Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Nothing much to share although....

I have this weeks Twisted sketch to show you. The twist this week was the colour red (which is one of my favourite colours) so I enjoyed this one. Do check out the rest of the team for there great interpretations of this weeks sketch. I only have two more sketches left with the team so if you would like to be in with a chance of being part of an amazing team then check out the website and have a go.

Things have been busy here, what with Les returning from two weeks in Singapore and Malaysia and of course all the washing that goes with being away. Mum and Dad sadly went back home last Wednesday and I'm still missing them, and I know Charlotte is to, she still gets upset and tells me that she misses her Grandad. Bless her it's so hard for her to understand.

As Mum and Dad have been up for the past couple of Tuesday's I didn't do my voluntary bit at school, but I went in today and enjoyed being with the kids. I was doing spelling tests with groups of children. I had to do 45 words with them which of course some of the children found difficult, it's so hard not to sound the words out for them, but they needed to do it for themselves so the teachers can assess them and to find out which groups they will be in when they return in September. Next Thursday it's sports day so that should be interesting.

Well I have been struggling of late, I just can't seem to settle on anything maybe because Les has been away and Mum and Dad being up, I'm jsut not sure what it is. Scrapbooking has been the same and I have really questioned why I do this hobby and even thought do I want to continue with it. I feel my layouts are very samey and uninteresting. I have been browsing through issue 2 of Scrapbook Inspirations magazine and feel a little more inspired, I just love Shimelle Laine's work and have decided that I perhaps need to change my mindset with regards to patterned papers. I think I need to store the papers by colour rather than manufacture (which I'm doing at the moment). Does anyone else do this? Below is a layout that I scraplifted from one of Shimelle's layouts, using lots of different manufactures and using colours that I wouldn't of necessarily put together. I can honestly say that I feel refreshed from this, I just hope it lasts. I think I need to allocate more time for scrapbooking for me rather for everyone else if you know what I mean.

I'm planning on going to the Bromsgrove crop on Saturday, haven't been for a couple of months so I'm hoping I will be able to complete some more layouts to share.

Thanks as always for popping by, you brighten my day when you leave me comments.


P.S I know the heading says the 29th but I didn't actually post this until the new Twisted sketches had gone live.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Twisted sketch #52 and #54

I had forgotten to post my Twisted sketch layout from the week I was away on holiday so here it is below. The twist was to use 'chipboard'. Although it looks a fairly simple layout it too an age to do.

and, this layout was this weeks Twisted sketch, the twist this was 'Bold'. I love this photo of Les, which was one of the pictures I took for Cheryl Johnsons photography course. I enjoyed doing the doodling on this layout, very therapeutic. To see the rest of the teams layouts, please click here

My photos have now arrived from Snapfish so I have started the pages for my mini book.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Bits and pieces

Thank you for the get well messages I am feeling a lot brighter now and I'm trying to keep up my iron levels to try and beat this off which I believe is viral and not bacterial tonsillitis.

I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. Les flew off to Singapore on Friday for at least two weeks, which has meant that I've had the evenings to myself and haven't really bothered with the television as I'm not really interested in the football (I know shame on me)!!.

With all that time on my hands I managed to complete last weeks weekly challenge over on UKS. You had to use bold colours, I'm just loving the teal with the deep pink at the moment just love the combo. Use a title or lyrics from an Elvis song (which was easy as Les is an Elvis fan) and to use something silvery or a crown. When we are in the car we have an Elvis CD on sometimes, Charlotte and Les love the song 'I just want to be your teddy bear' which is what I wanted to call this layout first. I asked Les's opinion and the first thing he said was it's got to be called 'Love me tender' so here it is:

I have also started a mini book for all the photos from our holiday, I very rarely do anything like this for myself (it's normally for other people) so I've made a start. I'm waiting for my photos to arrive from Snapfish so hopefully today the postie will bring them. I've done the front cover were I have used Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride range which I just love and perfect for a holiday layout or a mini book.

I'm also hoping that the postie will bring my eternity ring which Les bought me while we were on holiday. The size wasn't quite right so it's been taken down a size as the last thing I want is for it to fall off and lose it. It's a dainty little ring as I only have small hands and fingers, as soon as I saw it I just knew it was the one.

Oh I can't believe it, the tooth fairy had to come out to Charlotte again last night. For several days she had been asking me to pull the tooth out as it was at a funny angle, I kept saying that it will come out on its own. Yesterday it was hurting her so I finally gave in a pulled it and out it came.

I'd better go and do some housework as Mum and Dad are on there way to come and keep us company for a few days. Charlotte is looking forward to seeing her Grandad as when Les goes away she looks up to him as the father figure that she is so desperately missing.

Right enough of me.

Take care all

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Feeling Poorly

I know I said I would update my blog with more news from last weeks holiday, but I've come down with tonsillitis so I'm feeling tired and drained. I thought I would pop on some of my favourite photos instead.
We went to Pennywell Farm (which I believe was on Countryfile last Sunday) really for my Sister-in-Law who just loves pigs. What was great about this farm was that you were allowed in the pens with the animals and there was no holding her back in she goes no fear, Charlotte picks up on how much confidence she has and in she goes too. She loved it, especially tickling the sheep and pigs tails and they then reacted by twitching there tails.

Love this little fellow, it looks as though he is smiling.

In this photo Charlotte was telling me how a naughty goat came up behind her and started nibbling at her hair. Very funny to watch and thankfully Charlotte didn't seem to phased by it.

These steps all 113 was what we had to trek up and down to get into town. Not to bad going down but going up them was a killer.

This photo of my Mum and Dad makes me chuckle, Mum had a burst of energy and attempted to overtake Dad. Dad was having none of it.

Just loved how these daisy's grew, some of them pink some of them white.

For some reason my SIL called this lighthouse the 'lampshade'!!!

Brixham as the sun starts so set.

There were lots of people fishing for mackerel.

Phew photo overload there I think. Haven't managed much scrapping other than my Twisted sketch for next week which obviously I can't share just yet.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 7 June 2010

Half term heaven

We are back from our week away in Devon and what a lovely time we had, even if it did go far to quickly. Our journey started after I collected Charlotte from school on Friday and headed for the M5 South. The traffic was particularly slow around Bristol which ended up taking 1 1/2 to get through but we stayed in good spirits, every few minutes being asked by Charlotte if we where there yet!!. We arrived at the house which had great views over Brixham town. The house was spacious with enough room for everyone, the only downside was that there was only the one bathroom which as you can imagine with 7 of us got a little tricky at times!!!!!.

Saturday we woke to rain but we were all determined to go out and about, we ventured to Torquay to have a mooch around the quay and shops. We then moved onto Cockington Forge to see the old thatched houses. Cricket was being played on the green and it was a perfect picture postcard of a traditional English scene. Dad could of quite easily sat and watched them playing cricket for the afternoon, but soon got him moving as we were off for a cream tea, well it would be rude not to, we were in Devon after all.

This little girl is so lucky to have such two loving Grandparents. They really do dote on her.

Just love how this place was so unspoilt, loved all the buttercups growing wild.

Sunday we drove to Plymouth to spend the day there as this was probably the farthest point that we would go during the week. They had a half marathon on and some of the roads were closed but we managed to get parked and headed for a coffee in Starbucks.

We walked around, Charlotte was being dragged around everywhere not complaining so I decided to reward her good behaviour. In the shopping centre there was a Build a bear and thought she might like to go, so she chose the bear filled the bear with stuffing not forgetting it's heart and Charlotte Amy was born.

Later on in the week my brother and his wife went to Exeter especially for the Build a bear shop and this is what they came back with. Ollie the owl (which is mine) and Fred the Tiger (who is SIL). Charlotte then enjoyed playing schools with Uncle Paul and Auntie Nikki but loved the sports day event the best.

So as you can see good fun was had by all. I will be back later in the week with more photos from our holiday. Don't want to bore you all silly!!.

Take care