Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A brand new year

Well its a brand new year and I have decided to do more things for me this year. I ended up being so stressed out last year that my head hurts just thinking about it. I used to have lots of hobbies apart from the bears and my hairdressing and slowly I ended up giving them up due to time. Well this year Im going to make time.

So here are my first creations of 2014. Ive made some cards. Just simple Thank you cards but once I started I was on a roll. I have that much craft stuff that it should keep me going for ages.

I also used to love scrapbooking so spent time yesterday going through all of my albums. I love looking back at photos and with scrapbooking you are telling a story with the pictures. 
So Ive logged back on to one of my favorite websites and have joined a team ready to get started. 
So my camera and phone camera will be with me at all times now as I look for photo moments.

Another thing I decided to start this year was a project 365. Its where you take a photo everyday of something in your life. Im really enjoying this and have been taking random pictures of family and my house. Here are a few so far.

An Orchid

Sewing in front of the TV

Me - A Selfie!

Outside my house this morning

Another Orchid

A circle Journal I created

Susan x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Looking back

I have just noticed that I hadn't posted on my blog at all in 2013. I had so many things happen during the year that I spent most of it being stressed out, ill or looking after one person or another.
My daughter Kaitlin had an appendicitous in April. We had to rush her to hospital for an operation and they took out her appendix within a few hours. I have never been so worried as I was that day but thankfully because of our wonderful doctor and then great doctors at the hospital she did really well. I couldn't thank them all enough, including the nurses that took care of her too.


Also this year my husband Phil had to have a new knee. He had an accident 20 years ago which badly damaged his leg and he came to the point now where he was struggling to walk very much. He had over 14 weeks off and still isn't fully recovered. His physiotherapy is still continuing as they try to get him walking without a limp. He had to have part of his shin bone shaved away to straighten his leg too. It was really bowed out from the damage to his leg. Already he is walking without pain which is something that he hasn't done for a long long time.
Heres Phil being a best man

We went to Cyprus in May at Phils mate Wilky was marrying his long time partner Andrea. We did have a fabulous time and the rest did us the world of good.
Me, Kaitlin, Joe and Phil

My eldest son has gone off to University in September. He is in Newcastle which is 3 + hours away from us so we only got to see him twice before Christmas. He has just been home for 3 weeks though which was great.

                                                                     Will and Kaitlin


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

I have just been to The Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event last weekend and here is a pic of some of the bears that came with me.

I was also involved in the Teddies Worldwide Christmas Treasures Bear Show at the weekend and here is a pic of the bears that I made for that.

Susan x

Friday, 6 January 2012

A few more pics

Relaxing waiting for a show and trying to keep cool

In this pic Joe was playing with the dolphins through the glass. He is kicking a ball and they are following it.
On my birthday

Mr Giraffe pulling tongues for the camera

Joe interacting with the whales at sea world

S x

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Aims for 2012....

Well here is another year and another set of aims to try to accomplish. As I always say it doesn't matter in the great scheme of things if I do them or not but for me its a little reminder each year.

So here goes,

1. Loose weight
Im putting this at the top this year as I am so fed up with it. I loose weight then I put it on. Its a never ending circle. So instead of thinking Ive got to loose 4 stone I have a plan. Im going to aim for 5 LBs a month. Now that sounds do-able doesn't it. I am going to post on here each month how Ive done too just to keep me going.

2. Get Fit
Now this goes hand in hand with num 1 but again I keep joining the gym and getting reasonably fit and then I give up. So my plan is to do something for 30mins a day. I will start off just doing 3 lots of 10 mins until I build myself up to a full 30 mins. I have a great little helper in my daughter who likes to think she is Jillian Michaels from the biggest looser.. If I enlist in her help she will make sure I get up and do it.

3. To get more creative with my photos
So now I have been taking more photos I need to get them off the computer and on the wall or into photo books or in scrapbooks. I had a new computer for christmas with the intention that I can finally have my own space to do my own work so I have no excuses. I have finally downloaded the last of my holiday pictures tonight so I have a few things to keep me busy straight away.

4. To build on my Bear Business
So last year I made more bears, this year I want to carry that on and build on it.

5. To blog more
Quite simply I love reading back on my blog and looking through my photos so I need to get on and update it more often. So my aim is to do a post a week, even if its just to add a picture.

I think that shall be enough for this year but I will leave you with one of my favourite photos from last year.
S x

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year 2012!!!

I wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2012.

I can't believe how quick time flies when you turn 21, next minute you are in your forties.... I haven't updated my blog for a while as life has been so busy round here ( excuses I know ). Anyway it is traditional of me to write my goals and aims down each year and also to go through last years just to see how I did.

So here goes. This was the list I gave myself at the beginning of the year.

1. To learn digital scrapbooking. Well I have learnt a lot this year but haven't had the time to do it that often but overall Im pleased with the fact I do know more that I did at the start of the year.

2. To take more photos. Yes I defiantly have taken a lot of photos. I haven't done anything with most of them though but I have taken them.

3. Loose weight. Grrr this is my least favourite goal ever. I struggle so much with it that its not funny now. I did loose weight again for my holiday in August which was fab but slowly and surely I have now put most of it back on.

4. To decorate the house. Well 3 rooms were started. I decorated my conservatory and we changed it round to an office, playroom and sitting room. We got new desks from ikea and sorted a lot out. We have now ordered a new sofa which should be here at the beginning of february ( a really good buy in sales ) so it shouldn't be far off then. Just a new rug etc. Also I changed all the curtains and bedding in my bedroom, so the room does look different. I didn't decorate as I didn't think it needed it but the walls do look a bit shabby now. I also had to get a new bed for K as her cot bed broke so I did her room up a little when we had the new bed. So not exactly what I wanted but a start....

5. To make more bears. Well I succeeded with this one. I did make more bears and luckily they all found new homes. I did 4 fairs in this country and then 3 on the internet. I advertised more and have tried to get my name out there. I had a new shop supply my bears in America and I carried on with the shops I supplied already. So I did have a great year with the bears and got to meet lots of lovely collectors in the process.

6. To pay it forward. Well this is a tricky one, how can you possibly judge this. I have been more considerate and kind and I have helped people where I can but I can't help thinking I could of done a lot more with this one. I am pleased with what I did do though.

So thats it, all my aims for the last year. Not too bad at all I think. So watch this space for the new ones I will put up for this year.

S x