Friday, December 24, 2010
This is my 'Christmas card' shot this year - but don't worry the jetski wasn't going and they aren't allowed to drive it - just a staged photo! ;) hehehe!
We are looking forward to a day celebrating Christmas at home, my brother, his wife and my niece have just flown in from Melbourne. This will be a big surprise for my parents when they arrive in a couple of hours as they think they are flying in on Boxing Day! Whew has been a bit hard keeping this a secret for the last 7 weeks or so! LOL!
Enjoy the day, and time together with family and friends. I look forward to seeing/'chatting' with you in the New Year.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Lots of festive creative inspiration going on here at SBO
3 1/2 days of school left for the kids, almost all the presents bought, landscaping finished, menu sorted for Christmas Day and just a few more crazy days at work to get out of the way before the fun of the season can start.
Hope all your preparations are coming along well.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Has been a busy month in this house! The usual after school activities, sports, ballet end of year concerts, fishing weekend for hubby, scrapping weekend in Qtown for me ... and a new job for me! My word for the year ... 'new' ... is turning out to be pretty spot on. Lots of changes this year, new challenges and opportunities. I am now the new Accountant for Acquisitions, the really funky gift stores. There are 11 stores round the country with the first being in Dunedin which is where the (small) head office is still based.
But in amongst all the busy stuff I have still found the odd pocket of time to sneak away and do some creating.
Today I wanted to share a reverse canvas I made for myself using the Cosmo Cricket Material Girl range of papers and chipboard elements. Something fun to hang above my scrap desk ...
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Went for a bit of a hike with Finn, up the trail to the clock that is built into the hill that overlooks Alex. He loved his 'adventure'!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
A fun day was had by all - 12 hours of scrapping/classes/demos/lollies/laughter - just the usual really when you mix this lot of gorgeous ladies together! Thank you to everyone who made the day a huge success, and to Andrea for once again bringing along all those shop goodies that were so hard to resist!
My layouts from the classes taken by firstly Trina ...
I also issued the mini challenge last Thursday over on SBO. The challenge was to 'record this moment'. I had done this a couple of years ago for the kids but wanted to do updated pages. Here is my example that I have completed for Emma ...
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
First stop was Melbourne to catch up with my brother and his family ... time was spent travelling on trains and trams, visiting Melbourne Zoo, Sunday markets at SouthBank and soaking up the atmosphere and festivies surrounding the AFL Grand Final which was played the weekend we were there. Well so much for the Grand Final, after those 4 forty minute quarters the game was a draw ... so rather than play extra time they had to play the whole game again the following weekend! How bizarre!
Kids opposite Flinders Station ...
Emma and artwork on the walls of an alleyway ...
Now back to reality, another few days before the kids head back to school and then the crazy buildup to Christmas.
Friday, September 17, 2010
When I saw this particular Effiel Tower paper I knew it was time to scrap some of my old travel photos ... hence this Paris themed double layout ...
... and a close-up of the journalling ...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
To say the last few weeks have been busy is an understatement - chaotic more like! Finn has had 7 days off school - first a cold then the vomit bug (3 times!!!!!). Each time the bug hit, he recovered and within 5 days it was back again! Then I got it! Throw in helping with school and sporting activities, trying to get my growing pile of contract work done and keep on top of the every increasing list of housework - whew! To prove how bad it has been - I received a box of yummy goodies that I bought from SBO (MME Alphabet Soup) and it is still sitting in the box - all of it - no time to play here!
But enough of that. Still there were some great moments in that time too - Emma lost her first tooth and is so proud showing everyone the gap it has left (and how she can stick her tongue through it)! Hubby had his birthday, and the kids are loving his pressie - a Wii! Proud of Finn completing the cross country last week, and then again today. He may not be the fastest runner (actually he is pretty good at bringing up the rear), but he had a smile on his face when he crossed the finish line! Finn also got Player of the Day at soccer, the weekend in between his bouts with the nasty bug - very happy to show off that trophy again!
And tonight Finn gave me the biggest hug before bed and told me "Mum, you are the best Mum in the whole wide world" - my heart melted right then and there - my kids are my world, they are all that matters to me (and hubby of course) and for him to say this means I must be doing something right, even when I have weeks like these when I feel I haven't accomplished anything.
Now looking forward, we have a family holiday planned that the kids are getting very excited about - across the ditch to visit my brother, followed by a play at the beach for another few days. Passports sorted, tickets booked, now just have to work out which events/theme parks/markets we are going to visit.
Scrappy news now ... A couple of weeks ago (before the chaos) I received a gorgeous 3 Bugs in a Rug pack. A Trip to Paris Caboodle pack to be exact - a great value pack with 9 papers, alphas, diecuts and rubons.
Here are my creations so far ...
Friday, August 20, 2010
This week the challenge is to create a layout with 'white space'
So here is my example :
Monday, August 2, 2010
So here are my inital creations ...
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Week One challenge is to scrap a layout with a Kiwi Icon or Landmark
My take on this, featuring a pic from our holiday in Auckland in April - 'Chillin' at Viaduct Basin'
You have until midnight on Thursday 5th August to upload your creations - so get scrapping!
Got scrap gear packed for Scrap Sunday tomorrow with some of the girls, really looking forward to it as have missed the last two months because of other commitments.
Off now to watch the rest of the All Blacks v Wallabies game - proving to be an action packed game, best match up I have seen between these 2 teams for a while. Also trying to spy my bro in the crowd ;) Next weeks rematch in ChCh could be very interesting - hubby is heading up for it - I'll just be home in front of the TV watching!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
A new competition is coming ...
With not 1 ...
Not 2 ...
But 3 Slices up for grabs!!!
I don't have one of these babies, but it's definitely on my wishlist!
Go on join in, coz 'you've gotta be in to win'!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Now for ScrapbookOutlet news - have you seen that the kits are back? July one was sent last week ...
I was lucky enough to have a sneak play with the kit before it was officially released. Gorgeous product in there from October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Webster Pages, Pink Paislee and Prima.
My layouts ...
and a couple of cards ...
Friday, June 18, 2010
and my take ...