Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Reading Boy

Henry has taken after his big brother, they consume books quicker than I can keep up with the supply...

He is currently reading the Percy Jackson series, he also loves ancient history (he is desperate to visit Greece - aren't we all, sigh) so this series ticks all the boxes.

Anyway, This months challenge at Scrap the Boys is perfect, scrap about your boys fav book etc. Henry was hard pressed to pick his fav but was happy to list his current pile beside his bed.


 And I have been playing along with Shimelle and her new class - This Lo is using a small floral mixed with other patterned paper - very neat for me...

 And did you notice? Both are genuine paper Lo's!! Definitely having fun using up supplies - I am only getting new stamps from Cocoa Daisy (I need a new supply hit from somewhere!!) until we are well and truly settled into our new house. If I need new embellishments, then I will print some digi supplies off and go hybrid. But I have more papers, alphas etc than I can jump over so will be good to diminish the supply...

Very quick post today - if you are on The East Coast of America, hope you are keeping warm and dry and that life gets back to normal very soon - some of the photos are astonishing..


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Back to Digi - just for the moment...

I do have a couple of photos printed and ready to go, though!

First up, Child's Play has the last challenge for Oct up.  We know this game as Cluedo here, I actually assumed that was it's name everywhere but looks like "Clue" is what it is known as elsewhere (any confirmation??) Anyway, Cluedo is a great fav in our house, Henry has reached a stage where he won't play because he realises he hasn't the patience to sit and work it out. When he was younger, he didn't care and would play til he was bored, then guess - surprisingly effective and amusing when he got it right.

Come on over and play with us!!
Can't wait to see your interpretation, the DT's are as always varied and wonderful!

Lasting Memories latest is a double take challenge - I have used the same photo of Henry at Floriade (flower festival here in Canberra) with his enormous stick of fairy floss.
Not sure he even noticed the flowers...

And lastly Digi Dares this week is journalling heavy, plus add splashes of yellow and a border -

back to our last big holiday in Laos -

 When we got picked up from the tiny airport in Luang Prabang by a jeep, we knew it was going to be a fun few days. The only one who didn't love every journey we made was Matt. Aside from getting his shins badly bruised by dodgy seat repairs, and bitten by an unknown insect that used him as a windshield, Matt is very safety conscience - even at home he won't put his hand out the window, so being perched on a bench seat, no seatbelt, no back rest not even any sides, going around corners meant hanging on for dear life, was his idea of NOT FUN!! But we got to see and experience the Laotian countryside in a very personal way. Yep, it may mean we were quite dirty and windswept at the end of each day, but we would do it again in a heartbeat.

And the circled bit if you look quite closely is a passing elephant, jsut after his days work in the jungle.

Off to do housework now - have a good one xx

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've done it!!

Finally gotten my paper out and made a real life paper and glue page!! I was surprised at how intimidated I was at the thought of attempting it. I kept it fairly simple and was eventually was pleased with the result. I need to get out my sewing machine now - that would've added a bit of movement I think...

This is my littlest nephew, Dylan. Very, very cute and quite a happy child. Just about to start walking.

To help me take the big leap I used the latest sketch from Scrap Friends.

Starting two things this week - first is Shimelles latest class -

Should be fun and get me right back into the swing of things. Lots of ideas for using patterned papers.

Second is to get serious about getting fitter and losing excess baggage. I am ready and I figure if I go public, that will keep me on track. As of this morning I weigh 75.8kg. I need to lose about 10kg to get to my healthy weight range. This is esp necessary as there is a history of diabetes in my family and I have the worst body shape (apple) for this disease.

So now the house is settled, the kids are at school, I can concentrate on myself for a while. And I know it will be hard work, sigh.

So I will have a Monday weigh in each week and will put it on my blog. That should help me along.

And to finish, a fun LO. Lots of fun Halloween digi kits around, we don't do Halloween, although it is a growing thing in Australia. But I really, really wanted a couple of kits. Instant gratification won out...

Mostly Michelle Godin's Wickedest Witch kit.

and my new signature on the Lilypad - 

The skull is my new fav embellie...

Off to see Billy Bragg tonight, Geoff and I have been out twice in two weeks, phew - our social life is the envy of all...(ok, I think that doubles our outings in the past 6 months).


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Note to Jo

Firstly my very late post (again....) for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - one of Anne's wonderful sketches this time -

 And here am I as a fit and enthusiastic youth. Please note my lovely Lady Di hair which pre-dated Lady Di by many years - a trend setter even back then -

Ok, probably don't notice the ever so slightly daggy traccy dacks... but the hand made scarf is a cracker!

Now onto my note to my lovely friend Jo, who has been going through alot of sickness and stress this year.

I love her to pieces and I hate there is nothing I can do to help get her well again, hopefully time will sort her out. You ca leave her some bloggy love here and check out her beautiful blog. Gorgeous piccys as always (spookily enough she appears to have posted about 5minutes prior to me and neither of us are particularly prolific bloggers...).

Anyway, I have used a sketch from Digitally Sweet, again a fairly liberal interpretation of the sketch -

 Hmmm bike seems to have migrated to my AFSC LO...

We had a few issues house wise this week, but almost all sorted now. Updated photos here. (ok just some trenches...)

And Meaghan has done all her pre licence testing and only has to pop into motor registry and she will be driving - yep as we always predicted, ahead of her big brother.

Have a good one. xx

Sunday, October 14, 2012

so very late with this post

Ok, it's holidays here and we have been down visiting Mum and Dad and my baby brother and his family have been to visit. Been one lot of very busy hols in fact.  Glad we were away when Canberra had it's coldest October day in 50 years - not much warmer where we were but Dad likes to keep a fire going...mmm.

Anyway, SLIME!! Yep that is (not quite -oops) the latest challenge over at Child's play.

I always wanted this as a kid. My afore mentioned brother had slime with worms (oh yes - the posh version..) that was quite a distinct shade of purple. He wasn't that taken with it (big girl) and Mum was less taken with it when it got spilt on his cream chenille bedspread (we all had them during the 70's). Left a very nice stain..

Anyway as my kids are equally lame when it comes to slimely things  - the boys anyway, Meaghan would take on anything - I don't have photos of them in any sticky situations so I opted for a colour variation on the theme.
Bits of  green and Matt trying to hide, looking somewhat like a blob (if you squint anyway..).

So go green, go slimey, just show us what you've got!

Just a quick mention that the latest challenge involves this cartoon-
which surprisingly enough for an Australia who had nothing to do with Halloween, was one of my very favouritest comics. I loved it. Quite odd when I think about it, esp as Halloween would have scared the bejeebers out of me - ok I am quite a wimp and had a phobia of people who cover their faces (masks and beards..) Luckily I am just about over the beard thing, masks still freak me out.

I am about to start a Shimelle Class, which means I will have to finally get out my paper and glue. I am so looking froward to doing that.

Have a good one xxx

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Two for Tina

Ok, thought I'd be nice to my friend Tina and put two of her DT challenges on one post - see! I am nothing if not thoughtful...

First up is for Lasting Memories - an Autumn theme this week. Bit tricky as I am definitely in Spring mode but autumn colours are popping up all over the scrapping world at the moment so hard not to be inspired..

 All supplies from The Lilypad.

And then my first (legitimate) attempt at Digitally Sweet. I did one a few weeks ago but was too late. I do have a tendency to leave these things to the last minute... They would like some ribbons on your Lo. This one I am particularly pleased with. Although to be honest, a fair bit of the pleasure has to do with the background paper from Anna Aspnes - Art palette Scientist. Just so yummy! This is a photo taken last autumn while walking around our little lake in town. I do love my camera phone.

Now that the football season is over (sad my poor boys lost in the Grand Final...), I can scrap a bit more and we are actually sitting down and watching movies again. Have loved the Avengers (mmm - Thor)

  Ok may have mentioned him before...

and also really liked Slumdog Millionaire (completely recommend the book as well ). And Sherlock Holmes - so much fun. Still love the TV series as well.

 Also watched Speed with oldest 2 children. Unfortunately they had seen the Myth busters episode that busted all the special effects and took great delight in pointing all the faults out. My observations that a movie with Keanu from this era is well worth watching and not for his acting skills, seemed to be ignored. But they did watch it through to the end (ok admittedly a very ridiculous ending). Looking forward to a relaxing few weeks.

Hope you are in a good happy place where you are xx

School Days

Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge has the first challenge for October (!!! eep where did sept go?). And we are going back to remember our school days.

Scrap about a high school reunion, 
or a memory of your time in high school. 

I don't have a lot of photos from this time, not like the kids today (now I just sound like an old person - sigh). Any way, here is my year 10 class photo. I would have been 16, same as Meaghan is now. She is handling this time with far more grace and style than I did...

I remember this photo because I was having a particularly bad hair day. My cowlicks were out of control and I had a huge flick sticking out the side.


And aren't our uniforms a treat? Blue and white stripes for the girls and a lovely dark grey/light grey combo for the boys. In the senior years we got upgraded to solid blue - and we still wore them with very, very high hem lines. 

That was my best friend standing next to me. Also known as Karen. In our history class we had 4 Karen's, 2 Kate's, 2 Sharon's, 2 Simon's, 2 Roberts. Easy to pass off question's, at least 1 of the Karen's tended to know something...

So come and play with us, love to hear of your memories from this important time.