Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to my Dude.

It's my son's birthday... 17 today!

He really is the most amazing kid... musically talented, with a lovely, funny personality... A good student, friendly, sensible and honest, kind to dogs and old ladies... honestly, just the sort of boy any Mum would want.... but tell me please, where have the years gone?

One minute they're a babe in arms - the next, almost grown.

I love that my boy's so individual. Proud that he has the courage to be unique, to be HIM. Amused at his quirkiness and amazed at his wisdom sometimes.
Happy Birthday son, we love you more than anything in the world. Well, fact is, you are our world... and that's a true story.

Vin's Card - had fun with this!

And a special (and talented young female friend of his)painted him this canvas :-) WOW!

ok, that's it. Got a lot to do now.

jk xx

Monday, July 27, 2009

mojoholder 119

Forgot to put up this weeks mojoholder LO. We lifted a great page by Marjolein, and you can see the other girls takes on the blog, plus a fab sketch by Sarah too.

Here's my LO. No digi elements today but I did use some Magistical chipboard. This is from the new release and it's called antique filigree, painted and inked.

A recent pic of Vin who turns 17 tomorrow, and who this summer is growing into the person he's going to be more and more. Can't say it's not without trauma sometimes... but there you go. Kids grow up whether you want them to or not. And he's not the worst boy in the world by a mile. Love him to bits however much he drives me insane on a day to day basis!

At work, 3 people are down with the swine flu and it's kind of like a ticking bomb... everyone's just waiting to see who gets it next. At the mo it's only staff affected... no resi's thank goodness, but who knows.... by tomorrow? Under advice, we are quarantined - no visitors for a week which will be tough on the residents and the families. Also, as people go sick it gets tougher and tougher on us remaining workers, with everyone doing more to cope with the lack of staff. Personally, if I'm going to get it I want it like NOW. I don't want anything to stop me getting on that plane for my holiday and my first glimpse of our brand new baby boy - to say nothing of my girlies, the rest of my fam out there, my grandkids... and my meemee. God, I love that pup and miss her so much... when will I get a doggie of my very own? and could anyone replace minnie in my heart?

Anyway, one tired lady needs a shower, soooooo... more tomorrow. Maybe.

hugs to all

Sunday, July 26, 2009

the best there is....

...the best there was... and the best there ever will be!
Brett the hitman Hart's battle cry... as any fan of American wrestling will tell you. My boys are fans. Carl's mate Paul's a fan... they're all going to Wembley to watch TNA, so as it was Paul's birthday barbi yesterday, and the birthday treat was the TNA trip I thought i'd make him a card styled on his hero, Brett Hart.

If you know wrestling you'll know Brett's colours are black and bright pink. He wears a heart on wings on his costume, and Kate & Jacque just happened to have the very thing I needed in this kit Pretty in Punk. Paul loved his card bless him, but he loved his surprise even more. This is the reacton (how staged) lol.... pair of wallies!

We were also celebrating another birthday yesterday, Sue's 50th. This is the card I made her, again using Kate's digi stuff to make a hybrid card. Her fabby doodles are brilliant for cards and invites and things so as i'm not doing much scrapping lately i've been using them on cards instead.

Anyway, enough from me.
Thanks for dropping by.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

baby cards

A couple of cards I've made in the last few days.

I've mainly used up scraps, I think this is one of the things I am starting to love about cardmaking - even weeny scraps can be used somewhere! :-)
And because I love em so, some of kate's adorable doodles.
This kit is : Baby Boy Doodles (lilypad)

Hmmm... wonder where these are going then....?

ok, enough of this... CSI calls!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

stave off the last minute panic!

Some very simple and quickly made cards. I thought these would be handy standby's for when you need a card in an emergency... perhaps I just need to make a birthday planner, might mean I did't need a stash of ready mades, lol.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

lifes a beach....

.... in my dreams.
In reality it's pee'ing down! Nice weather in July...

Still, I have a summer holday day planned for my resi's today as most are far too old and frail to be able to actually get away to the seaside anymore. I've booked a traveling theatre to come and they're bringing a show called 'Summer Holiday Abroad', which I gather entails lots of quick change as they jet off round the World singing songs and acting small sketches from each place on their stopover. We've had them before for Panto's and stuff and although not cheap, they are brilliant, and best of all they stay and chat and have a cup of tea with the oldies afterwards which they all love... Hobnobbing with ACTORS - Oh my...! ;-0

I've coaxed the staff onto bringing in sunhats and sunnies so we can all get into the spirit so looking forward to a fun day today... pix to follow!

Last year my boy spent a LOT of his life on various beaches.... good for him, but such a hard life for a young man eh...?

Digi/Hybrid elements by Kate Hadfield. - Sandy Toes Kit - the lilypad.

Anyway must dash, gotta look for my lei and grass skirt ;-)
later! jk xx

Monday, July 20, 2009

babies on the brain

With the arrival of the newest addition to our family, baby Connor George, we've all got babies on the brain! Hayley's doing brilliantly with him and is hoping to go home from hospital today. I can remember leaving hospital with my first baby many moons ago.... and I was terrified! Terrified I wouldn't know what she needed, what her cries meant, how I would cope... a silly frightened young mum with an even dafter younger partner... but we managed. We got on ok. Well, you do, don't you? And so will my girlie as she has her lil sister round the corner - an experienced mum of two, a hubby who will hopefully at least try to be hands on, and a determination and confidence I never had back then.

Good luck Lally, though I know you'll be just fine :-)

On the home front things have quietened down slightly round here and i'm feeling a little less overwhelmed than I have been of late. Sadly in order for this to happen i've had to cut back on more commitments and last week I stepped away from another DT. I will still be using MM's fab products whenever I do scrap, but at least this way I won't feel such angst if I don't have time to play with pretties and make things for them on cue.

I feel miles better now the baby's safely arrived too and it's really a great weight off my mind. I've been feeling so happy since he got here finally, and we know that all is well with him and my daughter. It's great not to have that nagging worry constantly playing on the back of your mind.

Talking of babies I made some little baby boxes to sell at the fete - plus a spare for Connor of course!

I knew our bundle was a boy, but couldn't resist making a few pretty pink ones as well... you never know, we may need them one day ;-)

Anyway, more soon,
got some tv to watch and a meal to scoff!
love to all

Saturday, July 18, 2009

tall story

I bought some card packs to make cards for the fete... and accidently bought the wrong size. Doh!

Having never been a cardmaker until very recently, I'm not really clued up on it all and just grabbed a pack off the shelf in hobbycraft without checking the size... idiot! Anyway, I couldn't waste them at hobbycraft's prices so had a go, and they're not that bad... but I'll be more careful next time!

I also forgot to take pix before the fete and lots have now been sold (leading me to the assumption that they're not 'that' bad...) but here are a few we had left over... I must say I seem to be more interested in cardmaking than scrapping lately - maybe coz it's quicker? I dunno. Hopefully I'll improve with practice. I didn't have much to make them with either... mostly odd scraps of my own, but it's surprising what you can do when you have to, or when you have a good cause.

Anyway, it's kind of late now and i'm pooped... So that's me for the day I reckon.
My pillow beckons!
sweet dreams folks!

oh well...

.. after all my trials, I finally got back to making a page or two...

I made my Mojo layout for this week, and you can see mine and the others girls LO's on the blog and also a brilliant sketch by SarahY.

Thanks to Kay Rogers, who provided the inspiration for our challenge.

Seriously garish colours seem to be going on here ... but you know what? I love it! Ha!
The white painted frame is a fancy frame from magistical memories. Papers are mainly Stampin Up! and other ancient scraps. And the pix are of course, from my garden! :-)

maybe more soon, maybe not. Who knows these days?

Friday, July 17, 2009

trying to scrap again

It's not easy at the mo. I'm struggling still.... I just can't seem to find the time or the motivation to scrapbook. I've been very busy with the works fete and that's eaten right into my time, plus I've really been enjoying being out in the garden planting and trying to be creative out there, and well... i'm just not as young as I was. I get knackered more easily these days! Whereas I would once have happily scrapped into the small hours, I just don't seem to do that anymore - I want my bed! lol!

Anyway, I was inspired by Katie's new kits this month, and actually managed to make a LO. It's fairly simple, so it didn't take long, but I was very frustrated that it wouldn't scan or photograph well after the fact i'd actually made something! grr!

The kits are here:

Deckchair alpha

Sandy Toes

and there's a fabby add on which I also used available from Kate's blog - for FREE!
sandy toes add on

Poor photo

dodgy scan

Not much to choose between the two really! Maybe I need a new camera and a new scanner.

'Course, I will have to scrap the picture of my new little Grandson, Connor!
Only got that one pic at the mo, but hoping for more soon.

jk xx

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Baby Boy is Here!

Introducing Connor George Antony Knight.... Congrats to my daughter and her husband Dan on the birth of their beautiful son. 15th July 2009. 10.05pm. 10lbs 2oz. Welcome to the world lil fella, you are so loved.

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