Thursday, 30 August 2007

It's all go around here!

I've just noticed it's more that two weeks since I last blogged! Bad blogger lady!
It's been busy, busy, busy around here. Work is mental with preparing for the new student intake, the new lower 6th students start on Monday, and while that's not my area I will be going to work armed with my ear plugs in an attempt to block out the racket made by 700 or so 16 year olds with no idea where they should be going or what they should be doing!
The kids have been busy. Ewan has taken his first independant steps (Lord help us!) and thinks he's the dogs dangly bits when he's toddling around. This is him standing on his own - shortly before plonking himself unceremoniously back onto his bum (probably before Gracie pushed him!).


Ewan-standing


He had his first hair cut today, which is probably a good thing, he was starting to get this whole Richard Ashcroft/Verve thing going on, which was cute, but not every practical when you're only just starting to walk if you can't see past your fringe. We had to bribe him with a biscuit to sit still, but needs must!

Ewan's-first-hair-cut


Grace has been busy modelling Kendo's Saints shirt whilst cheering them on to their Challenge Cup victory (Go Saints!)

Super-Saints


Kendo's been busy getting the garden into something resembling habitable (it's only take us 9 years!) but we managed to get out for a garden picnic over the weekend (up our nice new garden steps) which was good fun (and actually vaguely sunny for a change!).

picnic-1


Picnic-2


picnic-3


One last photo of Grace. It doesn't really have anything to do with anything, except that she looks cute in it ;) Butter wouldn't melt.... or so you'd think. Shame she's a holy terror the rest of the time!

Butter-wouldn't-melt


Sorry this is a bit photo intensive, but a picture paints a thousand words and all that!
On the topic of painting a thousand words, I still haven't completed anything for Shimelle's class that I signed up for, but then I pretty much haven't done anything remotely scrapbookish for weeks. Slacker.
I am working on a patchwork quilt at the minute so I will post photos of that once it's been given to the recipient, wouldn't want to spoil the surprise on that one ;)
That's it for now, I promise to try to be a better cookie blogger from now on....... well, what else am I going to do once the dark nights start drawing in ;)
TTFN

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Word to yer Mother. How is yer Mother?

So, long time no blog. Slapped wrists for me.


Things have been a bit mental around here with getting back into working (and its a crazy time at work detailing with the new intake of students for September) and trying to work out how to squeeze what I used to do in 5 days at home into 2 days (not that I did much house work before, but what I did do is sliding by the wayside, which makes for a somewhat neglected abode at the moment).

We did manage to get out for an afternoon drinking session last Saturday (I kid you not!). We packed the kids off to Grandparents for the day/evening/night and went to see this. Which would be the Eclectica Music Festival (which is a free music festival held in our town). The headline act was Echo and The Bunnymen (which was the predominant reason for going, so Kendo could relive his youth). Kendo managed to leave my nephew Dan and his mate, Reaper, totally mortified by his uninhibited display of 80s Goth dancing, but inspite of that we had a really good day. The Bunnymen were entertaining (well, the 4 songs I recognised were! LOL), but the real stars of the line up had to be these guys..... The Lancashire Hotpots.



Absolute quality entertainment (think the Houghton Weavers with a comic 21st Century twist) and the fact that I can go all name-droppy and say I know the bass player (he'd be the one on the left in the photo) is also a bonus. There's no bonding experience like appearing on stage with someone wearing your PJs and clutching a teddy bear.... it means you've still got something to talk about after 15 years when you haven't seen each other for a while;)).

Anyhoo - you really need to check out the Hotpots website and listen to the song "He's Turned Emo". It'll have you snorting chippy tea out your nose from laughing so hard. Trust Me.

Now....... where's me whippet? I know I left it around here somewhere .....


TTFN

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

It's all a bit "Boom Chaka Waa Waa"!

Hand-Me-Downs


I know, it's hard to believe - but I've actually done a scrapbook layout! Wonders will never cease. Inspired by two lovely 70's photos of me and Jacqui where we're wearing the same gorgeous :P chocolate brown and banana yellow polka dot dress (taken four years apart). I'm still not entirely sure what my mother was thinking. If you ask her though she maintains is was a "good" dress. For all you St Helens folks - it came from Finefare, which was on the corner of Barrow St - where Hooby Doo used to be.... you know where I mean ;) )

What I find particularly funny about the photo of me and Andrew at the beach is that clearly something never change. It's summer - and we're making sandcastles whilst wearing cardies :) Good old British summer time!

I'm working on another layout at the moment - could it be I'm finally getting my scrapping mojo back? So I'll post on that when it's done.

TTFN

Thursday, 2 August 2007

The Write Stuff

I know, it’s not Friday, but I’ve been slacking somewhat with the scrapping challenges of late, so I thought I’d get this posted while I have a spare moment (in between dealing with a 3 year old with summer holiday cabin fever and a 10 month old with an icky viral infection that’s brought him out in a rash – just how glamorous is my life?? ;) ).

Anyhooooo…..

A few weeks ago I signed up for this, which is Shimelle’s latest online class called “A Picture is worth a Thousand Word”. Following on the back of watching this video class that she did a while ago it’s got me thinking about journaling on layouts.

It seems to me when I started out scrapbooking a couple of years ago I always used to have journaling on my layouts (some times printed, some times hand written, some times hidden). As time has gone on, when I look through my albums, the style and type of layouts that I make has changed a lot. For example, I always used to do double layouts but more and more I’ve started doing single ones. I used to have to fill every inch of the page, now I like more white space.

My journaling is one of the things that have changed. These days most of my layouts have a sentence or the date and place and that’s about it. Part of me thinks that somewhere along the way, much further along the way (hopefully!), when I’ve long since popped off the face of the earth and the kids are looking through my albums (we’ve gone a bit morbid all of a sudden… but I’m getting to a point, honest!) that something of the message in these layouts is going to be lost. I know, now, what’s going on in these pictures, because it wasn’t so long ago I was taking them, but without some further explanation are they just going to leave people in the future thinking “great pic, but what the heck is going on?”.

So. With that in mind (have you seen what happens when I think? It’s dangerous. This is what you get when you let me out of the house to have adult conversation three days a week ;)) this weeks challenge is a little journaling project (and I’ve combined it with the sketch (so you can do both, or one, or neither)). Here’s the sketch:

August-week-1-Sketch_Web



The challenge is to use one photo, but one that has a good story behind it. A story that might not necessarily be obvious from the photo, but one that you think needs telling. Once you’ve selected your photo, then brush up your creative writing skills and come up with a big old block of journaling to accompany it on the layout. Hand write it if you’re brave, print it if you want to squeeze loads in, or just plain hate your handwriting. It’s up to you – just make it plentiful.

That’s all folks. Happy Scrapping.

TTFN