Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Favourite colours ...

... I've had these photos printed since I did the last Shimelle class and thought that the papers in the Scrapbook Circle The Good Life kit would go well with them.

Each month you also get sent a page of printable of elements that co-ordinate with the kit and I usually forget to use it, but this time I printed out the little banner flags and added some word stickers to them.

I misted the white thickers with purple but they've ended up looking a bit more black - oh well!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Mia @ 7 ...

... it's been a couple of weeks since I scrapped what with life's highs and lows, so I needed a quick boost. I went for the Scrapbook Circle Number challenge and Shimelle's starting points.

Using Scrapbbok Circle's The Good Life Kit.

Have got the PTA's AGM in a few minutes and I'm really hoping that we're able to elect a new Chair to replace me. I'm happy to continue to support the committee but after 2 years I feel that it's time for someone new to take over - wish me luck!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Birthday Party Details ...

... bunting and pom poms

Pink tableware

Party bags to be filled

handmade tutus to wear

Fairy houses to decorate

and another cake - toadstool this time!

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

A 7th birthday ...

... yesterday this little one

turned 7! How did that happen??!!

I think it's such a shame to have to go to school on your birthday, I think you should be given the day off!

She had a small tea party after school and on Saturday she's having a Fairy party.

At Mia's request Strawberries and Cream birthday cake.

Then it was off to Brownies, they let her start at the beginning of term (it's not usually till they are 7) so this was her 3rd week and she's settling in well.

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Friday, 16 September 2011

My darling Nanna ...

Jean Matthews

16th May 1920 - 16th September 2011

You leave a hole in our hearts and our lives.

An amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

Family meant everything to you and you meant everything to us.

Now with my dear Bampi, your life's companion.


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Blog your heart ...

Stephanie has put out a challenge today which I have decided to take up. When I first started blogging I kept my personal life very much out of it and focused on my craft. More and more I have been using it to capture day to day life. I don't think I could ever put myself completely out there I think a bit of personality is a good thing. So this is what's on my mind at the moment:

- I am worried about my Nanna, she's been in hospital for a few weeks now and plans were being made for her to come home but she has taken a turn for the worse. Arrangements are being made for her to move into a Hospice.

- We have been watching old video tapes of the girls as babies and toddlers - I miss those little ones. Am I broody? I really don't think so but I yearn to recapture some of those moments again.

- Losing weight is becoming such a bore. I've got another 7 or so pounds to go before I feel I can relax with it. But then how do I then maintain it without having to go back on Weightwatchers every so often?

- I don't feel capable of supporting the girls to achieve their potential at school, both say they find it hard, but we don't get much info from school in terms of what they are learning. I think I should be a pushier parent.

- I'm happy not working. The house is slowly coming back to a clean, tidy and organised state. I am much calmer and less stressed which is having a positive effect on the girls.

Not full of positives, but that's life!!!

Enjoy the sunshine ...

... just a quick one to share with you using bits from a few different Scrapbook Circle kits.

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Saturday, 10 September 2011

10 Things: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside ...

... growing up beside the seaside, but now living as far away as possible in the UK from it means that I do like to get to the coast as often as possible. These are my Top 10.

Torquay - my hometown

Burgh Island - where I got married

Beer - a new discovery

Charmouth - for fossil fun

Dartmouth - nautical vibe

Aldeburgh - great fish and chips

Southwold - just love the beach huts

Harlech - for solitude

Aberdyfi - for family fun

Noss Mayo - great pub!

Now I realise that these are clustered in just a few counties and would love to discover Pembrokeshire and Kent - shame about the long drive.

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Starting blocks ...

... this is a new series that Shimelle has started - a bit like a real life sketch. So copying her blocks, this ...

... became this.

I found this preschool picture of the girls on their first day back to achool yesterday and can't believe how time flies. In the photos they were 4 and 3 and now they are 8 and nearly 7. I miss my little babies!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Scrapbook Circle blog ...

... ooh I've been featured in their Getting To Know You series - check it out here