But that hasn't stopped me being creative - it helps when someone gives you a little push! My friend asked me to make an album that she could fill with photos and give as a gift to her father-in-law for his upcoming 70th birthday. I showed her some pictures of a star book I made a few years back as Mother's Day presents for my Mum and Mark's Mum. She was suitably impressed (!) and so I then went to dig out the instructions. The instructions were a UKS Cyber Crop class - designed by Suzanne Torr (Fruitysuet) from the Star Wars Cyber Crop in 2005. They can be found in the UKS library here . I then went to my LSS and purchased some goodies :) I used Crate Paper's Hampton range, thought the colours were suitably "Grandad-ish" ;)
I loved the way it turned out, and my friend was over the moon with it. It has given me a star book making bug again, so I might end up making a few more.... First on the list, a baby girl one...
I also finished another DLO, again using a January 2010 PageMap.
This shows us on the first day of the snow, when we were all excited, and the kids loved it!! After 4 weeks the novelty has worn off completely, in fact they were fed up with it by the end of the holidays LOL.
There is still snow on the hills, and lots of ice around, as Tom found out on Monday night, when he went flying in the car park outside the Tang Soo Doo Studio... A bump to the head, followed by a pile of sick on the lounge carpet was the result - all happening whilst I was in work of course. But he has had no lasting ill effects, and was bouncing around as usual the next day.
The organisation of the craft room continues, helped in part by a blog entry I happened to come across... Cath showed how she organised her stamp collection using 12 x 12 storage boxes from Hobbycraft so I had a look, and then promptly ordered a few for myself :) They came yesterday, and I managed to organise my small wooden stamp collection more effectively :) I have a few spare boxes, but I know that I'll find a use for them too :)
I have decided that I really want an Expedit bookcase for my room, so I measured up and looked in the catalogue, and have decided on a 2 x 4 bookcase :) Only problem is that the nearest IKEA is in Glasgow.... Luckily, the friend who I made the star book for is from Glasgow originally, and will be making a few trips home in the next month or so, so I batted my eye lashes and asked "pretty please" and she is going to try to get me one :)
I have had a bit of a splurge this week on stash too, using up both my share of the raffle windfall we had before Christmas, and the earnings from my Star book... I finally got my hands on the Martha Stewart butterfly punch (the one with 3 butterflies) and also a border punch. Plus some yummy My Minds Eye Asparagus papers, and I restocked up on kraft cardstock (both 12x12 and 8.5x11) and replaced my black Staz On ink pad. Oh, and I had to get a Sugar Nellie fix (well, when you visit the House of Sugar it is rude not to ;) ) and so now the little Manga Fairy has a new home :)
I've finally got round to putting in a Photobox order today, so I should have some more photos to play with later in the week - although I have noticed that the number of photos I have been taking has dropped considerably recently. Probably due to the fact that I have worked every weekend since October, so our family time has been reduced :( Hoping that as the weather gets better, and as we get used to our new routines, I can start recording the snippets of our life again :) Looking forward to getting the photos back, especially for ones showing Tom's progression through Little Dragons :)
A snippet not caught on camera, which happened when I was at work (can you see a pattern forming??), was the bathing of the Guinea Pigs.... Especially the bit where they were dried with a hair dryer, and looked like little balls of fluff - just think of Pink Panther coming out of a tumble dryer (or so Mark told me) .... Must train Mark better me thinks....