Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Easing back into blogging - cheeky 10 on the 10th

Yup, a bit of a sporadic blogging again... but who cares.

10 on the 10th for the first (?) time in 2016, so let's do something tongue-in-cheek. "I'm going down with this ship" (fandoms only)... LOL.


  1. Cherik (Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr)
  2. Stucky (Steve/Bucky)
  3. Gendrya (Gendry/Arya)
  4. Jamie x Brienne (GoT)
  5. Jamie x Claire (Outlander)
  6. Thilbo (Thorin/Bilbo)
  7. Rinch (Reese/Finch - POI)
  8. Root / Sameen Shaw (POI)
  9. Peggy / Sousa (Agent Carter)
  10. Fitzsimmons (AoS)
Plus the extra of "Frostiron". ;) 

And I'm more romantically in that, not going down the sewer with my shipping... :P

Friday, 24 June 2016

Bloody HELL!!

Woke up this morning and hubby told me that the UK voted to leave the EU. Still not fully awake I thought he'd made a joke... but no... that's the result!

I can't believe the result, 52:48 ... this was about the pre-poll info we had yesterday ... 51:49 I think I quoted for REMAIN. But this time it's LEAVE.

My head is thumping, my stomach is in a twist and I tried my best to keep it together for the girls, but I heard so many people spouting rubbish on TV that I broke down in tears in front of them.

How am I to tell my nearly 5 year old twins WHY I am crying, WHY I am so angry? How do I explain to them all the uncertainties we have right now? How do I explain to them how people could make this decision and how that will impact THEIR LIFE?

How can the older generation, who has benefited from the EU A LOT make that decision and effectively take away what they received from their children/grandchildren?

How can people say "It's not about immigration" when quite clearly it is high on the list and was very high on the list for campaigning ... or should I say SCAREMONGERING?

Then there's the issue about money that's been paid to the EU ... Have the people who have voted OUT checked their facts? All the funding we get back from the EU? One of my friends fears that her brother and father will lose their job as their work is relying heavily on EU funding. Hubby's work relies on foreign students coming to Edinburgh.

Apparently without the EU will will miraculously have more funding for the NHS, less cuts at schools, more housing etc. Well...last time I checked budget cuts etc are NOT decided by the EU!

I am Angry... disappointed by the majority of the country I decided to call  my home, because I saw it as a tolerant, inclusive, melting pot of cultures and nationalities.

And there seems to be a lot of anti-German movement where people are saying nasty things about Angela Merkel and there's a lot of mentioning Nazis etc again.  Fortunately I haven't been at the end of those comments and hopefully won't be.

I am GLAD that I'm living in Scotland and not in England. The Scots have voted 62% to remain, and Edinburgh was 74%.

There is the possibility that we're getting another chance of an Independence Referendum,

Yet there are people spouting shite in interviews and on the Internet that Scotland shouldn't be allowed another referendum, because we voted to stay within the "union". Obviously they have NO CLUE that lots of people voted NO in the IndyRef  because there was scaremongering from Westminster that becoming independent would mean we would have to leave the EU/would have to apply for our own membership.

We, on the other hand, feared the current situation when putting our mark beside the YES box at the IndyRef.

One of my first posts on FB today was this:

People going on about democracy, and we should just accept the results.
Well, in my eyes the Scottish Votes never made any difference in Westminster decision. And that's why 45% of Scots voted YES in the IndyRef.
We didn't make a large dent in the Westminster elections, and we definitely didn't make a dent in the EU Ref despite voting 62% REMAIN.
Maybe they SHOULD have taken the EU Ref per different Home Nation!!
I am NOT happy with the result, and I DON'T think saying "it's a democratic decision" can brush over this! So NO, I'm NOT going to bow down like we were expected after the IndyRef and be happy and concede.
This was NOT a game, this has a much BIGGER impact on my family and friends than the IndyRef would have done.
As I said before... we have voted YES back then because we saw exactly THIS coming!!
We were told "how can you vote YES if there's the uncertainty of things". Well, thanks for giving me and my family EVEN MORE UNCERTAINTY with the BREXIT result!!

LEAVE parties retracting their promises, the stock market giving the Pound a blow.. all really as was to be expected...

We don't have any idea how that is going to affect us as a family of mixed nationalities. Hubby has been browsing the Internet this morning while checking poll results and said that it would cost us more than £1000 to get me UK citizenship.

We definitely will get dual citizenship for the girls.

We may consider moving away from the UK.

My parents are worried, hope that we're doing ok and of course are on tenterhooks about what is going to happen.

We don't know. We don't have the information. The majority of a country has voted for the unknown, for the uncertainty.

But at least up here in Scotland we have this:




Thursday, 23 June 2016

EU Referendum Day

I'm totally puzzled at that. Stumped, that people would even consider voting out of the EU. And the fact that the same people who gave us hassle in the Scottish Independence Referendum are now voting for "BREXIT" instead of "BREMAIN".

I am worried about the comments I've read on FB pages (not mine, fortunately) from people who want to leave. Comments that are very racist and painfully WRONG in their argument etc. There are honestly people out there who think that the EU is the source of all the wrong in their country. The EU is the reason for housing shortage, for NHS and school cuts/problems.

Apparently the EU immigrants are at fault for everything. The BREXIT people want a point system for immigration, like Australia has. European immigrants are taking away jobs and live on benefits. Or just come over to the UK to receive benefits.

All this sounds scarily like the comments I've heard in Germany way back when we had the Neonazis coming out of the woodwork. And that's probably why I'm really scared about this vote.

My friends told me again and again in the run up to today that there will be no majority for BREXIT, nobody would be that stupid.

Well... I just read somewhere that the polls state 51:49 for BREMAIN. In my eyes that's far too close for comfort!!

I'm living in the UK since October 1998. I have worked and have paid taxes from October 1998 until June 2011 (and that  end date only because of maternity leave and deciding to raise my girls as much as I can before going back to work, given that it took us 5 painful years to have them). I've been helping out at the girls' nursery, have been giving to charity etc.

I have other friends who, like me, work and live in the UK for more than 10 years. They didn't have any links to the UK but moved here anyway. I have other friends who are half British and have lived here since childhood, and because they have not applied for a UK passport are NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE. Like me.

Others told me I could have had the right to vote if I'd have applied for dual citizenship. But with us being in the EU - WHY THE HECK WOULD I HAVE TO? That's the whole thing of the EU, you don't have to have dual citizenship! Free movement between member states!

And yet ... there are BRITS who are NOT working and have NO NOTION of getting job, live on benefits and consider having more kids to get MORE benefits. And don't have a proper grasp of speaking or writing THEIR OWN LANGUAGE!

And they're allowed to vote.

Nationalism is NOT a very good thing. And blaming outsiders for your internal issues is not right. So ... I don't think it's the EU's fault that there are cuts in schools/NHS etc. That is your OWN government YOU have voted in (and while I'm allowed to vote in local elections, I'm not allowed to vote for national government).

There's again my thoughts that any person in politics should do it on voluntary basis ... or only get a capped salary (reasonably in comparison to the working society). No elitists in politics who get ridiculous salaries and decide to cut more for average earners!!

As for immigration - the migration from non-EU countries is higher than from EU countries. And on the flip side, the migration of Brits shows that EU countries are highest on the list for expats to retire to. Namely Spain.

*EDIT*
There are skilled immigrants (doctors etc), and non-skilled immigrants. Lots of the non-skilled immigrants take up jobs lots of Brits (and in Germany lots of Germans to be honest!) feel beneath them (fruit picking, cleaning etc). I don't think that lots of people immigrate to live on the dole.

Another thing with the EU: How many people went for medical treatment to mainland Europe because the waiting lists in the UK are too long? How many people enjoy a quick holiday to EU countries because it's cheap?


I'm also annoyed at the hate that is going against Germany (and France) and the "influence" Germany has over the EU.

I'm not saying that all is sunshine etc in Germany, I know it's NOT. I know that it is a boiling pot and that nationalism/racism is raising it's ugly head again and again... I HATE that, and I am scared that it happens, and I'm worried about some comments from friends & family in Germany.

To be fair, I moved to the UK for work. Transfer between the Frankfurt office to the London office. I stayed because I thought that the Brits were more tolerant about immigrants and more of a cultural mix. I definitely thought that about the Scots I met (in the beginning through the NFL EUROPE - kinda in the name, eh?).


Now I'm sitting here and worry what this vote could mean for me & my family. And I really HATE the fact that I may have to look into dual nationality for my girls and me. Because we shouldn't be in this situation.

It is all so bloody backwards, going from very open and tolerant and INTERNATIONAL world to lots of nationalism and hate and racism and plain IDIOCY! And this blaming society, putting the blame to external factors instead of looking at their own country first!

I mean... what has the world come to where the UK considers leaving the EU and Trump is the Republican Presidential Candidate 2016 frontrunner in the USA??!?!?!?!


I have to wait with baited breath for the outcome of the votes ... and then see what that means for me, my family and friends.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Shimelle's Class, photos and some crafty headaches...

After I had signed up for Shimelle's class "Cover to Cover" back in 2012 (the class is available self paced via Shimelle's website) and given I'm a "Shimelle- aholic" ;), it was clear to me to sign up for her newest class "The Scrapbook Process".

 I was thinking about the "album" process in my scrapbooking... I have an idea how to do it, and I like Shimelle's way of having her albums -(chronological albums (i.e. annual ones with just layouts using photos that were taken that particular year) and then have separate albums for special events (holidays, wedding, honeymoon, cruise etc - Shimelle calls them "upgrade albums")).

I've yet to do that though... as I've just been scrapping "ad hoc" and never really planned albums ... bar 1.5 albums for the Edinburgh Wolves. 

Now ... if we set aside the issue of TONS of photos unscrapped, no layouts planned at all etc ... 

I now came back from our Florida trip with
1500 - 2000 photos!!!
 

(I think... could be more ... between me and the Disney Photo Pass that is ...  haven't taken into account any photos taken by hubby or the inlaws!)


I've kinda amassed a lot of "We R Memory Keepers" divided 12x12 page protectors which I thought I'd use for this "planned" album ... I also thought of printing photos not only in my trusted 4x6 but also try 3x4 and a few bigger sizes (6x8 or bigger?) ... but how to select which photo to print in which size? 

To make matters "worse", I've got 300 print credits with photobox which will run out on 6 July... and I really would use them for the Disney/Florida photos (and I've already extended the time by 2 weeks to get the photos/sizes sorted and then start printing ... because I know fine well... 300 prints will only make a tiny dent into the big lot of photos!). 

The other "crafty headache" I have (today on top of very nasty endo pain and real headaches) is ... how to keep the album together? First I thought I hold everything together by Mickey's colour scheme (red, black, white and yellow), but we have been to Universal, Sea World and Legoland too, plus there are photos from the flight and the villa. 

Soooo ... how to keep it all together? Maybe I should just go with Shimelle's idea of a "camera" on every layout somewhere? 

Suggestions? 





Monday, 6 June 2016

6th Annual Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt is ON!

I somehow had the niggly feeling that Rinda's Scavenger hunt must start sometime early June...



So popping over to her blog confirmed this ... we're back on (it's the 6th year already!! Have to check how many years I've taken part!)

The list for this year is this:



Looking forward to taking lots of photos!! :D

Monday, 4 April 2016

Let's do an update, shall we??

The aspirations for 2016 were....

General/Non-crafting

  • Get a part time job after summer (a bit at least ... to get back into my being "Kat" and not "mummy/mami/mum" etc. )
    Actually... Doctor suggested to take 3-6 months out from anything really once girls started school (daily tension headaches have returned ... but I AM looking for a part time job for later this year!!). 
  • Lose another stone (or 1.5 ... we'll see)
    Bit stuck since WW changed from ProPoints to Smart Points ... but hopefully will get there eventually...
  • Declutter the house
    After Con and holiday... 
  • paint living room/get new couch
    That'll be on the plan for June/July
  • sort out girls' "play room" on middle floor
    That'll be on the plan for June/July
  • Declutter crafts/get craft room/study set up
    Hoping to get that started this Friday ... will be a long ongoing thing for the year...
  • More Geocaching with the girls!
    Definitely will do that... it's on the plan and we've done a bit more already.
Crafting goals/aspirations
  • 52 scrapbook layouts in 2016 (I think I can manage that ... I think I've done about 12 max per year since the girls were born... :o )
    Ummmm... done 1 layout so far... but hopefully get some more done this month... ;) 
  • Doctor Who Stitchalong Quilt
    After May
  • Harry Potter/Fandom bookshelf quilt
    After May
  • Disney Princesses/Winnie the Pooh pillows/quilts for the girls
    Hopefully in June/July with at least pillows done for girls' birthday.
  • DC Quilt or something for hubby
    After May
  • Learn to double-knit and make a scarf for myself (and maybe one for the girls and hubby, too).
    Maybe get to look into that and learn basics this month, but scarves will have to wait til later.
  • USE MY STASH (ok... a couple of purchases are allowed)
    Yup... doing that already.
  • Make sure to restock KatsGeekKrafts leisurely and not with a big push before ComicCon
    Was a bit more of a big push, but more leisurely than for last year's ComicMart!!
  • Restock KatsGeekKrafts for the ComicMart in November without rush (let's try that one again, shall we? ;) )
  • Most likely make favours for my BIL's wedding in September
  • Make a baby blanket or something for Susan & Scott who expect their first child in October. Wonder if she'd mind something Ninja Turtles (Scott would LOVE that one ;) )?!? Well, I'll find out what theme I should go for. 
  • TM Patch Swaps ... easily done and I like them. 
Well... it's not looking too bad, is it? ;) 

ComicCon recovery...

Hahaha...

Ok, the whole "keep blogger updated" thing didn't happen, of course... what was I thinking?!?!?! With the whole crafting thing and even more the social calendar of the Hobbitses ...

Ah well, let's try how it works now.

The weekend saw the Edinburgh Comic Con 2016 and I was manning my own stall both days (in the past it was always hubby and his "minions" - i.e. friends of ours - who helped with this stall selling my stuff) with early mornings and lots of standing (broken up with a bit of sitting).

Fab atmosphere at the new venue (EICC) made for real Comic Con feel, lots of space and lots of great Cosplay going on.

Items sold nicely, and the Hobbitses arrived in their costumes and had lots of fun with all the people being dressed up. They LOVED Elsa (they constantly stopped on the way out of the building to shout "goodbye Elsa!!"), the Star Wars props and taking photos with the props and with Green Arrow and Harley Quinn. :) Supergirl being without fear, while Miss Martian was more timid and needed some coaxing (well, she didn't want to have her photo taken with Green Arrow, which is nothing against The Arrow really! ;) ).



Now time out ... but quiet day has turned into bickering kids in living room (I really have to start transforming the big spare bedroom into their play room!!) so definitely NOT quiet!!! :o

We had the 3rd birthday party invite for this month arriving today, and 3 play dates are set up for this week alone! Seriously, the Hobbitses/SuperTwins have a busier social calendar than me!!

More crafty stuff coming along this week, but no more KatsGeekKrafts for the time being (wait... I've got orders for 3-4 kids' t-shirts.... huh!) until June-ish, me thinks. Then leisurely prepping for the Edinburgh Comic & Toy Mart  in November (yeah, because the "leisurely" happened this time round!! ;) ).

Anyway... I suspect I will update the blog a bit more regularly now.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Ok... here we go.... Aspirations for 2016

We don't do New Year resolutions in our household ... but aspirations are fine. ;)

Soooo .... what are the plans/aspirations for 2016??

General/Non-crafting

  • Get a part time job after summer (a bit at least ... to get back into my being "Kat" and not "mummy/mami/mum" etc. )
  • Lose another stone (or 1.5 ... we'll see)
  • Declutter the house
  • paint living room/get new couch
  • sort out girls' "play room" on middle floor
  • Declutter crafts/get craft room/study set up
  • More Geocaching with the girls! 
Crafting goals/aspirations
  • 52 scrapbook layouts in 2016 (I think I can manage that ... I think I've done about 12 max per year since the girls were born... :o )
  • Doctor Who Stitchalong Quilt
  • Harry Potter/Fandom bookshelf quilt
  • Disney Princesses/Winnie the Pooh pillows/quilts for the girls
  • DC Quilt or something for hubby
  • Learn to double-knit and make a scarf for myself (and maybe one for the girls and hubby, too). 
  • USE MY STASH (ok... a couple of purchases are allowed)
  • Make sure to restock KatsGeekKrafts leisurely and not with a big push before ComicCon and ComicMart

Well... that's the idea for aspirations at least. Might get changed/added, but that's the outline... ;) Looks actually a bit daunting... :o