Thursday, November 22, 2012

Now, I'm sure I've got something

crafty to share here. Hmmm let me see. Remember when I told you about the Savvy Delights retreat I went to? Well, I haven't shared those layouts yet. Now seems like the perfect time.

These layouts were all created as part of the 29 (I think) challenges you could complete over the weekend. For the first layout, I was required to use the hexagon chipboard.

To complete this challenge you needed to alter some shipping tags.

 This layout was created using a mini embellishment pack with the book paper, lace and crochet flower.

For this challenge we had to use a sheet of journaling spots etc.

They're all a bit simple. There's no journaling. But I must say, the challenges were so much fun!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ghouls and Goblins

I love the concept of Halloween. Honestly, who doesn't like dressing up and getting lollies? As usual the kids get to choose what they would like to dress up as. Of course I gently try to steer them in a direction that would make it easier on myself, but alas, they never take the hint.

Kate hasn't been in the last couple of years. I think she outgrew the idea. She tells me that it was just because there was nothing she wanted to dress up as. So this year she wanted to be the Cheshire Cat. Of course it was on the eve of Halloween that she decided this. I had no costume or even any clothes that we could transform in to a pink and purple stripy cat. However, Kate did have some black and white clothes that she thought she could use. Kate designed almost every part of her outfit. The only part she didn't design were the cats ears. I take full credit for cutting them out of a piece of cardstock. I'm talented, I know.

Luke wanted to go as Gordon Freeman. I had no idea, either. Here's a link to his wikipedia page. I love that a fictional character out of a computer game has his own wiki page. Anyway, I digress. I had absolutely no idea how to make this costume and time was not on our side due to my laziness. So, just how do we make a suit of armour? An empty box that the chips came in, of course! We painted it all up and this was the end result. Oh and the stick is a crowbar. I guess modern day heroes don't need guns.

Amy wanted to be an owl. I had all the material from two years ago as that was what Kate wanted to go as, and then decided she didn't 'do' Halloween. I created her outfit in one evening. It didn't take long to cut the feathers out and sew them on to a shift I made by tracing out one of her nighties. It really was super simple. Although by the time I got to the top I was bored of sewing, hence, the crappy feathers around the neck. I will fix it if I need to use the costume again. Maybe.

The kids received so many lollies, it wasn't funny. The general concensus in the couple of streets that we go to, is that there weren't many trick or treaters this year. Probably because it was a school night. You know what that meant... yep, extra lollies for the kids who did go around! It was really fun, like usual and I wonder what the kids will choose to be next year?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

It's been 5 years

since this little girl introduced herself to us. For her birthday, a family friend brought over a couple of animals from her collection: 2 miniature ponies and a miniature horse. I never really liked horses before... until I saw little ones! Cutest things ever. Amy was extremely excited. To top off the day, my neighbour baked her a unicorn cake! It was such an awesome day. One Amy won't forget in a hurry!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

You're never too old

to try out new things. Over six months ago my training buddy and myself decided we would like to have a go at a triathlon. You know, just for the fun of it. We entered the Nepean Triathlon Enticer which consisted of a 250m swim/10km cycle/2.5km run. Easy, right? Yes, individually. Together... well, I had some training to do!

The swim was in the rowing lake and lets just say that my first experience swimming in that water was not pleasant. The water is green with very low visibility. A far cry from my local swimming pool. I panicked and I was really unsure how I was going to hold it together on race day.

Sure enough when the whistle blew on race day I was not prepared. I started to panic again and I wasn't able to breathe. So, I stopped. Took a deep breath, looked around me, realised I was coming last, then my competitive streak kicked in and that was all I needed. I made up a fair bit of ground and I was very pleased with how many placed I caught up - almost half the field!

Transition. I couldn't find my bike at first, then slipped off it twice in my hurry to get on it. But I got on it eventually and had a fantastic ride. Yes, some people overtook me like I was standing still, but I also overtook a few people too, which was satisfying.

Then the run. Just a word of warning for people considering a triathlon, running after riding a bike feels like you are running in concrete shoes. It's hard and your legs don't want to work. But the good thing is, you feel like you are going slow, so you push harder. I passed lots of people on the run as it's my strongest leg. Not one person overtook me. A very rewarding moment.

To the kids waiting at the finishing line with their hands outstretched wanting high fives and my training partner giving me a high five as we past each other - these are the little moments I will cherish from the day. It was such an amazing experience and I am thankful to the people standing behind me 100%.

My results, you ask?
Swim: 6min 53secs
Cycle: 24min 34secs (which included the bulk of both transitions)
Run: 12mins 02secs

90/178 finishers
30/87 females
13/42 20-39

I'm still so proud of myself and I can't wait to do it all again! :)