Saturday, 28 August 2010

Stash monster!

A spot of retail therapy is a great thing!

I have been a bit naughty recently and have been getting lots of stash, storage, fabric and crafting goodies. Got a beautiful Martha Stewart punch and new CHA Cosmo C papers this week and am also waiting on lots of new Jenni B, MME, Maya Road, Prima, Lots of stamps, some more Thrift Shop papers as used up all my last for gifts, a new glue gun, chipboard.... More storage jars and some boring basic things like cardstock, dst and pva!

I am buying all this as I'm doing LSNED and clearly NEEDED it :-) really looking forward to getting stuck in and kick starting the old mojo.

Was at my brothers birthday BBQ this evening; I brought Joshua home with me so mummy and daddy could let their hair down. Looking forward to lots of cuddles with my smallest boy tomorrow!

Right all, get some sleep! And gold star to Hils for FINALLY blogging!

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Dr Dr

It's been a long time coming, lots of ideas been whittled down (nursing, midwifery, interior design, psychology, PGCE). But I can finally reveal that I'm studying again (well apart from continuous studying of BSL, and other training for my job)..... I'm going back to my routes with art and English.

I love being self employed, running my own business and the opportunities it's given me. But I really miss using my brain, putting the years of studying, my passion and using the experience I have into practice.

Running my own business is extremely rewarding but current developments have made me really consider the future and what I want out of it.....

So October sees me returning to education (whilst juggling motherhood, BuzyKids, Joshua, Parent Council, Scrapbooking etc etc etc ..... Phew!!) I'm so excited. I've bought all the books off my reading list and looking forward to eventually getting my Phd, just call me Dr Whyley!! hehe... (I'm also following in family traditions as my mum had 2 degrees and a post grad degree so finally I have a good role model!!).

I'm also in great company as ironically my bestest Katy is adding yet another string to her bow, I'm in awe! (She will be running her own design consultancy before we know it!!) Let's get stuck into our student discount!!

Dr W

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Lovely Lotta

she has been named.. Ethan went along with my gently encouragement on the name (if you read Charlie and Lola you will get my theme!). So I would now like to proudly welcome Lotta to our family. She is a very sweet natured wee cat, although considering she is only 10 weeks old (born 12th June) she is v brave and hasn't hidden away at all, been busy exploring, playing, cuddling and sleeping.
I gave Ethan a hughe surprise and went to collect him from school with Lotta hidding in my Cath Kidston day bag (seriously!!).. to say we were a hit in the playground is an understatement!

Charlie and Lola have been looking at her and observing, we have had a few hisses, and attempted nose snuggles so I am sure they will be adopting her into their sibling clique fairly soon.

Her addition to our family has helped to take my mind of some recent news, news which I am trying not to dwell on as it is all still very uncertain and at the moment I have my life in the hands of something beyond my control. But I am praying that all will be well, for i dare not think otherwise!!

But to leave you on a positive note, here is some more Lotta pics;
Love and prayers
em xx

As yet un-named!!

Just a quick post... yesterday I had 2 cats and as of 11.30 today I had 3 ... one top-speed dash round Asda for kitten bits later and this lovely little lady is making herself right at home!

Can't wait to see Ethan's reaction, for her had no idea she was coming, as did i ..

more later

em xx

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Fabric overload

Ok, so I've been busy making corsages and hair clips for the craft fair, when I thought I would have a look at my other fabric. So I decided to organise all my fabric and basically reacquaint myself with it all...hmmmm considering I'm still waiting on 2 fabric orders I don't think I need to buy any more; for a while lol!!

Here is a sample;


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Saturday, 21 August 2010


Apologies for being so slack on the old blogging front ... but it has pretty much been non-stop-flat-out since we got back from holiday.

I had Joshua for two 4 day spells, getting Ethan ready to go back to school and a new term of classes ... so it was HECTIC! In there I also celebrated my 35th (yikes!!) birthday, had a lovely days shopping in Edinburgh (ohhhh dear, was v bad in Cath Kidston, John Lewis.... in LOVE with Tanya Wheelan Fabric ... and Jenners... treated myself to lovely Bare Minerals/Bare Escentials make up). Started planning for the Parent Council fundraiser in October, started decorating the house (hall is finished ... duck egg blue..thank you for the colour Kirsty yummy!), made some beautiful wire-button hearts, altered a canvas, baked up a storm and had a lovely ladies luncheon. Good times...

But school is back now, Ethan is now a big P2, with 2 missing front teeth and is nearly as tall as me (seriously, at 6!!).... so we are back into our familiar routine and it is great.

I need to get making, making, making as I am selling lots of my crafty/homemade bits at the school RelaXmas fundraiser.... I kept meaning to develop this as a sideline... but never motivated myself, so when someone approached me to have a stall, so I said YES!

Here are a selection of random photos from the past few weeks;

Right, enjoy your Saturday
em xx

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Fresh starts

well, we are home.. relaxed, energised and refreshed.

What a difference two glorious weeks of Greek sunshine can do to a person! The holiday was fab (photos to follow!).

This week I am back to work, with a new term of classes, which started today. Loads of new starts as well as lots of familiar faces. I had a 4 week old start today, soooo tiny, cute and perfect. I love babies.... which is why I teach them, lol!

I am also cracking on with decorating the house, top to bottom... to be all done in time for Christmas! I actually want it all done by the October holidays as we are going away, and it will also leave me with enough time to actually start getting organised for Christmas itself, lol. So I have been trawling through interior design magazines, paint charts and various online shops.... mmmmmm so many beautiful things...... I have lots of orders waiting to drop on my door-step, just ordered a very fetching set of flying ducks for my wall installation!

Ethan's daddy and I took our boy to see Toy Story 3 tonight. It was AMAZING, but also tugged at the heartstrings. We shared many a poignant moment over the top of Ethan's head and our 3D glasses!

Right, I am off to work my interior planning magic!