Saturday, 29 January 2011
Friday, 28 January 2011
PS. Sarah, thanks for the award. I haven't forgotten, I just haven't had time to do anything with it yet! You can be my 11th reason to be JOYful. :)
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
I've mixed up some Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg & Earth Love papers, chipboard and elements with some Kaiser Kraft Peechy Keen papers.
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Strangely, I was rather productive too although I'm putting that down to my 'new' technique of using up one kit at a time (and therefore saving hours just pushing paper around!) and sorting out my photos beforehand.
These LO's all use the Peechy Keen papers which came in a kit from Sarahs Cards Ltd along with a few odds and ends from my Cosmo Cricket collections- Earth Love and Nutmeg.
When love came down
These photos were taken the day that I went into labour with Emma. Mum had taken Jack into town to get him out of the way and they found this company who were offering the chance to dress up and have your photo taken in a nativity scene. Jack made a really cute shepherd and I love the bottom photo where he's taking a real interest in the baby Jesus. My journalling talks about how cute it is to see him looking so tenderly at this 'baby' when little did he know that we'd have our own baby less than 12 hours later!
I did a fair bit of detailed cutting with the craft knife here to get the photos to sit under the papers. Layered a few odds and ends of paper (wasn't that in my resolution somewhere?) and some simple journalling in a list using a Kaiser craft die cut. Mel and I had a laugh trying to create a list of 5 things I love about you cos she knows how 'high maintence' Emma is. I think our unofficial list said:
- the times when you're asleep
- the times when you're at nursery
- the times when you're at nannys
etc etc. :) Didn't think I should really put that although I do think I should find the time to scrap about the fact that I find her quite difficult at times (ok, quite a bit of the time!) Put it this way: it's a good job she isn't the eldest else she'd be an only child. ;)
Anyway, I digress....
Friday, 21 January 2011
This post is AKA Finding J.O.Y every day- right, Suz? ;-)
So, here goes...
- It's Friday. No explanation needed.
- In 9 hours time, it will officially be 'Wine O'Clock'. Bring it on!
- All day crop on Sunday with 3 Jolly scrappers. No kids, good friends, patterned paper, no kids, hot coffee, chat- did I mention no kids?
- The fact that Jack and Emma were praised yesterday for being so well behaved whilst we were out in a coffee shop and were given giant chocolate cookies by the manager as a reward. Very proud mummy moment.
- That Jack thought all Emma's dollies needed some 'booby milk' yesterday:
7. That Suz is now a good friend in my life. Definitely feeling the joy there. :)
8. Emma not waking til 7:30 this morning (not including the waking at 4am cos once I'd replaced her dummy she fell back off asleep. It was a good trade for the 5:30 wakings I thought were becoming permanent!)
9. I'm healthy, my family are healthy, most of my friends are healthy. Something I hope I never take for granted.
10. (lol: couldn't leave this post on an odd number!) We have food in our bellies and love in our hearts. Amen.
What are your reasons to be cheerful?
Thursday, 20 January 2011
I've read Lauras blog which keeps inspiring me and Sians blog after seeing it linked on UKS and particularly liked this post about 5 things she wanted to scrap.
So, here is my list of things to do and try this year with my scrapping:
- Scrap more every day stories (possibly in a 'Project Life' style?)
- Re-scrap some of my wedding photos (but without oval cutters this time) and focus more on the stories rather than the facts. I'm thinking about how I chose my dress; the preparations; the wedding 'theme'; the wedding party; getting ready etc etc. I want to record the feelings of the day so that when I'm old and grey, they'll be there to prompt that old grey matter of mine.
- Scrap photos of J and E and explain where their names came from. Explain their nicknames.
- Scrap their birthstories in a letter form to them. Both quite interesting experiences that I'd like to tell before I forget.
- Scrap a photo of our dogs.
- How I met my Husband
- More sewing on LOs - machine and hand stitching
- Use my cricut more
What's on your list to try or to scrap? Go on! Inspire me!
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Here's Mr Maker. He looks nothing like me except we both share the same hair colour. He seems to also have an interesting dress sense. I'm hoping my wardrobe choices are slightly more 'traditional' looking (plus waistcoats are so last season!). I'm not even going to mention that stupid grin or the annoying way he says: 'I've got an idea!'
Mr Maker has doodle drawers from which he pulls his 'stash' from. I have one box in a Expedit unit and a wheelie tote. I'm slightly jealous of Mr Makers drawers. Think of all the stash you could wheel to crops if you could attach these drawers to the back of your car:
He spends a lot of time talking to 4 rather cheerful characters called 'The Shapes'. They sing a rather annoying song with the repetitive lyric, 'I am a shape, la, la, la' whilst doing a rather lack lustre dance and then jumping back on to the shelf, whereby they promptly fall back asleep again.
I spend most of my day talking to 2 often less than cheerful characters who also sing annoying songs with repetitive lyrics (see previous blog post re: Little Donkey). I often wish I could stick them on a shelf and leave them there for a while but the chance of them sleeping is slim to none (3rd day in a row of 5:30am wakings in Chez Pett).
He has a friend called 'Tocky' who encourages him to 'Make things in a minute'. I can't even choose patterned papers/cardstock/photos in a minute let alone make something.
Monday, 17 January 2011
Bags packed and off to playgroup by 10. Em enjoys wearing a chocolate biscuit that I actually gave her to eat. Cream cardigan worn for less than 90 minutes is now covered in chocolate but she's happy so I'm happy. Please notice her co-ordinating hair clip which only survived for a few more minutes before she'd had enough of it.
Head home with two exhausted children:
Ok, maybe only 1 exhausted child. The other demanded that I take his photo too (gotta love that face!):
Tried to introduce J to the fabby world of dippy eggs as seen on 'Show me, Show me' this morning with mixed success. Egg cups, smashing eggs and bread soldiers were a success. Actually eating the eggs- not so good.
I think he was possibly *too* keen to smash the top. Poor egg.
Head back into waiting room to wait our 10 mins and J is quite happy to entertain other waiting patients with a 3 year olds rendition of 'The Grand Old Duke of York', complete with actions. Was quite pleased we've moved on from Christmas Carols as I was getting quite bored of hearing, 'Little Donkey, Carry Mary, Roooooaaadd' sang in a tone deaf voice that can only have been inherited from me.
Em also decided to entertain people with a new style of crawling. You just can't crawl in dresses. Your knees hold the material down too much. Far better to crawl, bum in air with straight legs. Hilarious!
Sunday, 16 January 2011
At least 3 different papers- yep, although the 3rd one can only just be seen on this shot, just under the bottom of the photo (it's a Cosmo Cricket Earth Love paper)
Use Diecuts- yep. A ticket stub and a die cut bracket above the title
Dig out some old stash to use- yep, old CC papers and a paint dabber that was lying around (I possibly overdid the paint in my enthusiasm but hey ho..)
Ink something- inked the edges of the green paper and the chipboard trees plus I stamped the date next to the ticket.
Funny how he's happy to be uploaded, huh? I know which image will brighten your Sunday evening more too! Enjoy.....
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
- Big piece of cake or small piece of cake? (Clearly the correct answer was no cake, but where's the fun in that?)
- Surely 11degrees is t- shirt weather? (As my car thermometer hit double figures for the first time in months)
- To run or not to run? (In fact work got in the way- not that I'm slacking. Oh no.)
- Those would look much better if they had inked edges (A clear indictation that scrapping is infiltrating my life when I can't even make captions for my classroom display without thinking about crafting)
- Surely it's not morning already (as J happily wakes me up at 6am)
- What part of that did you not understand? Am I wasting my time here? (Actually, this thought crossed my mind several times during my time in class today. Bang head against wall)
- I love my mum (She's so fab, looking after my kids for me and not complaining once. Life would be sooooo much more difficult if she didn't do this for us and for that I'm really grateful).
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
This is the inside of the word book that I made here
It's pretty basic inside as I wanted to finish it quickly and just use up old stash. I think I managed to use up most of the blue card that was lurking around, a sheet and a half of Thomas themed paper and some red thickers that came in a Sarahs Card Bargain box. It's fairly thick when finished:
Monday, 10 January 2011
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
My One Little Word goodies from Scrap Revolution have arrived. The words 'Kid' and 'Candy store' spring to mind.
This Pink Paislee album is so cute IRL. I'm definitely thinking clean, simple lines for the LO's for it. :) Love the multi-sized page protectors too although I did also buy some 8.5"x11" as additional inserts.
Weighing myself this morning to find I'd gained 5lb over Christmas. :(
Having to change jeans as the ones I was trying to wear were too tight.
Having J say, 'You've got a big tummy mummy'. (Nothing like a child to point out the obvious)
Having Weightwatchers drop a mail shot through my door this morning. Coincidental timing?
Starting the diet. Sigh.
Sunday, 9 January 2011
It was absolutely gorgeous- the mixture magically separates whilst cooking into a sponge top with a delicious lemony custard underneath. Yummy!
Saturday, 8 January 2011
This was the focus page for November 2010 in my Doc2010 album.
A close up of some hand cutting (perhaps don't look too hard at that bit) ;)
Friday, 7 January 2011
This one uses some echo park papers, some stitching using my WRMK sew easy tool and some punched butterflies. It was for my SIL's 25th birthday hence the 25 on the bunting.