Nearly Over

Totally loving seeing everyone’s Week In The Life.ย  Ali Edwards [1] [2] [3] [4]ย and Cathy Zielske’s [1] [2]ย to name but two ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I really do love this sort of project I really do, and it’s just as cool to see how everyone else live their lives.

I will leave you with a few pictures (most of which are from today, but a couple from others) before I get on to watching TV (Ashes to Ashes is coming on BBC 1 in just a couple of minutes!)ย  This weekend I plan on finishing off the template I started for this project, and I hope to get a lot of these scrapped.
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A week in the life

Many MANY years ago, on Dodo’s message board (which is no longer around) and we used to do this thing called “Daily Grind” project. You can still view mine right here:ย  It went on for 5 wonderful years and I have my life captured from such a long time ago ๐Ÿ™‚ People from all over the world shared their stories and photos and it was just a great experience and a peek in to other cultures.

Being a scrapbooker I decided to put them into an album, just plain and simple like I did on my photolog. I came up with a sketch and had matching KI Memories stuff from a few Christmasses previous and put it in an album (also matching KI Memories lol)ย  Now it’s not amazing to look at, but the story is there, and that’s all that matters ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Grind album

Ali’s Basics post is here:ย I love her design for her album and how it looks, so I think I may just scraplift it!

I’m currently fixing my computer, hope it works soon!

Nearly xmas!

Our star

I can’t believe that Xmas is less than a week away. Nor that it’s been almost a month since I last posted… Seriously, if you decide to handmake a ton of people presents… give yourself plenty of time! I’m just finishing up the last lot this weekend – such relief! LOL!

Mid November


I can’t believe it’s mid November already lol. It’s also going to be Oliver’s first Christmas so Stewart got his decorations out last week! HAHA! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’ve been feeling very Christmassy. I got all my Christmas craft magazines out and have been sat reading through them – such fun! We’re trying to tidy up a little in the front room ourselves, to remove clutter to make room for our tree (which is HUGE!) I also decided to go out in the garden and rake up all the leaves, which took me ages, but the garden looks better. And the lovely task of picking up the poop of all the cats in the neighbourhood who have chosen my flower bedding area which I got ready for Spring, as a big kitty litter box. Mum suggested tea bags and Olbas oil, so I’ve done that and hope it does the trick!

I will be going to Hobby Craft on Friday I should imagine ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m off to New Moon and the cinema is nearby so I can pop in then, soย I shall be starting my quilt next weekend I hope LOL!


Firstly to start off this post, here’s a shot of Oliver I got doing his cute pouty lip thing. It was taken in low light settings with my kit lens, so I’m glad how it turned out – I imagined it would have been much more blurry!
Oliver's pout

And Taz enjoying his mini break ๐Ÿ˜€
Taz sleep

And now for the main event: Sims 3.ย  Now since the patch has been released it’s been aย  MUCH better gaming experience. For me, I play on my laptop as it’s just easier for me and it allows my beloved Fiance to play on World of Warcraft on the main computer, and my laptop failed on CPU speed to be able to play it but I can play it fine ๐Ÿ™‚

I started with Jamie Hart as I did in Sims 2 and immediately married him off to the first local who he met called Blair
Jamie Hart

They had two kids Avery Grace and Dylan and once Avery Grace was a young adult I moved her out to test the Story Progression ๐Ÿ˜€ She had a boyfriend and two kids, although the father of the children is questionable LOL! It doesn’t show in the family tree mode.
I continued on with Dylan who met Bella (yes, THE Bella!) at the gym and he married her, only to find out that she already had a little boy called Cary. Bella and Dylan had Connor together and as Cary was already around they didn’t have anymore kids. As Connor grew older I had a very funny time trying to get him hooked up with someone! He started off with a girl called Rayne who completely blew off all of his advances, so he started dating a girl called Lacy… Only she never came to see him – and in fact everytime he rang her to come over she would tell him to call back in so many hours or try again the next day. Now, I got annoyed so the last time she blew him off and told him to call back the next day I made Connor go to her house where she was watching TV. He proposed to her and she refused… so he went to see Rayne where she absolutely adored him! (Go figure…) So it was back to Lacy’s house where he broke up with her and things got VERY ugly… Seriously she was yelling and screaming at him to get out so he obliged!

Now at Rayne’s house there were a bunch of guys there which I assumed were her brothers… and boy was I wrong! Once married, only then did I realise that those 3 men were in fact her sons amd she was just days away from becoming an elder. Oops. So it was a race to get my heir! Then Aurora was born ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s currently a teen and the only 2 people left in the household are Connor and Aurora as Dylan died and just 2 days later Rayne died. Dylan did really well though, he got his lifetime wish and lots of aspiration points, so on the Hart section of the graveyard, Dylan stands proud above everyone else.

Aurora Hart

Roller coaster

This past week has been such a roller coaster of emotions, what with Oliver being born last Saturday (Stewart’s first Fathers Day today, I’ve text him already ๐Ÿ™‚ )ย  I have started on Oliver’s scrapbook already, and have asked his daddy for some photos he may have taken to put in there. So here’s the front page:

ย Olivers first page

Then losing Buster on Wednesday.

The vet said himself it was odd that he had paralysis and disorientation, and although we all thought it was a stroke, it was probably more likely a brain tumour.

This is what I have made dad for father’s day…ย  He loved that dog to pieces. They went running together and everything, and as my dad said, undoubtedly one of the best dogs we have ever had.

Fathers Day present

I also made a Buster mini book.ย  I made it in less than 2 hours, the chipboard pieces were the inserts of the Maya Road album I turned into a travel binder.ย  2 albums for the price of one ๐Ÿ˜‰

Buster minibook - Cover

You can see the rest of the album by clicking this link here: Buster Album, and going through the images you see on the right.

Taz has been getting a ton of attention.ย  He’s been such a good boy, he even goes for walks without his lead anymore.
Taz cuddles

and this photo breaks my heart everytime I see it. It’s Taz waiting for Buster to come home ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Taz waiting for Buster to come home

But Taz has some new friends – They’re my old dog slippers ๐Ÿ™‚

Taz's new friends

and my mum will probably kill me for this, but I love it anyway – this photo best explains why I nicknamed Buster “Buster Bear”

Why Buster "bear"?

He was a big cuddly bear.ย  I miss him so much ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Dad went and donated Buster’s stuff to a dog shelter, and they were trying to get him to take a Staffie home, but mum and dad have said no more dogs. as it’s too heartbreaking and too soon besides.ย  I went over twice yesterday to see Taz, and dad was just wandering around with Taz in his one arm lol.ย  My dad has requested my Buster photos, so I have put them on my USB stick, smiling to myself knowing that I came up with a great idea for his father’s day present.

Anywho, I gotta get the last lot of washing on, vacuum the front room after all the hole punching for Buster’s album and take a shower then head on over to parents. Gareth has gone to see his dad today, but I wanted to stay with Taz.

Oliver has arrived

Here he is ๐Ÿ™‚ย  He arrived at 1.43 I believe, weighing just 5lbs 7oz ๐Ÿ™‚ย  (If I’m wrong, I will come back and change lol)


ย Oliver with his daddy ๐Ÿ™‚

Oliver and his daddy

ย And to compare, here’s Stewart after he was born ๐Ÿ˜€

New family

I will do a photoshoot if I’m allowed when the family are back home, as those photos were only taken with my Sony Cybershot point and shoot.

Busy Day

I have pretty much spent my entire Sunday researching, doing web design stuff etc. I am pooped lol.ย  But I am shutting down shortly to watch CSI NY which I missed yesterday after me and Gareth had a Big Bang Theory marathon (we bought season one yesterday lol)

I haven’t had time to play with my latest Studio Calico kit yet either… and the new thickers are just calling my name…

American Crafts Thickers

and I got the coolest Starbucks mug yesterday too ๐Ÿ™‚ I saw it and thought it was so cute – just like their paper cups. So I had to get it for my hot chocolate.

New mug

Time to say goodbye

I’m going to have to go and wake Gareth up in a second. I need to jump in the shower and start sorting myself out. I had to get up early as I had 3 CDs for gramp’s boys, but that’s done and to be able to do those I had to sit and edit a photo of grampy’s dad in his uniform. The photo was torn and ripped, and in very bad condition. He had sent the original off to a family member as she wanted a copy, and she returned the COPIED version and kept the original. Gramp was fuming, as I would be. But I’ve tidied it up the best I could:


Me and dad went through some old photo albums and found some gems ๐Ÿ™‚

My great nan and great gramp (My great nan Jones died 2 years ago, aged 97)

and gramp lol:

Right, I have to get moving to say goodbye to grampy.