Saturday, December 31, 2011

Favourite glimpses of Christmas

Wishing you all health, happiness, and peace for 2012.  I know I should be listing my New Years Resolutions but I have a migraine and am feeling very bah humbug about New Years (think I will probably be in my jammies and snoring by 9pm!)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Layout a Day Challenge Pages

New (January) double heart border maker.  Odd colour combo but this is a page for our Sunsation workshop so I had to work in a limited palette.
Using "Think Pink" and the new zigzag trimmer blade.

Picket Fence border maker with Discover ribbon woven through.  The cream stripe is the old Romance pack.  I like to use old and new together!

Jumbo Scallop Circle and Fabulous paper

Birthday parties are always a challenge - too many photos LOL - this is busy but it works as a simple way to get lots of photos onto a page.

My favourite from this lot - Hummingbird paper and some of the new Love range.  Helps that it is a great photo!

Oh it feels good to be getting caught up in my albums!  I am finding it a challenge to sneak time with 3 little people underfoot but during the day the new room is a bit too hot to scrap in anyway!

Back soon with favourite Christmas shots!
keep smiling,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Well, that is it from us for the next few days as we celebrate Christmas with extended family.  I will be back in the quiet lull between Christmas and New Year's to show you my layout a day pages.  Ahh, the time between Christmas and New Years are some of my favourite days of the year - slow lazy pace, nothing that "has" to be done, thinking ahead to the New Year, reminiscing all the good memories of this year, and the dust might even get blown off the sewing machine LOL!

A bright and merry Christmas to you.  May peace be in your heart.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One handmade present

This year I have not done nearly as much "handmade" for Christmas as I had hoped so I was really delighted to get this special present finished last night!  Maddie will have her own special Steiner/Waldorf dolly under the tree this year.

Judging by the delight she was taking sticking pins into its face yesterday this dolly is sure to come in for some tough loving.  I had to laugh that at one stage she nicked off with just the head and the disembodied limbs and when I went looking for them she had tucked them all safely up in bed and told me "Sshh! Dolly asleep!"  Hopefully that means she will bond with dolly.  Unfortunately Hannah and Daniel really don't play a lot with their Waldorf dolls at all.

We had a truly horrendous day here yesterday.  I am thinking of an acquaintance who lost her battle with cancer and has left behind a little toddler so I am not in a very positive frame of mind.  The kids were total terrorists - broken and drawn on books, drawn on walls, lots of tanties and fighting and nagging and dobbing. Last night I read a bit of Soule Mama and decided to adopt a slower pace today so we had a leisurely pancake breakfast and then some gardening.

Heart glad Mummy moment when a baby magpie showed up and started warbling.  The seven year old " Hello Mr Magpie, thank you for singing us good morning"
The five year old "That is such a lovely song you're singing"
The two year old just stood in awe with her hands behind her back and a face full of wonder.

You've gotta love a garden!
Now we are off to wrap presents and make felt ornaments and rocky road!
Happy thursday!
Keep smiling,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Layout a Day Challenge

Okay, so we all know how super organised I am this Christmas (eh hmm...not) which is why I can't believe I have come up with this hairbrained idea!  I really need to catch up on my kids albums and I have noticed that I seem to feel like I have accomplished more (or something) on the days that I have a layout or two to show for, over the school holidays I am committing to a layout a day.  Because I rarely do a single page in a sitting I might sometimes have a few layouts to show.  I am giving myself permission not to have to blog it every day, and I am recognising that over Christmas I might not get to scrap (so those extras can count for those days!)  If you are into scrapping then feel free to play along (and you can leave a link to your pages in the comments if you like?)

I have been enjoying using up some old stuff like the Great Escapes paper and old chamois cardstock!

This is the new Nancy O'Dell "Love" series - which even works for boys stuff!

"Think Pink" and the Love series - seriously love this photo but not sure this page is "finished" yet!

First of three using the same photos and the Love series (which just fitted perfectly with these photos)  Even if I have the same photos to scrap 3 times (once for our family album and once for each of the girls) I will still do different pages (coz I just don't like to have to do some things more than once!)

Layout adapted from December's CM crop talk.  Still not sure if I like the white space on the left hand side but I think I will live with it!

LOVING the new Creative Memories scallop tearing tool! Such yummy dimension on the page.  I also really like the ephemera effect on the Love paper.

  Now I am off to try today's page before the two youngest wake up ;)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Special things

In a world where there seems far too many lovely people suffering sometimes it is the totally unexpected things that can create sunshine in your day.  You know my obsession with red and aqua?  Well look what I got from a beautiful kindy mum (who also has this fabulous blog )

Amy, your little owl will be treasured.  I want you to know that you totally made my day!

Friday, December 9, 2011

New Layouts

Some recent scrapping - using old bits of ribbon and mismatched stickers.  Also returned to natural pages (which I haven't used for a while!)

Middle layout is using the new Autumn Additions pack and last month's Gratitude range with our classic farm stickers.  The bottom one is my favourite - new Think Pink Paper Pack along with lots of old favourites like the blue from the Discover pack.  This incorporates two of my favourite techniques - pen sketching and tearing.  It also helps to have a cute little model!  Tomorrow I hope to make a start on some Christmas preparations!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Two, and my new favourite photos

I know I am wildly biased but how seriously damn cute is this 2 year old?  Not sure if it is the piggies, or the soft lighting, or the soft pink cardi or just pure nepotism but this is my current favourite shot of the birthday girl.
And this one, well it is just my current favourite shot of my current favourite people!
Hope you are having a great week!
Keep smiling,
p.s. got my scrapping mojo back saturday night so will have some recent layouts to show you next time!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Doing Nothin'

Sitting here feeling sorry for myself.  Full of the 'flu.  Not even going to my quilty friends Christmas breakup (and I LOVE those girls and the inspiration and support and fun and friendship that they provide!)  I am 2 blocks away from finishing my bestie's baby quilt.  I have a full box of new exciting Creative Memories products calling to me.  And yet I am doin' nothin' !

I have not even contemplated handmade presents for anyone this year.
I am just hanging in there for kindy to finish, and school to finish and then maybe I will find my crafting mojo and my scrapping mojo!

Oh, and in the meantime, the baby girl turned 2 this week.  TWO!!!! WHERE DID MY BABY GO?!?!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

So many lovely things
All in one spot...
No need to keep all of those magazine cutouts and scraps of paper anymore...
What if my computer crashes?
Dear oh dear - I can totally see me spending far too much time on Pinterest!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Today I am loving:
The taste of Summer!
The first rose from our back garden - the promise that one day it will be just as full of flowers as the front garden
 The chaos of colour and fragrance of our front garden - roses that remind me of my wedding bouquet everytime I see them
A quiet morning at home with my little ones after a crazy busy week
Crafty time with a talented friend (and the promise of more crafty time with my quilty friends tomorrow)
A "free" Friday night with hubby's favourite tea and a bottle of good red
The possibilities presented by pinterest!
The arrival of doors, windows and kitchenette for the extension - it really is going to happen next week!
2 cards in the post from beautiful friends
Thinking about my gorgeous sis who is having a birthday tomorrow and my darling Nanny who is having her birthday Sunday
Life is so good!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Naughty but funny

We are not a particularly high-brow family.  4 out of the 5 of us think farts are funny.  3 out of the 5 of us pick their noses.  I thought about whether to blog this or not, but it was just so wierd, and funny that I had to.  This was almost 2 year old Maddie's drawing while we were reading with Hannah's class yesterday:
I've suggested to James that he might want to shower with the door shut in future LOL
Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2011

My New Favourite Layout

I am really happy with this double page layout completed at our Consultant Retreat on the weekend.  I think it helps to have such adorable subject matter and the paper (although really old) is one of my favourites from our Cherish range.

So what are you doing today?
We are having a quiet pottering day at home. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


My Dream Baby

My Chubby Bubby
My Animal Lover
My Full of Joy Boy
My Little Truck Boy
My Groover
My Creatures and Critters Kid
My Little Nature Lover
and now My Five Year Old.
It happened way too fast but we have loved every moment.  Happy Birthday dear boy! xxx