Thursday, January 22, 2009

I See...the start of an album

I took this idea from Ali Edwards some time ago (blogged about it too - click the label link) but am finally getting my act together to create. I fuss a lot about the process and in the end it's terribly simple! Just point, shoot, print, stick in and write. Nothing special at all, except to me. But I do recommend that you start one too!

This is the first photo - it's of Bran, about 20 months (he's nine tomorrow!). His favourite character for a few years was Bear, from Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House. We still have Bear, and the DVDs, jacket and other clothes... I hope this baby is as enamoured!

Altho I am a little unsure why the top of the lemon looks green, I love this shot. Produce from my garden, the mint is perfectly focused - I paid attention to the detail.

Si and Zac. I suspect they were plotting something - probably how to get out of the dishes! - but I love that Zac has his father's eyes.

I'll post more as they are created but it is truely simple. One wirebound, interleafed A5 album, a tape runner, corner rounder and a silver pen.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

a baby update

here's a photo from the latest scan. Only people who have done this before will show any real interest! But his/her back is turned towards us, head to the right.

I was thinking the other day how real this is for Simon, in comparison to my grandfather. Sure, they knew that Gran was likely pregnant, but it must have been a buzz for him to finally be able to feel my father, but so much time would have past. I should write and ask.

Projects and progress

Here's Tapestry Cat. A Teresa Wentzler kit that I brought for myself two Christmases ago and have yet to finish. If you haven't worked it out by now, I flit from project to project. Part of this is (currently) due to preggy brain, and some of it is because this is what I do. Things rarely get completed in one sitting, as I get bored. And when you're renovating houses, working full time, parenting and being a partner, and always involved in things outside of the home as wel, there's the time thing.

But since Murray died I have spent more time on this. I would like to finish it this year; it's been a cathartic tool in that my hands are busy, I am creating something beautiful, and I can clear my head of the worries.And if that sounds wierd, well, we all grieve in different ways.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

my day...

I have had the most stressful day. I really don't want to live thru this again.I had some belly pains last night and a lot of gas. At work today it only got worse, really uncomfortable and I went to the doctors. Could be UTI, kidney stones and we'll just check on baby's heartbeat. Oops. Can't find baby.

Right about now I AM FREAKING OUT. Not only pain, but thinking this is the end? I only just got to the point I knew I was really, really having a baby! So had to wait until midday, absolutely busting (they were good, got me squeezed in for a scan) and boom. There he is. The relief was the best thing.

But now I rattle - codeine for the pain, maxalon for the nausea, augmentum (sp) in case there is an infection, and some other stuff which tastes gross to counter the constipation that the codeine will apparently give me. And I still don't know what's causing the pain!

It must have been just as bad for Si. He can't feel the pain (has to put up with the gas, but that's really all just in competition!) but watching me wig out can't be fun.

And the well-meaning but annoying questions about Murray again. I can handle them from people I know who are truely concerned, but the gossip ones I could kick.

CK project 365

This is something that has me so excited! I was about to go onto Becky Higgins' blog and complain that my email to the CS still hadn't been answered when I saw this post - they are offering free downloads to people who couldn't purchase the kit before it sold out! Yay!
Download zip file here (Mac and PC):
and it has jpg elements that you can open in Photoshop, type over, save again as jpegs and print like normal photographs - I like that! Her post is Jan 10th.
All I need now is a 12*12 binder, some divided page protectors and I'm all go. But thinking of waiting this until Surprise is born as it would be kinda cool looking back over his/her first year.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Last night I called my parents to let them know about our wee Surprise. Mum asks when are we getting married. Sigh.
We found out on the 23rd. Went to the doctors as I'd had three migraines in December alone, which is a lot for mein six months, let alone one! Peed on the stick and there we go. I'd rather have morning/all day sickness than a constant headache, but our first scan went well and Surprise looks healthy. And only one, much to Si's disappointment. I think he'd enjoyed winding me up for that fortnight!
So now work knows, and I am still waiting to hear about the promotion that I went for in December. Def still want it! Think I've earnt it too - am putting in as much as I can. Which is admitedly less after two, as all I want to do is curl up on the couch. But that's where Fleur is, and I don't think i'm her type. LOL.
Will post the scan pics next week - a whole week off! Yay for sleepins.I have sensibly not made any appointments before 10...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

giveaway patterns

Sorry I was too tired to post these last night! The wolf lying down is one I have stitched and the other my DH didn't like in the end, but I had kept anyway. Both are from The Stitchery. I forget that magazine's new name - all I can remember is that I don't buy it anymore as it's not the same!

Please let me know if you'd like one or both of these patterns - I think I might list the finished piece and finally get it gone!.