Wednesday, 30 May 2012

WOYWW 30th May '12

Good morning... oh, er, afternoon. Wow, time is flying today! I had intended to post first thing this morning but after getting the kids to school, having breakfast, tidying up, picking Weeself up from nursery, going to the bank, having lunch, popping into a couple of shops etc. there's not much left of today! Hopefully later today/tonight I'll get back to my craft desk cause I've got a lovely project on the go at the moment. Have a look...

My usual sort of mess, or organised chaos might be the better term since I know exactly where everything is!! I'm working on a paperbag mini album which I actually started ages ago but the demands of family life, being a SU demo and lots of last minute emergency cards that hubby always seems to need means that scrapbooking for the pure pleasure of it rarely happens any more. However, I've decided I need to *make* time for it because I miss it so much!

Here's a little peek of the page that's on my desk at the moment. I'm using a kit called 'Newport Bay' from Scrapagogo which I used to subscribe to. I think this particular kit must be 2 or 3 years old now and I'm horrified to say that I'm only just using it now!! The little charms are added extras from my stash.

Before you and I head our seperate directions I'd like to say a BIG Thank You to Julia for coming up with the idea and providing a place to meet up for WOYWW. It's been fun joining in for the past few months, even sporadically! Today is WOYWW's 3rd birthday and I wish Julia and all my fellow WOYWWers a Happy Birthday and many more years of checking out each others desks. If you'd like to see what I'm talking about head over to Julia's blog now.

I'm heading off to pick up Herself from the bus stop now and then off to the supermarket and swimming lessons. It never stops, does it?! Fingers crossed for some scrapping time tonight then. I think I'll need it!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

WOYWW 9th May '12

Good afternoon! I'm back with another WOYWW again, and this time I've managed to post a little bit earlier! Wonders will never cease!!

Here's my workdesk this week....

On my desk this week you can see that I haven't done a lot of tidying. Mostly I've just shoved stuff to one side while I get on with some craftiness. I think I might just have to give in and give it a clean up this afternoon! Those papers you can see are some lovely new ones that arrived yesterday from Stampin' Up! They're in the new Summer Mini catalogue and are gorgeous! I'm looking forward to doing some scrapbooking again as it seems like all my crafting lately has been card-related. I'm taking part in Shimelle's new class 'Cover to Cover'... which seems to be about getting your albums and layouts organised. I will admit that my albums are just shoved together and nothing is in any coherent or sensible order. Also, I've realised that it's been aaages since I did any serious scrapbooking so I've got loads of photo's to catch up on. So on my 'to-do list' this week is to get some layouts done and sort my albums out.

Also, on the 'to-do list' this week is making some curtains! That window is in desperate need of some window treatments and I really just need to give myself a kick up the rear-end and get them done! Especially as the fabric is waiting and the sewing machine is now accessible.

Right, I'm off to go spend some time with the kiddos and tidy up a bit. I'm hoping for a bit of crafting this evening once they've gone to bed! If you want to hop to another desk head over to Julia's blog for a full list!

PS. I'm not sure if you can spot it in the picture, but I got a little something from Julia in the post yesterday. Thanks Julia!!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

There's an app for that!

Hi everyone!

Isn't it a beautiful day out there? The sun is shining and the sky is blue. The birdies are tweeting and the kids are out playing too. It's a day that makes you glad to be alive!!

There is only one downside to beautiful sunshine streaming in through the windows..... yup, you guessed it, the state of the windows themselves! As the sun was shining in yesterday I suddenly noticed how many little fingerprints and streaks there were on the window, and how many spills had happened on my carpets, and all the furballs that were hiding under the sofa. Okay, so I'm not the worlds most houseproud woman. I will freely admit it! However, the sunshine really highlighted to me what a bad job I'm doing at cleaning.

Last night as I was sat in bed, I decided to have a look at some Android Apps and I happened to type in FlyLady. I've tried FlyLady before but felt completely overwhelmed by the number of emails you get from her site! I felt like I was spending all my time reading her emails and no time, at all, actually doing what they prompted you to do. I got discouraged. I unsubscribed. My house is still a tip. So, when I randomly searched for FlyLady last night, I was pleasantly surprised to find that yes, there's an app for that! It's an UNOFFICIAL app, but it uses all of FlyLady's principles/techniques without all the demoralising and highly annoying emails! Whoohoo! The best of both worlds!

So, this morning I have put it into action... and boy, do I feel better for it?! Ok, my house is still a tip but I've done my first 15 minutes and rewarded myself with some bloggy time. It feels good to have my carpets vaccumed and with the knowledge that I can now be prompted and reminded about what I need to do next to get myself out of CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) and into a nice clean house, even if the kids mess it up as fast as I go!

If you're on Android and need to get out of CHAOS too have a look here... and if you're on iPhone or Blackberry I encourage you to have a search for FlyLady on your marketplaces. PLEASE NOTE: I'm don't get any commission or anything, this is simply an app that I'm loving so far and I think other people might like too. I am not, in any way, affiliated with the makers of this app!

Right, I have to go rescue a child from the mud she's playing with. That will be another load of washing to do today!

See you soon!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

WOYWW 2nd May '11

Sorry I'm a bit late! It's been one of those days, and although I took the photo of my desk this morning, I've not had a chance to do anything with it all day!

Here's what my desk looks like at the moment...

Yeah, I told you it wouldn't stay tidy for long!... and this is after I'd tidied up between projects!! LOL. I've been crafting up a storm this past week and loving it! I had signed up to take part in a bloghop for Stampin' Up and came up with this picture.... which will be going up on my craftroom wall as soon as I can find some picture hooks!

It's quite large, the central image is on an A4 piece of cardstock, although you can't really get a scale of it in this picture. If you want to see my full post (including some close up shots) then head over to my 'business' blog! I've also completed several cards, some of which I've blogged over there too!

On my chair you can see a bag. It was the last one in the shop. I loved it, but it's damaged. I bought it for £4!! So, this week I'm hoping to fix it (it's only a problem with the clasp) and I'd also like to pretty it up cause at the moment the colours are nice but there's not a lot of pretty. I'm thinking about adding crotcheted or sewed pretty, but I'll have to see what yarn/fabric I have in my stash.

Anyway, it's late now and I think I'm going to head to bed. The kids are off school tomorrow because it's a local election and the schools are used as polling stations. I understand the poor teachers aren't getting the day off, though, as they've scheduled an In Service Training day! So, I shall be Mummy-daycare ALL day and probably tearing my hair out by the end of it!

If you're only just getting to my blog and don't know what WOYWW stands for.... head over to Julia's blog for an education! If you're already Savvy, then thanks for wading through the list and getting to me! I'd appreciate a comment if you've got the time!

See you soon!