Sunday, 28 November 2010

By the light of the silvery moon

Nothing much to say really. This week's Play Date Cafe entry (the moon is silver but the scanner takes the shine off).

OK folks, nothing more to see here.

Move along please.

Thank you.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

P A S T memories

This is something that came to mind a couple of weeks ago and has been quietly brewing away at the back of my mind. I don't know why it suddenly came back to me, or why I felt so compelled to do anything about it, but when I saw this week's colours on the Play Date Cafe it suddenly came together.

A little bit of Real Life™ me. I joined the army when I was 16 and spent the next 23 years serving as a vehicle mechanic, working on everything from chainsaws to tank transporters. I spent many years working on armoured vehicles, and one of my favourites was the FV432 which has been around as long as me and is still going strong.
It's good old Cold War technology which can be fixed with just basic tools, and the controls don't come any simpler. There's a throttle pedal, and two tillers which are used for steering and braking; and that's it. To ensure it goes in a straight line there are 4 checks and adjustments that need to be done on a regular basis and they are known as PAST; Protrusion, Adjustment, Suspension, Tillers. Amazingly, even though I've been a civvie for 10 years, and haven't worked on one for about 15 I can still remember the settings and could probably go and adjust one tomorrow if needed. The drawings are done from memory, so may not be 100% accurate.

So, how does it tie in with the Play Date Cafe? Well all combat vehicles were painted in a shade of green known as 'Olive Drab', and the mechanical bits (engine, gearbox, etc) were a shade of turquoise known as "Paint, Finishing, Heat Resisting, High Gloss, Sky Blue" aka "Duck Egg Blue". The red? Well, when we did our training, the training manuals had a red cover.

I have to admit, this has been a real trip down memory lane; memories of people and places, the feel of the glossy painted steering box covers, the smell of hot steering oil, and the wariness of dropping something inside the box and having to explain to the boss why you wanted to do a steering box lift :D

Saturday, 13 November 2010

The first Midwinter card

As I've made 3 Christmas cards already, I figured it was time I got started on my Midwinter cards, especially as this one is going overseas in a goodie box.

It's also my entry for this weeks Play Date Cafe challenge, where the aim is to use varying shades of red and blue. Unfortunately the scanner has flattened out the colours so the variations aren't as obvious as on the real thing. I'll try and get a better pic tomorrow in daylight.

Stamp is Christmas cardinals from Penny Black

Sunday, 7 November 2010

No chickens were harmed in the making of this!

This is the first of 3 DIY recipe books that I'll be making.

It started life following a conversation at work. One of the ladies had lost a recipe, because it was on a scrap of paper. Needless to say, 2 others had the same problem, and so an idea was born for this years Christmas presents - decorated empty journals, and a glue stick!. I'm lucky in a way, we're a small team, and the four of us who do cards and presents all tend to go for hand-made :)

This particular lady keeps chickens, and regularly supplies us with eggs, so the cover was designed with her in mind. It also ties in nicely with the latest Play Date Cafe colours, so it's my entry for that too.

Stamps are by Stampotique.