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. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Me on a Monday

It was a puppy proofing, mantle painting, crop attending type of weekend.

With the bears arriving at the end of the month, its time to sort out a smaller area in the garden for them to explore. Plus, hopefully this net will keep the foxes from coming onto the cleaned decking.
I'm also giving some furniture a makeover, and my plan is to paint our kitchen cabinets this year, so I want to try some different paints out. To be honest, this one I won't be trying again. Or maybe its not good for 2 thin coats.   
As I didn't stay long at the crop this weekend, I just took my hexies .... I'm slightly obsessed with these at the moment. 

So there it was, my weekend .... A quick wave to Sian, for her great idea of me on a monday and I'll leave you with a little picture of my bears. I'm counting the days till they're here. I'm so very lucky that I can see them each week.
 And yes, both are in that basket ... you can just see Molly's head in Berties back by her collar. 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Title Pages

And we're off ......

Off to a flying start that is.  I shared with you my plans in my last post, and while looking back at them realized that I set myself up for failure with having so many ideas on the go at once. So with that in mind, and the fact that I hadn't as yet chosen my own word of the year ... I've now picked it.

Yup, I need to simplify my life ... and by that I mean stop the worrying over silly things. I need to make our home and life work for me and Simon.  De-cluttering and organisation is a major task for me this year, and I think all that falls under my word. I really need to get back to basics.

So I followed Caroline's  idea and put my word in the front of my planner.

Actually, I'm really loving the planner and using it as a creative tool and brain dump, and to help with project life.

Talking of which, I have completed my title page for the 2015 album, and almost week 1 too.

Now, I said earlier that I picked my own word for 2015 ... well, Simon and I always pick a word together too. And really, there could only be one word. AWESOME!

Mainly it came from the Lego movie and the song, "everything is awesome", which we watched over Christmas and couldn't stop singing lol.  So yup, we're hoping this year will be an awesome one for us.

Surprisingly although I did more altering on this page, it came together pretty quickly - I changed a word on the bottom card, from "me" to "us" with painting over it and then using alpha stickers, and sewing shut one of the pockets with sequins in, so they don't fall out all the time.  But my favorite is the quote card that came in a previous Studio Calico kit and I always kept it out ready to use on a special layout or spread and I feel like it pretty much sums up how I feel.

"because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing"

I'll be back with a later post on how I'm using my planner and also my week one of project life ... can you believe we're already in week 3!