29 December, 2008

The dreaded New Years resolutions

I follow a great website - Zen Habits which has some great ideas for simplifying life and increasing your productivity. I find as a single parent, working full-time in a challenging job, with two gorgeous sons that sometimes I spread myself a bit thin. I have found some good tips on this site which has helped me organise myself, and give me more time to do the things I need (especially being creative) I have signed up for the challenge at the Power of Less, which is a forum focusing on building habits. (Basically you have to tell everone what your challenge is which means you will be accountable for the goal - insead of making resolutions, it is committing to building a new habit) My goal/habit is to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. I'll let you know how I get on!
I have also been looking at goals from another blog and intend to create myself a visual prompt as a goal setting aid for the new year. i'll post a photo when I have made it.

Happy New Year everyone.

25 December, 2008

Another Christmas almost over

Well - the food is all eaten; the dishes are done; the wrapping paper has been folded away for next year :-) - presents have been well and truly played with; children are either asleep or almost asleep. I've just settled down with a coffee and a few choccies which I tucked away earlier in the day - I'm watching Ghost (sniffle), not sure how this qualifies as a Christmas movie but it will do. Hope everyone in blogland has had, or is having, a happy and peaceful Christmas.

I mentioned in my last post a scrap book I have made. These are the pictures - I have gathered up all the 'Santa' photos which I have had taken of the boys over the years and put them all together. The illustrations (which i scanned) are from an old book that we have had since my youngest was a baby.
Merry Christmas everyone!

24 December, 2008

Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve has finally arrived. The presents are all wrapped and waiting to go under the tree. All the shopping has been done - just a quick trip to the mall to pick up some fresh milk and bread. I don't have to start cooking yet and there is only a little bit of cleaning to do so all in all a casual day is planned.
Looking forward to tomorrow, I may be a grown up but Christmas Day turns back the clock for me as I watch the children open presents.
Both my boys have fractures of one type or another at the moment (Oh I sound like a bad mother!) The youngest fractured his wrist in a playground accident - in a cast for four weeks (I wish i could say this is his only break ever but this is actually the second Christmas he has spent in plaster and it is the same arm!) my oldest has a broken nose - sustained while dancing at a 'gig' - pure accident but none the less uncomfortable. It is looking better each day and hopefully won't need intervention.
My wish for the New Year will be happy and healthy children most of all!
Some recent makes - the papers came from Craft beautiful I think - I made about a dozen on the same theme - fantastic paper and it was free!
I didn't take photos of all my makes - I have made a scrap book for my boys which i have wrapped up without taking photos of but will add them once they have opened it!

Merry Christmas Everyone

17 December, 2008

Proximidade Award

Louise at Pinkpuppy's Blog gave me this award which says -
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships!These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who then must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award. I am passing it on to these lovely people for their wonderful blogs and the hand of friendship they have held out to me.
I've thought long and hard about who to pass it on to - to be fair most of the blogs I was going to nominate have received the award so I thought i would give it to all the lovely bloggers at the Crafts Beautiful Forum - after all, it is being involved in this forum which lead me to starting my own blog so I owe the pleasure ( and guilt when I don't blog!) to them.
Crafts Beautiful Bloggers - you are an awesome bunch of people who i have been privileged to get to know through the wonders of the world wide web.
Merry Christmas to you all!

07 December, 2008

It's official....

I'm getting old-er! I went to my work Christmas party last night and I'm feeling a bit 'tired' this morning :-) I wasn't drinking anything stronger than OJ as I was the sober driver so it isn't the alcohol then it must be......getting older. Groan!
Have heaps to do today - especially some crafting as I have a Friday deadline on a bunch of them but not very motivated just yet. I have been doing a bit of blog hopping hoping for some motivation and came across this site which has some fabulous free printables on it, one new one each day until Christmas. Go and have a look!

Better go now - a spot of gardening is called for then into the crafty stash to get started on those cards

02 December, 2008

Another year older....

I had a birthday last week and received some lovely cards from some of the wonderful people at the CB forum. Thanks everyone - you are a special group of people.

These lovely cards and crafty bits and pieces are from Maggie50

These lovely cards are from Littleme; Saramar; ShelleyHope and Dee Snr
They were a lovely surprise