Sunday, 19 February 2017

Long few days :(

On Sunday we took the kids down to Tesco to get them a doughnut and a little bit of shopping. Got back in the car and it wouldnt work. :( The engine light went on as soon as I started the car, and whenever I slowed down the battery light would come on and the car would cut out. We rung the AA and long story short it was dead :( Would cost more than the car was worth to fix so no more car. :(
We rung round a few garages and managed to get onto the mobility scheme so getting a new car that way, but had to say bye bye to my little Citroen. It's done me well over the years!

So lots of walking in my future. The new car won't be ready until next Friday and I can't stand buses, good way to hatch pokemon eggs though ;)
On an up side though I'd put in an order with Hey little magpie which came along with lots of other happy mail :) A prize I'd won online, a crafting box for the kids, and a free toilet roll! lol. I do a lot of questionnaires online, and sometimes places send me products to try out and give my opinions on, I don't just get toilet roll through the post ;)
I've also been crafting, lots and LOTS of crafting! So far killing a kit a month has been easy, fingers crossed it continues as theres plenty left. Typically I've not photographed them but this is one I did last year so still something to share.
Love the colours in this one. It's a picture of Mum and me at Disneyland, not sure if Caitlin or Mollie took it but I love this photo :)
So it's been a heck of a week, not quite the half term I expected but we've still had fun :) Will share more of that tomorrow though. Yes tomorrow, I WILL blog more!!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

January round up

OK so I'm a bit behind on posting this but I've been keeping track and not doing too badly!

Books read
Mary higgins clark - Ive got you under my skin
Maggie hartley - Tiny prisoners
Jodi picholt - Small great things
Casey watson - The wild child
Ken mcclure - Pestilence
5/52 - One ahead of target, yey!

Layouts done
21/365 Not quite my 31 target for this month but we'll see.

Pokemon caught
Caught/evolved 14 pokemon this month! Wow way more than I expected :\ 3 were from the new pokedex so I'm not counting those but still a good start :)

I'm thinking that my 365 target for layouts is a bit optimistic but I'm not ready to give up on it yet. I've got way to much stuff so I have either got to get rid of stuff I still love, or use it.
Might need a time turner from Harry Potter at this rate lol.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Challenge YOUrself, stamping

Wow I blink and another month has gone, more on that later though, it's time for this months challenge over at Challenge YOUrself! :)
So this months challenge was to use red, and stamping......
Red, no problem, however I don't own any stamps. Yes you read that right, not a single stamp lives within my stash.
Don't get me wrong I've tried it, different inks, different types of stamps, I just can't seem to get the hang of it.
So I was seriously stuck, then genius struck! In this months Like for ever kit I got a pack of foam thicker shapes, could I use these as 'stamps' I wondered. So I painted this large star with Heidi swapp colour shine, stamped it onto some white card, and...
look how cute! I LOVE this effect, looks a little like water colours. I did a couple of hearts to just to have a mixture.
So this is the finished layout. I painted the foam star green and used it in the top corner too, waste not want not.
Close up of the finished star.
Just goes to show there are lots of ways to use your stash, :) Thanks for looking and I can't wait to see what you make!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Chaos, again lol

I was so pleased after Christmas to get the house back in order and get all the boxes of gifts and bits out of my room. So what do you do when you have a bit of peace and order? Create chaos of course!
Camerons room is the smallest room in the house and if I'm honest the one I put the least effort into doing.
He did used to have the bigger room, but Caitlin just has so much STUFF we decided to swap them round with the bribe of lots of technology in cams room ;) Since then besides painting it grey rather than pink I've not done much. I've made him decorations and got him a new bed, but it's nowhere near the co-ordinated prettiness of Caitlins room :)
So we decided this year we would gut Cams room, redecorate, new carpet, new furniture the lot. I think Mark expected me to do it in Summer or something but that was just silly, first week of January I had I all picked out and planned, accessories and carpet all ordered and exsisting furniture dismantled. :) I can't wait to see his face when it's all done.
As well as the DIY I've been scrapping up a storm! I've mainly been working with the kit I made at the start of the month, though I have added a few more embellishments to it as I found I started to run low pretty quickly.
So far I've made 12 layouts and I think I can get another 4-5 out of it before I consider it killed. Might make my next kit a little smaller as I'm getting a bit bored of it now I think.
This was one of the first layouts I did.
I love this photo. When we were at Spain we saw a cowboy show including a man doing dancing and tricks with a horse. You can see how thrilled the girls were with this. They wanted to go and play on the bouncy castle, £90 a head well spent, lol.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

8 going on 18

I don't know if it's a hormonal thing, or if some demon has decided to posses her, but everything is a battle with my daughter at the moment! Seriously if I ask her to wear tights, she wants to wear socks, shoes that fit fine 2 weeks ago now either look stupid or are too uncomfortable to even consider wearing! Stressed!
My fluffy baby isn't very happy either. He is such a marshmallow and does not like cold weather. Yesterday he was sulking around the living room in a mood until I made him a hot water bottle. I am so under the thumb of everyone in this house *rolls eyes*
This morning I also managed to belt my head off the corner of a shelf so hard I saw stars, so coffee with my Mum was very needed today. Felt much better after a venting session and getting a few jobs done.
Tomorrow I'm hoping to do the same :) Next week we're getting his flooring done so need to have it all repainted and sorted by then. I'm so excited to get it all done for him, he was put in the smaller room a couple of years ago and except from painting it form pink to grey I've not done much with it. Hes such a patient kid and I can't wait to give him a decent room. Think I'm more excited than him!
I love this photo in this layout. If you haven't seen it Disney Dreams is just breathtaking. My Mum isn't a huge Disney fan and even she said it was incredible.
Obviously its not easy to get a photo of a giant castle in the dark without a decent camera but I was pretty proud of this one I took with my little point and shoot.
I think this layout was for a challenge where I had to use only 6x6 pp and washi. Not a huge amount of bits used but I like the effect :)

Monday, 9 January 2017

You & me

Ok so we're on Monday now? I've no idea whats going on anymore lol. The weekend just went in a puff of smoke I swear!
Sunday the kids started Jado lessons which they both loved. We've been trying to get Cameron to go for a while as he used to do karate and it made such a difference to his confidence. He wasn't keen on going however so we thought sending Caitlin too would make it easier. Not cheap, but easier.
Seemed to work as both came out buzzing about what they had learned and spent tonight practicing together in the living room. :)
Hope it helps as poor Cam had a bad night tonight as they'd changed groups, seating etc in school and it was just too overwhelming for him. Lots of tears and cuddles :( Before I knew it it was bedtime and besides making dinner I'd done nothing. Almost finished a layout last night and hoping to do it tonight. Good job I had a nap in the cinema today as Assasins creed was a BORING film!!!!
I did do this layout last week though. Don't like it granted but I did it, hehe.
Id decided to try a more mixed media background but it just seemed to end up dark and mucky looking. I ended up covering up most of it with patterned paper and embellishments.
The end result is actually my 3rd attempt after changing the paper, adding more mists, deciding I didnt like that so changing the papers again.
By the time it had got to the layout you see here I was sick of looking at it. Oh well, its done. Loving the layout I'm doing at the moment though :)

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Challenge yourself - Wonderful world.

Ok Im sorry I'm late posting this, but how is it the 7th already?! It was Christmas just yesterday wasn't it?!
I don't know what its like where you live but it is SO depressing here! The murky, grey, wet weather, bags of rubbish everywhere and all the pretty Christmas lights gone :( So I was pleased to see this months challenge was to create a layout using the lyrics to "What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong, as I really could use some positivity!
Here are the lyrics:
"I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.
I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world."
When I think of a wonderful world I always think of Christmas. Some people stress and get mad but others give more and charity is more common. While we're not rich my kids have never gone without and I feel it's important they learn how fortunate they are and help others.
To this end every year I give them both a large bag and they fill it with toys they don't play with to donate to charity, we also do a shop for our local food bank and also donate to kennels too. This year I was so proud that they both decided to use their pocket money to fill a shoebox each with toys and products as part of operation christmas child.
This year we were doing our annual shop for our local food bank when we saw the coke truck and couldn't resist taking photos :)
I'm using up one of my DIY kits I made for Inkie Quills Get kitted class. This is the first project I've done from it and I'm loving it so far :)
Using up ribbon and lots of ollllllld embellishments.
So what makes you think of a wonderful world? Thanks for looking at my take on this challenge and I can't wait to see yours!