Friday, 30 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Yesterday saw Lilly's return and I have to admit that I was more than a little worried that she would not take kindly to being shunted backwards and forwards. A rebellion of mammoth proportions could have be on the horizon...but I should have know not to try to second guess our Lilly...you think I would have learned that by now!!
The little lady appeared with dad and slowly and solemnly looked around her...and when she spotted me...well that little face just cracked wide with a huge smile and a big laugh...she was happy to see me!! That kid sure knows how to reel me in!! Dad duly departed for work and Lilly and I decided to have a play, but what was this..Lilly was pale and quite listless by about 3.00pm. I thought she was just tired but no she couldn't settle and seemed just a tad crotchety. I started to wonder if she was missing dad, but if that was the case then she normally bites back!! Bedtime and bath time were half hearted attempts at smiles and yes, I was starting to get worried. But she settled and went to sleep without too much trouble...that really started me thinking then!!
Yesterday morning I was standing over the cot waiting for her to wake up...was she breathing? was everything OK? Well, eventually she woke up at 9.00am!! To a very worried grandma!! She was warm and by her nappy it was clear what the problem was, she had tummy trouble. She was a definite candidate for the bath..after she had been cleaned up a bit first..not to put too fine a point on it...she was plastered!! She must have felt dreadful...I did just sorting her out!! She still looked pale but the spirit was starting to revive and the bath got a few splashes and even a couple of giggles. But just as I made up my mind it could be a doctors visit job, she perked up and the big smiles returned. I could not believe the speed of her recovery...within a couple of hours she was so much better. The wicked grin was back and the arms were flapping like a bird about to take off...a sure sign in Lilly that something is sooo exciting!! Mind you she was not quite back to normal because she actually sat and let me cuddle her for about 5 minutes without twisting and trying to escape!! It was lovely..not that she was under the weather but that grandma had a cuddly little bundle, even if for a short while. By the evening she was back to normal and bouncing around everywhere!! Kids...they go down quick but come up even faster..I wish I could do that!!
Ok now the news and freebies!!!
Bella Bracket Book Album Set 1 , 40% off the first week at SDK
Bella Bracket Book Album Set Two 40% off the first week at SDK
Little Cutie Frames, 40% off the first week at SDKThe second freebie is a commercial use one. It's an overlay to help make you make your patterned papers. The examples are included too.
Well, it's time for me to run. It's late here and tomorrow is an early start. I don't think it will be a late start for Lilly tomorrow. I have a post for Friday which I will do before I leave for Holland. I am going just for the weekend to an annual reunion of my husbands family. Lots of travelling and not a lot of time there I'm afraid but should be fun!! So watch out for Friday's post and an other little freebie!!
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
You can download her freebie kit here on her blog
Now for some lovely layouts I want to share.Bina used Little Darling for this great circular layout. I love circles!! Great job on this!! Monica really got those animals prowling through the jungle on this layout! Beautiful pictures and a great fun page! She use my Go Wild Kit on this one.
Tracy used Graffiti and what a marvellous page she has done!! The skater photos go so well with the Graffiti Kit. Love it Tracy!!
I love this brag book page that Kim made for me, it's one of two and they are beautiful!! Miss Lilly is looking great and so is the layout Kim!! Love the circles and that journaling!Thanks so much!! Kim used the Go Wild Kit.
I love the way Monica has got a floor and dance bar, everything......her gorgeous little ballerina is dancing along with Tina Ballerina and what a great pair. Clever page!
This lovely soft page from Linda is beautiful!! Lots of details and wonderful journaling! Looks like a fun day! Fantastic page Linda! Linda used the Monets Garden Kit for this one.
OK, I will leave you with these gorgeous pages and go and get ready for the rest of the day. Take care and check back for an other little CU freebie next post!!
Sunday, 25 May 2008
I'm late posting this...sorry!! Yesterday was busy, busy..lots to do and places to go. Everyone wanted to see Lilly. Miss Popularity!! Lilly enjoyed the day and as usual played to the audience, bestowing her best smile on all around. She even had on her party manners...no bubbles, spitting or yelling...unless the attention started to drift away from her and then she just politely reminded people who they had come to see. When she had refocused their attention she was gracious again, a bit like the queen holding court! But they loved her!!On Friday we actually had some sun so we spent a bit of time in the garden. Does anyone know if daisies are toxic? Lilly loves them and as with everything she loves she has to put them in her mouth and chew. I rescued several, with a bit of manhandling she eventually gave them up. It was amazing we sat on the grass and she stayed still for 5 minutes just looking and watching...following things with her eyes but not a move or sound. It was lovely to see. Mind you my DH spoilt it a bit as he said Lilly was just pondering her next move!!
Not only have I got the hang of how to duck and dive from bubble and spit but bedtime has taken a turn for the better. The good news is I cracked it!! Well..let's get this right..Lilly was graceful and allowed me to crack it!! Last night's bedtime went like clockwork.....well, sort of! It was only a minor skirmish instead of a full scale battle. That has got to be good! No, it didn't happen on schedule but getting closer to it. Bath time was great fun, wet but enjoyed by all. The wind down period afterwards was relaxed, no huffing or puffing over it. Sure there was a little protest (I'm understating again, lol) but then the girl finally said " What the hell! Lets make old grandma smile and I am just a teeny tiny bit tired" and she smiled sweetly and in no time she slowly slipped away to the land of nod.
Lilly's daddy is not working Sunday and Monday so he called and said he would pick her up today and take her home and bring her back Tuesday morning...awh!! That's lovely!! I was really pleased for Lilly...but me being me....I started to worry!! Will she get confused, all this tooing and froing? Will she not settle when she comes back? So after a restless night pondering every possible problem, I emerged at 5.45am looking like the monster from the Blue Lagoon!! As I walked into the room I was enough to scare the bravest of men and send them screaming in terror...but.....the moment she saw me the tears stopped and there it was....her best smile!! She really didn't care that I was looking like I could stop traffic, she just was pleased to see me and her little arms went up. What more can I say? (Sigh.)
Today I have made a little personal and commercial use freebie. I hope you enjoy them! I have included the three recoloured flowers and the two grey scale ones. Have fun!!
You can download them here
That's all for today folks, catch you tomorrow!! Hope you enjoy what's left of the weekend.
Friday, 23 May 2008
Today is bonanza again for you all!! Loads of freebies!! There is Part 5 of the CT Collab Kit, plus a QP from Chris and later on today Tracy will have a QP on her blog made using the Collab Kit.
You can download Chris's Quick Page here
You can download Chris's Kit here on her blog
Here's one Tracy did with a photograph to let you see how great it looks!!
Later today drop by Tracy's Blog, Scappin A Latte and snag her QP
Debi has just joined my CT and sent me her links for the next two fantastic heritage layouts, they are stunning. These photographs just shout out be scrapped, they are gorgeous and so are the pages that Debi has made!! Beautiful Debi,t he look you have achieved is just right for the photographs! Brilliant!!
Credits: Both of Debi's layouts were done using Faded Beauty from Cens StuffLeaonna's is an other new CT Team member and her wonderful layout is celebrating a great achievement by Franny, a special event to save and remember with pride. And what a marvellous way to do it with this beautiful page. It's one to be proud of Leaonna!! Great work!
Credits: Kit - Bella by Cens Stuff
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Yesterday Lilly and I agreed terms...well I did..we have yet to see if she sticks to her side of the bargain!! By the time Lilly surfaced I had been up and hard at work on my blog and emails but as soon as her ladyship's voice called, it was down tools and focus..on her of course. It was the usual bubble and spit breakfast time after which we had to add an other impromptu bath time..wet ones were not enough...it was my impromptu bath time, not Lilly's, she was on the sending end..not nearly so messy!
We spent the morning in what has become our routine over the last few days, I say "Let grandma do.." Lilly says "No chance!! I'm here and I want..", but we got by. We made an agreement..I do what she says and if I'm very, very good then she will let me do one thing I want to do!! Like the laundry, lol!! Just so long as it only takes about 15 seconds to do!!
In the afternoon we went for a drive to visit my mum, Lilly's great grandma. On the way there Lilly sang to me..sort "yah! Yah yah! Eeeeeek!" at least it could have been singing..I'm sure she thought it was lovely..and it was, but it was the volume that was worrying!! Tell me, don't you think that all children should be born with a volume control? I really believe that would help us grown ups a lot, lol! Of course when we arrived Lilly was the centre of attention, she loved it!! The smiles were everywhere...I spent the afternoon thinking off all the things I could be doing whilst mum occupied her..but they were all at home and too far to go back to do quickly. The journey home was great..she surrendered to the motion and slept for the whole hour!! OK, so every good has it's bad. It did mean that after the bath fun and feeding, Lilly was bright eyed and bushy tailed...ready to party!!! Darn it..why did I let her sleep so late in the day!!
I was right and after 3 hours of trying to settle her..I gave up and did as I was told and got her up. Well, all I can say is the Chelsea v Manchester United football match was quite fun..I don't like football but Lilly loved it!! She cheered with the crowd at every goal (I think she thought it was for her). Just as I was giving up the will to live and even the penalty shoot out was over in the football.. she made a pact with me...she would sleep now because I had been such a good grandma, hurrah!! I took my chance and quick as you like she was in the cot and I was running in the opposite direction..to my well earned bed!
If you are collecting this weeks CT Collab Kit don't forget the Quick Page Swap that we are having. If you make a Quick Page or Brag Book add send in a download link too it by next Monday evening to me firstname.lastname@example.org then you get ALL the QPs and Brag Books by download on Tuesday emailed to you.So get paging ladies and take part!! You can do one or more if the mood takes you! I'm taking part in the QP/BB Swap and you get mine too...cause I'll get yours, lol!!
Jessica from Scrapaholics Designs has made the next part of the CT Collab Kit. thank you Jessica for such a cute addition to the kit!! There's a QP too, made with Jessica's kit..again a double freebie!!
To download Jessica's part of the CT Collab Kit head over to Scrapaholics Designs Blog
You can download the QP with Jessica's Kit here
I've been tagged 4 times!!!! But I can only find 3 names now I look...sorry, I lost one!!
So I am going to do them all together!!
Here's who tagged me:
Kim Smith @ http://kimsmithdesigns.blogspot.com/
Jessica @ http://scrapoholicdesigns.blogspot.com/
Here is what I'm supposed to do...
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog .
7 Facts about Me...
1. I love artichoke hearts...I could eat them until they come out of my ears...well, not literally!!
2. I used to live in St Kits in the West Indies..loved it there, all that sun..even made up for the rainy season!!
3. I used to have the ambition to write a book..then reality dawned, no talent and even less time, lol!
4. One of my feet is bigger than the other..more than average, makes shoe buying difficult! They should sell shoes separately..sort of mix and match!!
5. I hate ice cream...it makes my throat hurt.
6. I can touch my nose with my tongue..great skill that sooo useful..not!
7. I live life at a run, I'm sure that the clock I use has at least three hours missing every 24!
Now who to tag? I checked my list and so many people I would have tagged have been done or they shout at you for tagging them!! For example if I tag Linda or Chris they would be soo cross with me!! But a couple of names come to mind, who may just do it and who haven't already been done. I do so hate to tag strangers, they could send me a rude email, lol!!
Here's who I've decided to tag, I know its not seven but....I've ran out of time and that little voice is calling!!!
Melanie @ http://sweetasmel.blogspot.com/
Have a great day and see you tomorrow!!
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Just recharging her battery after all that spitting!!
"Yummy..tastes good. Told you I could do it..its easy"
To add to the general confusion last night I had my Tuesday chat at SDK and as the bath and gently approach to bedtime had not worked..Granddad got her for the hour I was in chat. I could hear her protests in the background as I sat at my computer and felt rather smug that she was giving someone else a telling off. But all ended well..later than scheduled I admit..but eventually the wonderful Lilly succumbed to the trials of the day and gentle fell asleep. We were left with the ringing in the ears and a feeling of having been through the washing machine ourselves!! So ended the Lilly's day and I could do some work!!Lol!! But we love her really!!
Download Linda's QP here
And look at her great Kit!!
Download Linda's part of the CT Collab Kit here on her blog Linda's Lot
I've got to run now..but come back tomorrow for an other part of the CT Collab Kit and a further installment of the Lilly Diaries. I have been tagged 4 times so I will do them tomorrow in a one, I haven't forgotten..but her ladyships little voice is calling!!! Have a great day!!
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Find out tomorrow how I get on in part 3 of the Lilly Diaries.
You can download Kims QP here
To download Kims part of the CT Collab Kit visit her blog and don't forget to leave some love!
The layouts today are both unique and very clever ideas, have a look. Dorys challenge layout is really one of a kind. She used a mirror image to get the two them e in and what an original way to do it!! It is brilliant and a wonderful page! Thanks for sharing this wonderful layout and brilliant idea with us Dorys!
Credits: April Supa Digi Kit Blooming Spring from mega kit Bloom spring from http://www.scrappindigikreations.com/This layout is one from Tracy that I thought I had posted last week..it must be my age!! Lol! It is called Shoe Garden. I think it's funny and quirky plus what a great gardening idea too!! The framing is fantastic..so much detail! I love it Tracy, thanks for sharing it!
Credits: Spice of Life from Cens Stuff - Blog Freebie, Curled Edges-Jess Gordon; Leaf Brushes-Robert Redwood
OK, I need to go..a little voice is calling me, lol!! See you all tomorrow with more Lilly Diaries and the next part of the CT Collab Kit. Take care and have a peaceful day..I hope I do!!
Monday, 19 May 2008
It was an early start as our little flower wokeup and made sure that grandma woke too!! Yesterday Lilly's mum and dad dropped her off and stayed to get her settled. They looked rather worried as they left...much more so than Lilly who continued to play happily. It didn't take her long to find out who was boss...her of course, lol!! She found a new game...grandma gives her toys on her tray...she looks, laughs..picks them up and one by one drops them over the side. Next shout at grandma...if she doesn't pick them up, shout some more until she does. She loved this game, it's got to be her favourite. When that naughty grandma gets the message and does as Lilly tells her she gets her reward of a HUGE smile and a gigle!! Cheeky madam!!! But seriously she (Lilly not grandma!) is a real little cutey, she has settled in well and even though it took her a while to settle last night, she slept through until 6.00am. So I can't complain. Today I am going to take her out in her pushchair to have a look around. No car today but we will go for a walk. Have a look at the photographs they show cheeky with lots of toys, then almost gone and then..last one going, but best of all her glee when she gets them back!! Not the best pictures in the world but some of the sweetest!!
"Look grandma...only one left!"
"If I do this quietly she won't notice...last one..now the fun!!"
There are so many lovely little elements in this kit and the papers are beautiful. Plus a template...this girl is spoiling you!!
This is how it works..every day there will be two freebies, a part of the kit and a template or QP. There will be one link here on my blog and I will give you the link to the CT members blog to download the kit. Simple!!You can download Melanie's template here
To snag her part of the kit visit Melanie's blog for the download link. It's worth the trip, it is a wonderful addition to the May CT Kit and she has a great post on her blog today too. So leave her lots of love!
Don't forget check back here tomorrow for the next part of the kit.
A couple of layouts from last weeks challenge that I would like to share. Kim's layout is a real success, she has lots of twos!! What wonderful photos in this one, her granddaughter looks a real little cherub! I love the two folded papers they fit with the challenge and work really well with the layout too!! Great page Kim...I love it!! Thanks for playing along.
Credits...Bella by June Schutrups aka Cen's Stuff, EASY-PEASY Folded Corner Templates (set 4) by Karah Fredricks, Font used is Carmen CapsInside & Bickham Script Pro RegularFeeding the Ducks is the layout from Linda and the it is gorgeous! I like the journaling on this one. We have the twos again, two flowers, hangers and torn paper corners. Great job Linda a brilliant page!!
Credits: Monet's Garden by June Schutrups aka Cen'Stuff, Fonts Used - Bradley Hand - Girls are Wierd
That's all for today folks but check back tomorrow for more of the Lilly Diaries and the next part of the CT Collab Kit. Have a great day...I will!!
Friday, 16 May 2008
Find them here at Studio Style Designs and at Scrappin Digi Kreations
If you are into Hybrid Scrapping or crafts then take a look at the new Fiskerettes blog. It has been set up by Chris who is also on my CT team. That girl is great! I know she has worked so hard on this project and what a fantastic site she has just launched today. Tutorial, project, hybrid it's got it all. So check it out and watch that space it will be growing rapidly!! I can now say that I am officially a Fiskerette, I signed up for her newsletter and I look forward to seeing what she does...she tells me there will be video tuts soon to. I am impressed!! Great job Chris!!
Credits: 2 Papers, Lilys Fancy kit - 2 Frames, Doodle Frames - 2 Arrows - 2 Journal Papers, Faded Beauty kit - 2 Buttons, Bear Page kit -2 Flowers, Faded Beauty kit all by Cen Stuff - 2 Photos - 2 Fonts, Forte and Jokerman - Overlay by Kristy Weisman
Well, I have to run..yes me run, lol! So watch out for my Lilly diary's week and news of a CT Collab Kit..some of those girls have been burning the midnight oil to make you some goodies!! Also coming up a QP swap with our collab kit..so watch this space!!