Tuesday, 18 August 2009

16 days & counting.......

Today, for some reason the boys were discussing at length how long it is before they go back to school! The calendar was taken down from the fridge door & the days diligently counted & it was confirmed that including today, they have 16 more days of 'freedom' left before 3 September, when they have to don their uniforms & offer themselves up to the world of academia once more!!

I know that Alex especially has good reason to be counting the days, as he will be starting at a new school & will have a totally new routine to adapt to, which for him & all his issues will be a huge challenge. But I know he will make us proud - it will just take time!

Since my last post I have managed some very gratifying Scrapping time! Saturday was the monthly CraftyStash crop at Tempsford. I love going along as the crop kit is always a chance to try new techniques & be inspired! I had a lovely surprise this time as my good friend Karen, who had emailed me that she wouldn't be there, not only turned up, but turned up bearing a birthday gift for me!!

It was a wonderful kitsch 'Marilyn Monroe' coffee mug (I may have mentioned before that I have been a MM fan since childhood!) which is musical! When the mug is lifted you hear in true Marilyn 'breathy' style "Happy Birthday to you............" I love it & it will drive my hubby & boys insane, and it was more than a match for the equally kitsch 'Elvis' coasters I gave Karen for her birthday last year!!

Anyway, back to the crop, the kit LO's this month were designed by Stephanie Garbett & both were filled with sooo much detail! I concentrated on just one & didn't even complete that until after I got home! It involved quite a bit of handstitching, paper pleating, stamping & punching but I am pleased with how my take on it turned out!

A brand new technique for me was making the half flower out of 5 circles of paper - I will definitely be using this one again, maybe a complete flower next time!
I have all the bits & pieces prepped & ready for the second crop kit LO but it is on the back burner as I have a LO to complete by Thursday for UKScrappers & another for week three of Dixie Pieces SENSE-ational summer contest, which is due by Friday!

Talking about Dixie Pieces - here is the LO I put together for week two of the contest
The theme was 'Sight(s) of Summer', the colour scheme was green, blue & white & the LO had to include hand or 'fussy' cutting. One very welcome sight for me in summer is seeing my boys playing outdoors, especially Alex who's natural habitat seems to have become within three feet of the X-Box!! The journalling reads "No X-Box, no computer, no TV! Just water, imagination & a boy having fun in the sunshine"

So today I am planning some scrapping time! Yesterday was spent cleaning & food shopping so I feel justified!! I actually enjoy the freedom of school holidays as much as the boys - no clock watching or battling with traffic on the school run, so here's to 16 more days of freedom!!


Anna said...

Posted at O2.27!! I can't even remember the last time I stayed up till 2.27! About twenty years ago, I think .... :D

Stunning layouts Sandi! Absolutely gorgeous.
Enjoy your scrapping time :)

Jocelyn said...

Oh Sandi...these LO's are stunning!!!! You really should consider trying out for a Design Team....your work is outstanding!!! Love the flower....now I want to try one and the colors are soooo perfect!!!! I just adore you and wish you a day filled with smiles!!!! :) AWESOME WORK....my friend!!!

Lisa T. Howard said...

Hi there Beautiful! First things first...you did an AMAZING job with the LO from the crop you attended!!! I am in love with everything about it. I hope you don't mind, but I may have to "lift" that flower...of course giving you all the credit. Your other LO is equally stunning! And I LOVE your mug!!! I got a big giggle over your gift to her...you two must certainly be a pair!

Hope you enjoy your remaining days of freedom! xoxo L

Patti said...

So that means I have 21 more days of freedom before I have to go back to school & facing a school full of teenagers!! LOL!!
I love the flower - I see that technique maybe showing up on a DP challenge page soon????