Tuesday, October 30, 2007

a nice start of the day

I was real busy this morning getting ready to go to work and all of a sudden I looked up and I saw this ....

We were away for the weekend and it was fun, we went to the Zoo in Emmen, a long walk in the forrest, took a gazillion photos (Me, DH and Michael ;) all had our camera's with) and I scrapped lots of cards that I will show soon!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dutch Dare

Ok so I cheated a bit, 1 photo less but it is a great dare nonetheless, using 9 photo's.

Check out what the rest here !

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Revamp

We've been very busy revamping the MLS website and I am so happy with how it turned out.

Credit has to be given to Corinne for redesigning the MLS brand and DH for making it all work online as usual they rock !! The dutch dares are next in line and of course there will be some fab blinkies to follow. ...

I'm so happy and I hope you all like it too !

ps. I've been working on a revamp of our living room, lot's of painting but it's nowhere near finished so I'm not sharing it yet ;)

Friday, October 19, 2007

So cool

I'm really excited with some new stuff concerning the site & the dutch dares blog. We are working really hard and have already improved some stuff on the site but wait till it's all done, it is going to change a LOT.

Haven't been able to scrap but I'm cheating a little on the next dutch dare, it's a lo I was working on already so you'll be able to see that next wednesday. And I've been working on some scrap a little sunshine books with some other people.

Hopefully the weather will be ok enough for a photoshoot as we had to cancel last wednesday due to rain :( And then there is a lot of painting to be done in the living room this weekend .... I'm really excited as I have been wanting to do this even before Colin was born but there's always something else to be done ....

SO what are you doing this weekend ?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Products rolling in

**edited ... it's heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeee a box of yummy vanilla ...**

Wow it's so busy with all the new shop products, newsletter and taxes I hardly have time to do anything else...

We're eagerly awaiting the new Hambly today, I have to upload Jack & Abby, some cute Autumn Leaves epiphany and we've got some cute tag pads from K&Co and I have the new Ali book, really cool ! And that's just a little bit of what's in all the boxes in the hallway ....

I will let you know when it's all uploaded now I'm off to the forest with the kids soak up a bit of sun & fresh air !

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

So relaxed

Almost better from the flu ... thank god but now Bubbah is ill poor guy .... I have to get better otherwise I cannot get the anti-flu injection. I asked the doctor if I could get it because I'm always in a bad state during the fall and winter. She agreed as long as I pay for it myself, and then we'll have to see if it helps as unfortunately it's not the sollution for everybody.

I've been so good in working towards my balance ! I'm up to speed with most of my admin, next up is preparing our taxes to go to the bookkeeper. Which is actually a good thing as they owe us .....

Things I've implemented to get that balance back were quite simple really, I finally figured out how my calender works on my mobile and set alarms for several things, like time to "leave the house to bring the boys to school" to insure we actually get there on time rather than letting me be distracted and leaving the house too late ..... Same thing for picking the boys up from school.

And another important thing a "Go to bed" alarm, now this may sound silly but I know you've all had that, you think oh I'll go to bed in a bit and a bit later when you look at your clock it's all of a sudden 1 or 2 hours later. Well this happens to me all the time, so engrossed with what I'm doing or want to finish and I go to bed way past my normal bedtime. Now I get a little reminder, finish what I'm doing and actually make it to bed by a reasonable time and can even read or just relax .... An easy fix as I feel much better instantly the next day since I just need a lot of sleep.

NO playdates for me on my day off from work but just another workday doing stuff for MLS which frees up my evening time to go to the gym (ahum i plan to anyway), get some household stuff sorted, spend time with Ed, make a date with a friend or just scrap ....

So by doing this for one week, I already feel much more relaxed, feel like I have my stuff sorted and actually have time tonight to work on my dutch dare, which most of the girls got done in time but not me. It's a fun dare again, so check out what they made and I hope to show you something I did soon !

Friday, October 05, 2007

Where are you

And I don't mean logistically .... Things have been quiet on the snailmail, email and blogfront so what's everyone been up to ?

I've had the flu over the last week and you know what happens when you're lying around feeling sorry for yourself on all fronts .... You take an overview of your life checking to see how the scale is balanced, well at least I do ....

I have been resenting my living room setup and even more being ill lying here on the couch ..... So my mom came over and helped us rearrange the living room furniture, I love this but this raises new issues LOL ... makes me want to change the colors, new lamps, curtains ( i want me some panels from ikea), new couch, new cupboards, accesoires etc. etc. even more but we have to do this one step at a time and I'm not a very patient person .....

My everlasting hate relationship with my backed up admin pile really got the better of me (now you may have noticed a pattern here if you're a regular reader .....) bcause with all the moving into my scraproom, making RAKS (yes finally ....), giving new workshops, getting all the products uploaded it's sort of gotten onto the backburner.

So i've decided to be stricter in how I spend my time on my 2 days off on weekdays. I love hanging out with friends and since I returned to work after the summer holiday and Colin started going to kindergarten I really haven't been using these days for what I should have and that is for admin but have been hanging out with friends or doing a lot of shopping for the webshop (superfun !!). But this has consequences and after one month I've decided that if I don't use these days more effectively I will start to resent MLS.

I want to spend more time enjoying the things around me and the webshop/site is taking up too much time bcause I am not using my time effectively. So by organizing my admin on my days of this will free up more time in the afternoons/evenings/weekends to spend more time with the boys, my friends and all my lovely scrapstuff. Easy choice right ?

So this is my attempt at getting a better balance on the scale ... How is your balance doing ?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The other Blog

Hmmm which one am I talking about, well our DT'blog the Dutch Dares one !

We have some fun plans for it and have been changing it in babysteps. First we started with the regular postings of the "inside story" and we will also be sharing techniques and projects on a regular basis. To start it off Mandy has now shown a step by step guide through a fab project !

Keep visiting us as we are almost 1 year old now and you know what happens with anniversaries ;)

Monday, October 01, 2007

New DT member

Still the flu but didn't want to miss posting this : I am happy to anounce that Natasja has accepted our offer to join the MLS design team ! She's a talented lady with a lovely style and we cannot wait to see her projects she will create for MLS.

If you want to see the story behind my Dutch dare you can read it here.

We have lot's of plans for the DD blog and MLS for the next year! If you want to be kept up to date send us an email and we will add you to our mailinglist !