Friday, 30 April 2010
"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go ...." because it's the Shimelle crop at Eclectic Keepsakes tomorrow. 22 little photos neatly packed in individual envelopes ready for me to look at, sigh, and think 'that's not suitable at all' but I have a variety of ideas for each page so fingers crossed.
Talking of fingers, I am also taking plasters, antiseptic wipes and a handbag sized pack of tissues - just in case ... I'm not sure the official Health & Safety expert, aka my husband, would approve if he could see the amount of sharp implements in my bag. I had to change the blade in my trimmer this afternoon, that was a bit of a potential disaster waiting to happen but here I am, still with 8 fingers and 2 thumbs and not a speck of blood in sight!
So that's how I'm spending between 10am and 6pm. Then a quick drive home and over to friends for an Indian takeaway night, and then I have a rather important project to get home for which kicks off in California at 10pm (US time). I calculate that as 6am Sunday here which is an odd time to set out for a wild party but hey - it sounds like fun and well worth making the effort for.
In fact, it sounds like so much fun that I'd really like you to come along too, check back here on Sunday and see what's been going on !
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
Nope, this is all for me to know about and the rest of you to imagine!
Sunday, 25 April 2010
It's been an odd time since I last blogged, my 86 year old father in law has collapsed and been taken into hospital twice, now safely home, only to have mother in law feeling poorly too. Then on Friday I had to go the the funeral of a guy I was at school with. It really isn't right to be going to funerals of people my own age and it was a very emotional day for those ex-classmates that were able to attend. So many happy, silly school days memories. I can honestly say that I loved my school days, my classmates were such a good crowd and many of us have kept in touch over the last 34 years since we left. Put us in a room together and we all immediately slip back into an easy friendship.
Eureka! I'm going to go through the old school photos, plenty of scrapping opportunities there ...
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Year 9 is , I feel, the hardest year for a girl. You're 13 going on 14, too old to be considered a child but too immature to be a young woman. You're at that age where you want to push boundaries, if only to find out what happens when you do. You're trying to keep up with your peers even if some of the things you hear and see are confusing. Some of you will be trying to find something smart to say in any given situation just as a small act of rebellion.
Today we had a fire drill and I left the building behind a group of Year 9 who were leaving the science block. Protocol dictates that we all evacuate the buildings in silence, but there were a couple of girls laughing and chattering. 'Girls! Silence! Stop talking immediately' came the orders from the science teacher. As I walked past them I overheard one say to the other 'Yeah, right. 'Cos it's only people who are talking that get burnt in a fire.' Great logic eh?
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Anyway - to take my mind off the pain and distress and immobility of hand, I am going to concentrate on my list of requirements for the May 1st crop with SHIMELLE . Houston, I think we may have a problem. 22 photos. TWENTY TWO? I have problems finding 2 per crop, how am I going to find 22? Looks like we are doing 9 pages including title and closing pages so it will be a busy day. I shall need to stay well away from sharp instruments! So that is 22 photos (did I mention that already?) all in the theme of sprigtime, love or family. 22 photos all in the same theme? Oh I feel faint ....
The papers we will be using are from the Dear Lizzy range. Go check them out, aren't they gorgeous?!!!
Twenty two photos ... pass me the sugar lumps Doc .....
Monday, 19 April 2010
First we had McDreamy
Then we had McSteamy
And then today I had an email from Sian which made me laugh so much I could hardly type a reply. Seems there is a new character chomping at the bit to get on the series.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
This kind of thing makes you realise how dependant we have all become on aircraft. I have another friend who is moving overseas who had gone on ahead of his wife to get their new home sorted - she was due to join him yesterday - no chance. As an island nation we have few other options - although the channel tunnel has made a huge difference to getting over to Europe now, but I suspect that Eurostar quickly became oversubscribed yesterday.
When my husband went to go to work this morning, the car had a very fine layer of some kind of dust over it but that is the only sign that there is anything untoward going on. We have blue skies and bright sunshine, how can we possibly be surrounded by volcanic dust?!
So this is an unusual subject for a post but it's such an exceptional situation I thought I should blog it for future reference.
Meanwhile, Rinda has posted her tutorial for the altered house, no prizes for guessing how I will be spending my day today ;-)
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Sunday, 11 April 2010
A blink of an eye and I was dropping him off at playschool, taking him to swimming lessons and running around like a mad woman trying to keep up with him when he took part in Mini Movers (a toddler gym activity).
He was an amazing escapologist and when we used to pick my daughter up from school I was always the mother charging the length of the school field because their toddler son had released himself from his buggy straps and refused to wait nicely for the final bell to ring.
He loved moving up to primary school where his big sister was, although she once told me that I had to have a word with him and he was standing with his nose pressed up against the window waiting for her to finish her school lunch and expecting her to play with him in the playground. It really isn't cool to play with your 5 year old brother when you are 8.
He looked so grown up in his black suit when he moved up to the Boys High School when he was 11 and he started to exert his independence.
Suddenly he is a young man, in his 2nd year of studying politics at Sheffield and loving every minute of university life. But underneath that grown man who now towers over me and whose unshaved chin grazes my cheek when he gives me a hug, he'll always be my little boy. So when he told me with excitement of his plans to travel via Interrail throughout Europe for a month this summer, starting off the tour in Croatia and ending in Berlin - I was thrilled for him but a little part of me felt a pang of 'Oh my goodness .....'
Saturday, 10 April 2010
So today is another day, the sun is shining, I am wearing summer clothes and the plan is to eat lunch out in the garden. This is the last day of my son's Easter break and we have the long journey back to Sheffield tomorrow, so I have to make the most of 'mum time' today!
The daughter's mood is brighter today and it seems like they have both decided it is worth trying to keep things going so ... who knows, we could be going through this again in a months time or it could be the impetus they needed to make it work.
I'm going to try and get some photos taken today, I am going to a crop on May 1 where the guest designer is Shimelle! Yes, I am going to meet the Queen of Scrapbooking! Yay!!! I'm so looking forward to it but now I need to make sure I have enough new photos to do pages worthy of her attention. Oh the stress ;-)
Thanks again for your kind words of support, they made a big difference!
Friday, 9 April 2010
My brother in law started radiotherapy this week and whilst it is a bad thing that he has had the diagnosis that he needs to have it, I have to convince myself that it is a good thing too as it hopefully marks the start of his recovery. This treatment comes at a stressful time for my sister as her daughter is expecting her first baby mid May. This is my niece who lost a baby last year and who is prone to Strep infections so the moment she goes into labour, she needs to get straight to hospital to be put on an antibiotic drip. So again, a worrying time but hopefully marking the start of happy times.
Back on the home front, I have an angry son who has just found out that one of his 2nd year uni exams falls on the day his girlfriend of 2 years flies out to Africa for 9 weeks of voluntary work in a school, so he cannot go to the airport as planned to wave her off. I have a distraught tearful daughter possibly in the midst of breaking up with her boyfriend of 7 months, unsure what is the right thing to do and dreading making a wrong decision and regretting it. I have a husband whose job is unsettled, much changes afoot at work and a lot of uncertainty there. I am the kind of person who does try hard to see silver linings in grey clouds and normally I would say it is probably better for my son to say goodbye at home rather than in an airport, and that Mr Right is waiting round the corner for my daughter. Sometimes it is easier than others to put a positive spin on things, and today I am struggling.
Thanks for listening! I feel better for having put it all down in a post, but will quite possibly delete this at a later date!
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Sunday, 4 April 2010
The weekend here got off to a good start, I went to a crop run by Eclectic Keepsakes and they had a guest designer there , SJ Dowsett, who had designed some adorable cards for us to make. They were fun to do and you've just got to admire the talent that S J has. I have trouble drawing a straight line with a ruler, so no way could I design little characters like these:
The first half of the day is allocated to doing your own projects and we were also given a sketch challenge to do. I've forgotten to photograph the design I came up with for that at the moment, but I also used the time to do the 'chipboard' prompt from the Shimelle class. I have so little chipboard that this was a tough one for me, but I sneaked a few bits onto this page and hope it qualifies for the 'chipboard' category. Speaking of Shimelle ... guess who is the guest designer appearing IN PERSON at the next crop .....
Friday, 2 April 2010
By the time I started scrapbooking, I think buttons had reached their height of fashion and other things had taken their place in the embellishment world. I can think of no other reason why I do not have the dozens of buttons that other people have! In fact, in making this layout I have halved my supply of buttons.
These photos were taken in Menorca in 1995, kids aged 8 and 5. Sitting in a beach bar overlooking Cala Galdana beach. I can still remember that day so clearly. One of those lovely days where the sun is shining, everyone is happy and enjoying being together. Definitely one for the 'Celebrate Life' album!