Friday, July 31, 2009


Only one day after my last post "bibbished" disappeared from Jamie's language. But I can't be too upset about its demise, given that it's been replaced by the equally enchanting "fibbished", lol.

I guess we still need to work on "n".

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Speaking and baking

I haven't posted any photos recently, so here are a couple from a recent baking session. Excuse the flash - ugh - I take almost no photos in Winter, because I'm so averse to using the flash. Hate, hate, hate it. But, it's either use it or not have any photos at all. So I just have to get over it, don't I!

He's growing up so fast. He's had another haircut since these photos were taken and looks even older!

His speech development is amazing at the moment. As each consonant becomes its own sound (rather than the ubiquitous "g" that existed a month or so ago), and slowly becomes incorporated into his language ("h" last fortnight, "f" today), I worry that I will miss all his funny words. Because I really do love some of them, and will miss having them around the house:

“bickly, bickly, bickly” – quickly, quickly quickly!
gamma and gandan” - grandma and granddad
“dain” - train
“daybee” - Jamie
“gamwidch” - sandwich
“orrie” - lolly
“bibbished” - finished
“abooter” - computer
“gub” - love
“dar-bores” - Starwars (this month's total obsession, but that's for another post!)
“bider man” - Spiderman (so "last month" now that Starwars has made an entrance!)
“dabidals” - animals
“boob” - move

Last month "gouse" = house and "gello" = hello were on the list too :(
Next month I suspect that "gamwidch" and "bibbished" will fall victim to proper pronunciation too ;)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Some scrapbooking to share

I had a couple of projects in Scrapbooking Memories a couple of months ago, that I'm now allowed to share with you. The first one was a layout I did a while back:

Journaling: In the middle of Winter, a blue sky causes me to stop, notice and to be grateful - for the unexpected, for the little things that brighten my day.

"..well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you're free
Look into your heart and you'll find the sky is yours"
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours

And the next one was that month's Master's challenge, using Urban Lily product. I was sent a gorgeous secret keeper layout, full of layers and nooks and crannies. I decided to make a memory holder for all my notes and plans about our wedding a few years ago.

It was a decidedly girly project. And unashamedly all about the bride. I had a stack of notes and articles that I'd painstakingly clipped out of magazines in the lead up to our wedding. I'd hung onto them all these years, and I decided they were my perfect excuse to be totally self-centred and dedicate a little album all about me.

I used lots of pink, green, lace, tulle, satin and feathers. Just like in our wedding.

The magazine, due to space restrictions, can never show you many pictures of a project, and this one was a detailed little thing. So, here are some more shots:

I've used the first couple of layers of the secret keeper to chronicle the story of my wedding dress.

There's an article and a couple of photos on vintage bridal fashion that inspired my choice of dress, hair and jewellery. I also included the publicity photo of my wedding dress from the bridal magazines.

More memorabilia: Material from the wedding and bridesmaid dresses; our wedding invitation.

Photos of Phil and me saying our vows. A photo of our wedding cake, with the story behind it.

Aaah, it made me want to climb up to the top of our wardrobe, shake out my wedding dress from it's acid-free tissue paper and put it on all over again. Hell, it made me want to jump on the next 'plane to Bali with my dress in hand, and have another entire wedding. Sigh. Dream. ;)

Well, at least all my inspiration, thoughts and memorabilia is all in the one place now.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Blog maintenance

Yes, I am doing a little bit of renovating.
I've lost all my links and gadgets and widgets, so I'll be trying to add them all back in gradually.
For the life of me I can't work out how I did the "links within" that I had before. LOL. I guess I'll work it out again eventually.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

600 posts... and an update

Wow! I have written over 600 posts on this blog. Who would have thought it?
Thanks to those of you who regularly drop in to read and say hi! Comments feed my blogging soul :)

I have done no scrapping that I can show you, unfortunately. In fact, I have done very little scrapping at all over the last month. And it's been wonderful! I needed a break. I had been scrapping nearly every single evening for over twelve months. It's been lovely to do some other things.

Jamie is on the road to recovery, thanks. He was a sick little lad last week. I had never seen him so sick. It wasn't very nice.

On Tuesday he started kindy - just one session a week this term, then two a week next term, and in 2010 he will go for the full four sessions (or maybe only three, seeing as he will still have two full days of childcare every week. I have to think about whether it might all be too much for him. We will play it by ear.)

Speaking of ears ;), on Tuesday afternoon we had a follow up visit to the ENT surgeon, who is very happy with the way Jamie's ears have healed after the grommets were inserted. He was also very excited (as only an ENT specialist could be!) by the fact that Jamie had a very runny nose, but no inflammation or fluid in his ears. LOL.

On Wednesday we had another appointment with Jamie's speech pathologist. She was super happy with his progress. He really has come a long way in the last month. He now uses "h" regularly in conversation. And he can pronounce "f", "s" and "d" at the start of words. He can even manage "f" in simple phrases.

LOL, he can even say "Phil". He runs round the house at teatime shouting out "Phi-il, tea!!" , sounding very much like his mum.

Tomorrow we have a hearing assessment tee-d up. (Yes, our schedule is just one big rotating list of medical appointments at the moment.) We are expecting to see that his hearing is back to within an "normal" range.

All good stuff.

Phil is off to have tea with a mate tonight, so I'm hoping to maybe break out the cardstock and glue. Or else, I might get out the granny rug and curl up on the couch with a good book. I have intentions of watching Rush too. Anyone watch it? I haven't previously. Or maybe it's new? Anyway, I saw the shorts for it on the TV and thought it might be something that I could like. We'll see.

Anyway I'm rambling.

Over and out!

Friday, July 17, 2009

A true conversation:

Overheard at the dinner table tonight at our house:

Do you like cuddles Mummy?
Yes I do like cuddles

Do you like kisses Mummy?
Yes I do like kisses

Do you like poo in the toilet Mummy?
Laughing… ummm… not as much as kisses and cuddles!

Do you like wee in the toilet Mummy?
Ummm…. looking at Phil to help me out, but he was laughing too hard
Lamely: Not as much as kisses and cuddles!

Jamie has had pneumonia this week. It has not been a fun week. He has spent the last three days lying on the couch with fevers. I hope that tomorrow he will start to show an improvement. I am getting cabin fever from not being able to go out at all.

Anyway, I hope your weekend is a good one!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Special Sounds

Thank goodness for ABCKids. That's all I can say. It is my 10 minutes of sanity in a day that's otherwise filled with "building houses", playing "superman caught in spiderman's - aka Jamie's - evil web" and a variety of other raucous games that entail getting down on all fours and crawling around on the floor.

I have used my moment's break today to post over here.

I made a "Special Sounds" book recently, using a Scrapware Allsorts Album. It's designed for use during our daily exercises for Jamie's speech pathology. I hope it helps.

We are making progress. This week Jamie's finally incorporating "h" sounds into his language. We have been working on "h" for the last month, so I cannot tell you what music it is to finally hear "mummy, can you come to my hhhhouse?" or "mummy, hhhhow do you do this?".

(For those of you that haven't heard Jamie speak, nearly every word used to begin with the letter "g". So "house" was "gouse", but so were any number of other words "mouse", "bounce" etc. "Hello" was "gallo". You get the picture. We still have to work on learning to say "f", "s", "t", "l", "y", "th", and any number of clustered consonants like "fr", "cl", "fl" etc.... It's a long process. A couple of years at least they are telling us.)

I guess that, without this background, people who may have overheard me at the shops on the weekend would have wondered if I had lost my mind when I congratulated him enthusiastically for every "h" utterance. Oh well ;)

Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

And another one

I just got a cheque in the mail for a project I had in Creating Keepsakes Aussie Reader Gallery. So I'm assuming it's been out a while - it's in issue 14(6).

Journaling: It's a sign of the times that when I see the frog on your hat I think of the nursery song about the frog who says "d'glumpf!" I used to know all the songs on the hit-parade. These days it's nursery rhymes in my head!

I am busy making chocolate cake and tidying up. We have several children from playgroup coming over to play tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to the onslaught!

Have a great evening!

Monday, July 06, 2009


I have waited almost a year for my article to appear in Scrapbook Creations. There was a time when I thought it would never appear. But finally it did! It's in issue 67. The article is on adding magic and make-believe to scrapbooking pages.

This is my mum, tee hee.

Journaling: "The Milly Molly Mandy series were a favourite when I was little. The quaint village lifestyle, the whitewashed cottages; oh how I wished I could visit!"

A Day in the Life
Journaling: Sometimes when I see you staring into space, I wonder if perhaps you're seeing some fantastic scene unfolding in front of you. Perhaps a scene full of robots and spaceships?

Little Princess

Before You Met Me. Just to show that castles and stuff doesn't have to be just for the kiddies :)
Features the lyrics to "Fireflies" by Faith Hill. "Before you met me I was a fairy princess. I caught frogs and called them prince and made myself a queen. Before you knew me I traveled 'round the world; I slept in castles and fell in love because I was taught to dream. I found mayonnaise bottles and poked holes on top to capture tinkerbell. They were just fireflies to the untrained eye but i could always tell. I believe in fairytales and dreamers dreams like bed sheet sails, and I believe in Peter Pan and miracles, and anything I can to get by. And fireflies."

In the ten or so months since I designed the article, fantasy layouts have really taken off in the digi world, and some of the digital pages are really inspiring me at the moment. I'm itching to buy a couple of digi kits and have a go. When I get some more time...

Have a great evening!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I'm teaching again!

Just a heads up, because I don't take on very many teaching gigs these days.

I will be teaching at Seriously Scrapbooking, Colonel Light Gardens, on Saturday 19 September.
I'd love to see you there.

Details are available from the shop :).