Monday, October 31, 2011

Get Picky Blog Hop winner

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Get Pick blog hop!
I have a pack of scrapbooking goodies to give away. 


Kerri, please email me (my address in in my profile information above), 
and I'll get the pack out to you.

Kathie xxs

Sunday, October 30, 2011


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 am loving mustard accents at the moment! I have not one item of this colour in my wardrobe, nor have I really seen it in the shops this spring. Maybe it will be available come Autumn. 

Maybe I need to go and have another look?.

Whatever, I am seriously loving it!

Is there a colour that you are in love with this season? Link me up. I am after the inspiration.

Kathie xx  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Busy weekend

Actually, I don't know that the weather's going to be all that fine this weekend. Showers are forecast. Oh well. We are going to be pretty busy so it is not going to matter all that much.

Tidying up the garden
Body pump at the gym
Putting up the bouncy castle
Kiddies' Halloween party at our house
Friend's sixth birthday party across town
Friends' house warming party at other end of town
BBQ for friends at our house following Halloween party 
Working on the new house (ready for sale in three weeks? Eeek) 

OMG. I really should not have written it all out like that. I need a lie down. 
Nope, no time to lie down. Go! Go! Go!

Kathie xx

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011


The Get Picky blog hop finishes tomorrow. Have you joined in already? Link up here for a chance to win a give-away from me, plus there's other prizes and the chance to be a guest designer for a month.


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...

Kathie xx

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Scrap Lifting - the Blog

I am featured over at the blog, Scrap Lifting at the moment.
The girls chose to lift this layout of mine (one of my favourites!)

Thanks so much to Evgenia Petzer for asking me to participate!
Pop over and have a look at the lovely pages created by the design team.

Kathie xx

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween inspiration

And from pretty things to all things spooky! 

Phil and I decided, kinda on the spur of the moment, to host a kiddies' halloween party next Sunday afternoon. And, as you do, I have been scouring the internet for inspiration.


Cute orange balloons with texta faces. And donuts! I think I could do that.

Although i don't think I'll be getting this clever, I totally admire these Martha Stewart broomstick party favours!

Yep, fruit skewers, and I might even try my hand at making those adorable owl cupcakes.I have to see if I can find some spiders and bugs somewhere.

Chocolate pudding, crushed oreos for dirt and gummy worms. Haha! Love it!

And pumpkin bowling! What a fabulous game for five year olds. We have an orange ball somewhere. I think we might be doing this down our hallway!
I am inspired. 
Kathie xx 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pretty things

I have noticed something. I have a growing collection of pretty pictures pinned over on my pinterest boards. I have surprised myself.

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.

Kathie xx

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A published page to share

Another published page to share. This one was in Creating Keepsakes (issue 16(5)) Aussie Reader Gallery.

It uses Crate Paper's Restoration line, which I absolutely loved. I made quite a few pages using it. I reckon Crate Paper would have to be my favourite manufacturer in the last year or so.

And my favourite crochet flowers.

And clouds.

And little whimsical floating dots. Just some of my favourite things. And, of course, that sweet smiling face in all the photos :).

Kathie xx

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Favourite things

**Welcome to those readers on the Get Picky blog hop! My contribution to it is here.


This cushion is one of my favourite things in our house. 
It's in Jamie's room (obviously?). 
And it makes me smile every single time I go in there.
Bright red and orange.
And a cute little dog with his ears flying back in the breeze, 
so carefree and fun!

Kathie xx

Friday, October 21, 2011

Home renovating

As you know, we are gearing up to renovate the back section of our house. Which includes bathrooms. I have been inspired lately by these images:

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.

Anyone else have the same problem?


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Springtime inspiration

Ah, sweet springtime :)


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!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011


**Welcome to those readers on the Get Picky blog hop! My contribution to it is here.


Laundry day. Blergh. Housework. Double blergh.It's going to be 33 degrees celcius. Summer weather! I'd much rather be lazing by a pool.

Kathie xx

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Parrot soup

"We played with the parrot soup in PE today, Mum."
"The what?"

School holidays have finished for another term. It was Jamie's first day back at school yesterday. He was less than impressed. However, he did enjoy playing with the parachute in his sports class....

Kathie xx

Monday, October 17, 2011

Want to know the materials list?

**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.

Good, hey?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Outside my window

I have this layout up on the Aussie Scrap Source blog at the moment.

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

Kathie xx

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Get Picky Blog Hop

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.

The blog hop begins here: Get Picky Blog

Your next stop is here: Leanne Jago

Thank you so much for joining us for this very special birthday celebration and for your continued support!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sweet or?

This is our Jak. Doesn't he look sweet?

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!

It is just as well that he's cute!

Kathie xx

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beautiful weather

 It was beautiful yesterday. Twenty-one and sunny. Perfect beach weather for me :). Before it gets too hot and I am burnt to a crisp.

Jamie played in the sand. I gazed out at the water. It was so peaceful. The sun warmed my shoulder. How much better does it get?

Kathie xx