Monday 30 April 2012

Pitter Patter

So, these are not quite tiny feet but size 7+ belonging to H.  My journalling says,

Marvelling at the size of them, I said, "You've got big feet". "I know", you said.  "That's because I'm going to be tall." 

LOL, I hope so. And it is also official, H is now taller than me.

I am in love with Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee! Added to that the Ephemera pack from Pink Paislee London have the perfect supply for the upcoming Jubilee parties. I think I might have to restock!

I am sorry, I haven't got any village party layout to share with you today but then I am never very good at using supply for the obvious photos. {Sssh, ok, I might have some village party photos but I am saving that for another project. }

I did a short tutorial on hexagon on Sarah's Cards Blog yesterday and this is only one of the layouts I made. If you love hexagons like me, do check it out. I think there might be more hexagons coming your way...I am picking up a nucleus of bees tomorrow.

Monday 23 April 2012

He worked here

I might have mentioned many moons ago that J picked Community Service as his Enrichment option this year.

I don't envy him the task but he had to go and ask if anyone would have him. We started in the village library. Unfortunately, you have to be 18 to volunteer. Next I took him to a charity shop in town. He did his asking and they said, "We would love to have you". "Fifteen isn't a problem but we can't let you use the till until you're sixteen. See you next week ?"

He has been going in one afternoon every fortnight to help in the store. After taking down the Halloween display, J was asked to dress the window. I had to have a photo! It is not a great photo of the window as there were a lot of passing traffic and I was trying to avoid the reflection and looking like a loony.

I wanted a trift feel for this layout hence the book page, the journalling cards from Crate Pretty Party and something I have been hoarding for a while...a sheet of Popeye buttons. I used DIY Thickers for the title which I stamped with more text.

So that's recorded. J has finished the program for the year as they are gearing up for study leaves very shortly. I hope he will pick something as worthwhile next year. I am so proud of him.

Wednesday 18 April 2012

A new sketch challenge site

Do you like sketches ? Have you seen Sketchbook365 ?, a brand spankingly new sketch challenge web site ?

This is what I made with the first sketch.

We went punting last Sunday. Mad, I know. The sun was hot but the trans-siberian wind was blowing AND, the water and hence the the pole was very, very, very cold. But when in Cambridge, what do you do ? Punt!

Do check out the blog for more gorgeous inspirations.

Wednesday 11 April 2012


Are you enjoying the school holiday ? We are having a gorgeous sunny day down our way. How about you ? But isn't it just typical, after a very wet Easter weekend! But I am not complaining.

Last half term, J dropped a bomb shell. "I can't really see the white board in class", he said. "How long has this been going on ?", we asked ? "For a while", came the reply. So I promptly booked eyes tests for both boys. "Make sure you use VisionExpress", said A, who is most experienced of all things eyes.

You see, A has had glasses since he was 7 or 8. He now wears contacts but without, he can only see about 3-4 inches in front of his eyes. On the other hand, I can see very well though I have had to buy a reading glass for my +0.5. I used to take the boys for their regular eye tests but since moving to Cambridge, I haven't got around to it ( nearly three years later! ).

It turns out, J needs glasses because he is short sighted. He needs it in class. He will need glasses when he starts driving. The surprise was H. He had a +0.5 in one eye which can sometimes give him headache when using the computer or reading. Using those tiny screens on IPod does not help matter either.

So there you go, I am now outnumbered in this household. Here are the boys trying their glasses on for the first time in VisionExpress. They were obliging(ish). The optician said, "Is it their first glasses ?".

Luckily J hasn't missed anything at school because he has good friends who would relate the content of the board to him. Big bonus too, for us, as both boys choose NHS glasses. But I must remember to take them for their regular eye tests.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

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