Monday, April 29, 2013

Here's one I prepared earlier.

A little while ago I was fortunate enough to go to Storyboard Kit's scrapbooking retreat. It was a great weekend where I got to catch up with some amazing people. Next year it's changing to Inspired Blueprints retreat, if you're on the lookout for a great weekend away.

This group photo was taken by the amazing Beth Tahiri. Next year I am going to get some portrait shots done because people keep asking how long ago my profile picture was taken. 3 1/2 years people, I don't think I've aged that quickly!

So if you do want photos done, Beth's are gorgeous! Check her out on her Facebook page: link here.

There were plenty of challenges to do while at the retreat. I settled on the shape challenge. I had to include a banner, a scalloped circle, a butterfly and a swirly thing. This was as good as I could do. You know, I am loving this buttery coloured cardstock. I'm thinking it's the new kraft. It's beautiful and soft and just right.


Well, that's it for tonight. I received my next Blue Bazaar kit in the mail so I am going to do fawn over it and decide what I am going to do with it.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Completed: Deer Cross Stitch

I have a plan to do a mixed media photo wall. I figured there was no point in putting up half the stuff and I would wait until I have completed all the pieces.

Well, it's only taken me about 10 weeks, but I now have a piece for the collection.

A deer cross stitch.

Edited to add: PATTERN HERE! :)

I found a clip art silhouette of a deer I liked, pixelated it in photoshop, put a grid over the picture and made my very own pattern. It was pretty easy actually. But thank goodness for google.

And here's a photo of me that Luke wanted to take of me with my completed project. Doesn't that old calendar I made look like a hat? Well, I can sometimes be a bitch witch, so it's quite fitting I suppose.

Ahh a completed project. It's a good feeling, since I have so many WIPs.

Friday, April 26, 2013


The day we honour our service men and women and the sacrifices they made for their country and people. A day that is as important as Christmas Day and Good Friday/Easter Sunday because we actually close our retail shops. A day that brings profound reflection.

This year we went to Sydney to watch the march and show our support to the troops both of past and present.

Here's a few snaps.

The memorial horse which commemorates the passing of the last Boer War veteran. The one following this one is for the passing of the last WW1 veteran.

I'll admit to shedding a tear at images such as these. Gone but not forgotten.

But images like this made me proud!

And these three Evil Weevils were so good and they clapped and waved and were really interested in the march. Well, for three hours anyway. Then they just got really hungry and tired, so we retreated to McDonalds. When we were finished the march was just finishing up. Afterwards, the combined pipe band march in the opposite direction down to Martin Place. It was a very impressive display and I'm disappointed I didn't get a photo of it. Not to worry. We had a great day and of course we finished it off with a trip to HobbyCo. No Jarrett trip into the city would be complete without a trip to HobbyCo.

And a huge nap afterwards to recover.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

And the other three

layouts for Blue Bazaar.

My Three

Luna Park

Egg Hunt

Now I'm off to catch up more of my Project Life. I had all my photos printed today, so now I need to cut them all up and pop them in my album and journal. The guy at Harvey Norman even threw in a free membership to the VIP club thingy. Sweet, cheaper enlargements. :)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Some more Bazaar of the Blue kind

It still makes me deliriously happy to be designing kit layouts for Blue Bazaar.

So here are a couple from the March kit.

And another:

And that's about it for this cold and wet Saturday. I have a house full of sick people, except for me.
*Touch wood*

So I think I might just take it easy and try and catch up my my Project Life album. I have the photos, I have just been a bit slack with the journaling. This is one project you really need to be organised for. And those that know me know I'm quite lazy unorganised.

Monday, April 15, 2013

When God was a rabbit.

I finished this book over a week ago now (the new book I'm reading is dragging something terrible) and in the meantime life happened, so I'm finally reviewing this book now.

Here's the cover:

And here's my review: 8/10. I really liked this book. I did indeed. The premise is about siblings and their relationship as they grow older. The book is divided into two halves. I think the first half of the book was fantastic. Except for when Elly, the narrator, got whiney. That made me not like her as much. But with a cast of other interesting characters, I'll let it slide.

If you're after a quick easy read where you like to imagine the scenery without getting bogged down, then this is for you. Sarah Winman doesn't explain everything, she leaves a lot of it up to your imagination, and you know, I like that. I can draw my own conclusions when I have to.

And my favourite quote from the book is this one:

'I remembered again the sense of adventure that flooded my thoughts, the breathlessness of the what-ifs, the connection, the infinite connection to a horizon that reached beyond and whispered, Follow, follow, follow.'

If you've read it too, I would love to know your thoughts!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cooking and me...

...don't always mix.

I don't really enjoy cooking. It's more like an evil necessity to me.

Especially since dearest husband has food intolerances. He can only eat foods that have negligible or low amounts of salicylates or amines. Which is almost nothing, really.

So I was browsing through Recipes+ magazine and I came across a Coriander Chicken with Pumpkin Lentil dish. I looked at the ingredients and decided to try and switch it up so Steve could eat it as well.

So here's the altered recipe.

Parsley Chicken with Sweet Potato and Potato Lentils

Serves 5 (Well, 2 adults, 1 who eats like an adult, 1 kid and 1 person who does not like dinner regardless of what it is.)

Prep: 10 minutes (more like 15)
Cook: 20 minutes (ahem, chicken was still clucking after 20 minutes)

10 chicken drumsticks, lightly scored
500g sweet potato, for those who can eat it, cut into 2cm pieces
1 potato, for Mr Can't Eat Anything With Taste, cut into 2cm pieces
1 tablespoons mild curry powder (generally very high in salicylates, but ok in small doses)
2 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tablespoons of Rice Bran Oil
1 cup of dry red lentils
150g green beans, cut into 3cm lengths
1 tablespoon of that parsley stuff that comes in a tube from the fruit and veg section
Lemon wedges for those of us who can eat them

1. Chuck your chicken, sweet potato, potato, curry powder, garlic, oil and parsley (note: everything besides the lentils, beans and lemon) into a freezer bag and shake it so everything is covered in the oily, garlic, parsley mixture.

2. Empty bag into an oven tray and cook on 200C for a fan forced oven until cooked (apparently very important).

3. Cook lentils. DO NOT OVER COOK. This was where I went wrong. They end up gluggy and glue like. The recipe says 7 minutes but I think they're lying. Maybe 5 max. In the last 3 minutes of cooking, throw the beans in too. Drain.

4. Serve and enjoy. Tastes very yummy with the lemon squeezed on it.

5. Recipe could do without lentils to be honest. There was plenty without them. I just wanted to test drive them on the family.

So, there you have it. A low salicylate and amine recipe. Aaaand He Who Must Not Be Named didn't get sick. Score.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Sydney Royal Easter Show

So in a snap decision, we decided to go to the Easter Show. On Easter Saturday. Of course, one of the busiest days of the show.

If  you saw this motley crew, then you saw us. Look how excited we were when we first walked through the gates. We didn't look this crash hot when we left.

A photo with Puss 'n' Boots.

A photo with some beef.

A photo with an alpaca.

Delicious showbags. I got the Flake, Steve the Dream, Luke went with Mentos and Warheads and Amy with Trolli. Kate wanted the Adventure Time bag, but was sold out everywhere! I'd never heard of it before, but I'm guessing it popular?

My favourite part of the show, the displays made out of food. This one was entered by a school. Everything was covered in birdseed.

All in all, we had fun, spent a small fortune and have decided that it just isn't as good as it used to be. I doubt we will go again for a long time. I'm thinking about supporting our smaller local shows, like the Hawkesbury and Luddenham shows. Maybe that way, we will actually get a chance to see things rather than just be herded through the pavilions en mass.