Sunday, November 24, 2013

Project Life: Week 19

Another week, another Project Life spread.

You know, I love nothing more than flicking back through my album, remembering the things we have done so far this year.

I'm so glad I started this project. Don't get me wrong, I've had moments where I thought I would never catch up and I'll be behind for the rest of my life and I'll end up giving up. You know, like my attempts at Project 365.

I always start with good intentions.

But I think Project Life is different. there's something in me that wants to see this project through because I will cherish it for ever.


Besides Mother's Day, not much happened this week. It was an ordinary week in our lives, so there's not much documenting going on, but that's ok. Not every week is full of stuff.

And yep, I got a totally awesome fondue set from the Mother's Day stall. Anything chocolate related is, in my opinion, the best present ever! Love my babes.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Project Life: Week 17

Another double page spread! But we did heaps this week! I guess a four day weekend will do that!


The thing I struggle most with when creating Project Life is the 'week' card. Until I happened to come across this stamp I bought years ago. The dot circle one around the number seventeen. Now, it's my go-to. I love it.


The other go-to is a Fiskars arrow punch I also picked up a couple of years ago from Spotlight on clearance for about $5. And I got a speech bubble one too. Awesome buys, now that I think of it!


I know, I have a blank journal card. I have a lot to say on that card and I just need to decide on the best way to present it. I'll get there. ;)

Wow, what a week. Highly enjoyable and now it's immortalised in my Project Life album. :)

Book Review: Snow Falling on Cedars

I must first up say that this is a book that I had wanted to read for some time. I had not watched the movie, as I am one of those annoying people who like to say "that's not what happened in the book!"


In short, Snow Falling on Cedars is a book about prejudices on a little island after World War 2. It involves strawberries, snow and cedar trees. Lots of cedar trees.

In all honesty, it was boring. It bored me so much that I couldn't bring myself to read another book for about a month after I had finished it. It's true. It had some good bits, don't get me wrong, but it was slow.

Tedious.

I'm never watching the movie.

My favourite quote from the book is:


"It was a matter in part of posture and breathing, but even more so of soul. Mrs. Shigemura taught her to seek union with the Greater Life and to imagine herself as a leaf on a great tree: The prospect of death in Autumn, she said was irrevelant next to its happy recognition of its participation in the life of the tree itself."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Project Life: Week 18

Just a single page spread this week. We got out and about a couple of times this week, just to get out of the house!


And well, it's all pretty self explanatory.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Halloween

I know, I'm all out of whack and I'm out of order, but I just came across this years Halloween photos.

Luke wanted to be an Army man this year. It's not the first year he has wanted to go as one. He really wanted me to make him camo pants and a bulletproof vest. We set off to Spotlight and grabbed some camouflage drill and some puffy quilted black fabric for the vest.

The pants were super easy to make. I just traced a pair of his tracksuit pants and allowed room for no stretch. They honestly took less than 30 minutes all up to make. The vest was made in a similar fashion, I just traced a t-shirt and then made it larger and with no sleeves. Really, it was super easy.

Luke's hat has almost been blown off in this photo, what is it with it being windy every Halloween?


Amy's costume was even easier. The only part I had to make was the tail, and by make, I mean stuff a stocking with newspaper. Yep, a cat would have to be the easiest costume. A leotard, a skirt for modesty, ears, a tail and some whiskers. Too easy.

Amy drew her own whiskers on.


Nope, no Kate this year. She went to a friends house for a party and to go trick-or-treating. But here's the other two evil weevils:


I wish we had Halloween when I was a kid. How awesome is it to dress up and get lollies?!?!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Project Life: Week 16

Week 16 was a pretty quiet week, but somehow I managed to create a double spread with inserts.


The insert consist of a booklet Amy did at school. It's really sweet. The other side of the A4 sleeve is a story Luke typed on the typewriter. I also included a 12x12 sleeve with a painted picture on both sides, one by Luke and the other by Amy.



I also tried running sticky barc through the Cameo. It worked really well, but the light colour gets a little lost against the aqua. Still, it was fun to try out.


And there the kids are, creating the paintings. What a creative week we had. :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday Amy!

It only feels like yesterday when I was posting these photos from Amy's 5th birthday.
This year we had a party with some of Amy's kindy friends and her cousins. We had the ponies again and the kids loved them!


The donut game was a huge success and the winners were the kids who kept persevering as most of them gave up! LOL!
Luke having a good go of smashing the piƱata!

The butterfly cake and cupcakes (thanks Woolies free magazine for the inspiration!)

The photo booth was a big hit, too!
 We played pass the parcel, balloon races and we had a sack relay. The kids for the most part just loved tearing around and jumping on the trampoline! But all in all it was a fantastic day and I couldn't thank the parents enough for their generosity in their presents. We have gone from having 2 Barbies to 7 and a Barbie horse! Amy had a fantastic day and I was so happy to be able to share it with such a great bunch of kids.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Silly Smiles

You know those 'money shots'? The photos you know are going to be great, even if they are slightly blurry or not quite in focus. The ones that capture emotion and character. Perfectly.
 
My second layout for D-lish Scraps uses some of those photos. Some of my favourite ones ever.
 
 
My happy, silly, smiling girl, Amy.
 
Have you checked out D-lish yet?