Whew, I am suffering a bit this morning after a friend's house-warming party and a few too many Polish green-apple vodkas and lemonade. Oh.My.Goodness. This afternoon we have a handful of five year olds running around for a Halloween party. [Insert goggly eyes and silent scream faces right about now!]
So, while I am trying to collect the cottonwool that has taken up residence inside my head, I thought I would share some fashion inspiration.
I stumbled across this quote the other day. They are such wise words.
I want to be a better listener. During my career I have come across people who.just.never.shut.up. I find it annoying to hear the same person bleating on, meeting after meeting after meeting. Do you have someone like that at your work?
I try to work on listening. It's something that I have to remember to do though. And I don't think I'm all that good at it. It's something that I have to be conscious of, and really try to discipline myself to do. When I get engrossed in a conversation I suspect that I sometimes forget to sit back and listen. I suspect that I can get overenthusiastic at the speaking part...
I was never a pink-girl. My sister was the ballerina, the barbie girl that wore pink. My mother dressed me in everything else but - usually mustard and brown blurgh (blame the red hair, lol). Then I went on to a career in science. Definitely not girly. So why am I finding myself collecting these beautiful dreamy photos?
Could it be that, being the only female in our household, I am trying to seek out some pretty things? Our house is a work in progress, with no shelving yet for pretty things. And, in any case, our house is a no-pink zone. My husband is anti all things pink and feminine. Which is OK. Sort of. I'm not going to die in a ditch about it. I like modern streamlined house fittings and am quite happy with that minimalist kinda decor (even if it then gets cluttered up with StarWars figures, cardboard boxes and lego!).
But I keep being drawn to these dreamy soft photos. And to soft dreamy scrapbooking products, which then lie in my stash, unused. I think I need to find ways to incorporate more dreaminess and pink into my life.
I love the combination of light airy rooms with timber fittings.
I find it incredibly difficult to choose home decor. I mean, I can look at a series of bathroom tiles and know which ones I like. I can choose a bathroom sink. But when it comes to putting it all together? Urgh. I am so bad at being able to imagine what it will look like. And I second guess my decisions.
I am loving this springtime weather. The nights are warmer and, at the risk of sounding all Dr Suess on you - the sun is sunnier. My mood is so much better when the weather starts to warm up, and I feel like I have more energy. Yay!
**Welcome to those readers on the Get Picky blog hop! My contributon to it is here.
This post is inspired by a question one of my readers asked the other day :). If you are ever wondering about the materials that I have used in project for Aussie Scrap Source, there's a way that you can find out. Did you know that?
Go to the Aussie Scrap Source home page. At the bottom of the page, on the left hand side is a link to the gallery containing the designers' projects.
See it there? Well, click on it and it will bring up a list of the designers' names
Click on my name and you will see a collection of the pages that I've made for Aussie
And if you click on any one project, you'll go to a page that shows the list of products used for that particular page.
Journaling: Outside my window our maltese is playing on the grass in the sunshine. It's springtime and the days are getting warmer. I am hoping that the beautiful weather is here to stay. Jamie and I might walk down to the park later. I'm trying to get him more interested in riding his bike, so a fun destination is good motivation. And he loves the monkey bars. He has mastered them like nobody's business since he started school. It's amazing to see. Ah, I do love school holidays. Outings, trips to visit friends and time together.
I've used Tattered Angels' Nut Hollow Spring/Summer paint system to colour the canvas ribbons and flowers on my page. I love these paint systems. Little pots of beautifully coordinating colour :).
I started off with plain kraft cardstock and raw fabric ribbons, flowers and stickers. Then I went to town with my acrylic paints, the Tattered Angels products, Tim Holtz distress inks and walnut ink.
The page was inspired by a meme I've seen on a few people's blogs recently. Here it is:
Outside my window... our dog playing on the grass in the morning sunshine. I am thinking... that Jamie and I might walk down to the park later I am thankful for... school holidays and not having to rush in the mornings. I am wearing... knit mini skirt, tights, black boots, black biker jacket I am going to... empty the dishwasher. I am currently reading... Nelson DeMille’s The Gatehouse I am hoping... that this sunny weather is here to stay. Yipee, it’s spring! On my mind... our plans for today fell through because friends are not well. What to do; what to do. Shall I take Jamie for a bike ride to the park? From the kitchen... coffee from my new single cup coffee plunger Around the house... cardboard boxes. Jamie loves creating with them, but they are an eyesore! One of my favorite things... my new Fossil tote bag A few plans for the rest of the week... It’s school holidays – I’m working for a few days, and the other days we are catching up with friends and going on playdates. One photo to share... Jak on the back lawn
I am very excited to be part of the first birthday celebrations for Get Picky inspiration blog this month.They are running a blog hop and the details are below. As it's a special occasion, leave me a comment here on this post to be in the chance for a little give-away from me. There's also the chance to win a major prize and the opportunity to be guest designer for a month thanks to Get Picky and sponsors.
Welcome to the Get Picky 1st Birthday Blog Hop!
We are celebrating our first year with a very exciting reveal as we unveil our 13th Sketch with you today and share the beautiful creations of both present and past designers from our first year! Some of the team members will be offering prizes so you will want to visit all of the blogs to increase your chances of winning a prize. We are also offering a major prize along with the chance at a Guest Designer spot for the month of November if you visit and leave a comment at all of the blogs in our blog hop and participate in Sketch Challenge #13.
The Blog Hop starts today and will remain open until midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on October 28th so this will give you all plenty of time to visit everyone’s blogs and create a layout for the sketch challenge.
Here is Sketch #13
And here is my layout
As we mentioned, there are lots of great birthday pressies up for grabs along our hop today. Some of our designers will be offering a RAK of their own and of course there is the chance to become our Guest Designer for November....but what's a celebration without that very special gift.
We are so very excited to also announce that Imaginisce have been kind enough to sponsor us with an awesome prize for our very special birthday celebration. And the prize:
Included in the prize is....... the two latest collections with embellishments and stamps from both Geek is Chic and Bon Voyage plus an i-bond cordless glue gun with glitter glue sticks, a d-stress tool and a box of fabric flowers. Wow!
Get Picky is the first stop of our birthday journey where you will find the complete list of all blogs in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play, just follow along the blog path in order so you don’t miss anyone.
Remember, if you want to be considered for the Guest Designer spot in November, once you have visited all the blogs and uploaded your entry for Sketch Challenge #13, please make sure that you go back to the Get Picky Blog and leave a comment on the challenge post.
Last weekend I applied some flea ointment to him. You know, just the regular application. Then we went out for the day. Later that night I noticed some odd staining on our NEW leather modular lounge.
Public service announcement: Leather and flea ointment DO.NOT.MIX. Argh. Jak had curled up on the lounge for a lovely snooze while we were out and all that flea ointment oozed out onto the leather. My beautiful lounge! I am getting someone out to look at it and see if they can make it better. Sob!