Monday, June 30, 2008

30.06.08

Never again.


I rang Nova the other day, lucky they ran out of time and I didn't go to air. You see, I *thought* I had a funny story and then when I actually said it out loud, my gosh it sounded so lame. So yeah, never again will I ring a radio station. LOL!


Ok, so I have some scrappy news! I was selected to join The Scrapbook Establishment's Design Team! I was so excited when I got the email! It was one shop where I had always been in love with so I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would make the team! I am very excited and cannot wait until I start designing for them! Other scrappy stuff, I have finished my single layout for the SM Masters comp, I am 99% finished my double, I just have to do the journaling. I started on my calendar last night, I cut out the back from some wood and I am looking forward to making a start on that. Keepsake is still in the 'thinking about' phase. I kind of have an idea with the words and stuff. I still have almost 3 weeks to complete it, so I have plenty of time. Who else is entering this year?


So, what else has been happening. Well, Amy is 8 months old now. She sits all by herself for ages. She has started to try and get up on her knees and if she does, she pushes herself backwards, much to her frustration. She loves to eat food, especially the vegies and pasta I make. She has gone off the custards a little, she loves marmite sandwiches and toast. She still has not gotten any teeth. She loves bathtime still, especially when Kate and Luke hop in aswell as they keep her amused. She is really fast in her walker and runs everywhere, especially if there is food to be had. She watches other people and if they are eating, she wants to eat too. Her sleeping hasn't been great of late, but i think that's just because it is winter and she has been getting cold, even in her sleeping sack.



Last weekend, I went out the back to find Kate had caught a lizard, not only that, she had named the lizard Isabella and written up a full report! It was so sweet! She had that lizard for about a week until we told her she had to let it go. Heartbreaking, but since Kate couldn't supply the lizard with the proper food, it had to go.



Well, thats about it from me today. I have the beginning of a cold so I hope it doesn't turn into a full blown cold. Luke and Amy also have the start of a cold. That'd be right, school holidays in 1 week and my kids always seem to be sick on school holidays!


Take care and thanks for stopping by! :D

Monday, June 23, 2008

23.06.08

The last challenge.


The last challenge was harder than I thought for the DT comp at Scraploot. You had to 'jack' one of the layouts by the current DT members. I can do sketches, I can do colours, but I find it hard to copy someones work. I don't know why. But in the end I thought to myself, just think of it as a sketch. It came together. Finally. And I like the layout. I used up an old as Methusela Making Memories leather frame I had. I still have 2 more to use since I bought them on sale, probably about 4 years ago now. I also used up my Boho Chic alphas I bought when WRMK first came out and they were the in thing. Lucky the letters I used where the same both ways so I could use the back colour of them! LOL! Yeah, I am really happy with how the layout turned out.



Good stuff. I am also glad the comp is over so now I can focus on doing my entry for SM Masters. I am stuck on the calendar. I kind of have an idea of what I want to do, but I really don't know how to go about doing it. Especially with the size restrictions this year. I don't know why I am bothering to enter really. I would love to win the prize pack, but I am not stupid, I know I really don't stand much of a chance with all the amazing talent out there. No, that statement was not to make everyone swoon over me and say 'but you are so good' etc. I really mean it. When scrapping was still an infant here is Australia there was definately a great divide between good scrappers and the rest of us. Now I believe that those line do not exist anymore and the wealth of talent in Australia is astounding.


Well, I must run, I have some housey stuff to do. I have housey stuff to do everyday, but I just don't do it usually. Take care and thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

22.06.08

Dontcha hate it when...


You do a layout that you just love and it all fell into place really really quickly? No? I do, because now none of my efforts are turning out as good and I am getting frustrated. At least the good layout is for a SM Masters comp, so I guess that's not such a bad thing. But I really need to get my layout done for the DT comp at Scraploot. It is the last week of challenges, and while I am pretty sure I wont get a spot, there are 2 spots available and there are some pretty awesome scrappers taking part, it has still been a fun journey and I have ended up with some layouts I truely love. But I still need to get the last layout done to be in the running. Oh well.


Well, I must go, I am in the middle of backing up my photos. Have YOU backed up lately? No? Off you go then! Go and backup!


More to follow. Hopefully a Scraploot layout.......

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

18.06.08

Books.


I just thought I would jot down a few reviews of the books I have read so far this year. I don't get to read much. Just a couple of minutes a day, really. I have only read 4 books so far this year. I like to read, but unfortunately I just don't really have the time.


The Secret Cure by Sue Woolfe.Well, I found this book quite, ummm, boring to be honest. It lacked real depth for the first half of the book and I kept reading, just in case it got better. It didn't. It ended abruptly and kind of left too many things unanswered. I may have a look at her two earlier books though as I found an article written by The Age and they said that the others she has written are better. It was ok. But just ok. Say 3 out of 10?


Top Ten by Ryne Douglas Pearson
A shortish book, but it kept me enthralled. I found it interesting and on the go, two things which make for a good book in my opinion. Interesting. Out of ten, lets say, 8.


Pillow Talk by Freya North
Steve bought me this book as a present. I think he was hoping it would be a romantic novel or something. ;) It was good. I liked the flow of the story. It kept me engrossed and I kept skipping ahead to see what the main characters were up to. I am terrible for doing that when I like a book. It was sweet and certain elements were familiar to me, like Petra (the main character) and her relationship with her parents. I could totally relate. As for a score, how about 8 out of 10.


Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
How switched on is Dan Brown?! Another awesome awesome book by Brown and I think I would have to give it 10 out of 10 to. Awesome. There is so much detail in this book it isn't funny! I am going to seek out his other two books he has written that I haven't read, Digital Fortress and Deception Point. Great book. If you like intelligent thrillers, then seek out this book!

Monday, June 16, 2008

16.06.08

I have good intentions...


I always have intentions to update this thing, I just never seem to get around to it! I have stuff to write about from last weekend, let alone the one we just had! Well, here goes...


Kate and Luke went to my grandparents house for 2 nights over the long weekend. This was Luke's first overnight trip to Grandma and Pops. He had been wanting to go for a while now, since Kate goes there during the school holidays occassionally. They had a nice time. Apparently they were really good and they ate all their dinner. They don't eat all their dinner at home. Why is that? They helped grandma with some baking and drew lots of pictures. They went for drives. They just generally had a nice time.



I turned Amy's car seat around the other day. She seems to like the forward facing drive. It is also much easier to get her in and out! Here is Amy on one of her last rearward facing drives.



When I was pregnant with Amy, a lady at work, Pauline, gave me a gift. It was a beautiful layette set that her mother knitted. She also gave me another set that one of her friends knitted also. They are so beautiful. Too beautiful to use! But then I wanted to put a nice warm jacket on Amy, so I pulled it out. It fitted perfectly. I need to have this photo printed off so I can give it to Pauline.



And this weeks challenge for the DT comp over at Scraploot required us to use PINK, BLUE, ORANGE, WHITE and BLACK. Interesting colour combo, huh? Yeah, I thought so too. SO, I took the easy option. One main colour and use the others as highlights. This is what I came up with:



Onto other crafty stuff, I have sandwiched Amy's quilt and I have started quilting the top! Wait a sec, I will just go and get a pic... the yellow has turned out a little orange in this pic, but it is a bright yellow. It will have a colourful bind aswell. It has pink flannelette as the backing material. It is still going to take me ages to finish it because of the binding. I will get there though, and I can't wait to have it finished!



I have heaps of other things I want to say but I will leave it there for today. Thanks for stopping by!!! :D

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

09.06.08

Last week.


I just thought I would do a quick post before I have to get ready to take Luke to preschool. He is eating his lunch - a tuna sandwich, my kids love tuna, go figure, and Amy is asleep. A cuppa just downed, oh goodness, I could go another one. Anyway, where was I before I started dreaming about a nice warm strong cup of tea on a raining and miserable day. I don't think rain is miserable really, I love the rain. I love the rain sounds, I love the rain feel, I love the renewing after rain. Rain is good. Really. Not miserable.


So, this last week, what did I do? Hmmm. Nothing much. I didn't take Luke to preschool last week. Amy was sick and just because she doesn't have a voice or is able to express her opinion, I knew she was a tired grumpy bubby. So instead of dragging her out in the rain last week, we had a nice week at home. I enjoyed it. I found it relaxing not having to make the mad school run in the afternoon.


I finished a layout for the Scraploot DT comp. I really wanted to keep this for my FK entry, but I really would like to be part of this DT team too. The colours are a bit off but there hasn't been much sun to speak of to get a good shot. If you clcik on it you will get a bigger pic.



Amy had her first bubble bath. What is it with my kids and eating bubbles? LOL! They all do it! You'd be mistaken for thinking I don't feed them or something! And let me tell you, this one eats! She loves her solid food! The best part about feeding her is I know that another being in this family actually likes my cooking. Or she just doesn't know any better. Either way.



When we got home from our sewing class, the yard two houses up was covered in cockatoos! Of course Luke wanted to go and chase them and well, I wanted to too, but I refrained. Instead, I took some photos of him.



That's about it for now. I will update maybe tomorrow. I still have to organise my meal planning for this week. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

04.06.08

The weekend and some cooking.


Saturday night saw me and Luke make a mad rush to the doctors. You see, Luke was playing 'wheelbarrows' with the boy from down the street. You can just see where this is heading, can't you? Yep. Luke's arms gave way and he fell smack bang... on the concrete path! He hit his nose and forehead. We picked him up and his nose started bleeding, so expecting the worst I raced him to the doctor. Turned out he hadn't broken his nose, he just burst some blood vessels. Phew.


Then on Sunday he went fishining with Steve in the boat. My BIL went also. I think they had a good time. They caught plenty of fish. Luke caught the most! They even rocked up to the fish markets in the boat to buy some lunch! Not a million dollar cruiser or aything, but I am sure it was cool to get there by boat!


Here is Luke catching the first fish of the day:



Here is Luke and the Harbour Bridge:



And here is Luke with the ANZAC Bridge in the background, but what he loved more was the HUGE boat with the cars on it!



Yeah, I made the beanie too. LOL! Not my best effort, but a beanie nonetheless.


Next for some meal planning. I am one of those shoppers who go today to make dinner for tonight. I have no forward planning. In a bid to *gasp* budget, I want to do a weekly shop. Thinking of recipes to make is hard! A friend at sewing class told me about ww.taste.com.au so I tried it out. Looks good. So armed with a great big shopping list that even included wine (for cooking of course! LOL!) which was a big step out of my comfort zone, Luke, Amy and myself hit the shops. So, just to remind myself of our menu I am going to post it here.


Tuesday/Wednesday
Slow-baked chicken pieces
Banana and rolled oat muffins


Thursday/FridayBacon, mushroom and tomato risotto
Spinach and bacon muffins


Saturday
I promised Steve he could have takeaway, he really wants pizza!


Sunday/Monday
Beef stroganoff and potato pies
Choc-chip muesli slice


I always make enough for leftovers the following night as it makes my life a little easier! ;) And the treats are to cut down on processed packet things for the lunchboxes!


That's about it really, I need to go and do some general house stuff. Thanks for dropping by! :)

Monday, June 2, 2008

02.06.08

Welcome Winter!


Wow, winter, already?! My uncle once told me about a theory about time. It makes sense to me.


When we are 2, one year is half our lives. So it seems like a really long time. When we are 10, 1 year is 1/10th of our lives, so it still seems a long time. When we are 30, 1 year is 1/30th of our lives so it starts to feel quicker. Imagine when we are 100, 1 year is only 1/100th of our lives so it will just fly. Food for thought.


So, this last week wasn't great. I started crashing on wednesday and I crashed and burned spectacularly on thurdsday. I was so tired. I could barely keep my eyes open. I just keep thinking to myself, this isn't forever. Just until the kids are older and they no longer need childcare. Or until I win the lotto, whichever is first. Well, since I don't play lotto, I guess it is until the kids get a little older. The money is good, so I can't complain.


Amy was 7 months old last wednesday. I know, I can't believe it either! She is getting there with her sitting. I have lots of mummy guilt about that one! She is also sick with a cold. The poor baby. She is asleep at the moment, so I am enjoying some nice quiet mummy time. Luke is busy playing with Noah's Ark and watching Little Eiensteins at the same time. He loves that show.



Both Luke and Kate had performances last week at school for Education Week. I didn't take any photos, but I did video it. Luke did some actions to a song and then he did another performance with the year 5's - they reinacted the torch relay which involved slow motion running. Very cute! Kate performed a belly dance. LOL! Lucky for me, their performances were on different days! Here they are playing in the backyard after school.



I finished the next challenge for Scraploot. You had to do a layout using no cardstock, using felt, colouring in and at least 6 buttons. Many thanks to my model and to Vita with whom I stole the photographing idea off! The layout is about Luke and his first trip to the beach.



Thanks for stopping by! :)