Friday, October 26, 2012

Blog Hop... Numbers!

Good morning!  Thanks for joining us for this little blog hop.  I'm first cab off the rank!

And here is a list of the gorgeous ladies joining us this month... just in case you get lost.

Kerri <--- You are here :-)
Ok... Numbers...  Well obviously there are many numbers that may be important to people.  Birthdays, anniversaries, lucky numbers etc.  I started writing this post with a couple of dates... the day I met met my husband, and the day I became a Mum.  Two very significant numbers for obvious reasons!  However, my post was going into WAY to much detail and I didn't think anyone would have made it to the end.  

So I've got a different number in my head now... 365 (or 366 if it's a leap year).  Yep!  Make every day count I say!!!  Now, people who know me might argue that I don't.  I don't have any HUGE career aspirations, personal goals or even much of a bucket list!  But you know what, I'm HAPPY!  And every day I get to spend with my husband and my boys is a blessing!  Sometimes I think people are too busy trying to 'reach their goals' that they're missing out on the little things in life that can have just as much impact.  I'm not saying people shouldn't have goals, dreams or shouldn't want to be high achievers.  I think there just needs to be balance.  You know... "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things" ~Robert Brault

For me, scrapbooking has played a big part in helping me to see this.  When I was younger the glass was always half empty... I really wasn't enjoying life - appreciating life.  Scrapbooking really has opened my eyes.  It's made me look at all the positives, no matter how small.  It really did turned my life around.  Although I was never formally diagnosed... I would say that I suffered depression... quite bad too.  To the extent that I really struggled living every day!  They were all just so god damn hard!  Even though I still have a few crappy days here and there, it never seems ANYWHERE near as bad as what it was back then.  Really do have scrapbooking to thank for that.  Scrapbooking and my boys of course!

A couple of years ago I actually did Project 365... to have a record of all those little things.  For those who haven't heard of this, it's where you take a photo every day for a year.  OK.  I admit it was hard work.  And I did miss one day.  But I did it.  Not every day had a photo... but it had something.  As it was every day, the scrapbooking was not highly inventive, or even particularly attractive.... but it's there, and I love having it!!!  Here are a few examples... 

It is just in a normal A4 binder (or four actually).  Most pages have two days to a page, although I was not strict on this... one page I even managed to squeeze four days lol.  If your really want to record all the little things in your life, this is a great project!  I will probably do it again... maybe in a year or two.  It will probably be more basic, just a photo with a line of journalling...  Although it was a great way to use up all those scraps!!!  And it's funny that I didn't include it at some stage over the year, but I have fond memories of dropping off my eldest at Kinder and taking my youngest down to Dick Smith once a week/fornight to get the photos printed out.  We would get some chippies or a doughnut from the shop next door, and just spend time together.  It really was a Mummy and Royce 'thing'. 

OK, enough babble from me.  Thanks for stopping by and ENJOY the rest of our numbers hop!  For this you need to head Lucy's gorgeous blog :-)

And remember...
“The most important things in life aren't things.” Anthony J. D'Angelo

Friday, October 12, 2012

Purple Pumpkin - October sketch :-)

G'day!  Well I'm spending a Friday evening in my craft room with my two boys.  We're renovating at the moment and our house is freezing!!!  So we've had an early dinner and bath and are now lovely and snug in my craft room with the little oil heater going :-)  We've had to sacrifice a couple of cheapy Santa hats for tonight's project... but I think it's worth it.  Evan has been wanting to make a King's crown for a while now.  And of course Royce is happy to go with the flow.  The main thing is that we are spending some quality time together. 

I really should be doing something crafty too.  My plan was to make a few Christmas cards... but I'm really just too tired to be bothered at the moment.  So instead, while they are going completely crazy with the 'jewels', I thought I might quickly pop in here and share my layout that I've completed for Purple Pumpkin's October sketch.

Here is what I came up with:

This really was my 'type' of sketch.  One photo, a few clusters of embellishments... yep I liked it :-)  LOVE this range of paper from My Minds Eye.  And the Purple Pumpkin button and heart were perfect for the touch of orang in the patterned paper!  Okay well this is really short and sweet for me because Evan is ready to glue his crown together.  Hope you're having a lovely day and thanks for popping by!