Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A New Toy

I had some money for Christmas so Ive treated myself to a new printer. I haven't had a colour printer since Kaitlin used my beloved Epson as a money box. The ink was rediculously expensive so I didn't use it much anyway. So I bought a Kodak all in one printer as I heard the ink was cheaper than all the others. I spent an hour on Sunday setting it up and Ive been printing some pics to put in frames. I did find the pics come out best if you use kodak paper though and set the quality to best. I need to update the stationary for my bears and I will be able to print off papers etc for my cardmaking. So Im chuffed. It doesn't take much to make me happy you know.
S x

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Time for some new goals

Its time I set my goals for 2011 while we are still in January. I always say its not really important in the grand scheme of things to achieve them but it really does give me a focus.

1. I would like to learn digital scrapbooking this year. Im still getting to grips with Photoshop Elements and I like what you can create on it. I want to create alot of digital layouts through out the year and have them made into a book. A year in our life so to speak. I saw it on someones blog and I really liked the idea.

2. To carry on taking as many pictures as possible and to get more organised in printing them and storing them.

3. Loose weight. I would like to carry on where I left off and loose 3 stone before the summer. I liked being able to wear lots of nice clothes in the summer and if we do go on holiday it would make me feel better. I am going to take my stats at the beginning of each month and document it too. I saw this on another blog and thought it was a great idea.

4. I want to decorate my whole house this year. I haven't decorated for along time and everywhere is shabby. The biggest obsticle I have is money. I am on a tight budget so I am only going to buy things that are 1. On sale 2. Given to me 3. Second Hand 4. Very good Value or 5. Handmade. I will start by decluttering and sell some of my clutter on ebay etc where I can build up a fund to start me off. ( This is a biggy as there is so much to do in our house ).

5. To focus more on the bears. I have arranged 5 fairs this year including an online show. I worked on some new designs towards the end of last year and I was really pleased with how they turned out. My downfall is I don't promote myself enough. Apart from the fairs I don't tend to get out there with the bears so thats my aim.

6. To Pay it back more in 2011. I am very very lucky to have a wonderful life and family. I have had my bad times too so I know what it feels like but I am grateful for all the things I have and know that alot of people aren't so lucky. I would like to take time think about what I do and the effect it will have on others and if I can help anyone I will ( I do always try to to this but I recently read something that really touched me so much that I am making it one of my goals).

Well I think 6 is enough don't you. Lets see how I get on. Heres a pic of Phil and I from our Holiday in the summer.

S x

Monday, 3 January 2011

Looking back at my Goals for 2010

I always set myself goals / aims each year. Sometimes I manage to do them, sometimes I don't. It doesn't really matter, it just gives me a focus. Now before I set new goals for 2011 I must look back on my goals for 2010.

Here goes,

1. To loose at least 2 stone
Weight loss is always on my list. I have battled with my weight all my life. I have found as I get older the weight has stopped me getting on with life like I should. I get out of breath easier, I have a bad back etc.

Well I lost 3.5 stone up to August for my holiday( I did manage to put 1.5 stone back on though from August to now) so I can say I did manage this one for a change. 2 stone lighter yay.......A long way to go still but I don't feel as bad.

2. To try out more recipies

I wanted to eat much better this year and that included all my family so more home cooking was the way to go.

Yes I did this one too. I now make meals from scratch most of the time. I have learnt to make alot of healthier food. My family haven't been ill through it either so thats a bonus. ( honestly if you asked any of my family 5 years ago about my cooking they would of laughed).

3. To learn to use Photoshop Elements

This is a program you spend years learning how to use.

I made alot of progress. I completed 2 more courses and Im developing a folder of techniques I can look back on. Still alot more to learn but Im happy.

4. To take more pics

I have a fabulous camera and I wanted to use it more. I also got a little camera for my handbag so I am always able to take a photo.

I have taken over 700 pictures this year, 300 of those were on holiday but I think Ive done quite well. Its the editing and printing them now that needs to worked on.

Thats how I did. Not bad at all. They were not big things in the grand scheme of life but just little things that make my life easier. Now to the goals for 2011.....

S x

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Pyjama Day....

I decided to have a pyjama day today. A day when I got up at dinnertime and lounged around all day. The thought of doing it was great. I roped my little princess in too and even eldest son. I duly got up at 12 ( even though I was awake at 10 ). I had come down earlier to make tea and toast to feed us in bed. It was bliss. It felt naughty. I had thought of keeping the curtains shut all day and ignoring the door if anyone knocked. I was content - until Phil decided it was just disgusting that we should lounge around all day in our night wear and stay in bed. So I got up and got dressed as he anoyed me. Eldest son managed to stay in his pjs a bit longer and little princess stayed in hers all day. ( Good on her ). So my pyjama day was ruined. I am normally rushing round every day either at work or looking after my family so I wanted one day ( just the one) where I did nothing. I shall work on Phil, make him believe its his idea and believe me we will all have at least one day this year where we shut the world out and relax in our own little world.
It was really funny though because my father in law rang up at 1pm to see if we were all alright as he had driven past and all the curtains were shut.......


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Hoping you all have a great 2011!!!