Thursday, 25 May 2017

In the Moment Scrapbooking

In the hour between getting home from Sports Day
 (more like Sports Most of the School Day in reality)
and leaving again to collect The Boy Child,
I downloaded my photos and immediately printed off a number of favourites. 
 I went back to Shimelle's 4x6 Photo Love for the design idea 
and set straight to work.
 Two lengths of washi tape, a few paper off-cuts 
and a small number of chipboard embellishments and I was done.
My kind of scrapbooking.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Right Now ...

... I'm looking forward to a few days away.
... Sunshine and warmer temperatures mean it's time to eat al fresco, with a side order of Pimm's.
... Reading the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante on the Kindle.
... Still walking around the park each day.  A habit that's hard to break.
... Choosing 'nothing changes if nothing changes' as my new mantra.
... Not creating anywhere near as much as I'd like to be.
   ... Realising that we have probably decided on where next for The Boy Child's schooling. 
... Realising that we will probably have a fight on our hands in order to secure him a place.
... Splashing out on some new summer clothes is good for the soul, if not my pocket.

How's it looking for you right now? 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

It was a quiet week here in the West London suburbs.
No Happy Mail to brighten a morning,
although I did send out a few pieces. 
As for the weekend, we stayed close to home 
and invited friends over for coffee and cake.
We spent a happy few hours catching up
and realised too late that we hadn't taken any photos.
By then, the little one really wasn't interested in smiling.
Sunday saw us declare it Summer by taking the garden furniture
out of the shed and cracking the first (of many) bottle of Pimm's.

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Traveler's Notebook

With an overseas trip on the horizon,
I've been tempted to try out the humble traveler's notebook.
One 'l' or two in traveller?
I couldn't resist the urge to jazz up the plain kraft cover.
I've also added washi tape along the page edges,  
and thin lined card stock to alternate pages, simply because I am 
hopeless at writing in a straight line for any length of time. 
While we're away, I'll fill it with tales of our daily doings and 
the Instax Mini photos I'll persuade The Boy Child to take.
Once home, I'll print off and add in the Instagram-worthy prints.  

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Design Museum

The Boy Child and I recently visited the Design Museum 
in its new home on High Street, Kensington. 
To be honest, neither of us enjoyed it very much,
 mainly because autism levels were high that afternoon.

On another day, I think the Design Museum would be a good place to spend an hour or two,
especially when they've ironed out their teething problems with interactive exhibits.
The space has clearly been well thought out and the whole museum appears
to possess a layer of peace, two things autism-parents are always on the lookout for.
So, what I'm actually saying is this, go and visit the Design Museum,
form your own opinions and then let me know.
Maybe I'll go again ... on a day when The Boy Child is in school.    

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Mini Refurbishment

A few months ago, I noticed that the carpet in the living room
had a few holes appearing.
The pile had finally been worn away after around 25 years of usage.
The ordering of a new carpet prompted me to cast an eye
over the rest of the room, leading me to renew some larger pieces of furniture.
Out went the battered and scratched sideboard
 I'd bought last century.
In came a retro-feel piece in white.
(I have the same piece in my craft room).  
   Out went two freestanding bookcases from along the back wall,
 and in came a large unit from IKEA.
Out went the large and ugly TV stand and in came
a white media unit from the same range as the sideboard.
Left to do is choosing light fittings and shades.
Having looked properly at that first photo,
 I'm also going to rearrange the display on the mantelpiece.
Nothing was thrown out.  Every item that we replaced was either 
re-purposed or given away, either to the charity shop (good will) or via   

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Football at Wembley

When The Brainy One was offered free tickets to the
Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley, we decided to make use of them.  
Truth be told, I'm ambivalent about the beautiful game.
I know most of the club names in the Premiership and a few star players,
but not much more.  These last few years though, I've had to up my game
and at least browse the back pages of the newspaper in order to keep up with The Boy Child.   
You won't be surprised by my telling you that I'd never been to a professional football match.
But, Wembley, the home of English football?
On Cup Final Day?
For free?
That's an item ticked off my Bucket List.
If I had a Bucket List.
With a football match at Wembley on it.
I was prepared to be bored rigid and even considered slipping my Kindle into my bag.
But you know what, I loved it!
And it's not every day that I get to say that I saw a World Cup winner score at Wembley.
As for The Boy Child, he thought it was brilliant!  Probably because the crowd, at a little over 35,000 (35,271 to be exact, a new record attendance for women's football), didn't feel too oppressive
 and the noise level was manageable.
      Final result: Manchester City Ladies: 4, Birmingham City Ladies: 1.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

This week, I received a surprise in the mail from the lovely Alison.
Unexpected Happy Mail is the best!
As for the weekend, I did something that I never thought I would ever do.
I attended my first professional football match.
At Wembley.
And you know what?  It was pretty darn amazing!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Things He Says | The Tell It Like It Is Edition

Scene:  The Boy Child and I are eating supper in an Italian restaurant. 
Me: " Do I have pasta in my braces?"
The Boy Child: "Thankfully not!"