Good morning one and all - my last day off before returning to work and I've woken not feeling a hundred percent, running a temperature during the night - thinks I must have picked up a bug! Drat! Not how I wanted to spend my last day off, so I'm drinking copious amounts of tea and avoiding food like the plague (most unlike me).
The last of the Christmas decorations are down and although the house now looks clean and tidy it also looks just a little bit bare! I really miss the lights on the stairs when we take them down.
I was amazed and so pleased that everyone "got" the blank canvas feel to my last post. I have an Aunty that I rarely see these days who used to get into the new year and have something happen or occur and then simply write the year off - stating it was going to be another one of those. I always feel it's really sad to do that, life can be difficult as I stated but there's no need to decide that the entire year will be awful just because of a single issue!
So how's life this new year for you?
For me I haven't made any new year resolutions - why? Because I've made pledges! The word resolutions makes it sound like something you have to do not something you want or choose to do and for me this has signalled quite a big change, why would we want to make ourselves do something that we don't want when we can pledge to make changes that we do! Are you following me or have I lost you?
This year I have made quite a few pledges to make changes, the first of these is to be teetotal in 2011, I've done spells of about six months at a time when I don't drink at all and they've always been so fruitful and positive that I've decided to make 2011 a teetotal year. I sometimes feel that life races along so quickly that I struggle to keep up so I'm wanting to be completely awake and aware of every moment so I can feel that I'm living it and so I decided to stop drinking, primarily this is to stop me falling asleep on the sofa at nine o'clock which is the norm if I have a glass of wine LOL. I'll keep you posted as to how I'm doing.
I'm also re-joining Weight Watchers but doing it from home I often find the meetings evolve around a long list of things we can't eat rather than focusing on the positives - again I'll keep you posted - I'm still waiting for the pack to arrive to get my head around their new system - should prove interesting.
In these new longer evenings I've been enjoying, I've also managed to do a few layouts - I know step back in amazement so I thought I'd share a bit of crafting for a change.
This is one that I finished last night - part of a double layout
the second page looks like this
it documents the Red Arrows at Chatsworth's country fair - they were simply spectacular, I decided to imitate the Union Jack flag, did a bit of a painty base and then hand tore the design for the top! It's a real onslaught on the senses because it's so busy - but I think it captures the essence of the acrobatics on the day!
I thought I'd leave you with a few more homemade Christmas gifts that little man made, the first is for Aunty Melanie who is a momiji doll fan - when he did the outline initially I was somewhat distraught as he said it looked like Shrek LOL however, that changed once he'd add the detail!
The second one was for my Mum - can you guess who she works for?
And the last one is for his Grandma!
They all went down a treat and were really good fun to make, I'm really impressed that they've now brought out new porcelain paints that you don't need to heat up in your oven for them to set as the aroma that comes off
the oven isn't always that great! However, we have loads of the 'old' sort left so for now we'll continue using up!
So if you meander along to have a read and you get to this point - post a comment or send me a little wave! If you've made resolutions (or pledges) this year how are you doing with them? Or if you don't make them do you think naming changes and choices pledges might make them more person friendly?
Hope everyone is having a grand day on this rather wet and cold Wednesday morning here in Yorkshire!