Thursday, February 28, 2008

Up to my ears... scrapbooking stuff!

Woohoo! I'm so excited - check this out. I got to design for March's Shop and Crop cropaholics kit. Gorgeous, gorgeous Daisy D's Wonder Years papers and embellishments. Totally up my alley. You get the kit and instructions for making three of my layouts!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Favourite Recipes

OK, when I asked for suggestions of what I should blog about a few weeks back, some of you said you wanted to know my favourite recipes.

I tend to be a stir-fry cook. Anything that takes longer than a pot of rice takes to boil doesn't much interest me, lol. So, with that disclaimer, here are some of my favourite recipes.

Thai Beef with Egg Noodles
200g egg noodles
375g thinly sliced beef fillet
1tbsp Fish Sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1tsp cornflour
1tbsp oil
1tbsp Fish Sauce, extra
1tbsp Extra Hot Chilli Sauce
1tbsp sugar, extra
150g green beans, sliced
2tbsp water
1tbsp oil, extra
1/2 red capsicum
1cm green ginger, finely shredded

Cook egg noodles according to directions on packet, drain well. Combine beef with fish sauce, sugar and cornflour and set aside. Heat oil in wok, add noodles, stir fry 2 mins, add combined extra fish sauce, extra hot chilli sauce and extra sugar, mix well, remove from pan, place in dishes. Add beans and water to wok, stir fry 3 mins, remove from pan. Heat extra oil in pan, add beef mixture, stir fry over high heat until cooked through, add beans, capsicum and ginger, mix well, spoon over noodles. Serves 4.

Grilled Deep Sea Atlantic Salmon Cutlets
4 salmon cutlets
Juice of one lemon
Dash of Soy Sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
2tbsp freshly grated ginger root

Turn griller to medium. Line grill pan with alfoil. Mix juice of one lemon, dash of soy sauce, enough olive oil to make up to 1/2 cup of mixture, and grated ginger in a small container. Gently combine the sauce. Brush the sauce onto one side of the cutlets, place this side down on the alfoil. Brush the other side of the cutlets with the remaining sauce. Place cutlets under griller for approx 6 mins. Turn cutlets and continue grilling for another 6 mins. Carefully lift cutlet from grill pan and serve with either salad or vegetables. Note that when cooked the flesh will seprate easily into flakes, and the outside skin will be crisp. The coating will be nicely browned but not burnt.
(I tend to use salmon steaks instead of cutlets for this.)

Creamy pasta
(I have been making this for years and don't measure quantities - Shel, I think this was your recipe? - but here goes)
One onion, chopped
a handful of fresh button mushrooms, sliced
a couple of red chillis, sliced (you can scrape the seeds out if you don't like the heat)
100g ham, sliced
sour cream
50g cheese, grated

Heat water in pot, throw in fettucine, cook til aldente
In the meantime, heat oil in frypan, throw in onion, mushrooms and ham. Fry until softened. Add chillis. Fry. Stir in cheese and cream until sauce is desired consistency and allow to heat through.

Hope you like.
Maybe next time I'll give you some of the recipes I use for Jamie.
Have a great day

Sunday, February 17, 2008

27 months


Your language has escalated dramatically this month. So has the decibel level at our house. You babble on all day.

I am learning your language. “Booi” (ball), “bar” (muesli bar), “tool” (little), “stick” (sticker), “wee-bwee” (strawberry), “daah” (car), “moolk” (milk), “doosh” (tissues), “tside” (outside).

There are more and more sentences: “Pot bait choc-choc cake” (Spot Bakes a Chocolate Cake); “Mum white book” (mum writes in her book); “white book nawty” (it’s naughty to write in picture books) (grr!); “daddy big daah” (daddy’s big car); "Ja-ja sit daddy daah shop" (Jamie's sitting in Daddy's car going to the shop), “wide ‘tool bike” (ride my little bike); “wide big bike” (ride my big bike); “big geen twee” (big green trees), “bump-dee!” (bumped head!).

You are a regular mimic. We have a constant echo in the house. The last few words of every sentence are repeated back to us. You copy your Dad and quite often I’ll see you both leaning against the kitchen cupboards drinking. Cups in the same hand. Heads tilted back. When you and I are sitting on the mat playing, you’ll sometimes try to adopt the same position that I’m sitting in. Which is very amusing when you end up falling over.

You adore your books and I could probably write a whole entry about it: We have to take a book with us everywhere and you’ll sit peacefully in the back of the car “reading”. This month you’ve had to take your favourite Wiggles book to childcare as well as your teddy. Last week I deliberately didn’t give it to you when we got out the car and breathed a sigh of relief when we walked up the steps to the childcare center without it. And then you remembered! And we had to go back and get it. You have a pile of books in your cot when you fall asleep and quite often I’ll hear you in your room “reading” to yourself when you should be falling asleep or when you’ve just woken up. And, finally, you gather your books into a pile and carry them around the house with you. You’re quite adept at stacking them and I think you’ve even realized that it works better if the big ones are on the bottom.

We’ve joined the library and I borrow new books for you each month. One of the books this month has pictures of people riding motorcycles and bicycles. I remarked casually one day that they all had hats on and that we must wear our hats when riding a bike. Well! You have a new ritual. You must put on your sunhat before climbing on your bike. The hat now hangs on the back of the bike so that it’s easily accessible.

At childcare they tell me that you join in the fun a lot more these days. I think that your language development is making you more assertive. You love Krystal, your carer, which helps too.

You are big on singing and dancing now. At playgroup you love it when we sit around in a circle and sing songs. At home, you try to sing along to “Bob the Builder” theme song and everytime you go to sleep you ask me to sing “Baa baa” and sit in my lap singing along to Bah Bah Black Sheep with me. Kinda.

You are on the go constantly. You rarely sit. You sometimes refuse to sit in the bath. You must kneel on your chair when you’re eating. It’s a real battle to get you to sit down at all! You are still existing on a largely fruit diet. “Peachgaitsh!” goes the cry. Peaches and Grapes: peaches and grapes for breakfast; peaches and grapes for dinner; peaches and grapes for tea; peaches and grapes for snacks anytime.

You still love the Wiggles and prefer to watch them over almost everything else. Strangely, you have also developed a liking to tennis. You whinge if I don't put the Wii tennis on if you catch sight of it. And you go around the house "hitting" the air and generally doing a pretty good imitation of playing tennis. Funny what appeals to you!

You are getting to be a good hugger. Quite often I feel your arms and legs wrap around me and squeeze a big hug. Beautiful. And on a rare occasion I get a kiss on the cheek these days. You love to sit on my lap and play with things – puzzles, your pirate ship, books. Anything really, if it’s in my lap. I love those times when we sit there playing and talking. Yes, talking. Conversations. Gotta love that.

Love you!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Got some free time?

I had an email this week from Julie Stone who is involved with the Southern Cross Kids Camp for neglected, abused and at risk children, at the end of April. See her post about it here.

Anyway, she's asking the scrapping community to help out by creating the "simplest, most basic 6" x 6" (Photo size is 5" x 3.5") background LO's" that the kids can add pictures to and make memory books that focus on their holiday week. As Julie explains, "these books are incredible memory anchors for these sad little children, most count down the days until the next years camp, for many of these children the photos we take and scrap at camp are sometimes their only childhood pictures."

How sad!

If you're able to assist, visit Julie's blog or drop her an email at

Friday, February 15, 2008


I was tagged by Jaimie:

A: The rules of the game are posted at the beginning.

B: Each player answers the questions about themselves.

C: At the end of the post, the player then tags 3 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

10 Years Ago:
I was 32 and working 50-60 hour weeks as an HR manager in a busy organisation. I had yet to meet my husband (that wasn't to happen for another two or three years). I had never heard of scrapbooking.

Things on my to-do list today:
1. Get out the door this morning, on time, with both Jamie and me dressed and ready for work
2. Make a start on a mini album for a DT commitment
3. Remember to watch Lost (check - it's what I'm doing right now - and type!)

What I would do if I were suddenly made a billionaire:
Pay someone to renovate our house (in particular to build me some cupboards and give me doors on them. please!), move to a house that's already finished; travel; invest for Jamie's education and our 'round the world cruises when we're retired (which would be a whole lot sooner, I suppose, lol)

3 of my bad habits:
1. I stay up too late
2. I'm a worrier
3. I try to do too much

3 places I have lived:
1. Adelaide
2. Heidelberg, Germany
3. Adelaide

5 jobs that I have had:
1. Tap dancing teacher
2. Medical Researcher
3. University administrator
4. Occupational Health & Safety adviser
5. Human Resources Manager

5 Things people don't know about me:
1. I *have* to have a shower in the morning to wake up
2. My conversational german is pretty OK
3. I used to jog 5x a week, and am just trying to get back into the habit
4. Clutter stresses me out
5. I fiddle with my fringe when I'm thinking. Bad habit.

I tag:
1. Mardi
2. Tatum
3. Nicole

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Designing Memories March Kit

The March kit is out from Designing Memories. Go check out the gallery if you're after inspiration! Once again the girls have done such a fantastic job, but our work is made easy because Katja packs soooo much gorgeous product in those pizza boxes!

Loved the MME Bohemia stuff this month. Those rich colours are so luscious!

Journaling: You found my sunglasses the other day and worked out how to put them on. I had to smile at your delight as you experimented, observing everyting go darker and then light again. Look at you ~ Cute huh?

They're crazy, zany and just good fun to be aroud. They make me think, they make me laugh. I adore catching up with them.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Layout to share

I just did this layout for the 123 Challenge this month. The challenge is 1. transparencies - either overlay or something created, 2. numbers in your title & 3. journaling strips.

Do you think my one journaling strip counts, lol?

Love this one. Love that expression on Jamie's face. Sometimes you gotta be lucky with what you can capture through the camera lens, huh!


Tuesday, February 12, 2008


More inspiration from various places:



CHA goodies

OMG!!! I have been checking out the sneak peeks being released from CHA. I am seriously in love, folks!

BasicGrey - Archaic

BasicGrey - Cupcake

Cosmo Cricket

Crate Paper - Blue Hill Collection

DaisyD's - Wonder Years

Dream Street - Home Tweet Home

Fancy Pants - About a Boy

Fancy Pants - Fashion Sense

Hambly Screen Prints

Heidi Swapp

My Mind's Eye


Prima Marketing - The Dude Collection

Sassafrass Lass

Goodness. How's a girl to choose????

And that's just for pages about Jamie, lol.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Getting Splashed

A layout to share.

Journaling: This is the photo you get when you're backing away from a two year old with a bucket full of water who's laughing maniacally and shouting "Wet Mom!!". But I got the shot. And I didn't get wet!

ETA: Yvette asked me about the "mom" in the layout. Well, it's like this. Despite calling myself "Mummy" and everyone else in the family referring to me as "Mummy" when they're talking to Jamie, it would seem that he has decided that I'm "Mom". He only started calling me by name a couple of months ago and everytime it's "mom". With a definite "o". I think it's amazing how little ones choose their language. And I have to say that I'm quite liking being "mom". Particularly as it's his name he chose.

I did this one for last month's 123 Challenge. From memory, I think you had to 1. use red; 2. use your craft knife to cut something out; 3. use journaling strips.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to do this month's challenge too.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

My Personality

I saw this on Kim Arnold's blog and thought I'd give it a go:

You Have A Type B+ Personality

You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions

Hmmmm. They pretty much nailed it. Except, well, I'd like to believe the "total joy to be around" but I think that's being just a bit too kind ;)


Been busy

Some sneak peeks:

Both are from next month's Designing Memories kit.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

New news.

I have a couple of new things on the scrapbooking front. Change is good.

My first bit of news is that I've been selected to join the Scrapware Design Team. Scrapware is an Australian business that designs and laser cuts wooden, chipboard and acrylic embellishments and beyond the page projects.

I join an impressive line up of designers:

Kim Arnold
Karen Day
Cassandra Glass
Coby Kooy
Michelle Vass

I'm beyond excited at the prospect of this new opportunity. The products look absolutely fantastic and I'm itching to get started. Bring on the beyond the page projects, lol!

Change is in the wind...

This month I sadly say farewell to Scrapbook Station design team. I have so thoroughly enjoyed my time with this sensational design team. Here's a look back at some of the layouts I've contributed to it during the last year or so.








I can't speak highly enough of Janine and Karen. And I can't sing the praises of Scrapbook Station enough. It really is the premier scrapbooking store in Adelaide.


PS. I see you're all getting a good giggle from the layouts I posted in my last blog post, lol.