Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Home Improvement ...

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Well I certainly hope it improves :)
After the nice relaxing family time we had over the
holidays now we are on to the stressful part. Two
years ago on Christmas Eve we bought a large
screen LCD TV, ever since then my husband has
been wanting to do something to cover up the
wires and to add extra storage around the TV.
He started on his master plan yesterday and that
involved the removal of our TV, gasp and horror
on the part of our youngest son :)
If you can see the black frame in the middle
of the wall that is where our TV was.

Last night we had a great time playing a couple of new
board and card games that were received for Xmas.
Hoping we will be able to play some more to stop us
from going crazy :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


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Well here is my son on his birthday showing off the
artwork his friends did on the car overnight !
Apparently they quietly came and did this late the
night before his birthday and tied some balloons to
the car too. One of Alex's friends actually shares
his birthday and they did the same to her car too !
Must be an american high school thing. In England
you cannot even start learning to drive until you are
17 and by that time you are not in school but out
working or in college. He had a great day despite
having to do finals at school, now he has
a long wait until his next birthday.

Friday, December 18, 2009

17 years ago today...

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I cannot believe how fast time has flown by, our eldest
son is 17 today. How come that I can remember so
much about that day but cannot remember things
that happened earlier this year ?

One of our family traditions is that we do not do any
decorating, including getting a tree, until after
his birthday. No wonder it always feels like a mad panic
at the end :)

Happy Birthday Alex, love you lots !

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tags 7 to 12

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Well here are the last 6 tags done, I had so much fun
doing these. I only had 1 set of his Christmas stamps
and had to substitute for quite a lot of what he used,
but that is part of the fun, being able to use the
techniques with what you have.
I am not sure what I will do with them, they are all works
of art and I would love to display them somehow.

So as I enjoyed this so much I may go back and look at
the ones he posted from the previous 2 years and try
those, well perhaps in the new year as right now it is
getting very busy :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

12 Tags of Christmas...

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I have been totally consumed by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of
Christmas. These are my first 6 days of tags, yes there
are 7 in the photo as one of the days we did 2 of the
same technique. Tim started doing this back in 2007,
I did not have any of the supplies at that time, even last
year I did not join in, but this year I seem to have a few
of the right type of stamps and a lot of the ink pads.
It is so much fun to learn lots of new techniques with
very detailed step-by-step instructions and photos.
Really we are all getting to learn a lot of different ideas
and techniques all in the comfort of our own homes.

So if you would like to play along please go to Tim's blog .

Unfortunately this obsession has stopped me from
working on my December Daily that I started last
week, I will have to catch up with that soon :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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This year I decided that I would try and do a December
Daily, a project started by Ali Edwards a couple of years
ago. I have always liked the idea of using up bits and
pieces to put together an album ready to go for future use.
The picture on the left is my Day 1 (yesterday) as it was
before anything was added to it. The next picture is the
front and the next is the back of the page. Using clear
pages is always a challenge, don't want to see any
backs of things or any adhesive.
I may add something to go over the back of the
day embellishment, not sure yet.

Now all I have to do is find something to document for the
next 24 days.....

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Two things...

1. After more mammogram screens and an ultrasound
this morning I am happy to say that everything is OK.

2. Tim Holtz's 12 Days of Christmas tags started today
and if you have not been over to see Tim go now you
will be blown away by the tag and his incredible instructions.

I am off now to go and try it for myself, I do not have
those stamps but I know I can find alternatives.
Who else is going to play ??