Monday, November 21, 2011

A scooby dooby dooooo party!

 Table decorations

 Wobbles the Clown comes to visit

 And Jamie helps out

 A very special birthday hat

Blowing out six candles

It was the perfect day - balmy with blue skies. Wobbles the Clown was a total hit. He made all the kids a balloon animal after his magic (haha, failed magic tricks that were so funny) act. The bouncy castle was up and entertained all the kids. The boys played cricket. The girls coloured in. (So different, girls and boys). It was a great afternoon.

Kathie xx

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gets me movin'

What's on my running playlist at the moment?

Never be your woman (Wiley)
MasterPlan (Dyewitness)
Annihilating Rhythm (Ultrasonic)
Let you go (Chase and Status)
Shut Up (The Black Eyed Peas)
Sexy Back (Justin Timberlake)
Heads will roll (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
You make me feel (UK Radio Edit) (Annagrace)
Not over yet (Perfecto Edit) (Grace and Glory)
I can't help myself (Judge Jules remix) (Lucid)
Toca's Miracle (Fragma)
The Real Thing (Trance Mix Edit) (2Unlimited)
Open your Mind (Usura)
Why Go? (Faithless)

I need music to get moving. I run on the treadmill and I stare at a wall. Boring. If it wasn't for my music, I don't think I could do it. Are there any great tracks that inspire you to get moving?

Kathie xx

Friday, November 18, 2011

Birthday photos

 Opening presents before school. This year he wanted a big Starwars Lego set. :) Guess who spent three hours this afternoon after school, putting lego together! And I'll give you a clue. It wasn't him. And there was only me and him here. Oh, that's two clues...

Birthday tea with Grandma and Grandad. He wanted tacos and Grandma's apple crumble (I tell ya, that dark brown sugar and coconut crumble topping is the best best best ever!).

 Kathie xx

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy sixth birthday!

We have a six year old in the house!! Happy birthday to my adorable, cheeky son!!

I had a layout in Scrapbooking Memories a couple of months ago.... look at that little baby face. The six years have past by at the speed of light. It seems like just yesterday I was gazing in awe at that little baby face.

I used one of my favourite baby poems:

You don't remember, I'll never forget
that blessed day when we first met
and I saw the face I always knew
the little smile, the little you.

You don't remember, I'll never forget
one day in my life I will never regret
to feel such love I never knew
all bundled up right there in you.

As I held you near my heart
I understood at last, that part of me I'd never met
you don't remember, but I'll never forget.

You don't remember, but I'll never forget
that blessed day when we first met
and when I heard your voice I realized the truth
everything in my life led me here to you.

You don't remember, I'll never forget
one day in my life I will never regret
a gift so precious given me, my angel love
truly a miracle from God above.


Kathie xx

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What I see

One of the things that I had not expected about being mum of a little boy was the riot of colour I find around our house. 

And the occasional alien ;)

Kathie xx

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Scrapbooking share

I have another layout in the US edition of Creating Keepsakes magazine recently, this time in the September issue. I have been so fortunate this year, with publications in this magazine, and I'm always chuffed to see my work there.

Journaling: You had your first homework from kindy. I smiled to see you sitting there studiously, and thought I’d better get used to it!

My layout was part of an article on clustering, written by the supremely talented Kim Watson.

The photo was only taken a year ago, but already he has grown up so much! He was only a little kindy kid here. Time flies past!

Kathie xx

Friday, November 11, 2011

First Sports Day

Yesterday was Jamie's first school sports day. I took the day off work, so I could join in the fun.

 Running race

Long jump
 Come 'n Try Tennis

Come 'n Try Lacrosse
 Pentathlon (so much fun!)

 Pentathlon (lol!)

Tug 'O War

 Tug 'O War with the parents

Earth Ball - here it comes!

 Get ready!


It was a perfect Spring day, and the grounds were beautiful. And Jamie's team won! It was a perfect way to spend the day. 

Today I'm back in the office, trying to write a submission on draft Codes of Practice for work health and safety. It's not quite the same!

Kathie xx

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

From our weekend

He and I were out to lunch and a friend snapped this photo of us :)

Kathie xx

Monday, November 07, 2011


Some inspiration today:


It's an amazing colour combination and I can't help but wonder what's in all those cute little suitcases. The red one at top looks just like the little case I had when I started school back in, gulp, 1970.
Kathie xx

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Photos from a Halloween party

Last weekend we threw a Halloween party for a few of Jamie's friends.

The kids were invited to come in dress up. This is Jamie - a little devil - he had a pitchfork, but I didn't manage to get a photo of him with it.

We played games - bowling spooky ghosts from this post, pin the spider on the spider web....

Here they are, colouring in their spiders before trying to stick them onto the web... hilarious!

And a game of find the skeleton bones in the back garden.This was in lieu of trick or treating - we don't really do that in Australia.

It was an enormous hit! We played it several times.

(Oh yeah, the fancy dress costumes didn't last long - with the exception of the fairy in the group.)

I made some bones from coloured cardstock and hid them in the garden.

When they had collected them all, they exchanged them for sweets.

And a quick shot of part of the table before the guests arrived. Quick and easy. But effective.

Kathie xx

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Scooby Dooby Doo!

For his sixth birthday party in a couple of weeks' time, Jamie wants a Scooby Doo party.

After visiting the local party supply store I realised that decorating for this party would have to be done from scratch as there are no Scooby Doo party products to be found.

Not to worry, Jamie and I found an image on the internet that he liked and I whipped up some party invitations.

Scrapbooking cardstock comes in mighty handy :).

As far as party decorations go, I am being inspired by these images:

Scooby Doo colours.


Food served in doggy bowls!

Making Scooby Doo neck chains :)

I think it's going to be a fun party!

 Kathie xx

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Year 10 art

I found this picture the other day, tucked away in an old sketch book:

It was a Year 10 assignment for the topic of "line and tone".

I loved art.

Kathie xx

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Scrapbook Trends October : Create Families: Jamieisms

I did so well with Blogtober!! One blog post every day all month. I don't know whether to continue blogging regularly, or whether to go back to just sharing creative stuff. Did you enjoy it? Let me know what you think.

On the sharing creative stuff side of things, I had a layout in the October Scrapbook Trends Create: Families idea book (US).

 Mum, when I grow up, I’m going to be a GINGERNEER. 
You know, the ones that build planes and buildings and stuff!

Look at that sweet little face! I love capturing his funny little sayings.

The materials are from Crate Paper's Toy Box collection. I've made quite a few layouts with it now. It would have to be one of the very best boy collections I've ever worked with. I love it.

Kathie xx