Saturday, 31 January 2009

Where did January go?????

Can you believe it's 31st January already? Where did that month go? We didn't do anything out of the ordinary during January but despite that the time just flew by.

Last night Mojo Challenge #96 went live. We lifted a gorgeous LO by Sharon Laakkonen. Sharon is on the Prima design team and her LOs really are lovely. My version of Sharon's LO looked nothing like the original. I used one big photo of Christopher and my Mum playing in the snow plus two smaller ones. I used papers from BasicGrey.

Tomorrow I am off to the Stamperama Papercraft & Stamping Show at Stevenage. It is quite a small show compared to the shows at Ally Pally or the NEC but I like that. I usually get there fairly early and then get to look around at leisure before it gets too busy. I have a little shopping list to take with me but no doubt things will be bought that don't appear on the list!
Last weeks two-hour premiere of Season 5 of LOST didn't disappoint. A few questions where answered and a few more asked. Episode 3 is tomorrow night and I can't wait.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Todays Mojo Holder challenge was a scraplist of a lovely LO by Jasmine Brahim. Jasmine's style of scrapping is gorgeous! Here's Jasmine's LO followed by mine.

Please do go and check out the rest of the Mojo Holder teams LOs.

By the way, if you read, this please leave me a comment. I am so curious to know who visits my blog and it would be lovely to find out who some of the visitors shown on the traffic feed are. :)

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Bad Blogger

What a bad blogger I am! It's been nearly two weeks since I last posted on this blog. I've been posting daily on my 365 blog and completely forgot to post on this one!

I am so enjoying taking part in the 365 challenge and look forward to trying to come up with a new subject and something different to photograph each day. Because it gets dark in the evenings so early at the moment I am conscious that I need to try and take my photos fairly early in the day if I want to take advantage of the natural light. It will be much easier when the lighter nights are here because I know a lot of people are struggling to take photos 'cos they go to work in the dark and come home in the dark too.

I am really looking forward to this Sunday because ............... LOST season 5 starts!!! Boy has it been a long time since season 4 ended. I have to confess that I have already been on the internet and read the episode guides to episodes 1 & 2 (both being shown on Sunday) and all I can say is ....... huh! It looks like season 5 is going to be as crazy as ever! I love it and have booked the TV controls on Sunday evenings for the next few months.

Since I last blogged another challenge has gone live on Mojo Holder. Challenge #94 saw the team lifting a LO by Sarah Klemish. Sarah is a Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket and a Creative Team Member for BHG Scrapbooks etc. Sarah's LO was so clean - just the type of LO I love. Not sure I did her LO justice but I got to use the gorgeous All Fall papers by Fancy Pants.

Here are the LOs - Sarah's first then mine:

There will be another great challenge on Mojo Holder tomorrow so remember to check it out.

And I promise to try and not leave it so long before I post on this blog again.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Thank you Mother Nature - We had snow!

Just a few days into January and we had snow! Last year we had to wait until March (Easter Sunday to be precise) for our first snow of the year but this year on January 5th Mother Nature obliged and when we awoke we had a nice covering of snow. It couldn't have been timed better as it was the children's last day of the Christmas break so they were able to play in the snow and enjoy it while it lasted.

Introducing .......... Snow Bear!

Who lives in the garden all covered in snow? SPONGEBOB CARROT NOSE. SPONGEBOB POT EYES. SPONGEBOB .......... CARROT NOSE!!!!!!!!!!!! (created by Steven)

Tonight after a break, a new challenge went live on MojoHolder. Challenge #93 was to scraplift a LO by Becky Novacek. Becky designs for, among others, Autumn Leaves, Fiskars and Melissa Frances. Her work is amazing. In my version of her LO (which actually bore no resemblance to Becky's LO) I used a photo from our recent snowy day.

Finally, I am taking part in the '365 - a photo a day for a year' challenge. I have a separate 365 blog which I'm uploading my daily photos to so if your interest pop along and have a look.

Saturday, 3 January 2009



Here we are at the start of another year. Where did 2008 go? It wasn't a bad year and hopefully 2009 will be just as good.

Just realised I've not blogged about Christmas. I'd better put that right!

Christmas this year was so much better than the previous one. In 2007 our Christmas Day was a wash-out because we were all ill at some point. This year ........ we were all fit and well ........ yipee! The children were thrilled with their presents - Chris has a new PC monitor and Xbox Game, Steven a gaming chair and gaming keyboard and Lara had 'Dancing Stage' Hottest Party dance mat for the Wii plus a jungle-in-my-pocket play set. They all had lots of little bits and pieces too in their stockings (which in our house are actually gigantic sacks!) from Santa. It's funny though how the smallest, least expensive gifts are the ones which go down best. Steven and Lara had these animal balloons from Santa and they loved them. Lara was also particularly taken with a small cuddly toy dog - no surprise there!

But the biggest hit was a Powerball that Wayne received. For anyone who has not come across a Powerball, Wikipedia describe them as "A gyroscopic exercise tool device used to exercise the wrist or to build hand and finger strength." It's basically a gyroscope inside a tennis ball sized plastic shell which you rotate by moving your wrist in a circular motion and it helps to build up muscles and rehabilitate pains. Sounds easy, but boy it isn't!

There was no scrapping during December so nothing crafty to show you, but once the children are back at school I'm hoping to get crafting again. My Christmas Day gift from the UKS Advent Swap was some gorgeous MME Laundry Line Papers and rub-ons from the Coastal range and I can't wait to use them.

On New Years Day we went for a walk at the RSPB Nature Reserve at Sandy. It was so chilly but nice to get out in the fresh air. The weather forecast for the coming week is even more cold weather and possibly some snow/sleet. I think staying inside beside a nice roaring fire will be in order.

Lastly, I've decided to take part in the 365 'a photo a day' project. I have set up another blog to showcase my daily photos and if you are interested you can check it out here.