Wednesday, 31 August 2011
I have never been so busy with scrapping, but unluckily for this blog its all commissions for The Scrapbook Magazine including one that was last minute and I had to make it and post it on the same day - that was a bit manic! I also made a few layouts for a DT application - I am pretty sure that I will not be getting the call for that so at least I will be able to share those soon ;)
So on to what I can actually share, its this for Twisted Sketches the twist for this week is 'long' so this photo fitted the bill perfectly! Now this layout is not my best work, but I was a bit bogged down and I had to make this quickly so its a 'mend and make do'er' im afraid!
Its nearly the end of the school holidays and I am, I think, prepared but I don't really feel it - I've enjoyed the last few weeks of late mornings and less routine!
Saturday, 27 August 2011
We had a long but slow walk around the nearby park that afternoon and the niggly came back, by 4pm I could tell they were getting stronger but I kept quiet, at 5pm my mother looked at me and realised that I was in a lot more pain and so we got in the car to go to the hospital, rush hour on the Thursday evening of a bank holiday weekend, it was not fun and it took from 5.30-6.10pm to get to the hospital.
I was examined at 6.30pm and told I was 3cm - I am a planner and wanted to know an ETA and I was told around 2-3am as a rough estimate. I read up on child birth soooo much, I did not want to be unaware of what was happening. At 9pm I felt really distressed and was told to take a bath which I did, I then started pushing in the bath the urge was that strong, unfortunatley I was almost drowning myself with each push and so I had to get out! I wasn't due to be examined for another hour but I insisted that I needed to push, the midwife insisted I wasn't that far along but did examine me. I was ready! 20 mins later at 9.52pm Joe was born! My first words about my baby? "He smells like raw sausage" (I do sometimes need to get a sense of occasion!)
He was such a scrunched up little baby, face and fists furiously clenched and squishy, he had stork marks up the top of his nose and forehead.
Little Joe was a laid back baby he slept through the night at 7 weeks and has always slept well and consistently.
He was physically on the mark with all his milestones, he crawled at 6 months and was cruising the furniture at 7 months, he walked just after his 1st birthday
He was a fussy eater and would not eat lumpy food for a very long time, he lived off smooth baby food (my big mistake with Joe was not home cooking) by the time he was 1 I was pregnant with his sister and had such severe morning sickness that I had to keep him on the baby food as I could not go in the kitchen without being sick let alone smell cooking! To this day he is a fussy eater and likes very little, luckily he LOVES fruit and eats apples like the are going out of fashion.
Joe was a quiet and introvert little child, he did not start to speak when he should, he would communicate by pointing and grunting, his only words were "want ummm" which meant I want a drink. At 3 he started seeing a speach therapist and was on their books for about 3 years. I needn't have worried, he was going by his own timetable, he was too busy thinking to be bothered with talking. To this day his speech is fine, he has a high reading age and keeps trying to engage me in conversations on world events, I am asked my opinion on Libya after he has given his. One day soon he is going to realise how little his mother knows!!
He only gets annoyed when he thinks he is not being listened too, I can understand that, with the whirlwind that is Jessica talking my ears off it is sometimes easy to overlook him (that and he mumbles like any teenager!)
So now he is 13, due a massive growth spurt any day and a lovely thoughtful and easy going young man. Happy 13th Birthday Joseph - I love you xxx
Thursday, 25 August 2011
I was lucky to be able to get a decent photo of the photo of Jessica I was talking about the other day, with a bit of editing the photo is a really nice copy, and so of course I had to scrap it. I was actually inspired by some wrapping paper I bought in good old Primark at the weekend, it really is beautiful, a soft turquoise/teal colour with white flourishes and bird cages all over it. I thought I might use the paper but it is folied and has too much glare so I used it as a starting point inspiration.
I used light teal tones, soft greys and pastel pink for this layout, I made 4 irregular shaped patches and sewed them on to my layout using a zig zag machine stitch (this shows up so much better IRL). The poem and the title panel were zig zagged too along with the photo and matt. This one might get framed and go on the wall, I like it!
Monday, 22 August 2011
I've something to share this afternoon, just a quick crafty fix whilst I had an hour or two spare this afternoon.
This is Joe having a scuba diving lesson in Egypt, he really loved it and wants to do it again. I kept this layout simple because frankly it was getting really hot in my craft area lol!!!
Jessica came home from her dads today with a framed A2 sized photo of herself and its absolutely beautiful, her grandad is very into photography and has top of the range everything, he has such a knack of capturing Jessica very posed but completely natural looking at the same time, I can't scan it as its too large but I may take a photo of it to put on my blog and of course I would LOVE to scrap it!
Friday, 19 August 2011
Pic found on NSBR at 2peas - LOVE that place!
And also this picture from this site. Stupidly I am going to attempt this next week for Joseph's 13th birthday - christ, how on earth can I be the mother of a teenager! eeeek!
I was going to make this with Jessica but on reflection I think I should do it on my own because I can see a lot of swearing taking place!
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
I also stamped that polka dot background and love the way it looks!! Of course its abit more in focus and slightly brighter in real life - I need me a photography course!
Friday, 5 August 2011
Thursday, 4 August 2011
I wanted a real 70's retro look on this layout to match the photos, which Jessica took at the weekend using the hipstamatic app (Joe just had all his hair cut off, I love it long but he is going to Egypt on Saturday and I think it would be too much in the heat). This layout reminds me soooo much of 70's wallpaper, its all the orange I think! I kept thinking of the Overlook Hotel in the film The Shining whilst I was making it!!
Right I am off now to get my own hair cut now - I might not be a typical girl because I absolutely HATE the whole experience of the hairdressers, its amazing that I am having this cut, its the first time I have maintained a 'style' in years!
Monday, 1 August 2011
(We're going to Longleat to buy Heat magazine!)