December 20, 2015

A bit of JYC

I'm way behind on my Christmas album but I'm off work now and I'm working through my to-do list so it's getting closer to a craft day! There are still Christmas Lunches going on, drinks with neighbours and a Christmas Eve dinner to plan.. phew! There is a day in there somewhere to scrapbook *looks through diary worriedly*
 
I have completed some pages though, I loved Shimelle's idea of having a family picture at the beginning of December and have included that in my manifesto page.
 
 
I haven't journalled yet... that's another thing on my to-do list! I will journal over the vellum square though.


Our first signs of Christmas was when Luis came back and he brought a friend with him, Adam and Emily woke up on the 1st December to a North Pole Breakfast.

 
Again, I need to journal!!

 
I swapped day 3 and 4 over.. I used a 3x4 card that I made last year and didn't use but it went perfectly with the happiness theme. Santa came to our new house, the children were so excited and so happy that he knew where it was!!

 
They followed him all round the cul-de-sac with all the neighbourhood children shouting 'love you Santa!' It was lovely to watch and definitely made me feel warm and festive!
 
Be back soon with more.
Bye for now!
 

December 19, 2015

Reflecting on December

I wanted to post last night but time escaped me again.. Yesterday was Adam and Emily's last day at school for the Christmas holidays. It was also my last day at work so we get a lovely two weeks off together. Sadly Steve doesn't as he is a shift worker BUT he is off Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day! *Little excited dance*

I was reflecting on my 'to-do' list this morning over a cupola and couldn't believe I have got to the 19th of December without even sharing the cover of my JYC **Ekk!** Lets rectify that now shall we? 
 
I started off with a Studio Calico 6x8 Red Album, the same one I used last year...


I then used a white gel pen o draw little Christmas trees all over the album, I had seen an album like this but it wasn't available so I thought I would make my own.

 
Not great lighting but here it is after I had doodled on it...

 
I then embellished! I cut out a stag from some grey felt and layered it over  doily with twine an some pretty bits...

 
Close up?

 
Hope you are having a lovely Christmassy evening, I will be back soon with more.
 
Bye for now!


December 13, 2015

December so far

It's been a busy December so far, possibly the busiest December I've ever had. Maybe because the children are older or we have just been more sociable!!

December kicked off with Dec day, this has been a tradition of ours for at least 10 years, maybe more? So Dec day falls on the first and its decoration day, the magical day I look forward to all through November. I love Christmas decorations and spend ages putting my them up, of course this year I was more excited as I had to decorate the new house! I got to few new and exciting places to put the decorations.

 

On the 1st Luis, our elf returned and he brought a friend - Lilly. Every day Luis and Lilly Snowsparkle turn up somewhere different after returning from a hard nights work at the North Pole. 

Here's what they have been up to so far:

 

Santa visited the new house, the children were so excited and ran out onto the drive to watch him go by in his sleigh. 

We also visited Santa at the Rare breeds centre and I got to make a candle centre piece and drink mulled wine while the kiddies decorated their cupcakes.

 

I had my works Christmas do, we ended up bowling which I am so bad at but enjoyed laughing at the same time! 

Our neighbours hosted a Christmas party for the adults and children from around the neighbourhood which was so much fun and so nice to meet all the grown ups as before then we only really recognised the children from playing outside. Santa visited there too and gave all of the children a present. 

Steve and I went out for dinner and Christmas drinks and that pretty much brigs us up to date!

I had a child free day in with all of that so I managed to make a dent in my JYC album which I will share in my next post as I'm aware this one is quite long now! 

Have a good evening!
Bye for now.


December 02, 2015

December beginings

So there's kind of a pattern forming, every year I pop up before Christmas then drop off the face of blogger earth around January/February! I come back vowing not to do it again, well this year I'm not going to do that (vow to not do it, not just not come back on purpose!). I am going to try and be a better blogger though... Opps have I just made that vow in a different way?! 

Anyhoo! I love blogging, I love looking back and reading and thinking 'Oh yeah! I/We/They totally did that!' I like the virtual diaryness (another Rachel word) of it. I've downloaded the blogger app again, I didn't use it last time as I'm a control freak (at last, those words are released!) and couldn't let go that I couldn't do more in the app before it was published. I've made peace/found a different way/satisfied my control addiction now so it's all good.

So here's a quick catch up....

Last time we spoke it was April, there had been birthdays and Easter egg hunts and I was sharing Project Life. Hhmmm, Project Life! I need to dust off that album, I can't even remember if I have completed more pages or if I just stopped at April?? One to check! I haven't actually done any papercraft since around that time and thinking about that is quite upsetting, I won't dwell on it though because there are reason's why this happened. It's a lovely reason and it completely turned our routines upside down but they are settling again now. 

No I'm not pregnant and I didn't have another baby! Eek, two is enough for me. I only have two hands, one for each child in a state of emergency. So what was it I hear you say loudly to your screen... it was because of this:


We moved! It was a long, stressful process as they normally are but it was so worth it.

Do you have some news I should catch up on? I have a lot of catching up to do.

Bye for now.