Ally Pally, Packing and More.....

After last weekends little getaway and the long drive home from Scotland this week was a relatively quiet one for me. The cough I was carrying a few weeks back made a re-appearance so as soon as I was home from work each day I would do no more than have a bath and then head to the sofa to crash out and watch tv whilst working on my current crochet project. Sometimes you just have to take the easy option and let your body recover at its own pace.

I popped back to WW this week for the first time in about a month. Luckily I hadn't gained any weight which I was quite pleased with considering I haven't actually been on track at all. Once we have had our holiday I plan to get totally back on plan and do my best to lose some pounds in the run up to Christmas. I need to get out more at the weekend too and start walking again - going to try and drag Tom along with me too!

About a week or so ago I entered a draw on the Craft Obsessions Facebook page to win a ticket to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show at Ally Pally. I never in a million years thought my name would be picked but it was - yay!! I have been going to AP on and off for about 10 years now and I can still remember the very first time I went. The place was heaving and packed to the rafters with enough scrapbooking supplies to keep me going until the end of time. I have no idea how much I spent that first year but I do know that I had to stop shopping as I literally was weighted down by all my purchases and I couldn't carry one more thing. Unfortunately over the years the show has declined and the last time I went (in Spring 2016 I think) there was very little in the way of scrapping supplies. However for someone like me who loves all things creative its still a pleasant way of passing a couple of hours.
The show was ok but there was absolutely no scrapping stuff which was a little disappointing. I did manage to get a few bits and pieces though, a couple of stamps to make Christmas cards, some card blanks and some MDF shapes from Anna Marie Designs to make some pretty festive decorations. I also picked up a handy little stamping tool that will hopefully enable me to stamp perfectly straight images. Watch this space and I will share with you what I create with my new goodies.
I planned to begin my holiday packing when I got home but I felt a bit grotty so we just nipped to Tesco for some snacks and then ended up spending the evening watching Disney You Tube vlogs.

Anyway after a good nights sleep I began to sort through my holiday stuff, its so sad to think that this will be the last time this year I get to wear pretty Summer clothes - boo to it being cold again. Once again I used my packing cubes - they are so handy and make packing & unpacking an absolute breeze. Just two and a half working days for me and then its off we go - I can already feel the sun on my skin and taste the sangria!

Hope that you are all well and that you have had a good week and weekend. There wont be any blog posts until after our holiday now, I plan to share lots of sunny pics with you as soon as I am back. If you cant wait that long please you can pop over to Instgram and follow me there, I plan to post some pics on there whenever and wherever we can get wifi.

Love and hugs - Jane xx

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Scrapping the Disney Magic

Thought I would share with you a few more of the pages that I have scrapped for our holiday 2017 scrapbook album. These pictures are all from the couple of days that we spent in Disneyland California. I have loved creating these pages as they bring back such happy, happy memories of our trip, plus they are making me super excited for our holiday next year. For these pages I have used Echo Park and Simple Stories papers and embellishments as they have both produced Disney themed collection packs which work perfectly with my photos.

Below is the little planning journal I am making to record the build up to next years holiday. I was inspired by a video I saw on You Tube by Lollipop Box Club. The book and the all the papers and embellishments I am using to fill it are from the Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection. Its still very much a work in progress and I will be adding more pages as I go along and as I have details and info to put in.
For me the last few weekends have been a little busy I really haven't had much time for any crafting. Hopefully once our holiday is over I can get back to spending at least one day a week in my room. As someone who has always scrapped chronologically its a little daunting to be so behind and to be scrapping out of sync. Currently I am working on this years holiday but I still have last years trip to Spain to do and then there is Christmas 2016, Toms birthday and now another trip to Spain about to happen. Honestly I could do with a 3 month break from life and working just to catch up on it all! In addition to this I want to get a new desk and some storage units for my room which means that a huge clear out and a whole lot of re-organisation is required. All I need to do now is convince hubby that we need a trip to Ikea - wish me luck!!

As always thanks for stopping by,

Love and hugs, Jane xx
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September - A New Month & a New Season

Seriously how is it almost mid September already?? A new month and a new season are now well and truly upon us and those long hot Summer days seem like a lifetime ago. Autumn has arrived and is starting to deliver darker nights and damp chilly mornings. I am so not ready for this to happen yet, I truly am a Summer girl. The only time of year I am happy for it to be cold is Christmas, other than that I would be happy with warm sunny days all year round. I would much rather be sitting outside with a cold glass of a crisp Sauvignon Blanc than I would be curled up indoors with a hot chocolate! lol.

So here we go with a little update on what I have been upto over the last couple of weeks. I went for a much needed haircut, was only planning on a trim but my lovely hairdresser John gave me a colour on the house as he was running late and because I let someone go in front of me who was in a rush when I wasn't. Tom went to work on overtime so on Saturday I went to Debenhams on Oxford Street to get my brows waxed and tinted by Kim on the Benefit counter. Kim is amazing and she has totally transformed my shapeless hairy slugs into neat and tidy brows that I can be proud of. In the past I never really paid much attention to my brows, I really only every tweezed out the odd straggly and stray hairs. If anyone is thinking of starting a brow beauty regime I thoroughly recommend Benefit, plus if you download their Wow Brow app you get a stamp for every appointment which in turn leads to free treatments - what's not to love? Of course no trip to Debenhams would be complete without a browse of the beauty hall especially as they have a Kat Von D counter. I promised myself I wouldn't buy anything but I was weak and faltered and ended up coming home with a Shades of Light Plum eye palette and a Trooper Black tattoo liner. I do love the KVD range, the products are gorgeous and they really do last for ages.

Tom was working on Sunday too which meant another day home alone for me. I pottered about before heading over to Welling to see our friends Kate and Alex to celebrate their little girls 4th birthday. I only stayed for a couple of hours but it was lovely to catch up with some friends I hadn't seen in a while and also get some new baby cuddles with little Noah.

The weekend just gone saw us take a trip to Scotland to see some friends and to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. We had a fab time but boy we are far too old for that drive now. It took us 9.5 hours to get from the hotel to my Mums to collect Daisy and then another 45 mins from there to home. We chose to drive up this time as we left it too late and the flight prices were ridiculous, plus as we were over in Prestwick the flight times just didn't work out for us. Anyway despite the journey from hell home it was a wonderful weekend, filled with so much fun and laughter with the friends that we call family.

Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to leave me a comment and a link back to your own blog if you have one.

Love  Jane xx


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We have a Go Pro!

Finally after months of debating I gave in and bought us a Go Pro Hero 5. Yay - who doesn't love a new gadget! I ordered it around lunchtime on Wednesday and 24 hours later it was in my hands - fab service as usual from Currys.
Now if I am honest the Go Pro isn't actually something that we needed as I only bought Tom a new camcorder for Christmas last year. When I bought the camcorder I had our holiday earlier this year in mind as I knew we would want to film lots, especially as we were going to LA and Disneyland. I did lots of research and even considered the Go Pro before I finally decided upon the Canon Legria HF R78. Now the Canon is a great camcorder but it proved to be a little bulky and cumbersome, especially whilst we were in the parks and even more so when we were on the rides. So with this in mind and knowing that we will want to films lots and lots when we go to Orlando next year I started doing some more research (as if I needed another reason to watch more Disney vlogs on You Tube!) before finally taking the plunge and making the purchase.

The Go Pro Hero 5 is the newest addition to the Go Pro range and it has a wealth of features that will make life so much easier when we are out and about on holiday. For a start its a tiny little item that neatly fits into the palm of your hand, its also very lightweight so will be very easy to carry about and use when we are moving about.
Some of the key features that make this a must have for us are:
  • Its waterproof (upto 10m) as it is, there is no need for any additional housing.
  • Electronic Image Stabilization makes for much better quality footage.
  • 4K Resolution giving super sharp image quality.
  • A screen on the back give you the opportunity to see what you are filming (you can also adjust the settings using this screen).
  • One touch and voice activated controls making records quick and easy.
  • It has an app which connects to your smart phone where you can control the Go Pro as well as watch, edit and upload your footage.
There are tons of accessories to go with it too, various clips, mounts, arms and harnesses etc to suit all activities. So far we have the a waterproof arm, hand and wrist mounts, an additional battery and dual charger and a mini tripod with mount. To be honest I think these will be all that we will need as we wont be doing any extreme sports!! The only other item I would like is the Karma Grip, however with a price tag of around £299 its way down the list. There are much cheaper alternatives out there and if we decide that we do need one then these are what we will be looking into getting.
We will be taking the Go Pro to Spain with us later this month so that will the perfect chance for us to see how it works and what it can do. I am really looking forward to putting it to the test, especially when we are messing about in the pool.

Do you have a Go Pro, if so what do you use it for and how do you find it works for you?

As always thanks for stopping by and having a read. Please feel free to leave me a comment and a link back to your own blog of you have one.

Jane

** Disclaimer: The opinion(s) I have given in this post are all my own and are 100% honest. I bought this camera with my own money and I haven't been paid to promote either Currys or Go Pro.
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