26 October, 2009

What a surprise when I logged on this morning to see I had recieved this lovely award from Denyze.  the 'rules' are that I have to post five things about myself and then pass on to five people.
Five things about myself:
  • I'm predominantly a vegetarian (not solely though as from time to time I do eat meat if it is free range organic) - I love discovering new vegetarian recipes.
  • I am always surprised when I see my reflection in a shop window and discover I'm not the willowy  6 foot tall I think I am - instead I am a rather short 5 ft 3in!
  • I love paper and stationery stores - empty pages waiting to be filled, handy bits and pieces waiting to be put to good use, pens of every imaginable colour - bliss!
  • Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate - need I say more
  • Christmas is my favourite time of year - I love the tradition of it all - trees, decorations, carols, food!
I'm passing this award to SusieJules, Rachel, Maggie and Twiggy.  Thank you all for the enjoyment I get from your blogs - although you are also responsible for the mess my house gets into at times, I know what i would rather do that housework! 

Now it is a glorious sunny day, it might be Monday but no one minds today because it is a holiday, I have loads of laundry to do, not to mention gardening, so I had better get started on it all!

23 October, 2009

Busy week

I thought I had a busy life before I begain The Big Adventure but I didn't know what busy was back then!!  Not only am I able to take part in my childrens school events (athletics day, after school sports, etc) which I had previously missed but I am also able to take some time to learn a few new skills.

This week I attended two creative classes, at a local art shop.  On Tuesday I went to a recycled book class - the tutor Brenda is very passionate about her subject and had a lot to share.  She taught us how to recyle paper into books (newsprint, tissue, brown paper etc) I haven't got photos to share yet as it is still a work in process.  The second and final part of the course is next week, we'll be learning how to make a book as well as an altered book - I'll post the finished projects then. On Wednesday I went to the same store again for a Creative Gifts class.  The tutor (Katz Cowley) was so inspiring.  She absolutely fizzes with enthusiasm and had so much to share that I was exhausted (in a good way ! ) afterwards.  Although we didn't make a lot of gifts I came home with so many ideas for handmade gifts, gift wrap, cards, envelopes and giving in general that I'm not sure there are enough hours in the day to create them all.  Katz also takes a creative journalling course which I would love to take sometime - hopefully she'll be doing another one in the next few months.

The rest of the week has been spent trying to stay warm (where has our Spring gone?) supporting one son at his various sporting endeavours (I know I just complained about the weather but I could do with rain tomorrow so that cricket is cancelled and I can have a lie in LOL is that too much to ask?) and helping my eldest son with his exam prep. Hopefully I'll be able to put aside some time to create over the weekend - Monday is a public holiday so I should be able to achieve it!!

15 October, 2009


I have been away for a few days.  The children have just gone back to school after several weeks off (yay!)

My youngest and I went on a mini break to the Westcoast last week.  Who knew we would encounter snow in October!!

We had a lovely few days - it rained the whole time we were on the Coast and then we encountered snow when we drove home - but it didn't matter because we spent time with people we love and really recaharged our batteries.  We are ready now for a  hectic  school term!!

11 October, 2009

Candy time

I've been away for a few days so haven't been crafting but I have bought some bits and pieces so I'm all ready to have a crafting binge!!  In the meantime I am catching up on the blogs I follow.  Bev at All the Things I love has some candy up for grabs.  Why don't you visit her and see.

06 October, 2009

More makes from Sunday

My Stampin' up workshop on Sunday was certainly productive - I came away with lots of  goodies and more importantly lots of inspiration :)  

These are the other projects we made

This adorable little guy is the tag we made for a little gift.  Not sure if you can read the tag (below), it says:
Santas heard that you've been Naughty
So listen, here's the scoop
Instead of getting toys this Christmas
You are getting Snowman Poop!

The bag has mini marshmallows in it - very cute

The next project is a flip flop mini album - very cute, just needs some photos and journaling and then it can go in the post to grand parents overseas!!

05 October, 2009

Lots of goodies

I went to a Stampin' Up workshop yesterday with a friend of mine. I haven't seen any of the Stampin' Up goods before.  I don't think I will be buying any though, they were lovely stamps but a bit pricey for me. Anyway I had a lovely afternoon the first two photos are of a tri-fold card we made. The papers are all stamped.

This card was not my best work - Santa looks a bit thin and grumpy, don't you think? Apparently he is supposed to look like this - I think the term is naive

This is another of the cards - very easy to make and quite effective. I made three different variations of this one.  I'm really pleased with this one.
I made a few more items which I'll post tomorrow.

I've been playing with a new toy today - a lovely new Olympus DSLR camera I treated myself to.  It is such a shame that the weather has been so bad lately as it is too cold to go outside for long to take photos.  Hopefully I will be able to take more later in the week.
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04 October, 2009

World Card Making Day

It is World Card Making Day - yesterday NZ time but today for most other places (I hope I have my times right, it gets a bit confusing sometimes)  You can see more about it here - I have been spending far too much time reading this blog and the blogs of all the contributors from all around the world.  I haven't made any cards today as yet - a wee bit early but I am going to a Stampin' Up demo this afternoon so will hopefully come back with some makes.  I'll post them later.
The DT for WCMD have candy on their blogs - go visit Kim, Elaine, Carole, Judy, and Rowena for a chance to win.  And while you are there have a look around you'll be inspired to create when you manage to drag yourself away.  Happy World Card Making Day everyone.