Thursday, 25 February 2010

Attempt No. ...17?!?

I have been trying to post for DAYS and I hate having to start a post by saying something along the lines of " sorry for not posting in a while, but..." (especially after reading the Blogging Without Obligation 'mission statement' on Kate's blog!) I dunno, life with a young family is minute it's 4pm then before you know it it's 7pm...or worse - one minute it's Tuesday and the next, it's Friday...!! Anyway, I love doing my postings, but I guess I just have to accept that some weeks are like this one and not stress about it. Quality not quantity...!?!

To kick off, I have to acknowledge a first in my blogging experience...I got an award!! Too excited! And even better than that - I actually got 2!! The first arrived last week and I wasn't quite sure what to do with it...

It came from Virginia and it is a Beautiful Heart accept, I have to answer some questions and pass it on. Here goes...!

List 4 things that keep your inner self beautiful...

1. Staying calm...or at least trying to. The sun is going to rise and set regardless - what's the point of getting all worked up about the small stuff?

2. Loving the life Paul and I have built together.

3. Having some 'me' time - going to the hairdressers regularly, getting a long soak in the bath once the kids are in bed or even just spending 5 minutes painting my nails.

4. Telling my family that I love them. Everyday.

List 4 things that keep you physically beautiful...

1. Practically religious about my skincare regime, always have been.

2. Wear (some) make-up every day...wish I didn't have to but I look ill without it!!

3. Smile.

4. Love to shop - nothing better than a great find to boost your confidence!

Precious Memory...

Lots to choose from but the one that sprung to mind was in a photography studio with Harry. He was born 11 days early and was in Neo-Natal for a few days because of breathing problems. We had arranged to get some newborn photos taken on his actual due date and during the session, he got really upset and was screaming, lying on this black velvet cloth. I picked him up and started talking to him quietly in his ear. He immediately calmed down and nuzzled into me and I remember thinking "He knows me. I can calm him." Up to that point I hadn't realised that even though Harry was my 3rd, I had been worried about the effect being in Neo-Natal, away from me, would have on him and the relief was immeasurable. The photographer actually captured the moment and I love this photo so much.

Pass this onto 5 other people who have a beautiful heart...

Judy - such a lovely person and does the best colouring in ever!

Paige - her (and Chris's) blog makes me smile every time. And even though she watches British films with the subtitles on (hee hee!), she's a wee gem.

Mel - now technically, Mel (sister of Virginia) doesn't have a blog...but if she did - OMG, what a read that would be!! And what better reason to start one Mel, than the fact that you already have a Blog Award to be getting on with?!?

Wendy - my lovely friend who's moved away...I miss her but am so proud of the way she's made a great life for herself and her gorgeous kids.

Lesley - her blog always has a very calming effect on me and she has the cutest wee Grandson!

Onto the next one!

Got this from Dyan - thank-you! To accept, I have to list 10 things that make me happy...

1. Paul. He has this knack...

2. Shopping with Ellie - the best shopping partner ever and I love how much we giggle and chat wandering around Zara or H&M's...and she totally gets the Cath Kidston thing!

3. Molly. Generally. She is just the happiest baby and I look forward to seeing her every morning.

4. When the boys are happy together - this doesn't happen very often right now, but when the 2 of them are in the mood and playing (or even co-existing!) happily - I am a happy ma-ma!

5. My wee study - it's tiny (and despite what Dyan thinks, not ALWAYS tidy!) but I love being in there and playing.

6. Organising - sad but true. I love gutting a cupboard out and putting it all back...but better!

7. Shoes. Always and forever.

8. A good book - the kind where you can't wait for a spare 5 minutes so you can grab the next couple of pages.

9. Dancing round the kitchen when a great song comes on the radio...then the kids joining in!

10. Time away, just me and Paul. Very lucky to have a Mum and Dad like mine...

Thanks to Sandra for giving me this one too!

Right, Onto the continuing saga of February's pages for the 365 Challenge...! I've finally finished them - hooray! I'm really bad at planning crafting projects out and tend to wing it...a lot. Ended up with 2 blank-ish spaces this month for this reason and I just couldn't get the whole thing to come together...Here's what I ended up doing.

Sewing! Glued on both ends and pegged the folds in place.

Stamped and cut out a birdie from a Tim Holtz set that I have, but changed it out for...

...a date stamp and a sprinkling of button brads

Here's how it looks now - only a few days to go and it's March!?!

While I was working on that, Ellie was helping me out. She took all the bags, pouches, boxes, tins and jars of buttons I have and sorted them all into colours - here's the result!

How pretty?!? Thank-you Ellie!!

On Sunday, I spent a good few hours in my study working on my Art Journalling. Going to be very brave and share the pages I made...

I really enjoyed doing them and felt lighter afterwards?!? It really is great therapy!!

Ellie and started a little project together for her newly redecorated room...I bought her a 7 Gypsies printer tray at AFTH and here's the start we made...

she chose some paper from one of my writing sets...

...I cut it to size and Ellie arranged it...

then rearranged it several times, chose a Love stamp for the middle and used the free Craft Stamper stamp (again!) to add a detail...

She wanted to make some mini paper bunting for it so spent the evening watching Harry Potter and cutting out teeny triangles...

Love doing a wee project with Ellie - she knows what she likes and it will be fun to see how the finished product turns out.

To finish, here's a few things that have made me happy the past week (or so!)

Our street getting ploughed first thing this morning!!

Unexpected flowers, just because.

Sushi. I love it.

Plants that I don't have to remember to's a fake from Ikea - pretty realistic looking too!

Bunting. It's a happy thing.

Molly's kissy face - too cute.

That's all folks...hope you enjoyed it - be back soon(ish?!?)



  1. wow, you've caught my rambling bug. Cool post, love your art journaling, glad to see you've kept up with it.. Ellie can come and rearrange all my buttons next time you are here. SOON I hope lol xx

  2. oh bugger, keep forgeting to go to travel inn, must try harder, sorry.!!!!!

  3. "a wee gem" hehehe. love it.

    Shoes. Shopping. Make up. You're a girl after my own heart :)

    PS - Cafe Rio would totally be worth a trip across the pond. It's THAT good!

  4. Blooming heck Jude, that was a mammoth post! Didn't realise you had already got that award! You can call it a double award! Journal pages = FAB!! Love the piccie of Paul bringing you flowers! And Ellie crafting = Yay, looks like that project is gonna turn out great! I love the paper she chose.
    Hope the snow isn't causing too much grief for you all the way up there...

  5. Yes I agree quality not quantity!! Well I'm sticking to that too! How on earth do you get your husband to bring you flowers??? Loving the bunting, I have bought some for the newly decorated playroom. Sx

  6. Just read back the post - didn't realise how long it was!! xx

  7. Hello you

    What a fantastic read, would you believe I read it at 7.30am this morning, but then duties called you know -getting ready for school run, work etc, so I'm back here again many hours later to say what a lovely post it was to read. It's so lovely to see glimpses of your life, ask Ellie if she can come and colour co-ordinate my stash because it's just getting a little bit silly - I can see a serious sort looming if I'm honest! I also love what she did with the printers tray - absolutely gorgeous!

    The photo of you and Harry is truly a gorgeous one to treasure absolutely beauiful and what a gorgeous memory!

    Flowers from hubby - big tick on that front!

    Love the plastic plant, I'm a menace with house plants it's only when they look on the verge on death in this household do I think sod should I have watered it? So I so get the benefit of plastic plants.

    Love the bunting absolutely gorgeous again! And may I say how absolutely fantastic are your journal pages, I got all excited when I saw the Hairspray photo - I must have had the same Sunday Mag as you as I've used the same image, except I cut mine out - using the face on one layout and the hair on another, I've put the face one on my blog but haven't finished the hair one!

    I told Mel that you'd given her a blog award and she said that she needed to get herself on here but as usual her life is manic and full on from first waking til late at night bless and she's still in the early stages of her new 'relationship' so she's juggling even more at the minute!

    Hope you are well - hugs to you and your beautiful family

    Virginia (AKA Little Miss War and Peace)

  8. Wow, that was a long post! But there was such a lot to enjoy here. Love the photo of you and your precious baby :-) Also love your art calendar (congrats for keeping up!) and your art journaling. Nice to see that your children enjoy making art with you :-) Kate

  9. Well done for keeping up - haven't started March pages yet (got ideas looming about in my have you?? Well done on the pages too...they are fab..xo

  10. Hi Jude,

    Thank you for the HEART award. Your comments mean a lot to me and I appreciate them enormously. I shall pass it on thoughtfully at the weekend.

    I love your february page. Really unique.

    Ellis is obviously loving her crafting. She's such a pretty girl.

    Your art journalling is fab. You're developing your own style really well.

    I love bunting too but have never made any but plan to this summer.

    And what a wonderful photo of you an George. Reading that brought tears to my eyes and memories flooding back. Thank you.

    Lesley x

  11. oooo thanks Jude...that is a really lovely award. I will be pondering on those answers all day! I love reading everyone elses answers...your journal pages are fabulous. And ooooo I need a daughter on laon...can she come and colour co-ordinate my stash??
    Thanks againa Jude for the award! Muuch appreciated !
    Hugs Judy xx

  12. Hi Jude

    Love this post thank you for the blog award - I now officially have a blog - please follow me.


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