Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Easter Goodie Bags

Today is the last day of term and The Boy Child 
has taken in 23 Easter goodie bags for staff and his classmates.
 I bought cookie bags, ribbon and Easter embellishments from Poundland.
 The ribbon was a real bargain.
 I added Cadbury's Mini Eggs and wrapped half-egg 
shaped chocolate from the supermarket.
 The Boy Child wrote tags for the staff.
And there we have it.
Putting our One Little Word into action.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Adding Colour

When it comes to decorating with colour, I'm not very brave.
Our home is painted in shades of cream or yellow,
 with a hint of Rose White in our bedroom and my office. 
Of late, however, with a new bathroom looming (due its own post on completion),
 I decided to look at adding colour to the bedrooms without breaking the bank.
Our bedding has always been more functional than stylish.
Not any more.
I've gone for spots, stripes, checks, splodge patterns and floral.
And mixed and matched, regardless of any colour clash.
On The Boy Child's bed: 
 Splodge pattern with stripes and checks.

 The pillows are actually just for show, because The Boy Child prefers to lie flat.
On our bed:
 Spots, stripes and floral.

 The Brainy One doesn't mind what his bedding looks like,
 as long as it has a large percentage of cotton in it.
He'd like 100% bedding, but who wouldn't?
The final pop of colour?  New light shades.
In The Boy Child's room:
 Blue and red to go with the red curtains and the Union Jack bunting.
 In our room: 
 Pretty, without being overly feminine.
All bedding and shades were purchased here.
Note: this is not a sponsored post, just my own likes and opinions.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

This Weekend I ...

... went in search of great cake.

And shared it with these three darlings.
How was your weekend?

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Memories of TV

I'm busy collating memories for the ongoing online class, The History Project.
I had seriously underestimated the amount of writing involved!
One fun topic has been the television shows of my youth:
Dallas: Mum and I watched this on Tuesday evening, just the two of us,
as everyone else was out at various activites 
MASH: my dad's favourite and we were allowed to watch
 if we kept quiet for the duration of the program. 
To the Manor Born.
Multicoloured Swap Shop: A Saturday morning favourite for millions of kids across the UK.
Blue Peter: A staple of British TV and ahead of its time
(with John Noakes, Peter Purves and Lesley Judd).
Top of the Pops: obvious miming from the performers
and dodgy dancing from the teenagers in the audience. 
Fame: because we all burst into song in the middle of a lesson at school. 
The Kenny Everett TV Show.

I'm sure more will come to mind.
Which TV shows were childhood favourites for you?
Random fact: all my TV viewing as a youngster was in black & white.
  My parents didn't acquire a colour television until long after I'd left home. 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Five on Friday | A Photography Commission

1.  Another photography commission: the Spring Concert.
The only parent allowed to take photos.
And granted permission to roam about to get the best shots.
The Boy Child and the lovely friend who mothers him.
2. He listened intently to what the others were doing.
3. He loves to sing.
4. He takes it very seriously.
5. He's in the middle of another growth spurt.
How was your Friday?
Mine was fairly splendid in every way.

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? 

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.
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