Monday, December 21, 2009
So ... from me to all my blog readers (and stalkers) out there I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Hope you have a fantastic day with your family and friends.
After lunch was time to do a bit of baking for the tins over the next few days ... lots of yummy gingerbread men (little and big ones) ...
And a photo of the 'tree' that I bought on Saturday, have a few decorations that I will add to it have decided to stick with a silver and red theme.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The kids smiled nicely for this photo and yes Emma was in the photo too - but made sure Finn was sitting between her and the big guy in red - LOL! Then afterwards as we were walking away the kids had to go running back to tell Santa where we were going to be on Christmas Day - Santa was very quick and answered 'I have a map but don't worry your Mum and Dad have my mobile number so can text me the details. They can also let me know whether you have been bad or good' - too funny!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today was getting piles of linen, food, clothes etc sorted for our travels over the holidays, and getting house and garden tidied. Nothing too exciting really ...
With being away for Christmas we wanted to take away a small tree with us, unfortunately despite scouring the attic area above the garage we couldn't find our little one?! So I had another idea, after a quick trip to our local Lavender Farm (they have a few craft bits and pieces also) I came home with a trendy new 'tree' (well it is part of one anyway - LOL). To be honest it just looks like a giant branch off a tree that has been sprayed with white paint . Will post a pic tomorrow (camera is chooker at the mo and have to delete a few photos). Am planning on standing this branch in a vase with coloured baubles, then hanging a few small decorations off it - should be very cool!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Today was a lazy day at home, enjoying a gorgeous 27 degrees (that was until the cold front hit about 4pm - opps).
We did venture into town later in the day with a visit to Santa's Grotto at CadburyWorld. Finn was more than happy to have his photo taken with Santa, but Emma didn't want to at all - so she had a photo taken with the Christmas Fairy instead! Very cute!
No more kindy (ever), no more school for 6 1/2 weeks, am grateful that I have a job where I can spend the summer holidays with the kids, and just enjoy them and have some fun getting out and about. Gets better each year as they are older now and able to do a bit more.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
And this was our final day at Kindy - so sad after a 4 year association with these teachers ... almost a few tears from me ... :(
Tonight was Finn's school production, themed 'Christmas around the World' - a great night and awesome singing by the children. The Year 8 kids essentially wrote the whole thing themselves which is fantastic!
One day of school left then the holidays can begin :)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Yip my baby has grown up and is heading off to school (in the New Year). So today we did the whole playdough cake, '5' hat, sing the favourite song and review of the kindy scrapbook.
Tonight we helped with the Foodbank can drive - kids rode in the fire engine ahead, and we collected cans round a part of Mosgiel - filling 3/4's of a trailer. Many community groups helped out so we completed a full sweep of Mosgiel.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I know it is early to be getting presents but unfortunately can't take this with us for the holidays so decided to give it to the kids early. They are loving it already, it's quite a low one so haven't worried about the nets round it - also think this gives them a bit of a false sense of safety, so would prefer they know not to be silly on it or else they will get hurt. Have been getting some cool photos of them jumping on it!
Thinking of doing a mini album, hence the above title, on the 12 days of Christmas (starting today with the 12th day being Christmas day), thought this was a bit easier than doing a daily December album - with still doing my Project 365 I thought this would be way to much work when combined with everything else going on this month!
Yesterday we had an early party for Emma's 5th birthday. So with 4 girls complete with wings we ventured off to the Butterfly House at the Otago Museum. Here are a few pics of the adventure ...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The minibook was created with the new papers from October Afternoon 'Farm Fresh' which suited the farm photos perfectly!
The photos of pigs and goats - I put it together for Emma like a storybook - so she can read the journalling herself ...
Saturday, November 7, 2009
We have been busy (as per usual) over the last month, so here is a few pics to show what we have been up to ...
... Marty and his new toy ...
... Finn in training to be a Black Cap ...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I have managed a wee bit of scrapping recently, and in honour of todays great sporting event across the Tasman here is one of my creations from last month ...
... my attempt at taking a pic of the V8's at Qualifying day at Sandown in Melbourne when I was there recently. Man they go fast ... hence the funny take on this for the layout! Love that Scenic Route paper - might have to try and source a few more pieces of that now that company is sadly no more.
School holidays are over, has been a funny couple of weeks. The kids spent some time in Alex and I managed to get quite a lot of work done during that time, so was nice to have a couple of days off with them this week. Unfortunately our big day out in town had to be cancelled because of a sick boy - don't think he would have been welcome at Cadburyworld carrying his sick bowl with him! So needless to say I had two very upset kids on Friday, but the promise of a few treats over the weekend seemed to go down ok.
Can't believe this will be Emma's last term at kindy - not sure where the last 4 1/2 years has gone - she has just grown up too quick! But she is very ready for school, and is looking forward to her school visits at the end of next month.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
... blossom encased in ice ... This is the view from the behind the Snow Farm carpark looking back over towards the Cardrona skifield ...
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I had a great break away in Melbourne, such a beautiful and funky city ...
... this little chick to play with ...
Sunday, July 19, 2009
School holidays are basically over now and we have survived. We had a trip to Invers to see my parents and Emma went along to her first major netball game. She loved the 'bangers' and didn't get too bored with the game - but thank goodness it wasn't any longer!
The kids stayed down with my parents for a few days which they all enjoyed. Unfortunately I didn't get much time to enjoy the peace as had work hours to get done for the week, but this meant that I could have a couple of days off with the kids when they got home.
So we did bike rides to the local library...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
And yes she lives in Melbourne which also means I get to spend some time also crusing the streets of this cool city exploring.
I have been doing my homework and have discovered a Huge Craft & Quilt Fair is on the weekend I arrive - ok so I might have known this before I booked ;)
Also have a list of a couple of other things of interest like a really cool looking cupcake shop and the KaiserCraft factory outlet down in Geelong.
Can you tell I am excited?!?!
In other news, I am so proud of my boy! Finn has grown in confidence over this rippa rugby season and finally scored his first try on Saturday!!! I was standing only a couple of metres away from the corner and saw the look of delight on his face when he scored and the congratulations he got from his teammates - he was soooo excited and happy and looked like he just wanted to burst. In recognition of his effort the parents decided he should be Player of the Day! But being the typical male the story of his try only took 5 minutes to 'grow' - in his words "I just spotted a gap and ran as quick as a cheetah" - LOL! The trophy has had pride of place on his bookcase all week and even went to school for newstime on Monday.
Nothing crafty to show today, have been trying to sort out my messy scrap area, almost done so will get creating again soon!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So here are a few photos of our day in the snow ... with breaks inside for milo and piklets while sitting by the warm fire ...
Friday, June 5, 2009
And such a gorgeous box ...
Really brightened up my day receiving the parcel from Beverley - thank you so much!
Been a chilly week down here, lots of frost and fog hanging around, but very beautiful all the same ...
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Crafty wise - I am almost all caught up on my 365 album, just last weeks photos to print and last two weeks of journalling to do. Had a scrap sunday with the girls at the weekend and managed to get a couple of layouts done.
But am trying to ignore my scrap desk at the moment and concentrate on getting some contract work done - but wouldn't you know it my mojo is back and I just want to play not work - argh!
Friday, May 22, 2009
To say it's a relief is an understatement, has been in the back of our minds for the past few months ever since the changes were announced. We have tried to stay positive but you are always thinking 'what if ...'
So I think we will celebrate a little this weekend and my thoughts go out to anyone else who is currently going through this too ...
Monday, May 18, 2009
I am feeling a tad better. Can actually bend over without feeling like my head is going to explode out of my eyes! Germs - GO AWAY! Oh yeah and the dog is sick too - she did a huge vomit by the sliding door on Friday night - yip inside - YUCK! Took her to the vet and she has a bit of a fever so on meds and very bland food for the next few days :(
On the scrapping front a bit of playing and I created this ...
These were some of the photos I took in Central Otago at Easter time. Love how the Cosmo Cricket Happy Camper range just fit perfectly with the colours in the photos.
On Friday I also did a bit of shopping for scrappy supplies at the 24 hour Regent Theatre Book sale - an annual huge book sale held here in Dunedin. These are the treasures I found, a mixture of old novels, music books and dictionaries - just perfect to use on some vintage style layouts. They were a bargain indeed as all books are only $1 each!!! Hence my wee pile :)
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Althought the weather gods did listen to me and we had a rain free Saturday morning for Finn's rugby (my parents were chuffed to see him play) and then it started again at 11.30am that morning.
With the gloomy weather and stuff going on at hubby's work, now add to that I am stuffed up with blocked sinuses, ears, sore throat, dull achy head - normally I am the last one to get any colds but this year I am the first! LOL!
But on the bright side I don't need an excuse to stay snuggled up inside by the fire, doing a bit of scrapping and reading. ;)
So on that note I am off to do a bit of creating while my head feels clear, then looking forward to a pile of cheeserolls for lunch - yummo!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
(I also had a go with using a template for the leaf that Mrs Fizz kindly scanned for me)
And Layout #2 was one that I started on Sunday at the scrap day with the Dunedin ladies, I used a shped piece of MM paper as a template and cut the Cosmo Cricket paper. Have I told you recently that I love Cosma Cricket? LOL! Added a bit of prima, bit of bling and one of my butterflies and I kind of like the result!
Just in the process of trying to sort my scrap space out. The cupboard I have doesn't have very good shelving so hubby said he would help my put some more mdf shelves in there soon - yippee! Now just have to find some good boxes/baskets/jars to sort everything out properly!
Glad we are all stocked up with firewood - looks like snow on the way this weekend. Perfect scrapping weather although have my parents coming up to stay and they were hoping to see Finn play rugby - oh well it can start snowing after 11am Saturday if it likes! ;)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I got the tea cup charm and green bead on the bracelet, and have used birthday money from my parents and inlaws to buy the present charm. I LOVE this bracelet and there are sooo many cool charms and beads that I can look forward to buying in the future.
Do any of you have this bracelet - what charms do you like?
Monday was actually that start of a busy week, I had my Mum come up and stay for a couple of days, then we have had an Aussie guy come and stay for a few days also on and exchange with hubby's community group. We ended up hosting a bbq/potluck meal on Saturday night, then hubby and a few others took our visitor up to Moeraki for the day on Sunday. I managed to sneak away for a scrapday with some of the Dunedin ladies, however my day was interrupted by having to go back out home and grab spare keys as hubby had locked his keys in the boot of the car at Moeraki!!!! So the Aussie guest got to see the coast line between Dunedin and Moeraki a second time that afternoon!!
Now a quiet week, kids all eased back into swimming and rugby, hope to get back into my scrap area (this is in spare room so haven't been in there with visitors staying), and to get some creating done.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Here they go ...
Finn and his funny banana joke!
My first go at rolling edges - very cool look along with the machine stitched edges I think ...