It was time for another scrapbook surgery at Creative Pastimes in Limpsfield today, I always love going over to see everyone. It's a fantastic place to visit and even better to work, it's like being part of a huge family, the atmosphere is always warm and friendly and so welcoming. I am spoiled all day, with drinks, a lovely lunch and a slice of my favourite cake. The studio is full of natural light, roomy and has everything there to use, tools, stamps and die cutting machines, it's a joy to be there.
I had to take Georgina with me last time because Steve was away for the weekend, she loved her day there and begged me to take her this time. It was just as well I agreed because Steve stayed up in London last night with only 3 hours sleep between his last job and the first one this morning. It is lovely to know that I can take her and she isn't ever treated like she is in the way. She helps out with little jobs, looks after toddlers while their mums shop and then sits quietly (well as quietly as she can) and plays with whatever she has taken with her. Last time she made a Mothers day card and Corinne taught her to make Fimo beads.
I love the surgery, being able to help everyone indiviually and to see the resulting layouts afterwards is very rewarding. I love the challenge of coming up with different ideas. I like not knowing what is coming next and I LOVE helping with choosing supplies, I get to be a personal shopper too!
I only wish I could see all of the layouts when they are completed, there were some stunners today and some very happy scrappers.
I fell asleep within an hour of arriving home but full of ideas for layouts myself. Hopefully I will get some scrapping done tomorrow, I just wish I lived closer, I am sure I could get more done by working in that gorgeous studio surrounded by a lovely scrapping 'family'
Cheryl came down to take some photographs for me, this is a fun one of my decorated crocs, I tied ribbon through the holes and added some tokens to dangle. Mad? no, maybe a little eccentric but who cares, I love them, they are fun and it made me happy when I wore them.
We are both teaching classes during the scrapping weekends in July and I am very excited, it was great to sit together to plan them today (and see Corinne's top secret files) I think I will book myself onto CJ's photography classes. I can't wait for Gill to come down so that I can take her over to meet everyone (and maybe shop a little too)
To end a fab day I came home to a new loo INSIDE - the bathroom is nearly finished and no more outside visits - bliss.
Georgina had her first modelling assignment yesterday, she was recently accepted by an agency and was sent to 'audition' for a job with the Disney Princess magazine in London.
Of course it meant a day off school, a bonus for Georgina, she doesn't like going to school very much at all. We went to Whitstable first for a haircut and blow dry by Kelly then a train ride up to London. Georgina was quite excited and chattered most of the way, we had some great conversations.
We arrived early at the appointment venue in Tavistock Square but they whisked us straight in and dressed Georgina up in a pink Disney Princess dress for a few photographs. They seemed pleased with the results so now we just have to wait and see if she is called back for a shoot next month.
With some time on our hands we wandered back to the underground station at Euston, past a tree trunk where there were flowers and candles for the victims of the bus bomb last year. I have to say I am slightly nervous of travelling through London o the underground but it is not practical to travel any other way sometimes so it has to be done.
Seeing that memorial made me realise that we haven't been on a bus since it happened and it was a shame because we loved riding on the top deck to look out onto the London streets. With that realisation I turned away from the entrance to the tube and we went off to catch a bus, I didn't want the terrorists to win.
We hopped on to a no 10 and up to the top deck where we sat at the very front, travelling all the way over to Kensington. Georgina had not been to Harrods since she was small and I thought she would enjoy wandering round inside. (She told her daddy that I took her to Halfords - not quite the same!)
We bought a chocolate truffle each and some candied Kiwi fruit in the food hall, Georgina was amazed and we spent ages looking at all of the displays there. She loved the Egyptian room and showed a little too much interest in the handbags there.
The toy department was full of character toys she hadn't seen before, as well as the latest Bratz dolls but she was very good and didn't ask for anything. As usual there were loads of demos and we ended up buying a foil sticket kit with some free pens, I now have a 'lovely' silver and gold holographic bunny stuck to my printer! With the books 3 for 2 we bought a history of London, a story book and an art fraud puzzle. With an exclusive England Rugby teddy for Alexander we headed back home on the train, tired but pleased with our day.
except, for one thing, I forgot to take my camera :(
The bad news is that Colin didn't come to work on the bathroom today, so we still have to go outside to the 'privvy'
The good news is that Gill took advantage of the Easyjet sale and is flying down on 9th May for a couple of days. Steve is away for the week so we are going to have a couple of siter days, some scrapbook shopping and maybe a Thai meal out while Alexander babysits.
Our bathroom is nearly finished, Colin finished tiling the bath and shower walls and the floor yesterday, today he will grout them. because the room is mostly white, cream and beige we chose some floor tiles with soft natural colours. We will have one wall fitted with white units, a marble top with a sunken basin. I'm not sure if it will all be finished today but I am looking forward to an inside loo again!
I managed a couple of layouts over the weekend, between shopping and chores, my scrapping is still flowing and I am thankful that I have the time and the creativity together! Louise called at Artbase and bought me the new Freestyle book from Autumn Leaves, it came in the post yesterday (thanks Louise) along with some Junkitz rub-ons I had to have. I have flicked through a couple of times but will read it later with my morning cuppa.
We left Alexander in charge last night for the first time and went into Canterbury for a Thai meal with some friends. We ate at our favourite restaurant, The Bangkok House and the meal was, as always, excellent. Both children were still in one piece when we got home and the only tale telling was that Alexander had changed Georgina's sign in name for MSN to 'I smell'. He is such a torment (I wonder where he gets that from?)
I'm looking forward to the bathroom being finished this week and going out to buy some accessories, any excuse to shop! After the bank holiday we will start work in the living room. Oh Joy.
Supposed to be writing up my articles today but it's more fun making stuff and I keep being distracted. I need to focus more. Still, lots of ideas jotted down. We have magazine team meeting in a few weeks, I love visiting Bath and this time we have been promised a trip to the new bead shop.
We are still all in a mess at home, the bathroom looks like a concrete cave, I had no idea how much work was needed to make it into the lovely room I know it will be. All of the plumbing had to be changed round and replaced, Colin has put it under the (new) floor so that all of the boxing in we had before has gone. The room seems like it had doubled in size and would make a good single bedroom. The floor went down yesterday with some wet stuff so we can't go in at all, no bath last night for any of us.
Yesterday Steve took the day off work and we went shopping for floor tiles. We wanted something with a bit of colour as the walls will be beige tiles and 'calico' paint (apparently a creamy colour) so we decided on a grey/blue colour (which suits me as it will all look a bit beachy)
We tried 3 shops and couldn't find anything until Steve looked at a revolving display. They had 5 colours of the same tile and they looked lovely together, teracotta, sand, beige, grey and jade. We decided to order 23 of each colour and have them randomly placed, they are all shaded and look brilliant together. I have to go and get them at lunchtime after work so hopefully they will be put in today. I think the bathroom will be finished by Wednesday, I can't wait to see it.
The children got dressed for school this morning and we realised that we forgot to buy their new school shoes during the holiday! Georgina has been wearing ankle boots and trousers over the winter and Alexander has grown another shoe size to 10!
Georgina's shoes are usually a struggle, she wants tarty high heels and I like her in 'Enid Blyton' sandals then we usually only get a choice of 2 pairs because of the shape of her feet. Last year I managed to get her into lovely navy Startright sandals but this summer term she was having none of it.
We popped to a small shop in Faversham after school, just to see what syles were available. There were the usual unsuitable high heeled slip ons and clumpy lace ups but when the lady measured Georgina's feet and came back from the stockroom she was carrying some shoes that had just been delivered and not yet on display.
Our luck was in! I loved them, Georgina has seen one of the girls at Alexander's school with a similar pair (so they MUST be for grown up girls) and they fit! They were so grown up that Georgina decided she needed some long black socks like the girl in The Princess Diaries to go with her new skirt. She has worn them all evening and asked for a photograph - so here we are.
Alexander's turn tomorrow...
A sad day today, I don't like it when the children have to go back to school, I enjoy their company so much when they are at home and I miss them when they are not here. I know they ague sometimes and get bored and are occasionally just downright unpleasant but I love them fiercely and would homeschool if I thought for one minute I could do them justice. The last day of the holidays is usually miserable so we decided to go for a day out instead of moping around at home.
I had some free children's tickets for the London Dungeons and with our family rail card the three of us travelled all day on the trains and went to the dungeons for under £35, None of us had been before so we didn't know what to expect and Georgina bravely decided she wouldn't be too frightened. It was quite good, some very good parts and a few just naff but with the free tickets we only had to pay £16 for me so it was worth it. I didn't take any photographs, Georgina was hanging on to me so tightly I couldn't get the camera out so we bought a guide book instead. We did have this photo taken inside and bought one of us on the ride too. Georgina asked to leave in a particularly scarey bit but we were close to the end anyway and she bravely hung on. We were hungry when we came out at about 4pm so I decided to treat us all to a meal at the Rainforest Cafe. We have never been before and the leaflets have always intrigued me.
We loved it, the meal was mediocre and overpriced, the service was average but the actual cafe was brilliant. We were all enthralled and wandered right round to look at everything. It was lovely to end our day in London at such a beautiful setting and I think it made Georgina forget about the bits she didn't enjoy in the dungeons.
I took a few photographs inside and we headed for home on a very packed train. Luckily Alexander & Georgina were so tired that they had an early night wih no arguments. So school tomorrow and countdown to half term. At least it's only 3 days till the weekend.