When I went on maternity leave before having my first child, I was ready to be productive. I had a long list of things I wanted to do: set up the nursery, buy all the pretty little clothes, reorganise my pantry. You get the drift.
What I actually ended up doing? Rewatched The X Files in it’s entirety and ate Doritos.
I now find myself in a similar situation with lockdown. I was going to read books, bake my own bread, homeschool my children, cook every meal from scratch … basically, I was going to turn into a 60s housewife with modern appliances and fewer jellied dishes.
What I’m actually doing: hanging out in my pyjamas as my children trash the place.
Okay, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but that is what it feels like a lot of the time. There’s a lot of time spent keeping the children fed and clothed (mostly in their pyjamas, lets be real), catching up on all the schoolwork that we didn’t do the day before, and remembering at 5pm that I forgot to defrost the roast for dinner (pizza for dinner!). It’s just too easy to fall into complacency.
Which brings us to my contribution to the the Pixel Scrapper May blog train. Basically I started out with a grand plan for a shabby chic mini kit for all your vintage needs, but only ended up with a pack of papers. Such is life.
The silly season is upon us and it’s time for family, food and presents.
Short and sweet, today I’ll leave you with some previous Christmas freebies. If you’ve been following the blog for long enough, you may have them already. If you’re a new follower (HI THERE!), they’re fresh and exciting!
Click on the links to be taken to the preview and download page. I’ve checked them all and they’re working, but please do leave me a comment if you have any problems.
What I was going to do this month was make a whole Christmas kit, split it into bite-sized bits, and then offer it every Friday until the end of the year. Then at the end of December you’d have a nifty little kit for all your sparkly Christmas scrapping.
What I’m actually doing – digging into my stash and finding some backups because I have approximately 5 minutes of freedom a day until the end of the month (and year, eek) and I sure as heck didn’t have time to make a full Christmas kit.
But if you scroll below this post you’ll find a cute little Christmas mini kit in a non-traditional colour palette. That’s as good as it’s gonna get this year.
I was in the middle of creating elements for my purple and pink and black and silver gothic-inspired kit, and I thought to myself, I like paperclips. I want all sorts of paperclip shapes. Where can I find paperclip shapes? Then I went looking for paperclip shapes.
I’m a sucker for gold accents on rich, dark hues. This week I have a lovely paper set of navy blue with beautiful and delicate gold patterns. They’re from a retired set of papers from long ago; I picked the best of the bunch, fixed them up and repackaged them into this nifty collection.
We’re well in the middle of spring down here. The transitory rains seem to be over (aside from one midweek rainstorm that came out of nowhere and didn’t seem to impact on the temperature much), and the sun is shining beautifully.
It’s the calm before the storm, so to speak. Only a few weeks of glorious spring sunshine before summer starts to creep up on us. Then begin the road-melting, foot-cooking sand, and dashboard egg-frying temperatures.
That’s summer down under.
This week I have a lovely pack of sunflower inspired patterned papers. And a few sunny gold tones to round it out.