Friday, November 30, 2007
Georgia came home the other day with a note from school asking for a sheep costume for the school play, now they did't say you had to buy anything, but Georgia didn't have anything that I could use (most of her clothes are pink...and I have never seen a pink sheep). So I knew I had seen a sheep costume in Asda so yesterday I popped it...but they had sold them all. So I decided to try Tesco as it was just round the corner. As I go up the escalator I can see Angel costumes hanging up....but can't see anything else. As I rounded the corner I finally saw that they had some sheep costumes and they were 20% off...so cost me just £4.80...what a bargain.
Have a busy day again today, so better get going. Back later.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Still busy designing bits with ScrapaGoGo December Kit, so far have done a DLO and 3 Projects...and I have another LO on the GoGo...hehehehe. This evening I am helping at Georgia's school fancy dress disco as part of the PTA...so no peace for me.
Yesterday was my mate Lynseys birthday, and as a little surprise I went to see her. She saw my car arrive and wondered where I was....I was hiding behind the hedge trying to light a candle on a carrot cake (her fave) in the wind, with one hand (the other had the cake and gift). So she answers the door and I pop out an sing very quietly (and badly) "Happy Birthday", she was on the phone which is why was singing so quietly...think it made her laugh, and made her day too. We are off out on Friday evening to celebrate properly.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Georgia and I have spend the day together as the School was closed for a teacher training day. We spent our time watching TV, tidying up....sort of, and then getting messy all over again. We also started our annual ritual of watching christmassy films, and today was our first..."Elf". We have picked up a couple of the phrases from the film..."Cotton headed ninnie muggins" and "Son of a nutcracker".....they always make me smile.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Off to do the weekly shop in a minute...we must be mad on a Friday evening...but it would be worse in there tomorrow....and anyway Georgia & I are out visiting all day tomorrow while David is working.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
After a hectic morning, I came home dying for a lovely cuppa....coffee not tea...can't stand tea, and haven't drunk it for over 20 years. So here is "thirsty" in my space. This is my own recipe....I use coffee mate and milk, I am so slow to drink, that the coffee mate helps it to stay hot longer as I use less milk. Today I even frothed the milk a little with my frother.
Last night at the PTA meeting the committee loved my samples and ideas for the "gift room" at the Christmas Bazaar, so I came home last night and placed the order online. So we are having 90 coasters and 150 keyrings (50 each of t-shirts, houses & hearts) and the kids can decorate them and we will help them to wrap them ready to surprise their parents with on Christmas morning....it sure beats the other idea...a cheap tacky comb.....just don't ask...LOL
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I am off to a PTA meeting at the school. Plans are in full flow for the Christmas Bazaar, and I have purchased some bits for the kids to do. They are going to have a room where the kids can buy a gift for their Mum's & Dad's. We have chosen some coasters that the kids can draw pictures to go inside, and I am hoping to tempt them with keyrings that the kids can do in the same way. I also got some funky foam snowflakes that they are going to be able to decorate.
Glad Anita managed to find time today to post a prompt, as my day felt strangely empty again while waiting for it to appear.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here is the alley that runs along the side of the house giving access to our garden without going through the house. While it is not the biggest alley, I like ours. It has lovely green ivy, beautiful scented lavendar and a gorgeous pampas grass. There is a streetlight right by the side of the house, but it is a lovely ball shape, and lights up the house in a pretty glow in the evening.
This first page is titled "I Crown You Miss Cheeky 2007"
This next one is called "Going to the Ball". This months kit was very unusual in that you got black and white papers with small amounts of pink and blue/green. As soon as I saw the sheet of patterned paper I knew that I could colour it in....I used glitter pens to give the page extra sparkle.
This next one is a 12x6 page. I really enjoy this smaller size as it works perfectly with a 4x6 photo. The picture is of my Step-Niece taken in the summer, she is growing up so fast, and turning into a young lady.
The final page that I did was for a PDF class, and was called "You Bowl Me Over". I wanted to do a multiphoto layout as I lean more often than not to single photo pages. So this one is using pictures of Georgia when we went bowling in half term, I turned the photos to B&W and they really seemed to have a vintage feel.
I also showcased an acrylic album using the kit. Although the album was not included in the kit, they were available to purchase in the "Grab-Its".
Ok, so I also created a card, decorated the little pot that the blossoms came in, and still have lots of pieces left. Check out the ScrapaGoGo Clubhouse and see what the rest of the DT came up with....stunning work as usual.
Monday, November 19, 2007
With no daily prompt over on Her Space : My Space because Kirsty has been over to Holland visiting with Anita, I feel as though something has been missing from my day. I have found myself regularly checking the Blog to see if there has been a prompt posted...but nothing, nada, zilch....please come back ladies...we miss you.
The rest of this week is a little easier work wise, and hopefully this can continue into the new year as October was hellish. I can't believe we have slightly more than one month to Christmas and I have barely started shopping...although I don't actually have that many gifts to buy.
Tomorrow (fingers crossed) my December ScrapaGoGo Kit should arrive. I have a couple of planned items and cannot wait to get my hands on it and get started....so if you are reading Danny (my Postman)...I know...like he would be..heeheehee, then please deliver it to me tomorrow.
Anyway that's all for tonight folks...back tomorrow with more.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Today has been spent doing odd jobs and watching Zoe 101 and Hannah Montanna with Georgia.
I collected my Venture pics yesterday and I am so pleased with them, once they are on the wall I will take a photo and post.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Ok, so I have loads of these charm things that I use on minibooks, my favourites are the corkscrew and keys, so I have taken two pics today.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Those who have known me for a long time know that I am a "collector". I usually always collect something. As a child I have collected scented/novelty erasers (known as rubbers when I was young), badges, keyrings, Beanie Babies (I was an adult by then), Cabbage Patch Dolls (cute ones from the US, not the ugly ones from my childhood), Lladro & Momiji Dolls. Since I started crafting/scrapbooking I have stopped collecting...well apart from Stash and the occasional Momiji.
So here is a picture of my Momiji dolls, and I will try to find a picture of my Cabbage Patch Dolls...just to prove they are quite cute.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This was Georgia showing me that she wanted to give her frings a quick "snip".
Got to dash, collected Georgia from French and now she is going off to Gymnastics.
ETA..just looked at the photo and it looks pretty scary...but to set your minds at rest...someone was holding her arm, and they are not as close to her face as the angle of the photo portrays. I asked David to hold on so that I could get the shot....what am I like. She loves to cut things up, and generally she uses her own pair...she was just being her usual sneaky self.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Georgia came up with this idea. I was reading this mornings prompt and she told me my glass of water was almost empty....so I used her idea.
Georgia and I are trying a new morning routine, as so far so good, she has just finished getting herself dressed...including tights. She is about to brush her hair and try to put it in a ponytail. I have told her we will be having a chart, and everytime she does as she is asked she will get a smiley face, and if she doesn't she will get a sad face, and then at the end of the week she will get a treat if she has over 80% smiley faces.
Provided she continues to behave this morning, we are going to make Christmas decorations after school.
I also wanted to add a huge thank you for the words of support after my rant post on Friday, it was good to know that others had been through a similar time and come out of the other end....
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Materials used: Bazzill Cardstock, MM Noteworthy paper & glitter diecuts, MM glitter letters, HS chipboard, bling, acetate clock & journal spot, Fancy Pants crochet blossoms & button, MAMBI bling star and the crochet wings were from eBay US.
The other LO I did was of Georgia. I love the photos that David took of her when the went out together while I was cropping back in September, the sun in Georgia's hair is sooo lovely.
Materials used: All Creative Imaginations "Caution Girl"
Anyway I am all packed for tomorrow, and now I need to go and get some beauty sleep. I will be checking out everyone elses SOS's when I get home tomorrow evening, and will also share some of the things I did and the crop....provided I actually get something done.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Anyway, better get organised as it is the MKScrappers Crop tomorrow and as usual I am not packed.
Friday, November 09, 2007
I really should be getting on with chores, but decided that I needed some me time.....Anyway this is what I created and I am pretty pleased with the results, and even more so with the photo. I took it with my Nikon D80 (Maz...that bit was for you...) and my new lens. I take all my LO pics in the kitchen. I have 2 sheets A3 sheets of white paper stuck to the wall and then attach using blue tac. Normally I have trouble when the weather is dull and the light poor, as the pictures come out blurred etc. The new lens made a huge difference today and every picture taken was great even without a tripod.
Materials used:Doodlebug papers and glitter rubons, MM chipboard buttons and clear shapes and the title was stamped using Doodlebug foam stamps and black stazon (for "Trick" and "Treat") and Doodlebug stickers for the "or", the stitching effect was done with a black uniball roller.
Am I alone, or does everyone go through this sort of thing in the morning....at the moment I feel like I am the only Mum in the world feeling like this....and it is NOT good...I don't think I have ever felt so alone, and I miss my Mum so much, if she were around I could call her and she would put it all back into perspective for me.
Sunday is the MKScrappers November Crop, and I am looking forward to getting some layouts/projects completed. This month my intention is to take just projects I want to complete together with the just a couple of extras, as I always take too much. Now whether I actually manage to do that remains to be seen...but at least I will be trying...and I deserve points for that...LOL
Yesterday after school I popped to Jessops and bought a new lens. We wanted a prime lens, something for portraits and that would be good indoors when the light is not always ideal. After some investigation it seemed that all recommendations were pointing at a Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8. So I have played a little last night and it is a lovely little lens, and such a reasonable price too...there are not many Nikon Lenses on the market with a price tag of under £100. So now we have spent our Xmas money from David's Mum and Dad, they always give it to us early so that we can get something we want before Xmas so that we can play with it all over Xmas...just like Kids. So far the results are good, although we still have only had a little play.
I am waiting to see what emotion will be the prompt over on Her Space : My Space, this week has been really difficult capturing emotions through your lens without using faces.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
So one thing I am always anxious about is time. There never seems to be enough. I am always rushing from school to work to school, after school activities, you name it. Since I started working for myself I have to be much more aware of the time as I need to get back to school and my clients can be anywhere from a couple of miles to twenty five miles away from school.
Even at the weekend there is never time to fit in all the things that I want to do. I haven't seen my Dad and Sister since the weekend before half-term, and I hate it. I cannot get to see them until the 24th, so it will have been a whole month..usually I see them every couple of weeks but Georgia has a party to go to every Saturday until then...I think she has a better social life that I do.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Well those who know of Milton Keynes know that it has hundreds of roundabouts. This map show a 2 square mile area (approx) and there are 7 major roundabout. Of course there are loads of them that are not showing on this map. When I moved to Milton Keynes from Surrey 19 years ago they confused the hell out of me, I could take a a dozen different routes for the same journey. Now years later, it makes perfect sense.
ETA...Just did a Google search and found this info...
How many roundabouts are there in Milton Keynes?
Ah, depends on what you call a roundabout. If you mean a fully formed structure with its own name and grass and flowers, then 300 is a generally agreed number. But if you mean anything which affects the gyratory movement of traffic (e.g. a painted bump in the middle of the road designed to control traffic within a housing estate) then figures as high as 1000 are bandied about.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
One of the most happiest of emotions. Whats exciting through your lens?
Ok so without using faces is always a challenge, as face can express so many emotions that we can all easily identify. But my picture today is showing two retreats that I am going to next year. Apart from going to some of the retreats as a day delegate, Bonanza as a volunteer and our local crops first ever retreat I have not been a full weekend guest at any of the larger events...so this year I am going two...maybe even three (funds permitting). So my picture shows the two retreats I have booked....Scrap Fever in April and GoGoGetaway in June....and boy am I excited. Scrap Fever has the amazing Karen Russell (who's products and work I love) and also Shimelle, and GoGoGetaway has Shimelle, Jane Dean, MaryAnne Walters and also Fiona Beckman...so some amazing UK talent there too.
Got to go now, as I am supposed to be working...naughty me!!!
Monday, November 05, 2007
As soon as I saw the prompt I knew what I wanted to do. My picture is of a road side memorial that I pass every day on my way to drop Georgia off at school. These roadside memorials are becoming a common sight here in Milton Keynes and I am sure it is the case everywhere else.
This one is a memorial to a motor cyclist aged 36 that was killed when he was hit by a car during September. I remember the evening clearly as I was on my way back to school for a PTA meeting and the road was closed. Whenever I see these by the roadside it makes me realise how precious life is. I am sure the motor cyclist never knew that would be his final ride. His children will grow up without their Father, and a Wife without her Husband. So next time you are driving past one of these memorials, think of how it would affect your family if you never came home from your journey.
So stay safe on the roads, particularly during the colder months.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Today is show off Sunday over on HS:MS and I love this picture of Georgia and one of her best friends Hannah. It was taken over the half term when we went bowling and to see Ratatouille, this was just after 2 games of bowling and the girls were exhausted, but HAPPY!Caz
Saturday, November 03, 2007
She looked much cuter when she went off to her party...all in pink, as a girl can never have too much PINK!
Oh well, here it is. I tried for ages, and this was one of my better attempts.
Not much on today, David is working 7am-7pm and I have to take Georgia to a birthday party this afternoon. If I am lucky I may get a couple of hours to myself as I think for the first time I am not going to stay and help at the party.
Friday, November 02, 2007
The kit was crammed full of lovely stuff, I did 3 LO's a card and a CJ, and still have lots of bit left.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs
Seven Random facts:
1. I can touch my nose with the very tip of my tongue
2. I am a chocoholic
3. I am a stash addict...lol...like you didn't already know that
4. I HATE cleaning and ironing
5. David & I were married 13 years before we had Georgia...I was too scared to have a baby, although I didn't tell him that at the time
6. I have only cooked dinner about half a dozen times this year...as David cooks
7. I make an awesome Banoffee Pie...
I am now tagging
So anyway after all that we dashed to Lynseys for some tea and then trick or treating. Well we had such fun. We were out from 6.30 till a few mins after 8pm. Here is one of the pics that I took of Georgia & Catherine....they were both such cute kittys.
I will post a picture on Friday of all three of the girls together (Georgia, Catherine & Melissa).