Thursday, June 29, 2006

Another class

I was lucky enough to do another one of Karen's awesome classes and here is my result. I really love how this LO turned out. The doodles look so impressive, but they are really easy to complete once you know how. Karen gives the best handouts in her classes and the best instruction. If you have been considering doing one of her classes, GO FOR IT!!! You will love it. OK, thats it for now. Cya

Monday, June 26, 2006

I am back!!!!

Well, i didn't actually go anywhere, but OMG it has been a whole week since i last blogged, how bad am I???? I have been so busy lately that i have hardly had time to scratch myself. I have been busy with the shop, I am in the process of doing a big reshuffle and if I do say so myself, its looking pretty darn good. Our clearance racks of paper are almost down to nothing, which means it has made heaps more room for new stuff. I have some new products to go up on the website hopefully in the next few days and all i can say about that is....... prima flowers are soooooooo yummy!!!! I have also been busy with scrapping, I did a class by the gorgeous and incredibly talented Karen Ridgeway. The class was awesome and the LO was awesome. Here is my LO from the class. And with all this new knowledge I sat and created a LO for a beautiful friend of mine. Thanks for a great class Karen and i am soooooo looking forward to my next class tomorrow night. Over the weekend i had a great time hanging with frinds and staying away from the computer. We had Nic and family over Saturday night. We had a great time, had a few drinks, played a few games and not much sleep as usual, but the sleep deprivation is soooo worth it to have a weekend with this family, they are awesome. And to my "best friend", I know I emailed you last night and told you, but I wanted to write it here too. You are an amazing person, and i am so proud of you for what you acheived this past weekend, i know you can do anything you put your mind to. You are such an inspiration to me and i admire your strength so much. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and being such a beautiful person. ;) Then last night, we caught up with some old friends for dinner and it was so lovely, just like the old days, but everyone seems to have multiplied since the "old days", LOL. We have all known each other since before having kids, and now there are 8 of the little things, ranging in age from 1 - 9 years old. We used to all catch up heaps, especially when the older of the kids were little, but as they go off to kinder and school, so much changes, and life just gets so much busier and we all seemed to hang out less and less. And while we do still keep in contact, it has been AGES since ALL of us have been in the same room at the same time. It was really great to hang out and chat last night, we will definately have to do it again real soon. And for being MIA for a whole week, that really dosn't look like much that i have done. Oh well, till next time....which i garuntee will be LESS than a week, cya.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Random stuff 2

I quite liked the randomness of my last "random stuff" post, so i thought i might try it again, so much easier than trying to squish a whole heap of unrelated stuff into one post and making sure it all makes sense. * I have had a lot of work related stress on me lately and its taking a lot of my time and energy to sort out, but no doubt it will be sorted soon and i might get a chance to actually scrap at some point. * Saturday i spent the day connected to the computer with work related stuff. * Saturday night i chatted online with friends....they are such funny geeks, LOL. * Sunday we were invited to Bec and David's for lunch. Thank you so much Bec for noticing that i needed a bit of time out and inviting us over and thank you for a lovely afternoon. I want that recipe too....yummmmmmmmmo. * Sunday night we went to Nicole and Nathan's for dinner. OMG time flies when your having fun, I think we got home at 1am this morning....ooops. * My poor kids were dragged out of bed this morning VERY tired from their very late and social day yesterday. * The good thing about the kids being tired, they are too tired to fight and annoy each other tonight....... well, so far, anyway. * I need to scrap * George went back to work today, he is still not 100% but i think he is ok enough to be back at work as long as he takes it easy. NO LIFTING HEAVY STUFF OK G!!!! It was quite nice to have him home last week, although i worked most of the time so he didn't get on my nerves too much, it was nice to come home to him being here and the heater on ;) * Thank you to the gorgeous girls that have sent me lovely emails in the last few days, they have been very much needed and appreciated. * I am very excited about an online class i am doing this week, it will be my first one ever, and i am soooo is a hint about what i am doing. * I have the most wonderful friends in the world. On that note, i am going to go put my tired kids in bed. Cya

Friday, June 16, 2006

DT layouts

The Max newsletter came out yesterday jam packed with the very talented Max Chicks work. They are such an awesome group of girls and so very talented and super supportive, they ROCK!!! Anyway, this was my contribution to the newsletter, not as much as i was supposed to do, but that could not be helpped. This is me when i was 9 months old with my cat "Kitty". These Carolees Creations papers were perfect for these photos. And this one is using the Junkitz Shabby Chic papers and Heidi Swapp chipboard diamonds. I cut the diamonds in half to make a giant flower. To see what the other girls did, pop over to the gallery for a squizz. And if you got the newsletter, you would know that we have a challenge running at the moment to create an off the page item from chipboard and upload to the challenge section ofthe gallery. The winner will receive a $10 MAX voucher. Ok, i am off for a vege out night. Cya

Random Stuff...

* first day of school holidays and i celebrated with a little sleep in as i didn't have to get a boy to school early. * eventhough i had a little sleep in, i am still tired and exhausted. * It's been 2 weeks since i last scrapped and i NEEEEEED to scrap. * George is still not so good today, I wish he could see a doctor earlier than Tuesday. * I found it amusing to find i got a google search for "saggy balls" that lead the searcher to my blog. * Hailey wanted sultana bran for breakfast....without sultanas. * Apparently my 'sultana fishing' skills are not so good, Hailey informed me after breakfast..... "there was a sultana in my breaky" * I need to ring my friend Kerrie, I so badly want to catch up with her these holidays. * My daughter is driving me nuts at the moment. Her behaviour has been so bad lately, i don't know what is wrong with her. She is so defiant. * Thankfully Hailey's behaviour is no where near as bad as Jacob's was at exactly the same ages. * Had Jacob's parent/teacher thing last night. He is at the level he should be for Grade 1, but needs to work on paracticing his writing and not being so disruptive in class. He ROCKS at Maths and reading though. He is reading level 16 readers and loves counting and working out numbers, YAY dude. * This year has been my most confronting, confusing and challenging year of my life. * This year has been the most rewarding year of my life. (hopefully they cancel each other out). I have learnt so much about myself, all things i wish i had worked out years ago. * I need to get off this computer and do some work, so i might have a chance to squeeze in a little scrapping. * I NEEEEEEED to scrap......have i said that already??

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


WARNING, i am going to be a total whinger today, if you don't want to read it, turn back NOW!!! Well, this week has been an absolute shit of a week, i feel so disorganised and have had four times as much stuff on my plate as i normally have and its sending me around the twist. Nothing has gone to plan and everything has seemed so much more difficult and complicated than it really needed to be. With George home, and then attempting to go to work, and then coming home from work. Trying to juggle the kids around pick up times, ballet lessons, extra housework, picking up stuff for the shop, trying to do a huge web site update in time for our 20% off Sale that starts tomorrow morning, trying to get a newsletter written and out ahead of schedule to coincide with the Sale and i am totally exhausted. I am exhausted from extra work and pressures on me, i am exhausted from lack of sleep from someone with sore balls being very restless and snoring really loudly at night. I need an early night and i NEED to scrap. I didn't even get all my DT layouts done, i have just had so much going on. AAARRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! OK, I will stop whinging now, I am hoping that this weekend will be a quiet one, might even bring home some stuff from work so i can scrap, i need a bit of scrap therapy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Turkish Delight Lover here....

I hate grocery shopping with a passion, am never usually organised to do a big shop. I'm more of your "stop-in-at-the-supermarket-each-night-after-work-and-get-what-we-need-to-get-through-the-night-and-I'll-be-back-tomorrow" type of chick. I am lucky at the moment that Hailey's daycare centre is right across the road from the supermarket, so it's not really out of my way to go there, might be a different story next year when she is at school and a long way away from the supermarket, but for now, it suits me. So todays shop, it was a big shop.....probably enough to get through 2 nights, LOL. Anyway, back to my story.... I did the grocery shopping today and OMG i found Cadbry Turkish Delight ICE-CREAM. Of course i had to buy some instead of our regular light and creamy vanilla. I LOVE turkish delight sooooo much, it is definately my fave chocolate bar EVER. I got the shopping home, George left me to unpack it (another job he usually does, but he's still not totally functional around the house yet, so i had to do it), and i couldn't help myself, but to grab a spoon and dig in for just a little taste. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I couldn't have just one scoop. And the best bit.......its 97% fat free and dosn't taste like it. Yummo, i dont think this little 2 litre tub is going to last too long.....might have to go back and get a back up while its still on special. I "KNOW" there are other Turkish Delight lovers out there that might like to know about my my gorgeous friend Raylene ;)

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Just an update on the lastest goings on. It has been a full on week this week with the kids, George and work. First up the kids..... Jacob has been taking the little fishies every morning and i must admit that he has been an absolute delight this week, he even said he has been concentrating more at school and hasn't been staying in at lunch time to do his work. Woohoo Dude, i am very proud of you. Hailey on the other hand.....will not eat the fishies and is driving me insane, her constant chatter at me is sending me round the twist. Anyone who has heard Haileys voice will understand, she has this really high pitched whingy whiney voice and it definately gets too much. I think i need to employ bribery for the consumption of these fishy things. George.....well, where do i start??? He is sore, uncomfortable, a bit bruised and a tad swollen. All went well with his snip but i think at the moment he is wondering why he has put himself through all this. Well, he did offer and i didn't put up a fight. But, i figure, you add 9 months of pregnancy with morning sickness, 13 hours of labour, a screaming baby which you have no idea what to do with, sore leeky boobs of which the said child wants to have a go at every 2 hours, bleeding for 7 weeks, graizing, stitches EVERYWHERE, waking up a minimum of 7 times a night, an emotional hormonal rollercoaster, the feeling that everything will fall out if you stand up or cough and dont even get me started on sneezing, and did i mention a baby totally dependant on you for everything when you are feeling your absolute physical worst???? Well, i think if you add all that to what George is feeling right now, you might come close to what i had to endure....twice. So while i have total sympathy and am waiting on him hand a foot doing all i can to help him and make him comfortable, i think its only right that he go through this, LOL. Anyway, I have been busting my gut around the house, trying to get everything done, he normally helps me around the house HEAPS and now i know why, its so hard trying to get everything done that needs doing around my work and kids commitments etc. I really do appreciate the help he gives me around the house everyday. Thank you Sweety. OK, not much else to tell at the moment except..... HI MARK!!!!! I know you read my blog today cause i got a google from Holland. Hope your having a good time and looking forward to another email update. We miss you heaps. Ok catch ya's. ;)

Thursday, June 08, 2006

BOM layouts.

I scrapped my bum off today doing BOM layouts. But i really should have been doing DT layouts instead, LOL. The first is a bit of a therapy LO for me at the moment, as George is going in for the big "chopper rooney" tomorrow. He is pretty nervous about the whole proceedure, I am not so worried about that, i know it will be fine, but i am glad its not my bits they are messing with, I have done my duty as far as that is concerned, LOL.

And this one was inspired by yesterdays blog entry. The journaling is pretty much the same as yesterdays post. I thought scrapping 8 1/2 x 11 layouts would make scanning so much easier, and it does, but the scanner seems to have eaten the bottom off this one....just imagine the border ALL the way round.

OK, thats it from me. I will be spend the day running George around tomorrow and hopefully he's not too bad tomorrow night. Catch ya's.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Hair and aging men, LOL

After reading Mel's blog today about her hubbies hair, i could so relate to it all, strangely enough, LOL. When George and I first got together, he had long hair, but unlike Mel, it really didn't do it for me, but i did get used to it and didn't mind it too much. Then he went to a mullet (he he he, that still makes me laugh), but i thought that was ok at the time too. Man, i really should dig through photos to support this blog entry. Now he has his hair short, uses "product" and has the messy look happening and he is sooo HOT. He has definately got better with age, but it got me thinking ..... will he just keep getting hotter and hotter?? Or will there come a time when he reaches his "full hotness" (i made that up) and start going back the other way? Will his eyebrowns do the McAlpine thing and get all bushy and crazy? Will those freaky hairs start growing out his ears? Will he have saggy balls? Ooo and nostril hairs too, ewww. Will he get all wrinkly and saggy in places that used to be well toned?? Will his varandah hang waaaaaaaaayyy over his tool shed? Hmmmmm scarey thought really. I have no idea, and you know what? I don't really care. I can't wait to see what the future holds, and i want to grow old with you G ;)

Fave All Day LO

Just a quicky to share my fave LO i completed at our all day class at the shop last Saturday. The original layout was by Raylene and i just LOVE this LO using the BasicGrey tag sheet. This is Jacob when he was about 6 weeks old, such a little cutie and so hard to imagine that that was 7 years ago and he is still a cutie ;) Just had to share too, that after years of valcro shoes and pull on boots, Jacob decided he wanted "laces shoes" so he could learn to do his laces and he finally GOT IT this week, wooohoooo Jake, you ROCK.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Title unknown

Could life get much more confusing and complicated, i have so much going on at the moment and don't know where to turn first. Today has been one of those days, it was so darn foggy this morning that i almost ran into another car on the way to drop the kids off, kinda scarey really, then because it had been foggy, i left my headlights on, Grrrrr, thank god for RACV and quite a hot RACV dude at that. No offence to my BIL that used to do RACV, but it was always very embarressing calling RACV for really blonde things when he worked there. It was always such a releif to be able to lock my keys in the car in another town (sorry Tom, LOL). But this guy was kinda cute, might have to lock my keys in the car next week ;) Anyway, things usually happen in 3's so i dreaded to think what would happen next, but it was only the central locking playing up, i can handle that. I have also been feeling a bit unsupported with stuff, life in general really, and taking things way to personally. I really need to learn to stand up for my self better and stop letting pathetic little things that really are meaningless in the greater scheme of things get to me so much. I really need some undies that say "BITE ME", that will make me feel better, LOL. The other thing on my plate is that G and I are making some changes in our lives and our relationship. We have been talking about it for a little while now and today, it has been decided for us, and OMG very soon. I really thought we would have time to get used to the idea, but's THIS WEEK. Crap, i hope it dosn't eat into our long weekend plans.

Sunday, June 04, 2006


We had an all day class on at the shop yesterday, and after getting over my night before (geez i felt crook, no more tequilla slammers for this chick) I had a really great day. There was such a great group of girls in the class which made for a fun day. I participated in 3 of the classes and I am so pleased with how my layouts came out, I just need to put the finishing touches on them then i can share. I taught one of the classes too and its really cool to see everyones layouts end up looking so different. I don't normally teach but the end results are kinda cool, its just all the other stuff i dont like, LOL. Nic, Raylene and I stayed back last night and set next terms classes and boy do these girls have some fantastic classes coming up. These girls so ROCK!!! I have a tonne of washing and tidying up to do today, i bought new boxes for Hailey's room and have to rearange Jacob's room, so i best get started as the day is almost half over already.

Friday, June 02, 2006

The first and the last.

We went for dinner at my SIL and BIL's. Dinner was delish, but the conversation progressed from cows to wombats and i was totally lost, that was until we decided to catch a taxi home so i could drink. The kids have never been in a taxi before, so it was very exciting. And at that point, i had my very first (and last) tequilla slammer. Although i have been told it was only half a slammer cause i wouldn't fill the glass up all the way. My SIL was ready with the camera to capture the momentus event and i will probably regret posting the photos in the morning, but, oh well, here they are, LOL. I really need to go to bed and get some sleep, i have an all day class at the shop in the morning and the lovely Nic is picking me up as i have no car, LOL. Catch ya's :)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Fish and layouts

Well, I scrapped my bum off this afternoon completing 2 LO's using our new MAX PACKS. It took me 3 hours from start to finish, including choosing photos, to do both layouts, which i think is a record for me. Now, for a fish oil update. Thanks for the comments on fish oil everyone. We gave it a go this morning and....well, we decided it might be best to go for the "disguised in cereal" method first. Hailey hated her cereal and wouldn't eat it. Jacob KNEW it tasted differnt, so i told him Daddy put special medicine in it to help him concentrate, and he ate it all up. So one out of 2 ain't bad, LOL. Tomorrow we are going to try the "open your mouth and let me squirt this is" method. So we will see how that goes. I spoke to Hailey's day care teacher today and asked her to observe Hailey. She reported back this afternoon and has basically confirmed what i KNEW to be true. At group time she was attentive for most of it, got a little fidgetty toward the end, but dosn't seem to be anything to worry about and her daycare teacher dosn't feel there would be a need for her to stay back from school. I also happened to have a school teacher customer today and chewed her ear off too. She was saying that the main reason they recommend children to stay back is if they are not "socially" ready. Hailey's Kinder teacher confirmed with me that it was NOT socially that she was concerned about, i have no idea really, but i doubt she will be repeating Kinder next year. I think i would have a battle on my hands if she didn't go to school anyway, she is POSITIVE she is going to school next year, LOL. OK, cheerio. ;)