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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Muddle Puddle Muse

Greetings and Salutations. And how are you this fine day?

Things at Muddle Puddle Hollow are whipping into a frenetic crescendo. We are getting ready to move. Literally and figuratively. Through the months of  April and May our household and garden will be moving to an 80 year old farm through. That is nearly ancient in this part of the world. It will have a real barn and outbuildings and mature trees. Well in fact it has trees so mature they are all dead, but that's for another post. As the new location is less than two miles away, it will be a long move with many trips using my mini van. We will be living in two locations for the next six to eight weeks.

The scope of the challenge this new home presents, to rebuild, refurbish, renew, is on such a scale that it deserves it's own voice and second platform for blogging has been launched under the banner of "Old. Tired. Ugly."

My first foray in bloggy-world, "Muddle Puddle" has evolved from a chatty place to share life's comings and goings, to a platform that showcases my scrapbooking journey. In a way, through the scrapbook layouts, you still get a view of the variety of activities that makes up life in this household. With the addition of the second blog, you can choose to keep up with the hands on nitty gritty(OTU), or skip along through the high points that get showcased in 12x12 format (MP). Or even still, (and I know at least two or three of you love me enough to do this, KP, MW, RB?) you might keep up with both.

So as the spring breezes blow and the last of the snow and ice dissipates from the driveway, why don't you come over for a little visit over a cuppa? I'm putting the pot on now at "Old. Tired. Ugly."

Sunday, 2 March 2014

February Round-Up

A prolific month overall, this round-up  is more than just the Counterfeit Kit, Crush on You.

Eleven layouts were born of this kit. And my surplus of Valentine's stash was almost eliminated. Robin was working away during V-Day so I made this layout to add photos of the belated celebration dinner we enjoyed when he got home.

Because I am not good at card making, I chose instead to create layouts for Robin. He often laments  that I don't scrap "us" enough. That would be because I prefer to chronicle the activities of the grandbabies. Can you blame me? They are cute and adorable, and we are, well, not so cute anymore. I was pleased overall with the layouts that feature my main man. I think he was too. They can all be viewed in flikr. Use tab at top of page for photostream or click here for the set.

During a mid-month crop day, 3 year old Rebecca learned to use Marvy punches. Their large lever handle makes them easy to use with little hands. This turned out to be a great way to get rid of small scraps.

Then she got interested in making a layout. We ran some of her punched shapes through the xyron. And the carousel sticker was another "crafty" item she put together. A few random photos and a a little help from gramma, and this was her first layout.
When the next day, (after sleepover at gramma's) we had to make another layout. I knew for sure, a scrapper was born. She recognized the people in these photos but wondered where she was. I answered, "You were just a twinkle in your daddy's eye."  which seemed to delight her, as she kept saying "twinkle in my daddy's eye" the rest of the day. More of her punched shapes, and lots of stickers, placed just so, made sure the second layout had her mark on it.

Being very good at accumulating tools and product that then languish in the cupboard, I challenged myself to use my cricut this month. Cracked open the Close To My Heart, Artbooking cartridge and made two Valentine's Day layouts. One is done. The second will need photos and more swag, of course.

And a bunch of Pet Pages were built, using Max and Whiskers from Basic Grey, plus extra papers and swag from the stash. Five 2 page layouts and 1 single for a total of 6. Again, they are all uploaded to fliker, if you care to see more unbelievable furry cuteness.

And all this was accomplished along side much television viewing of the Sochi Olympics. I am quite proud of my month long marathon. Now how do we get scrapping introduced as a demonstration sport?

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