My new website is born :)

August 11th, 2009 by Louise

Welcome to my new website thingy.

I thought maybe a blog thing may be easier to keep updated and organized, chances are it wont but its the thought that counts 😉

Anyway, if I do update it I will try to put something useful on it for you to read. That means in order for me to complete my side of the agreement you will need to either have or develop an interest in photography and or photoshop because I am obsessed with them and unlikely to post anything else 😉

You will find the main navigation links <—- over there or over there —-> depending on the theme I choose and new content will arrive below this post. You can jump to the home page again by clicking the header pic 😉

Have fun and don’t forget to leave a few comments laying around behind you 😉


Thyme Machines Weekend Retreat 2012

November 28th, 2012 by Louise
Rogues Galley

The Rogues Gallery

I have just about recovered from the weekend retreat in Derby so thought I would just make a quick post about the event..

For those who do not know what on earth I am talking about it is a crafting/ digital cutting weekend organised by Dawn of Thyme Graphics and a fairly intensive 3 days of classes covering a wide range of techniques and projects to make using a Cougar or Silver bullet cutter.

The event was held at The Lawns Hotel in Derby and attended by.. let me count.. twenty of the crazy people who frequent the lovely chaotic mess that we call the Thyme Machines Forum

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Creating Vinyl Weeding Lines In Inkscape – SCAL & MTC Users

September 4th, 2012 by Louise
Example image showing detailed weeding lines

Detailed Weeding Lines Example

For those of you who use SCAL, and probably MTC as well, you may be aware that there is no built in weeding lines function.

Weeding lines make weeding vinyl very much easier as they allow you to remove the waste vinyl in smaller more manageable chunks and for large or very intricate vinyl designs is almost essential to save your sanity and project.

While there is no way as yet I have found to create detailed weeding lines in SCAL and I suspect MTC is the same, it is possible to create them quickly and easily in Inkscape. So saving the design as SVG you can easily create the weeding lines in iskscape and import the SVG back into your cutting software.

The process in inkscape is very quick and easy, only a couple of quick edits, so even the inkscapaphobes should be able to create weeding lines without too much of a headache.

You can download the PDF Tutorial which was created for the Thyme Machines Forum here..

Creating Vinyl Weeding Lines In Inkscape

3D Spider Model Cut File

July 10th, 2012 by Louise
Photo of spider model

Spider Model

An example of one of the many things you can cut with a superb Phoenix Silver Bullet Pro or Cougar/ Lynx cutter.

This was cut from 1mm thick matboard in a single pass, force 110, speed 50mm/sec with a 60+ blade. It cut like a hot knife through butter, I was really very pleased indeed at how well it went.

The file is in SVG format so can be used by those with Inkscape/ Signcut and also imported and cut from SCAL which is now the default software given free with the machines. However you will need to do a tiny bit of editing before cutting, rather than make the file with slots already in it I have made the file so you can create the slots for whatever thickness of media you wish to cut it from.

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Toshi and Spike Are Pals

July 10th, 2010 by Louise

Spike & Toshi Cuddle TimeI was not expecting this so soon but it seems Spike has got over himself and accepted Toshi into the fold.

Spike no longer spits and growls if Toshi comes close to him, and Spike has actually started jumping up and sleeping next to Toshi. They have even had a couple of wrestling matches, they don’t last very long because Spike realises he is playing and then runs off spitting LOL

Anyway, I am pretty sure the play sessions will now get longer and the growling less often, it is great to see I have to say :)

I have also put together another video for you to check out, unfortunately the tube seems to have learned my little trick for confusing the copyright detection system and has flagged this video for containing copyright music so you may have the inconvenience of an advert popping up, I am working on another method for fooling the system so with a bit of luck future videos will be ad free again.

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Toshi Video Uploaded

July 4th, 2010 by Louise

I have finished editing the first video of Toshi and uploaded it to youtube.

He is playing catch the toe in bed and playing fetch with his favourite toy – a rolled up ball of Loula’s fur LOL

I have also uploaded some more photos of the wee pest which you can check out below..

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Toshi visits the waterfall

July 2nd, 2010 by Louise

Toshi visits Anchor FallsToshi has been really good walking on a leash so I decided to take him to the falls on the river White Cart to see his reaction.

The journey there was not uneventful, it was a really hot day and I passed a lot of offices on route where the doors were open to let some air in. Of course Toshi decided to run into each and every one of them! All the office workers left their desks to have a closer look and pet him, which of course made him more determined to get into the next open door LOL

As is becoming the normal everyone in the street also had to come over and see him close up, if I had a quid for every time I have heard ‘I have never seen such a gorgeous cat’ all my financial worries would be over.

When we got to the falls there were several guys fishing, they all had to pet him and ask about his breed etc, one guy in particular was really interested and I spent a good half hour chatting with him about cats & dogs and pedigree breeding issues.

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Toshiaki Has Arrived

June 30th, 2010 by Louise

Toshi - 27/06/2010Towanreef Prince Toshiaki (Toshi) arrived home on Friday 25th June 2010, waaahooo.

The journey back to Paisley from the other side of Aberdeen was a noisy one, Toshi was not at all happy about being confined to a carrier and constantly let us know. After about 30 minutes on the road we let him out of the carrier to see if that would settle him but it really made little difference.

We stopped off for a bite to eat 2/3 of the way home and let Toshi explore the car, he did settle a bit better after that but still regularly complained.

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Cat Walking Jacket Harness – With your cats name too

June 13th, 2010 by Louise

I have made a few posts about Spike and his leash training lately which mention a walking jacket/ harness I made for him.

Well just in case you are interested in leash training your cats I am making and selling the walking jacket harness’s on my other website

They are available in a choice of fabrics for both the inside and outside of the jacket – they are reversible and can be worn either way out – and you can also have you cats name put on the jacket in a wide range of colours including chrome and sparkle effects (adds some bling to your cats attire)

I think you will find them very reasonably priced at £12-50 each, and postage is charged at cost with no packing/ handling fees added to boost the price – in the UK £0-66 covers 2 jackets.

I will deliver pretty much world wide and payment accepted via Paypal & Credit/ Debit cards (Paypal account is not required to pay via cards)

Get further details on the Walking Jackets page.

Spike visits Barshaw Park for the first time

June 12th, 2010 by Louise

Spike's first visit to Barshaw ParkWhile Spike has been serving 3 months solitary confinement for smuggling corona virus I decided to make him a walking jacket harness and take him outside on a leash, he cannot go out unsupervised because he has absolutely no road sense what so ever and the last time he was out got ran over.

Well he took to the leash quite well, starting off in the back garden within 10 minutes of first putting the jacket on and lately I have been taking him just up the street to a children’s play area. He wont walk up the street but now he has got used to the play area he walks quite nicely round there.

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Spike gets a ‘Get out of jail free card’

June 11th, 2010 by Louise

Spike's first visit to Barshaw ParkI took Spike and Loula to the vet on Wednesday to have another Corona Virus serum test done. I had both tested despite Loula being negative at the first test just in case she contracted the virus in the week or so before having them tested.

I got the results on Friday and it was great news, both of them are now sero negative with a Corona Titre of zero, needless to say I had the bedroom door open and Spike back into the living room before the vet even finished speaking.

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