25 Oct 2007
The girls were having their nursery photos done today.....or at least Emily was, i was just taking Natasha in so they could be done together. Cute little dresses (VERY unusual for my kids, it's lucky if they've got any clothes on at all half the time) hair all brushed, faces clean and i even put a bib on Natasha till we got there as give that girl 2 minutes by herself and she'll be black. Well when we got to nursery for some reason Natasha went mental. I've never seen a tantrum like it and i don't even know where it came from! Needless to say, i left Emily to say 'Twinkling Star (?)' to the photographer by herself whilst i slipped out with a screaming Natasha under my arm rugby ball stylie! Not pleasant!
Thing is we got home and she was fine, so i have no idea what the fuss was about. Emily has been prancing around in her dress all morning......maybe she is a girlie girl after all and it's just me trying to drum it out of her....if she tells me she wants a barbie and a skateboard, i'm more inclined to go for the skateboard every time! Wonder why that is?
So anyway, i have to share these pics with you. I am so loving these gorgeous puppets. I ordered them from Helen who not only sells the crotchet patterns but can also make them up for people who are useless like me at anything to do with needles, thread or wool!
It's such a shame that people don't think so much as puppets for toys anymore as i've seen the girls enjoy these sooooo much this afternoon.
Emily is an absolute animal nut and adores going to the zoo or aquarium. Last year we went to Knowsley Safari Park (excuse my geography but it's somewhere near Liverpool or St Helens?). She was so excited to see the Giraffes, especially as when we'd gone to Paignton zoo a few weeks earlier we hadn't heard of the fire that had killed the Giraffes there and when we got there and found out i couldn't tell Emily as they're one of her favourites (along with the Rhinos!).
So anyway, i digress. When the pair of them saw these puppets after nursery they squealed with delight (literally). Emily has already named the sheep 'Shaun', the pig 'Peppa' and the Giraffe is called something.....i don't know what because i can't understand what the hell she's saying!
It's so funny to watch Natasha putting the sheep on her hand and then cuddling it!. So i got these cute pics this afternoon, do you notice the matching split lips? NOthing to do with me i swear to social services! They both did them on Sunday. Firstly Natasha tried to open a plastic pen case with her mouth and scrapped all her bottom lip and there was blood everywhere. It still hasn't healed very well which i think is because it is fully on her lip.
Later then in the evening, Emily came running downstairs with a split lip after running into the bed post! Again blood everywhere.......and that's WITH her glasses on, can you imagine her without!
So we have a packed few days ahead, tomorrow is lots of shopping and the party, Saturday is Crealy, then Freya has a friends birthday sleepover, then she's going bowling with my mum on sunday, both pete and my teams are playing football on sunday, then pete has to work monday and tuesday before flying back on Tuesday afternoon. And in that time i have to squeeze in catching up another two weeks of OU gumf and taking a load of photos for the course. Wish me luck, i may not be around much this weekend!
One last photo of the birthday girl!
24 Oct 2007
23 Oct 2007
I'm having a bit of a time with the littlies this past few weeks and it seems to be getting worse. They've gone from being fine going to bed to being an absolute nightmare. The pair of them create merry hell when i put them down. Last night luckily it was only Natasha and i'd decided to put her down first...once she'd cried herself to sleep (on the floor in front of the bedroom door), I put Emily in and luckily once they were both tucked up they were fine...however they did wake up at 6 this morning and I could've banged their heads together at that time.
You see i've never been a morning person...even when i used to have to get up at 6 for work i was never awake until i actually got to work and even being a mother for the last ten years hasn't changed that. I stay awake usually til around 2 in the morning when Pete isn't home but if the girls carry on like this I think that's going to have to change.
So I said that i'd added some extra touches to the paperbag book that i did with Kirsty Wiseman at Scrapcamp and i've added the final photos of it here. I love this photo of Emily climbing up to the next level in the park. She became very camera shy on holiday and i don't have as many photos of her as the others as she would treat me like some pap and shout at me when I got the camera out so I managed to get these when she was engrossed by other things. I got the journalling label from a previous Bad Girls mini kit.
22 Oct 2007
Got a really early night again last night which is so unusual for me but it's made me feel a lot better. Emily enjoyed the zoo and Natasha has now taken the Farrell family crown for mischievious behaviour. Although Freya did get into trouble at the weekend at her dads for not being good with her homework again.
The new challenge is up at PCJ and the theme is 'Time'. Here's my offerings in the gallery this week. This first layout is something very unusual for me....not only the style of the layout but also that it doesn't contain any patterned paper. I'm loving the Melissa Frances Vintage Ribbon / Lace on this. It's also the first time i've used cardboard on a layout and i'm pleased with how it's turned out....obviously i've used photoshop to blank out the necessary on this but these were beautiful shots and i've even had one blown up to get it framed.
The second is one from the archives and it's one that got a lot of comments on my UKS gallery. I think mainly it stood out because of the shaped cardstock. I have to give some credit to Liz Cotton for this as it was based on a layout which she had done, but I love the rub ons.
HSMS today is Indigo and this was a struggle so i hope this counts.....(have a guess what i'll be doing for PINK tomorrow then...LOL!) As I recall there is another connetation with Pink and Indigo as i'm sure P!NK sang some of her songs on her last album with the Indigo girls. So there you go....connections all round.
WEll spurs are on the tele tonight (and likely to get another pummelling) so i'll be dragging my sorry arse in the living room with the coffee table to finish my Bad Girls project before Natasha gets hold of it again and ruins it completely. So that and another project for PCJ should be finished tonight. I've already done two for next week so i'm being a busy little bee. Right off to wait for my mate to pop round for a coffee and see what Natasha has managed to wreck in the last 10 minutes.
21 Oct 2007
Emily is currently at the zoo with my mum, Freya is at her dads and so it's just me and natasha who has so far this morning managed to cover the living room in blackberry smoothy (buggar to get off) and wreck a Dora The Explorer DVD (i'm sure even if i attatched everrything to the ceiling she'd still find a way to get up there). So i'm off to finish said album and do a bit of housework before the girls start arriving back home and i'm hoping tonight i can catch up with some OU work.
Don't forget that the new challenge will go up tonight at 9PM on PCJ so it'll be great to see some more new faces over there. Will have lots of work to share with you tomorrow.
Will leave you with my SOS for HSMS. Not a technically good shot but it's so difficult to get Emily and Natasha caught together like this on camera and it's a nice one for my Mother In Law to see (Hi Rosie) as she hasn't seen the girls in a while.
20 Oct 2007
Just look at it all...what more could you possibly want! It was a joy just to see it in real life as the DT girls over there have done such an amazing job with this.
These prima notecards are gorgeous and you got a whole box of them too! There are a hundred of them.
I'm a real sucker for a CI swatch book too so to have this in with it was fantastic. It's gorgeous, the bad girl blooms that they made up were lovely too especially with the little pins in it. And look, we even got 'bad girl' sweeties in a cute tin!
And what a gorgeous find is this parcel tape too! And there's loads of it. I can't wait to get stuck in but first i'm going to finsih a couple things and make my September project kit. That's on my scrap list tonight as i'm hoping to pull an all nighter tonight.
So onto HSMS and a break from the Rainbow as it's back to SPS and so here i am today, tired with scarecrow hair (hence the hat) so that's all you're getting!
19 Oct 2007
Had so many plans this morning but after going shopping and ordering a cake for Natasha's birthday next week the morning has run away from me and the girls will be back from nursery at 1. So to try and get me organised i'll include my to do list which may shame me into pulling my finger out (actually i always have my finger pulled out there just aren't enough hours in the day!)
- PCJ Week 11 Project
- PCJ Week 12 Project
- 4x4 Layouts for scrapcamp swap
- Return of the Winter warmers CJ
- Finish scrapcamp projects
- Modules 1, 2 and 3 photos for OU Course
- Module 3 reading for OU Course
- Bad Girls September Project Kit
- Sarah Youdes CC class from last weekend
So that's my immediate concerne....lets see if i can knock at least one of those off the list by the end of tonight!
It seems most people have kids home at half term next week. Why is it in Cornwall we have to be different! It's very annoying especially when Freya's half sisters are also half term next week so when she goes to her dads for a few extra days they'll be back at school. I don't get it....WHY?
OK so not much but ranting this morning but i've not had a good rant for ages and i deserve one (after all not only did Natasha pull over all emily's plants yesterday so that there was compost and sweetpea seeds all over the playroom floor but she also managed to climb onto the kitchen table and take down one of my colour wash inks and now looks like a giant cranberry despite two showers).
Rant over.......HSMS prompt today is Blue. Although most people think RN Subs are black.....not all are.........hubbys is blue! You may not be able to see it too well in the photo but trust me....this is Petes first home as he's there far more than he's here (another rant over!)
18 Oct 2007
I still have two other orders that i'm waiting on from last week. Seems the RM have sent deliveries into chaos and now it's all arse about face. Stuff that i ordered the beginning of this week has arrived, stuff that was ordered on the 9th hasn't. The thing is one of the parcels that i'm waiting for i really need to be able to do my projects for my Papercraft Junkies challenge so i'm sooooo hoping that it's going to be here by saturday so i can get going as one of the projects is a bit 'involved'!
I do have a new thing to add to my stash wishlist though.....i'm desperate for a dymo...not the new printing ones but one of the embossing ones so may have to scour the net for one of those later. Plus i've seen the new Queen & Co Felt ribbon on the latest Craft Obsessions update and it looks lovely. I had some of the flower one in a Scrapstudio kit earlier in the year and loved it but look at the variety there is now!
I've never really been someone that's into ribbon, i always seem to struggle a bit knowing what to do with it (i remember in the first layout i did i used it to frame a photo!) but this felt ribbon is something else.....may have to place another order at the end of the month (even though i have three kids birthdays and xmas coming up!)
So i actually finished two projects last night. One is for the Papercraft Junkies challenge which will go up on Sunday night so i can only share a peak with you. There's still very few scrapbookers on the site so i thought i may encourage some cardmakers to have a go by doing a layout with NO patterned paper. Boy this was harder than i thought it would be as i've never done it before and i do like to stroke and play with my papers but after much faffing I finished it last night. It's very different from my usual layouts so i'll be interested to see what people think of it once I've uploaded it in it's entirety.
I've also finished the paperbag book that i did with Kirsty Wiseman at Scrapcamp. So i've included a few pics of that too although i think i may add a bit more to it over the next couple of days. We used Scenic route papers and i've added various bits since i came home including cutting some heidi swapp stencils from some gorgeous green velvet paper that Tracie gave me (wink and a kiss for that one.x.)
I'd never made a paperbag book before but i think i'll make another like this as the pockets are lovely just to add extra photos and journalling. I love the little tabs on the top aswell. Apparently kirsty hates scraps so one of the challenges at scrapcamp was to make something with the leftovers but unfortunately i didn't have time to do it so i'm going to make something with mine tonight.
I used the album for a little book about our recent trip to Butlins concentrating on each of the girls experiences and why it was a special holiday for each of them. I've used a L'il Davis journalling stamp inside the chipboard cover and added a few stickers from a Jenni Bowlin kit to the above page.
For Freya this was a big 'coming of age' journey. Even though she's only coming up 10 this was the first time she'd ever asked me if she looked nice before she went out (with a mountain of lipgloss on!). It's hard sometimes to get to grips with the fact that my little girl isn't such a little girl anymore. As a family we've had a pretty difficult couple of years with Pete away so much and having a new baby and Freya has bore the brunt of that on several occasions. But she's always helped out and done whatever i've asked of her and that's why this holiday was special for her as she could just go off and do her own thing with Shannon.
The journalling ta on this one was my first use of my colour washes and a heidi swapp mini heart mask. There's tons more to show but i'll save that for tomorrow as i have tons of other stuff to catch up on. Have fun playing today. X
17 Oct 2007
Talking of which, Mandy has a great competition running over at Scrapstudio...there's a chance to be the next Guest DT on the kit ....... check the website for details. There are still a few of the September kits up for grabs which i just haven't had time to do anything with so far so it's going to be used this evening.
JUST LOOK AT IT ALL! Me thinks i'm going to be a bit busy especially as i have the add on kit aswell. This months kit looks lovely too so i'm going to be inundated with stash if i don't get my butt into gear.
So today is YELLOW over at HSMS.....this is a yellow i adore! Chanel No. 5......it's my little corner of luxury...actually i have 2 little corners as i've got a set in the bathroom too...I have the mini misters, 2 pure perfumes, one eau de perfume, one sensual elixir, one hair mist, one body lotion, one velvet body creme, one body satin spray, a soap, a bath foam and a pressed powder! Like i said, my indulgence......apart from my stash of course!
16 Oct 2007
15 Oct 2007
Only a few hours to go til my print credits at photobox expire and i'm desperately trying to upload another hundred photos! I think i'm going to have to stop trying to fart around in PSE and just get them uploaded instead. Pete flies back this evening so it's just me and the girls for another week and a bit..........just can't wait til he goes to Portsmouth as at least i'll get to see him every week.
Got a lovely parcel from craft obsessions this morning, loads of American Crafts Thickers which i love. I've only had the foam ones before so i got some of the felt and chipboard ones. I also got a delivery from Box of Treasures who i'd never used before and they were so good. I'd certainly recommend them for a bit of retail therapy. I got a couple of the big Heidi Swapp Masks after falling for them at scrapcamp.....now awaiting the Ranger Ink Mister thingy's so i can have a play with those.
I also got a parcel from Tracey at Crafty Carrot of bits and pieces for the design team at Papercraft Junkies. It included the exclusive Smoochie Manoochi stamps which are really cute. So tonight after Pete leaves i've got a load of scrapping to catch up on as i've done little since getting back from Camp. Hope you all have a good Monday. X