The best thing about living down under is having everything upside down and backwards. Those crazy people in the northern hemisphere are bursting joyfully into spring as we Aussies are in the middle of weather that’s somewhere between summer and autumn and yet is neither – or both at once if we’re really lucky. Just when I think it’s time to whip out my cute cardigans, the temperature creeps back up and the weather says “I don’t think so, mate!”
So the ‘spring’ portion of this month’s blog train will come later on in the year (unless we skip spring again and go straight to summer, like we did last year – weather is whacked around here, yo), but I’m definitely feeling the ‘clean’ portion. Even if my place currently looks like the before picture in a KonMari article.
Anyway, onto the pretty things! Below you’ll find a mini kit, perfect for documenting your clean home (or not-so-clean, I’m not here to judge!), and a bonus alpha.
First off, I’d like to thank everyone for being so lovely and supportive throughout my pregnancy whining and the tragic blog neglect that followed. I appreciate all the well wishes and congratulations – and the sympathy at my pre-baby pity parties!
Secondly, this week I’m going to shamelessly direct you to my Etsy shop. Because I can.
Baby Thomas is now 6 weeks old – so all scrap bundles at Pixel In My Pocket are 60% off for this week only. So it’s an excellent time to add to your digital scrap stash! It’s an awesome deal – for less than $5 you get a huge full-sized kit along with a whole bunch of various extras, including papers, journal cards, alphas, and embellishments.
I’m offering two freebies this week featuring complementary papers for two of the discounted bundles: Tudor Rose and A Grimm Sort of Tale. The first is a set of glitter papers and polka dot foil patterns for all your medieval and historical needs, the second features one of my absolute favourite papers, the fairytale-inspired pattern that makes up my current header. And now you can download it for your collection!
I didn’t have 3 weeks – or even 4. Rather, my waters ruptured a day after my last blog post and I ended up in hospital waiting to hit 37 weeks so we could safely evict my impatient little pork chop. Four very long and dull days in hospital later, baby Thomas rocked up a whole 20 days early, perfectly healthy and cute as a button.
As you can imagine, the last month has been absolutely crazy and, with the early unexpected arrival, I didn’t get much of an opportunity to get things done. Now, with a baby who prefers to sleep on mummy rather than in his cot, I’m attempting to be productive while holding a baby!
(For the record, Photoshop is very difficult to work with one-handed. I have to work through the menu and mouse rather than use all those nifty short cuts. So frustrating! #firstworldproblems)
Here’s a mini kit I managed to make while juggling a baby:
It would seem that I somehow missed Christmas and the new year and skipped straight to March. So, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day!
In my defence, it’s been crazy and, while technically the last two months just flew by, they’ve also been the longest of my life (at least since the last time I was pregnant, of course).
I’m now only 4 weeks away from meeting my tiny new baby (although my bets are closer to 3 weeks), and I have all the time in the world and so much to do and absolutely can’t be bothered doing any of it because I’m freaking huge, it’s ridiculously hot and humid, and I’m pretty sure this kid will grow up to be a gymnast.
So in between attempting to Marie Kondo my house and napping every half hour, I’m trying to build up a stash of scrap stuff to share and sell. No guarantees, of course, and I can’t say that I won’t disappear for a couple of months again, but I will try!
In the meantime, I’m getting into the groove with a paper pack for the March PixelScrapper blog train, Mardi Gras (go on and check out the other submissions; they’re gorgeous). I just love the colour scheme and couldn’t resist all those jewelled tones. The pack comes with 7 solids, 7 shimmery foils and 15 abstract geometric patterns.
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. It’s a crazy, stressful, chaotic time – but boy, is it fun!
The tree is decorated, the presents are haphazardly piled up and waiting to be wrapped (I’ll get to it eventually), and my kids are pretty sick of hearing “All I Want For Christmas (Is You)” fifty times a day.
It’s also hot, humid and gross – perfect Aussie Christmas weather!
And it wouldn’t be a celebration without the Pixel Scrapper December blog train! It’s an amazing collection this year, and my contribution is a cute little mini kit, with a few extras to follow in the weeks up til Christmas.