Monday, 11 May 2015

Quick update

Goodness, where do the days go?

I've been trying to do a catch up on blog reading, but I'm falling so very behind. Then I feel bad about doing a blog post myself. So I think in order for me to move on, I may start reading afresh tonight and not panic about catching up.

So here we are; May already. I often worry about time flying and I'm not achieving much, but at the moment, I'm just happier that it means one day closer to summer.  I can't tell you, how fed up I'm getting at trying to toilet train the bears in the garden when its raining and cold.

Still, we're getting there ... they are without a doubt. GORGEOUS.  A bit of a handful to say the least, but with the weather getting better, it means some of that puppy energy is being released in play and these two can chase each other around the garden for hours.

April, was a good month, I started my organisation (only to find the draw dividers I bought were too small). We had some hot days which meant summer clothing. The bears went to the groomers, not to be groomed, but to get used to the noise and smells. Their first cut is happening later this week.  Also, we finished at puppy school, which to my embarrassment, just after Bertie got his rosette, we were asked to leave as he wouldn't stop barking!

 April, also bought me a new haircut.  I had a good couple of inches chopped off and much prefer it. I may even go a little shorter at the next cut.

There it is, a quick catch up from me today, while the bears are sleeping.  I will try my best to blog more and not leave it so long. I even managed a little scrapbooking at the crop last week, so you never know a layout might be shown soon.

Thank you too, for all the lovely, lovely comments I had on my last post.  It really does mean the world to me to have such wonderful friends that understand and accept me. xxx

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A Fresh Start

With this beautiful weather we're having at the moment, my mind has been mulling over changes that I really need to make.  A spring clean if you like, of my home, my style, my life and my blog.

So firstly, I apologise for not blogging much recently, or for my lack of blog reading & commenting lately; I'm sure it won't come as any surprise for you to read that my life has been turned upside down by two furry puppies.

I'll be honest! I've struggled. They're hard work and full on, but they're also loving and fun to have around (when they're not squabbling). But this also brings me back to changes I need to make.

My blog used to be my crafting projects mainly, but this is happening less and less these days, and one of the reason, I suppose I don't blog ... I just don't have anything to share.  Now, I'm not saying I won't be crafting anymore; but other things have been taking my fancy recently. Which is where the change will be happening. I did ponder closing down this blog or at the least just keeping it for crafting, and then start a new blog, but after chatting with a couple of friends, I've decided to keep this one, and see how it goes. (hence the new heading lol)

OK, First up ... Me.  Over the past few months, I feel I lost who I am. I've lived in jeans and tatty clothes and I hate it.  I don't know the last time I painted my nails, and I know that's not a big thing ... but its who I am.  Some may remember, I said recently, that I needed to find my style again; so now is the time to do it. After my birthday last year, Simon and I joined Slimming World, and I have to say, I love it.  I can eat rice, pasta and potatoes ... Simon can still have meat and bread, so its really fitted into our life. Well, a few weeks ago, I'm happy to say I reached my target weight. Yes, running around, cleaning up after 2 pups certainly helped. So nearly all my clothes no longer fit; and I'm forever hiking up my jeans and putting new holes in belts. I'm not really even a jeans person, but I seemed to have lived in them, as they have pockets for dog treats, and plus when a dog is hanging off your leg, it doesn't hurt as much as when you're wearing a dress. But enough! .... Time to find a stylish me.

Next up; our home.  The little house is looking amazing. Yes, it still needs work, but its all shiny and new, so that sort of puts our main home to shame. So I've decided it needs bringing up to date more and a good organisation and clear out.  I still have boxes and boxes of my parents things here to sort though and even here, I seem to have lost my mojo.  This was the first year, I never actually decorated our home for Valentines or Easter. I have lots of painting plans and makeover ideas ... and it just generally needs a good sort out and clean.

Organisation! .... I used to be a bit of a nut about it; but open any draw now and it will be a mess. Plus we spend more time looking for things than ever. I'm late with birthdays these days; well that was never the case.

Cleaning! ... I have a tendency to be a little over the top. Well, I did used to; but this is another areas, I seem to have lost my way in. I need to start and work my way through rooms.

Cookery; That is probably the only area that seems to have improved, and I'd say that is down to slimming world books, but I still want to improve this area of our life too.

Gardening; yup, I've certainly been spending a lot of time in the garden. Not actually gardening, just walking pups around saying; "be quick" or "do your business" ... neither of which has helped the lawn or plants lol.  So this year, our garden needs a complete overhaul and be more dog friendly.

So ... there it is; my plan.  If you've read this much, I'm thankful to you ... but I will totally understand if you need to say goodbye to my blog. Like I say, its going to change; it will be filled more with my everyday journey into this new life, I need to make.  My blog will probably be more like my instagram feed (less so many puppy photos) but its the everyday things I need to concentrate on.  I'll be posting on here my organisational finds; some of my Pinterest links too ... and hopefully even some of my youtube finds.  The reason for me doing this, is my blog will be more like my diary, and will help me find things quicker when I need them.

Please don't feel you need to comment on all my future waffling but I think changing this to my new "lifestyle blog" (I love those words lol) will really help me, and give me the push I need to get my act together and change.  I may post random things on here, so I apologies now, but like I say, its here more as my own personal Pinterest board.

Yes, I'm hoping to still craft; project life, planner and sewing, but I just need the push to get me back into being "me" again.

I can't leave without a photo ... so here was how March shaped up.  Dentist, coffees, friends,bears and a pretty new car ordered.

Thank you all for reading, and honestly, I will understand if you need to remove me from your blog list. xxx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Goodbye February

Each Monday, I do a maker on my camera to keep my photos in order, for Project Life. Well this morning, I was shocked that we were already in week 10 of the year.

So here we are in a new month ... closer to spring, so that can't be a bad thing.

February, you were certainly a mixed month.

The bears obviously took up most of it; they had their first taste of snow, a weekend in their little house, vet visits, training, new tags, and a first walk on the road.

Also February was the month for Valentine, and Simon spoilt me rotten, as usual. With some gorgeous shiny red hunter wellies for dog walking.

Friday 13th, really lived up to its reputation this year. I was having a particularly bad time trying to calm the bears down, so we went to the little house for the weekend; got there to find the heating not working. The floor in the kitchen was starting to buckle, the radiator in the bathroom leaked and then the internal door into the garage, for some unknown reason jammed shut! ....and then finally, the lights wouldn't work properly.  Thank goodness the weekend got better.

We've had a few flood alert texts this month too; my washing machine broke (Simon fixed it) and poor Simon had to have root canal.

On the plus side ... I got to spend the day with friends at a craft show .. and had a fabulous time with Jo and Ruth; I test drove the mini, got some crafting in and oh the bears as much as they're hard work are just the best thing.

So there you have it .... I'm sorry I haven't blog read or commented much this past week, I'm hoping to catch up this week. I've also received my gorgeous postcards, which I'll post about in a later post.

I hope March is a good month for you all .... and I'll leave you with a little photo of the bears.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

How did I do?

I don't actually think I did too badly, on January's list considering. There are a few things that probably won't make it to February's to do list just yet. But that's ok ... they're still on my "Master Plan" ... I know, I laugh at the thought that I might actually do them.

JANUARY – main list
Major clean after decorations down and put house straight
clear out kitchen cupboards; check dates etc.,
Start on the dining room makeover
o    New covers for chairs
o    Empty and sort through sideboard
o    Remove all books from cases and have a good clean and sort through
o    Paint Fireplace
o    Paint Sideboard
Organise "household desk"
Write up calendar
Write up and decorate Filofax
Sort out 2015 budget and files
Clear/delete and file emails from machines
Start sorting out photos
Download and clear off 2014 photos from phone
Get a blogger planner in place
Make up a decluttering and organization planner in place for this year
Puppy proof the house and garden

So what is on my February list; well here you go 

FEBRUARY – main list

Get a blogger planner in place
Make up a decluttering and organization planner in place for this year
Get a bag together of crafting products to be able to bring down while settling in bears
Continue to sort out a workable craft room
Go through my Heidi Swapp class on my planner and start it.
Send photos to Photobox for printing
Get at least 3 weeks done on Project Life 2015
and two weeks on catch up for Project Life 2014

Ok, I know its not a huge list, but I've got my hands full with toilet training pups at the moment lol. So I'm not setting the bar too high.  Hopefully, I'll get at least one of these things done by the end of the month. 

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Goodbye January ... Hello February

Well January you were amazing.

Without a doubt, I love the project 365 app on my phone. I've taken a photo (or a lot more) a day since playing along and when I look back at the month, I always smile.

So lets see, what happened.

Well mainly the bears ... and if I'm honest, they'll probably be in my app most of the time. But other than meeting them for the first time; I started on project life, painted a mantle, puppy proofed, had the workmen back to the little house to fix some damp, attended a Burns Night dinner and dance at the Guild Hall, in London ... FaceTime'd the lovely Caroline and Sergio and Simon celebrated his birthday. So all in all a fabulous and busy month.  Lets see what February has to offer.

Also, I know I'm a day late, but to play along with Sian's Me on a Monday ... here I am, at the vet yesterday, with the bears getting their puppy check. Happy to say all ok, but a little whinging when they had their first injection.
I'm hoping to be back soon with a check list of how well I did on my January list of to do's and put up February. 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

The bears have arrived

In all the excitement of yesterday, poor Simon's birthday sort of got put on the back burner, but he wasn't too put out.

We went yesterday lunchtime to pick up the bears. Our neighbour came with us, as I didn't want their first journey in the car to be in a crate ... I didn't need to worry, Molly slept all the way home, and Bertie ... well, Bertie needs to see what the world has on offer.
Once home, they explored and played, until they were exhausted, and then just slept where they dropped. 

They slept so well at night in their crate. We didn't hear a peep out of them, and then this morning we were greeted with such happiness. Oh I'm just so in love with them. 

Its very much a learning curve for us; its been a long time since we had a puppy in the house. Yes, my darling Eddie thought he was still a puppy, but at least he knew when he wanted to go in the garden lol. 

I love that they always find each other and sleep like this .... I know, it probably won't happen for long.
Right, better go as I think I can hear them waking. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Project Life - week 1

I'm still working on just creating a one page spread for each week, as I did with 2014, starting on a Monday normally.  But as I did then, if more happens in that week, or I have more memorabilia to include, well then it's likely to go into a double or even more.  

Week one for me, always starts on the 1st of the year, even if it's midweek. This year it fell on a Thursday, so a short week, as ending on the Sunday as normal. As the saying goes about this week .... short but oh so sweet.

So here its all about meeting the bears for the first time, and how although we had planned on getting just Bertie, at Simon's suggestion, we also asked if we could also have his sister.  Luckily for us, the answer was yes.
You'll also see my belated Christmas present from Simon. I'm slightly miniature obsessed and I have a little shop already, which I got before I started caring for Mum & Dad. It then got put on the back burner, so its still a work in progress, and is being kept at the little house, but, I've always wanted a proper dolls house .... so here it is. I'll share it's progress with you as well and that of the little shop. 

I will give you a heads up though, we're picking up the bears tomorrow, so I'm sure my blog will be filled with photos of them, I've already warned my instagram friends lol.  
We've been counting down the days for weeks now, and I can't tell you how happy and excited this morning felt, changing the number to 1.