Wednesday, 22 April 2009

I'm a Naughty Blogger

I'm so sorry I haven't blogged for a while, life just takes over and takes hold! I do pop in and visit all my lovely blog friends to see how you are doing as often has I can. My illness holds me back sometimes and I don't really have much to say and you certainly do not want to hear me moan, I'm sure! I've been so tied up with family just recently and the blessed garden has started to grow now that Spring is here, so I really haven't had time for extra stuff. Now that Lonnie's birthday is over and she is coming to the end of her last year at Uni, which is a real blessing, I should have more time for me.

I was tidying up some old files on another computer and came across this lovely movie I made for my sister's 40th birthday.

The music I chose for the video is by Corinne Bailey Rae and is called 'Butterfly'. I just love the words as they say exactly how I felt towards my little sister, who is 10 years younger than me, as we were growing up in our Mother's house.

In my mother's house
There's a photograph
Of a day gone past
Always makes me laugh
There's a little girl
Wary of the world
She got much to learn
Get her fingers burned
An affinity
Between you and me
Coz we're family
Said that I'd be fine
Give me all your time
And I left your side
Like a butterfly

Shower me with your love
All of everyday
You make the red rose sun
Shine on me
Lift me up so high
Watch me fly away
Would you give me life
Like a butterfly

In my mother's house
There was happiness
I wrapped my myself in it
Was my chrysalis
As my life unfolds
See a pattern through
Of you protecting me
And I protecting you
What was that you'd say
Make your own mistakes
And when you're grown
Make sure that you remain the same
Now I realise
What was on your mind
When I left your side
Like a butterfly

Shower me with your love
All of everyday
You make the red rose sun
Shine on me
Lift me up so high
Watch me fly away
Give me life
Like a butterfly

Saturday, 21 March 2009

A New Member of The Family

My nephew Daniel and his wife Charlotte have had a beautiful baby boy, George Daniel Gould.  I remember just how nervous the poor lad was on his wedding day.  I also remember saying to him that if he though this was a trying day just wait until he was awaiting the birth of his first baby.   I wish all three of them well. 
I am delighted to announce the arrival of George Daniel Gould, who was born at 12.43 this afternoon weighing 7lb 5 oz :) Mum is doing OK, bit tired and weak but very happy.  Dad is an emotional wreck and very happy also.'
19th March 2009

Friday, 20 March 2009

My Nephew's First Scrap Page

This is the best scrap page I've seen in a long time.  It was created by my cute little nephew Max who is five.  Well done my darling, I couldn't agree with you more regarding the wording on the page.

I like Mom and Jess and Dad and the how ever is in my family

Thursday, 12 March 2009

The Journey

Music:- Simon Webbe No Worries

I was going through some old photographs and I came across a trio of snaps of my son Jamie. The size and quality were very poor, but I still wanted to do something with them. I fiddled around with them in Animation Workshop and then pulled the results into Movie Maker, chopped up a bit of music I liked in Gold Wave and added it to the movie and voilĂ , this is what I came up with it. I had great fun and I really like it because it is so different.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Those Eyes

QP Spring Romance QP created by Cheryl
using Spring Romance Kit by
Vicki - A Work in Progress
font:- Cancellaresca Script LET
Sonnet 17 - William Shakespeare
I just could not resist snagging this gorgeous QP.  I wanted to focus on my daughter's beautiful eyes and I think this layout is just perfect for it.

I love Shakespeare plays and sonnets and number 17 is one of my favourites.  Here it is in all it's glory.

Who will believe my verse in time to come,
If it were fill'd with your most high deserts?
Though yet, heaven knows, it is but as a tomb
Which hides your life and shows not half your parts.
If I could write the beauty of your eyes
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say 'This poet lies:
Such heavenly touches ne'er touch'd earthly faces.'
So should my papers yellow'd with their age
Be scorn'd like old men of less truth than tongue,
And your true rights be term'd a poet's rage
And stretched metre of an antique song:
But were some child of yours alive that time,
You should live twice; in it and in my rhyme.

Friday, 27 February 2009

I've Been Tagged

I have been tagged by Eilajean over at 'A Day in The Life'. Thank you for thinking of me Eila. Well here is what I have to do:

I have to go to My Pictures, (in my case My Photo's) go to the 6th folder and then to the 6th picture in the folder and post the photo here on my blog.

This is a very beaten up photo of my Grandad, Harry Henry & Grandma, Bertha Rose on their wedding day on the 9th April 1928. I never got to meet either of them as Grandma died at the age of 27 when my Mom was only 3 years old, and my grandad passed away when I was just 21 days old. I can't remember who the bridesmaids are in the photo. I shall have to ask my Mom again as I've mislaid the notes I took previously. I know they are on this silly computer somewhere!

I am supposed to pass this on to 6 other scrappers, but Eila has nabbed a couple of the ladies I would have passed it on to and others I know seem to be up to their eyes in 'stuff' at the moment. So I'm going to be cheeky and just pass it on to anyone who reads this blog and would like to participate.

However, I will pass this on to June at Cen's Loft as I know she is extremely organised and I'm keen to see what she has to post. have fun June and everyone who wants to participate.

I'm off to eat my yummy fish and chip supper. Have a great weekend.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Happy 80th Birthday Dad

It would have been my Dad's 80th Birthday today, if he had lived to celebrate it. Sadly I lost him 21 years ago when he was just 57, the age my hubby Steve is now. I have so many questions I long to ask him, about his life and the stories he told me as a child, it is such a sadness to me that he's gone. If only he had kept a journal, and then I could read it and possibly have caught a glimpse of the man he was, young and old.

Created with 'My Blue Valentine'
a beautiful kit by Vicki Acreman (AKA Bubbles Babbles)
Font:- Calligraph421 BT

Friday, 20 February 2009

Alex & Jessica

My Sisters, Lily & Let, each had their first child within 18 months of each other, pretty much the same age difference between my brother and I.  Needless to say they are close and see each other regularly.  This is my favourite photograph of them both and I think it looks great in Nicole's fab QP.

Thanks to Vicki & Nicole using "Sweet Flora" Colab kit. "Sweet Love" QP by Nicole
Fonts:- 2Peas Gimme Coffee & 2Peas Boulevard

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Backing Up Your Blog

Go to and logon.

You will now be on your Dashboard page with a list of the blog or blogs you have created.

You will see here an option to make Blogger in Draft your default dashboard. Please bear in mind that if you tick this box when you post to your blog there is no longer a spellchecker. Perhaps Google presumes you have Google toolbar which incorporates a spellchecker, but I think it’s an oversight on their part.

Select the blog you want to edit and click settings.

You will see next to Blog Tools the option to either Import, Export or Delete Blog. click Export blog and save it to a safe place on your computer.

This will only export the contents of your blog, it won’t save your layout or widgets.

To save you layout click the Layout tab

Now click Edit HTML

Click Download Full Template and save the xml file to your computer.

NB Both your Template File and your Backup Blog file both have xml extensions, so be sure to store them in different files when saving to your computer.

So Far So Good

Well I think the layout is back to it old look. Although to be honest I would have liked to have freshened it up a bit. I'm going to go through my layouts tomorrow and see what I posted. I won't remember the words I blogged, but that's the beauty of creating scrapbooks as the picture tell the story and more often than not, no words are needed.

Going to back up my blog after posting this email and then I'm going to take a couple of headache tablets 'cus my head is pounding like crazy.

Big Hugs

Please bear with me

I'm so sorry if my rubbish keeps popping up on your blogs whilst I try to put my blog back to how it was, but if you could just bear with me I would be everso grateful. I will be spending most of the rest of the day twiddling and fiddling with it. I have the photo's and layouts I've blogged backed up, but unfortunately not the credits, so I can't re post them until I've done a bit or research.

I will be writing a little 'tute', to tell you how to back up your blog in a little while... but honestly do you trust me after this?

I just wanted to send another hug to Vicki's Mom, LaVerne and to let her know I'm still holding her in my thoughts.

Big Hugs


I am a idiot, I accidentally deleted my blog.  Fortunately it was backed up but only until November last year.  Silly me.  So if it looks as if I've got a few things missing or have doubled up on things here and there it's because I have.  Let this be a warning and back up your blog weekly.


Friday, 6 February 2009

It's Begining to Feel a Lot Like ....

... a Pain in The Rear!

Winter Wonderland QP and Elements Anita's Designs
font: !Basket of Hammers

Hampshire County Council only grit the main roads in our area and unfortunately our road isn't one of them, so we've not been able to get off our drive and do any shopping for the last five days. We've been living off the contents of our freezer, eating all the left over food from Christmas. I shall scream if I have to eat another mini pizza, which taste like plastic. And I'm going to be marmalised and buried under the snow if I make another meal using mince!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Happy Birthday

Bold Fun QP and Elements by Anita's Designs
Fonts: 2Peas Blessings - and 1 BeanSprout DNA

There is only 18 months difference between my big brother and I.  He was always very good to me as a child, even though It must have been a real pain to have his little sister tagging along on most occasions.  I don't see so much of him these days as we live quite a way from each other.  He is a fantastic brother, a brilliant dad and a wonderful grandad.  Happy birthday 'Big Bro', I love and miss you so much.
Bug Hugs

Friday, 23 January 2009

Dissertation Blues

Flower Show QP and Elements by Anita's Designs
Fonts: 2!Basket of Hammers - 2Peas Angelic

Lonnie has been studying for her BA Hons degree in Business Studies & Marketing for over four years now. This last final push has taken its toll. But she will get through it, hook or by crook. I have never known a more determined person to get something done. She will do it, and hopefully look back on this period in her life and say, "yes, it was worth it."

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