Thursday, 30 October 2014

Blog Your Heart

Here are the "rules".

Here's my heart today:
  1. I have a new blog template. I know, it's not deep nor meaningful but it makes me smile and this is my first blog post with the new design so I couldn't not mention it. I wanted something gold and bokeh - I think I hit the jackpot with this blog design from Shiny Magic.
  2. I need to get back on the diet/exercise bike (literally or at least I would if we had an exercise bike but those things never work for me - at 4' 11" I'm just too damn short for it to be erm well em comfortable) or the treadmill, we have one of those, in the shed. I don't even have to go to a gym to use it, I can go in my jammies if I want to. But I don't.
  3. I am just going to write and post this blog. I'm not going to dwell, rewrite, reread. I'm just going to hit publish. 
  4. I hear people talking about being present a lot. I get it. I want to put the phone down more. Sit, talk, play with my kids, watch TV, read a book, SCRAPBOOK!!! and not CONSTANTLY have my phone in my hand.
  5. I'm nervous and excited about moving home. We are moving. Well (90/10% we are moving). Not far, literally up the road. We need to move to get Noah a place at Jack's school. We need to move further away (and across a main road) from the school to get ourselves back into catchment. It's as simple and as ridiculous as that. I'm not annoyed anymore. I was. But now I'm excited about the new home we get to live in. And kinda dreading moving us and two kids in one go. We are planning to move into a rental house between selling our home and buying the new one but that's just 'a plan' it might not happen.
  6. I have post office phobia same as Stephanie. I've have a parcel well no it's not even a parcel it's a gift for a friend in New Zealand that I bought at least a good 6 months ago that I've not boxed or addressed let alone taken to the post office. WTF.
  7. I am reading Helen Fielding's Mad About the Boy. I love it. I know it's been slated. But I love it. I can't help talking or writing in strange disjointed manor similar to Bridge though. 
  8. I have a spot on a December Daily Design team this year and I am worried that a) I won't be able to keep up and b) that I'll produce rubbish. 
  9. I'm a little bit excited about Christmas. I need to curb my spending though. I am a shop-a-holic. I am terrible stash dieter and food dieter to boot.I am hopeless.
  10. I have re-read and corrected the post (although I'll still have missed bits).
Thanks Stephanie for giving me a kick up the blog posting ass.

I'd love to know if you have joined in and if you have please link up on Stephanie's blog. xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Happiness is a Bella Blvd. Collection

I've been playing with Bella Blvd's Playdate range - clouds, strawberries, polka dots... what's not to like. I started off with the clouds and playground papers for my background. I really wish I'd though about where I was cutting the playground paper as I'd have liked to have seen a row of swings along the bottom but it wasn't until I'd stuck it all down that I noticed. I just filled the space in anyway and there is one swing set showing. I love the bright happy colours and the general cheeriness of this range and I love that you can easily mix and match from other Bella Blvd collections. The clipboard clouds and pink stripe scalloped border are from other Bella collections.

I am a Bella Blvd. junkie without a doubt - I have Tiny Tots on my NEED list :) Do you have a favourite Bella collection?

Friday, 1 August 2014

Cutest Igglepiggle I EVER saw

Oh. That. Face.

I've been playing with Bella Blvd. All American. It doesn't need to be the 4th of July.

I started off with a 12x12 of Bazzill Swiss Dot cardstock (you know the stuff - no matter how clean you think your fingers are you STILL manage to transfer grease on to the card???). There are so many lovely patterned papers in All American collection that I wanted to use them all. I settled for eight, cut into strips and inked with Color Box Cat's Eyes Sky Grey. I added a whole load of clouds, some I punched using my Fiskars cloud punches, one KI Memories Puffies, one from the Bella Blvd. Sophisticates Clouds clipboard stickers, and one wood veneer cloud from Freckled Fawn.

I added a couple of the cut out cards from the collection, washi tape and a lot of stickers (mainly Simple Stories Sn@p and Bella Blvd (All American, Baby Boy and Everyday Bookplates)), a wood veneer globe and flair badge from Two Peas in a Bucket (Etsy shop) and some red rik rac.

Thanks for stopping by Kx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Stitched Up

There are so many lovely patterned papers in the My Mind's Eye My Girl collection that I couldn't pick just one, two or three so I picked five and made a quilt. Hand stitching all those squares (they are 2.5x2.5") is a little bit of a labour of love but I think it's worth it. It's also really simple to do (gets my vote right there) and the stitching is quite therapeutic and can be done in front of the TV (multi-tasking at its best).


And here is the boy version (at Jack's request - not one to see a hand stitched  layout go past him) using My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy.


And man, that boy is crazy :)

All supplies are from Craft Island. The massive Craft Island sale (everything is 40% off) is still on at the old Craft Island website. For all the latest news and new supplies from Craft Island take a look here: website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Around Here | 26 February 2014

**Opps I forgot to publish this at the time**

Around here we are all sick. I've had four days at home. Doodle has had six days off school and Poppins has an ear infection. In both ears! We are snot machines. A lot of coughing can be heard through the night.

Around here we are closing on the sale of my Dad's house in two days. It's been a long drawn out process for a sale that should have been straight forward. It will be a relief not to worry about it and sad to say goodbye.

Around here Poppins is enjoying Cbeebies Peter Rabbit, Swashbuckle and Sarah and Duck. He will raise his hand to his head for the Swashbuckle Cheer.

Swashbuckle Cheer
Put your hand on your heart
Eye patch (eye patch)
Captains hat (captains hat)
Swashbuckle cheer

Around here Doodle has discovered the TV and DVD player in our bedroom and has happy found peace and quiet to play with Turtles and Trashies and watch his favourite DVDs (Scoobie Doo, Lego, Star Wars - the snow one).

Around here I am patiently waiting on a new niece or nephew (1 week overdue and counting).

Around here I joined the Stephanie Howell book appreciation society (or so it seems) and read Mary Kay Andrew's Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze and Jojo Moyes.

Please add a link if you are doing a similar round up post. I'd love to hear what you are up to. Kx

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Around Here | 22 January 2014

Inspired (aka downright copied) from Ali Edwards post Around Here...

Around here Jack learned a Scottish poem and recited it in class. He was given a certificate at school and was rewarded with Freddo Faces (a new favourite) and a new addition to his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle family - the Kraang

The poem

My wee doggie
does lots of tricks,
Fetches the paper,
Brings back sticks.
Chases aw the craws,
That steal the hen’s feed,
Lowps through a gird,
kids he’s deid.
Sits on his hunkers,
Gies a paw,
Then he gets a bane to gnaw.

Around here Noah is talking. He says 'yeah' for yes and shakes his head for no. He gets excited about bath time and brushing his teeth. He climbs on everything, furniture, people... he can climb the ladders of Jack's cabin bed. He will launch himself right over you if you are sitting quietly on the sofa.

Around here Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Jack's favourite toy. Noah's go to toy is his VTech Garage but he doesn't show a whole lot of interest in it.

Around here the boys watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the Turtles and Despicable Me 2 on a loop. Noah laughs at the funny bits. Jack plays it cooler. They love the music and Ian made them a 'mix-tape' for the car. The playlist includes several songs from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, Calvin Harris - Feel so Close (which is Jack's school song), Julie Fowlis - Touch the Sky (which was Jack's tidy-up song at nursery), The Lumineers - Hey Ho, Psy - Gangham Style (Jack's all time favourite song) and David Guetta - Where them girls at (Noah's personal favourite). I listen to it on the way to work.

Around here I'm reading Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. It's taken me a few days to get into the characters as there seemed to be so many I couldn't keep track. I just finished reading Erica James' A Breath of Fresh Air. I liked it but didn't love it. I thought it was obvious what was going to happen from the very beginning. There was one small twist that I didn't see coming.

Please add a link if you are doing a similar round up post. I'd love to hear what you are up to. Kx

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Project Life | 2013 | the one with the time machine

I spent ages working on my first few pages for my Project Life album but as I'm now working on a secret Christmas project that is going to take up a lot of my crafty time I need to step it up a notch. Where's that time machine when ya need it? AND I would really, really like to document Christmas as it happens rather than months behind like I am doing now. So I'd like to have my December Daily/PL/Journal your Christmas pages ready for December. Still stuck in PL July - I need to get my skates on to catch up. So I decided to do it quickly - so not too much over thinking it, a lot less embellishments and more grabbing the first thing that looks OK rather than trying EVERYTHING else first.


Finishing up on our Gruffalo hunt at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh I added some stickers that came with Jack's Gruffalo Trunki - he hasn't seen these pages yet but I think he'll be super excited when he sees that the Gruffalo was actually there! 

I've been struggling with keeping my photos in chronological order and fitting them into the photo pockets - one side works but the other side doesn't so I decided that as long as they are in roughly the right order I'm happy with that which means less time spent trying to figure out a way that works = more time for secret project!


These pages document the week Noah and I got hand, foot and mouth disease. I got tonsillitis (not just one virus at a time for me oh no). We placed a toy shop order to cheer ourselves up and Jack got his first pair of school shoes and Noah got his first pair of proper shoes ever! And that was July! Yay! Just August, September and October to do :)