Thursday, 26 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Happy Yuletide, let's celebrate the Solstice or anything else that you're into!

The festive season is not so festive for me. I try for the sake of my kids,
but really it is a time that generally finds me harangued by the black dog.
We do the tree, the big feed, crafts and baking sometimes. But 
Santa is not our thing since our youngest decided he isn't real last year,
and religion just doesn't fit with us.

My history is full of memorable Christmasses for all the wrong reasons.
Coming from a poor, single-parent family as a child, trees falling over, no gifts or ones that you don't want. No batteries, toys broken from getting them out of the packaging, things that simply don't work, frustration and anger. Family that don't 'get' you and aren't open to the possibility that you can be your own person and not impinge on their lives. Blame, guilt, anger, lack of appreciation, denial, alienation, and absenteeism, it's all there. Along with history, memories, right or wrong, of misdeeds and abuses that refuse to be forgiven or forgotten.
It all ends in a 'not-so-festive' season for me and I am glad right now that it is Christmas night, I have a Jameson's nightcap, everyone is in bed and it is all over for another year.

On the upside I love my hubby and kids. They are the breath of me. They are what keeps me grounded and they give me the will to keep going. They support me and love me and they are my 'reason for the season'. Each one of them is unique in personality and talents, each one of them feeds my soul in completely different ways and I am so utterly grateful for their presence in my life.

This page is an artistic representation of the joy my kids bring to my life.
Inspired by the December challenge over at Kraft It Up.

Aren't they gorgeous kids!

I do hope that your Christmas was joyous,
spent with people you love and who love you.
And I wish that you all have an amazing year ahead,
full of friendship, laughter, prosperity, and happiness.

Thank you all so much for visiting me through 2013!
Yours in scrappiness

Friday, 20 December 2013

Trying to find the impetus.....

to scrap!
I had a play with the Scrap Around the World mood board
(click on the image to go to their blog)

and came up with this....

Miss Mojo seems to be giving me a break right now, I'm attempting to scrap through it but the drive and excitement of creating are sorely lacking.
I think it's the summertime heat and pre-Christmas chaos
(as much as I think I'm in denial!).

I have also started the Kraft it Up challenge but it is slow going,
so it may not be ready in time, especially as I'm working on my first ever December Daily as well.

Friday, 6 December 2013

New Paper Haus Issue

Welcome to the Winter Frolic 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop!
We are celebrating the release of the Winter Issue of PaperHaus Magazine and
also inspiring you each day with wonderful holiday projects, giveaways and eye candy!
Our blog hop will run from December 1st to December 12th!
Be sure to stop each day and leave comments to win some fabulous prizes from our lovely sponsors! Remember to check out the Winter Issue (click on the image below)
for additional inspiration, holiday cheer and amazing projects from our contributing team!

This is DAY 5 of our celebration hops
Visit and comment at each stop to go in the draw.

PaperHaus Magazine
Anna Sigga
Peg Hewitt - You Are Here :-)
Audrey Yeager
Graphic 45

And here is a Santa page to keep you in the mood for all things festive.

Thanks for joining us for our new release.
Yours in scrappiness