Thursday, 26 March 2015

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition | 2015

One of the really great things about living in the nation's capital
 is the number of fabulous exhibitions 
that appear in museums, galleries and suitable spaces. 
Some are free to enter.
Some are by timed ticket entry.
Somerset House is hosting the
from late April.
An exhibition that has my name all over it.
It'll be worth the ticket cost and then some, I hope.
Throw in a few friends and the possibility of lunch
and all in all, it's going to be a grand day out.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Women's Wear Daily, Or Not ...

As I said yesterday, Spring is on the way, if not actually here full time.
And that makes me think about about my wardrobe.
Mainly about how bored I am with it.
I've spent the last few months in variations of the following: skinny jeans (from Fat Face), white t-shirts (with a scoop neck and three-quarter length sleeves, from M&S), scoop neck jumpers in assorted primary colours (also from M&S) and biker boots (from Ugg). 
I'm ready to get my legs out and lose what my American friend calls my "British white" tan.
And I've got my eye on a few funky dresses and skirts. 

Details here, but perhaps when it's on offer or in the sale.
A Cup of Jo had a similar post yesterday, which you can read here
Nice as her choices were, they were just that wee bit too expensive for me.
Are you ready for a shift to lighter weight and more colourful clothing?
What's caught your eye of late? 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Spring in the Suburbs

As we head towards the end of March, Spring has made her presence felt
 in our flower beds and in the park where I walk the pooch.
Mind you, she has a sting in her tail, because the wind is cold
 and gloves are usually required for morning school run.

How's the weather in your part of the world?

Monday, 23 March 2015

Just One Sketch | 2015

I've talked before about using a sketch as a jumping off
 point when putting a page together. 
I even took Kirsty's excellent class back in 2012. 
Our Texas album has lots of double-page spreads appearing, which I like.
But I also like to ring the changes with a few different designs making an appearance.
 Tweaking the design as I go, so it isn't blindingly obvious 
to the viewer that all I've done is repeat the same few steps.   
A look through my collection of pages torn from magazines like Simple Scrapbooks and Creating Keepsakes saw this design make its way to the top.
Design by Laina Lamb, Creating Keepsakes, May/June 2010.
 A straight scraplift of the original design.
 Flipping the design from top to bottom and adding a large embellishment.
Swapping the text box for a photo and adding a 6x4  journaling card.
Clicking on each photo will enlarge the image.
Sketches ~ yes or no?
A straight scraplift or simply used as a jumping off point? 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Wit or Wisdom | 2015 | #1

It's a slow news kind of day.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Saturday Snapshot

 11.00: heading into town.
 12.00: visiting Grandad P.
 13.00: lunch in the Golden Arches 
 13.30: browsing
 14.00: Saatchi Gallery
14.30: heading home.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Five on Friday

1) The eclipse wasn't visible in suburban London.
2) A broken dishwasher isn't the end of the world.*  
I'm finding washing up by hand again oddly calming. 
3) Tradesmen who turn up on time and do exactly what they say they will are like gold dust.
4)  The glue order has arrived and all is well .
5) Thinking about sending a copy of my book to the MP who represents my home town. 
There's a story to be told.  I need to be bold, take action and give.
How's your Friday looking? 

* I fully realise that  a broken dishwasher is what we might consider to be a First World problem.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Tales of Woe ... Or Not

Once upon a time there was a girl
(that's pushing it...), a woman who loved to scrapbook. 
She played with paper pretty much every day.
She saw it as a sort of therapy.
Only much, much cheaper.
And then one day, 
horrors of horrors,
the repositionable glue dispenser was empty.
And there were no spares ....
To be continued.  

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Grandad P. | An Update

Our beloved Grandad P is home from hospital,
 but now ensconced in the Infirmary of the Royal Hospital.
Much to his annoyance.
He's trying his best to be cheerful,
 but it was clear to us that the strain is beginning to show.
As I mentioned briefly last week,
he has a long road ahead of him, but as a man of faith,
 I know he will appreciate any prayers you'd be kind enough to send his way.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I Am What, Exactly?

Someone said to me recently, 
"Tell me who you are."
Hard to answer, that one.
The title of this blog suggests that I'm at home all day.
You know, with my feet up, drinking tea and watching Poldark on catch-up.
If only that were true.
I could say that I'm a mum who works in the home.
I could say that I work for The Brainy One's company.
Both are true statements.
But somehow they don't make me feel like I am me.
Here's what I plan to say in future.
I'm a blogger.
I'm a photographer, with several commissions to my name.
I'm a scrapbooker.  One who has appeared in print and won prizes for layouts. 
I also happen to be a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a niece and a cousin.
I'm a good friend.
I'm loved and I love.

Tell me who you are.
 Lovely Deb Turtle posted recently in a similar vein here