Monday 31 March 2014

Unlucky For Some - Week 13!

Another week has raced by and we're hurtling towards the end of March already! Here are my highlights of the week:

Five days of the week are spent in the office but I'm so lucky to work with my lovely girl :)
My reading glasses arrived so hopefully no more headaches now, well fewer headaches at least:
My afternoon snacks this week were massive strawberries, they were delicious but it seemed weird eating them in March because I always think of them as a summer fruit!
I had lots of cuddles with this boy, he slept on me for an hour the other evening and he was snoring like a train!
I managed to get some crochet done, this is a blanket I'm working on for Maddie.  I have eczema on my hands and wool really makes it flare up so I have to have long breaks in between working with it, it's horrible when you have a condition that stops you doing one of your favourite hobbies :(
I had a great night out at bingo with my BFF, we had a lovely dinner and although I didn't win she had a great win :)
At the weekend I said goodbye to my beloved Goldie :( This car really has a personality like Herbie from The Love Bug.  The man at the dealership asked me where Goldie was parked and then he spotted her.  She'd been washed, waxed and parked in the sun and she was gleaming like a bar of gold bullion! "Blimey" he said, "she is gold".
I then said hello to Sylvie and I'm really hoping she has a great personality too.  I know she'll give me my freedom back because everyone seemed to spot me when I was out in Goldie but now I'll blend in when I'm out on the road :)
I spent some time with my lovely aunt Sally, Sylvie's previous owner.
And I showed her my Project Life album, she loved it.  Once she'd looked at it she understood why I took pictures of absolutely everything :)
I also showed my album to my sister-in-law, Lisa, another one who thought it was great.
These two shared a kiss and a cuddle :)
I treated myself to some flowers and a glass of wine.
Dirty pudding was Swiss Chocolate and Salted Caramel Melting Middle Pudding and it was amazing!
I got week 12 in my Project Life album:
So I'm still bang up to date with that.  I love doing it so much that sometimes I wish I was still behind so that I had loads to do!
So this week really was a great week for us.

I hope you had a good week.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Week Twelve

Another week has passed already. It was a much quieter week round here, though. Here are the highlights.

I had the first salad of the year, it was delicious:
I bagged a bargain when I bought all of these little note pads from Wilkinson's for the grand sum of 50p!
I had a very early visit to the sorting office but it was to collect my Studio Calico kit so it was worth it.
A very rare treat for me:
I jumped on the bandwagon and took a make up free selfie to help raise money for cancer research, the campaign made £1 million in a day!
A trip to the opticians which told me I'm old and need reading glasses!  A positive though was that Maddie's eyes have stabilised so no new glasses for her.
My friend Sarah came over for the evening and had lots of cuddles with Alfie!
Oh look at this handsome boy:
I got week 11 of Project Life finished:
It's great being up to date :)
Dirty pudding was some a little different, they are delicious though.  I got them because Maddie's favourite sweet in a tin of Quality Street is the Golden Penny.
So lots of time spent with family and friends just chilling.

I hope you had a good week

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Legs Eleven!

Another week has passed already, here's what I got up to in week eleven!

My week started with a cold so plenty of this:
I can't remember the last time I felt so ill and, by Wednesday, I was unable to go to work.  I just didn't have the energy to do anything but at least I had Alfie to snuggle up with.
I decided it was time to do some scrapping housekeeping and file away the 3 pizza boxes of layouts I'd done last year, it took 3 hours and my albums still need tweaking!
I had a little bit of happy mail.  I've really started embracing stamping on my layouts and in my Project Life album but had got really fed up with always using black ink, these coloured inks are really lovely and I want more!
The weather took a massive change for the better and I could actually get the washing out on the line, it's the little things :)
And I even managed to have a sit in the garden with my book.
At the weekend we had a bit of a Sabrina marathon.  When Maddie was little we used to love Sabrina September on Nickelodeon so she bought the boxed set and I bought the popcorn :)
On Sunday I had just enough energy to cut the grass and dispose of the garden rubbish, the reward I gave myself made it worth the effort.
After having got all caught up on Project Life I was itching to do some 12 x 12 scrapping and managed three layouts.
Along with the gorgeous weather came some lovely sunsets.
Yes I know she'll be 20 this year but she's always wanted to be a pirate so she loved her new pirate bedding!
And the week ended with a lovely treat :)
Although I'm still not 100% better I am getting there and I'm glad that week is over.

I hope you had a good week.

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx

Saturday 15 March 2014

Project Life My Life!

Last year I decided that I would have a go at Project Life, I thought I'd give it a try and see if it was for me, I have to say that it definitely was!
For one thing it made me stop and think about my day as well as take a picture of the every day, every day :)
I always said the first year was going to be a learning curve for me and it was.  I decided to use all of my scrap paper and cut it down to size instead of buying any of the Project Life cards.  It worked but it was time consuming and I did fall behind.
But the enjoyment of the project never left me, even though at the start of this year I was over 30 weeks behind!
I didn't allow myself to be overcome by the amount of weeks I had to catch up with.  I bought some Project Life cards and set myself a deadline.
At the start of this year I managed 20 weeks per month and I loved it.  I really enjoyed getting all of the photos in my album and looking back over my memories, smiling as I wrote my journalling.
I showed my album to my mum, she spent ages going through all of the pages and, when she'd finished, she looked at me and just said "This is our life". It is our life, it tells the good, the bad and the ugly and my albums contain many stories that wouldn't make it on to a 12 x 12 layout.
So for Christmas my mum bought me a Selphy printer and that has made the whole process even quicker, I can print any photo I want, when I want it and it's especially great for printing 3 x 4 photos.
I got in to a rhythm as I was doing my pages.  I'd work out where my pictures were going, what cards I was going to use, then what washi tape, stamps and embellishments and then I would do my journaling.
And it was strange working on those earlier weeks because it hadn't seemed that long ago that I'd been actually living in those weeks.
I'm so proud of my albums and I love it when people want to look through them, I love how they appreciate them and it is amazing when my album inspires someone else to have a go.
I would say to anyone who's been thinking of doing it to definitely give it a go, it's one of the best projects I've ever done and one of the very few I've actually kept up.

So now I'm all up to date and it's the strangest feeling.  Instead of thinking each day of how many weeks I want to get complete I feel almost like something is missing as I wait for the week to happen so I can get it in the album.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at some of my pages and I hope I've inspired you to give it a go if you've been sitting on the fence :)

Thanks for stopping by
Jo xx