Friday, 27 November 2009

It's been a long week!

As I have had Charlotte off for 3 days this week I have got out of my usual routine, the house isn't as tidy as it should be. I have forgotten how demanding Charlotte can be, it's as though she wants my attention all the time and has to be doing something with me constantly. It's very exhausting. She is much better than she was on Wednesday, but I've have looked at her today at times and she still doesn't look well. I'm sure by Monday she will be fine.

I have managed to complete this weeks Pencil lines sketch. Does anyone suffer from not being able to stick anything down straight? I'm terrible, just look at the layout! lol I like this photo of me, Les took it whilst we were having an afternoon beer in Amsterdam last month.

Have a cracking weekend.


Thursday, 26 November 2009

Mixed bag

What a week it has turned into. For the last couple of days I have had Charlotte home with me as she has a really nasty head cold. She is a little better than she was yesterday. She must of sneezed 50 times and her little nose is red from all the blowing!. Still I think she is on the mend!. I haven't managed to get much done but did get this layout finished which is last weeks twisted sketch. I loosely followed the sketch, but I'm happy with the results. I love the way that Charlotte was looking up at the tree and thought the little owl sat on the branch was ideal it looks as though she is looking up at him.

Not much else is happening here. Charlotte had all her art things out this morning and managed to make my brother a card for his Birthday which is in a couple of weeks. She didn't really follow the less is more option if you know what I mean. Lots of glitter and pretty things on it, there was more glitter on the kitchen floor than there was on the card, but it kept her happy and quiet for a while. She did ask if he would like some fairy stickers on it and I said I'm sure he wouldn't mind, so long as it's made by her.

I'm also trying to finish off the cards and gifts for Charlotte's teachers. I have decided to make little bags and fill them with sweets, following the same style as the cards, the only trouble is they are quite time consuming, just as well we have a couple of weeks left until the end of term.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

What makes you smile?

Whilst blog hopping last night and catching up with some of the blogs I read I noticed that Beki had given me this award, thanks Beki it certainly made me smile.

So apparently I have to tell you 5 random things about me.

1. The name Topsy was a childhood nickname given to me by my Grandad. Named after the doll that kept growing.

2. I love fishfingers, mash and beans. It reminds me of my childhood.

3. I was an auntie at 14. My nephew is now 17 and has the most gorgeous brown eyes.

4. When I was at school, I learnt to play the violin (very badly) with my friend for life Nat.

5. At the age of 23 I flew to Singapore on my own for a business trip were I meet up with a strange man who is now my husband!

Now I have to forward it onto 5 people, so here goes:-

Deb who I have recently met through Scrapagogo and who just lives up the road from me.

Sue Deacon who does the most amazing layouts

Liberty is a very talented scrapper who I admire alot

Jackie who has that infectious laugh and always brightens up our crop

Sarah who has made me so welcome at the crop

I haven't been up to much but have finished off these Christmas cards for Charlotte's teachers. The stamps are from Cute Companions (thanks Mum for getting me hooked) and they are so lovely to work with. I water coloured them, which I love to do. I then used some flower soft to make it look like snow. What do you think? Not to bad as I don't make many cards!!!

Off to school in a bit to see the children. I'm also going in tomorrow afternoon to help finish off the scenery for the Nativity play.

Will be back soon.


Monday, 23 November 2009

My little angel

We managed to find this fab angel costume for Charlotte's nativity play. Doesn't she look adorable? She wanted to try it on straight away and was happy for me to take some pictures of her. I'm so excited I can't wait to see her in action, apparently the angels have to do a little dance!!

An angel wouldn't be complete without her wings!

This weekend has been an interesting one indeed. Full of ups and downs and in a way I'm glad that it's over. It's a real shame when a friendship that you think will last a long time, breaks down and there doesn't seem to be any reconciliation. I have learnt so much about myself over the last few days. I've realised that I am a strong person when I need to be and I'm proud of the way I have handled myself. Anyway I guess that's life full of things which are sent to try us.

Anyway a huge thank you to the people who have listened and supported me, you know who you are. X

I will be back later with some scrapbooking.


Thursday, 19 November 2009

Twisted Sketch #23

Here is my take on last weeks twisted sketch, I really struggled with this one for some reason, I'm not sure why. I started it when my parents were up last week and I finished it last night. It's okay, but it's not one of my best!

This layout came together really quickly, it is using this months Scrapagogo kit which is just lush. Really bright colours which I love. This photo of Charlotte and I is just lovely, hubby caught us sharing our deepest secrets!. Les done well to capture this.

It's rather a quiet one this week, but have managed to do lots of scrapbooking which makes me happy!. We have had confirmation from school that Charlotte is definitely going to be an angel in the Nativity play. I have just got to find her a costume now (with halo), which could be interesting as they need it by next Friday!!. We also got the proofs back from the school photo she had taken last week, oh it's so sweet, she is not really smiling but she has little rosy cheeks and she looks so lovely they got them laying on there fronts which is unusual. I have ordered some copies (as you do) but haven't gone mad as you get left with lots of spares and then it becomes a waste.

Right I shall sign off, must crack on with backing up all my photos just finished 2008, now just need to do 2009. Oh what joy!

See ya.


Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Middle of the week already

I haven't done a Pencil Lines sketch in a couple of weeks so I thought I would have a go. This is my take on Sketch 161. Again the photo quality is rubbish due to the light, but you get the idea. I have had these papers for a few months now and thought they were ideal for this layout. This photo was taken when we were visiting Joan and Pete back in August. Charlotte thought it was rather a good idea to run around in her pyjamas wearing her sun hat, my bra! and socks on her hands. I really need to explain a few things to her really don't I?!.

Anyway not much else is happening here. Les is dining out tonight with clients so I have a feeling I will crack on with some more scrapbooking!!.

Have a good one.


Monday, 16 November 2009

Star of the week

My little girl got star of the week last week, we are not sure what she got it for but we are all very pleased for her. She came running out of class on Friday shouting that she was the star of the week, bless her she is doing so well. Here she is pulling a face holding the certificate.

So Mum and Dad travelled home yesterday after spending a few days with us, as usual it was lovely to spend some time with them, I really enjoyed being able to go round the shops with Mum it was like old times. I have to say a big well done to my Mum she has been on a diet for a couple of months now and she is looking great she has lost over a stone in weight, I know it's not easy but keep it up Mum I'm proud of you.

This is a layout that I done last week, I just love these papers from Crate paper, this is the second layout I have made with them and I also made my Sister-in-law a Birthday card from them to. I love this photo of Charlotte regardless of the fact that you can't see her face, we had ventured up the Malvern Hills and she was taking a breather on a bench she was looking out over the view spotting different things in the scenery.

Naturally I wanted to put Happy Birthday on it, but I've looked through all my rubber stamps and don't seem to have one! That's very strange, but then again I'm not a card maker. The number 60 looks almost red here, but it's a dusky pink to match the flowers.

Righto I'm off to play with this months Scrapagogo kit that has just arrived. :)

See you.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Girl in Red

The layout below is my take on last weeks Twisted sketch #22. I have had these photo's for nearly a year. It was taken on the day that Charlotte had her Birthday party last year. She was full of cold as you can see from her little face, bless her. I'm so looking forward to getting the Christmas tree this year, it's always quite a big thing in our house. I love to go and pick the tree which is normally way to big for our living room, but I just love it. It has become quite a standing joke now, but most of our friends make the point of coming over just to see how big the tree is!.

The picture quality isn't all that great as the light is terrible today.

I went into school this afternoon. The kids are great, they just come and swamp you, but one little girl came over to me and said that she couldn't remember what my name was so she had been calling me Mrs Crumpet at home!! lol. Kids say the most wonderful things, I love it. Now Charlotte is practicing for her nativity play which will be in 4 weeks time, I keep asking her what part she is playing but all I get in return is "I can't remember". So today I spoke to the teaching assistant to see what part she will be. She looked it up on her long sheet and said that she was going to be an Angel, I giggled and she asked why I was laughing. I replied "she really is no angel"!. It's a lovely feeling though as some of the girls are planets which would have probably have suited Charlotte more as she is a bit of tom-boy. She really doesn't do dresses, and she has never shown any interest in dressing up clothes nor will she let me do anything with her hair. It is amazing what the teachers can persuade them to do I just can't wait to see her oh and the photo opportunities. Oh I'm so excited.

Anyway my parents are on there way so I'm looking forward to having some time to chat before Charlotte comes out of school.

Leave a comment if you are passing by.


Saturday, 7 November 2009

Such a shame

That Scrapbook Inspirations will be no more, I really loved that magazine. I had made a layout which was due to go into the magazine early next year but of course with recent events it will no longer be needed, so I thought I would share it with you all. I rather like the layout and off course the photos are my favourites (I must stop using them). The layout was about Charlotte and all the big changes that she has had to deal with this year.

Looking forward to next week as my parents are coming up for a few days which is always nice. Dad is going to help me sort the garden out ready for winter, and I really must plant the spring bulbs ready for next year.

I have finally finished painting the living room now and I am fairly happy with the results, just the carpet to be ordered which will be done in the New Year now. The colour is growing
on me and it certainly feels warmer especially when the wood burner is on. It was a lot of work, but I'm glad we went ahead. I'll take some pictures next week when Charlotte is back at school and there are no toys on the floor!

Anyway that's about it for me. I'm hoping to finish off a layout tonight so I'll pop back really soon.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Anyone for painting?

Here is my take on last weeks Twisted sketch #21. I finally managed to get my hands on the diecut stickers to go with the October Afternoon papers. I have loads of Charlotte on her first day of school and thought the Report card range would be perfect for this. I have placed the scissors as if cutting the tape measure, I've put it at the age Charlotte was when she started school 4 3/4.

So I have spent my morning painting, I've now put the second coat onto the ceiling and I've now started on the walls. Have you ever started to paint something and then think I'm not sure whether I like the colour? Hmm well that's just what I have done, so I've walked away from it and will take another look once it's dried I just hope I feel differently then.

I went into school yesterday and I can honestly say that I'm enjoying this new experience. The kids are just great and it feels good to be able to help. With a few of the children I can see a big different in there reading which is just great, most of them are trying really hard to improve. I love the conversations we have whilst reading the books, they get really engrossed in the story. As Charlotte is close to the classroom I'm in, I love to get a sneaky look at her when she is playing and having fun with her little friends.

Righto I'm off, take care.


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Wow me a winner?

When I returned from our little trip away I checked out all the blogs and websites catching up on all the news (as you do). I went onto the Twisted Sketches site to get last weeks sketch and had the surprise of my life I had only gone and won one of the sketches which I took part in a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't believe it. This is the layout what won it for me.

So yesterday I put the first coat of white emulsion onto the ceiling, it to 2 1/2 hours and it was very tedious. The annoying part is that it's been plastered and is that horrible brown colour which is going to take quite a few layers to cover it. I just keep reminding myself that it will be worth it in the end. I haven't done any today as I'm off to school in a bit and by the time I covered all the furniture up it would have been time to pack away and get ready to go.

Anyway just a quick post today. I'll be back tomorrow with last weeks twisted sketch.

See ya.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Back in blog land

What a week we have had. We travelled down to my parents last weekend so we could spend Sunday and Monday with them before we flew out to Amsterdam on Tuesday. I'm glad we decided to do this as we went to Stevenage on the Monday and sorted Charlotte out for her Birthday and Christmas presents, she sure is a lucky little girl. So Tuesday came, we set off relatively early from Mum's to catch our lunch time flight out of Heathrow's Terminal 5, no problems leaving Charlotte she seemed quite happy with life. We arrived at tea time into Amsterdam caught a train and tram to our hotel, dumped our luggage and went for something to eat. We stayed in the Leidersplein district which is close to the museums. Wednesday we decided to go to the Van Gogh museum, and along the way we found these elephants. There are 100 scattered around the City all decorated differently. We saw quite a few but this one was my favourite, he seemed so sad with the big eyes. I believe they will be auctioned off at Christies eventually.

I loved this pink lady too!.

And of course we saw plenty of these too, (nearly got mowed down at one point by one). Which colour would you chose? I think it would have to be the pink one for me.

We had a lovely time just chilling stopping having a beer mid afternoon and exploring the city. I have been to Amsterdam many times before with work but have never managed to see much of the place before. It holds many memories for Les and I especially early on in our relationship, I think it will always be a special place for us.
We met my parents on Friday on the M1 so we didn't have to go back to there's and then head home (you know what Friday night traffic is like on the roads). Charlotte was pleased to see me but burst into tears saying 'I want my Grandad'. She had such a lovely week with them got spoilt rotten and didn't want to come home. It brought a tear to my eye as this is how I feel after spending any amount of time with them. I miss my family loads.
This weekend has been spent catching up on stuff, and we have started to decorate the living room. We finally decided on the colours for the walls. Guess what I will be doing this week! There is so much to do in there as the ceilings and around the fireplace needs pva on first before you can paint, very time consuming, but it will be worth it in the end.
Hopefully I will be back later in the week with some layouts to share.
Thanks for stopping by.