Wednesday, 6 October 2010

OK I’ve succumbed!

I’m usually having a rant about now…complaining that all the shops are already displaying Christmas goods when we haven’t even had Halloween yet! I was aghast when we visited Harrods in August to see a fully stocked Christmas department (however beautiful it looked!) & Santa’s grotto already under construction!

But…I now have to admit that while visiting Bedford’s spanking brand new ‘Aldi ‘ store yesterday, I bought all of the chocolates needed for the advent calendar & Christmas tree, along with three rolls of festive gift wrap & several packs of Christmas cards!!!! Well…what can I say?!!…the price was right!!

So, with the floodgates opened, I’m now finding myself actively looking around at possible gifts for family & friends…I do have a couple of bits already squirreled away…I like to grab things that are ‘just right’ as I see them, because they’re never there when you go back. Maybe 2010 will be the year I am not madly wrapping on Christmas eve?!! I might even leave myself with enough time to complete my ‘Journal Your Christmas’ album…third year lucky?!!

On a scrappy theme, I’ve just uploaded my entry for this weeks challenge over a Dixie Pieces ‘Glee Club’….this time the theme was Children’s Music, with titles from Raffi to choose from & to stay true to the genre! I ummed & aaahhed about what to do & then Lee looked over my shoulder & said “That one would be good for the duck tour photo’s”…talk about hitting the nail on the head!! Sometimes I don’t see wood for tree’s!! So, what was he talking about?…

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And he was right!! It was perfect! I tried to keep everything childlike, from colours to motifs, & had a go at the lacing technique I’d not tried before…not perfect, but not bad for a first attempt!! I couldn’t decide on which photo’s to use, so decided to make a collage, so that I could tell a better story of our adventure!! Of course, I’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink into it, in an attempt to score extra points for the ‘secret items’…last weeks LO earned me three out of a possible five, so you were spot on, Karen!!!

Made-in-Dagenham-Poster This Sunday, Amanda made it to the cinema & we saw ‘Made in Dagenham’.

What a fabulous film! Set in 1968, it’s the story of how the bill for equal pay for women came to be passed. A truly inspirational cast with Bob Hoskins & Miranda Richardson to name two.

I can remember this as an eight year old, being a BIG news item, even if I didn’t understand what it was all about at the time. It really brings it home at just how recently many injustices were still accepted as the norm!  On a lighter note, it was fabulous how the film contained reminders of every day things of that time…things I hadn’t even remembered I’d forgotten, if you know what I mean!!!

So, that’s it for the moment, I must get off to do the school run….it’s a short week for the boys this week, they finish at lunchtime tomorrow & have Friday off! I don’t remember such privileges when I was at school!!!!! The good thing is that the weather is supposed to be a bit brighter, we may just be able to get out & about & make use of the extra time off!!

Thanks for dropping by & do come back soon! : )


Sian said...

What a fabulous layout! All that texture and sewing and everything. Love that!

I usually give in about now too and start hunting Tk Maxx for any little gems I can put away

scrappyjacky said...

Haven't succumbed to buying anything christmassy yet....apart from in the craft department...but I do buy and make cards and presents all you say....gotta grab it when you see it!!!
Great take on the challenge...that song certainly brings back memories.

jennifer said...

Fantastic layout, the lacing looks fabulous!

I have decided I'm definitely a crafter since I started thinking about Christmas earlier. I used to refuse to consider it before mid-november at least, but now that I make cards, presents and decorations I have to start now or it will swamp me! xx

karen said...

Love the layout.Favourite so far.Couldn't stop laughing your blog came on music blaring.My computers battery at that instant died,but your music blared on.Chris was not quite as amused as I ran upstairs for the mains lead.Very funny.

Jocelyn said...

Look at you...Christmas shopping....that one made me smile today my sweet friend!!!

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE that is filled with all the most wonderful elements and I love the stitching!! Now you have to share how you did that!!!

Thank you for your kind words and support left for me...I just adore you....and you made my heart swell with love and comfort!!!

Wishing you a great week...Enjoy those wonderful boys!!! :-)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, Sandi...this page is completely stunning in EVERY way!!! You just keep getting better all the time.
Thanks for stopping in to peek at the wedding pics. I can't wait for the real ones to finally come in.

Beverly said...

Lee was totally right! Love the layout :)

debs14 said...

It seems that you can avoid all the fuss and early Christmas malarky until you buy that first little thing ...
I succumbed to advent calendars and a tin of (half price) biscuits last week!

humel said...

Fabby gorgeous layout! And I'm like you about Christmas - but, like you, I came across a couple of really good offers in the last week and so I've started to stash things away too...

So good to catch up with your blog after the pesky internet troubles! xx

Lizzie said...

Yes, I agree about Christmas in the shops. However, it can be hard to avoid a bargain... Where is that Aldi then? I haven't seen it!

That scrap layout is just gorgeous! What a lot of work you put into it - stitching and paper-layering and flowers, embellishment... I really like the grid of many smaller photos, to tell the story. It's really wonderful - one of the nicest I've seen for a long time!

Corinna said...

Hello there! I saw you commented on my studio organization at Practical Scrappers, so I came over to check you out! :) WOW, you are a talented scrapper lady. I LOVE this layout and every layout I have looked at on your blog so far today. Every one of them is just beautiful! It's no surprise to me that you've been published on our site!

I've been REALLY wanting to see 3 of the movies that you've recently mentioned too, RED, Due Date, and Life As We Know It, so I am glad to hear that they were all rated good by you! I have no desire to see Eat Pray Love (even though I also love Julia). I think I'm the only person on the planet who didn't really care for the book all that much :)

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