Monday, April 25, 2016

Rain... Arctic Winds and maybe Snow? Winter outside, but Spring inside

Daily life.... trying to catch up while working.  And it's bloody freezing here ! For the past days we had rain , hail, ice cold winds and frosty nights. It's nearly May and I still have to wear winter coats and boots ...bah !

I'm way behind with challenges , but hey ... I just do what I can. I'm hoping to catch up next days off work and create a little freebie as well. 

Regarding the comments .... I still get all of the comments on the blog here. Not sure why blogger comes up with funny messages. Maybe because I have not used the g-mail account for so long? 
I will leave you a message with my main addie, but I'm definitely getting all the all comments on the blog here. 

My fitbit arrived and I'm loving it. I started off with 8000 steps daily and wanted to see how much I get together on average without doing anything extra. I have already noticed it has problems with the sleep stats during my night shifts and it told me off for not sleeping,lol.
I like the calorie counter showing how much I burn off by moving around. It's easy to keep track of not overeating and putting in more than your body needs. Most days I have more burned than I eat ,which is great :) 
I'm not getting all the goals done while working nights , but that's fine. I didn't expect to be able to with sleeping during the day.
For week 2 I have raised the step goal to 10 000 each day and it definitely makes you realize how much you have sat on your lazy ass before ;)
The Challenges and badges you can earn are kind of fun as well. I already have a little collection together ,lol.
Verdict : Worth the money , shows  Blood pressure and alerts when it gets too high or low , makes you more aware of food , drink and moving . A good thing which I'm sure my body and health will be grateful for :)  .

As for moving around-I did plenty of that renovating my hallway and putting furniture together.
From dark and small looking with darker colors to a light "shabby chic" kind of look.
I chose duck egg colored paint for the walls.

  This used to be offices before they were converted into flats , but they left a window in the wall , which I never liked. So I decided to make it look nicer by wallpapering over the glass.Plus it was time to build up those new white furniture for my hallway.
A few finishing touches and the end result looks like this. ( I had to put boxes and other things on the edges of the rug to stop the edges rolling in over night )

The curtain on the wall is there to cover an old ugly fire door and my step ladder hanging behind. With limited space you have to be imaginative and find storage solutions which look good but don't break the bank ;) I love how it turned out !

And as cold as it is out there, the plants by my window are doing well.
My mini cucumber and tomatoes are flowering. Also the Sage and Rosemary upstairs by the window.
I'm hoping for Spring to return soon and I'm ready for Summer weather, but it seems that will take a while yet. In the meantime .... let's be creative and stay fit ,lol.

Till next post
Hugs Snowy 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring pictures

So much for getting creative on my days off,lol. But the weather was just to nice to stay indoors today. Still cold and windy , but in the sun it was lovely ! I took some pictures on my walk, and let me tell you ...I was pooped. I was out walking 3 hours and winter has made me soft. Not being able to get out and walk much in some horrible stormy and rainy, cold weather and my fitness level has gone down a notch.
Never mind being on the bike and cycling each day to and from work .... the muscles used for cycling are different ones you use for walking. So after 3 hours walking my legs felt tired and after sitting down when I was home kind of like rubber and started aching a little ;)
Well, I treated myself to some motivation gear. I just ordered the fitbit charge.
You can set coals, track calories burned , count steps...and so on . With summer coming I definitely want to be out and about more on my days off.
But here some pics from the walk today.
This one was watching me shoot pictures, so I figured he wanted to be in one as well ;)
The Bluebells are appearing....
...and Primroses....
...and together with the Daffodils...'s one amazing colorful spring carpet.
Picturesque, huh?
And these beauties are in bloom as well.

Gotta love Spring time !
But there's rain on forecast for tomorrow again, so I'm glad I got out today.
And that's all for I said, I'm pooped ,'s bedtime and I know I'll sleep well  after that walk ;)
I'm off to Dreamland ....
Hugs Snowy

Friday, April 08, 2016

Freebie kit

Well, it's been a while since the last kit...but I finally got one done. I was too tired last night to do much and playing in my design programs seemed just the right thing to do after my night shifts and not having much energy.
I still need to catch up with my art challenges but first I'm getting this kit uploaded right now .
I forgot how long it takes,lol. Glad it's only a small kit and not one of those mega large ones I used to do ;)
This is what I have been up to during work breaks and to chill out. This is a coloring page from Dawn Nicole.
And one I created myself ....but not colored in yet.
Guess I show you what you're getting as well ...I love how this quickpage turned out. Only 1 background and 2 elements ...simple is good,lol.
Here is the download link for the QP
A layout I made (I changed the color of the flower on the frame for this one)

And this is the full kit
It's one zip file with background papers and 2 zips with elements.

Enjoy !
As for my days off, I have some decorating in my hallway to do .But first I have to break up and take this old wardrobe apart. I'll be getting a new one around the 19th ;)
Yeah, it's white,lol. Not Gothic black ...told ya I have change a bit ;)
Hugs Snowy

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Freebie printable time

Hi all again,
It's night shift recovery day . I'm functioning on 3 hours sleep and plenty of coffee,lol.
We had Hurricane Katie here the past 2 days (Sunday and Monday) and it did cause some damage in the area. Uprooted trees, some fallen onto cars , bridges had to be closed, over 80.000 without power , flooding etc. Further north they even had snow. The only problem for me was trying to get some sleep with the wind howling around the buildingand roof tiles rattling. I don't know how often I woke up from the noise but I finally managed to get a few more hours sleep late afternoon when the wind finally calmed down. Now it's "my weekend" and I plan to chill out a bit. Well.... in the moment I'm having a coffee break from sorting out my wardrobe before the new one gets delivered on Thursday.
I'm trying to "downsize" but holy crap !!! .... I managed just fine to get rid of jeans, skirts and other stuff. Just with the tops I seem to struggle,lol. I'm trying to be brutal , but some items from years ago are hard to get rid of, even though I have not worn them a long time. But the thought of "maybe I will wear it again " is still in the back of my head ;) "Just put them into the Charity/recycling bag , Snowy!" ...and then the other thought " You'll regret it " comes up again...ughhhh....I'll get through eventually,lol Maybe this helps ;) 

I'm also re-doing the upper hallway. A new coat rack is planned to be ordered next pay day. Now I have to get rid of the old one (still from 1996 ) and paint the wall behind it . It was never moved since we moved into this place in 1998 and still has the original paint behind it. It's definitely "out with the old, in with the new" year. I won't be traveling much this year as the housing association is planning to renew our kitchens and bathrooms this year. They also want to get onto the attic to renew insulation . We've not been given exact dates yet , but been told they would start from April onward. So the money I would normally save for my travels will go to home improvement this year.
Anyway, enough told,lol. Time to show some pictures. I did another picture with the same quote I showed in my last post. I wanted one I could frame and hang in my hallway when it's redone. So I picked a photograph I took in 2014 and wrote the quote onto that. Take off over North Carolina, above the clouds. Love how it turned out. Now I just have to find a nice frame.
The second one to go on my wall I created in Paint Shop Pro with floral watercolor images.
Yup, lol...not very gothic or dark. Told ya I have changed a bit in that regard ;)
You have the choice of 2 versions, one without lettering and one with the faded quote , so you can go over with any color you like and do your own writing.
Page with quote download link

Without lettering

Enjoy :)

And I will be going back to sorting out clothing now .... let me be strong ,lol ;)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Creative again

Hi ,
after a batch of early shifts , getting up at 4.30 am and falling comatose into bed in the evening I'm enjoying a some time to be creative again. Starting night shift means I have the day to myself ;) And last night....after a little power nap I got my pens and pencils out.
There were a few challenges to do and you know me,lol...I always have some sort of project going.First of all I decorated that "LOVE" wall hanger I found at the £/$ Store a while ago with some tape and deco corners and a cute little angel in the middle. It fits perfectly into my bedroom. Oh,lol... my bedroom had quite a few changes since it was wine red and black . From Goth style to shabby chic and pastel colors.
I had a new bed , carpet and Thursday a new wardrobe will be delivered . I take some pics when it's built up and all done. This hanger will be perfect to hang some of my longer necklaces , which keep getting tangled up inside my jewelery box.
I did upcycle an old cork pinwall a while ago as well.
All it is, a fat quarter of fabric , a bit of ribbon and lace and secured with hot glue. From old and shabby to chic ;)
I also gave my old fan a make over, took it apart , gave it all a good clean and spray painted it with Chrome spay paint ...looking like new again. Summer can come !

Last night I relaxed with one of my coloring books "Sacred Symbols"
This one is called "Spheres" .
And it was time to catch up with a few more art challenges. A word art page in hippie style....
 Black and white drawing to brightly colored ;) And this morning the task was "Tulip" . For that I printed a dictionary description in type writer style and then drew the tulips and colored them with watercolor pencils.

Another Word art challenge was "Follow your bliss" . For this I drew clouds and a hot air balloon , colored the balloon with felt tips and the background got a pale blue watercolor wash .
Let me tell you , Word art in digital is easy ...try doing different fonts by hand !
Anyway....2 more shifts to work before I'm off a few again. So I better get my ass away from the desk , turn the music on and get some housework done !!!
No sign of the cleaning fairies, so I better get started myself,lol. Leaving you with the new song from Sixx AM -Rise. I love the lyrics from this song .
See ya ;)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Freebie printable

Hi all,
just home from my late shift and thought I quickly post the page I have been working on for the art challenge. Yup, I'm sharing it.
Nice to know I've been missed,lol. Thanks for the lovely comment ;)
Yup, the coloring and drawing bug is keeping me busy. So relaxing and apparently almost as good for you as meditation.
I actually filled one whole coloring book already. Sacred Nature by Lydia Hess is fully colored and I started on Sacred Symbols, also by Lydia Hess.
I will show a few pictures From Sacred Nature. This one is called "Joy"
" Verdant" and "Wisdom"

For these pages I used simple Crayola SuperTips .

But doing my own coloring pages and doodles is fun as well. And hand writing different fonts is definitely a learning curve !

Anyway...enough showing off ,lol.
Here is a printable for St.Pats
And here your freebie download link
File is 300dpi , same as my scrap kits , so excellent print quality. Have fun coloring those shamrocks,lol. 
And that's me off to bed soon as I've finished my Hot Chocolate drink :)
Laters ....
Snowy ;)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

I need a tablet !

Getting a decent picture of doodles to color without a tablet is harder than designing a scrap kit,lol.
Hi all....yup, that tablet is definitely on my wish list and so is Illustrator to convert doodles into vector images easier.
I'm working on a coloring page with quote and hope to have it finished tomorrow. In the meantime I also have been coloring a little to relax.
I'm being a right nerd and treated myself to the Game of Thrones coloring book.
Love how the first page has turned out. I used colored pencils to get better shading than is possible with felt tips.
If you're a Game of Thrones fan , you'll know this is the Stark motto.
In between in those spare moments I continue to slowly carry on work on that watercolor scrap kit as well. Although I won't get much done until I'll be on my days off from work again.
I was lucky when I went shopping though and found a darling little drawer cabinet for half price. Perfect to store my Tarot cards and other bits and bobs , and looking much nicer than that old box where they used to be in.
I'm also looking forward to paint and decorate a heart tray and wooden wall hanger I found in the £-shop. I already have a few ideas what to do with them ;)
So roll on weekend again , so I have time to get started. This week is a 56 hour week , working 7 days in a row before I have a day off again. I'm not complaining. I'm grateful to have a job and being able to pay my bills with a treat here and there. Independent woman and proud of it ,lol.

Anyway, I'm off for now and will post again if I have something new to show or share. Till then
Hugs Snowy