Rocking My World Friday...

Hello, happy Friday people. It's that time of the week when I take a few minutes to think about what made me smile over the past seven days. Do it enough times and it really changes the way you think - I recommend giving it a go.

First of all - my poppy arrived. I was really surprised, I thought the dismantling of them all from the Tower would be a mammoth task, that I probably wouldn't see it till the New Year. I was so pleased when it arrived on Wednesday. It's beautiful, still muddy and very, very cold to the touch. We've packed it away again until we can get a vase for it - it's not going outside.
Rocking My World Friday - Tower of London Poppy
Rocking My World Friday - Tower of London Poppy 
The same day was Pheeb's birthday. My baby has turned 14. How can that be? So we had a nice meal out with one of her friends and it was a really lovely day... 
Whoopidooings: Rocking My world Friday
...and what did the big grown up birthday girl ask for? A Build-a-Bear Toothless the Dragon (from How to Train Your Dragon.) Made me so happy!
Whoopidooings: Rocking My World Friday - Build-a-Bear Toothless the Dragon

This sight makes me smile. The Bear has had the Devil in him this week. He's also become a dab hand at trying to play Mummy off against Daddy. And vice versa. He is hyper most of the day, so when he drops... ahhhh, peace.
Don't be deceived by that angelic face!
We went to a uni open day on Saturday - this was to look at their Access course. I was really nervous and I had convinced myself there would be loads of people my age there this time. Nope, still surrounded by fresh faced teenagers. There was a really different vibe to this one than the last one we visited, not in a bad way - just... different. The tutor gave a really good talk and then another really helpful one about building your portfolio. Craig convinced me to hang back and ask some questions, which I'm really glad I did as it really settled my nerves.

I now have to write a personal statement. (Eek!) and apply - they are interviewing in January.

Sticking with the learning stuffs - I got 100% in my last Maths homework - no-one is more surprised than me. We are on the Algebra now though, expect a rapid decline in how I'm doing.

Craig gave me a huge surprise this week - I had spotted this bag the last time we were in Hastings and honestly - talk about drool. It was love at first sight. At nearly £30 though - way to expensive in my eyes. Craig told me not to be disheartened and to look online. Which I did, saw it cheaper and added it to my wishlist to save up for. So imagine my surprise when he walks in all smug and presents it to me this week. For being a brave girl in going to the open days (he's not taking the mickey, he knows how rubbish I am at social situations - really have to psych myself up) and he reckoned I'd need a 'school bag'. *Insert gleeful face here* Isn't it purty?
Rocking My World Friday - Banned Frankie bag
  • Getting the shedio tidy (see my WOYWW post) Next step, going to pretend we're moving and do that kind of declutter of the house.
  • Letting the Bear choose what new mittens he wanted. Showed him the boys crocodile ones and the girls furry mouse ones. He chose the furry mice - whoops, that's me in trouble :D He keeps them on though! Nice toasty hands.
  • Chocolate Kallo rice cakes. So yum and not to naughty.
  • Doing some drawing of an evening.
  • Getting started on the Christmas shopping.

And that, I reckon, will do me this week. How has your week been?
I'm heading over to Virginia's to link up. Why not join us?

Thanks for stopping by today :)

WOYWW - What's On My Workdesk, Wednesday...

Sing with me... "What a difference a week makes..." Thank you all for your lovely encouraging words last week. My shedio desk has gone from this...
Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. WOYWW?
To this...
Whoopidooings: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. WOYWW?
Sorry about the angle - you may need to tilt your head. Took it while balancing on one foot and leaning backwards over my daughters bike. And yes, my mind is a lot less cluttered this week too. Things are looking a lot clearer in many ways!

And just to prove I made use of my now reachable supplies, here's the birthday card I made my daughter. She's bonkers about Minions and Superman at the moment.
Carmen Wing - Superman Minion Birthday Card - Fineliner and Sharpie pens
Fineliner & Sharpie Pens
I used this fab Minion piece by Radenkomvis on Deviant Art as reference.
Happy Birthday Pheebs :)

And now, to link up with Julia at Stamping Ground. If you'd like to see more desks, floors, counters, and work spaces in action - follow me over!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Rocking My World Friday...

Happy Friday all. Going to be a short one this week as it's kind of gone by in a blur.

I've had a tummy bug for most of last week,  it seems to be on the way out now. Still got a queasy tummy and cold symptoms but other than that - the rest of it is gone. So my biggest thankful is Craig. I am not the easiest person to live with when poorly. I'm not the easiest person to live with when not poorly! I don't want fuss, I just want to hibernate. I didn't make it in to my Maths class and was really worried about falling behind. Craig has taken over the school run and even took the bus into my class to pick up extra homework for me. My class is not local  (there wasn't enough uptake) so what would be a 20 minute car journey took him well over an hour each way. He thinks he saw most of Kent that day.

He would tell you that his positive was having the upper deck of a double decker all to himself. He loved that part - he sat at the front. He hasn't done that for years. I stole these pictures off his phone, he must have taken them as they were heading off the old bridge. I like the top picture where you can see the old and new bridge together.
We are off to another open day tomorrow, to look at Access/Foundation diploma courses. It all still seems a little surreal. I've been adding to my portfolio over the last couple of days. Nothing new but Devvie had printed me off some progress shots of things I've done this year. I'm struggling to get new stuff done while trying to stay on top of the Maths, I have to admit. But everyone here is so encouraging and they keep me going. I know I would regret it forever if I didn't try.

Other things I have loved this week:
  • Starting to get organised. The shedio still isn't done but that was due to poorliness. 
  • Sugary tea when not wanting anything else
  • 3lbs off this week. I'm now in my final weight bracket and heading towards that target!
  • Being asked if I was me. Apparently I look like a totally different person since the last time this person saw me. That's enough to make anyone smile.
  • Craig and my girls... and cuddles with the Bear.
  • The Sainsburys advert. They've won the Christmas advert wars for me. They were my favourite last year and looks like they will be again this year. As for people (newspapers) saying it's just to drag you in their stores. They are lucky if I shop there once a year - so ner.
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And that'll do me for this week. How was your week? I'm popping over to Virginia's now to link up with Rocking My World Friday. Why don't you join us in looking for the positives in your week?
Thanks for stopping by today :)

What's On My Workdesk, Wednesday...

...Everything but the kitchen sink, that's what!
Whoopidooings: What's On My Workdesk Wednesday, WOYWW
I'm hoping this picture spurs me into getting organised again. That was my word for the year. I started off well but this latter part of the year has kind of seen me, erm, wobble off track a bit.

I've felt a general, fingers are not holding on, everything is getting out of control, what's happening feeling, for a while now. Ever get that? That there image of my desk is a pretty good representation of my brain at the moment. So, first things first. Tidy that damn desk.

It's a start ;)

I'll be popping by as many desks as I can this week. I have really missed WOYWW. Really missed it.
If you'd like to do a bit of desk, floor, counter, shedio hopping - be sure to swing by Julia's for the full list.
Thanks for stopping by today :)

Art With A Heart ATC Swap - Halloween/Autumn

I recently took part in an ATC swap hosted by Anita Mistry via the Art With A Heart page on Facebook. The theme was Halloween & Autumn. I don't know what happened to my usual grunginess when I sat down to do my ATC. This witchy woman is what happened...
Carmen Wing - Witch ATC/ACEO Mixed Media
Neocolour ii crayons
Coloured pencils
Fineliner pen
Posca paint pen
She was much more pastel-y in real life. I know - pastel? Me? But I liked her, so off she toddled to the swap.

This is the one I received in return. It's by Ottilia Cormas and is just so beautiful and so sums up Autumn for me.
Whoopidooings: ATC Swap - Autumnal ATC/ACEO by Ottilia Cormas
It's also so unusual in that it looks like she did it on two sides of plastic so the colours kind of float. Just wonderful.

Whoopidooings: ATC Swap - Autumnal ATC/ACEO by Ottilia Cormas
You can see all the entries for the swap here. They are hosting another swap in January which I'll definitely be taking part in. All the entries get exhibited and there is a £2.00 fee for taking part - which covers the postage and packing for your return ATC.  If you fancy taking part - be sure to 'like' the Art With a Heart page for updates.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

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