Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Long Weekend

Well, the weekend has come & gone & now, we're well & truly on the way to Christmas.

Although Christmas is on its way I'm still not feeling the Summer vibe...overcast & chilly here...although its a bit milder outside than inside.

But I have been in the mood to create...although it hasn't been scrappy creating - I've decided to use for sewing machine for SEWING ...imagine that- my darling was kind enough to buy it for me to use for scrapping & I didn't think I would use it to make clothes - but here I am with 2 patterns - a skirt for Taigy & pants for Ravey & I have actually created one of each - I'm really quite proud of myself -

and am even tempted to make myself something - but don't want to get too carried away, cos I know what I'm like...will buy the pattern & fabric & then make another thing for the kids & the novelty will wear off before I get to me LOL!

Ravey cracks me up - he's got a thing for bread at the mo...Wayne was working on one of the cars & I was sewing Taigy's skirt, so Rave goes to the pantry & grabs the french stick & starts to have a munch...his portable picnic.

We went over to Mum & Dad's yesterday for a family dinner - nice to catch up with everyone & get some photos of the kids together.

I'm going through a weird feeling flat phase at the mo - I'm thinking its the meditation CDs I've been listening to ...messing with my brain...well, more like spring cleaning my brain, but its like all the crap is swept into a pile, that has to come out somewhere, somehow & its coming out in the form of a bad attitude - so I'm kind of trying to hibernate a bit so that as few as possible people are affected by it...but with my mind focused on its cleansing, there's little room left for creating at the mo - so I'm feeling kinda flat in the scrappy arena.....but this too shall pass - so I guess I'd better get on & get over it aye!!

Well, I might share some pics later, for now I feel like giving Rave a bit of a snuggle :o)

Thursday, October 18, 2007


The 3 new members of the Scrapbook Studio DT have been named....so a huge congratulations goes out to:

and last but certainly not least....

Welcome aboard ladies. I'm really looking forward to working with you :o)
If you haven't heard there's a cyber crop on at Scrapbook Studio/SBD this Friday night...so if you're staying home for the long weekend, be sure to join us for some great challenges & delicious prizes ;o)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Soooo Much Fun!!

OMG these books are just tooo cool!!!

Now, if you know anything about me - you'll know I LOVE to have new stuff...but I must confess that I had been a little intimidated by these new see-thru acrylic books...I just thought they were a bit out of my league...my let me tell you - that are AWESOME FUN to play with!!

Lisa dropped a kit off on Friday night & by 1am I was 80% done...but bed was calling...the acrylic albums are just DIVINE!!!

I was fortunate to have quite a few 3x4 pics lying around (that were destined for LOs) of our weekend up North & so I just played with them
The kit has the most DELICIOUS DaisyDs rub-ons in it & those puppies go a looooooooong way

After I finished my album I still had rub-ons & bazzill left over, so I managed to whip up a couple of LOs too.
So these goodies are in the October kit over at Scrapbook Studio.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A Bit Slow on the UPtake

Well, the first of the month has been & gone & although I gave you some sneak peeks of my Embellished DT work, I forgot to post the pics so here you go.

Quite the delicious kit to work with...lots of patterns on the pp that can be played with hundreds of different ways..check out what Maz did with hers...just gorgeous!!
And because they're all double-sided pps the variety of LOs you can create with them is endless!!
With this one I've managed to start Nanny's album (my mum) hoping to fill it with pages of nga mokopuna (the grandkids)...just 10 more to go hahahahahahaha.
These papers are such a gorgeous weight & because I'm totally into tearing lately they are just PERFECT...just give a nice torn edge - love it!!
I'm so enjoying scrapping older pics too - Ravey was only a couple of months old when we went down to Napier to visit my bro & SIL - I thought I'd lost all these older pics in a corrupted drive on the laptop...but after almost a year of the laptop sitting dormant (due to a screeching fan noise LOL!) we got it repaired & hoked up the wireless network & I pulled all the photos I could off it to burn onto DVD (cos the DVD writer is ka-put on it)
My Phoenix LO is all about my Sissy - she's so fabulous, a never-say-die kinda gal.
She's the kid of girl who takes whatever life throws at her & looks for ways that it can make her a better person - she's freakin AWESOME!!! Love her so MUCH!!!
This pp was begging to be cut out - so I obliged, added a bit of stitching & grunged up the Bazzill...I also beached the background of the pic & sanded & inked it for a nicer look than 80's wallpaper & brown cupboard doors LOL!!
And finally we have little Reign with his Wise old Eyes & a grubby little face - he is just sooooo cute!!!
It's not too late to grab yourself a kit..the first mailout was done on the 11th - but the next one is due on the 20th.
Well I can smell delicious aromas wafting from the kitchen as my darling is cooking something delicious....so I'm gonna go scrap before I get summoned LOL ;o)
++ooohhhh just tried spell check for the first time...must remember to do that more often ;o)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Told Off

This crazy lady went nuts at me yesterday in Countdown...seriously man...I've never seen anything like it......

So, I'm at the bakery section & there's a lady getting bread rolls, so she's using the one set of tongs that was available there, so I grab a pair of tongs from the muffin cabinet next door, thinking nothing of it & go to get some bread rolls myself...anyway this elderly lady starts telling me off...she says "You've taken those tongs from the cake cabinet & you're using them for bread" & I say "yes, I am"...then she starts getting quite aggressive at me & starts going on about how I'm not allowed to take the tongs from there to get bread with them & that I should just wait for the lady with the bread tongs to finish & that I'm impatient & rude....well, I think this may be the first time I've really stood up for myself to a stranger & I say to her EXCUUUUUSE me lady, the tongs are there so that people DO NOT HANDLE THE FOOD, so its perfectly fine for me to use these tongs to get bread rolls"....well, like a bloody dog with a bone - she wouldn't let it go.....she huffs & puffs & says something about me taking the tongs that she was going to use to get a cake..so I pointed out to her that there were 2 other sets of tongs in the next cabinet over that weren't being used & that she could use them.

By this time she was just furious at me for taking "her" tongs..."Well you're just young & selfish and very RUDE" so I said back to her "NO, you just don't have the iniative to take two steps over & pick up a set of tongs that aren't being used, there is NO problem with me using these tongs to get bread rolls" Then she huffs & puffs & storms off!!

Anyway, the lady who was getting the bread rolls says to me "was that your Mum?" and I said "No way!", then she says "Oh, if I had've known that I would've ripped into her - but I thought she was your mum"

Turns out this lady (bread roll lady, not the psycho one) works in a retirement home with 300 old folk & a heck of alot of them are like this...OMG how sad is that?

So, in the post match analysis I was wondering what the universe was trying to teach me ...and although my heart was racing & I felt guilty for making an old lady angry - I think the point was that I should stand up for myself more - cos at the end of the day you've only got one life - so you might as well live out loud!!!

So, that was yesterday's drama LOL!

In other news, if you're looking to give your mojo a kick in the pants check out the Two for Tuesday weekly challenge.

This week's challenge is 2 pps + buttons.

And if you're keen to give your weekend a scrappy kick start be sure to join us in Friday Night Live.

Oh & I had a great week last week publishing-wise - I got 4 acceptances YAY & a confirmation of a project in For Keeps #61 !!!! So keep an eye out for me in the Aussie mags :o) You can say "that's my friend Kelly" to your DH cos that's what I do when I get the mags LOL ;o)

I'm going to try a little harder to get into Up2Scrap starting this week- just got to pull my socks up...no piccys to share at the mo cos I've been doing DT stuff - oh but I can share with you some pics from our weekend away...we went up to visit my bro & his partner somewhere past Dargaville...about 3 hours north of Auckland, the kids had a ball...they were free to roam, there were chickens to feed, the weather was beautiful....Ravey's so funny though - despite having a great time, when the sun went down he says to me "Lets go home Mummy"...Then 5 minutes later, with his hands clasped like a beggar "Home Mummy.Please please please mummy" too cute!!
*** Can't share pics cos pc is being unco-operative :o(

Oh & I haven't given you the back to school update...Taigy is right back in the swing of things, loves her school...Ravey on the other hand, doesn't like his mummy to leave him - but I promised Taigy that I'd do mother help this term cos Ravey is at pre-school 2 days a week from 9-3.

So on Monday I dropped Rave off & he cried - my precious little prince - sucks to leave him - but I guess he'll get used to it. I rang pre-school after I did my mother help stint (which I LOVED...sooooo staying for morning tea next week) & they said he was all good, settled down OK & was enjoying himself - so I relaxed & went about what was left of my free time.

Then when I went to pick him up in the afternoon he'd been upset on & off for the last hour, so I've decided to pick him up an hour earlier until he's better settled...poor little tacker is sooooooo glad to see me when I get there

Might share some pics tomorrow.
Ohhh & did you check out Mrs Frizz's post about the Maggi Herb Roast vegetable bake...I managed to remember to pop some in the trolley yesterday despite my drama ;o)
Can't wait to try it!!
OK I've gotta go - I want to scrap

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Its official!!

Lisa asked Heidi & I to be part of the permanent Design Team for Scrapbook Studio/Scrapbooking By Design & we were absolutely thrilled to accept the 12 month position, the announcement went out in yesterday's newsletter & we are soooooo excited!!!

There are 3 remaining places on the DT & the call is open til the 15th of October so email Lisa or Lianne to get the details.

We have an exciting 12 months ahead of us....here are a few sneak peeks of what's in the pipeline ;o)

Monday, October 01, 2007

Scrap Pink Pic

As promised the lovely Ann sent through the pics she took & here's one to share with you :o)

And I thought I'd share the tutorial for making your own journaling cards...that's just over here.
I think I actually managed to get everything done that was on my list today...we got some DVDs, went out to lunch, dropped in to Scrapbook Studio & I managed to get a little bit of scrapping done - might work on some more now :o)
There's a good chance I'll be blogging again tomorrow & I might just share some sneak peeks...but first I'm going to head out & get some groceries...I've promised to get some ice-cream to make the kids banana smoothies...need some more carrots & fruit for the juice machine & probably should add meat to the list...oh & I'll be getting a pack of betty crocker's vanilla cake mix to make these with my little princess.
Well I'd best get off the computer & woosh myself over to the scrap desk so I can get some scrapping done.


What a delightful Day I had yesterday at ScrapPink with the Paper Pesto girls!

Sad to hear Steph wasn't feeling well & couldn't make it, but there was a great turn out & lots of lovely ladies keen to scrap for a cause!

Living Doll is the LO class I taught - its so great to see how others take the LO & change it up - there were some gorgeous improvements on my version LOL!

Now, you'll have to forgive me cos I forgot to take my camera - but Ann took some snaps & has promised to share.

Kate's lovely hubby Dave was on photography duty too so there's bound to be some happy snaps up on the Paper Pesto blog for you to check out.

Dave was also o set-up duty, coffee duty, baby-sitting duty - he was absolutely fantastic.

So a HUGE thank you to Dave!!

I left the event early becasue my little Princess came home yesterday - Oh man it was soooooooooooooooo good to see her.

She decided that she wanted to sleep in our bed last night & I couldn't resist..Wayno lasted about 20mins with her wriggling & went to sleep in her bed & Ravey joined us half way through the night & thought it would be good to sleep sideways with his feet on my head...so tonight its everyone back to their own beds!!!

Well we have a big day ahead of us today...I need to get some scrapping done, we're going to get some DVD's for the kiddies to watch while the rain comes down & we're planning to duck out for lunch with Daddy-Boo & duck into Scrapbook Studio for a visit too.

So far we've managed to paint our nails this morning, clear the inbox, blog & now it's time to have brekky :o)