Wednesday, July 23

Life is just too busy

Time is slipping away so quickly it's scary. A few things have been going on this month. My best friend Trish came up to spend a few days and that was great because we always have so much fun. We are foster parents to her Golden Retriever, Paddington. Unfortunately he has developed a couple of tumors and Trish wanted to be here for the X-rays and biopsies. The diagnosis is not good but I will talk about that another time.

We also belong to a Mah Jong group, The Emu Chicks, Emu Park. Each year we hold a regional festival at our local hall. It is very well supported and this year we had 56 players. For $20 you get morning tea, smorgasbord luncheon, desert and coffee, lucky door prize, spot prizes and a hole lot of fun.

Playing the game. The winners !

Friday, July 18

My first Award

WOW, I have just received my very first AWARD. I have seen them on other blogs and wondered what they are all about.

A big thank you to AngC for this award.

AngC wrote:
Irene just always surprises me with what she does - she's never afraid to try something new. She even started up her own blog at 60 years of age!

Now I have to choose 7 people to pass on this award.

Who gets the “Brilliante Webblog Award“?

Websites and blogs of your choice for their designs that are especially noteworthy.

Here are the Award Rules:

1. The winner can take the logo

2. Place a link to the person that send you the award

3. Give the Award to at least 7 other Scrapbooking-Blogs, which by its currency,the issues of choice and for their designs are especially noteworthy

4. Put a link to these sites on your Blog.

5. Write a comment on their Blogs that they’ve won an Award

So I am passing this award on to:

Ali I believe that you deserve this award because since my DH found your shoppe last year I have been introduced into a world of friendship, support, encouragement and growth. Oh, I forgot.....challenges. lol

Jo held my hand when I first joined Embellished and helped me through technical side of signing up for the gallery and forum. She has a wonderful style which I find bright and funky. Jo also brings her SMILE where ever she goes.

Sarah you have helped me so much over the past year or so with your wonderful tips and techniques. I absolutely love your work.

Ingvild I came across your site by accident and it was my good fortune. Your style is unique and I get so much inspiration here.

Leah your layouts as simply beautiful. One thing you have made me realize is that a GOOD photo goes a long way to make a layout special. I also appreciate your online class for Exploding Boxes.

Kirsty as an amazing talent with colour. Her layouts will brighten anyone's day. They are truly crazy and funky. Even though they are not quite me style, I find myself looking forward to seeing the next creation.

Gabrielle I came upon your layouts one day when my "surfing the net" for 20 minutes which turned into 2 hours. I just love the strong, rich colours you use and how you tie everything together. I also like your journaling from the heart and those flowers are gorgeous.

Just a note: I may be 60 and it might have taken me some time to work it all out, but I will only admit to 6 hours to finally being able to include links but now I feel like I am the LINK QUEEN !!!!!
This post is dedicated to my daughter Rebecca, without whose help I would still be floundering.

Monday, July 7

Busy Week

Well life has been go, go, go this past week. I have bought new bed linen which is so yummy and quite different to what I would normally choose. The old set, which is still in perfect condition, has been relegated to the guest room. My relieved husband no longer has to remove 9 pillows, cushions and neck rolls every time he needs to go to bed......not to mention the quilt cover.

The only hiccup we had was that the Queen size was much too small for our bed so we had to go up to a King which meant a King size doona as well.

My VERY BEST FRIEND Trish is coming tomorrow to stay for a few days and I am really looking forward to spending some wonderful time with her. She used to live about 50 meters away but moved down to Noosa to be closer to her family. Now she will be the one moving 9 pillows, cushions and neck rolls. hehehe Maybe after this visit she won't want to be my VBF any more.

I am a member of Embellished which is a local Scrapbook Shoppe and they are running an annual competition called "2008 Idol". The whole place is a buzz of activity and excitement. This is the 3rd year this comp has been held and we have ladies from all over the world that have registered. It is so exciting, you can almost feel the electricity.

Unfortunately, I wont be joining this year. I have more important things to do, like meeting my new brand new grandson so I will be away for most of the comp. However, it wont stop me from checking out of the fantastic entries and I will still be able to vote.

Thursday, July 3


The last few days have been pretty full on. I have had my last visit to the dentist (yaaah) and I also have new glasses. I almost feel like a knew woman.

I thought I would share a few layouts that I have done recently. I don't have a particular style as yet because I love to try out new techniques and products. One thing is for sure, my journey has been interesting since my first layout.

I need a pedicure

The things you do to get the right picture !!!! I was so focused on this pic ( I was sitting on wet sand with my feet perched up on a piece of old tree trunk) that I didn't notice this lady walking past me. Her expression said it all (WHAT ARE YOU DOING?) LOL Anyhow I wanted this layout to be beachy and rough and dry, just like me feet.

Big Shoes to Fill

This is my latest LO. I haven't used paint on layouts and thought it was time I had a go. For the back ground I used bubble wrap with black and gold paint. It was a bit messy but so much fun, I will be doing it again.

Back Yard Fun

A little tip. When I developed these photos, they were much smaller then the standard 6x4 so I chose colours from the spotted paper and changed the white background of the photo to a corresponding colour using Photoshop. Once you cut out your image you are left with a perfect colour match which you can then use for letters or tags etc. Hope that makes sense.

Nose for Wine

As you might have guessed, I don't mind a drop or two of red wine. The background paper is hand made and has a wonderful waffle weave effect. I inked the edges then stamped in gold. The whole effect was much richer then I imagined. It pays to be a hoarder, the black strip to the right of the wine glass is the metallic piece you remove before you pop the cork. It had Brown Brothers on it and I thought it might come handy one day. It did.

Chat soon.......
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