Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Week of tidying…

Hubby is off this week, and we’re tackling the house “a bit”. The twins are at the grandparents yesterday and today (2 nights instead of the usual 1 night), so we’ve tried to make some inroads in our new study.
That room used to be our box room (and that’s literally that!) since we moved in, housed several things from American Football stuff over paperwork to hobby stuff from me and lego and boxes of comic books from hubby.
You definitely could NOT step into it, and new stuff was just added to it in the front of the room. Which happened when we needed to empty our old study upstairs for the girls’ nursery at the beginning of the year.
Now … I’m a bad scrapper given that I haven’t taken photos of the “before” situation, and I should have taken a photo yesterday evening of our “beginnings” to clear things, but that’s the situation now:
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Several things that lived in the hall is now back in the study, so it’s not as much space as I had earlier, but it’s CARPET we can see, we can walk PAST the table (the small book shelf in the back to the left was housed previously in front of the other bookshelves just beside the table, giving just a side-shuffle/shimmie to get anywhere past it with space for a quick turn around on the spot in the back. ;)
Lots more to be done, but we have sorted things into boxes we can now take downstairs with the girls around (they are tempted by paperwork etc) to sort through.
I know it doesn’t look like much, but it really is a lot less (less boxes, less stuff) than it was. I even given away my remainder of Cross Stitch mags without looking into them to check for patterns I want to keep… booohoooo…
Tonight I’ll be going through some boxes of rubber stamps to sort out for my “sale page” I’ll install on my blog, so hopefully I’ll get some money for myself. :)
Oh … and we’ve made a clear path in the other spare bedroom so we have won’t have problems hanging up washing… :)

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Photo Scavenger Hunt 2012 Round-up

Ok, here all in one go, so Rinda can make sure I’ve not made any errors or left anything out. Smile 

1. A pier

2. A clothesline

3. A border

4. A roadside stand selling something

5. A train

6. A historical landmark

7. A person playing a musical instrument

8. A person dressed as an angel or a statue of an angel

9. A fountain










10. A horse

11. A shadow

12. A maze, labyrinth, or trail.

13. A library

14. A person playing with a ball.

15. Someone dancing.

“Miss Martian” having a wee dance with Daddy at the Botanics

16. A bride.

17. A church, chapel, cathedral, mosque or temple.

18. A movie poster

19. An outdoor stairway

20. A swing hanging from a tree (or a hammock)


21.  A picture of you standing with something that symbolizes your nation.

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Substitute Item (new this year):  If you find any of the above too hard, you may substitute a photograph of either a heart-shaped stone or a four leaf clover for one item; however, you may not substitute this item for #21.

USED FOR ITEM 20 (Tree swing or Hammock – not around here!!):


Not a heart-shaped stone but a stone heart – The Heart of Midlothian on The Royal Mile. Smile 

So, that’s it from me for the Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt 2012. I have to say I’ve seen places in Edinburgh I never been to before, so thank you very much, Rinda, for that experience. Was wondering if you are doing a Winter / Christmas one? If not, I am happy to run one. Open-mouthed smile 

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Photo Scavenger Hunt Summer 2012

Ok… I’ve been travelling wide and far (LOL) to get some photos, have done some “cheating” as well… might change those photos IF I find another opportunity before September 21st.

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Two different borders around Edinburgh – one up at the Mount with view towards the castle, the other one at the Flower Clock with an Olympic message.

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It’s quite interesting how FEW angel statues there are in the cemeteries I’ve been to in Edinburgh the last couple of weeks… this little beauty I finally found today after hubby suggested to try Dalry Cemetery – it was amidst thorn and trees … but I got it!! :D And hubby constantly texted me “DON’T BLINK!”  (Dr Who Reference).

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“Fountain of Faces” (don’t even know if it’s called that) on the Royal Mile with one smiling and one sad mask.
My main object for this, however, was Ross Fountain in Princes’ Street Gardens … unfortunately no water in it anymore… :( 

At first I thought I have to use this little “cheat” (?) seen at “Clown Around” soft play.
but then I found this one …
That was just by good luck and the help of one of hubby’s ex colleagues. She commented on my FB plea about this Labyrinth at George Square Gardens behind the University of Edinburgh – stunning place, and I’ll walk it at some point, I’m sure.

A BRIDE (cheat)
Ok, after being always too late to take photos of brides or none around, I think I may have to resort to the cheat for this one ….
It’s a stamp I saw for sale at Stamper’s Grove.

  • Someone Dancing
  • A swing hanging from a tree (or a hammock)
  • Me holding something that symbolizes our nation

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Learn Something New Every Day 1

(LSNED from now on) – another Class from Shimelle. I’m on the alumni list for it, signed up for the first time last year but with the girls being just 1 and a bit months old, 2-3 hourly feeds etc I didn’t even print/read the prompts. So this year I want at least to BLOG if not SCRAP for this class…

A bit of a change from last year as far as I remember, but Shimelle said she’s going to keep it short, quick and sweet when it comes to the “scrapping” part of things. Suits me fine.

So for today we have the following:

My name is Kat and today is the first of September 2012. The last big adventure of my life would probably be my girls turning 1 (and their birth/them being in our lives). Every day with them is an adventure really, and I learn so much about them/me/us.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Cover to Cover Day 2

Well… not really “day 2” but prompt 2 anyway. Print Photos – I did print 200 prints worth due to special discount at Bonusprint. And I didn’t even print off all photos from August 2012, not to mention all photos since beginning of this year.

I learned today:

a) I’ve got too many photos – haven’t even weeded out the bad shots (blurry etc).
b) I probably got at least 2 back ups of photos on my EHD – of the same photos. Really have to sort that out!!

Now waiting for the photos to arrive – should give me some material for scrapping at least, specially as our September Crop is going to be a 10 hour long one (doubt I’ll stay the full 10 hours though).

Oh – and tomorrow it’s the start of LSNED – not sure how that’s going to work, last year we got an e-mail from Shimelle how to prep your album etc, but this time nothing. I’m NOT prepared, not sure I’ll be able to do anything scrapping wise but  hope to be able to do some blogging about it at least (actually, I will try to blog about it every day!).

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Cover to Cover Day 1


Doing some stupid thing maybe, given that Learn Something New Every Day (from hereon in LSNED) starts on September 1st, but I thought I get a bit inroads on the Cover to Cover class from Shimelle I signed up for, printed out but didn’t get further than reading prompt 4. The usual at the moment really. But this time it’s more about organising my scrapbooks than a layout class, and as usual Shimelle’s classes are not strictly time-restricted, I like doing them self-paced.

So … what do we have? Shimelle asked how our albums/layouts are sorted at the moment. Well… they are as follows:

1 Album 12x12 with the odd layout – non-chronological
1 Album 12x12 EDINBURGH WOLVES – layouts chronologically 2002 – 2004 (I think, will have to double check)
1 Album 12x12 EDINBURGH WOLVES – planned for 2004 – 2006 or so, the odd layout done
1 Album 8x8 about our IVF – not chronological yet (not many LOs)
1 Album 8x8 about me – not chronological at all (very few LOs)

The odd layouts in odd layout pockets from Cropper Hopper.

And then about 3-4 empty 12x12 albums plus smaller size ones, empty.

All my albums are currently post bound but fancy getting my hands on the D-Ring 12x12’s for the chronological albums (and the Edinburgh Wolves ones to be honest).

Right, that’s it for today. :)

Friday, 24 August 2012

Scavenger Hunt Update #2

What do we have now? I got a couple of shots that are “just in case” (i.e. I might replace them at some point with better shots, but not right now).
So here it goes …
(I suspect I won’t get a photo of a real horse unless we get to Almond Valley Farm – not sure if that’s going to happen the next couple of weeks)
(saw them when I took a wrong turn at Newhaven Harbour!)

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(pictures of the new library hub – I love it, the downstairs is all kids and games etc, upstairs is adults section with cooking books, thrillers etc)
What’s missing then???
I  have the funny feeling I may  need to do the substitute thing, most likely for the Bride … the swing I probably can tweak myself somehow …
9 more photos to take and got still 19 days to do it. :)