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I'm Loving - August

This month started out really busy and if I’m honest kinda stressful. I had my sister’s wedding coming up which I was excited about but at the same time was slightly anxious about and Agent M needed the last of his back to school supplies. I left it off till the last minute almost as he was going through a growth spurt and sure enough the school shoes I bought him and he wore ONCE are now too tight (when fitting perfectly 2 weeks before he started school). Sods law really isn’t it :(

Anyway, now he’s settled back at school I’ve had the chance to chill out a bit and enjoy some me time.

This month I’m loving …

Gilmore Girls - I used to watch this show YEARS AGO and often on repeat. When I was pregnant I used to hope that Agent M and I would have a relationship like Lorelai and Rory. In hindsight that’s not really the ideal as I think parent first and friend second is the best way to raise kids but at the time in my naiveté it looked ideal.

Now that the show is getting aired out again I the form of a 4-part series, the original has been released on Netflix and oh how I’ve missed the residents of Stars Hollow. The new series is out on the 25th of November, which has been marked in my diary. And leads me onto my second love of the month …

Happy Planner - I upgraded over the summer from my Filofax to a Happy Planner by the company ‘me and my big ideas’. I’ve been designing stickers recently for it along with buying some on Etsy. I have to admit I was a little sceptical and thought I would be back on my Filofax in no time, writing off the expensive price tag to a lesson learnt, but instead I’m still loving my planner and being able to decorate it how I like makes it feel more personalised.

Agent D is convinced I’ve wasted my money but it makes me happy. I think you have to be a planner addict to really get the pure joy that I feel when I use it  … no matter how crazy that sounds to most.

Disney Tsum Tsum’s - This is my new addiction and it’s taken hold of me really intensely. Wither it’s the little soft plushies or the plastic mini figures (Agent D has been feeding the addiction slowly) or the irritation of being only 32 stickers off of finishing my album, a childhood dream I shall finally realise. I’m not to bothered about the doubles though as I have been re-purposing them as diary stickers. Win Win.

Photography - I’ve been getting snap happy a lot more recently and have been enjoying making memories with my boys and my family. I’ve been working on a post about cameras as I love it so much … Keep an eye out early September *wink wink*.

Anyway, taking pictures is a great way to remember special days as well as the everyday ins and out of life. I’m hoping to get back into photography and take part in the FMS photo challenges again … I’ve missed doing them.

Make it Monday #27

Hey lovely's ... Welcome to my linky!

Its been a slow week here in the crafty household. Mainly as I've spent most of it in my room with the curtains closed and often with sunglasses on. I've had a massive headache for over a week and boy does it suck. Have been looking through my WIP's (work in progress's) and I've got so many that I've decided to try and get as many of them finished before the new year. I made a good start yesterday i feel :)

Anyways, the linky is live for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts.

If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

Once it becomes a bit more established, i will start to have a featured make each week but since its early days i thought i would take it one step at a time.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
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My Sunday Photo - 28/8/16

This last week has been horrible. I've had a headache all week and its not showing any signs of letting up. So today, rather than the baking i had planner, I'm sitting in my darkened room knitting.
Its nice to just continue one of my WIP's though. I'm along way off but at least I'm trying to get out of my crafting slump ... One square at a time.

Agent D has offered to make dinner tonight too which I'm grateful for. I just wanna sit in this room, in quiet and hope that google is just an alarmist (cause when googling my symptoms its coming up with scary answers :(

My Crafting Slump

I’ve been in a big of a crafting slump recently.

I have all these ideas going through my head and all these projects I want to so, so I start them and then something will happen, life might get in the way and it will sit unfinished for months (sometimes years) just begging to be completed.

I think its my own fault though as I always have these big projects in mind. Take this morning for example … I sat on my bed with my measuring tape and worked out dimensions needed and a design for a huge Disney quilt that I want to make. I’ve not even finished my first quilt (or my second for that matter) and I’m already thinking on my third one! And that’s not even including the knitted one I'm in the process off.

I found a beautiful cross stitch pattern that want to try, but I have like 3 other cross stitch kits that are in some stage of completion. One is almost half way. One has just an afternoons worth of stitching done and the other, a massive Romeo and Juliet design is about an eighth of the way through as its on even-weave and is so intricate.

I have a cushion on the go, some paintings half finished, 2 scrap books half done … Honestly the list could be endless.

So I’ve decided that before I start any big project, I have to finish at least one previous one first. So for example before I start the Disney Quilt, I have to finish the Halloween one. Before I start the new cross stitch kit, I have to get one of the others finished first.

I want to complete my projects rather than have a box full of WIP’s collecting dust.

I’m hoping that by new year I will have at least 5 of my old projects done and competed the new ones rather than just adding to my old pile of ‘to-do’s’.

Summer Snaps

Now that the Scottish kids are back at school, I've been thinking a lot about what we have been getting up to over the summer.

The summer holidays are always a perfect chance to catch up with family. There is no rushing about for school and everyone is full of energy ready to burn off through paying.

The sun doesn't set till later on in the evening so there is more time to enjoy the fresh air. Taking the dog for a walk before bed almost guarantees a good night sleep for everyone and even when the sun starts to set at 9/10 at night, the sky stays beautiful shades of blue. Everything about summer is picturesque. 

More importantly the Summer gives us all a chance just to chill out. Sitting in the garden relaxing is good for the soul. Enjoying the sunshine, the beautiful colours in the flowers and just enjoying being with each other.

Summer is a beautiful, colourful time of year, when all the flowers are blooming and the grass and trees are gorgeous shades of green. 

Its not hard to see why this is the Agent's favourite time of the year and for a snap happy mama, it provides a great chance to capture memories.

*Disclaimer -This post was sponsored by Ocean Loans and was compensated for. More information on my disclosure policy can be found here.
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