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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.

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!

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.

Time Out

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/29/2005 11:16:00 AM 1 lovely comments

Well I haven't been around in an age, not even on line!!!
I was in harrogate at the weekend helping the very talented Kirsty on her stall with Suzanna (fruitysuet). Then we have had Karen and Kevin here for a few days which has been a breath of fresh air and a well earned rest for me. Now its back to daily life and school runs. I am helping out at the school today which will be good.
Also finished my project for CSmag now I must to the editorial today and email that across.
I honestly had all good intentions to be blogging on a regular basis, but boy has life just got in the way!

Anyways, have hopefully had some lo's excepted by 12 x 12 magazine, CSMag want another editorial from me and I am waiting to hear from Michelle with regard to a couple of editorials for one of her mags.
So today is waiting for emails and deadline dates.
Its Friday so Peter should hopefully be home for dinner tonight, we are off to see Stomp in Cambridge tomorrow afternoon with the girls, and I can not wait!!
Until then its back to the scrapping board

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5th Birthday!!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/22/2005 11:37:00 AM 2 lovely comments

What a few days I have had! decision had been made that I will be having a disk fusion op on my back next year, with the joys of wearing a back corset for 3 months , yeah the joy! well at least I can still scrap and write with the technology today and a wireless network :)

Yesterday my baby turned 5! Can you actually believe that? we had a Tea party at nan's with lots of birthday cake and jelly.

Well I am away again tomorrow, I am off to harrogate to demo for Kirsty at Dies to Die for, I am really looking forwrad to seeing her again. i will get back on saturday night and then I must get organised as the Moons are arriving monday evening!!!
well I am rushed of my feet so am going to say farewell, and blog later

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A Weekend to Remember!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/19/2005 10:48:00 AM 1 lovely comments

It was a manic weekend, as we were hosting our first party in the new house, housewarming and Izzy's birthday party all rolled into one. Well I cooked, baked, spread, mixed and chopped to my hearts content. Sunday came and I cooked and chopped some more. Table set, music ready and drinks cooling, the venue was set and the guests started to arrive.
Everyone had a smashing time, the weather stayed dry so as all good parties go, spilled out into the garden for the young.
Some really good friends arrived you I hadn't seen in years, both laden with extra baggage! Tom 3 and Ella 11 weeks and the most adorable Alyssa who is only 3 weeks old, what a little doll she is.
Early night for me last night and not a piece of paper was in site, so no scrapping or computer for me!
I am flying up to Newcastle to meet up with my bestest friends and a hospital appointment for my back tomorrow. Wont be back on line till Wednesday
See you then

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Scrapping for fun?

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/16/2005 11:26:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Not much to say today really. I didn't make it through the next round of the scribbles DT search, Jakey did and I am soo cuffed for her, but this brought me to the question Why do I Scrap? I desperatley need to be reminded of this, as I seem to be gutted if I don't get the approval from my peers or make it through another round in a competition.
I must scrap because I love it, for the girls, and just for me . So remind me next time I have a whines that I didn't get enough comments on a gallery , or that I didn't make it through a round in a competition, or that my LO's were not excepted in a magazine, ggrrr, I need a good kick up the backside, lol.
So now to move onto my Creative Scrapbooking assignment and scrap my Lilly and her "Little Red Tractor", oh and CJ's!!!


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All scrapped out!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/15/2005 09:32:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Went to bed so late last night as I had to finish mt DT comp lo for scribbles, its done , its in, and I am pleased with it even though the photo doesn't do it justice, shame really.Now to wait until tomorrow to see if me and jakey have got through. jakeys lo is bloomin fantastic and her journaling was, OMG so touching.

We all overslept this morning, late for the docs, late for school, oops. Boring morning spent doing house work, paper work, work, work, and more work!

Lilly had her second session at playgroup, she is loving it, and is so cute with it, and no photos from me, not making that mistake again.

Have started a loyalty scheme for the website members today. I have had such loyal customers I thought it was about time to give them something back. Must now send out loyalty gift vouchers and pop something onto the site and forum.

I am so kanckered, off for a bubbly molton brown soak, elemis face mask and an early nite!


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Indian Summer

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/14/2005 11:54:00 PM 1 lovely comments

Its been an odd day today. My computer had temporaly died so was miserable and worked on the laptop all morning with Lilly by my side.
Did the usual chores around the house and then Rowan the techy man saved my computer and all was well again! Thanks Rowan
Another scorching day, so when Lilly and I picked up Izzy from school it was ice lollies all round and home to play with the water sprinkler. Can you believe its the middle of September?
The girls had a fab time before they broke the hose!! Why can my two never be content with things as they are, they always have to try to improve things, so by messing with the sprinkler they pulled the hose from the fitting, now no water to play with.
Tantrums came not long after that. anyways the girls went to bed without too much fuss, and I have cracked on with my layout for scribbles DT contest. Again I leave it to the last minute, have had to scan as the light is non existent, and I am really unhappy with the results, so I am going to photograoh tomorrow and send in an improved photo.
Tomorrow I take Izzy to the doctors about her excema as it is really bad at the moment, poor thing.

The forum has been busy tonight, it was so good to see Kirsty online, and I mean that babes, you have been missed. Another craft forum has temporily closed causing absolute mayhem within the crafting community and about 80 members ascending on a old members forum! I am really glad it wasn't us, as I am concerned at the volume and how they seem to have taken over this new forum within hours, very intimidating .

It is now gone midnight and I am shattered, a little girl has appeared on the sofa as well, must take us both up to bed.
Night xx

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1 photo too many!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/13/2005 01:32:00 PM 3 lovely comments

OK so I am a mum, a scrapper, put these together and some where along the line you come up with a camera, which brings me to the answer.......Photographs! Yes I have sinned and taken 1 too many photo's of Lilly and she really was not a happy bunny, bless her.
It was her first day at pre school playgroup, so like Izzy I thought she may like a photo taken all dressed up with her new bag nana bought, but as you can see, the results were not the best.

So I have left my little munchkin in the very capable hands of Buckden playgroup and have come home to sizzix my tags for Bumble Bee Crafts tag CJ book, which should have been posted on Monday. So I am a few days late, but not the only one, so don't feel so bad.

I have gone a bit blog mad and have been browsing for blogs I like the look off, scrap related of course! And it seems anyone who is anyone has a blog! Its great, like being a fly on a wall in Cathy Zeliske's house, or getting to see how many times Jane Deans kids have bared all for the beach again! I don't mean that in bad way you know, her kids are gorgeous and so brown all year round, they must live on the beach

Ok I am going to plod on and do my tag book, I must as its not fair on everyone. Orders are packed and ready to be posted this morning so I must get CJing!

Home from picking the girls up from school and playgroup. Lilly is in an awful mood and has decided to leave "impress" blu ink hand prints all over my cream sofa's! Nice one Lilly. A lesson to be learnt, "Do not leave office door open, inks on the floor while blogging".
I have cooked us a lasagne, everyones fav and will do a garlic bread as well, of course I will decline the bread (gillian will be pleased ;)), for the sake of the diet and wheat, but will still have the lasagne, for the sake of the diet and the wheat, mwwahahaha.

Well and truly peeved now!, computer has well and truly crashed, cant access msn or the internet, so I am on my laptop, and no photos!!! hence the lack of photo for today, and it was a corker as well, will add as soon as I am up and running again. Anyone know about uninstalling msn please tell me.
So this messing about on the main computer as meant I have lost valuable scrapping time, not a happy bunny at all.

Off to Newcastle next week for an appoitment with my back surgeon, and am meeting up with the girls for dinner at Big Mussels, so am really looking forward to that.
Right am off to bed now as I am so livid about my computer, will ring Mr.Techy tomorrow.

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Afternoon Ramblings

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/12/2005 09:48:00 PM 2 lovely comments

Not sure what has been achieved today but I feel like I have loads to put down, hence the 2nd entry today.
I have been reading much about "blogging" and why us bloggers do it. Mind I don't think I can really call myself a fully fledged blogger yet I have only been at it a few days, but I must say loving it already. So why do we blog? I always had a secret journal as a teen, but that was it, it was a secret journal , this is public, do I really want to spill my heart out to strangers?, do strangers really want to read about my daily going owns? Its a question I am not really clear on, but for now I am quite content to blog on :)

This afternoon was a scorcher here so Lilly and I decided to go for an explore around the fields next to us. Wow it was beautiful. We found a duck pond, wild mushrooms growing, blackberries, a bridge and stream, the manor house to the farm, so much to see, and its only 50 yards form the house. I really am loving this country goddess lifestyle. After feeding the birds, recycling the rubbish and then a country walk in my back yard!!! Tomorrow I think we will go and pick some blackberries as I have loads of home grown cooking apples, and you cant beat a homemade apple and blackberry crumble, mmmmm

After enjoying the fine country air, I had to crack on with writing the cyber class up for tonight. Well I felt that was a waste of time as only 2 members turned up, 1 was a mod and both were not able to crop, so I felt let down by the members. OK I know they don't have to join in, but it still upsets me when a lot of time and effort has gone into planning these events, getting sponsors to donate prizes to then be let down by the very people you are trying to please! Rant over, and sorry if any of my members are reading this.

I have the forum tag CJ book to do, so I really shouldn't be sitting her typing and also I have my competition LO to do, although I am nearly done with that, have the photo printed and the journaling written. I am not allowed to use PP, and I straight away pulled out chatterbox, lol, so that has been put away while I design my own pp with punches. I am thinking of using lots of ribbons as well, as embellishments are unlimited. So its back to the scrapping board for some more inspiration!

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Monday Morning Blues

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/12/2005 09:39:00 AM 4 lovely comments

Weigh in day today, and I am well and truly miffed. I cheated and jumped on the scales yesterday and I had lost 4lbs, yeah I thought, this morning I have only lost 1lb, ggrrrr, what a bum way to start the week. But I will not let this get to me, a black coffee and a fruit bar and I am still on track. Ok ,I know, so its only 9.30am, but I am still positive.

I cant actually believe I am now a mum with a school run. Yes this is our first whole week of this journey us mums go on. I am not official quiet yet as I dont hang around the school playground gossiping, I am still anna no mates! but hey I am the new girl on the block and we will get there.

Busy morning, lots of packing, paper work and assignments to do, finshed my Layout for tonights cyber class titled "celebrations", now to see what the possy at
UKS think about it. I actually hate this obsession I have of uploading my lo's and seeing how many comments I get. I then sit refreshing the page to see if I have had any, to then only get depressed when I havn't got into double figures! Is this normal? I wonder if there is a help group for this mad obsession of mine?

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The morning after the night before

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/11/2005 08:26:00 PM 2 lovely comments

At last I find some time to visit my blog! What a weekend, yesterday seemed to come and go from nowhere. The girls stayed at Nana's , so Peter and I had a night to ourselves, which is a rarity and had to be enjoyed. The night started with a bottle of champers to really celebrate this monumental event, a taxi picked us up at 7.30pm, and cost £8 for 2 miles! poor Peter was speachless. The evening and meal was OK (see tomorrow for LO), and headed to the Vine for a few drinks then home. this is when things really kicked off. We danced the night away in the study, i tell you it was fantastic, great lighting, great DJ (Peter) and the dance floor never got crowded.
And then it was Sunday, OMG my poor head.With a mountain of work to do, a cyber class to write up and design for this evening as well.
Unexpected guests arrived so I have had to cancel the cyber class, as I have had no time to write it up, and will postpone too tomorrow. I know a few peeps were a bit annoyed but these things happen.
I have desperatly got to crack on and pull myself out of the rut I am in, as I am pissing myself off at the moment. Tomorrow is monday, weigh day, and the start of a new week, so I must be positive.

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So this is it!

blogged by me domestic goddess On 9/10/2005 01:04:00 AM 2 lovely comments

My first time blogging!

Not sure how this will go, whether I have the commitment to do this thing, but my dearest friend and scrapping sole mate, kirsty, said "darling, you sooo must get one" , ok well if you know Kirsty you will know exactly what she said to me, mwaaahahahah.
I thought this was a good time to start, as us Bowkis's have just moved from Newcastle to Cambridgeshire where our abode now is a house in the country, next to fields , awoken by the sounds of birds singing.
Now this I am told will allow my creative juices to flow easily and writing will be a breeze as will my scrapping! We shall see. Well I have managed 4 layouts since we moved, which is amazing, now to crack on with the CJ's!
Izzy started school on wednesday, lots of photo's taken for that 1st day at school layout!
Busy weekend ahead of me as I have a deadline to meet for Creative Scrapbooking and a layout to do for a competition I have entered. Why I enter comps I will never know. I say this will stretch my creativness and challenge me, as well as make me think out of my comfort zone. Instead I stress, leave to the last minute and just make the deadline!
The girls are staying over at nana's saturday night so freedom! Now is this freedom a good thing or a bad thing. Probaly spend the night talking about the girls, how much I miss them, and so on!
Oh well we shall see.

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