Half-term holiday round up

Quite a bit been happening since I last blogged. One lovely morning last week, we took the kids to the beach for a “photo shoot” (!!) for our planned christmas card. The kids tolerated me for so long, but then began to revolt! I promised it would not be much longer, but if I didn’t get some more photos, I would insist we returned to the beach another day, but next time they would have to wear Santa hats. Needless to say, they fully co-operated!

Halloween trick-or-treating with our neighbours, followed by a small party was great fun, and I have the layout to prove it! I used the collab kit Eat. Drink and Be Scary by Weeds & Wildflowers designers and Chere Kaye.



I also created a more girly layout using Chere Kaye’s Just for Ghouls kit of my 2 daughters trying to be scary.


Had friends over for dinner on friday (spicey sausage penne pasta made a comeback – yummm!) but while they were there, our neighbour called round with some news. She had found our ginger cat, George and it appears he had been in a cat-fight, and lost.

We took him to the vet’s the next morning and it appeared he had not one, but 2 deep bite wounds, and would need surgery. I’m not great with blood and gore, so I will spare you the details, but he was not a pretty sight post-surgery. He is staying at the vets for now, then will be going back to the cottage for some peace to recover, away from our inquisitive toddler. Our lovely neighbour has offered to take care of him until he is robust enough and quick enough to escape from our son. Before we got George, just 6 months ago, I would never have described myself as a cat-person, but I guess I am now!

Other news – our school Parents Prayer group is meeting again on Tuesday, and we are following it with a coffee morning with some Traidcraft products and christmas cards for sale. I made this bookmark to help us all remember the dates.

Next another heritage Layout. This photo is of my husband’s grandfather and some of his family (he is the little boy holding the chicken in the middle!) here in Northern Ireland. I say SOME of the family, because he was the youngest of 18 children. His father married twice, the first wife having died after 9 children (and probably exhaustion). Kit used a collab between Gina Marie Huff and 2 Sister Designs at ScrapArtist here. I also used a wonderful add-on to the kit which is coming soon to Weeds & Wildflowers and ScrapArtist.



Credits for all these Layouts can be found at my DST gallery.

Finally, the first ever Digital Scrapbooking Day was on Saturday 3 November. There was so much going on, and some great freebies and offers and it seemed to be a great success. I am already looking forward to next year – how sad is that?

If you are a digi-scrapper, what did you do for DSD, what did you buy, or what was your fav. game or freebie? Please share.

If you are not yet a digi-scrapper – why not?!!

Take care

9 thoughts on “Half-term holiday round up”

  1. Sounds like you have been busy!! Those are great layouts!! I love the heritage one with your husband’s grandfather. I could only imagine haveing nive step kids!! That second wife must have loved children to have eight more kids!! WOW!! And no epidural (sp?), just good old at home birth!! AHHH!! Great layouts and dinner sure sounds great. Hope Ginger feels better!!

  2. Imagine my surprise when I saw that “Andrea” had already left a comment. I was thinking, now when did I do that? LOL! I, too, love your heritage LO, it’s gorgeous, I love the chicken!
    MMMMMM spicy sausage penne!
    Poor George! Besides his being all banged up, I know how badly cats hate the indignity of being shaved and stitched and made to wear funny things around their necks.
    Okay, that’s all for now! ((Hugs))

  3. Love those layouts…can’t wait to see the photo’s from your photo shoot! Have an awesome day!

  4. It is not sad that you are looking forward to next year. I am too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cats have a way of worming themselves into your heart. I have three and used to have four. You know you are a pet lover not just owner when you are willing to pay for the surgery. Thanks for all the comments at my blog. It is good to knkow someone is reading. Can’t wait to see the beach shots. I attempted to do an autumn photo shoot here, but with a 4 year old and 17 month old there is only so much negotiating to be done.

  5. I’m so sorry about your cat, I hope he gets better soon, so you can bring him home. Love your layouts! Sounds like you have been busy.

  6. What a chatty entry JanMary – I loved reading! Your heritage layout is wonderful – you have a flair for this style. I have to confess I did nothing for DSD … I have been just so very busy here. I know, its so bad, so spank me. I hope your lil puddy mends soon…

    I will stop in again soon.

    hugs, Barb

  7. Quote: “If you are not yet a digi-scrapper – why not?!!

    LOL, I love that!
    I spent an amazing amount of money at The-LilyPad and
    a whole lota dollars at TracyAnn Art Designs! I downloaded so much stuff, that I went over my usage quota and was cut back to dial up speed!! (1st time that ever happened!) but thankfully today I am back to normal speed!
    I hope George is getting stronger and doing much better now. Loving the layouts,
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    Chrystina

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