Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Terrific Tuesday

I am being spoilt of late with wonderful things happening in my life.  May has been an exceptionally good for my One Little Word.  This morning, I caught up with this lady again.  I am very pleased to know that she lives near my mum.
 ~ Photo credit: The TomBoy ~
I gave Mel a bunch of Lisianthus, one of my favourites.  Feel free to point out if I've misspelled the name.
Mel gave me the most wonderful birthday present.  You know, just a wee something that she'd thrown together.  The hearts are all cut from maps showing my beloved NE Scotland.
And as it that wasn't enough, this afternoon saw DS discovering the delights of Uncle B's allotment.
A perfect place for a 4-year-old.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

43

Yours truly has celebrated her birthday today.  And it was just about perfect.
~ I was with a lot of my family ~
~ The chocolate cake was popular ~
~ Auntie loved her minibook ~
~ Unexpected, but very welcome, text from Mel ~

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Five In Five: The Layout

You knew I would, didn't you?  You know that I wouldn't be able to resist scrapping the results of Amy's challenge.  How well you know me.
I should just point out that the cardstock is a sheet of Kraft, not the slime green it appears in the photo.   I also added the photo of me in order to create balance.

Five In Five

My favourite Aussie scrapperblogger, Amy, set a new challenge this week.  She asked this question:  What five things won't be in your home in five years' time?
In at #1:  the front flower bed.  If it still looks like this in 5 years, I'm leaving home.  It's been like this since last November and although DH is beginning to make an in-road into the concrete-like soil, there's still a way to go.
#2: the toilet insert seat; still used by DS when he needs to sit down.  It helps to reassure him that he won't fall down the hole.
#3: the IKEA armchair.  This chair has been in our house for all the time I have known DH.  There used to be a sofa that went with it, but that has long gone to the PDSA, where the poorly animals won't mind that some of the springs have sprung.  It was in DS's room for a long time, but I felt it was taking up too much room and moved it onto the landing.  The idea was to freecycle it or donate it to charity.  DH, however, has other ideas.  It's to go in to his loft office.  Thing is, it can't go until DH has cleared out all the junk stuff he has up there already, as there isn't the room ...
#4: the wallpaper in our bedroom.  Thankfully, I don't notice it anymore.  It was up when DH bought the house in 1997 and it is my belief that it has been up since 1991 when our house was built.  I really don't like it.
#5: the gate at the bottom of the loft stairs.  No longer for any child safety aspect, but still in situ to allow DH to work without interruptions from DS.  DH works from home a lot and DS still believes that when men go upstairs they are going to work.

So there you have it.  A wee snapshot of the ordinaryness of what's in my home in 2011.
What about you?  Care to share your "Through the Keyhole" photos?

Friday, 27 May 2011

52 In Black & White: Week 21

Project Life: Week 8

There's too many identifying factors in this week's Project Life, so you're only going to get to see a few snippets, I'm afraid.
 ~ My weekend away ~
~ Looking for my ancestors ~
~ Stories with Grandad ~

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Shimelle's Sketch Of The Week

As you probably know, Shimelle hosts a sketch of the week type challenge every Wednesday.  Although, to be honest, this is the first time this year I've taken up her challenge.
I chose to scrap the photos of when Auntie and I met Sian and her family last weekend ~ no surprise there, then.
I came across the Irish (Gaelic?) phrase when I was reading this week about the Queen's visit to Ireland and thought it suited the LO perfectly.
You can see the translation there, above the head of The Tall One.  I should think that there are lots of girls at his school who'd think that together is best if it involved him!
The punched photo circles are from various places around Sian's city.  Clear enough to add interest, but not too clear to be immediately identifiable.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Project Life: Week 7

No journaling on show this week.  The LHS shows the Moorhen chicks in the park, the suppers we ate, the half-hour I spent myself in the coffee shop, a skirt I bought because I could, DS looking at my scrapbooks and a 'thank you' for buying something from Cath Kidston.
The RHS shows DS peeking through a letterbox, afternoon adventures on the bus, wit or wisdom on the chalkboard, art from DS, packing for my weekend away, a restored photo of my Grandad and a large railway station in Central London.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Perfect Days

Oh, my.  I am buzzing from my weekend away.  The city of my Grandfather's birth is awesome and her people are wonderful ~ so welcoming, so friendly and so very full of laughter.  
And my very favourite person in this wonderful city?  Sian, of course.
When I told Sian that I would be visiting her city, she immediately issued an invitation to visit her and her fabulous family.
That it had rained most of the day?  No matter.  That it was blowing a gale and quite cold?  No matter.  In Sian's home there was warmth, welcoming smiles and much laughter.  The Tall One and The Not So Small One are brilliant examples of teenagers ~ polite, personable, inquisitive and more than willing to indulge their mum and her blog friends.  Somehow, The Accountant avoided appearing in any shots, I'm not sure how that happened.  It's a shame you can't see him here, because he is very handsome.  Auntie was in some shots, but asked not to be "blogged". 
There's more I want to say, but at this late hour, I just can't think straight.

Friday, 20 May 2011

52 In Black & White: Week 20

~ The price of spending a penny in Central London ~


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Something In The Air

There's definitely something in the air, if you're a scrapbooker, this week.  I've completed 4 LOs, May's entry for my OLW album and a minibook, and managed to remind myself of a few basics:
  • If you like a design, it's okay to use it over and over and even to adapt it to suit your needs.
  • Scenic Route patterned paper will not cry if you actually use it ~ it's what it's for!
  • Scrap the everyday,the ordinary and the amazing.
And if you don't believe that there's something in the air, hop on over to Mel and Amy.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Amy's Challenge

Yesterday, Amy threw down the scrapbooking gauntlet and challenged all-comers to share their version of her design, with the added condition of scrapping the here and now.
 (Amy's LO)
Scrapping the present is something I only do occasionally, and only since I've known Amy.  I do tend to scrap fairly recent photos mostly, with the occasional foray into a pile of photos from years ago, but actually scrapping a photo on the day it was taken is still a rarity.
So, here it is (you knew that was coming, didn't you), a LO recording about 2 hours of my afternoon.
 If you want to play along, just hop on over to Amy's place.  There'll be a warm welcome waiting.

Scrapbook On The Road: Second MiniBook

With just 2 days before I leave for my Family History weekend with my auntie, I have finally finished her minibook.  Why on earth did I think it was a good idea to make two minbooks for this trip?  Yes, you're correct, because I knew I wouldn't be able to give it away.  I used the Laurel range of patterned paper from Scenic Route throughout.
The first page, cut in two in order to make a pocket for journaling.
A rare photo of my very handsome Grandad on the reverse.  I only saw this photo for the first time in February.
 An even rarer photo of Grandad's family; that's him, the baby.
A snap of my mum and auntie from the 1950s holidaying in their dad's home city.  Mum is on the right.
You can see the book I made for me to keep here.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Sharing History

Having decided to include emails from and a LO about Mel and Amy in my One Little Word album, it seems only right and proper to record in there the recent act of kindness for DS from Deb(Goodness, that was a lot of links!)
Deb very kindly sent me this photo of her and her mum, Marti ~ isn't it lovely?  I deliberately chose the title Sharing History for its play on words:
  • Deb and Marti have a shared history, obviously, as mother and daughter.
  • DS now has a shared history with Deb and Marti all because of a gift of books.
Under the hinged photo (surprise, using the Shimelle inspired design feature again), I placed a photo of DS with the books.  The photo of said hinged flap was taken before I added the journaling because I decided that it was too personal for sharing.
However, I will share with you something that Marti said,"It's pretty obvious what the reason was for {name} saving those books ~ they definitely belong to {DS}."

Wit Or Wisdom: #18

Monday, 16 May 2011

One Little Word: May

This month is all about the ideas, thoughts, tasks and stuff I want to tackle with my word this year.
It's a fairly simple list, written down as I thought of them, so not in any particular order.  For example:
  • Try to remember to enjoy living my life.  There's no joy in simply existing.
  • Plan and organise future scrapping projects: Week in the Life, The MotherLOAD and December Daily.
  • Keep this quotation at the forefront of my mind ~ You make your bouquet with the flowers within your reach. 
Also included this month is a LO in which Mel and Amy are the stars.
At the end of last week, both of them sent me unsolicited emails and each, I'm presuming, without knowing that the other was doing the exact same thing.  I knew that I would want to include these emails in my OLW album, so I asked both girls to email me a photo of  themselves.  I printed them out in black & white, in order to avoid a colour clash and The Tomboy was left in because I didn't have the heart to crop her out!
The photo is on a hinged flap (modified from Shimelle's latest 4x6 Photo Love suggestion) and the journaling is hidden underneath:
Mel and Amy: these women light up my life.
Mel and Amy: these women lead full and busy lives.  Wives, mothers, teachers, scrappers and bloggers ~ just some of the ways to describe them.  For me, however, I choose to describe them as my friends.
Mel and Amy: both have the uncanny knack of knowing exactly when to send a supportive email.
Mel and Amy: neither ask anything of me.  They give me love, advice, support, humour and encouragement.
They make my life better.
Mel and Amy, I thank you.

And just in case you don't know these two lovely ladies, Mel is on the left of the photo, Amy on the right and The Tomboy squeezed happily in the middle.
May is turning out to be a great month for my One Little Word ~ this weekend sees me meeting this lady and the following weekend sees me celebrating a birthday with some of my loved ones.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Project Life: Week 6

Week 6: A story not for sharing, donating to the Alzheimer's Society, buying flowers for my SiL, the story of how we came to be in a brasserie, togetherness with Granny and ice creams with Daddy.
Tiredness, temper tantrums and time out ~ DS had all three, my untidy desk, flyer from a market stall selling delicious baklava and clever marketing from Johnnie Boden.

** Blogger is kicking me off some blogs when I want to leave a comment, and without any explanation.  If you haven't seen that I've dropped by your blog lately, it's not for lack of trying!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Praised

DS likes to look at my scrapbook albums.  I like him to look at my scrapbook albums, but under supervision.  This morning, still before 8am, I found him in my office, at my desk, looking through my Yesterday & Today album.  And that's no light weight album to heave off the bookcase, I can assure you.
And what did he say to me?
"This is my favourite book."
Cue lump in my throat and tear in my eye.

Friday, 13 May 2011

52 In Black & White: Week 19

The Not-So-Mighty Blogger

What is it with huge corporations like Blogger?  They have a fault that takes them down for a whole day and then they remove your last couple of posts. 
And on my dashboard, I can see that Mel has posted about when we met and included the LO she made, but can I access it?  No, because Blogger says that page doesn't exsist!
Talk about adding insult to injury.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Tidy Up Time ...

... is required, wouldn't you say?  I'm known for my tidiness and just looking at the mess on my desk makes me hyper-ventilate!