Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sketch for Inspiration - I treasure you

Hi Lovelies, 

Yesterday I worked on a page that lives in my "About me" album.
I am so far behind in almost all my albums.  I am talking years in some of them. I used to get so overwhelmed by this until I heard Shimelle talked about her album philosophy and that she hardly ever considers her albums complete. This gave me such a relief and my hobby feels fun again.

I lacked a bit of inspiration and the best way for me to deal with this is to use a sketch.  Today I used a sketch from Shimelle.

I have a lot of old collections and I am really trying to just use them up at the moment (it will take me a lifetime I think) 

Products I have used:
Paper: Open Book by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.
Buttons:  from a White Stuff clothing tag.
Paper Punch: EK success
Die cuts: Craft Market by Crate Paper(I only ended up using a small tag with gold glitter and the word February)
Gold Thread: DMC precious metal effects in E677 
Gold puffy letters: Dear Lizzy
Unfortunately I cannot remember where the Gold / iridescent butterflies are form. I have a tendency to take things out of the packaging when I store them)

Have a lovely Sunday!


Friday, 5 August 2016

Our Friday - an ordinary special day.

Morning Lovelies, 

Going back to work after maternity leave, I promised myself that Fridays will be our day. A day for the two of us to enjoy and spend quality time together. Shopping, going to the park, and just playing will be on our agenda.

Even though for the most part I think I have managed to make this work I have noticed that our special mother and daughter day has slowly became more about desperately trying to catch up on housework, running errands and even me working a couple of hours from home. I am trying to bring this back to only our day. Even making a list of things I want to do with her that day and working out a rough timetable so I get those precious moments with her. Not feeling guilty about falling behind on anything else. I am also saying a "rough schedule" as we all know some flexibility is required to not make things stressful. 

For the most part, it is working. I have taken back our day. Just the two of us. Just playing. Making memories. 
Sometimes life is about balance and compromises, but a small thing like writing down what your expectation is and what you want from your life can be a huge help. It gives you direction and act as a guide to achieve the things you want. Even if it is something as small as getting the most from one very special day with your child.

Thank you for stopping today.