Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wish Me Luck!

I'm doing a quick Scrapbooking demonstration tomorrow night at the local Library for the GNI Fundraiser! Only have 15 minutes (yeah, right)!! I have tried to keep it very simple and short, focussing on Matting Techniques. Not nervous yet, but ask me that question tomorrow...............I'm not worried about speaking in public, I'm a pro at that, but I haven't "taught" scrapbooking before. Would really like to start teaching some classes here in the New Year, so this will be a good way to see how much interest there is. Hopefully we will get a good crowd there.
I have completed 2 LO's this week - for a friend from SM Forum, so will get her OK before I post them here.
Hope everyone's had a great week so far. Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Managed to get a look inside the house today. The current tenant was there when I went past, so pulled in and asked to have a look. It is HUGE!! Just so much space, with built-ins all over the place! The laundry is almost as big as Tyla's bedroom here................can't wait!! LOL!

Did some scrapping last night - page is not quite finished but I need a Brown pen to do the journalling - have one on order so hope to get it finished next week sometime.

Thanks everyone for your comments on my last post!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Wow - is life a bloody Rollercoaster sometimes or what?? Things have just been crazy here lately - hence the lack of real blogging, apart from the occassional pic! The house we are renting is on the market. Has been for about 3 or 4 weeks now. We don't have a lease. The landlords didn't want to renew it when our initial lease expired. Now we know why. They have told us if the house sells, we can have 60 days before we have to leave. Which was good............sortof. Problem is, we live in a small country town - population around 900 (I think) and rental properties aren't easy to find. Specially what we are looking for. So I have been totally stressed out about what we are going to do. We had plans for the girls for Xmas that we couldn't do. Didn't know if we should just wait and see what happens or look for something else - and move unnecessarily (sp)? or stay here and find we have nowhere to go if the place sells. I have been really stressed. Specially cos we are buying our house where we lived before - that was meant to stop all the worry about where we live. Anyway - on Thursday last week, found out about a house that will be empty end of October. Went and had a look - it's just what we want..........phoned the owners straight away, and was asked to call back Sunday. Now, I was trying really hard not to get my hopes up - really hard! I figured that she wouldn't have asked us to call back if the place was already rented. Called her sunday, and yep - the place had already been rented :-(( They just needed to confirm with the person if they still wanted it or not. I got really whole day was a misery. By the end of Sunday I was ready to pack up and move back to where we came from - kick our tenants out and go back to our house - even tho I don't really wanna go back. It would relieve a lot of stress - somewhere permanent to live and I have a good job waiting for me there - I'm on maternity leave from ANZ and there is no ANZ here. Monday night the owners of the house phoned us - the person who was moving in only wanted a 3month lease - that wasn't suitable for the owners, so the place is ours!!! Talk about rollercoaster! We will have a 2 year lease - rent is only a bit more than what we pay now and the house is fabulous!! Lots of space - a playroom for the girls and also a room for me..........and a fantastic outdoor area. Very happy! And OMG how good it feels to have the stress gone.........................can you hear that??? That's me laughing for the first time in I don't know how long!
Now to add to that, Peter got a Payrise today - I know it is across the board, but Peter is on above award wages so his bosses don't have to pass on the payrise - but they have, so that is fabulous. AND - today he has been offered 2 other jobs - one to go for an interview, the other is there if he wants it. He's not going to take either just now - timing isn't right, but I think he is very sad about saying no to one of them - with an Abalone Company - what he wants to do in the long run, but it would mean moving town again - starting all over again, once again! We only did that 9 months ago!! It's just amazing how things can change in less than a week. If this offer had come up a week ago, we would have said yes, no hesitation.
So, anyway!! I am now packing - how much easier to just be moving 4 blocks instead of a couple of hundred k's! Am very excited and feeling good! The best I've felt for a long time. And after Xmas, I'm going to look for a decent job here.
And now................

.............a picture of a Rollercoaster!! ROFL! Peter and my brother are right at the front.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Poem From Pete

Peter wrote this about 2 weeks ago and asked me to put it on the blog - ooops, forgot to do it earlier, sorry babe!!!

"My husband has abandoned me,
The kids have all left home.
Now that scrapping is my company,
Will you please just leave me alone"

Do you think he's trying to tell me something............ROFL!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Just Quickly.....

A couple of completed LO's.
This was done for the Sketch Challenge on the Scrapchat site - link over there>>> Didn't vary much from the sketch which is not like me at all.............quite happy with this, altho my sewing machine is giving me a hard time lately.Me as a baby - a bit difficult to see all the detail - there is a piece of Tulle under the photo, stitching around the edge of the page to "hold" everything together and pearls scattered throughout the flowers. Am waiting on some hatpins, will probably add one somewhere when they arrive. Have tried to embrace the "white space" theory, but just can't seem to get it!! LOL, I guess I'm a "more is more" kinda scrapper.

Anyway, that is 2 more completed for Mum's Album - slowly getting there. Still waiting on photos from just about everyone. If they don't get to me soon, sadly those pages won't make the album for the due date. I s'pose can be added later, but that's not the idea of this.

TFL please let me know what you think of these.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

For those asking.............

The Marina photo from the previous post was taken in Port Lincoln - looks awesome doesn't it? We were staying in some apartments and that was the view first thing in the morning, sitting out the front having breakfast.............Was glorious, would love to live there!! LOL! Some HUGE houses there.
Camera Club was a bit disappointing - the photos from last month didn't get back from the judges in time for our meeting today, so we won't know the results until next month. I did get a first place for the locally voted category - my Muffins won first place.............Hehe, well the photo of my muffins did anyway! I thought the Big Chop photo was pretty good, and a lateral interpretation of "Food"'s all in the interpretation isn't it? I suggested we get together for an excursion somewhere and go photo taking as a group, see what we all come up with, but no-one seemed too enthusiastic about that idea. A pretty staid group of people really, I seem to be the only person trying to make conversation and talking. ROFL, maybe that's the problem, perhaps next meeting I'll just try and shut-up!!
Had a really late night last night. Tyla is still having nightmares (for want of a better description). Last night she woke up screaming and yelling, almost hyper-ventilating. Took me about 10 minutes to calm her down - she was shivering like she'd been dropped in an ice bath. And she has no memory of it this morning. It's like she was still asleep, but she was talking (well - yelling) to me and doing things I asked her - like clapping her hands type things. Very scary, really getting worried about this, so think it is time for a trip to the Doctors. He probably won't be able to do much about it, but hopefully can point me in the right direction to work out what is going on. We've tried to eliminate anything we can think of that might be triggering it - scary kids tv shows, too many lollies, scary bedtime stories, no hypo behaviour after tea (yes, dad)!! that kind of thing, but doesn't seem to have made any difference.
Am planning to scrap now, so please don't disturb me.....................ROFL!! But leave me a message anyway, even if it's just to tell me to shut-up!LOL


I didn't get any scrapping done tonight, even tho that was the plan. We have the Camera Club meeting tomorrow and I totally forgot about it til tonight, so have spent the last few hours going thru photos and fiddling with them a bit...........

First Category: Close Up
(None of these have been cropped.)
Second Category: Food
Third Category: Open

So hard to decide which photos to use! And I know I have better food photos, but went thru all my discs and can't find them. Took them for a recipe swap, but am thinking I may have deleted them when I finished the LO's. Very unlike me if I did.

Thanks for dropping by..................

Monday, October 13, 2008

Housework Fairy

For all of you who thought she didn't exist - here she is!!! ROFL! Tyla chose these clothes herself this morning (and I've given up arguing with her about what she wears)! So when she wanted to help with the mopping I certainly wasn't going to say no (even tho it took twice as long) and just had to take these photos! Had to take them quickly before she decided that she didn't want to help anymore. She mopped nearly all the lounge and the dining room - fabulous help! Oh and 10 minutes later spilt her lunch and milk all over it.......................ROFL!!!! The pink blob in the Hallway is Halle playing with the bits off the vacuum cleaner.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I'm Still Here...........

Sorry haven't blogged for ages and this is going to be short too!! LOL!

Things have been hectic and I've been very stressed.............hopefully that will pass soon. Haven't done any scrapping in over a week, feeling a bit over it atm, but am planning to get some done over the weekend.

Will post again soon with an update on what we've been upto, but for now............

LOL, this is Mum and Grahame's Wedding, circa 1982! ROFL!!!!! OMG how funny are we??

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Another LO completed. These are the youngest photos I could find of my mum. Had another one of mum with her dad, but his head was chopped off in the photo, so couldn't use it. (I seriously thought about it tho..................LOL)!
I made the butterflies - out of some plastic packaging I have been hoarding, stamped with StazOn and coloured with Twinkling H2O's. Pretty happy with the results, altho very fiddly to make. This is the only butterfly stamp I have, not really what I wanted but it will do. And I have learnt that PVA Craft Glue and Twinkling H2O's do not mix - not when on plastic anyway.
First time doing a heritage LO - and because I am using all the same Basic Grey PP group, it was difficult to get the right colours. Really tried to avoid pink tho, and I think it worked OK.
What do you all think? Is this OK for the first page of Mum's Album or should I do a title page? IYKWIM? TFL and please comment - all comments happily received and constructive criticism is always welcome! :-)