Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tuesday in Three

1. I was looking through my nephew's scrapbook yesterday
and realised that the most current entry was from March last year.
So I did what any self-respecting auntie would do ...
and nicked an image from my sister's Facebook page.
2. I have, it seems, become a stepsessive
Someone who obsessively looks at their daily step count
and then talks about it. 
According to the Sunday Times, I'm in the category of 'new social bore'.
3. It would also appear that I'm not too old to consider orthodontic work.
The cost would be the deciding factor.

How is your Tuesday looking?

Monday, 30 January 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

The most exciting post this week was sadly not delivered by owl.
It was perhaps too much to expect Hedwig to drop by ...
... but no matter.
We are now is possession of tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour
and The Boy Child is excited beyond belief.
As for the weekend,
 we were out early for Autism | Early Birds at the Science Museum ...
where the highlight was seeing the capsule Tim Peake returned from the ISS in.
Really quite extraordinary. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

What Caught My Eye #7

"Above all be the heroine of your life, 
not the victim."
~ Nora Ephron

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Acts of Kindness, Random or Otherwise

Although I shouldn't be, I'm frequently amused to read a blog post 
on a on topic I'd been mulling over earlier in the day.
Take Sian's post yesterday on respect and kindness;
not an hour before reading it, I'd been in the park with the pooch, braving the cold and heavy fog.
There I was, well wrapped up, plugged into my iPod Nano
(and trying to remember to not sing out loud),
exchanging pleasantries with the few other dog walkers visible
and watching for my pooch to poo.
And a random thought popped into my head
 (random, but one that's appeared on previous occasions);
"Why don't dog walkers just pick up all the dog poo they see?"
It would be a win-win situation.
Most dog walkers will almost always have a poo bag about their person at any given time.
The park stays clean for everyone to use and non dog walkers would stop moaning about the poop they see in the parks.
From that thought, it was easy to muse on other kind acts and realise that I do many without even realising they could be classed as a kind act.
Like putting my friend's recycling bins back if I know he is away.
Like stopping to my chat to my elderly neighbour even though I'm late on the school run. 
So that's my new mission ... to pick up dog poo, one bag at a time.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Trying a Different Crafting Process

I'm a big fan of Kirsty's scrapbooking style,
particularly how she uses a divided page protector to great effect.
And did I mention confetti?
{You can some of her fabulous scrapbook pages here and here}
I had a random mix of photos from Boxing Day that needed a home in our 2016 album,
so using Kirsty's idea as a jumping off point, I printed 6 photos at 10cm x 10cm,
cut two 10cm frames on my Cricut
 {but you could just as easily cut the frames by hand} 
and included a journaling card.
Once I'd added some mixed confetti to two pockets, I stitched them shut.
A few embellishments directly placed on four of the photos and I called it done.
  Its sister page is a minimalist 12x12 layout {borrowing again from Kirsty's design}.
I can see that more pages like these will be appearing in my albums.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Hooky Business | the Finished Article

In March last year, I wrote a post about a crochet blanket Mum had been making.
It was all but finished, with only the border to complete.
I don't crochet, but I have a friend, The Norwegian, who does.
She gave the finished blanket back to me on Sunday,
slightly concerned that the gold wool had run out 
and that she'd finished it in lime green.
I smiled when she told me.
It was the perfect end to this blanket's story.
Mum had a strong faith and never minded when things weren't quite perfect,
as "only God makes things perfect". 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

I was beginning to think I'd have nothing to report for this week's Memos: Mail: Me slot.
Happy Mail was looking decidedly thin on the ground.
And a girl can only stalk the Postie for so long ...
But then on Friday morning, the Postie brought me two parcels of happiness;
a guide book for a planned visit to Venice later this year
and a scrapbook {reduced in the sale at the Store of Utter Gorgeousness}
to record said visit to Venice.
Mind you, the scrapbook is much larger than I'd envisaged, 
so I perhaps I'll be able to use it for more then one jaunt requiring a passport this year.  
And the weekend?
Spent mostly outside, well rugged up
and enjoying the cold but bright weather.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Right Now ...

Listening: to the audio CDs of the Harry Potter series.
Every evening, after supper, we listen to an hour of the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry.
We're on book 4: The Goblet of Fire.
Watching: the first two episodes of the new series of Endeavour
via catch-up TV.  It's the way to go ... no adverts.
Making: scrapbook pages; a mix of double and single layouts
and even a few 8.5x11.
Reading: book 11 of the Poldark series on the Kindle; one more to go.
I've finished (and enjoyed) How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Walking: trying to reach more then 10,000 steps each and every day.
For someone who walks everywhere, it's still a challenge.
Planning: making notes for a meeting with The Boy Child's Educational Psychologist,
 making notes for his Annual Review meeting and making a short list
of prospective Secondary Schools.

What's happening in your right now?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Tuesday in Three

Yesterday, after three days of sleet and rain, 
the sky looked like this. 
 I made time for a spot of scrapbooking.
 And when I took the dog out for his evening walk,
the sky looked like this.
How was your day yesterday?
Your week so far?

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Lego Therapy

The Boy Child has never been a huge fan of Lego, per se.
He likes it ready to play with, with Mum having done the hard work of building it.
He currently takes part in Lego Therapy at school a few times a month, 
where he joins up with two other boys and they work together to complete a project.
They take it in turns to be the supplier, the engineer or the builder.
All ways to help build, if you'll excuse the pun, communication skills and teamwork. 
But I digress ...
For Christmas, The Brainy One decided I needed my own Lego set.
And while it has been therapeutic, I've reached the stage where
I've realised that I've obviously made a mistake. 
Ho hum.
But isn't that the nature of Lego?
You just take it apart when it goes wrong and start again.
I may be some time. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Memorandum Monday | Memos: Mail: Me {and a Winner}

Sian is ringing the changes for Memorandum Monday this year
and inviting contributors to mention their favourite piece 
of Happy Mail received during the previous week.
Happy Mail?  Something that's right up my street. 
I make a note of how much Happy Mail I send out,
but have never given much blog space to things I've received via Royal Mail.
Last week was a good place to start,
because I took delivery of two gorgeous
With the specific intention of using one to house my collection of
ready-to-send  Happy Mail.
Serendipity, you might say.
And on the subject of Happy Mail,
the winner of Snipped Tales is Melissa.
Drop me a line with your address and it'll soon be on its way to you.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Scrapping the Season

I've around 10-12 scrapbook pages that I want to add to existing albums
before embarking on pages recording the antics of 2017.
Don't mistake me, I'm not suggesting that I need to 'catch up' with my scrapbooking.
It's not that kind of hobby; I think it's supposed to be free flow.
Two double page spreads cover the Christmas Season.
 I went with large embellishments, 
 not too many photos
 and enough similarities between the two spreads to link them together.
How do you record the Christmas festivities, if you do?   

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Currently Reading

I love to scrapbook almost as much as I love to read.
Twelve days into the new year and I've already read one book,
am half-way through another (on Kindle*) and have two lined up waiting.
How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry caught my eye because
it's set in two of my favourite places; the Cotswolds and a book shop.
The story moves along nicely, but is definitely in the Chick Lit genre.
An easy read, but perhaps not for someone who has recently lost a parent
{I'd have given this book a wide berth if I'd realised the extent of the loss
the main character suffers}.
A character in HtFLiaBS claims that Heartburn by Nora Ephron is a favourite
and that she has read it 16 times.  I've never read any Nora Ephron, but that sentence alone
was enough to make me pick up a copy.
{And anyone who can write When Harry Met Sally must be talented.}  
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman was recommended by my best friend
and initially it didn't sound my cup of tea.
The plot involves a veteran, a lighthouse and a baby ...
{When I was browsing for it in the bookshop,
I ended up asking the assistant for help ... "I don't know the author,
but it's got oceans in the title ..."  
She took me straight to it.
{* I'm reading the Poldark series on my Kindle, as there are 12 books in the set.}
What are you reading?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Month in Numbers | November and December

I ran out of steam a little with collating numbers 
for the last two months of 2016.
So much so, I filled two pockets with confetti and then stitched them shut
because I didn't have anything else to put in them.
Here's a look at November: 
 244: the number of lengths swum by me in the pool at the gym.
21: the number of times I went out with the pooch. 
11: the number of 12x12 scrapbook pages I made this month.
If only I wasn't running out of scrapbook album storage space.
34: the number of Christmas cards written (and envelopes addressed).
I'm about half-way through our list. 
29: the number of Christmas presents purchased by me.
Most of them were ordered on line.
27: the number of Christmas presents wrapped by me.
Including one actually for me ...  
And in December:
24: the number of daily visits from Elvis the Elf during December
and only 1 duff landing!
21: the number of thank-you letters a certain young man is going to have to write.
5: the number of people who stayed with us, but not all at the same time.
45: the number of mince pies we may have eaten, approximately.
Most were mini ones!
1334: the number of pieces in my surprise present ...
the Lego Camper Van! 
66: the number of Christmas cards posted by us.
Month in Numbers is the brainchild of Julie
and you'll always find a warm welcome over at her place. 
 Not to mention entertaining posts about a varied list of topics.
Go on over, stop by and say hello.
You can see my previous Month in Numbers here.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Snipped Tales | A GiveAway

My friend Julie published a book just before Christmas.
A book that is as quirky as she is
(and I mean that in a good way).
 When I ordered my copy, I ordered an extra one to give away.
That's it there, the parcel under Elvis the Elf's hat.  
Julie's USP is that if you receive a wrapped copy,
it will come with a unique gift tag.
Which is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.  
Snipped Tales is the kind of book you can dip in and out of,
finding something to make you think or to make you laugh on each page.  
If you'd like to go into to the draw for a copy of Snipped Tales,
leave me a comment.
 Draw will take place on Friday, 13 January.  

Monday, 9 January 2017

One Photo | Twenty Words

As you reach double figures today,
Dad and I look at you
and marvel at how far
we've all come. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

December Daily | Days 24th-25th

On the 24th, we did something entirely different to previous years ...
we ate our Christmas dinner in the evening.
And you know what, we all enjoyed it so much that
we might just make it a new tradition.
On Christmas Day, after the excitement of a visit from Santa,
we were fairly low key.
The pooch still needed a walk 
and as we knew the guys who run the cafe in the park were open,
 we took them a cracker.
Then it was home to turkey sandwiches and new books.
December Daily: my favourite project of the year. 

Thursday, 5 January 2017

December Daily | Days 21st-23rd

The 21st was the day we went to the Panto in London's West End.
{Oh yes, we did!}
It was brilliant!
On the 22nd I was persuaded by my friend-who's-like-my-brother
to dress up in his inflatable Santa suit ...
{I know ... who even admits to owning an inflatable Santa suit?} 
Another envelope filled with confetti and the date did the trick.
The 23rd saw Elvis the Elf pushing his luck
by helping himself to the bowl of chocolates.
One wonders how he stays so slim ...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

December Daily | Days 18th-20th

The 18th was an entry about how we give back over the Christmas season.
We donated foodstuffs to the Food Bank collection in our local supermarket.
We donated cash to Crisis at Christmas and the shelter where our BiL is a trustee.
Oh, and let's not forget the winter coats we donated to the homeless shelter.
The 19th was simply a photo showing how Elvis the Elf has mistimed his landing 
when returning from his overnight visit to Santa.
I fill a tracing paper envelope with confetti and then added the date, a star
and 6x4 sentiment card to one side.
A photo of Elvis went on the other side.    
The 20th was about how difficult I find it to keep Poinsettias alive. 
Anyone else find them decidedly tricky?
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