Tuesday, January 27, 2009


A birthday and some Offbeat layouts.

Bear in mind that the last 2 layouts use really old pre-scrapbooking photos so the photos are a bit dodgy, but hold special memories and moments and deserve to be preserved also.

And we had a birthday. Luke turned 5. He knew that his birthday was just before school started so he has been asking me for the last 6 weeks, 'am I 5 yet?' because it would mean big school for him. I am going to miss him during the day. :( Actually, I am going to miss both Kate and Luke when they return to school. I have had a great time these holidays and while we haven't done much outside of the house, we have spent much time together. Anyway, here is the birthday boy:


Well, this will probably be my last post for a couple of weeks. We have some big stuff going on here at the moment. So, thanks for stopping by and see you all later! :D

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Where'd the week go?

Do you ever think to yourself 'I'll do that later' and then you realise it is like a whole week later? I do. All the time. I am not sure if it's because of working nights that I seem to lose days, but sometimes I feel like a day has passed but in fact it's been a week. *Sigh*

Well, at least I have some layouts I can share. The first layout is in Lusi's Top 10 feature in this months Scrapbook Creations. The topic was embossing. I love heat embossing with powders so that's what technique I went with. I embossed onto acetate so you could cut out the pieces and adhere them, or you can place them over the top of lumpy bumpy things like ribbon.

Another layout is one I did for the newsletter over at The Scrapbook Establishment. I could use anything I wanted so I thought I would have a go at using some of my Sassafras Hog Heaven range. Gotta say, it wasn't the easiest range to work with, but it's cute so I guess that cancels each other out? No? I used batting for the clouds from a quilt I am still making Amy. Man, I am never going to finish that quilt.

Onto my Project 365:

13. I asked Luke 'what would you like to do today? Anything you want, we will do.' You can guess the type of answers I expected - bowling, movies etc. But no. He said 'ummm play Lego'. I said 'anything. The park, whatever you want.' He said 'ummm Lego and colouring in.' Ok. I think we can manage that.

14. I went to bed one afternoon before work on that 42 degree day last week. Steve set up the wading pool for the kids and took some photos. He seems to take alot more photos now we have the SLR. I think he likes to play around with the settings and he loves the way the photos turn out. He said to me one day while we were looking at some photos on the computer that they looked real. Like you could reach out and touch them real. Yep. They do look better than anything I took with the old camera.

15. Just one of Amy playing in the wading pool again on yet another 40 degree day. Back to back. You would be mistaken for thinking it was hibernating season as there was no way I was going out in that heat!

16. Amy's first ice block - a Paddle Pop Scribbler. Not to mention her 7th tooth that has come through. Steve said 'ahh no wonder we had a couple of bad nights.'

17. Oh looky, there is me and Katie-bear watching a movie. The boys were totally not interested in watching the movie and tried very hard to distract us by dancing and doing silly things to be in our way!

18. For Christmas, Kate asked for some Ronald Dahl books. She will be eight in March and she has always read ahead of her expected level at school. I decided, what's the harm, if she wants to read, let her read. However, we have poblems associated with her reading. Like if she wakes up in the middle of the night she will read and then we have a hard time getting her up for school the next day. We couldn't figure it out for ages why she was so tired in the mornings! We still never figured it out until she told us. Her teacher also says that sometimes she goes off into her own little world. I wonder how much of that has to do with her reading and an active imagination?

Alrighties, well sorry about the mammoth post (I hear an echo...LOL!) but honestly, life has been pretty fast paced around here! Thanks for stopping by! :D

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Some awards and more Project 365

I received this tag a while ago from this super chick, Skye, who I met through the forums over at Scrapbooking Memories.


And I received this award from Lisa, who I met through the SM forums also, and Tanya, who is the newest member of the DT over at The Scrapbook Establishment:


Thankyou so much for the awards! :D

Now, onto Project 365

8. I love to read. I don't get to read much anymore, the last book I read was Ali Edwards Life Artist book. You know, I really enjoyed it and I found lots of inspiration in it. All my books are jammed in tight on the bookshelf as Amy loves nothing more than to pull them all off!

9. I was sitting at the set of lights, ready to turn onto the M4 when I thought, you know, I really like the composition of what I am seeing out my windscreen, so I grabbed my phone and snapped off a photo.
*photo to come once I find the software for my phone!*

10. Pancakes for dinner. I had not had pancakes for dinner before, so topped with bacon and maple syrup, it was a real treat! Well, after borrowing some flour off the nieghbour as mine had weevils. Grrr.

11. Amy has worked out that if you put the ball in the top it comes out the bottom!

12. Luke watering the plants.

In other news, we went to Ikea on Sunday. It was Steve's idea. Although I wouldn't say no! I have decided though that I am going to save my pennies and buy a 5x5 Expedit bookshelf, because, well, I need some more scrap storage. I am busting out of my current premises. I could always stop buying stuff, but where's the fun in that?!

Well, that's about it for today. I have stuff that needs doing and even with my lack of sleep I am in a motivated mood, so I better strike while the irons hot! TFSB! :D

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Project 365

I decided, I don't know what I was thinking, that I would participate in Project 365. Basically, I have to not flake out and remember to take a photo every day. For the next 359 days. I wonder if I will see it through. I hope so. If anything, just to improve my photography skills.

Here are the first 6 days so far:
(My apologies for a couple of duplicated photos from the last post.)

1.  This is what Steve and the kids had set up for me for when I got home from work on New Years Day. There is a sign also. Love these guys to death!

2. At the watch tower at La Perouse. Love that teal colour.

3. Kate picking a four leaf clover.

4. Luke baking his cake and having it too, well, the beaters here anyway.

5. Luke playing with his lego. Love that lego holds his attention for ages.

6. What better way to spend a 42 degree day than by staying indoors and pretending to be a penguin?

Hopefully I can get some shots other than the kids! LOL!
TFSB and take care! :D

Monday, January 5, 2009


Well, it's been a while...

This might be a big post but only because we have had a couple of big weeks. Most noteable though is Steve has been on holidays for the last week and a half. I have really loved having him home. Even though I still had to trudge out to work every night, it was so comforting to come home to him and know he would be here all day. So, I am a little bummed that he has gone back to work. Oh well, I have lots I have to get done today so the time will fly by the time he gets home again.

First off is a layout because I wont make you all wade through a long boring post to find one lonely layout down the bottom of it. It took me about a week to do this layout because I would do a little bit and then move on to other things in the house. You know, I liked how long it took. I liked that I took my time. I liked the process. I like the end result, which is always a bonus. :)

I thought at the outset that I wanted to do a whole 'product spew' layout and that I really wanted to use that mother of a flower from the BG Urban Prairie chip stickers. I also used some Apple Blossom Studio stamps so it turned into a DT layout too. So that was convenient! LOL!

Well, I guess I should continue with my Ali's 25 Days:

Day 19: Well, it should have been the last day for school for Kate, but I kept her home. She didn't mind. It was a stinking hot day so when we went outside to play, we went out for about 5 mins max. Too hot for playing in!

Day 20: We had a street Christmas Party. I took some very cool photos of the kids in the street, so I can't upload any. The funny thing was, I said to Steve, I should take a photo of all the kids and he was like 'nah' all embarrassed, but as soon as I got my camera out to take a photo of Amy, all the kids ran over for a big group shot!

Day 21: I thought I would take some photos of Amy with these feather angel wings I bought. She wasn't having a bar of the wings but she did love the baubles!

Day 22: I thought it would be nice to get some Chrismassy shots of the kids in their Christmas shirts.

Day 23: I finished my tree skirt!!! I only started it for Christmas 07! But, it is finished now! I am happy with it and it didn't bother me that it didn't co-ordinate with my black, white and silver theme. I have already decided that next year I am going for a pink, purple, aqua and lime theme.

Day 24: Santa was busy wrapping the presents without any supervision as I was at work and I think he did an excellent job! ;) Thanks Santa!

Day 25: Phew. Made it! Christmas Day. The kids asked Santa for a Nintendo DS and he came through with the goods this year. He figured that if the kids asked for the same thing 2 years in a row then they were pretty serious about what they wanted.

I was going to extend my 25 Days to include all of December because we do stuff after Christmas also, excpet I missed the 29th and 30th!

New Years Eve was uneventful as I was at work until 5.30am. When I got home, this welcomed me:

We had a really great New Years Day. We had a BBQ at our next door neighbours and a swim in their pool. Such a great way to spend a day.

We had been promising to take the kids to the beach so we finally did on friday. We went to La Perouse as Kate gets car sick so it was an easy trip along 3 motorways. These are a couple of my favourite shots:

Well, that's all from me today as I have a heap of things to go and do! Take care and TFSB!!! :D