Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Tonight is new years and i'm working. With Kev off from teaching, I have been working day in and day out since Saturday. I'll finish on Sunday and I can honestly say, i'll be pooped. 5:20am every morning does NOT agree with me. The freezing cold frost is more than enough to make me happy i've got plenty of meat on my bones :lol: I have been very happy working with Jodie though... she doesn't half make me smile.
On the crafting front... I have been making stuff...! Lots and lots and lots of stuff. And of course I went to Sugar and Spices PJ crop and finished 4 LO's... YES 4!!! Also me and a couple of friends have booked up a little cottage to go and stay in, in Feb... We will be scrapping the days and nights away. I am already thinking about the projects I want to finish/start and have a go at. I am going to order piccies too (usually I just print myself but it takes much longer than you ever think it will)... I have classes to design and put together for Sugar and Spice (!) I am defo doing another card class and a LO/mini :)
I have ordered my Studio Calico kit, after completely using my last main kit... I have yet to start the new calendar I got as an add on but I figure this afternoon would be a good time to start with it being the 31st of December. This year I plan to make the most of these beautiful kits after getting some very, very sad news in December... that Sara has decided to take a break from SoML kits :( Her stamps were just the best and the cutest. The kits were my all time fave and i'm absolutely miserable that I won't be having a kit in January. (and to boot she is one of the sweetest ladies) Still I ordered a healthy dose of Studio Calico this month and cannot wait until it arrives... I will be stalking the postie from next week until it arrives ;)
Right off to see if that camera battery has enough juice....
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
And to make things busier... Crimbo is literally just around the corner. Do you know how busy things are going to get???!! Luckily because we had an early Crimbo with my sister and her three, I really haven't many gifts left to get. Just bits for friends, the rest of Bens and Kevs. The items that stress me most are wrapping paper *grr* long tubes + busy streets = stress :)
I have written mostly all of the cards we are going to send and so they need to be stamped/weighed and sent...
Emily has her first Crimbo concert next week :) :) :) She is very excited :) and i'm hoping that we are all over colds by then. I have work all weekend and after this weekend, I don't particulary look forward to it. Saturday at work was a very stressful 15 hours long. I was happy to be home though and not just because I was home but because I knew that I wasn't going back on Sunday ;)
And I have been making. I just need to upload. That is the story of my life.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
This is the first pic i've scrapped of my eldest sis. Kinda hard to do, our relationship is pretty much non-exsitent. But this photo was taken at a happy time. A time when I wish I had more photos.
Look away if you're easily offended!!
This one is pretty rude! 'Scuse the rude-ness... Taken from the 'dares' book... I just knew this title was so apt.
I am loving the green in this picture, esp. when atm there is hardly any green around :)
And these last few are just a peek at how amazing my SoML CJ is... I just think you gals rock the scrappy scene...
Michelle, I totally agree with you here. I miss freedom too and although i'd never be without my kiddos the whole 'responsibility' thing can get alittle heavy from time to time.
Sara, this LO made me cry. I can't believe how much strength your relationship must have for you to be apart and how strong you must be for Hunter. :wub you:
Thanks for stopping by... now I have room on my camera I can take more pics... I just uploaded 103!! :) More projects to follow!
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
- Today, I have made 3 lovely little gifts from old scrapping supplies (ok, the paper was new but the paint cans were just gathering dust).
- I have hoovered the stairs... (told you they were random)
- I am currently watching Emily prance around in her HSM get-up.
- I am already starting to think about my new years resolutions...
- I have been trying to organise my scrapping supplies for over a week now. (to no avail)
- I love facebook!
- I have a CJ to post!
Other than tidying, working (!) and just being on Mum duty... I haven't much to report. I am planning on trying to photograph all my projects and get them on here though. I know that my scrappy pics have been non-exsitent lately and am planning on not being so slack.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
On Mondays life is a whirl as i've worked all weekend and the house is in chaos... So I spend the morning trying to tidy up, the kiddos want to spend time with me and Em has school in the afto.
On Tuesdays we just do things together. We play and I carry on with the mammouth task of washing and drying.
On Wednesdays Em is at school until 1pm so we rush around to get her there and then Ben and I have some time together. He is so happy and easy on his own... no squabbling :) :) :)
On Thursdays (today) we have the major clean/tidy up/housework day. The whole of downstairs is blitzed. Yes, we hoover more or less everyday but on Thursdays things are done properly. The ironing gets done *groan*, all the mounting opened mail gets put away. The washing and ironing is put away. More washing is done.
I get myself ready for the weekend ~ I feel that if the house is in some sort of order, I am ready to work non-stop from Friday AM til Sunday PM. This is how it is every weekend.
And i'm not saying that I don't like it like this. I actually like feeling busy. Knowing I have heaps to do. Mentally it keeps me healthy. I feel happy and my life has a purpose. I have a purpose in making sure the house, our home ticks over for a whole three days on its own.
So, that's what i've been doing today. Getting ready for the weekend (workend) and the special visitors we have coming next weekend.... My sister is coming with her three for Saturday and we are all so excited :)
Other than all of that... Marion has gone away for a few weeks to Florida, so all hands to the pump in the shop... and I am teaching two classes on Sunday *which I still have kits to make up for*! I am also trying to makemy Crimbo cards and get them all ready to go out on December the first. This year I promise to send friends in the US and OZ cards and little gifts.
I have two of the best kits to use up too. Firstly my SoML kit arrived a while ago (www.story-kits.com/store) and my studio calico (www.studiocalico.com) both of them have some weathervane yummies in them. I just had to order Mr.Campy stamps from Sara @ SoML too ;) that range is just so retro and cool. I also have a heap of stamps (I am loving those cheapie imaginisce ones ~ which are fab quality) which I haven't used... :( And a heap of halloween goodies I still have to use up! My mojo just seems to have vanished into thin air atm. Maybe getting some piccies printed up might spur me into scrapping...?
...Or maybe my mojo is fleeting because i'm spending tooooooo much time chatting to scrappy buddies on facebook... I am so totally happy a few US gals I know have joined facebook! I am absoloutely addicted to flitting around, sending IM's and nattering. :)
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
- Emily currently is hoping for a pink DS for Crimbo.
- I am hoping for a peaceful night of scrapping.
- Kev is most probably hoping for West Ham to win.
- Ben is hoping not to get caught when he delves into the cutlery draw for the hundreth time today.
- I am hoping on a lotto win this weekend (same as every Saturday).
- I am hoping that the kiddos don't get this sickness bug going around.
- I am hoping that I will be well when I have to go in for my exploratory surgery.
- I am hoping that everyone I know is health and safe, no matter where in the world they are.
- I am hoping that I will enjoy 'The Family' tonight.
- I am hoping that I will always appreciate HOPE.
Do you get me? Do you get the HOPE thing too? I Guess I may want to start a HOPE Journo too.
So, what else has happened to me in the last 24 hrs. Not much. I had drs app. I have to have exploratory surgery which I am not so happy about :( You know I am pretty worried about it. I guess though that millions of peeps each day have surgeries and are ok. I just worry what might be wrong with me to need it. And so in preperation I had to go and have a blood test today. Which is pretty much as traumatic as being told you need surgery LMAO. My veins are non-exsistent. Even for a fat bird :) So after being stabbed a few times and having my arm totally butchered, I have a huge swollen purple bruise. Which has made me cranky as the kids always seem to hang off this arm, which now hurts. I HOPE they stop. ;) But it's nice to know after two years someone is listening to me. I have HOPE.
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Right now I think it's be good to have an ongoing random journo full of natter. All the stuff that gets forgotten. Like how Ben is obssessed by saying 'all~gone'. Like the fact Emily stays for lunch at pre-school tomorrow for the first time ever... Like the fact I am learning to let go.
So today I have to go buy a new notebook. (I hear you *like you don't have a million already*) I have a docs app this afto too... so it'll be a good little treat to myself afterwards. And then Kev has to go back to work and teach the evening class. I will have kiddos in bed on time :) and then surround myself in paper. With wine. With a yummy supper. And try and be a good student. I will get my homework done. I will try and print out all those fabby flashcards teachie has created lovingly. I will not deviate onto facebook and spend endless hours laughing to myself like a weirdo ;)
I will also complete the kit blog sketches and upload them. I will also think of a cool project to do with this months kit.
Monday, 3 November 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
My heart is with this lovely lady on the right who was his wonderful partner and her son, I hope they can find the strength to get through this hard time together and with the support of those who love them.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Emily had her first pre-school parents evening last night! Yes, we finally got her into the school we wanted to and it was well worth the wait. She loves it, they love her and it is one of the best childcare places I have seen. She is having a blast while she is there and the ladies all seem to love her. She has taken an enormous shine to Natalie and has even let her french plait her hair. (Emily is just not one for hairstyles and would let it look like a haystack if i'd let her) Natalie is special. After all the aprehension aboutleaving her anywhere, I am really, really happy with them. Kev finally got to see inside and see what Emily had been nattering on about... Won't be all that long til she starts full time school and Ben and I will be left home alone without our bubbly little bunny :( My babies are growing too fast!
And I am waiting eagerly for October afternoon to come into here: www.sugarandspicecrafts.co.uk
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Is anyone so confused with Studio Calico??? I have no idea if my subscription to their kits is taken automatically any more??? I have no idea if I will get an October kit, as the money hasn't come from my account. The whole thing sucks. I know that the whole subscription through themselves rather than paypal is probably a much better idea (eps. when we're up at 5am trying to bag the add ons we want, only to be redirected to paypal to find it took too long and now the add ons have sold out :( ) but I have no idea if i'm supposed to order my main kit or not??? If my subscription has gone through or what! At least with the paypal I knew they automatically took the money for the main kit a few days before and it would also serve as a reminder to the add on release on the 28th. This month I missed out. Although, i'm not too sad as they weren't my cuppa and I have the biggest mountain of full embellie packets, papers mounting and all scrapping supplies going untouched. I need to get scrapping!
I am excited though that it's SoML (www.story-kits.com/store) release morning tomorrow (night if you're in the US) So at 5am I will be up hanging around for those add ons... I loved last months kit! I just love the rainbow colours and this one, from the sneaky peek look full of halloween goodness (the stamp looks fab:) ) ... this is the one kit I just have to have every month. Sara is the best at kits!
Talking of Sara too, I got my US CJ back ;) Oh my, it is full of some of the most talented scrapping ladies on the planet. And i'm proud to say my journo has braved and stayed together for well over a year and visiting many homes in the US and Canada. Thank you girls! I am going to take pics and share with you all, although I look back now and see how naff my scrapping style was *groan* and feel it kinda lets the whole album down. And back to Sara, she did the most heart wrenching story in my journo. I wanna let y'all know how super special she is to deal with her hubbie away and bring up a little guy and holding it all together. The whole CJ has put me in touch with some very inspirational women and not just in scrapping terms. I've heard tales of hubbies loosing jobs, met (ok, just online...but maybe some day our bank balance and kids will allowfor a trip) the most fabby women, losses, heart aches and new babies *Congrats Gina!* I am just amazed that there are women out there that are so strong and give inspo to us all. I feel touched that many of you shared a little bit of you in my journo. Thank you. It has made me want to scrap all day and night long!
I was teaching two classes on Sunday... (and got some beautiful flowers from Barbie ~ thank you!) and heard some great news too! I can't share just yet as it's a big secret and I feel privalidged to know... :) :) :) I am busy making something special for that special person. She is yet another inspirational woman that scrapping has put me in touch with. I am hoping that Nicky, who joined us in the family tree class has finally had a go with her cricut!
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
On a lighter note... http://www.scrapinstyletv.com/portfolio/view_layout.php?layout_id=92234&user_id=561 check this out!!!
Monday, 15 September 2008
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Emily starts school soon :) :) :) And she has three trial sessions before she actually starts for two sessions a week in September! Yay. She is so excited and so am I! Although I have major issues about leaving her, she needs some special school time ;)
Tomorrow we are off to see our friends and their little girl Ruby... who is now one and not a little itty bitty baby. So we are driving over to Epping and off for a nice garden picnic with good friends tomorrow... and a relax too :P
Happy rest of the summer holidays!
Thursday, 14 August 2008
I have heaps of pics to post but seens as my SoML kit came yesterday and my Studio Calico came today :) I am far too busy to do posting! ;)
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
I have missed skirting round your blogs and catching up with you all through emails and forums! I want to hear all about your trip Michelle :)
I took my first two full classes at Sugar and Spice on Sunday, I hope you all liked them. And thank you to Nina for the nice note welcoming me early on Sunday morning when I got there to set up! It made me smile :) The jacobs ladder class did cause alot of giggles... when a few of us had to unstick them a few times or we'd of sent you home with a huge drinks coaster! The house stitching LO went down well and i'm looking forward tro seeing them with piccies in and of course the new LO's you make with the stitching and someof the ideas Jayne was coming up with were fabby!!
I also have a hetic few weeks with work. Since Kev officially breaks up today but then is going in for a few days to tidy up and catch up with marking and tie up ends... I know we have a busy summer ahead of us. We have visitors this week in the shape of Grandad and Paul. I have work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday *phew* I'm going to be pooped! Monday is Studio Calico release day :) :) :) And I have a $10 off code for newbies... On Tuesday I have to post my Studio Calico CJ and I have two days of training at London Care. ( I am not looking forward to this. I have heard mixed reviews... ;) and tbh the whole place is pretty dire just recently) Thursday I have a free day *yay*! Friday is then the 1st of August (seriously where is the year going??) and is SoML release day *hooray for kits* (esp. Sara's) and I have work at Sugar and Spice! Then the Saturday and Sunday I have two demo~ing days at Fidgeons :) I am not going to stop. This is of course all mixed in with housework *ha ha*, childcare, scrapping time and trying to be a dutiful other half *PMSL*...
Well... gotta get on with the mountain of ironing, washing up and of course lunch for my littlies :)
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Well, apart from my nasty lil' virus i've been very, very, very busy! Working lots, trying to catch up with washing and general chores around the house. I have been busy thinking about all the birthdays we have coming up in September. We have an unbelievable 6 birthdays and so I have lots of present buying to do.
Emily finally went into her big girls bed, so far we have had no wandering at all!! Except she does call me in to put the duvet back on her at some un-godly hour ;) which is not so good... She has had her birthday present early, in the shape of a spangly pink bike ~ tasles, bells, hooters and all...!
I have been teaching at Sugar and Spice (www.sugarandspicecrafts.blogspot.com) and start my Sunday classes this week! Yay!! :) I am also busy getting the finishing touches to my Fidgeons Demo~ing day on August the 2nd and 3rd!
And of course I have been inundated with beautiful goodies from this special laydee www.story-kits.com/store She really does have the best kits ever. Thank you Sara! x
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
I have always loved paper. It started from, well ok. I don't know when but I always have. Maybe it's because as a kid we never had much. We actually never wanted for much either. We lived in a small, weenie, weenie village (which has since grown to a huge size...) and we either played outside all day long or I was inside drawing, making with flour glue and cutting. In fact pretty much like Emily is now. As soon as Ben goes up for his nap she asks to 'do making'. :)
Anyhow. Maybe thats why I love paper so. I'm pretty sure it's where my love affair started. I was never one to be bored when it was rainy. I loved it. It was a perfect excuse to lock myself in my bedroom and draw.
And then along came these:
These are little books full of teenage angst dating and dilemas. Oh my. They really do make me giggle, blush and justwant to cringe in a corner. You know, it's weird the whole take a teenager has on the world and the peeps around them. They are full to the brim with notes, piccies and little bits i'd collected that we used to call 'justice'... huh??? Don't ask!
These books are to special to me. They are semi-scrapbooks of my former self, someone whom i'm sure none of you would even recognise and I know I don't even know if i'd recognise myself either. It just has really made me realise how potentially special my scrapbooks will be to Emily and Ben; but only if I scrap all of those photographs which aren't perfect and the memories which aren't perfect too. The tears, tantrums and trials of todderlerdom and beyond. It's important. It really is them.
So I guess it's opened my eyes to scrapping me alittle more, not just for them and their kids (Emily just loves hearing about 'Grannie' (my mum) and me telling her stories) but for me too. For my sanity and for how I actually am. And I don't just mean the fluffy stuff either. I mean everything. Warts and all. It's all me. I am after all only human (I know alot of you think otherwise *ha ha*) And i'd really like to be able to include these little books full of my life in there somewhere... it's just how. How to fit over 7 books of little memories and little snippets into a scrapbook LO or mini book... hmmmm. I'm thinking hard on that one.
But I started a cool little book. Remember 'fake' wood patterned wallpaper?? Yes? I'm sure you do. Well, when we lived at Babbington Road ~ the whole of our lounge was covered in it (and i'm pretty sure we had this whole fishing net thing going on too on the ceilling) ... So yesterday I get the cutest little kit from SoML (www.story-kits.conm/store) and it has the cutest sheet of woodgrain contact paper in. Honestly. It looked as if it was just right there from our lounge wall in the 80's. I love it :) And the 7gypsies journo it came with is just super perfect too. I started to work on it. I guess part of me just would quiet happily forget the first seven years of my life. But it made me strong and so I feel it's time to bare all and get it down on paper ~ free therapy ;) 'Cept not tonight as i'm working :( and Kevy is off to see Ben Folds and Nannie is babysitting... which worries me because she has never ever put the kids to bed before. Not once. Not ever and I know they will be fine (except everyone has had sleepless nights cause we have this terrible cold and temp that is going about) but you know how we worry. And boy, do I worry.
P.S. If you got to the end of this post well done on you! Give yourself a gold star/smiley face/sweetie... God, I can natter :P
Monday, 23 June 2008
So. I guess its kinda tidy. I have bagged up all my scraps and non 12"x12" sheets, boxed my whole 12"x12" sheets, boxed all my stamps, boxed my embellies and bagged all my alphas. I even have a box now for adhesives... I just know it will never stay this way and in any case, how do you scrap and stay tidy?! I seriously need some suitable space saving scrapping storage. Like now.
And the plan today is to absolutely blitz the bookshelves that 'supposedly' hold my stash, so as it can all find a nice home...........
................... Also I need to tackle a huge amount of ironing, washing, cleaning and general naff chores.
p.s. Congrats to Nina's sister and family who have welcomed their new bubba :)
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
And this is a little sneaky~peek of one of the classes I will be running at Sugar and Spice! I just am loving the whole new fancypants ranges atm :) And with this LO I am officially reviving sponge painting :lol:
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
But even though, I could possibly fall asleep anywhere today ~ I am all inspired and feeling creative! I feel all ready to make, make and make some more :) I just have some really cool ideas for LO's, mini books and just 'stuff'. So I am busy thinking them through in my head and working out the best possible way to get everything done so I can go make....
And seens as I forgot my camera yesterday (and (I call myself a scrapbooker!) I have no pics of the actual day ~ but Nina and Marion do!!! So go and peek at their blogs :)
Friday, 13 June 2008
So we talked classes and talked about new ideas. We talked about a monthly kit for the shop and I am sooooo happy :) I cannot tell you how much this whole job is not actually like a job. So watch this space (and here : http://www.sugarandspicecrafts.blogspot.com/ and here: http://www.sugarandspicecrafts.co.uk/) and maybe get our newsletter if you fancy a fabby class...
Tomorrow i'm back to reality of London Care, split shifts and chaos. I am kinda really looking forward to it but partly sad that now, this job means alot less to me... Hey~ho. I'm sure it will be ok.
Well, more piccies soon... I'm working on a cute Hambly overlay book using the fan-tab-u-lous 'Berry sweet' range; don'tcha just love it???
Thursday, 12 June 2008
So last night, all I did was measure, snip and stick paper. Kev kindly turned to me as I had been working for over 3 hours snipping and such and asked: " Don't you ever get fed up of it? "... *gasp*!!! Fed up of paper??? NEVER! :)
The anticipation is also building for tomorrow... Yes tomorrow I start my new little job with Sugar and Spice. I can't wait. My head is full of ideas and good stuff. Infact any more stuff in there will send me into a melt down and my brain to mush. I have sooo much to do too but I do thrive on being semi~stressed, very busy and occupied. So today I have a heap of jobs to complete. Right now... I'm on top of everything and slowly the jobs are being knocked off.
Also on Monday !!! I have an exciting *full* on day with Sugar and Spice doing a few workshops with Lance from Rusty Pickle and Scrapgenie... ;)
P.s. Emily can write her own name :) Clever lil' thing!
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Yes, I have had quiet alot of good news lately, hence why i've been alittle AWOL with this blog...
Firstly I was emailed by Teresa from Fidgeons Crafts (http://www.fidgeonscrafts.co.uk/) to go up and do two days demo~ing in August! Yay! Which of course I said yes too :) So currently i'm rolling around in Cosmo Cricket and Tinkering Ink and totally enjoying coming up with lots of fabby projects for that weekend :)
Secondly ... and probably most unexpectedly and totally fabby is that I went into Sugar and Spice (http://www.sugarandspicecrafts.co.uk/) and Marion asked me if I wanted a job there! Hooooooray! :) Of course I said yes *and did a huge happy dance* ~ the shop is so yummy and welcoming :) So I start this Friday.
So I am totally imersed in crafty projects, cutting paper and loving cardstock. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to be given a chance to go for it and enjoy my hobby, these two fabby ladies have given me the chance to make my hobby part of my job. I won't be giving up London Care just yet... but who knows what the future holds?
Of course, with all this 'my love of lists' just got mega long... I have 16 tasks already and none of these are housework/mummy related. But I just am loving the fact i'm so busy :)
I also have downloaded this (http://www.craftedge.co.uk/) software for my expression. Honestly, buy it! It's the best and yesterday I cut some fabby fonts from my lappy. And I have also been told you can create your own designs in inkscape *whoooosh* hear that bit of technology fly over my head??! I may try, when I have more time...
And I have been 'making' lots too... Lots of LO's a few mini projects... heaps...
This one I did a while ago but forgot to upload. The piccie I used is an oldie (from 1981 *hears gasps*) and it was my first birthday :) The whole'wood' look just reminds me of back then, when we had that hideous fake wood wallpaper (yes, really!).
A simple mini of one gorgeous boys love of pocoyo.... Using one complete sheet of patterned paper and then a few scraps (and those lurverly hambly atc overlays!)
This piccie screamed out for lilac and purple paper... A random LO documenting my product love!
Mirrors on LO's are so cool. Stamping on mirrors works well too :)
And check out all the cool co'ordinations cardstock I used to cover those gorgeous chipboard stars....
And this last LO is just specially dedicated to Shaulean... She really is so fabby! And the colour of this LO really reflects her personality ~ bright, bubbly and super fantastic :)
Friday, 30 May 2008
Thursday, 22 May 2008
I decided to get a new moby a while ago. I figured now I was working alot I needed something reliable. Well, the phone I ordered came with an ipod touch. Well... it came yesterday and despite being the most dumbest person when it comes to technology I can use it! And I love it :) So last night I put a few CD's on there. It's a cool little thing.
So today, i'm going to sew myself a funky little case for it.