Thursday, April 30, 2009

Featured on...

I am thrilled beyond measure to be featured on Tamar's blog this month. Tamar has a very popular Israeli craft blog and approached me a few weeks back to see if I was willing to be featured this month.

If you're interested in learning a little bit more about me and want to see some of my current work, click here.

I have some scrappy things to share shortly. Just waiting for the Shop and Crop newsletter to be sent out as I have a number of projects in there to show you :)

Apart from that I'm a misery guts at the moment. My neck has siezed up and I can hardly move it. It's making me tired and grumpy. More tired and grumpy than normal ;). Iced peas and wheat bags are saving my sanity at the moment.

Jamie has a cold and what appears to be slight conjunctivitis. Here's crossing my fingers that tomorrow it's all cleared up and we can head to work and childcare respectively.

Our laundry ceiling is all bowed after the recent rains and Phil suspects we have a swimming pool (or at least a wading pool) up in the roof. Sigh. He will investigate on the weekend. I am waiting for it crash in on me as I'm drying my hair one morning (it's also our second bathroom that I use).

I am trying desperately to think of something positive to write to balance the doom and gloom. Hmmmm. Nup. See? Told you I was tired and grumpy. I'm off to have an early night!

Back soon

Sunday, April 26, 2009


See what I mean? I really am such a bad self-portrait taker! Here are the out-takes from today's photoshoot to get the photo in the post below, showing my new dress.

Take One. OK, not much of the dress here... and geeesh, I look a bit serious!

Take 2. Aim for more dress this time.
No? Well, holding the camera isn't going to work really, is it?

Take 3. Learn how to use the self timer. Now if I can just get all of me in the shot...

Take 4: Hmmm....

Take 5: Hmmmm...

Take 6. OK, time to give it up now.

LOL. Hilarious.


**Edited to add photo

Random dot point list:

- raining and windy
- Jamie has actually gone down for a nap
- we visited Sakura this morning and it was so wonderful holding a newborn
- drinking coffee and wishing it was a cappuccino
- three loads of washing
- Phil is away at the investment property doing maintenance again this weekend
- just installed tweetdeck. Oh dear. Another time waster. I'm kathielink on twitter if you're interested
- wearing my brand new woollen dress. It reminded me of my favourite dress when I was five, so I had to buy it even if it is rather impractical for having a toddler around

I know, I know, it's out of focus. How do I make a self portrait out of focus, lol? I must be the world's worst self portrait taker. I only just this minute figured out how to use the timer on the camera. blush.

- cursing myself for offering to write an article for Scrapbooking Memories about something that I actually find quite challenging myself - with the result that all I've done this week is push bits of paper around on a page. Let's hope next week is more productive...

And sharing these.... done for the Shop and Crop retreat earlier this month:

See ya

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Agnes has given me this Award. Have you ever taken a look at that girl's work? If not, you really should go and pay her a visit. Stunning stuff. Thanks Aga!

My job now is to pass the Award on. Hmmmmm..... how to narrow it down to just a few blogs....

Deb - what can I say about Deb? Her personality shines through her blog. Her artwork is amazing. And in real life I can say that she is bright, bubbly and totally totally hilarious. Love her.

Lynette - how did I not know this woman before now? Lynette is a fellow Master and her work is amazing - vintage and oh so detailed. I ooh and aah when I see her new projects. And she is a total crack up. I love her sense of humour and her ability to laugh at life.

Mardi - I have met Mardi only a couple of times and wish she didn't live so far away. Her spirit inspires me, not to mention her scrapbooking talent.

Rachie - this girl doesn't update her blog very much any more, which is a total shame because every single post used to have me in stitches.

And thanks for your sweet comments on my last post. You made me laugh. You made me feel like I'd been fishing for compliments, when that was the last thing on my mind. I must one day post a list of my inspiration sources - I have a stack of them. But that's for a later date :)


Friday, April 24, 2009

Another page to share

I was due to have a page published in Creative Paper issue 76. I assume it was in there. I haven't seen a copy of the mag and I haven't received payment for it either (which is usually my confirmation that it was actually published).

Outdoor Living
Journaling: Finally Phil's vision came to life - the outdoor kitchen complete with grill, sink and 'fridge - the perfect spot of lazy breakfasts, relaxed lunches and balmy evening suppers. Outdoor living at its best. Pity we sold the place before we could use it!

This is one of the unfortunate truths about renovating houses. You have to leave luxuries behind and start all over again. And, as in this case, often you only just finish things off before the house goes on the market, so you never actually get to enjoy them!

Oh well. At least I have the photos.

I've written some instructions for how to make this layout here.

Oh, and I also posted some instructions for another of my recent layouts here.

Happy scrapping!


I found a new inspirational blog today. And I want to share it with you, because I love the idea of it.

Two Days in July is a blog authored by two friends who happen to be born a day apart. One is poet, Kate Stavish, and the other is painter, Sarah Ahearn Bellemare .

Kate writes the most beautiful poetry one day, then the next day Sarah posts a painting that has been inspired by the poetry. I adore Sarah's paintings, and the fact that they are inspired by poetry makes them even more lovely, I reckon.

What favourite blogs inspire you?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The weekend

Thank you all sooo much for your fabulous advice yesterday. I feel more positive, and armed with a few tools that I think might help. Jamie actually did have a nap today, so both of us have made it through to 7pm without tears.

It has been the most beautiful weather this weekend. Poor Phil has been away doing maintenance on our investment property all weekend, so hasn't had an opportunity to enjoy it at all. And now he goes back to work tomorrow.

Jamie and I, though, spent the afternoons outside, soaking up the beautiful autumn sunshine. Here are some photos. Gee, I might whinge every now and then, but I love this boy....

Drawing outside yesterday:

And playing with the ball outside today:

Well, more resting than anything else ...

Enjoy your week.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Advice please

I am struggling for time at the moment.

Jamie no longer naps during the day and, being an only child, he is continually at me for my attention. I can hardly hear myself think over the constant 3yo voice that inhabits this house. I can't make telephone calls, because he just talks over the top of me. I lose concentration, because he interrupts everything I do.

And I'm just not getting anything done!

I used to use nap time for doing housework and getting tea started, but that's just not possible any more. I'm finding more and more that I'm having to leave everything until after he's gone to bed at night.

So, I'm after advice. Are there any other mothers of single children out there? What do you do to get a few minutes of time to do stuff? I don't have family or friends nearby that are able to babysit, so that's out of the question. My husband doesn't "do babysitting" so that's out of the question.

I know that it's probably just a phase, and that gradually he'll be able to do more and more without me. But, it breaks my heart when I tell him I can't play with him because I have to do the dishes or something and he says "but I got nobody else to play with Mummy!" or (the best one that I find incredibly difficult to resist) "but you my best fwend Mummy!"

I'm going a bit crazy at the moment. Help!!!

A copy of the Memory Maker's Magazine to....

Congratulations Anne P!

Anne P said...

Congratulations, how exciting. I do love the bird cage above and I would love to see what you have published
8:48 PM

Email me your address to the email address shown in my profile and I'll get the magazine in the mail to you!

Thanks for playing along everyone.

We are home from swimming lessons and a birthday party. Jamie is sitting on the lounge quietly - consuming all the lollies from the goody bag, I suspect!

Phil is doing some maintenance on our rental property this weekend, so it will be a bit of quiet weekend for us. Hope yours is a good one!


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

April Etsy Love

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Heard in our house yesterday...

"Good boyee mummy!"

I did something that met with approval.
I no longer recall what it was.
It was the praise that my son gave me that made me stop and laugh.

Remember, if you'd like to be in the running for a copy of the May/June Memory Makers magazine, leave a comment here.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The unco-operative carrot

On Thursday Jamie had a dress-up day at childcare. He was to go as his favourite health food.

I have to own up right now that I really, really suck at the ol' dress-up and crafting thing. Surprising for a scrapbooker, hey? But, there it is. I do.

So, Wednesday night had us rummaging through wardrobes (nothing like leaving it 'til the last minute, hey?) We had nothing in the house that was suitable for a banana, which was what he really wanted to go as. Instead, he went as a carrot. Which is his favourite vegetable, although on the scale of things it does rank down somewhat behind the grape, banana, strawberry and rockmelon...

Silly me. I decided I wanted photographs.

Thank goodness for copious quantities of bright green cardstock ;)

He did cooperate momentarily.

Expect these to appear on a layout sometime soon :)

Enjoy your Easter Sunday.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Scrapbook Escape class layouts

Here are the pages I taught at the Shop and Crop Escape last weekend. (Wow, was it already a week ago?)

Cute Stuff
Journaling: Trains, planes, cars, buses, trucks, tractors or motorbikes - you love anything that has an engine and wheels. Or, really anything with just wheels - like this truck at the playground.

Climb High
Journaling: You are lucky that your grandparents live on a large block of land with lots of big old fruit trees. Your latest thing when you go to visit them is to climb those trees. With Grandad standing nearby, ready to lend a helping hand, you attempt to scramble up the rough bark. A couple of trees have gnarly growths quite low down. you delight in standing there "up in the tree". From your vantage point of, oooh, 30cm you can observe all the sights in the garden - birds, butterflies, even clouds. You look so sweet clinging to those tree trunks :)

And, as I was writing that, I was thinking that I probably won't think it's quite as cute in a few years time when he disappears up into the foliage and is actually high up in the tree. But for now, I enjoy watching him "climbing trees".

Kits include all papers and embellishments required for the two pages with heaps left over - paper pieced pages are notoriously cheap ;) and the instructions for making the pages. The papers are from the new BasicGrey Marrakesh range.

Sasha is selling the kits in the shop during April. Click here if you're interested.


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Can We Fix It?

This is my layout for this week's Shop and Crop DT 5 products/5 ways challenge.

Can We Fix It?
Journaling: You love "Bob the Builder" and have learned that the toolbox is a very useful thing. So, when it comes to fixing things, Rule Number 1 in your world is that Daddy's toolbox can fix anything. A screwdriver and a set of new batteries can work wonders, can't they?

That photo of Jamie was taken quite some time ago and I was waiting for just the right product for the page. The new Kaisercraft K-Bot range worked so well.

Have a happy Easter everyone. Enjoy your weekend.


Chipboard, chipboard, chipboard

I made a couple of layouts for SIA last week. They are both using Scrapware chipboard elements.

Journaling: "Blue skies, balmy days, finding a shady spot under a big tree, picnics, birdsong, sprinklers ticking in the evening - these are my favourite things of summer."

Don't you love the little birdcage hanging from the branch?

Journaling: "You got so upset when Daddy pretended to wrestle away your beloved new "Big Tractor" toy on Christmas day. "Mine!" you cried. Daddy should know better than to tease with a new toy..."

I painted the little monsters and love how easy they were to make look brilliant.

OK, I'm off to playgroup with my favourite little boy right now. Geez, but I missed him over the weekend!

Back soon.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


I have a layout in this month's Memory Makers magazine in the US. I'm not sure of the copyright rules for publication in Memory Makers, so I won't post my layout here right now. However, I got two copies of the magazine in the mail this morning. And I want to give one away. Leave a comment on this post by midnight (EST) on Friday 17 April to be in the draw.

ETA: Ooops, 10 April???? What was I thinking? I'm a week behind myself. I meant to leave this open a bit longer than just three or so days. I'll leave it open until midnight (EST) on Friday 17 April...

Have a lovely evening. I'll be back tomorrow with some Scrapware layouts to share.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Hello hello :)

I am back from a fab weekend away at the Shop and Crop Escape. Great company. Loads of inspiration. Bucket and buckets of talent. Fun, fun, fun and much laughter. Sigh. It was awesome. It was the first time I've ever been away on a retreat and I enjoyed it so very very much.

Then, to top it off, I came home to a spotless home, an excited little boy, a happy bigger boy who had a huge weekend with his little boy... and, yes, all is well with the world :).

OK, so I have two layouts in this month's CK Aussie Reader Gallery.

2nd birthday
Journaling: For your second birthday we gave you outdoor climbing equipment - complete with a slippery dip. You loved it!

28 months
Journaling "At 28 months you are an absolute joy. Your language skills have exploded this month and I am delighting in being able to talk with you on this new level, to start to develop a deeper understanding of who you are and how you think. As we sit across the breakfast table, you and I, discussing what we're going to do that day, it strikes me that I can't imagine my life without your companionship. You fill up the moments of our day with joy and boyish activity. I catch myself laughing with you at some piece of mischief and realise that you've allowed me to slow down and exist in the moment; to take delight in the simple things we do; to find fun in our everyday activity. You recite to me with a beaming smile: "mom, daddy, jak, jar-jar!" and it catches me by surprise, this collection of us into your verbal declaration of our family. "Yes" I reply, "we're your family" and my heart swells fair to burst."

Wow, reading back through that journaling, it catches me by surprise. I had forgotten those moments. Thank goodness for scrapbooking!

I'm catching up with the new series of Spooks on the ABC tonight and then it's off to bed for this worn-out retreat-goer.

Back soon.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A note on honesty

I hear him crying out from his bedroom, long after he should have been asleep.
I walk into the room. He's standing up; his nappy and pyjama pants lie in a crumpled pile on the rug in the middle of the room.

“What are these?” I ask, pointing to them.
“My bappy and badamas” he answers, sweet boy- honest as always. He still has tears in his eyes.
“What are they there for?” I ask, rather rhetorically
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me!” he exclaims... with just the right amount of pathos....

Sigh. These comeback lines are going the be the death of any disciplinary measures in our house.

Jungle Boy

A page from the Shop and Crop new product kit. This week's kit features the beautiful Sassafras Lass Bungle Jungle line. Perfect for those of us who have little jungle boys in our families!

Journaling: You love going to the zoo and seeing all the animals. Your favourites are the crocodiles, the zebras, the tiger and the giraffes. "Rumble in the Jungle" is one of your most loved books right now too. So, it is not at all surprising to find you mimicking a variety of jungle animals when you're playing outside.

And a close up:

To order the kit go here (scroll right to the end of the products displayed to find the link to the kit).