Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Some very kind person sent me a Christmas card with a voucher in it so spend at Charmed Cards and Crafts so I dithered around yesterday and placed my order, spent my voucher...and ahem...a little bit more! What a lovely boost this morning when the postie knocked at my door with my goodies. What fantastic service-thank you so much!!!
Oh my goodness - what to try first!!!! What a dilemma!
After opening my wonderful new stash, I had to leave it as we had booked tickets to the cinema. Amelia didn't really enjoy the film as much as she has done in the past and I couldn't really concentrate on the film as I was trying to keep Amelia quiet and happy. Came out and then the children started squabbling again as soon as we were in the car. By the time we got home I was feeling pretty fed up ! Walked into the hallway, postie had been again leaving me with two stamps from Toodles & Binks...whoo hoo...Thank you Kay!!
Chris was laughing, he stepped to oneside and sitting in the hall was a large box, a Dyson box, and stuck to the side was a verse!
To Adele & Chris
We're sorry this is late
For the sale we had to wait
You can now hoover through like a breeze
and stay up off your knees
lots of love Mum & Dad!
Well, what did I do....I cried!!
(Ages ago, when I was having a particually hectic week, Mum came over while I was at work, without me knowing and hoovered the front room for me. She commented that she couldn't get it to work very well and I explained the best way to get it to work was not to use it as an upright, but use the hose....I explained I got down on my hands and knees. Not good at all for my back or my knees especially now we have the extension- I simply cannot hoover through the whole house the same day!)
Chris and Jack have gone out again now, waiting patiently for them to come back so we can have a cuppa and a cuddle....pull myself together a bit...and then try out the new hoover!!
Sad life I lead!
Sunday, 28 December 2008
"This week the challenge is in the theme;After all the over indulgence you've most likely had over Christmas (a few poorly tummies and heads I guess?) The theme this week is Get Well Soon .You don't have to use those words, but it has to be aimed at cheering someone up or wishing them well . If you don't know anyone who's poorly your creation could be wishing them well in their new job or a new home...basically, lots of positive vibes in this card please AND of course a Charmed Download. Nice and easy?"
With the chaos that Christmas causes and all the additional things that somehow get slotted into an already hectic day I was running a bit behind with my crafting (nothing new there!) In fact I didn't sit down til late last night to do this challenge and I was stumped, copmpletely mojo-less!
I decided to settle for the "obvious" and use Bed Dottie from the Dottie at Home collection.
I printed 4 copies, a quick bit of colouring and then layered the image.
NOW, I have a few other ideas!!!! Just typical!
Don't forget, join in with our challenge this week and be in the running to be our Guest Designer for January!
Friday, 26 December 2008
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Just finishing off a few Design team projects for the next few days then we are cracking open a bottle of something and spending the evening wrapping pressies.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
I used the sketch from this weeks Friday Sketchers blog. So glad I stamped and cut all those images back in October!!!
Karen has MEGA MEGA CHRISTMAS BLOG CANDY over on her blog and more on the Charmed site so pop over and be in with a chance of some seriously scrummy stash!!!
The candy is up for grabs until the end of the month so still plenty of time!!
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
The first was using the Kinoko Village mushroom characters. Nikki set us all a challenge to use these stamps but there were no cards allowed!!! EEk....my mojo flew out the window and I thought of kitchen notice boards, shopping jotters, altered pots.......but gathering together all the bits and bobs I needed and working around other things that life throws at you just didn't really happen - so I went back to the drawing board and created these!
Friday, 19 December 2008
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Today I have received this award from the lovely Michele who is currently our Guest Designer over at Dottie's World. A huge thank you Michele...I need a bit of kick to keep me going and this has worked a treat!
OMG...this is why I never get around to replying to some of these awards...I am SUCH A DITHERER!!! Right 5 things I am addicted to;
1, Crafting of course.
2, Indian food...I love it.
3, wine, chocolate, crisps......these are my little treats at the end of a stressful day!
4, my children....time is so precious and they grow so quickly!
5, my darling hubby Chris-he is a darling, always supportive and I love him to bits!!!
Next is the really hard bit...how do I possibly choose only 5 blogs? I will be back later with another award I haven't yet responded to so I will just make a start on some of the wonderful and inspiring bloggers out there!
1. Louise - I know Michele has already given this to you but your designs are such a big part of my crafting!
2. Karen - the detail and texture in your work amazes me!
3. Maddy - her work is stunning and she always makes me laugh!
4. Hazel - she is a strength and inspiration, amazing lady, amazing attitude!
5. Jennie - I can blame Jennie for my change of heart towards stamping this year as it was this time last year I entered her competition and won myself £50 of stamps. I think that this opened up a few crafty doors for me and I now sit very proudly on 3 Design Teams! Thank you Jennie.
Right best do some crafting...LOL be back again later.
I am sorry I have not blogged for a while - just had so much to do! Last week was the start of the chaos really, with Jack being poorly Monday, Jack and Amelia being poorly on Tuesday. As well as fitting work in between too and crafting whenever I got a few spare momnets.
I had Jack's school Carol Concert on Thursday evening and oh wow, I was one very proud mum. He was dressed in a black waistcoat, glittery bow tie, cardboard top hat, with silver tinsel around...carried a cane and was one of a small group of children in his year selected to dance. Oh my god, he was my little Fred Astaire - I couldn't take my eyes off of him!
After that it was one mad rush to get home and pack bags as we were off to Russia with Love on Friday night and the children were off to their Nan & Grandad's for the weekend straight after school on Friday. BUT when does anything ever go to plan - school rang Friday lunchtime-Jack was poorly again and I had to rush in a pick him up. Half the school have gone down with the Flu Epidemic so I dosed him up and got him comfy on the settee while I rushed around. After a lot of talk and umming and arring, the In-Laws still wanted the children so we did get our night out.
Sunday morning, Jack took another turn for the worst and we rushed up to the In-laws to collect them both early.........and only today has he gone back to school. Just waiting for the infants to ring now as Amelia was really grumpy last night, laid in this morning (That NEVER happens) and had a bit of a grotty nose! I just hope she will make it to the end of the week as she still hasn't done her Christmas performance where her class are doing a snowflake dance- and after I cut out all those felt sizzix snowflakes and loving sewed them on with a little sequin and seed bead...I so want to see her perform! Fingers crossed.
Waffle over lets get on and catch up on a bit of crafting....got lots to show!!!!
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
We have most of our pressies, I am buying some cards!!! Have to make some more, write all of ours, write all of Amelia's, wrap everything, do the last odds and ends of shopping, catch up on some design team work, attend Christmas Concert, make a snowflake costume, attend Infants Assembly, make up hamper for raffle, pack kiddies bags as they are staying at Nanny & grandad's house for the weekend..................shall I go on!!! eeeek, better stop there before panic mode really kicks in and I do my headless chicken impression!
Anyway, after having poorly children off school for two days, I was relieved they were both well enough to go back to school today. Although I was working this afternoon it did give me a little bit of crafting time this morning - in fact I have now finished of a card order apart from the inserts, I will be crossing that off my list tomorrow hopefully after a bit of retail therapy ready for our big night out!
I do have a few cards to show you if you are still with me after all my waffle.
The first is a sparkly Dottie Creation using Ice Skating Dottie from the Christmas Download Bundle. One teacher's card complete - 7 more to go!!!
This week's Sketch Saturday and the Countdown to Chrismas Challenge- Day 2 over on Crafts by Carolyn where you need to create something using red, gold and green!
Monday, 8 December 2008
The situation is that her mainstream school, despite all my efforts, are just not able to differentiate for her. Perhaps reading some of the inclusion resources online or that I have provided them with would have been a starting point but I get the very destinct impression, they are not willing to make it work as they simple don't want her there anymore. I have been told that not one child with Down Syndrome has ever gone on to Mainstream Junior school in Medway, well fighting for 3 years to get her supported didn't actually give her a flying start did it. Even when the LEA backed down and agreed to Statemnet her the school sat on it for about 5 months before the support was ever put into place.
Not knowing which way to turn or which battle to fight first, my mind is in turmoil. I am not prepared to send my daughter to a school who simply don't want her there so the mad ideas of pulling her out of school, MP, newpapers......the lot are prancing around my little brain.
So much for a relaxing Christmas break where I can actually sit back and enjoy my children..yet another big black cloud will be hovering over us.
Despite my solemn mood, I got home to a lovely email form the wonderful Jo! She has featured some of my work over on Inspirational today! Absoloutely gob-smacked and honoured- THANK YOU SO MUCH JO! You have managed to lighten my day a little!!!!
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
What with work and school meetings this week, I had today, my only "free day" earmarked to play catch up on some housework and crafting. And what happens, Jack sat there last night after dinner and told me it was his class assembly today and that he had one of the main parts-narrator!!!! EEK, not being one to let him down, I went to school this morning with the intention of staying to watch. Half way up the path I noticed that all the other children in Infants are not wearing school uniform...double EEK!! I had missed a letter in Amelia's bag (very easily done as if she gets them before I do they get written on, drawn on or rolled up as little treasure maps!! )
I needed to provide a contribution of food towards a raffle hamper and in return Amelia could wear her own clothes.
Dropped children into school, rang Junior office to see what time assembly was, rushed back home, grabbed some pringles and a jelly (!!!) out of Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, stuffed some clothes into a bag, a slurp of tea....and a mad rush back to the infants to drop of the clothes, followed by a dash to the juniors to watch Jack in his assembly. Phew......it wasn't even 10am and I was shattered.
Jack did beautifully in his assembly- one very proud mummy!
After that it was back home to "catch up" but when, oh when, does that ever happen. I chatted to a friend for a while about the awful meeting yesterday and where I go next. Then I had several phone calls to make about education, therapy...health...etc. By the time that was over I still have one very messy house and just one little card completed and off my to do list.
Here it is:
Triple EEK...will finish post and upload other pics later as I have just seen the time. Off to do school run......LOL....I wonder why I am not rake thin sometimes!
Right back home again, just had a photographer around, I've got a short while for a quick cuppa before I do dinner and get Jack to his school disco!!
I used the sketch on this week's Sketch Saturday.
Right, deep breath, that cuppa is calling!
Thursday, 4 December 2008
I have managed to complete the card that has been sat on my desk "in progress" for a few days. Glad I never finished it actually as some scrummy new lace arrived and I used a snippet of it today to cheer myself up!
This is card number 4 of 8 I set myself to complete this week...but time, as always, is getting the better of me!
Crafty Creations who want your creation to include Holiday Wishes!
Basic Grey Challenges where this week you need to make a creation using an aperture. I am using up scraps of one of what is becoming an all time Basic Grey favourite paper- Nathan from Oh Baby-Boy collection.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Anyway - at least I have done one and here it is! I followed the sketch on this week's Friday Sketchers. I used the wonderful new stamp from Toodles & Binks and I just adore it. Such wonderful detail to colour and shade-thank you Kay.
Over on Dottie's World the wonderful Louise is celebrating her birthday with THREE people having a chance of winning a Charmed Download of their choice......a new collection is looming too so be sure to pop over to be in with a chance.
Also don't forget to join in with this week's challenge to not only be in with the chance of being our next Guest Designer but to also get yourself a great freebie download image Karaoke Dottie!
Monday, 1 December 2008
I have taken inspiration from two challnge blogs here;
ABC Challenge - S is for Snow!
and the Daring Card Makers - White ...and Pink Christmas!
whoo hoo, 2 down 6 more to go!