I have more than your average person, I think, some are old some new, some are bought by me some were gifts, I love all of them.
I also have a tradition of buying my sons a new decoration for the tree each year, that way when get homes and hopefully trees of their own they will have a ready made collection.
At that point my tree will be bare !
So my tree looks very eclectic, no colour themed baubles for me and for once this year when my youngest son and I had finished putting all the decs on the tree, I didn’t move a single one !
That’s quite an achievement for me, yes I am THAT Mom, the one who waits til the kids have gone to bed, then I rearrange the tree decs.
Not feeling much of that at the moment
In a house full of the male species I know I am the only one who cares about Christmas decorations and this year it is feeling like an uphill struggle, but I managed to retrieve our tree from the loft, we decided that this year we were going to put up the big tree in the garden room, rather than trying to fit the slim tree into the living room again this year !
So this is it assembled and with the lights on – that’s as far as I managed
. . . a few hours of sunshine can make !
most chores are so much easier (except cooking and ironing) when the sun is out, I feel so much more inclined to get on with things, must be all that extra vitamin D.
I just rearranged my living room furniture, trying to make the best of a long thin room with a door in the middle, the dilemma now is to buy new furniture or get the existing stuff recovered, i am off the “if its not broken . . .” school of thought so I am for recovering, even if it isn’t a cheaper option ! Obviously the allure of new furniture is very appealing it seems frivolous to get rid of well made, sound structured, comfy seating because its “tatty” and recovering means we can have it in a colour way of our choosing, not being dictated by “oh this one only comes in these three colours”
This is the current set up, we were originally only using the sofa and one chair, (the sofa was flat against the window with one chair where the sofa is now) the other chair was in the far corner behind where I took the photo from. As we are leaning towards the recovering option I decided that all pieces need to be used so this is my solution.
This is the colour we are going to go for when we recover – LUSH
OK enough home dec talk – these two photos are just to prove to you that I am still doing PL, I picked these pages at random so they are a few weeks ago, week twenty one, end of may to be precise. I used a design G and a design A protector for that week.
OK so that’s if for today see you in a couple of days.
just popping in to say hello, just finished half term with the boys, a whole week off school. Unfortunately that means another seven weeks straight until the summer hols.
So how is everything with you guys ?
My creativity is a little lacking of late, since the demise of the ScrapaGoGo Design Team I haven’t been challenged to produce anything at all, I was designing the hybrids and the stamps for ScrapaGoGo plus putting together two layouts a month as part of the design team, now I’m not doing much at all.
My Project Life album is still ticking along and I am still loving the concept even though I was late to the party, originally I just didn’t “get it” now I do I don’t think I will document our lives in any other way.
I am doing little bits of designing here and there on my PL2014 stuff, its all a little disjointed at the moment, I have got lots of ideas and I have settled on a colour scheme, but it doesn’t look very cohesive at the moment.
I am essentially creating myself a core kit to work with next year, if I am successful then I fully intend to share it with everyone. Obviously as I am doing this for me and my personal tastes it won’t appeal to everyone but as it will be in a downloadable PDF for fat, just like my other freebie designs, then you can pick and choose which aspects you print off.
The theory is that I will do a set of two 6×4 cards, one title one filler; a set of four 3×4 fillers and a set of journalling cards one 6×4 two 3×4. if you do the standard PL pages (four 4×6 and four 4×3) this leaves you with five 4×6 slots for photos and two 4×3 slots for anything else, memorabilia, patterned paper etc.)
Along the way I may do bonus stuff just for the sheer hell of it – watch this space – sneak peek below
Any feedback appreciated xx
It was that time again, that’s the only issue with short hair it needs to be cut with increased regularity. My “do” did well this time, I last had it cut on the 24th of January, that’s TEN whole weeks, but that is because I let my hair dresser cut it so short.
I have gone even shorter still this time and I am going to have to get to work with the styling wax as without it I look like Dick Emery’s “Bovver Boy” Character !!
Apologies – you need to be of a certain age to remember this comedian !
Ah well its only hair – it will grow soon enough.
Sat here enjoying that portion of the day where I am the only one up and about, the sun is out (shocker !) even though it is freezing and I am savouring my first cup of tea whilst writing out my must do list for today.
. . . and that’s all she wrote
Daffodils and a misty sunrise on 22 March at Salhouse in Norfolk Credit: John Kerrison
I don’t know about you guys but 2012 crept out and 2013 snuck in just as quietly around here. Don’t get me wrong we celebrated, but it was low key.
As a family we have spent the entire holidays germ ridden, ill or trying to get better, we haven’t really been anywhere or done anything the whole holiday (not counting the whistle stop trip to Mom and Dads)
Some would say that we had a quiet relaxing break, I feel that it was a tad lethargic and feel slightly disappointed by our lack of activity. No one really missed out on anything, we had lovely food and thoughtful gifts, the house was decorated and we spent time with family and friends, but i am left with a feeling of needing a”do over” I know that sounds selfish but I have this feeling that the time off was somehow wasted.
This is the last day of our Christmas break, after the weekend school is back on, routine kicks in, the day to day starts again, normally I am ready for the return to routine but I find myself digging my heels in and wishing for a few more days off.
I have decided to do Project Life again this year and I am looking forward to starting this again. My albums are still on order from the U.S but I am not going to let that stop me getting on with the project.
I am planning on sharing my pages on here hopefully once a week and if I get around to designing any cards/elements for the album I will share them too.
OK – still here, still functioning – Just about anyway.
So deadlines met, work finished, school’s out, cards designed, printed and posted, presents bought but not wrapped, food shopping done – finally.
However we have had the week from hell with germs and sickness in our house and it has completely thrown the schedule into turmoil.
I am doing my Christmas Journal, but it has been gathering dust this week, hoping to get it photographed and will share on here soon.
Project Life is getting done too but apart from photos and minimal documentation it isn’t getting any other attention which I am a little sad about but needs must, Y-A-W-N so I won’t be sharing that on here.
Looking forward to starting PL 2013 even though I am waiting for my new WRMK albums to turn up, I won’t be letting that stop me.
on a light hearted note here is an alternate 12 days of Christmas.
I raked my garden in preparation for the weekly “emptying of the bins” routine all our bio-waste goes in one bin and because of its nature I don’t like to leave it sitting there, full, outside my kitchen window.
So yesterday I cleared up the lovely red, yellow, orange and maroon carpet of maple leaves covering the bottom half of my small garden. It looked prettier covered in leavers but another week of rain and they would have started to turn to mulch and that doesn’t smell so good !!
I mowed the grass for the very last time this year too.
Preparing for winter
Filed under Rambling, Random
My red cup love started about 5 years ago on a family trip to Center Parcs, where I discovered the dark cherry choc mocha. It was heaven and I had way to may that festive season and mourned its loss come January. I was however Mortified after a couple of years to find that due to its lack of popularity this flavour has been shelved – I abandoned red cups altogether one holiday season in a personal protest. Last year I tried another flavour – Praline I think but it didn’t match my previous love.
Yesterday I happened by a Starbucks on a very quick one shop shopping trip and decided to treat myself to my first red cup of 2012 I asked for the praline flavour but in the interests of experimentation I got persuaded by a charming barrista to try the mint chocolate “if you like after eights you will love this” was the sales pitch.
Oh my – MAJOR YUCK !!
The first few sips were quite appealing but after that it left a very chalky mint residual taste that was seriously unpleasant. Thanks but no Thanks.
I am going over to the dark side today – I am going to try Costa Coffee’s Black Forest Hot Chocolate see how it measures up to my much loved and sadly missed Dark Cherry Choc Mocha.