Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sneak Peeks

I have been busy playing with the October kit that will be available at Shop and Crop shortly. Here's a little peek to whet your appetite.

The kit will contain product (soooo much product - I have easily enough left over to do another one or two layouts) and full pictures/instructions from me to make two projects. So much fun!

Remember my beach photos from last weekend? Well! There's no way we could even contemplate the beach this week. Winter has returned with a vengeance.

Our dog has been a neurotic mess for the last two or three days, because of all the thunder, lightening and wind! I am suffering from sleep deprivation, lol, because of a dog who decides in the middle of the night that he just MUST be in our room.

So we wake to mad scrabbling and scratching on the door as the dog frantically BEGS to be let into our bedroom. Then he proceeds to pace - tap tap tap go his doggy toenails on the floorboards, and scratch on the bedding to be let up onto the bed (not allowed), .

About half an hour later he finally he crawls under our bed and tries to sleep, whereupon we might finally be allowed to go back to sleep, if we can. Until the next thunderstorm or hailstorm passes over, when the pacing and the scratching starts all over again.

Yawn. I think I need a nana nap this afternoon!

Monday, September 21, 2009

46 months

"Dear Rabbit,

You are forty-six months old. This month I keep having to check who we have with us in the house. You are often “the man with the sword” - Starwars has much to answer for, in our house right at the moment. When you are the "man with the sword" I, of course, become “mummy with the sword”. Daddy is then “daddy with the sword” and Jak becomes “the little fluffy dog with a sword”. On other days you are the “little baby monkey”. Little baby monkeys like to cuddle with their mummy monkeys, so I rather look forward to these visits.

You are growing so independent. You want to do everything by yourself. You can now reach a few of the light switches in the house and love that you can independently enter a room and turn the light on, without having to rely on me to help you move about the house and turn lights on for you. You also want to dress and undress yourself. “I do it!” you cry if I try to offer a hand.

You refuse to hold hands with me now when we’re out. I don’t mind most of the time, but sometimes I really need to be able to hold onto you. It’s a battle. You want to cross even the busiest streets all by yourself. All in good time, Rabbit. For the meantime though, I do need to hold your hand every now and then. And, when I’m not, you need to walk along RIGHT NEXT TO ME! Not halfway down the road or in a completely different aisle of the supermarket!

Obviously I have been commenting on what a little “Mr Independent” you are. Because the other day you said “I’m not the man with the sword today, I’m Jamie Michael Link Independent.” Daddy and I think it sounds like it should be your rapper name. “JML Independent in da House!”.

You told me this month that you really like kindy. I’m so glad about that. In two weeks time you’ll start going two sessions a week – Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon. We are having a little break from speech therapy and, to me, your speech sounds much improved. I’m waiting to see how your assessment in mid October goes.

You love to sing. I hear you constantly during the day. You sing all sorts of songs. Songs I don’t recognize, songs I remember from my own childhood but had completely forgotten about, and of course the songs that you and I sing together. I love to hear you going about your business, singing merrily.

I also hear you talking away to your toys. I laugh when I hear “Silly duffer, Spiderman! Oh, silly duffer!” The one that brought a smile to my face though was when I heard you talking to a grouping of toys “You can go in there. And mummy and daddy can go in there. And, when you’re older and you’re in older kindy, you’ll be able to do that too!”

The Starwars obsession has continued. Daddy thought you’d grow tired of it after a few weeks. Boy! Did he underestimate things! You play for a while each night once Daddy’s home from work. You get so excited when you get to a new level. You have “super powers” now, apparently. I hear about it during the day. You pull your jacket out so that the sides of it form wings and shout out joyfully “suuuper powwwwers!” as you “fly” around the house.

When Daddy gets home from work you greet him at the door with “Daddy, I been good today!” and you proceed to tell him all the things you’ve done during the day that, in your opinion, qualify you for the title of “good boy”. “I was good at the shop and didn’t run away from mummy!” you said the week that I’d had a stern talking to you about running away from me all the time. “I brushed my teeth and I combed my hair this morning!” you cried another evening. It would seem that you have learned that you get to play Starwars if you “are a good boy”. It’s quite a good bargaining tool.

You are very helpful around the house. You gleefully wipe down the bath while I clean the bathroom. Your favourite chore is to clean the toilet. Unfortunately, I don’t think this helpfulness is going to last much longer. The other day, on the way from the shopping, I mentioned that we were going to clean the bathroom that afternoon. You replied “I will watch Hi5 on tellie, while Mummy does the cleaning.” Hmmmph. You didn’t. You watched Hi5 when we’d both finished the cleaning.

You are such a character and it is so wonderful to have you in our lives. My cheeky monkey. I love you!"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Scrapbooking Memories layouts

I had three layouts in Scrapbooking Memories Issue 11(6) a couple of months back, that I'm now allowed to share with you:

At the Farm
When we were little, our holidays were spent on a friend's farm down at Robe. My dady had worked there before he met Mum and he'd take us down there to visit. We'd explore the vast fields, watch sheep, visit the pigs (eeew, the smell!) and eat fresh farm food. We'd see the cows being milked and admire the emus. It was a perfect childhood vacation.

At my Desk
To do: 1. finalise briefing paper for Senate Estimates Cttee; 2. draft response to complaint received in Premier's office; 3. update colleagues on developments at this week's Workplace Relations Ministers Council meeting; 4. research national issues in occupational health and safety during this week; 5. investigate correspondence sent to an agency by WorkCover and assist with resolution.

You took your little green shovel and off you went, into the sea. It was a far cry from the year before when the beach terrified you. It was so good to see.
This layout was created for the Masters' Challenge, which was to create something using the Xyron. I decided to use it to create the collage background on the page - I just fed half a dozen or so pages from an old book through the machine.

When I came to remove them from the adhesive backing, they tore so beautifully because they were so aged and fragile. The fragments were perfect for creating a collaged background for the page.
I also used the Xyron to adhere fabric onto the page - calico, quilting fabric and gingham. The images of the cute little children are not from scrapbooking paper, no, they're fabric. Aren't they sweet?

Talk soon.

We were here

It was a beautiful day today. Not too hot. So we headed down to the beach, armed with bucket and spade.

Look mum! The beach!

Hope you had a great day!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Friday morning!

Hello :). We have beautiful sunny skies in Adelaide today, with a maximum of 23C predicted. I love Spring! I have a skip in my step and feel decidedly zippy. Honestly, as the years go by, I realise how seasonally affected I am. Love this time of the year!

I had a day off work yesterday, and it was lovely. I sat in my sunny house and scrapbooked. I have been working on the October kit for Shop and Crop. Gorgeous :). I'll be back with some sneak peeks when I have a chance. I did have to go out momentarily to get some stitches taken out, which was not as bad as I had been thinking it might be. I'm such a wuss, lol!

OK, so today I am back at work. Trying to be productive, but in reality just hanging out until lunchtime when I can head out and soak up some sunshine.

Tonight I am out for tea with the girls. Fun!

Tomorrow I am teaching at Seriously Scrapbooking. I am looking forward to meeting new faces, and maybe catching up with some faces that I recognise.

What do you have planned for your weekend? Whatever you're doing, have fun.
Back soon

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yesterday's Photos

Hello. It was a beautiful day yesterday and I had the camera out. I was trying to correct for the fact that no-one takes photos of me. I have a layout to do about myself. I struggle...

This guy is so much more fun to photograph!

Being some sort of animal

Being another animal of some kind

This is what I get when I ask him to smile

Involved in his artwork - in this case, drawing a "spacestation with windows and a rocketship"

This is me.

Or, if it's sunny, this is more likely to be me.

Today I am sitting here, listening to the rain again, and watching the magpies swoop each other in the back garden. Welcome spring! The house is quiet except for the hum of the printer next to me. Jamie is visiting his grandparents' for the afternoon.

I have a pizza box of goodies open on the table, on the other side of the printer. Two projects are begun. Do you know how rare this is for me? I just don't get to scrap during the day! I feel very indulgent!

What are you doing right now?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fun stuff

I have made a couple of pages just for fun during the last couple of weeks, and it has been wonderful to delve into my stash.

Journaling: On new camera and a lollypop and we were set for some impromptu fun on a wet Winter afternoon.

Journaling: Yesterday you were a doctor, today you are an astronaut. I do enjoy seeing you use your imagination little boy, you can be anything you put your mind to! It's all within your reach if you really really want it.

I had a visit to the surgeon yesterday to get some little skin spots and lumps removed. So I'm feeling a bit tender today and moving slowly (one of them was quite large and is giving me a bit of bother.) But, now I'm all ready for summer again ;). It sucks being a redhead in the Australian sun.

Anyway, I'm off to bed early. Night all!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wearable Art

I am through to round 7 of Embellished Idol. Wow. This week our challenge was to create an article of wearable art. This is what I made:

I was inspired by the sunny run of weather we're having here in Adelaide this week. It got me turning to my vintage red and turquoise scrapbooking products and having a go at making something that was wearable. Scrapbooking paper embellishes the beads, and the flower is from Prima Marketing. The entire thing is covered in several layers of laquer, making it quite resistant and durable.

I'm off to enjoy the rest of the sunshine.
I hope you're enjoying your Sunday afternoons.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


It was 29 degrees and sunshine today. So we got up early this morning and headed off to the Royal Adelaide Show. Fun!

We went with these wonderful people :)

Warming up.

All that noise and all those big rides!

Seasoned show-goer


Love the Ferris Wheel

Snack time!

Sideshow alley

And a fashion show for mum :)

I did mention to Phil that next year he gets to hold the camera, seeing as there is not one photo of me today :(

Such is the lot of a scrapbooker, hey?
Hope you had a great Saturday

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sneak peeks

Here's a couple of sneak peeks of the class I'll be teaching next Saturday at Seriously Scrapbooking. I do apologise for the colours in the photos - I only got home from work after 6pm, and had to take photos in the failing light. Hopefully though they give you a good guide as to style and colours.

We'll be making two single layouts using the beautiful new release Websters Pages papers. The pages suit boy or girl layouts.

Both pages use one 6x4inch photograph in portrait orientation.

The layouts are in the shop for you to have a look at. If you're doing the class, you'll need the following things: pencil, ruler, paper trimmer, sharp scissors, edge distresser (or can use one available in the shop), 3D dimensional tape, double sided tape, medium size paintbrush (I think there are some of these available in the shop too), black journaling pen.

Note: this class is sold out. A repeat class is scheduled for Saturday 31 October, 1.30pm.

I will also be teaching another class on Saturday 5 December at 1.30pm. Book at Seriously Scrapbooking now if you're interested :).

Gotta run and put a little boy to bed.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Sunny Days

Thanks - I don't feel at all alone in my large amount of half empty pack of letters. It still bugs me to have them all sitting there. I guess one day I'll start to throw some of them out. However, I've only just this minute used a really old pack of thickers on the layout below. One of those packs where I have very few letters left, but one of my favourite fonts.

This is my layout for round 6 of Embellished Idol. The challenge this week was to use circle(s), flower(s), tag(s), staples, rubon/sticker element, handstitching and at least four photos.

Journaling: It was the first sunny day after Winter. You and I sat out in the garden and soaked up the sunshine and warmth. You played on the lawn while I got out the camera. Even Jak wanted to enjoy the fun and fine weather.

Have a great day! Happy fathers day for tomorrow to all the dads out there!

Friday, September 04, 2009

You know all those half empty packs of letter stickers?

As I was rifling through my letter stickers and thickers tonight, I came to the realisation that I have many, many packets of opened letters. You know, nearly all the "e"s have gone, most times the "s"s and "t"s are gone too. But I can't bear to part with them. I hang on to them in fear that, at the precise moment I throw them in the bin, I'll find a use for them. That I'll suddenly have need for exactly that style of font, and what's more, be able to construct a word using the meagre selection of letters still available to me.


When do you throw away your thickers?
Are you ruthless and ditch 'em as soon as the "e"s run out?
Or are you like me with stacks of half empty packs that, in reality, aren't that useful anymore?