Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Not as originally planned! (A giveaway)

This post, that is :) You see, I was going to show you a couple of layouts I made yesterday, inspired my Shimelle's new prompt for her free 4x6 Photo Love class. I'm still keen to share them, but I'll defer that now till Thursday (after tomorrow's Project Declutter update) because I have so much else I want to share today! (If you're feeling impatient though you can see the layouts here and here...)

I had the most lovely morning enjoying coffee and chat with Ruth :) I'm so happy that her mother lives nearby so we get the chance to meet up whenever Ruth's visiting!


She brought me these flowers - aren't they gorgeous?! And we just had the loveliest long natter and catch up :)


Then I got home to find an exciting package waiting for me - so beautifully and happily decorated!


Inside was this amazing decorated clipboard and matching card from Beverly, as my Pay It Forward gift :)


Thank you so, so much, Beverly - I adore it! How sneaky of you to show it on your blog without letting on it was for me.... It is indeed a loved gift!


And as if that wasn't enough, soon afterwards there was a knock on the door and the lovely Mr Parcelforce Man delivered this package!


When I spotted the sender's details I nearly kissed him.... But I restrained myself and just kissed the box instead! Because look:


*squeal*.... Yes, it's my birthday present from The Doctor!! (I know my birthday isn't till August, but we weren't sure how long shipping would take so we had to order it early to make sure, OK?!)


I've loved the Jo Totes camera bags ever since I first saw them on Cathy Zielske's blog, and I can't believe I now own one! (Well, nearly! In a couple of months!)


I love that there are so many possible configurations of the inside, that there are several useful pockets, that the lining is such a pretty spotty dotty fabric, that it has long handles and a detachable shoulder strap too, that the outer is a deep, rich raspberry red (rather than the pinker shade suggested by my photos), that it's a really rather stunning handbag while also being a very functional camera bag.... Yep, I think I like it! ;)


I'm a very lucky girl indeed :)

And I do know it. I really am aware of it. I don't forget to thank God for my many blessings. Yes, I'm very lucky. I am aware though that there are so many in the world who are not nearly so well off. Shimelle has posted a reminder of that today. In an act of amazing generosity, she is donating to Plan-UK the proceeds from all sales of her online classes over the next 24 hours. That's an awesome thing to do - I already knew Shimelle rocked, but oh boy, isn't that the loveliest thing ever? The trouble is, I already have all her classes! So how can I help?

*lightbulb moment!*

I've bought the class 'When I Grow Up'. And one of you, my friends, can have this class as a gift from me. Would you like it? You just need to leave a comment telling me what you wanted to be when you grew up, and I'll put your name into the draw. Entries will close at 5pm GMT on Wednesday 1st June, and I'll announce the winner as soon as possible after that. Meanwhile, don't forget to go check out Shimelle's other classes to pick up a whole stack of inspiration and support an excellent cause at the same time!

PS Me? I always wanted to be a teacher. And a writer. And I guess now I'm both those things! Like I said, I'm a lucky girl indeed :)

29 comments:

Cheri said...

When I went into college I thought I wanted to be a college professor teaching American Literature and maybe writing the next great novel on the side. Or a psychologist. It only took one psychology lab course (teaching pigeons to peck and turn on a light cue) to cure me of anything even remotely related to the medical profession! Some days I feel like I ended up light years away from what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now I want to be a creative. Which is still light years away from my actual profession!

Kirsteen said...

When I was about ten years old I drew a plan of an complex for older people, complete with bungalows, gardens, ramps - the lot! I have no idea what prompted me to draw this but everyone said I would grow up to be an architect. And for a long time that is what I planned to do until I found out it took 7 long years. I opted for a much shorter degree and I work in IT but I like to think of it of the beginnings of designy/crafty self :)

Alison said...

LOVE your bag..and Shimelle's idea..AND your idea! I bought LSNED , but would love 'When I Grow UP...' too. I always wanted to teach, but if I hadn't made the grade, a Librarian was my second choice!
Alison xx

debs14 said...

When I was little I wanted to be a nurse, think it was inspired by Nurse Nancy in Bunty comments! However, as I got older it seems I miss a couple of qualities that a good nurse would need. Like the ability to touch feet. Especially other people's - yuk! So that would mean me missing out on the podiatry clinic. And eyes. Last night my son tipped his guitar upside down to retrieve something that had fallen inside and wood dust fell in his eye. 'Mum ... can you look in my eye and see if there's a splinter of wood in there?' accompanied with pulling down of the lower lid and bloodshot eyeball. So, no, can't do the eye clinic either. And please don't ask me to clean up anyone's vomit ... that would be the children's ward crossed off too. Guess I'm better off as a secretary!

debs14 said...

that should have read Bunty COMICS not comments - oops, looks like I shouldn't really be a typist either ;-)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Gorgeous bag!!

I'm weird. All I wanted was a 9-5 M-F desk job shuffling papers. The sort of job I can leave on my desk at 5pm & not think about again until 9am the next day. With paid vacation. So I could have my non-work time free to do whatever struck my fancy & not have to worry about the such & such presentation.

And I had that job. I had that job several times over before I became a SAHM. And it was everything I hoped it could be.

Carrie Rosalind said...

Oooh, I am SO jealous of your JoTotes bag! I want one! :) And that clipboard is super cute too!

That class looks amazing and I think I need to take it whether I win or not! I wanted to be everything when I grew up: first female President of the U.S., a veterinarian, a talk show host, the list goes on...;)

Sian said...

Oh, happy, happy day! Isn't it good to be able to blog it as a way of relishing the good things.

Ps, don't put my name in the hat generous as this offer is

Kirsty.a said...

What a generous girl you are. I was trying to choose between 'When I grow up' and 'My Freedom' I'll buy 'Freedom' and hope I get lucky here.
I always knew I wanted to teach Engish. I have never seriously considered anything else (though travel journalist ws my fantasy job)

Mary B said...

Wow love that camera tote and Raspberry Red is a favourite of mine.

Gem's Crafts said...

Oooh what a very good mail day you have had! Love that raspberry (that looks pink!) bag :)

I never really knew when I grew up what I wanted to do, at one point it was a gymnast another point, a ballerina! Now I work in finance, and three weeks in, so far so good :)

Ladkyis said...

When I grow up I want to be five feet two inches tall. I also wanted to run a horse riding school which I did, and write stuff, which I do. So the only ambition I didn't achieve is to be 5' 2". I made it to five feet one and threquarter inches but now my height is reducing as I get older and I am only five feet one and a half ~sigh~

scrappyjacky said...

That bag looks stunning, Mel....lucky you indeed!!
Please don't include me in the draw....though I always wanted to be a teacher....which I am....I can even remember sitting my dolls in a row in front of my little blackboard!!

angelfish said...

What gorgeous gifts and flowers too, you lucky girl:)
I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!

dogmatix said...

The bag is gorgeous...another thing to put on my want list lol.

I always wanted to work with the disabled which I do. :)

I also wanted to be The Doctor........

Dawn said...

I wanted to be a teacher, I ended up being a nursery nurse and now a teacher to my 2 young boys. Who knows maybe 1 day I'll go back to education and acheive my original dream!

Melissa said...

Oh my, Mel, what a wonderful giveaway. I read Shimelle's post and looked at the classes but am waiting 'til we get a few more paychecks here before purchasing anything else (so excited to get a paycheck today after none for a year!!!). YIPPEE

I wanted to be a doctor or lawyer or someone who made a lot of money when I grew up, but as it turned out my true gifting was in teaching (just like Mama always said) and I wouldn't change it for anything. Even though I don't hold a teaching position any longer, I'm tutoring 5th grade math this summer, coaching in the Finding Photo Freedom workshop, and studying for the next Bible Study I'll teach in the fall!

Carrie said...

Lucky indeed - looks like you have had a fabulous day! Lovely giveaway too, thank you for the chance to win!

I am always laughed at in my family as after the usual list of vet, helicopter pilot etc, I decided quite early on that actually I wanted to be an accountant.. and I stuck with that through from primary school to university.. and here I am several more years down the line a Chartered Accountant at last! :)

MonicaB said...

You are so generous. I love the bag!

To answer your question...the first thing I remember wanting to be was a belly dancer. Ya... But my dream job for most of my life was to work for Disney as a graphic artist even though most of my life I didn't feel like I was very artistic. ;) So I want back to school last year to get a Media Arts Degree.

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

There were a few, notably an actress/singer, genetic engineer and a writer.

furrypig said...

wow I can actually leave a comment on your blog why can't I leave one on others? Wierd blogger! Anyway, Ruth and you have had a fabby day, love your clip board and the camera bag looks amazing! The first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a trapeze artist! Totally makes me laugh now as I am terrified of heights and would never even try it out lol! Enjoy Whitsun xxx

Karen said...

You may have to 'google' my answer if you are under 40! When I was a little girl and if anyone asked me what I wanted to be I knew with such certainty that I wanted to be a Black and White Minstrel - a song and dance troup that performed every Sunday on t.v.

Miss Smith said...

I was quite fickle, so I wanted to be, by turns, a ballet dancer, a vet, a teacher and an opera singer. On the plus side, I know I ended up on the right one :D

P.S. I LOVE your camera bag and spent and enjoyable half hour browsing lovely camera bags. I definitely want one (I have a very functional, very boring unweildy black one) and I'm going to start saving my pennies!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oooooooh...I LOVE that bag, Mel! No wonder you were so excited. And I'm happy that you have it before your US trip so you can break it in.

Thanks for the offer on the class! xo

Jimjams said...

Beautiful bag - will you have to wait until August before you really get it? Torture!

I wanted to work with numbers ... I ended up working working with just two ... 0 and 1 :D

Scrappi Sandi said...

I always wanted to be involved in the film industry...leaving school I went off to tech to train in hairdressing & beauty therapy & then applied to the BBC to train as a make-up artist. 840 applicants for 12 places!!! Didn't get in!!!! So...I've worked in prestige cosmetic retail in various roles ever since instead!...a very enjoyable career with very agreeable perks!!

Beverly said...

So glad it has arrived, I laughed when you commented to my post with "me! me! me!" happy it was something you actually wanted. Your morning coffee catchup sounds lovely and I love the new bag, bet it is even prettier in the true raspberry shade. Don't put me into the drawing but I wanted to be a beautician, ballerina and mother.

Amy said...

Considering I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up I did have a few intial options ... first was a ballerina - but I could not even manipulate my feet into the first position, then I thought I'd like to be the captain of the Australian netball team, then I liked the idea of being a librarian - still do actually ... I think being a physiotherapist featured there for a while, quite a few thiongs as you can see!

I love the camera bag :-) And, isn't Beverly a clever lady - that clipboard is lovely!

Please don't include me in the draw, I think I have every Shimelle class that there ever was!

Jo.C said...

That bag is fantastic - I may just do the same for my birthday! I always wanted to be a teacher or a librarian. 2 weeks work experience in a library and I went back to the teacher idea and it stuck. I don't know what else I would do?
Great post x