Monday, 4 August 2008

A Mixed Bag

It’s been a busy old weekend at Casa De PTC. On Friday I finally lost the plot with my messy living room and had a complete blitz in there (including a good toy cull and moving all the furniture around). Possibly not the best idea to attempt to do this with a 4 year old and a not quite 2 year old in the room! It was a pretty tricky operation (number 1 priority – move the TV to keep them occupied whilst doing the rest!) and was going vaguely okay until Egg decided to dunk his Archie Bear into the (dirty) mop bucket! Nice. As you can imagine, it was quite the drippy mess, and poor Archie ended up here once again.

Sunday saw our bedroom getting the same treatment. Only for Grace to remark this morning “I miss the messy room Mummy”. I think it was because it was far more obvious to me when she’d been messing with stuff on the dressing table that she’s not supposed to touch! Little monkey!

As well as my cleaning marathon I’ve also managed to get a couple of scrapbook pages done, so I’m almost up to date with the “My Freedom” class prompts.

The first was the layout for the “Play” prompt. The journaling prompt for this was to tell the story in pictures, so I’ve used little index prints in place of some of the words in the journaling. I’m not sure what’s going on in the middle of this LO. The paper piecing mirrors the design on the patterned paper I used because I felt it needed something in the middle of the page – but I’m not quite sure it’s working. All well, too late to obsess about it now!




The second layouts was about “Creativity”. The journaling prompt for this was to write a list of instructions for your own creative process. I started with a list for this (as you can see for items 1-4) but somewhere from there it seemed to morph into a flow chart, so I thought I would stick with that idea when I put my journaling on the layout – it seems a good insight into how my mind works when it comes to creative things. Kendo just shook his head when he saw it and said “Oh no! It’s a flow chart! You’ve been working in an office WAY too long”. I think he might have a point ;)




The craftiness hasn’t ended there this weekend. It occurred to me this week that I haven’t baked anything in an age. I can’t remember the last time my oven saw the presence of a cupcake! It’s a tragedy. Having decide I had to bake something I finally opted for not cupcakes, but cookies (this is PTC after all!) and whipped up a batch of my very favourite cookies (Tollhouse cookies – walnut and chocolate chip – YUM!). They were barely cooled before Kendo sharked his first one and I think he ate about 5 last night (as you might have guessed, they’re his favourite too). The recipe I use makes a pretty big batch and normally I only bake half and put the other half in the fridge but I was a bit naughty last night and baked the whole lot (in larger cookies than normal). Tollhouse cookie goodness for the rest of the week, well, a day or two anyway. Here’s a couple in all their cookie-glory. Do you like my little cupcake board….. it was a my Mother’s Day present. Very apt I thought.


I can also now share with you what I made for the Russian Doll swap over at I’m a Ginger Monkey, as my swap buddy Margy has received is safe and sound. Or rather, has received them safe and sound.

I pondered for ages what I was going to make for this and whilst doing a bit of a web search for some inspiration I stumbled across this amigurumi pattern by anapaulaoli. This is the first amigurumi I’ve even done and I was so please how it came out (despite having to unravel a couple of the pieces several times after forgetting to up the stitch mark in and losing my place – Grrrr!). Here’s the finished articles.

Firstly all stacked together:


And separate:


I think Margy liked them! She was a fabulous swap buddy and I really enjoyed making them for her.

Right then, I think that’s enough updating from me.

I just add one more thing to add. In case you hadn’t noticed. They’re back!! And they’ve got a funky new website and a giveaway to boot. I’ve missed those monkee antics! Hurrah!



Mariangeles M said...

Great job!! Love your pages!!!

April said...

they are sooo cute!!

April xx

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Love your flow chart and the little index prints on your play LO.

Lou said...

OK, 3 things: first, love the new LO, again the colours are fab and I love a good flowchart me! Second, didn't realise before the Russian dolls stacked! Lastly, I only just worked out PTC! :P


Monkee Maker said...

Oh wow - so much to comment on!

Firstly ... belated Happy Anniversary!! It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun, isn't it? I hope you and Kendo relived the moment .... and stayed up til 3 am in your undies, drinking tea!

Fabulous layouts - I love the one about having children.

And even fabulouser russian dolls - what a brilliant idea!

And thanks for the shout-out at the end *blush*


ps. I'm not really blushing ... I just have a ruddy complexion sadly ...

Kathy said...

love your amigurumi and creativity pages!

Mrs Moog said...

Lots of goodness, I don't know where to start!

Great pages and I love your journalling, even those flow charts :) As the wife of an obsessive mind-mapper I can appreciate such jottings!

Your Russian Dolls are FAB!!! Did you use a pattern? If so, which one...pretty please? If not...fancy writing one???


kim said...

You've been busy! I love the Creativity LO--I need to get more creative with my journalling and you always have such great ideas for that. And the dolls are fabulous--I always wanted a set of stacking dolls.

Happy Anniversary!

Unknown said...

I love your creativity pages!

How inspiring!


Sylvia C.

Suzanne Vaughan said...

Wow, those are absolutely amazing!

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