Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year

We have had a really great Christmas, we haven't done much other than eating and drinking but it was so lovely spending time with my family. Mum done us proud over Christmas (again), the masses of food and the choice was fantastic, thanks mum. We saw my best friend Nat and her partner Rob on Sunday it's become quite the norm to see them at Christmas which is always special.

3 generations of girls in our family. Notice I'm the only one wearing the party hat!!

We took Charlotte to the park on Boxing day I took some gorgeous photos of her. Here's one.

We are hopefully going to the local curry house tonight and then home for some fireworks.
All is left to say is Happy New Year, I will be back next week with some scrapbook layouts, promise.
P.S I'm thinking of buying a Bind-it all, are they any good? If anyone out there owns one leave me a comment saying whether it's worth buying one or not.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Holidays are coming!!

I'm busy getting everything ready to go to Mum and Dad's tomorrow. I have so many lists I'm not sure whether they are really helping! lol. Les has the whole of this week off so we have been sleeping in most mornings not venturing out of bed until 9.45am, and it's been so very much needed for all of us.

We had some friends round last night for Seasonal drinks and some nibbles. It was very relaxing and the smells from the mulled wine were just fab.

I'm going to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has left messages and encourage me to do this blog it's been really fun.

Merry Christmas to everyone and lets hope that 2010 is going to be a good one!.

Take care

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Is it Friday yet?

I thought I would share with you the Pencil Lines sketch (164) from last week, I'm all behind right now but I'm steadily getting there. I used the Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg range. Again not a great photo but you get the idea.

This layout I started at the crop a couple of weekends ago and have only just managed to finish it. I made the robot myself by building up the body with different parts of the patterned paper.

Is it me or has it been a long week? Poor Charlotte is really exhausted I think the past few weeks have caught up with her, she is really ready for a rest. She has been a little tearful in the mornings too, there has been no routine at school this week and I don't think she likes it. She came home with a Christmas card and a calendar yesterday which is just so precious I will keep it forever. It's going to be a long day for her today as they are off to the Pantomime and won't be back until 5.45pm, they have had such a fun week they are very lucky.

Anyway I'm off to blitz the house.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

5 years ago........

my little one was born. She was two hours old when this was taken.

and just look at her now....

She is the most precious thing in my life.


Monday, 14 December 2009

Bits and Bobs

We have had a busy weekend again (I can remember typing exactly the same last week). Saturday involved going to Toys R Us so that Charlotte could spend some Birthday money that my Brother gave her although her Birthday isn't until Wednesday we decided going this weekend rather than next for obvious reasons. She choose very wisely and is happy with the Salvanian Family Bakery. It took quite a while to find the shop as we had only been to that store once before, but rather than turn around we got even more lost, what is it with men and directions?!!!.

Today has been spent running around seeing friends, dropping and collecting things. It's all a bit manic but really I love to be busy. So today Charlotte went in her party clothes as it was party day, our contribution was cucumber sticks, it makes a change as I normally get ham sandwiches so it was a pleasant surprise!!. lol. Here she is this morning the little tinker kept closing her eyes saying that she didn't like the flash.

This is a a layout I done a while ago I really enjoyed playing around with the paint.

Oh and before I forget, belated Birthday wishes Paul, 21 again bro.

Anyway I will be back in a couple of days with hopefully some more scrapbooking.

Thanks as always for stopping by.

Friday, 11 December 2009

What a day!!!

Wow what a day it was yesterday. You may remember that I took part in Sarah's Cards sketch challenge last week. I found out last night that I was the lucky winner who not only gets £10 to spend in there shop, but I also take part in the challenge for next month too. yay. Well done to everyone else who took part there were some fantastic layouts.

This layout was made a while ago, with the Crate Paper purchased from Sarah's Cards. I think the paper was one of my all time favourites I made 2 or 3 layouts and a card from these papers they were just so pretty and vibrant.

We went to watch Charlotte in her Nativity play yesterday and she done us proud. She joined in with all the songs, got on the stage when she was meant to and even done a little dance too. Only at the end of the performance did she start to wobble a little bit, and looked as if she was about to start crying, but she fought back and was fine. Anyone that knows Charlotte or has been following my blog for a while knows that Charlotte lacks confidence and is very shy. When we went for the parents evening back in October the teachers weren't even sure whether they were going to give her a part, but she has surprised us again and done a fantastic job. This is all confidence building for her and she will improve with time and lots of patience from the school and teachers which I know they will give her.

Anyway I'm off to tidy up the house, my parents have left now and are on there way home. It's such an emotional pull when they leave, I miss them terribly. Still we will be going down just over a week so we can all be together at Christmas.

See ya.


Monday, 7 December 2009

Tinsel and trees

So we had a very enjoyable weekend. I went to Bromsgrove crop on Saturday which was great fun, we even had a visit from Santa!. As usual the food and the company was great with plenty of laughs. Cleo from Bellaboo came with her shop and I picked up the Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg range which will be ideal for some autumn photos I have of Charlotte.

I completed this layout which I started last Thursday but just didn't have the chance to finish.

I enjoyed making the flower which was really easy.

I just love these chipboard mittens!.

Yesterday was spent food shopping and choosing our Christmas tree. It took us about 40 minutes to pick the right tree and as usual it's way to big for our living room, but I just don't care it's Christmas. Charlotte was really excited and loved putting all the decorations on it.

This one it is!

Popping on the star.

Dressing the tree

Finished tree!

Mum and Dad are coming tomorrow for a couple of days to watch the big performance taking place on Thursday. I can't wait!!.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

I am getting very excited I love this time of year, it brings so many childhood memories swimming back. As a child there weren't huge amounts of money in our house, but Christmas and Birthday's were always very special we got most things that we asked for. Although I never got Mr Frosty, my hubby bought me one for Christmas one year and I can now understand why my parents didn't want me to have it, it does create lots of mess! If that's the only thing I didn't get I done pretty well!.

Charlotte is working hard for her Nativity play which is being performed next Tuesday and Thursday, I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to seeing her. When I was in School on Tuesday they were having there photos taken, they were all dressed in there costumes and having there faces painted, they were all very excited.

Anyway I have been trying to use my Scrapagogo kit and have created this with it. I'm not sure that I really like it, it's a bit different to what I usually do. Again please excuse the photo quality it's tipping it down with rain here. *sigh*

I'm back down the school in a bit as Charlotte's teacher is pregnant, so I'm going to meet her new teacher(s).

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Brrrr it's so cold.

As you know I enjoy taking part in sketches so when I was emailed by Sarah's Cards with there sketch I thought I would have a go. Here is my take on the sketch which I thoroughly enjoyed doing. I used my Little Shoebox papers which I have been sitting on for a while now, so I thought I would put them to good use with this sketch.

It was a busy weekend, catching up with some friends on Sunday and doing all the usual stuff like food shopping. I'm really looking forward to this weekend as I'm off to the Bromsgrove crop on Saturday, then Sunday we are off to buy our Christmas tree and then decorate it. yay! I have lots to do this week, wrapping Birthday presents and Christmas presents. My parents are up next week to see Charlotte in her Nativity play and they are planning on taking all her Christmas presents back with them so we don't have any awkward questions from her.

Oh I must just say I have received my October Afternoon Very Merry papers and they are just lush. I can't wait to make some layouts with these.

Must dash I'm off to school in a bit.

See ya.