Thursday, 24 February 2011

Scrap Share

Since my surgery last week I've been taking it easy so I enjoyed a weekend of scrapping which was bliss. Here's what I created ...

This is my take on the Kraft It Up February challenge - I haven't entered a LO over there for a while so thought I'd better have a go. This is definitely different for me, the paint and mist and collage of various bits and pieces but I think I like it ... I think LOL.

This is for the Stuck Sketches February 1st sketch - used up some older Bo Bunny papers plus last year's special Pink Kit from Red Earth Scrapping with the apple blossoms, thickers, heart pins and felt flower shapes. See the circle on the right side with the 2 owls? It's a Pinkie Pinkie button made by my lovely friend Kate. When I went looking for a few more little embellies I was so excited to find one of Kate's buttons from the exact same paper, how cool is that.

And this one, again using the BB pp's (and some more matching Pinkie Pinkie buttons which are so cute) is for the 15th February sketch at Stuck. Over at RES we use teh Stuck Sketches (with permission) as our monthly sketch challenge with a twist of 1 extra criteria on top of the original sketch - Linda's challenge to us this month was to include strip journalling.

I also made a few cards over the weekend to add to my stash ...

I was inspired by a sketch from Card Patterns.

And it's always great to use up scraps!!!

So that's all for now. Thanks for visiting :-)

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

This & That!

Thankfully we seem to be back into the preschool and school routines pretty well now. We still have to hurry a certain child along who seems to think the world will wait for her LOL but it seems that personality trait is here to stay. Her Kindergarten teacher even commented to that effect, albeit nicely, in the end of year report. Sigh ...

Red Earth Scrapping is keeping me busy which is great. I am thrilled with the growth and development of the business and am really working hard to make sure it keeps going in the right direction. It will never make me rich, and at present I'm really not making much because it all goes straight back into building up stock, however I am lucky to get most of my personal supplies via the business so my habit is still going strong LOL.

Here's a look at my recent creations ...

Yes, I've done some 8.5x11 pages - they're for the Red's Random Challenge over at RES this month set by Mel - I was inspired by her challenge so I did 2 LO's while the mojo was firing.

Well the first half of my kid-free day this week is over so it's time I stepped away from the computer. Tomorrow I'm off to Orange for day surgery to have my "tubes tied". Suddenly today though I'm rather nervous about it all - I hate doctors and hospitals and medical things at the best of times, but I made this decision ages ago and finally got around to booking in for it so there's no going back. Wish me luck.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Back to "normal"

What is normal, really??? Rather a rhetorical question I know ...

Well, firstly I'm so excited to tell you that harvest is FINALLY finished. It dragged on and on for some 3 months, with rain interruptions and subsequent downgrading of the grain quality becoming the bain of our existence. But it's done, over, finished, complete!!! The header is just awaiting a wash down before being retired to the machinery shed until November.

I think "normal" is also getting back to a daily routine and now that school and preschool is back I'm feeling more organised already. The holidays were great in many ways, some sleep ins, chance to do what you want, when you want, go here and there, but they soon wore out their welcome I can tell you. The kids played together great one minute, then were fighting the next and I hate that.

Here's Caitlin's first day of year 1 yesterday ... happy and ready to go.

Ciaran was more than happy to be at preschool this morning and headed straight to the sandpit. He will do 2 days a week this year but is so funny trying to explain that to people - he has absolutely no concept of time in days/weeks/months/years so everyone is left completely confused when he tries to tell them when he'll be at preschool each week and that he's only got this year before going to "big school" LOL. Such a funny kid.

I will have 2 days a week to myself (can you hear me cheering LOL) and will be focussing on Red Earth Scrapping work, some farm office work, and SCRAPPING!!! I'm excited and hope to achieve lots on my kid-free, peaceful days at home. Can even catch up with a girlfriend for coffee sometimes, do some shopping without little people tagging along, annoying me. Oh the joys ... although maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, after all it is only 2 days out of 7 ... sigh ...

Anyhoos, I'd best share some pics and some scrapping before I go on too much longer.

The kids got special chopsticks for Christmas from Aunty Dan and they just love them. The pull them out every opportunity they get. When we were at Batemans Bay in mid January we had Chinese one night and Ciaran asked for "chinese sticks" and promptly started eating with them - holding them correctly and successfully getting food into his mouth! Not bad for a 4&1/2 year old.

We had a morning horse riding out at Aunty Nese's and Uncle Ken's just recently - Caitlin had a little ride some weeks ago and loved it so this time we made a morning of it with Ken's grandchildren who were staying. Such fun and a great experience for the kids.
Caitlin rode both "Blue" and "Willow" and Ciaran rode "Blue".
I also rode both horses and despite having not been on a horse for some 16 years, and only ever doing some trail riding when I was a teenager, it felt really good.
No, we are not getting horses any time soon though LOL. Way too much work. We'll just visit the rellies and ride theirs I think.

Lastly some creating to share ... firstly a "Prima overload" effort LOL and the second one is using the January 123 Challenge criteria plus some of our RES swap goodies from last year.

Thanks for dropping by. Til next time ... xxxxx