Saturday, May 26, 2012

Week 21

Two layouts to post this time: last week's and this week's. Last weekend was a busy one; our girl was baptised at church, and we had lots of family and friends over for lunch afterwards. What with the cooking, cleaning and catching up, the thought of writing a coherent post on Sunday night was a little too much. So I used my remaining energy to crawl onto the couch and press 'play' on the remote instead.

One of the high points of the day, though, was the chance to not only say how proud of and grateful for our girl we are, but also to thank and honour the people dear to us for their love, support and investment into our family. What's that African proverb? "It takes a village to raise a child." It's so true. And I think we forget a lot of the time to stop and appreciate the people who ease and enable our journey. I know I do, anyway. So it was nice to be able to take a day to do that.

I think that's the biggest part of why I scrapbook, actually. It's such a powerful way to honour and celebrate the people most special to me. It's pretty awesome that photos + paper + words + a few bits and pieces can leave that kind of legacy.

On to layouts. Numbers Twenty and Twenty-One here:

The first one was a real play time. The main thing I wanted to do was capture the feel of the time - misery. (shouldn't have been fun, but it was!) That's why everything's messy and slumped down towards the bottom of the page. I loved the little rocket sticker - once I'd turned it upside down so it was more of a 'crash-and-burn' rather than a 'blast off' look, that is. I couldn't find any of my Christmassy stash for the second layout, except for a stamp and one sheet of paper which I didn't like.(May have slightly over-culled last year...) So I didn't worry too much about theming it, just went with what looked right. Let's hear it for generic products!

Have a wonderful week :)  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Making Me Happy

“ ‘That’s the worst – or the best – of real life, Anne. It won’t let you be miserable. It keeps on trying to make you comfortable…and succeeding… even when you’re determined to be unhappy and romantic.’”
                                                Anne of Avonlea  L.M.Montgomery

The ‘Anne’ books were some of my favourites when I was growing up, and there’s always a kind of magic in revisiting a book you loved as a child. The above quote has stuck with me ever since I first read it, and it’s been echoing in my head pretty often these last couple of weeks. We still miss our dear old dog Jas, but at the same time I’ve been more and more aware of lots of small happinesses around me – not the big, momentous things, but the little ones that weave themselves into everyday life so quietly and unobtrusively that it’s only when you stop a moment that you really appreciate them.

So, in deference to this year’s One Little Word, I thought I’d take a moment to See Appreciatively. Little things making me happy at the moment:

·        It’s Autumn. All around me trees are blazing into colour…my garden is showing signs of life again… The days are golden and the nights are silver and full of stars, with the smell of woodsmoke on the air.
·        Seeing kangaroos in our front yard at daybreak. (evidently still have enough of the suburbanite in my soul to get excited by this…)
·        Getting a new book I’ve never read by an author I love.
·        Just finished knitting a beanie for myself out of the most divinely soft wool imaginable. Am wearing it proudly, despite Aaron’s occasional comments re cancer sufferers.
·        It’s cold enough to be making soup again. Plus, I finally seem to have converted the rest of the family to the concept that soup is a valid meal by itself.
·        A “just because” present from a lovely friend – a bougainvillea exactly like the one that grew at my great-grandmother’s house. J
·        Watching the kids and Aaron play soccer in the back. (And no, I don’t play. After all, someone has to clap and cheer.)
·        Sitting with a book or watching a dvd with the open fire going. So cozy.
·        Mint Slice biscuits. Enough said.
·        And last for now, but certainly not least, as of this week, I am Officially Caught Up with layouts!

 Yup, at the close of Week Nineteen, I have layouts Eighteen and Nineteen to post. Here they are:

I think the happy state of mind may have spilled over into the design process for these, especially with the second...Good fun :D

Have a wonderful week – hope it’s filled with your own little happinesses J

Saturday, May 5, 2012

It's been two weeks since I last posted, and the answer to last time's question, "could the scrapping mojo be returning?", appears to be "not so much". Well, to be exact, it got sidelined a little last weekend when our beautiful border collie of nearly fourteen years passed away. She'd been slowing down for the past month, and on Sunday night, surrounded by all of us, she very peacefully breathed her last.

I honestly don't think any of us expected to be as upset as we were. After all, we knew she was getting old, and wouldn't be around forever, but even so, to not see her running up to greet us as we arrive home, or trotting at our heels is taking some getting used to. But we did have a little funeral for her, when we all said the things we loved about her and then thanked God together that we could have her as part of our family for so long, and somehow after that the sting has gone out of the grief. We still miss her, but now the thought of her is making us smile rather than tear up. End of an era, really...

One thing I have realised is how relatively few photos of her we have. It's worryingly easy to forget to record the everyday bits and pieces that make up most of life - I've resolved to be a bit more diligent about that from now on.

On to layouts, then. At the end of Week Eighteen, I have No.s Sixteen and Seventeen to post. (At least, I think that's what I'm up to. Will have to double check.) Like I said last time, I did toy with counting the double as two separate pages, which (hypothetical drumroll please) would bring me up to date, but have instead decided to be honest. Page two of the double really doesn't stand alone, anyway.

The nice thing about getting these done is that they've been sitting, in bits and pieces, on the desk for about three months. You know those pages which, no matter what you try, don't seem to come together at all - to the point where they almost put you off scrapping entirely? I present Exhibit A and B....

So, 'tis done, 'tis finished, 'tis finished, 'tis done. And hurrah for that! Maybe mojo will be a bit more forthcoming now...

Have a wonderful week :)