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About Me

Married to my soulmate with 2 beautiful girls,and our English Springer Spaniel, Suki. Living a country life in Cambridgeshire, whilst baking, gardening, and photographing our daily lifes, where they find a place on my scrapbook pages.

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My little place on the web

This blog is just that, my little place on the web.You will find my daily (or not so daily, hehe)life, my love for my new vegetable garden, baking, photography and my scrapbooking!

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My Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a way of life for me now.It has been for over 4 years. I love journaling, taking photos of my family and love colour and texture, these are all part of my everyday life and scrapbooking.

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Happy Halloween

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/31/2010 05:00:00 PM 1 lovely comments
I am usually full of Halloween fun and frolics, but not this year I am afraid. Its dull, raining and is tradition in this house Lilly is under the weather. I do have sweets for those that may call, but we have decided to give it a miss this year, I know I am such a scrooge! But in a more serious note, here in the Uk and more so in our small village, those that participate has become less and less and is more of a dissapointment to the children, and I am totally jealous that our friends across the pond do it in so much style!!!

I did scrap though today, and it was a Halloween layout and a mini book, but I have been unable to take a half decent photo due to the light, so will have to share tomorrow. I will also have a give away for you too!

In the meantime I have some Halloween kits available here if you need a cheap kit to scrap those spooky piccies! Scenic Route Salem papers, chipboard, stickers!

Dont forget Pencil Lines goes live tonight with a new sketch and guest designer.

If you are celebrating, enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Rock Chic

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/29/2010 11:59:00 PM 4 lovely comments
My eldest daughter, my first born, my dear 10 year old girl, Izzy, is a "Wanna be Rock Chic". Loves the black and blue denim jean look, has her eye on mums (size 10, ) leather jacket that I really did wear one day, and you end up with a trip to a graffiti wall on the side of the A1 South Bound, armed with a Rock Band mike and mike stand and a set of drum sticks.


We had an absolute blast





These are just a few favs




Edited with lots of POP!




Is the inner Rock Chic in you wanting to come out and play? Then email me to book a fun mini session for details!
In fact these may have got me wanting to scrap again!!!


Thanks for stopping by!
Anna x


Edited : Paint the Moon Essential and Makeover actions and optimized for the web
PS: Please let me know if you have issues  viewing my images. I am viewing in firefox

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WW2 Evacuees

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/28/2010 10:57:00 PM 1 lovely comments
Last week, the girls both spent a day as WW2 evacuees, complete with gas mask box and name tag!
School dinners was representitive of a meal during WW2, (much to Izzy's dislike, the portions were too small LOL). The day started with some Vera Lynn, and the day ended with song and dance at the street party held in the hall; bunting flags and a buffet!

here is my "posh evacuee" (Izzy's words not mine)




and my French evacuee ( because she had a pink beret on!)



and here is one of both my little evacuees




edited: Pioneer Woman 2 Heartland and Pioneer Woman 1 Burn Edges

I am getting nearer and nearer to finalizing my new photography site. Have a portrait session to do on Saturday and a baby boy shoot in a couple of weeks, which I am so looking forward too! My client had seen my work on facebook, and contacted me! The wonders of the world wide web....

Thanks for stopping by
Hugs
Anna x

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The i photo booth

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/26/2010 04:30:00 PM 3 lovely comments
Yikes, I have just discovered what the i photo booth is all about on my i mac!!!
It results in hours of fun! And when you say to your hubby " open up i photo so i can show Sue" and he says why its boring, you then discover he actually has spent  some time playing!!

first sttempt

sue pops round after the crop

boring is it hubby??
omg how scary is this!!

nice!


Think I may be playing a bit more this week! I must apologies for the untidy office, never realized how messy it looked from behind!

Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Blue and Pink

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/25/2010 10:02:00 PM 1 lovely comments
This week I am inspired by blue and pink. Usually thought of us colours for new born babies, but when a brighter palette is used it can result in a funky colour combo.




1. Flickr Pink & Blue Baby Bumps - Funny Coincidence!, 2. Inde - Blue and Pink, 3. bokeh blue and pink, 4. Pink Turns To Blue, 5. New Pencils With Pink Erasers on Blue and Pink, 6. String of hearts, 7. pink in blue, 8. Pink & Blue Vanilla Cupcakes, 9. Amigurumi Pink and Blue Owls in Love

How will blue and pink inspire you this week? Here is my colour combo for you to use and hopefully be inspired.




Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/22/2010 08:29:00 PM 1 lovely comments
We got our new i MAC last weekend, and I love it! I am being a good girl and spending time organizing my folders. As many of my friends know, I am so disorganized and the same is of my desktop. So I am spending time making sure this computer keeps tidy. I currently hold 2007-2010 on my desktop ( as well as my external hard disc). I have spent the last few days strolling down memory lane, and boy has it been fun!

seeing photos again like this one ( august 2007)

one of my all time fav photo of Lilly



and this one

slight angle overload here!

and this one

look at that gappy mouth!



Makes me smile :)

Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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I am here

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/20/2010 10:35:00 PM 6 lovely comments
Sorry for the lack of blogging these last few days, life hasnt gone as planned, does it ever, LOL.
Monday I had a Dr's appointment and 30 minutes later, it was confirmed that I have Osteroarthritis in my right knee, right hand and neck. As you can imagine it wasnt something that settled with me easily, and I am still trying to work it out in my head. Medication that I take for the pain, knocks me out cold and the last few days I have needed to take my cocktail of meds to ease the pain in my knee.
Whilst I am coming to terms with my condition, if anyone has some tips on diet and exercise I would be most greatful!
I know I have to lose some weight to ease the load on my knee, but like all women, when I heard the news I did not reach out for an apple, but a packet of yums yums! That sure aint gonna help my problem now is it!!

So who joined in all the fun at the weekend over at Pencil Lines? A lot of inspiration and sketches can still be found over on the website. Deadline for layouts/cards is October 23rd 12pm GMT

I designed a new sketch, sketch 209 for our celebrations.
I used a photo of the girls from the summer, and used lots of Crate paper product.

Sketch 209






Layout - Love



Supplies : Crate Paper pattern papers , Crate Paper chipboard, Prima flowers, Dear Lizzy ribbon, Prima crystals

Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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4 amazing years!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/16/2010 10:34:00 AM 5 lovely comments
Can you believe that tomorrow Pencil Lines are celebrating 4 years of inspiration and creating new sketches for you!


Our design team has gone from strength to strength, we have had over 200 amazing guest designers, and over 40 gorgeous RAKS have been sent out to you, our readers and fans! Pretty impressive dont you think.

Tomorrow we are celebrating with sketches past and present. Our design team have chosen a sketch from the archives, and will be sharing with you why they love sketches so much.

On the hour, every hour from 8am GMT, a sketch will be posted along with a RAK from one of our sponsors. That is alot of prizes and alot of inspiration! At 8pm GMT we will post a brand new sketch as normal.

To start the celebrations off, go pop on over to Pencil Lines for details of some  pre party fun!

I do hope you will join in the fun
Hugs
Anna x

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Work in Progress

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/15/2010 07:41:00 PM 1 lovely comments
With Halloween just around the corner and my Nikki Sivils Halloween papers screaming out to be used, I am going to make some fun projects. I also received my Such Sweet Tierney buttons to work with, and amongst them were some gorgeous Halloween coloured buttons and some skulls, oooooooo.







First things first, my studio needs a serious clear out and tidy up before I can even attempt to get a button out! Its seriously messy, which means I am seriously uninspired.

Lets hope for inspired stuff this weekend
Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Photos from Sunday's shoot

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/13/2010 11:26:00 PM 5 lovely comments
I had a great 2 hours on Sunday shooting a birthday party with eleven 13-14 year old girls!
Location was the kids playground and  alot of fun was had on slides and swings!

I am sharing a couple for now as sneaks. I hope you like them Ana.









The weather was gorgeous, but the sun was just a bit too bright for photographing in. So I went for a natural sun flare, and they turned out to be my favourite photos!(2nd photo) Love the retro feel of these; hope the birthday girl loves them too. I still have a couple of spaces left if you would like a mini photo shoot, before November 30th. Email me for details.

Today I have been busy in the kitchen making batches of soup for the freezer. My favourite flavours being Tomato and Basil soup, and Carrot and Coriander, yummy.
Do you have a  favourite soup flavour?

Thanks for stopping by
Anna xx

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Chocolate and Duck Egg Blue

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/11/2010 08:12:00 PM 0 lovely comments
This week I am inspired by Autumn mornings sat on my back porch drinking a mug of coffee; chocolate browns and aquas.

These colours are also inspiring fashion designers around the world, and also inspired the colours for my bedroom.



Here is this weeks colour combo:






How will you be inspired by these colours this week?

Have you used a colour combo from my Inspiration Monday posts? If you have please link me or email me your inspired project. I would love to share some of your ideas here on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by
Anna xx

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Inspired by Inspiration Monday

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/10/2010 10:41:00 PM 3 lovely comments
Inspired by Purple and Lime, I made 2 layouts using Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage, although not strickly lime, the colours in the papers reminded me of my blackberry walks.



Kick

This photo was one I had taken for Karen Russells Photography workshop; love that it looks like Lilly is kicking the graffiti shed, LOL.




Supplies : Bazzill cardstock, Pink Paislee pattern papers, Pink Paislee alphabet stickers, Pink Paislee tags

Izzy at 9

This layout is for this weeks Pencil Lines sk208, sketch provided by me. This sketch has also been seen in Scrapbook Magazine Australia.

I adore both these photos of Izzy.




Supplies : Bazzill cardstock, Pink Paislee pattern papers, Pink Paislee alphabet stickers, Pink Paislee tags, Prima flowers


Do check out this weeks sketch over at Pencil Lines, lots of fantastic inspiration to get those creative juices flowing!
Check back tomorrow for my Monday Inspiration post!
Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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X Factor

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/09/2010 10:40:00 PM 1 lovely comments
21/2 hours later, and my favourite performance of the night had to be Aiden Grimshaw singing Mad World by Tears for Fears! Totally blew me away.
Who was your favorite on the night?

Catch you all tomorrow
Anna x

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Exciting !

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/08/2010 07:09:00 PM 2 lovely comments
I bought my photography domain name last night. I am so excited to be finally taking this next step. After lots of research, courses, advice from fellow scrappers turned photographers, I have decided to take my "photo taking" a little bit more seriously from now on!
I am going to take the plunge to purchase my new site any day, and by the end of the year should have a brand new spanking photography site up and running!



I am now "official photographer" at the school I work LOL, and am actually getting to spend some time taking photos of the children in the school enviroment, which is something I have always believed in, and would love!. I have already had some lovely comments from the parents wanting the photos I have taken of their child! Over the following term I will be going round the whole school taking these kind of shots which will be displayed around the school.



Photos taken last week. Paint the Moon actions used


Sunday I have my first portrait party, for 10 14year olds and I am really excited! I am thinking urban chic/festival chic! Helium balloons, bubbles and party blowers will all be the order of the day, cannot wait!


Dont forget if you would like to book me for a mini session (details here), I have a special offer that ends on November 30th. I only have a few more slots available in October, so do contact me for availability.
Thanks for stopping by
Anna xx

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Scrapbook Magazine

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/07/2010 07:41:00 AM 2 lovely comments
Whilst I battle with bad light to take photos in, I thought I would share a layout I had published in The Scrapbook Magazine issue 48.

Pretty simple design for me, but that gorgeous cardstock with the stitched borders had to be shown off!







Supplies : Little Yellow Bicycle, October Afternoon, American Crafts, LilliBee, Cosmo Cricket

Lilly has always picked my dandelions, thinking they are my favourite flower, why? well our old house had a small front garden only, and was always covered in dandelions! So Lilly, in her Lilly 2 year old wisdom, believed it was because I love them!! Still to this day I havnt got the heart to tell her otherwise, and to be honest, I think I have actually grown to love them....

Do you have a similar story to share, would love to hear.
Thanks for stopping by
Anna x

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Autumn Leaves

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/04/2010 05:20:00 PM 3 lovely comments
This week I am inspired by the colours of Autumn. Whilst I am desperatly trying to hang onto Summer, I believe it truly has left us for 2010. The colours around us are warm, rustic and golden. I love autumn for its colours; autumn leaves, apples and pumpkins to name a few.



1. Autumn Corn Nuggets - Fall Nature, 2. Pumpkin Cup-Pies, 3. soup, 4. leaves, 5. The famous Fly Mushroom, 6. Green apple, 7. Pumpkin Ale, 8. Heirloom Pumpkins, 9. Autumn leaves


Here is my colour combo inspired by Autumn, enjoy!




Thanks for stopping by
Anna x
Due to my image problems with blogger i will uplaod my layouts from a previous inspiration post tomorrow

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Catch Up

blogged by me domestic goddess On 10/03/2010 09:00:00 PM 2 lovely comments
Do you have those weekends where all you want/need to do is close the curtains , lock the doors and have some family time curled up on the sofa?
Well this weekend has kinda been one of those for us. We have been out and about, but in general its been movies, cuddles and comfort food all weekend!
The weather is horrid here in the UK. Gale force winds, rain and cold one minute warm the next!
The girls spent Sarurday night at nana's, and we had Mel and Mike round for a Mexican meal, The Inbetweeners, Rock Band and 1 too many drinks! So I do have to admit that a lazy comfirt day today was very much needed!

Carrying on from my last post, here are a couple of photos I took of the girls, my reluctant models!
I can only load this one of Lilly at the moment. Anyone else having blogger problems uploaidng photos?






Pencil Lines sketch 207 is live with Tamar, the owner of Tarisota; a gorgeous craft site full of inspiration and vintage finds.
Hope you had a lovely weekend. Tomorrow I will be back with Inspiration Monday and some layouts from a previous Inspiration colour combo.
Thanks for stopping by
Anna xx

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