You know, I kind of blinked and I missed February.
But, looking back on the photos, we had a good month. A busy month.
I can say, hand on my heart, that while I'm sad this year is already off to a flying start, I am not sad to see the back of summer. I love Autumn. It's my favourite time of the year. :)
So, it's been a whole month since I have posted on this here little blog.
I have a February D-lish Scraps layout to share.
And I'm pretty pleased with myself. After scrapping for 12 years, I have finally, finally, done a layout with this title. I was trying not to, but 'Chalk' just didn't seem to cut it.
D-lish is also having a DT call at the moment. I can say, that this has been an amazing team to be a part of. In addition, the products are so fun to use. The call is on Facebook, so you'll have to find them there to get the details.
Now, the circles are supposed to be 1", but when I printed it, they were a little smaller than that and I couldn't be bothered to muck around with printer settings tonight. The background is 8.5"x11", not A4. So you've been warned if they print slightly smaller.
I'm also thinking about making some of them larger, so there may be a version 2 at some stage (don't hold me to it).
I'll confess that the only reason I bought this book was because I saw a pin on Pinterest that said something along the lines of their favourite book was The Great Gatsby because of all the fantastic quotes in it.
Well, that's a good enough reason for me!
To be honest, when the book arrived in the mail I was not expecting it to be only 115 pages long.
That kind of made me happy because I thought, if it's a crap book, then I'll finish it quicker!
Turns out, I quite liked the book. Of course, it took me a good 20 pages to become accustomed to the period writing, but after that, it was pretty smooth sailing.
Most of the characters were shallow and not very likeable (except Nick, I liked Nick), but I enjoyed the plot. I enjoyed reading about the Jazz Age of the 1920's. The excessive money, the parties, the attitudes, the love story.
And this was my favourite quote from the book:
Now, I have a special book to read next. I can't wait to see what it's like. :)
My second January layout for D-lish Scraps looks a little bit like this:
We were quite undecided about moving Kate from her school midway through the year. It was only because she was in the dance group that we kept her there and moved her the following year.
Well, I'm off to pack for a crop tomorrow night. I cannot believe how popular the crop was this month, so much so that we had to cut off numbers. And to think before the December one, I was worried there wouldn't be enough interest!
I was a bit nostalgic coming up to Luke's 10th birthday, so I decided to scrap a photo from his 5th birthday.
And here he is on the morning of his 10th birthday. I think he enjoyed his day. He sure loves playing with his presents and dinner out was really nice. He even got to sleep over at his friends. Yep, I think a good day was had. :)
It's almost been a full month and I haven't missed a day... yet.
15. We decided to give Pixie a bath. With gardening gloves on, of course. She didn't find a huge amount of enjoyment in the process.
16. I've decided to start up again on Postcrossing. I'm only posting one card per week though, so it doesn't get too overwhelming. All three of these cards (I had a couple of weeks to catch up on) are headed to Germany.
17. I had a $10 voucher for Kikki K as it is my birthday month, so I finally decided to get the A Sentence A Day diary. Love it.
18. We took all three animals to the vet. I had to sit outside with Sally as she was quite vocal (read: embarrassing).
19. I love my morning cup of tea.
20. I actually went for a run... and I didn't fall over as I feared I would! Apparently it's only bikes I fall off and I'm ok with the running thing.
21. A night out with Sarah and Daphne. We went to the movies and saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Amazing movie. It made my feet itch and I can't wait to start traveling this world.
22. Luke had been asking for a couple of weeks now if we could make an apple pie. I finally remembered the ingredients when I went shopping, so we made it.
I have had a few Pinterest hits onto this post and last week I had someone ask if I had a pattern. How rude of me not to share before now!
When I was creating off the pattern, I changed it here and there, because let's face it, no one wants a cross stitch with a hangy bit between the legs. Anyway, since I didn't know how to remove it in Photoshop (I'm not very proficient in it), I just left that part off when it came to stitching.
You'll also noticed I gave my deer a bigger hunchback. No reason, except I thought it needed a bigger booty.
Ok, so for the pattern, just right-click to save, then open it in word, or any other program that you can print from and you're good to go. The pattern is larger than what's shown here, but you could resize it anyway, if needed.
If you create one, I'd love to see it, so can you drop a comment with the link?
I hadn't really read a review for this book when I decided to buy it. I read the little blurb on The Book Depository and thought, yeah, that sounds like a book I would like.
I don't think I was quite prepared for what the book had in store for me.
The first half of the book seemed to just drag along, I felt it was disjointed and it jumped back and forth and seemed a little too all over the place for my liking. (Maybe it's my simple brain, I don't know?)
Then right in the middle, the unimaginable happens and well, it made me tear up. And I was on the train. I had to put the book away.
Then the next morning I picked it up again and kept reading. I loved the second half of the book, not the subject matter, but the rawness of it. What was annoying in the beginning was mesmerising in the second half. It also made me think. And it made me sad. Soul sad.
I didn't find any quote in the book that I loved and made me feel empowered or that lifted my spirits.
But the last line of the book really made me ponder my life and what I would do in the same circumstance.
It's all I know how to do now. This is my life. I am trying.