Monday, 31 March 2008
I am going to the Enfield *MEGA* crop and taking classes with Shimelle, Traci Hudson and Debbie Jewell! Yay!! This is on the 26th of May, so not right now but soon!!
I have a list of things to do today and I am feeling so unmotivated. You know those days when you just really can't be bothered. Yes? Well, today is one of them. I cannot be bothered. I have a heap (and I mean heap) of tidying to do. And other jobs. And I promised myself I am trying out for a particular DT place that I R-E-A-L-L-Y want (not that i'm saying I didn't want any of the others I have tried for) but this one is *da bomb* (god, i'm too old to say that, surely??) and I want it. I really want it. So try I will. Just need some super cool ideas now.
Will maybe post piccies later, depending on whether or not I can pick up my motivation... ;)
Friday, 28 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
My journo'ing isn't so wonky and wobbly... I assure you it is the piccie :)
There's a tag tucked behing the piccie with some journo'ing on... Just love these photos soooo much!
And yummmmm to the sequins... I love the colour of them.
Thinking of picking off the felt flowers though... they just don't 'go' in my eyes... hmmmm.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
So yesterday, I thought things would be great. No. Emily threw up all over her 'bag' (she goes to bed in a gro-bag) and she was v.poorly. Then Kev announces he's not too good either and he chucks up too. YUCK! Needless to say he hasn't gone to work today but Emily seems back to normal...
And a while ago this happened:
Ben 'lived' in this chair for the first nine months or so of his life. I bought it for Abbeygail before she was born and it has seen through five babies and had a few babies bums in there too. It serves great as a dumping ground for stray socks, pj's and wipes etc... But it has well and truly 'died'... Today i'm going to cut off all the cute labels and some fabric to use on a LO as an ode to this fabby chair. So if anyone thinks £50 is expensive for a m&p bouncing chair. Think again. It was less than £10 per head... :)
Friday, 21 March 2008
And I hand cut the swirl, which was the same as in the scrapagogo booklet but I was kinda at a loss with this paper ~ you know when somethings just don't work??? But Ben was and still is called Chubb. He was just called Chubb for so long, in fact my kiddo's all have different names to their 'real' names. For weeks after his birth I called him Charlie dog (he had a set of clothes with a little applique dog on called Charlie) and we even considered seriously if we had given him the right name. He did look like a Charlie when he was born. He had super dark fluffy dandelion hair, you know the fine super soft stuff newborns have. I made the decision, after seeing he responded better to Charlie dog than Ben that it'd have to stop and so the Kev started calling him 'fat-boy' (he was a chubby baby tho) and it got so it seemed he was being mean to him, when he wasn't. (You cannot go to the health visitor and say 'fat-boy' as I guess that we'd have social services on our case)... So Chubb-boy was born and it just got shortned to Chubb; which is still kinda unfair because he is in no way as chubby now he's started really moving but it's just stuck. Our Chubb. Hence the weird LO title.
Today we all piled into the car and went all the way up to my sisters house for her birthday. Today she turned 39. Today she was pretty ill too.
And so we came home with nine Easter eggs, a gianormous bar of choccie, three lovely books and a huge, huge piece of fruit cake ~ which I know will be yummy.
Get Well Soon Jill...!
And tomorrow, I start a mammouth working weekend. 5:30am here I come...
Thursday, 20 March 2008
This boy really needed a snip. Now Emily didn't have a cut until she was gone 2, simply because her hair is curly-ish and didn't really grow that quickly either. But Ben's hair is curly but grows so quickly. He also doesn't really have the option of piggies either :)
So last night I braved it and snipped. Hairdressers are defo out of the question, he won't sit still to eat let alone have a hair cut! So I cut it while he was in the bath.
When Emily and I came down from finishing her bath her was really proud of it. He was grinning and pulling his newly chopped locks telling us 'cheese' ... atm everything is Cheese, juice or shuuuusssssssshhhh!
ETA: This morning it looks alot less severe... or maybe it's just growing on me :)
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Sorry, i've no idea how to do a cool link-y thingie... but yes anyhow. How excited am I??
Thank you, thank you and thank you for including me on your blog!
That I just have a mojo and it's working hard. That I can just go ahead and produce. And produce stuff I like. I'm working on the technique (if it is and I think i'm justfied to say, for me it is) of trying to jumble up my letters... I always put my title's straight or around a certain line. Never higgledy ~ piggledy. Well i'm going to try to do this AND make it look like thats how it's supposed to be (and there is the technique) because when ever I do it, it looks as if someone has sneezed alphas over my page. It's something I want to learn to do.
This paper is the funkiest, fabby-est, most favouritest paper there is out atm... (although a certain little laydee has put out her special 1 year anni kits!) The sayings on the 'Cogsmo' range are just too cute... Cannot wait to use 'whooops, It was just a malfunction!'
I have also been eagerly reading Michelle's blog (see the side links) and turning green with the fact she has a macro lens for her camera, be it that it's took her 16 years to get it... It's made me think how much i'm actually missing out on not knowing my camera. I need to do some serious learning with my special little toy. I think i'd be more willing if I had more eager children to sit still for at least two mintues while I got back to snap the shot. Or if I learnt how to switch the flash off and still keep the shutter speed up so the shots minus flash weren't all blur. But most importantly that I actually kept my camera battery charged... (yes, we are charging again... even though I have two batteries)...
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
I actually finished two LO's yesterday and the birthday project for my Sister! Hooray... and managed to chat to Ali AND break a chair completely in two... don't ask!
A sneaky peek at a little gift for a ceratin special person...
This LO i've been wanting to do for ages... Paying homage to Charlie and Lola and Pirate Squidbones.
Glitter thickers are the best and smell of yummy glue.
Check out these cute little self adhesive pearls I picked up at Sugar and Spice...
I know i've scrapped this piccie before but each time I never seem to do it 'justice'... Still feel i've lost it here. The colour are alittle manic.
It was entitled 'When I was thin...' which atm is a big thing as i'm so blummin' fat... hence why the chair prob broke.
And i'm working on a cute LO with my fabby Cosmo Cricket 'Cogsmo' range... ooooh it's super delish.
Monday, 17 March 2008
But of course, this means I am bogged down with stuff atm. The kiddo's and work being the main two. Then DT work, submissions and creating a cute little project to go along with my Sis's birthday gifts... AND it's come at the exact wrong time but I am (yet again) addicted to Facebook.
I guess all scrapbookers should have some affinity to facebook, after all it is all about our past ~ isn't it? Well, it is for me anyhow. Yesterday I spent time laughing and thinking about the 'old days'. In April it will be 10 whole years since I left the little village I still hold in my heart as home. Weird because when I lived there, alot of me couldn't wait to leave... But since having kiddo's there is a weird tug on me back to that place which made me, me.
Will post piccie's of projects later!
Friday, 14 March 2008
So I have created these two LO's. The house is pretty funky (well, I think so)... just to prove Basic Grey is so much more than just patterned paper for the 'sally scrapbooker'.
Stitching on LO's just is the best. Especially when it's totally freehand...
And my animal magic LO is just my most fave piccie atm. Emily was just so happy that day.
This funky stamp was one from a previous SoML kit or you can find Sara on etsy ~ she is punkfrog!
Glitter is wonderful ... but I can't help thinking everyone thinks i'm nutty... we are all covered in a chocolatey coloured glitter! Still it made the letters just look lush! The buttons are actually vintage ones ~ in 'real life' they are really worn and even have the old cotton still in them... handy for me as then I don't have to re-cotton them :)
Thursday, 13 March 2008
And I had no more of this exact colour either. Bummer.
I had nearly finshed the handles and had sewed on blue ribbon to them, I was just sewing on the last handle and finishing up sewing on the gorgeous robot trim to the band around the top... when... whirrrrrrrrrrrr. I knew that was my bobbin thread gone. So I refill my bobbin and in doing so, my reel emptied of cotton.
Just as this funky bag was about to be use-able and finished! Luckily I have a super dooper friend who happens to be going into town today and might just manage to collect me two reels of this cotton so I can finish it up tomorrow night.
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
See how cute this fabric is...?!!!
I did this.
Emily is continually fascinated by my tools and the crafts I do. I am loving the fact she is so inquisitive (sp?!), it does have it's down sides though. That felt pens and paper just don't cut the mustard with her now. She wants double sided sticky tape (or stickers as she calls it) and fancy paper and card and of course any ribbon she can get her hands on.
Most of all this afternoon she wanted to sew. She sat watching patiently for a whole hour the needle clacking along and me pinning fabric. She sat paitiently watching the cotton reel whizzing round. It's a shame it's not finished for her to see what I was making but it's nearly there...
P.s. Robots are cuter than ever!
I seem to have got my 'thang' back and am well and truly motivated to make a sucess of things. I feel like a million dollars. Ok, maybe not quiet a million. Actually maybe far from a million but, anyhow. I feel good.
I feel good that I am back in control now. Which sounds weird because I was never out of control, it just felt that way. Isn't it weird how having a job, being more than just a 'mum' gives you sooo much more than you could ever imagine? I feel like the 'girl' I was before kids; 'cept I am like, hmmmm 6 stone (yes really) heavier :( That is my next task although I guess it will prove much harder than anything I have ever done before. Giving up food is so hard for me. I love food. I mean like, really love food. But for now I am happy being me again, be it that I feel I am living in someone else's fat body... lol.
I have a long list of things to do this week. Two being apply for another DT position, gotta be in it to win it right?? And then I have a lot of little and big projects kicking about. And these came today...
And I have serious plans for these babies.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
1 ~ the washing machine that should've been here yesterday ... but wasn't came this morning.
AND (and I might add far more importantly)
2~ SoML kit for March!! YAY! I lurve it. And so off I go snapping the box, the whole build up, the beautiful pile of stash inside and guess what? My camera battery dies :( Well, thats ok, I think. But no because some lazy girl did not charge the other battery last time that one died :(
I can tell you now the kits are mounting up and I love it! I love having a whole range and selection of products to use. I just am a stash-a-hollic. But I will tell you what is my absolute fave thing about these kits... The stamps. Just see how gorgeous they are. No where else have I seen such kitsch stamps and cool designs like these. I am building up a collection of them all. ('cept I found out I lost my tape one which I am defo going to reorder next month)
And this little beauty Sara so kindly threw in too... Thank you!!! The bike is super cute!
Last night I worked on a little rainbow book. It was a slow work in progress yesterday, I guess the weekend caught up with me and I was on the phone to my sister for 1.5 hours... just catching up and it's her birthday on Good Friday, so we are all going up to see her. I have no idea what to get her for her birthday, although she did give me a few ideas which i'm going to check out this week. And I have a fabby project idea to make for her :)
One of my h-u-g-e projects is nearly complete. I have another week of waiting around for a few answers and things to come to me in the mail and then i'll be good to go and share the whole idea. I am pretty excited by it all and hope that everyone else is too...! Fingers crossed.
Monday, 10 March 2008
This is even while they have a treat in MacDonalds. He just does not want to have to sit still at all. But I did mange to buy Emily a nice new top ~ purely for scrapping reasons. Yes, I like it. In fact I love it. BUT It is covered in tiny red mushrooms and I have a fabby stamp I have been dying to use on a LO. So while Ben slept til 9:15am this morning Emily and me got the camera out and took a few snaps of her in her new top. If you're not a scrapper you'll think i'm mad, sad or both but you scrappers will understand.
I got Ben a cute shirt too with a skinny Greenday-esque tie. Yes, I know it's soooo impractical and I doubt he'll even keep it on just for pictures. But it was the most cutest thing i've seen for him in a long time. And it has a cute little skull and cross bones tag which will be cannabalised once he no longer fits into it... :)
And here as promised is a revised snowman, looking alittle more finished than he did before...