and blued one of the wee blingy babies into the centre.|