Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Elf yourself!

I remember this site from last year when we had so many giggles! I cant wait for Jake to get home from school so I can show him this.
Introducing Cheesy Grin Elf, Grumpy Elf, Boooooored Elf, Just call me Happy Elf & How many more photos Elf. Lol
Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Friday, 20 November 2009

A Christmas box

I've seen so many lovely boxes that have been altered that I thought maybe its time to have a go. So I did. I bought a box of cards from a souvenir shop in Ironbridge, Shropshire. The box was reduced in price & I used papers that I already had in my stash so it wasn't going to be an expensive mistake!

There were times when I got so frustrated with the darn thing especially trying to work out where the folds had to be or whether to use wet glue or double-sided tape but I managed in the end .......... & I love it!

The only problem with it is that the lid wont close down properly as the extra layer of paper is wedging it open but thats a lesson learned for the next project. I can live with it.
As to what its going to be used for ......... probably nothing til after Xmas when I can use it to pack away my most precious tree ornaments - some are as old as me!!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Remembrance Day

I forgot! I didnt even realise it was the 11th today!!

We had a 2 minute silence at the shopping centre & for the first time that I can remember the 'Last Post' was played over the centres loudspeaker system & everybody stood still. I was almost weeping with the emotions that come over me whenever I hear the 'Last Post'. I managed to control myself by grabbing a spare piece of silver ribbon off one of the displays behind me & quietly pulling it to shreds!!
The chap pictured is my 2xGreat Uncle Norman who joined the Manchester Pals Regiment in Manchester.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A Christmas memory

Originally uploaded by He told me
My paternal grandparents lived a couple of hours drive away from us so it was always a special time whenever we visited. As I was a January baby (1963 vintage) I was 11 months old on my first ever Christmas & apparently I had already learned to walk 2 months previously! My parents & I travelled up Manchester to stay with Gran & Grandad - being their first grandchild it must have been a special time for all concerned. Gran & Grandad never had a 'proper' Christmas tree. Instead they had a large vase full of white branches with snow sprayed on them and lots of bright & twinkling lights & decorations. Apparently I was completely in awe of this fantastic display & uttered one of my first words ......."titty"!!! This translated to "pretty" but it must have been a shock to my poor Gran to hear her precious grand-daughter come out with something like that!

I remember the 'tree' as an older child for many years and I always loved to hear Gran or Grandad repeat the story. We dont have any photos of it unfortunately so I found this picture on Flickr - its quite a nice substitute.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Prompt 4

...... give meaning to the mundane.

I have chosen a couple of photos from a recent walk that my son & I took while the weather was still warm enough for him to wear shorts (as he insisted!) but far enough into the autumn for quite a few leaves to have fallen already. Normal everyday stuff. Not necessarily mundane but hardly exciting headline stuff!

I love to alter photos to give more depth & interest & my favourite photo editing website is The photos below have been altered slightly with the "lomo-ish" option but there are many many more & I have spent many hours tinkering happily away.

Thanks for looking xx

P.S my Mum comes out of hospital today after having that nasty gallbladder removed!!

Trying to keep up!

........... and failing already....... :(

I have a day off from work & my boy is at school so I am determined this morning to catch up with the blogging class before I abandon it out of frustration! If I could only stop spending hours blog-hopping or Facebooking I might make it easier on myself.

Prompt 3 from Shimelle is to make a list of 5 favourite things. They can be anything from fave films of all time to what makes you happy today. I would like to list my 5 things to be thankful for

1. I still have my parents

2. I have a wonderful 6 year little boy who still calls me Mummy

3. I love my job & the girls I work with

4. My other half & I are happy together

5. Its nearly Christmas!

Okay no.5 was a bit of a cop out but I couldnt think of anything else & I do love Christmas so there you have it.

I wonder whats in store for tomorrow?

Monday, 2 November 2009

Blogging class begins!

Its finally here. Its official. I am about to learn how to make the best blog in the world ...... well in my little world anyway!!

I tend to struggle with what to write & get the terrible feeling that everyone would be bored with my attempts so hopefully I will find a bit more confidence through taking this class & I'm sure all my classmates have suffered with the same 'nerves' at some point.

I have a long list of blog-mates now ("waving" to you all!)

The photo below shows my latest LO on my computer desk - its a trick of Shimelles to help us realise that a blog is like a LO only in words not pictures IYKWIM ? The LO isnt quite finished as I'm loathe to add any journalling (as usual) so it is going to hang around for a while in the hope that inspiration will come through one day. Any suggestions gratefully recieved.

I've just realised that I worry far too much about finding anything to say - I think I'm on the point of gabbling too much now lol!!
See you tomorrow xx