Friday 29 June 2012

Come and Bop to the Hop

Hello and welCome to my little Corner of blog land, I’d love for you to have a little look around my world  here at BuCkingham’s Palace.

You should have joined me from Meghann’s blog but, if you’re not following the blog hop in order, there are links to all of the blogs taking part at the bottom of this post.

Each lovely blog along this hop has a letter for you to Collect.  Once you’ve got them all, and have reaChed the end of the hop, you can email Jennifer the phrase you’ve Collected.  All entries must be reCeived by Monday 2nd July at 11:59 BST, all the Correct answers will be put into a draw to win a gorgeous prize paCkage of October Afternoon 9 to 5 and Studio Calico Take Note items worth over £25!!!

Now the theme for this is:


Something that I’m good and something that I'm bad at! 

In my working life I’ve had to organise thousands of people on tours and get them all to stiCk to the itinenary: not a problem. 

In my home life there is a lot of organisation for me to do beCause I have my teenage daughter here but my
partner lives 106 miles away: not a problem!

In my Crafting life I have a plaCe for everything and everything in its plaCe. Although to an outsider it may look like organised Chaos I can lay my hands on exaCtly what I need when I need it: not a problem.  So why don’t I ever get as much done as I want?  Here’s the reason why:

I spend far too muCh time proCrastinating and thinking about the things I want to do rather than getting them done.  Then everything is done just before the deadline hits, whiCh, if I'm honest, I quite enjoy beCause I love working under pressure!

So no matter how organised you are, you can still end up:

Today, for once, I am totally organised.  This blog post is done on time and I'm more or less up to date with everything.  It's my daughter Maddie's 18th birthday tomorrow and all her presents are bought and wrapped!  Tonight we will be having a girlie night before celebrating tomorrow!

I hope you’ve managed to C the letter hidden in this post :).

Your next stop along the hop is Abi and below you will find a list of all of the blogs taking part.
Jo S.
Jo B.

Thank you for coming to visit and have a great weekend joining in all of the fun at Jennifer's.

Jo xx

Sunday 24 June 2012

Over the Hump!

Well we've had the longest day of the year so now it's all downhill to Christmas.  What am I talking about, downhill, it's certainly not because I love the winter and Christmas :) in fact I have ignored Maddie's protests about not watching anything Christmas related until 1st December and I have already kicked off my Christmas viewing with Christmas with the Kranks!

I'm back to share a couple of pictures from my niece's birthday a few weeks ago.  Now Bella loves Alfie, every time I see her the first thing she asks me is how Alfie is and have I got any new pictures of him.  When it came to getting her a birthday present I knew it had to be dog related so I got her a little dog hospital set with a cuddly doggy,  She loved it and declared that her dog would also be called Alfie, "my Alfie not your Alfie Jo Jo"
I have heard that she loves her little Alfie so much that she won't go to bed without him.
Being a massive Peppa Pig fan she had to have this cake:
Which just happened to be handmade by my sister.
My nephew, Eggnog, made the burger on the picnic blanket and the piece of cake that one of the pigs is holding.

As well as attending a 3 years olds birthday party I have also been busy working, bingoing (not really a word but hey ho) and scrapping.  I have managed to fill another gap in our American album:
We spent some time on a farm in Detroit, it was such a great day.  Maddie made a candle by dipping string in melted wax. It took ages to build it up by dipping, walking a few meters to allow the hot was to set, dipping again, more walking, more dipping until it was just a bit thicker than a chop stick.  Did I managed to get the very delicate candle on a flight to travel 3000 miles to the UK? You bet I did!  Do I still have that very frail candle 13 years later? Of course I do, it survived all of that travelling and a house move so it is obviously more hardy than I first thought!

This morning I've had a little look in my crystal ball and see a day of scrapping on my horizon!

I hope the weekend is being good to you.
Thanks for popping in
Jo xx

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Let There Be Light!

This morning, for the first time in what seems like ages, I was woken up early by the sun streaming through my windows!  Now I love the rain, I love to be indoors and watch the rain slamming against the windows and could quite happily put up with rain every day.  The thing I love about the sun though is that it makes people nicer, they seem happier when the go about their business and the days just seem better.

This week, so far, has been lovely.  I went to my niece's birthday party on Sunday and I will share that day another time, once I've uploaded the photos.  The cake my sister made was amazing to look at, can't comment on how it tastes because she keeps forgetting to bring a slice into work for me to try!

Before I went to the party I quickly did a layout for the weekly challenge over on UKScrappers.  The prompt was to use red, white and blue as a colour scheme, scrap two photos and write some journalling.  Here is my effort:
Another couple of pictures scrapped from my trip to the vintage fair on Southbank last year.
I've been to bingo twice, no winnings though, and a friend's for coffee as well as the normal 9-5 in the office so not a bad week really :)

Tonight I'm feeling a bit poorly due to Maddie feeling the need to share her germs with me, therefore, my only plan for the evening is to win the lottery! :p

I hope your week is going well
Thanks for stopping by
Jo x

Saturday 9 June 2012

Back From my Blog Break

I had a little break from blogging, mainly because I've been so busy but now I'm back!

I've had a great couple of weeks, spent lots of time with Maddie and Paul and really enjoyed the Jubilee weekend.

Despite the bad weather we did go to a lovely garden party:
We were lucky to only have a couple of showers during the day:

But we didn't let it spoil the fun and dancing:
Even Paul got in the party spirit:
During the long bank holiday we watched lots of films at home and at the cinema and I even managed to get some scrapping done!
More pictures from our trip to America and another gap in my albums filled.
I used my favourite paper range of all time, Lilly Bee Buttercup.

Now I'm rested and ready to catch up on blog reading.  I hope your weekend is restful and fun.

Thanks for popping in
Jo xx