Monday, January 30, 2006

Tag you're it!

  • Anna
  • I have been tagged!

    First times you got kissed, how was it ??
    hmmmm I remember my first proper snog! It was my best friends older brother Leicester, and it was ming-a-ling!
    First time you drove a car ? What kind of car was it ?
    Never ever driven a scares the sheeite out of me!
    First time you scrapbook and do you still like your page ??
    Spring/summer 2004, started an album as a gift for my Mum, after I vowed never to scrapbook! Best gift I have ever given! I do still like my page...ok it was nothing fantastic but the start of a huge journey for me.
    First time you went on a date, where did you go and with whom??
    Honestly can't remember! First proper boyfriend I guess at about 15-16!
    First time you fell in love and how did you know ??
    hmmm was about 16....and totally head over heels for a guy called Rob...we split up and got back together a year or two later. How did I know? Because in some way I still love him after all these years (I hate him too!)
    First time you cooked for someone ? Was it yummy and what did you make ??
    can't remember...but I do remember making a cup of tea at a very young age for my Mum and Dad using the hot tap cos I knew I wasn't allowed to touch the kettle!
    First time you got on a plane?? Where did you go and were you scared ??
    I was 9, and went on a huge plane from Gatwick to the usa with my Dad. I was in floods of tears cos I had just left my Mum crying at the gates. It was a very sad affair as I was going to stay with my Auntie who had terminal cancer. Had a ball with her though in the time I stayed with her, and ended up there for longer than planned. God I am so glad I did.
    First time you shaved your legs ?? And did you cut yourself ?
    I went through the phase of asking my Mum if I could shave my legs, until one day just before we went out she shaved a patch off my leg with an electric razor...bitch! Didn't have time to sort them out as we had to leave the house!
    First time you put on make up ? Looking back how did you do ? Did you look like a clown or do a good job ?
    Can't remember the first time...I was obsessed with Barbie make up at a young age (remember the nail varnish too that peeled off by itself lol) I remember by brother buying me a load of barbie make up one christmas...I was so chuffed!
    First time you moved out of home? Was it into an apartment or house ??
    Gosh...I spent most of my time at about 17 at the house of the family I worked for as a nanny, although still had the odd night at home and lived from suitcases. I then moved in with my boyfriend and left the nannying job for an office job. It was a bedsit/flat, quite a nice little set up...I eventually left him and moved back home. I then had every intention of moving out again, but got into some bother, and had to stay put (that info is certainly not for blogging lol). By this time it was just me and Mum, and neither of us could have afforded to live alone so I stayed put. Shortly after that I had a bungalow, but decided to stay with Mum. I was happy and so was she, so we sold up. Then I got signed off sick, and can't afford to move out, so am with Mum again for the forseeable future!! Jeez essay!

    3 peeps to tag....
  • Scoobylou

  • Caroline

  • Cath

  • You're it girls!

    Embrace the space!

    That's just what I am doing...white space on my layouts IS A GOOD THING! That's it, decision made! I never totally clutter my layouts, but am leaving more space on recent ones, I like fills me with calm!
    Getting a bit arty farty lately (maybe that is why my layouts are becoming clean and simple again-I can use altering as a messy outlet!?), the weekend has been filled with plying with floor polish, making pretty background panels for atc's and stuff!
    Had a good chat on the phone with Jen last night, and we actually realised just how much altering we have both done. In fact between us, we built up quite a varied portfolio of alteredness! Loads of techniques between us! In fact I found a gorgeous embellishmenty type thingy that Jen had made for me a couple of years ago, from resin.
    Altered art certainly seems to be very popluar at the moment, and this explosion got me thinking. Why is it suddenly so popular? I think a large part of it is to do with so many people having home internet now, and the magazine market is now open to altered art being incorporated within an existing style of mag. So the word is spreading, people are sharing their work more, (well some people are) and more and more advice and techniques are being made available to people.
    Will try and get some pics up (they are on the other pc) of the backgrounds I made...lots of experimentation with colour!
    Hope all my blogettes are well and happy -x-

    Sunday, January 22, 2006

    why is it?

    That some days I spend hours doing one thing and never seem to get anywhere at all..and other days, like today I can achieve all of this by 4pm:
    get me and simba up and sorted, get simba and jess fed, prepare todays and tomorrows dinners, catch up on all forum posts, put an order together online, take a phonecall, play with simba for a while, go to work at the hospital for the afternoon, complete two circle journal entries, tidy my scraproom (kind of), check forums again, manage to make and eat lunch in between! How?

    Still lots more I could be doing lol!

    My scrapbooking seems to have gone topsy turvy, since around October ish I have gone back to my roots of more simple layouts. I am very fond of A4 layouts again too...something I have dabbled with before but this time it is a real passion!

    Lots to complete on the scrapping front, plus atcs for the lounge swap, if I continue to have days like today...piece of piss! lol!

    Saturday, January 14, 2006

    I've been tagged...

    Thank you Anna so here goes...

    Four jobs you have had in your life:

    nanny, nursery nurse, shop assistant...that's all sorry-unless you count staff cover in a garage!

    Four movies you would watch over and over:

    The Green Mile, Beaches, Don't tell Mom the babysitter's dead, Bad boys

    Four places you have lived:

    Always lived in Cheltenham!

    Four TV shows you love to watch:

    Lost, Desperate housewives, Friends, Cold feet

    Four places you have been on vacation:

    Portugal, Menorca, USA, Blackpool!

    Four websites I visit daily:

    The lounge
    and these two aren't everyday but I do visit often as I am planning to morph into a fabulous combination of these two ladies! Cathy Zielske and
    Tara Whitney

    Four of my favourite foods:

    My Mum's veggy casserole and dumplings *yummers*, anything pasta, pizza, tiger bread!

    Four places I would rather be right now:

    with my man *football widow here sob*, scrapping someplace fab, having a girly evening with my pals, anywhere warmer than cheltenham!

    Four bloggers I am tagging:
    hmmmm...since most of you have been tagged somewhere down the line this may get tricky! Ok...sorry if you have been tagged already but nowt is on your blogs as of now! Amber...Jane...Beth...and Shirl :) TAG YOU'RE IT!!!!

    Thursday, January 12, 2006

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    I must I must I must improve my blog updating! Will try really hard...bit snowed under at the mo! Still have this commission album to do, plus loads of other scrap related stuff, and the card for CB mag to duplicate and send in, plus loads of other bits and bobs that I am blocking from my mind right now!
    Today I managed to bag some of the new gorgeously deeelish URBAN ADDITIONS can't wait for them to arrive so I can lick them.

    Todays blog photo was taken yesterday evening, from the track in the forest we take the ponies and horses through on our hack. This is at the top of the hills in Leckhampton, a really beautiful, peaceful area...I forget all my troubles while I am there. I have discovered that I seriously need to fashion some kind of camera bag to stop me looking like a touristy prat with my camera round my neck. This isn't usually a problem, but 1) if you are riding a horse or leading a pony it just aint gonna happen any other way, 2) horses will try to eat a camera around your neck, and 3) a big lensed camera will not fit under your coat no matter how hard you try.
    I also discovered that I need proper knee length riding/stable boots, knee high mud versus ankle length joddy boots just aint gonna work!

    Personal life is turmoil just now...not my own personal problems per se, but everyone elses...gotta be strong...I have been feeling better over the last few months, it has taken me 4.5 years to get this far. I can't face going back to square 1 again. It will not beat me.
    I think my noo years ressy should have been 'other peoples problems and traumas are not my problems and traumas' maybe this should be my will never work though, I am way too sensitive for that.

    Got a gorgeous house guest coming to stay at the end of Feb, that could be interesting and I am really looking forward to this space to see how I cope lol!

    TTFN blogettes -x-

    Saturday, January 07, 2006

    quick update!

    ok quick update before I brave tesco (In the car! wooot) Main bit of excitement this week was being contacted by crafts beautiful magazine, as one of my cards was a winner in their competition, so I get a bundle of prizes, and they also want to publish my card in one of their mags/books- yay me! Card is in todays is a mini paperbag book on a card, and I must admit I was quite pleased with myself after that one was made!
    Gone a bit ATC mad this week...I swear in the last week or so I must have made about 60 of the lil blighters! Some I am really chuffed to little mintballs with...others will be going in the bin! Hopefully off to WHS in a mo too to try and get some page pockets, and any other goodies they may have...I have decided I actually have a magazine fetish of some sort, but this week I have torn pages out to keep and the rest are going for recycling...this does not include scrapping mags...they will NEVER be torn and I keep every single one *blush* I can't help myself!
    Hope all is well in the land of my blogettes!
    TTFN -x-

    Tuesday, January 03, 2006

    Nothing exciting to report really! Drank evil red wine last night (I never touch red) and today have had a headache all day, and been in a foul mood! Must not drink red again!
    Spent the day with Jasmine yesterday, it is amazing how different she is after a week off school. My odds are on her turning into a lil cow once she starts back at school...she isn't naughty just so damn lary in term time!

    Anyway, pic for today is of Kara, one of my god daughters. She is a funny lil munchkin. We have a bit of a special bond, even though I don't see her too often, but I was there when she came into the world.

    Done heaps of housework/sorting out today, loads more to do tomorrow...just hope I have a bit of motivation. Really need to get some scrapping done, made some cute little accents tonight that I am well chuffed least something scrap related is going right...mojo upped and left a while ago! All I wanna do is play with my camera!

    Sunday, January 01, 2006

    'Appy Noo Years...from my scraproom to yours!

    appy noo years everyone! Tried to do this at midnight but the laptop wasn't having any of it!
    I hate new year. Not the January the 1st part of it...just the farce of celebrating beforehand. It isn't a good time of year for me, I accept it, but don't go out of my way to celebrate it! Totally pants pic of can even see the tv reflection in my glasses...but it is airs and graces, just lil ole me., in my scraproom!
    Hope you are all enjoying the festive season as it draws to an end. I have big hopes for 2006, don't worry I am not setting myself up for a big let down...if things happen then they were meant to be...if they don't then it isn't the end of the world. What are your goals for 2006? I want to take my scrapbooking to another level...for ME. I want to stick to my own style. I want to enjoy it again, and not do a layout because I feel I have to. I need to learn to say no to comission albums (done a few now!) I want to learn about photography, I have a fantastic new camera, and I want to make it earn its keep! I want to forget the minor irritations in life, and act like a child again!
    I need to learn to stop waffling!...well mebbes that is hoping for a bit too much!
    Whatever your goals, wishes, dreams and hopes, I wish that 2006 is your year.
    2006 IS the year of the scrapper