Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Pocket Scrapping | School Days

I've had a 6x8 album for a while now, but haven't done anything with it.
Using a few packs of Simple Stories page protectors and some Project Life cards, I'm beginning to turn it into a school album for The Boy Child.
Referring back to this blog and our Project Life albums, I've a pretty good idea of how The Boy Child's school years have gone in detail.
Like when he came out of school that very first day and exclaimed, "It was brilliant and I had sausages for lunch!"
Like the times he was nervous about performing in front of a room full of parents.
Like the relationships he had with his then Headmaster and friends.
Like how cheeky he looked when he started Year 1.
 Like the time I went into school to take photos for the PTA calendar.
The good thing is that this is a quick-fix kind of album.  He has his traditional albums fulls of 12x12 pages recording every stage of his life, but this is somehow much more tactile.
Words + photos = scrapbooking.
I love it.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Me on Monday

It's been a:
post drop-off tea and coffee drinking,
window shopping,
fridge filling,
Christmas Drinks party invitation writing (yes, really),
and birthday gift wrapping
kind of Monday so far.
And it's looking good for the rest of the week.

This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sharing a Cuppa

Hi, hi, c'mon in!
Has it really been a month since our last chat?
Did you see the boys on your way out?  They're taken the pooch to the park while I wait in for a parcel to arrive. (It's good that the courier will deliver on a Sunday but rather annoying that they give a 12-hour window as the delivery time slot.)
Come and sit down.  I've got the kettle on and there's a fresh batch of scones.  Sorry about all the laundry piled up on the floor, you know how it is.
How have you been?  It's lovely to be back in a routine now that The Boy Child is back at school, but I confess that I'm not ready for the arrival of Autumn.  I've so enjoyed the good weather London has seen in the last few months and I'm happy to be still wearing sandals and cropped trousers.
It's great that you've stopped by, as I made a promise to myself that I would be more proactive in my approach towards my friends; it's too easy to find that months have gone by without speaking to them, don't you find?
Do you mind if I show you a photo of me and The Boy Child?  It's quite rare to have just the two of us together.  The Brainy One took it yesterday when we were visiting friends in the country.  See, putting that decision to be proactive into action proved beneficial!
Do you have any craft projects on the go?  I've got two online classes beginning soon, both of which I am looking forward to; one on scrapbooking and one on photography.  And, of course, before long it will time to think about December Daily ...
I'm sorry that you have to go so soon, but I'm putting your next visit into my diary right now, okay?

Sharing a Cuppa is brought to you in association with Abi's invitation to sit and have a cup of tea.   

Saturday, 27 September 2014

It's the Small Things ...

... that currently make the difference.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Five on Friday

1) Thinking that this Project Life card is spot on for me today.
2) Hoping that this young local girl is returned to her family soon.  I cannot imagine the agony her parents must be going through.
3) Smiling at the Wit or Wisdom board.  If only, eh?
4) Liking an unexpected offer of lunch at the pub.
5) Seeing that one of my favourite houses is for sale again.  Sigh.
How does your Friday look?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Beauty of the Humble Postcard

I've always been a fan of the humble postcard.
Right back to the days in the '70s when we went to holiday (usually to a friend's house, hardly ever a hotel) and sent postcards to our grandparents.
Right back to the days in the '90s when I travelled a lot more with my job and for pleasure.
Regular readers know that I still send a mass of postcards when we are on holiday.
But I also send postcards just because. An easy and quick way to say, "Hi, I'm thinking about you." And the quirkier the postcard, the better.
I love funky London ones.
I love funny ones that make me laugh out loud.
And I love the ones that speak directly to me.
Do you send postcards just because?
You should.
Just think how popular Sian's Pile of Postcards Exchange was.
How do you choose the ones you buy?

All non holiday postcards were purchased from the Store of Utter Gorgeousness.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out

Christmas has well and truly arrived in the department stores of central London.
Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Right Now ...

Sometimes you have an idea for a blog post.
One of those standby blog post ideas.
For the days when you can't think of anything else.
And then you find that Ali was having the same idea.
1.  I drove the car today.  I took The Boy Child to school, along with the two bags of unwanted clothes and stuff for Bag2School.
I can't even remember that last time I drove the car.
The Boy Child actually asked, "Momma, what are you doing on that side?"
Guess it really has been a while.
2.  I've almost finished This Boy by Alan Johnson, a memoir of his childhood in west London.  I was reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, but I spoilt it by looking at how it ends.
3.  I'm thinking about the next stage of The Boy Child's education.  It's giving me sleepless nights.  I have no idea what to plan for next.
4.  I'm thinking we should book our flights for December.  Hugely excited at the prospect of Christmas in Texas.
5.  I'm very much looking forward to going with my friend to the Store of Utter Gorgeousness tomorrow.  
6.  I'm wondering if it is too early to begin thinking about Christmas present buying.  The answer to that is probably yes.
7.  I've finished our European Tour scrapbook.  I'm now making pages from our trip to New York City in April and am keen to get started on the A-Z: The Abridged Version of The Boy Child.    
8.  I need to go and supervise homework.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Me on Monday

It's been a:
tea drinking and newspaper reading,
 just because flower buying, 
 jumper and gilet wearing (hello, stirrings of Autumn),
 dog walking in the park,
sorting out a donation for Bag2School,
 filling up the weekends between now and the end of the year with lovely things, 
 and an ironing
kind of Monday.
And it's looking good for the rest of the week.

This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Perception versus Reality


In the world of The Boy Child, all is good.
In the world of his mother, all is frazzled, bad-tempered and serious consideration is being given to the merits of becoming an alcoholic.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

What Do You See?

I have two desks squeezed into my office space.
One is home the the desktop PC and associated paraphernalia.
The other is where I scrapbook.
It means that I sit facing a wall.
To brighten up my view I have the following:
Three school photos of The Boy Child.
A favourite photo of my dad, taken the year before he died.
A bear that a boyfriend gave me many years ago.  I could never bear (sorry about that pun) to part with it.
Happy Mail ~ currently a card from a friend who lives locally and a card from this lovely lady.
A Keep Calm and Carry On poster.  Some days that is easier said than done.
A reminder to be more.

What do you see when you sit down to be creative?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Five on Friday

1) Extremely glad that the United Kingdom is still united.
2) Wondering why I haven't been asked along on The Boy Child's class trip to the Zoo next week.  But not wondering too hard because I've arranged to take my Norwegian friend to visit the Store of Utter Gorgeousness on the same day.
3) Officially a wearer of Varifocals, and prescription contact lenses and sunglasses on order.
4) Never tiring of meeting up with other mums after drop-off or before pick-up.  A fair few of The Boy Child's friends moved schools over the summer and I've made a commitment to work hard at maintaining my friendships with the mums.
5) Having The Boy Child's eyes tested after comments from school that he closes one eye when he looks at the white board.  The optician was brilliant; a 5* service.

How does your Friday look?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Will They or Won't They?



I pray fervently that they stay.
We're better together.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Zoom In | Zoom Out


One of The Boy Child's classmates left the school today and, as you might imagine, it was somewhat chaotic trying to round the kids up for a photo.
The fish sticker was awarded for kind behaviour towards another pupil and the red button denotes the school house that The Boy Child belongs to.  You might have noticed that The Good Friend has a green button.
Zoom In | Zoom Out is the brainchild of Helena and you can see more here.