Monday, 31 August 2009

Spinner Card

Morning all,

I actually managed to do a bit of light crafting yesterday, and boy did it feel good to be cutting and sticking and getting ink all over

Here are the pictures:

I am really pleased with the outcome, considering i was only playing about to

Thanks for looking.

Daily doggie pictures - Another slide show

Morning all,

Here I am with my daily doggie pictures, here is a slide show of various pictures i have taken over the past few days.

Hope you enjoyed.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Daily doggie pictures - Meet Lacey

Morning all,

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

Sorry, still not a crafty post, hopefully sometime this weekend i will have something to post.

Ok, now to meet the new, and final, addition to our family.

Meet Lacey:

She is 6 weeks old, and is a cross between a Shih Tzu and chihuahua.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Daily Doggie pictures for Val - Turbo

Morning all,

Here are a few more pictures of my friend at works dog Turbo.

Thanks for letting me share the pictures Nicla :)

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Our Blue Lobster

Morning all,

Just been going through my photos and I came across this one of our blue lobster. When we bought him a few months back he was only a few centimetres long, now he has trebled in size. This photo isnt even the most recent photo of him, as he has since shed his skin again and got even bigger.

I refuse to my hand in the tank now in case he nips my fingers or

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

25 Things about me

1. Name: Tracy
2. What are you most afraid of? mmm, being alone
3. What do you drive? Ford Focus estate
4. Have you ever seen a ghost? not sure!
5. Where were you born? Barking Hospital
6. Ever been to Alaska? No
7. Croutons or Bacon bits? both
8. Favourite day of the week: Saturday
9. Favourite restaurant: Dragon Inn
10. Favourite Flower: Roses
11. Favourite sport to watch: Football if i have to
12. Favourite Drink: Water
13. Favourite Ice cream: Strawberry
14. Disney or Warner Brothers: Disney
15. Favourite fast food restaurant: maccy d's
16. What colour is your bedroom carpet? Lilac
17. How many times you failed your driver's test? I didnt, i passed 1st time
18. What do you do most often when you are bored? text
19. Bedtime: 11pm
20. Favourite TV show: Heroes/eureka
21. What are you listening to right now? SWV - your the one for me
22. What are your favourite colour? Black
23. How many tattoos do you have? 11
24. Do you have any pets? yeah 6 dogs (getting another one tonight :) ) 2 budgies, 1 parrott, fish, lobster and 3 ducks
25. If you could own any animal what would it be? more shih tzus :)

I pinched this off Donna, thanks hun :)

Thanks for looking.

Smile Award!

Wow, another award. I have been blogging for almost a year and in the space of a few weeks I have been given 3 awards.

Conditions of this award:
1. You have to put it onto your blog.
2. You have to continue to make us smile.
3. You have to pass it on to 5 friends and notify them.
4. You have to say who awarded it to you.
5. You have to list 5 things we didn't know about you.

1. Done
2. I will try, even though I dont think i do :(
3. mmm, ok Sall, Susiej, Nina. I cant think of another 2 at the moment, I may have to come back to that one.
4. Val awarded me this, thank you so much Val. xx
5. mm, 5 things you dont know about me???
I love marmite
I actually love my job
I love Figure work
I have had lots of moles
cant think, i am not

Thanks for looking.

Receipes for syn free muffins and syn free quiche

Morning all,

I have just come on to check my blog and I have had a request from A Slimmers Dream to post the receipes for the syn free Muffins on my blog. So here it is.

Recipe makes 12

225g fine ground polenta
1 large beaten egg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 pots of vanilla mullerlight low fat yoghurt
7 - 10 tbsps Splenda
1 - 2 tsps vanilla extract

1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix for at least 3 minutes. Leave to stand for at least 20 minutes.
2. Spoon into muffin tins that have been sprayed with frylight.
3. Cook for about 20 minutes at 200C / Gas mark 6

Variations -
cherry yoghurt and replace vanilla extract with almond.
vanilla & chocolate yoghurt with rind and juice of 1 orange with 1 tsp vanilla.

I pinched this from the minimins website.

For the quiche i followed the receipe I posted here. Oops just noticed I didnt actually put the receipe just the ingredients.

Ok, Syn free quiche

3 Eggs
227g low fat natural cottage cheese
Mixed herbs
HEXA allowance of cheese (I use the low fat cheese as you are allowed more of that..he he)

Mix in a bowl the 3 eggs, cottage cheese and mixed herbs.
chop up the bacon and fry to cook through (i use frylight for this)make sure getting rid of all the fat.
add the bacon to the cottage cheese mixture and mix well.
add the cheese (you can add it all now, or save some to sprinkle on top of quiche 5 mins before take out of oven.
mix well.
pour into quiche dish, or for individual ones i used a muffin tray.
put in oven on gas mark 6 for an hour or until cooked.

these are fab with the cheese in, you dont have to put bacon in, i have done them with ham and red pepper and that is lovely. At class i tried salmon and broccali i wasnt over keen on that, but each to there own.

Hope this helps, enjoy :)

Thanks for looking.

Daily Doggie pictures for Val - Wheres Gizmo?

Morning all,

Here is my daily doggie picture for Val.

This was sent to me from my mum via text with the message 'Can you see me?'

How sweet is this picture?

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Syn free Muffins, and syn free quiche

Good afternoon,

Just came across these photos of the syn freemuffins and individual syn free quiches i made a few weeks back.

The muffins were cherry and almond, and the quiches were bacon and cheese.

They were both absolutly yummy. :)

I got the receipe for the Muffins on minimins. The girls over there are fab, and they are all there to support each other.

Thanks for looking.

Pinched from Maria :o)

Highlight the ones you've done

Thought I'd have a go at doing this!

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Been lost for words when answering a child's question

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a soppy girly film and cried all the way through

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Made snow angels

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelos David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa - does tunisia count? lol

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favourite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviare

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Been on the television

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day

Daily doggies pictures - Dog bath

Morning all,

Here is my daily doggie pictures for Val.

These were taken sunday when we bathed the dogs.

Hope you enjoyed.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Daily Doggie pictures for Val - Titan

Afternoon all,

I have been bad and not been doing daily doggies for Valerie, I am sorry, but as you know i was at the wedding etc the weekend.

I managed to grab another couple of piccies of the directors dog today.

Thanks for looking.

Morning all,

I have had 2 boxes form Graze, and they are fab. Especially for someone who works in an office. The food is fresh, and you can get made up boxes to help with diets, excercise etc. so all good.

If you fancy having one, visit Graze and enter this code K815B5FL to try your first box for free. You can cancel a anytime, and are not restricted to continue with them. I would def recommend. :o)


Thanks for looking.


Trip to the farm

Morning all,

After we had got the photos printed and taken them to the brides mum for her to give to the happy couple we had the rest of the day to kill. So we decided to go to a farm in Lavenham, well not far from Lavenham.

It was a really nice day. After the farm we went to Stowmarket and had a nice pub lunch in the Dukes head, i then got petrol and we travelled home before the V-festival finished, so we didnt hit any of the traffic. All in all i had a lovely weekend.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Album complete with pictures

Morning all,

Yesterday we woke at the hotel, and i had to go and get the pictures printed of the wedding to put into the accordian book. I took the book into the photo shop in buyrights and showed him where i needed the photos to go, can he judge the sizes. I went back 20 mins later and he had printed them and added them to the box and charged me £2.

I am a bit gutted that they wont get to see it until they come back off their honeymoon, but its only til monday.

I am so happy with the outcome, it actually got me teary when i see it finished, i thought wow, i made this.

Thanks for looking.


Good morning,

Wow I have received some awards.

This first one I actually received a few months back but I completly forgot.

Conditions of the award:

I must thank the person who gave me the award, list their blog and link to it.
I must list ten honest things about myself.
I must put a copy of the Honest Scrap logo on my blog.
I must select at least seven other worthy bloggers and list their links.
I must notify bloggers of their award.

Ok, now to thank the people that gave me this award! mm, problem I can only remember 3 of them yet I know a few people gave it to me. So thank you Susiej, Jenni and Chrissie. So thank you girls, and sorry it took me so long to get it onto the blog.

Ok, 10 honest things about myself?

1 - I have no self confidence

2 - I broke my leg iceskating when i was 15, yet within a few months of plaster coming off i had to go back skating again much to mums

3 - I am madly in love with Darren - love you babe

4 - I love dogs, especially shih tzus, we have 4 of them

5 - I failed my A-Levels

6 - I love anything crafty

7 - I have too much stash .. he he he

8 - I always wanted to be a maths teacher

9 - Maths was always my favourite subject at school

10 - I miss my nan and grandad :(

ok, I now have to nominate 7 people to receive this award, mmm do i know 7 people with blogs???
Firstly Nina
Second, Sall
Third, Val
Next, i tell you what I cant decide so I give this award to everyone who I follow.

My next award:

Many thanks to Susiej for this award.
Rules of the award are that I must pass it on to 5 people and list 5 things I am addicted to.

ok, I am passing this onto Nina, Sall, Alyson, Sue Bubbles and Mina

I am addicted to:

Smoking :(
Sleeping :)

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, 23 August 2009

Pictures of the Wedding yesterday

Afternoon all,

As some of you might remember i had a wedding to go to yesterday in Ipswich. We drove down yesterday morning, left at 9am because the v festival was on i knew i would hit loads of traffic. We arrived in Hadleigh, Suffolk at 10.10am so wasnt bad going at all.

The wedding was lovely, but it was very emotional for me as this is the first time i have mixed with people down there since my grandad died, 2 years ago 2nd September.

Here are the pictures I took:-

The day itself was magical, but come the end i was exhausted, so we did leave a tad early.

The evening pictures with the lights was chinese lanterns someone brought them as a wedding gift, there was 5 of them that was set out into the night sky. They were very very pretty and def a personal touch to the day.

Would just like to add congratulations to Steph & Wayne and wish them both all the happiness for the future.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Daily Doggie pictures for Val - Turbo Sunbathing

Morning all,

Here i am with another daily doggie picture for my friend Valeriej. This is a picture of my friend at work Nicola, Hi Nicla:), her pug dog Turbo. Apparently he was

Hope you like.

Thanks for looking.


Friday, 21 August 2009

Wedding Card

Afternoon all, yet again!
3 posts in one day, what is this world coming

Ok, here is a piccie of the card I managed to make for the wedding I am off to tomorrow.

The picture was kindly sent to me from Caz, Foxcraft which i mounted twice nto reddie/burgady card and once onto silvery paper.

I printed out Mr & Mrs onto the reddie card again and cut out using my oval nesties and covered in glossy accents. I added 4 little love heart gems to the card to add a bit of bling, and also a piece of ribbon across the bottom which matches the ribbon i used on the box.

Thanks for looking.


Roadside sign - spelling mistake!

Morning all,

Whilst I was on my way to Romford yesterday I got stuck in traffic. Whilst nosing out of the car window, as you do, i was reading the different road signs. When i see this one I know i had to take a picture to put it on my blog, maybe i should submit it to failblog??

Can you spot the mistake?

Thanks for looking.

Daily Doggie pictures for Val - Wheres Scrappy?

Morning all,

Yesterday mum tells me she has got a couple of good piccies of our second youngest shih tzu, scrappy. She said she found the other 3 chilling out in the kitchen but scrappy was no where to be seen. That is until she entered the bathroom:-

Scrappy is mad about baths, she said that when she walked in scrappy looked at mum then at the taps and back at mum again. As if to say, come on woman turn the water
We cant even have a shower without him thinking its an invitation for him to get in.

She then got this piccie as he was preparing to jump out.

Hope you like the piccies today Val

Thanks for looking.


Thursday, 20 August 2009

Daily Doggie pictures for Val

Morning all,

A friend of mine on docrafts the lovely ValerieJ habeen saying to me that she isnt allowed to have dogs in the apartments she lives in now. So i Kindly offered to try and put daily pictures of our dogs on here for her.

Now, I havent had a chance to snap our little babies at home, but i managed to get a very rare picture of my directors dog, Titan.
He is a 4 month old British Bulldog:-

These piccies were taken today.

Now this was taken when he was 8 weeks old :)

So small and cuddly. I wouldnt try and pick him up now he weighs a

Hope these are ok Val :)

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Friendship swap card - August 2009

Morning all,

Ovr on docrafts the lovely caroljenks organises a friendship card swap. Sometimes she adds little extras into the swap and then gives out prizes. This moths 'extra' was to make the card with the likes of your swap partner in mind.

Here is my card:-

Her likes were red, and she also has 2 of the dogs in the piccie (sorry I am bad ith dog breeds and cant remembe the names.)

I really do hope she likes the card. :o)

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

A new Hi! Card

Morning all,

Hope you all have a wonderful and crafty day :)

Here is another card I managed to make the weekend.

I am addicted to making these wallet cards i think :o)

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Another attempt at pro-markers

Afternoon all,

Over the weekend i managed to get quite a bit of crafting done. I had to make a card for a wallet swap over on docrafts.
I had this image that was kindly sent to me by the lovely Sall and decided to colour it using my pro-markers. I am sort of happy with it, but i think that i am better with pencils and sansador.

Sorry the close up piccie is poo, I am still in need of some serious help re photo taking i think.
Anyone know of any websites that do online tutorials?

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Duck update

Our ducks are the fussiest ducks in the world i think, basically they wont go in the pool if the water is dirty. We have been managing with a small 3 ring kiddies pool for a while now but thought maybe a bigger pool would be better for them now, to try and swim. I managed to get a video of them in there.

I also took some piccies:

Thanks for looking.

Wedding Accordian book in a box

Afternon all,

Well i have been very busy crafting this weekend, and trust me I have loved every second of it. Just need to keep the ideas coming and who knows i may even get some more done. First though I thought I better update my blog being that I have been such a bad blogger.

Here are the piccies of the box:

The plan is that i will go to the wedding on saturday, take piccies of the wedding, pick the best 6 and go to the shop and have the best 6 printed small, stick them in the album then give it to them as a gift at the evening receiption. Mmm, lets just hope i remember my camera. Feel free to leave me messages friday to remind

Thanks for looking.