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Friday, June 30, 2006

More Ramblings...

Well it has been a couple of weeks since my last update, things have been pretty hectic. I attended the funeral of an old school friends Mum. I grew up over the road from them, and they were like extended family, so when Jan lost her 5 year battle with Breast Cancer, it was like losing family. Having lost my own Mum to Pancreatic Cancer 3.5 years ago, I totally understand how they are feeling at the moment. The range of emotions they are about to go through will be varied and intense. They will need each other more than ever, and slowly they will learn to live with the loss.

On a happier note, I recently submitted a few layouts to Jenny Cocks, the editor of Creative Scrapbooking, and to my surprise, she asked me to send a couple of layouts to her. She wants to publish them in the August issue of the magazine, her last as Editor, as from the September issue Mandy Anderson will be taking over. They are going to use "Motley Crew" and "Fairy Princess". I am so over the moon. It will be the second UK magazine that I have been published in, having made it into Scrapbook Inspirations at the end of last year.

Sunday is the Milton Keynes Crop. I was asked this week by Lynsey (one of the organisers) if I could do a LO using this months here it is. Sorry about the shadow on the LO...the sun has dared to shine on us this damn inconvenient of it when I was trying to photograph a LO...

The kit will contain a sheet of each of the papers in the DCWV Black & White Paper Stack, plus some Bazzill Cardstock. The techniques for this month were stamping and/or sewing. Since I am not very good on my sewing machine, I really must practice, I decided to use my Making Memories Simply Fabulous foam stamps....they are so big, and perfect for titles. I want to get another one done before Sunday, but I have housework to do tomorrow.

Monday is David's Birthday, so tomorrow Georgia will be making him a birthday card, and she may even make him a small cake. My four year old loves to make cakes...unlike her mother...LOL
Like every year David is having a party, but we have postponed it until the 15th as loads of his friends were already busy that day. So in preparation of loads of is time for a massive dose of housework is the equivalent to swearing to any dedicated Scrapper....but needs must. We decorated the lounge earlier this year, so it looks lovely, and the kitchen was done last this weekend David is fitting our new toilet and sink with vanity unit in the downstairs cloakroom, and I will be giving it a lick of paint. I have already started to peel of the wallpaper that has been there since we moved in 5 years now it has to be painted...that's one way to force me to get painting. While I am painting, I will be touching up the marks in the hallway too...So instead of leaving it to a mad panic.....I am starting early. Well enough from me, I want to get back to some scrapping.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Glorious Sunshine

Well another week has passed. Things have been busy work wise. So busy that I have only just found time for an update.

Last weekend an old family friend finally lost her battle with breast cancer. She was a lovely lady and she will be sadly missed. So tomorrow My Dad, Sister and I are making the journey down to Looe in Cornwall to attend her funeral on Monday. I love Cornwall and inparticular Looe, and wish I could stay longer than one night.

I managed to get some scrapping done during the week too. On Thursday evening I did this LO. The picture was taken by David at Easter when we took my Dad & Alex bowling in Milton Keynes. I love it when Georgia put her had on your cheeks and kisses...they are the sweetest kisses in the whole world.

I took Georgia for a haircut on Friday afternoon, she was such a little angel doing exactly what the hairdresser asked her. She has asked if she can grow her hair longer. At first I said no, because she will never let us brush her hair, but over the last couple of weeks she has been much better. I told her that as long as she continues to let me brush her hair twice a day, then I will let her grow it....seems fair enough to me.

Today we have been playing in the garden again. Georgia has helped David put her paddling pool back up and she is now fully lotioned and ready for action. I had a fun day scrapping in the shade in the garden. I did the cover for a new CJ I have joined on UKScrappers "Bonanza 2006". When I finished that I did a LO, the picture was taken at the beginning of June, Georgia wanted me to take a picture of her lounging on the grass. She is looking more grown up by the little lady.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Those Darn Kittens!

Well after my day creating stuff with my Delivered2You kit, I came down this morning to find that the kittens had decided that it made a cute play thing....and it had claw and teeth marks all I had to dismantle and start again.

Has been hot again here, thank godness for the paddling pool. It is supposed to stay Hot, Hot, Hot! for the next few days, so it is being left up with the water in...and will then be used to water the garden.

I have been cat sitting for Bex since Thursday, and she is due home this evening. Pickles and Tabitha have been good.....Pickles will even purr when she sees me now.....but I think it is just because she wants to be fed....and not real love...LOL

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Carnival Time

We were going to the West Bletchley Carnival this afternoon, but the weather is too hot to be standing around without shade etc. As the weather is Hot! Hot! Hot! we decided to put up the paddling pool for Georgia...which was a much better idea, and kept us all cool.
The roads in Milton Keynes will be busy today what with Bon Jovi playing at the MK Bowl, the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the West Bletchley Carnival. The Carnival have a large screen showing the first England World Cup game at 2pm, so I expect there will be a large number of fellas congregated around it.

I have been playing with this May's Delivered2You Kit of which I am a Design Team Member. I have made a couple of items, just finishing them off this morning.
I also got a couple of parcels this morning. A box full of goodies from PaperArts including 4 of the new Provocraft Tins......they are totally FAB. I love the large lunch tin. I also got another Pinecone Press Book - Altered Alphabets, plus some Marian & Me charms, and a couple of sheets of scalloped Bazzill. The second parcel contained 2 sheets for Kling-on from the lovely Kym at Stamp Galaxy....her last 2 sheets...yay for me...LOL The final parcel was a CJ, I am in 2 CJ's at the moment, Scraplings Team CJ and I have just joined the Bonanza 2006 CJ. I received Fiona's (FlossieD) this morning, so will have a play tomorrow...fingers crossed.

One more thing before I disappear for the day. Here is the final LO I did at the MK Crop last weekend. LO of Sweep, one of my 13 week old kittens lazing on the window sill on Bank Holiday Monday.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Best Made Plans

Well yesterday was a disaster. I had a busy day planned, I had wanted to finish the set of accounts I needed to do for one of my clients. The day started out promising until I got a phone call from Georgias' nursery...they were having to close due to a burst water main. So just after lunch I had to go and collect her. I was only out for about 1 hour, and I returned to a disaster zone...our two 13 week old kittens had diarreah and had made a mess all over the house. I spent all afternoon trying to keep Georgia out of the way while I was trying to clean it all up. I put them into the downstairs cloakroom and fed them chicken and rice and things seem to be ok now...fingers crossed.

Ok so I promised to add pictures of the LO's I did at the MK Crop on Sunday, so here they are. The first one is "Spring on the Farm" the pictures were taken over Easter Weekend when went to a local farm to see the Lambs. The one pictured was being hard reared as it's Mum had rejected it and the could not get another Sheep to adopt it. We used felt to make the embellishments, flowers in my LO. which was something that I had never done before but they looks so effective.

The second LO I did "Field of Dreams" was using a picture that David tookof Georgia sitting in the long grass in Linear Park near our home. I used a MM Kit that was given to me by Caroline (IrishCaroline on UKScrappers) and it was a perfect match to the colours of the picture. You would think the picture was taken with the kit in mind. David did see the kit when I came back from Bonanza, but like all men he would have forgotten in the blink of an eye...LOL
The only thing I added to the kit were the title letters, they are KI Memories Alphabet Soup and the colour was "fat free" but I added L'il Davis Marshmellow paint to the back of the letters to make them stand out...the paint actually looks like clouds on the backs of the letters. I also painted the metal charms to make them stand out more.

Ok back to the daily grind, fingers crossed the water main has been repaired when we take Georgia to nursery as I have work that I desperately need to get on with today.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sunny Days

Well the weekend was filled with sunshine, and I spent Saturday visiting my family in Weybridge. A lazy day followed by a lovely BBQ in my Sisters garden....what could be better. Sunday was my filled with the monthly MK Crop....formerly a Scrapaholics Club...but a long story. I managed to get 3 LO's completed, although it is Tuesday and I have still not had a chance to take pics....I think that is a job for tomorrow and daylight.

Here is a LO I did when Bex came over to Scrap on BH Monday. The picture was taken at his 2nd Birthday Party by my Hubby David. He looks completely lost in his own world. I really love this sort of natural shot. I love using my new KI Memories Alphabet Soup....but when I did this LO I sat and calculated that at £12.50 for a tin of 46 letters, it made the cost of the title alone on this LO come to just over £3.50. I have a few tins and have decided to keep full set so that I can trace around them....which I did on a LO done at the crop....and they look fab, and cost a fraction...

I have a busy working week this week, but we are at home for the whole weekend, so hopefully I will have time to get a CJ done for a new CJ I joined on UKScrappers....The Bonanza 2006 CJ. I am doing my DLO on Michele Charles techniques that I learnt from the lovely lady herself when I worked in her classroom last month at Discover Bonanza. I also desperately need to finish some things I am working on for the Delivered2You Kit Design much to little time. Hope the weather wherever you are in the country/world is FAB...and continues this way well into the weekend.