Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Catching up (just a little...)

As with most (and quite possibly probably all) of you, this time of year just gets busier than ever. I'm fed up of hearing myself apologise for falling behind with my blog visits, so please just take it as read. I will do my best to get round to see you all and comment when I can, but I can't promise when that will be! It may be that for a while I'll need to scale down my commenting in order to fit in more reading, but I will try to check in with you often enough that you know I am still reading :)

Meanwhile, apart from my Project 365 posts, I shall also be scaling down my own blog posting for a the next few weeks. I have plenty to share about the fabby weekend away, and I shall be working on my Journal Your Christmas as well as some sort of December Daily, but I shall probably aim to do less frequent 'round up' posts with a few days at a time rather than daily individual posts. I'm hoping that will save some time for both me and you! (And I think you deserve a rest after my mammoth posting frenzy with all my Pretty Paper Party layouts!)

People who've signed up for the second phase of the Facebook Project, I'll be in touch with you very soon. All your faces are stamped and ready, but I was planning to go to the Post Office on Wednesday; however, both The Children's schools will be closed due to the strike action and I've also offered to look after my friend's two kids for some of the day so it looks like that one window of opportunity will be closed and I might have to wait till next week :( I'll send an email round letting you know where I'm up to with that.

I did want to share with you some particular photos as soon as possible, though :) One of the (many) highlights of the weekend away was receiving a very special gift from the lovely and very talented K as part of a Pay It Forward. I had no idea what she might make for me but having seen some of her previous projects on her blog I knew I was in for a treat! Do you want to see what I got? :)


Isn't it amazing? A specially altered dictionary, custom-made for me!


I love the finish on it - the texture, the glaze, the patina of age, the little details...


But you know, it's even more special than might appear at first. You see, when you open it up and turn the first few pages, nestling inside in a little secret cubby hole is:


How extra fabulous is that?! I love K!! She rocks! Thank you, my dear :)

(Footnote: I tweeted pics of this last night, and Green & Black's spotted my tweets and retweeted the photo above! So thrilled that K's creation gets the recognition it deserves!)

Right, my friends. Time for me to have an early lunch before heading off to teach my papercrafts class then collecting The Children from school and dropping them off home then going to a (long) school governor meeting before fetching The Tomboy from Brownies then dashing home for a late dinner before heading out again to collect The Boy from Kids' Club and then trying to dash off a few more Santa letters because some came in late on Friday so I couldn't do them over the weekend and then having a much-looked-forward-to Skype with my dear friend Amy... Yes, it's a quiet day today! ;) Speak soon xx

22 comments:

Lynn said...

Wow Mel - just reading what you are up to today makes me want to lie down! I guess its that time of year! Love the dictionary, especially its hidden secret! Sounds like you all had a fab weekend away.

Lizzie said...

It was a fab present - I think we all loved it. What fun that Green & Blacks re-Tweeted it. K is very talented - even her cakes are amazing!

Also busy catching up - with everything at once! Trying to do Chritmas shopping. DS is also off school tomorrow. He will be helping to take Sherlock to the vet for his booster jabs.

Have a good week!

Melissa said...

What a wonderful gift Mel!

It is definitely busy here, too. I have a few "slow" days this week, then it kicks off again in full gear until after New Year's. It's all fun stuff, and I'll be taking lots of photos along the way to scrap next year.

Mary B said...

What a fantastic present I love love love love love it.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh my! Definitely busy! Not sure how you manage to do it all. Thanks for the reminder re: pretty paper party. I want to do a few more layouts and then do a class review!
Rinda

Kirsty.a said...

What a gorgeous PIF gift. I think i will do the same as you and post JYC weekly. I'll try to keep up with the forum daily and do 'catch-ups' here. Getting so busy

Photographing Mom aka tammyshere said...

Amazing gift!!! Was great to read your catch-up. :)

Sian said...

Very cool present!

I'm going to own up to the fact that I loathe going to our Post Office. It's across lanes of traffic and the parking is horrible. So I do try to save things until the weekend because TA doesn't mind going!

Miriam said...

What a beautiful book Mel and it reminded me that I used to love making those secret books! I might just try to make one again.

Emily said...

That is the coolest gift!!! I'd love to try and make something like that to give as a gift... I'm inspired now!

I know what you mean about busy... lots of stuff going on here as well. Love hearing about what you are up too!

The Creative Beast said...

I'm glad that you are going to stop berating yourself for not commenting on everyone's blogs! I've learned long ago that there really are not enough hours in the day for us to do it ALL and I've also learned that I can not comment on each and every blog on my list, as much as I'd like to =-\

I do hope you will use some of the time you'd use commenting and use it savoring that tasty chocolate gift you received! ;) You deserve a break!!

K said...

I'm just really happy you liked it darlin', & thank you everyone for your lovely comments on it :-)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Love the book!!

Clair said...

That K is a talent, isn't she? I loved the secret stash of chocolate - and how awesome that Green and Blacks have picked up on the Tweet. Much deserved recognition for the lovely K x

PS. Hope you enjoyed your skype. I know just how much you've been looking forward to it!

Gail said...

What a terrific gift with it's wonderful secret inside! Reading about your day has me pooped and I just got up.

Alison said...

Hi Mel...commenting from sunny Barcelona-the Birthday Girl is still asleep, so have grabbed a few mins on her laptop! Looking forward to reading reports of the weekend away and love your pressie. I reckon we'll all be slowing down on the comments over the next month or so
Alison xx

Gail said...

What a terrific gift with it's wonderful secret inside! Reading about your day has me pooped and I just got up.

Amy said...

I dunno, you seemed pretty cool, calm and collected by the time I was chatting with you!
TFYO wanted to skype with you again tonight our time so she could say good morning and tell you it was dark here now ... she's obviously a shy child! ;-)

Miss Smith said...

Very. Cool. Indeed.

Glad you had fun at the weekend - I totally want to see what you made. And go to the next one, obviously :D

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

What a fabulous gift, something to really treasure. So glad you had a wonderful weekend away. I would have loved to be there, but it wasn't to be. Darn those National Express timetables!

Beverly said...

As I read this, I am doing blog catch up and am thinking I need to just call a blog amnesty and read current postings. Funny, I have been off track and am thinking with December I may just get back into a blogging routine..silly me lol. The PIF gift is amazing, how very, very special! Tooc ool that they picked up on your tweet :)

Missus Wookie said...

How cool! Especially the hidden bit, just mailed mini bars of G&B milk chocolate with my PIFs in the US.