Mega Huge Rocking Friday Catch Up...

Apologies - this is going to be picture heavy. I can't believe early February was the last time I managed to do one of these. Dodgy internet has meant I haven't even tried to get one compiled, although I have still been counting my positives each week, popping photos into my little folder on the PC. It's ingrained now, you've totally changed the way I think over these past few years Virginia.

So. What's happened to make me smile since... ahem... February.

Well, my eldest baby turned 18. I tried to forbid it. I tried to stop it. I got a tad emosh behind the scenes. But it happened anyway. We asked her how she wanted to celebrate and she chose a quiet night in with an indian takeaway. So that's what we did... The day before her birthday. We knew she'd have lots of people coming to see her on the actual day so we thought that was the best way to give her what she wanted. The following evening we had a dvd sesh with one of our friends and a pizza buffet on the table. It was really nice.
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The Bear thought she needed a bit of help with the candle blowing
Talking of birthdays, mine was at the end of February. I was spoilt rotten with books and arty supplies. A couple of friends, Virginia & Mel, got me the Inktense - have wanted to try those for ages. The pencils and sketchpad came in a black satchel and was from my Dad "for school" :)
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The bunny above, I won recently on the Royal Doulton Facebook page. It's a special edition by the artist Pure Evil. Isn't he fabulous?  He's sitting on top of the books I'm reading at the moment. The top one was a Christmas present but the bottom two were for my birthday from a couple of lovely friends.

Fables is a collection of the first few Fables comic books. I'm loving that - fairy tale characters transplanted to America - and not at all as we know them. Thanks Susie - I'm loving it. It has introduced me properly to the artist James Jean who did the covers. He's amazing! The Dave McKean book is simply stunning to look at and compiles his covers for the Sandman books minus the title, price, barcodes etc. He goes into detail about how he did them and it just engrosses me completely. My friend Sarah got me it, she actually introduced me to Dave McKean and the Sandman stuff when she compared something I drew to his work. I am a little obsessed by him now and realise what a massive compliment that was. The picture below gives a little peek inside...
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And then I got these two books as well, the Wonderbook is amazing crammed full of colour and information. I'm just about finished the Coraline book now - my oldest (as in time known, not that she is ancient... ) friend Lesley got me that and the Liquitex in the picture up top. Am cracking through both the book and the paint - thanks Lesley :) I'm on such a Neil Gaiman kick at the moment -  I've got American Gods lined up next.

I have been saving up for two years for a phone with a decent camera. I just wanted a camera in my pocket - don't care about the phone. My Dad, Craig, his Mum and a couple of friends knew this and gave me some pennies for my birthday which finally took my savings up to the right amount. Woohoo! So I have had great fun playing with my new toy - I love wandering around old cemeteries and am quite often in our small local one. It's a nice walk through and there's loads of birds and squirrels in there. Here are a few of my favourite statues - taken on the first day out with the new camera. (I don't even call it a phone.) It's got a lovely camera on it - more megapixels than my actual bulky camera. These were just point and shoot piccies so I am looking forward to having a play with all the settings and whatnot.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Cemetery Angels
This little Miss learned to tie her shoe laces in February - we all know what a tricky one that is. She was so proud of herself :)
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Rachael aka Shroo and I have decided to become old fashioned penpals. You know, physically writing to each other and getting an actual non-bill letter through the door. She's an amazing artist (go check her out) and it just really brightens my week opening up a package of sunshine like this. (Yes, zombies and fantastical fish definitely count as sunshine.)
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Slow cooker curry. Mmm mmm mmm. Craig's Mum gave us her slow cooker and I am just loving it. 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Slow Cooker Curry
My sister and her girlfriend bought two carrier bags full of art stuffs when they dropped my birthday pressie in. The kids had done a clear out and don't really do art much now so I inherited all this. Canvasses, paints, easle, pastels. So much stuff! Ruby and Pheebs have already been using the paints. (And trashing my shedio. Phoebe!) So it's definitely appreciated.
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Look at this. You wont believe how quiet it was at this moment in time. No shouting, no arguing, no banging and bashing. Perfect peace with brother and sister sharing a moment. I couldn't resist taking a sneaky snap.
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Cute little Marmite pots squirrelled away from an all you can eat breakfast buffet. Some people pocket the muffins. I pocket the Marmite pots.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - I Love Marmite
Beautiful sunsets at the end of a long drive home and crisp frosty mornings to greet us.
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Sunset & Frosty Morning
Craig and I found ourselves in Essex the other week. Would've been rude not to drop into Ikea, sample the breakfast and have a little look around. I bought some lovely white plant pots to use as pencil holders and finally got a deep frame for the Highland Coo tile we got on our last Scotland trip.
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But best of all... Craig surprised me when we got to the pick up area, by going and picking up a turquoise Raskog!! 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Raskog
I've wanted one for months and months and months. After seeing all the storage ideas online and having not much space here - it seemed perfect. But quite expensive. So it's been on my 'save up for' list. I now have to be patient as it is still in the box. When Devvie goes to uni in September (everything crossed for her) we will be moving into her loft bedroom and the two younger ones will be having our room. Our room is the biggest but a funny L shape. We've worked out that although Devvie's room is smaller, because it's a rectangle, we can get our bed in and a desk for me. So I will have an indoors, out of the way area to work on in the Winter. I wont have to pack stuff away for fear of rippage, or doodled over stuff. I might even be able to set my sewing machine up. Yay! So the Raskog is for there, we'll set it up in September. Ain't he a gem, my man?

And you know what? That'll do me. How's that for a catch up. Of course there has been loads more that has made me smile but I fear I may be already at ridonkulous length for this post.

Thanks for stopping by today :) How have you been?
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Rocking Friday is the brainchild of Virginia over at Celtic House. She encourages you to look back over your week and count your positives rather than focus on the negatives.  I'm not kidding when I say she has re-programmed the way I think. It's not a quick process by any means but it becomes habit - to look for the good. I have suffered from depression in the past. It's not something I talk about a lot and I still have my moments. But in the main. I try always, always to find a positive these days. I really recommend it :)


  1. Wow, I can't believe Devon is 18!! You don't look old enough ;-). She is a beautiful young woman, you must be very proud of her. What/where is she hoping to study? Rhys is aiming for Winchester to study archaeology.
    I loved all your arty bits and pieces for your birthday, I know you'll have fun getting down and dirty with those. I have those intense pencils, they're fab :-)
    A really happy post, great to read!
    Hugs, LLJ xxxx

  2. Lovely catch up. I laughed at the idea of you trying to stop your daughter turning 18! Great idea with the penfriend too. I still have mime from school, we send post cards to each other every couple of months, love non bills post :-)

  3. What a recap!! Not sure where to start... Congrats on not looking old enough to have an 18-year old daughter!! Loved all the photos - especially the ones with your fab new phone sorry camera, lol!! Enjoy your penfriendship and art too, there is something wonderful about non bills post. Huge hugs xx

  4. Fantastic post. Belated Happy Birthdays to you and Devvie. I'm glad I'm not the only one to be in love with my camera phone - my old camera will no longer be coming on holiday with me (especially love all the apps that can take an OK piccy to something truly amazing). You'll have to keep us updated how you get on with the IKEA trolley as I keep looking at them and then thinking I've not really got the room. xxx

  5. Girlie - THAT is a catch up and a half!!! Awww.....Your baby's 18!! Awww! I spend a life in denial and assume that all kids 'stick' at 9. I don't care if they show up with 6'2" tall with a beard....they're 9. Dammit! I'm glad you got treats and awesome stuff - can''t think of anyone who deserves it more! You have the Wonderbook! ooooooo...... And some more oooooooo....... Also glad you got latest parcel - I have SO little faith in the postal service! Buggers... Happy you like your parcel of weirdness, penpal o' mine!

    Those pics you took are bloomin' marvelous so they are! ANOTHER awesome talent you had hidden away there.... You gonna make a portfolio to show your tutor? (yes - yes you are) and some art from them?

    You're awesome. Totally! Sending you e-hugs and zombie conjoined twins with dancing poodles. Because it's a Saturday. My excuse. xxxxxx

  6. And it has made my Sunday morning to see a return of these posts! Always, always a favourite. I'm all chuffed for you that you got your cart and your phone and some excellent books. I can just see you packing and repacking the trolley to your satisfaction :)

    Hope you and the family are having a nice weekend (slightly selfishly lol because that way maybe we'll get another post..)

  7. Fabulous Rocking post, darling!

    Happy 18th to Devon. Wow, she's a beauty!

    Lots of lovelies in this post, I really enjoyed reading it.


  8. Carmen that was an epic read, but so worth it and I needed a positive uplifting post this morning - so this one completely and utterly hit the spot! I love the shoe tying photo, the birthday meal photo - you can't possibly have an 18 year old - you look fantastic! Glad you finally got yourself that much sought after phone - I agree with one of the other comments that you should ensure you've got a couple of great photo aps to help you play with them. I love instagram, PIP and pxlr express - instagram because it creates square photos, photo in photo - because it's quirky and pxlr express as I get to write on my photos!

    I'm glad that Rocking still works for you Carmen, it does become engrained doesn't it! I love that no matter how bad the week there are some fabulous examples of why life is something to be cherished!

    Much love!

  9. You had me at the turquoise storage cart! Ha! LOVE that - and happy bleated birthday to you both! YAY to new supplies, wonderful fiends and tying one's own shoes. BRAVO on all! xoxoxo

  10. Wonderful pictures and post.

    Hugs Diane


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