Wednesday, 31 March 2010

March away!

Another month over! I'm not sure that my husband was all that impressed by the fact that as well as all the ski clobber, I also insisted on taking some journalling kit away with us - really, you would think that he would be used to it by now! Contrary to popular opinion, I did get some journalling done in my little journal as well, admittedly not much, but there is a reason for this you see. TWILIGHT. If you have read the books, you'll know what I mean. It takes over your life. I took the first two books away with me, thinking that I would be too tired to read any more, but I was hooked before the plane even took off. I finished both books in the first two days of the holiday, and spent the rest of the non-skiing time surreptitiously looking for the next book in a any shop we passed. I figured that if I bought it in French, it would take me a little bit longer to finish, and then I wouldn't have the terrible dilemma - read as fast as possible to find out what happens, or spin it out as long as possible so that I don't have that horrible empty feeling that you get when you finish a really good book. One of the reasons it has taken me so long to blog since we got back is that I have been spending every 'spare' minute reading. I am now up to page 311 of the fourth book, and am still obsessing! I can't decide whether I want to see the films - surely they can't be as good as the books? Just as well we have a school holiday coming up, I can catch up on a few things...

So this was the page I managed to squeeze in between skiing and reading last week. I heard this phrase on the radio, and I love it. I think it sums up quite well the British sense of humour - either laughing at our own failures, or less generously, at other peoples'.

Finally, I was tagged by Marsha at Tumblefish Studio You have to select the tenth picture in your picture file and post it, and tag five other people. This is a very early journal piece I did, and whilst it is by no means my favourite, I like it for the fact that I can see how my style has developed and remind myself of some of the things I have achieved!

I tag:
Kate at
Marion at
Sue at
Katrin at
Sarah at

I look forward to seeing what comes out of your archives!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Getting organised

Where is this month going? Can't believe that we are already half way through March! Winter seems to have been sooooo long, but at last spring seems to be springing! I just hope that winter lasts a bit longer in some parts as we are off for a weeks' ski-ing on Friday! Yipee! We are leaving the children at home with Grandma, so you can imagine what kind of a week I am going to have.... Apart from working (although my hours have reverted to the usual pattern thank goodness!) I will have to get us organised for our trip, do some work before my college tutor comes on Thursday, but I also have to make sure that my house is spotless from top to bottom, the children's lives are all organised, the animals are organised and that I leave instructions for my Mum so that she can take over my sometimes complicated and generally always chaotic life! I think it unlikely that I will have the chance to blog before I go, so thought I would get in now before it all hits the fan....
I have prepared a few pages to take with me (as well as keeping my 365 journal up to date), so now I have just got to work out how much journalling kit I can fit in between all the ski clobber...

Some of these need some serious doodling, tinkering and fiddling, but some of them I am already quite happy with and I am ready to get down some of the ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while - finally!

These images are from a variety of sellers, like rian or on etsy;AsunderEphemera, Cassi's Creations and siefert2. I'm sorry I can't attribute them all individually, as I have saved them to my computer and neglected to note what came from where (tip for those who sell collage sheets - put your details on the sheet, then you can get your credit for the designs you help to create!)

These bugs are from rian

I hope that I won't be so shattered after all the skiing that I can't fill some of these in, but at least it will keep me busy at the airport! See you soon!

Monday, 1 March 2010

bye bye February!

Another month completed! Looking back over the past two months, I can see how I have started to settle into these little squares. This month's squares have been a lot more intricate and decorative, as I have got more confident in my ability to squeeze more into a small space! I must thank my lovely husband for the gorgeous box of 48 Faber-Castell Pitt pens he gave me for Christmas, they have proved invaluable. Without those and my trusty white gel pen, where would I be?

It has been commented that I am being far too organised (and believe me, anyone who knows me will testify that that is not the normal run of things!), but I have been fortunate (or maybe just disciplined enough!) to have a few days away at the cottage in the Lakes, so I have got well ahead of myself, and not only has my March page been ready to go for a while, but I have almost finished preparing my May page - he he! (The rest of my life is total chaos - don't worry. Funny how you find the time to do the things you like doing, isn't it!)