Tuesday, 31 January 2012

January in Numbers

Hello hello,

I'm joining in again with Julie Kirk's 'Month in Numbers' see here if you don't know what I'm talking about! My numbers for January are:

50 out of 50 (multiple choice), and 64 out of 75 (hazard perception) to pass my driving theory test! Yay! Next step, to book my practical... and to do a lot more practice!

4, or maybe 5 or 6, I'm losing count - the number of times I've had to scrub orange goop out of clothes  (mine and / or baby boy's). We've started on weaning and it's a bit hit and miss so far ~ in that he keeps missing the idea of actually eating the food, and scoring a hit when he whacks the spoon out of my hand and onto my jeans.

3 - the number of balls I managed to pot when we had an evening out with our friends for my husband's birthday, and played a few games of pool (in couples teams). I didn't do too well, but as I hadn't played since 2006 it wasn't too bad. And one of the balls was the black to win the game so I feel like I triumphed. It was good to have a night out with these friends - as usually they are our babysitters so we can't all go out together!:

8.20am the time that baby slept until one Sunday. Oh, he'd still woken up a few times during the night for feeds, but normally he wakes up by 7am as well. A lie in until 8.20am seemed like heaven, which feels crazy. Ah, for the days when I could lie in until 11am and read a book with my breakfast!

100 - my daughter asked me to count to 100 a few days ago. She's starting to understand that 'big' numbers do actually mean something, it's really interesting to watch her learning things like that! She waited very patiently while I counted, and then sat for a minute in silence while she took it in. Then she completely changed the subject - probably in case I asked her to try and count that high!

And finally 1 - for a first - my blog was featured in a magazine, yay! It's in 'Popular Crafts' under Sites To Be Seen. I was very proud to see my blog header pictured in there!

That's all for this month. I'm going to take Julie's advice and open a draft for February's numbers straight away so I can be more organised with my blogging!

Hope you all have a fabulous February!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

My 2012 word is...


The fact that it has taken me so long to post this on here speaks volumes about how well my one-little-word for 2012 is going for me so far (aka: not very well!). But now that I have my layout created and stuck up on the wall perhaps it will keep me motivated:

Supplies: Crate Paper: Random Paper and Chipboard Elements, Farmhouse Alphas and Chipboard Elements, Portrait 6x6 Paper and Border Stickers; American Crafts 'Thanks' Clear Stamps (stamped with brown ink), Adhesive Gems and Stripey Paperclips from HobbyCrafts, Lace from Haberdashery, Staples, Black Journal Pen.

Journaling reads:
'I'm determined to get organised this year - in various aspects of my life. Planning sessions with Rosie and Ali have helped me work out what I need to do - inc. decluttering, a housework rota, and planning ahead for my blog. Of course, actually implementing all these is another task entirely - I hope I manage it!'

I really want to sort my life out a bit - I feel like I'm always playing catch-up with myself. Hopefully you'll see me blogging a bit more regularly if I put my one-little-word to good use.

Do you have a word that means a lot to you this year? Or do you have any organisational tips for me? Any ideas considered!


Friday, 20 January 2012

Happiness is...

I know I said I'd be back with my word for 2012, but there's been a change of plan. Today I'm going to show you a little mini-book I've made, as an example for the first S J Crafts blog challenge, which went live yesterday:

If you enter the challenge you'll be in with a chance to win a £10 gift voucher for the S J Crafts online shop. The theme is 'happy' and the added extra is to 'use a punch'. The closing date is the 15th of February. See all the details on the shop blog here, along with the rest of the DT's examples.

I was inspired to make a very-mini mini-book, credit card sized, so that I can carry it around in my purse and look at it every time I want to be cheered up!

To make it I cut 3 rectangles from My Mind's Eye 'Rosy' 6x6 papers, the rectangles measured the width x twice the height of a credit card (aprox 3⅜ x 4¼" - credit card was approx 2⅛" tall). I folded the rectangles in half, and whilst folded, I rounded the corners with a woodware corner rounder punch. 

I put glue-stick all over the back of my centre rectangle, and then stuck half of the other two rectangles to it, so they were overlapping, and formed a simple accordion-style book:

Then all I had to do was decorate it! Throughout I've used My Mind's Eye 'Rosy' clear stamps (stamped with VersaMagic 'Jumbo Java' ink), 'Ordinary' Label Stickers, and butterflies punched from 'Rosy' papers using the Martha Stewart 'Classic Butterfly' punch; My Little Shoebox mini-alphas, and tiny photos!

I love it, it makes me smile whenever I open it, and it was so quick and easy to make. Also, because I now carry it around in my purse, it will come in handy next time I'm out and someone asks me what 'scrapbooking' is - I don't think anyone really understands until you show them an example!

Don't forget to check out the challenge and maybe have a go at entering. It doesn't have to be a mini-book, it can be any kind of layout, card, or other papercraft project. What does the word 'happy' mean to you?

Bye for now! x

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Christmas Catch-Up

Hello all,

Okay... so it's been a long while since my last post. I'm not going to give you any lame-o excuses, I'll just hold my hands up and say 'Sorry!' and fill you in on time missed. Here's a little catch up of what my Christmas and New Year looked like:

Just before Christmas we had a 'merry un-christmas' evening, which we have every year with our friends Rosie and David. My daughter had great fun playing with Rosie, and didn't want to go to bed!:

I had made these crochet mug covers for Rosie and David as part of their Christmas pressies, thanks to instructions in Mollie Makes:

We spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day at my In-Laws. Their tree was very pretty:

And my daughter was very pleased with the bike that Santa bought her:

The rag doll I made her for Christmas (following this tutorial) enjoyed riding on the back too:

The dining table looked very luxurious:

And little miss loved her xmas dinner despite the fact she'd been filling up on treats all morning:

I always like it when we wear red or sparkles on Christmas day!:

After Boxing Day we travelled to my mum and stepdad's, and stayed there until New Years Day (though hubby had to come home and work inbetween - boo). It was really nice to spend lots of lovely time with my mum:

And here she is playing charades, love how silly we can all be together!:

And one of the days we had a nice walk to get some fresh air:

Baby boy wasn't overly impressed though:

And on New Year's Eve we had a quiet evening in, which was nice and relaxing:

And we played some games. This one is called 'App-Player', we got it for my Step-Dad for xmas because he loves his I-phone! It was lots of fun:

So there we are, a glimse of my festive season. Sorry again that it's taken so long to post the pics on here. You can probably guess that my JYC album did no get added to very much! I might come back to it at some point, but for now I'm going to push on with new projects.

I'll be back soon (I promise!) with my one-little-word for 2012.

I hope you're all well! x
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