dimanche 30 décembre 2007

A few pics of a good day

Finally, I thought I should take pics of the Xmas trees :
Here's the big one in the living room
This year's colors were white and green. And yes, these are wood elves.

And the little tree
Note for myself : it's hard to take a pic of a fluffy feathery tree in the dark without a flash.

We had a nice sunny morning today
La Petite was chillaxing

The shrubs were gleaming in the sun

The pig was ashining.

The afternoon was cloudy and windy, so everyone went inside for a comfy spot of sleep

"Why do you have to annoy me every time I take a nap?"

"Please let me comatose"

"I said : put the d*mn flash off"

TFL ! Wish you all a very nice day !

samedi 29 décembre 2007

My own 10 fave los this year

Answering Bernadette's question here, here are my 10 favorite los of mine this year :

This one because there is such a dreamy quality to it, that I hadn't really foreseen. I love the colours here !

This one because I really enjoyed Gretchen's challenge of creating a lo with colours that are not usually associated with your precise theme.

This one because the journaling was really true and I loved the colours even though they are not colours I usually use.
Well, there's a gnome, need I say more?

Because I could go all the way with the Kawaii thing.

Because for once it was effortlessly right. It just fell into place, and once again, not really with my usual colours.

Cause I loved working with textile and I particularly like this one with the exotic birds. And I also loved the various journaling spots. I also very much liked the theme, it was a very striking thing in Malta.

This one was very unusual for me and I just loved it ! Loved the pic on a transparency, too !

And this story was so funny I could totally go crazy with the colours and Bam Pop stamps.

Cause I just loved the theme so much and the colours involved here were so peaceful !

And a new videoclip

No, I wasn't tired of the Scissor Sisters (can you even get tired of them ?), but it was high time the one and only made an appearance on this blog.
And you wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a Bowie video on the net to put on your blog. There's only videos from the 70', or from the Let's Dance era. And let's face it, I'm a fan of the snobbish stock.
See, there are different types of Bowie fans : one is the young enthusiast, who'll PIMP just watching a Labyrinth video. One other is the old cynic like me who will pluck out one's own eye to avoid watching a Labyrinth video. Even typing the word hurts !

So Life on Mars it is.

Which makes me think : I totally need these
Cause I've finished my 2 seasons of House DVDs, and my QI game...Need something to watch on my long geeky wintery nights !

Now playing: Hawksley Workman - Tonight romanticize the automobile


Or take more days off - as I only blog when I'm on holidays, apparently.
So what's been up since, whew ... 18th November !?
Lotsa work, again ! Mucho burn out at work (I bursted into tears in front of a very embarrassed janitor at the Museum).
But the exhibition was OK, finally. Everyone told us how clear and well presented it was this year (no one guessed we had to do this in two months ! )

I took the Xmas holidays off, and I very much think I'm going to take next week too !

Xmas was basically the family thing, like every year. And like every year I was the only one who hadn't got the memo about not giving gifts. It's pretty much like going to a party and being the only one thinking it was a costumed party, but more depressing.
Well, it's the same every year of course, but this time I needed to feel important for someone and obviously it didn't help...

Well, I just gave myself my own gifts : I bought a rather expensive face cream, and this beauty :
that I'm totally gonna wear for New Year's Eve (of course, I'll look like a sausage in it, but whatever ! )

dimanche 18 novembre 2007

Pfiew !

I'd have sworn I had updated this last Sunday. Apparently not so.
So what's been up in my world ?
First, we still have that much work to do at the museum. I thought it was going to calm down, but noooo. The exhibition is due to start on the 8th of December (it was supposed to start on the 24th of November but it was obvious it wouldn't be ready) and we still have to send a few panels to the panel designers (not sure what the tech word is in English).

Yuck ! And it's driving us crazy. See, I have a degree in History, but not my colleague, because he chose a shorter, more practical and professionally oriented carrier. Which is great, because he knows a lot more stuff than I do about events setting and all that. And he sure knows as much as I do in 2nd Word War History, as he's been in the job for 5 years.
Well, we have this woman who claims that she is the "historical caution" of the Museum (says she, because she doesn't have any official status), and because my colleague doesn't have a History degree, she keeps bringing him down and telling him "you don't know anything, I do, I was a high school teacher" (and I'm not talking figuratively, I'm quoting her exact words. I know, hard to believe anyone would steep so low as saying that).
So she made the preparation of this exhibition a long hell by criticizing everything we wrote...
I can't wait till it's all up and we're rid of that.

And it's sad. Because, while you're searching the land for pictures of your witnesses, archives...while you're making up plans to kill the damn woman who's making all this a hell, well, you forget why you're doing that job in the first place.
I was watching a lame TV movie the other day about the same subject as our exhibition (people who helped Jews and resistants during the war), and I noticed I was moved. And I couldn't help thinking how stupid I was to be moved by some made up story in a lame TV movie, while I was so harsh at work dealing with REAL people's lives.
Sometimes things become blurry and you have to slap yourself to keep what really matters in mind.

Now playing: Cibo Matto - About A Girl (Nirvana cover)
via FoxyTunes

mardi 6 novembre 2007

I'm on a shopping spree

Someone please save me from myself !
I've been putting some money aside these last few months, and since September I've completely gone mad with shopping. Has to do with my general compulsive behavior when I'm depressed I guess...
Well, anyway, here are a few of the latest acquisitions :

These babies are from margin

And they had some special Jibbitz for Halloween. I mean, come on !

And this is just the top of the iceberg, really.
How can I expect to save money to move, if I keep doing this ?
And yet everytime I'm depressed it's the same thing. And once I'm out of this phase I can be perfectly saintly for months...

Just weird me !

lundi 5 novembre 2007

And now I got started I just can't stop

Oh, and in the past months I also had something else on my mind.
I am single and make about 1050€ a month at the Museum. With the real estate business being what it is now, I can't even imagine getting a home on my own. It so happens that my aunt is single too and she owns a very small home in a bad neighbourhood. So we've been thinking about getting a bigger house in a nice district together. How Agatha Christie does that sound like ? She'd put half of the sum by selling her old house and I'd take a credit for the rest.
Turns out one my other aunts told her to be careful lest I should rob her of her part or whatever.
She didn't pay attention to it of course, even less so as we had already planned to investigate about the statuses that could protect us both.
But still, I'm just infuriated at this woman. And she just turned up last week all smiling at me and expected me to be friendly. Needless to say I was totally unpleasant and whiny the whole time...
I guess family isn't always a big bed of roses...

Going all Frankenstein

Ok, time to play God a bit and revive this blog.
Those of you who frequently go to might know that I haven't been feeling well of late. Nothing serious (as far as I know), but I just couldn't bother posting on the blog. Felt really really tired and depressed and the whole shebang...Hopefully I'll have more info soon as I have an appointment to the hospital at the end of the month.
On top of that I had too much work to take care of my health/blog, but I hope it's going to be a bit quieter soon. We are currently working on 2 exhibitions at a time for the museum, one about all the people who helped/evacuated/hid Resistants or Jews during the war, and another one about the First World War Resistants.

I haven't been totally idle scrapwise though, as you can see from the slide, I have managed to knock a few los down.

vendredi 22 juin 2007

A bit of time to scrap

I finally found some time to make a new lo.
I was definitely inspired by what I saw on my way to the museum the other day.
Working for a Resistance museum certainly makes you meet larger than life people.
Casimir, who lives near the museum, is NOT one of them.
Casimir has started Resistance when he was 15, and he was living with his mom in their occupied farm (his dad was very ill and he would die in 1941). His mum was one of these women you only see in old movies about Resistance. When the Germans were occupying her farm, she called them names because they dared drink HER wine ! LOL !*
He is our "low profile" Resistant, compared to Georges who blew a guy's head (long story, and you don't want to hear it) and sabotaged a station, or Yvonne, the catholic communist (!) who went to Ravensbrück and kept resisting there. He always claims that he has "only" worked for the Intelligence services and has never been arrested, and that the true resistant was his mum. And what is very unfair is that people seem to not be very interested because his story is less spectacular or tragic. I mean, the guy had a few German planes destroyed (planes that were used to bomb London ! )
Well, the 18th of June is the anniversary of De Gaulle's call to French people to start Resistance.
On that morning, as I passed Casimir's house, I noticed the flag at his window !
For Casimir, De Gaulle is still his leader and protector. It's very moving to see this kind of fidelity 60 years later !
I wanted to document that right away.

The LO is unnormally "patriotic" for me (as it is unusual for Casimir to flash the colors ! ) but I wanted something that would look like a traditional image of France, in the old days...So I picked the flag colors.
I kept it a bit vintage because that gesture seemed so old fashioned and touching at the same time.
Pp is Sassafras Lass, the journaling card is from Daisy D (and it bares a very pertinent phrase), stamps are from Pink Sugar Pop, 7Gypsies and Bam Pop.
Wish you all a very happy day (or night)
* BTW, please don't be offended if you are German and reading this. At the time, Casimir's family had lived two occupations, so they rather had a germanophobic feeling. But Casimir is the first to relate how he met soldiers who were nice and only longing to go home. Now he has made a specialty of charming our young German visitors or colleagues !

dimanche 10 juin 2007

Sneak peaks

Hello all !

I'm doing a library pocket and card swap and I'm going to be xxxxtra late !
We owe 10 cards and I'm at my 5th 1/4.
So don't worry swap girls, your cards are on their way, and in the meantime, here are some sneaky peaks :

Sorry for the pour quality - couldn't yet invest in a new lsr and I didn't have time to scan. But it's just a sneak peak anyway ! ;-)

dimanche 3 juin 2007

Young promising artist

My little cousin is at this age when they learn to draw potato people...And I must say I find them really cute. I'm not the kind of girl who goes "Owwws" and "Ahhhs" every time a kid makes a new step, but I must say I'm quite impressed by this birdie ! I mean, I'd definitely pay for a stamp similar to that ! LOL !
Makes you wonder about the children 's inner artist and all that...
And she offered the drawing to me ! (I was favoured because I had given her a few charms made of robot stamps ;-D )

Lots of Crate paper, Sassafras Lass, Tinkering Ink alphabet, Rouge de Garance, Bamp Pop...

samedi 2 juin 2007

Lookie what I've got

Ok, actually I got it almost ten days ago...
But hey, enthusiasm hasn't faded away !
This is a wonderful mini album Rouge de Garance kit by the wonderful Celine

I haven't been able to work on the album yet (because of all the aforementioned reasons ! LOL) but I've done a couple of library pockets and cards for a swap using this material...Oh, the joy !

I've got a guided visit to do this afternoon as I'm replacing a sick friend, so I'll have to postpone scrapbooking to tomorrow. Between the openings at the museum and the guided visits in my hometown, I can't really remember when I've had a full week end lately ! LOL !

jeudi 31 mai 2007

Long time no post

Yes, I've spent a WHOLE WEEK with a migraine. Basically trying to survive the day's work and then coming home and going to bed hoping to stop the nausea ! You get the idea !
Except for that I've also spent some time finding a cat on the street (well, actually, it kinda ran into me - why does that always happen ?) and getting my colleague to adopt it by all kinds of blackmail...Thought that 10 cats was already enough for me !

The good thing is, I've found the most wonderful sheet of paper today ! No, it's not BG, not Hambly, not vintage wallpaper, not Bamp Pop...you name it....It's.....my contract ! I'm now officially a civil servant. Ok, that might not seem so exciting, but I LOVE my job at the museum, and I've spent about 6 years doing part-time jobs, cumulating 4 jobs at a time....So this is a big time for me !

samedi 19 mai 2007

Island dare n°2

The girls on webscrappin have started a series of dares. Dare n°2 is "10 things I want to do before I die", and I thought I'd give it a try !
It's a very busy one, back to my natural self! LOL !

vendredi 18 mai 2007

Music game

Seen this little game on different blogs, and I've been wanting to try it for a while.
Basicaly, you have to play all the music you have on your comp randomly, and use the songs titles as an answer to each question, in the order in which the song was played. Not sure I'm being very clear - and it's only 10PM here !

Opening credits?
Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
Waking up?
Andy Warhol - D. Bowie cover by Stone Temple Pilots
First Day of School?
Keep Fishin - Weezer
Falling in love?
Sitting on the dock o' the bay - Otis Redding
First song?
Ziggy Stardust - D. Bowie cover by Bauhaus
Breaking up?
Sugar watter - Cibo Matto
Law of the Land - Temptations
Dirt - Stooges cover by Depeche Mode (wow, even for me that's not too optimistic)
Mental breakdown?
The Heart's filthy lesson - David Bowie (swear I didn't do it on purpose ! )
Tenacious D - My Biznitch is the Shiznit
Surfin' Safari - Beach Boys
Getting back together?
Stay - D. Bowie (didn't do THAT on purpose either)
My friends - RHCP
Birth of a child?
Padam Padam - Edith Piaf
Final battle?
No reason to cry out your eyes - Hawksley Workman
Death scene?
Small town Boy - the Communards (I guess the "go away, run away" part fits quite well)
Funeral song?
Life during wartime - Talking Heads
End credits?
I was afraid - John Frusciante ( I think this is a very poetic note)

Nymphosis is in the air

It's definitly spring and I don't know if love is in the air, but nymphosis sure is !
For those of you who might not be gardening addicts, nymphosis is NOT a rare case of neurotic sexual trouble. It is the stage that insects go through between the larva and the adult form. Picture little ladybugs staying out at night long after they've been allowed to, stuffing themselves up with louses, and answering "don't care, I hate you all" to any question.
Well, except of course, as far as insects are concerned, nymphosis consists mainly of remaining rolled up in a ball and waiting for their exoskeleton to skip forms. I wonder how many parents would dream for their human larvae do to the same ! LOL !
So, right now, there are ladybugs larvae all around my garden entering the nymphosis stage. Shame, because the little critters eat a lot more louses while they're larvae. Once in adulthood, they seem to read too many "cosmo" and go on a diet...

jeudi 17 mai 2007

TV shows addicts unite !

I have so always been into TV shows. Find it hard to understand some people's contempt towards TV; after all, TV is only what you make it, and with this magic object that is the remote, even the laziest can easily find a decent program !
I've just seen the last episode of my current favorite show, Life on Mars, last night.
Arghh, don't you just hate those TV shows that make you love them even more when you see the last episode ? It's so unfair on us poor viewers ! :-)
Of course, I might be a little biased because of my love for David Bowie ! I have to say that this show makes one of the best uses of his music I've seen (or is that "heard" ?) on TV shows.
Now I have to wait eagerly for the DVDs to come out (in July ! )...

Word up challenge

Sometimes it's a bit funny. I've had this song "Word up" in my head for a few days, and then I just found Amber and friends' new challenge blog here
I was desperatly searching for a pic to scrap in my stash, and I just found a pic of the water in the "emerald grotto" in Malta. I'm really in need for vacations these days, so I guess this pic is perfect to illustrate how the word "go" sounds in my head right now !
Trying something a bit unusual for me, as I'm rather a layerer ! LOL !

Hambly big graph and journaling bit, SOML bird stamp (on photo paper, which is why it isn't very "clean", and embossed with sparkles), dymo, fabric from stash + BG rub on ;-)

mardi 15 mai 2007

Cooperative craft work :-D

Oh, just in case any of you were wondering what the knitted thingie at the top of my pink lo is, the only reasonable answer seems to be : it's a bet !
And it is one : one of my best friends is a knitter. But not the kind of modern crafty knitter that are so popular right now. No, she's a compulsive knitter : she buys unexpensive wool grab bags (usually with awful fibers in it) and just knits for lengths and lengths in front of TV or whatsoever...
So she dared me to actually try and DO somethng with it. Well, this one is the easiest one. The bits I'm left with are brown with blue streaks of beige and grey...

I'm off for some serious thinking (of what to do with those knitted bits)

New layouts and other quite fascinating news

Hi girlies,

Well, against all bets, me and my collegue survived last week. There was only a few shattered glass frames to replace just a few minutes before the opening and that kind of minor catastrophes...

I managed to finish some pages I had started some time ago.
One about some of the things I like as I've just turned 30

And one from the trip to Malta :

This one is quite impressively empty for my usual ! LOL !
This is the one thing that really struck me about Malta : this mix of British and Mediterranean traditions !

I've received a lot of gorgeous parcels these days (yeah, been living the sbing life this month ! ) :
Stamps from Purple Onion and Sideshow Stamps. I would really like to give a thumb up for Sideshow here : the stamps arrived so fast and are really groovy !
Then I've received the kits from SOML and the "boom boxes" from Zingboom, and I must say both scrapbooking goddesses Sara and Kristen rock ! There are a few girls starting kit clubs these days and too much cannot be said about them ! They're so out of the business logic thingie ! They're generous and genuinely passionate about scrapbooking and they really want to share their passion and talent ! Way to go girls ! and thank you for the fun !
I've also received a kit from Martha's etsy shop "Ohgrrrr", and it's fab too. Lots of little bits and things carefully and lovingly put together !

Finally, I owe some of you girls a few parcels ! Couldn't send them in the last days caus' the PO was always closed when I finished work and no one could send them for me, but it should be done in the next days ! So hang on and be assured that I don't forget you !

mercredi 9 mai 2007

Hang on till the week end

Hi everyone !

Just a post in case you were wondering why I wasn't posting like crazy these days...I'm gonna be quite till the week-end, because we're working on a new exhibition at the Museum, and it's the 1st time we're doing something this big (it's a small museum). So this week is gonna be all press conferences, openings...and I have a leaflet to translate in English (arghhh).

The exhibition is about this guy's work and we're very excited about it because we like to emphasize the fact that there was a German Resistance too. Plus, his photomontages are real works of art and they were inspiring for generations to come...

Well, of course it's not a jolly happy exhibition. In fact we had quite a hard time finding some graphics for invitations, leaflets..that wouldn't be too shocking. But then the subject isn't really a merry one...

So I hope to post a little bit more about scrapbooking, gardening, and such happy subjects this week-end.
In the meanwhile, take care you all !

lundi 7 mai 2007

Older layouts

Well, when I say older, that means 2 months ago. No way I'm ever gonna post these los from 2 years ago, when I had just started and I had no material...Or maybe in 15 years from now, when I can shake the shame away with a laughter...
I have other los that I have to scan tomorrow...

On a very different note, yesterday France voted for a new President. About half of the country is happy with the result...I'm in the other half. Don't like what I feel the next five years will be, not a bit.

samedi 5 mai 2007

Ola everybody

Last night was a rather pleasant family gathering. For my father's birthday, we decided to go to the spanish restaurant. Accordingly, we could have gone to eat suchis, but it so happens that my dad hates sushis and he is spanish (from a small town named Dona Mencia in the Cordoba province - Ah, the memory of all these childhood vacations being bored as a dead rat and watched by hundreds of inquisitory eyes ! )
So there we went with my dad, my mom, my brother and his girlfriend who is deutcho-scottish (as none of us speaks dutch [well, I can pronounce "astublieft" rather quaintly but that is it], it is a lot easier to communicate in dear ol'english with a series of weird accents...). At the end of the night, none of us was capable of talking french anymore...

BTW, my SIL is quite a photographer (as far as I can judge from my amateur point of view), so if you appreciate that art, go take a look on her website and on her flickr

nighty night you all !

A few other layouts (done less or more recently)

Well, I've mostly spent NSD NOT scrapbooking, as every year, and it is getting on my nerves a bit, so I thought I'd at least upload some layouts on the blog.

I'm expecting some gorgeous stuffs in the next days (which almost makes me froget how broke I am because of that ! LOL ! ). Some new Hambly, the SOML kit obviously, 2 zingboom kits, and some Poppy Ink...Yummy....Plus some purple inion stamps I could not resist.

I'll take some pics of some gorgeous sideshow stamps I've received yesterday, that I can't wait to use (well, OK, as a matter of fact, I've already waited all day ! )

vendredi 4 mai 2007

Sequel to the staples adventures

Well, the trip to the vet went fine in the end. China will probably never trust me again when I do my mellow voice LOL and is now a bit fussy, but she bled less than me by a good 85-90%...
The scar is perfect and so is her little mouth (we did the teeth as well while she was asleep to remove the tumor). Just hoping there won't be any other nasty things popping up...

And now for sth completely different, I thought I would include a few lo's I did these days (just in case you are not incedibly fascinated about my trips to the vet - but no, that just can not be ! )

Not so good day

And as a fair sample of my life, day one of my bog : I have to take china to the vet to take off her staples. Never taken staples off a cat's belly before, but sth tells me I won't like that.
The poor little critter had to go under 2 operations in a year and a half, and now it was for a tumor... Vet said it was cancerous but superficial, so he decided to take it off. Needless to say I'm not too enthusiastic about that. China seems to be allright though, but she will undoubtedly be more moody tonight...

Caus' there must be a first...

Dear imaginary friends, this is a blog about nnnnuthing - as they would say in Seinfeld.
Pretty much what is happening in my life.
So get ready for unseen depths of nnnuthingness, gardening, scrapbooking, and lots of cats....

If you've landed on this page, you know the awful truth : China is actually a very discreet 14 year old siamese cat, whose identity I shamelessly steal when on the web.
As for me, I am just Helene, a 30 year old (gasp) girl living in the north of France. I work in a WWII and Resistance Museum, spend my time planning to buy a house, gardening and scrapbooking. (and caring for about 10 cats - I've stopped counting at some point).

My outlook on my future is that I will end up eaten by my cats on a night when I'll have drunk one too many single malts ! :-D